Summer Shuffles: 2003

by Lainay on February 25, 2006 · 10 comments · AddThis


Ok, I’ve made up my mind. The 2003 shuffle units are my favorite shuffles by faaar. Each and every song + group are awesome, but still with their added specialness. Unlike other years, starting from this year, all 3 shuffles were combined onto one CD single, rather than 3 separate singles to buy. Perhaps this switch was because of a decline of sales and fanbase.

The groups in 2003 were 7AIR, SALT5, and 11WATER. The theme for all of them was the elements, air, salt, and water. Both 7AIR and SALT5 took a more rap/r&b feel, while 11WATER turned the other way and gave us a nice, poppy, upbeat, H!P-like happy song.


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7AIR was split into 2 groups: the “cool” group and the “sexy” group. All the cool group did was dance and rap, while the sexy group got singing lines. The cool group contains Risa Niigaki of Morning Musume, Inaba Atsuko (soloist, former T&C Bomber), and Mika, who was part of Coconuts Musume. The sexy group consisted of Ai Takahashi and Rika Ishikawa of Morning Musume, Masae Otani of Melon Kinenbi, and Mai Satoda of Country Musume. Their song, Kowarenai Ai Ga Hoshii No is a very smooth, catchy, R&B song. Lots of fun computer-made instrumental sounds really add so much to this song, but in a fabulous way. It starts out quite upbeat, but gets slower in the verses, but wind back up in the chorus. The cool group does a lot of “come come come” “yo yo yo”ing, but it’s not all that bad. At first I thought it was a bit annoying but it adds a nice flare to the song. (plus, these lines are usually sung by a weird male voice, and I prefer the girls voices waaay more to the male). Towards the end of the song, this cool group does this nice little rap section, which, once again, is nicely executed. H!P sometimes fail to rap, but this one stands out in the crowd. I really love everything about this song and group.


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SALT5, the next group, is made of Ai Kago, Natsumi Abe, and Makoto Ogawa from MM, soloist Yuki Maeda, and soloist Aya Matsuura. Their song is GET UP! Rapper, a neat song combined with regular singing and rapping with lots of middle eastern sounds. The verses prove worthy with very, very catchy rapping lines. Some of the lyrics are quite random and silly though, such as “banana chip chip chip chip chip chip chip chip chip chip chip tabetaina”, translating to “I want to eat a banana chip x 11″. But apart from some odd lyrics, the song is awesome. As I said earlier, H!P sometimes falls on rapping but they really do a good job with this. The chorus is a great kind of monotonic chant, but it’s really great and is a great contrast to the verse. After the first chorus there is an awesome guitar solo. Once again, “But what? H!P? Guitars? HAH!” but, no, it sounds awesome. In fact, if I wasn’t the H!P freak that I am, I’d think it was out of any US rock band, especially with the rhythmic clapping. I’m so proud of this group, they gave us all a great song and another sense of the H!P.


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The final group is 11WATER. In 11WATER is Morning Musume members Mari Yaguchi, Nozomi Tsuji, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Kaori Iida, Asami Konno, and Miki Fujimoto, Hitomi Saito, Megumi Murata, and Ayumi Shibata of Melon Kinenbi, Asami of Country Musume, and Ayaka of Coconuts Musume. Their song is BE ALL RIGHT!, a very fun pop song that puts a grin on my face whenever I hear it. The feeling is always very upbeat and energetic, a factor of H!P that would be missing from these shuffles if not for 11WATER. The lines are also spread fairly evenly among them, which is something I don’t see as often as I would like. This catchy song is up there on my all-time favorite shuffle songs.

2003 Shuffles CD

01. Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no (7AIR)
02. GET UP! Rapper (SALT5)
04. OH! BE MY FRIEND (the whole Hello! Project)
05. Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no (Instrumental)
06. GET UP! Rapper (Instrumental)
07. BE ALL RIGHT! (Instrumental)

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bem May 22, 2007 at 3:11 am

fyi: “BE ALL RIGHT!” is more of a ska song than a pop one. ska tunes tend to be energetic and upbeat with that stand out brass/horn section and reggae-like riffs and groove. just clarifying the genre confusion. good review though.


haruru UNITED STATES March 31, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Heh, it’s okay, eyn. Yeah, she’s in 11WATER, but she wasn’t in MM at the time.
One more thing, I really don’t like that word, “wota”. I’m not really THAT obsessed with the H!P. I listen to other music too.


eyn CANADA March 30, 2007 at 11:13 pm

haruru, even though I’m not a H!P wota but I can confirm that Lainay’s right. You might want to look at the promo picture, Miki is indeed in the group (bottom left 2, between Tsuji and Mari). If you’re not convinced, check out this wiki.theppn entry about 11WATER too.

edit: I guess I misread your sentence, so you’re saying she’s IN 11WATER but NOT in Morning Musume right? In that case, then I have no idea.


haruru UNITED STATES March 30, 2007 at 7:03 pm

Well, you got something there wrong, Laina. Where you had “In 11WATER is Morning Musume members Mari Yaguchi, Nozomi Tsuji, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Kaori Iida, Asami Konno, and Miki Fujimoto”, Miki wasn’t in Morning Musume at the time, she was still a soloist. ^_^;


Jamesha Walker UNITED STATES December 20, 2006 at 7:44 am

I’d like to liten to 11WATER, too.


Matthew Ramsden UNITED KINGDOM October 22, 2006 at 8:38 am


How’s everyone? I think I’m bias also – I like 7AIR because Omame-chan is in it! :) I do like the others as well, though.


bluesakura May 3, 2006 at 11:24 pm

o i am thes same as aprilis as being new in to this hello thing, and also got to hear salt 5 all because of aibon same as skull rabbit, thanks for the info so much help for a begginer it will be great if you put something about aya’s solo work, cause you seem to get the songs exaclty as they are


Aprilis CANADA March 3, 2006 at 12:37 am

I’ve recently started to notice H!P groups. More specificly, it started after I saw their LOVE MACHINE performance @ 56th Kouhaku. I’m still having a hard time telling most of the girls apart. But I think eventually, I’ll get it =P

These Shuffle Units articles had been very informative: I have learned what the Summer Shuffle Units are, how it work, members of H!P, and new (old) songs.

I’ll be looking forward to the next H!P article!


Skull Rabbit February 27, 2006 at 3:20 pm

Salt 5 was my favorite, I guess im a little bias about it tho just because Aibon was in it, so I listened to it :D Their outfits are just great as well :)

Thanks for another good post about more shuffle groups.


BunniBoi UNITED STATES February 26, 2006 at 12:34 am

I was hoping that you would get to this shuffle group soon. Anyway, I love this shuffle project than the other ones because of all the music! 11WATER always makes me move my feet. So does SALT5! But when I want to relax a bit, 7AIR is always good. So thanks for putting up some more info on them. Keep up the good work!


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