- Uwaki na Honey Pie
- MC 1
- Pen Pen Kyodai
- Mini Strawberry Pie
- Going On!
- MC 2
- First Kiss
- Yume to Genjitsu
- Pira! Otome no Negai
- Chokotto Love
- MC 3
- Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru
- Bravo Bravo
- Renai Rider
- Be All Right!
- MC 4
- Suki Sugite Baka Mitai
- Love Like Crazy
- Shiroi Tokyo
- Iku ZYX! Fly High
- MC 5
- Only You
- Koi Suru Angel Heart
- Destiny Love
- C\C (Cinderella Complex)
- MC 6
- Renai Revolution 21
This concert was recorded on January 8, 2010 at Nakano Sun Plaza and features performances from the various shuffle groups within the current Hello! Project lineup. The complete list is as follows:
- Guardians 4
- Shin Mini Moni
- Pucchi Moni V
- Zoku Biyuden
Well there’s also the Hello! Pro Eggs but they don’t really count as most of them are backup dancers with a few making it into some of the shuffle groups mentioned above. Some may consider the resurrection of some of these groups as blasphemous but for the most part they all live up to their predecessors.
As always, the MC is the man rocking the bowl cut, Makoto.
Pen Pen Kyodai is a song you either love or hate. For me the song is a cracktastic voyage of fun. Yes 90% all they’re saying is “PEN” but that makes it easier to sing along to. =) Sure it doesn’t match the glory of the Mini Moni days of yore but it’s good enough for me.
It’s kind of off vocally but considering that they’re jumping around all over the place it’s excusable. I didn’t hear anything too awful anyway. At least they’re not wearing those big ass boxing gloves they had the last time this song was performed live.
Mini Strawberry Pie on the other hand. That was hard to sit through. The song sounds catchy enough & is as repetitive as Pen Pen Kyodai but the vocals were really bad. Nice try though.
I don’t listen to a lot of Guardians 4. They never really caught my ear like the other anime related groups in H!P. But I thought this song was nice & well Nakky is cute.
I usually skip the MC segments because they can drag on forever but this one was funny. The best bit was calling out Jun Jun on her love for Shimizu Saki. Fairly funny stuff in what are normally dull segments between songs.
Well there are 2/3rds of the original Aa lineup present here with an H!P Egg (I can’t really tell them all apart at the moment) in place of Reina Tanaka. Their first song was First Kiss which was pretty Airi-centric but she pulled off the high notes in the song quite nicely.
Their second song was the up tempo Yume to Genjitsu. That was more evenly distributed vocal wise and I believe is one of the better songs in this entire concert & probably one the strongest shuffle group songs to come out in a while.
I like Eri, I really do, but sometimes the vibrato in her voice makes her sound like damn sheep. I’m just saying. It’s not like the vibrato is present all the time but it can be distracting to her otherwise pleasing voice. I don’t mean to piss any of you Eri fans off but I’m calling this as I heard it.
Anyway 1 classic track from Tanpopo from the days when Tsunku wasn’t coasting and then Umbrella. Which is more of an update to the Tanpopo sound and does justice to the groups good name. I actually like this song a lot.
As a side note, take a look at Yurina. She’s fricking tall man. It’s like she’s a redwood tree standing next to a bunch of acorns. Take that as you will.
After that my 2nd favorite group in UFA/H!P (after Hangry & Angry of course) Buono! In my mind this group can do no wrong and they really brought a lot of energy to the show. As always, a solid performance although I was sad to not see their band backing them. Well, with these kind of shows it would take too long to set up for that so it’s okay.
This was the first real surprise of the concert for me. An attempt at a DEF DIVA song which was once fronted by 3 vocal powerhouses (Abe Natsumi, Aya Matsuura & Goto Maki) along with Rika Ishikawa (who at the time was not as vocally capable as the other 3)
Um… I dunno what to say about this version without sounding like an asshole. It definitely didn’t really sound like I expected. I guess I’ll go with the standard nice try. Thanks for coming out.
At least Sayu & Maimi were hot. That counts for something in my book.
I never heard this song before, ever. At least I don’t remember hearing it before. H!P has a huge catalog so something was bound to slip under my radar eventually. Anyway, this is in line with the R&B that Morning Musume has been trying out lately. Not bad really and I had a hard time not keeping my eyes off Shimizu Saki. That girl can move.
Biyuden was known for a lot of fan service but this was kind of taking things a little too far. What’s with the hooker gear? What happened to bunny ears & cowgirl outfits?
Anyway, the songs performed were Only You & Koi Suru Angel Heart. Of the two Only You was the better vocally but not by much. Jun Jun sounded wayyyyy off. Koi Suru Angel Heart was a travesty. It was really really really painful to sit through. I love that song and this performance was just yuck.
I don’t know if they were tired or if the hooker gear was constricting their air flow but it was bad. I’ll give props to Sayu for hitting the high notes in the chorus though.
The last shuffle group to perform was High-King. They’re my 3rd favorite behind Hangry & Angry and the previously mentioned Buono! Another in the list of those who can do no wrong. They performed Destiny Love (which sounds more like “Disney Love” when they sing it), Diamonds and C\C (Cinderella\Complex).
I was disappointed with the lack of Kioku no Meiro but that’s alright. I think this was the right group to put on last since they set up perfectly for the closing song Renai Revolution 21 which was sung by the entire ensemble at the end of the concert.
I’d say this was a great show with a few missteps. There were more positives than negatives and it shows that the current roster of H!P is completely capable of running with the ball passed on to them by the Elder Club.