Hello! Project Music 2010 – Part 1: Morning Musume

* Please note that, when I talk about fans’ reactions, I only have a very general idea; I’m not one to frequent forums or anything like that, so I’m only guessing by what I have seen. Also, my favorite tracks are not in any sort of order (as in I like the first one listed more than the one after it, etc.). (^_^”)

Morning Musume stumbled a bit in the beginning of the year with “Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai,” which only reached #5 on Oricon with 36,169 sales for the week. The coupling track, “Nakidasu Kamo Shiranai yo,” had the same mature sort of feel that we’ve been seeing so much of lately.
Their second single of the year, “Seishun Collection,” seems to have had a love-it-or-hate-it effect with fans; it succeeded in reaching number 3 for the week. “Tomo,” which was used as the theme song for the 2010 Japan Expo in Paris, is a sweet song with “Aruiteru”-esque “na na na”s at the end.
While not technically a Morning Musume single, “Appare Kaitenzushi!” had quite an impact on fans when it was thought the be the last single for graduating members Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin. After this was disproved, though, fans seemed to warm up to “the sushi song” a bit more. The coupling track, “Kura Sushi Bikkurapon!,” is a very fun, but very short, ska-type song.
“Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game,” the final MoMusu single of the year, and the last for the graduating members, seemed to be better received than their first two singles of the year, though I did notice some general displeasure with the lack of singing/screen time for Kamei, Junjun, and Linlin (especially the latter two). Many loved the album version, which included an orchestral opening, longer pauses, and an added guitar during the instrumental break. “Aisaresugiru Koto wa Nai no yo” is a great, danceable song that is definitely my favorite of this year’s coupling tracks. Unfortunately, this single only reached #6 on the weekly Oricon charts, selling 42,405 copies.
The girls were certainly kept busy this year with the release of two albums. The first of which, 10 My Me, featured many upbeat and enjoyable tracks, including “Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no ban da yo~,” “Genki Pikappika!,” “Namidacchi,” and “Ookii Hitomi.” It also had a Chinese version of the well-loved “Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?” Their second album, Fantasy! Juuichi, didn’t seem as well-received, though “Fantasy ga Hajimaru” and “Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni” seemed to please fans.

My Favorite Morning Musume Tracks for 2010: Appare Kaitenzushi!, Aisaresugiru Koto wa Nai no yo, Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no ban da yo~, Genki Pikappika!, Namidacchi, Ookii Hitomi, Loving you forever, Fantasy ga Hajimaru, Sungoi My Birthday

Honorable Mentions: Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai, Seishun Collection, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game, Kura Sushi Bikkurapon!, Bravo!, Onna Gokoro to Nanto Yara

Well, there’s the first part. I’ve also finished writing the one for Berryz Koubou and °C-ute, so I may post that soon. I hope to get the ones for S/mileage, Mano Erina, Buono!, and miscellaneous songs done soon. ^_^

~ Surimu-chan


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