Song of the Week
9/30/10 - "Mori de Tanoshiku"
Welcome back to Song of the Week, Myu Corner's weekly feature on songs from SeraMyu. This week's song is a fun song from the SuperS myus that I'm trying to learn, "Mori de Tanoshiku" (Fun in the Forest).
"Mori de Tanoshiku" debuted, as mentioned already, in the 1995 Summer musical, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien ni... and also appears in its Kaiteiban and on the soundtrack for the musical. It also appeared at the Mugen Gakuen fankan and the Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu fankan.
The context of this song is that the girls are going on a picnic in the woods along with Chibiusa and Mamoru. So far the enemies haven't shown up yet at this point, so the girls' lives are still happy and relatively normal. The song is mostly about how good being in the woods is, though Makoto (in the original version) gets a word in edgewise with Usagi about how hungry they all are after searching long and hard for her. This song is staged somewhat differently between original and Kaiteiban – in the original everyone is already on stage when the song begins, but in the Kaiteiban only Usagi, Mamoru, and Chibiusa are on stage and the other girls come in from the audience. Usagi runs to them, but once there Rei, Makoto, and Ami get on her case about how hungry they are after having to go look for her. Then they, along with Minako, load poor Usagi down with all their stuff as punishment. The other differences between the versions is that the Kaiteiban version is sung live, whereas the original version was not, and the Kaiteiban version is shorter and has slightly different lyrics.
I like this song because it's an upbeat song that is very catchy. It also fits in well with similar songs to come, like "Set Me Free," "Private Mystery Circle," and "Chikyuu Iro wa Salad Time." The acting surrounding the song is good too. In the original we get to see Mochizuki Yuuta (Mamoru) perform the amazing feat of tossing one of those auto-pop-up tents on the stage before proceeding to tell Usagi she's great. In the Kaiteiban, where Usagi's not in as good a position since she supposedly ate everyone's lunches while she was lost in the woods (she claims for 3 hours), he's not as nice and neither is Chibiusa. But after the song the lunches miraculously reappear, so everything turns out ok.
Well, that's all for this week. Tune in next Thursday to see the next Song of the Week!
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