Watarirouka Hashiritai7 channel the swinging 60’s in new PV

A few weeks ago the full PV for Watarirouka’s 9th single, Kibou Sanmyaku, was released.

When I started to watch the PV I immediately became excited. This PV has a 1960’s/ sort of American Bandstand theme, which I think is incredible. I always love when music videos portray American bandstand. It makes me think of vidoes like Outkasts’s Hey Ya and FT Island’s Hope, which were videos that had this really great storyline. In Hope FT Island was sucked back in time and it followed their group’s success. Hey Ya didn’t really have a storyline, but it did feature 6 or 7 different versions of Andre 3000, which is awesome in itself. Sadly, I don’t think Watarirouka Hashiritai7 really captures that same level of creativity. In their PV it’s just showing them performing, and being simultaneously broadcast on TV, with the audience being really into it. Besides the fact that half of the PV is in black and white, and the short commercial in the beginning, the PV is no different than actual footage of one of their live performances. Except that in this PV they focus a lot more on the audience. And it was honestly a let down to me. The PV started and I was sitting here completely jazzed that I was going to watch this amazing PV, and that didn’t really happen. They took a really fun theme and didn’t push it to it’s full potential. What I really liked about Outkast’s and FT Island’s music videos is that besides filiming their live performances they had other bandstand elements: like the Dick Clark-esque opening and showing how the viewers used to dance along at home with it. If they just incorporated more bandstand elements that would have really brought this PV over the top. I’m a sucker for flashback themed music videos and for 60’s fashion. And if the combination of the 2 was done correctly it probably would have become one of my favorite idol PVs of all time.

Wish I could read what that says.

I love that this PV is in black and white.

Absolutely love it. Though I kinda wish it was in black and white a little longer.

I also really love their outfits. They really look like 60’s mod.

I don’t get why idols keep incorporating jazz hands into their dances, as if it’s an acceptable move.

Mayu stealing all my focus already.

You know I hardly every say this, because Mika isn’t really one of the prettiest AKB48 girl. But she looks really great in this PV. That hair really suits her.

This is too simple of a dance.

Mayu!

I can’t get over how good Mika looks.

Am I the only one who thinks Misaki looks elfish. Just noticed. It’s not a bad thing, it adds to her cuteness.

Such an adorable face Nacchan.

Ayaka always looks the prettiest to me when her bangs are pulled back.

Not sure if want.

This hair does nothing for Haruka.

Aika is just so adorable. It’s really neck and neck between her and Mayu as the cutest Watarirouka member.

Ok, this guy has gone from slightly interested to must have in about 3 seconds flat. He’s a little creepy now.

This move reminds me of para para so much.

I love how creepy guy is looking at that cop like, “how dare you watch my Watarirouka!”

Whenever I hear a song I like I immediately grab the person next to me and start rocking side to side. Don’t you?

60’s fashion!

Mayu and Misaki have the best outfits. Lol that Haruka has to wear farming clothes.

Well, hello there cutie.

This is adorable.

Wink.

That awkward moment when you’re the only person in the entire club not dancing.

I hate that they put Aika in one of those sad ugly sweaters you wear at Christmas.

Mayu is just too cute for words.

Oh way to go old guy. Way to just conform to what everyone else is doing.

Hands across America Japan. 

These guys are way too into it.

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