I’ve been thinking about this time for years. I was 17 when I first discovered 16sai no Koi Nante, and now I’m finally one of the ages mentioned in the song. In a way, this feels like me really being an adult, which is silly considering I’m 26. But turning Abe Natsumi’s age in this song, who is the adult voice to Yajima Maimi’s teenage voice, is kind of amazing.
One of the things I love about Hello!Project in its heyday is the weird units that popped up from time to time. There’s no reason for Abe Natsumi, at that time one of Hello!Project’s most senior members, and Yajima Maimi, a member of one of Hello!Project’s groups, to do a duet single together. And yet, here we are.
16sai no Koi Nante isn’t one of Hello!Project’s greatest singles by a long shot. It’s fun and silly, with both members pulling off their roles well and a catchy enough melody. But the interplay between Nacchi and Maimi works really well, with Maimi playing the 16 year old who thinks that teenage love is the end of the world and Nacchi being the 26 year old who remembers that feeling but is a little bit wiser. It’s funny, light, and a pleasant song all around. It’s a song that didn’t really need to exist, but in a way that’s precisely why I like it.