Starting with the packaging of the 3 editions, interestingly I think that the regular edition has by far the best cover. The combination of the orange background versus the gray of the other 2 along with the closer up pose really make this cover more aesthetically pleasing. The PV DVD single also has an orange background on its cover but their poses aren't quite as nice. The first pressing of the PV DVD single does come with a photo card which I now realize I forgot to take a picture of. 😛 The limited edition type A single comes with a bonus DVD which has become the norm lately and it contains however something really essential this time, the "dance shot ver." of the PV. By far the best version of the PV for this single!! Limited edition type B is the most collectible of the 3 as it comes housed in a nice slipcase and includes a beautiful photo book!
The inside of the jacket inserts of the 3 versions have subtle differences in the poses of the 9 members and I've scanned all 3 below. Kamei's fighting pose on the type A jacket insert is my favorite!
And here are scans from type B edition's bonus booklet. The photography just seems to get better and better as they go along! This booklet is incredible!
The song is a high energy dance tune with pounding keyboards! It is an almost a borderline techno sound here with a pulsing beat. By the 2nd listen I was absolutely hooked!! The pre chorus leads up to the perfect hook in the chorus and there is a melancholy sadness in the the tone of the chorus that is a contrast to the overall feel of the song which is more of a high strung get your butt on the dance floor tune.
The coupling with song "Please! jiyuu no tobira" is a much happier sounding song with a nice driving rock arrangement. In some ways this song is better structured. Of course I may be a bit swayed by it's "band" sound vs. the title track's dance arrangement which is dominated by keyboards. Love the sound of a guitar and it's more "live" feel. That however is not to say that this song is better, just I feel better structured. The fact that this song has no PV may be what ultimately makes me enjoy the title track more. It's pretty close considering all of those aspects even though these are A & B sides. Sometimes B sides rock! 🙂
And now the PV. Visually it's spectacular like "The Peace!" meets Las Vegas!!! It's about time that they bring back the gold!! With the lighting effects and those golden outfits you really feel like you're watching a show in Las Vegas at times and that's not a bad thing. As I mentioned before I think that the dance version of the PV is by far the best version here! The regular version does have a nice variety of diffferent shots which compliment the dance portions well but here with this set and look and the awesome choreography the dance version's the best. The dance choreographers have really created a visual feast here! But don't take it from me, watch a couple of versions of the PV which I've linked below. Powerful, golden, and inspired!
The making of segment delivers yet another great look into the behind the scenes ongoings and it really shows the fans the girl's individual personalities and with 2 new members it really does shed some new light here. Rin Rin whom I originally thought was by far the more natural idol in terms of looks and personality has been met head on by Jun Jun who just basically blew me away with this release. Jun Jun originally looked a bit homely to me if I dare say so but with this release she's like a totally different person. H!P has really groomed her into an idol and I think that her transformation is just as if not more dramatic than Mittsi's. At times I was like Eh! Jun Jun…what the? lol. And the complete opposite occurred with Rin Rin for me. While her cuteness is really captured in the making of portion of the DVD, in the PVs her looks made me wonder a bit for awhile. No I'm not saying that she's lost any cuteness but those eyes…their sternness scares me sometimes! lol. She can have a very wicked look in those eyes and it'something that I didn't notice before. The dark mascara also adds to this look and actually every member seems to be accentuated this way in the PV. Some even have a sort of Egyptian princess kind of thing going at times. 🙂 And that's a good thing! Mittsi's personality is really beginning to come out too and it's especially evident in the making of segment where she has a cute chat towards the camera at one point. This is the first time I've seen her open up this much and it was really cute!
Just a little additional thought on the title track. I really hope that they wear headsets during their performances in concert. I'd really like to see them perform the entire dance routine without the hindrance of microphones.
And now it's time to hand out the cute award for this release…….hmmmm….it seems that there's a tie…….Koharuchan & Kamei take top honors here.! Koharuchan, after watching the PV I don't think that needs any explaining at all and Kamei just looks so amazing!!! Her eyes…that of a Japanese Egyptian princess!! LOL! Of course I'm still a bit…uh very biased when it comes to these 2 members but I honestly think that their looks dominate here. Gakisan comes in…well 2nd! if those 2 are tied for 1st and at any given moment it could become a 3 way tie! 😛
In closing I was really hoping that this single would reflect that of a growing fan base. What I mean is that with the addition and high publicity of new members Rin Rin & Jun Jun I was hoping that a whole new fan base would open up in China. Early indications in terms of sales don't seem to reflect that at all unfortunately. It's still early and this is just one release so we'll just have to wait and see.
But a drop in sales at this point of almost 18,000 units from their previous single "Kanashimi Twilight." Could it be that about 18,000 Mikitty fans were quite discouraged with her abrupt leaving?!! Heheh…Nah! I'm just kidding but the numbers are saying something. I don't know what but I hope that the Kitty didn't do that much damage.
At the bottom of this post are the original & dance versions of Momusu's new PV "Onna ni sachi are." I hope you enjoy them! 🙂