It has been announced that Hanako Oku will be releasing her 17th single on February 22. The Double A-Side single will contain the tracks Kimi no Hana and Saikyou no Kiss.
Kimi no Hana is being used as the opening theme for the original TV anime Seiren, the first episode of which has recently aired on TBS. This bright, uptempo tune is not the only theme song Oku has provided for an anime, with her song Garnet having been used as the theme song for the anime movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
The second track of the single is the opposite of Kimi no Hana, as it is a ballad about heartbreak. The song is about ‘leaving the person you love’, and the sad lyrics show Oku’s true talent. The instruments include a string arrangement. It is a magnificent and dramatic piece.
Coupled with the regular edition is the indie single Tsumiki, which many fans wanted to be made into a CD. Many of Oku’s fans are not familiar with this song. It’s a wonderful chance to be able to get to know Oku’s songs from the beginning of her career.
Ahead of the release of the single, the TV version of Kimi no Hana has been released on many digital music platforms such as Recochoku and iTunes. The full-size version of Kimi no Hana will be aired on the bayfm radio program Oku Hanako no Lagan de Talk!, which will broadcast on January 15 at 22:30. This will be the first time the public can hear the full-size version!
Along with the regular version of Kimi no Hana / Saikyou no Kiss, a Seiren Version will also be released on the same day, February 22. The jacket of Seiren Version will have original illustrations.
Oku will also appear at the ‘Minna no Utau Concert’ at Kuki cultural Center in Saitama on February 11. She will surely show us an energetic performance and play the songs of the new single.