- Opening ~3,2,1 Breakin Out!
- How Do You Like Japan? ~Nippon wa Donna Kanji Dekka? ~
- Kimagure Princess
- MC 1
- Nanchatte Renai
- MC 2
- Ame mo Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? (Chinese Version)
- MC 3
- Haru Beautiful Everyday
- Kioku no Meiro
- Aki Urara
- Shouganai Yumeoibito
- MC 4
- Sakura Mankai
- Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni Naranee!~
- Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru
- Coupling Medley ( Bonkyu Bonkyu BOMB Girl, Please! Jiyuu no Tobira, Handmade CITY, Odore! Morning Curry)
- MC 6
- Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- Nai Chau Kamo
- Resonant Blue
- Rainbow Pink
- Kusumi Koharu Graduation Ceremony
- MC 7
- Love Machine
This was the last stop in Morning Musume’s 2009 Fall concert tour filmed at the Kouseinen Kinkaikan in Tokyo on December 6, 2009. This show is most notable for Kusumi Koharu’s gradution from Morning Musume and Hello! Project.
The show opened up with some high energy numbers (3,2,1 Breakin Out! & How Do You Like Japan?) that set the tone for the entire concert. Seeing that this was Koha’s grad show there’s no way that this would have been filled with lower tempo songs or ballads. That wouldn’t be the proper way to send Koha out in style.
Speaking of style, what was the deal with the cow skin outfits? I found that to be an odd choice of animal print for stage costumes. I’m no fashion designer so what do I know?
I’m not going to go over the entire set list but there were a few songs that were nice to see included such as Kimagure Princess that features a nice ass dance (nothing like the KARA ass dance, but this is H!P not K-Pop) and one of my favorite songs from Sexy 8 Beat Genki+. Also of interest was the Chinese version of the song with longest title I’ve ever seen for a song, Ame mo Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?
Jun Jun & Lin Lin took the leads with the rest of the group doing background vocals. I was impressed that the Japanese members sang in Chinese as well. That pretty much answers the question I asked about this song in my review of 10 My Me. Shame that this version was so short because it’s pretty damn awesome when Lin Lin whips out the diva notes in her solo of the Japanese version.
Another favorite of mine from Sexy 8 Beat is Haru Beautiful Everyday. Some may think it’s a little too sugary sweet but I find it to be a fairly catchy tune. Sometimes Eri still has a noticeable vibrato in her vocals but it’s not a big deal to me. She at least sings in key.
Hearing a High-King song in a Momosu concert was a surprise. But Kioku no Miero is such a kick ass song I was happy to see it being performed. Although it loses a little of its impact without the other 3 members of the group singing the chorus. Well that & it was cut awkwardly short. The edit before the break was really quite, iffy. Lastly Reina singing Maeda Yuuka’s solo was a bit odd. But those are just minor complaints. As I stated before, the song kicks ass & Ai-chan knows how to rock a fedora.
Another surprise when I heard the opening guitar riff for Aki Urara. I think that it’s one of the better recent b-sides that they’ve released. It kind of straddles the line between the R&B they’ve been attempting and the pop that they’re more well known for. I think it’s rather funky & a nice addition to the set list.
I’m not commenting on the song this pic is from, I just wanted to include a pic of the yummy that is Sayu somewhere in this post. =)
The last ever Rainbow Pink performance. Well it was overly cute, kind of badly sung & to be honest it was just great that way. Like I ever expected anything else out of the combo of Sayu & Koha. =p It was after the performance was over that really put this over the top. The awkward & funny passing of the giant pink bow. Yup, it was all good.
The graduation of Kusumi Koharu was filled with a lot of red glowsticks and many happy & sad moments. The first thing you notice is that Koha is tall. Every other member other than Jun Jun is shorter than her.
The 2nd thing is that she is definitely loved by the group. The best examples being Sayu not letting go of her embrace only to have Ai-chan break up the love fest because there were other members waiting for their turn to say goodbye. Then Jun Jun breaking down and clinging on to Koha for dear life.
It was very fitting for her to leave with the song Tsunku grilled her with to see if she had enough to make it into the group, Furusato. As much as I have ragged on her in the past for not exactly being the best vocally (because of the whole Kirarin style of singing) she can actually sing when given a song that doesn’t require her to exaggerate her voice so much.
Normally I would have stopped the DVD after the credits started rolling but I thanks to reports I read when this concert was filmed I stuck around till the end. There were loud “KOHARU! KOHARU!” chants during the credits. Once the last one rolled by the house lights came by, Koha came out & thanked the fans & then left the stage.
Even though the set list for this concert was well built, it wasn’t the best performance vocally sometimes. It seemed that the group was a bit off, but seeing that this was the end for this particular 9 member group its understandable. With that said I think this was another in the line of solid Morning Musume concerts and a great farewell to one of the great personalities in H!P.
Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Autumn – 9 Smile –