Passpo fly into the summer

The full PV for Passpo’s 2nd single, ViVi Natsu, was released yesterday.

When I watched the PV preview I was pretty shocked that Passpo felt the need to release a bikini PV. So, I was a litte apprehensive about the full version. But I am actually really happy with the PV. While there are 2 different setting where they are wearing bikinis, the bikinis aren’t in the main focus like I thought they might be. Instead they are pretty much just a footnote in the PV. The rest of the PV just shows doing random cute things together. Like eating and sitting in a bed together. The PV seems to mostly focus on the dance scenes. Which isn’t really a problem because the dance is cute and I absolutely adore their main outfits for this PV. And can I also point out that this is the first time that Passpo is wearing normal clothes in a PV. Well, if you don’t count the pajamas from GPP. The pajamas seem more like a costume anyway. But my absolute favorite part of the PV is when they eat the summery foods. They are just adorable scenes, and they just scream summer to me.
The only real fault about this PV is I wish they used the summer theme better. They could have went all out and done every single summer cliche known to man. That would have be cheesy, but it would have made for an incredible idol PV. Or they could have taken the summer theme and made it unique like Not Yet’s Naminori Kakigori. You can see that little added elements in the PV like the sunflower, tropical drinks, picnic tables, and the bikinis are supposed to give a clear message that this is a summer themed PV. They obviously do have some elements to let you know it’s summer, but I just wanted more. A clearer picture painted. I guess I’m just being picky.
Also, I never noticed until I watched the PV how unfair the line distribution is. Mostly because I’m not all that familiar with Passpo’s individual voices yet. However, my 3 favorite girls Kaho, Shiori, and Mio sing most of the song. So, I honestly can’t complain too much about that.

Everyone looks pretty awkward in the beginning. I suppose they where just told to ad-lib. Shiori looking up unnecessarily is just a lol moment.

Dreaming Mio. She’s so adorable. *O*

Cute. Obvious Mio bias is obvious. Sako looks cute in the background too though.

Awkward way to start the dance.

Natsumi is pretty.

Nice hair Yukimi, you shouldn’t get used to it. XD Look at Sako looking all gorgeous next to her.

Adorable.

This is too.

Lolz at Shiori. XD

Shiori is so cute.

Ai looks pretty here.

Lolz.

Anna, Ai, and Makoto looks gorgeous here. Am I the only onw who thought it would have been cute for their bikinis to be their group colors. It kinda looks like they almost are. But Makoto’s and Natsumi’s aren’t right. XD

I love Mio’s bikini.

Adorable!

Cute! And Naomi looks great.

Anna looks super pretty.

Lol.

Mio!

Makoto is just so cute.

Kanpai!

Look at them try to seductively eat. Lol.

Reminds me of the Heavy Rotation PV.

Cute. But why is Sako just staring off into space? She kinda looks angry. XD

Shiori’s face is priceless.

Probably the 2 cutest members. Shiori being a close 3rd.

Lol.

Dramatic running.

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Passpo-ViVi Natsu PV preview

Universal Music Japan posted a 30 commercial for Passpo’s upcoming 2nd single ViVi Natsu. After what felt like an eternity to wait, we finally get a sneak peak at the PV.

When I saw the PV for Shoujo Hikou I wondered what Passpo was going to do in their next PV. Since Shoujo Hikou was nothing but their flight attendant theme. Because of that I wondered what direction the next PV was going to be. Was it going to be their group theme again, or something completely different?
Well, I can honestly say that the ViVi Natsu PV is so far from what I was expecting.
Half of the PV shows them dancing in their flight attendant inspired outfits and the other half of the PV shows them lounging around a pool and I think in a bathtub. Even though this song is about summer I was not expecting Passpo to be bikinis at all. It seems like ever idol group thinks they have to do a bikini PV just to keep up with AKB48. SUPER GIRLS just had their bikini PV recently. I don’t know, when I think of Passpo I just don’t think of bikinis. But I guess not all idol groups can have summer themed PVs without bikinis like Momoiro Clover did with their Coco Natsu PV.
But I’m pretty ok with the whole theme because it’s just like SUPER GIRLS’s Max! Otome Gokoro, where it was all done in a playful manner. And besides that, Natsumi and Mio look amazing in their bikinis.

Will Yukki really go bald?

During Passpo’s live at Shibuya-AX Passpo held a press conference and said that if their second single, ViVi Natsu, doesn’t go to number 1 member Fujimoto Yukimi will go bald.

Now, when I first heard this I was immediately suprised. I wasn’t shocked actually, I was more intrigued by the whole situation. For an idol to go bald is a completely shocking idea. And for a publicity stunt, I think it might actually be on par with something AKB48 would pull. It’s interesting. Completely stupid, but interesting nonetheless. However, it will never in a million years work. I love Passpo and all, but they are obviosuly never going to win. ViVi Natsu is releasing on the same day that AKB48 is releasing their Flying Get single. It would take a lot more than saying Yukimi will go bald to beat AKB48. A miracle perhaps? But certainly not this. There are several reasons I don’t think this will happen.
First off, Yukimi is the Cheif Purser of Passpo. That title alone must make her a fairly popular member. But something like having her go bald would completely make her lose fans. I mean, I start to lose all faith when my favorite member has a bad haircut. But having no hair at all? I’d probably flip out. There’s no way managment will ever let this happen. From a business stand point it’s ridiculous.
Another reason is,  this was never officially announced. It was more of said on a whim. One of the member’s blurted it out during the heat of the moment during a press conference. And because of that I then have to call the legitimacy of this into question. It really just seems like one of those things you say that sounds good at the time but you never actually intend to do it.
The last reason it most likely won’t happen is they said if they don’t go to number 1 Yukimi will go bald. But what exactly does number 1 really mean. Is it number one for the week or for the day? You can’t just assume the week, even though that’s usually what number 1 is. However, for a group that has no chance of making it to the number weekly spot, I feel that they would say that to weasel out of it. They having a far better chance of beating AKB48 for the day than for the week.

There is still one aspect of this that really bothers me. Why would they say Yukimi is going to do this? Why isn’t Ai going to do this? As the Captain of Passpo shouldn’t she be doing this? As the Captain it’s her responsability to take the brunt of it if they fail. It only seems logical. And yet Aipon wasn’t mentioned at all. Which doesn’t really help the credability of this.

Since this would be a completely stupid move on Passpo’s part I doubt it will happen. I am 100% sure Passpo will never beat AKB48. At most, when they lose I see Yukimi coming out in a bald cap, causing fans to have a mini  heart attack, before taking it off to reveal her hair. I mean, that is technically going bald, or sporting the bald style. I think that’s probably the extent of what we’ll see. Anything more than that would just ultimately hurt Passpo. Besides if they do that, fans would probably love it. And laugh that Passpo pulled a fast one on them.

Passpo-ViVi Natsu preview

Passpo recently streamed their concert live on their ustream channel, and during their encore they performed their upcoming new single ViVi Natsu. Which is going to be released sometime in August.

The song still has the familiar guitar riffs and pop rock melody that makes Passpo, Passpo. But the song is a little different that what Passpo normally does. They made the rock beat a little less intense then previous songs, and instead added some rap parts into the song. Which I think is absolutely amazing, and are my favorite parts of the song. With Akari gone from MomoClo, I didn’t think I’d hear rapping in idol music again any time soon. But I’m glad that Passpo added this to their song. It gives them a fresh vibe, and just adds to them being different then other idol groups. I also love the random English lines that are in the song. Which were actually noticable. Usually when there’s English in a Japanese song I don’t even ntoice until they perform it live on TV and I see the lyrics on the screen. XD

I’m really looking forward to a radio rip of this single. The song will probably sound completely different. Since concert footage and rips usually distort the music slightly. Or in Aisaresugiru Koto wa Nai no yo’s case not so slightly.

Passpo-Shoujo Hikou PV preview

Despite their major debut single, Shoujo Hikou, being pushed back from April 6th to May 4th Passpo is stll going strong. And we finally have a PV preview for their major debut. It’s the first time we get to hear the song. We have heard it once before, but it was literally only for 5 seconds.

The song sounds pretty much on par with what Passpo was releasing while they were still indie. It’s rockish sounding, while still having that fun idol cuteness. The song is just a little less rock then their previous singles. But I’m sure that’s just to make sure their sound isn’t too bold it will scare off new fans.

I think what we see of the PV is absolutely adorable. Since it’s their major debut they finally are able to have a PV with some what of a storyline. And since they have the money to do so they really played with their

stewardess theme. The PV features them half the time on an airplane and the half half in an airport. Which I think is actually really awesome. But it makes me wonder what they are going to do with their next PV? I wonder if they are going to pull a Momoiro Clover and not really wear their theme in every PV. Only time will tell on that.
The only thing I think this PV is lacking is a better dance. The dance is pretty simple and nothing really to write home about. And even though I do think the parts with the luggage was a cute idea, it actually makes that part of the dance look a little awkward. But that’s really my only complaint about the PV. I mean the video is cute and the girls look great. I don’t think Mio could get any cuter and I don’t think Kaho could get any prettier.

If you like what you see, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below. And if you really love Passpo you can pick the single featuring your favorite member. However, I am not sure which girl goes to which type. :/

Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type A]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type B]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type C]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type D]


Passpo – Shoujou Hikou [Limited Edition / Type E]


Passpo – Shoujou Hikou [Limited Edition / Type F]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type G]


Passpo – Shoujou Hikou [Limited Edition / Type H]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type I]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Limited Edition / Type J]


Passpo – Shoujo Hikou [Regular Edition]

Passport to Passpo

I’ve been trying really hard to make this blog completely about idols. But I never really have the time to learn about other idol groups, because there’s always something going on in the world of idols that I have to blog about. (Eventually I’ll know about Idoling!!! and the 48 groups beyond AKB48. Eventually. XD) But since it’s been a pretty slow news day for idols, I decided to learn about another idol group. And the idol group I picked is Passpo.



I picked Passpo for three reasons: They are relatively small with only 10 members, are fairly new having only released 4 singles and an album, and are making their major debut soon. Now, I might be an idol fan but I really only care about major idols. Indie idols are usually extremely hard to find information on. I can barely find translations for less popular idols such as Idoling!!! and Canary Club. I can imagine how hard it must be for indie groups. It also steams from me not caring about Research Students, Eggs, or Juniors before they officially debut too. It just seems pointless to learn about people who may or not do anything.


I really like Passpo’s overall theme. Being flight attendants is something completely original and unique to Passpo. Another thing I find so appealing about Passpo is that half of the members are either my age or older. And in some odd way that makes me feel a little more connected to the group. XD
After actually listening to their music I was really impressed. The songs seem to be heavier and more rock sounding than the average idol group. But of course the music does still have that sugary sweet idol feel to it. Singing wise I think the group is very talented. I actually wasn’t expecting that. However, their vocals mostly sound so strong because all of the girls are singing together. It’s like listening to AKB48 for the first time. When all the girls are singing at once it’s hard to differentiate each girl’s voice and hard to notice who’s the stand out. I’m also really looking forward to how the major debut will effect their songs. When Momoiro Clover went major their songs went from semi interesting to full blown awesome. And of course the PVs and outfits also improved.


I definitely think Passpo is worth keeping an eye on. Their major debut with Universal J is scheduled for April 6th. I don’t think the recent earthquake will have any effect on that because all the late March releases were pushed back for early April, so everything should be right on track for them. Their debut single is called Shoujo Hikou and I will most likely be making a post about it as soon as anything is released.


To get ready for their major debut here are some of my favorite Passpo songs.




Let It Go:




GPP:







Pretty Lie:

Natsu Sora Dash:

Muteki Girl: (Not the full song, sorry)

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