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A Review and Analysis of the Song Tsubasa Wa Iranai Or Wings Aren't Needed 44th Single by Pop Music Group Akb48

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The Type A Limited Edition Song Cover


Tsubasa Wa Iranai Or Wings Aren't Needed Is a Very Famous Song

Just when you think that your writing time is going to be put on pause for a while, the motivation to keep on going comes into your mind. Readers that got a look at the life and career of Mion Mukaichi will be looking at how she is a major part of Japanese girl group AKB48's 44th single called Tsubasa Wa Iranai or Wings Aren't Needed. I will also attempt to analyze this in a more interesting fashion. In fact the song has one word that is in one of Atsuko Maeda's songs called Time Machine Nante Iranai and that's really interesting. The way that this song starts is so beautiful that sometimes you just don't have the words to explain it. It has that sort of oldies kind of feel without being an oldies song. This one has become one of my favorite AKB48 songs in such a short time that a review and proper analysis is necessary. Whereas for a few of these song reviews I have put the track listing for each version we will not do that for this article. We will instead discuss why this single is interesting, why it is a significant release in AKB48's history and what the song is really about.

What is Wings Aren't Needed about?

Lyrically, the song is about not needing wings to fly because we can simply travel by walking. In the woman's mind, happiness is out there waiting for her. Is it really that simple? If we had the wings to fly, we would be more free but since humans have legs, they can walk to their desired destinations in some cases. For the purposes of this song review just to make it easier on those that don't understand Japanese, we will attempt to analyze this song by using its English translated title.

The Theater Edition Song Cover


Some Interesting Perspective About the Song Wings Aren't Needed

But before we do that, let us put some interesting perspective on this song shall we? The first notable thing about this single is that it is the first single released after the graduation of Minami Takahashi. As readers knew about earlier this song also marks the first time that Mion Mukaichi gets named as a choreographic center for this song. That alone is significant given how young she still is. Wings Aren't Needed is also the last single that Sayaka Yamamoto took part in. This is also the first AKB48 song to have been released with 3 different versions since Mae Shika Mukanee back in 2014. Wings Aren't Needed is also a song that spent 14 weeks charting inside the Top 200. Tsubasa Wa Iranai is reported to have sold 1,519,387 copies. With that stated, let us explore the deeper meaning or significance for this song.

More Detailed Analysis of the Song Wings Aren't Needed

Even though the song says that wings technically aren't needed, this woman has dreams that she will move forward to accomplish for herself. Let's say that even if she did have wings and she didn't exactly know what was ahead of her, she would be soaring high in the sky and no unpleasant thoughts would bother her. It can be said that flying gives us freedom like it can give a bird the freedom to fly anywhere in the world. She says that while she is walking, she is bringing herself that much closer to happiness. That's a great attitude to have in your life, knowing that somehow you can walk yourself to happiness and push yourself forward that way. She says that she does not need wings because she has hope. It is this hope that is pushing her forward as she goes for her dreams. She says that she is happy with what she has now. She likes the person that she is now as she walks in the direction of her dreams. Wings Aren't Needed is definitely one of the best singles in the history of AKB48 rivaling the greatness of songs such as Aozora Cafe!

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