So, why did fans get upset over the release of this single? The answer was that the label pumped up excitement for a new song and then did a last-minute switch-a-roo to a “cheap-sounding” sequel. When the new single was announced in the late summer of 2005 as “Koi was Hassou Do the Hustle!”, fans were excited, especially when they hear a glimpse of the new single at the autumn concert.
Yet October 2005, Tsunku and the record label announced that “Koi wa Hassou Do the Hustle!” was merely just a b-side, as the real a-side was “Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookii zo!~”. Fans just felt used and thought the label was setting the group up for failure with cheaply made, recycled songs.1
So Why Do I Like It?
When I first heard this song in 2005, I really didn’t think much about Morning Musume’s “Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookii zo!~”. I thought it was less-than-stellar. I just ignored it and focused on other songs that were released during the same time by Morning Musume.’s sister groups and soloists.
However, when I listened to this song last year during the “stay-at-home” orders, my view of the song changed. Instead of focusing on the melody, I turned my attention to the lyrics. Life lessons and messages are sprinkled throughout the song, giving inspiration to those who listen. When I listened to the lyrics, I could relate to the messages found inside and I used these lyrics to pump myself in positivity and encouragement. I found the lyrics to be well-written.
Tsunku has always been a lyricist whose words are something I can relate to. Love, hope, encouragement, and happiness: Tsunku has it all in Hello! Project (and Morning Musume.) tunes. “Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookii zo!~”. is one of these examples as it a tune that talk about building up your self-esteem and not fret about failure, but learn from them.