Morning Musume’s 45th single, currently untitled, has been announced.
There will be 5 versions: Regular, Limited A (+DVD), Limited B (+DVD), Limited C (+DVD), and Limited D (+DVD).
I’m really excited to see that the 45th single has finally been announced since this will be the 9th generation’s first single and the first single without Kamei, Jun, and Lin, and while we haven’t heard a preview or a title I am curious to see what kind of lineup and singers we will get to see this time (hopefully the 9th generation isn’t pushed to the back as chorus and we get to see something similar to Shabondama where a new member was moved to the main singers).
When I saw that there were going to be 5 editions for the single I was really impressed since that means that UFA predicts it will sell a bit more than usual, and while we will have to see what happens I hope we get to see that happen with the help of some unique promotion for the single and the new members along with the usual TV performances, radio shows, and magazine appearances.
Since this release will be the first for the 9th generation it will be interesting to see what kind of theme they use since the age difference between the newest generation and the rest of the group should be an interesting twist to their recent releases, although we will have to wait and see to find out what Tsunku has in mind.
Like most past releases fans will expect to hear an amazing single and realistically there will be some who expect the new generation to sing equal than or better than Kamei, Jun, and Lin and nothing less (although the usual “I want the new single to sound like my favorite single with my favorite member as main” will most likely happen as well), so hopefully UFA knows that expectations for this single are a bit higher than usual.
From what I have seen in the 9th generation there are many talented voices and dancers, so hopefully we get to see them sing a few lines and dance in the front a few times so that fans can get a good idea of what they are capable of doing.
A preview should be released soon (most likely near mid-February) so hopefully the song manages to show off everyone’s talent and has a great sound.
The release date is set for 3/23.