Japanese title: 愛しき悪友ヘ
Romaji title: itoshiki tomo e
English title: Dear My Friend (Partner-in-Crime)
Release date: 2007.08.08 (also Iida’s 26th birthday)
Catalog nr: EPCE-549 (Regular ed.), EPCE-5489～90 (Limited ed.), EPBE-5260 (Single V)
First press: yes, a 10th anniversary photo card with the regular edition
Morning Musume Tanjou 10-nen Kinentai is a unit created in 2007 to celebrate Morning Musume’s 10th anniversary as a group. The group consisted of present members and graduated members of Morning Musume; Natsumi Abe (graduated), Kaori Iida (graduated), Maki Goto (graduated), Risa Niigaki and Koharu Kusumi. Abe and Iida were also two of the original five.
Tsunku (their manager, who also created the group Morning Musume in 1997) said he picked the girls based on their age. The original MM consisted of five girls between 13-24 when it was made in 1997, so he chose five girls within that age range. Their ages at the time:
Kaori Iida: 25 years (matches Nakazawa’s age)
Natsumi Abe: 25 years (matches Nakazawa’s age)
Maki Goto: 21 years (matches Aya Ishiguro’s age)
Ria Niigaki: 19 years (matches Iida and Abe’s ages)
Koharu Kusumi: 15 years (matches Fukuda’s age)
«Itoshiki Tomo e» is their 2nd (and last) single. It was released as a regular edition and a limited edition. First press of the regular edition came with a 10th anniversary photo card. The limited edition came with a dvd.
The single contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Michi Naru Mirai e) and its instrumental. It sold 17.762 copies, and ranked at #15 on the Oricon charts.
Three music videos were released to promote this single: a regular one, a close-up version and a 5 Shot Ver.
01. 愛しき悪友へ (Itoshiki Tomo e; Dear My Friend (Partner-in-Crime))
02. 未知なる未来へ (Michi Naru Mirai e; To the Future of the Unknown)
03. 愛しき悪友へ (Instrumental)
01. Music video: 愛しき悪友へ (Close-up Ver.) (Itoshiki Tomo e (Close-up Ver.))
01. Itoshiki Tomo e (MV)
02. Itoshiki Tomo e (5 Shot Ver.)
03. Making of
愛しき悪友へ (Itoshiki Tomo e)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuuichi Takahashi
悪友 is read as «Akuyuu», meaning bad companion. In this song text, it is pronounced as «Tomo», meaning companion, follower, friend, pal.
未知なる未来へ (Michi Naru Mirai e)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Hideyuki «Daichi» Suzuki