It seemed so soon to have done shuffle units a short time after H.P. All Stars because well…it was way too soon lmao. Though unlike the past shuffles, 2005 marked a pretty big change where not all of the members were going to be involved!
Elegies – Inshouha Renoir no You ni
L to R: Ayumi Shibata, Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka, Mai Satoda
It’s pretty interesting that Tsunku actually only made Elegies by the only shuffle unit to get a dance track, but for that…Inshouha Renoir no You ni is probably one of my favorite songs from H!P! The best thing is that the line distribution is pretty equal (but then again these 4 were the faces of active H!P so it really made sense to just give everyone lines.
The PV we got for it though we quite a cool take on the typical H!P shot. I mean I love the fact they used picture frames as like a motif for the PV and really the ladies’ choreography really had a certain posing flair about it that would work in such a setting. Plus, wow Shibata looked AMAZING in the PV.
Sexy Otonajan – Onna, Kanashii, Otona
L to R: Megumi Murakami, Miki Fujimoto, Miyabi Natsuyaki
When I first saw Sexy Otonajan, I was shocked that they chose Megumi and Miyabi (as they were pretty young for such a song) but was quite alright with Mikitty. Their song, Onna, Kanashii, Otona was a pretty slick and VERY smooth of a song for such content. To be honest, Miki really stood out in the song with her deeper vocals and overall tone. Though I will say that Megumi was a close second because she was showing TONS of potential in this track. Very subtle and pretty song.
The video itself is quite fancy and a bit sexy so it makes it slightly uncomfortable, but the song is still quite soothing and Miki and Megumi just look perfect for the PV. Miyabi today would look amazing in this PV, but she herself at that time…meh. It’s just a really vanity-heavy PV hahaha
Puripuri Pink – Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
L to R: Kei Yasuda, Kaori Iida, Yuko Nakazawa, Atsuko Inaba
The last shuffle unit, Puripuri Pink was an interesting selection because it has members of the early years (surprised to see Kei, Yuko, and Atsuko together) LOL. Their song Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki stood out amongst the shuffles because it’s sung entirely in unison and is a straight-up ballad. I mean it was really a song to show how close the four are and I thought they blended nicely together!
The PV just seem to add more of a reason to show how close these four are. They are all dressed in kimonos and lighting sparklers and just having a nice time together. It’s a simple PV and while it’s not as engaging as the other two, it was a pretty nice PV and song overall
Ranking: Inshouha Renoir no You ni ——–> Onna, Kanashii, Otona ——–> Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Who’s New?: No one xD
Who Didn’t Participate: Way too many to name off xD
Overall: I feel like that since this was the last Shuffle Unit (well sort of), I felt that 2005’s did have great songs but the fact that SO many members of H!P weren’t involved was just a tad unusual. Elegies looked perfect with its members for sure, Sexy Otonajan while MAJORLY jailbait…had a pretty good song (plus it seemed recently The Wolverine used the song in the movie) lol and Puripuri Pink had a nice unified track. I mean this might have been the most solid set of shuffles lol.