Love & Honey

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"Love & Honey"
CD only version cover
Single by Koda Kumi
from the album Feel My Mind/Secret
Released May 26, 2004 (JP)
Format CD/CD+DVD
Recorded 2004
Genre Japanese pop
Length 19:46 (CD+DVD)
22:23 (CD only)
Label Rhythm Zone
Writer(s) Claude Q, Takeo Watanabe, Kumi Koda, Sachi Bennett, Harutoshi Noda, Akira Ito, Miki Watanabe
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Crazy 4 U"
(2004)</small
"Love & Honey"
(2004)
"Chase"
(2004)

"Love & Honey" is Koda Kumi's eleventh domestic CD single. The main song, "Cutie Honey", is a cover of the original Cutie Honey theme. It and the other songs on the single were recorded for the soundtrack for the 2004 tokusatsu film Cutie Honey. The songs were later used on the soundtrack for the Re: Cutie Honey OVA. The single was released as both a version containing only a CD and a version which included a DVD featuring the "Cutie Honey" music video. The two releases have slightly different versions of their second track, "The theme of Sister Jill". The DVD version features the "Short version" of the song, whereas the CD only version features the extended "LOVE & HONEY version" of the song.

Background Narration[edit]

"Every day I felt “I’m really doing what I want to do” and in response to that feeling, my single LOVE & HONEY ranked 4th on the Oricon charts." - Koda Kumi

After the release of LOVE & HONEY, Koda Kumi said how more fans would come to her events and the amount of fan letters increased. She talks in KODA REKI how it was a time of trial and error. The attention she attracted with Cutie Honey was not just met with positivity, but negativity, as well. She was criticized for the clothes she donned at Music Station and when her sales dropped again (much how real Emotion did), she began to become discouraged and questioned her choices.

However, she refused to quit, believing in her own style and didn't want to give up.

"I usually got scared easily, but this time I pushed through my own ideas for the first time. I could take a big step in 2004 and love the person I became." - Koda Kumi.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD (CD+DVD)
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "キューティーハニー" (Cutie Honey/Kyūtī Hanī) Claude Q Takeo Watanabe h-wonder 3:08
2. "The theme of Sister Jill [Short Version]"   Koda, Sachi Bennett Harutoshi Noda h-wonder 1:12
3. "夜霧のハニー" (Yogiri no Hanī/"Honey's Foggy Night") Akira Itō Takeo Watanabe Leo Nishikawa 3:46
4. "Into Your Heart"   Miki Watabe Miki Watabe h-wonder 4:20
5. "キューティーハニー" (Instrumental)       3:07
6. "Into Your Heart" (Instrumental)       4:16
Total length:
19:46
DVD (CD+DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "キューティーハニー" (Music Video)  

Chart history[edit]

Oricon Annual Single Top 100: #62

Total sales: 142,626 (est.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koda Kumi. "KODA REKI Translations". Koda Kumi. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  1. Avex Network (2005), Koda Kumi Official Web Site
  2. Oricon Style (2005), Ranking – Oricon Style