Have you heard? The fab five are back together! Of course I’m talking about the first generation of Morning Musume. Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka return to the airwaves supported by the latest lineup of their group for a new take on their debut from 20 years ago “Morning Coffee”. The Morning Musume 20th lineup wear black and red plaid that recalls that first, franchise launching release from 1998. The musical arrangement gets an update here also. The original tempo is livened, and the guitars play a more prominent role while adding a perceptible crunch to the mix. Rightfully, I think, the 1st generation members get the spotlight in this PV; after an initial flourish of twirling Musume (fun fact: the girls are presented in reverse generational order more or less), the five-some take center stage relinquishing to the new their place only for an occasional breather. The fabricated sets of a town square and coffee shop fade into the background of the group shots and dances, and this is alright considering most people will probably be drawn to this PV for the chance to see their favorites with an original member if not just to see their OG Musume again. You can find “Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary version)” on the freshly pressed “Hatachi no Morning Musume”.
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