Japanese title: 青春 僕 / 青春 俺
Romaji title: seishun boku / seishun ore
English title: My Youth / My Youth

Release date: 2009.03.25

Catalog nr: HKCN-50077
Label: Hachama

First press: yes, one out of ten random trading cards featuring either Yaguchi, Air Band, Mai Satoda, or Gouda Koudai with Mai Satoda.


«Seishun Boku / Seishun Ore» is Mari Yaguchi’s debut single. It was released on March 25th, 2009; just a few days before her graduation from Hello! Project.

It landed on the Oricon charts at #6, selling 34.368 copies. It also landed on the Oricon yearly charts at #190.

This is Yaguchi’s first music release since Morning Musume’s «Osaka Koiuta» released in 2005. Yaguchi resigned from the band shortly after the release of the single, as paparazzi had taken pictures of her with her boyfriend (which is considered a contract breach). She resigned from the group to be with her boyfriend (whome she broke up with in 2006).

This single is released in collaboration with the TV show Quiz Hexagon, and is a joint single with the Japanese group Air Band. The single was relesaed as a CD+DVD combo only, with Yaguchi singing «Seishun Boku» and Air Band singing «Seishun Ore». The songs are almost the same, but with slightly altered lyrics for the respective artist.

Promo poster

Promo poster

The cover features Yaguchi, but if you flip the CD you see a cover of Air Band:


TRACK LIST


CD
01. 青春 僕 (Seishun Boku; My Youthby Mari Yaguchi
02. 青春 俺 (Seishun Ore; My Youthby Air Band
03. 青春 僕 (Instrumental)
03. 青春 俺 (Instrumental)

DVD
01. 青春 僕 (Music Video)
02. 青春 俺 (Music Video)


CREDITS


青春 僕 (Seishun Boku) 

Lyrics: Caxias Shimada | Music: Yuuki | Arrangement: Akiko Iwamuro & Bungo Saitou

Both songs on this single are translated as My Youth. «Boku» is used as the pronoun «I/my» when casually giving deference. «Servant» uses the same kanji (僕 shimobe). Commonly used by males. Considered rather childish, as it is used when talking to children.

Another version of this song was released on the album We Love ♥ Hexagon 2009. It is called Seishun Special Edition.


青春 俺 (Seishun Ore)

Lyrics: Caxias Shimada | Music: Yuuki | Arrangement: Akiko Iwamuro & Bungo Saitou

Both songs on this single are translated as My Youth. «Ore» is used as the pronoun «I/my», and can be seen as rude depending on the context. Establishes a sense of masculinity. Emphasizes one’s own status when used with peers and with those who are younger or who have less status. Among close friends or family, its use is a sign of familiarity rather than of masculinity or of superiority.


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