Ai no Uta (Strawberry Flower song)
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|"Ai no Uta"|
|Single by Strawberry Flower|
|Released||December 6, 2001|
|Strawberry Flower singles chronology|
"Ai no Uta" (愛のうた Song of Love) is an image song released in conjunction with the video game Pikmin for the Nintendo GameCube. The song was only used in commercials for the game and does not appear in the game itself, and those commercials appeared only in Japan. A small clip of the song though can be heard being sung by the Pikmin in Pikmin 2, and the song is one of the default tracks available for the Distant Planet stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (along with a new, French language version). The song is sung by the virtual group Strawberry Flower, who also sang the theme song for Pikmin 2. The title of the song translates to "Song of Love," so named because the song expounds on the emotions the Pikmin feel in relation to their involvement in the game.
The song was featured in commercials for the Pikmin video game, in order to stimulate flagging sales. The song became immediately very popular and soon became one of the most recognizable songs in Japan at the time. Many people had memorized the song from the commercials, and soon after the sales of the video game rose nearly fivefold. The song itself was released as a CD Single on December 6, 2001 and remained in the top ten for several weeks. Unexpectedly, the song actually outsold the game it has advertised, even beating Pikmin's sales figures shortly after its release as a single. The song was a remarkable media phenomenon in that it sold equally well to audiences of all ages and tastes. The single has sold over 632,350 copies and was ranked 8th in 2002 Oricon Yearly Chart. The single is rare and out of print.
Members at the Time of Single
From Pikmin: Red Pikmin (debut), Blue Pikmin (debut), Yellow Pikmin (debut)
It mainly focuses on the Yellow Pikmin standing in front of a Toadmin decorated with TVs showing lightning that represents the emotions the Pikmin feel in relation to their involvement in the game. It was shot on September 26, 2001.
- Ai no Uta (愛のうた lit. Song of Love) the Pikmins point of view
- Namida ga Afureta (涙があふれた lit. Full of Tears) this tells Olimar's point of view
- Ai no Uta (愛のうた lit. Song of Love) (Instrumental)