Acchan’s PV has yet to bloom

The PV for Maeda Atsuko’s debut solo single has been released.

I was pretty excited to see the PV, because the preview made it seems like it was going to be a sad PV. But I don’t really think I understand the storyline so much. When I first saw the preview I thought Acchan’s husband was running off on her leaving her alone with their daughter. But after seeing the PV it’s actually her father who runs off and leaves her to take care of her sister. Which I get, but after that I’m not really sure. The entire PV shows Acchan with her sister. Playing with her and walking the streets with her. But then she loses her bus tickets and has to hitchhike. I thought all of that was supposed to symbolize her everyday struggle to take care of her sister. But it ends up just being a montage of one day. Which I should have picked up one since they both are wearing the same dress throughout the entire PV. In the end, the only reason they hitchhiked was so they could visit their dying mother in the hosptial.
And then that’s where I’m lost. If the entire point of the PV was for them to see their mother, what does the rest of it have to do with anything? Why did their father leave in the first place? And why did they emphasis on that if it wasn’t even important to the storyline? Why did they follow the two sisters around, and make it look like they were struggling, when only one day had passed? Why wasn’t the entire PV about them not being able to handle that their Mother is in the hospital?
I know the PV is supposed to be touching and sad, but there’s not really a distinct storyline to follow. So, I’m not exactly sure why I’m supposed to be sad or why any of this is happening. I guess they kind of touch on their sadness, when Acchan’s sister lines up all the plastic windmills. But other than that, nothing. Maybe I’m just dense and don’t see the obvious underline message of the PV. But I don’t actually see one.

The PV even starts with Acchan and her sister alone, but still in their house.

It then quickly flashes to Acchan looking completely sad on the side of the road. Which I guess is suppsosed to mean time has passed?

However, the scene where she is begging her father to stay they are wearing the same dresses. Actually Acchan’s outfit is different. But you can plainly see that her sister’s dress is the exact same one she wears throughout the PV. So, does that mean it’s the same day or a different day? And if it’s a different day, why is does her sister never change her dress?

To me, it looks like they are aimlessly wandering around because they don’t have a home. But if it’s the same day that’s impossible. I should really say time frame, because about 3 or 4 days actually pass throughout the PV.

I’m sure whatever this note from her father says helps the storyline too.

And her sister steals the plastic flowers,

for what appears to be a display in honor of their Mother I guess. XD

Then the man who gave them a ride looks at a picture of his own daughter. I guess to give the underline meaning to appreciate you children, or something. I have no idea.

Finally they are reunited with their mother.

Only for Acchan to show her a picture.

Maeda Atsuko-Flower PV preview

With less than a month until the release of Maeda Atsuko’s debut solo single, Flower, we finally have a preview of the PV. The preview itself is a mix of the actual preview of the PV and behind the scenes footage.

The PV actually looks like it’s going to be kinda sad. From what the PV preview shows it looks like Acchan is a single mother raising her daughter. But I kind of loose the storyline after that. The man featured in the PV leaves with a suitcase, which would obviously be her boyfriend or husband leaving her. But the man is like 20 years older than Acchan, and to me he seems more like her father than lover. The PV preview is also all over the place. It shows the man leaving, but then being a good father or grandfather to the child. It shows happy and fun times with Atsuko and her child and then it shows her struggling. And it also shows the man longing to be with the child. So, I’m not really sure in what order the actual PV is going to be shown in. But I think it’s going to be along the lines of the man leaving, then Atsuko struggling, then the man longing for the child, and then he comes back and everything is great. It will probably be that cliche. But it could also be the exact opposite, or just shown out of order. Kind of like remembering better times.

Regardless of how the actualy PV is set up, it looks like it’s going to be a sad PV. But also kind of heart warming. I like the PV so far. It makes me wish I knew what the lyrics of Flower where. I’m not much of a ballad person, but from the PV it seems like the song is really pretty.

Maeda Atsuko first solo single announced

During a recent AKB48 handshake event at Nagoya Dome, AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko she will be releasing her first solo single. The single is entitled Flower and will be released on June 22nd. The song will also be used in her movie Moshidora.

I’m sure most of the AKB48 fandom is absolutely thrilled by this announcement since Acchan is one of the most popular members. I gotta say I’m surprised that she hasn’t released a solo single before. She has the perfect mix of popularity and singing ability. I’m not really a fan of Acchan but I am excited for her debut. She has one of my favorite voices in AKB48 and I’m really excited to hear what her song is going to sound like. Apparently the song is going to be a ballad, which I’m not too happy with. But if the song sounds anything like 7ji 12fun no hatsukoi I’ll be happy.

You can of course purchase her solo single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type A / CD+DVD]


Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type B / CD+DVD]


Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type C / CD+DVD]