BREAKERZ - YAIBA
CD Limited With A5 Sized Photobook
CD + DVD
2) WINTER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~ (CD Regular Edition & CD + DVD Track)
3) CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ (CD Limited Edition Track)
YAIBA is BREAKERZ's 16th single & it was released on 9th Dec .
This's the guys' 2nd single release of the year after they released their 6th album 0-ZERO- in July .
In the single covers of YAIBA , vocalist DAIGO holds a "Yaiba (a knife)" in his hand which emits an intense flame & it showcases the group's surging inclination to keep going on in an attack mode even after the restart of the band's activities .
YAIBA was written by DAIGO & composed by guitarist AKIHIDE . The A-side was picked to be used as the opening number for the Cardfight!! Vanguard G anime which premièred on 11th Oct .
Other promo tie in's that YAIBA received included it being used in the new Cardfight!! Vanguard G CM that started airing this month on 20th Dec with DAIGO starring in the CM , Nico Nico online webshow Nico Visual selecting YAIBA to be used as the opening & ending theme for this month and Chiba TV's MUSIC LAUNCHER using YAIBA as the show's opening theme for December .
There're 2 B-sides made available in the single .
WINTER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~ is an acoustic version of WINTER PARTY , which's the 2nd A-side of BREAKERZ's 3rd single Angelic Smile / WINTER PARTY .
Both renditions of WINTER PARTY were written & composed by DAIGO . For WINTER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~ , it's available in both the CD Regular & CD + DVD editions of YAIBA .
WINTER PARTY is still 1 of the guys' signature staple songs , likewise for SUMMER PARTY . For the acoustic take , WINTER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~ is pretty good as it now has a Jazz sound while still keeping the true essence of the song and it was able to retain the feel good festive Christmas spirit of what the original take of WINTER PARTY had .
The 2nd B-side CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ is a remastered version of CLIMBER×CLIMBER , which's the 2nd A-side of BREAKERZ's 10th single Tsukiyo no Itazura no Mahou / CLIMBER × CLIMBER .
Both takes of the song was written by DAIGO & composed by guitarist SHINPEI . For CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ , it's only available in the CD Limited edition of YAIBA .
For people not in the know , upon hearing CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ , it might be a disappointment to you as while it sounds exactly the same as the original , I can hear some difference as the remastered version is more clearer and crisp .
I was somewhat hoping that CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ would at most have a different melody but unfortunately that's not the case . It's a bit strange for the guys to decide to remaster CLIMBER×CLIMBER as all the while I never really have been a big fan of the song as I always prefer the live renditions more .
2015 marks the year when BREAKERZ made their comeback after embarking on a 2 years solo project mission & they wrap up the year with the release of their latest single offering YAIBA .
Compared with what their previous single WE GO against YAIBA now , YAIBA is a lot more better as WE GO didn't had a clear concept unlike YAIBA as visually & song wise , the guys have a clearer idea on what to go for in YAIBA which I feel it's really crucial .
While I enjoy YAIBA , the downside is the lack of new original B-side material since both tracks included in the single were re-recorded renditions of their older works . At least WINTER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~ is another solid acoustic song added to their discography as I didn't liked Hikari ~Acoustic Version~ that much .
And I could do without CLIMBER×CLIMBER ~Remastering~ as I wouldn't mind an anime version of YAIBA like what they've done for Miss Mystery .
On that note , I do hope that 2016 will see the guys continue to be more musically active . While I'm happy that the guys finally made their comeback this year , the outcome hasn't been that great as both 0-ZERO- & YAIBA charted out of the top 10 on Oricon , which's a real pity as YAIBA ended their top 10 streak for their single releases .
Hopefully the guys wouldn't be so discouraged on this and like what they've envisioned for YAIBA , in continuing to keep the flame burning .