Seasons greetings to the Magical Meteorites, Earthlings, and the other folk in the stratosphere to another edition of the Jingle Bell Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Morning Twilight series. As today is Morning Monday, this post is where “Jingle Belles Rock” as a different idol Christmas standard gets spotlighted. After the Petit Best start from Petit Moni, we’ll be spending two weeks with Tanpopo.
To start, thanks to all who voted in the poll! For about a day or so, Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru was in the lead with a single vote. However, two votes bumped up Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru to a 2-1 lead. At the very last minute, Seinaru received another vote to make it a 2-2 tie. (I really should plan for these events. Then again, as my blog is virtually starting from scratch, after the massive response to the Sayumi survey, I shouldn’t expect that much of a response… especially given the fact it was promoted more on Tumblr than Twitter… and when it was, it was on a Friday where most would be partying and living for the weekend.)
So, for the sake of my sanity, Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru will go up first. I was mentally prepared to show that one first and was not surprised by its (momentary) lead. Plus, a virtual dice pointed in Oujisama’s direction (even if coin toss said “Seinaru”) and there’s also a timing-related reason that can be read at the “About the Single” section. (You’re welcome to skip the history lesson and go straight to that part if you so wish.)
So without further ado, let’s snuggle up on a snowy night with some princesses!
About the Group
Or “Tanpopo’s Chapter from Magi-Kat’s Magically Meteoric Guide to the H!P Galaxy for the Hitchhiker“
Tanpopo was the first subgroup of Morning Musume, formed in November 1998 with Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, and Yaguchi Mari. This lineup lasted until Fall 1999 when Ishiguro graduated. Since then, Tanpopo performed as a duo before new blood was added in the form of Ishikawa Rika and Kago Ai. This lineup lasted far longer and like anything else in the early 2000s (especially with the 4th Gen), this might be the most well-known.
The group underwent another lineup change in in 2002 when Iida, Yaguchi, and Kago were taken out and Konno Asami, Niigaki Risa, and Melon Kinenbi’s Shibata Ayumi were added. However, this lineup only released one single before fading into obscurity.
Like many classic groups and units, Tanpopo was revived in 2009 as a “Chanpuru Unit” under the name Tanpopo#, the “#” symbol reflecting the common “井” kanji in the members’ names. Featuring BK’s Kumai Yurina, MM’s Mitsui Aika and Kamei Eri, and C-ute’s Okai Chisato, the quartet released two album-only songs before Kamei graduated from the Project in 2010.
About the Single
- Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru
- Nenmatsu Nenshi no Dai Keikaku
- Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru (Instrumental)
Released on November 14, 2001 (same day as Petit Moni’s “Pittari Shitai Xmas!”), this was the third and final single for the second lineup, along with the seventh and penultimate Tanpopo single overall. The single debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts where it charted for seven weeks. 201, 040 copies were sold overall with 129, 980 (64.54%) within the first week.
Now to the Song (and the PV)!
Overall, this is a up-tempo ballad with sleigh bells and guitar flairs to highlight the sentiment. (May I just say that the beginning somewhat reminds me of ELO’s “Confusion.” Then again, won’t be the first time ELO and H!P reminded me of each other. Shine a Little Love Revolution 21!)
After a close up of our angels, our ladies dance in their lovely yellow outfits. (Reminds me of the type of fashion seen in a Rosalarian comic, in a good way. On another note, is it bad that (to me) they all look pregnant at certain angles? Barely helps at least two of them are moms now.) In between the dance shots, we see our girls get ready for the big day and get along together.
There’s also the familiar “circular shot” that “Dance Suru no Da!” was known for.
Here’s a pop quiz: Which one isn’t married? (I’ll give you a hint: She’s probably the most familiar to newer fans.)
Next time on Jingle Bell Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree:
- “Jingle Belles Rock!” Morning Mondays: Classic Tanpopo’s Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Twilight Tuesdays: The winner of the Shonen Knife poll
See you there!
Sleep in heavenly peace!