2nd single
Release date: 12/01/1992
Insert song for Japanese drama Drama 'Pure'

The single reached #56 on the Oricon charts selling 60,790 copies(1) and was used as an insert song for the Japanese drama Pure (ピュア). The single was released on the same day as the group's second album, KIND OF LOVE, which also included the single in it. "Dakishimetai" was included as a live recording on the group's live album, 1/42, released on September 8, 1999 and Mr.Children 1992-1995, which was released on July 11, 2001. The b-side track, "Kimi no koto igai wa nani mo kangaerarenai, was included on the group's compilation album B-SIDE, released on May 10, 2007.

Over the years "Dakishimetai" has become a fan favorite in polls as a song desired to be played at weddings(2)(3) and as a song used to charm women.(4) "Dakishimetai" has also been popular amongst other recording artists with Ryuichi Kawamura, lead singer of Luna Sea, covering the song on the anniversary edition of his album Evergreen released on December 5, 2007.(5)

1. Dakishimetai
2. Kimi no koto igai wa nani mo kangaerarenai
3. Dakishimetai (Instrumental Version)

- Notes -
Producer – Takeshi Kobayashi
Arrangement - Mr.Children and Takeshi Kobayashi
Lyrics - All lyrics by Kazutoshi Sakurai
Music - All music by Kazutoshi Sakurai

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