The Limited Edition A (with DVD) version of Onna ni Sachi Are finally arrived in the mail today as a belated birthday present (thanks, Dad!), and while I’ve been listening to the song for a while now, I figured it’s never too late for a review, seeing as this song just rocks beyond belief!

This was a fantastic song overall, and a great one for the two new Chinese members to debut on. I actually wasn’t too much of a fan of the song at first, I have to admit, but when the PV preview was released, I was completely hooked. The reasons may sound stupid, but honestly, those gold outfits, the gold set, that awesome dance finally made me fall in love with the song. The dance, especially, made me appreciate the dance beat so much more– that bass makes the song so damn catchy. In particular, I really think it was Risa’s solo line combined with that beat that got me completely hooked; her voice works with the beat in a way that none of the others do. Not that Takahashi isn’t an amazing singer or that any of the girls don’t blend particularly well with the song– it was just really Risa’s voice that finally pulled me in. That and Junjun.

It took me quite a long time to like Junjun, I have to admit. When Junjun and Linlin had appeared on Hello Morning when it was first announced they’d be entering the group, Junjun didn’t impress me very much. In contrast to Linlin, she seemed so lost and emotionless there, while Linlin was there with this awesome, “… NO WAI.” expression on her face. That and having seen Linlin’s photos from when she was sent in as an undercover Egg made me much, much more impressed with Linlin.

It was really up until the Onna ni Sachi Are PV preview that Junjun was never on my favorites list. When I finally saw her in action, though, everything changed. There was just that something about her that caught my eye. From her first close-up with Junjun, I found myself watching for her specifically throughout the whole PV. After having seen the whole PV, she and Risa impressed me the most; those two were able to pull off the silent ‘baka’s best, and just owned in general. Hands down, Junjun was stunning in that PV. While there’s been a lot of complaints throughout the fandom about their overwhelmingly gold outfits, I loved it, and Junjun’s look was just perfect for it. Not to sound corny or anything, but in that PV, Junjun really inspired me. Her entire attitude was amazing, and really– I felt the need to write about the kind of character she was portraying. I enjoy fiction-writing as a hobby, and I’d had a story in the making in my head for a while now, and after seeing Junjun, I felt inspired to go out and start on that story and, of course, incorporate a noble-yet-badass Junjun character into the story.

After that PV, I just fell completely for Junjun. She’s worked her way up so high on my Morning Musume favorites list now. Before that, she was second from least favorite, and now she and Aika are tied for my number one favorite. I’ve completely realized the errors of my past thoughts and accepted Junjun as one awesome MM member.

And Onna ni Sachi Are, like I mentioned before, worked its way up, too. I’d gone from being pretty disappointed with the single to having it become one of my favorite MM songs ever. I’ve been following all of the performances of the song, and I have to say that the Music Fighter performance is my favorite of them all. That performance alone deserves a few comments. Here’s a Youtube upload of it if you haven’t seen it yet:

As much as I like the girl, I have to admit that Koharu can be a bit rough singing live. Honestly, I’ve always loved the “bad singers” of the group, so I never really have minded her live voice– in fact, I can’t stand it when they have one or two members lip-synch when the others are live. But out of all the performances I’ve seen, her voice sounds best in this one.

I also want to draw some attention to Aika here. She’s improved so much since she first entered the group. I can still remember the girl who had a lot of trouble dancing back during the auditions, and how she didn’t have the best live voice when they first let her sing in Egao YES Nude and everything, but look at her go now! Her voice has improved a LOT. Just listen to her “namida wa misenai…” line there– she sounds fantastic! And her dancing is right up there with all of the other girl’s, too! I’m going to have to be a bit of a cornball here again, but, I’m so proud of her! Since I only got into Momusu recently, Aika has been the only member (not quite counting Junjun and Linlin since they didn’t enter MM the traditional way) I’ve really been able to follow from the start. I was rooting for her during the early phases of the auditions, so I was absolutely ECSTATIC when she got in! And the progress she’s made is just awesome. You go, girl!

A few other comments on that performance– Risa is also just plain awesome. She puts her all into her performances, and it shows. And for a bit of lulz, watch for Reina’s “high kick” during the dance break. Sayumi totally owns that kick, Eri does a great job with it too, but Reina…. I’m a little worried for Koharu. Whose idea was it to let the shortest member of the group do a high kick over one of the taller members’s head?! In comparison to Eri and Sayumi there, Reina doesn’t do a too spectacular job of it. All I’ve gotta say is, take cover, Koharu, just in case that happens again! Taking a hit of that heel to the face would NOT be pretty!

Well anyway, here’s hoping that Morning Musume’s next single is as awesome as Onna ni Sachi Are was, and, well, go 8th gen!