Manoeri's second indie single effort is really a step in the right direction as after hearing her debut single "Manopiano" I was thinking wouldn't a more upbeat song suit her so much better? Really an idol at her stage should be given something lively and fun to perform but not to put down her debut and ballads in general as I absolutely love them but it's just in this case of a younger idol and what just seems appropriate to maximize her potential as well as her image devolopment for fans would be upbeat material I think. Take Ayaya for example…her career is basically the winning blueprint for success. Now deep into her career her songs and image have inevitably taken on a much more mature approach but she'll always have those early gems such as "Dokki Doki! love mail", "Love namida iro", "Tropical koishiteru", "Momoiro kataomoi", etc…etc…etc… So what Manoeri needs is material like this to get her started and I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps Tsunku the master of the fun pop genre should step in and take over the music & lyric writing duties. Just some food for thought though as it's only Manoeri's 2nd single release and I'd hate to judge too early. In any case "Lucky Aura" is a good follow up to "Manopiano" and it really sets things up for her to continue in this direction musically although I'm still thinking Tsunku Tsunku Tsunku for her music catalog! Or since cover songs are all the rage right now in H!P, have Manoeri do a 2008 rendition of "Momoiro kataomoi" with an all new backing track as it's still and always will be a pop gem for all time. ^-^
As with her debut indie release, "Lucky Aura" is also a single track CD which is only accompanied by a karaoke instrumental backing track. The song is rather catchy and the composition itself is a bit retro while Manoeri's vocals do sound better here and think baby steps…as she's new at this being solo thing so improvement over time is inevitable. ^-^ In some ways I kind of feel like I enjoyed "Manopiano" a bit better though but that may just be because that chorus is permanently stuck in my mind from play overload. 😛 This song is a cute one though.
One thing is for certain. Manoeri definitely has a career in shashinshuu if she so desires. Just look at these shots…she's absolutely beautiful in them and she really carries a nice charisma about her and it comes through in her wonderful smile always. I wonder why my scanner sometimes creates scans which look like they have an acute case of the chicken pox! 😛 It only occurs on some scans so I'm really confused as to why this happens but I do apologize for the "chicken pox" like scans above. You can't really notice above since they're tiny here but if you click on to enlarge them there's blotchy little pixelated spots. Really odd. My older software for my previous pc would allow for smoothing out of images but this new one has no such feature..even odder. 😛