Dream Morning Musume consists of an all-star lineup of the most popular Morning Musume members from days of yore called once more to duty to play the nostalgia card and make a quick yen while the current Morning Musume struggle to not trip over each other in their chicken suits.
The video for their one and only original single Shining Butterfly appeared and disappeared from YouTube in an instant as UFA watchdogs started clamping down on the dirty copyright stealing bastards who were only trying to promote their product. Imagine that, a record label not wanting their product being pimped to the masses.
Anyway, even though the video isn’t as readily available for viewing I used my resources to get a hold of an HD rip so I can see whether the old war horses were getting a raw deal or if they were being used to one-up the struggling modern version of Morning Musume.
By the looks of it it seems that UFA does seem to actually care as this video not only boasts an actual budget but a storyline as well. Yes you read that right a BUDGET & NARRATIVE. Amazing isn’t it? Sure some of the set looks like it was recycled from Onna ni Sachi Are but that’s alright since it looks like the money was spent on some nice evening dresses (no leather biker outfits or animal suits, praise Jebus) and some acting lessons to make the entire drama of the video credible.
Yes, the entire video focuses on Ishikawa as she laments the fact that her boyfriend is an old douche bag cheating on her while her DMM buddies and an old bar maid played by Nakazawa try to cheer her up or in one case slap some sense into her. It’s a fairly simple story to follow when you watch the video & you have to wonder why this can’t be done with the current H!P roster? Well maybe except for Mano Eri who seems to have a thing for old dudes in her latest video as well.
Just to go a little off topic, how does one get the role of a douche bag in these videos? Just curious since I think I could pull that role off if it meant being around former Morning Musume members who are actually around my age.
Anyway, there are highlights a plenty in this video. All the beautiful ladies looking fine, especially Ishikawa & Fujimoto. Nakazawa as the old bar maid. Yasuda & Kasumi in roles of the (I’m assuming high-class) escorts old douche bag is cheating on Ishikawa with & Ogawa getting significant lines.
All very nice. But my favorite moment is Yoshizawa slapping the shit out of Ishikawa near the end of the video. “Get over it bitch!” indeed. Take a look at Yossie’s face. She means serious business. Iida just looks spaced out. (as usual)
The one thing I didn’t get about this video was Takahashi Ai’s appearance. It had absolutely nothing to do with the storyline and felt like it was just added in to appease the fans who needed their Ai-chan fix. And why is she wearing what appears to be her High-King gear? But I guess it’s nice to see that she hasn’t ended up in limbo after her graduation.
I really wish the end of the video had the entire group of girls kicking the old douche bags ass and leaving the finishing blow for Ishikawa. That would have made a hell of climax for this song. But instead Rika pours her champagne over old guys gift and walks out to have a lesbian 3 way. Well not really, but that’s how I imagine the aftermath of the video would conclude.
Overall this was much better than the typical UFA fare. It’s nice to see that sometimes they step up their game when needed. Maybe this will lead to something that will bleed over to the current generation of Hello! Project acts.
Shining Butterfly will be released on February 15th