It’s time I started the series on Babymetal, as well.  they have a discography probably nearly as large as AKB48s, and everything they make is different, and I’ve only heard some of it.  So, this will be a fun one to review.

This single, “Doki Doki Morning”, basically about waking up late for school and having to hurry to go, is their first single after the singers – Suzuka Nakamoto, Moa Kikuchi, and Yui Mizuno were detached from the parent group, Sakura Gakuin.  This single was done on a very low budget and was pretty much their make or break moment.  Obviously, they fell on the “make” side of that equation.  There’s much to be said about the history of Babymetal, but not much I can add from the volumes of data that people tend to post to YouTube reactor channels.  So I won’t.

This song, like most of Babymetal’s songs, is really hard to categorize.  It can’t quite figure out what it wants to be, and that’s by design.  At some points its hard metal, at some points it’s pretty much just JPop, and at some points it mixes it all together into a mishmash.  Nakamoto-san is 14 here, and Mizuno-san and Kikuchi-san are both 12, so they are extremely young, and that kinda shows, both in the immaturity of their voices and their awkwardness.

The video also can’t quite figure out what it wants to be, it alternates between cute, creepy, and horror, but that’s also by design.  This is a group that is blending JPop and Metal and hasn’t quite found its groove yet, and that’s okay.  It’s still got the cuteness held over from Sakura Gakuin, that doesn’t start to get blended out for a few more songs.

Quite honestly, if this were an AKB48 song, I’d probably roast them in much the same way I did for Aitakatta, but the interesting musical parts more than makes up for the banality of the lyrics.  All told, they clearly have a long way to go, and this is not their most shining musical accomplishment (I think it’s mostly popular, because along with Gimme Chocolate, it’s the most wtf song they have), but its a solid start and one can see glimmers of why they became such a popular force of nature in both the JPop and Metal worlds.

Let’s do a Lone Star rating.  This is fun.

Music

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Hasn’t come into its own, but a very solid start.

Performance

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Again, this is pretty solid, but they have a ways to go.

Lyrics

2.0 out of 5.0 stars

Fun, but speaking of nothing interesting.

Video

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Well produced, but the lack of budget is obvious.

Total Lone Stars

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Solid start, but their later works are so much better.

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