DoriMusu shine in new PV

A few weeks ago the PV for Dream Morning Musume’s first, and apparently last, single Shining Butterfly was released.

If there was one word to describe this PV that word would be gorgeous. Just absolutely everything about this PV is beautiful. The low lighting the PV is shot in is extremely flattering. And it’s a nice contrast to the somewhat brighter lighting for the dance shot and close-up scenes. The set is also really beautiful. Even though it is just shot in a cabaret club, they really make full use of the setting. They use basically every single room of the club. The bar, the couches, the runway, and the stages are all used evenlly throughout the PV and in perfect intervals. Which is a big improvement of most of the UFA made PVs. They usually rent an entire place but end up only using very little of the set. But using every room really makes for an eye catching PV. And having a clear storyline makes the PV engaging from start to finish. Which is another thing UFA PV have been lacking lately, clear stories. In this PV in a very short amount of time they managed to paint a clear picture. Rika was feeling heartbroken over a guy. Even when he was obviously with other girls she was pathetically clinging on to him and lashing out at anyone standing in her way. But in the end her friends manage to snap her out of it and she ultimately doesn’t give the guy the time of day once her comes crawling back. They are hostesses in this PV so I’m not really sure how true their love was to begin with, but it’s a great and powerful storyline nonetheless. It shows the bonds of friendship between women. It also shows you how you shouldn’t let a man treat you however he please and you’re better off without him. Which is a pretty empowering message.
Now, let’s talk about my favorite parts of the PV and my not so favorite parts, starting with the outfits. I have pretty mixed feelings between the outfits. The hostesses dresses are obviously absolutely gorgeous and the girls look incredibly stunning in them. But I absolutely despise the dresses in the dance scenes. They are poorly made and extremely cheap looking. In that aspect the PV really reminds me of Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game. Where you had one outfit that was stunning but then the other outfit you questioned why they were even used. Another part of the PV I really liked was how Yuko was used in this PV. I love that she was the owner and played an almost mother like character. It was completely fitting for the first leader of both Morning Musume and Hello!Project. The parts of the PV I didn’t like aren’t so much that I didn’t like them, it’s just that they surprised me. First off, I don’t get why Rika is the start of the PV. And not because I don’t like Rika, I actually do like Rika. She’s not my favorite but I have nothing against her, it’s just surprising she’s the star of the PV when it’s pretty obvious that Nacchi is the most popular Morning Musume member. Maybe it’s because Rika has a more sexy image and that’s what they were going for in the PV. Another aspect of the PV that surprised me was Ai-chan. Obviosly I knew she was going to be in the PV, she was in the PV preview. But I’m finding a hard time justifying why she was even in the PV at all. She appeared for about 10 seconds in total. And I did not get what the symbolism of Ai-chan suddenly turning into Rika was supposed to even mean. I do realize that it was just a small cameo because Ai-chan has been such an important member pretty much since she first joined. But they used her in such a way that she was completely unnecessary.

Random member walking.

I think I’m one of the few Morning Musume fans who just does not care about Nacchi.

You know it’s gonna be a simple dance when they start out with a slow hip swing.

Look how prett the set is.

Gorgeous Koha.

Horrible dance move.

Spirit fingers.

Forever alone Rika.

Yuko carefully watching over. I love her role in this.

I have to admit Nacchi does look pretty cute here.

Gorgeous.

That two timer, well actually three timer. Though I would probablt choose Koharu over Rika too. And I absolutely adore Kei-chan.

Rika looks so stunning in this PV.

Yuko sees what you did there.

Check out Mari. Everyone just looks so perfect in this video.

Kaori looks so lovely. They don’t show her nearly enough.

Again, I love Yuko’s character.

And Yuko still looks amazing. Not bad for almost 40.

So heartbreaking.

Tough break, Nacchi has the ugliest dress.

Huge Koha fangirl here, but she does seem a little out of place.

Of course Yossie is the one to slap her.

So pretty.

Slight Kaori bias, but tell me she doesn’t look stunning. And it wouldn’t be a UFA PV without using some cheap beads in the close-up shots.

They remind me of the beads from Happy Summer Wedding to be honest.

Gorgeous Mako.

My god, just absolutely gorgeous.

And for no reason at all there’s Ai-chan.

Walking on a runway.

Suddenly I’m getting flashbacks to the Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai PV.

I don’t get why Ai-chan transforms into Rika.

Friendship.

Love the intense look Yuko gives.

Hands off the merchandise.

Owned.

Dream Morning Musume-Shining Butterfly PV preview

A few days ago a PV preview for Dream Morning Musume’s first single, Shining Butterfly, was released. Giving us fans the first peek at both the song and PV.

I have to say I am really impressed with Shining Butterfly all around. The song is a lot better than I expected it to be. The song is very pretty and mature while still being catchy. And the distribution seems to be pretty fair so far. In the short 50 second clip we heard solos from Miki, Mari, Nacchi, Kaori, and Yuko. Granted they are the most popular members. But there’s still a good chance that the rest of the song will be fair.
The PV looks absolutely amazing, it seems like they really spend a lot of money on it. The story seems to follow around Rika. What we’ve seen so far shows Rika being upset that Kei-chan and Koharu are with some random guy. I’m guessing he’s either or boyfriend or someone she likes. But honestly it kinda seems like he’s probably her client. Am I the only one who thinks that Dream Morning Musume are supposed to be hostesses in this PV? It explains thr bar/restaurant setting, the fact that the guy is nonchalant walking in with two girls, and obviously because of the way they are dressed. They look gorgeous don’t get me wrong, but they are dressed like hostesses. There’s not really anything wrong with that theme, it would actually probably make for a really fun PV. I’m just kina pointing it out.
The only thing I don’t really like about this PV are the outfits for the dance shot. They are completely hideous and poorly made. And they also look like a forgettable concert outfit.
Of course I also have to mention one of the most exciting parts of the PV, and that is that Ai-chan is featured in the PV. It’s pretty exciting to see Ai-chan so soon after her graduation. However, I don’t really think this has anything to do with her joining Dream Morning Musume, since her goal is to be on Broadway. I don’t honestly think anyone else will join Dream Morning Musume. Actually Tsuji Nozomi might when she feels she’s ready for it, but I don’t think Goto Maki will. I never really got why fans think she will. Going on stage to support your old groupmates doesn’t mean anything. I suppose it’s still in the realm of posibility, but I still think it’s highly unlikely.

Nakazawa Yuko is engaged!

Sanspo has reported that Nakazawa Yuko is getting married. Her fiance is a 38 year old CEO of an IT company who lives in Fukuoka. The couple is getting married next spring after only a short 4 months of dating.

Even though 4 months is an incredible short amount of time dating I am happy for Yuko. It’s nice to see she’s met someone who meets her high standards. And the jokes about her still being single and her complaining that she’s not married yet can finally end. I swear it feels like yesterday that Yuko was upset after losing to Tsuji.
I honestly wish Yuko all the best. I do wonder how this will effect her activites in Dream Morning Musume. But the girl’s been working basically nonstop for the last 14 years, I think she deserves a break or even to retire.

Dream Morning Musume to release first original single

It was just announced that Dream Morning Musume will be releasing their first original single. The single is titled Shining Butterfly and will be released on February 15th. This also marks the group’s 3rd original song. Or 4th if you count Afternoon Coffee, which is technically Afternoon Musume’s song because it existed before Dream Morning Musume did. Or even 5th if you count their version of Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari.

You know this seems to be a pretty unpopular opinion but I fully love Dream Morning Musume. Say what you want about it being a step backwards in their career, but I could care less honestly. I just love that I get to see my favorite OG members back in action together. And I pretty excited because I think Atto Odoroku Mirai ga Yattekuru is an amazing song. Throw another song like that my way and I would be happy. 

The only thing I’m worried about is line distribution. Distribution was pretty fair in the album, but albums are always a lot more fair than A-sides. And while nearly every member of Dream Morning Musume were the top members during their stint in Morning Musume, obviously there are members who are more popular then the others. And because of that I’m afraid my favorite members are going to be shoved in the back. And on Koharu’s part it’s probably going to be because of senority then anything else. But Kaori and Kei-chan aren’t exactly super popular, at least not compared to the likes of Yuko or Nacchi. It will break my heart if they are shoved in the back.