Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history.
In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 2003: Melon Kinenbi’s Chance of LOVE.
Kath, isn’t 2003 the year you became a fan?!
Then why aren’t you reviewing Go Girl ~ Koi no Victory?!
Because that’s what the Random Picker chose…. H!P released a lot of stuff back in the day (and even in the more recent years up to now). Besides, after last week, do you really want me to cover another Morning Musume track? It’s supposed to be a celebration of Hello! Project’s anniversary and the Mothership had their time in the limelight last year.
But Kath, this is the 20th anniversary of their major debut!
…Let’s dig into Melon Kinenbi.
Chance of LOVE
Befitting its romantic subject, Chance of LOVE is an R&B-influenced song full of passion (and a sax that appropriately gives off Careless Whisper vibes). It tells a story of a chance encounter at a party (which the girl didn’t even consider going to). However, when the sparks began to fly, she wanted to cherish this moment and not let her lover go.
It prominently features Shibata Ayumi (this was right after Akai Freesia, after all), to the point it’s almost a solo song.
(On another note, as much as Melon Kinenbi have tackled various genres, why do I seem to get the R&B-influenced stuff to review? Sure, the group’s coolness and “maturity” are on display here and it does suit the romantic, even sensual nature of the song, but seriously….)
The MV has an elegant feel. The dance shot has our ladies in the cover garb dancing in a room that is giving me strange v-u-den feels (for reasons that will be explained next month). It’s wide and spacious, perfect for a ball.
The alternate shots continue the theme of a party and a chance encounter therein. We see our lovely Melons in fashionable dresses, either dancing with each other in a room of mirrors or alone with a table all their own. (Think they’d be perfect for the Met Gala? Then again, they’re not flashy enough.)
All through it, we see a camera flash, acting as a transition to other shots.
I must also bring up the color scheme: save for the elegant dress scenes (which has a “cool” lighting), the MV is full of golds and yellows. Almost as if to expand on the shimmering outfits or evoke champagne (though this bit may influenced by knowing what comes down the line), the lighting on the scenes with the cover art is warm with passion.
The “party” scenes, with a more “cool” light, acts as a point of contrast to the more “animated” and “emotional” scenes with the promo getups. Note their expressions: more subdued, more reserved. It’s still elegant, cool, and mature, but the Melons are more stoic there.
Either way, Shibata Ayumi is very prominent. I mean, very prominent. Then again, no surprise, eh?
(As this single was released in 2003, it is not subject to the changes in sales reporting as implemented by Oricon in Fall 2016.
All figures reported in this section are from the Hello! Project Wikia with the percentage and average mathematics done by moi.
Of course, if a piece of idol music really touches you, does it matter that much how well it sells? It does to some people, which is one reason I do this…)
The single ultimately achieved a Total Reported Sales figure of 22,185 with a peak Oricon weekly position of #10.
For comparison sake:
- The previous single (the aforementioned and somewhat infamous Akai Freesia) had a Total Reported Sales figure of 37,914.
- The next single (MI DA RA Matenrou) had a Total Reported Sales figure of 14,193.
- This means that Chance of LOVE’s sales have a difference of -41.49% compared to its previous single and -36.02% compared to its next.
What a sizzling song to welcome the summer season. (Appropriately, the B-side is a genki piece called “Natsu.” If you’re looking for good old H!P goofiness and fun, check it out.) It’s sad the post is over so soon, just the party’s started. However, fret not! There’s still time.
What better time for a party (and a chance for love) than a summer night?
So much for not bombarding the readers with–
Until the Next One!