Release Date: January 25th, 2012

Track  Listing

1. Pyoko Pyoko Ultra
2. Kanashiki Koi no Melody
3. Pyoko Pyoko Ultra (Instrumental)

Review

Pyoko Pyoko Ultra, the very words you will cringe at the moment you remember the video and… those costumes. Yes, Pyoko Pyoko Ultra: The introduction to Gen 10 and the first video from Morning Musume for the year.

But, whilst many may cringe at the thought of this single, I like it. A lot. The silly, childish nature of the song makes it all the more fun and quirky, and the vocals sound really good – even if you don’t hear a few of the members through half the song (or, in the case of Zukki and Eripon, never until a group part).  Heck, even Sayu is bearable here, and when we do hear Aika, it sounds pretty decent. Everyone else? Pretty darned amazing.

I guess one of my only problems with this single is the poor introduction lines the Junky generation are given – Onna no Ko is a pretty weak and pathetic line, and all of the 10ki have only that line. Heck, the cripple gets more lines in this than the 10ki, and she’s barely even shown! (I love Aika, I do, but my issue is that 10ki deserve more) – But, I will say that their one line is better than Zukki and Eripon’s no lines.

But despite what flaws I keep finding with the song, I really enjoy it – it’s a very fun and cute tune that will definitely appeal to kids, and the fact that Tsunku’s pervert voice has returned there makes me happy. I have missed his moans..

With this song, you’re either going to love it or hate it – It isn’t everyones cup of tea, but for me, it’s the flavour I like. ZING!

Now, the B-side, on the other hand, is a different matter – a lot of fans have stated that they prefer this song over the A-side, and I can hear why. It’s a very good song, and the vocals are a lot better than Pyoko’s – that, and the fact that everyone gets a line, even Zukki and Eripon. Yes, I am happy.

A cooler song than Pyoko, Kanashiki Koi no Melody reminds me of a few past B-sides to Morning Musume’s singles, mostly the ones that have the same sort of feel to this song like Aishite Aishite Ato Ippun or Moto Aishite Hoshii no (aka, songs about love and heart break, waa waa). But, I like this one a lot more because of the vocals; I feel that the vocals are a lot better in this song, especially Reina’s and Risa’s. Heck, I even prefer Riho’s voice in this song. I really didn’t like it in Pyoko, but that’s because she suits ‘cooler’ songs.

So, all in all, I think that this is a really good single – again, not everyone will enjoy Pyoko Pyoko Ultra like I did, but then again, I am a simple-minded person who is easily impressed. For me, Pyoko is one of the most creative songs Tsunku has come up with, and it’s really enjoyable. Paired with the cool song that is Kanashiki Koi no Melody, you get a pretty nice combination of overly-cute and Cucumber-cool.