Morning Musume Picking Up Their Game

Let’s talk about the recent stuffies that have been floating around in the H!P universe we know and love~

GREEN FIELDS, the SATOYAMA movement unit consisting of Yuka Miyazaki, Saki Shimizu, and Aika Mitsui, are releasing a second single on April 3rd, 2013. It has been titled as Tokai Inaka no Kare. The radio preview is above. It’s nothing special, as most of the SATOYAMA songs were. The only way one could really love this song is if one is into this sort of music. It’s a little too standard for my liking. The tracklisting and cover are below.

01. Tokai Inaka no Kare

02. Haru wa Kuru

03. Tokai Inaka no Kare (Instrumental)

04. Haru wa Kuru (Instrumental)

GREEN FIELDS - Tokai Inaka no Kare

The covers and profile pictures have been leaked for Morning Musume’s upcoming single Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai, which will release on April 17th. Check ‘em out below!

Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Reg. A)
Here is Regular A, featuring the dresses we’ve already come to hate. The accessories on the girls are actually really nice. Sayumi has a cute ass bun with a quaint yellow flower, Riho stole one of Reina’s signature hair bows, Ayumi has a cool chain dangling from her ponytail, Mizuki is sporting a sweet headband with some pretty curls, and I’m loving all of the hats regardless of what others say. However, with these dresses, it’s just hideous. I might’ve not minded the dresses that much if only they were a different color. I think this pee yellow is really bringing the whole look down. Other than that, it’s a well positioned cover.

01. Brainstorming

02. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai

03. Rock no Teigi [Reina Tanaka]

04. Brainstorming (Instrumental)

05. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Instrumental)

Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Reg. B) Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Limited A) Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Limited B) Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Limited C)
Regular B is nothing particularly special; featuring the outfits for Brainstorming, the girls are positioned according to hierarchy–y’know, Reina, Riho, Ayumi, & Sakura are most important, Sayumi and Mizuki are pretty important, and the remaining girls are the backup dancers. Other than that, not much going on here except the unnecessary sparkles and weird placement of text. Limited A gives us the horrendous costumes again. Did anyone else notice the odd pink strands of hair coming out of Reina’s head? I feel like she was getting crafty and decided to steal those off of a cosplay wig of Lightning from FF13… Anyway, the studded background is pretty cool however it looks a little too flat for me. Riho’s stance is also very awkward. Limited B is simple but nicely put together. Featuring different background colors for each girl, the cutout method works well here. The font could have been better but it still looks good overall. Finally, Limited C‘s scrapbook-like technique has been used a multitude of times by H!P, but it never fails to look awesome. Side note: Wtf is Riho wearing?

01. Brainstorming

02. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai

03. A B C D E-cha E-cha Shitai

04. Brainstorming (Instrumental)

05. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Instrumental)

Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Limited D)
Loving the pink. Limited D focuses on Sayu-hime, Ayumi, Erina, Haruna, and Mizukingdom for their special song on the tracklisting. Everyone is looking fierce and I love it.

01. Brainstorming

02. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai

03. Tokimeki Tokimeke [Sayumi Michishige, Mizuki Fukumura, Erina Ikuta, Haruna Iikubo, & Ayumi Ishida]

04. Brainstorming (Instrumental)

05. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Instrumental)

Morning Musume - Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Limited E)
The other badass grouping~ Look at Haruka’s hat: “BOY GIRL.” She doesn’t even know herself. Limited E is sweet yet sassy. Loving it!

01. Brainstorming

02. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai

03. Itsumo no Onnaji Seifuku de [Riho Sayashi, Kanon Suzuki, Haruka Kudou, Masaki Satou, & Sakura Oda]

04. Brainstorming (Instrumental)

05. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Instrumental)

Overall, this is a group of pretty good covers. There’s nothing super magical about them, however, there are very little faults. As long as there’s no shadow drop or ugly fonts, I’m a happy camper.

Sayumi_Brainstorming Sayumi_Brainstorming02

Sayu-hime is looking good. Not even the hat can overwhelm her in this layered outfit. Gorgeous as usual.

Reina_Brainstorming Reina_Brainstorming02
Even with short hair, Reina still manages to put her hair in a side pony and a bow. I like this outfit on her because the fullness of it fills her out and doesn’t make her look lanky as she normally does. I would have preferred her hair down, however.

Mizuki_Brainstorming Mizuki_Brainstorming02
I wish they weren’t basically the same picture, lol. Mizuki looks powerful in this outfit. She has a perfect amount of accessories.

Erina_Brainstorming Erina_Brainstorming02
Loving Erina’s hair. Usually, she looks like a tard with the hairstyles they give her, but she’s looking good here. I don’t think it matches the outfit well but it’s cute. She kind of looks like she’s drowning in the outfit, however.

Riho_Brainstorming Riho_Brainstorming02
Hey, look! A smile! Riho’s looking pretty as usual~ I noticed that she had different shoes in the dance shot.

Kanon_Brainstorming Kanon_Brainstorming02
Bah, the fullness of the outfit doesn’t do much justice for Kanon. I’m also not really digging her hairstyle. Kanon doesn’t have the haircut for certain ponytails. Last single was pretty good but this one, not so much.

Haruna_Brainstorming Haruna_Brainstorming02
Haruna’s long legs work wonders! She looks awesome in this. Her thin, tall physique is perfect.

Ayumi_Brainstorming Ayumi_Brainstorming02
Purdy. Ayumi’s looking so much more attractive lately with her light brown hair. She’s very young lady-like and sweet.

Haruka_Brainstorming Haruka_Brainstorming02
Sassy as always! Loving Haruka’s attitude in these shots. The hat adds in an additional bit of badass as well.

Masaki_Brainstorming Masaki_Brainstorming02
Ugh, I hate Masaki’s bangs. They were pulled back in the dance shot, why not now?? Blunt bangs flatter her face so much more, ugh. I can’t.

Sakura_Brainstorming Sakura_Brainstorming02
Worst styled girl, for sure. Sakura’s bangs need to be pulled to the side or split in the center or something. And what’s up with that ponytail? Sakura’s hair is super short, it shouldn’t be in a ponytail, or else she’ll end up looking like a porcupine like she does here. Such a mess.

Brainstorming‘s outfits are nice. At first they reminded me too much of Berryz Koubou’s Seishun Bus Guide, but after further examination, they look very different. Berryz are leathery while these are cloth. Berryz didn’t have as many details as these do, either. The shiny zippers and decals add some nice pizzazz to the otherwise plain costumes. The large ruffle on their shorts are interesting. I can’t tell if I like them or not. Lastly, I noticed Reina’s jacket is the only one that is left open–showcasing her special graduation single. Overall, not bad–a huge step up from Help me!!‘s disastrous look.

Chinami & Kumacho!

Berryz were down in Hawaii not too long ago and Chinami treated us with a couple pictures on her twitter! Here’s one of her and Yurina. So adorable~!

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One thought on “Morning Musume Picking Up Their Game

  1. They are definitely picking up their game. Despite how some people really dislike the continuous electronic sound from Morning Musume, it’s really working well for them in sales and image.

    I love the Brainstorming outfits, the blue ones are the best but I’m getting sick of Haruka having a hat on her face to be honest >__<

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