Two weeks ago, Morning Musume released “Renai Hunter”, their 49th single. It did rather well on the Oricon chart, managing to snag the number 3 spot for the first week of its release. It also had a very decent second week and is currently sitting at just under 47000 copies sold. What’s more, the release of the single officially established Morning Musume as the group with the most consecutive top 10 Oricon singles under its belt, surpassing Ayumi Hamasaki. Graduating leader Niigaki Risa couldn’t have asked for a better sendoff.
Although that’s all fine and well, “Renai Hunter” is not the subject of this post. Instead, let us turn our eye to an often overlooked part of any Hello!-Project single release: the Single V.
There are various reasons why these get overlooked. For one they are released a week after the actual single. It’s also the case that in the age of official Youtube channels, the market for selling a music video on a DVD has greatly decreased. The making-of video or potential alternate versions of the MV are rarely reason enough for people to go out and spend the money on them. This is reflected in their sales numbers as Single V’s usually sell but a fraction of the amount of copies the actual single will sell. Sometimes though, the Single V really is worth getting. One example of that would be the Single V for Morning Musume’s 47th single where the making-of video turned out to be essentially an hour long backstage documentary. While Renai Hunter’s Single V doesn’t have that, it does come with something fans have been waiting quite some time for. That something being the live performance of “Suki da na Kima ga” by Michishige Sayumi and Fukumura Mizuki during the 2011 Ai Believe concert tour.
This is a performance that has been greatly anticipated. For some reason, be it commercial or technical, it was omitted from the Ai Believe concert DVD. Indeed, its absence was like a gaping hole in what was otherwise a great concert. In any case, at least it’s finally been released and what a wonderfully cute performance it turned out to be. “Suki da na Kima ga” was one of the more unique tracks on Morning Musume’s 12, Smart album. Seemingly influenced by Nakata Yasutaka, this bundle of electronic kawaii adds a bit of Perfume to the usual H!P-mix. It’s quite enjoyable to watch and the choice of girls for this song couldn’t have been better. With any luck we may see a repeat performance as the song has been already performed in the most recent Ultra Smart tour which will conclude at Nippon Budokan next month. Hopefully this time, we won’t have to wait for months and it will be included in the setlist for the DVD or at least as a Blu-ray extra.
In any case, the Single V to “Renai Hunter” is available on CDJapan. Check it out. This Single V is definitely worth the money.