Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
Just like it’s been a long time since the One Punch Mags’ last offering, the same has been true for the Country Girls. Their previous single, Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime, was released in August 2015 with the review coming in right before then. This was not long after the sudden departure of star member Shimamura Uta less than three months after their debut cut.
While the sophomore single served to show the group can survive after such a loss, this single serves to show the group with new life injected into it. As we all know, much like the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, new blood was announced during a commemoration of the group’s first anniversary. Unlike the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, it wasn’t the search of new member that was announced — it was the discovery of them, in the form of two Kenshuusei.
So let’s dig into Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ and see if Country Girls continues to evolve.
Alternately translated as “Ranrarun ~Engrossed in You~,” the official translation is “Ran Ra Run ~crazy about you~.”
This song is special in that it is a cover of a show tune: “I’ve Told Every Little Star” from Music in the Air. This was made famous by Linda Scott in 1961, which this is based off of.
While the other A-sides explored new territory for our resident cuties, this track returns our Country Ladies to the cutesy classic idol pop of their previous songs. It’s such a big ball of cuteness and I love it! Wearing its 60s heritage on its sleeve with some influence from the ye-ye genre (though I might be influenced by the Paris-set MV).
The Hello! Station Edit
The H!S Edit was showcased on the 2nd.
As previously mentioned, the MV’s love story is set in Paris (as much as “Mahoutsukai Sally” is set at a nightlit town).
When not focusing on the closeups of our Country Girls with hearts in their eyes, it tells a tale of elegant girls, dapper “boys,” and the “fun” that comes with love and romance.
It all ends with Momoko tangled in the three threads of fate.
The Promotional Edit
The Promotional Edit was unveiled on the 7th.
In addition to the aforementioned plot scenes (which were elaborated) and closeups, we also see more dance shots which wasn’t a thing in the H!S edit.
Also, let’s not speak about the minor typos and whatnot. They’re not that major.
The single is out now, having been released on March 9. Please support Country Girls by purchasing from official sources!
While there is no M3 Mystery out now, the results of the first set of Powerpuff Musume ’16 Tiebreakers have been announced. The second set is also live so vote for your favorite (remaining) 10 Gen member and MV costume now! Poll closes next Wednesday!
Until the Next One!
Chuu!Sugoi!Idol have announced their tribute plan for Suzuki Kanon and Tamura Meimithis past Sunday. A separate, unrelated Zukki tribute scrapbook has been announced as well. There are also the fanart showcases hosted by this very blog.