Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai / Morning Musume
Appare Kaiten Zushi! / Muten Musume
Maji Bomber!! / Berryz Koubou
Dance de Bakoon! / °C-ute
Genkimono de Ikou! / Erina Mano
Yumemiru 15sai / S/mileage
Our Songs / Buono!
Going On! / Guardians 4
Little♡Princess☆Pri! / Lilpri
Elegant Girl / Ibu Himuro (CV Risako Sugaya / Berryz Koubou)
Ramen Revolution 2011 Long Type / Morning Musume
Nusunda Heart wa Koko Desu ka? / Reina Tanaka with Chorus: Yui Ogura and Buruburuiyaan (Arisa Noto & Sachika Misawa)
○○ Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 02) / S/mileage
1. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
Ahhh Petit Best 11 opens up with Morning Musume’s first single without Koharu and well kicks things off with a bang so to speak. It was a different song from the group since they were moving somewhere else beyond the emo music by releasing a vanity track. It has also gained a rather split reaction amongst the fans whether it was a good song or not. For being a bit more louder, Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai features latin guitar and some screechy synths to go along. For a Momusu song, yeah its one of their weaker songs, but it’s catchy to be an A-side. What a really odd song to start things off.
2. Appare Kaiten Zushi!
Then we move to Appare Kaiten Zushi! which is sung by Muten Musume, you know the sub-unit created only for Sushi lol. There’s something about this song that just grabs my attention and makes me hum it all day long! It’s such a goofy song, but something the group needed to have before Eri, Junjun, and Linlin graduated. This was a nice song for the trio (especially since everyone got a solo line here).
3. Maji Bomber!!
When it comes to Berryz in this time, they were getting some steam with their music. Maji Bomber!! took the group into more of a rockier setting and really showcased the group’s vocals better here. With the amount of energy given through this song, it was a song that did take some time to enjoy, but today really love! It was like Berryz was given a good Buono! song and we get this awesome tune. It’s a very cool track and happy they chose this!
4. Dance de Bakoon!
It even crossed over to °C-ute because Dance de Bakoon! is just as rockin’! Well, it’s not as wild and loud like Berryz’ song, but this song had a lot of good riffs and the chorus is fun to sing along as well. Of course we were still dealing with Maimi and Airi having the lead lines while the remaining three had lines here and there. It’s a fan favorite for sure and the group always puts their energies into this song and it’s a great song live!~
5. Genkimono de Ikou!
Then we move into ManoEri’s track and well, it’s also another energetic rock track that’s very suited for lives. I found it odd that we had three rock tracks lined up next to each other. Back to the song, Erina’s vocals have really gotten better significantly since her last PB appearance! This track really has a lot of chanting going on which helps those at live performances to follow along too. It’s not my favorite song from her, but I’d say it’s in the top 10 at the least from her!
6. Yumemiru 15sai
Then we get into H!P’s newest long-term group with their first major label single, Yumemiru 15sai. S/mileage at the time were releasing genki, cute songs with their signature squeaky vocals so I found it great that they changed it up with their debut. This is where I actually started to get used to the vocals and where I leaned towards Saki as my favorite voice of the 4. This tune also had this different feel, like a more serious tone unlike their indie tunes. What a great song for them this was though, got them some important accolades lol.
7. Our Songs
Next up is Buono! with their 10th single (before they went on their hiatus since Shugo Chara! was ending), Our Songs. I have to be honest, I actually didn’t remember how this song went for the longest time…but coming into this again, Our Songs is really good for the group! There’s just a good sense of synergy between the trio and my issues with Momoko is pretty low as she fits well with Miyabi and Airi in this song. It’s a worthy song for one of their bests, but man there’s been so many good Buono! songs lol.
8. Going On!
We move onto Guardians 4th A-side, Going On! and it’s also the last one we get from the group before they become inactive due to the anime as mentioned in the last track ends. Fitting that Going On! is pretty damn anison in comparison to other songs of theirs and I’m kind of OK with it. Though it wasn’t as great as “PARTY TIME” was. Overall it was nice, but nothing I’m going to return to very much.
Onto Lilpri’s first single, Little♡Princess☆Pri! to me is a lot like what “Going On!” had but a little more oomph and some guitars so it was between Guardians 4 and Buono!. Since it was Yuuka, Ayaka, and Kanon, this song had some squeaky vocals but actually they were more together than expected. It’s catchy once in a while, so there’s no REAL complaints I suppose.
10. Elegant Girl
If you didn’t know, Risako actually did a solo track during that year as well! This was before her voice had become fully deep and diva-ish. The tune is different with including strings but keeping some beats and a slight mid-tempo track going. The problem though is how 0ne-dimensional Risako sounds singing this track. It’s kind of like she’s lacking depth here and doesn’t have a certain richness to it. I wonder if she’d do better singing it today…
11. Ramen Revolution 2011 Long Type
Huh? What’s this? A parody of “Ren’ai Revolution 21” based around ramen noodles? Yup…this was such a weird inclusion but so great to have something unique to this Petit Best. Of course this is just a longer version than the one used in the CM and it’s only 2 minutes long. What really goes on, is mostly the mid8 section to the ending (with the intro of the song). It’s such a goofy track but I can’t help laugh at the idea.
12. Nusunda Heart wa Koko Desu ka?
Then it gets weirder by getting into our next track. I’ve said back in the review of the 2014 compilation album released from TOWER Records, that THAT was the first time I heard it and this would be the second. I really don’t know what it is, but it’s REALLY odd to hear Reina of all members singing a sugary cute song (as she’s one to not even stride in that direction). Add on Yui, Sachika, and Arisa and this kind of just was a mind screw right from the start.
13. ○○ Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 02)
The compilations ends with a remix of S/mileage’s 2nd major single! Also take notice of the “02” in the tag because this is the second version since 01 was released as a digital single. Now at this time, S/mileage was getting random remixes and seeing this one feels odd lol. Of course, ○○ Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! is already a bizarre song to listen to and well the beginning minute was annoying as hell lol. The remix has a lot going on and some of it kind of overshadows the group’s vocals. Still, the whole ~daki daki daki dakishimete~ lines are so annoying!!!! I don’t know, this was a messy remix for me).
Appare Kaiten Zushi!
Dance de Bakoon!
- Maji Bomber!!
So Petit Best 11 felt incredibly short to me for some reason, quite possibly because it was only 13 songs this year (wow…that suuuucks). Plus a lot of the songs were OK, but some were odd choices (especially in the later half). I don’t know why but I felt like this was somewhat lazy, but hey there were some pretty nifty songs. Though the main groups songs were pretty good…hmmm…I don’t know this was eh. 5/10