Welcome back to Song of the Week everyone! This week, I’m going back to the early days of the myus, with a song from the very first myu, Gaiden: Minako’s solo “Namikimichi no Koi” (“Love on a Tree-Lined Road”).
This song appears when Minako is hanging out with Saitou Kun (really a disguised Kunzite, unbeknownst to the girls) and begins confessing about her first love. In the song, she sings about how she saw a boy on a tree-lined road in the spring, then watched him do a somersault in the summer, and gazed at him in fall, but he never spoke to her, and now he has graduated. Despite this, she still loves him. Saitou asks if the boy is him, and Minako says yes. Saitou becomes excited and then decides to take Minako on a date to the amusement park, much to the joy of Usagi, Ami, Rei, and Makoto, who are secretly spying on them (though Minako soon finds them).
Sea of Serenity notes in their lyrics for this song that it may be inspired by “Namikimichi no Koi – Taabo Zenkai Baribari! Hen” (“Love on the Tree-Lined Road / Tearing at Turbo Full-Throttle!”), the 8th chapter of the Sailor V manga, which also features Minako meeting an older guy named Saitou on a tree-lined road. It is possible that this is the case; the tankoubon containing that chapter was originally released on October 22, 1994 (Minako’s birthday, appropriately), so it had probably been released in RunRun already by then.
“Namikimichi no Koi” appears on two CDs — the soundtrack for Gaiden (Memorial Album of the Musical) and the special CD Love Ballad Edition. It made its event debut at the Kaguya K Fankan, where it was sung by Mercury actress Hisano Akamine; a very brief clip of this can be seen on the omake video. It then appeared at the Transylvania no Mori K Fankan, sung by new Venus actress Ayumi Murata. After that, however, it did not appear at any more fan events, and it never appeared on any special videos.
That’s all for this week! Tune in next week for another feature!