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Startin' (Hamasaki Ayumi)

Secret Cover
Hamasaki Ayumi
Hamasaki Ayumi
Hara Kazuhiro
Other Information
Arrangement: CMJK
Programming: CMJK
Guitar: CMJK
Drums: Nobuo Eguchi
Additional Guitar: KIKU
Turntable & Scratch : DJ Kenzoo
Additional B.G. Vocal: Penny Williams, Nishina Kaori, Watanabe Sanae
Mixed by Morimoto Koji

"Startin'" is a song recorded by Hamasaki Ayumi. It was used as the theme song for the PS2 videogame Onimusha. The song is found on "Startin' / Born to Be..." single as track #1 and on Secret album as track #3.

Live Performances

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "Startin'" was directed by Ishii Takahide.

It starts off with two young male friends in a video store. They are conversing when suddenly, Hamasaki drills a hole through the brick wall and comes in. She dances and rejects one of them who makes an advance on her, and points a finger at the other man which shocks him. In the next scene, she is riding a motorcycle in a sports suit, and initiates a little "race" with a Hummer like vehicle with three passengers. She points a finger at them, which shocks the three passengers as well. She then stands up while driving her motorcycle and suddenly jumps off while the motorcycle crashes into a building, causing an explosion. Hamasaki lands safely and walks away. In the end, it goes back to the video store (in the state before Hamasaki came in) with the two friends conversing. One complains that it is hot in the building and takes off a mask, revealing it to be Hamasaki.

Segments of dancing are also present throughout the PV, in between scenes.


The following are the different versions of this song released throughout Hamasaki Ayumi's discography, listed chronologically.

Found on the Secret album as track #3. This is the standard version of the song, often referred to as "Original Mix".
Startin' "original mix-Instrumental-"
Found on the "Startin' / Born To Be..." as track #4. This is the standard version without its main vocals.
Found on the ayu-mi-x 6 -GOLD- remix album as track #7. This is a remixed version by Osawa Shinichi.
Startin' (SHINICHI OSAWA Remix)
Found on the "Startin' / Greatful days" vinyl as track #1. This is a reviewed version of the remix by Osawa Shinichi.
Startin' (SHINICHI OSAWA Instrumental)
Found on the "Startin' / Greatful days" vinyl as track #2. This is a non-vocal remix by Osawa Shinichi.
Startin' (EUROGROOVES 2011 rmx)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 presents ayu-ro mix 4 remix album as track #8. This is a remix by Sergio Dall'ora and Luca Degani.

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