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12TH GENERATION!! WOO~~~

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L to R: Haruna Ogata, Miki Nonaka, Akane Haga, Maria Makino

Meet the new generation of Morning Musume!  I was surprised that we had gotten another 4-nin which makes poor Sakura the oddball out once Sayumi leaves doesn’t it?  Yeah, but half are ex-Kenshuusei and half are new which I have my qualms but I have optimism in how things will turn out.  Yeah, clearly there are some missing here, but to be honest with S/mileage getting new members within the week there might be more choices.  Let’s get to know these ladies shall we?

Maria Makino

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So going through the KSS that had joined, Maria is the older of the two and honestly this choice kind of disappointed me slightly.  In the past, all of my comments about her have been on the route that she is rather boring to watch and both of her test performances did nothing for me, despite being both Momusu classics.  Another thing is that Sayu is pretty fond of her which makes me wonder if she had personally asked for her.  Still, I just hope that she becomes a force because she just doesn’t exude anything for me yet.

Akane Haga

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The other gal is actually funny because she partook in the failed 12th Gen auditions hah and she must’ve improved a lot to end up here.  Like Makino, she also finds herself the forgotten one because of the amount of talent within the 7 trainees that joined (Danbara, Yamaki, and Funaki as the power vocalists, Niinuma as the Momochi-voice, Yokogawa for well…sounding bad, and Oura (though she left)).  Haga is the one that’s quite the unknown factor and I do wonder she’ll bring to Momusu!

Haruna Ogata

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A brand new gal yeah?  She kind of reminds me of SU-METAL from BABYMETAL for some reason (cheekbones prolly).  From what we know so far, she’s pretty good at ice skating which might mean that she’d be well in dancing, but I’m curious about her vocals.  She’s stocky and I like that something different.

Miki Nonaka

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I actually don’t have too much to say here.  She’s pretty smart so she already kind of gives me a Konkon feel, but time will tell if she goes that far.

OVERALL:  Honestly, I’m happy we have new members, but right now the girls don’t really spark my interest.  Haga and Makino is probably where most of my neutrality comes from.  Both of them are just so off my radar that I had 0 expectations of them joining but it’s a thing so I’m gonna make deal with them being in (hopefully they’ve grown a lot to get here).  As for Ogata and Nonaka, I wish they had showed audition footage so we could’ve rooted for them because now I’m dealing with these sudden new faces and knowing almost zilch about them.  I mean Sakura Oda had that problem when the auditions were shown only a day prior which meant there wasn’t enough time to get to know the other auditionees (though Kishimoto and Ichioka have grown on me since then).

Basically I’m half disappointed, half curious…I’m sure I’ll love them when they begin activities in 2015.

Now S/mileage’s turn, which KSS will join them?….

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Morning Musume PVs through the years!: The Grand Ole 50th!

So moving on in this walk through history lane, we finally hit a pretty huge landmark for the group, 50 singles!  Though working up to it, there was rather a lot that happened just to get to it.  Like the fact that we got the 10th Generation that included Ayumi Ishida, Masaki Sato, Haruka Kudo, and Haruna Iikubo!  Though the 9th gen still felt fresh and we were still getting used to them, adding 4 more members was quite there.  A little after though, the then leader Risa Niigaki had announced that she wouldn’t be a part of that glorious 50th single and decided to graduate one single prior and then 8th Generation member Aika Mitsui had also decided to graduate because she didn’t want to re-injure herself (even after she got the OK to return).  Anyways the PVs that I will be talking about are: Pyocopyoco Ultra, Renai Hunter, the Gaki solo, Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~, One Two Three, The Matenrou Show and its TYPE 0 version.

Pyocopyoco Ultra

The Song: After seeing Ai-chan graduating from the group and seeing the new generation be announced, a lot of fans were wondering what the first single under Gaki’s leadership would go and for many this was DEFINITELY a song that really didn’t seem right at all.  First off, the sound is VERY different from singles before having such a youthful and child-like atmosphere about it (which maybe made more sense) but you’ll see why this really doesn’t work.  The song is very fast and has a huge amount of buzzing synths.  It’s also known as Momusu’s lowest-selling single and honestly, I can’t blame it even if it’s the opening theme for Suugaku Joshi Gakuen.

What Genre is it?: Very poppy, almost anime-esque…pico-pop maybe?

The Premise: Not much of anything to be said here, there might be with the fact that it does kind of leads itself everywhere with the goofyness, though some could argue it’s about Gaki helping the new members grow up to being great chickens (which is about as farfetched as it goes, though it does bring in some symbolism here).

The Setting: I’m not sure if I should call it cheap or kind of interesting and breaks a little monotony of the Green Screen a bit.  It’s still a studio set for the choreography, but they did some pretty interesting things with it regarding its PV.  There’s a lot of scrolling to follow the ladies whether it looks real or a projection, it’s probably the best aspect of the PV.  Not much else in its setting since the close-ups are in the same area so nothing too special there.

The Outfits: To be honest, this is where the PV kind of falls flat on its face.  You’d think after the feathery stuff from “The☆Pea~ce” and “Onna ni Sachi Are”, they would be a little more lenient on such a thing, but HELL NO, they had to REALLY kick it up a huge notch with their full-on chicken suits and you can tell that the younger members (the 9th/10th gen) were OK whereas not everyone older was into it (especially Reina, Gaki, and Aika).  I couldn’t blame them because these outfits were atrocious and weren’t helped live.  They were so damn bright and the only way you could tell the difference is that Gaki is Mother Hen and she has the most white on, Sayu, Reina, and Aika had some white leggings while the remainder have broken shells to represent their youthfulness.

The Choreography: So the dance is kind of goofy which suits the song, but there’s something weird about it like the Ishida swinging, the hokey jumps, it’s just rather all over the place and with the outfits already blinding me, it makes the dance look awkward and bad, kind of wish it wasn’t like lasers into my corneas >.<

PV as a whole: It took so long for this song to warm up to me and even then it’s not even close to being in the high ranks for me.  It’s also probably why I loathe the PV and get headaches simply from just watching it.  I will say it was nice to see Aika get a lot more facetime than before.  Though, I can’t deny that beside that, I heavily couldn’t get really into the whole picture this single tried to do.  Not even the 10th Generation’s debut really cut it for me.  It was just overall a poor release.

Renai Hunter

The Song: So a little before “Pyocopyoco Ultra” released, the last of the 5th Generation, Risa Niigaki had announced she was to graduate in the Summer (though she wanted to graduate alongside Ai-chan, but stayed to help the new members out a little more).  A lot of people had thought the aforementioned single was to be her last because of the timing (which would’ve SO sucked), but instead chose Renai Hunter as her final song.  Sadly though, it would also turn out a month after this single’s release, 8th Generation member Aika Mitsui was also leaving the group due to fear of injuring herself once more and so the two graduated on the same day.  With that said, Renai Hunter is more of a love letter from Gaki because Aika’s announcement was after the single hence no love for her graduation.

What Genre is it?: Kind of dubsteppy, very EDM-friendly (as much as Momusu is sliding towards EDM).

The Premise: None really, which is not a surprise for me lol.

The Setting: I can’t lie and say that I felt like Renai Hunter’s negative is most likely the settings for this one.  Most of the PV is set in a box with fluorescent lights around then and to make things worse, it’s all white so there’s not a lot of color here.  There are close-up shots that kind of remind me of other H!P videos, though the slow-motion group shots with the wind blowing was really cool and left a bigger mark on me than anything else visually.  There are also these “magazine shots” for every member and while a twist on what other things are going on, it’s pretty awkward.

The Outfits: So kind of like what “Pyocopyoco Ultra” started, Renai Hunter kind of split the group up by generations.  Gaki is the lone member wearing yellow, Sayu, Reina, and Aika, don black (even though you don’t see Aika in the dance shot because healing still), the 9th Generation don red and the 10th with blue.  Simple and easy to tell who is who in the PV.  Plus, anything is much better than their last outfits, just so much better XD

The Choreography: If there was anything that most people remember Renai Hunter over, it’s that crazy ass choreo it got.  I mean the crab dance mixing with the dubstep parts and dancing in two circles is just ridiculously good fun and even if it’s one of their weirdest dances, I felt like it made the song what it was in a cool way.  Quirky, but awesome nonetheless!

PV as a whole: After their reckless last PV, Renai Hunter cleaned up everything and gave us a wonderful song to let Gaki really take hold of and she sounded AMAZING.  It did show off the members in a nice enough light (saw a LOT of Haruka though).  The song is pretty edgy and really kind of starts of this really amazing run with EDM, Tsunku has been really diving into with every group in H!P.  The PV is kind of the normal for Momusu which is OK but those magazine shots are SO random >.>

Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~

The Song: If you didn’t know, Egao ni Namida is a cover of an album song from fellow H!P artist, Aya Matsuura!  Back in 2011/2012, a lot of H!P ladies had gone and released digital singles of nothing but covers.  Gaki was a part of this, but with her graduation nearing, there was an album released from her called “Hello Cover”.  Of course, Egao ni Namida was a part of this but it had a different arrangement that’s different from Ayaya’s original and the one we got here from “Renai Hunter” (it was a B-side).  Personally, I haven’t really done much with it to really think of it (besides my review back then).  Though the PV, I don’t think I’ve watched all the way through and if I did…damn I forgot XD

What Genre is it?: It’s pretty poppy, kind of normal fare from H!P.

The Premise: I wouldn’t say there’s too much of one besides Gaki just looking through pictures of her past.

The Setting: It’s a pretty basic set, which is a white-washed bedroom almost kind of run down.  I feel like maybe it could’ve used more settings, but no surprise that it wasn’t as treated like Ai-chan’s solo.

The Outfits: There’s something about Gaki’s outfit that kind of makes me think that she was a bit random in choosing it out.  I mean pink/black cowboy boots, pink tutu, grey sweater and a lavender/yellow hat just sounds like a mess.  Though with how casual she was in the PV, I didn’t think too much of it.

The Choreography: None here as she’s just sitting around, but also standing and making cute poses.  Still none overall.

PV as a whole: There’s just something about this PV that almost mirrors that of Ai’s solo PV that she got before she graduated.  Even though it’s merely a cover and it kind of downplayed Gaki’s graduation (would’ve been nice if she had gotten an original song).  This never stuck out for me and even though I love Gaki, this PV is kind of forgetful to me.

One Two Three

The Song: We’re finally here! After all that we finally hit a HUGE milestone for the group as we get our 50th single!  One Two Three has a LOT of promotion (enough that H!P had members of olde commenting on the previous 49 singles).  With the recent drop of Risa and Aika, One Two Three was going to be an interesting direction for the group that vocally didn’t do well because of the Reina/Riho hack and leaving a lot of the other members to have mere syllables as their only solo lines.  Overall, it really was the beginning of a whole new Momusu era (oh yeah did I mention that Sayumi begun leading the group?).

What Genre is it? Definitely EDM, no dubstep to be found at least!

The Premise: None to be had really, though I felt like they were supposed to be mannequins, but the idea felt scrapped in the later half of the song.

The Setting: A lot of the PV like “Renai Hunter” is set in its dance-shot which is pretty basic, the group dancing in front of a huge golden drape.  Beyond that, most of the close-up shots are set in front of an angled mirror which gives off a double effect which could’ve been used more cleverly to be honest.  There are times where I feel like the mannequin thing could’ve been more useful, but that wasn’t the case.

The Outfits: With the new amount of members and Reina and Sayu being the last of the older generations, it was time to really find out who the new girls are and with that we went back to member colors (and this is before Eripon and Harunan changed their colors so they had Purple and “Chocolate”).  Add on the checkerboard dresses and member-color centric boots, it’s simple but neat and easy to tell who’s who.

The Choreography: I feel like this dance really gives me nostalgic trips like some dance moves feel like they’re from previous singles.  I also feel like this is where the group started to REALLY kick their dance moves in a higher standard.  Definitely the strongest point for the PV for sure!  Maybe it’s me but damn did Ayumi stand out in a good way here, showcasing her abilities!

PV as a whole: Such a big song for the group and definitely had a huge following for it since it’s their biggest single since “Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT” which solidified them for a comeback.  Once I had saw the dance-shot, I was sold because the dance was just badass and the song even moreso.  When it came to the full PV, I kind of felt like ideas thrown all over the place.  The mannequin sections while cool, didn’t last very long and the SHEER AMOUNT of sparkles were overbearing.  Still, what a great song and one of the best of the current years.

The Matenrou Show

The Song: It’s not over yet, we somewhat got a PV for the other A-side that came with “One Two Three”.  If you ask me, if you thought the heavy amounts of Reina and Riho were bad, The Matenrou Show was even worse as they were the ONLY ones that ended up with solos.  I still don’t understand why it merely got a dance-shot if there wasn’t going to be plans of a PV (to be fair it might be because of things that happened between this single and “Renai Hunter” which I’ll get to it soon enough).

What Genre is it?: Definitely disco rides throughout, funky bass lines, synth horns, similar to various other H!P songs (“Shining Power” is the first one that pops up).

The Premise: None

The Setting: Same as “One Two Three’s” which kind of feels lazy.

The Outfits: Same as well, REALLY feeling lazy here

The Choreography: The only visual thing different is the choreography which is pretty cool if not somewhat forgettable.  The most notable thing I can say is that the fact the members dance around in a circle is probably the most memorable thing within the choreography.  There’s some cool in sync moments, but really it’s focused a lot of Reina and Riho that most of the dance is just really focused on them.

PV as a whole: I’m not sure why they would just kind of throw a lazy dance-shot for The Matenrou Show onto the single, especially since it’s not even all that exciting and the focus was stuck on the ladies who sing.  Don’t even know, but it felt so lazy and maybe missing something to it.

The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0)

The Song: Seems like the mystery had gone deeper with The Matenrou Show.  Initially found on an H!P pachinko machine, The TYPE 0 of the song is different, but still the same song arrangement-wise.  The difference being that Risa & Aika are present (makes me wonder if the song was made before the graduation.  Actually, it’s pretty much the preferred version as Risa’s vocals add a layer of awesome vocals that could’ve been just as well enjoyed had it been on “Renai Hunter” or something.

What Genre is it?: It’s the same as above, no need to repeat xD

The Premise: None here, cept chilling out XD

The Setting: Despite the fact that it’s a short version (I don’t think a full one was ever made), the TYPE-0 has a slightly different approach.  Being a video made for a Pachinko machine, most of the members weren’t allowed to be in the PV leaving only Gaki, Aika, Reina, and Sayu to be featured here.  The setting is pretty dimly lit and the ladies are looking a little more sexy than normal!  It also feels like they’re in a warehouse (which reminds me of “Kanashiki Heaven”).  Not much else to really say so eh besides some shots in a “cell phone” but they don’t change scenery.

The Outfits: It seems like the 4 of them are wearing something latex, with fishnet leggings (especially Reina).  Something kind of flashy, but nothing that said that there was effort put into these outfits.  Gaki’s shoulder poof is kind annoying, but that’s really it.

The Choreography: None here actually, for being a 2 minute PV, it’s just them sitting and fidgeting on phones…wow xD

PV as a whole: This is one of those times where I kind of wished they made a full version of this because I think it was nice to see the elder Momusu being more sexy than normal and kind of having this edgy look to them.  Yeah, there’s no dancing, but I am MUCH happier to know Risa sung!  Now I know the reason the 9th/10th are not here, but I think it could be done…I do enjoy this than the “dance-shot” we got by a big margin.

NEXT TIME: MOMUSU’S BACK!!!

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What’s this you’re pulling on us S/mileage?!?

So, as usual on Wednesdays we get our weekly dose of H!P with Hello! Station.  What I was expecting was just the TIKI BUN PV from Momusu but damn did they throw a curveball in the first 10 minutes with some pretty big news!

Essentially, Nyon and Ayacho went to say that they wanna continue to bring S/mileage to fans even after they have graduated and they want to bring in new blood, which is going to be announced the same week that the new Momusu members are shown off.

Even Tsunku seemed surprised (at what, it’s unknown).

Man, in about over a week, so many new members will be shown off and I’m real excited.  S/mileage I’ve been expecting since 2012, but now I’m rather in the middle since 2nd Gen has REALLY come far since their addition.  Meimi became a powerful singer, Takechan has still been the rock for the group and still has a lot of energy, Kanana has exponentially gotten better in singing and she’s got an amazing voice to go along with Meimis and Rinapuu while the lowest of them, she has gotten more lines and facetime.  Though, I would agree to it if they’re doing it to keep the group alive (and they need to because once after Berryz leave, only 4 acts left (sans the KSS).

Which BTW, ONLY KSS members are being added…sounds like if one doesn’t get into MM, more than a good chance to see them join S/mileage (or well…maybe…they’re planning to change their name as well…but I don’t think it’ll follow-through IMO).

Personally, this is the best time to add Hamachan to the group, but I feel like Inaba might be here or some of the newer members.

Nervous but excited all the same!

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Site Update?

Well, hello my dear readers! Time to talk about some things that is coming to realization on ITG.  The site I started out was really talking about all of the members and units that made up Hello! Project’s history and I’m getting quite close to the end of it…so where do I go from here?!?  I have a couple ideas that I wanted to throw out there for you guys and maybe get some feedback!

===PV HISTORIES===

As Momusu’s is coming to an end, and since I probably won’t able to update until a nice lengthy patch is capable, I’ll need something else to do!  I figure I might do Berryz since they’re about to leave but I’m also open to suggestions elsewhere!

===TOP 10s===

Lots of other blogs have been known to do this and I figured I could be interesting in doing some, topic-wise it would be difficult without your guys’ help (of course favorite H!P songs will be a HUGE endeavor but that’s way down the line).

===REWIND REVISIONS===

The one I KNOW I want to do personally, Most of you guys know me through this blog, but I am known for doing TONS of J-pop reviews on my other blog, Kurayami Monogatari, and that’s been going on since mid-2008.  So I kind of want to do a rather unique twist to my reviews (a lot of the early H!P albums I reviewed were when I couldn’t tell who was who singing).  So I want to review my reviews XD.  I might hold off on the more recent albums (like everything from 2012 up).  There isn’t many but enough to do these for a while!

===UFP?===

Maybe make profiles from some of the groups under UFP?

 

Anyways, leave a comment below and tell me what you guys think!….Or you can tell me (and follow) on Twitter! RIGHT HERE

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REVIEW: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol 5 & 6

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Track Listing

  1. Inspiration! / Morning Musume
  2. Banzai! ~Jinsei wa Meccha Wonderful!~ / Erina Mano
  3. THE Manpower!!! / Morning Musume
  4. Dakishimete…Namida / Ongaku Gatas
  5. Koi no Hana / Natsumi Abe
  6. ENDLESS LOVE ~I Love You More~ / °C-ute
  7. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku / Hello! Project Mobekimasu
  8. Gatamekira (ZYX Ver.) / ZYX
  9. Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Sexy Otonajan
  10. Urahara / Buono!
  11. 16sai no Koi Nante / Natsumi Abe & Maimi Yajima
  12. Oshare! / Aya Matsuura
  13. Ten Made Nobore! / Juice=Juice
  14. “,,,Suki da yo!” / Morning Musume
  15. Yaruki! IT’S EASY (Hello! Project 2007 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts Otome Goroco~ Live Audio) / Reina Tanaka, Chinami Tokunaka, Yurina Kumai, Erika Umeda, Kanna Arihara
  16. tofubeats no 10bun de Tanoshimeru “Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol.5”

1. Inspiration!

Kicking Vol. 5 off, we begin with the B-side from one of Momusu’s biggest singles, “Renai Revolution 21”.  Being as this is Yuko Nakazawa’s final single, she didn’t have as much of a goodbye like many others had.  Inspiration! to me kind of focused more on the new members from the 4th Generation than anything else.  What stood out for me was the funky beats of the arrangement that almost made me think of DANCE MAN.  That bass and brass just filled everywhere and I enjoyed it…made for a great intro!

2. Banzai! ~Jinsei wa Meccha Wonderful!~

Moving onto an album song from ManoEri’s 3rd album, “More Friends Over”, Banzai! was the first vocal track and Erina’s voice just kind of excited me with her chanting and yelps and I thought that was cute.  This was also where I was starting to warm up to her vocals and she was getting slowly better as a vocalist.  Over time, this track has grown on me, but it still is rather repetitive (especially that chorus >.>) how many time does she say ~banzai and lucky~?  Really ManoEri?

3. THE Manpower!!!

Ah back to Morning Musume so quickly?  As much as I love the updated version, I have a special place for the original since it has a lot more oomph and more easier to follow lines for the ladies.  I’ve always enjoyed this song with the empowerment lyrics and the groovy arrangement that went with it.  Add on the epic singing by Ai-chan and Yossie and this just came together like a puzzle piece.  There’s just something that makes me want to the dance with this tune because it’s rather easy and still cool.  Even the ~homosapiens~ line gets a smile out of me…it’s such a classic and a great song for Kaori to graduate in.

4. Dakishimete…Namida

So comes our next track from Ongaku Gatas’ only album and this track was a pretty solid song fitting after the singles that came before it so it’s a disco-laced track.  Though it does seem that most of the vocals were predominantly for the more established H!P members: Yossie, Charmy, Satoda, and Konkon who were all sounding great and all.  Sengoku and Sawada did have solos too and sung in tandem in the chorus with Rika, Yossie, and Mai.  The rest of the girls sung in two areas and that was it (Nocchi had one solo line).  Still this song sounded pretty good and the ad-libbing was quite nice and MUCH better than in “Narihajimeta Koi no BELL”.  Cool song though!

5. Koi no Hana

Oooh, a Nacchi solo next?  Cool beans.  When I heard this song, I kind of get this deja vu to Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t Really Matter” or Hitomi Shimatani’s “papillon” (they’re the same song essentially just different languages).  Something about this bubbly R&B sound and plucked strings just sound familar of course the melody is totally diffferent.  Nacchi though sounds super light here and it sounds a little weird in places for some reason.  Pretty song though hm…..

6. ENDLESS LOVE ~I Love You More~

Before we go in, this is a cover of a Taiyou & Ciscomoon track that was found on °C-ute’s first album.  I figured it wouldn’t be as good so I didn’t come in with high hopes.  It’s not a terrible track and honestly for a song that sounds like 90’s urban pop, which is a little more exciting than the original, they executed this smoothly.  I mean yeah the main vocalists were Airi, Maimi, Megumi, and Erika (wait, Erika?) Yeah that was the case.  The other four might’ve just not existed in the song (the only moments I tend to remember is when they sing the title after the chorus).  Still it’s a nice cover despite they are VERY underneath the original singers.

7. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku

I had just reviewed the group and song last month…*sighs*.  I don’t even know why I should talk about this group again.  It’s pretty much a 2011 Mega Group that happened within H!P and sadly doesn’t even showcase more than a tenth of the group xD.  The song itself isn’t so bad after you get over the fact only like 8/9 members have solo lines, but hey the song is interesting with the brass/pop/dance mixture.  Not much else I can say that I haven’t already.

8. Gatamekira (ZYX Ver.)

Another Taiyou & Ciscomoon cover?  Jeeze the shade found on this album right now!  As the B-side from the group’s debut single, “Iku ZYX! FLY HIGH”, their cover of Gatamekira is kind of disappointing.  I will say that the change in arrangement is quirky enough, and the verses of the song sounded good (for ZYX), everything else sounded weird.  I HATE the vocal layering they did to the chorus (even Mari!).  It just didn’t come close to the original…it lacked that feel to it.

9. Onna, Kanashii, Otona

Next up is Sexy Otonajan which was Miki Fujimoto, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and Megumi Murakami and they got a pretty extreme song.  I wasn’t expecting such an adult song from two of the H!P Kids, though made sense with Mikitty LOL.  I just love the bossa nova/jazz vibes from this song and by god Miki sounds beautiful in this song.  Actually Megumi does as well and that makes me so confused.  I will admit, Miyabi’s voice kind of sucks in this song but she was really young here as was her partner.  Odd song to give such emphasis on the younger voices, but Miki made it alright.  Pretty song overall and I fell in love with Miki HARD in this song.

10. Urahara

I was happy to see a Buono! song make one of these, though surprised it was one of the lighter songs in their collection, Urahara.  It’s funny that this is here because this is Miyabi later on after Sexy Otonajan and the tone of her voice is so much better.  I had forgotten how this song went since it’s been a long time since I listened to “We Are Buono!”.  I love the lighter verses and how the chorus opens the song up to their idol pop/rock groove.  Even the guitar solo was pretty badass.  I really do like this song though, one of the better ones during thier high-time.

11. 16sai no Koi Nante

I don’t seem to remember how or why Nacchi and Maimi got together for a song, must be a tie-in thing.  This song is quite breezy and cute to listen to for sure.  Funny how Nacchi’s voice suits the arrangement a LOT better than it did with Maimi, then again I think it’s because of the former’s lighter and cuter voice.  There’s not much I can say about this song because it just kind of stays at the same level most of the way.  Non-offensive basically…I can see this being a good song to listen to whenever it comes up.

12. Oshare!

Hmmm? An Ayaya song is next eh?  From her debut album, “First Kiss”, Oshare! is another one of those non-offensive tracks with not much bad I can say.  It’s a lot lighter than her singles and a focus within the acoustic guitar, the song kind of does remind me of “16sai no Koi Nante” without the random moments and two vocalists.  Actually the disc scratching is probably my only dislike…for some reason it bothers me.  Eh here and there kind of track for me.

13. Ten Made Nobore!

I find it disheartening to be reviewing this as I’m so fed up with hearing this song performed so much (by the Kenshuusei since it’s more their song than Juice=Juice’s).  Like the previous tracks, it’s a breezy, positive song that it kind of forces you to put a smile on your face.  Personally, this version stuck out more because there were solo lines albeit between Karin, Sayuki, Aina, and Tomoko which sucks for the remainder of the group that just kind of sat back.  In a way, Ten Made Nobore! sounds a little better with the KSS, but at least there’s a version with this (I wish the PV was released though….>.> damnit Aina!

14. “,,,Suki da yo!”

As we get closer to the end, we get into the oddest track (sans the megamix of course) with a song that comes from Morning Musume’s “3rd -LOVE Paradise-” album.  This song has always sounded off to me.  Like listening to the song in headphones drives me nuts.  All of the solos I hear is on my right ear and the music sounds like it’s purposely muted out so everything sounds muddled and makes me want to push my headphones in all the way even though it already is.  Without the earplugs, the song is rather nice and quiet and harbors a nice little melody, but I wished there was more bass to the song and the girls weren’t singing on one side of my headphone…that’s annoying!

15. Yaruki! IT’S EASY (Hello! Project 2007 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts Otome Goroco~ Live Audio)

One of my favorite Gocchin songs, I was surprised tofubeats would include a live version over the original, but I suppose it’s a popular track to be performed.  Reina, Chinami, Yurina, Erika, and Kanna take over and it would be an interesting take.  No surprise that Reina took lead here as she has most of the lines as it is.  Yurina and Erika get two and Chinami and Kanna have a singular solo line.  It’s OK, nothing to really comment on but everyone was good vocally I’d say.  Not bad!

16. tofubeats no 10bun de Tanoshimeru “Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol.5”

  • Yaruki! IT’S EASY (Hello! Project 2007 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts Otome Goroco~ Live Audio)
  • Inspiration!
  • Onna, Kanashii, Otona
  • Banzai! ~Jinsei wa Meccha Wonderful!~
  • Ten Made Nobore!
  • Koi no Hana
  • “,,,Suki da yo!”
  • Dakishimete…Namida
  • Gatamekira (ZYX Ver.)
  • ENDLESS LOVE ~I Love You More~
  • THE Manpower!!!
  • Urahara
  • 16sai no Koi Nante
  • Oshare!
  • 16sai no Koi Nante
  • Watashi ga Obaasan ni Nattemo

Ending the compilation is a megamix from tofubeats (the guy that picked out the songs).  Actually the list above is the songs that are used here.  No surprise that most of the album is a part of it, although his omission of “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” is a little strange here.  Also, the fact that we get 16sai no Koi Nante and Watashi ga Obaasan ni Nattemo from who knows is odd to be honest.  Not sure why they’re included although it sounds like Maimi singing it all on her own, but I’m not 100% sure.  Overall, it’s not bad, but these songs for the most part don’t seem good mixed together.

Tracks Recommended

  • THE Manpower!!!
  • Dakishimete…Namida
  • Onna, Kanashii, Otona
  • Urahara
  • Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku

You know what, from tofubeats, I was expecting the big hitters to come from him, not so much the selection we ended up with.  Most of the songs had issues or were kind of on the safe side of things.  I’m not sure why he chose what he did, but it was difficult to get through this one.  Add on the near 10 minute megamix and I was just over it for the most part.  So basically it’s a 6/10.

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Track Listing

  1. One・Two・Three / Morning Musume
  2. Kanojo ni Naritai!!! / Hello! Pro Kenshuusei
  3. Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo / Juice=Juice
  4. Fantasy ga Hajimaru / Morning Musume
  5. Hatsukoi Cider / Buono!
  6. Zettai Tokeru Mondai X=♥ / Aya Matsuura
  7. BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee / Tanpopo
  8. Otoko Tomodachi / Morning Musume
  9. DANCE Suru no da! / Morning Musume
  10. VERY BEAUTY / Berryz Koubou
  11. Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~ / Morning Musume Otomegumi
  12. Loving you Too much / Berryz Koubou
  13. Kanashiki Amefuri / °C-ute
  14. What is LOVE? / Morning Musume ’14
  15. Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko / °C-ute
  16. Ne~e? / Aya Matsuura
  17. Shin Nippon no Susume! / S/mileage
  18. 1-oku 3-senman Sou Diet Oukoku / Berryz Koubou

1. One・Two・Three

Neat that this compilation would begin with Momusu’s extravagant 50th single (sans “The Matenrou Show”).  There was something so surprising when this song sounded so EDM-friendly and pumped up (even though we had a preview with “Renai Hunter” earlier one single prior.  Opening with Reina’s ~whoa-oh’s~ this song opened up with a pretty cool arrangement and edgy vocals too.  Granted those vocals were synthed up to all hell, but I loved it.  Most of the song is really between Reina and Riho and for fans of the other ladies, you were kind of screwed (especially for Zukki and Eripon fans who all had a SYLLABLE from them as well as Duu and Harunan).  Besdies that, this song was pretty big and it’s still an awesome song to hear (plus they did redo it without Reina’s voice, but…ehhhhhh).

2. Kanojo ni Naritai!!!

Next up is another Kenshuusei song, actually the trainees first big release as a collective group, Kanojo ni Naritai!!!.  This version is from the CD release which means this is the one that only had 5 of the ladies take part: Karin Miyamoto, Nanami Tanabe, Ayano Hamaura, Natsumi Taguchi, and Aina Otsuka.  Like “Ten Made Nobore!” this song has been performed to death and I also seem to have reach that point of being tired of listening to it.  It’s VERY genki and the whole ~I wanna be your girl!~ does seem slightly desperate sounding lol.  I do like the energy and song sounds similar to S/mileage’s “Uchouten LOVE” which is also another plus.  Overall, it’s a solid song, but definitely overdone today.

3. Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo

Wow, all these recent songs!  As Juice=Juice’s 2nd major single, Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo definitely stands out with its cool vibes and solid vocals, especially from Tomoko who just reigned all over this song IMO.  It’s a cool song for sure and something I could’ve saw Taiyou to Ciscomoon perform (oh damn that’d be cool).  I really love the atmosphere here and the group just oozes cool here.

4. Fantasy ga Hajimaru

Now we’re slowly going back, well at least to the Platinum Era with I would say the title track from Momusu’s “Fantasy! Juuichi”.  It was definitely the stand-out track here with such a strong EDM feel (that wasn’t existant or delved into at the time).  At that time, I was starting to get a hang of the voices, so I was really surprised that the voice I loathed in Momusu in the Platinum era (sans Koharu who had left by this point) was Sayumi.  Being the weakest vocalist must’ve sucked but for some reason Tsunku and his unbridled genius had found the thing that would make Sayu sound so cool and that’s auto-tune.  Normally it would kill great voices (Gaki may be the exception) but to a weaker voice, it’s a really cool effect and it’s no wonder why it works every single time for her.  Pretty funny though that Sayu, Ai-chan, and Reina are the only ones to really have solos here.  I really do love this song and so happy its amongst favorites of mine.

5. Hatsukoi Cider

I remembered this song especially for being the ending theme for Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen and being a little more appropriate than “Pyocopyoco Ultra” was LOL.  As their well (last single released), Hatsukoi Cider opens with a solo from Airi before it becomes a lighter track from the group, almost like “Natsu Dakara!”.  I did quite enjoy this song and showed a nicer and clean side of the group.  I mean it doesn’t surpass other badass tracks they’ve had, but it was nice…now if only Buono! actually came back >.>

6. Zettai Tokeru Mondai X=♥

Another Ayaya song that comes from her debut album, “First Kiss”, Zettai Tokeru Mondai X=♥ is a pretty rockin’ track in her collection, which is surprising that it came after Buono!’s song because it just sounds like a perfect song to cover eh?  There should be more I should say about this song, but it’s what it is, a really strong pop/rock track from Ayaya.

7. BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee

Funny I had to review this song.  From the 3rd Generation of Tanpopo (Gaki, Konkon, Charmy, and Ayumin from Melon Kinenbi), BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee would be the group’s only single AND the final single under Tanpopo.  As I had grown to really love the serious, once the 2nd Generation jumped in, I was so disheartened by the lack of serious songs Tanpopo lacked.  By the time 3rd Generation started, I was surprised that Shibata was included because she wasn’t from Momusu.  Then I heard this track and was like WTF is this.  I mean you have 3 weak vocalists (Gaki was a pretty awkward sounding member in her early days) and they were pseudo-rapping and all over the place and then you have Ayumi who sounded way too good to be in a group like this.  It was a strange song and it’s no surprise that no one really talks about this Generation much (though they were pretty shortlived as it is).

8. Otoko Tomodachi

Next up we get Otoko Tomodachi, an album track from Momusu’s “4th “Ikimashoi!””.  Now what must be pointed out is that it’s essentially a Nacchi solo but with backup vocals from the newly joined 5th Generation.  That said, there’s not much to say besides that it’s an upbeat track and Nacchi’s vocals are as you expect and the 5th Generation might as well not have existed, you barely hear them.  You would think Tsunku learned after “Furusato” that it isn’t too good to solo songs.  At least it wasn’t an A-side.  I do like the sitar twangs to the song, but it’s a song that just doesn’t do anything for me.

9. DANCE Suru no da!

Jumping back an album to “3rd -LOVE Paradise-“, we have DANCE Suru no da! which is one of the few Momusu album tracks to get a PV.  Albeit, the PV is kind of weird because it’s only found in a video game, Space Venus, that was released on the PS2 (which is basically the equivalent of the Spice Girls PS1 game, Spice World, that had come out for us Westerners.  Now this song came out at a time where Sayaka Ichii was still in the group and the 4th Generation hadn’t happened yet (the PV is the opposite).  I love that all the members got a solo line of sorts and it’s to a pretty fun beat and style (that almost wants to be funk, but isn’t quite there).  It’s a lighthearted song and definitely one of the better songs from the album IMO.

10. VERY BEAUTY

Oh the engrishness here.  Going to Berryz’ 13th A-side, I wasn’t expecting the group to release a rather slower toned song since they really haven’t been known for that otherwise.  As such, VERY BEAUTY is quite a different ball game for the group and I kind of enjoyed the change.  I didn’t exactly like the fact that it was a Risako/Miyabi/Yurina hog fest with no solo lines given to Maasa, Captain, and Momoko period.  Risako to me was still getting used to her vocals it seemed while Miyabi sounded like she was starting to transition as was Yurina.  Overall, the song is kind of OK, but not one of my highly liked Berryz songs.

11. Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~

So we get our Momusu sub-group, MM Otomegumi.  Now I have mentioned they were formed because the group was so large and Tsunku wanted to tackle more places and he could with the split idea.  So he chose Miki, Reina, Sayumi, Kaori, Nozomi, Makoto, and Rika to tackle the more energetic songs (simply put they weren’t the strongest singers, sans Miki, Makoto, and Kaori).  What they got was the suggestive but really epic track, Ai no Sono.  This song was such a bopper and I love the fierceness of members here, they were ones not to mess with.  Especially Miki…I would’ve loved to hear a solo version from her personally!  Actually Tsuji sounded really good here too despite being in the less prominent areas.  Yeah, the song was mostly sung by Miki, Reina, Rika, and Makoto while the remaining three just has two solo lines each.  Still I LOVE this song and it’s definitely one of the best H!P songs out there IMHO.

12. Loving you Too much

Oh, I see we’re coming back up to more recent songs, Loving you Too much is originally a B-side to Berryz Koubou’s “cha cha SING” single and as such was also a Bird Thongchai cover.  It seems nowadays I actually prefer listening to this song over the aforementioned A-side because it does have a little more personality and depth to it (I feel like cha cha SING had the memorability though).  I also love that every member got a decent amount of solo lines (plus the rapping section was awesome for Captain, not so much Miyabi >.>).  Being a Thai cover, I was expecting something cool and this song is cute and party-central and I loved it.  Even strong enough to get its own single (technically a Single V) but still counts.  Very cool song and one of the top Berryz songs (despite being a cover).

13. Kanashiki Amefuri

So their sister group, °C-ute comes next was one of the more recent songs as well (as of this power this was released just last year).  With Tsunku currently on his EDM spree, Kanashiki Amefuri was another addition under that rule and like I’ve said in reviews here and on my other blog, it’s a song that sounds perfect for fashion shows and the PV really aced on that idea.  It was pretty much at this point that the main singers would be Airi, Maimi, and Chisato and they do a pretty awesome job and mainining such power in their vocals (especially Chisato who has been climbing up the vocal ladder for quite some time, at least as far back as “Kiss me Aishiteru”.  It’s a pretty cool song from °C-ute and solid choice for this release.

14. What is LOVE?

As part of the first single released under Morning Musume ’14, What is LOVE? is a pretty big song outside of Japan being a big theme for J-MELO.  Actually, the song is MADE from the show from the fans to the fans.  What an awesome idea it was to put such an emphasis on that aspect and what came out of it was GREAT.  Yeah, it was known before Momusu had the name change and all, but What is LOVE? is a great song for the group.  Very heavy in its EDM arrangement and honestly probably the heaviest of the bunch this year.  I still do feel the ~is it necessary?~ lines from Maachan and Sayu humorous, but it’s so practical and charming that it made the song even better!  What a great track here!

15. Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko

Wait we just had a °C-ute song, now another?  5 singles that are in between this and “Kanashiki Amefuri”, Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko is been an odd song to me.  Actually, I’ve never been a fan of this one because most of the girls are singing in a higher range and it sounds REALLY weird on some members (looking at you Chisato and Nakky).  Also, the song could’ve gone to Buono! since it does have that certain pop/rock feel to it.  I don’t know, but it’s just not that great for me…not sure how the fandom enjoys it though…it didn’t get talked a LOT if I recall.

16. Ne~e?

At least this Ayaya song didn’t come from her debut, it actually came from her 3rd album, “×3”.  This one sounds so funny and has this bright atmosphere about it that makes me smile in a good way.  Considering this was during when Ayaya was still showing off that genki idol style, Ne~e? is one of the more well-known songs and it’s easy to see why.  I do like the cutesy atmosphere and add on Aya’s whispery verses…it’s just fun!  Nice choice!!!

17. Shin Nippon no Susume!

Wow, I am so happy to see this return!  Coming from S/mileage’s 2nd album, Shin Nippon no Susume! was the most extreme intro we had in a LONG time from something other than Momusu.  It starts with a grandeur fanfare that opens to a VERY deep Nyon and Meimi singing.  Then the song kicks into high gear with a speedy arrangement that sounds kind of metal before coming into the idol-friendly chorus.  Honestly, I was hoping S/mileage would have something epic and this is pretty epic!  Though, I think the winner is pretty much Meimi she owned it with every line.  The remaining members don’t seem to be as important having a couple small lines here.  Still, what a badass song, if it wasn’t for “One・Two・Three”, this would’ve perfectly been the opening song again and I’d be fine with that.

18. 1-oku 3-zenman Sou Diet Oukoku

The compilation closes out with a song that’s not even a year old yet!  Berryz’ song makes the final track and I was surprised to see something so recent make the cut!  This song is quite trippy and rambunctious for Berryz and I love it for it.  Of course it’s a track that’s a part of the EDM collection, but there’s something so futuristic about its arrangement that makes it stand out from the rest currently.  Add on the repetitive parts in the song and it just dtives the song down in people’s minds (or annoys them LOL).  Despite being the newest from the Atsumechaimashita! albums, I still love it!

Tracks Recommended

  • Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~
  • Loving you Too much
  • Shin Nippon no Susume!
  • Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo
  • One・Two・Three

Chosen by quite a few idol artists, I LOVE this volume quite a bit!  Besides Sekaiichi, BE HAPPY, and Otoko Tomodachi, this tracklist is goddamn near perfect.  I know the songs here are more from the last 5 years with a couple of oldies, but those songs are awesome tracks in their own right.  Tons of memories here and the love for the more epic songs just wowed me.  Have to give props to Oomori Yasuko, Tsuno Maisa (from Akai Kouen), and Yurina (from Jusho Futei Mushoku).  Three ladies ended up with such an awesome tracklist, this is my favorite of the Atsumechaimashita! series as of right now…let’s hope 7 and 8 is coming soon! 9/10

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REVIEW: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 3 & 4

 

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Track Listing

  1. Hana wo Puun / Kira☆Pika
  2. Suki, Suki, Kirai, Kirai, Kirai, Suki. / Minimoni
  3. Grand Demo Rouka Demo Medatsu Kimi / Berryz Koubou
  4. Zentaiteki ni Daisuki Desu. / Sheki-dol
  5. SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ / Morning Musume
  6. Ookina Ai de Motenashite / °C-ute
  7. Konnichi pa / Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi
  8. Fuwafuwafuu / Melon Kinenbi
  9. Itsuka Oozora no Shita de / Melon Kinenbi
  10. Mangetsu / Miki Fujimoto
  11. Arigatou! Otomodachi / Berryz Koubou
  12. Tsuugaku Ressha / Morning Musume
  13. FIRST KISS / Aa!
  14. Dare ni mo Iwanai de / Erina Mano
  15. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Hello! Pro Kenshuusei
  16. Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai / Berryz Koubou
  17. Yumemiru 15sai / S/mileage
  18. Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON / Maki Goto
  19. This is Unmei / Melon Kinenbi
  20. Minimoni. Dancing / Minimoni

1. Hana wo Puun

Oh god I have to listen to this song again huh?  I suppose I’m going to have to stomach through this.  As the unfortunate choice to start Vol. 3, Hana wo Puun was the leading track off of Kira☆Pika’s only single.  Being as this is Koharu and Maimai singing together, it just really made me cringe listening because it’s increasingly annoying and the vocals are just almost impossible to deal with.  I don’t know, but I quite loathe this song and disliked that this album opened with it!

2. Suki, Suki, Kirai, Kirai, Kirai, Suki.

Then we move into a Minimoni track which is in the similar vein as “Hana wo Puun”.  The song is pretty bizarre because it really throws itself into repetition with all the ~suki, kirai, yume, and mirai’s~ they throw in the song and even though all of the quartet gets solo lines, it just doesn’t fully pull me into it.  Also, it’s rather short coming at a 1:45 in length.  It’s pretty short and doesn’t leave too much of an impression.

3. Grand Demo Rouka Demo Medatsu Kimi

So I feel like the album really begins with our 3rd track which is an album song from Berryz’ “6th Otakebi Album”.  The interesting thing is is that not all of the members are singing here.  Actually, it’s only Yurina and Maasa together!  As the group’s two lower vocalists, the song they were given is actually kind of anison sounding.  It’s cute and the beat is kind of adorable.  Yes, the two ladies did sound like they were slightly struggling to work on their higher notes (especially Kumai).  I still do love that song and is one of my favorites from that album and on here as well!

4. Zentaiteki ni Daisuki Desu.

Wow, I was surprised to see that Sheki-dol would be represented as I had thought that they were a forgotten piece of history.  The song itself though is well-known for being tied to Crayon Shin-chan so it’s appearance might have been supported by that.  As the trio’s 3rd single, Zentaiteki ni Daisuki Desu. stuck to the group’s kind of PUFFY-like rock appeal.  It’s a fun and upbeat track and the trio sounds nice (I kind of like Ibuki’s voice the most, but the remaining two have their moments).  Such a shortlived group with a bright future IMO.

5. SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~

Ah finally something I really love!  As a Momusu single, SEXY BOY was a pretty strong song despite being in an awkward time of losing members and having odd sales numbers to go along with it.  I remember the great beats and the sort of parapara choreography that went with it.  I loved the fact that all of the girls got solo lines and they all sound pretty good especially Ai-chan and Mikitty who gave the best performances here.  Reina was herself and Koharu was ehhhh.  It’s really a mixed bag though.  Still, one of the cooler songs they’ve released.

6. Ookina Ai de Motenashite

I remember when I went back and listened to °C-ute’s early work, I had loved “Massara Blue Jeans” and “Soku Dakishimete” because they were showcasing a cool group with a lot of energy and dance ability.  Then came Ookina Ai de Motenashite and they hammed the cuteness up in every way.  It’s so sugary and adorable that it just overloads my ears.  This is also where we start to see some of the hierarchy between Airi and Maimi being the lead vocalists with Megumi being secondary while the remaining 5 just kind of chilling.  Still for such an early song, it’s still a pretty good song!

7. Konnichi pa

Great, I have to deal with Koharu’s voice again huh?  As a song from her second album, “Kirarin☆Land”, Konnichi pa was kind of during that bridge where Koharu was just purposely singing crappy.  This is almost “Hana wo Puun” levels of bad because I just can’t stand the voice and then a mix of pop/rock/polka?!?  Yeah, there’s some arrangement sections that just sounds like it.  Yeah, this was BAAAAAD!

8. Fuwafuwafuu

Funny, we get the B-side to “Kokuhaku Kinenbi” (since I reviewed it on one of the previous H!P Atsumechaimashita!s).  I was surprised to hear that this was pretty simple Cafe music and the arrangement just sounds very relaxing and laidback and the quartet sounds so quiet and peaceful.  Seems like Shibata and Saito got majority of the lines but Ohtani and Murata got some lengthy lines.  Being as their 2nd B-side ever, Fuwafuwafuu is really pretty and sounds oh so good!

9. Itsuka Oozora no Shita de

One of the odder choices, we get a song from one of H!P’s stageplays.  This song was from the “LOVE CENTURY” play and is sung by the Melon Kinenbi members.  As I still haven’t fully delved into H!P’s album that deal with stageplays (cept for more of the recent ones) I’m listening to this song for the first time.  It sounds like a 90s H!P song with the piano and strings with bass and the quartet sounding happy and go-lucky.  Though it seriously changes into something BABYMETAL fans would find amusing.  Darker and heavier chords and stressed vocals from the members.  It reverts back to the pop stuff and closes off at a little over 2 minutes.  Weird song to choose, but it’s an interesting one nonetheless.

10. Mangetsu

So moving onto Miki’s song, it is an album track from “MIKI 1”.  It does fit along with the selection’s happy motif.  It’s a peppy and funky disco track that kind of reminences H!P of past.  Miki’s voice sounds a lot higher than I remembered in her later days, but she is still packing a punch in this track and I enjoyed.  I like it, but not as much as other Miki songs out there, but it’s one of the better ones.

11. Arigatou! Otomodachi

Another Berryz song eh?  Luckily it actually contains all the members here!  I only seem to remember this song because it was sung by KSS member, Ayano Hamaura recently.  Otherwise this song is just plain to me.  I get the song was the ONLY new song on their first “mini-best” “Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~”.  I don’t know why but it just buzzes by me with no impact.  Though I was surprised Maasa got a solo next to Momoko, Risako, and Miyabi.  Though I will say they’d sing MUCH better if they perform it again.

12. Tsuugaku Ressha

As the B-side from “Happy Summer Wedding”, Momusu’s Tsuugaku Ressha was an interesting R&B track from the group since it seemed we were leaving their more mature arrangements to more peppy and fun A-sides so this B-side was a nice opposite.  It is weird that while the 4th Generation did exist, they were absent on this one and it was basically all of the “Koi no Dance Site” members.  The smooth nature of the song did bring out some soothing tones from all the members and I enjoyed that the pre-chorus was sung by the 2nd Generation.  Still a pretty pleasant song overall.

13. FIRST KISS

Continuing with the R&B theme, we get Aa! which were a pretty quickly made group to promote Airi, Miyabi, and Reina together for this serious track.  Yeah, the group and company got some flak because Airi and Miyabi were pretty damn young doing this and you can hear it in their voices in the song.  Besides that messy time, FIRST KISS is actually a pretty cool song, despite the vocals being so young.  I actually would’ve loved to hear the trio resing this, but that won’t happen since Reina is gone and soon is Miyabi too.  It’s still a good song though and definitely suited coming after “Tsuugaku Ressha”.

14. Dare ni mo Iwanai de

Hmmm, a ManoEri song next huh.  Being from her sophomore album, “MORE FRIENDS”, this song actually is the track placed before “Do Re Mi Fa Doushite?” (a song that I had reviewed on a previous Atsumechaimashita! album as well).  Anywho, Dare ni mo Iwanai de is a song I’m not too intrigued by.  It sounds a bit too lightweight and kind of easy listening.  The trumpets are a nice touch and ManoEri’s vocals aren’t piss poor, but the song just doesn’t go anywhere for me.

15. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa

Wow! The Kenshuusei’s song from 2013 makes the cut which is awesome because I think this is the first time we got the song in CD form!  After all the previous tracks, this one really signified more of the current state of the company with the strong EDM sound we’ve been getting.  The Kenshuusei are a pretty BIG group of girls, especially in this release and was happy that 8 of them got solos here: (Rie Kaneko, Ayano Hamaura, Kurumi Yoshihashi, Nanami Tanabe, Rena Ogawa, Fuyuka Kosuga, Kaede Kaga, and Mizuki Murota).  I just fell in love with the song and it’s just incredibly catchy and fun to listen to.

16. Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai

Wow, another Berryz song, but at least it’s one of my favorite Berryz songs.  Like “Ookina Ai de Motenashite”, Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai is the groups go to cute song.  Being the first single after Maiha’s departure, this song was so bizarre and random that most fans didn’t feel as sad because this song was so goofy but such a damn good song at the same time.  Of course this song makes me think of Momoko and for good reason as there’s a LOT of her in this track (and some from Miyabi and Risako).  This was just a great song and always makes me smile on a down day ^^

17. Yumemiru 15sai

Next up is S/mileage’s major label debut!  At that time, I really was losing interest in the group because their songs didn’t really do anything (until much later down the road).  This song was a pretty epic song for them with the dance feel and the group was slightly letting up on their kiddy atmosphere with something slightly serious.  This was also when I decided I fell in love with Sakitty.  Her voice just aced this song and her high notes were awesome.  Plus there didn’t to be an overdose of Ayacho and Yuukarin which were my least favorite vocals.  Another strong song here!

18. Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON

Good lord is this song epic.  There’s quite a many in Gocchin’s collection that can be called amazing and this song is one of them!  Maki and dance/R&B tracks always seem to catch my attention and she just had a lot of energy in this song from the vocals to the ~Ai wo KUDASAAAAAAI~.  I just always felt myself listening to this song a lot, then again, a lot of “2 Paint It Gold” was great!

19. This is Unmei

Wow, if there was a song that is perfect for H!P performances live, Melon Kinenbi’s 4th A-side, This is Unmei is WAYYYY up there.  This song is just badassery all-around showcasing a much heavier side to the girls being all punk rock and heavily energetic.  The verses being all filled with staccatos and then building into this heavy chorus is just amazing.  I even love that the members shared lines quite nicely giving us a stellar performance…So happy they performed it at the New Year’s Countdown live!

20. Minimoni. Dancing

Ending the compilation out, we get another odd track, this time from a compilation called “Together! -Tanpopo, Petit, Mini, Yuko-” which as you can guess was a collaborative best album.  Minimoni got two new tracks and this was one of them.  However, I wasn’t expecting this track to be 42 seconds long.  I kind of was surprised it just contained some counting and some quick lines here and there.  Though ~Minimoni sexy baby~ is kind of awkward coming from a group like this…odd track to end things.

Tracks Recommended

  • This is Unmei
  • Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai
  • SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
  • Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa
  • Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON

Chosen by Okite Porsche, Vol. 3 is a rather mixed bag of songs with no real motif on his decisions.  Though half the album had pretty awesome songs, the other half was pretty bad or bland choices.  I’d say the choices in the later half definitely was better than the first half at the least.  Now let’s see what the other compilations has! 6/10

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Track Listing

  1. Semi / Berryz Koubou
  2. Koi wa Hipparidako (from “2007 Sakura Mankai Berryz Koubou Live”) / Momoko Tsugunaga
  3. Pira! Otome no Negai / Petitmoni V
  4. Tokaikko Junjou / °C-ute
  5. Boogie Train ’03 / Miki Fujimoto
  6. Chocolate Damashii / Aya Matsuura
  7. Kimi no Senpou / °C-ute
  8. Ichaicha Summer / GAM
  9. Kuchizuke no Sono Ato / Morning Musume
  10. Akai Nikkichou (Goto version) / Maki Goto
  11. Yuugure / Aya Masuura
  12. AS FOR ONE DAY / Morning Musume
  13. Crazy Kanzen na Otona / °C-ute
  14. Ekizo na DISCO / Maki Goto
  15. Magic of Love / Taiyou to Ciscomoon
  16. Sabori / Berryz Koubou
  17. I WISH / Morning Musume
  18. Neru Ko wa Cute / °C-ute

1. Semi

The 4th compilation album begins with an album song from Berryz Koubou.  Coming from their debut album “1st Chou Berryz”, Semi kicks things off quite nicely.  Despite the fact the vocals are increasingly young and pitchy, it’s otherwise a nice song.  It’s a light track with some nice acoustic vibes and the energy is held back in a nice way.  Though I get this feeling like I want to hear Berryz resing this because it just sounds like the group would sound VERY pleasant.  To me, this song sounds more like something that would come at the end of the album, but whatever works.

2. Koi wa Hipparidako (from “2007 Sakura Mankai Berryz Koubou Live”)

Like “Semi”, this is also a song from their first album, but the biggest difference is that this is a live performance AND a solo one at that from Momoko.  Now, this is a little before I joined in the H!P train, so I’m guessing it’s also when Momoko’s voice was kind of getting hit and miss.  Honestly, I had to listen to the studio version beforehand so I was kind of meh originally.  Momoko actually does a solid job here and didn’t up the cutesy levels to exceeding limits, so overall it wasn’t a bad performance wow!

3. Pira! Otome no Negai

Wow, didn’t I just reviewed this song like last month?…oh wait…April >.>  Anyways a quick reminder, Petitmoni V was the revival of the awesome original group and stuck Nakky, Maimai and ManoEri as the replacements and as strange and non-fitting the group was, Petitmoni V had the energy down at the least and this song shows that.  Now I did spend some time with this song and strangely enough, it doesn’t annoy me AS much as it used to, but I still find myself annoyed at the ~pira-pira-po, pira-pira-pop~ lines and Tsunku’s voice here.  Though I could get behind everything else in this song.  It’s bouncy and the vocals from the trio aren’t as ear-piercing as they usually are.  Congrats Petitmoni V (or Tsunku’s curse) you made me interested.

4. Tokaikko Junjou

Let’s be honest, whenever someone mentions °C-ute, a lot of fans will point this song out and I can agree this song earned its place as one of the biggest songs for the group at the time.  Kicking off with a Maimi dialogue (and closer at that), Tokaikko Junjou was a more serious sounding tune for the 7-nin.  Of course I wasn’t surprised that Airi and Maimi led but even Maimai and Nakky had gotten lines while the remaining 3 just got melody lines >.>.  Still, the beat and groove of the song is epic and the chorus is catchy as hell!  It definitely ranks up their amongst the older °C-ute songs out there ^_^

5. Boogie Train ’03

Moving onto another song that was hugely popular and is a trademark for Mikitty’s solo career, I can see why it has garnered such a strong following because it’s groovy and Miki’s voice just kicked a lot of ass in this song.  I’m so surprised she was just able to give such a vibrant and bright performance.  There’s just so much that could be said about this track and honestly it deserves the compliments, one of the BEST SONGS!  Though I could’ve done without the mid-8 passage (the voice in particular & Tsunku).

6. Chocolate Damashii

I remember that this Ayaya song was actually the final single she’d release under H!P unfortunately, but I’m happy to at least report that it wasn’t a ballad or mid-tempo like her discography had turned into.  I mean it’s still lighter than her earlier releases, but I can at least keep interest all the way.  For as simple as its arrangement is, I kind of found it charming and Ayaya’s vocals are pleasant to listen to.  It’s quite nice, sad it was her final in H!P, but I’m happy it was with this song!

7. Kimi no Senpou

Oh jeeze, getting into a track from °C-ute’s “Shocking 5” album, that was I think my first H!P album review, I remember being incredibly disappointed with it and totally forgot most of the album (except the A-sides and that awesome “Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu” remix).  I wasn’t surprised that I had to come back to the album to review this song which was a song sung by only Nakky, Chisato, and Maimai.  I actually am surprised I found myself kind of enjoying it?  I mean vocally, it’s not the best but like “Pira! Otome no Negai”, the vocals aren’t a nuisance as I used to think it was.  It does lack something about it though…there’s no excitement and the vocals together, don’t show emotion perhaps.  Not the worse and I think I do enjoy it more than I did back in 2010.

8. Ichaicha Summer

So, next up is an Ayaya and Mikitty (GAM) song from their only album.  Weird placement as I would think it’d be better before “Kimi no Senpou”.  I actually totally had forgotten what this song sounded like because it was on an album full of winners.  The introduction sounds so 80s, but becomes this tropical feel with the slap bass and bongo drums.  I was also liking that Miki and Aya were singing in a more hushed tone as well.  I also found this song charming but in a more nostalgic way…I don’t know why but thinking of their “Amai Yuuwaku ~1st GAM~”, this song would SO stick out like a sore thumb.  Still a solid track at least!

9. Kuchizuke no Sono Ato

An odd choice coming up, Kuchizuke no Sono Ato hails from Momusu’s 3rd album, “3rd -LOVE Paradise- and it’s kind of like “Kimi no Senpou” with the laidback acoustic feel and yet sounds more intriguing with the lyris and such.  As this is on the heels after Goto’s addition to the group, Kuchizuke no Sono Ato is rather two dimensional, you can’t REALLY tell where the chorus is, but you know there has to be one.  At least all of the members got lines here and the softly-sung vocals were nice if not like I said 2-D, though the ending instrumentation to the fade out was the most interesting thing about the tune.  I’m not sure where I stand with this one.

10. Akai Nikkichou (Goto version)

Coming from her debut album, “Makking GOLD 1″…yeah that title tho!  Anyways, this is Maki’s self-cover of the song that was original done by Akagumi 4 (which had herself, Yuko Nakazawa, Danielle, and Miho Shinoda).  Honestly the worst thing about the original was how weak Maki sounded since she was the lead vocalist.  Coming back to this though, Maki definitely improved in every way!  She has a lot more control and power in her voice and made the right emotions happen.  Also the intro dialogue (originally done by Danielle) is omitted and wasn’t replaced unlike Yuko’s where she redid the monologue in Japanese.  Either way, this is probably my favorite iteration of Akai Nikkichou (though it cuts close with Airi and Ai-chan’s covers).

11. Yuugure

Wow! A B-side now?  Yup we get into Yuugure which is from Aya Matsuura’s 2nd single “Tropica~l Koishite~ru” and the style was a total 180 to the A-side in which this song was a lot lighter and softer sounding…almost kind of like how Chinatsu Miyoshi’s style would’ve sounded like on Ayaya.  For the most part, it’s rather smooth sailing for the entire track and Ayaya’s voice is nice, though the effect it has sounds weird to me.  Double layering maybe?  Either way, I loved the chorus the most here…that call and response and echo just sounds dreamy.  What a surprisingly nice track!

12. AS FOR ONE DAY

Ah, I remember that this was Kei Yasuda’s final single and right around the time the 6th Generation had joined but they had to sit it out (I’m sure to let Kei graduate without any shadowing.  This is a VERY underrated song in Morning Musume because it just had the prettiest sound and PV at the time.  Opening with an Aibon monologue, AS FOR ONE DAY is just a song that just amplifies the genius Tsunku had at the time because I was in love with this when I backtracked through their discography.  I LOVE this song and for all the undertones and pretty flute solos, it’s one of the best the group has ever done in my honest opinion

13. Crazy Kanzen na Otona

Wow, going more recent to 2013’s °C-ute A-side, Crazy Kanzen na Otona.  I mean it still is a pretty epic song, why it’s on this compilation kind of weirds me out as it seems to be the only heavy dance track here.  I LOVE the arrangement of course because I’m just always into Tsunku’s recent EDM craze.  Anyways, Airi…my god you rocked this song fully and didn’t she look AMAZING in the PV?  Yeah, even the other members struck a sexy pose and it was just good fun, enough to boost their popularity of course!  It’s another favorite of mine on this album, but it sure does look weird amongst the *soft* songs here…

14. Ekizo na DISCO

Well, I suppose this counts as a dance track too right?  This song has always seem to bothered me especially with the presentation.  The creepy male vocals and Maki’s OVERLY whispery vocals.  It sounds so bloody awkward to listen to that I just couldn’t take this song seriously.  I kind of wonder why Koide chose this song to be on the album…it’s just a VERY bad song and creepy as hell to listen to….icky!

15. Magic of Love

Cleaning my mouth out from that nasty taste, we get our Taiyou & Ciscomoon track (which is the group’s 5th single) and this song really surprised me with the happy tone and almost perfect feel to close a performance out with.  It just seemed perfect for the quartet to just give a lively feel.  Of course I’m always impressed by them since their vocals are just near perfect (RuRu’s though OMG ^_^).  Even today it’s enjoyed, *is reminded of Meimi’s adaptation of RuRu’s rising high note* lord is that girl talented!.  Either way, I adore this song a lot and definitely stands the test of time too…..btw…BAZINGA! LOL and that ending….that guy was a LIL overhyped and the final fanfare seemed so out of place…though how else could you end it?  A fade out? HELL NO XD

16. Sabori

Back to some more Berryz, Dai 2 Seichouki is actually an album I haven’t gotten to listen to fully quite yet besides the A-sides (and the B-sides from said singles) though it does have a lot of BIG songs from them too.  To me from the start I thought it was a Winter song because of the intro arrangement, but it’s kind of like “Semi” but with a beat and less acoustics.  I don’t know why but I really like the sound of this song, sounds so sentimental and ironically I liked Captain and Momochi’s vocals the most here since Miyabi was stressing her voice and Risako was going through her scratchy voice phase.  Overall quite nice, makes me want to listen to the album now!

17. I WISH

Ah! Morning Musume’s 9th single!  I WISH is to many a fan favorite because it was such a sentimental song and just has that happy feel and just makes you wanna hug someone.  As this was the single after Sayaka’s graduation, I WISH brought the newly appointed 4th Generation and for most fans was their first time hearing everyone.  Well, to be frank it was a Gocchin/4th Gen show (with one solo from Marippe).  The rest of the members were straight into the back and it shocked me to be honest.  Still, this is a pretty big song and another I tend to come back to every so often (yeah and let’s not talk about the updated version) that’s for a future review to be honest.

18. Neru Ko wa Cute

The final song is actually the first time this has been recorded for an album of sorts.  If you don’t know Neru Ko wa Cute is from a 2007 stageplay of theirs, “Gekidan Gekiharo Dai 2 Kai Kouen “Neru Ko wa °C-ute””.  Now I personally have not watched stageplays before 2011 so this came as a total surprise that Koide would go out of his way to include such an outside song.  It kind of sounds like a game show mixed with Mario Kart 64 XD.  Vocally, this is kind of back then when they weren’t the strongest so they kind of just hung back.  Add on they’re singing in unison, so it really doesn’t stick out to me.  Interesting inclusion, but not an exciting song.

Tracks Recommended

  1. AS FOR ONE DAY
  2. Akai Nikkichou (Goto version)
  3. Crazy Kanzen na Otona
  4. Boogie Train ’03
  5. Sabori

Vol. 4 chosen by Yusuke Koide, I kind of wasn’t surprised that majority of his selection was light and relaxing, even though there were some surprises (Crazy Kanzen na Otona pops up in my mind first).  I would say this turned out a lot better than I thought it would have since I hadn’t heard some of these tracks until now.  Compared to the 3rd, I felt less annoyed (though Ekizo na DISCO was a poor choice all-around).  Good choice! 7/10

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