So here we are with the second post of MM PVs that they’ve had to celebrate their 50th single ^_^. We will tackle four more PVs today: Daite HOLD ON ME!, Memory Seishun no Hikari, Manatsu no Kousen, and Furusato (basically the videos that were there before everything changed for the group!
Daite HOLD ON ME!
The Song: Third single in and we have Daite HOLD ON ME! which is probably the biggest thing for the song because it isn’t totally noteworthy. I mean no one gradated and nothing totally changed around. It’s still Nacchi and Asuka at the forefront of the song. OH, it is the first time we hear the members rap in the song which is cool in a way but kind of sloppy (like the song itself). Why? I think the vocals were all over the place and there was squeaking and it felt so busy and bunched up…Even “Summer Night Town” was tons better…
What Genre is it: Kind of like “Summer Night Town” pop but with R&B tendencies
The Premise: Once again there really isn’t any to be found in the song besides all the poutyness and cold stares 😄 and them actually having fun rapping 😄
The Setting: I think Daite HOLD ON ME! was the total opposite to their last single actually. I mean SNT was all sorts of blue and shit like that and now it’s red but the same thing which sorely disappointed me overall. I mean minus the creepy stuff from SNT it’s plain and just too similar.
The Outfits: They did have more of a selection of clothing in this video between red outfits, black outfits, and white outfits…Honestly the black ones looked the best on them all ^_^. Oh they also had casual clothes too in some of the shots that were done underground (strange…)
The Choreography: Same could be said about the choreography because there’s a little more going on than poses and stuff. I mean they’re shimmying around and split up into two different dance groups in the chorus. It’s still a little too laidback for them but still mature?
PV as a whole: The entire time I watched this video. I kept going back to SNT because they were so similar to one another but with different colors going on. I kind of just don’t remember the video for that fact (not even the rapping scenes saved the video). I just can’t get behind this PV at all lol.
Ranking: 46/74 (It’s an alright song (pretty messy and Nacchi clearly can’t sing to her strengths, but It’s a pretty good song to start the “Second Morning” era).
Memory Seishun no Hikari
The Song: Moving onto Memory Seishun no Hikari it marks as the first song to have a member graduate. Asuka Fukuda announced that she was leaving the group and company to go back to school (which didn’t happen she kind of just ducked out of the business up until 2011). Anyways, it was her final A-side and once again shared the spotlight with Nacchi who was clearly becoming the face of Momusu. Personally the song did change up what we expected of them by giving us a smooth tune. Though I didn’t know that they got a new member in a guy…WTF was that about…a male rapper? I don’t know but the song was pretty as hell. The only other thing I found bad was the last goodbye…that was awkward and terrible!
What Genre is it: R&B totally, there’s no doubt about it!
The Premise: I’m not sure if there’s any here as well but there were some interesting scenes (mostly Nacchi) where she’s in a room sitting on a chair and being all emo xD. Also, there were scenes of the girls chewing gum (considering in Japan, doing that is considered rude and a little pretentious…almost yankee but not so much.
The Setting: To me, most of the video is set in an abandoned warehouse like the dance shots and the gum popping scenes and the staircase. The only other places you really see are just infiltrated by only Nacchi and that was the close up shots with the brown AND the grey backgrounds…plus the room setting with her as well…(notice this?). Not very interesting to be honest.
The Outfits: So here we have black sparkly dresses from them which is neat and really pretty on some of the ladies like Kaori and Sayaka’s but some wore shorter stuff and Kei-chan was wearing pants XD. What got me though was that all the girls had so much makeup and sparkles on them, it was a little distracting…and the lipgloss was aplenty…The chewing gum parts though had more of the casual stuff but they were all black. Though Nacchi (here we go again) had the most outfits because she had all the true solo shots and scenes…it was a bit shocking though since she had many hairstyles going. I mean my personal favorite was when she had it just flat. Pretty! However, the frizz and the boyish cut weren’t too great..IMO.
The Choreography: There was less movement in the dance which was a little disappointing coming after “Daite HOLD ON ME” but for how reserved the song was and how weird a full blown dance could’ve been it was ok. Most of the dancing came from the new members…you know the THREE GUYS in the background and as silouette’s on the wall? 😄 Bizarre!
PV as a whole: I loved the whole washed out feel of the PV but I feel like they went a little too mature for this video but I don’t somehow fits the laidback glow of the song. I mean the title kind of rounds out to be something like Memory of Youth’s Light or something and the chewing gum is like a stab at that because they’re “badasses”. I didn’t understand the need for the guy dancers though (one of the rare times you see a GUY in a H!P PV). Also I didn’t see the need to have the focus ALL on Nacchi because while she is the important face…it was Asuka’s final single…it didn’t seem to commemerate the fact she was leaving (yes, I know of “Never Forget”, but still c’mon)
Ranking 50/74 (I enjoy the song in parts, could’ve lived without the bad rapper and Nacchi hax in the video but it’s one of their smoothest songs so it’s good for that! Still wish Asuka left with more prominence but what can ya do?)
Manatsu no Kousen
The Song: After losing Asuka, it was time to move forward with the 7-nin Momusu and their first song was their summer A-side with Manatsu no Kousen. If you remember, “Good Morning” had gotten a PV and it was boring as hell so it was time to see if they could tackle that. Nacchi did have solo lines but it wasn’t as obvious like in “Memory Seishun no Hikari” and I found that to be somewhat surprising lol. Also the second generation got a lot more view time in the video which I will get into but this was a pretty solid summer song. Pretty good but there were some faults like the vocals once again didn’t mesh well and Nacchi still cant tackle this higher range as much as she can now.
What Genre is it: They went back to basics and this is definitely breezy pop but suited for the summer days.
The Premise: I guess it’s just being happy and having fun during the warmer days. Not much of a story to be had but whatever once again!
The Setting: As such Manatsu no Kousen is mostly shot on the beaches and such but they also shot in a car which is quite new to them and for the viewers. Beyond that there’s shots of Mari and Sayaka in the pool and Sayaka at a resort? Plus some shots in the evening. It’s “Good Morning” 2 but more exciting hahah. Also, what was with the pearl in the water with shots of the girls inside it? That was kind of funky but suitable since it was a 90’s single LOL.
The Outfits: Since it wasn’t all like the album song that got a PV, Manatsu no Kousen stuck out with it’s casual summer clothing. I thought it brought the girls full circle back to how they started and that was nice. Simple clothes that were bright and in pastel colors. Well, all but one member..Sayaka wore this RED outfit and stood out like a sore thumb with the group shots of the ladies. In the car scenes they all wore yellow tops and in the evening shots (that weren’t on the beach) they wore blue tops. Simple but effective stuff
The Choreography: None whatsoever! I mean there really wasn’t a lot of dancing to begin with so it’s no surprise.
PV as a whole: I’ve been waiting to see the girls smiling for once because they’ve done a lot of brooding and sexy stuff that they kind of forgot how to be fun. I mean they looked like they were having fun in “Daite HOLD ON ME!” but finally a whole PV of smiles. It’s bright, lively, and just positive but the vocals in the song were a bit pitchy all over the place but the greatest thing to come out is that 2nd Generation got more notice (especially Sayaka and Mari!)
Ranking: 58/74 (I like the song and video but clearly there were so many that were better. I felt like this song if sung today would sound better with the members here. I did feel like it went backwards because it felt like “First Time” stuff and not like the other singles in “Second Morning”.
The Song: Furusato will remain as the single before everything changed for Morning Musume! Also at this point their popularity started to wane because there wasn’t any changes between the members (minus Asuka leaving) but this was kind of a low point. It hurt them even moreso when this song came out because for some ungodly reason, Tsunku decided to let Nacchi tackle the song by herself while the other members were harmonial background noises LOL…OUCH! I do like the song regardless but the fact that it was a Nacchi hax is a bit shocking to the fans (but not to me since the singles prior had pushed her to the front.
What Genre is it: To me, Furusato is a ballad but is has little inklings of Enka (traditional folk music). It was hard to think what genre because it’s one of its kind.
The Premise: Unlike the videos prior, we get a storyline…sort of. I mean the first half is Nacchi living life but wants to see her mother so she gets on a train and that’s about it. I mean the other 6 ladies do end up talking to their respective mothers (cept Kaori…she’s staring at a tombstone…what?) Now I can’t speak about the trains because they were a big part in the first half of the video but I’ll leave it up for you guys to guess. Pass the halfway mark, things change because it just gets into the ladies at night sharing sparklers and smiling and then showing all of the member’s baby pictures/kid/teen pictures and shifting to the girls now talking to their “mothers”. It’s an interesting idea but not cohesive to make sense the entire way through? Especially if the song is about homesickness after love.
The Setting: It is an outdoorsy video which is cool that they’ve been on this nature-love in recent times. For the most part, the group as a whole sung the song on a dirt road near a farm which does give that homely feel. First half with just Nacchi is all over a city and train station…kind of bizarre but ties in with the song. The other 6 are kind of just chillin with their “moms” (minus Kaori who is standing in front of a tombstone (someone explain this?)). The night time setting was in front of a temple and that was pretty…and the solo were scattered out at different places it seems.
The Outfits: Of course being such a down-to-earth song, Furusato had some conservative clothing this time around. Most of the time the girls are wearing dresses, kind of old-school and frumpy but plain jane. I noticed Kaori and Kei’s clothes more because they were blue and red respectively and it stood out. The only real major change of outfits were the night scene when they change into these BEAUTIFUL kimonos. Loved how it looked on all of them but once again Sayaka stood out because hers didn’t have a flower pattern…hers were cherries! CUTE!
The Choreography: Ballads usually don’t have them so it wasn’t a surprise it didn’t have any. They just stood next too each other most of the time…kind of shocking.
PV as a whole: Despite the fact that the song was all Nacchi, the PV showed the member quite equally which I had feared when I heard the song. It’s unique in that they are so in their roots to the point where old pictures and phots would be seen (something we wouldn’t see again til way later with “Mikan”. I wish it wasn’t so boring and the meaning of the song was a bit more to the point and explain Kaori’s reason she was motherless in the PV (for the most part, she was talking to a lady at one point). Not bad but I was expecting something more after “Manatsu no Kousen”.
Ranking: 52/74 (Furusato is a beautiful song, but the fact that the line distribution got THIS bad with this song made not like it as much. Video was a nice change but that wasn’t going to get them popular.)
NEXT TIME, ENTER GOCCHIN AND 4th Gen!