Since I'm a H!P Kids fan above anything else, Berikyuu's first collab concert is one of my all-time favorites so I naturally had high hopes for this concert.
Just looking at it, the setlist isn't as exciting as I'd like (especially compared to the edited Tengoku concert from yesterday), but thankfully, this concert has quite a few memorable moments and performances.
It starts off slowly (literally) with a performance of Seishun Gekijou (the Sengoku Jieitai theme song) followed by the concert's first MC. From there, things begin to pick up with a medley of a bunch of Berryz and C-ute songs mashed together in a 6 minute performance.
I had a ton of fun watching the medley. The transitions from song to song fit pretty well and the way they were mixed together was genius, especially near the end (you'll know when you get there).
After a cool VTR, there is another MC followed by a few songs performed by C-ute only,
and a few songs performed by Berryz Koubou.
Next was a MC that determined who would be the one to sing the solo for this concert. By randomly choosing a stick with a crown on it, Chisato became king and got the chance to perform Romantic Ukare Mode by herself.
But, before that actually happened, Miya (who had that day's unlucky number) had to introduce Chisato's performance with "a super sexy pose". As soon as I heard that, I knew that this is going to be awesome.
After being instructed to move to the exact center, Miya does this:
..So yeah, after Chisa's solo, Berikyuu (minus Buono!) rejoin to perform Makeruna Wasshoi! Despite having less members than the original (no Manoeri, S/mileage, and the three members of Buono!), this performance had a lot of power in it, especially in the wasshoi parts. I was particularly impressed with Risako here (and throughout the whole concert actually). Somehow, I liked this performance more than the original Bekimasu version.
If you were wondering why Buono! was absent from Makeruna Wasshoi!, well it was because they would give an awesome performance DEEP MIND next (in the original PV outfits, too). I've said this many times now, but I love these outfits. This performance is why I love Buono! so much.
Also, Miya is really, really hot in this performance (I'm sensing a reoccurring theme here with Miya and hotness in this concert!).
From there is where the shuffling starts. Yurina, Risako, Maimi and Chisato perform Bye Bye Bye and Captain, Chinami, Maasa, Nakky, and Mai perform Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance. Normally this is my favorite part of a concert because we get to see random pairings singing random songs, but this time around I wasn't too thrilled. The performances weren't bad; they just aren't standout performances like I've seen many times in the past.
That's the POWER was performed next in a very... um, interesting way. For whatever reason, some random ladies in exotic clothing join the girls on stage and dance. I didn't pay much attention to this performance because I was busy lol-ing at it all. The stark contrast between what Berikyuu and the random women wore is particularly hilarious. I swear a couple of the women had on thongs or something
After a MC and a change of outfits, the genki portion of the concert starts, beginning with Seishun Song. I usually don't care much for this part of a concert mostly because we've heard the large, genki group songs hundreds of times by now, but for whatever reason, this was my favorite part of this collab concert. It just seemed more energetic than usual (and probably was, due to 6 high energy songs in a row).
Finally, the encore started off with Berikyuu performing Heroine ni Narou ka! Although it's a Berryz song, Berryz were there only for backup singing and dancing only. All of the solos were handled by C-ute. I think that they did a solid job overall, but still, it didn't quite come close to the original and I found the performance to be lacking. Airi having a bigger role in this would have definitely improved upon it, I think. The performance just didn't have the same conviction as when Berryz performs it.
After one final MC and a Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku performance, there are two bonuses. First is another solo - Momoko performing Momoiro Sparkling. But once again, before that concert's king performed, Miya had more hotness to show.
..Yep Miya definitely wins this concert (also, thank you cameraman-san). Momo did an excellent job on her solo. It really fit her well.
The other bonus is a performance of Kiss me Aishiteru. Like Berryz in Heroine, C-ute took the role of backup singers and dancers in this song. Surprisingly, I liked this much more than C-ute's version of Heroine ni Narou ka! (I say surprisingly because when radio rips surfaced, I felt oppositely, but I did note that things could change with video of the performances). Of course, the original is still better, but I really like Berryz's version. The only major complaint I have are the outfits. I know that they had to perform Amazuppai afterwards, but the outfits really took out the hotness that Kiss me Aishiteru's dance naturally brings.
|Might as well end with sweaty hot Miya, right?|
Setlist (click for fullsize):
720p HD download link (it's 2 hours long, 3.28 GB, and contains chapters. Download and join both parts): http://www.wupload.com/folder/2160692
Momoko - Momoiro Sparkling 720p HD: http://www.mediafire.com/?027dk63u5t9r0db
Berikyuu - Kiss me Aishiteru 720p HD: http://www.mediafire.com/?459f46ato43sxyt
480p download link (2 GB):
Momoko - Momoiro Sparkling: http://www.mediafire.com/?91n6c1wobc9aij1
Berikyuu - Kiss me Aishiteru: http://www.mediafire.com/?ez6j51ceztygyai
Buy this concert if you like it!