Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 / Natsuaki Baribari Kyoushitsu Koharu Chan Irasshai : 5 of 5
Besides being probably the longest DVD title in my collection, this is also my first Morning Musume concert video! After seeing so many of their music videos I wanted to see how they were live, and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. There's just something cool about seeing their performance, since it tends to make them more "real" (part of this has to do with the incredible workout they're getting from all that dancing, which really makes the sweat pour towards the end of the show)! It's fun to see all their different costumes (I counted at least seven complete changes for the whole group, plus a few other variations) and hairstyles, too (I like the sparkles in Reina's hair), and watching them really doing their best to put their individuality into their moves. The show is wall-to-wall songs, including all of their classics (plus a few I didn't know yet, being a somewhat new fan), but also stops for some skits and introductions - it's really fun to see how each of them introduce themselves, and it's good Japanese practice, too! I have a new appreciation for Hitomi, since she does a fantastic job as "leader" and she's really cool. It's also immediately obvious who the really strong singers are, and it's great to see them really sing well in a live setting (to prove it's not all studio tricks!). Part of that long title means that this is Koharu's first concert tour, and it's interesting to see which parts she's been given in the various songs. I completely enjoyed this first concert experience, and I'm definitely going to check out some other live DVDs now!