Japanese title: 甘いあなたの味
Romaji title: amai anata no aji
English title: A Sweet Flavor of You
Release date: 2000.02.19
Catalog nr: EPDE-1068
First press: yes, a reversable poster
«Amai Anata no Aji» is Melon Kinenbi‘s debut single.
It contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Skip!). It sold 4.030 copies in it’s first week. It ranked for two weeks and got the #60 spot at the Oricon charts. Its total sales were 8.510 copies.
The A-side was used as the second ending theme to the anime Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and Kiss Dake Ja Iyah.
In May of 1999, application details were included with Morning Musume’s 5th single «Manatsu no Kousen» for the 2nd Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition.
The second interviews were held in June, and 3.687 people had sent in their applications. In August, four people were selected as winners, and they were Hitomi Saito, Megumi Murata, Masae Ohtani and Ayumi Shibata.
Saito was labeled as the sexy one, Murata as the cute/dreamy one, Ohtani as the tomboy and Shibata as the natural beauty. The caracteristics of the group was that each girl possesses a very unique character, as evidenced in one of the remarks made by all the members: “If it weren’t for this unit, we wouldn’t have interacted with each other (because we are so different).” The combination of different personalities created a very interesting dynamic, and that made the unit so interesting.
Tsunku said in an interview that this is his favourite Melon Kinenbi song:
"— How about your favorite Melon Kinenbi songs?
Tsunku♂: Melon Kinenbi, I’m going to have to say it’d be their debut song, “Amai Anata no Aji.” At the time of their debut, Melon Kinenbi may have been the group with the poorest sense of rhythm in the entire history of Hello! Project. [...] Some of them couldn’t even sidestep on time. In that sense, Shibata was the perfect center for the group — while she learned to vocalize better in the later days of the group, in the beginning she couldn’t sing to save her life. It’s not that she was a bad singer perfect per se… she just couldn’t put any feeling into it. But that was kind of their appeal then. They were like everyone’s favorite “talentless idols” and that’s what made them great. We were already using Pro Tools at the time, meaning we could fix pitch issues if we wanted to, but with their debut song, “Amai Anata no Aji” I purposefully avoided editing Shibata’s vocals much. I wanted it to have that “Tsukasa Ito feel.”
— You left it sloppy on purpose.
Tsunku♂: It was just too adorable to pass on. Ootani was a good singer, so I’d use her vocals as a support and leave untouched the Shibata lines where she didn’t quite reach the right notes."
01. 甘いあなたの味 (Amai Anata no Aji; A Sweet Taste of You)
02. スキップ! (Skip!)
03. 甘いあなたの味 (Instrumental)
甘いあなたの味 (Amai Anata no Aji)
Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi
Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi