Permit me a small freak-out post, even though you and I both know that everything is going to be fine.
I suppose ‘evolution’ is the word I want. But this is starting to be more than I can handle. I’m not trying to pick on AKB (although I suspect it will come across that way), but that is not a format I want for H!P. It’s not what H!P is. If H!P becomes a giant, unstable idol factory in which every group can just be shuffled at will and auditions don’t mean anything and groups that have worked hard get unceremoniously split up or the group name just suddenly disappears-
Let me explain a bit less dramatically.
Continue reading “H!P (de)Evolves Yet Again: The Other ‘Half of it’”
We’re back everybody (and once again, I’m absurdly behind in my reviews)! After a brief and glorious respite from the heavy formation choreography and the blatant pushing of an Ace member – it’s all made a comeback in Brand New Morning, Momusu’s declaration of war on 2017.
Ok, well it’s actually not a war declaration. It’s an uplifting song about moving forward in confusing times and using all your power for good and so forth; it’s the usual morning fare with perhaps a whiff of politics (although to say this song is about Trump seems stupid to me). But this is a BRAND NEW morning (get it?) and we have two fabulous new members to shake things up.
Continue reading “Brand New Ace Formation”
So let’s do the last-minute-a-couple-days-till-the-year-ends reviews! This triple-a side is another one of those record-making, number-one-at-least-for-a-day singles. I am not very surprised. Minus Sou ja Nai, which for me is the weakest, it’s an incredibly strong single.
Sexy Cat Story was the first pv to be released and with such a ridiculous name I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, I expected kitty-ears of course, but not much else. I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, the pv actually has some direction this time! I’ve been waiting to see that since 2015’s Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru.
I just thank my lucky stars that Winky isn’t here anymore.
Continue reading “The Sexy-Cats have Spoken.”
I want you to know I really tried.
I started capping for this pretty early, when the first pv hit. Then came The Vision and then FINALLY our Zukki center (sorta). As always, time got away from me and I wasn’t able to even gather my thoughts before the three pvs were out and the single had already been released. And then time zoomed along even faster and now Zukki has already graduated.
*sigh* I’m so old now.
I think this is a particularly interesting triple-a, because unlike the last three times, it feels like the three singles come from three different times in Momusu history. Allow me to explain…
Continue reading “Momusu’s Vision in a Corner of Tokyo…on SATURDAY NIGHT!”
[POST DATE: So here is another one that I wrote way back in 2014…and never finished. I can’t remember where I was going with it, but since it’s long enough that deleting it would be a waste, I’m going to give you what I had already. Then, just like the previous ‘Lost Post’ we’ll wrap up with a pic spam. I apologize that this is now a year or so late.]
Momusu is back in commercials, ladies and gents. And the result is catchy, catchy stuff. I don’t actually mind the fact that this song was written so that they could sell cell phones (or cell phone plans…whatever). In fact, I’d actually love a compilation of all their commercial jingles. There was this song they did for an iced tea commercial back in 2001 that I really loved…
I’m getting off-topic. Since that sort of compilation is impossible, I can at least be content with this catchy piece of work. The single, along with the other A-side (that’s a different post) has already achieved another number one for our girls AND a new record for the group: 5 consecutive number ones on Oricon weekly single ranking. That has never happened in the history of the group before. First week sales?
Continue reading “The Lost Posts: 2014 Password is Catchy!”
[JAN 29, 2016: So here we are in 2016 and I never finished this post. I capped the hell out of this pv and I had basically the entire entry done, but I just never got around to finishing. It would be a waste to scrap it, so I decided to finish it now. I started it before Tsunku’s revelation about his vocal chords and before we knew he’d stopped producing, so bear that in mind while reading. I apologize for being so late.]
This is the last of our triple-a side pvs. This is also the only song that wasn’t penned by Tsunku. It’s becoming a thing for each group to have three singles in one and while it’s unusual for anyone else to write for Momusu, it seems like something we can expect now.
This would be the song that doesn’t sound precisely like a Momusu song. Maybe that’s why it isn’t really my favourite of the three.
Continue reading “The Lost Posts: 2015 Like a Waterfowl…yes.”
I know I didn’t post much this year…again. And I apologize for that. Real life took up a lot of time and a game series called Dynasty Warriors (full disclosure). Plus the excessive amount of triple-a-sides for every group, every release, overwhelmed me a little. There’s still a forth-coming post about Imasugu Tobikumo Yuuki…
Anyway, usually at the end of the year I post about everything that I liked , or interesting things I saw during the year around H!P. It’s an Itsumo Genki tradition and even if no one reads this anymore, I still feel I have to write one or the year can’t really end.
I’ve gotten more and more sick of my own format though. Especially since I don’t post as often anymore, it doesn’t make sense to really call it a review of the year. I can’t think of much of anything that I covered, except, of course, for Momusu. So, let’s keep the title, for old times sake.
Here is what I loved and didn’t love in 2015.
(Just a heads up: I have nothing to say about C-ute or Country Girls, for various reasons, none of which mean that I hate them. I didn’t invest much time in C-ute and Country Musume has yet to bleep my radar. Plus, Momo still frightens me.)
Continue reading “In Which Isilie Reviews 2015: Triple-A-Sides all around!”
This, ladies and gents, was the pv I was waiting for because the preview and the teaser pv in Hello!Station were tantalizing.
And I’m not just talking about all that tummeh.
I. LOVE. This. Song.
Continue reading “Skirt? Ah, Sukatto my Heart!”
This, ladies and gents, is what I’m talking about. Forgive me for being so damn late about it.
At the start of the year our new leaders, Fuku-hime and Sub-leader
Derp Iikubo appeared on a Fuji TV program called, ‘Big Chance’. Three directors used the song Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke to create three separate and completely different pvs for an opportunity to direct a pv in the future. It’s a really cool idea, a great (aptly named) chance for the aspiring directors and another way for Momusu to remind people that they’re still making music.
The winner? Shibue Shuuhei, for this. I’d describe it as almost Momoiro Clover Z-level crack-tastic. There’s a sort of frenzied humour to it. There’s still the close-ups and dance-shots you’d expect, but you’re not sure where it’s going until it explodes and that made it a joy to watch.
There is also a refreshing blue version (Sugiyama Hiroki’s), in which everyone looks muted and beautiful in the cloudless sunshine; and there is my favourite, the rain-soaked, sexy, black-and-white awesome of this one (Konno Emi). I think the reason Shibue’s version won is not only because of the creativity involved, but because it wasn’t just relying on the dance or the girls being pretty. It let the girls do something; it allowed an H!P song to have a concept.
Also: Zukki is there. She lives!
That’s one of many reasons I consider this to be the real pv.
Continue reading “Ah, the Transition Phase: Shibue Shuuhei Gives us the Real Seishun PV”
I have a theory about the singles that come directly after a massive group change, like say, the exit of a long-time veteran (CHAYUUUUUU!!) and the entrance of newbies finding their feet. Remember singles like Only you? Onna ni Medatte Naze Ikanai? Chokkan 2? Onna ni Sachi Are?
Of course you don’t. Why? Because, despite some of them being favourites of mine (I liked Platinum Gen, ok?), they weren’t really that memorable. Not bad singles, necessarily, but not stand-out, this-is-the-beginning-of-something singles like One Two Three, or Resonant Blue.
Whenever this group changes in a major sense, we get at least one or two singles in which Tsunku/the company tries to figure out how to incorporate the
squeaky new kids into an existing formula, or maybe throws something new into the mix. Obviously your mileage may vary on how memorable these singles are but for me these are the kinds of singles I forget exist. It’s not like it’s unpleasant to rediscover them, but I wouldn’t necessarily think of them when I’m thinking about Morning Musume singles of note.
In 58 singles there are going to be a few duds. I don’t hate any of Momusu’s singles, but even I can admit that a few seem lacking in some way. It’s like they’re teetering on the edge of being good, but something is off, whether it’s the jarring absence of a member you loved, or the awkwardness of new members figuring out how to lip-synch. And this is how I feel about this triple-A side.
Continue reading “Ah, the Transition Phase: Momusu 15’s Triple A-side is all Business”