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Morning Musume ’17 – Jama Shinaide Here We Go!/Dokyuu no Go Sign/Wakaindashi! September 27, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!
  2. Dokyuu no Go Sign
  3. Wakaindashi!
  4. Jama Shinaide Here We Go! (Instrumental)
  5. Dokyuu no Go Sign (Instrumental)
  6. Wakaindashi! (Instrumental)

1. Jama Shinaide Here We Go!

Opening the single, we get Jama Shinaide Here We Go! with an intro from Harunan & Haachin before we actually kick the song off!  As this track in particular is here to sort of introduce the group’s newest member, Chisaki Morito, the tune does a fair job at showing her off on top of various other members getting a solo line here and there (hm did Kaede not get one???).  The track itself has this Colorful era feel mixed with one of the group’s earlier singles, “AS FOR ONE DAY” but synthy.  It’s different for the group, I can say that, not too interesting IMO though.  There’s something kind of low energy about it.

2. Dokyuu no Go Sign

At least with the 2nd A-side, things get a whole lot more energetic.  Actually, I was surprised how quick-paced and powerful the song went right from the opening.  It reminds me of “Koko ni Iruzee!” with the pop/rock yet super genki vibes I get.  However, not all is great as we have the singing group/dancing group shtick once again (like in “Oh my wish!” & “The Vision”).  This time it seems like Eripon, Duu, Ayumi, Yokoyan, Kaedii, and even new member Chiichan are sitting this song out.  Which is odd and shaky as the rest involved: (Fukuchan, Maachan, Harunan, Odasaku, Akanechin, Haachin, Maria, and Miki) are at the forefront here.  I love the energy and hearing the 12th Gen getting this push is great to see, but I wish the newer members had more chances to stand out.

3. Wakaindashi!

Since this single is also Duu’s final single, it comes to no surprise that at least one track would be centered around her and she’s leading all over the track.  Unlike the other two A-sides, this one is quite poppy, kind of like a happier “ENDLESS SKY”.  I have to admit that it is also my favorite off the single.  The song’s bright nature and boppy nature is just cute and Duu sounds amazing.  Though interesting that the 3 youngest members, (Akane, Reina, and Maria) got lines too!  Interesting song overall and really is a nice way to send Haruka off.  I will say those male ~heys~ are so distracting XD.

 

 

Oooph…is 2017 over yet?  Momusu has been dealing with quite a bit this year as it is.  This single marks the beginning of a new member (Chisaki) who is from…well…what was the active Country Girls but since been inactive and the girls (sans Yamakki & Ozeko) were put to different groups.  On top of this being Haruka Kudo’s final single before graduation.  Honestly, the single was OK, not their best, but certainly passable.  Wakaindashi! is the clear winner for me as it was breezy pop and celebrated Duu quite nicely.  Jama Shinaide was serious and slightly brooding, but it’s got some interesting things about it and Dokyuu no Go Sign was an exciting and fast track to really get behind…A little bummed that some members got forgotten on this single (Kaede & Eripon in particular).  Also WELCOME BACK Maachan!!!

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Morning Musume ’17 – BRAND NEW MORNING/Jealousy Jealousy February 27, 2017

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Track Listing

  1. BRAND NEW MORNING
  2. Jealousy Jealousy
  3. Morning Misoshiru (SP Edition only)
  4. Get you! (SP Edition only)
  5. BRAND NEW MORNING (Instrumental)
  6. Jealousy Jealousy (Instrumental)

1. BRAND NEW MORNING

As the debut song for 13th Gen, BRAND NEW MORNING seems like it signifies that this is a shift for a new era since half of the 9th left.  As another EDM song to put in their discography, I feel like this one is a little bit different and a bit more aggressive than I thought it would be.  I also love the kind of powerful march-like atmosphere to the kind of Arabian-esque verses which was something unexpected from the group.  As for lines, you have the usual suspects like Duu, Sakura, and Fukuchan, but there’s also a good line for Eripon and of course solos for the 2 new girls; Kaede and Reina.  What I can say is that Yokoyan oddly reminds me of Zukki’s voice (deep and a smidge hoarse) and Kaedii well…a powerhouse.  It’s definitely a favorite of mine and a great debut for our new generation.  If you’re curious, Maachan is actually absent in the A-side (she’s on a break due to a herniated disc in her back).

2. Jealousy Jealousy

The other A-side is a bit more funk-laced with brass elements and strings!  I definitely wasn’t expecting this to be the other A-side, but it’s a nice break from the usual.  There’s still some EDM elements present, but not quite at the level of “BRAND NEW MORNING”.  Also it seems that 13th Gen are not quite as up front as the other track, but I’m fine with that!  I do like that it’s Ayumi, Miki, Sakura, and Mizuki at the front of the song and even better is that the track has some rapping sections (focusing most on Miki & Ayumi).  It’s a fun song and brings back so spice to the group!

3. Morning Misoshiru

So a little backstory, this was a song initially created to promote Miso soup in Japan (with all the members having a specific flavor, including Maachan who is actually in both B-sides of the single!).  Morning Misoshiru is essentially a remake of Momusu’s major debut, “Morning Coffee” but with one lyric changed in the choruses (which to me screams lazy).  The arrangement was also updated, but not very much.  To be fair, I do prefer the original over this one, but it’s mostly the vocals that kind of did it for me.  Still, it’s nice to hear Masaki’s voice after missing it in the A-sides.  Overall, it may be the beginning to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary!

4. Get you!

Last but not least, we have the 2nd B-side and this one is pretty out of the blue.  Announced back on Christmas last year, the group was going to collaborate with Rino Sashihara from AKB48 for a song on their upcoming album, “Thumbnail”.  That said, the song is arranged by Akimoto which means the song might not be quite as exciting as it should be.  Though what’s interesting is that this is a “single version” so to speak as this one focuses more on the Morning Musume members.  I do think the group sounds decent, but at the same time I felt like because of the arrangement and overall feel, it almost feels a smidge generic.  Not all can be winners I guess…

Their first single of the year, Momusu did a pretty good job ushering in our new generation of girls Kaede Kaga & Reina Yokoyama.  BRAND NEW MORNING is more EDM, but it did focus on the new girls quite a bit and it’s just an interesting song all-around while Jealousy Jealousy is something different and focuses more on our existing members and pushes Miki quite a bit (like how “Sou Janai” did for Maria).  The lack of Masaki in the A-sides is a bit disappointing, but it’s for her to get healthy again and return!  As for the B-sides, it feels like they were kind of thrown in just to make the SP edition a thing to get.  Morning Misoshiru is just a smidge lazy and Get you! feels like a forgettable AKB song (doesn’t help that Akimoto had arranged it…).  I’m sure it feels like the group may release a best album due to the 20th anniversary going on…and BOY ARE THEY DUE FOR AN ALBUM of sorts…

 

Morning Musume ’16 – Sexy Cat no Enzetsu/Mukidashi de Mukiatte/Sou Janai November 21, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu
  2. Mukidashi de Mukiatte
  3. Sou Janai
  4. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu (Instrumental)
  5. Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Instrumental)
  6. Sou Janai (Instrumental)

1. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu

Opening the single, we have Sexy Cat which stirred up some speculations at how “sexy” the song would actually come off and this song is more playful than anything else.  As usual, the saxophones really add some depth to the song and interestingly enough it works with Sakura, Fukuchan, and Duu (who are the leads of the song).  It’s a pretty cool song and just hearing the group is making all kinds of happy.  I will say the trio of leads are pretty impressive overall and the rest of the members pull their weight.

2. Mukidashi de Mukiatte

The 2nd A-side (the last revealed), Mukidashi is pretty much straight up EDM for them, but unlike past endeavors, I think the arrangers wanted to keep things a bit more simplistic and straightforward and honestly, it worked for them.  Each of the members have a solo line somewhere (except Haachel for some reason).  Even though I don’t have much to say about it, I really enjoyed the track the most of the single…a great dance track for the group to have!

3. Sou Janai

I guess you can say that the 3rd A-side is also classified as an EDM song, but the song is a little more focused on members here, specifically Maria who is the lead of the track means it’s also the first where a 12th Gen members actually has spotlight in a song!  Duu, Fukuchan, Ayumi, Odasaku, and Maachan also have lines throughout so it’s not all just her.  The song itself is growing on me and Maria sounds good (finally training is paying off).

As the last release as Momusu ’16, I feel this single did a whole lot better than their last single by giving us some exciting tracks and some spotlight on members who haven’t really been getting any.  I do think the space from Riho and Zukki has been covered for now and with the future really pointing towards a 13th Gen, I can oly wonder what’s in store for 2017

 

Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Zoku 11-nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa” Original Soundtrack (FULL) October 6, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Ai no Kotoba
  2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
  3. Otomodachi ni Naritai!
  4. Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le
  5. Nishi no Chi Aritosca La
  6. Tsuyoki Kuni wo Motemete
  7. Sensou ga Hajimaru
  8. Tsumetai Kaze
  9. Baceska wo Korose!
  10. Mayoi no Mori
  11. Bokura no Shinnen
  12. Nani mo Kataru na
  13. Ou no Tsutome
  14. Suki Dakara……
  15. Teki wo Ute!
  16. Maya no Hi

1. Ai no Kotoba

Ahhh it seems the mini single, features all three tracks on the EAST version of the OST.  As this version stayed the same, this is definitely where Ayumi leads the song before Duu comes in and joins.  It’s a nice ballad and has a grand middle, but as the opening track, it is a tad bit short.  The WEST version changes things up by being Duu and Sakura singing together…interesting change.

2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa

So here we are with another song from the small single and this one is marked as the theme of the stageplay.  I’m really like the ominous arrangement that gives this adventuring feel.  I do love the bongos and then the vocals gelling together to make it a really powerful theme.  The two versions here really don’t sound that different (but I assume the roles and voices are moved around, but that’s the case for the WHOLE album).  Overall, might not be the best title track from OSTs but it’s good enough.

3. Otomodachi ni Naritai!

Finally getting to songs I haven’t heard, my first thoughts were that this song is reminding me of some stuff from “LILIUM”.  The kind of folksy arrangement and bouncy arrangement wasn’t helping any.  It’s cute and such, but nothing that really sticks out to me.

4. Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le

Something about this musical’s feel right now makes me think of Medieval times.  This track continues to feel a bit folksy.  It does feel like no one gets solos in the song which is a surprising fact as this is a bit more serious sounding than other tracks.  HOWEVER, the WEST version of the song is definitely a bit more impressive as it makes it a bit more danceable and bright in comparison (the few differences between the two discs).

5. Nishi no Chi Aritosca La

It seems this is another song that’s different between the two discs.  The EAST version is a bit more stripped down to basics with light tam-tams and acoustic guitar which gives it this kind of mystical and enchanting arrangement (though strings to join in after a while).  It’s a simple track overall and I quite liked it.  The WEST version is a bit more dreamy because it has flute and piano as its main instruments.  While the former is Sakura-led, this is Ayumi-led and it’s interesting to say the least.  I do prefer the EAST version, but this is pretty as well!

6. Tsuyoki Kuni wo Motomete

Is that Maasa at the beginning?  She sounds so evil in this track and I appreciate it since she’s gotten better at singing through these Engeki Joshi-bu performances.  The tune does kind of break moods with the squeakier vocals, but after their quick disappearance the song just marches on and ends.  The WEST version does make the speaking voices less shrill so it’s the preferred version if anything!

7. Sensou ga Hajimaru

The OST continues and with Sensou ga Hajimaru does move back to the folksy sounds but it’s a little more upbeat.  To me it just kind of goes by with me not remembering too much as it’s straightforward and there’s no solo lines to be found.  The WEST cut doesn’t feel like it changes much except the vocals.  Overall, it’s just not a song that really sticks out.

8. Tsumetai Kaze

Our next track definitely screams like it’s from “LILIUM”.  I really like the deep vocalist here, but I’m not quite sure who it is as it doesn’t sound like Maasa really.  The dramatic track does have a deeper sound and some underlying electric guitar too.  Besides the voice, the tune just doesn’t stick out either.

9. Baceska wo Korose!

Each track makes it feel like a song I heard in “LILIUM” which is starting to slightly bother me.  Baceska wo Korose! does have some good movement and the electric guitars give push on top of the beating drums.  Maasa though sounds wild and it’s shockingly great to hear!  I also like the fact that it’s a full length track (passing 4 minutes).  Pretty heavy track and interesting how it flows (the WEST version had either little changes or none though).

10. Mayoi no Mori

Things calm down slightly for the ballad, Mayoi no Mori which is a solo for Sakura mostly (Ayumi in the WEST version).  Initially, the song is quiet and empty with just piano but it does grow a bit towards its peak with strings and a similar dramatic feel like the previous tracks.  It’s a tad short and the interspersed dialogue throws things off.  It’s alright, but nothing ultimately special.

11. Bokura no Shinnen

Of course vocals are splitting once again in both versions of the song but it does feel Haruka, Sakura, and Ayumi have the leading roles.  It sounds powerful and with the arrangement (while not jaw-dropping) fits this whole dramatic phase even up to the end with the yells.  It’s definitely nice to hear but a lot of this OST so far has been striking with its emoting.

12. Nani mo Kataru na

So another dramatic-like ballad follows with Haruka (Fukuchan on the WEST) and unlike “Bokura no Shinnen” this one lacked a lot of power and emotion and it just felt like it was going through the emotions.  So to me, it just felt blah and forgetful.

13. Ou no Tsutome

Wow, I really like Mizuki’s deep vocals that open Ou no Tsutome as it suits this rather forboding ballad.  At least it really fits the song and just sounds grandiose and powerful and while Ayumi does try her hardest on the WEST cut, it just doesn’t feel as believable as Fukuchan’s cut.  Interesting track.

14. Suki Dakara……

Finally we get to our 3rd track from the preview single and as I said it’s a duet between Haruka & Sakura, but that’s the WEST cut which is surprising since EAST is Haruka & Ayumi.  Either way, the song is still pretty decent and not much else to say at this point since it’s repeating from the last couple of tracks.

15. Teki wo Ute!

After the crazy amount of ballads we’ve had, Teki wo Ute! picks things up with a little more dramatic as seen from the middle of the OST.  I actually couldn’t tell who was singing solos between the two, but I like how she (they) powered through the song with such brevity.  It’s pretty strong, but I feel like at this point, I’ve already heard this somewhere else…

16. Maya no Hi

The final track of the OST, I really love the intro with the flute and sad feeling.  Though after that it kind of runs the same path as various other songs on the album on top of just simply vocal differences between the two versions.  So sadly, as the final track, I felt this was a weak closing and just didn’t stick out at all.

Tracks Recommended

  • Higashi no Chi Aritosca Le (WEST only)
  • Baceska wo Korose!
  • Nishi no Chi Aritosca La (EAST only)
  • Teki wo Ute!
  • Bokura no Shinnen

Song of Avoidance

  • Nani mo Kataru na

Finally, we have the full OST from Momusu’s recent stageplay!  Though while the single gave me some interest to see what the hubbub was with this OST, it’s definitely not from its music to be quite honest.  It feels like I was treading the same grounds as “LILIUM” did a couple years ago with the dark and broody atmosphere and yet striking arrangements.  Sadly the ballads were just one too many for me and a lot of the second half was putting me to sleep.  Add on that there was two cuts of the same tracklists and I just couldn’t be bothered with many of the songs.  Good idea, but could’ve had some better made tracks.

 

 

Morning Musume ’16 – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Zoku 11-nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa” Original Soundtrack June 27, 2016

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zoku11nin

Track Listing

  1. Ai no Kotoba
  2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
  3. Suki Dakara..

1. Ai no Kotoba

The single opens with Ayumi singing along with a simple piano arrangement.  It’s quite nice to hear her singing a lot less forceful and in turn ends with a pleasant tone.  Then Haruka actually shows up and starts to sing and she’s got the husky voice going on and it sounds like a stark difference between each other.  Simple track, but it’s OK I suppose.

2. Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa

As the theme of the stageplay, Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, I figured that it was going to be a lot more grandiose than the other two tracks of the single and it has a powerful sound to it, especially since Ayumi, Haruka, and Sakura have leads in through the track.  Of the three, I was impressed the most out of this one!

3. Suki Dakara..

So the 3rd track is a duet between Sakura and Haruka and already it’s got a little more oomph going on than in “Ai no Kotoba” that’s for sure.  There’s a low-lying beat to it with a flowing piano/strings melody going on.  I’m really liking Sakura here a lot as she puts a lot of strong power behind her lines.  Add on the melodic tones Duu adds here and it just sounds great!

 

 

I really hope there’ll be a fuller OST down the line because the single made me want more from this stageplay.  Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa & Suki Dakara.. left me hoping that a lot more of the songs in the play are just as grand and powerful!  Ai no Kotoba is the weak link here, but it does show that Ayumi is getting better at handling soft songs overall.  As a whole, it’s decent, but I want more…

 

Morning Musume ’16 – Utakata Saturday Night!/The Vision/Tokyo to Iu Katasumi May 7, 2016

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Track Listing

  1. Utakata Saturday Night!
  2. The Vision
  3. Tokyo to Iu Katasumi
  4. Utakata Saturday Night! (Kawanabe Hiroshi REMIX) (Vinyl edition only)
  5. Utakata Saturday Night! (Instrumental)
  6. The Vision (Instrumental)
  7. Tokyo to Iu Katasumi (Instrumental)

1. Utakata Saturday Night!

Starting the single off, Utakata Saturday Night! is definitely a nice change of pace away from their usual shtick.  Actually it feels like they’re following down the road that “Sukatto My Heart” started last year with more of the heavier disco-funk that made Golden Era Momusu so memorable!  That being said, this song trumps the aforementioned track by a HUGE margin!  It’s just exciting and lively for everyone involved!  Even better is that Zukki has a lot of solos in the song (as it should since it is technically her graduation song, despite not going for a solo track).  Though I admit that the bridge with Zukki sounds a LOT like Miyabi’s dialogue lines in “Asian Celebration”.  Great song for the group to have for sure and was a decent sendoff for Kanon!

2. The Vision

Next track up, The Vision seems to be the one focused on 12th Gen as they have solos here and there, although it seems to be mostly a Masaki and Sakura track which is not surprising as they’ve been penned as leads for a while.  Also once again, Ayumi, Mizuki, and Erina aren’t singing (as they’ve been relegated to dance tram status again like in “Oh my wish!”.  The track itself is lighter than the other A-sides and takes a lot of similarities from “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe” with the ethereal setting and prickly piano lines.  I do enjoy the song for what it is, but it could’ve been somewhat better I think.  One more thing, some of that intro sounds like Besaid Island from FFX…is it just me???

3. Tokyo to Iu Katasumi

Initially chosen as the primary A-side, but changed last minute, Tokyo to Iu Katasumi was also the first performed and for many, this was a song many weren’t just not as interested as it sounds like many of the tracks they’ve done since 10th Gen joined.  I do like the strong guitar riffs mixed with the stringwork and EDM stylings we’ve had.  There’s actually lines for everyone except for 12th Gen which is not surprising either, though I feel like once again Sakura and Masaki take charge just a smidge more.  While it might not bring much to the table compared to the previous two tracks, it’s got a lot of edge and I liked that about this one.

4. Utakata Saturday Night! (Kawanabe Hiroshi REMIX)

So on the special vinyl release, we get a remix for Zukki’s final track and comparing this to the original, I’d say the original is more faithful to the disco style, though I do love the string intro and the overall 70’s feel of the remix, but then it gets a bit repetitive with the ~utakata~ there.  Though after a while the remix just comes off more as stripped down and too safe for a remix, there’s just no oomph to it whereas the original has a lot of punch…it’s a weak remix

 

 

Being the first single under ’16, Utakata Saturday Night!/The Vision/Tokyo to Iu Katasumi is a pretty decent single if not a smidge under their last single.  The Vision & Tokyo to Iu Katasumi (and for the matter Utakata) didn’t really bring anything new to the table, they were done quite nicely and has many good parts about it except for the remix which was pretty tame.  I still don’t feel too much from the 12th Gen which is slightly worrying (hell Miki got pushed back this time).  Though the main focus (well at least for Utakata) was this is Zukki’s final single with the group and possibly before a new generation joins, which is kind of more worrying considering how 12th Gen is doing.  Still, it’s a pretty good single overall!

 

Morning Musume ’15 – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi/ENDLESS SKY/One and Only December 26, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
  2. ENDLESS SKY
  3. One and Only
  4. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B) (Vinyl only)
  5. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (Instrumental)
  6. ENDLESS SKY (Instrumental)
  7. One and Only (Instrumental)

1. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi

I like that Momusu decided to chill things out with the leading A-side, Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi, although there are some splotches of it (the “Ai no Gundan” reverbs and such stands out in a weird way), but the tune is lighter and has some interesting guitar and piano parts (even some rolling snare parts).  Initially a song meant to be sung solo by Riho as she’s leaving the group only two days after this single releases, I couldn’t exactly see how that’d work beyond the dance parts she has (she has sung this solo though already).  It’s a really chill song and some parts it reminds me of the classic “Memory Seishun no Hikari” with some of the lines throughout.  Different kind of song, but much needed to break more of that monotony the group’s been in.

2. ENDLESS SKY

If there was one song to ultimately compare our next A-side track, it’s definitely “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” as they both have the same breezy, but hopeful sound to it.  The synths though are stronger though and it’s got a bigger punch to it than said song which is nice, I think.  There’s a lot of solos through (most belonging to Riho for obvious reasons).  Not sure why auto-tune is heard in Sakura’s voice, but beyond that, it’s mostly a flawless song, very nice to commemerate Riho’s graduation.  Also, Duu crying once again…I guess the tomboy shtick is over lol.

3. One and Only

Everyone had known this song for quite a while (as it was the theme for J-MELO like “What is LOVE?” was a year ago.  It also seemed to be the normal song as it felt like Riho announced this graduation a bit too close to the single release (or the company wanted to push the single before she left so it feels slightly rushed and might explain the lack of “Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai” on this release despite being performed before the previous two tracks).  Back to One and Only, this song is quite unique in Momusu’s discography as it’s the only song sung in full English!  Also, the song is just upbeat and very energetic unlike the last two tracks which is great!  I wasn’t expecting the English to be as good as it was hear, but it’s still not totally perfect, but it’s more than passable when compared to other artists who try to do the same.  Catchy song and one of the best to come this year!

4. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B)

Though the single wasn’t over because a couple months later a vinyl version was released with this exclusive track!  Totally stripped down in comparison to the original take, TYPE B also manages to cut some of the duet lines down to even more solos despite not resinging the track itself.  I personally enjoyed this version of the song as it feels a little more emotionally tied down.  Though I will say, unexpected and sad that it’s only found on the vinyl version.

 

 

Closing out the year, Morning Musume ’15 surprised fans with the short notice that Riho is leaving the group (weird they’d announce the single so soon, would’ve thought she’d at least leave in the spring, not so much the end of the year).  This single was actually quite good and matches up with the last single “Oh my wish!/Sukatto My Heart/Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki”.  Both versions of Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi are a nice, slow jam for sure and Riho did a solid job singing here as well as the mid-tempo ENDLESS SKY even though it’s a bit of a clone.  One and Only though was a nice surprise and made fans just dance and feel happy.  As this is the first member that I’ve followed from debut announcement to graduation, I kind of wonder where the group will head as this is their ace leaving…