Shōganai Yume Oibito

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"Shōganai Yume Oibito"
39 - Shouganai Yume Oibito.jpg
CD single cover
Single by Morning Musume
from the album 10 My Me
B-side "3,2,1 Breakin' Out"
Released May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)
Format CD single, CD+DVD, DVD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 14:47
Label Zetima
Songwriter(s) Tsunku
Producer(s) Tsunku
Morning Musume singles chronology
"Naichau Kamo"
"Shōganai Yume Oibito"
"Nanchatte Ren'ai"
"Naichau Kamo"
"Shōganai Yume Oibito"
"Nanchatte Ren'ai"
Music videos
"Shōganai Yume Oibito" on YouTube
Music video
"3,2,1 Breakin' Out!"

"Shōganai Yume Oibito" (しょうがない 夢追い人, "Helpless Dream Chaser") is the 39th single release by the J-pop group Morning Musume. It was released under the Zetima label on May 13, 2009. The CD was released in one regular and two limited editions, Limited A and Limited B, on the same day.[1] The single ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly chart, making it their first #1 since their single "Aruiteru", released in late 2006,[2] and the first #1 Morning Musume single featuring 8th generation members Aika Mitsui, Junjun, and Linlin.[3] The Single V version of the single was released on May 20, 2009.[4]


The single includes a coupling track and an instrumental track of "Shōganai Yume Oibito". The coupling track, "3, 2, 1 Breakin' Out!", was the official theme song for Anime Expo 2009.[5]

Both limited edition releases of the single sport different album covers and include DVDs containing alternate versions of the "Shōganai Yume Oibito" music video. The Limited A DVD contains "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Dance Shot Ver.)", a music video consisting completely of Morning Musume performing the dance created for the single. The Limited B DVD contains "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Close-up Ver.)", a video consisting completely of solo shots of the members.

The Single V DVD contains three tracks; the first being the regular version of the "Shōganai Yume Oibito" music video, the only version fully shown on television. The second and third tracks are "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Drama Ver.)" and a video showing the creation of the music videos.

Music videos[edit]

Following the release of the single, Anime Expo announced on their website, that Morning Musume, in collaboration with MySpace, was holding a worldwide contest, to create a music video for a shortened version of "3, 2, 1 Breakin' Out!". Up-Front had released a set of videos of the Morning Musume members performing in front of a greenscreen for applicants to use upon agreeing to contest and usage rules. The results of the contest were announced at Anime Expo in July and the winner was awarded 390,000 yen.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tsunku.

No. Title Length
1. "Shōganai Yume Oibito" (しょうがない 夢追い人 "Helpless Dream Chaser") 5:06
2. "3,2,1 Breakin' Out!" 4;36
3. "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Instrumental)" 5:05
Limited Edition DVD A
No. Title Length
1. "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Dance Shot Ver.)" 5:21
Limited Edition DVD B
No. Title Length
1. "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Close-Up Ver.)" 5:21
Single V
No. Title Length
1. "Shōganai Yume Oibito" 5:21
2. "Shōganai Yume Oibito (Drama Ver.)" 5:21
3. "Making Eizō (メイキング映像, Meikingu Eizō, Making Of)"  
Event V
No. Title Length
1. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Ai Takahashi Ver.)" 5:21
2. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Risa Niigaki Ver.)" 5:21
3. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Eri Kamei Ver.)"  
4. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Sayumi Michishige Ver.)"  
5. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Reina Tanaka Ver.)"  
6. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Koharu Kusumi Ver.)"  
7. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Aika Mitsui Ver.)"  
8. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Junjun Ver.)"  
9. "Shouganai Yume Oibito (Linlin Ver.)"  

Featured lineup[edit]

Shōganai Yume Oibito Vocalists

Main Vocal : Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka

Center Vocal : Sayumi Michishige

Minor Vocal : Risa Niigaki, Eri Kamei

3, 2, 1 BREAKIN'OUT Vocalists

Main Vocal : Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka

Center Vocal : Sayumi Michishige

Minor Vocal : Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka

Chart positions[edit]

Oricon daily and weekly Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week rank Sales
1 5 1 2 5 6 1[2] 47,528
4 30 39 32 44 33 31 27 4,106
31 81 1,409
137 591
191 361
Billboard Japan Hot 100 May 11, 2009–May 17, 2009
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales May 11, 2009–May 17, 2009

Total reported sales: 53,950 (as of June 17, 2009)


  1. ^ "Shōganai Yume Oibito" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  2. ^ a b <モーニング娘。>2年半ぶりのオリコン1位、39枚目「しょうがない 夢追い人」で (in Japanese). Yahoo!. 2009-05-19. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ 8期メンバーで初、モーニング娘。が2年半ぶりに首位獲得 (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Single V "Shōganai Yume Oibito"" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  5. ^ "Morning Musume's "3,2,1 – Breakin' Out!" to be Anime Expo 2009 theme song". Hello!Online. 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Morning Musume wants you to "Make My Video"". Hello!Online. 2009-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Morning Musume OPV Contest Regulations". Up-Front Works. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales" (in Japanese). Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. 

External links[edit]

  • "Shōganai Yume Oibito" entries on the Hello! Project official website: CD entry, DVD entry (in Japanese)
Preceded by
"Sha La La/Mugen no Hane" by Hideaki Takizawa
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
May 25, 2009
Succeeded by
"Keshin" by Masaharu Fukuyama