zheming : Updated with better quality video at the end of the post!
Recently on the radio in Japan, a snippet of Gee Japanese version was played. Apparently Japan broadcasts some parts of upcoming songs on the radio to build up the hype before the official release. Not really any confirmation as of now if this was an actual leak or just something to get people excited for Japanese Gee. Either way it’s sure getting me excited 🙂 The song sounds super cute (naturally) but I still prefer the Korean version haha. And for some reason all of them sound the same….I’ll give it some time. Anyways, the official release date of Gee is October 20th so don’t forget to get your CD!
Here’s the pretty LQ recording of the song off the radio. Listening to this LQ version brings back memories of getting hyped up for their Gee comeback…
Update – One of our commenters, Koyu, submitted this comment to our previous post, apparently the uploader of this vid!
Hello.I’m a Japanese.
I love 少女時代. and I love this blog, too.
Always thank you for much information, pic and vid.
I heard a Japanese version of Gee today in a supermarket.
I recorded it with a mobile telephone.
Thanks Koyu for sharing!
[IP address of commenter confirmed to be originating from Japan.]
Update – Here’s the radio rip version of the song and it sounds a lot better. Do remember to purchase the albums to support the girls!
lol~ sound so weird in lq…maybe hq is better~ cute~
they sounded like kids =_= i honestly don’t think that it fits them… i like the korean version. and yeah, all of them sound the same..
I prefer the korean version better… Been listening to it for more than a year 😀
allready heard it~ 😀 That seem very cute~ xD
CAn’t wait the offical release and MV~ ^^
there’s already an HQ version.. also on youtube 🙂
i still prefer Korean version,it is more smooth to hear and sing along
yes i also love the korean version better but this is kinda cute too..ahaha…nice…
I’m pretty sure in time, this version of Gee will grow on us. Same thing with Genie. I prefer the japanese version more than the korean one now; both mv and song.
Please refrain from using the word Jap, it’s derogatory.
oh i didn’t know that. thanks for telling!
i never knew that either, it seems to be an american thing…. but i guess we’ll watch ourselves.
Of course nothing can beat the original version. but nevertheless I still like the japanese version very much =)
They still sound cute….This time Kawaii!!!….My favourite is the Doki Doki part… ^__^
y do u think its horrible
just asking ^_^
I thought it would release on 20 October?
Boss Lady said:
they tend to release tid bits or even the whole song through radio before the official single release date in japan 🙂
Doesn’t sound as fluid as the Korean version, but that’s likely just their relative Japanese ability. I’m sure I’ll come to love it as I have the Japanese version of Genie. It is a little bit easier to sing now, though.
To those who said it doesn’t sound as fluid as the Korean version: Thank You! I got the same reaction as when I first heard the Japanese Genie, the lyrics don’t fit as nicely, doesn’t rhyme as nicely, it’s harder to sing along, it doesn’t have anything to do with their Japanese ability, but everything to do with the lyricist’s ability. The inherent problem is the song itself was originally Korean, E-Tribe wrote both the song and the lyrics so they are in perfect harmony, the Japanese lyrics sound “forced” into place. This will take a while to get use to just like Genie.
Enough of remaking old Korean versions in Japanese, make some new songs that’s written with Japanese lyrics in mind. Otherwise this pattern will just continue.
I don’t think it’s that bad. I hear it as a lot slower than the original Gee, but that’s probably because I can actually speak a little bit of Japanese, so I can pick out the words. Can’t do that much in Korean aside from the random English and “saranghe”. The languages are different in pronunciation structure (Japanese in particular is more strict with its sounds), so it’s going to be a challenge adapting them. I’m sure WG and BoA had the same problems when doing some of their songs into English (and then WG redoing some of their songs on 2 Different Tears back to Korean and Chinese).
For the record, I now consider the Japanese version of Genie to be superior to the Korean version (and it may have even rocketed to my number 1 spot for SNSD songs). Even when I know I’m about to listen to the Korean version, I now expect to hear Taeyeon come out and say “oyoubi desu ka” instead of “sowoneul malhaebwa”. Maybe the same will happen after I listen to the Japanese Gee a few more times. I agree, too, they need to do some original songs in Japanese. And give Sooyoung a solo Japanese song while they’re at it. She’s fluent. She should show it off. Sadly, that’s up to SM.
i think we are so used of hearing gee in korean version, and when we hear gee in japanese version, we prefer the korean version more. gee is the song that introduce me to snsd! cant wait for the mv tho! im glad we’ll be looking snsd back to their cute concept.. =D so kawaii!!
i have to be honest, i don’t get the exciting feeling (like the original) when the music begins…more like it kinda irritates me :(. they all sounded the same and like little kids’ voice, the only one i recognize are hyoyeon, taengoo, and yuri. they should have made them sing more strongly rather than act like little kids. don’t get me wrong, i love snsd…but i’m not so sure about this one!
I will take a guess and say that you’re not familiar with the Japanese pop culture or at least J-pop music. Surely Genie was a huge hit in Japan but you can see that there was rarely any comment about the song quality. Most of the praises were for the girls’ body and appearance. It’s simply because the music didn’t quite match their taste. Now Gee is different. Most of J-pop idol girl groups I know of have the same cute/kawaii singing style. So like a comment somewhere that mentions this before, while Genie brings Japanese girls into fandom, Gee is THE song that will bring in fanboys for SNSD.
I don’t know why everyone’s picking on the song D=
Gee is supposed to sound cutiee just like in Korean, although this is not as fluent as the original one, but it’s still good for someone who’s not Japanese, they must’ve practised really hard!
So instead of bashing about the song (you’re free not to like it), at least praise them for working so hard, they deserve it ^^
So Nyuh Shi Dae, Fighting! =D
Oh Jiho said:
American Sone thanks Japanese Sone for supporting SNSD !
Their cute voices, I love it ❤
Don't bash the song, their voices or whatsoever.
We are talking bout Japan here, not Korea.
All girl groups in Japan have high-pitched voices and their albums sold very well.
And I am sure Gee Japanese version wouldn't disappoint us just because they sing it on high-pitched voices.
Comme mon professeur de physique l’écrivait quand une expression n’était pas homogène:
Gee version japonaise = horreur…
the korean version is way better, no comparison
Is there going to be an mv too?
It would be awesome 🙂
Funny thing is that in Japonese gee is sound effect for staring.
These kinds of things..the melodies,the atmosphere..just throws me back into 2 years ago before the Gee craze happened. Those memories.. dude, how i miss it all! why oh why does time fly by so fast..
let’s forever support soshi!!
…ahh, their voices are trying to be all cutesy. Granted, I understand why (since that’s generally the popular style in Japan) but it’s kind of one of the reasons I avoid J-pop to begin with.
And when they’re all doing the cutesy thing, I can’t really differentiate the voices that well aside from HyoYeon and occasionally Jessica.
exactly, right! i don’t think SNSD should end up feeling like J-pop because SNSD has their own unique style that can’t be imitated no matter how hard anyone tries. japanese fans love them (and all of us fans) just the way they are, so why do the company want them to be submerge into the cutesy concept that Japan is already into?! i know its a marketing strategy but SNSD isn’t just all about being cute, they are talented individually so was sugar coat that?!
Haha, what are they saying? O.O
Well, not like I understood the Korean version by myself, either.
This will be weird, because I am so used to the Korean one. Japanese Genie grew on me quickly-loved it instantly-because I never really liked the Korean version (don’t be mad).
wow i dont like this at all cant we hear a new song…
I actually enjoyed the Gee Jap version a lot than I expected lol so kawaii!!
Their voices sound super adorable!!! ^^
But i prefer the Korean version.
I spliced the two versions together.
I hope we get a song meant for the Japanese production soon, because Japanese music industry is about 50x more developed than the Korean, so I think it would be very very interesting to see how the girls do. As for Gee, it sounds so kpop-ish I don’t understand how they would put it into Japanese, but it’s alright, I guess. I wish that Genie was reproduced completely, even though the original is already spectacular, I would have liked to hear the true ‘Japanese’ version of Genie. mhmm. I also wish they were with AVEX but since SM must be mad at AVEX, that must be out of the question or something.
There’s no point in getting in to any sort of debate about which version is better. I think we can all agree that you should be free to prefer whichever one you like. To a majority of us, who got addicted to SNSD through either Gee or Genie, we remain fiercely loyal to the original, but if the Japanese verions float your boat, more power to the girls.
I studied Japanese for a few years so yes the lyrics are easier for me to understand, but it didn’t make me like it more. I felt the Japanese lyrics for Genie (less so Gee) “tried” mimic the rhymes that existed in the Korean version, but due to the difference in language as well as having to remain lyrically sensible, the success of that mimic is limited at best. It just didn’t beat the chorus into my head like the Korean version did, after listening “Sowoneul Malhaebwa” was firmly in my head, I couldn’t find such a memorable line in the Japanese version.
I’m no musical expert, and I’m not saying their Japanese lyricist is inferior to SM’s Yoo Young Jin (who also penned the likes of Sorry Sorry, Ring Ding Dong and countless other SM classics), but I think he/she might have tried too hard to mirror the success of the original, which is the inherent problem with rewriting existing hits into a different language. The freedom to explore different lyrical possibilities are restricted because of the pre-existing version. More the reason why they need fresh music. That being said, there are exceptions to this rule, Park Hyoshin’s Snow Flower was a very successful remake, but that’s also a slow ballad so it’s a different animal.
Gee. i like it 🙂
well, i need some more times to like genie In jap version but now i like genie in jap a lot.
but for Gee, i already like it, as i listened to seohyun part.
before i come into kpop i like japan`s anime, manga, so does the language.
i also had learn jap language for 2 years. but so sad im forgot since im so into kpop now LOL
for me, its easier to sing a song in japan than korean 😀
when i sing a song in korean my tongue like twitched LOL
oh yeah,,i found this in Gee jap version
babo = uso ??
Yatta ! doki-doki
koishitaino, aishitaino aahhh i love it ! bring back those memories when im an anime freak ! and i bet Gee will popular maybe more than genie :] czi think japanese like cute song a lot…
i love both version, each version is awesome 😀
anyway, forgive my fail english
Soshi Fighting !!!!
Is it just me or does the mix sound a bit off? It sounds like the vocals were recorded at like 3 levels higher than the background music… It might just be this recording of it, but it sounds like the girls are sing ON TOP of the track instead of IN the track. I like the version, I just think the mix could use a little work.
gee song is the best and whatever you do for her it will rest the best snsd fighting
other than yoona,sunny,soyoung,yuri and jessica part , i tink the whole thing sound the same . but the song was EPIC nice .
OH YEAH I SEE TODAE
the japanese version of gee grows on me just like genie did b4…
my media player is on repeat!~
thank you very much for the upload… hehehhe,,,