2002 is another one of my favorite Hello! Project Summer Shuffles years. Alright, I do have a lot of favorites. I remember how much I was obsessed with these songs in that summer of ‘02…
The 3 units this year were Happy 7, Sexy 8, and Odoru 11. The groups/songs were themed around shiawase, happiness; each song had to do with this shiawase component. The songs varied quite a bit. While Happy 7’s song was cutesy, upbeat, and cheerful, Sexy 8’s song was, well, sexy. Odoru 11’s song really doesn’t fit into any category other than the “odd-different-traditional-japanese-weird” category.
Happy 7 is made of Ai Kago, Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, and Makoto Ogawa from Morning Musume, Hitomi Saito from Melon Kinenbi, Asami from Country Musume, and Mika for Coconuts Musume. Their song, Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam!, is a happy, upbeat, arcade style song. In fact, the background sounds in the song are very classic arcade video game styled. As with many H!P songs, lots of other components get added very nicely to the whole song. Its chorus is amazingly catchy, and extremely fun to dance to as well. The girls sound awesome, the music is awesome, I just really love everything about this song and group.
Sexy 8 consists of Maki Goto, Mari Yaguchi, Rika Ishikawa, and Hitomi Yoshizawa of MM, Mai Satoda of Country Musume, Masae Otani of Melon Kinenbi, Ayaka of Coconuts Musume, and soloist Michiyo Heike. Their image is “sexy” (as shown in their group name), and their outfits and song fit that perfectly. Their single, titled Shiawase Desu Ka? is a very mature R&B song. Maki commences the song with a great spoken monologue. The song has got a slow beat, but does get faster at different points. Unlike some H!P tries at these kinds of songs, this one is pulled off quite well. The girls sing this very, very well, and in the middle of the song there is a short slow-rapping section that’s well done. This is really another well done song, and adds even more great variety to this shuffle season.
Odoru 11 has Natsumi Abe, Kaori Iida, Kei Yasuda, Nozomi Tsuji, and Asami Konno of MM, Ayumi Shibata and Megumi Murata of Melon Kinenbi, Rinne of Country Musume, and soloists Aya Matsuura, Miki Fujimoto, and Rika Ishii. The group and song were, for a time, were advertising some dinosaur thing (my bad, I don’t remember the name) and therefore there’s lots of dino action. The song is quite different, different than any other H!P song. It’s mostly a lot of traditional Japanese instruments and song structure, but it’s not like 10 Nin Matsuri either. It’s a fairly medium beat, not very slow but yet not upbeat. The singing is…different, to say the least. I’m not sure of my position on this song. It’s extremely easy to get it stuck in your head, however it’s not like I hate the song. It’s just alright, I suppose. Their look is another thing: they’re wearing wigs of long, straight hair. 3 of them have brown hair, the others have the very light blonde hair.
01. Shiawase Beam! Suki suki beam!
02. Yoku Aru Oyako no Serenade (Happy 7 Version)
03. Shiwase Beam! Suki suki beam! (Instrumental)
01. Shiawase desu ka?
02. Yoku Aru Oyako no Serenade (Sexy 8 Version)
03. Shiawase desu ka? (Instrumental)
01. Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondou
02. Yoku Aru Oyako no Serenade (Odoru 11 Version)
03. Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondou (Instrumental)