Ai no Uta (Strawberry Flower song)
|"Ai no Uta"|
|Single by Strawberry Flower|
|from the album Pikmin World|
|Released||December 6, 2001|
|Strawberry Flower singles chronology|
"Ai no Uta" (愛のうた, Song of Love) is a song recorded by Strawberry Flower for Japanese TV commercials of the Nintendo Gamecube game Pikmin. It was written and produced by band member Takeshi Tomozuma. The song was later included in the “Pikmin World” soundtrack album, in three different versions.
The song is a pop ballad driven by guitar and harmonica, with soft vocals by Tomoe Watanabe. Lyrically, the song talks about the Pikmin game from the own Pikmin’s point of view, describing their actions, sacrifice and devotion to the game’s protagonist, Captain Olimar, although neither Pikmin nor Captain Olimar are mentioned by name on the song’s main version.
"Ai no Uta" became one of the biggest singles in Japan in 2002, reaching #2 on the Oricon Weekly charts and managing to be one of the best-selling singles in the country that year.
Internationally, the single got a French version titled "Vos Meilleurs Amis" (Your best friends) and got to be included in the 2008 crossover fighting video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, earning a cult following from international Pikmin fans.
The music video was shot September 26, 2001.
- Ai no Uta (愛のうた, lit. Song of Love) the Pikmins point of view
- Namida ga Afureta (涙があふれた, lit. Full of Tears) this tells Olimar's point of view
- Ai no Uta (愛のうた, lit. Song of Love) (Instrumental)