No other Hello! Project group pushes the sexy button quite like Biyuuden as they've been presented as such since their debut. For awhile some may have questioned the validity of Rikachan having her own unit but with "Jaja Uma Paradise" the Biyuuden vehicle has clearly surfaced as a custom fit for the "Charmy" one. While Biyuuden's releases have been heading in this sexier direction for quite some time it wasn't until this release that they have finally matched that Gocchin aura of allure. The clear difference between Gocchin & Biyuuden though is that the later has retained the cutesy aspect along the way. And for that matter there is simply no way that you're ever going to see Gocchin at this point in her career perform the role Rikachan has in the "Pink Ver." of "Jaja Uma Paradise." Heheh that's just never going to happen!
Shortly after debuting in Momusu Rikachan developed into Hello! Project's ultimate cute idol as she just exudes a natural allure about her and has always remained quite unique in this aspect. While many many other H!P members match the cute factor easily, none have quite the sense of timing or ability to seduce the camera quite like Rikachan.
And with this Biyuuden has now become the perfect fit for members Rikachan, Erikachan, & Yuichan. All of this releases' jackets feature some of the sexiest outfits H!P has ever produced! The eye catching contrast between their black tops and red skirts create quite a jaw dropping look as all 3 are well complimented with this look. And unlike some other H!P releases these cover outfits are also worn in their pvs with the exception of the "Pink Ver."
Both songs were penned by Tsunku and the title track "Jaja Uma Paradise" is a galloping dance floor delight! With a splash of international flavor and an infectious bass thumping rhythm this song presents the perfect playground for the cute mischief that is Biyuuden. The vocal arrangement which includes the sweet approach of "whispery" verses is yet another custom fit for Rikachan's voice in particular. While she's not one of H!P's stronger vocalist, what Rikachan does manage to do is maximize her ability and the end result is a pleasing one. Erikachan & Yuichan are equally as dynamic as Yuichan defines voluptuous while my favorite member in this unit Erikachan looks absolutely gorgeous with her longer hairstyle!! But when it comes to hamming it up for the camera and seducing your audience, Rikachan does indeed exist on a level all her own! As the leader of this unit she naturally commands the pvs and her incredibly cute demeanor throughout really makes me smile! 🙂 Rikachan could probably produce a definitive look at how to seduce the camera, look for it in stores. 😛 The chorus is a simple melody sung in unison with occasional solo lines distributed pretty evenly amongst them and to fully appreciate the hooks in this song one must have the accompanying visual of their pvs. The dance choreography was done with a lot of imagination and freedom, 2 traits that compliment the title track perfectly. Walking the line between seductive & cute, the pvs seamlessly balance the two and in that create sort of a dreamy sequence of sorts. And to be certain no previous H!P pv has ever presented the girl's assets quite like this. :O I'll leave it at that as I don't feel that any further description is necessary after you've seen the pvs.
I give the stylist a lot of praise for the overall look that they've created here, and having Rikachan presented with both long hair extensions as well as her natural look adds a nice touch especially in the way her 2 very different looks really helps to accent the appearance of the original & dance shot versions vs. the pink ver. of their pvs. Given that they're drastically shot differently, it's still quite a defining look that separates them. Their outfits in the "Pink Ver." have an aura of an at home cuddly cuteness. Heheh I hope that makes sense. 😛 Their simple, soft, and lightly shaded outfits create a great contrast when viewing the original version of their pv which mixes both the red & black sexy outfits with these. I love the fast paced and flashy manner that both the original & pink versions were shot with as they're truly a non stop collage of joy! Rather than have the girls just alternate between dance shots and still poses which is a basic formula used in a lot of pvs, these versions add in the extra element of spontaneity with numerous other scenes all which have an added attitude of fun and flair. A song like this of course also deserves the straight run of a dance shot version and luckily their PV DVD single includes just that along with the original version and an extensive making of segment which has this DVD running an impressive 31 minutes! The making of segment is broken down into the photo shoots for the jackets, candid conversations with all 3 members (separately and as a group), a look at the making of the actual pvs, as well as a brief slide show.
A nice bond between between these members is easily evident as you watch the making of segment on the PV DVD single. In the past up until now it's been a nice transition from the original feeling of: leader Rikachan w/ 2 new members, to the great comradeship you can now truly feel as along with the respect that they have for one another you can also see how much they truly adore one another. 🙂
Normally a song like this would warrant the "Dance Shot Ver." to be the best and while this is definitely open for argument I personally find the "Pink Ver." to be the most entertaining to watch. The combination of mayhem, non stop seduction of the camera by all three members (although no one quite does it like Rikachan!), all set before the soothing sight of a light pink set makes this quite an addictive viewing experience for me!! I'll call the other 2 versions a tie as although at first glance the "Dance Shot Ver." seems to reign superior, I find the mixing of the different versions that make up the original version a nicely edited work which has such a nice contrast in appearance with dark going to light pink. The camera's distance during the middle break adds a nice dynamic touch and allows the dance choreography to be fully appreciated as well. Bottom line is that all 3 versions are solid productions that fully utilize the sweet charm that is Biyuuden. The director(s) really created a nice vibrant look to this entire release and Biyuuden has now certainly matched their billing in the process.
Upon first listen I actually took a liking to the coupling with song "Seishun THE NIPPON" a bit more than the title track although an initial viewing of Jaja Uma Paradise's pv quickly changed that. While the verses don't immediately jump out at you it's the simply stated bounce of the bass along with it's rhythmic pattern that creates it's nice hook. While this song isn't an a-side masquerading as a b-side it's still a nice upbeat J-Pop track in its own right and a nice complimentary song to the title track.
The pvs are at the end of this post just in case you haven't seen them yet. 🙂 Get ready for a lot of pink!