Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
It has been 168 days (or 5 months, 15 days) since the release Kobushi Factory’s major debut single, Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen Iri Ver.). It has also been more than 156 days (or 5 months, 3 days) since the review of said single. Between that timespan, our Magnolias won the Best Newcomer Award to the joy of all. This came with graduations in the air as it’s been nearly a month since Fukuda Kanon left, a few days until Sayashi Riho’s graduation, and days after Tamura Meimi announced her departure. (This is not even mentioning the fact that this single’s release comes roughly a week after another graduation was announced.)
With this wind of change, the Magnolias are blooming with high expectations. (There was even a confession saying that Kobushi’s talent level was impending graduate-levels.)
During the annual New Year’s Eve countdown concert, we received news of their major sophomore single, Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii. These A-sides have been performed during the H!P winter tour, Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~, to the delight of the attending wota.
So let’s dig into Osu! Kobushi Tamashii and see if Kobushi Factory had continued to make like Saitama and defeat enemies with a punch.
Initially translated as “Yo! Kobushi Soul,” the official translation is “Osu! Soul of Kobushi.”
The song was written and composed by Hoshibe Shou. If this name sounds familiar, this is because this is the same pen behind the Maggies’ smash hit “Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan.”
The song was arranged by Hirata Shoichiro, a longtime arranger for H!P who played a role in a variety of Berryz songs throughout their existence. Given that the Magnolias (along with the Camellias) are meant to be the successors of the Berryz, this was quite appropriate.
Much Sakura Night Fever and Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin, Osu! Kobushi Tamashii is funky, though with some rock elements. The beginning notes are mildly reminiscent of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland” (or am I thinking too much of Maurice White? May he rest in peace).
The lyrics are of a competitive nature, expressing a resolve to not lose. I must preface further conversation with UP-FRONT LINK’s explanation of the song’s title and themes:
Further information about ouendan can be found here, though the above is a far better (and more detailed) explanation.
But don’t quote me on that.
Hello! Station Edit
The H!S Edit was unveiled on the 154th installment that was posted on the 3rd. It’s a rather short clip, but you get a sense of the fun.
It features our ladies in an office building/school-like setting, dancing in a lobby with moves influenced by the ouendan tradition.
This is interspersed with images of the One Punch Mags in a boardroom, split into two factions in a competition for dominance.
The full MV was uploaded onto the official channel on February 8th. In addition to the aforementioned shots, we also see extra edits. The Promotion Edit places a further emphasis on the competitive themes, contrasting the two factions even more in the dance routine and general goings-on in the MV.
One example is the following lines between the H!P Edit…
…and the same line in the Promotion Edit.
Sadly, this comes at the cost of a decreased amount of close-ups, the kind of which that was heavily featured in the H!S Edit. (That was always was more cordial than the Promotion Edit, which laid out the (entirely for the sake of the song’s themes) “civil war” between the two factions of Maggies.
Then again, considering one of them has the “Ace” in Pink and is composed of brighter colors, the cooler-toned A-Rank Maggies probably want a promotion to the near-pastel S-Rank.
In the end, it all makes for a good song to cheer yourself on. After introduction aesthetics of sumo and ramen, we’re treated to another splash of Kobushi Factory’s native culture.
Besides, they’re all friends at the end of the day, right?
The single is going to be released on February 17. Please support Kobushi Factory by purchasing from official sources.
The current M3 Mystery is your thoughts on the single so far. There’s also going to be a double Mystery update this Friday on account of recent events and the upcoming holiday.
Until the Next One!
Remember to vote for your favorite Faith Girl Oshi and costume of yore!
Don’t also forget that submissions are being accepted for a Tamura Meimi tribute project.
Plus, you have until Sunday to vote on whether a similar project goes through for Suzuki Kanon, along with until Wednesday to pick Fukuhime’s outfit in the Powerpuff Musume ’16 project.
Also, rest in peace, Maurice White. Keep on grooving.