Beginning Love, Itoshima Distance, One After Another

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

So let’s dig into Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru.

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku

The Song

It is an electropop eartrip reminiscent of “Electro Musume” (let’s face it, ANGERME is Momusu Jr. — in a good way). Starting with Title Dropping whispers (roll credits), showcasing vocals of all of the members. The opening solo line is from none other than Kamiko (or Moekko as I sometimes call her) and leads the way for her fellow Angels. It doesn’t sound like much, but the behind-the-scenes footage from Upcoming really makes you appreciate their hard work (even if Akari’s higher vocals might make your bleed with the register).


The Angels march on forward, aiming to take charge of life (and your hearts). It’s a rather unusually broody song in terms of tone, but it works. Add this in with the raps and spoken lines and we get a recipe for ANGERME’s biggest hit yet. The MV has received the most views (and I do admit to contributing) and the most attention out of the three. (Indeed, the other MVs were a tough act to follow.)

The MV

The Hello! Station Edit

The H!S Edit was officially unveiled on the 163rd installment of Hello! Station, published on April 6th.

The Promotion Edit


The Promotion Edit was uploaded to the official channel on April 8.
There’s not much to add, but in a good way. As the views count have shown, the focus is on the music and choreography.

Itoshima Distance

The Song

The song is a Latin-tinged pop song with smoking saxuality (see what I did there?). However, what makes this song stand out is the lyrics. Yes, it’s another “break-up song,” but it’s written in Hakata Dialect. YouTube user まるよさ voiced what many in the comments have said:

大阪恋の歌のアンジュルムバージョンって感じする
“[This] feels like the ANGERME Version of Osaka Koi no Uta”

(Not at all helping the comparisons to Morning Musume. Then again, everyone is H!P is compared to them so whatever. This my United States of Whatever!)

The MV

The Hello! Station Edit

The H!S Edit was officially unveiled on the 164th installment of Hello! Station, published on April 13th.

Interspersed with Itoshima landmarks, we see our sad clowns an sing of a sad breakup on the titular locale. (Try not to get teary-eyed, okay?)

The Promotion Edit

If you’re a bit perplexed by the clown-outfits, we can look to the following conversation in the comments for a possible explanation.

  • akane saotome: “This song is good, but I don’t get those costumes. Girls look ugly in them and I don’t understand how they connected to a lyrics. At least in Pyoco Pyoco Ultra or Koi ni Booing Buu! I get why they decide dress those girls like idiots.”
  • ma ro: “Japanese often refer an idiot as a pierrot(clown). In this song, girls were dumped like idiots. I think those costumes are literally reproducing that.”
  • akane saotome: “Ok, It may by it, but still they could do much better job on those costumes. It dosn’t fit the tone of rest of pv. Maybe mix pierrots with gotic lolitha style? Those pants are just hideous.”

Personally, I thought of Carnival.

Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru

The Song

Meimi gives the opening spoken line, as if to speak about her emotion. (One common interpretation of this song and its visuals is a metaphor for the group’s status and the impending graduation.)

It’s a midtempo song with pop and rock undertones, tinging with coolness. (Instead of channeling sister group Morning Musume, they are channeling Juice=Juice. …The heck am I doing? Doing so is obliterating the credibility of ANGERME, which is in full swing here.)

The MV

The Hello! Station Edit

The H!S Edit was officially unveiled on the 165th installment of Hello! Station, published on April 20th.

We see our ladies dancing in a hall.

The Promotion Edit

The full MV was uploaded onto the official channel on April 25th.

The opening shot is one difference between the two versions. Another is the inclusion of shots with the girls in red outfits. This was a source of feels, especially at the end where Meimi places her head on Ayaka’s shoulder.

In Closing

The single went on sale on April 27th. This is currently their highest selling single, providing the group their record highest in first day and week sales. Please continue this success by supporting ANGERME via purchasing from official outlets.

Time is also running out to submit your pieces to the fan tribute exhibit. You can read details here. The soft deadline is the 15th and the hard deadline is the 22nd!

Until the next one!
— Magi-Kat!

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