8 releases today, C-ute’s Alo Hello DVD and PB, two Yorosen DVD’s, and 4 versions of Morning Musume’s 41st single:
C-ute – Alo-Hello!: C-ute’s first Alo-Hello and the first DVD to not include Erika since her graduation. It was kind of surprising to see that the youngest H!P Kids group would be the one to appear in a bikini on both the cover and the DVD, since Berryz Koubou also had an Alo-Hello but spent most of the time in shorts and shirts.
The DVD cover kind of echoes the Berryz Koubou cover since it features them in casual summer clothes smiling at the camera, and the logo is big and easily noticeable so fans of the group will have no trouble looking for the DVD. The PB cover is straight and simple – C-ute in a 5-nin formation in bikini while smiling at the camera, and for the most part this looks great.
A subbing group is probably hard at work on subbing this DVD so hopefully that will be up soon. Meanwhile I will base my idea of the DVD on the preview which was released some days ago, and since it is just an overview I will probably change my mind when I see the video for myself. For the most part it was really interesting to see C-ute acting naturally while playing in the water and having competitions, the only small problem I could have is that there is no sign of a theme.
Like most Alo-Hello’s there is a section where the members will have to buy gifts for the viewers and using their somewhat low English skills they manage to do so, and in my opinion this is probably one of the best parts of the DVD, among others.
The PB that will also be sold today features pictures from the trip with all of the members in bikini’s, so if you are a fan of Chisato or Nakky and you wanted them to have a PB, then this might be the closest it can get for now:
For the most part I was impressed at how the PB came out, and even though I’m not a big fan of Nakky or Chisa (I like them, but not as much as other members) I have to agree with the many requests for a PB for them.
Overall I would recommend it greatly for fans of C-ute since it is their first Alo-Hello after all, and from what I have seen they have done a great job.
Yorosen! Vol 3 &4: Hello! Project’s program which features one member from Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, or C-ute teaching the others about a particular subject for a week (5 5-min episodes).
From what I have seen there are three lessons on each DVD plus a special movie, so you are getting your money’s worth when you buy the DVD.
I would probably recommend it to fans who haven’t seen the series, since it features the episodes in the best way possible, no commercial and no cuts to find the following lesson for a particular member.
Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess: Morning Musume’s 41st single, debuted on the Oricon in 3rd place. Tsunku decided to try a slightly more upbeat sound but still keep the new grown up image of Morning Musume in the song, and Kimagure Princess was the result.
The song is similar to Kusumi’s Balalaika, but it features more grown up lyrics, and for the most part it was a great change from their current grown up ballad sound, which might explain the somewhat low sales for the first day sales (coupled with the fact that there wasn’t that much promotion since there was a concert tour). The PV was amazing since it featured enough solo time for all of the members and a great location which suited the song well.
The B-side is also an upbeat ballad, but this time instead of “Balalaika” instruments it has techno sounds, which make for a unique song. I will review it more in depth in a review I’m doing, but for now I have to admit I really liked the single.
Overall I would recommend it to fans of Morning Musume fans, mostly because it is Koha’s last single and because it is an amazing song with an amazing PV. Hopefully the single sells constantly well during the following weeks with the promotion the girls have ahead of them (Music Fighter, Music Japan, etc).
Next release date is 11/4 with the DVD for Hello! Project’s “~Hello! Chanpuru~ ” concert tour, Mano Erina’s drama series in DVD and the Single V for Morning Musume’s “Kimagure Princess”.