Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
Juice=Juice’s tenth single release, Next is you! / Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai. Their first single in 10 months, this single (well, the first A-side) serves as a tie-in to their Budokan drama. However, anything relating to it is region-locked so this post will focus primarily on the other A-side, Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai.
Well, enough beating around the bush. Let’s squeeze this fruit!
Initially translated as “It’s Not Only My Body That Has Become an Adult” and “Not Only My Body Became an Adult,” the official translation is “It’s not just my body that’s grown up.”
The song is a pop song with funk influences and electronic flairs, featuring the signature H!P brass. In many ways, the music is similar to tracks like Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru and Sukatto My Heart.
Concerns about measuring up to others, asserting dominance and self-assurance through true feelings and expressions, are the subject of the song. I can name three H!P groups (Morning Musume ’16, C-ute, maybe ANGERME) where such imagery might fit, however it’d be stretching it. Only Juice=Juice and their “cool and fresh” image can truly bring this out with full effect. They always was more “mature” H!P group in terms of image and style, hence the higher average age and name.
(Perhaps one way of looking at them is the similarly “mature” Melon Kinenbi. …Man, I feel old just thinking about it.)
Plus, for reasons that will be explained in the next section, the song is just perfect for Juice=Juice and their situation.
“Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai” was performed Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~ DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~, the performance of which was showcased on the 150th installment of Hello! Station on January 6, 2016.
The H!S Edit was unveiled on the 151st installment that was posted on the 13th.
The H!S Edit has our girls dance in a black room with a reflective floor. (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same one used in Never-Ending Story.) It’s not much, but quite a lot for current standards.
Wait, what am I saying? H!P’s been upping their game as of late.
The full MV was uploaded onto the official channel on January 18. In addition to the aforementioned shots, we see our Juicey=Juices dolled up in make up…
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.)
In a sense, it’s also a reflection of their time as idols. Juice=Juice has been rather quiet compared to most(?!) of their H!P compatriots, to the point where they’ve become a blip on the radar and their first album being called “disappointing.”
However, that doesn’t mean Juice=Juice won’t go down without a fight. A new year means a new start and with the help of a TV deal, the Juicy=Fruits will pick where they’ve left off. After all, the following line says it all:
The Idol Sengoku Era may be over, but H!P is having a slight (friendly) one of their own. We have the cuties in County Girls aiming for our hearts, the iron-hearted C-uties showcasing their polished showmanship, the Magnolias making like Saitama and knocking out the charts with a single punch, the Camellias fighting for our hearts, the Angel Tear Choir crying out for us, and myriad of trainees looking to get called up.
Oh yeah, did I mention H!P has two soloists in the form of Mitsui Aika and the recently graduated Sayashi Riho? While Mitsui has more of a staff-related role, what with her provided English reports on the Up-Front Link Facebook page, along with Sayashi studying abroad and thus technically on hiatus, it just means more for the sea. There’s also whoever wins the controversial 13th Generation Audition.
With all of this, Juice=Juice faces competition on all sides. However, their resolution can be summed up with the following line:
The single is going to be released on February 3, three days from the premiere of their drama Budokan. Please support Juice=Juice by purchasing from official sources.
The current M3 Mystery is your thoughts on the single so far.
Until the Next One!
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