Time to list off some recent GETS!!! rapid-fire style.
There are times when I feel like certain singles were made just for me and this is one of those times. This is without a doubt my favorite Hello! Project release of the year. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku is a killer song that will certainly appeal to Morning Musume fans of the Platinum 9 era or any lovers of 12, Smart and 7 Berryz Times. It’s a privilege to hear Sugaya Risako and Tanaka Reina as lead vocals in the same song, as it is to see relative newcomer Sayashi Riho lead the dance formation in the music video. The coupling song Kacchoii Uta is upbeat, a nice contrast to Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku and comes in five flavors, one for each part of Mobekimasu. The second coupling song Moshimo… also allows some of the usually less featured members of H!P to shine. This release is an allround succes.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I had ordered Wakeshima Kanon’s two albums and I certainly didn’t end up dissapointed. These albums sound best when listened to in their entirety, without skipping tracks, something which is a rare thing these days. I’ve become quite the Wakeshima Kanon fan. Her most unique voice as well as supreme cello performances make these two albums a great purchase.
Next up we have Kitahara Sayaka’s second single Kanari Junjou.
While not too many people follow her, I’ve taken a liking to her work. This single, like the one before it, is once again a theme song of the Inuzama Eleven Go anime so it retains the same style as her debut single. If you didn’t like that one, you probably won’t enjoy this one either but I just love it and I hope she will be able to keep releasing songs in the future.
Following Kanari Junjou we have Aiyai Aiyai! by Tokito Ami.
I mentioned Tokito Ami in one of my posts back in March. She’s an often forgotten member of the “Tsunku♂-family” and that’s a shame really. I find that Tsunku♂ did some of his best work on her singles. Her gravure is top notch as well. From what I’ve heard she’s still keeping busy these days, MC’ing various events and releasing DVD’s.
While the main song Roudou Sanka is very decent and the second coupling song BIONIC CHERRY on the Regular Edition is nothing to scoff at, the real star of this release is Santa-san. Momoiro Clover Z show us their take on Christmas in the typical Momoclo way. It’s fun, it’s hyper and downright weird, filled with small gags and references that will certainly appeal to long time fans. By the time Christmas does come around, I’m pretty sure I still won’t be bored of this song.
Finally we have the 2011 Hello!Project Summer concert DVD’s, Wow Wow and Yeah Yeah.
I haven’t watched these DVD’s in full yet but I have skimmed through them and watched some of the good bits. The Bekimasu performance of Makeruna Wasshoi is fun on both DVD’s, the various new singles at the time of recording are performed expertly and the bug outfits are just so fun to see in action. These DVD’s also feature a lot more interaction between the girls and Sharan Q’s Makoto, our trusty H!P MC. Let me take this moment to thank the man. Where would we be without trusty Makoto at these concerts? He’s the one that glues it all together, the straightman in a whirlwind of sound and light.
This was also of course the concert tour where the S/mileage submembers were announced. While the Wow Wow DVD has a small MC featuring the new members, the Yeah Yeah DVD has the full blown announcement and it is very enjoyable to watch. Its starts off with a Tsunku♂ version of Uchouten LOVE playing, the S/mileage girls freaking out and some of the Eggs giggling like mad. When the man himself steps on stage full of confidence, crowd chanting along and well aware that every eye is on him I just started smiling. Think what you will of him, but the man knows how to make an entrance.
All of the above items can be purchased on CDJapan (see list below), and I for one am very glad I did so.