So my second series is to celebrate the soon to be announced 50th singles that Momosu has done, so like a couple others are pulling off, let’s go through them all!! There of course will be surprises here and there (mostly PVs that most people forget that exists out there! I’ll also talk about the songs as well and various things about the PVs so let’s get started. Also, I’m including side stuff like Otomegumi/Sakuragumi, Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Muten Musume, Dream Morning Musume, and solo PVs (Risa and Ai) XD.
Ai no Tane
The Song: Ai no Tane is of course the girl’s actual first song and was the reason that the group now exists. Ai no Tane existed truly as a test for the group to sell 50,000 copies before a certain time period and if they managed to Tsunku would debut them. Of course it worked well and while it was released two days before Michiyo Heike’s debut single, “GET” this I think outsold it? Maybe not IONO….Of course it has the five, Asuka Fukuda, Natsumi Abe, Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, and Kaori Iida singing together.
What Genre is it: Pretty much breezy pop.
The Premise: I’m not sure if there was a premise to most of the group’s earlier videos beyond showing the members off in happy ways but the video does do a good job at giving the girls time to be happy and sing.
The Setting: Well there’s three main settings at least from what I see in Ai no Tane. One takes place in the city (this is where the girls mostly get their solo shots which is nice and all but they looked quite dead most of the time. There’s some movement like Yuko and Asuka doing stuff but the other three didn’t do too much. The other was set out on some hills where the girls are actually being happy blowing bubbles and tossing balls to one another (no…really that happens). The last one though is another set of solo shots but in a field of flowers…that was kind of pretty in a way.
The Outfits: Considering the times, it’s not surprising that Ai no Tane is a bit more laidback in clothing and style since it was the 90’s and all. I mean it wasn’t exciting but it’s one of those rare times you see Momosu all plain jane in the clothing attire.
The Choreography: None to be seen at all really…then again the only time you really see the group together is in some of the shots and all they’re doing is sitting and singing…wow…
PV as a whole: To me, Ai no Tane is a good place to start the group’s career off back in the 90’s and is a fair song to deal with but I wish there was more going for in the PV than them just standing around, sitting and only having short scenes of them showing some kind of personality…so it’s not their best and they could’ve had a little more but I think it’s just because of low money since H!P was just getting started
Ranking: 68/74 (As in, it’s pretty low down on the list because while it is the group’s literal first PV, it’s not very memorable and neither is the song really.)
The Song: While “Ai no Tane” might be the group’s first song, Morning Coffee was their first single and A-side so this is imprinted more in people’s minds as the beginning of Momosu. It also features a lot more of Natsumi and Kaori than the last PV (then again the lines started to move towards them here….
What Genre is it?: Still pop…if not more than “Ai no Tane” was.
The Premise: Not a lot could be said in premise here either but it’s a lot like “Ai no Tane” but there’s some slight tinges in where the girls are wishing to be liked/loved. Like one of the scenes shows Ishiguro looking at a couple walking by and kind of being sad after that. Though they smile towards the end once again and it closes with the ladies together.
The Setting: Once again it seems there’s three main settings in the beginning. One is on a platform outside where they sing together, another is set in a bedroom which is seen more towards the end of the PV which shows off a little bit more of the whole light but sullen nature of the song and close-up shots of the girls in the city, usually solo shots but some are dual shots like Kaori/Nacchi. Not a big jump after “Ai no Tane”, but it’s something a bit more homely right?
The Outfits: At least the PV introduced outfits that are similar to one another in this one (at least two in this PV). The first one is actually really only seen in the beginning. Then again black turtlenecks and red plaid miniskirts are just a nono. The city scenes once again find the ladies in their own garb and nothing to exciting there while the bedroom scene has them wearing well…white bedroom wear XD. Nothing overly flashy but it’s there.
The Choreography: Once again, no choreography to be seen and the only times we see the group together as one is just scenes of them either sitting or standing…bah…
PV as a whole: It’s a little more busy than “Ai no Tane” that’s for sure but they’re essentially one in the same (with a little more emotion put in the video). I noticed how cute Ishiguro’s smile is and it’s pretty bright. Of course seeing a lot more Nacchi and Kaori is preceding future times but it’s still nice to see all the members.
Ranking: 39/74 (Ok, it’s much higher but I think this song is quite good and pretty memorable. Plus, Morning Coffee is just a legend for them)
Summer Night Town
The Song: I mean it hasn’t been an era-worth of singles and we’re already getting new members involved? Yup, Summer Night Town was the first single for the second generation which includes Sayaka Ichii, Mari Yaguchi, and Kei Yasuda. It’s also changes the group’s sound as well…not drastically but enough to make it pop out from the previous songs above. Also about the new generation, they really didn’t appear in the song (just in small amounts like the ~ I want you~ and ~for you~ lines preceding in the chorus and the rest was left for the first generation to deal with.
What Genre is it?: It’s pop, but a little more edgy round the sides maybe a tad bit R&B in places?
The Premise: We kind of went backwards with SNT. I don’t there’s is much of a premise to be seen but I could be totally missing the point.
The Setting: Unlike the previous two PVs, this is actually set at night (well, to be fair some of “Morning Coffee” was shot at night” but this is entirely shot at night. A lot of it though is shot on a stage because it is the first PV to include choreography. There’s also shots of them sitting at a beach and the new members sitting together on a cushioned seat. Also there’s a BUTT TON OF BLUE featured. Though there was one scene that was kind of creepy in a major way….
just a little on the creepy side right???….poor Asuka T.T
The Outfits: Like I said, the PV had a lot of blue hahaha. Including the outfits which is between blue shirts and dresses (and a couple white) and white pants. All of them had something blue on though which is good enough for me.
The Choreography: Yup, this is the first PV that includes such a thing but somehow it’s still very light and quite in the way of just swaying, posing and moving your arms. It’s a start at least right?
PV as a whole: Summer Night Town’s PV is something interesting alright…I mean it’s dark and blue and the song itself is something different when compared to “Ai no Tane” and “Morning Coffee”. I wish the second generation did a little more in the PV but I guess overall it was nice. Also it was the first to really show that Nacchi was going to be the face of Momosu so it’s known for that too.
Ranking: 32/74 (Once again, nostalgic values and the fact it’s ridiculously catchy…plus the fact that Coconuts Musume did a cover is pretty sweet)
The Song: Good Morning is the first track from their first album, “First Time”. I’m not sure if this was a promotional video for it or not because they aren’t singing the song to be honest. As for the song itself, it does feel like a song to wake up to but
What Genre is it?: Definitely back to pop but happier than “Ai no Tane” and “Morning Coffee”.
The Premise: From this? Just having fun at the beach it seems xD
The Setting: Once again most of it is on the beach (where is this beach…Hawaii?) Not very exciting, but there’s some scenes shot at a house (or the changing area) where the ladies pose. Add in some group shots and one-on-one shots and that’s about it for the PV. Though it isn’t too boring because it was thrown in with such positive and fun vibes and them goofing off…it’s pretty fun I guess…
The Outfits: Bikinis…because a setting like that totally demands that type of clothing. Though I will say…those bikini’s (especially Kei-chan’s were godawful…JEEZE…and seeing Asuka in one just made me uncomfortable for obvious reasons…)
The Choreography: None whatsoever…they’re at the beach…this isn’t an AKB48 PV….
PV as a whole: I don’t know if this is the official PV or not, but it’s set to the song and it fits. Good Morning isn’t that great of a PV and it’s really only to show the ladies at a beach (aka showing bikini-clad girls). Not very intriguing and the fact the girls aren’t singing the song kind of takes the experience away TBH…
Ranking: 73/74 (Yeah, it’s almost the worst PV and I can never remember the song to save my life. If it was a little more than that maybe…but it just never stood out to me in anyway).
NEXT TIME: THE NACCHI ERA COMES TO A CLOSE….