Hikari was Utada Hikaru’s 11th single. It was released on March 20, 2002 and reached number 1 on the charts with 270,300+ copies sold. It would go on to sell over 598,000+ copies, and this was also her first single to chart number 1 three weeks in a row, her second was Flavor of Life. This was the third single in the Deep River Era.
2. Hikari -PLANITb Remix-
3. Hikari -Godson Mix-
4. Hikari (Original Karaoke)
One of the fan favorites easily is Hikari lit. Light. The song begins right off with the chorus, which is really catchy. It uses part of the same melody as Simple And Clean, hence the resemblance. But this song is more profound and deeper. The background vocals sounded solemn and actually sounded great. The music is mid-tempo and the instrumentals are great. The acoustic guitar provides some great sounds, and the synth elements are incredible. The verses feature some English in between the lines. As for the verses themselves, well they sound great too. I loved the climax too, it sounded a little dark, but epic for the most part. And then during the last two chorus the song sounded unbelievably good. Her vocals became so strong and powerful, very beautiful. But I loved the ending even more. It’s the same as Simple And Clean, and that ad-libbing never gets old.
Very common in this era of music for Hikki is the -PLANITb Remix-. This time it’s with Hikari and this version has become more techno oriented. This song is actually like another version of Simple And Clean -PLANITb Remix- but with Hikari. The worst part is probably the two minute intro, but after that it’s easy listening. Very infectious beats and awesome techno music.
The -Godson Mix- is a bit more up-beat. It begins quickly and has the weirdest background music. The song begins with a constant beat that gets annoying after a while. I can honestly say that this isn’t my favorite remix. It’s ok, but after the PLANITb one, it seems pointless.
Overall Review: Hikari was a shining single. The title track was so beautiful and it’s not hard to hear why it’s so popular. The lyrics were great, along with the vocals, and the music was fantastic. It’s no wonder why people love this song. The remixes as usual were a great addition to the single, adding a little variety. Another great single in the Deep River Era.
Final Grade: 93B+