Papancake: So I want to start off by saying that I am a huge Koharu Kusumi fan, and a lot of people seem to dislike her but I have nothing bad to say about her.
The song itself is very cute, upbeat, and catchy like all of her solo songs. Her voice is almost too overly sweet like she’s forcing it to sound that way. In some of her other songs the cuteness sounded almost effortless. But the “hai” in the song is really adorable. When I listen Jpop I feel the cuter the better. So I give the song a 7/10.
Now the PV really shows how young of a demographic she has though. With the random tricycles and teddy bears scattered around in the background. I almost feel too old to be listening to it. And maybe I am. The PV aslo has way too much yellow for my taste, but other than that it’s cute. Koharu’s dress is cute and she looks really pretty. The kaleidoscope parts were really cool and fit nicely in the PV. So I’ll give the PV a 8/10
Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance: The first thing I notice about monkey dance is the line distribution is fair. In Berryz songs the line distribution was always semi-fair, with it still revolving around Momoko, Miyabi, and Risako. The song is another upbeat and easy to dance to song. I found that it is also very addicting. It was a surprisingly good transition from Dschinghis Khan.
The PV is a bit of a problem for me though. I can’t really get past the monkey outfits. But it’s defiantly a first for H!P. The other outfits they wear are really cute though. And there’s a lot of detail in the PV. With the transitional bananas and two different outfits. There hasn’t been much of double outfits lately in H!P, so it’s nice to see they had a higher budget for this PV.
Edo no Temari Uta II: This song had more noticeable line distribution than Berryz song. I think it’s the fairest C-ute song to date. You usually have to listen to the B Side to actually hear the other girls sing. The song has a pretty harmony and the lyrics of the song flow nicely. The song is the shortest of the 3 only being 2:40 long. It leaves you wanting more.
I absolutely love the outfits for this song. I don’t really like the hats they picked for Airi and Kanna. They almost look like bowls. They just seem out of place. The set of the video is very cool. Kind of like a modern version of those old Japanese paintings.
With three great songs from Hello!Project let’s hope the next three singles will be as good! 😀