Three releases today, a DVD of H!P’s latest concert, a DVD of Mano Erina’s drama and the Single V for Morning Musume’s 41st single:
Hello! Project 2009 Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Chanpuru~: Hello! Project’s new concert tour featuring Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, C-ute, Mano Erina, S/mileage, Ice Creamusume and the new shuffle groups Aa!, High-King, Pucchimoni V, Tanpopo #, Zoku Biyuuden, Shin Minimoni and ZYX-Alpha.
The concert consists mainly of the many groups performing their latest singles, for example Berryz Koubou singing “Seishun Bus Guide” and C-ute singing “EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!”. Since the highlights of the concert were the new songs of the shuffle groups I will concentrate on them more.
This concert was the first performance of the three new shuffle songs: “Pira! Otome no Negai” （Pucchimoni V),” Umbrella” （Tanpopo #), and “Yume to Genjitsu” (Aa!）. “Yume to Genjistu” has a familiar Aa! sound to it, so fans of the group won’t be disappointed. Saho Akari did an incredible job of performing as part of Aa! and I hope we get to see another performance of the song on the next H!P tour.
“Umbrella”, like “Yume to Genjitsu”, has the group feeling to it since it is somewhat of an upbeat ballad. Kamei, Kumai, Mitsui and Chisato did a great job of singing the songs, and they really keep the spirit of Tanpopo alive with the song.
The new Pucchimoni V song “Pira! Otome no Negai” was one of the best songs I heard from the shuffle groups, and I have to admit that even though the song sounds extremely hard to perform well Mano and Nakajima did an excellent job (Maimai was sick on the last day and wasn’t present). The dance is active and the song is upbeat and easy to remember (The “Para-Para-Pi” and the “Para-Para-Po’s” are still stuck in my head), and the performance stands out among the others because of that.
Overall I was impressed with the amount of groups that performed, there is certainly something there for all fans since their was a mix of upbeat happy songs and slow ballads which help to make the concert stand out. Even though the cover isn’t the best I recommend the DVD for anyone who can get it since the performances are great and the girls gave it their best.
Mano Erina – Koisuru Seiza Web Drama (DVD): Mano Erina’s DVD for her internet drama which features small stories about a girl (usually different in each episode) played by Mano in some sort of love situation (basically a normal drama).
I have only seen one episode of the series and even though my view of the drama isn’t that complete I have to admit that the series turned out great. Mano is a great actress and even though the stories are short she manages to give the viewer an incredible performance.
Overall a great start for Mano to practice her acting, and highly recommendable to Mano fans who wish to see her act.
Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess (Single V): Morning Musume’s Single V for their 41st single “Kimagure Princess”. The Single V features the normal PV, a “Green Dance” Ver and the Making Of (since I haven’t seen the Making Of I won’t review it since I don’t have a good idea of what is in it).
The normal PV is among the best made I have seen in a while, mostly because of the different shots and the location which fit the song’s mood. All of the members who usually don’t appear that much (Lin Lin, Jun Jun, and Mitsui) get more chances to be on screen, and Kamei got almost as much time as Ai-chan which is great news for her fans.
The location of the PV is in a church called “La Foresta di Magnifica” which is dimly lit and has the girls dancing in the middle of a hallway. Most of the close-up’s feature the girls in front of a silk fabric which fits the feeling of the song well, and for the most part the shots fit in well with the song (the only one that didn’t was the one where the girls drew a circle of fire around themselves). For the most part the PV was great because it features decent screen time for all of the girls and great shots.
Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess (Green Dance version)
The “Green Dance” version is basically the girls dancing individually in front of a green screen where the shots are rapidly changed so as to make the girls seem like they are dancing the same moves. For the most part the PV was great since it lets us see the entire dance with only one girl at a time, and I really liked the way they tried to make the girls look like they were dancing the same way, the main word being tried because the girls dance on opposite sides on some parts and it doesn’t match that well with some parts (Sayu’s bunny hop to the center around 2:26 was really cute but sort of distracted from the center shots).
Overall the Single V turned out great, it includes the normal PV which is fantastic on its own and it also includes a “Green Dance” version and a Making Of which make for a complete DVD for fans who liked the single. Even though the normal and the Green Dance versions of the PV might have their small faults (difference in choreography position when trying to make it look like they are dancing the same moves in the same place, somewhat bad fire effects, etc) the they turned out great and I highly recommend them to fans who liked the single.
The next release date is set for 11/11 with Berryz Koubou’s latest single “Ryuusei Boy/ Watashi no Mirai no Danna-Sama”, Abe Natsumi’s DVD for her latest tour and HANGRY&ANGRY’s latest album “Sadistic Dance”.