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)
"Love & Honey"
(2004)
"Chase"
(2004)

"Love & Honey" (stylized as LOVE & HONEY) is R&B-turned-pop singer-songwriter Koda Kumi's eleventh domestic single. The single reached #4 on Oricon, making it her first single in the Top 10 since Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba. It stayed on the charts for thirty-five weeks.[1]

Information[edit]

Love & Honey was released in both CD and CD+DVD formats. The two releases have slightly different versions of their second track, The theme of Sister Jill. The CD+DVD version features the "Short version" of the song, whereas the CD only version features the extended "LOVE & HONEY version" of the song.

Both Cutie Honey (KYUUTI HANII / キューティーハニー) and Yogiri no HANII (夜霧のハニー / Honey's Foggy Night) were covers of the original opening theme (Cutie Honey) and ending theme (Yogiri no HANII) by Yoko Maekawa.[2] All of the songs on the single were used in the 2004 tokusatsu film Cutie Honey and placed on the soundtrack for the Re: Cutie Honey OVA.[3]

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 met with positive and negative responses. She was criticized for the clothes she donned at Music Station and when her sales dropped again (much how real Emotion did), she became discouraged and questioned her choices. However, she refused to quit, believing in her own style and she did not want to give up.[4]

"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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

(Source[6])

CD (CD+DVD)
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Cutie Honey" (キューティーハニー/Kyutii Hanii) 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. "Yogiri no HANII" (夜霧のハニー/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. "Cutie Honey" (Instrumental)       3:07
6. "Into Your Heart" (Instrumental)       4:16
Total length:
19:46
DVD (CD+DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Cutie Honey" (Music Video)  

Chart history[edit]

Oricon Annual Single Top 100: #62

Total sales: 142,626 (est.)

Alternate Versions[edit]

Cutie Honey

  1. Cutie Honey: Found on the single (2004) and corresponding album secret (2005)
  2. Cutie Honey [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2004)
  3. Cutie Honey [House Nation Sunset in Ibiza Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's (2009)
  4. Cutie Honey [Mitomi Tokoto Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 2 (2010)
  5. Cutie Honey [Habanero Posse Remix]: Found on Beach Mix (2012)
  6. Cutie Honey [Mikoto Tokoto Big Room Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 5 (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LOVE & HONEY / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "キューティーハニー". Toei Anime. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cutie Honey Original Soundtrack". Amazon Japan. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Koda Kumi - Cutie Honey @MusicStation". Youku. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Koda Kumi. "KODA REKI Translations". Koda Kumi. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  6. ^ "LOVE & HONEY - Koda Kumi". Rhythm Zone. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  1. Avex Network (2005), Koda Kumi Official Web Site
  2. Oricon Style (2005), Ranking – Oricon Style