- C-ute – Bye Bye Bye! (Single)
- C-ute – Bye Bye Bye! (Single+DVD) (Limited Edition)
- Hello! Project – Winter 2009 HaroPro Award 09 Elder Club Graduation special concert DVD (DVD)
Three releases today, a single+ its limited version, and the long awaited Graduation DVD from the Elder Club, so let’s start!
Cute – Bye Bye Bye!, a lively song with a slight 80’s feel to it and C-ute’s 8th single (not including the indies releases), the single does not include Kanna Arihara because of an operation she had to underwent, which also caused her absence from the tour for the single (sounds all professional right?). The song is great, although it features an overload of Yajima and Airi, with some Mai, I would have liked to see more fair distribution of the lyrics, but maybe next single.
The PV for the single was a slight disappointment, the choreography was very dull and simple (the sign in the background has better choreography), the one good thing is that it will be easier for wotas to memorize the dance for the concerts. I would have liked to see some more effort, but maybe next single we will get a better PV, they are really stepping up by adding more scenes and making a real effort. I would recommend this single for all Hello! Project fans, it is a great release and I really think that they just needed a better PV with better choreography.
Winter 2009 HaroPro Award 09 Elder Club Graduation special concert DVD, this is a big release for many fans because of the quantity of people who graduated, the biggest in Hello!Project history (up to now). I wouldn’t say I am particularly excited for this release because I became a fan during the younger generations (sometime during JunJun and LinLin’s first years, more specifically November 2007), not during the golden age like many fans on the forums and fan sites.
The DVD features the Elder Club, which is almost all of Hello! Project who made it into what it is today, and their graduation from the label Hello! Project to remove the idol status they had (and to not drag them down and keep them active). The concert featured them singing a lot of the songs that are classics, such as Love Machine, Yeah! Meccha Holiday, and All For One and One For All, which was also the closing song for the concert.
I would recommend it for all of the fans of both the younger and older generations, mainly because they could see everyone together for the last time on stage, and because the classic songs many of us know and love are sung by the original generations (except Goto Maki, Kago Ai, and some few others, for obvious reasons).
It was a particularly good day of releases, next release will be of the Single V for C-ute’s new single, Bye Bye Bye, so please look forward to it.