Any single item in this write-up could merit a post of its own. Unfortunately I find myself lacking the available time to do so and am forced to smash these all together. Rare is the person whose time for leisure is able to coincide with his or hers real-life obligations. Alas, such is life. But let’s not dwell on that.
2011 has certainly been a great year for Kikkawa Yuu. A major debut, a movie, a regular spot on a television show and two (soon to be three) great singles. Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ certainly fits into her image of B-side queen. Although I personally do find this A-side to be more enjoyable than her first effort, the real fun lies in the different coupling songs included on the various editions of this single. I chose the Limited D which includes the song Sweetie, a nice upbeat song with a very fun instrumental. I have to add that Kikkawa (like you would expect from any H!P graduate) sounds infinitely better live than in studio, a feat which in today’s world becomes rarer by the day.
Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~ is one of those singles (like AS FOR ONE DAY) that never got included on any of the Morning Musume albums (not counting best-of’s or remixes of course) and as such constituted a gap in my Morning Musume discography. Of course it technically did appear on their sixth album as this single is famed for having it’s original A-side bumped to B-side status after poor preview performances so an updated version of the sixth album song Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Koi wa~ was chosen instead. Remake or not, it’s still one hell of a song that is extremely enjoyable when performed live in concert.
Finally we have the Single V for Morning Musume’s most recent single, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!
I’m usually not someone who buys Single V’s which are basically the music video to a single sold on a DVD alongside an additional version of that music video and a making of. I decided to make an exception for this single, partly because I had already purchased every other version but mostly because this Single V is actually worth purchasing. The double length music video is the best H!P music video of 2011 so far and the making of actually runs for over an hour and includes messages from the other group members to their graduating leader. Certainly worth the purchase.
All of the products above are available on CDJapan. The music video for Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai! is also available on iTunes in two parts. Former leader Takahashi Ai’s bonus music video is also available. Do check them out.