Announced via video on twitter.
Normal Edition A (Ganbare nai yo trading card)
Normal Edition B (DOWN TOWN trading card)
Ganbare nai yo Lyrics by Yamazaki Aoi, Composition and Arrangement by KOUGA
DOWN TOWN Lyrics by Ito Ginji, Composition Yamashita Tatsuro, Arrangement by Anders Dannvik
Ganbarenai yo from the Countdown concert
DOWN TOWN is a cover of the Japanese group Sugar Babes. Here's the original.
The release of the single was announced in a comment video posted on the group's official Twitter account. "Ganbare nai yo / DOWN TOWN" is the first single released by Juice=Juice in about a year and the first single after Inoue Rei joined the group. The single includes the new ballad song "Ganbare nai yo", which was first performed at the graduation performance of Miyamoto Karin, and a cover of the 1975 famous song "DOWN TOWN" by Sugar Babe, a band formed by singer/songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita and others. To make it a 2021 style cover, Swedish producer Anders Dannvik doing the city pop arrangements for the song is also a highlight. It also features voice percussion by Inoue Rei.
"DOWN TOWN" comments
Inoue Rei "I'm doing voice percussion in the interlude. I'm using a new technique, so I hope you'll pay attention! The dance corner in between is also very cool!"
Takagi Sayuki : "In "DOWN TOWN", I hope you can feel the nostalgia and the newness of our singing."
"Ganbare nai yo" comments
Kanazawa Tomoko : "It's a song that will gently help you cope with the negative feelings of not being able to do your best. By the end of the song, you'll feel like 'I'll try a little harder' with the gentle lyrics."
Dambara Ruru "When I listen to this song, I feel a little refreshed or relieved of my burden. Please listen to it!"
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This single has big footsteps to follow. Not only did Juice pump out great releases over the last two years, they also have to make up for the loss of Karin.
Personally, I'm already not too much into this single. Ballads as main a-sides are always a bit difficult and while DOWN TOWN sounds kinda cool, it's by no means catchy.