Return to Myself (song)

"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu." (Return to Myself 〜しない、しない、ナツ。, lit. "Return to Myself ~ Not, Not, Summer.") is the ninth single by Japanese singer/songwriter Mari Hamada, from the album of the same title. Written by Hamada and Hiroyuki Ohtsuki, the single was released by Invitation on April 19, 1989. The song was used by Kanebo Cosmetics for their commercials starring Nene Otsuka.[1][2] It was included in the 2015 soundtrack album Yakuza 0 80's Hits! Collection.[3]

"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu."
Mari Hamada - Return to Myself Single.jpg
Single by Mari Hamada
from the album Return to Myself
LanguageJapanese
B-side"Restless Kind"
ReleasedApril 19, 1989 (1989-04-19)
RecordedFebruary–March 1989
StudioRumbo Recorders
Genre
LabelInvitation
Composer(s)Hiroyuki Ohtsuki
Lyricist(s)Mari Hamada
Producer(s)Greg Edward
Mari Hamada singles chronology
"Heart and Soul"
(1988)
"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu."
(1989)
"Open Your Heart"
(1989)

The single became Hamada's first and only No. 1 on Oricon's singles chart.[4] It was also certified Platinum by the RIAJ.[5]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Mari Hamada; all music is composed by Hiroyuki Ohtsuki.

No.TitleLength
1."Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu." ((Return to Myself 〜しない、しない、ナツ。, lit. "Return to Myself ~ Not, Not, Summer.")) 
2."Restless Kind" 

PersonnelEdit

  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • John Pierce – bass
  • Randy Kerber – keyboards
  • John Keane – drums, percussion

Chart positionsEdit

Charts (1989) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon)[4] 1

CertificationEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[5] Platinum 400,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Cyntia versionEdit

"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu."
 
Single by Cyntia
LanguageJapanese
B-side"Kira Kira Shangri-la /
Day Dream"
ReleasedJuly 31, 2013 (2013-07-31)
Studio
  • Sound Arts
  • Soundcrew Studio
  • Victor Studio
Genre
Length4:18
LabelColourful Records
Composer(s)Hiroyuki Ohtsuki
Lyricist(s)Mari Hamada
Producer(s)
  • Cyntia
  • Yoshikazu Yoshiura
Cyntia singles chronology
"Run to the Future"
(2012)
"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu."
(2013)
"Senko Strings"
(2014)
Music video
Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu. on YouTube

"Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu." was covered by Japanese all-female power metal band Cyntia as their second single, released on July 31, 2013 by Colourful Records.[6] Three versions of the single were released: a stand-alone single, the Type-A single with a DVD copy of the music video, and the Type-B single with a promotional bikini top.[7][8]

The single peaked at No. 36 on Oricon's singles chart.[9]

Track listingEdit

CD
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu." ((Return to Myself 〜しない、しない、ナツ。, lit. "Return to Myself ~ Not, Not, Summer."))HamadaOhtsuki4:18
2."Kira Kira Shangri-la" ((キラキラ☆シャングリラ, lit. "Glittering Shangri-la"))SakiAyano4:32
3."Day Dream"Saki
  • Ryō Takahashi
  • Yui
4:42
4."Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu. (Instrumental)"  4:18
5."Kira Kira Shangri-la (Instrumental)"  4:32
6."Day Dream (Instrumental)"  4:38
Type A Single Bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu. (Music Video)" 
2."Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu. (Music Video Shoot)" 
3."Suiren to Chō (Live at O-WEST (No Overdubs))" ((睡蓮と蝶, lit. "Water Lilies and Butterflies")) 

Chart positionsEdit

Charts (2013) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon)[9] 36
Japan (Billboard)[10] 46
Japan Top Singles Sales (Billboard)[11] 31

Other cover versionsEdit

  • Mi covered the song in their 2006 album 80s x Mi.
  • Demon Kakka covered the song in his 2007 cover album Girls' Rock.
  • Ayumi Shibata covered the song in her 2014 album kick start.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "浜田麻里30周年でシングルBOX、過去アルバムSHM-CD化". Natalie.mu. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  2. ^ "SONGS|第288回 浜田麻里". NHK. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  3. ^ "『龍が如く0 誓いの場所』80's Hits! Collection". Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  4. ^ a b "Return to Myself/浜田麻里". Oricon. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  5. ^ a b "Japanese certifications – 浜田 麻里 – Return to Myself" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved March 28, 2021. Select 1989年9月 on the drop-down menu
  6. ^ "Cyntia | Return to Myself~しない、しない、ナツ。". JVCKenwood Victor Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  7. ^ "Cyntia | Return to Myself~しない、しない、ナツ。(初回盤B)". JVCKenwood Victor Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  8. ^ "ガールズバンド・Cyntia、ビキニトップ付CDで浜田麻里「Return to Myself」カバー". BARKS. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  9. ^ a b "Return to Myself~しない、しない、ナツ。/Cyntia". Oricon. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  10. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100: 2013/08/07 付け". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). August 7, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Singles Sales: 2013/08/07 付け". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). August 7, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2021.

External linksEdit

Mari Hamada
Cyntia