The title for Morning Musume’s 12th album has been revealed to be 12 Kakusan Kibou! (Eng: 12 Spread Hope!).
At first glance I really like how the title sounds since it has an inspirational sound to it and while it might not follow the theme of out-of-the-ordinary titles with puns that we are used to seeing like 10 MY ME, it is still a great title for the release since it seems like a nice message to everyone in Japan (although the “12” sounds a bit out of place).
We haven’t seen many references to what we can expect to see from this album so for now we don’t know what to expect, but they have had impressive themes for their past releases, like the edgier and more youthful sound in 10 MY ME or the fantasy themed Fantasy! Juuichi so I am really looking forward to finding out what kind of outfits or songs this album could have since the title doesn’t give us that many hints.
We still have to wait for an official confirmation from H!P about the title, but for now the title sounds pretty good due to its inspirational meaning, although hopefully the outfits or theme of the album fit the meaning a bit more.
The release date is set for 10/12.
EDIT: It seems that there is a pun in the title:
12 = じゅうに = じゆうに = 自由に
(12) 拡散希望! = 自由に拡散希望!
12=Juuni=Jiyuuni= Jiyuu ni
(12) Kakusan Kibou = Jyuu ni Kakusan Kibou
It seems that the twelve (Juuni) can be read as Jiyuu ni (freely), making the title Jiyuu ni Kakusan Kibou! or in other words Spread Hope Freely!, which continues the long and interesting trend of creative puns in album titles.
Thanks to Celedam @ Jplop for the explanation, and to lovemusic for posting the Kanji!