A few J-Pop releases arrived this past Saturday including this cute collaboration cd. Gakisan emerges from Momusu heading her first unit which is a tie in with the anime series "Robby & Kerobby" and along for the joyous ride are fellow Momusu member Mitsii along with C-ute's Nakki & Chisatochan. The limited edition includes an impressive 24 page photo booklet which really adds a lot of charm to this release as the members are pictured in collaboration with the anime's characters. There's just something really special about posing with a giant plush robot and frog! 🙂
And when it comes to finding the right members for such a cute anime, UFA has created the perfect blend. Gakisan has shown time and time again how she's quite ready to lead her own unit and possibly head onto a solo path in the future after graduating from Momusu as evidenced in her solo concert performances, MC work on episodes of H!M, and fan events. While this release doesn't necessarily present itself as the right vehicle to showcase vocal talent, vocal talent is exactly what you get with the inclusion of Gakisan & Chisatochan. Gakisan's performance of "Koe" in concert for me really stands out as her best effort to date and really opens one's eyes to her strong potential as a solo artist as well. Chisatochan's strong vocals are perhaps one of H!P's best kept secrets as her vocal role in C-ute is yet to be pushed to the forefront. Something that hopefully the producers and song writers will take note of soon.
Nakki has also for the most part remained quite hidden in C-ute making her yet another perfect choice for this unit. While she looks adorable with her hair tied up, her look with her hair down as in "Tokaikko Junjou" I feel suits her facial features much better. She looks absolutely incredible in that pv and I love the shots where C-ute is walking towards the camera like a little H!P gang with Nakki & Maimai on the outsides!! In particular the photos of Mitsii I find to be incredibly radiant!! The transformation to idol is now officially 100% complete as H!P has groomed her into the vision that Tsunku must have had in his head when he chose her out of so many audition hopefuls. Quite frankly somehow she looks so different in this release and I now see Sayu as having some serious competition when gaging the cute-o-meter! But perhaps that's just in my mind and it's something that I never imagined just a few months ago. :O Mitsii just looks so adorable here and I'm at a lost for words!
The title track "Shouri no BIG WAVE!!!" may be a bit too much of a kid's song for some but it's appeal to H!P fans may lie in it's refreshing member lineup which includes a few members in need of more Up Front Agency love when it comes to being featured more in their respective groups. Gakisan leads this cute quartet in a bit of a starring role and while I'm yet to see the pv, from what I've heard so far it sounds like Mitsii is actually the one that steals the show! "Shouri no BIG WAVE!!!" has an almost Minimoni like feel to it and although Tsunku didn't have a hand in penning either track, interestingly the title track does manage to include a few of those trademark Tsunku "woo's" which are reminiscent of "Love Machine's" middle break. While the pre chorus is a bit strange with a bit of cheerleading going on, the actual chorus has a nice catchy hook and this song truly resembles that of an anime song in the most profound sense.
Its' actually the coupling with song "Honki meki meki toki meki meki" that I find to be the true gem of this release! While both songs share a similar feel and style it's the b-side that sounds much more like a stand alone J-Pop tune and not one that is necessarily tied in with an anime, not that that's a bad thing of course. I would have actually reversed the tracks and made this the a-side. Each member is also featured a lot more than in the title track which went with more of an ensemble approach when it comes to the vocal arrangement, but here with the inclusion of numerous solo lines this song has a much more personable and endearing touch to it. The title track does feature solo lines but primarily in the brief verses while this coupling song opts for much more of it continuing into the choruses as well. Whether it was intentional or not each of the four members in this unit have quite distinctively different vocals and it works well in this ensemble cast giving each a chance to shine as fans will find it quite easy identifying each member's solo lines.
I'm curious to see if this will be a one shot release or if this unit will continue on much like Buono! has with the announcement of their second single albeit not until next February. As this first effort has shown this unit's great potential I do hope that more releases are in their future.