Release Date: April 6, 2011
- Maji Desu ka Ska
- Motto Aishite Hoshii no
- Maji Desu ka Ska
- Maji Desu ka Ska (Close Up Type 1)
- Fukumura Mizuki Interview
- Maji Desu ka Ska (Dance Shot Type 1)
- Ikuta Erina Interview
- Maji Desu ka Ska (Close Up Type 2)
- Sayashii Riho Interview
- Maji Desu ka Ska (Dance Shot Type 2)
- Suzuki Kanon Interview
With an injection of new members in the Morning Musume lineup Hello! Project’s flagship group returns with something that is the complete opposite of the melancholy mood swings, constant recycling or songs that sound like they belong in a Tetris game.(I do like Onna to Otoko no Lullably Game for that fact)
What we have here is the H!P version of Ska, which is like a super watered down version of the real thing made to order for the easily impressionable masses. And it works.
Horrible half -assed video aside, this song is the perfect way to introduce the noobs that are the 9th generation and endear them to the public. It has that youthful exuberance that has been sorely missing from the group for some time. Is that calling the five members of previous gens senior citizens who were coasting on merit? I think so.
Maji Desu ka Ska brings back the fun Morning Musume and that can only mean good things in the future as there is hope that all will be well once Takahashi graduates from the group. Whether the group continues in this direction is a mystery but it would be nice if they had a few more songs that follow the same path of enjoyability.
The b-side falls back to the hyper pop dance that Morning Musume can do in their sleep. There’s no trace of the 9th generation anywhere, but I guess perhaps they weren’t quite ready to go for this yet? It would be interesting to hear them on one of these tracks eventually.
Overall, a very nice introduction for the future of Morning Musume.
Maji Desu ka Ska is probably the most anticipated of Hello! Project’s early 2011 releases. This single without mentioning the PV is a great song, the lines are spread out, 9th Gen gets their introduction into the idol world, and what I think will be the future after Ai leaves the group.
The most obvious thing is it has been a dramatic change from the past singles, it has the catchy effect without making recycling sounds, however Reina-heavy songs are still a pain for me (like the voice, but needs balance).
The b-side Motto Aishite Hoshii no is not one of my favorites and probably the first time I feel the b-side was disappointing, because what they did for the a-side, they disregard it for this song. The song itself was okay at best.