October 20, 2006 at 8:15 PM | Posted in Yuna Ito | Leave a comment

3. ENDLESS STORY -Instrumental-
4. JOURNEY -Instrumental-

This is Yuna Ito’s debut single but under the stage name “REIRA starring YUNA ITO” and it was released on September 7, 2005. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 471,974 copies. The title track was used in the live action movie version of the manga NANA, where Ito had a supporting role as the character of Reira Serizawa in the flim.

Yuna Ito has gained a lot of exposure in the J-pop community thanks to this single and now I see the reason why. ENDLESS STORY is amazing. I absolutely love her crisp and clear vocals during the verses and her English is fantastic as well. Ito is from Hawaii after all. These two lines especially caught my attention: If you haven’t changed your mind, soba ni ite hoshii yo Tonight and Osanasugita no Every I think about you baby.
She also has great control of her voice and she does exceptionally well when she reaches the high notes during the chorus. As for the music, this song is a sweet and light-hearted ballad with additional sweeping electric guitar riffs.

The B-side, JOURNEY, is a little more progressive than ENDLESS STORY. The song begins quietly but it quickly gains momentum when the percussion and electric guitar kick in. This is an energetic song and it once again showcases Ito’s crisp vocals.

Overall Rating

5 stars


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