|Studio album by|
|Released||December 17, 2008|
|Label|| Avex Trax |
AVCD-23693 (Japan, CD+DVD)
AVCD-23694 (Japan, CD)
|Ai Otsuka chronology|
|Singles from Love Letter|
Love Letter (stylised as LOVE LETTER) is the fifth studio album released by Ai Otsuka on 17 December 2008. It come in a CD-only format and CD + DVD format. Thirteen songs are included; four from her singles Pocket, Rocket Sneaker / One × Time (both songs as it is a double A-side single) and Kurage, Nagareboshi.
On 16 November 2008, the full album - minus Ningyou - leaked onto the internet. On November 24, mu-mo gave a possibly confirmed track order, later confirmed on the Avex Trax website.
On December 18, one day after the album's release, it was statedthat the song "Bye Bye" would be the 4th single off the album, giving Otsuka her 2nd recut single and 19th single overall as Ai Otsuka (21st overall including her singles as LOVE).
The album is certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies .
All tracks are written by Ai.
|2.||"Rocket Sneaker" (ロケットスニーカー)||Ai×Ikoman|
|3.||"Bye Bye" (バイバイ)||Ai×Ikoman|
|4.||"Kurage, Nagareboshi" (クラゲ、流れ星; Jellyfish, Shooting Star)||Ai×Ikoman|
String arrangements: Ittetsu Gen
|5.||"Ningyou" (人形; Doll)||Ai|
String arrangements: Ittetsu Gen
|6.||"Kimi Fechi" (君フェチ; You Fetish)||Ai×Ikoman, Atsushi Harada|
|7.||"Creamy & Spicy"||Ai×Ikoman|
|8.||"Do☆Positive" (ド☆ポジティブ)||Kotaro Kubo|
|10.||"Shachihata" (シャチハタ; self-inking rubber stamp)||Masanori Sasaji|
|11.||"One × Time"||Ai×Ikoman|
String arrangements: Ittetsu Gen
String arrangements: Mio Okamura
|13.||"Ai" (愛; Love)||Ai×Ikoman|
String arrangements: Mio Okamura
|1.||"Rocket Sneaker" (Music video)|
|2.||"Kurage, Nagareboshi" (Music video)|
|3.||"Do☆Positive" (Music video)|
|4.||"360°" (Music video)|
|5.||"Pocket" (Music video)|
|6.||"Ai" (Music video)|
|7.||"Ai ~a cappella version~" (Bonus movie)|
The music videos for 360°, Do☆Positive, and Ai have all debuted on 1 December, 4 December, and 5 December 2008 respectively—and subsequently, all three have appeared on the internet.
The music video for "360°" features Otsuka in a large costume with ornaments of butterflies and piano keys, while switching back between scenes of a player piano, her, and a Merry-Go-Round which is repeatedly mentioned in the lyrics. The video is very abstract, a similar concept she used for her video "Rocket Sneaker".
The video for "Do☆Positive" displays Otsuka is a large afro-wig, accompanied by a band, singing in a seemingly basement-garage type setting. This PV was directed by スミス.
The video for "Ai" is the most plot-oriented out of the debuting three music videos. The video takes place mostly in a park in a large Japanese countryside-setting, and features Otsuka singing to a large, growing crowd. Out of all three, this PV is the most traditional Otsuka-style for videos. The video also features clips of couples, and children. A few interesting clips include Otsuka when she was younger, and of her parents' marriage and mother's pregnancy.
There is also a video for Bye Bye which was released with the single.
|Release||Chart||Peak Position||First Week Sales||Sales Total||Chart Run|
|December 17, 2008||Oricon Daily Chart||1|
|Oricon Weekly Chart||3||104,232||179,670||16 Weeks|
|Oricon Monthly Chart||7|
|Oricon Yearly Chart||44||179,670|
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