Japanese title: い太陽 -winter ver.-
Romaji title: marui taiyou -winter ver.-
English title: The Spherical Sun -Winter Ver.-

Release date: 1999.12.08

Catalog nr: EPDE-1065
Label: zetima

First press: no

«Marui Taiyou -winter ver.-» is Taiyou to Ciscomoon‘s 6th single, and their first and last as a 3-member unit. Another version of this song is available on the group’s second album with all four members, and is titled «Marui Taiyou (4nin Ver.)»

The single was released on December 8th, 1999 on the record label zetima, containing the title track and its instrumental, as well as two remixes of «Magic of Love». The title track was used as the second opening theme for the anime «Majutsushi Orphen: Revenge». 

Music video for Marui Taiyou -winter ver.-

Music video for Marui Taiyou -winter ver.-

This single is the group’s last single to be released as a 3" cd single (their latter releases were all 5" singles), and also the last under the name «Taiyou to Ciscomoon» (the group’s name was changed to T&C Bomber for their future releases).

The single entered the charts at #25, and charted for three weeks. It sold 20,670 copies in its first week and 29,670 copies total.

Promo poster

Promo poster

The most noticable thing about this release, is the absence of Miwa Kominato. It was said that in order to become better performers with consistency and high skills, the agency asked Tsunku to reconsider the unit’s dynamics. After examining videos from various school festivals, Tsunku made a decision to let go of Kominato. The decision would become in effect for the release of the following single (ie this single). The reason for letting Kominato go was because she was having a hard time keeping up with the fast-pace of the rhythm in both singing and dancing. The rumor has it that it was the record label’s pre-planned action to let Kominato go. 

She returned to the group for their next single.

Tsunku said this about it in an interview:

Interviewer: Speaking of departure, Taiyo To Ciscomoon just lost one of the members. 

Tsunku: I think the major mistake of the unit was that things were pre-planned, meaning, the unit had some certainty in its future.

Interviewer: Can you elaborate on that? 

Tsunku: Yes: Since the very beginning, Morning Musume was surrounded by constant uncertainty. In contrast, Taiyo To Ciscomoon had a solid contract of releasing singles 4 months straight. The contract helped the unit deliver great quality of music, so that was great, but the girls were feeling at ease. In the end, I had to let one girl go. I’m content if their music stayed in general public’s mind for a long time. Unlike a unit with 1 main vocalist, everyone in Taiyo To Ciscomoon is a vocalist. So the unit can function as a trio as much as 4 girls.


01. 丸い太陽 -winter ver.- (Marui Taiyou -Winter Ver.-; The Spehrical Sun -winter ver.-)
02. Magic of Love (T.Y.P. remix)
03. Magic of Love (Masters of funk remix)
04. 丸い太陽 -winter ver.- (Instrumental)


Marui Taiyou -winter ver.-

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi, Shitamachi Kyoudai

Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto covered «Marui Taiyou» as the B-side of their 10th single «Senpai ~LOVE AGAIN~». It is called «Marui Taiyou (2003 Ver.)»


Magic of Love (T.Y.P. remix)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi, Shitamachi Kyoudai

Remixed by T.Y.P.


Magic of Love (Masters of funk remix)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi, Shitamachi Kyoudai

Remixed by CPM MARVIN