Perfume – Dream Fighter

by 1337rice on January 12, 2009 · 11 comments · AddThis

Dream Fighter
Perfume promoting Dream Fighter
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73390/5
Release Date: 2008.11.19
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #2
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Dream Fighter concludes their successful 2008 run. It was a single that generated a lot of hype, from forums to blogs. When the 15 second preview came out, everyone became somewhat confused. “This doesn’t sound like Perfume” a fan says. Until the full radio preview came out, people expressed their opinions. Some say that it carried too much pop than techno, some say it sounds different from their previous works, but most people still like it anyways.

Despite the success that they had on Love the World and GAME, their ORICON single sales rank fell short to UVERworld’s new single: Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi, which is UVERworld’s first #1 single based on the highly popular mecha series Gundam 00 S2.


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1. Dream Fighter

It’s probably the most special song for Perfume if it’s carrying the title Dream Fighter. The song’s first broadcast was on TOKYO FM while the first live performance was performed on their biggest concert to-date, BUDOUKaaaaaaaaaan, as an encore.

Dream Fighter is an interesting song when compared to their previous works. The vocals sound more natural because the vocoder isn’t adjusted to the levels that are similar to the previous works (you know what I mean), the instrumental flows smoothly using mid-high tones that provide the “dreamy” feel and once it’s all combined with the dance, “BIN-BON!” (From A-chan), you get a song with a super addictive chorus.

So, yes, the song is definitely different from the others. Change is good…for a while though. What I didn’t enjoy about the song is when they went solo for a good portion of the song while Love the World and Secret Secret were mostly composed of all 3 of them singing together. It just didn’t feel like Perfume for a while.

Rating: ★★★★½


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2. Negai

I like this B-side a lot. It has a very similar feel to Macaroni, but the beat is much slower and is much more enjoyable. The keyboard in the background gives it a gloomy feel. If you listen to the instrumentals carefully, there are strings being played for a 2-3 seconds, but it’s barely noticeable in the song itself. The piano is then used for the ending, which adds a good ballad feel (I think this is considered a ballad). Perfume doesn’t usually do this type of music often, but it was a great effort by both Nakata and Perfume.

Rating: ★★★★★



It was a successful year for Perfume. They have done what no normal artist could’ve done in a 1 year time span. Getting a #1 single and album, a live tour plus a 2 day performance at Budoukan, 2 TV shows hosted by Perfume themselves, a photobook and of course, a lot of dancing. Dream Fighter is what Perfume was doing in 2008, successfully “fighting” to make their dream come true. Although it was not the perfect single, it was the best single to sum up Perfume’s year 2008. In their New Years message, A-chan said “We’ll fight head on with any future obstacles that may come…like a Dream Fighter” (Thanks to HaroRangers for translation). We will look forward to the next single in 2009.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★


CD+DVD (First Press)

CD only

CD Tracklist

  1. Dream Fighter
  2. Negai
  3. Dream Fighter -original instrumental-
  4. Negai -original instrumental-

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About the author

1337rice was formerly active as a moderator for Channel-Ai and Nigihana. Currently busy with school work; he devotes most of his free time towards listening to music, meddling around with photography, and gaming. His favourite artists include AKB48, Nishino Kana, and Hilcrhyme.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Perfume Shop February 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

I love dream fighter…..Thanks for sharing… your website


sama1 December 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

that was perfect


eskaflone September 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

i love this song. my friend showed it to me and i cant stop lisining to it


savannah April 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm

their doing so such a great job, its sad because they where so small and look at them now. *crying*


1337rice February 22, 2009 at 1:42 am

I just pre-ordered their upcoming single One-Room Disco, but I won’t be getting it till around the end of April T_T
Of course, I will do a review of that single :D


clegaspi1221 March 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

haha. One Room Disco is already leaked out! (it’s just really hard to find)


1337rice March 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm

It’s not a leak, they aired it on the radio and people just recorded and uploaded it. I have the song too


JPop SPAIN January 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Good videos, I love the limited edition version


clegaspi1221 UNITED STATES January 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

NOO!!! i really wanted Dream Fighter the limited edition!!! i cant wait till their new single and i hope its good too.


oroitsme UNITED STATES January 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I thought that while Dream Fighter had an excellent chorus, the other parts sounded pretty bland and it’s definitely not one of their top songs. I do love Negai though – I think it’s amazing and sets the standard for releasing ballads while staying true to technopop.


DJAeon UNITED STATES January 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I loved dream fighter! This singlw rounds up the year so well…. but nagai was boring. Nice review rice


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