Kobukuro - Mirai Spring Package
3) Ima to Mirai wo Tsunagumono
4) Mirai (Acoustic ver.)
5) Mirai (LIVE ver. from Keio University 57th Mita Festival)
Mirai Spring Package is a special re-release edition of Kobukuro's 27th single Mirai that was released last month on 23rd March .
Mirai was originally released last Dec & it was used as the theme song for the movie orange that starred Tsuchiya Tao & Yamazaki Kento .
Kobukuro's 12th single Sakura is included in the tracklist . The cover for Mirai Spring Package was drawn by manga artist Takano Ichigo , the original author of orange .
Also , only 30,000 copies of Mirai Spring Package were made .
In the Mirai Spring Package there're 5 B-sides , inclusive of Sakura , a new B-side song and 2 different renditions of Mirai .
For Kobukuro to include Sakura , it feels as though they come full circle since the cover for Mirai was inspired by Sakura's single cover .
Sakura is 1 of the duo's signature singles & it's surreal knowing that it was released in 2005 but it's still a timeless song .
As for Ima to Mirai wo Tsunagumono , it's nice stripped down laidback no. that's quite nice .
There're 2 different renditions of Mirai in the re-release of the single & 1 of them is an acoustic take while the other was recorded from their performance at Keio University 57th Mita Festival .
I enjoy the original take of Mirai but the acoustic version just amplified its status to a higher level which makes you appreciate the song in its raw state .
Kobukuro certainly has an affinity with both Sakura and Mirai seeing that both singles were re-released in special Spring editions and let alone both singles share similar artwork with regards to their covers .
Mirai on its own was good & Mirai Spring Package is an extension of the single seeing that last Dec when it was released , it was only the A-side & no other songs accompanied it until now .
On that note , the duo's 9th album TIMELESS WORLD will be released on 15th June and Mirai will be included in their upcoming new album .