Ahhh the shuffle units. Tsunku started doing yearly units made of different members of the current H!P line (at that time of course) and in the new millenium was the beginning of said things. The groups were made by the primary colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue. They were then told to release a single and compete to who would sell the most of the three. Let’s talk about the groups shall we?
Akagumi 4 – Akai Nikkichou
Clockwise starting from top right: Danielle Delauney, Maki Goto, Miho Shinoda, and Yuko Nakazawa
Akagumi 4 (representing red obviously) is quite an interesting group of the three IMO. They were the group to only do a ballad (mid-tempo at best) but featured quite strong vocalists! However, it was known that Gocchin had problems because she was young at the time and couldn’t grasp the topic at hand (yet, Tsunku/UFA still made it sing lead…stupid). Danielle and Miho really sounded more appropriate and together as well as Yuko (who actually cried during the PV). Akai Nikkichou is still considered the most popular today since it’s still performed and moreso by just one person like Yuko, Gocchin, and Takitty. Maki’s is still the most impressive because she definitely understood the song once she rerecorded it again ^_^
The PV for Akai Nikkichou is kind of green-screen non-sense but at the same time kind of cute seeing Maki so naive all that. Of course the PV has a shortened version of the song (missing the second verse and chorus entirely) but I think all of the songs suffered that. Miho and Yuko (when she’s not crying) looked good as well but Danielle got a bad looking dress IMO…makes look too poofy in shots. Still a pretty great song
Though when Danielle and Miho left H!P, Yossie and Yuki Maeda took over for their roles.
Kiiro 5 – Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM
Back Row L to R: Ayaka Kimura, Michiyo Heike, Kei Yasuda
Front Row L to R: Natsumi Abe, RuRu Honda
Kiiro 5 represented yellow and they were kind of the nearest sounding to Momusu because the track Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM was a little more disco-vibed and fun to listen to. I did notice that all the great singers under H!P were in this group which is weird that they weren’t utilized to their full potential in this song. I mean all of them (sans perhaps Nacchi) could power vocal…but it really felt like they held back A LOT in this song. Nacchi and Michiyo did self-covers by themselves…but this isn’t as popular as Akagumi’s was.
The PV is quite something because unlike “Akai Nikkichou’s” light choreography, this one has a lot more of that going on…plus they utilized feathers…which is SWEET! Still that awkward boom boom boom move they do is quite awkward looking especially when their pushed up the screen like this….yeesh.
After RuRu left, Aibon took over her role…..yeah an amazing singer replaced by Aibon….AWKWARD.
Aoiro 7 – Aoi Sports Car no Otoko
Back Row L to R: Mika Todd, Lehua Sandbo
Middle Row L to R: Atsuko Inaba, Sayaka Ichii, Miwa Kominato
Front Row L to R: Mari Yaguchi, Kaori Iida
The biggest of the shuffle groups, Aoiro 7 was all blue but their energy was high for their release, Aoi Sports Car no Otoko. It seemed like this group had pretty much the leftovers from the other groups. Might not be so bad because they also had some good singers as well ^_^. Their sound was more rockin’ and just wild which is a far cry from like the serious Akai Nikkichou and kind of mature but not Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM
I think most of the money went into this PV since it had other things going on like guys in a car driving and the girls all doing choreography with guitars and the like. It’s a pretty brazen video and each member is being wild and frenetic…it’s awesome!
When Miwa and Atsuko left, Rika-chan and Nono took over.
ANYWAYS, after all that happened it turns out that Akagumi 4 won for the year…simply because Maki was a part of it (she was really that huge back then). Personally, I would’ve chosen Aoiro 7, Akagumi 4, and Kiiro 5 in that order for some reason. I think I just love wild songs and it worked for me. Though it brought up some questions for me
Who was missing?:
- Rinne Toda – She’s someone I was actually really curious to why she wasn’t a part of the 2000 Units because she was active as the lone member of Country Musume…maybe it was because the producer wasn’t Tsunku?
- Miyoshi Chinatsu – Probably the same reason as Rinne to be honest but a different producer from the one that did Country.
- Melon Kinenbi – Despite being formed before the Units, I’m pretty sure Tsunku didn’t feel they were ready for it yet so they let them pass the first Units. Though it’d be interesting to see what he could’ve done with them….
Also, the single’s also came with a B-side in Hello! no Theme which is H!P’s theme song of course and has been covered a couple other times which is cool but the song isn’t that special…Each unit sings their own version of it and yes there’s a complete one as well…
SINCE 2000 IS DONE, I’M GOING TO REVIEW Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ soon ^_^