Yeah! 来た！ and all that.
Here are some of my general thoughts.
Girl’s a champ. Her low notes are disgustingly good. I really hope she gets closer to realizing her dream as a singer/songwriter, because I would much rather follow her there as opposed to an idol.
She’s a pro at drawing out the look and emotions of a song. I really didn’t care for her till I saw N1 and I was like, wow, she’s a good performer. Unfortunately, I think she’s lacking in the singing department. Unlike Yamamoto and Nana, I have zero confidence that she can sing live.
Ugh, not a single live song. Really disappointed. Nande yanen, Idol doesn’t count.
Really loved how they did the transitions between the songs, it was smooth and actually made full use of the number of girls. Some of it was awkward, like, “Why aren’t Riichan and Milky in Oh My G… oh. Oh yeah.”
Alright, now that’s done. Let’s go over some of the tracks I liked or otherwise noticed:1 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo
This song grew on me a lot later. Probably after Oh My God! was released. Also the full version is wayyyy cooler than the TV version. I’ll watch it every single time.2 – Nandeyanen, Idol
Live voices, lol. This song is kinda refreshing because we get to see Haru and Kanakichi take center stage. Also Yamamoto looks goofy when she dances around, mostly because I associate her with the cool, sharp dancing type and it looks like she’s screwing around, haha. I really want to see this song at Request Hour, totally gonna vote for it next time.3 – Boku wa Matteru Natsu
I love this song. The PV was unintentionally hilarious because they get splashed in the face and pour milk on themselves. The lyrics were intentionally hilarious (Acchan-like Pony shushu…). And when I see them actually perform it? It’s actually really good. Got a good dance to it, my favorites are on the team, etc.4 – Hoshokushatachi Yo
Loved this song too. Jou actually looks very solid leading the song, her voice is a great fit even though I think the lyrics are more of a fit for Warukii. And again, a non-Sayanee, non-Milky lead is refreshing. Good performance.5 – Kesshou
When I saw the transition I was like… Pareo wa Emerald again? But alas, ’twas not to be. I was never really a fan of this song and the performance didn’t change my mind.6 – Bird
Kinda disappointed with this one. I thought the version on N1 was the best with Rika and Haru. I thought Yuppi was weak in the Minogashita DVDs. I don’t know who replaced Rika but it didn’t even matter anyway because they did the half performance which was just all Yamamoto. Also, it was lipsynched.7 – Shinkirou
It’s good but… yeah. N1, same thing. I was really hoping Nana wouldn’t lipsynch, but she did and that was that. Also, the Maachun sweat glands make it look really weird for a ballad.8 – Uso no Tenbin
I always liked the construction of these songs because I feel like that’s how you should make songs. Instead of making 40 people sing at once, you just have a couple people take turns. Still, solo singing is kinda weak without live voices. Yes. This is a constant theme of mine.9 – Skirt, Hirari
I actually liked this performance. The voices seem to go well, and you can hear Yamamoto’s excellent low notes. And usually I don’t bother with Skirt, Hirari.10 – Blue Rose
I really don’t know how Haru pulls it off but she looks much older than she is and makes this performance absolutely cool. I’m noticing more and more that I like the “cool” songs more than the “cute” songs. In fact, I kinda hate the “cute” songs. Also, Miru looks much better as a badass here than a whiny little brat. Just sayin’.11 – Seifuku ga Jama wo suru
For some reason I thought this performance was funny. With Ainyan and Maachun leading, their “Ah~!” just made me laugh. Totally not the expected reaction for this song.12 – End Roll
This song is rising among my favorite AKB songs. It could be like #4 or #5 or something. I want to say it’s a great performance, but the camera work is awful. If it’s a dance routine, why are you zooming in on their faces? I can’t see any dance like that. Yamamoto looked insanely sharp, Riichan actually looked cool at points (a first for me since I’m used to her baka character), Nana kinda looked hot when she was shaking it… yeah. From what I can see it looked great.13 – Oh My God!
It was cool that they did the full version but I was disappointed that there was no pyramid. The part after the first chorus wasn’t really that great either in terms of choreography, no cool leaning part. However, after the second part there’s this part where Yamamoto does this little jig. I think it looks funny. That is all.14 – Beginner
Beginner is probably my favorite AKB song. Awesome PV. Awesome lyrics. Awesome dance. With that said, the NMB version is awful. The voices make me cringe and the dance isn’t as sharp as their elder AKB sisters. I don’t like Milky leading the song either.15 – Heavy Rotation
I think most of the NMB stuff from the AKB medley is terrible sounding. I only liked this because it had Rika in center.16 – NMB48
I think NMB48 is such a great song. Like the Aitakatta for NMB48, except it’s not, because Aitakatta is the Aitakatta for NMB48. Still, I think it looks really messy with so many people, but I like the dance, it’s a good hype song, etc. I also wish I could put this song in Request Hour.
I stopped watching here because I didn’t really want to hear the speech where they all cried, I’m not in that kinda mood. Especially after the Hara Mizuki stuff. Maybe later. I did flip through the other songs but I wasn’t really interested in those either. I definitely want to see NMB get some original songs though, that would make these concerts way more fresh. It comes as no surprise that my favorite songs were songs written explicitly for them.