The black haired girls are no longer extinct!


After releasing their first PV preview just yesterday, the full PV for NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo has been released.

I know I complained a lot about this PV yesterday. Well, I tend to complain a lot in generally. I’m very critical, and full of opinions, when it comes to idol music. Hence why this blog exists in the first place. But anyway, in my post about the PV preview my only really fault about it was that it wasn’t Japanese enough. Well, who ever directed this PV must be a dedicated reader of this blog, because the actual PV is everything I hoped it would be! The PV is bursting with Japanese references. Okay maybe bursting is an exaggeration, but there are quite a few. The opening of the PV starts off with one of the girls walking in front of a rice paper screen and shamisen music is playing. From then on out I knew the PV was going to have more Japanese elements. And I was pretty excited about it. However, most of the references are in the second half of the PV. Which isn’t actually that big of a deal. It would have nice to have them more spread out through the entire PV. But that’s a tiny flaw. The Japanese elements throughout are calligraphy, traditionally drinking tea, karate, using a katana, focusing on the girl’s kanzashi, wearing kimonos, and even falling cherry blossom petals.
I loved this PV from start to finish. I like how it wasn’t an average PV with just close-up shots and dance scenes because it could have been. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut PVs were basically just that. I love that it had a clear storyline, and stuck with it. Even if it was relatively simple, and nothing more than a few random shots edited together.  People might brush this PV off as being too gimmicky, or a tad underwhelming. But I actually don’t think it’s either of those. There was a perfect balance of the standard PV formula and sticking to a theme. Besides, this is idol music there’s a certain cheese factor in pretty much every release. I actually still would have liked to have seen a little more from the dance. But that’s a tiny flaw as well.

To me this embodies Japan. It has that standard Japanese art feel to it.

Cheap effect but still pretty cool.

This effect is awesome too. It takes so little to impress me. XD

This dance move is a litte awkward, and would honestly only work for Passpo.

This girl is cute. Too bad I don’t know any NMB48 members name. Expect for Nana of course.

The snake seriously? That move is so 90’s. XD

The dance is just too easy to poke fun at.

It’s a hair flip, it’s whatever. Chris Crocker reference FTW? I’m suck a loser. XD

Nana looks really cute in this PV. However, I can’t get a good cap of her.

This is a really beautiful kimono and kanzashi.

Ok, this is an adorable dance move.

GURIIN TII no otenami wo haiken shite~ That’s Seriously the first thing I though of. XD Also, really pretty kimonos.

I’ve been paying attention to this girl throughout the PV. She’s a cutie.

At fist I thought this said love. But I realized two things. It obviously doesn’t and I can’t read Japanese. XD

She’s so pretty. *O*

Awesome.

Cool effect! XD

Apparently nothing’s more Japanese than skimpy outfits. Lol.

I love the falling cherry blossom petals.

It reminds me of the Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game PV.

The girl on the right is super pretty.

Vogue, strike a pose.

This angle isn’t really the most flattering. From this angle she looks like a young Kitagawa Keiko.

Adorable!

Am I the only one who thinks this girl looks a bit like Ogawa Saki?

Bowing was the absolute perfect way to end the PV.

Since you can’t embed this video from vimeo you have to click here to watch the PV.

NMB48-Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo PV preview

A PV preview for AKB48’s sister group NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo, was just released. It’s yet another obnoxiously long PV preview that ruins the surprise. This one clocks in at nearly 2 minutes. Which is a little less then 2/3 of the PV.

Ever since I heard the radio rip I have been in love with this song. So, I was expeting a lot from this PV. However, those expectations weren’t really met.
Nearly the entire PV so far is nothing but the girls surronded by rice paper doors. The dance scene is filmed in front of one, the close-up shots are filmed in front of one, and a member is even shooting an arrow surrounded by 8 or so of them. I’m also pretty dissapointed with the dance itself. Not because, it’s anawful dance or anything. The dance is find, it’s pretty much a standard idol dance. But when the song was first announced they said the dance was supposed to incorporate Kabuki elements. Now maybe I’m just not familiar enough with Kabuki, but I didn’t notice anything that remotely looked like Kabuki.
The second half of the PV preview is significantly better than the firs thalf. It shows the girls wearing kimonos, which is always adorable. And we are also treated to a new dance scene. Where the girls are wearing pretty skimpy outfits dancing in front of a Japanes style painting. Which is a nice touch.
Overall I’m a little dissapointed by the PV. Since it’s a song about being proud of your black hair, and being Japanse (I assume) I really wish they would have added more Japanese customs/traditions they should b proud of. Like kendo, origami,
ikebana, a tea ceremony, etc. I really would have liked them to take the Japanese theme and just go all out with it. At the end of the PV they seem tobe doing calligraphy so maybe, just maybe, we’ll see more Japanese elements in the full version.

NMB48- Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo radio rip

The full radio rip for NMB48’s debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo was just released.

Talk about jumping to conclusions. After hearing the full song I take back absolutely everything I said about the single being bland and forgettable. And I definitely take back saying that the single wasn’t strong enough to be an A-side. I absolutely, completely, 100% love this song! This song is incredibly catchy. I was literally hooked on this song after the first listen. I think this song is a lot better than SDN48’s debut single, and even their second single. The song isn’t an instant idol classic like I feel about 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! or Oogoe Diamond. But it’s actually pretty up there.
The song starts out in full force with this light, but still upbeat music, that can only be described as disco mixed with electronic. And the rest of the song is this amazing sort of techno/electronic club music. They start singing in these high voices, that almost sound like harmony lines, but they continue throughout the song. And for some reason I absolutely adore them. Then the chorus hits and it brings the energy level up to about 110%. And the notes hit at the later half of the chorus are sung just beautifully.
And then the rest of the song adds a bunch of effects to make the song engaging and interesting from start to finish. There is this incredible echo effect that happens right before the first chorus. It also sounds like the effects they use in auto tuning, but done completely light that it’s not to over overbearing. And then they also have the members every so often say words in the background. Like onaji, yeah, come on, etc. That might sound pretty cheesy and cliche on the surface but it actually works 100% for the song. And towards the end of the song they have the members sing underneath the original singing and it sounds super amazing. That’s not really explained well, but listen to the song from about 3:00-3:12  to see what I mean. It’s really short, but it is still an awesome effect.
The song also gets really awesome for me, when they take their singing break and just have instrumental, like pretty much every song in the world does. But the song has this really awesome electronic, club, or house music feel to it. And it’s absolutely incredible. The electronic music throughout the whole song is really awesome. And it sounds like the kind of music they release in the US. Which is an added bonus to me since I love all of America’s autotuned club sounding music.

I am just completely in love with the song! I cannot wait to see the PV.

NMB48-Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo preview

NMB48 was featured on a morning show recently to promote their debut sing,  Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. And during their breif segment they previewed about a minute of the song. Which is the first time fans get to hear it.

I have to say the song is completely different than the type of song I was expecting. I was expecting something similar to enka. But this song isn’t even remotely close to enka. Which is actually a relief. The song itself is extremely laid back. The song has a very soft and soothing feel to it. Which makes it very pleasant to listen to, but doesn’t really work as a debut song. You’d figure that since this is their debut single, that they would have a very elaborate song to draw attention and new fans to them. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut singles both were attention grabbing. Tsuyokimono yo with it’s heavy anime sounding instrumental, and GAGAGA with it’s unique club sounding music. But I think ABK48 did the same thing. I always thought Aitakatta would have made a better first single, and for a while I actually thought it was their first single. Back when I was a bigger AKB48 noob then I am now. XD
After a couple listens I am starting to find the song enjoyable and likeable, but I still think it’s pretty lack luster for a debut single. Perhaps NMB48 will win me over with the PV.

As always, you can but this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

NMB48 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo [CD+DVD/Type A]


NMB48 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo [CD+DVD/Type B]

NMB48 to release debut single!

It was announced at a concert recently that AKB48’s newest sister group, NMB48, will be releasing their debut single. The single is entitled Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo and will be released on July 20th.

I was pretty much expecting their debut to be pretty soon. Since they’ve done 2 stages already and they just recently started performing their first original song Seishun no Rap. Which is being used as the B-side for this single.
I’m actually looking forward to see NMB48’s debut. I’m really excited to see what kind of a feel they will have compared to the other 48 groups. The song is said to be hard and danceable, which I’m excited for. I would love a song similar to Banzai Venus. But the song is also supposed to be about Japanese beauty and have kabuki elements in the dance. That makes me think that they song will have an enka feel to it. So, maybe a song like Odoru 11’s Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo or Kanjani8’s Naniwa Iroha Bushi. I would actually kind of hate an enka inspired song. So, I really hope they don’t go that route.

I’m also really looking forward to their debut because of Yamada Nana. She used to be an H!P member and she’s Nakayama Yuma’s older sister. Talk about fandoms colliding. So, she’s really interesting indeed.