Edit: What follows is an extremely biased review. I am quite aware that I am over-the-top biased (don't mean to offend, but I'm not an Ai, Reina, or Koharu fan, so...), and I say some things here that are unnecessary, but hey. It was my personal review, and I tend to exaggerate...a lot. I'm also aware that Tsunku writes and produces everything Momusu-related, but because of my over-the-top bias, I kinda ignore that fact. I deeply respect all three of the leads in this song/PV, and I appreciate all that they have done and will do for Momusu and Momusu's popularity, but like I said, I exaggerate when I'm fed-up/disappointed with certain things, and I come off a lot meaner than I meant to.
That said, carry on, if you wish. Just be prepared.
It's out, and it can be found here.
I'll reserve my final judgments for later; Tsunku claims that there will be another version of this PV released. It is a bit early for an H!P PV to be released, so I pray that this is true.
I have a huge qualm with this dance-shot-only (it seems) PV; FIND THE ENTRY WITH MY MOMUSU FAVORITES BANNER. CAREFULLY EXAMINE THE THREE COMING IN DEAD-LAST. THEN CAREFULLY EXAMINE THE THREE LEADS IN THIS PV (AKA THE THREE WITH SOME TYPE OF WHITE IN THEIR CLOTHING).
I AM SO SADDENED.
IT'S A TERRIBLE DAY WHEN FREAKIN' KUSUMI KOHARU IS MY FAVORITE OUT OF THE FRONT GIRLS.
Reina and Ai's voices are nice and all, BUT IT'S SO BORING HEARING THEM OVER AND OVER.
IT'S PRACTICALLY THE AI-REINA-KOHARU TRIO WITH SIX BACK-UP DANCERS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE AWESOME THAN THOSE IN THE TRIO ITSELF.
Now, I'm going to try and take a deep breath.
...The song is completely awesome (despite the bland and over-used vocals, it has a nice style; other vocals (GAKIKAME DFDSKGJLDKGJA) would've made this song absolutely stellar, but whatever). I love the song, and I may even order the CD, who knows?
The dance is frickin' amazing. I love it so much! The overall feel of the dance? GLORIOUS. It's so dark and thrash-y and FANTASTIC, it's kinda like 'Egao YES Nude', 'Shabondama', and 'Do it! Now' mixed but with an original style.
This version (WE NEED ANOTHER ONE WITH MORE THAN AI-REINA-KOHARU FRONT GIRL DOMINATION, A FEW SHOTS OF RISA MERELY GOING "BABY, BABY!", AND A SINGLE SHOT OF SAYUMI SAYING "HELP ME!") begins with Aika standing front and center (don't get used to it) surrounded by JunJun and LinLin. You get a quick glimpse of Risa and Eri (WHO SHOULD'VE BEEN THE LEADS, CRY) dash by, and then the song is taken over by the God-awful trio.
I can't even tell what the order is. I'm thinking that, left to right during the main dance-shot, it goes LinLin, Risa, the three attention-whores, Eri, JunJun, and Sayumi and Aika are shunned to the back (SACRILEGE).
The best parts of this are when it begins (8th Gen.~!), the "dakedo, nee, nee, dakedo"/"dare ka, nee, nee, dare ka" parts when Risa and Eri come thrash in the center (I LIKE TO PRETEND THEY'RE LEADS HERE, 'PRETEND' BEING THE KEY WORD), and Sayumi's "Help me!" when we finally realize that she's actually in this PV. D: D: D:
That all said, the dance-shot's concept is truly awesome and amazing, but the front girls need to be switched around a bit. AND BY 'A BIT', I MEAN 'SIGNIFICANTLY'.
I do like Ai, Reina, and Koharu's outfits here (especially Ai and Reina's), but that all that I really feel like saying about them. I'm sure rabid Ai-Reina-Koharu fans will squee and be extremely content.
I, meanwhile, am wishing for a PV with some awesome close-ups, maybe (MAYBE?) a story-line, and a few shots of the dance.
Koharu smiles during her "Help me!" lines; this bothers me. In all serious-ness, this girl doesn't know what she is doing.
At least she's better than cocky, fake Reina and boring, only-good-for-singing-and-even-then-oh-so-bland Ai, though.
I'm allowed to be harsh, I'm PO-ed. Why did something so incredibly wonderful have to be tarnished like this? I know H!P has a history of pushing front girls and shunning the others, but I'm still very disappointed with this arrangement.
Now, to return to Hello!Online and collect what I was originally going there for before this PV news hit me: the MiniMoni 'Crazy About You' instrumental. I really, really feel like singing that song today, and I think I will.