For their 67th trip out, Morning Musume ’19 take Morito Chisaki (and us) on a virtual journey. “Seishun night (The Youthful Night, 青春Night)”. We voyeur on Chisaki as the music starts and she dons the virtual headgear that I’m sure many you also own. In the world, the rest of her group mates are waiting for her with a neon lit dance shot that looks vaguely like it was inspired by the world of TRON. Interestingly, the other girls make a bit of a fuss over their newest member and go as far as putting giving her a fashion makeover. There’s something a bit unsettlingly familiar with “Seishun Night” when you consider that the virtual idol world enjoyed by Chisaki is almost identical to the fairy tale life that many of us the idol life to be. Is that “meta”? I would be remiss as a Hello! Project fan if I didn’t point out the Tsunku fingerprints on “Seishun Night” with his characteristic rhythmic choruses and melodies. I also would be a horrible person if I didn’t mention that above all, “Seishun Night” is a fun work from the mikan opening to Chisaki’s final “Enjoy!”. Morning Musume ’19’s 67th Single “Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night” goes on sale June 12, 2019.
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。; Morning Girls), currently known as Morning Musume ’19 (モーニング娘。’19, read as Morning Musume One-Nine), is the lead group of Hello! Project. The group was formed in 1997 on a talent show called ASAYAN ostensibly to find a female rock vocalist for the band SHARAM Q. Although the first lineup of Morning Musume all lost the competition to Heike Michiyo, there were given a chance to debut as group by SHARAM Q member and Morning Musume future producer Tsunku if they could sell 50,000 copies of their demo single “Ai no tane” in five days (they succeeded in four days). It quickly became, and currently is, one of Japan’s top all-girl groups with a number of hit records and albums. The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with “graduations” and auditions held nearly every year. Although he had previously served as the group’s general producer until 2014, Tsunku continues to work with Morning Musume as their sound producer. Morning Musume’s current lineup includes Fukumura Mizuki (譜久村聖), Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈), Ishida Ayumi (石田亜佑美), Sato Masaki (佐藤優樹), Oda Sakura (小田さくら), Nonaka Miki (野中美希), Makino Maria (牧野真莉愛), Haga Akane (羽賀朱音), Kaga Kaede (加賀楓), Yokoyama Reina (横山玲奈), and Morito Chisaki (森戸知沙希, concurrent with Country Girls).
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