Hirate: "The first single, Silent Majority, was a really cool song with a strong message. We're grateful that we were able to sell more than any other debut single by a female artist ever had in its first week. We feel more grateful even than happy. And we feel nervous about the second single, actually."
Hirate: "But...if we can, we want to outsell the first single.... It may even have a better melody."
Hirate: "The theme of this song is 'youth' (seishun 青春). There's more recording to do. We still haven't heard the full song. But the first part has a new and different feeling."
Hirate: "...youth, eh...(laughs). I'm in my youth.... But somehow, seeing the lyrics, there's a bit of a cool feeling there, too. It's a cheerful feeling, uhh.... Anyway, please listen to it and see! There are probably other ways to feel about the song than mine. I'd love to hear from you, at handshake events and so on, about your first impressions of the song."
Hirate's co-host this week was Nagahama Neru, and she will back again next week. The two are so smooth and natural together. They are good friends, and almost finish each other's sentences. Techi (age 14) teases Neru (age 17), and Neru takes it like an adult. Techi seems relaxed with Neru, and can spin up into a nice level of excitement. (click image to enlarge)
Commenters on 2channel were entranced by Neru's Kyushu accent, and one thought it would be totally unfair if Techi were to take on some of that, making her even more irresistible. Despite the slight accent, I appreciated the clarity of both of their voices.