- Resonant Blue (Wonderful Hearts)
- La La La Shiawase no Uta (Wonderful Hearts)
- Minna no Tamago (Shugo Chara Egg)
- Happy Happy Sunday (Kusumi Koharu)
- Tan Tan Taan (Milky Way)
- Forever Love (C-ute)
- Meguru Koi no Kisetsu (C-ute, Tanaka Reina, Mitsui Aika)
- Madayade (Berryz Koubou)
- Koi no Jubaku (Sudou Maasa, Kumai Yurina, Tokunaga Chinami, Sugaya Risako, Kamei Eri & Michishige Sayumi)
- La La La So So So (Mano Erina)
- Rottara Rottara (Buono!)
- Nai Chau Kamo (Morning Musume)
- Mikan (Morning Musume with Yajima Maimi & Sugaya Risako)
- Dschingis Khan (Wonderful Hearts)
- Shiori Tokyo (Niigaki Risa, Tokunaga Chinami, Sudou Maasa, Nakijima Saki, Hagiwara Mai & Mano Erina)
- Natsu Doki Lipstick (Yajima Maimi)
- Baka ni Shinaide (Shimizu Saki, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina & Sugaya Risako)
- Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ (Takahashi Ai, Umeda Erika, Tokunaga Chinami, Nakijima Saki, Okai Chisato, Arihara Kanna, Saho Akari, Sekine Azusa)
- Soku Dakishimete (C-ute)
- Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai (Berryz Koubou)
- Darling I Love You (Berryz Koubou & C-ute)
- Take Off Is Now (Tanaka Reina, Takahashi Ai & Niigaki Risa)
- Renai Revolution 21 (Morning Musume)
- Guru Guru Jump (Wonderful Hearts)
- Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? (Wonderful Hearts)
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ (Wonderful Hearts)
This concert was filmed on January 4, 2009 at Nakano Sun Plaza. A place I assumed was just a concert hall but is actually a hotel with a concert hall in it. Pretty cool stuff. From what I have read it’s a popular venue for concerts despite its rather small capacity (2,222 people). Mostly due to the acoustics of the hall itself & the state of the art sound system that takes advantage of that.
Looking at the crowd shots it appears that space is a commodity but I bet it makes for a much more fun experience at the floor level. Well I guess depending on what kind of fan/wota you’re standing next to. But it looks like the people were having a blast no matter what level they were on. Anyway on with the concert itself.
The MC’s for this concert were Makoto & Ogawa Makoto. So fans got Makoto x 2 or Double Makoto for this show. Ogawa was looking mighty fine & was a good choice for hosting duties.
The set list is a mix of new (at the time) and old tracks from each group that make up the Wonderful Hearts. The opening numbers were Resonant Blue & La La La Shiawase no Uta which were performed by the entire ensemble.
Both songs got the crowd hyped up for things to come & allowed for some interesting bits of choreography with so many people on stage. I’m not exactly a fan of the C-ute song but I can see how it would serve its purpose in this kind of setting.
After a short MC segment from Double Makoto a short set of anime related songs. Shugo Chara Egg is a group I have heard of but never really listened to (I was too busy listening to Buono!).
Their song Minna no Tamago was alright, a little too cute for my tastes but decent enough. What really caught my eye besides being able to recognize someone in the group (Maeda Yuuka from High-King) is one member (Fukuda Kanon) who looks like the spitting image of Kago Ai in her younger, more innocent days.
I was wondering if there was some sort of cloning going on & was expecting a mini-Tsuji clone to pop out & reform W. Wishful thinking but it was what was running through my head when I saw her.
After that was Kusumi Koharu redeeming herself after the mess that was Panpancake with Happy Happy Sunday. A much, much, much better song both vocally and musically. She did sound a bit winded while singing this track but I was happy that her mic was actually on. She sounded pretty good to me. But I am a little biased when it comes to Koha. =)
What I found cool during this performance were the people in the background on stage. They were grooving along happily as Kusumi did her thing. While I was watching both Kusumi’s solo & Milky Way performance I was saddened to realize that the best pair of legs in the current H!P lineup (IMO) are soon to go away.
Watching any of the C-ute performances during this concert has re-enforced my opinion that they are getting the better songs out of the main groups in H!P. Even if it is the Airi & Maimi show with the rest of the members doing backup vocals. At least they all harmonize well, as best demonstrated in La La La Shiawase no Uta & Forever Love.
This set was interesting in that in Nai Chau Kamo showed off Sayumi’s much improved vocals & the fact that she’s incredibly hot. Mikan just had a strange combo of Morning Musume with Maimi & Risako. It was weird hearing Risako singing lead in a Morning Musume song. She sounded pretty good and the only thing I can fault her on is that she didn’t show enough uh… Spirit when it came to hyping the crowd during the song. Something that Maimi had a lot of during this performance.
Speaking of Maimi. Her solo performance was something intense. I’ll admit that I have never heard this song before & was impressed at the energy of the performance, especially during the dance break. She can really bust a move.
Takahashi takes the lead in Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~. While no one can really fill the shoes of Yoshizawa when it comes to this song I believe Aichan did an admirable job in what basically was a solo for her.
The rest of the group on stage really didn’t contribute other than a backing line or harmony here & there. Although Chinami’s intro vocals impressed me. Those are some hard notes to hit right at the beginning of a song. But other than that everyone not wearing a fedora was dancing around while Ai worked the stage. Still, good stuff.
Take Off Is Now! is a great song and this performance was good. I think the P9D tour version is probably the best I’ve seen of it but any chance to see Ai, Reina & Risa whoop ass (& bring the sexy) on the stage together is good enough for me.
Guru Guru Jump vocally was all over the place but the performance itself was some fun stuff. Sometimes it’s best to just forget things like being on key & go out & have some fun. =)
When Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? was announced I was expecting it to be the ending number as it has been for previous concerts. But it wasn’t. That honor went to Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~.
I guess I’ve gotten used to hearing a ballad as a closer. There were a few arrangement changes to feature more people singing solo lines. I was disappointed that Lin Lin didn’t get to whip out the extended diva notes at the end of her solo but it was still all good.
As I stated before the crowd was sent home with a nice high via Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~.
I believe this is the last concert under the Wonderful Hearts moniker now that the Elder Club has been graduated. Or would UFA still use that just for familiarities sake?
Overall great show.
Hello! Project 2009 Winter Wonderful Hearts Koen – Kakumei Gannen (Japan Version)