Koiuta shippuu! Karuta queen Iroha

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Song Information

恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's pop'n music banner.
恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's jacket.

Artist: ねこまんまチーム!
Utayomi: Kuroneko-san
Yomite/Vocals: Nukoneko-san
Denki Rokumisen/Denki Shamisen: 96
BPM: 120-168
Length: 2:03
pop'n music Character: いろは [ec]
pop'n CG designer: ちっひ
Movie: VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ
Jacket design: VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ
First Music Game Appearance: pop'n music éclale
Other Music Game Appearances:



さくや このはな
いまを はるべと
さくや このはな


和歌よ誰ぞ 常に時雨は降り頻る
千年跨ぎのコンピレイション 詠み人百人できるかな?


疾風怒濤にぶちぬく わたしは攻めがるた
畳み掛ける畳の上なら 百人詠んでも大丈夫

お呼びじゃないのよ バンバンバンバン

むすめほさせそ ぞなむやか 係って結んで開け

逸る気持ち押さえ手 行ったり来たり戻り手
薙ぎ払え ふっとばせ

子音の瞬間 駆け出す恋は

恋の歌 舞い落ちる
わかるよーな わからんよーな
和歌の心 宿して

いい感じ いい感じ


saku ya kono hana
ima wo harube to
saku ya kono hana

(mi~ fu~ hi~ go!)
(go! go! go! go! go! go! 575!)
(hai! hai! hai! hai! hai! hai! haiku!)

waka yo darezo tsuneni shigure wa furishikiru
sennen matagi no COMPILATION yomibito hyakunin dekiru ka na?

(sei! sei! sei! sei! sei! sei! seimu!)
(ha! ha! ha! harakimari sashihike)

shippuudotou ni buchinuku watashi wa semegaruta
tatamikakeru tatami no ue nara hyakunin yon demo daijoubu

wasura mochi (MOCHI)
nageki ika (IKA)
ashi naganaga naganaga ojisan
oyobi ja nai no yo banbanbanban

nagara ushi (USHI)
ukkari hake (HAKE)
musume hosaseso zonamuyaka kakatte musunde ake

hayaru kimochi osaete ittari kitari modorite
hitori ni korareru kurai nara
tomofuda moro tomo
nagiharae futtobase
ouyama motenai koisuru otome no
inochi mijikashi

babanban baban
koi wa ichiji kimari ne
shiin no shunkan kakedasu koi wa
otetsuki kakugo no unmei sensa

zubaba babaan
koi no uta maiochiru
wakaru you na wakaran you na
waka no kokoro yadoshite

ii kanji ii kanji


In Naniwa Bay,
The flowers are blossoming
After lying dormant all winter
Now spring has come
The flowers are blossoming

(3, 2, 1, go!)
(Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! 5-7-5!)
(Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Haiku!)

Who even is Waka anyway? An autumn shower endlessly falls
100 poets could make a compilation remembered for 1000 years or more, right?

(Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Same!)
(Ha! Ha! Ha! Rapid recognition!)

In the heat of the moment, I struck out
Questions launched across the tatami mats; there are 100 poems to remember but I’ll be OK

Forgotten mochi (Mochi!)
Grieving squid (Squid!)
Daddy long-long-long-long-legs isn't needed anymore, bam-bam-bam-bam

Despite a cow (Cow!)
Somehow bald (Bald!)
Mnemonics and sentence structures all falling in and out of order

Controlling my excitement, my hand rushes out and out again
Stealing the cards out from under my opponent
Using them all to my advantage, I’ll...
Mow them down! Blow them away!
For the lovely girl who couldn't conquer the mountains,
Life's short!

Ba-bam bam ba-bam
Love is that one first syllable
Hearing the consonant and rushing out
Not scoring any fouls in this fated battle

A fluttering love song
All the things I know and all the things I don’t
I house the true spirit of Waka poetry

I feel great, I feel great

Song Connections / Remixes



  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was unveiled in the Women's Division final round of the pop'n music éclale section of The 5th KONAMI Arcade Championship event.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was added to pop'n music éclale on February 1st, 2016 to all players who completed the pop'n fuyu no stamp rally (ポップン冬のスタンプラリー) event, which started on December 24th, 2015.
  • Karuta (かるた) are Japanese playing cards originally introduced to Japan by the Portuguese traders during the mid-16th century. For more information, see this page.
  • Q-Mex is mentioned in the song comments for 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは, due to 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは having the "ii kanji ii kanji" (いい感じ いい感じ) line on its lyrics, and ナタラディーン's sample "shri kanci" often being misheard as "ii kanji ii kanji".
    • This is also referenced in 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's BeatStream video, where いろは is seen dressed in NaN (character of ナタラディーン)'s outfit during the line.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's main BPM, 168, is goroawase for "iroha".
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's EX chart has a Spicy Gauge.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's EASY chart was re-rated in pop'n music éclale on March 22nd, 2016.
    • It was re-rated again in pop'n music うさぎと猫と少年の夢 on March 29th, 2017.
  • MIYABI san and KERI・MARO make cameos in いろは's WIN and LOSE animations.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was performed at the BEMANI ROCK FES'16 concert in 2016.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was added to BeatStream アニムトライヴ on July 21st, 2016 as part of the BeaSt pop'n tanabata matsuri (ビースト ポップン 七夕まつり) event. It can be unlocked via Episode 6 of BEAST CRISIS.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは's BEAST chart has the most notes of any BeatStream BEAST chart, with 870 notes.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは is a song part of the POLICY BREAK event. For more information on the dates it could be unlocked in the SOUND VOLTEX series, please see the event page.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was added to SOUND VOLTEX III GRAVITY WARS コナステ's REGULAR course on August 1st, 2019.
    • It is also available in GRAVITY WARS コナステ's INFINITE course and EXCEED GEAR コナステ from February 5th, 2020, by purchasing the Konasute SOUND VOLTEX Music Pack vol.8 (コナステ版 SOUND VOLTEX 楽曲パック vol.8).
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは is part of the Maishuu! Ichika no chou BEMANI rush 2020 (毎週!いちかの超BEMANIラッシュ2020) event. It could be unlocked in jubeat festo from September 16th, 2020 until October 29th, 2020.
    • From September 15th, 2021, it can be purchased from the SHOP with 150 emo.
    • In jubeat Ave. and beyond the Ave., it is one of the CONCIERGE unlocks of the LIGHT CHAT unlocking system from August 17th, 2022.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは is one of the few returning songs that appeared on the location test for NEW pop'n music Welcome to Wonderland!.
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was added to pop'n music Lively on February 3rd, 2021 as the February 2021 Monthly Bonus Song.
    • From February 2nd, 2022, it can be unlocked via Ticket Quest after purchasing the song with two Lively Tickets (Livelyチケット).
  • 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは was added to jubeat (2021)'s normal mode on November 24th, 2021.

Music Comment


Song Production Information


Zu-ba-ba-ba-baaam! It's Nukoneko-san~!
Is everyone having fun living a karuta life!?
Speaking of karuta, I used to own a set of karuta cards when I was younger, but I used to enjoy playing menko with them instead!
I always had trouble flipping the cards over!
It took me a few years to figure out the proper way of playing!
Huh, why did I play alone...? It's not because I didn't have anyone to play with! It's not!

Well, now I can play with Kuroneko-san! A battle with (all two members of) Nekomanma Team!

...Huh!? There's no one to be the reader!?
This feels great~ ☆ Nataradin ☆

[The end]

(P.S. When recording the song, wac was shouting "MOCHI!!!" "IKA!!!" really energetically. I'll never forget PON trying to keep a straight face while recording.)


Zu-ba-ba-ba-baaam! It's Kuroneko-san.
Do all of you kids know how to play karuta?
This is a love song, definitely a love song.

One time I was distracted as usual, and had the passing idea of writing a song using the Hyakunin Isshu.
Then, suddenly, it was time to begin preparing for the next KAC.
Which meant I had to choose the queen of the pop'n girls division.
When I hear "queen", I think of karuta. Karuta Queen.
At that moment, everything came together; the competitive karuta queen Iroha suddenly burst into existence.
I never understood why they call the female champions queens even though it's a completely Japanese-styled game.
Well, it's probably because karuta originally came from Europe. But then, why are the male champions called meijin?

I'm probably the best competitive karuta player in the BEMANI world.
Because of all the reference material I've read about competitive karuta (a bunch of manga), I'm a bit of an expert on the subject.
I'm pretty much on the level of a champion already. Even though I've never actually played a game before.

The beginning of the song uses the usual introductory poem used in karuta tournaments, and the "zu-ba-ba-ba-baaam!" shout is based on the beginning syllables of each poem.
That's all the relevant karuta information I know.
By the way, why does everyone think the ending sounds like Nataradin?
To the trained ear of a competitive karuta player, she's clearly saying "this feels great".
Now, everyone can stop bringing up Nataradin.
(Acknowledged by Q-Mex)

The skills required in competitive karuta translate easily over to pop'n.
When writing the music, I wanted to create karuta-like hand movements.
If you decide to take on the rapid-fire hand movements of this song, it's a battle with Nekomanma Team for the title of karuta queen or meijin.
Ah, I've already forgotten all the poems. Try your best, Nukoneko-san.

Video Production Information

VJ ika

Hellooooo~☆ It's the grieving squid.

Kuroneko-san's lyrics had a bunch of karuta-related phrases scattered throughout, which I thought was really clever, so I tried to include as much of that as possible in the movie!
While creating the video I kept in mind how excitable, lively, and expressive Iroha is. When I saw the official announcement from the pop'n team, I was surprised at how well everything came together.

§/❘▽❘)§ ←she's cute!

It was the song from KAC pop'n women's division, and a song that the BeatStream champion wanted to see, so I poured all of that fighting spirit into creating the video...!
And Chihi from the pop'n team illustrated the video as well! It's really wonderful!


Once again, I was asked to create a video.
Thank you!
I created a video which is just as high-tension as the song!
Be sure to pay attention to all of the karuta wordplay in the lyrics!


The pop'n women's finals song was invited to BeatStream.
Since I was bringing Iroha over from the pop'n team, Mimi and Nyami decided to tag along too! Sorry to intrude~
I was very happy to be in charge of illustrating the video, and when all the drawings were finished and I saw the video for the first time it really felt amazing!
My favourite illustration is Iroha dressed as NaN. This feels great~ ☆
I inserted a number of pop'n references into the video. If they caught anyone's attention, please go play the song in pop'n as well!
I'm very glad she was able to become friends with BisCo ^^
Iroha, love with all your heart~

Character Information


Hello everyone! This is Karuta Queen Iroha, who filled the women's division with her cuteness.

At the beginning, the sound team suggested writing a song using the Hyakunin Isshu, which I was excited about.
The character's image is a blend between a Heian-era 12-layer kimono and a cutesy mini yukata.
Her design is very colourful, like many other éclale characters; but at one point the colouring shifted toward being more Heian-inspired. I think I ended up reaching a perfect balance between the two concepts!
At first I thought her miniskirt would make her look too lively to be a karuta player, but her song is already super lively! I feel great~!

wac was rather excited about writing a love song, but the character theme ended up being more focused on karuta than love!
Through her animations, please experience Iroha's burning passion for karuta.
At first I was worried, since the theme of Heian-era love seemed like a great idea; but when I considered Iroha's life, I realised that she's completely in love with karuta. It's a karuta-themed love song.

The reckless girl who loves karuta, who seems clumsy at first glance: Iroha.

Difficulty & Notecounts

BeatStream difficulty rated from 1 to Kami (神) in アニムトライヴ.
jubeat difficulty rated from 1 to 10.9 from festo onwards.
pop'n music difficulty rated from 1 to 50 from Sunny Park onwards.
SOUND VOLTEX difficulty rated from 1 to 20 from IV HEAVENLY HAVEN onwards. (Ratings and notecounts obtained from BEMANIWiki 2nd, pop'n music FEVER♪+ and SOUND VOLTEX @ wiki.)


Game Level
Light Medium Beast Nightmare
Notecounts 154 501 870 -
BeatStream アニムトライヴ 4 9 10+ -


Game Level
Basic Advanced Extreme
Notecounts 273 540 925
jubeat festo→Present 3 7 10.2
jubeat (2021) 3 7 10.2

pop'n music

Game Normal Mode Battle Mode
Notecounts 219 629 1076 1589 572 -
pop'n music éclale (original ratings) 14 29 42 49 30 -
pop'n music éclale ↓11 29 42 49 30 -
pop'n music うさぎと猫と少年の夢→Present ↓10 29 42 49 30 -
pop'n music Lively 10 29 42 49 - -


Game Level
Max Chain 606 1184 1360 1815 -
Effected By おすし仮面 金色の夜叉 Hermit♣club Antonio Guccini -
Jacket Artists VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ VJ いか × belldot + ちっひ -
SOUND VOLTEX IV→Present 5 12 15 18 -
SOUND VOLTEX III コナステ 5 12 15 18 -
SOUND VOLTEX EXCEED GEAR コナステ 5 12 15 18 -
VALLIS-NERIA - I'm so Happy - BabeL ~Next Story~ - 恋はどう?モロ◎波動OK☆方程式!! - Playing With Fire - 8 -eight- - True Blue - Sakura Mirage
INSECTICIDE - 朱と碧のランページ - 打打打打打打打打打打 - 鬼天 - HAVOX - 量子の海のリントヴルム - 灼熱Beach Side Bunny - ΕΛΠΙΣ - ドーパミン
伐折羅-vajra- - Virtual Bit - 爆なな☆てすとロイヤー - アキネイション - 踊るフィーバーロボ - JOMANDA - If - Boss Rush - 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは
Rebellio - We Go Down - Concertino in Blue - Glitter Flatter Scatter - cobalt - НУМЛ - RHYZING BEAT - Evans - Chrono Diver -PENDULUMs- - ECHIDNA
Sulk - Midnight City Warfare - †渚の小悪魔ラヴリィ~レイディオ† - Yum Yum Sweetie - MODEL FT4 - V - Übertreffen - 蛇神 - Harmonia - ENDYMION
Nebulas - αρχη - 卑弥呼
いちかラッシュ Crazy Shuffle - Into The Madness - Our Love
GOLDEN CROSS - memento mori -intro- - Shuffle cats
All Clear!! - BLSTR - 量子の海のリントヴルム
Last Twilight - ORCA - 不可説不可説転
Leviathan - Little Prayer - サヨナラ・ヘヴン
蒼が消えるとき - バッドエンド・シンドローム - 白露の風
ΩVERSOUL - Truare! - 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは
GHOST KINGDOM - m1dy Deluxe - カゴノトリ
ののラッシュ ERROR CODE - Forgetting Machine - Step forward - ノルエピネフリン - うさぬこぬんぬんファンタジー!
Din Don Dan - Spica - 多極性ニューロンの崩壊による人間の末路
PANIC HOLIC - Sulk - カヨワキコイノウタ
Lisa-RICCIA - Voyager - X-Plan - ぱんだしんけん1、2、3 ~ちえ!おっしょさんにはかなわないや!~ - 防人恋歌
HARD BRAIN - New Decade - RAIN - WHITEOUT - シャムシールの舞
Love 2 Shuffle - Megalara Garuda - 灼熱Beach Side Bunny
いちかの新曲 Sparkle Smilin' (GITADORA EDITION) - 狂水一華 (GITADORA EDITION)
のの新曲 Jetcoaster Windy