AKB48 breaks a record, but do they deserve it?

AKB48’s new single, Everyday Kachuusha,  has just broken the record for a single’s best first week sales. They broke the record in just 5 days beating the previous number one single, Mr. Children’s Namonaki Uta. And I am actually really angry by all of this. I think AKB48 is completely undeserving to break the record and to hold such a high honor.

And don’t go thinking I’m bitter because AKB48 broke the record and not my favorite idol group, because that is absolutely not the case. I don’t think ANY idol group should break a record like this. Not Morning Musume, not NEWS, and certainly not AKB48. I think this coveted position should be held by a legit artsit who deserves it. Not an arist who was only picked because they danced around in bikinis and are the newsest flavor of the week. Yes, I realized their popularity is HUGE and has been for years. I simply mean that eventually people will move on to some other idol group. And that new idol group will be the “it” group and the new flash in the pan. And years from now when no one cares about AKB48 anymore people will be saying, “I can’t believe such and such established artist can’t beat that has been idol group. And sadly that’s most likely going to happen.

And to anyone out there who thinks AKB48, or any idol group, actually deserves to win you are lying to yourself. AKB48 didn’t win because the song is that amazing, beautiful, or meaningful. They won because they are insanely popular and they made a suggestive PV. (I can hear the people crying, “The PV is innocent. Bikinis aren’t suggestive. I can’t think of anything more innocent then dancing and parading around in bikinis.” Right, because only obvious sexual behavior is suggestive.)
It just makes me angry. I heard and read the translation for Mr. Children’s song today. It’s beautiful. The singing is actually kinda bad, but the lyrics are really pretty and sweet. And I can completely see why they held the top spot. It’s a song about being there for the person you love. No matter what happens, no matter how difficult things get, you’ll always be there for them. AKB48’s song on the other hand is a mediocore pop song about it being summer. And basically mundane things you do when it’s summer such as running in the seas breeze, having the sun beat on you, etc. And of course it’s the typical idol lyrics about loving someone from a far, and blah blah. The lyrics are just ok. They aren’t heartfelt, they aren’t even the best lyrics or best song by AKB48. If Beginner or Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou won, I still wouldn’t like it but I’d get it more. There was just absolutely no reason why this song won.

I would love to hear a fan try and defend this situation, because they can’t. And any fan that can’t realize that they are undeserving takes idol music and idols far too seriously.
If I’m being honest here I don’t think either songs were amazing enough to win. If I had it my way Uemura Kana’s Toilet no Kamisama would win. That song is so heartbreaking, it makes me cry every time I hear it.

I don’t know, I love idols and all but I don’t really like it  when they start beating legit artists for things. It kinda makes me angry.

Everyday is a repeat for AKB48

The full PV for AKB48’s 21st single, Everyday, Kachuusha, has been released. And if you ask me it was released extremely fast. The PV preview just came out 2 days ago, and I didn’t even get a chance to post about that yet. Since I was on break from blogging because I was sick, I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to blogging. I seriously need to get back into the groove. XD

Anyway, the main storyline of the PV is AKB48 playing homage to their earlier PVs. Now on the surface that sounds like a completely interesting and unique idea. And it is. But I can’t be the only one out there who also thinks it’s extremely arrogant. AKB48 has only been around for almost 6 years and had one million seller, and already they are parading around like they are incredible. To me, playing homage to past PVs is basically saying, “Look at our humble beginnings and now look at the amazing success we are now.” Morning Musume has released over twice the amount of singles they have, and have been around for over twice as long as they have. And yet there’s no homage PV. Arashi has been really popular a lot longer than AKB48 has, and they haven’t released an homage PV. It seems like AKB48 has to shove their popularity in your face, like “don’t forget we’re the #1 female idol group, ok.” I don’t know maybe I’m just over thinking things but that is the absolute first thing that I thought of. It just screams arrogance to me. AKB48 isn’t nearly high enough in their popularity level to be doing this. And they haven’t been around long enough to make a PV like this. This is a legit we’ve been around for 20 years so lets recreate all the good times, type of PV. While I do love the idea of recreating past PVs I just thing it’s way too early for AKB48. The whole PV is premature.

Another reason why I don’t particularly love this PV isI think it’s also extremely lazy and unimaginative. It seems like they couldn’t really think of anything to do for the PV so they decided to just recreate past PVs. And it actually seems more like an excuse for them to wear bikinis. Because even though it’s supposed to be a homage to their past PVs, it basically focuses on Ponytail to Shushu. And obviously the sexier the PV is the better the song sells.
 
Since this single is devoid of its own PV, I’m just going to point out all the other PVs I notice.
 

  Already this is going to be easy.

I think it’s pretty obvious there was a similar scene in Ponytail to Shushu.

AKB48 actually ride bikes a lot in their PVs.

But since Acchan is riding along the beach I’m going to guess it’s supposed to be the Aitakatta PV.

To me this looks like a direct reference to the Ponytail to Shushu PV.

However, you can argue that it can’t be since they are dancing on grass and not a beach. In the Aitakatta and Iiwake Maybe PVs they dance on bare grass. But I still think it’s supposed to be Ponytail to Shushu.

They made this incredibly obvious.

However, the original confrontation from the Iiwake Maybe PV is setup different.

Yet another nod to Ponytail to Shushu.

This is really starting to annoy me. :/

Here’s Iiwake Maybe again.

Why do they keep using the same PVs?

Finally a new PV reference.

This time it’s Sakura no Hanabiratachi.

Even something as simple as Acchan on the phone is a reference.

It happens shortly in the Oogoe Diamond PV.

I think this is supposed to be the fight scene from Oogoe Diamond.

However, in the original Sae doesn’t hit Atsuko.

Peeking at dancing.

Is yet another reference to Oogoe Diamond.

Finally another new PV.

Which is obviously Namida Surprise.

Of course they just had to squeeze in another Ponytail to Shushu reference.

They just had to.

When I first saw flower petals falling I thought it was supposed to be Sakura no ki ni Narou.

But then I realized it was supposed to be Baby Baby Baby.

Obvious peephole is obvious.

Of course it’s from the Heavy Rotation PV.

A scene from my absolute favorite AKB48 single.

Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou.

Sleepy Acchan.

Which is obviously from 10nen Zakura.

This has to be a nod at the fact that some of BINGO was filmed on a boat.

However, there was never a scene like that in BINGO.

Well there you go most of the homage parts of the PV. Obviously I didn’t do every single one. Mostly because that would have taken even longer than this post already took to make.

Here’s the PV. Watch it while you can.

AKB48-Everyday, Kachuusha preview

A radio rip for AKB48’s upcoming 21st single, Everyday, Kachuusha, has been released. It was released through a teaser for the movie, Moshidora, which this single is being used as the theme song.

At first listen the song is very misleading. It starts out with a very big instrumental that sounds like some 40’s broadway show or a big band song. It also made me think they were going to have another song along the lines of Sakura no Shiori. But that heavy music dissolves after 10 seconds. And the music turns into the music from the beginning mixed with more upbeat and friendly idol sounding music. I absolutely love the song so far. The music is over the top, very intesne, and almost sounds like parade music. I am just really impressed with the power and energy of the song. In a way the song sounds like an amped up version of Ponytail to Shushu. Which, is a little funny since right off the bat this song was being compare to that song.
Singing wise it pretty much sounds like every other AKB48 single, since that’s their whole formula. But that’s fine. I’ve grown to love that from them.
My absolute favorite part of the song is towards the end of the chorus when they start repeating everyday. However, I could do without the male voice saying kachuusha. That just the song off a bit. XD

Of course you can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

AKB48 – Everyday, Kachuusha [w, Event Ticket / CD+DVD / Limited Edition / Type A


AKB48 – Everyday, Kachuusha [CD+DVD / Regular Edition / Type A


AKB48 – Everyday, Kachuusha [w, Event Ticket / CD+DVD / Limited Edition / Type B]


AKB48 – Everyday, Kachuusha [CD+DVD / Regular Edition / Type B]