Musume Dokyu! Vol 5 : 3 of 5
I've finally started watching the latest round of Musume Dokyu DVDs! It seems like each new season of this series changes the format somewhat, and this time around narration has returned and there are no more letters written from one member to another. This volume has only three episodes: one with Sayumi, one with Reina, and a double-length show about the HP Metro Rabbits, the Hello! Project kickball (or "kickbase", as they call it in Japanese) team. You would think that this DVD, featuring my two favorite Morning Musume gals, would be fantastic, but it's actually kind of ho-hum. Sayumi takes a cooking lesson (since she gagged Eri with her cooking in a previous episode), and learns lots of dishes from a nice teacher. It was interesting to see things like special goggles for chopping onions, and fun to watch Sayumi get excited about cutting apples to look like little bunnies. Reina spends the day working in a ramen restaurant, but she doesn't really do anything interesting! The narrator tries to stir up some suspense when she carries a huge bowl of ramen to a customer, but she doesn't spill anything (which would have been pretty funny!). The HP Metro Rabbits segment includes lots and lots of practice, practically the entire game played in the recent sports festival (which they lost spectacularly 24 to 3!), and then a nice outdoor game, where they do a much better job (and really make kickball look like fun)! This volume was definitely a little more interesting than the prior "conversational" episodes, but not as entertaining as a good dose of Hello! Morning!