Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Suka! (Musical Ramblings of a Dreamer)
‘Maji Desu Ka Ska!’ (a.k.a. Idol Music Is Serious Business) (The Groove Music Life)
Morning Musume Maji Desu ka Ska PV (Selective Hearing)
Maji Desu ka SKA! PV (Hanakotoba)
dreamtiny notices that the line distribution is much better for the current lineup than the past few years. She also addresses the idea that Morning Musume copied the AKB48 drama “Majisuka Gakuen” with the title of this single. People must think really low of Tsunku and UFA if they figure that the best idea they can steal from AKB48 is a song title.
Kd Potter’s focus is on how the song and video lack a seriousness. She points out that H!P’s interpretation of ska is about as successful as their attempts at reggae and country; you just as easily add rap, big band, rock, europop, and idol music to that list! The video is not serious either. KD notes is not only a change in the recent Morning Musume formula, but possibly a return to an era of energetic songs.
At Selective Hearing, Greg doesn’t have much to say for what Morning Musume did right in this PV. However, he does make quite the connection between Morning Musume and, of all people, Bobby Brown. I’d prefer it if the connection was in the music and not the video, but alas…
On the other hand, on Hanakotoba, MTSayuRin is thrilled with Morning Musume’s latest effort. Michishige Sayumi and Takahashi Ai are the stand-outs here.