Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Aki Ai Believe ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Memory Special~

DVDs

Cover

My first though when I saw the cover? “Aiiii-chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnn~~!!!!” Now, the cover really is some of the best I’ve seen in a while! The cover has Ai-chan in the center, and when you look at it, she really is the first thing you see and that’s important! Around Ai-chan is the other members, with all of them singing except for Aika (who is holding out her mic to the crowd to sing along) and Niigaki, although she looks cute so it’s fine. The top of the cover features the 10th generation members and the logo for the cover, which fits nicely up there. unlike with past covers where they get in the way and look out of place in some. The background is the crowd all with yellow glowsticks, which is really wonderful! Overall: This cover is THE BEST concert cover I think I’ve seen yet!

Tracklist

1.Mr. Moonlight (Ai No Big Band) (Ai-chan main, 8 girls, Niigaki intro)
2.Opening VTR
3.Kono chikyuu wo honki de negatterun da yo!
4.Kare to issho ni omise ga shitai!
5.MC (Explanation of Riho’s return, Aika’s abscence and Ai-chan’s thoughts.)
6.Resonant Blue
7.Yamete yo! Sindbad
8.My Way ~Joshikou hanamichi~ (New album song)
9.MC (Tanaka, Ikuta, Sayashi, Suzuki)
10.Suki da na, kimi ga (New album song) / Michishige, Fukumura
11.Kono ai wo kasanete (New album song) / Takahashi, Niigaki
12.MC (Takahashi, Niigaki)
13.Suki na senpai / Takahashi, Niigaki (On the monitor the footage of all 4 from 5th gen doing the song in 2002 at Saitama Super Arena concert was shown)
14.MC (Michishige, Tanaka)
15.Yume kara samete / Takahashi
16.VTR (From the members “Ai BELIEVE” talking about Ai-chan)
17.SONGS
18.Give me Love (New album song)
19.MC
20.Special Medley; Jounetsu no Kiss / Takahashi, Niigaki, Tanaka→Egao Yes Nude→Motto Aishite hoshii no→Guru guru JUMP
21.MC
22.OK YEAH! (New album song)
23.ONLY YOU
24.Maji Desu Ka Ska!
25.MC
26.Bravo!

Encore

27.MC
28.HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS JAPAN? ~Nihon wa donna kanji dekka?~
29.MC
30.Tomo

I’ll keep this short and I won’t go through EVERY single performance because not only is this a very large tracklist and it would take a while of both my time typing and yours reading, I also want this to be a good experiance for those watching it for the first time and I would hate to ruin it for you. So, let me just go over a few great performances and special moments without ruining too much, okay?

Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~

Gaki’s still got it with that high note!! Their dresses are really fluffy and frilley! When Ai-chan came out in that pirate outfit… Oh god. lol I laughed, but it really looked nice on her! She sounded great. However, I must say, no one can sing it like Yossy can! Although Ai-chan did a wonderful job!

Resonate Blue

A lot of fans claim that only the origninal members – which would include Jun/Lin, Kamei, and Koharu – can pull this song, or any other song with that line-up, off. However, I think the 9th gen did an amazing job! I had assumed that Riho would get Koharu’s lines, but Ai-chan and Reina just slipt them up and Sayumi had her “HELP ME!” as usual. The cool swirl-y thing they do, since the whole performance took place on the stairs (which, HELLO! STAIRS! Not good to be dancing on, but you know… AND IN HEALS?! We already have issues with Aika, what is Tsunku thinking?!) it didn’t look as cool. BUT the girls did a great job otherwise.

Suki na Senpai (Takahashi, Niigaki)

Very cute performace by TakaGaki! The video in the back of the 5th generation’s first performace of the song together was a nice addition, and it was fun to look back and compare the girls back then to the women they’ve become now. It really is a nice touch and I think the performance wouldn’t have been the same without it.

Tomo

The 10th generation sang with them, and Ai-chan brought out Aika to sing as well, and even though they were all crying, it was an awesome last performace for Ai-chan. I enjoyed it and I think it’s a performance I’d watching again!

The Member’s messages to Ai-chan

This came before Tomo, by the way. I skipped through this to be honest. Or, to be more accurate, I skipped through those who didn't matter. I was reading a translation of the messages on my iPod while watching the DVD on my couch in the living room. I skipped Masaki and her nonesense as well as Ayumi and Iikbubo since they weren't in the group long enough to have anything to say really and their messages were more made up then anything, at least that's how it seemed. I ended up skipping through it and reading everyone's messages separatly later on. But I did stop to read/watch Niigaki and Ai-chan, since I love TakaGaki.

Ai-chan’s message and performance

Sorry it’s not in th setlist, for some reason no matter where I look it’s not in there. Anyways, I thought for SURE I would cry. Watching Koharu’s graduation about a year or less back I cried but for some reason… no tears. I guess maybe it’s because I had watched it months after it happened, so… I’m se to Ai-chan not being in the group. However, Koharu wasn’t in the group at the time I watched her graduation so… maybe I was more prepared? Whatever it was, I didn’t cry and I’m kida happy I didn’t… I hate crying. lol Anyways, Ai-chan performed Jinshi Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitasu Kara (I hope I spelt that right) and did it fantasticly. I was surprised when she threw the audiance her sweater, braclets, and I believe her hat as well and laughed when she threw her sweater and missed and had to throw it a few more times. Those audiance members better enjoy the wonderfulness they recived, because I know I’d wear that sweater EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE! Or the hat, whatever it was I got.

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Okay so, moving on. Overall this concert was one of the best I’ve seen and I loved every minute of it. Ai-chan had an amazing graduation and I hope everyone enjoyes it as well. I recommend it!!

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