I know I’ve already published this, but I wasn’t satisfied with the old format of this post, so I modified some things and published it again. Sorry for the inconvenience
Morning Musume ’15
Morning Musume has been on a roller coaster this year. Starting only with a decent single, much more disappointing because of the long gap between it and its predecessor than because of the quality of the single itself, the group greeted summer with a well-rounded single and… surprise! Rotating centers! Things seemed to go smoothly, until Sayashi Riho graduation announcement and the big 60th single release, which left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. However, we had pretty good songs throughout the year and I feel satisfied.
58th single – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara [2015.04.15]
In my opinion, their weakest single of the year, though quite good overall. Seishun Kozou was definitely a grower, while I loved Yuugure from the first listen. Ima Koko Kara was a nice change from the current style.
Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru
Song: I was not too fond of this at first, but after a few listens I started to really like it. At the very first listen, I was like “what’s this mess supposed to be?” but listening to the studio ver along with the MV gave everything a sense 8/10
Dance: I like the choreography, I found this formation dance quite impressive. I particularly like the dance break, it’s really cool 8.5/10 (gifs by nako-minnadetabeta)
Regular MV: nothing special with this, but I like it because the girls are shining! I love the scenes with fans and umbrellas, they are really charming. If I have to mention a thing that bothered me a bit is that BIG feature of Karin. I mean, I like her and, although a bit disappointing, it’s not a problem she got close-ups as well. But more than regular members? (and in particular 12ki since it was their debut single? Poor Miki) 7.5/10
Another ver. MV: I totally LOVED this one. I wasn’t expecting something like this. It’s so refreshing and different from usual! I like when there are various symbols spread in the video, so that you can give a personal interpretation. And the scenes on the train… simply brilliant! Definitely a 10/10
Outfits: on the regular ver, they are so shiny I’m not too fond of the studs and the “v-neck”, but in general, I like them! As for the alternat ver, we have the outfits used for GMML (nice to see them again, also because I love them!) and some cute school uniforms 8/10
Shining member(s): everyone
Special feature(s): Duu’s kabedon
Yuugure wa Ameagari
Song: so beautiful I love this genre of songs. The piano intro is really beautiful 9/10
Dance: I love this dance It’s smooth and reminds me of classical ballet. Their harmonious movements make me think of young branches shaken softly by the wind 9/10 (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)
MV: The girls are so beautiful, but I hate the setting. It’s too simple for my tastes. A different, less plain background with some nice lighting effects would have been good. I like the group shots, but I’m not a fan of those, generally speaking. 7/10
Outfits: Nice concept, but they seem sooo cheap. The outfits they used for the Gradation tour were much better, IMO. 12ki version is slightly better. 6.5/10
Shining member(s): Sato Masaki and Ishida Ayumi (it’s a shame she got so few close-ups) (gif by passwordishp)
Ima Koko Kara
Song: it’s cute and uplifting~ really anime-ish. Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of song that I keep on listening again and again: after a few times, it becomes a bit boring. 8/10
Dance: I like it because it’s cute and easy 8.5/10
MV: The MV is beautiful, but the anime inserts turn me down a bit. The children dancing with the girls at the end are sooo cute I like the lighting effects, they go well with the anime theme. The members’ shots are all really beautiful. 8/10
Outfits: Again, I like them. They fit with the theme and overall are the best outfits of this single. I like that each gen has a peculiar version. My favorite version is Sakura’s one, since 10ki style is my favorite one, but I prefer red over green 9/10
Special feauture(s): I love how Oda was able to shine in this song!
Single overall: 8.1/10
59th single – Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki [2015.08.19]
My favorite Momusu single of the year. Oh my wish! is a favorite of mine for obvious reasons *coughDuucough*, I loved Sukatto My Heart from the first listen and Imasugu is my overall favorite song of the year (although at first I didn’t like it at all ) together with Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi.
Oh my wish!
Song: not my favorite at first listen, but it grew on me amazingly! In particular, I like the lines just before the chorus starts, because Duu and Zukki sound really soothing. 9/10
Dance: the dance team made an amazing job! The choreography isn’t a favorite of mine, but the girls are too good to be real 9.5/10 (gifs by sasayacchan)
MV: I like the setting and the camera work. As I said, I’m not a fan of group shots, but they are fine, I guess. I don’t like the two-shots of Zukki and Duu dancing alone, I think they are a bit off. However, I think the MV suits the theme of the song. The way the dance shots are inserted within the rest is pretty good. I like the solo dance parts too! 9/10
Outfits: I love the white ones~ The style and the looks. It’s something I would wear as well if they weren’t totally white However, for a single outfit, they are really good! As for the silver ones, I like them but I’m not fond of the pattern. The gowns are pretty, though. 9/10
Shining member(s): Suzuki Kanon (gifs by BOOM! Hello!Project)
Special feature(s): Haruka and Kanon as centers, obviously!
Sukatto My Heart
Song: I love it, so catchy~~ I found it summerish and… refreshing! I always ended up humming the chorus after listening to it… 9/10
Dance: …and I always end up dancing together with them! Again, I find this dance summerish as well! I remember when I was a child and during summer I always kept doing those kind of dances. 9/10 (gifs by ?)
MV: Nice. I don’t particularly like the setting, but there are some pretty shots. For example, the solo shots among the… light fog? I don’t know how to call it haha however, I really liked those shots since every girl was beautiful and charming. The solo shots are good as well, maybe they just follow one another too quickly. 8/10
Outfits: I LOVE THEM They surely are the best Morning Musume outfit of the year! With ImaSugu’s ones being a close second. Moreover, I have a thing for sailor themed outfits, so I was sooo delighted when I saw them! 10/10
Shining member(s): everyone!
Special feature(s): Eripon’s cartwheel! Even more amazing in concerts! (gif by Mini*Wheat)
Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki
Song: I didn’t like it at all, and then.. I fell in love all of a sudden listening to the studio version together with the MV I love this genre of music because is uplifting and relaxing. I love the bridge! 10/10
Dance: I like it. The formations at the very beginning are amazing! 8/10 (gifs by angelandz)
MV: everyone is shining so much! I love everything about this MV. The lighting, the setting… the blue shots in the fog are breathtaking. And the shots in the cubes are lovely. Sometimes, simple things are the best 10/10 (gifs by veevee-8)
Outfits: so beautiful I love everything about them as well. The style is so idolish and girly, and the color and the pattern are enchanting. 10/10
Shining member(s): Sato Masaki but actually everyone is shining! (gif by veevee-8)
Special feature(s): Maachan and Miki as centers!
Single overall: 9.2/10
60th single – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only [2015.12.29]
The last single of the year and Riho’s graduation single. I love Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi from the bottom of my heart ENDLESS SKY has yet to grow on me, but I find it beautiful as well. One and Only is so catchy, you cannot get it off your head!
Dance: Riho is too much for my eyes. There are some parts I don’t particularly like but in the end… who cares Give me Riho dancing and I’m perfectly fine. 10/10 (gifs by haru beautiful everyday and helloprojectgifs)
MV: simple, yet beautiful. The girls are so beautiful and the settings suits the song well. Everyone seem an angel 9.5/10
Outfits: I love the black outfits Riho wears. In particular the dress with red inserts. I like the white outfits as well, but I find some of them quite unflattering. 8/10
Special feature(s): RihoRiho everywhere
Song: I’m not impressed by this song by now. And it’s quite painful too, because, besides my crying Haruka (), it brings memories of Riho’s graduation and everyone crying on stage… Ah… I cannot handle it… How is it supposed to be an uplifting song in such conditions? However, it’s not like I hate it and I don’t think it’s an ugly song as well. That autotune on Sakura though… 8/10
Dance: I’m not particularly fond of this one. I find it quite messy, simple and maybe rushed. 6/10 (gif by fyeah-haropro)
MV: Haruka made my day. This is my least favorite MV of this single. I don’t like the shots in blankets, even though the girls are beautiful as always and it’s nice to see them giggle togheter. Solo shots are cute though. I like the idea of the feathers! 7/10
Outfits: I like the concept, but I don’t like some versions, in particular those with the sheer fabrics going beyond the hem of the skirt. I think my favorite version is Haruka’s 8.5/10
Shining member(s): Ogata Haruna and Kudo Haruka (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)
Special feature(s): Haruka crying
One and Only
Song: So. Damn. CATCHY. At first listen it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I cannot stop humming it. It’s great to have a song fully in English, I’m so happy about it and I know the girls worked really hard for that! 8.5/10
Dance: I love it The steps are quite easy, so I like dancing along with them! 8.5/10 (gifs by angelandz)
MV: the background and the lyrics animation are wonderful, there are a lot of great scenes! Watching the girls smiling and having fun is great! 9/10
Outfits: I have a thing for tartan the white outfits are cute as well! 8.5/10 (gif by angelandz)
Special feature(s): The song is in English!
Single overall: 8.4/10
The next part will feature ANGERME singles! Stay tuned!
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 2 – ANGERME
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 3 – °C-ute and Country Girls
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 4 – Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory
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