The anime tie in really lends itself to some of the cutest props ever!!!…and the cover artwork provides just a hint into the adorable aspect that these props provide in this release. The artists really created a vibrant and lively background and I love the unique aspects of each member's outfit starting with Nakki's which is just the cutest and the large bow in her hair really suits her so well. With the lunch theme being present it's aprons for everyone and I'm so happy that they kept these same outfits for the pv as well as in many H!P pvs it's not the case…sometimes unfortunately. Everyone's outfits are also an upgrade in the cute department from their debut release as these simply send the ador-a-meter to its height! While Gakisan's outfit is the most distinct in the group as it represents her leadership role as well as her role in the anime…Nakki, Chisatochan, and Mittsi's attire seem to be a custom fit for each of their individual personalities.
"Seishun! LOVE LUNCH" is a great follow up release to "Shouri no BIG WAVE!!!" in the vein of another lively children's song and it makes sure to not complicate things keeping to a simple melody and arrangement which are appropriate for such a release. The rhythm is written like a march and the hooks come in all the right places! While the vocal arrangement is dominated by a "choral" approach it does provide enough solo lines for the distinctiveness of their voices to shine as well. What you really have to love about a unit like this is how it provides an up front "stage" for a few H!P members who are really well deserving of more attention in their primary groups when it comes to both screen time as well as vocal lines. And there are many many more members in need of this type of outlet so let's hope for a few more new units in 2008 and beyond! While Gakisan, Chisatochan, and Mittsi all have great voices I find myself a lot of times attracted to the more unusual vocals in a group and in the case of Athena & Robikerottsu that title goes to Nakki. Prior to these 2 releases I hadn't really noticed just how unusual her vocals are and it really starts in the way that she speaks. While it's nowhere in the realm of Momoko goodness!!…and strangeness!!…Nakki's vocals also reside in the higher realm while….hmmm right now lacking for a better description…in a nasal tone of sorts. And by joining together her adorable looks, wonderfully large teeth (some are just born with them!! ^o^), always genki personality, and her endearingly unique vocals she becomes arguably the groups' standout member…albeit by a slim margin as this entire unit is really strong! Nakki also possesses what I like to refer to as honest laughter and while it's a bit difficult to describe in words, one need only watch a few "making of", backstage, or any candid clip for that matter to hear this first hand. While I've been obsessing over Nakki a bit here…here's a Gakisan performance of "Koe" (to help ground me again! 😛 ) which is not only one of my favorite Momusu songs but also one of my favorite performances of it alongside Aichan's live performance which is also outstanding! ^-^
Oh and of course the pv for "Seisun! LOVE LUNCH"…….
It's such a cute pv!!…and the artificial food and utensil props are just too adorable!!! Nakki also wins the best actress award for her enthusiastic portrayal of blowing on "hot" food and her "oishii" reactions! 🙂 Did I mention that Nakki is my favorite member in this unit? 😛
"Yuugure Sherbet" falls more into the category of a dance song and upon my first listen it really has a much much more mature arrangement and overall sound to it. The chorus is built from a very well constructed melody and in a lot of ways I actually find myself immediately liking this song a bit more than the title track. There's a beautiful melancholy feel to it and in some amusing way the title ("Evening Sherbet") seems an odd match in a sense. Just a really catchy song which also presents itself in a moving way melodically, I think this one's going into the car's player immediately! I can see how this track isn't an a-side but I just find it so appealing anyway! 🙂
The "making of" footage is taken to new heights by the inclusion of so many fluffy food props and dishes and it doesn't take long for the fun interaction between members and said props to begin! ^-^ While the pv's shooting is exclusive to blue screen effects, the props are really what helps to bring the scenery to life and the pv really benefits from the candid interaction between each member and cute nabe pots, bento boxes, desserts, fruits, utensils, and soo much adorable plushy food that I'd love to be able to collect myself! Not that I need anything else in my room right now! 😛 I just never knew that plushy food could be so cute!