Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku
Moshimo… (Regular & Limited A only)
Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Morning Musume) (Limited B only)
Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Berryz Koubou) (Limited C only)
Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring °C-ute) (Limited D only)
Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Mano Erina) (Limited E only)
Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring S/mileage (Limited F only)
Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Instrumental)
1. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku
It’s been a while since we’ve had a last get together with the acts of Hello! Project, of course the last was Bekimasu’s “Makeru na Wasshoi!” but officially was H.P. All Stars’ “ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL”. Of course times have changed since then and the member count is half of what it used to be. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku is their way of saying here’s what we have and of course this song is coming off major losses of Ai Takahashi, Saki Ogawa and to a minor degree Fuyuka Kosuga. First, I wanna talk about the line distribution. It’s been said many time through other blogs but I agree that it’s a little unfair since it’s really the main stars so Reina, Riho, and Risa from Momosu, Airi and Maimi from °C-ute, Risako and Miyabi from Berryz Koubou, and Yuuka from S/mileage all get important lines while everyone else just does the chorus (seriously ManoEri got shafted?!?). The song itself is actually kind of awesome since it’s got a snappy kind of attitude for it and a little bit of English which is good too. Oddly enough, people have compared the song to Berryz’ “Aa, Yo ga Akeru” and I can see that…but this has a little more brass? in it. Still, I was kind of hoping for something a bit more out there to show off all the members since minus Berryz, °C-ute, Risa, Sayumi, and Reina were involved with the last “GET EVERYONE TOGETHER shpeal” which would’ve left us with Aika, 9th Gen, 10th Gen (though they didn’t participate in the studio/PV…they’ve done performances on TV promoting it), ManoEri, and S/mileage (plus the new official members, which they were sub-members when the PV was released). Good song but doesn’t have the longevity that “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL” did.
The B-side that is found on two versions of the release actually only have five members participating and it’s one member of each of the five acts involved. Means Fukuchan, Momoko, Dawa, Nakky, and ManoEri were the chosen ones for this one. All of us should know that Momoko, Dawa, and Nakky are known for their high squeaky vocals while ManoEri has a little deeper tone but still cute in a way. I can’t see why Fukuchan got chosen because she doesn’t seem to have a cute voice like them. My worries happened since it is quite cute of a song…like a S/mileage album song. I’m kind of meh towards the song since it isn’t my kind of thing but I will say that Fukuchan and ManoEri were the best between the five of them (then again I’m used to the other three as it is…)
3. Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Morning Musume)
On the remaining editions of the single (B-F) there’s another B-side but this one is different since each edition corresponds to one of the groups + soloist that’s in H!P. The first one is from Momosu and since it’s the first time hearing Kacchoii Uta this will be where I review the song’s arrangement. Unlike “Moshimo…’s” cuteness galore, Kacchoii Uta has a rockin’ arrangement and it has pretty awesome energy. I loved that Risa and Riho kick things off! Actually, every member has lines which is surprising but AWESOME nonetheless, even they have Sayu under auto-tune which isn’t present in any other version of the song. Weird though is that I get “My Way ~Joshikou Hanamichi~” vibes from this song!
4. Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Berryz Koubou)
Well, now I can be certain that the song’s arrangement has not changed at all which is good and bad but at least we get different vocals! I will say that Miyabi and Momoko taking first solos with everyone following is quite awesome. I will say that the deeper vocals from Berryz’ sans Momoko is a nice change and they sound quite strong overall. I think out of the five, this is vocally the strongest with Momosu close behind.
5. Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring °C-ute)
Despite being the group with the least amount of members, °C-ute’s version is quite straightforward and would fit in their discography quite nicely. Airi and Chisato take the first solo lines and it just goes from there. Equality was shown throughout and I liked this from them but Momosu’s and Berryz’ were a smidge better.
6. Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring Mano Erina)
Unlike the four other versions of the song, this one is slightly different since ManoEri is the only soloist in H!P so her song would be awkward for her as she really is the only one singing here (but she does have backup support but it’s unknown who that is…). Her version is clearly the weakest of the five but it’s no surprise because the song is meant for groups. I wouldn’t have minded if she had joined in with °C-ute since they had the least amount of members. Oh well!
7. Kacchoii Uta (Hello! Project featuring S/mileage)
S/mileage’s closes the single out since they were the last group brought together. Now saying that °C-ute’s version had the least amount of members is true, but S/mileages really only had Yuuka, Kanon and Dawa for the most part and that is a little sad, but the other four members at the song’s creation were still sub-members. That being said, the cute vocals work but only to a degree and I like the groups more.
While I liked the idea of bringing H!P together once again for a single, only three songs to me stood out the most. Of course the lead track, Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku was pretty impressive and shows off what the girls sound like today for the most part even though a little of the music borrows ideas from previous H!P songs. Moshimo… was kind of a bust but it’s clearly because they brough in the squeaky cute vocalists for that and it just didn’t connect. As for the 5 versions of Kacchoii Uta, only Momosu’s and Berryz’ were great. The other 3 were just ok and nothing better. I will say…I wonder how it’d sound if all 5 were played simultaneously…..OMG YES! lol