!Honeyworks songs are easy to fall in love with – which just so happens to be what most of the songs are about. If you enjoy a flustered boy watching his droopy-eyed, sleepy princess every morning on the bus, Friday’s Good Morning is an upbeat four minute pick-me-up. As usual, the Honeyworks team returns with a fully drawn and animated PV and storyline from the “Confession Rehearsal” series. This time, they seem to be introducing another new couple. Though they have yet to be named, they appear to be in the same class as the rest of the cast. Hopefully, this high school romance has a bit more potential!
(Previous subbed video taken down – lyric translation here)
I wanted to refrain from reviewing this one, because my very first piece on Detained Teacher was also from the “Confession Rehearsal” series that Honeyworks is quite popular for. Friday’s Good Morning is the very definition of “Confession Rehearsal” – the boy, a roughed up but charismatic protagonist, is literally rehearsing “Ohayou – Good Morning” in the mirror.
Despite the bandaid on his face, he is rather fastidious about appearances and is introduced fixing his hair. Although otherwise looking rather confident, Delinquent Boy’s weakness is Sleepy Girl’s tousled looks as she steps into the bus every morning. The boy’s idea is to start out with a simple greeting with a “Good Morning,” otherwise after Friday he doesn’t see her again until the weekend is over. The boy’s exceptional shyness makes the viewer cheer him through his blustering and failed attempts.
Loose pigtails, fluffy golden hair, and a droopy-eyed look make Sleepy Girl a pretty cute and refreshing character. “Confession Rehearsal”‘s story is mostly full of either petite-and-timid or spunky girls, like Sleepy Girl’s friend Hayasaka Akari from A Solution for Jealousy. For some reason, the guys in this series tend to all have a messy, bedhead look going on, and as much as this guy boasts about his perfect hair, his slight curls also follow that trend.
Eventually, a rainstorm gives the girl an opportunity to lend him her umbrella in an unexpected twist of fate. Not “the start he dres up in the playbook,” he thinks as he references the “high school shoujo love is like a playbook” framework the “Confession Rehearsal” plays off of. Seeing the girl’s own awkward shyness, the boy begins to hope he will soon be saying “Good Night” to her as her boyfriend as he hands back her umbrella the next day.
Overall, Friday’s Good Morning is a surefire Niconico Hall-of-Famer — but mostly due to Honeyworks’s brand recognition and catchy beat. The two new characters add another potential storyline for the set friendships that already exist in the popular “Confession Rehearsal.” This time, the boy’s point of view sort of overrides a sense of the girl’s character, although she does seem to reciprocate his feelings. While debilitating shyness and slow starts are nothing new, at least this romance doesn’t seem as dramatic or doomed as the others. Due to the lack of plot however, there’s no real telling if this song’s events will really impact the main characters.
As for the song, it follows the typical Honeyworks trend as well of similarly narrative lyrics set to lighthearted pop. Friday’s Good Morning strongly reminds me of the other songs in this series feat GUMI, like Confession Rival Declaration. For this song at least, the charm is mostly in the PV and a rehashing of the same one-shot plot. There is not a lot of variation in GUMI’s tuning or the instrumental style, but when you have a winning formula, why change it?
Friday’s Good Morning does suffer from feeling like a minor song installment within an already popular series. In comparison to most Vocaloid songs, it is catchy and entertainingly well put together. But compared to the Honeyworks hits? It doesn’t especially stand out. Still, the beat is a fun listen and easily catches fans’ hearts.
-Another great PV in their trademark style.
-Catchy, enjoyable song.
-Cute characters and story.
-Overall song and story not as original as it could be.