- Hana wo Puun / Kira☆Pika
- Suki, Suki, Kirai, Kirai, Kirai, Suki. / Minimoni
- Grand Demo Rouka Demo Medatsu Kimi / Berryz Koubou
- Zentaiteki ni Daisuki Desu. / Sheki-dol
- SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ / Morning Musume
- Ookina Ai de Motenashite / °C-ute
- Konnichi pa / Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi
- Fuwafuwafuu / Melon Kinenbi
- Itsuka Oozora no Shita de / Melon Kinenbi
- Mangetsu / Miki Fujimoto
- Arigatou! Otomodachi / Berryz Koubou
- Tsuugaku Ressha / Morning Musume
- FIRST KISS / Aa!
- Dare ni mo Iwanai de / Erina Mano
- Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Hello! Pro Kenshuusei
- Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai / Berryz Koubou
- Yumemiru 15sai / S/mileage
- Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON / Maki Goto
- This is Unmei / Melon Kinenbi
- 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!
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.
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.
- 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
- Semi / Berryz Koubou
- Koi wa Hipparidako (from “2007 Sakura Mankai Berryz Koubou Live”) / Momoko Tsugunaga
- Pira! Otome no Negai / Petitmoni V
- Tokaikko Junjou / °C-ute
- Boogie Train ’03 / Miki Fujimoto
- Chocolate Damashii / Aya Matsuura
- Kimi no Senpou / °C-ute
- Ichaicha Summer / GAM
- Kuchizuke no Sono Ato / Morning Musume
- Akai Nikkichou (Goto version) / Maki Goto
- Yuugure / Aya Masuura
- AS FOR ONE DAY / Morning Musume
- Crazy Kanzen na Otona / °C-ute
- Ekizo na DISCO / Maki Goto
- Magic of Love / Taiyou to Ciscomoon
- Sabori / Berryz Koubou
- I WISH / Morning Musume
- Neru Ko wa Cute / °C-ute
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).
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 😄
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.
- AS FOR ONE DAY
- Akai Nikkichou (Goto version)
- Crazy Kanzen na Otona
- Boogie Train ’03
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