Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba

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"Real Emotion/1000の言葉
Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba"
Single by Koda Kumi
Released March 5, 2003
Length 20:02
Label Rhythm Zone
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Maze"
(2002)
"Real Emotion/1000の言葉"
(2003)
"Come with Me"
(2003)

"Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba"[stylized as real Emotion/1000の言葉 and pronounced as Sen no Kotoba (romanized as real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba and translated as real Emotion/1000 Words)] is a double A-side by Koda Kumi, consisting of the songs Real Emotion and 1000 no Kotoba (lit. "1000 Words"). They were used in two cut-scenes of Square Enix's game Final Fantasy X-2.

1000 no Kotoba was arranged by Takahito Eguchi and Noriko Matsueda. It was published by Rhythm Zone on March 5, 2003 with the catalog number "RZCD-45080".[1]

This was Koda Kumi's first single to chart in the top 10 on Oricon Weekly, coming in at #3. Since its release, it has sold over 283,000 copies.[2]

Information[edit]

real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba is Japanese R&B singer-songwriter Kumi Koda's seventh single and first double a-side. The single became the artist's first the chart in the top ten on Oricon, charting at #3, and remained on the charts for twenty-eight weeks. Since its release, it has sold over 283,000 copies. She would not have another single surpass the physical sales of real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba until her 2006 single 4 hot wave.[3]

Despite being a double a-side, only real Emotion was given a music video. 1000 no Kotoba did not receive an official music video, but was given an in-game video in Final Fantasy X-2 when Yuna sings in the Thunder Plains. Both songs were used in the game, however, with real Emotion being used in the opening.[4]

1000 no Kotoba was arranged by Takahito Eguchi and Noriko Matsueda, who arranged much of the music for Final Fantasy X-2.

Though being a Koda Kumi single, there were three songs placed on the single from the game: Eternity ~Memories of Light & Waves~, which played during the opening, Besaid, played while in the village of Besaid, and Ballad of Yuna, which is the character Yuna's theme song.

An orchestra version of 1000 no Kotoba would be placed on the corresponding album, grow into one, as a bonus track. This was the version of the song used during the ending credits, which could also be found on disc two of the Final Fantasy X-2 Original Soundtrack. She would release an alternate orchestra version on her third compilation album, Best ~Bounce & Lovers~.

Music Videos[edit]

real Emotion was the only song of the two to garner a full music video, which was placed on the DVD 7 Spirits. The DVD would be released alongside her corresponding album grow into one.

This would be the first time an artist took part in creating the dance for a video game, with Kumi's dance being digitized into the game for the opening number.[5] The music video showed aspects of creating the in-game video, with Kumi on the platform that would be used to track her movements, so as to layer them over the Yuna character.

Background Narration[edit]

"If this song doesn’t sell, it means that I don’t have what it takes to be an artist. If that happens then I’ll give up with good grace." - Koda Kumi.[6]

After the chart failures of her past singles, Koda Kumi decided that the next song would decide her fate as an artist. When the single had a high success rate on the charts, Koda Kumi felt that it was the starting point of her career, but grew discouraged when the following singles didn't chart well.

"Once people will listen to my songs, I will certainly be able to keep their interest . . . Because my hopes had been so high, the fall was really too hard." - Koda Kumi.[6]

Track list[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Eternity ~Memory of Light & Waves~" (久遠 ~光と波の記憶~ / Kuon ~Hikari to Nami no Kioku~)   Uematsu Nobuo   2:35
2. "Besaid" (ビサイド / Bisaido)   Uematsu Nobuo h-wonder 4:20
3. "Ballad of Yuna" (ユウナのバラード / Yuna no BARAADO)   Uematsu Nobuo   2:48
4. "real Emotion [Original Mix]"   Kenn Kato Kazuhiro Hara h-wonder 4:02
5. "1000 no Kotoba [Original Mix]" (1000の言葉 / 1000 Words) Kazushige Nojima Takahito EguchiNoriko Matsueda Takahito Eguchi • Noriko Matsueda 6:02
6. "real Emotion [Instrumental]"     Kazuhiro Hara h-wonder 3:59
7. "1000 no Kotoba [Instrumental]"     Takahito Eguchi • Noriko Matsueda Takahito Eguchi • Noriko Matsueda 6:02
Total length:
20:05

Alternate Versions[edit]

real Emotion

  1. real Emotion: Found on the single and its corresponding album Grow Into One (2003)
  2. real Emotion [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2003)
  3. real Emotion [FFX-2 Mix]: Found on soundtrack Final Fantasy X-2: Original Soundtrack (2003)
  4. real Emotion [English Version]: Found on single COME WITH ME (2003)
  5. real Emotion [DJ MSK remix]: Found on single COME WITH ME (2003)
  6. real Emotion [House Nation Sunset in Ibiza Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's (2009)
  7. real Emotion [KOZM® Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 5 (2013)

1000 no Kotoba

  1. 1000 no Kotoba: Found on the single and corresponding album Grow Into One (2003)
  2. 1000 no Kotoba [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2003)
  3. 1000 no Kotoba [FFX-2 Mix]: Found on soundtrack Final Fantasy X-2: Original Soundtrack (2003)
  4. 1000 no Kotoba [Piano Version]: Found on soundtrack Final Fantasy X-2: Original Soundtrack (2003)
  5. 1000 no Kotoba [Orchestra Version]: Found on soundtrack Final Fantasy X-2: Original Soundtrack (2003)
  6. 1000 no Kotoba [English Version]: Found on single COME WITH ME (2003)
  7. 1000 no Kotoba [DJ 19 remix]: Found on single COME WITH ME (2003)
  8. 1000 no Kotoba ~Alternate Orchestra Version~: Found on album Grow Into One (2003)
  9. 1000 no Kotoba [Shohei Matsumoto & Junichi Matsuda Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 2 (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Kumi Koda – Real Emotion/1000 Words". RPGFan. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  2. ^ Oricon. "real Emotion/1000の言葉". Oricon. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Single Sales Chart". HBR3 Sakura. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Final Fantasy X-2 - real Emotion (Japanese version)". YouTube. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Koda Kumi, the motion actress of Yuna's dance". SquareSoft. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Koda Kumi. "KODA REKI Translations". Koda Kumi. Retrieved 2013-01-24.