Shibasaki Kou’s 16th single, entitled 大切にするよ, was released on 03.04.09. The title track was used as the the theme song for the 29th Doraemon movie, DORAEMON THE HERO 2009.
大切にするよis a beautiful midtempo number that stirs the emotions. The song begins with a very pretty and sweet instrumental that gives the listener a warm feeling inside. Then Kou comes in and provides smooth vocals on the first verse. She really understands the atmosphere of the song and her vocals bring the song to life. There is a little instrumental build-up right before the chorus and it serves as the perfect transition between the verse and chorus. With a more diverse instrumental and stronger vocals from Kou, the chorus stands out proudly. It’s no wonder that the pure instrumental section is beautiful as the guitar shines and entrances the listener.
dive allows Kou to try out a new sound as some electronic elements come in and spice up her sound. It sounds like there is a slight distortion on her voice but it really works and compliments the overall style of the song well. With its different instrumental track and cool sound, dive emerges as a memorable number and a good compliment to the single.
The second B-side, 幸せ繋いでた糸, is more of a generic poppish song. It’s not very engaging, mostly because the music isn’t interesting. It might as well been left off the single.
In order to promote the single, a PV for 大切にするよ was made. The video features Kou wandering through town as the light of the sun guides her. Although quite simple, the very natural feeling of the song is expressed visually quite well.
Single Ranking: B +
As Kou’s first single of the year, she definitely started off on a strong note. Both 大切にするよ and dive are interesting tracks that will grab the listener’s attention. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the second B-side but overall it’s a good quality single.