While I do prefer the look of the regular edition's cover which pictures Berryz Koubou against a bit more of an aesthetically pleasing background along with the nice touch of the red carpet treatment versus the limited edition's stone wall, the inside photos of the limited edition's casing adds yet another first in innovative ideas available with clear cases. When both discs are removed a nice 2 part collage of the group is visible (pictured above). Both first pressings include a serial numbered card which lucky fans can use for admittance to Berryz Koubou's 2007 Winter Festival event while the limited edition also includes a bonus DVD containing the "Dance Shot Ver." of the pv! A very nice treat to have now as the original and close up versions won't be available until Berryz Koubou's 3rd single V Clips is released on December 12th along with the much awaited "making of" footage.
As some may agree with me that the regular edition's jacket photos (which I've scanned above) while being more attractive (than the LE) also present a much better look at the stying used in this release as the photos have been taken from further back. I'd call it a subtle taste of Greek goddess goodness. 🙂 While I've mentioned earlier that my all time favorite H!P outfits are Momusu's toga outfits from "The Man Power!!!" release these Berryz Koubou outfits now run a close second for me. The styling is a mixture of cool, prominence, and elegance and one may not need to look further than Risakochan's unique "gladiator" leggings to see the special touch of old meeting new in a grand clash of fashion! The Berryz have never looked better!! Everyone has been beautifully styled with Risakochan, Miya, Kumaichan, & Maasa being the most eye catching on these cover photos. Risakochan's longer hairstyle is really mesmerizing as she has gone from cutesy to sophisticated in a sense and I do hope that she keeps her longer style as it really suits her so well! While some may complain about Risakochan's noticeable move to the front of the group, I personally feel that she is not only deserving but also the ideal face of Berryz Koubou at this time and these type of things tend to change over time and sometimes very abruptly. Watching Risakochan in numerous concerts may make evident what my feelings are on this subject. Miya always looks dazzling and here her natural beauty appears to be at its peak!! Can a girl look more radiant than this?! Momo who has long been my favorite Berryz Koubou member until the recent Risakochan takeover, possesses the most unique persona in the group. Add to that the cutest and most unusual voice in the galaxy and Momo becomes the member you just can't help but be endeared to. Maasa has long been a hidden gem within Berryz Koubou and you can really sense her emerging recently and with a little touch of UFA love (ie: more solo lines) her potential will be realized. The attention given in this release keeps with the trend of the "big three", as Risakochan, Miya, & Momo lead the way with Kumaichan as their 6th…uh no I mean 4th woman off the bench. 😛
Above I've scanned the 2 separate images inside the limited edition's casing together and it's a picturesque view one can take a step back from and fully realize just how much the group has matured over such a short period of time.
Simply incredible! I can't stop thinking it. Berryz Koubou has really reached a new height with this release. They look so beautiful here!
With "Tsukiatteruno ni kataomoi" Berryz Koubou has returned to an energetic sound and the song has an easily appealing melody that flows like a river of happy gummy bears. 🙂 With a slightly rock but dominately pop arrangement the song never loses drive and the transition between verse and pre-chorus hint a slight mood change heading fast paced into the simple but yet effective chorus. Like a walk on the clouds the title track is pure euphoria and will surely help turn any rainy day brighter. It's really great that with all that Tsunku currently has on his plate he continues to pen the singles for both Morning Musume & Berryz Koubou and has given us yet another genki track. Another thing to note about this song is while it doesn't go outside the box it does have a uniqueness about it as it doesn't sound quite like anything Tsunku has written before.
The coupling with song "Warera! Berryz Kamen" pushes further as Tsunku has yet again broken new ground for himself in delivering to us his first true "super hero" serenade. "Renai sentai shitsu ranger" didn't really grasp the entire genre as does this track. Everything about "Warera! Berry Kamen" breathes the folklore of the mysterious masked superhero, long a staple in Japan's culture. From the way the verse lyrics are delivered with that distinctly familiar "heroic" intonation to the musical arrangement itself which pays tribute to the genre with its electrifying tone this song could have easily have been a stand alone single. And with an accompanying pv you can just imagine the possibilities! Seven members…seven colors…seven powers…a groundbreaking pv for H!P in no small sense. I may be getting a bit ahead of myself here but just listening to this song really reverberates that feeling! Momo & Risakochan can fight over whom gets to be "Pink Ranger." 😛
The "Dance Shot Ver." which is included with the limited edition CD is breathtaking! While the majority of today's J-Pop pvs seem to have taken a liking to Western influences I always find it much more engaging when their own cultural style is presented. In a word "presentation" reigns supreme in Japanese culture and Berryz Koubou has personified that perfectly here. Hello! Project has presented this aura before in their pvs and a great example would be "Sakura Mankai" which lives and breathes that touch of Eastern culture which looks absolutely incredible on screen. The "Dance Shot Ver." of "Tsukiatteruno ni kataomoi" is a feast for the eyes as the illustrious traditional Japanese screens with beautiful lighting and a daunting sliver of moon make up the perfect backdrop for Berryz Koubou's dance choreography. The camera angles maximize the effect as going from front to various side shots really helps to flush out the presentation. Their white outfits (which are now my 2nd favorite all time H!P outfits!) are the perfect contrast against the darkness and contained light behind the screens and from start to finish you just can't take your eyes off of this pv! And I must not forget to mention the dance choreography is mesmerizing as well! What's that Chewy?!…you love Berryz Koubou too! 😛