"Mikan" is one of Momusu's most dynamic looking single covers and has the look of depicting their 10th anniversary celebration although there are too many candles on the cake! By looking at Type A's cover along with its back cover and Type B's back cover one then gets the impression that it's a simulation of Kohachan's birthday as she sits front and center…but again there's just too many candles on that cake. 😛
From a collectible standpoint type B's inclusion of a beautiful 36 page booklet and a slipcase makes this version by far the one to get if choosing just one edition.
Looking through all of the photos in each edition you'll come across a few interesting facial expressions but perhaps none more amusing than Jun Jun's "close your eyes and wish hard" look that she has in the inner jacket photo of type B's release. 🙂 While type A & B's outer covers carry a more or less similar look the regular edition has a photograph collage giving it the most distinct look of the 3. The regular edition's inner jacket follows suit as it has each member shown in individual photographs versus small grouped shots.
The surprise touch of this release however are the randomly inserted photo cards which are included with all 3 editions and with this came a nice anticipation as I opened up each version. I think I did pretty well as I received an Aichan photo card with my type A edition, a Lin Lin photo card with my type B editions, and a Kohachan photo card with my regular edition. I imagine there must be some fan in Japan who kept buying more copies until he/she completed the entire set! As for me buying a single copy of each edition is as far as I'll go.You have to love Kohachan's spotty yellow hoodie! At first when I saw her photo card I thought that the print was discolored with little dots of blue and red but after seeing the photo booklet it apparently was made to look that way. :)
Initially when I first listened "Mikan" I wasn't immediately taken with its melody or overall feel but after a few listens over a couple of days as well as some viewings of the "Close-up Ver." of the pv it's really really grown on me! Something quite different for me about this song is how I find the verse portions to be the catchiest parts of the song. But eventually when the chorus came around for me I began to fully appreciate its powerful drive and the effectiveness of the rapid style vocal lines that blanket the entire arrangement. Well placed member solo lines amongst all of the complimentary pairings/groupings that the vocal arrangement has to offer gives a nice feel and flow to the song and on distinct occasions Sayu…yes Sayu sounds really great! 🙂 Twice in the verse she adds the perfect touch and albeit brief it really highlights those portions of the song. I really don't think that she's ever sounded better in a recording. I really have to stress how much I didn't think this single sounded like a single when I first heard it as I thought it had more of an album track sound to it. I now find that I couldn't have been more wrong about this song! The rhythmic pacing of the vocal arrangement I find key here as the verses go from abrupt delivery to a lengthier phrasing at their end (where Sayu adds a very nice touch and I don't think any other member would have sounded as good here) before heading into the pre-chorus which quickly builds from smooth back to abrupt delivery making the perfect transition to the energetic chorus. With all of its polished energy "Mikan" is the perfect "live" song and will surely have fans in a frenzy at future concerts.
The coupling with track "Bon Kyu! Bon Kyu! BOMB GIRL" has all the ingredients of a great musical number and perhaps should be starring in a play. The ensemble vocals along with its lively horn arrangement gives me visions of "Mr. Moonlight~ai no big band~" on a high dose of Red Bull. Part jazz…part Broadway. I keep thinking how Yossi would have rocked this one! While these songs may not be the best complimentary pair, they do give this release quite a diverse impact and a nice one at that. Solid coupling with song although not in an a-side type of way. Perhaps a lot of that may be due to how much of a great song I find "Mikan" to be as it's always hard being the second act.
The styling for this release has a nice personal look to it as each member is perhaps dressed as they would be if attending the mystery celebration in attire of their own. Type B's 36 page booklet includes beautiful individual member photos along with fun "candid" party shots which are included in a 4 page collage. While I'm yet to see the original version of the pv I'm hoping that it contains the same energy and approach as in these party photos as something like that would simply send this release through the roof for me! Ah but I'm probably being too optimistic here as it's been quite awhile since Momusu last presented us with a pv of this nature. And while you may find it strange that I like Kohachan's yellow hoodie so much, it's Sayu's strawberry black dress that wins the fashion award here! With matching hair ties and neck garment complete with strawberry Sayu looks absolutely radiant! Tanakachi's dark fantasy design is a close second and there's a nice cool touch in that lock around her neck garment as she's actually the most stylish member here in these photos. Love the way her hair's tied up too!
Hmm…I can't be the only one who was wondering what ever happened to Lamb Chop! Okay they must be distant cousins as that original hand puppet can probably walk and talk all on its own by now. 😛
The "Close-up Ver." of "Mikan" is a simple but yet dynamic looking video which utilizes a light silver background along with great lighting and adding to that having every member dressed in silver creates a nice vivid effect to the visual. What becomes mesmerizing just after a few seconds of viewing are the reflections off of each member's eyes in what has the appearance of little kanji "hi" characters (日). I don't know if it's an intentional effect or not but your eyes really become drawn to them in an almost alluring way. The smiles and sweet enthusiasm that make up Momusu are on full display here and to lead them you have Aichan, Gakisan, Mitsii & Kamei whose 😀 can brighten any day! Lin Lin & Jun Jun look simply incredible! Sayu & Kohachan deliver a sweet and cute touch while Tanakachi brings a bewitching coolness that only she possesses. Just as "Meguru koi no kisetsu" has a great close up version, "Mikan" really impresses as well with its sleek and memorable look all the while flushing out a hint of each members inner charm.
Below are the rest of Type B's booklet scans.