|Be My Last
Released Date: 2005/09/28
Debut Ranking: #1
Product Code: TOCT-5002
Utada Hikaru’s 14th single, “Be My Last”, was released on the 28th of September 2005. This single debuted at the top position on the daily Oricon charts on its release day. “Be My Last” also managed to achieve the first position on the weekly chart, selling about 80,043 copies to date. By taking a look at the sales amount of Hikki’s earlier releases, one can notice that, compared to Hikki’s standards this single didn’t fare well, at all.
The reason why this single is selling so poorly, is mainly because there is only one song included in this single. This single doesn’t even include the instrumental version of “Be My Last”. The cover design also is not really attractive and rather plain. So it is not surprising that many J-Pop fans do doubt the worthiness of this single.
“Be My Last” is Hikki’s first Japanese poetry work, which was specifically written for the upcoming movie by Toho Western Film Theaters in Japan – “Haru no Yuki”, starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Yuko Takeuchi. This movie is based on the Yukio Mishima’s masterpiece “The Sea of Fertility” tetralogy.
The promotional video was taken in a gorgeous city, Prague. Hikki, who wears black suit and has a gloomy demeanor, acts as an angel who protects a couple. At one given point the guy decided to leave his girlfriend while they were together. The girl was really anxious so she ran out to find her boyfriend. Hikki knew she would die on the road in a car accident and thus Hikki decided to sacrifice herself in order to save her life. That’s the basic plot of this video. Naturally many other fans claim that this video has deeper and more intricate meanings hidden within it.
Be My Last
Since this song was planned to be the theme song for “Haru no Yuki”, Hikki’s painful tone in her voice has brought out the sadness and poignancy which was portrayed into this movie. The lyrics of this poetry song should have heaps of hidden meaning within the words that will allow the audiences/viewers to explore after they watch the movie “Haru no Yuki”.
This is not a good song, if you ask me, as this is not a song that Hikki usually sings. The instrumental arrangement sounds a bit weird and unbalanced and eventually makes me feel really annoyed. The only good element in this song is that Hikki’s vocals are really attractive, even though this melody doesn’t satisfy my expectations for Hikki’s comeback single.
Anyway, there are numbers of fans who found this ballad really satisfactory and great too. Hopefully nobody will be affected by my negative comments for this song. I suggest you should simply give it a try and you might be the one who actually gets to love it.