Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND

by Lainay on August 20, 2006 · 6 comments · AddThis

Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND Berryz Koubou 11th Single: Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
01. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
02. Suhada Pichi Pichi
03. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND (Instrumental)

(First and foremost, I’d like to give everyone my deepest apologies for not making a review on Berryz Koubou’s 10th single, Jiriri Kiteru. It kind of slipped by me. o_o I did, however, update my original Berryz post with the download in the discography, so no worries. ^_^)

Berryz Koubou is back, with their 11th single, Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND, which was released on August 2nd (the day after my birthday, yaaay!). This time, they come with a wonderful American 50’s/60’s pop/rock summery, fun song, of course with the H!P twist! The Hello! Project hasn’t done this style very much, but one other song notably in this fashion is Country Musume’s Shining Itoshiki Anata, although much slower and not summery. Anywho, this single is really unique, once again showing that Berryz Koubou can take on almost every genre.. even if they don’t always succeed. I’m happy to say, though, that this is a big success in my eyes. I actually think this is my favorite Berryz single!

Let’s see why!


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Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND, which translates to “Let’s laugh, boyfriend”, starts off with a bunch of “BUM boom boom boom boom shoo-bi-doo-wop”s, and then takes you into the verse. Throughout the whole song, there are those “shoo-bi-doo-wop ‘balloon’” background vocals. The verses are really catchy, and I mean extremely catchy; you may find yourself humming them throughout the day. After a little bit the pace starts speeding up and theres a part where the male vocal person (who I will hereby call “MVP”, as perhaps he is the most valuable player, hehe) has his own solo line. It reminds me “back in the day” when I’d watch kids shows back in Japan with scary MVP’s. *shivers*

Anyways, the chorus is equally fun and uber catchy. They use that standard raising octave thing where they’re normal and then start singing really high and stuff. I think it’s really great; they do it really well. Did I forget to say that I think they’ve gotten better at vocals? No? Well they have. Tremendously. Maybe it’s the song style, or them singing together a lot in this song, but I don’t know.

I promise that after you listen to this song, you’ll wanna put on your bathing suit, get out your floaty, and have a nice summer beach party! I promise. :)

Rating: ★★★★★

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Suhada Pichi Pichi, the b-side, is extremely upbeat and hyper. EXTREMELY. I love it, though. Lots of “pichi pichi”ing and such. It really stays nice and hyper crazy for the whole song, which I totally love. Berryz is really suited for this kind of song. The beat is held with lots of “ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha PICHI PICHI” ing. There are also lots of different sounds throughout the song. They all go really nice together. There’s obviously a lot in there, but they’re all timed perfectly so that it doesn’t just sound like a jumbled up mess.

Rating: ★★★★★

Huh? Did I just give 5/5 to Berryz Koubou? For both songs on a single? The world is coming to an end, I’m telling you! It’s crazy. I’ve always liked Berryz (just because they’re in H!P, of course), but this single totally clicks with me. Great a-side, great b-side, and their voices are getting better. Much better. H!P has been getting good b-sides recently (LOVE Kan Coffee, anyone?), which makes me quite happy.

I hope you can enjoy this single as much as I do! Come on, if I like it, you’ll probably like it as well. MVP is watching you! *shifty eyes*

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Risako UNITED STATES December 9, 2006 at 12:43 am

I like the Pichi pichi one it’s very kawaii!!! ^^


Kelvin Tan October 10, 2006 at 5:03 am

Yes, I also agree with you that this song is really one that will make people like Berryz type of music.

After Special Generation, the other songs they released don’t fit my taste and I stopped listening to Berryz for a long time. This new song is certainly very catchy!


Rinoa August 27, 2006 at 12:21 pm

I must say this article really got me into trying out this single. Despite that I don’t think that Berryz Koubou are not my style, I still loved the theme and setting of this single because it’s so summerish and upbeat without being extremely fast. I also enjoy how mellow and so enjoyable to the ear they manage to sound.

The promotional video is so cute. The costumes and the hairstyles really do compliment to create a young and fresh image. The vocals blend in well without sounding too childish or clashing. Quite excellent. I’m glad you did introduce this group to me. Thanks Laina-chan ^^


mario August 24, 2006 at 1:59 pm

hm….at first time i hear,i said that,what a great entertainer.i like when berryz dance,that so energytic.sorry,i can say anything else,and sorry if my english is very bad,i dont know to who i can explain that i really-really love berryz koubou,i gues iim lucky find this website.btw,can i get a hello project or berryz addres or e-mail address,please?


Plague PHILIPPINES August 22, 2006 at 9:28 am

Now that’s what we call a complete [Sound check] about [BK]’s 11th HIT single and what can I say….they’r just that ***n great…can’t say anymore just like in Jiriri Kiteru (amazing), Yeah!!! And thanks for the mp3.


Celsius005 UNITED STATES August 20, 2006 at 11:15 pm

What an exciting review! Great work, Lainay! I’m not entirely familiar with Berryz Koubou, sad to say, but I’ve been listening to some of their songs, and I must add that they’re fun to hear. Their songs are a tad bit easier to listen to (in my opinion) than most other upbeat/hyper songs, so I’m actually beginning to adapt quite well to them.

I agree, “Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND” is as catchy as you say, and it has this sort of energy–how do I say it–this special kind of feeling I get when listening to it. It’s like a mix of nostalgia/vigor/after-school-on-a-hot-day feelings. Anyway, this single isn’t bad at all, and it seems like something I can take out once in a while when I’m in a good mood. Thanks for the entertaining review! I think I’ll look deeper into Berryz Koubou in the future…


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