First here some scans from the booklet. Both edition's booklets are identical.
I do think that the limited edition's cover and back picture look better than the regular edition's but perhaps it doesn't matter as you can customize your cover with your favorite member if you get the first pressing of the regular edition. The back cover of the limited edition does provide a clue as to which member is beginning to perhaps become the face of Berryz Koubou.
As you can see Risakochan is getting the "kira kira" treatment here! lol. 🙂
And here are scans of the alternate jacket sleeves that you get with the first pressing of the regular edition. It makes this edition not seem "regular" at all. While these pics are very similar to the booklet pics you'll know what I mean when you touch one.
From the very first track "Ai no suki suki shisuu joushouchuu" you just get the feeling that this album is something special. Like an opening act in a play this song really does represent what is to come after you press play. Those wonderful vocals that we've come to love as Berryz fans immediately fill the room with a catchy aura that can't be denied. If you're not yet a Berryz fan then I think that the energy from this opening track will capture your heart. Or at least your ears! 🙂 It's happy and optimistic and what better could you ask for when getting into an album?
The inclusion of "Munasawagi Scarlett", "VERY BEAUTY", and "Waracchaouyo BOYFRIEND" just seem to boost this album further into being their best yet. Familiar with these tracks, yes? But the beauty of this album is all in the new tracks. Interestingly "Omoitattara kichi desse! reminds me of C-ute. And that's not a bad thing at all. Maybe Tsunku gave this song to the wrong group! lol. No i'm kidding! 😛 Hearing the bouncy piano riff of "VERY BEAUTY" immediately after really has impact here. I've listened to this song numerous times and maybe that's part of it but the impact here is substantial. When listening to a new album I like to take note of how the tracks are organized as I believe that there is always a feel that a producer is going for. How to open an album. How to close it. And what goes in between and in what order really gives an album a flow or lack of it in some cases.
Momo and Risakochan paired together! Now I know that the producer had his game on! "Watashi ga suru koto nai hodo zenbu shite kureru kare" is a melancholy song but it has a sweet melody and feel that when mixed properly with a dash of Momo & Risako works quite well. While not the catchiest song on the album by any means it is Berryz paradise. A Momo & Risakochan duet?! Are you kidding me?! Okay you must adore Momo & Risakochan to understand my happiness with this pairing. Much like Sayu & Koharuchan being paired together this song is dependent on who your favorite BK members are.
In the wider scope of the album as a whole rather than individual tracks, when "Kokuhaku no funsui hiroba" starts playing I now know that this is their best album to date. That's quite a large leap for me to take being that much of my favorite songs are elsewhere but I'm thinking of this album as a whole versus the others.
The wonderful cascading sounds of the electric guitar riff that occur in the opening of the final track "Sakura -> nyuugakushiki" really create a feel of closure here. I don't know quite how to explain this feeling that I have here. Like bookends and the end of a story. This album closes with the perfect song. It has a sentimental sadness in its tone that signifies that of a farewell, a good-bye. If my description sounds strange here please give it another listen all the way through as I really feel that Berryz Koubou has presented us with a real gem here that could be enjoyed by any J-Pop fan whether you're a fan of Hello! Project or not. BK has officially arrived. I think that they are as much the face of H!P as Momusu are.