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 some festive greetings from Petit Moni and Tanpopo, we come to the surprise ending!
I could’ve done Ayaya’s Merry X’mas for You (the b-side to 100kai no KISS), a song or two from the Doyou series, even the Pin’Xmas song (even if it was a solemn reminder that Sayu’s gone). Instead, despite the virtual dice choosing Doyou, despite my mind being set on the Pinkies, I’ve decided on ZYX. Why? Because it’s technically the only one that fits the theme. Mondays feature singles, Tuesdays feature albums.
Or “ZYX’s Chapter from Magi-Kat’s Magically Meteoric Guide to the H!P Galaxy for the Hitchhiker“
ZYX was formed in 2003 as one of a few one-shot units in the year and the first of two to showcase the developing “Hello! Project Kids” (the other being Aa!). Lead by Yaguchi Mari, the H!P Kids mentor (a process fictionalized in a Mini Moni movie), this unit featured future C-uties Umeda Erika, Yajima Maimi, and Murakami Megumi alongside future Berryz Shimizu Saki and Tsugunaga Momoko. This lineup released only two singles before disappearing.
In 2009, this unit became one of the revived “Chanpuru Units” as ZYX-α, featuring original members Umeda and Tsugunaga alongside new members Niigaki Risa and Kusumi Koharu of MM, Tokunaga Chinami and Sudou Maasa of the Berryz, and Wada Ayaka and Ogawa Saki of the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage*. Unlike the other Chanpuru Units that were spotlighted in this series, their appearance on the marriage album was the only release of this lineup. (This makes sense as not too long after its release, Umeda and Kusumi graduated from H!P to pursue modeling careers with Ogawa and Niigaki leaving in subsequent years.)
*You’ll find out my reaction to the name change later in the year. Trust me when I say that I have a lot to say….
About the Single
- Shiroi TOKYO
- Tokonatsu Musume (ZYX Ver.)
- Shiroi TOKYO (Instrumental)
Released on December 10, 2003, this was ZYX’s second single release. Like Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru, this was the last release of the original lineup. Like Pittari Shitai Xmas, this was also the final single released ever.
It debuted at #11 on the Oricon charts with 10,112 (72.39%) units sold, charting for three weeks for an overall sales count of 13,969.
Now to the Song (and the PV)!
After the cool debut, we come to a gentle form of it.
In between the dance shot in a blue room in white outfits, we see our girls either working up the nerve to give their gifts or snowboarding in the air. In the end, they give their presents to their beloved: you. So cute, even a little tragic on Marippe’s end if you know her fate.
Over all, it’s a lighter offering compared to the debut song. It’s a sweet Christmas offering of sentimentality and love for a Christmas beau. In light of the group of its members, it’s a good way to go and it’s amazing how far they’ve come. (Well, in Yaguchi’s case, it’s more like how far she’s fallen.)
Regardless, we’ve come to the end of the series as far as Mondays are concerned. Tomorrow features the Tuesday Finale as we come full circle! Anything is possible.
I’ll leave you on a happy note.
Merry Pin’Xmas to all and to all a good night!
P.S. Allow me to gift you with a more appropriate, less trolleriffic video.