Label: Avex Trax - AVCD-30216 • Format: CD Maxi-Single, Reissue • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: J-pop, Trance, House
It was written by Hamasaki, while production was handled by Max Matsuura. The track is Hamasaki's sixth single with Matsuura since her debut single in April" Poker Face ". It was re-released on February 28, as a CD single. Musically, "Whatever" was described as a dance song, and is written in third person narrative. Upon its release, the track garnered mixed reviews from music critics.
Critics praised Hamasaki's move from pop rock to dance music, but criticized her vocal delivery and song writing. The re-released single peaked at number 28 on the same chart.
The accompanying music video for "Whatever" was shot in Tokyo; it features Hamasaki in a small white room with waterfalls, with inter cut scenes of an angel in the middle of a destroyed city.
An alternative music video was shot for an alternative arrangement of the song; it features Hamasaki singing in front of a The King Is Back - Various - Lucifers Friends backdrop.
However, Avex scrapped it after they preferred the former version. For additional promotion, the song was featured on several concert tours and New Years live countdown shows by Hamasaki. She is wearing angel wings on her back, with Hamasaki's and the song's title superimposed on her.
However, it does not count in using English—language conversation like Hamasaki did in tracks from her album Rainbow. Alexey Eremenko, who had written her extended biography at AllMusichighlighted the song as an album and career stand out track. He commented that despite the "easily" written lyrics for the sing, he commended Hamasaki's emotional delivery in both the production and her singing.
The reviewer praised Miyazaki's arrangement of both the original version and the J version, and commended the song's composition and Hamasaki's "homoeopathic" delivery. The accompanying music video was Sybil - Greatest Hits by Whatever (Version J) - Ayumi Hamasaki - Whatever Takeishi. The video opens with a bench Whatever (Version J) - Ayumi Hamasaki - Whatever inside a pale-blue room, surrounded by interior waterfalls.
Glitches of Hamasaki appears, and she starts singing the song while seated. A young boy, with pale white skin, blonde dreads, and angel wings, appears in the distance. Several scenes features the boy looking towards the camera, which then inter cuts to scenes with Hamasaki singing the song in the room.
The boy places his hands upon a dying tree, where he envisions the events of how the town became destroyed and dismantled. Smiling, he walks towards it, unbeknown that there is sharp barbed wire surrounding it. Scenes features Hamasaki singing, and shows brief inter cut scenes of barbed wire wrapped around the young boy. Struggling to become free from the wire, the young boy dies and leaves behind a large pile of angel feathers.
The video zooms out on the overall appearance of her. An accompanying music video for an alternative version for "Whatever" labelled the "J Version"  was also directed by Takeishi.
The J version features Hamasaki singing the J version on a white platform in front of a silky red backdrop. Hamasaki has performed "Whatever" on several concert tours and New Years countdown shows throughout Asia. The song has been included in one of Hamasaki's New Years countdown concerts, the live tour. The song had made its debut tour performance on Hamasaki's Dome Tour and part two of the Dome Tour.
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