My thoughts on AKB48’s 5th Senbatsu election

AKB48By now I’m sure everyone is aware that a few days ago AKB48 announced their 5th Senbatsu elections. Most of the announcement was pretty similar to past Senbatsus. This year’s Senbatsu will take on June 8th during AKB48’s Super Festival concert. This Senbatsu is set to decide the lineup for AKB48’s 32nd single. However, even though this years’s election seems like more of the same a surprising , and equally shocking, twist was added, and that twist is incorporating a new candidacy system.

So, what exactly is this candidacy system all about? I’m glad you asked. This new system basically means that instead of every member of AKB48 and it’s sister groups automatically being included in the Senbatsu this year ant girl that wasnts to participate needs to submit a written notice to the election committee. Now, if that twist wasn’t enough for you there’s more. Beyond that they are also changing which members can participate. Along with the current members os AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 they are also including the girls who were moved to overseas sister groups. And in the biggest shock of all graduated members of AKB48 who were members for 4 years or more are now eligible to participate in this Senbatsu. Another small surprise is as of yet they haven’t made it clear if the Kenkyuusei can participate. So, it seems like Mii-chan fans might not be able to vote for her even if they wanted to. Unless they counter her as an AKB48 member of 4 years or more. But since she technically hasn’t graduated from AKB48, does it still count? I’m a little confused by that. And of course they also means other Kenkyuusei in general might not be about to participate.

Now that the facts are out of the way I can finally vent my feelings about this. When I first heard that graduated members are able to participate in the Senbatsu I was shocked to say the least. I literally gasped and said, “what?” in a genuinely stunned matter. But the initial shock wore off and was almost immediately replaced with anger. Not so much of rage filled anger, but more like anger out of annoyance. I guess I am more annoyed by this situation than anything else. I don’t understand the reason for including graduated members other than a cheap ploy to ensure that their 31st and 32nd singles sell a lot. I can see this latest gimmick maybe being record breaking sales, and in a big way.

Now, I’m usually a big fan of AKB48’s gimmicks. I usually marvel in the PR geniuses that are behind AKB48. But this latest gimmick doesn’t sit well with me, honestly it just seems desperate. And it makes me think I was right when I said AKB48 are going to reach their peak soon. And it seems like the people behind AKB48 are aware of that and are trying desperately to hold onto their high sales with more and more gimmicks lately. Why else did Eien Pressure come with B-sides for each sister group and not just the usual Team or Undergirls format? And why did So Long come with Team dramas? AKB48 is still selling over a million copies of each single so it seems almost far-fetched to say they are declining. But juts sit for a minute and ask yourself, without all the gimmicks how well would they really sell? Of course most idol groups use some gimmicks to sell. We see that with Morning Musume coming out with like 6 editions of singles and like 4 different B-sides lately. But AKB48’s gimmicks have always gone above and beyond that.

This current tactic is to just bleed wotas dry even more by enticing them with the chance to let their former favorite be in just 1 more single, and maybe even for the chance for them to be center. And I do admit it is a brilliant tactic because I know I would jump at the chance for Ryo-chan or Kusano to be in just one more NEWS single. Or to see KonKon, Koharu, Eri, Aika, or LinLin be a member of Morning Musume one last time. I might admit, and see, how much of a brilliant business tactic it is, but to me it’s still seems like AKB48 are really grasping at straws. And as much as I’d loved to see my beloved Ryo-chan or Kusano as a part of NEWS, it would probably cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Another interesting point to make is that it’s going to be extremely hard for the 100+ girls to battle it out for the measly 64 available positions in this single. And to make matters worse they now have to compete with former members. I’m sure it’s still going to be fairly easy for the extremely popular girls. But now it’s going to be near impossible for the unpopular members. It’ll even be difficult now for the secondary popular members. Former members had their chance to shine and now it’s the current girls chance/time. And even if former members didn’t get a proper chance to shine it still doesn’t make sense to steal the spotlight from the other girls. Which is probably why Acchan and other members have announced that they aren’t taking part. But so far 2 former members have confirmed their participating and members still have until April 7th to write in their candidacy. But I still question what was the point of graduating if you are just going to jump into a single again? I can accept members like Meetan trying again because of how quickly SDN48 was disbanded.

They only good aspect coming from this new candidacy system is that participation isn’t automatic. But even that is still a double edged sword. The Senbatsu is just heartache, pain, and disappointment to the unpopular girls. Those girls end up feeling worthless and feel like they let fans down for not ranking high enough or not ranking at all. At least now the girls can opt out of the pain. Because after all you can’t be hurt by ranking low if you’re not included at all. But at the same time I’m willing to bet the girls who feel like they aren’t worthy, good enough, or popular enough won’t even bother sending in their candidacy. And that’s juts incredibly sad. And the fans probably won’t let the girls who don’t participate live it down. Just last week Shinohara Kanna announced her graduation from NMB48 because during handshake events some fans questioned why she was a member of Team N and said that she was the reason N wasn’t moving forward. Which is just incredibly rough.

I guess there’s just nothing I like about this year’s Senbatsu. Which actually seems like an unpopular opinion because I see a lot of fans flipping out over this. But I’m just not one of them. Perhaps because I’m just a casual member. But it’s things like this that keep me casual. AKB48 has a lot of good points, but at the same time they have equal amount of bad points. No idol group is perfect, obviously. But like I said before I think once the main hype of AKB48 dies. down and some of the gimmicks fade, I might be able to appreciate the group more for what it is. Once they only sell around 500,000 copies I think the whole fandom, and the whole experience of AKB48, will be a lot more chill.

MomoClo fail to bring enough crazy in their new PV

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A PV for Neo Stargate, a track off of Momoiro Clover Z’s upcoming second album, 5th Dimension, was released. And I have to say released unexpectedly released because they didn’t release any PVs to promote their first album.

I’m a little disappointed and underwhelmed with this PV to be honest. I usually revel in MomoClo’s unique brand of crazy, but with this PV there’s hardly anything weird going on I am left wanting more, a lot more. this PV is tame and lackluster to compare to what MomoClo usually releases. The song itself isn’t even high energy enough for me. Which is probably another reason why the PV seems so flat to me. With a tamer song they can’t really go all out with this PV.

This PV starts off with MomoClo locked in some sort of container or possible alien pod. Hey, the song is called Neo Stargate after all. Seeing them in that container flashes me back to Lady Gaga. And I would just like to point out, before any disgruntled MomoClo fans jump down my throat, that this PV is 1,000% nothing like Lady Gaga’s videos. Just the fact that they are in pods in a white room reminds me of how Lady Gaga and the other Lady Gaga clones, for lack of better word, woke up in pods in the Bad Romance video. Obviously the Bad Romance video is about Lady Gaga being prepped to be sold as a sex slave, which is nothing like MomoClo’s video. But that’s just what the pod scenes made me immediately think of.

The rest of the video is then just the girls dancing in front of the pods. While I do love the dance for this song, that’s boring. Completely boring and uneventful. Sure they do magically change their outfits, which is kinda cool. But they change their outfits into this hideous mix between a ballerina and a figure skater. They also wear these weird pointed masks I guess to add that weird element that MomoClo is so fond of using, but once weird gimmick is not enough. It honestly seems like a lazy after thought. And since this PV is a whopping 7 minutes long it feels never ending.

The PV only gets mildly interesting when they are randomly dancing in that white tunnel. The dance becomes so weird at this point that it looks like the girls are having a mild seizure. Which actually isn’t a bad thing in this case.

Their intense dancing causes a system overload and destroys what I’m now guessing are probably stargates. Right? I mean they could be. To me stargates are now synonymous with those giant circles from, well, Stargate, or even the giant machine Jodie Foster used in Contact. But I guess they could be pods. It’s never really explained how or why MomoClo destroy those pods. It probably has something to do with that phantom lightning. Or maybe if I could understand Japanese that crazy scientist in the beginning most likely explained it.

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Ok, Momoclo are some test subjects.

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Oh come on with this guy! He looks like Albert Einstein’s and Colonel Sander’s Japanese love child.

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This is supposed to be all of MomoClo’s vital signs, but instead of red there’s blue. Did Akari rejoin and not tell anyone?

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I don’t get the reason for having random White people in this PV.

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Boy, that looks likes like some top of the line technology. How long is Japan going to keep this secret?

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Ok, this mask disappearing thing is pretty cool.

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These have to be some of the most boring close-up shots I’ve ever seen.

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What’s even worse is they are wearing the exact same outfits that they are too matchy and completely blend together.

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At least something mildly interesting is finally starting to happen.

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On no, their life liquid is seeping out.

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Or I guess that was supposed to happen.

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Ayaka does not like being trapped in there.

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See they look way too similar now. Give them a little something to make them unique.

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I love how they’re rising up like they’re vampires.

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And the weird dancing begins. Though if I was cooped up in there for God knows how long, I’d probably do the same thing.

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Look at Momoka’s spaghetti arms.

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This dance is weird but I like it.

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Like what is this move even? Lol.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.

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It’s about to get real now.

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Those masks, those outfits, everything about them is just horrible.

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It literally looks like someone just hot glued tacky jewels onto a leotard.

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Even though their faces are covered, at least you differentiate each girl, and they don’t look so identical outfits wise anymore.

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More weird dancing.

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Dancing so strangely they broke the machine.

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Sorry Momoka I can’t kiss you with that mask on, I might poke my eye out.

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Z project huh? I wonder if they were willing participants.

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So how are there 2 different MomoClos at once?

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It’s cool that they are on a spaceship.

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MomoClo sure like to be in space.

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Wait what is Kanako doing? What’s that weird orb thing?

YuiKaori are positively shinning in their new PV

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After waiting for what feels like forever the full version of the PV for YuiKaori’s new single, Shiny Blue is finally out.

I’m always excited to review my favorite current idol duo because they never fail to impress me. And that’s because YuiKaoi encompass everything I love about idols. Cute girls in frilly outfits singing happy music on a vibrant set. And that pretty much describes this PV and every single PV YuiKaori have ever released.

And in these PV we’re treated to just that in the form of YuiKaori looking so adorably cute I could cry, in five different outfits on four sets. Now that alone is extremely impresses. Most idols are lucky if they get two outfits on one set. But I suppose since there are only 2 members of YuiKaori they can afford it. Each set and each outfit is more adorable than the last one. And these things for a fan are of course very exciting. This PV leaves me completely satisfied because there’s just so much going on in it. Each scene is completely unique and there’s so many cute scenes that it’s impossible to hate this PV or get bored.

This video in my opinion is the best idol PV year so far and full-stop one of the best idol PVs I’ve ever seen. It’s a simple PV with so much going on. But there’s not too much going on that you don’t notice how gorgeous the girls are. This PV very much still relies on the charms of the girls to sell the PV. But at the same time there is a distinct, albeit almost subtle, storyline throughout the PV. It’s just seriously the perfect balance between the girls being charming and cute and an actual storyline.

This PV also mainly uses natural lighting for the PV and the girls styled in a very natural way. While still having the scene with them on a set dresses as gorgeous fabulous idols. And there’s also has an interesting and cute dance, in which the girls are wearing beyond adorable outfits in the dance scenes.

There are just no words to describe how perfect this PV is to me. Every single thing I want and love from a PV is included. What I just described above is what I also say I want idol PVs to be like. Maybe I was always asking for way too much, but maybe not because YuiKaori delivered that to a T. To an absolute perfect T, to such an extent that if I didn’t know any better it feels like the director personally read my blog and then made a PV from there.
I can’t get over or properly form words for the perfection that is this PV. Just everything about it is beautiful. I feel downright emotional over this PV. So, I will just sum up as best as I can what I love about this PV.

I love that the storyline in this PV is YuiKaori being architects and/or interior designers because that main plot is beautifully carried out and connected to the entire PV. It’s connected to the scenes in the bedroom where they feel defeated and adorably sad. It’s connected to the main scene of them at the table having a lot of fun sketching out exactly what they want to do. There are scenes with them just sitting near the windows which have nothing to do with the main plot, but I can forgive that because they look absolutely gorgeous there.

There are also scenes where YuiKaori are painting a blue sky which are my favorite scenes because they are so natural and playful there. They look like they had a lot of fun filming those scenes, so those scenes are juts downright a lot of fun to watch. I even love how that painting scene is connected to the main dance. Even though YuiKaori just painted a blue sky in their living room area I think it’s cute that it looks exactly like the blue sky on the set they are dancing on. And for a while I was convinced that throughout the PV YuiKaori were trying to build the set that they are actually dancing on in the PV. Which still might be the case, but since they just painted the sky in the living groom I’m not 100% about it anymore.

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Nice outfit Kaori.

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They look beyond adorable in these outfits!

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However, I am a little annoyed that Yui always gets the slightly better outfit.

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Pretty baby.

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Wish I could tell what they are trying to build.

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Yui looks absolutely perfect here! That outfits, that hair, her adorable face, natural lighting! Just super super perfect.

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So cute.

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Kaori is so beautiful. I love how they both balance each other out, Yui being the cute one and Kaori being the pretty one.

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Too intense a smile there Kaori, it’s looking a little creepy.

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Still can’t tell if they’re supposed to be building the set they’re on.

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Cutie.

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Dead.

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I’m gonna make a bold statement and say Yui is one of the cutest, if not the cutest, idols out there. She’s at least in the top 5.

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Adorable.

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This dance is incredibly simple, but at the same time really cute.

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It looks like they are making dressers and a few tables maybe? I have no idea. XD

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They’re really accentuating Yui’s loli-ness here.

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I really love the parts of YuiKaori’s dances where they touch hands.

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Kaori even looks cute when she’s defeated.

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Another example of this dance playing off being simple but cute.

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Ok I give up, wtf is this supposed to be?

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Kaori just needs to stop being so cute and pretty.

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Cute.

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I love how Kaori’s making this, “what’s wrong with you?” face.

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How adorable!

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Why is she acting like she’s never seen painting before?

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They’re not even remotely painting this correctly. Lol.

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They still look like they’re having fun though.

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So cute.

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That’s not even the same shade of blue they were using 5 minutes ago.

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Yui is just so adorable!

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I don’t get it. Whatever they were building was too hard, so they just decided to pain the sky instead?

Tegomass’ new PV is more of the same

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A little over 2 weeks ago the full PV for Tegomass’ new single, Sayonara ni Sayonara was released.

Hey, look at this guys, I’m finally catching up and reviewing PVs that are hardly old now. See, I promised that if you just bared with me I’d get to do all the recent PV reviews. Well, if you follow me on twitter you’d know that’s what I promised. And if you don’t follow me on twitter, actually why don’t you follow me on twitter yet? I’m joking of course. Well, half joking.

I have never really been a big fan of Tegomass, mostly because Tegoshi has always been my least favorite NEWS member. While the whole 2 members leaving situation made me realize that Tegoshi might actually be an ok guy sometimes, I still don’t care for him. And the reason I don’t like Tegomass is because it’s a sub group made up of arguably the most talented singers in NEWS. (I say arguably because it’s a stone-cold fact that Tegoashi always has been the best singer of NEWS, expect for when Kusano was almost overtaking him. But it’s debatable if Massu is second best. Sometimes it feels like Kei-chan and sometimes it feels like Massu) Because they are the best singers they pretty much only get slow songs or ballads to showcase their voices, which I find extremely boring. And since they release ballads it doesn’t make for an eventful PV. And now we’ve come full circle and you can see the opinion I have about the PV.

The PV actually isn’t awful, but it’s not bad either. It’s actually the quality I’ve come to expect from Tegomass. And it’s about as interesting as they could make it since it is such a slow song. They actually do have a clear concept for this PV and it’s actually not a bad idea. 8/10 of this PV consists of Tegomass just sitting by a window as the seasons change. While I did think that was pretty boring just by the PV preview, after seeing the full PV I think it’s actually pretty cool. A year passes by Tegomass, it goes from spring to winter. While the seasons pass it tracks a relationship. Meeting in spring, starting to date in the summer, breaking up in the fall, meeting someone new in the winter, and finally returning to spring where a new love blossoms.

I think those are really really cute scenes. So cute that to me they are really the only scenes the PV needs, and Tegomass’ parts seem kind of unnecessary to me. They spend the entire PV looking out the window at this girl. Sure you could say it’s them kindly watching over her love, but it seems kind of stalkerish to me. Or voyeuristic at the very least. The only part of Tegoshi’s and Massu’s scenes that I do like is that the room inside’s lighting changes to correspond with the new season. And that’s honestly about it.

So, I guess I’m really on the fence about this PV. While I do appreciate the storyline of the girl, I’m left wanting more from Tegomass’ parts. I think if this tracked Tegoshi’s and Massu’s relationships with girls it would have really put this PV over the top for me. You just don’t get that legitimate emotional feel from them just watching a stranger. It would have been so much better for them to look back on their past year.

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This is actually really pretty.

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It’s super important to see what’s on the table.

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Massu looks super cute.

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Couldn’t they even have the globe showing Japan? Lol.

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Tegoshi is just not appealing to me in the slightest.

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Tegoshi always tries way too hard to be cute.

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I love how this girl is walking past the window and Tegomass is just doing their own thing and not caring at all.

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No thanks.

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Can someone please explain to me why Massu is wearing two pairs of pants?

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Too cute for words.

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Really wish I knew what this said. But there’s a smiley face and stars, so it has to be good.

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Creepy window Massu sees all.

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Love Massu’s bright smile.

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Tegoshi is wearing a white shirt and an ascot. He looks ridiculous. He literally looks like a French chef.

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The texts are still looking pretty positive.

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Cutie.

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Massu. *O*

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Gorgeous.

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Love her outfit.

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Aww poor her.

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Good riddance, who wants to go to an opera anyway?

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Another cute outfit.

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Tegoshi is way too into watching her.

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Massu too, for that matter.

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I wonder what’s in the bag.

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Oh, it’s an ugly scarf.

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And it’s spring again.

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What’s on Massu’s ears? They look like earrings, but they aren’t on his lobe. 

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And a happy ending.

C-ute’s driving me crazy with their new PV

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About 2 weeks ago the full PV for C-ute’s new single Crazy Kanzen na Otona. This whole single really came out of nowhere to me. Not only is it being released a mere 2 months after Kono Machi the PV was released within days after the full radio rip was released. Just everything about this PV is happening really quickly.

This PV might actually be even cheaper than the Kono Machi PV, which I didn’t think was possible. However, while everything about the Kono Machi PV was just an utter disappointment, and everything about this PV is just an utter win to me. This PV has 3 sets, except it doesn’t really. You can tell that in all actuality they only have 1 set that they are just using in three different ways. One set is all black with lasers and lights, another set is all black with those vertical tube lights that were obviously borrowed from the Wakuteka Take A Chance set, and the last set is the members in these white room with very soft lighting where they just putting on make-up. And I have to admit those scenes are a real disconnect from the rest of the PV and feel extremely out of place. However, I could care less about this at all because I love this PV.

That’s right I love absolutely everything about this PV. And that’s because this PV is just hot, fierce, cool, and just straight up sexy. It’s the sort of subtle sexistness that H!P uses in most of their PVs. Where the outfits are hot, but not too skimpy. Where the girls are looking sexy but not in an over the top way. They’ll shoot you an alluring look or a suggestive dance move. And I think that’s fantastic. I think being subtle and kind of teasing the viewer is a lot sexier than being so blatant and in-your-face sexy.

The main part about this PV that is such an attention stealer are of course the outfits. Oh my god the outfits! They are so perfect! The outfits themselves aren’t really anything we haven’t really seen in concerts before. But just the way that it’s styled takes this from being a cute outfit to being extremely sexy. It’s the fishnets, the studs on the jackets, the chains on the shorts, the collars, and the motorcycle gloves that make the outfit so alluring and so sexy. Also the girls themselves also look extremely great. Their hair is just gorgeous and they just look incredible in those outfits. I was actually expecting them to be wearing more makeup than usual, but surprisingly they’re wearing about the same natural makeup they always wear.

I am just so in love with this PV. I don’t think you’ll be able to find an H!P fan out there that’s disappointed by this PV. Maybe because of lack of a proper set. But they’d be crazy to hate the overall PV. It’s C-ute in sexy outfits looking incredibly gorgeous, what’s not to love?

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This is cool. It’s purple smoke. Took me a second to realize that.

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Whoa Airi. Look how intense her eyes look.

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She even looks great here.

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This dance move. 

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Why does Maimi look so surprised. Lol.

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I think I’m finally used to Chisa’s hair.

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Ok, this dance seems awful so far.

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Wow.

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Nope, still don’t like Chisa’s hair.

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Gorgeous.

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Mai Mai bringing it.

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Love these outfits.

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Airi looks fantastic.

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Wow! Super pretty!

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What an awkward dance move.

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What a cutie.

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I didn’t even notice the lasers kept changing colors, that’s cool.

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This is like the 8th H!P dance where they do that leg move for sexy.

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I can’t even with this dance at this point.

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I’m sorry for how Airi biased this post has become. But look at her in this PV!

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You know, America’s Next Top Model is right, don’t lose your neck Chisa!

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This is the only decent dance move in the entire dance.

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Mai comes off more cute than sexy imo.

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Nakky looks great.

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Maimi is such a standout in this PV.

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I love the seamless balance between Airi looking cute and looking sexy.

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Wow.

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This is getting a little too strippery now.

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Looking good Mai Mai.

This is Unmei Girl

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Since Kisumai’s last single was a double A-side it means I have to review both PVs. This time it’s the Unmei Girl PV. (Also, I don’t know if anyone but myself appreciates the H!P and Johnny’s mixed pun.)

I do admit, in my opinion, Unmei Girl is far better than My Resistance. The song is that happy, bubble gum pop, just cutesy idol music that I love. A lot catchier and fun than the serious number that My Resistance was. And I actually regret not reviewing the PV sooner because, surprisingly, I actually like it. I was just immediately turned off after I saw nothing but roller skates in the preview. I think by now I’ve made it obvious how I feel about them.

But after watching the PV I love it. I honestly really love this PV. It’s like 4 minutes of pure cutesy idol fun. Just everything about this PV works for me. There’s nothing spectacular about the way that the PV is made, it’s actually very cheap. Only 2 sets, only one outfit, and still severely unfair screen time distribution. But I love it because both sets are just so bright and vivid. And they are decorated really well, and there’s so much going on in each set that your eyes are drawn to it. It’s just so cute and eye-catching that it makes the entire PV fun and interesting.

But what really wins me over with this PV is how Kisumai themselves are acting. Since this is such an upbeat and fun song, the guys really went for it. The dance is really cute and face paced to match the song. And to further match the song the guys took full advantage and every close-up shot, actually every time they are singing, is accompanied with a cutesy idol pose. And that really made the entire so much fun to watch. There’s literally not a frame in the entire PV where something fun isn’t going on.

I also really love the scenes where they are just being weird and jumping over members, or picking members up. They are hands down my favorite parts of the entire PV. At one point they are just roller skating in a giant circle, but they somehow managed to make that look interesting. This PV is so much fun to watch from start to finish.

I’m just such a gigantic fan of this PV. I love those moments where you’re expecting the PV to bad because of how cheap it is, but then you’re pleasantly surprised by how amazing it actually is. I love PVs that are enjoyable to watch solely because of how charming the idols themselves are rather than relying on a fancy set or theme. While I do appreciate when a PV is high quality, I still love PVs that are cheap but cute. It’s just the PVs that are both cheap and boring that I can’t stand.

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Roller skates and I don’t mix.

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Ok, I get it, they’re roller skates. I don’t need to see them from every single angle.

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Tama’s such a cutie.

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Taisuke looking as good as ever.

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I absolutely love this dance.

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Nice jacket swing.

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Adorable.

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Look at all the random things in the set. A circle that looks like Jupiter, a carousel horse, a random deer head, etc. 

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Look how cute and idolly the whole PV is.

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So cute.

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Getting really sick of never seeing the other 4 members.

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Oh no, the more I see Hiro the more appealing he is. Probably because of how weird I find him personality wise. Lol. 

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Like he almost looks cute here.

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This is such a great set.

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It almost looks like Taisuke is intentionally blocking Nika. Lol.

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See it’s doing random things like this that make the PV even more fun.

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Sorry but Taisuke is gorgeous.

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And Tama is such a cutie.

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Lol.

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That’s an impressive jump.

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Hiro makes the best faces.

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*O*

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Awesome that they use a star as a segue scene

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Yes, dance around the almighty shoe. 

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They look cut while they do it though.

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Wow 2 scenes in the entire PV. Yup, that’s enough.

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I’m getting Junior colosseum flashbacks. Lol.

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I love this I l-o-v-e you part.

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Wink.

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Everyone’s into it but Yoko. And I love how Taisuke like fell into place. And lolz at Tama’s face.

Arashi’s new PV leaves me breathless

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Recently the full PVs for Arashi’s newest double A-side single, Calling / Breathless, was released. And since I’ve already reviewed Calling I’m bringing you dear readers, what I hope, is the anticipated second PV review.

After watching both PVs and listening to both songs, I can honestly say I’m a much bigger fan of Calling. Not to say that Breathless is a bad song, because it’s not, it’s actually a really great song. I think both songs could really stand on their own as singles and this single, was in my opinion, one of the best Arashi singles in a while. (Which is why this single is their highest selling weekly since A.RA.SHI. I’m so proud of my babies.)

Breathless is a much lighter song to compliment the heavy almost anime sounding song that is Calling. And they did pretty much the same things with the PVs. Calling is this fast-paced, vibrant, light flashing, more abstract PV. While Breathless is it’s sleeker counterpart.

This PV is a pretty standard dance shot and close-up PV. But the PV is still interesting and definitely worth a watch. First of all, the guys look absolutely delectable in all black. Especially Nino. Have you seen Nino in this PV? He looks just incredible in this PV. It’s a shame he’s ruined that all now and cut his beautiful hair to that ridiculous short cut for god knows what reason. And I actually don’t mind that this PV relies on and focuses so much on dancing because in my opinion Arashi are the best dancers and usually get the best dances in Johnny’s. Hey! Say! JUMP have been stepped way up to the plate with that lately, but nothing really compares to Arashi’s Crazy Moon ~Kimi wa Muteki~ or Love Situation dances. So, I absolutely love Arashi’s dancing in this PV. It’s fluid and seamless and has the incredible polished look that all of Arashi’s dances have. But what do you expect when MatsuJun makes the guys go over every small intricate detail of a dance until it is absolutely perfect.

The rest of the PV consists of just close-up shots. But I think they’ve even done a good job at that, they added some nice variety in the close-up shots so you don’t get bored. And because of that they have 3 separate close-ups: the one that’s shot on the dance set and is filmed while circling around them with the camera (I’m not a director I don’t know fancy camera technique names.) one with this like blurred metallic background, and my personal favorite ones with the indigo color. It’s actually a really cheap effect that actually looks cool. Arashi are just standing in front of the projector and having the weird DNA type image projected onto their face. I do think it’s a really cool effect, because not only does it give the guys themselves an indigo type color it also adds these sort of myssterious shadows all over their faces which really add a extra nice element to this already dark themed PV.

So, in the end I do like this PV. Is it the most impressive PV Arashi have ever released? Definitely not. But just the same it is a nice PV and has it’s certain charms. And its leaps above painfully simple PVs like Dear Snow or Hatenai Sora. The guys looks gorgeous, it’s overflowing with enough Nino for me to get more than my fill, the dancing is as impeccable as always, and it’s just an overall fun watch. I can’t really ask for more than that. I’m happy with the PV.

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Weird abstract DNA looking things in the beginning.

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This PV is Nino-centric already.

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Aiba’s looking good again.

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They should do more themes to Nino’s movies, I love that he’s the direct center of the dance.

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I never noticed how dark the dance scenes are. It’s a little hard to see at times.

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Nice outfit.

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Cutie.

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I guess this is the simple part of the dance. Lol.

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Nino. *O*

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A little intense there Aiba.

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Everyone’s face.

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I love how Sho air punches in nearly every PV he’s in.

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Adorable.

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The lighting makes this look a little creepy.

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Finally the dance is getting better.

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Cool.

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Nice jump.

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Nice suit Ohno.

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You know I hardly ever notice MatsJun in this PV.

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Beyond cute.

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Extreme close-up.

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Adorable.

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Aiba’s really bringing his A-game in this PV.

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Scary Ohno.

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Aiba’s close-ups are the most interesting to watch.

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Ok, MatsuJun looks a little cute here.

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More air punching Sho.

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Geez.

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Nino being the center of the dance again.

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Slightly disheveled hair.

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Nino baby.

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OMG it looks like the outside of the Cube! Why do I keep referencing a movie no one’s seen? XD

Passpo aren’t the belles of this ball

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Continuing with the late PV that left me uninspired before I bring you Passpo’s latest single Sakura Komachi. Which by now is a little over a month old.

I have to say I’ve all but given up on a decent PV for Passpo. They haven’t released a PV that really wowed me since ViVi Natsu. Wing was kind of cool, but I miss the fun flair and energy that Passpo’s first PVs after going major had. But I guess it’s too be expected since their music has gotten much heavier since then. I do dig their hard rock sound, but I would love to hear a lighter pop rock sound from them again. And I would obviously love a bright and happy PV again.

Sadly, I am not impressed with this PV at all. To be honest it’s boring, it’s lackluster. There’s hardly anything I like about it.

The main thing that sticks out to me are the outfits. What I always thought was cute about Passpo was that they always put each members image colors on their single outfits. While Passpo hasn’t completely stopped doing that, this is still the third PV where they haven’t. The outfits in this PV are actually kind of pretty. I just wish all of the black accents on the dresses were their image colors.

The PV itself is incredibly cheap it seems to be going into Hello!Poject territory. What I mean by that is there are only 2 sets. The main set is were the dance is being filmed and they really cheat with the set to save money. The set is either in the dark with spotlights shining on them or the set is light up like a normal stage. You know to make it seems like the dance is being shot on two completely different sets. It’s lazy technique that I’m honestly bored with. Since over half of the PV is dancing is really brings down the entire PV.

The rest of the PV consists of the girls laying under a cherry blossom tree wrapped up in a blanket giving the appearance of them being naked. Giving a dash of fanservice so the fans forget how the entire PV is garbage  Wow, even I thought that was a little mean to say about the PV. But you know what, I stand by that statement. It’s just not a good PV at all.

I do like the cherry blossom scenes though. I think they are really beautiful. The girls looks natural and gorgeous, which, as I’ve said, natural is always a plus for me. They are practically bathed in cherry blossom petals and just look so beautiful. They also look sexy, but in a very classy way. I am just in love with these scenes.

The only thing I’m not sure of is why Makoto is crying throughout the PV. At one point she even cries onto a cherry blossom. I’m just gonna guess it has something to do with the song.

On the subject of cherry blossoms, my absolute favorite part of the entire PV involves them. With a PV as simple as this it is a little hard to find positives about it, but I thought it was such a cool effect that while they were dancing blue colored cherry blossom petals rained down on them. How cool and subtle was that?

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Mako, why so sad?

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Even though she’s supposed to be sad she still manages to look gorgeous.

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I don’t really like the lighting of this set.

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I actually prefer this set.

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Gorgeous Ai.

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Sako really stands out in this PV.

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Lovely Morishi.

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Adorable.

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Mio’s hair is weird.

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Lolz at Anna’s slightly arrogant face.

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Makoto is super pretty here.

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Just beautiful.

 

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Gorgeous Yukky.

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Such a cool effect.

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Mio is such a cutie.

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Awkward dance move.

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Wink.

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Adorable.

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Haters to the left.

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Sako really is such a standout.

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Morishi looks so pretty.

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Poor Naomi gets hardly any screen time.

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I’ve never seen Mio look this natural.

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Cutie.

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Love how you can really see the petals here.

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Lolz.

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She just cried on that cherry blossom petal.

Kisumai’s PV is easy to resist

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About a month ago Kis-My-Ft2’s both full PVs for their new double A-side single was released. And I was left unimpressed when the first of the two PV were released.

Now, I’ve waited so long to review the My Resistance PV half because the song hasn’t really grown on me despite hoping that it would. And the half, and the main reason, is because this video is nearly identical to NEWS’ Taiyou no Namida PV.

Ok, maybe identical is a strong word, but if you watch both PVs back to back you can’t deny the obvious similarities. Both PVs are filmed in the streets on a very dark and drab set. The main plot of both PVs is the members just sitting on steps or in front on doorways while singing. To make the My Resistance PV even more unoriginal Kis-My-Ft2 is also dancing in the rain in this PV. Which to me was an element that made the Taiyou no Namida PV cool and uniquely NEWS.
Kisumai’s PV does try to be a little bit different. For starters there is more going on in NEWS’s PV. THe Taiyou no Namida PV is filmed half indoors and half outdoors, while the My Resistance PV is filmed exclusively outside. Except for that one time Yokko is peaking outside one of the windows for 5 seconds. And the rain scenes are a little
different. Since NEWS’ song is called Taiyou no Namida there’s obvious more rain scenes than the My Resistance PV.

My Resistnace’s rain scene isn’t really the main focal point of the PV. Instead it only rains a bit and then shows the sky clearing and the buildings brightening up. Which is obviously to match what I am assuming is uplifting and positive lyrics. I guess it’s cool to have the PV say, stay positive since even though things are desperate and it seems the rain will never clear eventually it will.

Sappy inspiring meaning aside, I do not like this PV. Full stop this PV is a near carbon copy of NEWS’ Taiyou no Namida PV. So everything that I loved about that PV or thought was unique about that PV is ruined now because I’ve seen it already. The My Resistance PV is a cheap rip-off that can’t compete or compare to the original.

But even if these PV wasn’t so similar to a PV I’ve already seen before, it’s not impressive enough on it’s own. The entire PV is just them looking sad while sitting or standing, and then dancing for a bit. There’s also this weird scene where they all grasp these glowing necklaces. Which to be honest, I’m not so sure what they’re supposed to be about. All I know is after they grasp their necklaces, they gather together, and then it rains.

I’m actually really surprised with how boring this PV is. Kis-My-Ft2 usually makes good PVs. And if they PVs aren’t good they are expensive looking and you can tell they put actually effort into the PV. With the My Resistance PV it looks like they didn’t even try.

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Nice streetlight. I don’t think they need to focus on it for 15 seconds though.

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This PV is boring already.

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Tama’s a cutie though.

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Taisuke’s looking good too.

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There’s literally nothing to cap in this PV. Nothing is happening.

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At least dancing adds some variety.

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Except the dance itself is nothing that impressive.

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I guess the set itself is kind of nice.

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Wow 1:46 in the video and we finally see one of the other 4 members.

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I’m not exactly sure why Yokoo is hanging out the window.


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Oh apparently, so is Nika.

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Now that I get a better look at it, that’s a nice outfit.

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Cute. *O*

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What?

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Magic glowing necklace.

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It’s completely unfair, their jackets are so dark they almost blend right into the set.

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Wow Yoko’s jacket is crushed velvet. Nice.

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Cool.

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Taiyou no Namida.

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Best scenes of the entire PV.

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Tama’s face. Lolz.

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How pretty.

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Lol.

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Wink.

Morning Musume 12th gen auditions announced!

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Today was the start of Morning Musume’s Spring tour, which marked the start of Reina’s graduation tour as well as Sakura’s first Morning Musume tour. But during the 2nd MC fans were given to yet another treat when Tsunku announced the 12th gen auditions. And I’ve slept through another important announcement. Time zones are the biggest enemy of Foreign fans.

But that aside, it’s time once again for more auditions! Most fans say it’s too soon, some are all for it, but either way it’s happening. So buck up everyone and enjoy the ride.

The requirements for this years auditions are the same as the 11th gen, girls ages 10-17. And the application deadline is April 30th. Click here to go to the official audition website. The title of the audition is Mirai Shoujo, which translates to Future Girl(s) in English.

If you recall the 11th gen auditions were announced at Risa’s and Aika’s graduation concert on May 18th, and the application deadline was June 25th. And Oda Sakura was announced as the sole winner on September 14th. Which means if they keep the same pace of the 11th gen auditions we’ll see the 12th gen winner(s) announcement mid-July the earliest. Which means the 12th gen will most likely be announced at the H!P 2013 Summer concert and the 12th gen will be able to take part in Morning Musume’s 2013 Fall tour.

Now, I can’t say that this announcement comes as a shock I was absolutely expecting the 12th gen to be announced during Reina’s graduation tour, it only made sense. They’re losing a prominent member so they want to replace her, while at the same time keep the old fans, and potential new fans, interested in the group. The only thing I find surprising about the announcement is the timing. I expected it to be announced during the day of Reina’s graduation much like the 11th gen was.

But as fans had said before the tour even started, they thought it was weird to include Sayumi’s name in the title of the tour and that it might point to her announcing her graduation during the tour. At the time I didn’t really believe it or think anything of it. But now that they’ve announced the auditions this early in the tour it actually makes sense now. If the 12th gen join in the summer they can be apart of the fall tour, which would give Sayumi just enough time to lead the new girls for a bit, prepare them for the tour, before handing the ropes over to Mizuki. Sayumi did say that she that after she was the leader for a bit she was going to graduate. It would be the same thing Risa did. Prepared the girls a bit, released 2 singles, and then graduated at their debut Morning Musume tour.

With all that being said, I am absolutely excited for more auditions. Despite Sakura not even being a member for a year yet I don’t feel the auditions are too soon at all. Since Reina, and most likely Sayumi, are graduating really soon they obvious need members to replace them. And even if Sayumi doesn’t graduate until next year, they still need to replace her and why not replace her sooner rather than later. That way they can build her up a bit, and form fan attachments to her, before Sayumi leaves.

And not even just because of the well being of the group, I’m excited because I love auditions and I love having new members added. Since I became a fan right before LinLin and JunJun joined I was a fan during the stagnant no new member era. While I did love those girls to pieces, and the music was amazing, I still hated that no members were added. It was extremely boring to me. So, in my opinion the more auditions the better. It’s the spirit Momusu always had. Which I’ve said 100 times now. But there still seem to be fans that can’t accept that. I guess it’s those Platinum Era fans who think because they were fans at that period that was the only period that mattered. And who cares that Momusu always had yearly auditions because there was that one time that didn’t. Do you realize how foolish that sounds when you stop and think about it? 

The Platinum Era is done, it’s been done for 2 years now. It had it’s run. Fans need to stop holding onto the past. Especially since the Platinum Era actually hindered the group and had lower sales because the group didn’t add any new members at that time. But whatever, I can’t keep ranting about his every time new auditions are announced.

I’m looking forward to new girls joining, I’m hoping we get at least two to replace Reina and Sayumi’s spots. I actually think 1 member generations are boring. Sakura is a great singer, but I still would have loved to see another girl added. I also wonder if they are going to focus on girls with singing ability. In my opinion, Sakura, Mizuki, Riho, Ayumi, and Haruka have strong enough vocals to be main vocalists. Zukki and Masaki have the potential as well, but I don’t know if they’ll get the opportunity to lead vocals. But secondary is fine with me. So, I don’t think the group 100% needs to worry about strong singers. So, I’m hoping to see them add girls with big personalities instead. You guys know those are my favorite type of idols. Who knows maybe a 12th gen girl will be able to rival Zukki for my number 1 spot.

I also wouldn’t mind another Kenshuusei to be added. But since the formation of Juice=Juice, and Tsunku saying that he’s going to make more new groups this year, it seems impossible. But if it is possible, I’d love to see Tanabe Nanami join because she’s the most talented Kenshuusei left. In my opinion of course.

And I’m also going to jump on the Cuca bandwagon and say I would love for her to join. I’ve been watching her for years and I think she’s just great. A lot of people are tired of hearing about her, but I don’t really care so much. I think Cuca is really talented and was sad that she was too young to audition for the 11th gen.

A lot of people think 10 is too young, but I actually have no feeling about age. I don’t really care how old the idol is to be honest. I thought Haruna was too old for the 10th gen, but she joined and it was a perfect decision. She fit perfectly. And on the young side, look at how young Mai was when C-ute was formed. So, as long as the idol is a good fit age doesn’t really matter honestly.

Slave to SKE48

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It’s been well over a month since SKE48’s Choco no Dorei PV came out. This is actually a PV I didn’t skip because I thought it was boring. This PV actually just slipped my mind completely. And I do apologize for that.

Since I’ve grown more and more attached to SKE48 musically than AKB48 I really need to make an effort to keep up with them and not overlook them so much.

I’ve liked this PV ever since I first saw the preview and since seeing the PV I just love it all the more. I still think it’s such a clever idea to make this PV a look behind the scenes of what it takes to be an idol, and what each girl’s normal day if full of. It does show that the girls working hard everyday, and that there is hardly a moments rest. They do show a few scenes of the girls hanging out or riding a bike, but 8/10 of the PV is filled with work.

While in reality it probably is really rough to be an idol and have to balance work, and school, and never having free time, and being completely devoid of a normal life or relationship, but the only thing I take from this PV is how much fun it actually it is to be an idol. In this PV anyway, it looks fun. Obviously because they are only showing the fun times. But even when they are working each girl looks like they’re having so much fun. And I love seeing the girls walk around the theater and getting excited by seeing all of the idol pictures hanging up and seeing the stage. Even though it’s all staged you can tell that the sentiment is real. Because honestly I’m sure the girls, even the extremely popular girls, are just amazed and completely appreciate every opportunity they have to perform and just be an idol. I can’t imagine a more exciting experience.

I don’t know as an idol fan I just love seeing those moments when you can see the idols just being so genuinely happy about being an idol. Which is why I love seeing real behind the scenes footage of my idols. I love seeing them get excited for getting solo lines, or appearances on TV shows. I love seeing them being really excited to do concerts and seeing the close relationships they have with the other members. And when I see an idol that is that genuine it makes me want to support them even more. That’s why when I saw how well Sayumi treated the 9th and 10th gen and how much she doted on them, it made me see her in a whole new light. It was like that moment when a tearful Acchan said that you could hate her but don’t hate AKB48. It’s just those moments that are filled with such honest love and emotion for the group that makes being a fan and supporting the group worth it.

This PV is amazing because it evokes all those mushy idol feelings. It shows that the girls love being idols and they work hard every day because they love the group that much. They want to make themselves, and the group as a whole, as great as possible for the fans. In a way it’s how the idols return the love and devotion that the fans give to them. The PV just leaves that sort of sappy and warm feeling after watching it. It just makes me reconfirm my love of idols. Because honestly no other hobby out there leaves the same fulfilling and genuinely happy and good feeling that idols do. It’s that feeling that, despite what anyone else thinks, makes spending all this amount of time on idols not a waste. I don’t regret one minute of the time I put into idols. There are times when people around me trivialize the way I spend my time, but at the end of the day I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Sorry, I got way off topic there and brought it into a whole other subject completely. But that’s because this is exactly how this PV makes me feel! That’s why I think it’s one of the best idol PVs I’ve seen in a while.

Getting back to the actually PV subject, while I do think it’s a great PV I don’t understand what Rena’s scenes are about. The PV tends to focus a lot on Rena, which is too be expected since she’s one of the main faces of the group. But throughout the PV whenever they show Rena she either looks really tired or uninterested. And I was a little annoyed by that halfway through the PV. And to be honest I’m still annoyed by it because they don’t explain why she was acting like that.

Instead they just show her alone in the city with a car flying over her and then jumping over cars. It’s just a weird scene to me. Right before that happens they do show her closing her eyes while on stage, so I suppose she’s just imagining that to gain strength for the performance or something along those lines. It’s still just a weird and out of place scene to me.

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What a nice night scene.

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I like how this PV is even giving a shout out to the staff.

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I actually expected their dressing room to be bigger. I only count 8 mirrors.

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Rena blankly starring off.

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Dreamers.

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Poor Rena falling asleep while eating breakfast.

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Nice outfit, but Jurina doesn’t look to happy. 

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For a second I forgot that Rie was shuffled into SKE.

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Can’t imagine anything harder than balancing school and being an idol.

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Love these outfits so much.

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Kumi is so adorable, too bad she’s graduating.

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I always thought the wall of pictures in their theaters was so cool.

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ROMANSU!

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The girl with curls is a little cute.

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I’ve always been super impressed with anyone who could do a split.

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Why so sad Rena?

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Oh look Non for 2 seconds.

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It’s a little sad that Rie has to work even during her plane (or is that a bus?) ride. But then again she can afford Beats headphones, so it’s not all bad.

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Wow, she’s practicing a dance while sitting down. How?

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Idol concerts look like so much fun.

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Cute dance move.

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Adorable.

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Acting or not, they looks so genuinely happy.

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Cutie.

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Lolz.

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That girl on the left really stands out.

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I can’t tell if she’s practicing her intro or singing. Either way it’s cute.

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This girl is really cute.

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This part of the dance is weird.

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They don’t show Non nearly enough during the dance scenes.

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Rena deep in thought.

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Who has super powers all of a sudden.

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Too cute for words.

AKB48’s So Long is too long

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Bringing another late PV review I’m finally reviewing the one I was dreading the most, and that’s obviously AKB48’s So Long PV.

I’ve never actually seen this PV before reviewing it. I try not to watch any PV before writing my review post. I also don’t read other people’s reviews of the PV before making my own review post. That way my reviews are my initial reaction and have an untainted opinion. The only thing I really knew about this PV is that fans said it was far too long and far too boring. So, I of course was put off by that.

And now once I’ve seen the PV I get what people were saying. At about 6 and a half minutes long this PV is about 2 minutes too long. I wouldn’t mind so much about the length if the PV was actually good. Sometimes a PV is so great you want it to be longer. Like with AKB48’s Gingham Check PV, it only felt like a minute long because it was that enthralling. But with the So Long PV I wanted to stab my eyes out at about 30 seconds in.

I’m sure people are going to tell me that I just don’t understand it because it probably has something to do with the dramas they made based of this song. Which I am aware exist and they made 3 versions of, one for each team. But I’m going to shoot that down right now because I could care less about the So Long Team dramas. I didn’t bother to watch them and I don’t intend to watch them. It’s physically impossible for me to care any less about them. This blog reviews idol music, idol news, and PVs. I don’t review dramas, because it would be too time consuming. So, the dramas are of no consequence to me. I care about the PV and the PV alone. And the PV is so boring it’s a chore to make me care about the PV. And now I’m supposed to muddle through over an hour of dramas? No thanks.

I am extremely disappointed with this PV. Since AKB48 is the most popular female idol group, and arguably the most popular idol group period, they usually spend a decent amount of money on their PVs. And because of that I am always pretty excited to see their PVs because I expect something extremely entertaining. And when they don’t deliver on that I am completely let down. And that’s what this PV is, just a complete and utter let down.

The main thing that stands out the me is how this PV is both expensive and cheap. Let me explain the cheapness first. Despite having the funds to not chince out they still did when in comes to CG and editing. I feel bad now for ripping apart Morning Musume’s Help Me so much for having bad CG because honestly So Long’s CG is just as bad. It might even be worse.

The main issue I have with the CG is it’s done so poorly that at one point it looks like they are floating on a patch of grass. And another time it looks like they are running with these just awfully made pink blankets that look like they were draw onto the PV with MS paint.

The other issue I mentioned was the editing. I don’t like it at all. I don’t like how it’s awkwardly split. Like sometimes it’s split 3/4 and 1/4. And sometimes split with 3 different screens. Which was the issue I had with C-ute’s Kono Machi PV. But not only is the PV awkwardly split to show two different scenes at once there are also times where the PV is split into two different colors. Sometimes it’s regular color mixed with black and white or sepia. And it just makes no sense to do that. It’s a complete disconnect.

Another thing I don’t like is how lifeless everyone looks. This PV has about 7 different set, and a main chunk of the PV is them dancing. But not dancing like idols instead they are dancing with no emotion and most of them with a blank look on their faces. Even while they’re lip-syncing there’s almost no emotion on their faces. The song is slow, but it has a positive message, so there’s almost no reason for the gloomy feel the entire PV has.

However, I do appreciate the scene where they do look happy and do put some effort into it. And those scenes do show how much money and effort were put into the PV. Those scenes are very bright and cheery. And I do have to compliment how nice their outfits are.

But on the other hand none of the scenes really make sense. Like first they’re walking in the rain, then Jurina’s working in an office, than the’re in school, then in weird square walls or boxes, then they’re playing musical chairs, then Jurina’s getting married. It just makes no sense to me. But I’m still not watching over an hour of dramas just so a 6 minute PV will make sense. What sense would that make? Maybe they can rope other people in that way, but not me.

Also, can I say that I’m so annoyed by the fact that throughout the verse of the song you can hear underneath the main instrumental they have those like boat noises, or whatever you would call them, from The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever. That annoys me to no end! Wow, so original AKB48.

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Why are they just sitting on the road. All they would need is for a car to come and that’s one fell swoop of all the aces gone. Lol.

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Nice to see Mii-chan with hair still. Oh, too soon?

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Remember how much Yui used to get pushed? Now I barely even remember she’s still in the group.

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Mayu manages to look cute while nearly everyone else looks sad.

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I don’t really mind all the attention Paruru has been getting lately, she’s such a cutie.

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Why in the world would someone think it’s ok to split the screen like this? It’s done horrible and makes no sense.

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I can’t with this dance.

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My favorite part of this PV is seeing everyone’s bright smiling faces.

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At this point to people really notice anyone else but Milky?

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That’s right Rino, look as emotionless as a robot.

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Oh god, these split screens are even worse.

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You know synchronized dancing in school was cool the first time seeing it. 

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But now it’s just overused.

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Way overused.

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Now they’re just randomly at a cafe.

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Is it so hard to smile like this during the whole PV?

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Putting Jurina out to pasture I see.

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Awkward split screen!

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Wow, some of the worst CG I’ve ever seen.

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Just why?

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This is hands down the worst CG I’ve ever seen!

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Nice clothes.

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Why in a box now?

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Oh look a cow.

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Seriously musical chairs?

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Who’s the old dude?

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Wizard.

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The CG is so bad they’re literally floating on the grass!

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Sayaka looks so miserable.

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The pedals are so obviously fake.

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Oh yeah, add those horrible blankets to the mix.

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The bad CG just never ends.

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Like ever.

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There’s still more? Are they kidding with this?

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Those are some weird looking chairs.

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Are you serious that they added bikini scenes so people don’t care how awful the entire PV is?

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Have all the shameless bikini scenes you want, the PV is still terrible.

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Look at that, this PV is so long and boring it stopped time.

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So, Jurina’s marrying old weird musical chair guy or…?

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Those are not the proper outfits to wear to a wedding. I mean really Yuko, jeans?

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I can literally only read the hiragana and future. So, it says something about to the future. XD

Yamapi – Que Sera Sera PV preview

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The PV preview for Yamapi’s upcoming new single, Que Sera Sera, was recently released.

I have to say as someone who is, and has always been, only a casual fan of Yamapi whenever he releases something I never have high expectations for it. Not to say that I think his music is going to be terrible, but Yamapi has always had a mix of great music and terrible music. I just remain completely indifferent towards him. If his music is good that’s fine, and if it’s bad, well, that’s fine too. This is nothing new really while he was in NEWS I only payed attention to him for his looks. Even now I only watch performances and concerts because among all the Johnny’s he’s the one most comfortable with taking his shirt off. And I of course appreciate whatever little fanservice Johnny’s throws our way.

Well, enough about dead fish eyes himself, and more about this song and PV. I actually forgot to make a post about the preview of this song, so I’m going to do it now.

I’m actually really happy with the song. Since switching over to Warner Music his music as a whole has been getting increasingly better. Supergood, Superbad was forgettable, but some of the songs on Ero were almost too good to miss. And as for singles, I actually think Que Sera Sera might actually be my favorite single by him ever. Initially when I heard about this song it did cut like a knife at the still unhealed wounds of Aicle’s disbandment. But once I listened to the song I was actually really impressed.

It’s got a really interesting instrumental. That I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. It’s got this subtle dark and eerie Jrock sound to it that I absolutely love. Something that old school Ayabie or THE KIDDIE would release. Tell me it doesn’t sound like a  toned down version of Ayabie’s Cubic’ [L/R] ock mixed with like the THE KIDDIES’s The Black Side. Maybe even with a dash of Japanese Low-res Caramel Town mixed in for good measure. (Sorry for all the Jrock references in this post that my readers might not get. All the songs I mentioned are quality, so listen to them if your interest is peaked enough.)

After reading the translation I like how the song itself also has a slightly dark themed lyrics, but in a fun way. Kind of like the playfullness and dark undertones of Tommy Heavely6’s songs. Who I’m a gigantic fan of by the way. I’m just really impressed with the song overall.

Moving on to the PV, I’m equally impressed with it. For starters Yamapi looks gorgeous in it. A lot better than he’s looked in his previous Warner Music PVs. He’s wearing a rockish outfits that looks like something Daigo might wear. I think it’s the fingerless glove that makes my mind immediately go to Daigo.

The PV itself is just visually stunning. It’s got this dark fairytale theme going on with dancing mushrooms, people dressed as rabbits, and a real lion. I’m just really blown away by it. The PV is almost like a mix of Misono’s VS PV and Kyary’s Tsukema Tsukeru PV. It’s just a really cool PV so far.

Arashi’s new PV deserves a call of attention

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Finally the full PVs for Arashi’s double A-side single, Calling / Breathless, have been released. But obvious I can only review one PV at once, and I decided to do my favorite of the two first. Which is Calling.

Now it maybe have taken me a few weeks to really appreciate how awesome the song is, but from the first PV preview I was instantly in love with this PV. And after seeing the full PV I am even more in love with this PV. There are a few more scenes that we didn’t see in the preview and I honestly wasn’t expecting because with PV previews, especially Arashi PV previews, what you see is what you get. But all of the scenes blend together perfectly to makes this kinda dark, kinda weird, and abstract looking PV. With just a dash of the randomness vibe from the Mada Minu Sekai E PV and the different color filters from the Face Down PV.

There are pretty much just 2 main sets for the PV. The best way to describe the first one is either distressed ad ripped up bed sheets, or old cut up pirate looking sails, attached to some random metal structure. And I really love this set because in my opinion because it’s artsy, abstract, and just plain weird looking. I also think really like that it’s being blown the entire time. The constantly flowing fabric adds another really small cool element to this PV

The other main set of this PV is what looks like a circular tunnel of lights. The different colored lights against the black background makes it look like Arashi is inside a giant neon sign. Which is awesome. It’s also an ingenious way to blatantly show all the lights that are needed to add such a high contrast to Arashi. This is also the background they use for the close-up shots. I think even the close-ups are done in such a smart way. It’s just Arashi standing right in front of the background being shot with almost a tube effect. Which makes it looks really interesting and unique. But it’s actually yet another way of making a cheap effect look more expensive and interesting. Arashi really is the master of making cheap PVs look good.

Another inexpensive way they make this PV look higher budget than it really is, is by using different camera filters. There’s literally 6 different filters used. The amber one, the blueish hued one, the high contrast light one, the clearer close-up shot one, the grungy sheet set one, and the black and white one. That’s all relatively inexpensive. But just by using different colors it makes the PV about 50% more interesting to watch. Because the PV is constantly changing it’s never boring. And when the music slows down towards the end of the song and it switches to the blueish looking camera filter it just firs perfectly for that part of the song. Even though Arashi is using basically the same exact filters they used for their Face Down PV, I don’t really mind.

These PV also has these random scenes where each member of Arashi is sitting in a chair and a bunch of men dressed in all black are trying to touch each member. Besides the homoerotic undertones of these scenes, which I approve of, I don’t really get what purpose they serve. They’re actually a little bit out of place.

Ok, wow, I’ve ranted way too much about this PV already, so I’m gonna end it by talking about one last thing, and that is, Oh my god everyone looks gorgeous! Like almost impossibly great. Like almost the best they’ve ever looked in PVs. So, “how is it possible these guys look this good at 30?” incredible. Even members I don’t really find attractive look absolutely amazing in this video. But of course, much like always, Nino and Sho win for looking the hottest in this PV.

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Such an intense opening scene.

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I wish they would stop panning so quickly, I can barely make the stuff out.

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Nino. *O*

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Aiba looks so unexpectedly good in this PV. 

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Gorgeous Nino. I apologize in advance for how biased these caps are most likely going to be.

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Sho this hair and outfit are working for you.

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This set is really cool.

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Wow MatsuJun looks good.

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The best Aiba has ever looked. *O*

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Nino this hair is cute, why couldn’t you have kept it for a little while?

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Even Ohno doesn’t look that bad.

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Nice jacket.

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Actually nice outfits overall.

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Jun….

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What an odd pose. Lol.

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Cutie.

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Flawless jacket swing.

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Adorable Nino.

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Lookin’ good Sho.

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Why are you so perfect? 

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Wow Aiba.

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I don’t even know what’s going on here.

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MatsuJun looks like he’s sitting on a throne.

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He looks so good.

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Nino is so gorgeous.

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Can’t get over the undertones of this. 

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Such a cutie.

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Nice amber effect.

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A little reminiscent of Face Down though. 

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Gorgeous baby.

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Another nice filter.

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But it was nice in Face Down too.

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Sho-kun. *O*

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No words.

An amazing S/mileage PV has arrived

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A few hours ago the PV for S/mileage’s new single, Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita, was uploaded onto S/mileage’s official youtube channel.

I wanted to review this PV pretty quickly because S/mileage PVs always seem to fall by the wayside on my blog anymore. And I do apologize for that. I do want to go back and review PVs that I’ve missed. Once I have time of course.

But I also wanted to review this PV quickly because I really really love it. It is such a change, and such a breath of fresh air, from recent H!P PVs. This PV is pretty simple and literally only has 2 sets, but what I love about this PV is that it’s so natural. The last few H!P PVs have all been filmed on sets and/or used a lot of cheap CG effects. Which makes for these stuffy sort of boring, predictable PVs. What I love about the Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita PV is that it is filled on sets, but it uses natural lighting which gives it this airy and light feeling. Usually Kikka gets all the natural lighting PVs. Do you realize how much better C-ute’s Kono Machi PV or Morning Musume’s Help Me PV would have been if they uses natural lighting or were filmed outside? A lot.

I also love that this PV isn’t the standard dance and close-up shot PVs. The do spice up the video, if only a little bit, by having the girls in a room. Granted they do mostly just sit around or do mundane things stretch or hide behind plants. Oh Kanana. But it still is a nice change and a little bit more than what we’ve been seeing lately.

And the girls just look completely natural and beautiful in these scenes. They’re styled in very normal clothes and just look like regular girls. To me each outfits and set is like 2 sides of the spectrum of S/mileage. The glamorous idol side, and the normal girl side. And maybe I’m in the minority for this, but I do love when idols are styled in normal clothes and look normal every once in a while. And not always over-styled and overly made-up. Don’t get me wrong I do love that aspect, but every now and then it’s nice to see them as natural beauties.

The other set is kind of boring because it’s just a white set. But it does get a few extra points for the natural light beaming throughout it. But I absolutely love the outfits. I guess H!P designers are really getting inspired from marching bands lately because S/mileage is wearing a marching band inspired top. Which is obviously a way different style than C-ute’s marching band inspired top. Especially since it’s like a mix between marching band and a sailor uniform. The skirt is really cute too, but it kinda looks a bit like the jackets from Suki yo Junjou Hankouki in skirt form. And double points for Take-chan wearing shorts to fit her tomboy image.

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Glad to see that H!P finally gets a legit set in a PV again. But whoa, Dawa’s shoes are gigantic.

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The suit case in the corner reminds me of ManoEri’s Sekai wa Summer Party PV.

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Gorgeous Ayaka.

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What a tease, they make you think it’s gonna be filmed outside.

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Love love love these outfits.

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Take-chan adorable in shorts.

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What a cutie.

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So glad Kanon has been keeping her hair this long lately. She looks so much better with longer hair.

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Meimi looks so mature in this PV.

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My love. *O* She’s so cute. 

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Rina is so adorable. I just wish she’d get a new hairstyle soon.

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Flawless.

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This part of the dance is so cute.

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Now where have I seen this dance move before?

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Oh yeah, I remember now.

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Kanyon is so adorable.

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Just so so adorable.

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This is a cute dance move too.

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Oh  Mei Mei and her vampire teeth.

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Gorgeous.

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What a cutie.

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Love love.

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Ayaka’s smile always looks so genuine, which is rare for an idol.

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Love that dress.

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Why do idols always hold up their pinky when they say the word onna? I don’t get it.

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Super cute.

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Look at Akari’s face.

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Such a Kana thing to do. Lol.

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Oh Mei Mei, such a bright smile.

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Adorable.

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Wow Meimi can jump pretty high.

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Look at the legs on Ayaka.