AKB48 – New 29th janken single “Eien Pressure”, release on 12/5

Type A CD+DVD.

Type B CD+DVD.

 

Type C CD+DVD.

Type D CD+DVD.

 

CD only theater edition.

Eien Pressure
AKB48

Release date: December 5th, 2012

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Type A CD tracklist: 
01.  Eien Pressure
02.  Totteoki Christmas
03.  Tsuyogari Dokei (SKE48)
04.  Eien Pressure off vocal ver.
05.  Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver.
06.  Tsuyogari Dokei off vocal ver.

Type A DVD tracklist:
01.  Eien Pressure Music Video
02.  Totteoki Christmas Music Video
03.  Tsuyogari Dokei Music Video
04.  Team B Oshi Music Video (Music Video Request 2012 1st place)
05.  29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament Document (Part I)
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Type B CD tracklist: 
01.  Eien Pressure
02.  Totteoki Christmas
03.  HA! (NMB48)
04.  Eien Pressure off vocal ver.
05.  Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver.
06.  HA! off vocal ver.

Type B DVD tracklist:
01.  Eien Pressure Music Video
02.  Totteoki Christmas Music Video
03.  HA! Music Video
04.  First Rabbit Music Video (Music Video Request 2012 2nd place)
05.  29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament Document (Part II)
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Type C CD tracklist: 
01.  Eien Pressure
02.  Totteoki Christmas
03.  Hatsukoi Butterfly (HKT48)
04.  Eien Pressure off vocal ver.
05.  Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver.
06.  Hatsukoi Butterfly off vocal ver.

Type C DVD tracklist:
01.  Eien Pressure Music Video
02.  Totteoki Christmas Music Video
03.  Hatsukoi Butterfly Music Video
04.  Sakura no Hanabira ~Maeda Atsuko solo ver.~ Music Video (Music Video Request 2012 3rd place)
05.  29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament Document (Part III)
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Type D CD tracklist: 
01.  Eien Pressure
02.  Totteoki Christmas
03.  Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni (OKL48)
04.  Eien Pressure off vocal ver.
05.  Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver.
06.  Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni off vocal ver.

Type D DVD tracklist:
01.  Eien Pressure Music Video
02.  Totteoki Christmas Music Video
03.  Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni Music Video
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Theater edition tracklist: 
01.  Eien Pressure
02.  Totteoki Christmas
03.  Watashitachi no Reason
04.  Eien Pressure off vocal ver.
05.  Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver.
06.  Watashitachi no Reason off vocal ver.
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AKB48 is set to release their last single of 2012, titled Eien Pressure, in the first week of December. The 16 senbatsu members participating in this release were decided in September via AKB48‘s annual janken tournament. This year Shimazaki Haruka, or “Paruru” as fans affectionately refer to her as, came out on top and will be featured as the group’s center for the very first time.

Eien Pressure will come in an unprecedented four types (A – D), in addition to the customary theater edition. This will also be the first time that an AKB single release features coupling tracks from their sister groups. Type A will feature a track from SKE48 titled Tsuyogari Dokei, Type B will feature a track from NMB48 titled HA!, and Type C will feature a track from their youngest sister group HKT48 titled Hatsukoi Butterfly. Type D’s exclusive track Eien Yori Tsuzuku You ni will be performed OKL48, a special collaboration between selected members of AKB48 and famous Japanese comedian Okamura Takashi.

Each type will include a DVD containing music videos for the respective tracks on the CD. Furthermore, types A – C will also include an exclusive music video of an AKB48 song voted on by fans. These were all songs that did not have an official music video. Team B Oshi came 1st in the voting and will be featured on Type A. First Rabbit took 2nd place will be featured on Type B. Lastly, Maeda Atsuko‘s solo rendition of Sakura no Hanabiratachi took 3rd, and will be featured on Type C. For the full results of the fan voting, head on over here.

First press copies of Eien Pressure will come with two bonus photos by retailers, one of which will feature an SKE, NMB, or HKT member depending on the single type (A – C). A randomly chosen photo will also be enclosed with every copy of the single. FInally, as a special perk the booklet for type C will be able to fold into a special house design (pictured below).

 
I think it’s safe to say these kinds of single releases from AKB can be considered wallet rape for many fans, including myself XD. The covers look excellent, probably the best out of all the janken releases so far. There’s actually some direction this time. They are artistic and full of life, with the predominantly white background reminding me of holiday snow. Type D is the only exception…WTF LOL. Miorin-inspired I’m guessing XD.

Including tracks from their sister groups was a brilliant idea. I also love the music video request and hope it’s something they’ll do again in the future. I’m not too big on Team B Oshi, but it’ll be awesome seeing the new team members featured and especially my Kojiharu.

Even though I shouldn’t have been, I was surprised to see Acchan‘s solo rendition get a PV. That just goes to show fans have not let go yet. Four months after graduation, she still lives on within the group’s releases :). I’m looking forward to all of this plus the coupling track Totteoki Christmas. I’ve really enjoyed the past two Christmas-themed coupling tracks from their janken singles, so this one should be good too.

Looks like the group will be ending 2012 on a strong note. I have no doubts Eien Pressure will become another one of their many first week million-selling singles. With this release, AKB48 will own the top 5 spots on Oricon’s yearly single ranking again this year :).

 
Pre-order

Eien Pressure Type A CD+DVD.

Eien Pressure Type B CD+DVD.

Eien Pressure Type C CD+DVD.

Eien Pressure Type D CD+DVD.

Type C booklet special house design.

Type C booket special house design.

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