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H!P Vlogs: How My Mom Remembers H!P Songs – Extra Notes

March 3, 2017

Here are a few more H!P songs and how my mom remembers them:

Pyoko Pyoko Ultra – the chicken one (she does remember “pyoko” though)
Koi ni Booing Buu! – the pig one
Kimi Sae Ireba Nanimo Irenai – the boring marching dance
Ai no Gundan – the good marching dance
Brainstorming – Riho and Daishi’s dance battle
Be Genki <Naseba Naru!> – the one with the cape/the dance YouTube wouldn’t let me upload for months
Genki+ – the video where I got stuck in a tree
Nanchatte Renai – the ballet-type move
What is LOVE? – the one where I was on J-MELO
Tomdachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! – bookshelves (from the music video)
Daite HOLD ON ME! – Kaori’s “Nee waratte?” and Taka-san making fun of it on Utaban
Mukidashi de Mukiatte – the jacket one
Kamome no Suihei-san – the one with the spoken intro
Mikan – pointing and hopping during the chorus
Our Songs – bridge in the background

There are others, but I’ll leave it at that~.

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Vlogs: Favorite H!P Songs of 2016 – Extra Notes

December 30, 2016

I just wanted to talk about a few big things that happened in Hello! Project this year besides the music releases, namely graduations and graduation announcements.

Graduations This Year: Suzuki Kanon (Morning Musume ’16), Tamura Meimi (ANGERME), Inaba Manaka (Country Girls)

I’ve been a big fan of Zukki since she joined, so I was sad to see her go, but I felt she had been wasted in the group for a long time (I didn’t feel that bringing her out long enough to make fun of her “chubby” character counted as using her, even though she seemed to take it in stride). I was happy to see that she got a fairly prominent part in “Utakata Saturday Night!,” but the other two songs on her graduation single were sorely lacking her presence. I especially hoped that she would have gotten a more prominent line for “The Vision.” Anyway, while I was sad to see her go, she had had a fairly good run in the group, and she had already decided on something else to work toward outside of entertainment, so I wasn’t quite as broken up as I thought I would be.

As for Meimei, I wasn’t a huge fan of her when she first joined the group. She might have actually been my least favorite because she was just SO in-your-face. In the past couple of years, though, I grew to really appreciate her powerful vocals, and she seemed like a fun and funny person, so she slowly climbed up my ANGERME ranking. It’s too bad it took me so long to become a fan of her. orz

Manakan’s graduation hit me the hardest, I think. It was without ceremony, and it was due to her illness, so I felt that she had been cheated out of a very successful future. I’m not saying that I wanted her to continue performing despite her illness; I’m just sad that she didn’t have more time to show off just what an amazing performer she is. Dynamic dancing, adorable singing voice, super-cute look… one of my favorites in H!P overall in the year or so leading up to her graduation. I sincerely hope her health improves, even if she doesn’t continue performing.

Graduation Announcements: °C-ute, Tsugunaga Momoko

The graduation announcements for the rest of the H!P Kids were definitely expected… and yet I was still shocked and dismayed. °C-ute has never been my favorite H!P group, but I’ve always liked them (and Airi is one of my all-time favorite H!P members), so I was sad to hear about them disbanding. It made me feel kind of lonely, because I knew they were the last group that had been around when I first started listening to H!P (not counting MM because all of the members are different from when I started listening). After it was announced, I remember thinking, “Well, at least Momo will still be around…”

… And then her graduation was announced. orz Again, I KNEW it had to be coming soon, but I was rather upset anyway. I’ll probably talk about this more when she actually graduates, but when I first started getting into H!P music and video clips, Momo was my least favorite member in all of H!P. Fast-forward to now where she’s one of my top five favorite members and I have more respect for her than possibly any other current member of H!P. I hope June doesn’t come too quickly… TT_TT

Ayacho… you’re all that’s left… Please don’t leave yet! orz

I have some other general thoughts about the direction H!P is going… but maybe I’ll save that for another vlog/blog. ^_~

~ Surimu-chan

Least Played A-Side Songs – A Few Extra Notes

November 15, 2016

Here are some other songs that I don’t listen to too much. (I tried not to include songs that I don’t listen to much right now due to overplaying them at an earlier time. (^_^”))

Morning Musume。 – Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan, Mikaeri Bijin, Ima Koko Kara
– “Ambitious!” is mostly due to my dislike for their outfits in the music video (which is a terrible reason, I know). It’s a great song, but I always think of those ugly yellow-and-black dresses when I hear it. =/
– The other two are due to their lack of an iTunes release (in the US, at least). I have the physical copy of the single that includes “Ima Koko Kara,” but, by the time I got it, I had already gotten used to forgetting about that song. (Again, terrible, I know.)

°C-ute – Sakura Chirari, EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!, Kanashiki Amefuri, Ai tte Motto Zanshin, Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~
– I don’t know what it is about “Sakura Chirari.” I know how it goes and I enjoy it well enough, I just don’t actively seek it out to listen to it. The same goes for “EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!” (which I actually really enjoy).
– The next two on the list were actually just quick-picks from that general grouping of singles; I didn’t have a ton of interest in °C-ute from around “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” to about “The Power” (which is funny, because I realized that I actually love “Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shite Mita” after giving it a chance.)
– “Arigatou” just sort of bored me when I first heard it. =/ I’m sure I’ll like it more eventually.

ANGERME (S/mileage) – Tachiagaaru, Gashin Shoutan, Desugita Kui wa Utarenai, Watashi
– “Tachiagaaru” is on there just because I don’t remember listening to it much when it first came out, and I haven’t listened to it too much since. I do know (and like) the melody, though.
– The other three songs suffer from being part of a single that has A-sides that I enjoy more. *shrugs*

Juice=Juice – Wonderful World, Ça va ? Ça va ?
– I like the songs, but this was just sort of a bland release for me. orz

Berryz Koubou – Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!, Koi no Jubaku, Golden Chinatown, Otona na no yo!
– “Fighting Pose” is cute, but it’s definitely a ‘once in a while’ kind of song for me.
– I actually really like “Koi no Jubaku,” but I forget about it a lot because it didn’t have a dance shot version. (^_^”)
– The last two songs I listed just didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

So, those are my other rarely-played A-sides. I almost feel like I should listen to all of them right now just to be fair.

That’s all for this one~!

~ Surimu-chan

Hello! Project Song Associations – A Few Extra Notes

June 20, 2016

Here are some more random things I associate with H!P songs.

Mano Erina – “10 Carat no Kirameki.”
This association is actually pretty strong, so I don’t know why I forgot to include it in this video. Last year, I made an original choreography for this song. Around that same time, I was watching the first season of Daredevil on Netflix. For whatever reason, this song reminds me of not only that show, but very specifically the character Wilson Fisk. Actually, I strongly associate that show/character with ONE move from the dance. I call it the “Kingpin” move, even though it makes absolutely NO sense. 😄

Morning Musume – “The Peace!”
This makes me think of how I first found out about Morning Musume. I had been really into music by Gackt, and he had appeared on a show at the same time as Morning Musume when they were promoting “The Peace!” There was a little skit that had Gackt and Kago Ai on a “date.” I didn’t watch it for the longest time because I didn’t realize it was a joke, and I didn’t care about who Gackt was dating; I just wanted to watch music videos or funny clips. 😄 Once I finally watched the clip though, I remember thinking, “Who are all of those girls?” and once I searched Kago Ai on Google, I learned about Morning Musume~.

Morning Musume – “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”
This was the first Morning Musume music video I ever saw (at least I think it was… it might have been “Kanashimi Twlight” or “Happy Summer Wedding,” but this is the one I always credit as the first one I saw XD).

And here’s a small selection of songs that are super-nostalgic for me because they remind me of when I first started listening to H!P:
Morning Musume – Bon kyu! Bon kyu! BOMB Girl
Morning Musume – Love & Peace! Hero ga Yattekita.
Morning Musume – Densha no Futari
Morning Musume – Ii Koto Aru Kinen no Shunkan
Morning Musume – Suki na Senpai
Morning Musume – Kotatsu no Uta ~jyuken story~
Morning Musume – Dokusenyoku
Morning Musume – Lemon Iro to Milk Tea
Morning Musume – Sukiyaki
Morning Musume – HELP!!
Morning Musume – TOP!
Morning Musume – Suggoi Nakama
Morning Musume – HEY! Mirai
Morning Musume – Shanimuni Paradise
Morning Musume – Genki+
Berryz Koubou – Munasawagi Scarlet
Berryz Koubou – Sprinter!
Berryz Koubou – Passion E-CHA E-CHA
Berryz Koubou – Yume de Do Up
°C-ute – LALALA Shiawase no Uta
Matsuura Aya – Ne~e?
Goto Maki – Uwasa na SEXY GUY

Plus the summer shuffle songs and a handful of songs from Tanpopo, Pucchimoni, and Minimoni. Oh, and also “Sakura Mankai.” (As a side note, I didn’t really get into Berryz or °C-ute until about three or four months into learning about H!P; I stuck mostly with Morning Musume and their old subgroups. (^_^”)>)

Ahhh~, even just writing the names of the songs makes me nostalgic! ^__^

Thanks for watching and reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

ANGERME’s 21st Single Critique

April 25, 2016

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
AAARRGGHHHH THIS SONG IS SO GREAT!!! I loved it after hearing the first few seconds of the live performance shown on Hello! Station~. As for the MV, the setting is pretty simple, but it fits the song well. I like the house of mirrors sort of shots for the solo parts and the crazy fish-eye lens when they’re rapping. =D Speaking of which, I love how enthusiastic Kananan was during her rapping in the second verse; I was a little afraid she was going to slide right into the camera. 😄 There are those slowed down shots that H!P has loved so much lately (though I don’t mind, because they do look cool). 😄 I don’t mind the outfits for this one; I like the tops well enough, but I don’t know what possessed them to give Take-chan and Maho those goofy-looking pants. o_O Doesn’t matter; the song is awesome enough to eclipse the weird pants. 😄 I reeeeaaally would like a dance shot version, but they don’t do those anymore. orz I’d also like to point out that Kamiko does well in this; I thought it was kind of cute when she would look away from the camera during parts of the dance (probably to make sure she didn’t run into anyone XD). This is definitely my favorite song on this single.
Line that gets stuck in my head: Tsugi tsugi zoku zoku (the repeated background lines that are heard at the beginning and end)

Itoshima Distance
At first, I had a hard time concentrating on the song because of their distracting outfits. 😄 I eventually got over it; some of the outfits aren’t actually too terrible. I also liked that they were divided up evenly into red, yellow, and blue. Maho’s hat, though… what in the world… 😄 I was a bit disappointed by most of the dance; it seemed kind of lackluster and, at times, all over the place. =/ The settings are a simple sort of pretty, and the extra shots (of Itoshima, I’m assuming) are a nice addition. The song actually grew on me quite a bit! =)
Line that gets stuck in my head: Chotto matte, nante iita no? Kikitakunai

Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
First and foremost, I’m so happy that Meimei got such a huge focus in this song since it’s her graduation single and all. ♥ The solo shots with the words appearing on the sides are neat (and they remind me of “Uchouten LOVE” a bit), and the three-person shots in front of the colored backgrounds were nice, too. The shots of them in the red and black outfits seemed kind of random, but I didn’t hate them. (^_^”) The settings were pretty in this one, too. Once again, I’m bemoaning the fact that they don’t have dance shot version anymore. orz Is it just me, or does Rina seem a little more comfortable than usual in this MV? Maybe it’s just me. (^_^”) The only parts of the song that I still haven’t quite gotten used to are the fast solo lines in the chorus; it just seemed like there were too many syllables, so they sounded a bit off to me. =/ Somehow, that last shot of Meimei and Ayacho made me sad; the leader saying goodbye to the graduating member… TT_TT
Line that gets stuck in my head: Naze kimi wa watashi ni yasashii no (though, honestly, I don’t know the lyrics of this one well enough to remember most of the lines even if I can remember the tune (^_^”))

Let’s see, is there anyone I didn’t mention? I love Rikako‘s energy when she dances. =D I’ve also become quite a fan of Murotan; something about her reminds me of Ayappe (Ishiguro Aya from Morning Musume。, for those who don’t know)~. =D Overall, I think this is a great single for Meimei to graduate with. I can’t wait to buy it in a couple of days~! ♥

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Dances with Awkward Moves – A Few Extra Notes

January 28, 2016

Here are a few more Hello! Project dances that had some awkward moves (in my opinion):

Morning Musume
Renai Hunter
– Seriously. That “Renai Hunter” pose. Just. Why. Seriously. 😄
Kimagure Princess
– Yikes. Nothing says awkward like “Look at my butt!/Look at my chest!” dance moves. XDD And of course this was the very first dance cover I did. It was just because it was their latest single at the time, so I thought the timing would be good, I promise! 😄

Berryz Koubou
Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi
– This falls under the category of “Dances I Will Not Do,” because some of the “sexy” moves are just super-awkward-looking. =/ It’s really too bad, because I love the song. orz
WANT!
– Oh, look. More awkward “sexiness.” 😄
Maji Bomber!!
– That froggy move is fun to do, but it definitely looks silly.
MADAYADE
– There’s that one move where they have their knees bent outward and they do a hand movement that reminded me of the “Comaneci!” gag. 😄
Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
– A few weird poses and faces, but, even though there’s some weirdness to this dance, I actually loved it from the first watch. It was also a super-fun dance to cover. =D
Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
– Mostly the very last pose. It was a bit strange, and I didn’t really think it fit the cutesy-ness of the rest of the dance. O_O

°C-ute
– A good chunk of their releases since 2012 have had “sexy” moves that I felt looked rather awkward, though I’m sure a lot of others would disagree. (^_^”)
Ai tte Motto Zanshin
– Though this one fits in the aforementioned timeline, I thought I’d single it out for its decidedly spazzy moves. orz
Bye Bye Bye!
– Even though I said it in the video, I really want to drive home the fact that the dance break was embarrassingly awkward in this dance. 😄

ANGERME / S/mileage
Mystery Night!
– Aaand the awkward “sexy” moves got ahold of S/mileage, too. 😄 I felt so unbelievably uncomfortable trying to watch this dance shot; I couldn’t get through the whole thing. =/
Dot Bikini
– Most of the dance is fine, but, for about fifteen seconds after the music really kicks in, there are some crazy-awkward moves in there. 😄 Meimei, dear, what ARE you doing?! XDD
OO Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!

– I mentioned this briefly in the video, but this is a really goofy dance. 😄 I’d take this over the “sexy” dances though. *nods*

What the heck; why does Berryz have so many awkward dance moves? 😄 To be fair, though, °C-ute probably has just as many; I just didn’t list them out individually.

Anyway, as I said, this is just my opinion. What do you think? Do you disagree with any of these? Are there some that I missed?

~ Surimu-chan

Favorite H!P Songs of 2015 – A Few Extra Notes

December 29, 2015

As I covered in the video, my favorite songs from each group this year were:

Morning Musume。 ’15 – ENDLESS SKY (Honorable Mentions: Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru, SUKATTO My Heart)
°C-ute – Gamusha LIFE (Honorable Mention: Iron Heart)
ANGERME – Marionette 37°C (Honorable Mention: Nanakorobi Yaoki)
Juice=Juice – GIRLS BE AMBITIOUS (Honorable Mentions: Umaretate no Baby Love,   Mirai e, Saa Hashiridase!)
Country Girls – Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne (Honorable Mention: Itooshiku tte Gomen ne)
Kobushi Factory – Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta (Honorable Mentions: Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan, Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri Ver.))

For MM’15, I like “Ima Koko Kara,” but I’ve been bouncing back and forth between thinking it’s pretty and uplifting to thinking it’s a bit on the bland side. =/ I do like it though~! “Oh my wish!” is great; I especially like the opening and ending music because it reminds me of “Ai no Gundan” which I think has to be one of my favorite A-sides from Sayu‘s time as leader. I honestly can’t remember the tune of “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” at the moment… I haven’t listened to the song much, which is funny because I saw so many people declaring it the best song from this single. =/ I’m sure I’ll come to love it eventually. “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” is an interesting song; I feel like it would have been sung by Ai-chan, Gaki-san, and Reina during the Platinum Era. As for the video, I love the slow-down effects they used (which were also used in ANGERME’s “Nanakorobi Yaoki”). “One and Only” is a lot of fun! Good for Miki getting probably the biggest focus of the 12th gen.! Woohoo, lefties~! 😄
Like I said, I didn’t really listen to most of °C-ute’s music for this year. =/ I learned to really like “The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~” after doing the dance, and “Tsugi no Kado wo Magare” is really good, too. Their last single didn’t really grab me… and “Iron Heart” was the only album track that I felt I needed to buy on iTunes right away.
ANGERME did pretty well this year~. “Taiki Bansei/Otome no Gyakushuu” was actually the first physical copy of a S/mileage or ANGERME single that I got (it was actually a gift). I liked both of those songs, but was a bit miffed with the “Dance Promotion Vers.” of “Taiki Bansei.” (-_-*) “Mahoutsukai Sally” was cute (both in song and MV), but I wouldn’t be able to hum “Gashin Shoutan,” “Desugita Kui wa Utarenai,” ‘or “Dondengaeshi” if you asked me to (well, maybe a little of “Dondengaeshi”‘s chorus…). I can remember just a little of “Watashi,” but I’m pretty proud of Kanon for writing her own lyrics~. ^__^ “Asesaite Carnival” and “Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru” are the only other new songs of theirs that I listened to, and they’re both amazing, which mostly just bugs me because they’re not available on iTunes, and I don’t really want to pay $90 for four songs that I don’t have. O__O
For Juice=Juice, I liked “Wonderful World/Ça va ? Ça va ?,” but my reaction to it getting #1 on Oricon was something like this: “Wow! They got #1 on the charts! Good for them! … With these songs, though…?” I really do like the songs; I just feel like some of their other singles were better. As for their other album tracks, I like them all a lot, though “Erabareshi Watashitachi” is a little forgettable (which makes me feel like a jerk, because that was the only new song Tsunku had on that album orz)…
I love all of Country Girls’ songs~! My only real gripe was the very last line of “Koi Dorobou.” I never care for them using that phrase in songs, but it sounded especially awkward and tacked on in this one. =/
Oh, Kobushi Factory~… The more I think about it, the more “Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta” and “Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan” are tied. I also really liked KoFa’s indies song “SURVIVOR” as well~! =D I’m really looking forward to more of their releases! ^__^
Tsubaki Factory‘s indies single, “Seishun Manmannaka!,” was cute, but I don’t exactly remember how it goes… (^__^”)
BERRYZ! AH, I miss them… orz “Love Together” was such a wonderful video. I was totally shocked when I left my Blu-ray running after the video was done and found out that they left messages for themselves at the very end. TT__TT
Another thing that deserves a crying face… I did literally dozens of takes trying to talk about Morning Musume。 ’15’s final single of the year. Every time I remembered the excitement of 9th gen. joining and all of their singles and performances… and the thought of Riho graduating in just a few days kept making me almost cry. orz TT__TT

All righty, that’s all from me~! What were your favorites from this year? =D

~ Surimu-chan

It’s Been Too Long Since My Last Update…

August 31, 2012

…Wow… it’s been too long since my last post. O_O Sorry! m(_ _)m I have some free time before work today, though, so I thought I’d write something for this blog. =D (Part of this post was written months ago, so please keep that in mind. orz) Here’s my take on a few H!P-related things…

1) Morning Musume
I am beyond excited for their next single. I just watched the dance rehearsal, and I already love the song and dance! =D And, of course, I’m excited for 13 Colorful Character as well.

2) Berryz Koubou
– For AnimeNEXT
I loved the video they uploaded to their channel where they introduced themselves and answered a few questions. 😄
– Momochi
Momo’s getting a lot of hate for her “Momochi” act… and I’m not terribly fond of it myself, but I can’t bring myself to fault her. I’m sure management is pushing her to be as outrageous as possible with all of the “Yurushite nyan” and “otomomochi” business and such. I think it’s too bad that people are dismissing her talent because of that act. =(
– I absolutely loved Berryz’ “Loving you too much,” and I’m really irritated that iTunes still doesn’t have the “cha cha SING” single up yet. (>_<*)

3) °C-ute
… Actually, I can’t really think of anything °C-ute-related. “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” wasn’t very memorable to me. In fact, the only part of the song I can remember is “Aitai aitai aitai na.” (^_^”)>

4) Mano Erina
I’ve become a bigger fan of Mano-chan recently (even before her graduation was announced). =D I listened to some of her older songs, and, after really paying attention to them, I realized that I really liked them. Two that I can think of right off the bat are “Lucky Aura” and “Hajimete no Keiken.” I also really love “Hanakotoba,” “Glory days,” and “Tasogare Kousaten.” I’d like to listen to all of her album tracks eventually, but I’ll have to wait until I can buy them, because they seem to be nonexistent on YouTube. o_O

5) S/mileage
I feel like I’m not as big of a fan of S/mileage as I was before… orz It doesn’t have anything to do with Saki and Yuuka leaving (though I think I preferred having fewer members to share the focus). I think the music just hasn’t been grabbing me as much, though I really love “Chance Tourai!” (much more than “Choto Mate Kudasai!,” I’d say). I’m glad that we saw (and heard) more of Rina and Kana in “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.” Even though it’s not my favorite S/mileage release, I did like the opening music, and I am able to remember a  few parts of the song. I remember thinking the chorus sounded somewhat out of place with the rest of the song, but I’ve gotten used to it. (^_^”)> I’m glad we’re finally going to see a new album from them next year~.

6) Buono!
So far, I’m loving SHERBET. “FEVER” is probably my favorite album track on there (even though I haven’t had a chance to listen to all of them…), but “Never gonna stop!” is great, too. ^__^ Just by listening to the previews of the other songs, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the other tracks as well.

That’s about all for now~. (^_^”)>

Surimu-chan

Long Time No Write! : A Random Update

April 17, 2012

Wow, sorry for not writing for so long! D= The lack of updates doesn’t even make sense considering how much is going on in H!P. (^_^”)>

First of all, PVs: Morning Musume‘s “Renai Hunter,” Berryz Koubou‘s “Be Genki! <Naseba Naru!>,” all of °C-ute‘s PVs for “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku,” and S/mileage‘s “Dot Bikini.” I would really like to do full PV reviews eventually… Anyway, my general impressions are:
– “Renai Hunter” –
– “Be Genki! ” –
– “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” – ♥♥
– “Dot Bikini” –

I would also like to do reviews for Berryz Koubou’s and °C-ute’s latest albums~. Speaking of which, I absolutely adore the “Because Happiness” x “Shiawase no Tochuu” mashup! I’m going to go ahead and agree with the many others saying that Tsunku is a genius. If you haven’t heard it yet, be sure to check it out on the official Mobekimasu YouTube channel (mbcmschannel)~! =D

I was so happy to hear that Morning Musume not only got to number one for the daily ranking at one point for “Renai Hunter” (who cares if it wasn’t the weekly ranking? Baby steps, everyone! Plus, competition was ridiculous…), but they also broke the record for the most consecutive top ten singles! Hooray~!! That’s a great sendoff for Gaki-san~. ^_^

Well~, I’ll try to start updating more often after this. (^_^”)>

~ Surimu-chan

More H!P PV Mini Reviews

February 29, 2012

Ah~, I haven’t posted anything this month! o_o I haven’t written any reviews for this year’s H!P PVs either! D= Here are some mini-reviews for four of this year’s H!P PVs.

Morning Musume – Pyoko Pyoko Ultra
I’m glad to see that the hate for this video has died down somewhat. (^_^”)> I thought the PV was cute by itself (the music and lyrics made it adorable). I loved seeing the dance shot in the tiny windows (I know it’s a cheap effect, but I still like it), but, like most others, I wasn’t terribly fond of the projected images moving across the set. However, I will say that I’m very glad that they tried something different besides the usual “closeup/dance shot/pose” PV combination. =D The super-bright yellow was another surprise, but, again, it’s rather nice to see something other than black and/or white outfits. I was a bit disappointed that the juukies weren’t given more or longer lines; it’s not as easy to judge their singing with such short lines. (^_^”)> I thought the scene with Gaki-san turning the cloud around was cute, as well as projected!Gaki-san with the umbrella and the cake and such. ^_^ It was actually really fun seeing so many members in a video again~.

S/mileage – Chotomate Kudasai!
I suppose I rather like the song, but the PV didn’t leave too much of an impression on me, so I haven’t listened to the song much. I’m not sure how I feel about the high notes… Anyway… The dance is rather spazzy in parts, isn’t it? 😄 The background reminded me of “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band” as well as Momoiro Clover‘s “Mirai Bowl,” for whatever reason. I was a bit irritated with the fact that Kana and Rina were completely cut out of some parts of the dance; you could see the other four and that was it. (-_-“) I didn’t quite understand the parts where they hit the glass, and the parts where they were drawing on it didn’t interest me too much (though I laughed at the face Kana drew). I don’t have too much to say about this one; I put it in the same group as “Shortcut” and “Tachiagaaru;” that is, it didn’t really grab my interest, but I’m sure I’ll come to love the song and like the PV more. (^_^”)>

Buono! – Hatsukoi CIDER
AARRGHH, I love this song! I’ve listened to it so, so, so many times since the PV came out. Speaking of the PV, I love that, too! The black, white, and grey background really makes their pink outfits stand out (though I can’t say I’m a big fan of Miyabi‘s short pants). I love the window effects used in this video! I’ve seen it before, but it’s still really neat. And then there’s the glass floor effect reminiscent of “Renai Revolution 21,” which I also really like, especially when they’re moving the girls in and out of frame. This definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite Buono! songs, and the PV wasn’t too shabby either! =D

Buono! – DEEP MIND
It actually took a while for this song to grow on me, which is incredibly odd for me when it comes to Buono! songs. (^_^”)> My favorite part of the song is actually the slightly auto-tuned part (it doesn’t bother me so much, because I know that it would sound just as good without the effect) as well as the powerful “sagasou” shortly after that. As for the PV, the girls look gorgeous, but… nothing really happened in the video. (^_^”)> The camerawork and quick cuts were somewhat interesting, but I always like to see something more in PVs. orz

That’s all for now. (Sorry for not writing about Mano Erina‘s new PV this time around. m(_ _)m)

~ Surimu-chan