Pretty pictures next time. I’ve found some videos, and it’s time for egg watch!
The videos are clips of performances from the h!p eggs concert this June. I really enjoy watching our eggs progress, so these were of considerable interest to me.
I’ll say that the eggie-pies look considerably more polished and professional than they did when they started having their own concerts. Their vocals are better too….but still leave something to be desired for many of the girls. It also helps that they seem to be going to the trouble of making them some of their own costumes instead of just giving them hand-me-downs now.
Video 1: Pre-concert cheering, Koisuru Angel Heart
Video 2: clips of The Peace, Koi wo Shichaimashita, Shiawase desu ka?, Sukiyaki, Piriri to Yukou, Agenai Nagai Nichiyoubi, Anataboshi
Video 3: 3 new eggs introduction, clips of First Kiss, Sukina Sempai, Crazy About You, I Know, Anshinkan, Rai Rai Shinfuu!, Chokotto Love, Yeah Meccha Holiday
Video 4: Dreamin’
Huzzah! Now it’s itty-bitty concert review time. Which eggs stood out and which were a bit rotten? Read on to find out!
Koisuru Angel Heart (All): Who sang that first solo line? These videos have an unfortunate tendancy to not show the girl who’s currently singing a solo line, and I’m not good enough to identify the eggs by voice. Anyway, their costumes are waaay cute. I didn’t hear anything vocally horrible, which cannot be said about their first and only full concert DVD. Best solo line probably was Ogawa Saki, proving that even though she’s tiny, she fully deserves that front and center spot.
The Peace (All): Nice! The Eggs have really developed more stage presence. I’ve seen less enthusiastic “The Peace” performances from the Berryz/Cute contingents. Yuu and Enna both did quite well with their solo lines. One of my favorite parts of these videos.
Koi wo Shichaimashita (Maeda Yuuka, Wada Ayaka, Mori Saki, Noto Arisa) Hmm. Still really unimpressed with Wada Ayaka’s singing. Still unsure why she was put into a unit.
Shiawase Desuka? (Kitahara Sayaka, Furukawa Konatsu, Fukada Kanon, Sengoku Minami) From this short clip, I’d say all four of these ladies did an awesome job! Saaya is full of sexy confidence, and her solo lines were strong, so I’d give her the “standout” award.
Sukiyaki (Gatas eggs, Kikkawa Yuu, Komine Momoka, Ogawa Saki) Kinda bored. Not much to say.
Piriri to Yukou (Aoki Erina, Tanaka Anri, Saho Akari, Sainen Mia, Okai Asuna, Sekine Azusa, Maeda Irori, Arai Manami) Cute, but some of the groups sound a little “shouty” instead of “singy”.
Agenai Nagai Nichiyoubi (Maeda Yuuka solo) I don’t think Yuuka has the vocal stregnth to sing an entire solo song. At least she’s still cute as a button.
Anataboshi (Kikkawa Yuu, Kitahara Sayaka) Hey look, a Kirarin group singing live!! This must be a really hard song to sing live though. There’s not much room to breath, and they both sound pretty out of breath. Still much improved by the absence of Koharu though.
First Kiss (Ogawa Saki) She doesn’t quite hit the falsetto, but no one in h!p but Airi can really get that part right. The rest is solid. This girl’s got the star power.
Sukina Sempai (Sadawa Yuri, Tanaka Anri, Wada Ayaka, Saho Akari) Sigh. I really don’t want to dislike Ayaka, but I think she’s the worst singer out of the eggs who tend to get solo lines. Saho Akari did the best this time. I don’t think she’ll ever be fronting a group or singing solo, but I’m becoming quite fond of her somehow.
Crazy About You (Mori Saki, Sengoku Minami) Hmm. Not terrible, not great. I’ve noticed that Mori Saki has a tendancy to slip into the “man voice” sometimes. Sengoku Minami seems to be the better singer out of the pair. Probably her experience with Gatas has done her good.
I Know (Furukawa Konatsu, Both Sakis, Maeda Yuuka, Fukada Kanon, Komine Momoka, Wada Ayaka, Saho Akari) No complaints here.
Anshinkan (Fukada Kanon, Sekine Azusa) Sounds good. When did Kanon become Aibon’s younger sister? It’s spooky.
Rai Rai Shinfuu (Everyone not in the last 2 songs) Big group performance, so no real standouts.
Chokkoto Love (All) Hey, they’re trying to be like real cheerleaders or something! No spinning basket tosses out of those lifts though. C’mon! Those girls have got to weigh like 30 pounds. You should be able to throw them no problem!
Yeah Meccha Holiday (All) They still seemed “high tension” from their cheerleader routine. Love Yuu’s little glance at the camera during her “Ah”. Ogawa Saki shines on her solo line again.
Dreamin’ (All) Isn’t this supposed to be something to do with Ongaku Gatas? That makes it an odd choice for a closing song. I guess it has that “closing” feel to it though. Noto Arisa is seriously pumped about this one.
I notice that there are certain eggs who were not featured for a single solo line in these clips. Those being Sainen Mia, Komine Momoka, Maeda Irori, Okai Asuna, and Arai Manami. I guess it’s pretty easy to see who’s on the bottom of the basket right now. The last 3 can blame it on their being really young still, but I don’t know about the other two. I might just quit if I were them, because I’d put their odds of ever being in a unit as slim to none right now.
So in summary, it does show that these girls have had a lot more dance training than vocal training. Their dancing is right on, while their singing sometimes just isn’t. However, it also shows that they have finially been working on their live vocals through these concerts and their other singing events, and progress is evident.
This is Egg Watch signing off, for now.