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H!P Profiles: Ongaku Gatas

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Top Row L to R: Mika Muto, Yuri Sawada, Minami Sengoku, Miki Korenaga
Middle Row L to R: Erina Mano, Rika Ishikawa, Arisa Noto
Bottom Row L to R: Asami Konno, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Mai Satoda

It’s definitely great to see Tsunku doing something else besides promoting Koharu everywhere right?  It was another group that used the H!P Eggs in the group but also surprisingly used members who weren’t active (since Konkon, Charmy, Satoda, and recently Yossie had left the main groups, so it was fitting to bring the 4 0G members to 6 Eggs (who all of them we haven’t fully heard of yet).  It did seem like they were pushing Arisa and Erina the most and Miki and Mika the least and of course the well-known members were pushed because, well they were well known in H!P.  This iteration lasted the longest because they released 2 singles and an album before Mika left H!P and Erina had graduated from the group (and Eggs) to become a soloist.

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L to R: Yuri Sawada, Arisa Noto, Mai Satoda, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Rika Ishikawa, Asami Konno, Minami Sengoku, Miki Korenaga

Shortly after the loss of two of their members, the group moved on to release another single, “Come Together” with the 8 members before Yuri Sawada left the program as well and causing the group to basically take a break for a 2 years almost

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Top Row L to R: Arisa Noto, Minami Sengoku, Miki Korenaga
Bottom Row L to R: Mai Satoda, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Rika Ishikawa, Asami Konno

The final iteration (for all we know) came together one more time after the Elder Club all graduated H!P so in turn the group’s final single , “READY! KICK OFF!” was indeed an indies single.  After the release of that, Arisa graduated and joined Happy! Style where she’s now a member of the rather popular group, StylipS.  Konkon left the music business (somewhat) to become a news reporter, Sengoku graduated from Eggs and is now currently a member of Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari), and Mai Satoda graduated from Gatas Brilhantes (which I suppose meant she also left Ongaku Gatas as well).  They never really went out of the way to say the group had disbanded so it does leave 3 members left: Charmy, Yossie, and Korenaga…I doubt they’ll return but it’s a nice dream no doubt.

Style of Music: Really, they were quite all over the map even though they were a shortlived group.  Their first two singles did have a disco theme to it which is quite awesome.  The album was quite varied and the B-sides were pretty chanty.  After Mika and Erina left, the group focused more on slower songs and their final single was a poppy tune!

Discography

Singles

  • Narihajimeta Koi no BELL
  • Yattarouze! (Mika and Erina’s last single)
  • Come Together (Yuri’s last single)
  • READY! KICK OFF!! (indies)

Albums

  • 1st GOODSAL

Ah, the group’s debut single, Narihajimeta Koi no BELL…such a classy song and great to show off the Eggs (except Miki And Mika of course) but still awesome!

This is the only performance of their final single, READY! KICK OFF!! and of course this showed where the group was really going to.

Top 5 Favorite Songs

  • Narihajimeta Koi no BELL
  • Yattarouze!
  • Koi Uranai Toori ni wa Naranai wa (album song from “1st GOODSAL”)
  • Aisaretai Aisaretai (B-side from “Come Together”)
  • Dakishimete…Namida (album song from “1st GOODSAL”)

Overall: I loved the idea of this group basing it off their futsal team Gatas Brilhantes and even moreso giving a couple of the eggs chances to show fans what they were capable of.  Though the line distribution focused more on the more well-known members, the Eggs stood out (except Muto and Korenaga which confused me why they were so shunned when compared to the 4 other Eggs involved and Korenaga outlasted them all xD).  After Mika and Erina left, the focus was pretty much on Konkon, Yossie, Charmy, and Satoda which kind of made me not watch them.  With the group technically not disbanded (just heavily inactive), they could pull some members back for another performance or revival, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Still this is where I actually started my H!P (right around Yossie’s graduation from Momusu to her place in Ongaku Gatas).

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H!P Profiles: Kira☆Pika

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L to R: Koharu Kusumi, Mai Hagiwara

So when Koharu’s solo career got off the group for the Kirarin☆Revolution series, it seemed like Tsunku wanted to make ANOTHER unit that included her and ’twas easy because Maimai also voiced a character within the series.  Thus Kira☆Pika was formed.  Though they only lasted a single before they seemingly parted ways to focus on other things.

Style of Music: To keep with the cutesy anime-pop of the anime series, Hana wo Puun was indeed a super sugary song for them to release while Futari wa NS was more of a ballad-like tune for the duo.  Really, not much else to fully say about their sound.

Discography

Singles

  • Hana wo Puun / Futari wa NS

Here is the PV for Hana wo Puun, which is one of the two PVs they did (rare time that both A-sides received a PV of sorts)

Overall: Like EcoMoni, in personal views, I really couldn’t stand the voices in this group so I stayed clear of the group until it was time to give them a profile.  Though Tsunku has clearly put his efforts on Koharu, it was rather nice to give Maimai something to do, even if the group was SO shortlived.

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H!P Profiles: Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai

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L to R: Risa Niigaki, Koharu Kusumi, Maki Goto, Natsumi Abe, Kaori Iida

As a celebration of Morning Musume’s upcoming 10th anniversary as a group, Tsunku decided to celebrate it by creating a sub-group!  The way he chose the members was by utilizing all the odd-numbered generations to get by.  So they brought Kaori and Nacchi from 1st Gen, Gocchin from 3, Gaki from 5th, and Koha from 7th (though at the time of this creation, I’m surprised Tsunku didn’t bring in Yuko or Ai-chan >.>.  They only lasted a year before they disbanded (because the anniversary was over).

Style of Music: It’s kind of funny because even though the were created to celebrate Morning Musume, the group only had ballads as A-sides while the B-sides were more upbeat and uptempo, but not at the level of the more vibrant main group.

Discography

Singles

  • Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA
  • Itoshiki Tomo e

This is the group’s 2nd A-side, Itoshiki Tomo e and you can really tell some members were used to puling ballads off and some weren’t XD.

Favorite Songs (though it’s only between 4 songs >.>)

  • Itoshiki Tomo e
  • Michi Naru Mirai e (B-side from “Itoshiki Tomo e”
  • Juunen Ai (B-side from “Bokura ga Ikiru Mirai e”)

Overall: Even though we all knew the group wasn’t going to last long, I was kind of surprised Tsunku took a group meaning to celebrate Momusu’s 10 years and kind of make them release such slow songs for leading tracks…totally didn’t get it.  Of course the choice of ladies could’ve grown by two more with Yuko and Ai-chan (and could’ve took out Koharu because she was quite pushed during this time everywhere in H!P).  For a more mature group, it was actually a nice enough idea, but considering it wasn’t long before Maki would leave H!P & Kaori would have her baby…it just kind of was shutdown after their tour was over with.

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Review: Petit Best 7

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Track Listing

  1. Morning Musume Mega Mix 30 (Radio Edit) / Morning Musume
  2. The Stress / Natsumi Abe
  3. Glass no Pumps / Maki Goto
  4. Suna wo Kamu You ni…NAMIDA / Aya Matsuura
  5. Thanks! / GAM
  6. Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪ / v-u-den
  7. Onegai Miwaku no Target / Melon Kinenbi
  8. Kakumeichikku KISS / Country Musume
  9. Koi☆Kana / Kirari Tsukushima starring Koharu Kusumi
  10. Jiriri Kiteru / Berryz Koubou
  11. Ookina Ai de Motenashite / °C-ute
  12. Urara / Yuko Nakazawa
  13. Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure / Yuki Maeda
  14. Minna no Ki / Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai
  15. Yume Kara Samete / Ai Takahashi
  16. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles / DEF.DIVA and Rakuten Eagles Cheer Team
  17. Ready Go! / Morning Musume, DEF.DIVA, Berryz Koubou

1. Morning Musume Mega Mix 30 (Radio Edit)

Kicking this compilation off, we start with an interesting track, a megamix of Morning Musume’s first 30 singles.  However, it is a MUCH shorter version than the original megamix found on first press editions of “Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan”.  Actually the original was over 17 minutes and the radio version on PB7 is 3 and a half minutes long.  That means that a lot over half of the 30 singles are not even mentioned here like “Manatsu no Kousen” and “Shabondama”.  Even though this is a HEAVILY shortened song, I kind of like the progression and the transitions and funny enough at the end, Yossie names off the current Morning Musume (well of when this was released).  I wish they stuck with the full version though because at least that one has ALL 30 songs.

2. The Stress

After her last song used for the PB, we come with The Stress which was two singles after “Koi no Hana”.  Also, this song is a cover of one of Chisato Moritaka’s songs (that name should be pretty familiar to H!P fans of recent times as well).  Makes sense because The Stress was the 7th single released by both artists!  I quite like the song because it has this dance/latin feel like “Datte Ikitekanakucha” had.  I just love Nacchi’s vocals in this song so much…they’re light but also sensual.  Though the random rapping is a bit ugh…but otherwise this song was a solid track…one of my favorite Nacchi songs!

3. Glass no Pumps

Only going one single before we got Gocchin’s next single, Glass no Pumps (or Garasu no Pampusu xD).  I do not know where this came from, but this song rekindled my love for Maki’s solo career because this song was a rather nice hit from her and it keeps getting performed every once in a while.  Whenever I hear this, I think of fashion shows and catwalks and the like.  Ugh, this song is just so cool and one of my favorites from Gocchin XD.

4. Suna wo Kamu You ni…NAMIDA

Then we get into Ayaya’s song and for some reason this song to me seems like a big song because it’s seen quite a lot on her releases.  Sadly, I’m not exactly seeing how this song is considered so great.  I mean the acoustic guitar/piano/light drums is a nice change and it does sound more Western and hearing Aya sing in a higher register is also a nice touch, but of the 3 “DEF.DIVA” soloists, this was the weakest.

5. Thanks!

At least Aya does make up for it with GAM’s debut (which is herself and Miki Fujimoto).  I instantly love the guitar riffs that opened the track and then turned into this cool and edgy track.  I just love how nice Mikitty and Ayaya gelled together and they sound really strong (especially Miki, but when doesn’t she sound powerful…though Aya is at her point which is great too).  I definitely enjoyed it and if it wasn’t for “Melodies” it would’ve been my favorite GAM song.

6. Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪

Moving to v-u-den’s 6th single, Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A.ge.ru♪, and at this point, I wasn’t exactly expecting v-u-den going in a rather sugary cute direction.  I mean it feels SOOO unnatural comparing it to all their previous singles.  The only one I felt that was comfortable here was Charmy…while Erika and Yui didn’t feel right here.  Yeah, I just don’t like this song at all…and it made me wonder why Tsunku did this to v-u-den of all groups XD

7. Onegai Miwaku no Target

I also never knew why Tsunku made the group’s next single after the godly “Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS” an indies release but yet somehow made it onto the Petit Best.  Onegai Miwaku no Target was another good hit for the group and ANOTHER change of their sound going for a more punk setting.  Of course Ayumi leads the song but the rest of the girls get a good enough set of solos as well.  This sound is great for pumping the crowd up, but it’s pretty difficult to top their last single.  Also, they re-recorded it and THAT sounds better than this version (though it became more of an Ayumi fest)…weird decisions Tsunku, just WEIRD.

8. Kakumeichikku KISS

Wait…Country Musume is back?!?  Well sort of…This would be the group’s final song and would be later found on their “2nd album” and best album (which lets be honest…they are all basically best albums just being rehashed SO MUCH).  This would also be the only song that you will hear Asami Kimura, Mai Satoda, and Miuna Saitou by themselves and with no help from Rika, Miki, and Konkon.  It’s like they took the beats from “Uwaki na Honey Pie” and threw in a banjo to make it more *country*.  It’s also got cute bleeps in there too…but that comes off a lil cheap in my book.  I don’t know bu after the last three singles, I was expecting something of that ame calibur…but this wasn’t all that great.

9. Koi☆Kana

Moving onto the newest soloist from H!P, Koharu came busting out with Koi☆Kana and yet it’s not the cutest song on the album XD.  Like I said when I did my profile on her, she actually didn’t sound bad when she debuted and Koi☆Kana isn’t terrible…though she has bad tonal issues and sounds almost dead in some parts, but this song can be kind of catchy once in a while, just something I wouldn’t fully return to.

10. Jiriri Kiteru

Moving onto the H!P Kids, we get Berryz’ 10th single (and 2nd after Maiha’s departure), Jiriri Kiteru was a total surprise.  I mean yeah, the group has done more serious songs, (“Koi no Jubaku” and “Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW?” stands out)…but I didn’t think they would return so quick because of their last two singles being cute and girly and random.  Jiriri Kiteru is such a badass song from them.  It’s fast-paced, has strong vocals from the main ladies (and the back gals too of course) and just worked all-around.  This is one of my favorite Berryz songs (at least early Berryz, because they’ve gotten better).

11. Ookina Ai de Motenashite

Then we get into °C-ute’s 3rd indies single, Ookina Ai de Motenashite and THIS is the album’s cutest single (makes sense with the group’s name at this point).  Though I didn’t think it was going to happen because their two previous singles, “Massara Blue Jeans” and “Soku Dakishimete” was a bit more on the cooler side of things.  It’s like a sugar bomb went off in the group and we got this song.  It took a while for me to get used to and the line distribution is revolved around Airi, Maimi, and Megumi (which BTW, this is Megumi’s last PB appearance) and the way the song was sung was a bit odd.  What I mean the verses are very thin and high, but gets loud but still on that high register.  Not my favorite °C-ute song, but it’s definitely one of the more popular songs for the group.

12. Urara

Moving onto to more soloists, this is Yuko’s 11th single (her final single is the next one), but let’s go into Urara.  After the last inclusions, Urara is a nice change because the song sounds different from her pop/rock ballads and sounds more like a fusion of all her styles since she debuted as a soloist.  Think a ballad-centric “Kuyashi Namida Porori” but with a lil more tendencies to the olden enka-ish days.  Though the chorus is a bit empty with just Yuko singing ~uraaaaraa etc.~.  The rest of the song is nice though so I can’t complain too much.

13. Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure

It just seems Yuki releases only one song a year XD.  Her next single after the great “Nishi Shinjuku de Atta Hito”, we get the dramatic Enka song, Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure and I really love hearing Yuki master this singing style and she’s easily becoming one of the best vocalists in H!P during this time.  The tune is playful, yet dramatic so it’s a fantastic mix of what I enjoy from Enka…even the though genre is pretty niched and seems VERY out of place for Hello! Project, at least it’s something different.  I like the aforementioned song more, but this is seriously right behind it!

14. Minna no Ki

I was surprised H!P stuck this song towards the end.  It was an indies release by Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai which consisted of Yuuka Maeda, Konatsu Furukawa, Arisa Noto, Kaede Oose, and Saki Mori (the last JUST replacing Kanna Arihara as she went to °C-ute).  As you can see this group were all H!P Eggs.  The song is of course another one of those *environmentally forward* songs so I was lenient (because EcoMoni scared me off…).  The song is quite nice but the sitar-ish sounds threw me off.  As the the line distribution…it was mostly unison but they were paired off together in parts…and let me tell you Yuuka stood out the WORST…her tone has always bothered me in S/mileage and it is just unbearably bad here…the other 4 were good though, especially Saki and Kaede (ironic as they go to Up Up Girls and THE Possible, respectively).  Overall, I thought the group was going to go farther…but I guess not >.<

15. Yume Kara Samete

Yes, Ai-chan got her first solo as a digital single…(which is why I haven’t written a post on her because I wanna throw these smaller soloists in one post in the future).  As her first (I think…?), Yume Kara Samete is unsurprisingly a ballad and it was the first time we saw how well she’d be able to handle it.  I like her dreamy voice in this song and she sounds REALLY nice (though she does get better…hmm she needs to resing this!).  I really enjoyed this as a ballad a lot more than Ayaya’s song on Petit Best…it just suited Ai’s vocals perfectly!

16. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles

Then we go into DEF.DIVA’s 2nd and final single (which is also an indies release) with their cheer song for Rakuten Eagles (which during the last year or so, H!P was heavy with supporting).  As a cheer song, it DEFINITELY fits that card snuggly since most of the song is just cheering on the team.  All 4 ladies have one solo in the song (which is relatively the same line XD).  I mean for what its for, I like it, but as a H!P song…not that great.

17. Ready Go!

The final track looked like it was another Rakuten song, but actually it was used as a theme for the 2006 FIVB Volleyball World Championships so in a way it’s another cheer song but not in the same vein as the previous tune.  Originally it was a tune sung together by the three groups tagged and WaT (a J-pop duo).  This is without the two of course so we’re left with Momusu, DEF.DIVA, and Berryz and sadly no solos to be found.  To be honest, it slightly reminds me of “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL” in a weird way.  It’s a nice song overall, but nothing that really stands amongst the best (if you get my drift here).

Tracks Recommended

  • Jiriri Kiteru
  • Glass no Pumps
  • Omae no Namida wo Ore ni Kure
  • Yume Kara Samete
  • The Stress

On our 7th Petit Best, I felt this one was quite weak of one, at least comparing to the last couple.  I mean we didn’t get a true Momusu song here and a lot of the songs were songs that I personally had to grow into…except Jiriri Kiteru, Glass no Pumps and The Stress…everything else was new to me or songs that I initially loathed.  Still there are some unlucky songs like Ayaya’s, v-u-den’s, and a lot of the 2nd half…I’m just unsure how to feel. 6/10

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H!P Profile: Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi

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Oh boy…Koharu.  Like I’ve said back in the PV Reviews that begun with her joining Morning Musume, she was chosen as the “ace” and lone member of her generation (of course it happened after 2 auditions…).  Though a bit shortly after her addition, Tsunku somehow wanted to have her take on something different and she became the youngest H!P member to become a soloist.  Though she kind of became a different kind of soloist focusing on the anime, Kirarin☆Revolution voicing the character of Kirari Tsukishima.  Of course this led to Kirarin groups: Kira☆Pika and MilkyWay and she paved the way for H!P anime themes!  From 2006-2009 she was doing great and then she announced her graduation.  Since then she’s really done modeling and released one more song for OhaStar.

Style of Music: All of Koharu’s music ran that saccharine, sugary, happy-go-lucky music.  Though sometimes she reached to some genres like Russian jig and pop/rock…for the most part it was that anison, cutesy-cutesy pop.

Discography

Singles

  • Koi☆Kana
  • Balalaika
  • Happy☆彡
  • Chance!
  • Papancake
  • Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!

Albums

  • ☆☆☆
  • Kirarin☆Land
  • Kirari to Fuyu
  • Best☆Kirari (best album)

This is Koha’s 2nd single, Balalaika and I just love the song even though it’s a bit WTF…still a fun song regardless.

This is her final single, Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!…it kind of shows where her sound decided to go after “Balalaika” and boy I was not happy XD

Top 5 Favorite Songs:

  • Balalaika
  • Hatten×JOY (B-side to Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!)
  • Olala (album song from Kirarin☆Land)
  • I miss you (album song from ☆☆☆)
  • Koi☆Kana

Overall: Honestly, when talking about if she was an ace…she was for an entirely different reason than many would expect.  She was definitely NOT the ace and miracle when she joined Morning Musume, but she did bring H!P into the era of Anime which in a way paved the ground for groups like the other Kirarin groups, the Shugo Chara groups, and even some of Berryz’ singles.  My personal thoughts on Koharu though is that she sucked.  Her first album is vocally her best and she just got worse as a singer past that.  Add in her comments from the radio show she did alongside Sayu and Kikka and that made me like her less because while she did say what was her agenda for that…she went at it all wrong.  I don’t know, but she in my opinion was the worst soloist.

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Morning Musume PVs through the years: Miracles and Losses

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these hasn’t it?  Well in this post, we are going to talk about Iroppoi Jirettai, Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~, Koi wa Hassau Do the Hustle!, SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~, and Ambitious! ~Yashinteki de Ii jan~.  During this time, two major things happened.  7th Generations begun but the first one came out with no winners, but the 2nd time around, Tsunku caught his eye to a young Koharu Kusumi which he deemed was the miracle for Momusu.  However near the end of these 5 PVs, members Makoto Ogawa and Asami Konno both announced their graduations (Mako to study English abroad) and Konkon to TV, but she remained to do side stuff which will be mentioned later on in this blog.  So let’s get to it!

Iroppoi Jirettai

The Song: After losing Rika and Mari, the group decided to refocus a little bit (plus with Yossie leading the group) Tsunku decided to add a new something to the group.  After having two auditions, it seemed like he chose Koharu on a rather strange whim (he heard something amazing when she sang “Furusato” and yet couldnt replicate it when Tsunku asked her too…but still added her regardless.  Iroppoi Jirettai was her first single and she has a little time in the light.  Most of the song became Yossie, Miki, Ai-chan, and Reina up at the front but almost everyone was noticeable.

What Genre is it?: Well, I was a bit surprised about the change from “Osaka Koi no Uta” to this song with it’s HEAVY latin flair about it.  It’s also a bit flamenco in style as well but it’s a really great latin sound overall.

The Premise: None to be honest, it was really a dance shot with close-up scenes…though the scenes with them playing with fire (and the odd mid-8 section could allude to something).

The Setting: Like the premise, it’s pretty basic, almost as if they just recycled the set from “Osaka Koi no Uta” switched the spotlights and took out the redness of it all.  The close-up shots did have a blue backdrop and all but it still is pretty much basic all-around.  Though the excitement was in the ladies with their different stances and being badass with fire lol…especially Sayu, Eri, Gaki, Mikitty, Makoto, and Yossie.

The Outfits: This time around, there was only one outfit for the PV and it was the beautiful red w/ black dresses they wore, it really made the song and video come together and red is the color of passion which works with the theme!

The Choreography: With the whole latin theme going on, the choreography was going to match as such and for the most part they especially in the musical breaks…lot of stances and clapping and hip movement.  The only weird thing was the mid-8 section where the girls kind of acted some kind of weird pseudo-lesbionic bend and one of the girls taps em on the head *only remembers Koharu doing that*.

PV as a whole: I feel like the whole basicness of it kind of hurt it because a lot of similar stuff happened in the last single that it kind of felt lazy almost.  Although the choreography was SOOO much easier to follow and the fire scenes were a great touch to try to make something of it’s basic backdrops.  Still that latin bomb this song brought was amaziiiing!

Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wo Ookiizo!~

The Song: Going into the group’s next single it sounded like it was a mess at the time.  Initially, the leading track was supposed to be “Koi wa Hassau Do the Hustle!” but it seems according to them it got a very low fan response and rushed out to get a different song to lead.  Reason why it’s Chokkan ‘2’ is because it’s sort of based off the original Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Ai wa~ from their 6th album “Ai no Dai 6kan”.  The differences between the two are just verses and no Kaori, Rika, and Mari and more Koharu XD.  Yes, it was rehashed and yeah it was a bit of a lazy decision but what can you do?

What Genre is it?: Typical idol pop, but the tribal drums to add a dimension to it….and the pro-chanting and ~souda souda souda~ are fun too.

The Premise: None and you will soon know why!

The Setting: For being such a last minute decision, the setting suffered quite a bit amongst the Momusu PVs.  Most of the PV are shots from their tour at the time spliced in with random close-ups and group shots to smaller clusters banging a gong.  It’s not exactly a great idea but they didn’t have the time.  The true moments though were the gong scene with a pitch black background, close-up shots had a lightbulb wall, and the groups had green screen.  Yeah it was that bad LOL.

The Outfits: Not counting the shots of the tour, the main shots only really had one but they were split into groupings.  Gaki, Sayu, Koharu, and Konkon wore these cute pink outfits, Ai-chan, Eri, and Miki had a gold outfit with gloves! and Reina, Yossie, and Makoto had one similar outfits but Makoto’s was blue, Yossie’s was yellow, and Reina was white.  Granted it’s not very big and flashy like normal, but at least it’s something.

The Choreography: It was hard to make out with all the live footage going, but there were some parts that looked like it was the dance and it has a certain parapara kind of style…but there wasn’t enough to judge it by TBH.

PV as a whole: Honestly, this is probably one of the worst Momusu PVs because they did have to rely on tour footage and with that last minute decision to make Koi was Hassau the B-side was a bit poor on UFP’s part.  The song though is so much better than the first though which is always good…but for the PV it got…just no.

Koi wa Hassau Do the Hustle!

The Song: Yeah and yet, this song did end up getting a PV, who knew?  Anyways like I previously said the song was oddly pushed to B-side status and last year during when the 0Gs were talking bout each single, Miki talked about the low fan respone and the sudden rush to bring “Chokkan 2” up.  I never understood that because it’s not a bad song at all and all the members get lines so I don’t exactly understand why it got less than favorable remarks.

What Genre is it?: Sometimes I feel like it’s getting into an Arabian style like the beginning but also has a certain rockabilly/surf style but doesn’t heavily lean on either of the 3.

The Premise: Well it seems there is one and it’s split between the youthful group: Eri, Gaki, Sayu, Reina and Koharu and the more adult ladies: Yossie, Makoto, Ai-chan, Mikitty, and Konkon.  They seem to deal with issues but they seem to be showing that no matter who you are there you’re still people…iono it’s cool though.

The Setting: Once again, the setting takes a nosedive and we’re in this open slightly pink space with a dining table in the middle and dance-shot is without the table so it became VERY plain very quick.  It looked so bare and just didn’t exactly work well with me..

The Outfits: As I’ve said above the group was split into mature and young and the outfits reflected that on each member.  The younger group had more flashy colors and accessories and such the other had more darker colors and a working lady look to them.  It did well to convey the meaning of the PV and song so while it wasn’t terrible it was OK clothing.

The Choreography: As I felt, the choreography was OK but it wasn’t the main focus of the PV but they did some pretty cool things like the muscle pose and being close with one another.

PV as a whole: As a whole, the PV felt more complete than “Chokkan 2” was in the fact that there was more effort found here and the group looked a lot better here too.  It’s not a bad song and the video wasn’t terrible but in this set of 5 that’s not really saying much!

SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~

The Song: Even though of the 5 PVs I’m talking about has no milestone about it, it’s still a pretty cool song and was kind of patching a path for future releases, albeit it’d take a while before it settled in XD.  I did like how most of the song was Miki and Ai-chan

What Genre is it?: The track is actually set IN a Parapara style funny enough making you bounce and just go all over the place!

The Premise: None to be found

The Setting: We slightly upgraded from Koi wa Hassau Do the Hustle!’s vacant setting to an actual white room!  Yeah not much of a big change here and the close-up shots have the girls near a brick wall with a window.  Yeah, sadly once again not much to say here.

The Outfits: If you’re seeing the trend with this PV, its that it’s entirely in white…which included the girls lone outfits for the single which is a nice white basic dress…maybe one that would be perfect for the beach.  The close-up shots though do include an extra hat for the ladies.  Yeah recurring opinion inserted here.

The Choreography: While I think most of the PV is a bit bland, the choreo is actually bumpy and bouncy and full of life from the ladies, except during the moments where they’re checking themselves out like the camera was a mirror lol.

PV as a whole: I love the song, I will freely admit that, but the PV is just one whole shade of white that’s just too much for me!  I’m not sure why they gave such a bouncy and fun song a one-color only PV…but it is what it is…still THE SONG!!!!

Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan

The Song: Finally, the last post in the set of PVs, Ambitious! marked as the final single for two of the members, Makoto and Konkon who both decided to graduate (not on the same day though) but this single was the final team we hear them in a Morning Musume song.  I felt a bit saddened because those two are my favorites from the group!

What Genre is it?: Not sure, pretty pop with strings and a fast tempo

The Premise: I thought there would be one, but with them sitting in that car in a parade..goes nowhere.

The Setting: There’s actually 3 main settings.  The car scene which is mostly green-screened…that was OK but honestly seemed strange in the video.  The dance-shot which seems to prelude “Yumemiru 15sai, Yattaruchan, and One Two Three’s SHINY backdrop and then there’s the close-up shots which had the multi-colored block backdrop.  I do not know how any of the 3 settings worked with each other but I guess it made the video more varied than what it was from the last couple of PVs.

The Outfits: They had actually one outfit in the video and that was those latex yellow dresses with the black diamonds.  I mean they were more intriguing than SEXY BOY’s but they clashed with that dance background and even though they wore them in the car riding scenes, those were covered by boas and the close-up shots you barely saw em!

The Choreography: I’ve always thought the choreography was a tad strange but a lot of it showed the girls talent at dancing and putting oomph to it.  Though the whole “playing the violin” move was a bit odd.  Overall, it’s nice!

PV as a whole: For being Makato’s and Konkon’s last single it did well.  I’m actually quite surprised that the PV needed to do a who’s who in the PV because while it was their 30th single they could’ve done a “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”-like song….a wait…there’s the 3rd one >.>.  Overall, the song is not one of the strongest but it’s not bad either

NEXT TIME, AWKWARD PHASES!

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