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Review: Petit Best 9

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Track Listing

  1. Resonant Blue / Morning Musume
  2. Dschinghis Khan / Berryz Koubou
  3. Edo no Temari Uta II / °C-ute
  4. Watashi no Koibito na no ni / Natsumi Abe & Maimi Yajima
  5. Kizuna / Aya Matsuura
  6. Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU / v-u-den
  7. Charisma, Kirei / Melon Kinenbi
  8. Papancake / Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi
  9. Anataboshi / MilkyWay
  10. Seishun! LOVE Lunch / Athena & Robikerottsu
  11. Come Together / Ongaku Gatas
  12. C\C (Cinderella\Complex) / High-King
  13. Renai♥Rider / Buono!
  14. Koero! Rakuten Eagles / °C-ute
  15. LALALA Shiawase no Uta / Wonderful Hearts
  16. Okitegami / Miki Fujimoto
  17. Hana Ichi Monme / Aya Matsuura

1. Resonant Blue

The album begins with the A-side that kind of solidified my interest in Momusu.  Resonant Blue back then was a jam for me and I always found myself singing a lot because it was hook after hook.  Today, the song still is a jam, but I’ve taken time to follow the line distribution and splitting it between Ai-chan and Reina was a little disappointing (with a little of Koharu as well).  Still without that problem, the song is just sassy and I love that it opened Petit Best 9!

2. Dschinghis Khan

Disregarding that odd spelling, Berryz comes next with their 16th single that was surprisingly huge for the group.  Being a cover of a 1979 Eurovision song sung by the group of the same name, Dschinghis Khan is a weird song to listen to.  The lyrics were changed around to be less explicit for one thing and the group is singing in a much higher pitch than I’m normally used to (almost to the point where I couldn’t tell who’s who without color-coded lyrics).  If they sung this an octive lower, I would’ve enjoyed this more but it just came off more annoying than it should.  Though, I have to say I can stomach that Tartar mix of this song so much than the original from Berryz.

3. Edo no Temari Uta II

°C-ute of course follows Berryz with their 6th major single, Edo no Temari Uta II.  The story goes that the first one was sung by Hiroshi Itsuki and Tsunku liked that so much that he asked if he could use it for the group.  Lyrically it’s really historic and has a lot of Japanese lore and stuff going on which was new for the group, plus we got some lengthy solos from all the members (though Airi and Maimi got the most of them.  I was expecting something like Ondo-style but it’s sort of hip-hip and kind of sexy in a weird way.  My only issue is that it’s 2:42…that’s surprisingly short for a °C-ute A-side.  Still a great song nonetheless.

4. Watashi no Koibito na no ni

In a random release, Nacchi and Maimi got together and released a single, “16sai no Koi Nante”.  Why they chose the B-side from the single is beyond me though.  I guess they needed a slower song for the album I suppose.  Both vocalists sound good enough together and by themselves gave a good performance overall, but it’s definitely not amongst the best the album had to offer.

5. Kizuna

One single after her last Petit Best offering, Kizuna comes in and it something a bit different than any other Ayaya ballad tune.  It’s got some interesting instrumentation choices and of course Aya sounds really pleasant to listen to interestingly enough.  I kind of surprised this song turned out well considering it’s her second to last single under H!P.

6. Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU

Then we come to what would be v-u-den’s final single as they announced it alongside their dissolution.  Though, I found it strange their final A-side of choice was a cover of an album song from Morning Musume’s 4th album.  They definitely changed the arrangement to be more organic sounding than the original which I thought was a good move on their part.  For v-u-den it was an odd choice given they lacked ballad songs as it is so making this their final hurrah was a bit out of left field…and slightly lazy considering it’s a Momusu song.

7. Charisma, Kirei

We also come to Melon Kinenbi’s final single under Hello! Project as well and I’m not sure what Tsunku was thinking giving them this song because I really loathe it.  I mean “Unforgettable” was similar but this was just cheesy and really didn’t suit the group as a whole (seeing Tsunku try to cute up with that Mango Pudding mix of “Onegai Miwaku no Target” was bad too).  I do like that all the girls get solos (with Shibata leading the most of course).  Still, the song was just meh and they got a lame Live Performance for a PV >.>

8. Papancake

Koharu’s 5th single, Papancake comes next and it seems to be the fan favorite amongst the forums that I follow…I still don’t see where this song should be as considered good because Koharu sounds relatively WORSE than she did her debut.  I guess I like the arrangement because it’s more guitar-heavy…but I honestly wish someone else had sung this because the melody would’ve been great.  Oh well…

9. Anataboshi

Then comes in MilkyWay with their debut A-side.  Consisting of our “beloved” Koharu joined by H!P Eggs, Yuu Kikkawa and Sayaka Kitahara.  I was super surprised the song was totally different in H!P lore by being Celtic in style!  That got me hooked into the group instantly and to be honest the Eggs covered up Koharu’s pitch issues.  Kikka and Saaya definitely sound well and kept up with the energetic and frenetic arrangement.  Impressive song overall and had me bopping all over XD.

10. Seishun! LOVE Lunch

We come to our other Anime group, Athena & Robikerottsu with their 2nd (and final A-side), Seishun! LOVE Lunch.  I find it so strange because Gaki seemed so out of her comfort zone even moreso than in “Shouri no BIG WAVE!!!”.  Her voice is so rich and full and making it fit alongside Aika, Nakky, and Chisato’s squeaky vocals was just a bit odd.  It’s not as good as their first one which kind of isn’t good…I’m happy that the unit ended as quickly because I don’t think it would’ve gotten better had the anime continued on (plus it would’ve been more awkward for Gaki).

11. Come Together

We come to Ongaku Gatas’ 3rd single (and final appearance on the Petit Best) with Come Together.  Coming off the graduations of both Mika Mutou and Erina Mano, the group went on with this song and boy I was not impressed with this one.  I was disappointed that the limelight was mostly for the already established H!P members, Konkon, Yossie, Charmy, and Satoda and not so much for the Eggs that were there.  The song itself is also kind of plain considering the group’s previous singles and all were more dancy and this is kind of generic.  Oh well…

12. C\C (Cinderella\Complex)

Moving to High-King’s only A-side, I was quite excited coming to this as it had Ai-chan, Reina, Captain, Maimi, and Yuukarin.  Being a groovy R&B tune, Cinderella\Complex was definitely an interesting song to give the group.  Though it wasn’t a surprise that it was focused on Ai and Reina for the most part (while the other three got a couple solo lines and some background moments).  The song sometimes bothers me with its flow, but I mostly like to jam to this one.

13. Renai♥Rider

I think Buono! really defined themselves stronger with their second A-side, Renai♥Rider because it’s heavy with guitars and the group seem to gel a LOT better vocally than they did in “Honto no Jibun”.  It also made me focus on how well all three ladies sound together…match made in heaven!  Plus I love how the verses were spread and especially Momoko wasn’t overly applying her cuteness here.  Definitely a much better song than their first Petit Best offering!

14. Koero! Rakuten Eagles

Another song made for the baseball team?  Jeeze Tsunku…you could make an album full of those songs!  This time sung by °C-ute, released as an indies single between “LALALA Shiawase no Uta” and “Namida no Iro”, Koero! Rakuten Eagles is another cheer song, but it seems so lackluster compared to the one we got from GAM on the last Petit Best.  It sounds like an anime theme more than a cheer song though.  Of course Maimi and Airi only got solos while the rest was duets.  Just wasn’t interested in this song.

15. LALALA Shiawase no Uta

About the song previously mentioned, we have LALALA Shiawase no Uta sung by Wonderful Hearts.  I know, who’s that?!?  Well Wonderful Hearts was a tour group that consisted of Yossie, Konkon, Makoto, Mikitty, Morning Musume, °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, W, v-uden, THE Possible, ManoEri, and the H!P Eggs.  Though I don’t think there was confirmation on who was involved in the studio recording.  The arrangement is the same like °C-ute’s original which is OK, could’ve added something.  The line distribution was changed a bit to add all the members involved.  I heard Maimi, Airi, Reina and there are others but for the most part it was just a more grand take of the original.

16. Okitegami

Surprisingly after Miki was caught in that scandal (and left Momusu) she randomly releases her last single, Okitegami.  Though I didn’t expect the song to be a ballad (almost an enka tune, but with Miki’s awesome vocals!).  Though the song is a bit bare bones and I kind of started to zone out after the while, yeah Miki couldn’t even keep my interest going.  Another strange release though.

17. Hana Ichi Monme

Ending the album, we have ANOTHER Ayaya song which is great to see a little push of her.  Hana Ichi Monme was used as a CM song, but was filled out more for the release.  I like that Ayaya has this song because it’s not a ballad luckily.  Her voice is bright and gives this positive flow and adding some oriental strings gives the song more color!  I thought it was a pleasant way to close things out!

Tracks Recommended

  • Resonant Blue
  • Renai♥Rider
  • Anataboshi
  • C\C (Cinderella\Complex)
  • Hana Ichi Monme

Man, another bust huh?  Petit Best 9 (like 8) failed to really capture the essence of the year.  A lot of better songs could’ve been chosen, but the ones we got mostly were quite forgettable in the long run.  Though the tracks recommended and Edo no Temari Uta II was really the only good songs I got out of it (though mileage is different with different people).  5/10

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H!P Profiles: High-King

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L to R: Yuuka Maeda, Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka, Maimi Yajima, Saki Shimizu

Tsunku in his all-knowing ways and in the charm of Hello! Project had a music called well…Cinderella the Musical and from that came High-King which according to him had the best dancers at the time (seemed like he was getting some good vocalists too).  The surprising touch was that it also included an Egg in the form of Yuuka Maeda who was rising in fame within the group.  The group was really only meant for the musical hence they only released one single and ended in 2008 the same year they were brought together.  However, a year later they were brought back again as a “revival unit” however they were the only ones to not go through a line-up change and the 5 of them released two more songs!  Now the group is inactive with only Captain and Maimi left since Ai-chan, Reina, and Yuukarin have all graduated.

Style of Music: As a group that was made primarily because of their strong daning, High-King’s single was both there to show said skills off, C/C (Cinderella Complex) being more R&B and Kioku no Meiro was more electro.  Then the revival happened and their two other songs was a bit softer R&B.

Discography

Singles

  • C/C (Cinderella Complex)

This is the group’s only PV and being C/C (Cinderella Complex), it’s definitely a song that shows a bit more of the group’s moves than I thought.

Overall: High-King was such a good idea to mix the best dancers into this group that had such a great feel and sound to it.  I did feel like Yuuka in the group was a little too random because the other four ladies donned deeper voice (Reina maybe not as much) but Yuuka sounded so out of place in all four songs she sang in.  Regardless, this was a super group and I wished they had gone further than they did with only one single and two extra songs from compilation albums.

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H!P Profiles: SI☆NA

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L to R: Ai Suma, Nana Nakayama, Manami Iwashima, Asami Abe

In an interesting twist at the time, Tsunku held auditions for a new group in Kansai and we ended up with four winners.  At first the group didn’t have a name and just went by Hello! Pro Kansai but they would also be joined later in that grouping alongside Eggs, Arisa Noto and Irori Maeda to later become this little cluster group called HAPPY! STYLE which included some names that would become familiar to people today, Yui Ogura, Maho Matsunaga, and Kaori Ishihara also so of the Kenshuusei from H!P Kansai would be familar especially Akari Uemura (of Juice=Juice).  Anyways these four would form their group as SI☆NA which the letters of their surname made the name and started their work in 2008.  After a year, Nana Nakayama would leave the group and later on make a name for herself in NMB48 as Nana Yamada

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L to R: Asami Abe, Manami Iwashima, Ai Suma

The group decided to move on together and they got their big break by finally being able to perform a song of their own in “FrankencenseΨ”.  Then into 2011, the trio decided to disband the group and go their seperate ways with Iwashima being the first to release a solo single, but shortly retired from the music business.

Style of Music: As a group they covered a lot of H!P and anime songs, but their only original song is kind of sassy pop but fun music

This is probably the only live recording of their original song, FrankencenseΨ…Most of you will be like…wait this sounds familiar…it should because it was covered on Buono!’s 2011 mini-album, “partenza” as a Miyabi-led song.

Overall: I think SI☆NA is another group that had so much potential especially as a group with an entirely new group of ladies.  I don’t know how much Tsunku was really involved with H!P Kansai in the first place, but he definitely let this group drown with little activity.  I mean to the point where their original song never was released to the public (though later covered by Buono!).  It seemed like there was pretty good talent with these four (though it seems only Nakayama is doing anything these days).  What was this group existing for again 0.o

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H!P Profiles: MilkyWay

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L to R: Yuu Kikkawa, Koharu Kusumi, Sayaka Kitahara

Should I even explain what this is about??  MilkyWay was another unit that was solely created to promote Kirarin☆Revolution even further!  Of course we had Koharu was of course was portraying Kirari Tsukishima but unlike Kira☆Pika, this group had two Hello! Pro Eggs!  Sayaka Kitahara was part of the original 32 members (and was involved in the digital single, “Sora ga Aru”.  Kikkawa was part of the 2nd Generation of Eggs and was already a well-known member because she had auditioned to be part of the 8th Generation and didn’t pass.  They trio lasted two singles before the anime had ended thus also concluding the group’s activities.

Style of Music: Of their two singles, they had a broad grasp of sounds.  Moving from Celtic, to Pop/Rock to Cutesy to slightly latin, they never stuck to a certain genre of music.

Discography

Singles

  • Anataboshi
  • Tan Tan Taan!

This is the 2nd A-side, Tan Tan Taan! and what got me noticing the three ladies altogether.

Overall: MilkyWay like I’ve said on my last post was the first H!P group I reviewed on my other blog so I give credit to this trio for really solidifying my interest for the company.  Looking back now, being part of the crazy anime binge Tsunku was on, they kind of had a sad fate of ending when Kirarin☆Revolution ended.  They were probably the best thing to come out of the whole Kirarin series.  Afterwards, Koharu would graduate out of H!P, and Kikkawa and Kitahara would go onto have solo careers elsewhere.  Would’ve loved to see the group blossom further…but nope.  At least they left some great songs behind!

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REVIEW: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 1 & 2

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Track Listing

  1. Egao YES Nude (ALBUM MIX) / Morning Musume
  2. Kimagure / Maki Goto
  3. Sentimental Minamimuki / Mari Yaguchi (Tanpopo)
  4. Toshoshitsu Taiki / Berryz Koubou
  5. Aisaretai Aisaretai / Ongaku Gatas
  6. Popcorn Love! / Morning Musume
  7. Bye Bye Bye! / °C-ute
  8. Aki Urara / Morning Musume
  9. Himitsu no U・ta・hi・me / Berryz Koubou
  10. PARTY TIME / Guardians 4
  11. Nebou Desu. Date na no ni… / Morning Musume
  12. Debut! ~Koisuru Kado ni wa Fukukitaru~ / Ice Creamusume
  13. Uchuu de La ta ta / Taiyou to Ciscomoon
  14. Let’s Do Daihakken! / Miki Fujimoto
  15. Kokuhaku Kinenbi / Melon Kinenbi
  16. Romance no Tochuu / Juice=Juice
  17. The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0) / Morning Musume

1. Egao YES Nude (ALBUM MIX)

Volume 1 opens up with a rather odd choice for Momusu’s A-side, Egao YES Nude but it does leave the album to sound really sassy and funky which is true for over half the album.  I’m also surprised they went with the ALBUM MIX but super elated they did because it sounds more complete and funky when compared to the single mix.  About the song, we all know this was Aika’s debut and I love how much she shined around the song having two big lines to herself.  It’s a pretty underappreciated song, but I thought it opened this disc very well!

2. Kimagure

I was kind of more surprised with Munewaki’s choice of songs that weren’t leading songs and the first is this B-side from Gocchin’s 4th single, “Yaruki! IT’S EASY”.  It definitely continues to carry that funky disco sound, but fuses with her more cute side that she was presenting back then.  I do think its A-side still overshadows the song, but Kimagure wasn’t a terrible coupling…still an out there choice.

3. Sentimental Minamimuki

I was surprised they put Tanpopo on the cover but the song chosen is actually a Marippe solo.  I’ve said it before, but I loved the first generation of Tanpopo a lot and the more 90’s sound they had really filled up that space when Morning Musume were making that transition after “LOVE Machine”.  It’s a bright song and Mari’s light vocals really sounded pretty if not a little squeaky.  Though that little mid-section was strange.  Yeah, I really do like the song, another gem from Tanpopo ❤

4. Toshoshitsu Taiki

Another B-side makes the cut, but this time from Berryz Koubou’s single, “Jiriri Kiteru”.  This tune sounds a bit more R&B-ish and this was when Berryz still had those pre-puberty voices that made them sound a bit strange at times.  I can’t say this song really stuck on me like many other songs on the album.  It lacks that certain oomph and kind of ranks for me as one of the worst Berryz’ B-sides they had.

5. Aisaretai Aisaretai

Moving onto the B-side from Ongaku Gatas’ 3rd single, “Come Together” it was a step up from that song because the latter was really only sung by the non-Eggs.  This time, it was led mostly by Yossie, Sawachan, Charmy, and Sengoku.  This funky song really felt like the group was finally gelling together on a song, sad that it would be the last appearance of Yuri but I think she shined the most with this one.  Now this should’ve been the A-side and on this album it settled in just fine!  Great song!

6. Popcorn Love!

Another odd addition is the B-side from Momusu’s “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~”.  Popcorn Love! is one of the more forgettable songs in the group’s discography but this song was on the same single that the 5th Generation (Ai-chan, Gaki, Mako, and Konkon) debuted.  The song itself is nice because everyone in the group gets a solo line (did you guys hear Konkon’s line, that was surprisingly not Konkon-like…almost like she had a strong voice there).  The song suits this album as well given a poppy disco sound.  Though overall, the song still doesn’t leave much on me.

7. Bye Bye Bye!

Of all the °C-ute songs out there, I was also surprised Munewaki chose an A-side.  Bye Bye Bye! comes off the reins of Kanna leaving so the group dynamic was thrown for a slight loop.  Though it seems they did manage to backlog and make Airi, Maimi, and Maimai leads with the other 3 members kind of fighting for whatever was left, Nakky having a couple lines, Chisato only got 2, and Umechan got ONE solo line.  Though with those flaws, it’s one of my favorite songs from the group because it’s all kinds of funky and the group has a lot of energy within the song…though people were still fangasming over “FOREVER LOVE” to really take notice til later.

8. Aki Urara

Another Momusu B-side?  This time it was one of the two B-sides from “Nanchatte Renai”.  Aki Urara was another obvious choice and a pretty nifty one as it reminds me of early H!P music.  The song was mostly Ai-chan, Reina, Gaki, and Kame but it was a really good song to show their more sultry vocals and was more surprised with the lack of the other 5 members (they were regulated as background vocals).  It’s a great song and I was happy that it was chosen (over some of the other songs that were picked here).

9. Himitsu no U・ta・hi・me

Interesting they chose to put a Berryz B-side before Maiha left (actually this is the B-side from her last single appearance, “21-ji Made no Cinderella”).  The song is a bit more cutesy than previous tracks and once again we’re in that area where the girls are going through voice changes so they kind of again sound odd.  Though it’s made worse when the songs sounds very mechanical and the girls have to hit these really HIGH notes (they probably can’t even do this song without the song going down an octave or two.  Another song I could easily live without, but I like that Maiha got a lot of attention.

10. PARTY TIME

A group that I will eventually give a profile to, we get PARTY TIME which was the group’s 2nd A-side.  As the group consists of Aika, Risako, Nakky, and Yurina, this song was their best tune.  Though I find the addition to this album a tad strange as it really isn’t a funky, discotheque kind of tune.  The song does have a strong beat and I love hearing Aika and Risako the most but everyone did pretty well.  Maybe a song better suited for the 2nd volume, but it’s so good that it was better off not being there!

11. Nebou Desu. Date na no ni…

Another Momusu B-side, this one from “Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago”.  I hate to say it but it seemed like Tsunku took a page from “Himitsu no U・ta・hi・me” in where the song is pretty mechanical (ESPECIALLY THE CHORUS).  All the ladies did get a solo line at the least, but the song sounds like a worse version of the aforementioned song and “Toshoshitsu Taiki”.  It’s definitely the worst of this album.

12. Debut! ~Koisuru Kado ni wa Fukukitaru~

Does anyone remember Ice Creamusume?  Yeah, if you do then props for being around that time.  If you don’t well they were a shortlived Taiwanese H!P group that came together when Tsunku had a bit of Asian fever.  Another song that doesn’t fit the mold of most of the direction this album has, Debut! is kind of generic to me.  Like Tsunku really didn’t give two shits about the group and gave them the most basic work he could muster and sent them off with it (amongst various Momusu songs to cover in JPN and Mandarin).  I also found it odd that of the 6 members, Shenshen got the only solo (which was the quiet part before the final chorus).  The song just didn’t do anything for me and ended up forgetful

13. Uchuu de La ta ta

Getting back to some funky stuff it was obvious that Taiyou to Ciscomoon were going to be represented in some fashion (though they should’ve had more songs on here haha).  The tune begins with spoken dialogue from RuRu in Chinese before the song moves in to its groovy arrangement.  Inaba does take the lead role for majority of the song with some leads from RuRu and Miho with Miwa kind of just acting as the background high voice.  It’s one of my many favorite tunes from the group so that should tell ya guys something!

14. Let’s Do Daihakken

Moving onto Mikitty’s B-side from her debut single, “Aenai Nagai Nichiyoubi”, Let’s Do Daihakken! gave us more of a taste of Miki’s powerful vocals but given a happy-go-lucky tune to go along with it!  The tune isn’t anything too special amongst the other songs she’s released but I love the atmosphere and she blew down the doors with her voice.

15. Kokuhaku Kinenbi

I never really understood of all the Melon songs, they chose the group’s second A-side to be added here.  I take that back…the song was a good enough choice for Munewaki, but this song definitely doesn’t show off the group’s skills very well.  It kind of sounds like a tune meant for Taiyou to Ciscomoon actually and hearing Melon’s tackle it was a risky move.  Not my favorite song, actually it might be one of least favorite Melonki A-sides.

16. Romance no Tochuu

That’s a bit of a time warp going from Melons to H!P’s newest group’s major label debut, Romance no Tochuu.  I will be straight up, I LOVE this song and I’m happy it was included despite being such a new song (and plus it’s on Petit Best 14).  The tune is led by Karin, Sayubee, and Kanatomo and I’m loving this so much because their vocals have such strong layers and well Tomoko is a BAWSS!  It’s a really awesome disco-funk track and ranks up there as one of the best major debuts in H!P’s history!

17. The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0)

Ending the 1st volume, we get the secondary A-side from Momusu’s 50th single.  Though it’s a different version which included Gaki and Aika (though we don’t hear much of the latter if at all?).  To be honest, it felt like a song that was meant for Gaki, Ai-chan, Reina, Sayu, Riho, and Aika.  Though I think the rest of the group still sings the group lines.  That being said with the sound of the song, I was curious why songs like “Shining Power”, “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”, and “Waratte! YOU” were absent.  Back to the song at hand, The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0) is so much better than the single version with Gaki being the main reason why it was amazing because the original was just Reina and Riho taking the solos and everyone else in the back.  There’s better songs, but this is an ok end to the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Romance no Tochuu
  • Bye Bye Bye!
  • Aisaretai Aisaretai
  • PARTY TIME
  • Uchuu de La ta ta

The first volume was chosen by NakaG and TOWER RECORD’s president Munewaki Ikou and it seemed like with them, they had a focus on what songs were to be chosen.  Most of the album had a similar theme of being a disco/funk song which I loved and included some great tracks.  Though flipside is they included some cuter songs and those choices were mostly meh to me.  It’s definitely the preferred volume but I will tell you why later down this post.  7/10

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Track Listing

  1. The☆Peace! (H&A Death Tracks) / HANGRY&ANGRY-f
  2. Koi no Twist & Waracchai na Town / Maki Goto, Tomoyuki Kouno, Norihisa Hiranuma, Yuuji, SHU-110
  3. Do Re Mi Fa Doushite? / Erina Mano
  4. Rikaishite>Onna no Ko / Rika Ishikawa
  5. I&YOU&I&YOU&I / Tanpopo
  6. Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai / S/mileage
  7. Maji Natsu Sugiru / Berryz Koubou
  8. Watashi no Tamago / Shugo Chara Egg!
  9. Shiroi TOKYO / ZYX
  10. Nusunda Heart wa Koko Desu yo? / Reina Tanaka (Chorus: Yui Ogura with Purupuruiyaan (Arisa Noto & Sachika Misawa)
  11. Idolulu / Lilpri
  12. Tan Tan Taan! / MilkyWay
  13. Robokiss / W
  14. Lalala no Pipipi / Sayumi Michishige (Morning Musume)
  15. Eco no Waltz / Ecohams
  16. GIVE ME UP / Melon Kinenbi
  17. Koisuru Niwatori / THE Possible
  18. Hitoribocchi no Heya / Mari Yaguchi
  19. Kimagure Zetsubou Arigatou / Riho Sayashi (Chorus: Morning Musume)

1. The☆Peace! (H&A Death Tracks)

Once upon a time, HANGRY & ANGRY were indeed H!P and even though they kind of slid off the radar in recent times, there was a lot of wonder what Yossie and Charmy would pull under this duo setting.  Turns out the duo would release hard rock songs and well it stuck to the fans of both ladies it seems.  Coming from their album, “Sadistic Dance”, we get a cover of one of Morning Musume’s bigger hits and it’s a 180 from the original.  Yossie and Rika do sound like they had some vocal tricks thrown in and some of the original calls are still there.  For a death metal cover, this isn’t terrible, but very 180 for a sound (and for this album even more apparantly so).  The only hardcore song on this album!

2. Koi no Twist & Waracchai na Town

This disc as you may see has a lot more wtf-choices going on from some really underappreciated (?) albums.  The first comes from Gocchin whose song comes from her solo Musical, “Ken & Mary no Merikenko on Stage!”.  I kind of was surprised because she had a single that was from said musical but this song wasn’t one of them.  Featuring 4 other guest artists (one of them sings, but the others might be the musicians?).  For a song that’s 1:30 long, I was surprised with this choice.  Though the song is catchy as hell…honestly the chorus sounds so pleasant and adding this almost sound that’s similar to The Beatles, it worked so well!  Short but sweet <3.

3. Do Re Mi Fa Doushite?

Moving on, we go into Do Re Mi Fa Doushite? which was an album song from ManoEri’s sophomore album, “MORE FRIENDS”.  Another thing that goes on with this disc is that even the artists get some random ass choices.  ManoEri’s tune is something I’ve reviewed in the past and I kind of thought the song was OK if not a tad bland and the chorus is a bit jerky.  It does have a certain anime-ish sound (something cutesy almost).  The song wasn’t all that, but they could’ve picked much worse.

4. Rikaishite>Onna no Ko

This was something random!  If you may recall, during the “Renai Revolution 21” days, Morning Musume released a set for their fanclub members which featured 10 discs with 20 songs, half were message left by each member while the other 10 were solo songs from the 10 members at the time.  On here, Yoshida I guess chose to include Rika’s solo song from that release!  It definitely has the same vein as the previous track which doesn’t surprise but I kind of didn’t think much because Rika’s voice isn’t the best here.  I kind of zoned this tune out, but it definitely suits the gal as she was cute as a button.

5. I&YOU&I&YOU&I

Next is Tanpopo’s turn (more specifically, the 2nd Generation of Tanpopo).  This song came from their first best album, “All of Tanpopo” as a new song.  For being in that period of a change of genres for Tanpopo, I actually never heard the song before now.  This tune sounds kind of like an 80’s tune but cutesy.  I’m kind of undecided about this song because it’s catchy (lot like their other songs) but it seemed also a bit boring and generic at other points.  Plus saying that title gets annoying after a while.

6. Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai

It seems this is where the disc switches from the more natural sounding songs to super cutesy stuff.  Asu wa Date na no ni…was the 2nd indies single coming from S/mileage (which was Saki, Yuuka, Kanon, and Ayaka at that time).  When I first reviewed this, I couldn’t deal with the high-pitched voices from all of the ladies.  Today, only Yuukarin and Ayacho really kind of make me twitch with their voices.  I love the song though and it has such a bouncy and bright feel to it, but sometimes those two girls can really sound off-pitch.  It’s a pretty sweet song and one of the songs that I normally tie S/mileage with.

7. Maji Natsu Sugiru

One of the songs from Berryz’ 2nd mini-album, “3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz”, we get another odd choice in Maji Natsu Sugiru.  For a summer song, this wasn’t all that bad and they had the mini full of them (some were covers though).  Like I said above from the other album, this is another one of those songs where the girls were slowly getting into their current voices so some of them (Risako mostly) sound a bit off her mark in the song.  Most of the leads belonged to Miyabi, Risako, and Momoko which wasn’t surprising but eh.  Good song overall though but probably would sound way better today.

8. Watashi no Tamago

Not to be confused with SCE!’s debut single, “Minna no Tamago”, this was the group’s technical 3rd A-side (but it was a secondary to Guardians 4’s “PARTY TIME”).  Shugo Chara Egg! had two generations and this was sort of the 2nd one comprising of original member Akari Saho and new members (at that time) Mizuki Fukumura and Irori Maeda (their 4th member would come in shortly after this release).  I have to say, this is another song I haven’t listened to before so I was curious because I knew what Fukuchan sounded like and she sounded good here (tone felt a little dead, but clearly she got better in time).  Saho sounded the weakest oddly enough but once again once she joined UUG, she got better.  Irorin though sounded like the second coming of Yuukarin lol but better.  The tune is a typical anime-cute-song which is normal since SCE! were created just for an anime.  Not their best song but it’s passable and oddly they harmonized really nicely through the chorus.  Interesting…

9. Shiroi TOKYO

Ahhh, the wintry ZYX A-side comes next and Shiroi TOKYO was a pretty fun to listen to (especially during the holidays).  I love the song and it’s just great to hear some of the girls that usually don’t get that time to shine like Umechan and Captain (but they were a lot younger).  Of course Marippe and Megumi sounded great though and of course there’s Maimi and Momoko who were more and less there for me lol.  Fun song overall!

10. Nusunda Heart wa Koko Desu yo?

Man, Yoshida is just getting me to listen to songs that I have never taken the time to listen to/not listened to yet.  I know this song is found on “Petit Best 11” but I haven’t reviewed that yet, so another spoiled track.  As the song used in Kaitou Reinya, I wasn’t expecting a song like THIS from Reina!  Including Yui Ogura (currently in YuiKaori), Arisa Noto (currently in StylipS, former Egg as well) and Sachika Misawa (another Happy! Style gal), I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The song is super cute of course but I was focused on trying to stomach Reina singing in such a cute voice (because everyone knows she isn’t one for this kind of thing).  I can’t seem to form an opinion, it just seems SO OUTSIDE of Reina’s box that it’s not clicking in my mind haha.  The other 3 act as these overly cutesy voices that come in with their quips (though Nocchi does sing some parts under Reina).  Oddball song!!!

11. Idolulu

Next song up is from Lilpri (which is 4-nin S/mileage without Saki and more quirky anime).  As it was the trio’s 2nd A-side (and consequently final single), Idolulu wasn’t as fascinating as their debut to be honest.  It’s kind of like “Watashi no Tamago” but I didn’t like it as much as it felt like something that’s been done before and better by another group (not in H!P).  It’s just a tad blah-tastic but some people might enjoy it.

12. Tan Tan Taan!

I remember that MilkyWay was the 1st H!P group I actually started reviewing which definitely meant something for me at the time and was sad they dissolved when Kirarin ended.  Being a trio of Koharu Kusumi (who was still under her solo moniker) and two Eggs, Sayaka Kitahara and Yuu Kikkawa (who voiced characters that mirrored them in the anime), MilkyWay had a good start with “Anataboshi” and released their 2nd single (which was also their last), Tan Tan Taan!.  It’s so sugary cute, but there was something that caught my interest even though I have the tendency to write off Koharu’s Kirarin stuff.  I will say, after I initially reviewed it…Koharu sounds better than she’s normally with her other Kirarin songs and Kikka sounded like a gem in the group.  Saaya though kind of crapped out here, luckily she got better after she went solo.  Probably my favorite Kirarin song next to “Balalaika”.

13. Robokiss

I was so happy to see a W song appear (since the whole Aibon scandal kind of messed things up).  Robokiss was never a song I fully enjoyed so my excitement kind of waned off lol.  Still, the song isn’t bad and I can see why a LOT of people love the song, but I personally enjoyed the Jisedai remix more.  Not a bad choice but if Yoshida was going for cute W songs…there was WAY better choices.

14. Lalala no Pipipi

Minus the final track, Lalala no Pipipi is the most recent song that’s on this disc.  As the Sayu solo from Morning Musume’s “13 Colorful Character”, it’s a pretty odd song choice here because it’s a whole different side of cute…y’know adding electro and auto-tune to the mix.  Honestly they could’ve went with one of the Sayu / Fukuchan songs because Lalala no Pipipi never really jumped for me.  I’m not sure what else to really say lol.

15. Eco no Waltz

Another abstract song, we get Eco no Waltz which is from Ecohams (which is basically EcoMoni (Sayu and Rika)).  Like the title alludes, it definitely is a waltz and kind of slower than ones I listen to.  Oddly enough, I hear Sayu more than Rika here and I don’t know what to say.  The song sounds like it’s drunk walking through (you know that typically goes with waltz anyways).  It could’ve been done a little faster and for being sung by 2 of the more weaker Momusu girls…it just didn’t grow on me…at least it’s better than their other song >.>.

16. GIVE ME UP

Ahhh Melon Kinenbi appears with a cover of that Michael Fortunati song, GIVE ME UP.  Like I said above with “Kokuhaku Kinenbi”, I know the quartet more for their edgier and sultrier songs and GIVE ME UP was another odd choice from Yoshida because this was the only new track from their 2nd best album, “MEGA MELON”.  There’s just not enough oomph with this song and it seriously flies over my head.  If you want to listen to a good cover of this song, listen to W’s take!

17. Koisuru Niwatori

I found it amusing that Yoshida included a song from THE Possible but of course something from H!P.  Interesting that this is another cover and from their first mini-album, “1 Be Possible”.  Being a Hiroko Taniyama cover, I kind of was expecting cute (considering how long ago THE Possible were in H!P).  The song is cute enough and all the girls got solos (though Akkyan and Hashimon both got a line more than the other 4).  The other thing is that the hook of the song is kind of lame but it’s whatever xD.

18. Hitoribocchi no Heya

Now for another strange addition we get a solo track from Marippe!  This song came from “FS4: FOLK SONGS 4” which is you’re into H!P lore, this was part of that whole set of releases of covering popular (and not-so-popular classics).  Granted, I haven’t delved into that side of Hello! Project yet, but this might actually get me to find them all.  Back to the song, it kind of has a wintry feel (like almost Charlie Brown-esque).  Mari when compared to her voice in “Sentimental Minamimuki” sounds a lot more stable and more confident which is really nice!  I liked this song and definitely felt like good coffee music ^^.

19. Kimagure Zetsubou Arigatou

The final song is actually might not be new (this is from the Stacy’s Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki musical that happened not long ago) though it’s new in the sense that it’s a studio recording and not a live version.  It’s a haunting ballad and I was surprised Riho had it in her to give such a strong performance (with all the flak she’s gotten as a singer, she sounds really pristine here).  Of course the other Morning Musume (sans Sayu I think) join her for the chorus which is nice, then comes the middle dialogue which is so eh lol.  It comes down to the ending and then there’s these sudden shots being fired…scared the shit outta me!  Odd song but Riho did a good job with a ballad (should do more of these Tsunku!).

Tracks Recommended

  • Tan Tan Taan!
  • Hitoribocchi no Heya
  • Koi no Twist & Waracchai na Town
  • Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
  • Kimagure Zetsubou Arigatou

The other album, chosen by celebrity interviewer, Yoshida Gou was a lot more out of the box when choosing songs.  I mean he went deep into their vault like Rika and Mari’s solos and Riho’s song as well.  You can also tell he really enjoyed the more anime-esque sounding songs and those were a bit meh of choices as well.  I can’t say I was too enthusiastic about this disc, but I guess it did show a more broader look of H!P’s different ideas. 5/10.

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Review: Petit Best 8

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Track Listing

  1. Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA / Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai
  2. Kanashimi Twilight / Morning Musume
  3. Too far away ~Onna no Kokoro / Natsumi Abe
  4. Secret / Maki Goto
  5. Egao / Aya Matsuura
  6. Aisu Crea~m to My Purin / v-u-den
  7. Onegai Miwaku no Target ~Mango Pudding Mix~ / Melon Kinenbi
  8. Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba / Berryz Koubou
  9. Sakura Chirari / °C-ute
  10. Happy☆彡 / Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi
  11. Futari wa NS / Kira☆Pika
  12. Narihajimeta Koi no BELL / Ongaku Gatas
  13. Ai Ai Daiko / Yuki Maeda
  14. Oyaji no Kokoro no Tomotta Chiisana Hi ~Duet Version~ / Mai Satoda (with Fujimaki Fujioka)
  15. Honto no Jibun / Buono!
  16. Daisuki Rakuten Eagles / GAM
  17. Atsui Tamashii / GAM

1. Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA

Opening the album is the first single from the oh so important anniversary group of Gaki, Kaori, Nacchi, Gocchin, and Koharu.  Like I said when I made their profile, the idea of a group to celebrate the group’s existance is pretty awesome, but why were there songs totally not Morning Musume?  I mean the closest, their A-side “Furusato” but that’s really one song to at the point 35 singles 0.o.  With the 5 ladies together I wasn’t sure what to expect but all of them but Koharu sounded REALLY good together.  I liked the song, but definitely doesn’t encapsulate *Morning Musume* very well.

2. Kanashimi Twilight

Maybe the album should’ve begun with Kanashimi Twilight because this song is just a VERY badass song overall!  Known for being the last single for Yossie and Mikitty, I’d say it was a pretty awesome track for both the ladies.  I just love the aggressive punk rock sound and having such an edgy arrangement adds for some edgy voices and everyone seemed to do well (even Aika, whose line is oddly the thing I remember the most next to Yossie’s solo).  Great song and was excited to see this on the PB.

3. Too far away ~Onna no Kokoro~

2 singles after “The Stress”, we get Nacchi’s next single Too far away.  Soloists who get ballads for A-sides usually have a hard time finding it to make it last on my ears.  With Nacchi’s song, the bareboned arrangement and soothing vocals that accompany it finds itself going in one ear and out the other since I tend to forget it was an A-side.  It has a strange 90’s ballad kind of flow.  I kind of just forgot the song and definitely doesn’t rank very high on her A-sides.

4. Secret

Moving onto Maki’s song, which is ultimately known that it was her final single under H!P.  Not surprising that it was a ballad as well, but unlike Nacchi’s where it was a traditional one, Gocchin’s was more R&B tinted (you know, to show since Maki’s music started out the same way (but of course more upbeat).  Likewise, it’s another song that doesn’t exactly catch my interests and once again ends of going over my head.

5. Egao

What is up with the soloists all getting damn ballads?!?  As Ayaya’s 19th A-side, Egao kind of musically is similar to “Too far away” but Aya gives a stronger vocal performance and actually tries to make the song escape the borefest of the previous two tracks.  I would say of the 3 ballads we gained, this one is the best but it still not a great song compared to the other winners in the album.

6. Aisu Crea~m to My Purin

After the fail of the last PB with v-u-den they really had to make it up and boy did they!  Aisu Crea~m to My Purin might a call to just being flirty as all hell and the title might be a little out there, but this song definitely showed a more fun side to the trio that wasn’t pushing my buttons lol.  Rika, Yui, and Erika just sounded so into it and add the fun dance beats, it just made my day…way too catchy for its own good!  Also woke me up after the last three songs.

7. Onegai Miwaku no Target ~Mango Pudding Mix~

Before you say it, this was actually released as a single though 2 singles after the indies rock release.  The remixed version took out all the awesome guitars and powerful sounds and replaced it with a more techno/cutesy arrangement.  Hate to say, but the changes made really turned me off from the song.  I wonder why Tsunku decided to change the song up so much…

8. Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba

I kind of was surprised with Berryz when they released Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba since the song is kind of something the group hasn’t pulled off (at least in an A-side).  Two singles ago, I started to notice Risako and Yurina’s vocals changing up in “Munasawagi Scarlet” and it’s starting to become even more apparant in this song.  It’s one of those rare times that I love a mid-tempo track because Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba sounds almost enka, but keeps it idol in a nice package. A surprise, but a pretty damn good one!

9. Sakura Chirari

Moving onto °C-ute’s major debut single (and first without Megumi), Sakura Chirari is another cute song (but nothing like their last PB effort).  I did find the accordion intro to be one of the more memorable things about the tune.  It’s a little sad that only Airi, Maimi, and Maimai got the solo lines.  I always thought it was an odd choice to have been a major debut, but it was a pretty big hit so I can admire that about it.  Good song, but not as good as “Massara Blue Jeans”.

10. Happy☆彡

Next comes the Kirarin songs starting with Koharu’s offering.  Happy☆彡 is to me the first time we hear that Kirari voice and boy did it cause her to become such a poor singer in H!P.  The song is a little pop/rock mixed in with that shoujo-ness that kind of makes her music her own.  I’m not really into this song as I was with her previous singles, “Balalaika” and “Koi☆Kana”.

11. Futari wa NS

Then we get to Kira☆Pika which was the combined effort of Koharu and Mai.  I’m so ELATED that they chose the 2nd A-side over the shitty nose song, “Hana wo Puun”.  Though on the flipside of the coin we get a ballad with two of the poorest singers at that time.  They try to harmonize here and there within the song, but at the same time when they don’t there’s a riff.  Like I said, it’s not as tragic as the other song they have. >.>

12. Narihajimeta Koi no BELL

Ahh the debut of Ongaku Gatas comes next!  It does kind of follows the disco style that would be all over H!P’s future endeavors but honestly, Narihajimeta Koi no BELL is just a great song to listen to because not only we have 4 gals who already heard all over the place but we get to hear Minami, Arisa, Yuri, and Erina sing too (notice how Mika and Miki are totally ignored here).  Still, this song was a great debut for this group.  The thing that got me though was the pre-chorus with those ~aaaaaaaah~, kind of took me out xD.

13. Ai Ai Daiko

As much as I like the songs she’s put out I was kind of waiting for something a bit more bright and Yuki answered it up with Ai Ai Daiko which took her sound and brought it even further.  Very dramatic and Yuki’s vocals are surprisingly strong with powerful vibrato and force.  Definitely one of the album’s great surprises, but c’mon Yukidon has done no wrong with PBs.

14. Oyaji no Kokoro Tomotta Chiisana Hi ~Duet Version~

One of the more odd releases was a duet between Fujimaki and CM’s Mai Satoda.  Coming after “Ai Ai Daiko”, Oyaji no Kokoro Tomotta Chiisana Hi has a similar theme but not as heavily dramatic.  I’m loving Mai’s vocals in this song and it sounds so different than her normal style.  Fujimaki’s vocals are deep and scratchy…kind of reminds me of GACKT’s but older?  Not a bad song overall.

15. Honto no Jibun

It’s so strange that they placed Buono!’s debut all the way back of the album and not somewhere near the H!P Kids tracks.  Sung by Miyabi, Airi, and Momoko they seem like a great trio to put together (well maybe not so much Momoko).  Honto no Jibun isn’t as heavy as later songs but being a theme for Shugo Chara, the song suited it very well.  Compared to later singles, this song kind of goes lower and lower on the list.

16. Daisuki Rakuten Eagles

Another Rakuten chant song?  We just had one from DEF.DIVA and before that Momusu’s “THE Manpower!!!”.  This one doesn’t seem as cheery but a little more for pumping the crowd up which is pretty nice to have.  It definitely fits with the music at the time and Aya and Miki sound great here.  Fun song to listen to!

17. Atsui Tamashii

A little of information, Atsui Tamashii was supposed to be GAM’s 4th single but due to Mikitty’s scandal and well leaving H!P, the single was canned but somehow the A-side managed to find itself on Petit Best 8.  Hearing that it was going to be chosen as the A-side, it really confused me because this song kind of just sucks IMHO when compared to their other A-sides.  Not bad, but definitely not A-side quaity.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kanashimi Twilight
  • Aisu Crea~m to My Purin
  • Narihajimeta Koi no BELL
  • Ai Ai Daiko
  • Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba

I have to say, this Petit Best was pretty bad overall.  It’s sad that the 5 above and maybe 2 other songs were pretty good but the rest just kind of melded into this borefest of a compilation album.  At least the songs recommended are really GREAT songs overall.  5/10

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H!P Profiles: Athena & Robikerottsu

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L to R: Saki Nakajima, Risa Niigaki, Aika Mitsui, Chisato Okai

Towards the end of 2007, Tsunku and his oddly enjoyment of anime groups revealed ANOTHER group to be used solely for an anime, this time in the form of Athena & Robikerottsu who sung themes for Robby and Kerobby in which Gaki voiced one of the characters.  The group only released two singles before eventually being put into inactivity (moreso since Gaki graduated from H!P as well).

Style of Music: Not as sugary as Koharu’s songs but not as edgy as Buono!s….definitely in the middle so it’s very shoujo-girls and cute but not sickingly so lol.  The B-sides from both their singles are also in the same vein so it’s noth like they fully had something else to fall back on.

Discography

Singles

  • Shouri no BIG WAVE!!!
  • Seishun! LOVE Lunch

Well, this is the group’s debut song, Shouri no BIG WAVE!!! and it really showed how much anime this group really was hahah, so many scenes from Robby & Kerobby.

Overall: I was once again part of that group of people that totally missed out on this group.  Which is only to blame because I wasn’t a big fan of this whole era of anime-quirkyness that Tsunku was just really into.  Athena & Robikerottsu was surprising because it had 3 of my more favorite members, Gaki, Aika, and Chisato (and Nakky but I love her dancing not so much her singing).  Sad that this group lasted only two singles before ending after the anime did.  I think these 4 could’ve released more and imagine them today…they’d sound so good!

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H!P Profiles: Buono!

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L to R: Airi Suzuki, Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki

Now we’re kicking 2014 off with a pretty awesome group to profile.  Buono! is a group consisting of 3 of the more popular H!P Kids, Airi, Momoko, and Miyabi and they were originally brought together to sing the ending themes for the anime, Shugo Chara!  Though unlike the other Shugo groups, Buono! managed to survive past the ending of the series and release music without being branded as an H!P anime group.  Though they have slowly receded on their releases since the show ended and ended up in a hiatus for a couple years, they returned in 2016 with a new single then in turn disbanded in 2017 due to C-ute & Momoko graduating.

Style of Music: When they debuted, their first single, Honto no Jibun was more on the cute side, but Renai♥Rider pretty much solidfied the group to where they were the idol rock style.  They do sometimes go off the beaten path, but most of their music is pretty much rockin’!

Discography

Singles

  • Honto no Jibun
  • Renai♥Rider
  • Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
  • Gachinko de Ikou!
  • Rottara Rottara
  • co.no.ma.chi
  • MY BOY
  • Take It Easy!
  • Bravo☆Bravo
  • Our Songs
  • Zassou no Uta
  • Natsu Dakara!
  • Hatsukoi Cider / DEEP MIND
  • Solatido ~Nee Nee~

Albums

  • Café Buono!
  • Buono! 2
  • We are Buono!
  • Shugo Chara! Song♪Best (best album collaboration with Shugo Chara Egg! & Guardians 4)
  • The BEST Buono! (best album)
  • partenza (mini-album)
  • Buono! Paris Collection (best album)
  • SHERBET (mini-album)

Ahh, Buono! debut single, Honto no Jibun, would a fun song to listen too and watch for that little guest appearance from Maimi and Chisato!

MY BOY was a pretty badass song when it came out and still is a fan favorite today!

And this is their last video they released, to promote their mini-album, SHERBET, here’s Never gonna stop!

Top 10 Favorite Songs

  • Rottara Rottara
  • MY BOY
  • Kokoro no Tamago (B-side from “Honto no Jibun”
  • Lady Panther (B-side from “Gachinko de Ikou!”
  • 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou (album song from “partenza)
  • Gachinko de Ikou!
  • GOAL (album song from “Buono! 2”
  • -Winter Story- (B-side from Bravo☆Bravo)
  • Ice Mermaid (B-side from “Natsu Dakara!”)
  • Mirai Drive (album song from “SHERBET”)

Overall: Buono! to me is probably the best group to really come out of this period of H!P and anime groups.  They had a lot of energy and definitely kept up with their rockin’ sound.  Initially Momoko was the biggest letdown, but I’ve grown to tolerate her in Buono! because she can once in a while sound pretty damn good.  Though with the group now disbanded in 2017, I can say they had a pretty good run and I’m happy they survived past Shugo Chara! enough to give awesome pop/rock songs!

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