MomoClo’s new PV is out of this world

Roughly a month ago the full PV for Momoiro Clover Z’s recent single, Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”, was released.

There’s not too many new elements to the PV that we didn’t already see in the PV preview. But that does not stop me at all from loving every second of this PV. The PV is visually stunning. Right off the bar you notice how colorful and vibrant the PV is because pretty much the only color in the entire PV are the girls outfits and the other scenes featuring the girl’s image colors. Which really make the girls pop against the grungy and desolate moon set as well as the darkness of space.
But of course the main reason why this PV is so striking is because of just how well the CG is done. Now, I’m no expert on CG and this PV probably cost far less to make then I think it did, but I am honestly really impressed with the CG. It’s easily the best CG I’ve ever seen in an idol PV.  The planets and the asteroids look extremely realistic. The wormholes and random energy coming from their bikes are a little poorly done, but that’s really my only complaint for the entire PV. Well, that and the fact that at one point of the PV they move the asteroid belt between the Earth and the Moon. But I’m probably the only person who cares about that.
This PV isn’t even great because of all the fancy effects. No, you could take all of that away and it would still be a decent PV. And that’s because there’s something going on in ever single scene. Epic guitar solos, random alien eyes, having their braind connected to their ufo, having an E.T. moment of flying past the moon, and Reni being pulled into a tractor beam. It’s the right level of insanity that MomoClo has been putting in their PVs since they made their official debut.

That’s a nice guitar.

Cool effect. But they look more like zombies to me.

Lolz at Kanako’s rock face.

MomoClo phone home.

I love how their spaceship has Christmas lights on it. Still better made than the lunar module.

This scene is just beautiful.

Adorable, and I love Reni’s outfit.

Ayaka is super pretty.

Cutie. And Kanako hands down has the best outfit.

Lol.

Look mom no hands.

So cute.

Look how amazing my my Momoka looks.

It’s cute that they have a z on the back of their bike.

And of course fire for no reason.

This reminds me of the blocks they did in the Maji Desu ka Ska PV.

I don’t get what they are supposed to be here.

Kanako is really owning the close-up shots.

So, it’s like some sort of brain transfer or what?

Cute part of the dance.

Why does Reni keep crossing her arms like that?

Super cute.

Talk about high beams.

Love her.

Adorable.

A trophy?

So, if MomoClo has their own spaceship why is Reni still getting abducted?

Or it was just to hold confetti.

Lolz.

Um…ok then.

So they’re connected to the spaceship that took Reni.

Why are there millions of them? o_O

Kis-My-Mint2 releases new ad with music

Recently the PV for Kis-My-Ft2’s new single She Her Her, was released.

I think Kisumai has successfully made one of the weirdest idol PVs I’ve probably ever seen. I can’t really think of another idol PV that matches it on the “WTF did I just watch?” scale. The PV starts out with an unnecessarily long intro and the members dressed as druids inside of a prison. The prisons then shart chanting She Her Her in their man in the iron mask looking masks as a yellow gas comes out of their mouths. There are also this random numbers and math equations floating in front of Kisumai for no apparent reason. And you’re really left asking yourself why are they there. The PV never really explains it. Taisuke holds up, then eats, a piece of gum and all is right in the world because after that the PV actually starts.

The PV starts out with white glittery sparkles flying out of Kisumai’s mouths, making it incredibly obvious that we’re watching a Johnny’s PV. Then loads more of sparkles and white floating balls fill the air, giving me so much second hand embarassment from watching and a good laugh. They PV is also supposed to feature fanservice, but Johnny’s lame attempts at fanservice don’t really even deserve to be called that. In one scene Taisuke and Yuta kiss the same flower and their faces almost touch. Seriously? That’s all we get? Indirect kisses like this and Ryo and Yamapi drinking out of the same cup in the Summer Time PV are not really what I have in mind. I can’t stand thatt female idol groups parade around in bikinis and kiss each other in PVs and at concerts, but male idols hugs and have their faces really close to each other. It’s ridiculous. Where’s the male idol equivalent? I feel like I’m the lone fangirl in this, because there are people out there that think this level of fanserivce is unnecessary. But I digress.
The main theme of this PV is Kisumai trying to relieve the iron masked prisoners bad breathe. In they do so with such high tech approaches as collecting their breathe as they ride a bike. And of course when they are in this super serious sciene lab they do so in style on their roller skates. Which is exactly what you want to be wearing in a lab. Rolling at high speeds with all that glass and chemicals around, and I can’t fathom what could possibly go wrong. Kisumai also collects data by having them breathe on mannequins. Which makes perfect sense because we all know how mannequins have an extremely low tolerance for bad breath. But it’s all worth it for the scene where Taisuke is all up on a mannequin. I’m pretty sure at one point he even kisses it. You can’t ask for anything better than that.
The finally at towards the end of the PV the toughest prisoner come out with chains,flies, and a giant cloud of bad breath, who by the way is some random guy who isn’t Japanese. You gotta wonder what he was thinkinh of while filming this. But have no fear that guy is no match for Kisumai’s rainbow colored breath.
The PV then tries to end on some high notes with the newly freed prisoners flalling behind the king of bad breathe, which is pretty stupid. But the realy highlight is when Kisumai dance in front of a rainbow filled sky, which immediately reminds me of Arashi’s Kitto Daijoubu PV.

I actually really like this PV. It’s the perfect mixture of WTF and humor. But there is one aspect of this PV that I don’t like, and that that fact that this PV is nothing more then one giant Watering Kissmint commercial. And would you look at that Kisumai were recently in a Watering Kissmint commercial, imagine that. I know JE boys always get endorsements because of how popular they are, but they don’t need to pimp those products in their PVs. They have shamelessly pimped the products they are endorsing outside of a commercial before, but it’s usually done at concerts. Like when Kame ate what I think was Crunky chocolate at one of KAT-TUN’s concerts, and when Hey! Say! 7 danced with fruit at one of their concerts. But I can’t really think of a time it was shamelessly featured in a PV. And that honestly throws the whole PV off. The whole moral of the PV is chew Watering Kissmint it relieves bad breath. Why didn’t they just hide Watering Kissmint in ever other frame too?

Totally getting a man in the iron mask feel, even though this one is made of leather.

Druid Kisumai.

Don’t get why they’re trying to make this all dark and serious.

Why the floating numbers?

The gum, it solves everything.

Now it feels like a Johnny’s PV.

Roller skates, now it feels like a Kisumai PV.

So dazzling that he knocks him over. Seriously?

Intense Hiro face. Lol.

The bird’s eye view kiss is kinda cool, I have to admit.

Taisuke is adorable.

Oh, the big fanservice. It sucks. :/

Taisuke looks pretty hot afterwards though.

Hiro always trys way too hard to look good. And it never works. Though he is growing on me personality wise.

Let me just randomly skate across the lab.

Love Hiro’s reaction. Hate how he’s the only one reacting while everyone else has a blank stare.

The dance is terrible.

And Hiro has the most genuine reaction when the flowers bloom.

Wow, they actually showed the other members for longer than a second. Senga has the best reaction by the way.

This dance, there’s just nothing good about it.

So, Taisuke who’s the hot girl you’re with?

That’s right, you kiss that mannequin.

Is this seriosuly a scene in the PV?

Lol.

Doing the moon walk on roller skates.

Hot.

WTF is with this move?

Swing your partner round and round.

Oh it’s serious now.

He doesn’t really look that tough.

Of course he has to be American or European.

I like how they eat the gum in beat to the song.

Of course rainbow beams! But where have I seen those before?

Oh yeah, in the Watering Kissming commercial.

Cool effect.

Cheap effect.

I don’t even know what to say about this.

They’re free. Hooray I guess.

Miya nose beam. I couldn’t resist. Though I think this is lost on my JE readers. XD

Taisuke looks so good.

Ok then.

Chu.

Passpo’s new PV fizzles

The full PV for Passpo’s newest single, Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru, was released over a month ago. And I’m finally bringing you my delayed PV review.

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty big Passpo fan. Their cute and their music is different than what a lot of other idol groups are doing. And it’s reasons like that, that Passo hasn’t really disappointed me yet. But that pretty much all changed when I watched the PV for their recent single Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru. Both the PV and the song don’t push it far enough. The song has that distinctive sound, and I see what they were trying to do, but it’s just far too slow for my taste and for Passpo’s usual standards. Passpo’s singles are usually guitar heavy rock music overflowing with energy. This song is really lacking the grit that songs like Let it Go and Shoujo Hikou have. While this song does have a clear guitar riff I kept waiting for the singing to get to be a blaring level, where it sounds like they are almost screaming because they have so much energy in their voices. Which most Passpo songs sound like. But that never happens, in fact the song gets slower towards the end of the song. Even Kiss=Suki that starts off slow gets more exciting in the chorus. The song is just really a let down for me, one of my least favorite singles by them, and maybe even song.

Now the PV is equally a let down. Passpo’s best PV to date is ViVi Natsu, so I will forever compare all of their PVs to that one. Just absolutely everything about ViVi Natsu was incredible. It was a fun and cute summer themed PV, with 3 different outfits, filmed in 4 different locations, and filmed in really beautiful natural lighting. Everything the Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru PV lacks. Well, except for the natural lighting. But 8/10 of the PV is shot indoors. This PV is shot in 3 different locations with 2 different outfits, but still I’m just not into it. I mean the PV isn’t awful. The main dance set is actually really nice and their outfits are gorgeous. But what was so great about their past PV were, no matter how bad the lighting was or how cheap the budget was, the girls always went over the top in the close-ups and PV itself. You could really see the girl’s personalities shining through. And they were fun PVs because of that. But in this PV you don’t get any clear personality and all of their close-up shots are choreographed pieces from the dance. The only time you get to see near genuine emotions on the girl’s faces are when they all find each other and hug. And by the way, they just did the same thing in the Kiss=Suki PV. So, I’m honestly over that. And not only that, what’s with only 6/9 girls being in most of those scenes? Are they trying to prepare us for when the new members come in and steal the old members popularity?

Let’s film the skyline, but then hardly shoot near there.

I really like this set, but that’s mostly because it has a pink hue to it.

Ai looks adorable.

I absolutely love this outfits.

Adorable.

Gorgeous. And Natsumi’s makeup looks amazing per usual.

I love Shiori to bits, but I can’t wait until she grows her hair out.

This kissing dance move is really cute.

Why does it seem like Naomi is trying to come off as sexy?

My god, Ai just looks super pretty in this PV.

You barely even noice the skyline. :/

Adorable! Makoto’s doesn’t really have the convincing fake smile down yet. But look how Shiori just glows.

Flawless.

I love Anna’s hair, but it doesn’t really fit with the PV. It’s too elegant.

I love how much they’re overacting.

Cute.

Lolz at Makoto’s lazy kick.

Yukimi kinda fades in the background. This is literally the first time I noticed her in the PV.

Look at Sako being all super cute.

I had no idea their sashes had their nicknames written on them. That’s actually really awesome.

Mio! *O*

Wink.

Cute outfits. And I love how Mio almost has bologna curls.

Um…what?

That’s too much Makoto. You’re looking at your friends, not a meteor hurtling towards Earth.

Adorable.

Still don’t get why we only see 2/3 of Passo.

Ok, here are the rest of the members. They better be running, there’s only about 30 seconds of the PV left.

I always run away from my friends. Totally.

SUPER GiRLS PV makes me jump for joy

A about a month ago the full PV for SUPER GiRLS’ title track off their 2nd album, EveryBody JUMP was released.

This PV is incredibly simple, yet I love absolutely every minute of it. I swear SUPER GiRLS keep getting better and better. They are forever flawless and forever underrated. This PV really shows off the charm of the girls. Since the song is called EveryBody JUMP the PV is pretty straightforward and mostly filled with scenes of the girls jumping. But the girls jump in just about every way imaginable. Jumping in the air, jumping over water, jumping out a window, and even jumping over the members themselves. I just find those scenes to be incredibly adorable and entertaining.

Another way the PV grabs your attention is with the close-up scenes. For the most part close-up scenes are rather boring unless they feature your favorite member or that particular member is doing something extremely adorable. But anymore SUPER GiRLS doesn’t have individual member close-ups. Instead they opt for 2-3 members in each close-up shot. Now, it’s probably done to save film. But I actually prefer that they do it like this, because I love the way the girls interact with one another. Usually their close-ups are pretty choreographed so the girls will do certain moves in unison or the girls will hug each other at the perfect moment. I can see people not liking this because you don’t see the girls true personalities shine through enough. But I think they add an additional cute and playful factor to the PV. Which is obviously always welcome.

And  surprisingly I really love the dance. While the moves are still the same old same old simple idol moves, it looks like they did put a bit more effort into the dance. The dance is polished and the moves are cute. But more importantly when you watch the dance you don’t immediately think that it’s too simple. Which is the impression you get far too often with idol dances.

I also think the outfits are really adorable. Of course we have the main blue outfits. That actually kind of look like winter jackets with shorts, but they are cute nonetheless. And you gotta love that once again they are shamelessly copying Passpo’s thing of putting their group colors onto their outfits. The second outfit, which is my favorite of the two, is pretty much just a standard school uniform. Expect instead of skirts they are wearing shorts because obviously they couldn’t wear skirts if they are jumping every 5 seconds. I actually like school uniforms in idol PVs, I never get sick of them.

I love that it’s full force from the get go. And I also love that Ami is front and center.

I’m not really bothered by how simple the set is. I honestly wish more PVs were filmed outside. You can’t beat natural lighting.

So much jumping already. Lol.

I really love moves like this. They really show just how in sync the group is.

Ami is such a cutie. And I never realized how much Ruka really looks like Kashiwagi Yuki.

Jumping high five.

Cute flying move.

Adorable. Especially Rina.

Rino is so cute.

Basketball has nothing to do with anything. But of course they had Reira do it.

Cute.

Love this move.

Adorable Rina.

I don’t get how people can jump like that.

Lol.

Probably the cutest scene in the whole PV.

Fail.

Impressive jump.

All of this jumping makes me think of MomoClo.

Jumping over water is a nice effect.

Peek-a-boo.

Mirei sucks at lip syncing, to such an extent she accidentally stick her toungeout. Lol.

Let’s all jump out the window and die!

Do not want.

Adorable.

I love that Ami flaps her wings. Lol.

Cute.

The moves during the dance break are amazing.

They gave Ruka the longest solo. Seems like they are going to be pushing her a lot more.

Ami is still my favorite though.

So cute.

Hey! Say! JUMP’s new PV leaves me super impressed

The full PV for Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming new single, Super Delicate, has recently been released.

After watching the full PV it seems that the PV is just as cheaply made as the PV preview from ZIP showed. The entire PV only has 2 equally simple sets. And yet, I cannot find one fault for the PV. Yes, it’s a cheaply made PV, but it’s done in such a way that you don’t even really notice. The PV is still very interseting and entertaining. And that’s mostly due to the fact that they really used the main set to their full advantage. The main set isn’t really much to look at. It’s basically a giant white runway with these weird abstract, I’m going to call them towers, periodically placed throughout the set. On an all black background with dozens of white lights. And the background and lighting are pretty much cheap sets 101. H!P has done several sets just like that when they can’t afford anything better. And Hey! Say! JUMP probably would have been able to have a better set if they didn’t insist on making horribly cheap PVs for Wonderland Train and Su.Ri.Ru which are have the same awful fanmade feel to them that the Aing – Aishiteru PV did. The set is white so I guess it does have a very crisp and polished feel to it. And it makes the brightly dressed Hey! Say! JUMP pop. But at the same time it’s all white which is bland and boring in itself. But like I said they really do take full advantage of the set by using it in two other ways. The first way is obviously the members walking down it like a runway. Which I actually like because it shows off the members. But it is a little silly when you think about it because it has absolutely nothing to do with the song. And the other way is used for group close-ups. And I gotta hand it to them they really try to fool the viewer into thinking it’s a different set by lowering the lighting. I also really like the close-up set. It kinda of looks like funhouse mirrors but done in a better way.

The dance for this is also incredible. It’s perfectly in synch and the moves are really dynamic. However, this PV doesn’t really show too much of the dance which is kind of sad. And they mainly focus on the worst part of the dance which is the stupid eyes over the face move. And they don’t show the Yamajima move, what’s up with that? I seriously recommend watching their Shounen Club performance of this song if you want to see the dance, they totally killed it. I posted it on tumblr a few weeks ago, hopefully it didn’t get deleted yet.

But much like with any cheap PV the best parts of the PV are the members themselves. They look absolutely incredible. Well, most of them do. I have no idea what they were thinking when they did Hikaru’s, Keito’s, and Inoo’s hair. They look ridiculous. And the guys are wearing 2 outfits that are really great. Suits and more casual outfits. And they are styled pretty nicely for the most part. Expect Chinen’s casual outfit makes him look like a clown, Hikaru’s pants are disgusting in each outfit, and who really wears ascots ever? But besides that they look incredible. Especially my beloved Yuto. He looks amazing in both outfits, and he co-leads the PV with Ryosuke. The amount of Yuto screen time in this PV is amazing. Yes, Inoo and Keito only get like 3 seconds of screen time to compensate for it. But I’m not going to even pretend that I care about that. Yuto hasn’t gotten this much screen time since Mayonaka no Shadow Boy, and I’m going to relish every second of it. Especially since he’ll most likely be taking his usual postion in PVs for their next single, lurking in the back or just off to the side.

They focus way too much time on the title screen.

Ryosuke tries too hard to make and intense face, but it just looks awkward.

He should just focus on looking pretty.

I’m always impressed by this move.

What a great scene. Who doesn’t want to just see their pants?

Ryosuke’s conceited pose.

I don’t get why Hikaru keeps doing his hair like this, as if it looks good.

Cheap lighting 101.

No, seriously it is.

Work it Yuto. XD

Modeling in a PV will forever remind me of Morning Musume’s Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai PV.

I absolutely love the close-up scenes set.

Yuto. *O*

Nice outfit, but I cannot stand Chinen.

I like Hikaru’s outfit from the waist up. But what’s going on with the rest? Baggy pants tucked into boots, I can’t even with this.

Cute.

I love Yabu.

Takaki has the best outfit.

Stupid move.

Yuto looking adorable during the dance scenes.

Chinen’s outfit is just awful.

Adorable.

Hot.

Intense close-ups of the towers. It’s hilarious that these abstract pieces get more screen time than Inoo and Keito do. Lol.

Daiki looks so good here.

The sitting down reminds me of

NEWS’s Hoshi wo Mezashite PV.

Yabu’s a cutie.

That hair. o_O

Cute.

And that hair. o_O

At least Keito does have normal hair at one point. He looks cute here, too bad you hardly see him.

Can I just laugh that the group close-ups are split by having Hey! Say! 7 in one group and Hey! Say! BEST in another, like they should be, and that instead they are split by popularity? This group features the most popular members.

What’s up with Hikaru’s pants? Are we in the 80’s all of a sudden?

Adorable.

Oh, Yuto. I love how the mirrors shows a different expression.

Hot.

Hikaru is still cute under all that ugly hair.

Oh look, they finally show the least popular members group full on.

Why do they insist on showcasing their worst move?

Cute.

I don’t get why they show the set floating at the end.

All eyes on NMB48 in the center of the ring

A few weeks ago the full PV for NMB48’s recent single, Junjou U-19, was released.

After watching the PV I am blow away, I am just utterly impressed and amazed. This PV takes taking cheap PVs and still making them interesting to a whole new level. If you watch the PV you can tell it had a pretty small budget as the entire PV is filmed on the same set. But what this PV lacks in overall set design they make up for it tenfold with striking visuals, costumes, and the overall theme.
This PV has a very cirque du soleil/regular circus theme. In the beginning of the PV the girls are giving some sort of gymnastic powers from what looks like a clown wizard. Which I do admit is a bit weird and outlandish. But that’s pretty much my only complaint I have for the entire PV. The rest of the PV is filled with the girls doing many different types of circus and acrobatic routines. Such as aerial tissu, walking on a tightrope, and bunch of other aerial gymastics. The PV also features flips and other cute cirus performances such as rolling over giant balls and walking down invisible stairs. They even show Sayka almost being fired from a cannon. We obviously never see her actually doing it because it would be really dangerous, and apparently expensive to hire a professional to do it.
The PV from start to finish is just mesmerizing. It’s eye-catching, it’s fun, and incredibly entertaining. There is literally so much going on it’s hard to keep track off it all. There isn’t one scene (besides close-ups of course) where something exciting or interesting isn’t happening. NMB48 just set the bar pretty high. This is one of the most creative and spectacular idol PVs I’ve seen in a long time. It might even be one of the best I’ve ever seen period.
Another big plus of the PV are the costumes. There are about 8-10 different costumes. 4 group costumes and then a bunch of other costumes for each different circus performance. It’s just incredible the amount of different costumes featured in this PV. They really add another interesting element to the PV.

I absolutely love these outfits.

The wizard clown.

Apparently all he has to do it wink and you get magical powers.

I love that girl in the back, she reacts in such a cute way.

I don’t really like the set.

But I do like the dance.

These metal boxes remind me of the metal boxes Arashi used during their Scene tour.

I love aerial tissu so much.

Impressive.

I wish Sayaka wasn’t the only one wearing a hat. It makes the outfit to be honest.

The more I see Nana the more she looks like Nakky to me.

Human hamster wheel.

I’m Genie for you boy. Sorry, this reminds me SNSD’s Genie outfit way too much.

Of course they had too add some fanservice.

Cool dance move.

She’s pretty and I love her makeup.

She kinda had weird teeth, but she’s a cutie.

Pretty.

I don’t get what this group roll is all about.

Simple illusion, but still pretty cute.

I don’t really like these outfits, but I love that they say their nicknames on them.

Adorable.

I love these outfits.

Lol.

I love everything about this outfit. The hair is just perfect.

Wow, doing a flip on a tightrope. I am completely impressed.

Hot.

Flying jellyfish. That’s kinda lame.

Is that a guy?

I guess he’s a clown, wizard, and a mime.

Lol.

I love how in sync they are.

Dramatic walking.

Words cannot describe how much I love these outfits.

It sucks that Sayaka only lays in the cannon.

KAT-TUN-Lock On PV preview

Recently a PV preview for KAT-TUN’s Lock On, a track from their upcoming album Chain was released.

Can I just say that I wasn’t expecting this album to get a PV. Mostly because JE groups don’t really release PVs for album songs unless they are Arashi. I know KAT-TUN did release a PV for No More Pain, but it seemed like they only did that so they could garner more interest in the album since the album didn’t feature Jin. He was off doing his pre-departure solo concerts. They did also make a PV for the album song You, but that was done to also sell more copies since it was the last album Jin was featured in before he left to study in the US. Obviously KAT-TUN has always revolved around Jin.

I wish I could say that I was impressed or even interested in this PV, but I’m not, not even a little bit. The PV is just so simple and unimaginative. KAT-TUN has released a lot of similar looking PVs in the past, but lately they are taking it to a whole new level. And it honestly feels a bit like deja vu. This is the 3rd PV to feature KAT-TUN dancing in all black with a basically solid white background. The other 2 PVs are of course Ultimate Wheels and Run For You. This is the 5th time they danced with a white background, they other 2 PVs not mentioned before are Signal and Ultimate Wheels. And again with the black outfits! Am I the only one who is sick of KAT-TUN always wearing black in their PVs? This is the 10th time KAT-TUN has worn all black in their PV. Those PVs are: Bokura no Machi de, Star Rider, No More Pain, Run For You, Birth, Ultimate Wheels, Change UR World, Rescue, and One Drop. Not to mention the PVs who’s outfits are nearly all black: Lips, White Xmas, The D-Motion, and half of the Real Face PV. I guess JE really wants to emphasize that KAT-TUN has a cool image. But black in nearly ever single PV they’ve ever released is a bit much. And frankly, I’m sick of it. Surely there’s another way to get their image across clearly. But even though they are dressed exactly the same that they always are, I admit I do like the outfits. But that’s because they’re wearing suit jackets. A pretty straightforward polished look.

The PV also does try to have a storyline, but it’s a little strange and a lot stupid. It focuses around the members of KAT-TUN being in love with robots. But I’ll go deeper into my comments about that aspect of the PV when I do my review of it. The only real plus for this PV so far is how fine Koki looks in it.

Was S/mileage’s new PV really worth the wait?

A few weeks ago the full PV for S/mileage’s recent single Chotto Matte Kudasai was released.

After the absolutely incedible and adorable PV that was Please Miniskirt Postwoman, I was expecting a lot from this PV. But sadly it didn’t really live up to expectations. The PV was extremely cheaply made, and it seemed to be one of those PVs that were relying more on the girls’ personalities to sell the PV. But it didn’t really work this time. Mostly because the set was too bare. The reason PVs that Pvs like Hatsukoi Cider and Sekaiichi Happy Onna no Ko worked was because there was more going on than just the sets. Hatsukoi Cider had intersting angles and editing effects, while Sekaiichi Happy Onna no Ko completely utilized their set completely and made it fun by showing each rooms next to each other as they panned across the set. Which was very similar to Perfume’s One Room Disco or even Hey! Say! JUMP’s Mayonaka no Shadow Boy. But in Chotto Matte Kudasai they just stayed in the same Anataboshi-esque set for the entire PV. The close-up shots even look like they were filmed in the exact spot as their positions in the dance. Which is really cutting corners.
While I do love S/mileage to pieces and find them to be really adorable and down right charming in this PV, I do need a little something more from this PV to push it over the top. They used the exact same format as they did for the Tachiagaaru PV. And let’s be honest it didn’t work at all for that PV either. And we all know how I was dissapointed by that PV.
Also, I have to take a minute and talk about the dresses. Oh, the dresses. From the minute they were first shown fans have been comparing them to Morning Musume’s Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game dresses. And I can’t really blame them, they do look strikingly similar. Obviously they aren’t 100% the same. The shape and the overall silhouette of the dresses are different. But they are about half similar as they are both pretty ugly and are just solid colors with white accents. I personally do not like either dresses, but what do I know? We should see what Dior thinks of them. If Dior sees them now they can still replicate them in time for Fall Fashion Week.
Now, I can’t completely rip this PV apart because the director of the PV did attempt to add some interesting scenes. But sadly, those scenes weren’t really cutting it for me either. There are these scenes were the members are multiplied about 5 times which are kind of cool, but they would probably be a lot cooler if they didn’t remind me of Berryz Koubou’s Dakishimete Dakishimete PV. And then there are the scenes I just don’t get. And those are the scenes were S/mileage hits the “screen” and then slowly slides down as if they are raindrops or flies. I just have no idea what that’s about.
But throught all of this there are scenes that I do like, and that’s the scenes were the members are writing on the board. I don’t know, I just think those scenes are adorable. And they are very Buono-esque.

I might as well get the dress comparing out of the way.

Decide for yourself if they are similar.

Kana is so adorable.

I should also get the set comparisons out of the way.

It looks pretty similar to Milky Way’s Anataboshi set.

Don’t get it. XD

The dance is a little weird.

Kanana times 10.

Reminds me of Dakishimete Dakishimete though. Also Chu Natsu Party.

I think Meimi looks cute with bangs. I don’t get why fans care so much that she changed her hair. The girl is 13, she’s got years of new hairstyles coming.

Ayaka looking cute as usual.

I do like this dance move though just because it’s so sharp.

I’m trying so hard to like Akari, but I just don’t see her appeal.

Kanon’s adorable pouty face.

So Kanon’s winning or? I don’t get these scens at all.

I just adore Rinapu.

Cute.

Umm, moustache move? o_O

And chicken move? This isn’t Pyoko Pyoko Ultra.

So lovely.

Rina is such a cutie.

I don’t like that they make Kana intentionally off in the dance. For what reason? To make fans root for her more or something? It’s completely pointless.

Adorable! *O*

This move is cute.

But WTF is up with this move. Seriously.

I love how happy Kana always looks.

Sleeping beauty.

Super cute.

I mean Kana definitely needs to improve, but she is in synch with the other girls.

Cute.

It’s cute that Kanon is losing against herself at tic-tac-toe.

Lol.

I love how serious Meimi is trying to look.

Kana’s face plant is the best.

Hair flip.

Mei Mei overracting again.

This move. XD

Only Meimi is falling. Lol.

Momusu spreads their wings in new PV

Recently the full PV for Morning Musume’s newest single Pyoko Pyoko Ultra was released.

So, I watched the PV and I gotta say I love it. I mean I really love it, 100% love it. And why do I love it so much? Because it’s absolutely perfect! And that is an extremely unpopular opinion because everyone seems to hate it. But I will defend this PV until the end of time because it is better than I could have imagined.
The PV is everything I’ve been hoping for since becoming a fan. The PV is energetic, it’s childish, it’s happy, it’s carefree, it’s just got such a youthful flare. It’s just beautiful. And because the PV is so childish it’s overflowing with cute scenes and close-ups of the members. Now, I don’t know about you personally dear reader, but I prefer my idols to be overly cute and dorky. I want my idols to bring a smile to my face because they are acting so stupid and dorky. I want their music to be so fun and happy that for 3-4 minutes everything else disappears and I’m just in this happy idol induced mood. Now, maybe everyone doesn’t like music like that, but then why are you really an idol fan? Every single idol group, including Johnny’s, releases music like this. It’s pretty much the idol sound. If you’re looking for a more mature look or sound perhaps you should try a group that isn’t made up of teenagers. Stick to Koda Kumi or Kpop I guess. But even those artists still release happy songs and videos occasionally.
But for me, this PV works on ever single level. Let’s start with the outfits. Oh, the outfits. By now they are Morning Musme’s infamous chicken costumes. Most fans dislike the outfits because they feel that only the younger members pull them off. And I do admit I was the same way at first. But after watching the PV ever single member pulls them off, every single one. The 9th and 10th gen obviously pull them off because most of them are so young. And Sayumi was born to be overly cute. But everyone else is working them too. Aika has been acting cutesy lately so her performance in the PV is seamless. Risa is just being her normal self and she’s pulling it off. I’m actually most surprised by Reina. I didn’t think she would be able to do it. But she is just so cute and lively in the PV. Everyone just looks so adorable and charming. But most of all they look natural. Not one member falters or looks embarrassed. And when everyone is working the outfits and looking absolutely adorable, you begin to look at the outfits in a whole new light.
The dance: Now since this is the 10th gens debut, this dance had to be at a pretty low level. Especially since only Ayumi and Haruka are at a high level of dancing. But honestly the simplicity of the dance works because of the childish nature of the song. And just watching the dance you can tell it’s meant for children. And their are a lot of moves that I can tell children will be excited about and want to emulate. I mean most of the moves are spinning around, jumping, flapping your wings, and doing jumping jacks. You can’t really get anymore kid friendly then that.
The set/theme: As I said in my post about the PV preview the set and overall theme for the PV is absolutely perfect. It is seriosuly like a children’s book coming to life. And there are also scenes that look like a children’s puppet show. And it’s just perfect. Now, some of the effects on the set are pretty cheap, but that doesn’t really matter so much. You hardly even notice it to be honest. I was focusing on how cute each members interaction with the set is. Watering the set, playing with the clouds, and cutely dancing in front of it. It just works completely. And I love when their heads are in the set, to me it seems like they are supposed to be eggs or something. But my absolute favorite part of the set is the Rube Goldberg Machine. To me nothing screams childhood more than one of those. I remember when I was a kid I used to watch a TV show called Zoom and once a month or so they would build one of those machines and then at the end of the month they would finally reveal the finished machine. And when I was a kid I always wanted to make one of those. So, to me adding one of those just brought back a really nostalgic feeling.

The dance set is a little cheap, but whatever.

And it kind of reminds me of SM Entertainment’s dance studio. XD

I love this jumping leg move.

Jumping jacks. You can really feel the kid element.

Guru guru. Also, tell me this doesn’t look like a life size pop-up book.

Of course they have a wing flapping move.

Cheap effect.

Adorable.

Masaki is my favorite 10th gen girl, and I’m so proud of her. She always looks nervous when she’s on TV, but she did great in her close-ups.

Why such an extreme close-up of Riho? Her face his cut off half the time.

Adorable. And I love Risa’s long eyelashes.

Lovely Mizuki.

Ayumi needs to work on her close-ups.

Reina looks so bright during her close-ups. Probably because her eyes look bigger than usual. Lol.

I love the little spin Erina does. But I obviously can’t cap that. XD

Sayumi looking as cute as ever.

Kinda weird dance move. Lol.

Cute bouncing heads.

Another random move.

Is that 10 to show how long Risa has been in Momusu? Because she bows right afterwards.

I absolutely love Aika. Aika haters gonna hate.

Cute.

The unofficial leader of the 10th gen is getting hardly any attention.

Zukki! My god she is so cute! *O*

I love the jump move.

Adorable.

Super cute.

Double wink!

Rube Goldberg Machine FTW.

I think  Ayumi is trying to rival Momoko’s creepy close-up faces.

So lovely.

I love Aika’s duck lips.

How cute.

Awww.

I’m not exactly sure what Risa is doing, but she looks cute doing it.

Cake and Zukki’s bright smile.

Adorable.

Everyone being goofy.

So cute.

DoriMusu shine in new PV

A few weeks ago the PV for Dream Morning Musume’s first, and apparently last, single Shining Butterfly was released.

If there was one word to describe this PV that word would be gorgeous. Just absolutely everything about this PV is beautiful. The low lighting the PV is shot in is extremely flattering. And it’s a nice contrast to the somewhat brighter lighting for the dance shot and close-up scenes. The set is also really beautiful. Even though it is just shot in a cabaret club, they really make full use of the setting. They use basically every single room of the club. The bar, the couches, the runway, and the stages are all used evenlly throughout the PV and in perfect intervals. Which is a big improvement of most of the UFA made PVs. They usually rent an entire place but end up only using very little of the set. But using every room really makes for an eye catching PV. And having a clear storyline makes the PV engaging from start to finish. Which is another thing UFA PV have been lacking lately, clear stories. In this PV in a very short amount of time they managed to paint a clear picture. Rika was feeling heartbroken over a guy. Even when he was obviously with other girls she was pathetically clinging on to him and lashing out at anyone standing in her way. But in the end her friends manage to snap her out of it and she ultimately doesn’t give the guy the time of day once her comes crawling back. They are hostesses in this PV so I’m not really sure how true their love was to begin with, but it’s a great and powerful storyline nonetheless. It shows the bonds of friendship between women. It also shows you how you shouldn’t let a man treat you however he please and you’re better off without him. Which is a pretty empowering message.
Now, let’s talk about my favorite parts of the PV and my not so favorite parts, starting with the outfits. I have pretty mixed feelings between the outfits. The hostesses dresses are obviously absolutely gorgeous and the girls look incredibly stunning in them. But I absolutely despise the dresses in the dance scenes. They are poorly made and extremely cheap looking. In that aspect the PV really reminds me of Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game. Where you had one outfit that was stunning but then the other outfit you questioned why they were even used. Another part of the PV I really liked was how Yuko was used in this PV. I love that she was the owner and played an almost mother like character. It was completely fitting for the first leader of both Morning Musume and Hello!Project. The parts of the PV I didn’t like aren’t so much that I didn’t like them, it’s just that they surprised me. First off, I don’t get why Rika is the start of the PV. And not because I don’t like Rika, I actually do like Rika. She’s not my favorite but I have nothing against her, it’s just surprising she’s the star of the PV when it’s pretty obvious that Nacchi is the most popular Morning Musume member. Maybe it’s because Rika has a more sexy image and that’s what they were going for in the PV. Another aspect of the PV that surprised me was Ai-chan. Obviosly I knew she was going to be in the PV, she was in the PV preview. But I’m finding a hard time justifying why she was even in the PV at all. She appeared for about 10 seconds in total. And I did not get what the symbolism of Ai-chan suddenly turning into Rika was supposed to even mean. I do realize that it was just a small cameo because Ai-chan has been such an important member pretty much since she first joined. But they used her in such a way that she was completely unnecessary.

Random member walking.

I think I’m one of the few Morning Musume fans who just does not care about Nacchi.

You know it’s gonna be a simple dance when they start out with a slow hip swing.

Look how prett the set is.

Gorgeous Koha.

Horrible dance move.

Spirit fingers.

Forever alone Rika.

Yuko carefully watching over. I love her role in this.

I have to admit Nacchi does look pretty cute here.

Gorgeous.

That two timer, well actually three timer. Though I would probablt choose Koharu over Rika too. And I absolutely adore Kei-chan.

Rika looks so stunning in this PV.

Yuko sees what you did there.

Check out Mari. Everyone just looks so perfect in this video.

Kaori looks so lovely. They don’t show her nearly enough.

Again, I love Yuko’s character.

And Yuko still looks amazing. Not bad for almost 40.

So heartbreaking.

Tough break, Nacchi has the ugliest dress.

Huge Koha fangirl here, but she does seem a little out of place.

Of course Yossie is the one to slap her.

So pretty.

Slight Kaori bias, but tell me she doesn’t look stunning. And it wouldn’t be a UFA PV without using some cheap beads in the close-up shots.

They remind me of the beads from Happy Summer Wedding to be honest.

Gorgeous Mako.

My god, just absolutely gorgeous.

And for no reason at all there’s Ai-chan.

Walking on a runway.

Suddenly I’m getting flashbacks to the Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai PV.

I don’t get why Ai-chan transforms into Rika.

Friendship.

Love the intense look Yuko gives.

Hands off the merchandise.

Owned.

Pedicure days and manicure nights

A few weeks ago the full PV for no3b’s new single Pedicure Day was released. I know that’s an eternity in blog years.

I am absolutely blown away by this PV. It is the best idol PV I’ve seen in a while. Just everything about it is incredible. This is how all idol PVs should be, it’s just really a perfect PV that embodies everything idols are.
The theme of this PV is the members of no3b are throwing a party. Most likely a pedicure party to fit the theme of the song. The PV them follows no3b every step of the way for preparing for the party. Getting up in the morning, making food, decorating the living room, and even taking a bath for a little fanservice. You’d think with a theme so mundane sounding that the PV would be boring, but it’s not. Not even a little bit. Everything about this PV just jumps out at you and grabs your attention.
First off the sets are incredible. The PV takes place in a house, but this PV actually takes advantage of that setting and uses 3 different rooms. A lot of times groups will rent out some big elaborate houses or buildings, but then only use 1 or 2 rooms. Or sometimes just the outside and a room. I never really got that. If you’re renting the place why not go all out? Each set is decorated incredibly. Each is overly decorated like most idol PV rooms are. Which I actually do like because it gives them a much cuter and idol-like vibe. Just like every set in this PV has. I mean, one of the sets is a kitchen but they still manage to make it look absolutely adorable.
And since there a 3 sets in 3 different rooms, we also have 3 different outfits. Pajamas, everyday clothes, and party outfits. Each one more adorable then the next. They are styled incredibly well. And it’s just the small little accents that make the outfits adorable, like Haruna’s red rollers, or Minami’s leopard collar.
It’s also the small details about the PV that makes really fun to watch. Scenes like Haruna stealling what TakaMina is making and the girls having a pillow fight are really cute. But my favorite scenes are when they sing into inanimate objects like a blower dryer or broom in place of a mic.
The whole video is just very eye catching. It’s brightly light, extremely colorful, and incredibly vibrant. And the girls are featured in pretty much every single frame so you are always drawn to something. There are very few shots that just span the room and make you uninterested. All in all, it’s an extremely well made PV. And it tells a clear story without it having to be 6 minutes long.

That’s a cute house.

Receiving your pedicure day invite.

The set for the room is really nice.

How cute.

I love Haruna’s outfit, and she looks super pretty here.

The stylists dropped the ball on TakaMina a bit. It looks like she’s wearing a shower wrap.

Adorable.

Gorgeous. Haruna just looks so fresh and pretty here.

Lol.

Absolutely adorable.

My eyes just keep getting drawn to Haruna. She’s putting the most energy and effort into her scenes.

TakaMina looks pretty here. And lolz at Miichan being the only one not looking at the camera.

If it’s a pedicure party why do they already have their toenails painted?

Look at all that food. XD

Stealing food. I love TakaMina’s expression.

They drew faces on the peppers. XD

Such a cute smile.

They really love to put the 48 groups girls in bathtubs.

SKE48 girls.

SDN48 girls.

Cute.

Also cute. But also the short end of the styling stick again. She’s wearing an ugly, baggy jumper.

Cutest pillow throw I’ve ever seen.

I love the purple wallpaper.

What is she doing? Proving she’s taller than the penguin? XD

Feather explosion.

I’ll never get why guys are so into girls pillow fighting. But that’s just me.

Group hug.

What does that say? Dreams?

Adorable.

And que fake friends.

I absolutely love these outfits.

Cute.

Adorable.

Spoon drumsticks.

They look like they are genuinely having fun.

WTF is TakaMina doing?

Cute goodbye wave.

Your PV now with triple the Kikka

Recently the PV for Kikkawa Yuu’s 3rd single Konna Watashi de Yokattara was released.

I was surprised at how simple this PV was. Especially since the PV for Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ was so amazing. Even Kikkaka wa You, which looks like it had a cheaper budget, was a more interesting and creative PV. This PV is basically 4 and a half minutes of Kikka just standing there. But for some reason I can’t hate it. Maybe it’s because of my overflowing love of Kikka, but I think this PV is cute. It is painfully simple and cheap, but at the same time it is quirky and cute. And there are still a few fun elements that do liven it up, even if it’s only a little bit. Like the dance scenes for one. I don’t know who’s idea it was to triple Kikka during the dance scenes but they are brilliant. It’s such a simple effect, but it really ends up looking amazing and super fun. The multiple Kikka scenes are definitely my favorite shots in the entire PV.
I honestly think the rest of the PV is completely random and has sort of a disconnect from the rest of the PV. For the first half of the PV Kikka is dancing in all white during the night in what looks like the top floor of this building. But then the rest of the PV is Kikka dancing in very bright clothing in the parking lot of some building during the day, with really gorgeous natural lighting. I don’t really get what that has to do with anything. I’m having trouble connecting the scenes to each other. And if that wasn’t random enough you also have Kikka playing with puppets thoughout the PV for no apart reason. But I do admit I love those scenes because the entire time Kikka just has this super serious face on. It’s pretty hilarious.

These flashing of different facial expression scenes are cute.

But I can’t stop thinking of ManoEri’s More Friends cover.

Kikka looks really pretty.

Kimi.

I just love Kikka so much, look how cute she is.

She has one of the most natural idol smiles I’ve ever seen.

Three Kikkas, love it.

Adorable.

I’m not a big fan of this cat paw move.

Or this OMG move.

Flawless.

So, she magically teleports here. Of course she does.

You don’t see enough frogs in top hats in idol PVs.

Poker face.

Cute jump. Too bad you only see it for about half a second. Literally, you blink and you miss it.

The dance could be a lot better. This is pretty much the most intense move in the entire dance.

Cute face.

Just because I haven’t said it yet, I love those boots.

I love the military type dance moves here.

Super cute.

Even more Kikka!

Gorgeous.

NYC’s new PV isn’t a page-turner

A few days ago the full PV for Wonderful Cupid off of NYC’s upcoming double A-side new single, Wonderful Cupid/Garasu no Mahou.

When I first saw the PV previews I was actually pretty excited to see what the full PV looked liked. I thought it had a very cute theme, that was perfect for the audience it was aimed at. Even though being inside of a book has been done before, and actually seems kind of over used, I thought they could have done a lot with the theme. Sadly they don’t seem to do much of anything in the PV. Most of the PV is just NYC turning the book pages. And once inside the book they just seem to be focused on the dogs more than anything. Which is completely boring. Where’s the exciting storline beyond that? What about showing how NYC ended up in the book in the first place. Give me something to work with. Instead of the bland 3 minutes of watching NYC walking nonexistent dogs we were given. Perhaps since the song is for children they felt they really didn’t have to try or something? But it’s actually the exact opposite. Children are very visual. Which is why any children’s show you watch it bursting with colors, odd shapes, and pretty much nonstop excitement. I wish the PV reflected that more, then it would be more watchable. Another PV like Magic Power is what I was honestly expecting.

The cover, how exciting.

Still reminds me so much of the I Wish PV.

I have to admit, they always put NYC in some nice clothes.

A pet shop, I’m uninterested already.

Being inside the book reminds me of the Chance PV.

That hair really does nothing for Ryosuke. :/

I just don’t find Chinen even a little bit cute.

Suddenly reminding me how childish the PV is.

I wish Yuma would go back to having black hair, it’s when he looked the best.

What boring group close-ups. They are just sitting there emotionless.

Enter random foreign chick. I am always pretty jealous whenever I see American or European girls in Japanese music videos.

Though, to be honest, I’m far more jealous of this girl.

Cute.

Sick of the dogs already.

They both have dogs so of course they are meant to be.

Am I the only one who thinks this girl looks a little young? Like might be 14, young?

I see what you did there. Basically making them kiss, without them actually having to kiss.

Buono’s mind-blowing new PV

Recently the full PV Deep Mind, off of Buono’s upcoming double A-side single, Hatsukoi Cider/Deep Mind, was released.

This PV review is pretty late, and I apologize for that. Actually I’m behind in a lot of PVs. But things haven’t really slowed down as quickly as I was expecting after the holidays. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family. Which is honestly more important than blogging. But since the holidays are completely over now, I have more time to blog. (And spam all the mundane announcements I’m behind on. XD)

Much like the PV for Hatsukoi Cider, the PV for Deep Mind is extremely simple and low budget. It’s also relying on nothing more than Buono’s charisma and personality to sell the PV, just like the Hatsukoi Cider PV did. And I gotta say it completely works again. Deep Mind is actually a far cheaper PV than Hatsukoi Cider. With Hatsukoi Cider you had varried shots, camera angles, and scene transitions. Deep Mind doesn’t have anything fancy like that. Instead it’s just Buono and a band. Making it a very raw PV that looks more like a rock video than and idol video. The PV looks like it’s shot underground or some other desolate location, with extremely dim lighting. Giving this very dark and powerful look to the PV. In it’s own way it makes Buono pop and demand your attention. The girls are also wearing this gorgeous plaid dresses, that are very rockish but also puffy and completely idol like at the same time.

I have to say everything about this single is perfect. I don’t have any complaints about it. This is one of the best singles Buono has released up until now, honestly. I don’t know how Buono does but the quality of their music just keeps getting better and better. Whenever I think their next release might not be as solid as their last they go above and beyond my expectations.

I love how intense Airi looks.

The heavy focus on the band really works for this PV.

Adorable.

How is it that Airi can go from so cute one minute to so alluring the next so seamlessly?

I just love Airi. How can anyone possibly not adore this girl?

I absolutely love these dresses. And those shoes for that matter.

Momoko trying to look shy. XD

Miya’s being too overdramatic.

But she looks absolutely stunning. And that necklace oddly means me think of their Gachinko de Ikou PV.

Cute.

Miyabi really does look really gorgeous in this PV. Still not a fan of her short hair though.

Airi is just so effortlessly cute.

Whoa kicking. How very Kanashimi Twilight of them.

Not gonna lie, I really like this dance move. XD

Airi. *O*

Nice pose.

Wink.

Of course we have to see Momoko’s intense creepy smile at least once. Lol.

Very alluring Momoko. XD

Adorable.

Buono’s new PV packs a punch

A few days ago Buono’s the PV for Hatsukoi Cider from their upcoming double A-side single, Hatsukoi Cider/Deep Mind, was released.

I absolutely love this PV, it’s the perfect example of having a cheap PV still be entertaining. There is hardly anothing going on in this PV at all. There are literally only 4 different scenes in the entire PV and they are all filmed on the exact same set. Even the set is completely simple. It’s just Buono in front of large cardboard cut-outs of a City’s silhouette. Which I actually really love. It’s incredibly simple and cheap, but at the same time it’s really beautiful. And it really works for the contrast of the PV. The city set is in black and white allowing Buono who are dressed in hot pink to really pop out. And I have to admit at first look I thought, “Oh man, they have New York City behind them.” But then I realized why in the world would it be NYC, it’s obviously Tokyo. And what I mistook as the Brooklyn Bridge is most likely supposed to be Rainbow Bridge. But I still can’t get over that’s it’s shaped more like the Brooklyn Bridge. XD But the set really works and fits them. What’s more Buono-like then them singing in front of their back-up band?
The rest of the PV is filled with close-up shots of the members. By their microphones, next to the cut-out city, and shot from below. There are also these really amazing, really creative scene transition scenes that lead to the next scene through each member’s legs, arms, or hands. And I think they add a really artistic and fun flare to the PV, and are definitely my favorite scenes in the entire PV.
And you know what? That’s the entire PV. Nothing else happens. No dance shots, no multiple sets or outfits. But you hardly even notice or miss those added elements. Because from start ot finish this PV is nearly 4 mniutes of Buono showing off their personality. Buono themesleves make the PV fun and entertaining to watch. And nearly every second Buono is doing something adorable or fun. Especially during the scenes where they are filmed form below. They were probably just told to dance and twirl around as they want as there’s no dance. But they are still some of the best scenes in the whole PV. And that’s because when idols are allowed to be themselves or do their own thing that’s when you really see the best of them.

I absolutely love the set.

Momoko being cute already. I hate that only Momoko is weraing shorts. All the other members look old. While Momoko looks cuter and more youthful.

I miss Miya’s old hair.

It wouldn’t be Momoko is she wasn’t overacting.

Airi looks adorable with this hair.

It’s awesome that Momoko is wearing creepers.

Short hair or not Miyabi still looks really pretty.

I love this hairstyle on Momoko. I wish she’d do this style more often then the pigtails she always wears.

They needed an excuse to close-up on Momo’s legs.

I love these scenes.

But they do remind me a bit of Perfume’s Love The World PV.

Airi is adorable.

Lolz at Airi’s dancing.

Cute.

Aww.

Airi’s sultry face.

The cutest transition.

Bother bother.

Airi. *O*

Nai~

Airi is so confused by Airi’s shenanigans.

Cute.

I love that Momoko always jumps in PVs.

Adorable!

Momo creeping per usual.

Doki Doki.

Momoko is just so cute.

Momoko and her famous pinky. Lolz at how she’s doing 2 here.

Cute.

Wink!

It’s adorable to end on a jump.

S/mileage’s new PV really delivers

A few day ago the full PV for S/mileage’s upcoming single, Please Miniskirt Postwoman was released.

The full PV is a lot different than the first PV preview showed. And perhaps I jumped the gun a bit when I wrote the PV off as being awful. Surprisingly the PV actually turned out to be pretty amazing, and it actually does have a storyline. The PV follows the members of S/mileage around as they gather packages to deliver on their mail route. The whole PV is shot beautifully in extremely bright lighting. It was done in such a way that it almost looks like it really is shot using natural lighting but it’s not. I’m actually really impressed with the PV. I think they could have pushed it just a little farther, but overall I love the PV. The girls look amazing in the close-up shots, and the screen time is pretty even for the most part. The PV does revolve around Ayaka, which makes it seem like she will become the new face of S/mileage now that Yuuka is graduating. Her and Meimi so sing most of the song. So, most likelyAyaka and Meimi will be the new faces of Smileage. Which I’m not too thrilled about as neither are my favorite members.
Even though the PV is great there are still two elements I could do without. The first one obviously being the dance scenes. I still do not like them. It’s a completely cop out to have them film indoors with the illusion of it being outdoors. Would it really cost that much more to film outside? Their Suki-chan PV was filmed outside and that was once of their indies singles.
The other aspect I don’t like is that the beginning reminds me a lot of Fujimoto Miki’s Boogie Train 2003 PV though. Which is slightly unoriginal. The first few scenes are nearly identical. Which isn’t really a huge deal since the rest of the PV is nothing like it. It just irks me a bit.

Randomly sleeping.

Just like Miki.

I absolutely love these outfits.

Future top 2.

Ayaka looks pretty here.

OMG.

Too similar though.

This is an adorable dance move.

This set is cute.

Aww.

It’s magic!

This has to be the lyrics to the song, because I can read that it says kini naru.

I’m gonna miss Yuuka.

Meimi’s jacked up teeth.

Kanon is adorable.

Love her.

Cute.

Kana is slowing becoming my favorite new member.

Kanon looks so angry here. Lol.

Yuuka is so adorable.

Rinapu!

Kana is just so cute, and this hair is perfect on her.

Fragile, it must be Italian. Sorry, I’ve got Christmas on the brain.

Kana stealing the spotlight. Lolz at Meimi’s random shocked face.

Lol. Kanon of course making a stupid face.

Of course they have to focus on their legs.

Ring around the mailbox.

Cute.

Adorable Rinapu.

I love how over the top Mei Mei is. Lol.

What? Lol.

Extreme close-up of Take-chan, and also th first cap of her on this post cause I don’t really like her that much. XD

See, this is why I love Kanon.

Kanyon. *O*

K-Ft and company release new PV

A few days ago the full PV for Kis-My-Ft2’s 2nd  single, We Never Give Up, was released.

After watching the PV preview of for this song I was pretty munc convinced I was going to hate this PV. But after watching the full version I’m surprised by how much I actually like it. The PV is set that Kisumai are literally snowed in some random frozen tundra. And a majority of the PV follows that. They are several scenes where they showcase the snow covering the inside of their, for lack of better words, house. And also random scenes with them dancing and running in the snow. Which is a great way to get frostbite. I actually really like the snow scenes because the lighting is absolutely gorgeous. It’s this very dimly light snow lighting effect. And it gives the PV this very faded, depressing, sort of defeated feel to it. Which works perfectly for the theme of this song.
But don’t fret if your not one for grey lighting, because the magical blowing triangle in the middle of the room can, at will, turn baren wasteland into a tropical paradise. Which is a little stupid, but they had to come up with some reason to switch lighting and I guess this is they best they came up with. I’m not really complaining though because the lighting during those scenes is really beautiful as well. I absolutely love when natural lighting is used for PVs. And while this doesn’t look like it’s legitimately natural lighting it does give the appearance of it, with just being slightly sharper. Switching from such dim lighting to such bright lighting adds a very beautiful contrast to the PV.

There is one aspect of this PV I find hilarious, and would probably care more about it if I was a bigger Kisumai fan. And that aspect is: I have never seen members so obviously pushed in a Johnny’s PV in my entire life. In this PV the absolutely the only members you actually see are Taisuke, Yuta, and Hiromitsu. And not even the usual fan complain that their member isn’t show as much as the most popular member. No, I mean the other 4 members are shoved in the background the entire PV and don’t even get close-up shots. They are completely treated as backup dancers. The main 3 have 2 different outfits with a bunch of accessories. Bow ties, regular ties, gloves, vests, and amazing jackets. While the back 4 wear the same button up shirts the entire PV. The only time you can see them up close is if it’s during a group shot or all 4 of them at once. And I have to say it’s a little ridiculous. I’m trying to think of ever Johnny’s PV that I’ve ever seen to see if something like this has happened before, and I honestly can’t think of one. There is always a member, or members, who will get slightly more screen time then the rest because of popularity. But that’s it slightly more screen time, not all the screen time. In Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hitomi no Screen only Ryosuke got solo lines. However, the other 9 members were still featured a lot in the PV.

Kisumai are trapped in the snow.

And it that wasn’t clear enough perhaps this will help.

Hiro keeps trying to make these “sexy” faces, but it doesn’t really work when you look like a troll. Nice outfit though.

I like this oufit too. And am I the only who noticed that for some reason Yuta looks constantly angry.

Behold, the magical weather changing triangle.

Gorgeous set.

But for some reason it still reminds me of Arashi’s To Be Free set. And they aren’t even that similar.

I like this dance, there are a lot of very sharp and precise moves.

I’m starting to really get used to this hair on Taisuke.

Cute.

That’s funny, I though Kisumai only had 3 members.

Lol.

Yeah, he’s seriously trying way too hard.

Horrible move.

Hiro kinda looks like he’s having a seizure here.

Is the reason Hiro is so popular because of how weird he is? I’m starting to like him for that very reason. XD

Stupid face.

Compared to Hiro is seems like no one else is really trying on their close-ups.

This looks like a Russ-K ad.

Just completely shoved to the back. They aren’t even hiding the fact.

Cute dance move.

This is the Winter Time.

I still prefer Summer Time though.

Wink!

This is probably the most ridiculous move I’ve ever seen in an idol dance.

It was so close to not having them in roller skates.

Nice fake flowers.

But it reminds me of Arashi’s One Love PV.

KAT-TUN gives birth to a boring PV

The full PV for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single, Birth, was revealed.

On paper a PV filmed nearly entirely on a roof sounds like the makings of an epic PV. And you’re right it does, but only sometimes. The rooftop scenes in KAT-TUN’s Rescue and Change UR World PVs were great. They added a very entertaining element to their PVs. In the Change UR World PV they were the best scenes, they were maybe even a bit awe inspiring. But the roof scenes in the Birth PV didn’t play out so well. When the PV starts we find the members of KAT-TUN randomly on top of a roof. Some of them are laying done, and some of them are angrily or sitting down aloofly. But redgardless of their positions they look completely out of place, as people usually do when they are on top of buildings. But don’t be bored by the PV just yet, this is also where we see the underline story of the PV. Next to each member is a mysterious silver box. Which they hold onto fro the entire PV yet never explain. How mysterious. Expect not really it actually makes me really angry that they don’t actually explain the magic box. First of the box itself reminds me of the box that random child was holding in the Change UR World PV. What did the Change UR World director work on this PV as well? The best guess I have for the magic box is that KAT-TUN themselves are in the box. As the close-up shoes show the members standing by cheap LED cubes, for no reason I might add. The close-up scenes have absolutely no connection to the PV at all. It’s just one minute they are on the roof and the next they are in what could be mistaken for a club setting.
And if this PV riveting enough, the rest of the transition shots or space filler shots are filled with the members running or a quick overview of the city.
There are exactly 2 things I like in this PV. The scenes were the members are superimposed onto buildings, because the CG is done incredibly well. It looks like they spent a lot of money on those scenes. And I like the dance scenes. Not so much because the dance is spectacular because it’s not. But because I like the lighting during the dance scenes.

Overhead shots of Tokyo! That’s exactly what I want to see while I’m watching a KAT-TUN PV.

Sleeping Kame is adorable.

But yet another PV with a magic box they don’t explain.

All the other members looked inconvenienced by being randomly put on the roof. Maru, however, ends up looking emo.

Taguchi shaved his head on the sides, I just noticed that now. I don’t like it.

Ueda is trying to look so serious here.

Love Koki.

Quick, don’t forget to take your magic box!

Oh good, more shots of the city.

Why in the world do I want to see Kame from the angle? To showcase his outfit more? That is a nice jacket though. XD

WTF did Koki do to his hair? It almost looks like the hair Ryosuke had in the Mayonaka no Shadow Boy PV, except not done as well.

They gave Ueda fake tattoos, why? Or it that a shirt? XD

Cute.

LED cubes for no reason.

Epic jump.

It’s hilarious that even without hair Ueda still looks girly.

Kame looking fine as usual.

This effect is done so seamlessly that it’s perfect.

However, it will always remind me of NEWS’s Cherish PV.

Taguchi looks good here.

WTF is he doing?

Love the flashing lights here.

Lol at his intrigued face.

Right after the boxes flash it then goes to the scenes with them next to the cubes. That has to mean they are trapped in the boxes.

Especially since it flashes between the cubes and pictures of buildings.

Passpo’s new PV=love

The full PV for Passpo’s 3rd major single, Kiss=Suki, was recently released.

Watching this PV it immediately has that unique Passpo feel to it. It’s another PV that really showcases their flight attendant theme. And after their Shoujo Hikou PV I wasn’t sure how Passpo was going to use that theme again without it being boring and something we’ve seen already. But Passpo manages to pull it off. And we’re left with a PV that is both interesting to watch and absolutely adorable. Unlike the Shoujo Hikou PV this PV is set 100% in the airport terminal. The PV features the girls doing pretty mundane tasks like selling plane tickets and wandering around the airport. But Passpo injects their charm into it and makes it a lot less boring than it sounds.
And for  a song that’s called Kiss=Suki that don’t dissapoint fans in that aspect. The PV shows the girls playfully kissing each other and also features the girls kissing the camera ala the Chu Shiyoze PV. I do admit when I heard there was kissing in this PV I was expecting more than there was. There’s about as much as there was in the Heavy Rotation PV or any Morning Musume concert where Sayumi wants extra attention.

But since I’m always way too hard are PVs there are 2 things that I wasn’t really thrilled about in the PV. They are very small complaints though. The first being the setting of the dance shot. It seriously irks me that they are dancing almost in the exact spot as they were in the Shoujo Hikou PV. An airport is a big place they could have done it anywhere else. My second complaint is that the main focus of this PV is on Makoto. It’s expected since I’m pretty sure she’s the most popular member. However, I still would have prefered the focus to go on Mio, Shiori, or Kaho. But I am a bit biased towards them.

And here comes nothing but Makoto.

Pretty much the top 2 in Passpo.

Natsumi just looks so cute here.

I don’t think this move could get any more simple, but for some reason I love it.

I love the refelection in their close-ups.

Too much sun, I can’t see Mio’s cute face.

Wow, Ai looks great here.

Passpo’s dances always look the same.

And this dance is set in a nearly identical setting as the Shoujo Hikou PV.

Adorable. And I love Mio’s hair.

Lol. I don’t get why there’s a stirring move in this dance.

Love this leg move.

This is turning into a Mio spam but I don’t care. Tell me this face isn’t cuter than puppies.

Riding the escalator is a little boring but Makoto looks cute while doing it.

Adorable Naomi.

I adore Mushu, but I have a feeling that a lot of people don’t like her because she’s not as “pretty” as the other members.

Shiori looks so lively, but that hair does nothing for her.

Adoarble.

I love that they are holding their fingers up to their eyes because they said I miss you.

Ai looking all cute.

Lol at Mio’s overreaction.

Wink! I don’t know why, but I love capping winks in my reviews. XD

Their embrace looks so fake.

Sako and Natsumi kiss.

But Mio’s reaction is the best part.

Gorgeous!

Kiss.

Chu.

Sexy Zone aren’t sexy and I know it

Recently the debut PV for Sexy Zone’s debut single, Sexy Zone, was released. And let me just say I had to do some searching to find this PV. The things I do for you dear readers. XD

After I saw the PV preview for this single I was expecting this PV to be extremely simple. However, this PV surprised me as there are more elements going on in this PV then I expected. The PV is still fairly simply, mostly because Johnny’s never spends the big bucks on debut PVs. He hardly ever spends big bucks on PVs in general. What I find most surprising is despite the fact that most of the members of Sexy Zone are extremely young, the PV has an overall mature and serious feel to it. Well, about as serious as you can be while dancing in front of a magical floating castle. But this PV could be a lot more immature then it is. They could have gone the NYC way an popped out a PV like Yume no Tamago. But I guess they are trying to get fans to get past their ages and focus on their music. Which I myself am having a hard time with, despite the fact that I do like nearly all of the songs on their debut single. I just can’t really get into Sexy Zone as a group. It’s a mixture of age and looks. I just can’t see myself becoming a legit fan of them. Perhaps a guilty pleasure.
Anyway, the PV is a pretty standard close-up and dance shots video. But I think it’s really nice to look at. Both sets are nice and the outfits aren’t bad. But what really wins me over with this PV is the lighting. It’s so incredibly bright that it makes the PV super clear and vibrant. It really makes the small touches of color really pop. But there is one thing about the PV that bothers me, the roses. I still don’t get why they are holding them throughout the PV. It kinds of annoys me.

Super intense close-up of Shori. Are they trying to tell us he’s going to be the face of Sexy Zone? Which honestly wouldn’t make sense. Kento and Fuma are 100 times more popular from B.I. Shadow.

I love how serious these face montage scenes are supposed to be.

Kento looks a lot better than the last time I saw him. But it seems like once he ages a couple more years he’ll be hot.

No, they are definitely pushing So to the front. I just can’t imagine why.

It’s castle in the sky. Seriously?

Shori almost looks like he could be cute. Let’s see in 4 years. XD

Kento is only cute sometimes. He’s about a 5 or so.

Fuma is kinda cute, until he opens his mouth. He just looks stupid.

Tell me he doesn’t look at least 15% better.

Marius is about as goodlooking as an 11 can be. I feel like the government should be busting through my doors just for watching him. Lol. But without sounding creepy, it seems like he will realy grow into his look. By 16 or so he’ll probably be extremely fine. But that’s probably because of my weird thing I have for half Japanese guys. XD

Sadly, So could be 13 or 113, but that kid is just not attractive at all.

 Shori keeps trying to make these alluring faces, and it’s just not working for him.

That one Junior all the way in the back looks like he might be Anderson Casey. But that’s probably wishful thinking.

Marius always looks like he’s in pain during his close-ups. It’s hilarious.

Kento is on the cusp od being gorgeous. But he kinda looks like a rabbit.

Ok, he seriously looks like he’s out to cry.

This dance just completely sucks.

Um…what?

Yeah, just throw that rose.

But it reminds me far too much of Tuxedo Kamen.

I love the scenes where they are in that glass box.

Ok, Kento looks cute here. XD

Everyone use your roses as mics now, for some reason.

Kento looks the best here. Probably because he’s making super intense face.

Yeah, makes the Juniors do all the flips.

Lol.

Saw that coming a mile away.

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.

AKB48’s below average new PV

Recently the PV for AKB48’s new single, Ue Kara Mariko, was released.

Right off the bat, when Mariko won the janken tournament I was not excited for this single or PV. And I have nothing against Mariko. I honestly don’t know enough about her to have anything against here. The reason I wasn’t excited was, because the whole appeal of the janken tournament for me is the idea that an underdog would finally be in the spotlight. And when someone who is always in the spotlight won, well this single lost it’s appeal for me.
But I’m not going to let something as silly as the person I wanted to win the janken lose, effect my opinion of the song or PV. No, I’m not that type of fan. Instead I like to have the song and PV speak for itself. So, I did just that, and my opinion is still negative. Not so much about the song. I actually really like the song. It’s sort of a generic idol song that doesn’t really try anything to bold music or singing wise. But just the same, I like it. I think it’s incredibly catchy. My dissapointment lies with the PV itself.
And not even the entire PV, just the smallest part of it. Collectively I think it’s a well made PV, with a lot os pretty scenes. Even though it is the same idol close-up and dance shot idol formula, I still think it’s entertaining. Not really because there’s a lot going on in the PV, it’s mostly because the visuals don’t bore me. Let’s take the dance shot set for instance. This is hands down my favorite set, and, in turn, favorite scenes in the PV. First off, I absolutely adore their outfits. I don’t know how AKB48 does it, but they keep constantly reinventing the school girl uniform so that’s it’s different and cute everytime. I like that these uniforms are authentic looking but at the same time stylish. Of course the top 3 girls were given the best outfits, with Mariko’s being the best of them all. I just love the hat that Mariko is wearing! It really makes the outfit. But it’s not only the outfits that make these scenes for me. The room is so oddly shaped/built that your eyes are automatically drawn to it. For some reason I just find the shape interesting, and the color scheme is beautiful. I also think the lighting here is perfect. Not only is it dim giving it a very elegant and ethereal look, it also has pink lighting. I don’t know if the lights themselves are pink or because the room has a pink roof the like is just reflecting it giving it a pink look. But whatever it is it work, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Another scene of the PV I like are the scenes were they show each girl individually in their janken outfits. Which actually aren’t the outfits they wore in the actual janken tournament. A few of them are close though. I’m not really sure why I think these scenes so much. They aren’t particularly interesting. I guess I like that these scenes makes it look like the girls are in fashion school, with the random fabrics and the random mannequin in the background. I actually wouldn’t mind if the entire PV was just the girls wearing a bunch of randomly outifts in those shots.
I also, don’t have a problem with the close-up scenes. Even though they are just standing in front of hanging pieces of glitter, or whatever that material is, much like they used for S/mileage’s Yume Miru 15sai PV. I think they actually worked with the PV because they were pink.
So, with all this love I’m giving to this PV I bet it’s hard to believe there’s anything I don’t like about it. But since there’s one large aspect of the PV I haven’t mentioned yet, I think it’s pretty obvious what I don’t like. Yes, you guessed it, the janken scenes. I just don’t understand why they feel the need to include them in the PV. Chance no Junban was the first janken, so the jaken scenes in that PV were pretty much excused. But this time they are completely unnecessary. I think everyone is well aware it’s the janken single. And even if they weren’t do they really need to point it out? I don’t see them having mini senbatsu elections for the senbatsu singles. So, why have it for the janken? They seriously bring down and otherwise amazing PV.

I absolutely love Mariko’s outfit.

I’ve been in love with those hats since I first saw them in Morning Musume’s Ai Araba It’s All Right PV.

The black school uniforms are gorgeous too.

I actually really like the dance, I think it’s simple and cute.

My god, Reina looks amazing in this PV.

I’m so glad Sayaka is in this PV. She looks great.

Am I supposed to know who this chick with big ears is? I guess she’s a random research student. XD

Why is Ami dressed as a nun?

Don’t care.

Lol.

Cute.

Gorgeous!

Tomomi is always adorable.

I can’t take this move seriously.

This pose is just adorable.

So cute!

Research student or not, this girl is adorable. Weird ears and all. XD

Ami is so weird that she’s cute.

Lol that Mii-chan doesn’t even look happy.

Randomly shaking. Ok, maybe this dance is a little weird.

I absolutely love idol dances that involve jumping.

So, why is Reina so sad?

I hate this dress.

They keep having Mariko watch over the girls. This seriously scream impending graduation. She is getting pretty old.

They even have Reina win the janken in Mariko’s outfit.

As Mariko looks on like a proud mother. If this doesn’t symbolize passing the torch, I don’t know what does.

Way too big of a smile. But I think it’s charming. It actually doesn’t look fake.

AAA’s not so charged up new PV

A couple of weeks ago AAA released the full PV for their recent single Charge & Go.

Much like the way that this song feel like it’s 3 different songs rolled into one, the PV has the same feel. And because of that there aren’t any scenes in the entire PV that feel like they are connected. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be excited by that or just annoyed. I think I’ll just go with dissapointed. The PV might have 4 different sets, but each set is so simple that the PV ends up feeling and looking a little bland. The beginning of the PV starts of very simple with just close-ups of the members to go along with the slow start of the song. But the backdrop they are standing in front of is this lifeless dull grey color that honestly looks like the background they set up for when you get family portraits at the mall. And then as the music picks up they switch to the dance shot scenes. Which is on an equally dark grey set in front of 3 random triangles. Which actually serve no purpose other then to add some element to the set, so it won’t seem as boring with them just dancing on a black floor. However, those triangles do randomly light up and change to rainbow colors rather quickly in the PV which does give us some much needed color. But I guess the direct couldn’t stand that the PV was bright for so long that he had to make it even more drab and boring with the next set. Which is AAA dancing under about a couple dozen stage lights. Yet another dimly light boring set. I think my favorite parts of this PV are actually the close-up shots. Even thought they are filmed in front of a collage of black and white triangles, it’s the only scene that is constantly bright throughout the entire PV.
You know I gave a pretty harsh review of AAA’s last PV, Call, but I actually think Call was a lot better than Charge & Go. It might look exactly like all of their other PVs but at least it had a storyline. Which is more than you can say about Charge & Go.

The PV has just started and I’m bored all ready.

You know, Naoya almost looks cute in this PV. He looks a lot less hideous than he normaly does.

Nishi, still is so close to being fangirl worthy. If only he could fix how duckish his face looks.

I can’t stand Misako. I don’t even know anything about her, but she just seems annoying. XD

I’d love to meet someone who legit thinks Shuta is attractive. Because my god, hes not.

Chiaki is really cute and pretty. I don’t get why she’s not up front more.

What a difference hairstyle makes. Because Nishi looks 10 times better with this hair. XD

I hate how dark this set is.

Cool effect.

I have to hand it to Naoya, he is the most entertaining during the close-up shots.

What’s up with Chiaki’s hair?

It reminds me of Sayumi’s new photobook.

I absolutely love Misako’s outfit.

I do admit, the traingles changing color is a nice effect.

Chiaki looks really pretty here. The false eyelashes really make her eyes stand out.

Check out Misako’s huge fake smile!

Why does Mitsuhiro always creepily wink?

Don’t you just love a set that’s so dark yuo can barely see their faces?

Marching never turns out to be a good dance move.

Ok, this is the soft part of the song where everyone just stops dancing.

Where’d you come from where’d you go, where’d you come from cotton eye joe.

Sayaka’s PV is fairly boring

The PV for Kitahara Sayaka’s 2nd single, Kanari Junjou, was released nearly a month go. And I do apologize for taking such a long time to review it. But I’m reviewing it now, so that’s all that matters.

I have to admit I wasn’t really expecting much from this PV. Well, I’ve never really expected much from Sayaka since her Milky Way days. But after seeing and hearing Yappari Seishun it sealed her fate with me. The girls has improved greatly in singing though, I do have to give her that. As for the Kanari Junjou PV I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand I hate it, but on another and I love it.
Let’s divulge into the love side first. The PV itself is absolutely stunning. The natural lighting of the PV not only makes Sayaka look gorgeous, but it also makes the sets and overall PV look exquisite. I can’t even decribe how perfect Sayaka looks in the scenes where she’s sitting in the flower garden surrounded by absolutely beautiful flowers. Overall, Sayaka looks amazing in this PV her clothes are very stylish.
Now, let’s talk about what I don’t really like about this PV. And that would be that there’s not really many elements to this PV. They just seem to repeat the same 4 scenes over and over again. Sayaka sitting by flowers, her close-up shot, laying on the ground, and scenes of her just walking. As pretty as the PV is, I would love for their to be something actually happening in the PV. It seems to be one of those beauty shots PVs that focus completely on the visuals. Which is nice don’t get me wrong, but I prefer PVs with a little more of a punch.

Intense montage of flowers.

Gorgeous. Just the perfect shot for an idol PV.

Sayaka looks cute here.

I want her outfit. Especially the tie and necklace combo.

I don’t get why she’s randomly sleeping in a field.

I love this outfit too, it’s really chic.

Those shoes are amazing. Ok, I’ll stop talking about clothes now. XD

I do like that they use a distressed camera filter to make it look like this was filmed in the 60’s.

I love this shot, it almost looks artsy.

Sayaka looks the prettiest here.

Really cute.

Yeah, I always write letters in the park.

I don’t get it. So, the letter is from herself?

French Kiss’s PV isn’t love at first sight

A couple weeks ago the full PV for French Kiss’s 4th single, Saisho no Mail, was released.

Much like most French Kiss PVs this PV revolves heavily around a storyline and nothing else. Which is usually fine. I thought the story in the If PV was adorable. However, I am just not into the storyline in this PV at all. What I get from the PV is: the story follows around 3 girls who were obviously friends in high school but drifted apart because of their drastically different career choices. All of the girls are doing pretty badly at their most likely new jobs and are feeling pretty down. That is until Aki texts them and they all meet up. They do a few girl get together cliches, like shopping and karaoke. And then magically through the power of friendship, I guess, after they meet up everyone is now doing fantastic at their jobs.

First off, I do apperciate when my idol PVs have a storyline. It does help to make it more interesting, and an overall better PV. Since just dance shot and close-up PVs are a little boring. But I don’t want a PV that is so focused on having a storyline that it forgets it’s a music video. I do still want my close-ups and dance scenes. And in this PV their are hardly any close-up singing shots and no dancing.
Also, the entire PV is a walking cliche. And like most cliches it’s completely inaccurate. Not amount of support or positive reinforcement from your friends is going to make you a better teacher, actress, office worker, or anything. It’s not. And I know a lot of idol PVs are riddled with cliches. But I can’t really stand it. If it’s done in a quirky, intentionally cheesy sort of way, then that’s fine. But if it’s done in this super serious sort of way, I can’t really take it seriously. Honestly I wish they did what they did with the 10nen Zakura PV. The storyline in the beginning, but still the happy idol PV I love afterwards.

I can’t imagine Yuki ever being a kindergarden teacher. XD

Denied.

I wanna say that Asuka is a dancer.

But then why does she get some sort of script?

Aki looks amazing with this hair.

Boring close-up setting.

Aki looks super goegeous.

I always complain when there’s Japanese writting in PVs that I can’t understand. And now that there’s some that I understand most of, it’s not important to the story at all. XD

Yuki is adorable.

Cute.

Kanpai.

Asuka is way too into it. Lol.

Are they seriously just standing there?

At least this is a bit of variety.

3 way high five. XD

That face. Lol.

Asuka looks gorgeous here.

I guess Asuka is an actress. But then why the streching in the beginning?

It’s about time.

All work and no plays makes for a dull PV

A few days ago the full PV for Momoiro Clover Z’s upcoming single, Roudou Sanka, was released. Which is pretty surprising since there haven’t been any radio rips or PV previews released.

I haven’t been shy in expressing my utter love and interest in Momoiro Clover Z. But I am going to say something about them I never thought would be possible. I am completely underwhelmed and disappointed by their new PV. This song is a work labor support song, and I think they took the theme of the song a little to literal. But Momoclo always does that. Make a song about being weekend heroines, wear power range-esque costumes in the PV. Make a song called future bowl, actually bowl in the PV. However, it completely worked in those occasions, because they took the theme and went completely over the top with it. Is bowling even remotely interesting? Aboslutely not. But Momoclo managed to inject fun into it anyway. And that’s really what this PV is lacking. The PV just follows the girls on a normal work day. Doing mundane tasks like working in an office, working on a construction site, riding the train, and going out to drink after work. The only actual fun element in this PV is the outfit they wear. But beyond that, there’s nothing else. This PV is really missing the spark and flare from past PVs. I’ve never seen Momoclo be anything but fill force. And to see them at only about 50% is sad.

Super serious, dramatic entrances do no work for MomoClo.

I love how their guitars have a clover and in their group colors.

The ties on their head is adorable.

Lol at Momoka stretching beforehand.

I hate when idol dances aren’t in unison. You now where 1 girl starts dancing, and when she’s finished the next girl begins, and it just continues on. Even though the dance is supposed to look like that, it just makes it completely awkward looking. I don’t know who thinks having each girl doing a different moces actually looks good.

Beyond that, the dance is still pretty awkward.

Answering the phone, how exciting. I don’t know how Kanako can contain herself.

Also, it kinda reminds me of Berryz Koubou’s Madayade PV.

I haven’t really had a chance to remtion this before, but I don’t like Shiori with short hair. I wish their album beat B’z now. XD

Ayaka is adorable.

It’s hard to make constrution work even mildly interesting.

Momoka is perfection. *O*

I love when they used heart shaped lighting for idol PVs.

Waiting for the bus, now that’s dynamic. I do realize that I’m supposed to relate to this PV. However, I don’t have a job, so it’s pretty much lost on me.

Cute.

Momoka looks super adorable with braids.

Yakitori, looks good. At least, I think that’s chicken could be beef. XD

Adorable.

I’m always sad when I eat.

Um.. what?

WTF are thye drinking?

Momoka dance? We’ll let’s see it!

I’ve been lied to! XD

Cute.

Aww Momoka.

Umbrella golf?

What?

Cute pink megaphones.

It’s very Otsuka Ai-esque.

So, Momoka is afriad of turtles? But they should both realzie it’s not easy being green. XD

Lol.

Arashi’s puzzling new PV

The full PV for Arashi’s upcoming new single, Meikyuu Love Song, has been released.

This PV is hands down of Arashi’s best PVs in a while. I haven’t enjoyed a Arashi PV this much since Troublemaker was released. I do prefer the sillier more fun Arashi. As opposed to the super serious PVs they’ve been releasing lately which is usually nothing more than them just standing there. But this PV actually has something going on, and because of that it’s fantastic. The PV is basically JE’s take on Jumanji, but just with a far lower budget and no waiting in the jungle. The PV’s story is Arashi is on this life size game board, playing a life size game. Rolling the dice and doing whatever the game tells them to do. Which makes the PV completely fun and unserious.
Visually I think the PV is great. The set is really beautiful and well made. The dark lighting gives it a dark slightly creepy feel. Which is mostly likely what they were going for so close to Halloween. I also think the guys are styled really well. I absolutely love their old fashioned looking jackets.
There is one aspect of the PV that doesn’t make sense to me. Why is the set a game board? Meikyuu translates to labyrinth. And in the beginning of the PV it says the adventures of Puzzle Storm. Yet, the main set is a giant game board with giant dice. And random puzzle pieces thrown around. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never used dice while doing a puzzle, or walking through a labyrinth. A labyrinth would have been a better theme anyway. Having Arashi wander aimlessly through the maze, fighting monsters along the way before they finally become the Goblin Kings. And they would still have enough time to breakout into their own rendition of Magic Dance.

The board itself is a puzzle? That makes no sense. XD

The set is beautiful.

Woah, is that the clock from the Monster PV?

Love Ohno’s jacket.

Nino overacting. XD

Aiba trying to look cool.

Puzzle Storm sounds awkward, they should have kept their name in Japanese.

I love Sho’s whole outfit. XD

This isn’t how a board game works. Only 1 person is supposed to move.

Am I the only one annoyed that Nino makes this face at least once in every single PV he’s in? It doesn’t show deep emotion, it just makes you looks stupid.

I see he’s getting ready to pet the poodle, that is his hair.

It looks like Aiba is wearing the Gryffindor emblem on his shirt. That’s hilarious.

OMG, no way! We walked 6 places!

Lol.

Nice face MatsuJun.

I love that they are sitting on the dice, it adds a nice effect.

What do playing cards have to do with anything?

Fight!

Finish him!

Everyone overreact now!

This hair does nothing for you Nino. You’re practically a 10, but certainly not with this hair.

I have to admit, MatsuJun does look pretty cute in this PV.

Priceless faces.

What? Lol.

Cute.

Lol. Aiba is always the most entertaining.

Nino looks so adorable here, but it’s hard to look past all that hair. Lol.

I don’t get why they fell over.

Nya!

Now sing perfectly still.

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

Squat? For what reason? XD

So it’s imaginary tea.

This PV just keeps getting better.

Adorable.

However, the Ninos dissaprove.

So, that means they win?

Apparently so. XD

Lol.

Hooray.

Fairies New PV For You

The second PV for Song For You,off of Fairies’s double A-side debut single, More Kiss/Song For You, has just been released.

This PV is basically a carbon copy of the More Kiss PV. Yes, they are wearing different outfits and are being filmed at a different location, but everything else is exactly the same. Where the PV is nothing but dancing. They try to change it up and dance in different places and wear 4 different outfits. But nothing can take away from the fact that they are incredibly cheap PVs, that are nothing but one giant dance shot. I have to admit, I do like the Song For You PV more than Iiked the More Kiss PV. Mostly because they are dancing in a very grand and elegant setting and the outfts are a lot better. But I’m still not impressed with the PV itself. There are ways you can take a boring dance shot PV and make it interesting. But it’s like Fairies didn’t even try. I understand they wanted to give them maximum promotion with a double A-side debut single. But if they took the budget and made one PV, they would have gone from 2 simple and boring PVs to 1 incredible one. Which honestly would have left a bigger impression on potential fans.

Oh, a chandelier. How abstract.

I completely don’t get this part, where Momoka randomly runs in.

Good, she’s just as confused as I am.

Maybe it’s because she doesn’t want to do awful robot dance moves.

Of course she now magically knows all the moves to the dance. And by the way, they are wearing the exact same shoes from the More Kiss PV!

Momoka is really pretty though.

But I hate that they make her front girl position so obvious, as she’s the only girl to wear more than one color.

Miria is really cute. They should show her more.

If Sora was prettier she would probably get more attention, because her voice is great.

To be honest, all the other girls besides Momoka and Miria are kind of lack luster. Sorry Miki, you’re not that cute. XD

Miria is so adorable. She seriously reminds me of Zukki.

Ok, maybe Kawane is a little cute too.

Gee Gee Gee Baby Baby.

Air guitar move?

Now airplane. I though this group was supposed to be known for their dance skill.

Adorable.

Just because you are saying kikoenai doesn’t mean you have to hold your ears.

Look how overly excited Kawane is. Lol.

Love these outfits.

Red rover red rover send Miki right over.

Miria looking fierce. Lol.

Cute.

Seriously. XD

For some reason this reminds me a lot of

Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ai ing Aishiteru dance.

Mobekimasu show off the H!P philosophy

The full PV for Mobekimasu’s first single, Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku, was finally released a few days ago.

After seeing the PV previews it was pretty obvious, what the PV was going to be like. And because of that I didn’t really expect the PV to be spectacular. Which after seeing the full PV it’s pretty obvious to see that the PV isn’t. However, I am not disappointed in the least by it. And the reason for that is, is because this PV is set up the same way that the H!P All Stars’ All For One And One For All PV. I’m pretty sure that H!P fans are crying that this will never compare to H!P All Stars. But I guess those fans don’t understand that both PVs are almost exactly the same. The only real difference between the 2 is All For One And One For All had an actualy set, and this PV doesn’t. But let’s not act like the H!P All Stars set was incredible, because it wasn’t. It was a giant globe and a few hanging white lights. And the close-ups weren’t much better as they hung a few inflatable globes over head and called it a day. Which was as equally cheap as Mobekimasu’s PV. Another difference you would notice righ off the bat is lighting. The All For One And One For All has extremely bright lights giving it a more cheerful and happy theme. While the Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku goes for dimer lighting giving it a more mature theme. Which I do admit does make it look a bit more washed up compared to the All For One And One For All PV. But at the same time it shows how H!P has evolved over the years.
But pretty much every other aspect of this PV is exactly the same. Both PVs are pretty much just dance shots. With a few group close-ups thrown in. The Mobekimasu PV even mimicks the shots where they show each members name. However, the Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku doesn’t actually show the members name. I do like this PV for keeping the spirit of All For One And One For All PV. I do think the H!P All Stars did have a better PV, but only because they has actual sets, regardless of how cheaply made they were. If Mobekimasu added anything to their set their PV would probably be better than the H!P All Stars PV. Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku  is actually better made than All For One And One For All, because they have 2 different outfits and actual close-ups of the girls.
There is honestly not really a difference between Mobekimasu and H!P All Stars. And if you don’t like the PV, I really question if you ever really like H!P. This PV is set up exactly like one of their, in my opinion, most well known PVs. I can understand wanting the PV to be a littler brighter, because that’s the biggest draw back to me, but other than that it’s the exact same.  But Mobekimasu on the old H!P All Stars set and there’s absolutely no difference between the 2 PVs. Things are done slightly differently then before, but overall it’s the same PV.

Hate the set.

It’s too Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game.

It’s nothing but dancing where have I seen that before? By the way I hate that Riho is in the absolute center of the dance. It’s way too soon for her.

Oh right, that’s exactly how All For One And One For All is.

The dance is a little weird, but I actually like it.

They also sing in front of the entire group of girls, in a line waiting to step in fron when it’s their line.

Which is pretty much what half of the All For One And One For All PV was like.

Which is a cool effect they also did in the Hey Mirai PV. XD

Airi is super cute, but I feel like there’s too much Riho already.

Adorable.

Oh how I miss Miya’s long hair.

Cute. This has always been one of my favorite idol moves.

Ok, maybe the entire dance isn’t great.

What’s with the Swan Lake move? Lol.

Risa looks great here. I prefer her with lighter hair.

Risako looks gorgeous! *O*

I don’t get why they are looking up. Is the sky falling?

This nai move is cute though.

Here’s the equivalent of the name scenes from All For One And One For All.

Seriously, just slap her name there. It’s the same thing.

The shot does remind me of what they did in the Cinderella Complex PV though.

Cute.

Lol.

Aika! I’ve been missing her lately.

Momoko always looks cute.

Even with that weird face Maimi still looks gorgeous.

I kinda feel bad for Erina. She’s shown the least in this PV.

Saki always knows how to pose so that she’ll stand out.

Oh, Yuuka. XD

Love Maasa’s pose.

I absolutely love these outfits.

Cute.

Reminds me of the All For One And One For All PV.

Adorable Riho.

Why did they switch back into these outfits?

Momoko sneaking in and stealing the scene.

London Bridge is falling down!

Get it Yuuka!

Um..curtsying? Really?

Airi!

Lolz at Maimi.

I spot Mizuki. But she’s the only gen girl, besides Riho, I’ve seen in the whole PV.

Love the face.

Yurina looks stunning.

Everyone is pretty much making the same face. XD

Wow, Chisa looks bad here.

I love that Zukki trolls us and doesn’t make a weird face.

ManoEri looks adorable here. Why is Risako looking down though?

Meimi’s adorable fangs.

Mai looks so pretty.

Berryz Koubou’s and C-ute’s bittersweet collaboration

A high quality version of Berryz Koubou’s and C-ute’s firstcollab sinlge, Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku, has finally been released. A little over a week ago the PV was released, but it was in such low quality I decided to wait to make my review.

I have to admit I have been disappointed with Berikyuu’s collab pretty much from the get go. The idea was exciting, but they did not execute it well at all. The song itself is bland, and we are also given an equally lack luster PV. The PV isn’t cheap, and it’s not that it’s boring. But I just don’t like they story that it’s portraying. The ironic thing is I’m always complaining that H!P PVs don’t have enough of a storyline, and now that they release a PV with a cleat story I still don’t like it. I guess I’m a little hard to please. But that’s because I have very distinct tastes.
I do give Berikyuu and absolute A for effort because there is a a crystal clear story going on. The PV follows the girls getting ready for the Japanese Cultural Festival at their school. The girls are, I’m guessing part of the choir or some sort of singing club, and the PV depicts them getting ready for their performance. They are shown picking the music, setting thing up, practicing, and their actual performance. Pretty much the whole shebang. But it also randomly shows them getting their diplomas. So, they might actually be singing at their graduation. But then why are they in kimonos. Ok, so maybe the PV itself isn’t 100% crystal clear. But it’s about 95%.
I am just completely bored of school settings. They have done this theme to death in idol PVs. AKB48 alone has had about 5 or more school PVs. And unless they are going to do something unexpecting with the school setting like AKB48’s Namida Surprise PV, SKE48’s 1234 Yoroshiku PV, or even Buono’s Kiss Kiss Kiss PV, I would really care if I saw another school themed PV again. Especially ones about ones to appear to be about school festivals. An actual school festival looks amazingly fun, and I am extremely jealous the US doesn’t do things like that. However, recreating one never comes off as fun or interesting. AKB48’s Oogoe Diamond PV had a festival theme and was a little interesting. But I only really liked the parts where they were practicing their dances. All the other scenes were a little boring to be honest.

I wish I could read what that said. But it’s most likely a generic school name. If I made the PV I would have given it a clever name. XD

Of course there has to be cherry blossoms.

The outfits are horrible. Couldn’t they have given them pretty kimonos at least?

Cheap effect, but I love it. And I love that everyone but Airi and Maasa are doing peace signs. Lol.

Wow, Maimi looks gorgeous. *O*

I’m sure Yurina does too. But right here she’s forcing her smile too much. And it’s way too big and noticeably fake.

I don’t like Miaybi with short hair.

My god, Airi is so beautiful and cute at the same time!

That hair does absolutely nothing for Risako. She looks awful.

Momoko looking as adorable as ever.

Saki does look pretty here. I love her hairstyle.

Yurina! Simply gorgeous!

Chisato honestly looks a little frumpy here.

Setting things up, how interesting. XD

I love how lively Chinami looks.

Adorable. This new hair really suits Mai. She’s never looked prettier.

Oh, practicing. They really know how to make an exciting PV that just grabs you in.

Adorable Momoko.

This looks more like teasing then scolding.

Yurina should have been in the back, she’s just towering over everyone. Lol.

MaiMai just looks so cute in this PV.

Look at all the random extras.

Airi!

So, a graduation afterall?

I hate that this song doesn’t have a dance.

These were the best close-ups in the whole PV.