12.02.2008

Hello! Project 2008 Summer Wonderful Hearts Koen : 3 of 5

It's kind of weird watching Hello! Project's summer concert in the middle of December, but I really enjoyed seeing this big show full of summer-themed songs showcasing Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, and C-ute! Although this show wasn't as large-scale as previous combined concerts that I've seen (no race track stage this time), the set design and camera work were great, with the girls playing to cameras every chance they could get. Unfortunately, too much of this show was lip-synched for my taste, but when they really did decide to sing, the sound was great (especially C-ute, who had surprisingly mature voices with actual vibrato)! I always enjoy the solo and small group sections the most during these big concerts, so after enduring the usual Koharu crap (sorry, she's just so annoying!) there were plenty of fine performances. Ai-chan came across as a really elegant adult, Lin Lin got to sing Hajimete Kuchibiru wo Kasaneta Yoru (one of my favorite H!P songs), and Sayumi and Risako did a fantastic duet version of Chu! Natsu Party, which was almost as good as their previous Robokiss performance! But by far the best part of the concert is the final song, a really moving tune that everyone sings with a little actual harmony thrown in. There's a moment when Lin Lin and Jun Jun get to sing solo with Chinese lyrics, and the results are incredible! Both of them just light-up with the confidence of singing in their native language, and their voices really shine - it was a definitely a teary-eyed moment for me! Overall, this concert was really hit and miss - some moments were amazing, the MC work was pretty boring, and I really missed the older pros like Nacchi who used to appear in these combined shows. But of course I still enjoyed watching this DVD, and I'm sure I'll continue buying and loving these concerts for a long time!

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