Berryz Koubou’s 19th single, Dakishimete Dakishimete, is being released March 18th. But the PV is already out, more than a month away from the release date. The covers aren’t even out yet. But this is exciting news for Berryz fans. It’s a potential move in a different direction for Berryz Koubou. This might be a new mature era for them. Who knows. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Until then we just have Dakishimete Dakishimete to focus on. The concert preview of this song didn’t instantly blow me away, but I still had high hopes for the song. The song is slowly growing on me but for now it’s really just mediocre at best. If it wasn’t for the awesome trance like music I think this song might have been a miss for me. As we know it’s yet another Risako overdose, but they other girls do sing. Each member gets a minimum of 2 solo lines. Which I’m ok with. To me Miyavi, Momoko, Saki, and Chinami shined vocally in this song. The other girls weren’t necessarily bad they just lacked something for this song. After watching the video this song will always remind me of a fun dance song. Which at first listen, the thought didn’t even cross my mind. This song may turn out to be one of my favorite Berryz songs. I mean I hated Madayade when I first heard it and now I can’t get enough of it.
I’m actually really surprised by the PV. I didn’t really expect a dance club themed video. And the video is very impressive, and it looks like it cost a pretty penny. And there’s a lot going on. The club scene with speakers and a dj booth. Disco balls and raving lazor lights. Glittery backdrop and multicolored stars. And even green screen parts. Berryz had an obvious big budget and it shows. The PV looks fantastic! Easily the best Berryz video so far. Maybe graduating the Elder Club was a good idea. All the groups seem to have nice video budgets. C-ute’s upcoming single is the real budget test though.
The video has so much more to offer than just the background visual aspect of it. The girls look absolutely gorgeous. The rocker themed outfits and the beautiful hairstyles make for amazing close up shots. And the dance is really cool too. It’s visually intricate and difficult yet simple and fun enough to learn yourself. Everything is just working in Berryz favor with this video. It’s better than I expected it to be! Everything just blows me away.
I’m not a fan of Maasa’s outfit. It’s the least rockish of