A Tuesday Night Raw Smackdown of C-uteness

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? My week’s been okay.

The entire single is going to be in tribute to the Japan Wrestling Federation: the former A-side is the “squad hymn” while the latter is the “cheer song.”

Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~

Unofficial Translation: Thank You ~Endless Yell~
Official Translation: Thank you ~Eternal Yell~

A “C-ute no Hi” performance of the song was showcased . The Hello! Station version premiered on the 138th installment, uploaded on October 7th, with the full PV being uploaded on the 12th.

The lyrics for this track is handled by NOBE. They have also written Buono’s “,” Mano Erina’s “My Days for You,” along with a plethora of songs for the Up Up Girls.

The composition is handled by KOJI oba. They have also arranged Kikkawa You’s 9th single, Hana, along with composed and arranged Juice=Juice’s “Mirai e, Saa Hashiridase!” from their first album.

The arrangement is handled by soundbreakers. They have also arranged “Gamusha LIFE” from C-ute’s previous single.

The Song

The song is a lovely ballad (in the vein of Tsuzuiteiku STORY) with lyrics showing appreciation. It begins with a piano notes and that is then backed up with strings and drums. The lyrics express present appreciation for past experiences and hope for the future.

Some listeners felt that, combined with the songs on their previous single, C-ute was dropping hints of a possible “indefinite hiatus.” If I may be frank, I expected this kind of news around their September concerts. Either way, instead of speculating about when they’ll leave, let’s just enjoy the C-uties while we have them. After all, what’s the point of appreciating their efforts and cheering them on if all we do is think about their departure?

The PV

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_5I3WDw9ng]

The music video begins with head shots of female wrestlers, followed by shots of C-ute practicing their dance moves. The verses then juxtapose the solo indoor shots of the C-utie with footage of the wrestlers. The chorus has our idols be outdoors as they sing out their gratitude, alongside more footage of the wrestlers.

In a sense, an idol is a lot like a wrestler, especially the gimmick-ridden “professional” types. They spend years of training, honing their skills as they push themselves to the limit. The wrestlers are ahletes and the dance routines are toilsome for the idol physique. The act of singing is strenuous to an idol. (Indeed, news came out recently that Tsugunaga Momoko developed polyps on her vocal chors and was forced to miss activities for the forseeable future.)

Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight!

Unofficial Translation: ‘Cause We’ll Raise a Storm Exciting Fight!
Official Translation: Make a Storm Exciting Fight!

A performance of the song at Zepp DiverCity was showcased on the 136th installment, uploaded on September 23rd. The Hello! Station Edit was unveiled in the 139th installment on October 14th with the full “Promotional Edit” being uploaded on Ocober 19th.

The lyrics are handled by Miura Yoshiko, who has also written ANGERME’s “Nana Korobi Ya Oki,” along with a substantial amount of material for Buono! and Mano Erina. She also wrote Matsuura Aya’s final Hello! Project single, “Chocolate Damashii.”

The composition is handled by the enigmatic Hoshibe Shou. One of the newer faces on the block, Hoshibe has penned (and composed) Kobushi Factory’s “Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan” and Juice=Juice’s “CHOICE & CHANCE.” On a related note, they have also composed ANGERME’s “Nana Korobi Ya Oki” and “Gashin Shoutan.”

The arrangement is handled by H!P veteran Suzuki Shunsuke. Seeing as this guy has handled the likes of Abe Natsumi and pretty much every era of Morning Musume (his first H!P gig was a song from MM’s first album), this song’s in good hands.

The Song

The song begins slowly then goes into a rockin’ beat. With the heaviness of a Buono song, the C-uties make their stance known.

The bridge makes it better with a spoken dailogue between Hagiwara Mai and Nakajima Saki.

The PV

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA5VHIV823A]

For the most part, we see footage of C-ute in a hangar with helicopters. This is intertwined with shots ofthe the JWF wrestlers. During some lines, the footage syncs up (i.e. “We can only hear the sound of the wind blowing on our backs”).

During the last chorus, we are treated wit a fiery surprise: the C-uties summoning colorful flames like Blaze the Cat.

In Conclusion

The single overall looks like a hype-filled offering set to lift spirits and pump energy. “Arigatou” is an inspiring piece while “Arashi wo Okosunda” is sure to get you full of energy. This is especially exciting light of recent news of C-ute’s 9th album. It is sure to be jam-packed with content judging by the singles released since (8) Queen of J-Pop:

I also would like to take the time to say that fyeah-haropro and morningmusumeajm are looking for new admins! You can click on the links for details.

Climb the Ladder for the Suitcase, Idol Fans!
— Magi-Kat

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One Response to A Tuesday Night Raw Smackdown of C-uteness

  1. […] donning boxing gloves, preparing to face anyone who dares question their maturity. The boxing scenes might seem halfhearted to some as the girls barely make a dent in the punching bag. (This is especially since we’re a few months removed from C-ute’s peans to wrestling.) […]

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