Planetarium was Ai Otsuka’s 10th single. It was released on September 21, 2005 and reached no. 1 on the Oricon charts with copies 60,000 sold. In all this single has sold over 316,425+ copies, making it her second highest selling single, as well as her second no. 1 single. The title track was used as an insert song for the popular drama Hana Yori Dango. This single is also the final single in the LOVE COOK Era.
3. Planetarium (Instrumental)
4. drop. (Instrumental)
Well let me tell you about the amazingly beautiful Planetarium. Not only is this one of my favorite songs from Ai to date, but it’s also one of her most beautiful. Despite the song sounding very sad, it’s still amazing. And the vocals are incredible, I loved the panting background vocals, very nice. Although the piano is the main instrumental in the beginning it does get better. The chorus is what really drew in my attention. The instrumentals were the piano, the guitar which sounded amazing, and finally a flute or reed which was just so awing. And to top it off it sounded so solemn, and a little fun, must be the flute. But the final chorus was much better, had a happier feel to it. I can understand why everyone loves this song.
drop. is basically the complete opposite of Planetarium. It’s not half as sad sounding nor is it ballad like. It’s more rock than anything I guess, but it’s not all that catchy honestly. Don’t get me wrong, the song had some great vocals and all, but it just wasn’t all that great. The music was just too all the same. There was no variety in this song. It’s just another typical B-Side.
Overall Review: Planetarium was a spectacular single! I can honestly say that this is one of Ai’s best singles from this era, well it’s also one of her best singles in terms of ballads too. Point is, the title track was flawless and was just plain awing. I wasn’t all to happy about the B-Side but it was tolerable. Overall the single was just so beautiful, Ai’s ballads are just so impressive. A brilliant and shining way to end the LOVE COOK Era.
Final Grade: 97A