8 reasons why Momoiro Clover Z is the best idol unit ever (part 1)

ももいろ

…Because face it, it is the best idol unit ever…

1- Great Songs

First and foremost, the songs. Because an idol unit is mainly supposed to sing songs (even if super groups like AKB48 spending more time on television and in commercials than on stage make us forget that) so it doesn’t hurt when the songs are actually good.

Momoiro Clover Z have a bunch of great exciting songs. Even if the sound mix make the girls’ voices way louder than anything else, you will immediately understand you’re not listening to some generic idol music. Especially the singles, which are often long with a lot of bridges and changes of pace, are impressive in the way they challenge the pop song format to bring something new and unexpected to the mix.
90’s parapara rubbing shoulder with some beautiful strings and horns section IN THE VERY SAME SONG is something quite usual in Momoiro Clover Z universe.

Listen Otome Senso, Rodosha, Lost Child or Mouretsu Pirates and you’ll understand what I mean.

2- Collaborations

This point is clearly intricated with the one above. Since the start, Momoiro Clover Z quickly gained fans into the music community. And when you end up having Etsuko Yakushimaru (Soutaiseiriron) or Hotei Tomoyasu writing songs for you, you can be pretty sure your next hit will not sound like the next AKB48 sub-sub-sub-unit.

Otome Sensou – A 7 minute long single written by Etsuko Yakushimaru – The future of idol music 

Yoshida Brothers, The Wild Ones, Marty Friedman (amongst others) also collaborated at one point or another with MomoClo.

3- Whacky Costumes

If we love japanese idol music, it’s partly because of its whackiness, right? We are expecting silly and cheerful. Cute teenage girls singing about coconuts flavored marshmallows in colorful and crazy costumes and stuff like that.

Momoiro Clover Z has a huge collection of those (colorful and crazy costumes not songs about marshmallows). Ninjas, space warriors, christmas, weird swimsuits… Almost each of their hit-songs come with a bizarre concept and the appropriate costume. The good point is that they’re not looking cheap.

And it’s refreshing compared to the old ‘high school uniform’ thing.

Space Pirate Lucha Libre Style Ninja Space Warrior

4- Epic Live Shows

This might as well been the first point of my argumentation : Momoiro Clover Z live performances are just incredible! They usually sing close to thirty songs with full power, the only few slow songs of their songbook hardly allow them to catch their breath during their 3 hours performance.

Big stages with giant screens, water jets, smoke cannons, frenzied choreography (no, really just watch) and last but not least an unbelievable amount of energy spent by the 5 girls.

So yeah, Kanako, Ayaka, Momoka, Shiori and Reni may not be the cutest girls in the idol industry but they are certainly the ones who sweat the most just to bring a smile to your face.

And that deserves respect.

The overly infectious “Wani To Shampoo” – Live

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bye bye!

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22 comments

  1. Anonymous

    Shiorin is the cutiest!

  2. Anonymous

    for me its shiroi 😀

  3. mybritpop

    Great taste and article sir!
    I’m Momoiro fans too..
    I hope someday Momoiro can come to Indonesia :))

  4. Wandi

    im, so happy for being momocloZ’s fans :3

    they sings epic music ive never heard before in pop nor rock

  5. kris.dayanto

    I love both AKB48 and MomoClo-Z, I agree with your article, but;

    Do you really have to compare them?

    It’s so obvious you don’t like AKB and most likely referring momoclo IS BETTER than It’s so obvious you don’t like AKB and most likely referring momoclo IS BETTER than It’s so obvious you don’t like AKB and most likely referring momoclo IS BETTER than It’s so obvious you don’t like AKB and most likely referring momoclo IS BETTER than 48s.

    People’s taste in music are vary.

    And AKB and MomoClo? They have a very different concept

  6. Have you seen ℃-ute?
    what do you think about them?

  7. kami07

    I’m a AKB48 fan guys, but I’m curious about momoiro clover z. what really got e into AKB48 is their cool songs Beginner, RIver, Uza and kaze wa fuiteiru. so, can you guys recommend me some momoiro clover z song?

    • crwydryny

      personally I’d suggest just doing a youtube search for momoiro clover but here are a select few off the top of my head

      Otome Sensō (Z女戦争) (maiden war)

      Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo (サラバ、愛しき悲しみたちよ) (farewell my dear sorrows)

      Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku Dai 7 Gakushō «Mugen no Ai» (猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」) (fierce space symphony of the 7th movement «imortal love»)

      lost child

      neo stargate

      birth 0 birth (birth zero birth)

      • mei

        Otome Senso is definitely the best Momoiro Clover Z track (written and composed by Etsuko Yakushimaru of Soutaisei Riron).

        Next I would say :

        Z Densetsu – Owari Naki Kakumei
        Push (Otome Senso B-Side)
        Wani To Shampoo
        Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku Dai 7 Gakushō «Mugen no Ai»

        I think this makes for a good start!

        Also listen to Santa-San and Coco Natsu for fun.

        Enjoy your day!

    • Anonymous

      Just listen to all their songs, they only have great songs!!

  8. Your article is very intersting, I’m admin of Momoirofrance, Momoclo’s dedicated french website.
    There I’ve translated your article into french for non-english speakers.
    I hope you’ll appreciate that, if you doubt, don’t worry I do not won any money or something like that, my website just want to share and brings Momoclo to curious people. 🙂
    http://momoirofrance.fr/2013/06/8-raisons-pour-lesquelles-les-momoiro-clover-z-sont-le-meilleur-groupe-didols-1ere-partie-direct-japan/

    • mei

      Merci beaucoup pour la traduction!

      Vous pouvez evidemment vous servir de mes articles!

      Petite question supplementaire : ca recrute chez Momoiro France?

      • Salut mei, je suis tombé sur ce vieux post en me remémorant mes bons souvenirs de la création de momoirofrance, tu devrais m’écrire un mail !

        Je suis tombé sur cet article en recherchant momoifrance. 🙂

  9. Pingback: 8 raisons pour lesquelles les Momoiro Clover Z sont le meilleur groupe d’idols (1ère partie) – Direct Japan – | Momoiro France

  10. Momokuro sekaiju namba wan !

  11. uwe8273ved

    “Kanako, Ayaka, Momoka, Shiori and Reni may not be the cutest girls in the idol industry”

    “may NOT be”?!

    [speechless]

  12. eyeless

    1000% agree

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