Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration (and M3’s 10th anniversary… that tagline will be over with soon), I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This week, we’re traveling to 2006 as we take a look at Thanks!, the debut release by Great Aya and Miki (better—and properly—known as GAM).
Formed in 2006 with soloist Matsuura Aya and Morning Musume member (as she technically was by then) Fujimoto Miki. The group became known for their leg-tastic outfits (“gam” is also slang for attractive legs), which actually goes with their description as a “Sexy Cool Unit.”
In any case, let’s dig into GAM #1 and see how it all began.
The song is a J-pop jam with a searing guitar that brings in and carries us at certain intervals. Aya and Miki’s vocals, already known assets of theirs, blend and bounce off each other.
The song, befitting its tie-in to a heroic story, definitely has that “exciting” feel that would be right at home in a toku (or an anime, which is appropriate since this was a time when H!P were doing more tie-ins). The lyrics, as Tsunku put it, “is about expressing feelings of gratitude towards those precious glorified youth times.”
This MV is full of pink (for the most part). The dance shot is either a swirling pink and white background or silhouetted in front of a set of lights.
The other shots also emphasize the gorgeousness and chemistry of the Dynamic Duo, having them sitting stylishly on a love seat or pulling off glamorous close-ups.
Yeah, there’s not much going on here. It may seem disappointing to those used to movie-like MVs with “plot” and especially given the powerhouses (two of H!P’s most popular member ever) here, but… who at this point was expecting things like that at this point? Plus, the focus here is on the music and the sheer charisma of GAM.
(As this single was released in 2006, 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 36,477. 68.13% (24,852) coming from the first week, it ranking #2 for the first day and #5 for the week.
Comparison data is currently unavailable, due to a lack of information regarding their next single (Melodies).
Next time, we… well, we’ll see. Next week doesn’t have a set bit of content so I guess we’ll catch up on what little news came out of the quarter, along with some site-related news.(See here for the deets)
Stay very nice!