DiVA-Lost the Way PV preview

A few days ago Avex’s official youtube channel uploaded the short version of the PV for DiVA’s upcoming new single, Lost the Way.

DiVA, DiVA, DiVA, what in the world are you doing? I don’t even know how I’m supposed to feel about this PV. On one hand I absolutely love it. The dark set and equally dark outfits work so well because of the mature and serious nature of their songs. Those scenes also make the close-up scenes with brighter outfits and lights really pop. And overall the girls are dressed and styled perfectly. The gray outfits are grogeous and have a very futuristic and high fashion feel to them. I don’t really like their outfits in the close-up scenes because they are all wearing the same hideous semicircle looking pattern. But everyone looks gorgeous in the close-ups, everyone’s hair styles really work for them. Especially Sayaka, the girl looks amazing.

But one the other hand I hate the PV because of how the new members are treated. I understand that they are unknown girls with no affiliation to AKB48. But they are official members, and they are being treated like the sub-members of S/mileage were. Where they had practically zero lines and were glorified backup dancers. But these members are treated worse. At least with S/mileage they got to sing yeah, fu, and go, and had their own close-ups. These poor girl don’t utter a word and do not get any close-up shots. And they are wearing simple and plan outfits compared to the original members of DiVA. They are being treated just like sub-members, but they are all full time members of the group. It makes absolutely no sense. What was the point in adding them if they aren’t going to use them? I understand wanting to slowly warm up the fans to the new girls, but this is a bit excessive. Yes, you can argue that this is only 1/2 or 1/3 of the PV and we don’t know what’s going to happen. And that is true, we don’t know. But one can assume that the rest of the PV isn’t going to be much better. Unless they have the 1st gen and 2nd gen members switch places completely for the 2nd verse, I don’t see how it could get any better for the new members. I guess that’s also why DiVA is still written with a lowercase i.

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.

DiVA grows by six

During AKB48’s Kohaku event they revealed the new members of AKB48’s sub-group DiVA. Though if they added new members I suppose the i in DiVA can finally be capitalized. They revealed that the 6 new members are Kasuya Satoko, Futami Yuuki, Furukawa Atsuko, Fuku Noramu, Inoue Yuina, Yamagami Ayaka. Nothing else about the members have been revealed yet, not even their ages.

This auditions were first announced back in August and Ihaven’t thought a lot about them since. To tell you the truth I actually forgot about them. But a staggering 4 month audition process is pretty serious. It pretty much means you can expect these new members to be incredibly skilled at both singing and dancing.
A short video about the new members was released. We don’t get to see a whole lot, besides a picture of them and a short clip of them dancing during the auditions. As of right now the members that stand out to me are Inoue Yuina and Furukawa Atsuko. Yuina because she looks like the best dancer of the bunch, and Atsuko because she looks to be the prettiest of the bunch.
Other than that, there’s not much else I can comment on. I’ll have to wait until their first single before I can really judge them.

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.

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.

Watarirouka Hashiritai7-Kibou Sanmyaku preview

A few days ago the new opening for the Crayon Shin-chan anime aired. And sinceWatarirouka Hashiritai7’s upcoming single, Kibou Sanmyaku, is being used as the new theme, we get to hear a preview of the song. There’s also a full radio rip of this song floating around, however I can’t find it.

I was completely not expecting this song to sound the way it does. The music is a lot heavier then what they usually release. The song and music almost has dark undertones to it. Well, about as dark as a song can sound with the sugary sweet voices of Watarirouka Hashiritai7. The song also, in an odd way, reminds me of Muten Musume’s Appare Kaiten Zushi. Just the parts where they repeat the words sa and mae.
I do have to admit, I am not in love with this song. This is hardly their best song. Quite honestly, a majority of their past A-sides have been 100 times stronger than this song. I prefer my Watarirouka Hashiritai7 to be super upbeat and cutesy. This song is just to different of a sound for my taste.  AndI don’t really think it fits them at all. How do you go from Hetappi Wink to this?

French Kiss-Saisho no Mail PV preview

The PV preview for French Kiss’s upcoming 4th single, Saisho no Mail, was released. And Avex must read my blog because the PV preivew is a nice short 40 seconds, like I prefer.

Since most of French Kiss’s PV tend to tell stories than have a regular idol PV, it’s no surprise that this PV seems to be exactly the same. Pretty much there are 2 scenes really in the PV so fare. Yuki and Asuka get a text message obviously from Aki, and then they meet up. The other scene is French Kiss randomly standing in a pure white sunlit room. Which makes me think that this song will not have a dance. Which is completely boring. The PV as a whole seems kinda boring. At least If had a better story, actually had a dance, and was a better song. I am just completely not into this single. The only positive I have about this is the girls look amazing. Especially Aki who’s rocking that shortcut. But the girls always look amazing. I want more from a PV.

Not Yet are the talk of the town in new PV

A few days ago AKB48 sub-group Not Yet released the full PV for their 3rd single Pera Pera Perao.

Just when I didn’t think the PV could get any better than the preview showed. Somehow Not Yet managed to go above and beyond my expectations, and made probably one of my favorite PVs in 2011 so far. I absolutely love everything about this PV. I love the sets, the outfits, the background dancers, the clear storyline, and the use of English throughout the PV. I love the fact that most of the PV is PV takes place in a 50’s styled diner. I’m not sure if I would have liked it as much if it was just a regular diner. But not only that the set itslef is styled beautifully, there are a lot of props in it and it is very bright and vibrant. But Not Yet doesn’t stop there, no instead they have 3 additional sets. Which aren’t as spectacular as the diner set, and actually look like they might be in front of a green screen. But how often do we really see idol PVs with 3 or 4 different sets? Hardly ever. Not Yet also wears 3 different outfits, which is another rarity in idol PVs. Usually we only get a dance scene outfits and sometimes a close-up. I honestly think only two of the outfits are cute, but you have to give them extra points for even having 3 outfits. The other aspect of the PV that I love is how clear the storyline is. The PV is supposed to follow the lyrics about a guy who wants to be able to talk better to girls, and you can see that in the PV. The PV does have scenes showing little boys be unable to get their true feelings across to the members of Not yet. The thought bubbles written in English obvious make it 100 times easier to understand.
Overall I think the PV is completely solid. It’s really fun and is a joy to watch. The only part of the PV I’m not too enamored is the dance. But they make up for it by having backup dancers.

I absolutely love the set!

No, really. Look how pretty the set is.

I always love this dance move in idol dances.

The dance is a little too simple. I do love these outfits though. They are a pretty simple design, but are still cute.

Rie’s hairstyle is super cute.

This scene is cute. And lolz at Rie’s face.

Hmm, this is oddly familiar.

It’s probably because Secret’s Shy Boy video has a nearly identical scene.

I love that I can read that.

It’s no fun when I can’t. XD

Sasshi is so pretty. *O*

Adorable. But that kida looks so confused.

Lol.

I can’t help being biased. Rie and Sasshi look the best in this PV.

Backup dancers makes any dance look better.

Aww poor kid. But Yuko looks gorgeous.

Yui looks as washed up as ever.

Everyone looks so awkward here. Like they don’t expect the mic stand to go down properly.

Random shot of the kids.

Yui always comes off as fake to me. But Rie looks cute, sporting another adorable hairstyle.

Adorable!

Lolz at Yuko.

You’re on the phone? I would have never guessed!

Meh, Yui doesn’t even look cute here.

Gorgeous! Rie manages too look flawless in all 3 outfits. It’s the like the stylist was a Rie fan. Lol.

Cute.

I love that’s it’s just randomly night.

Aww, Yuko looks so sad.

But Yui looks creepy and emotionless.

The bubbles add a cute effect.

I just noticed the ceiling tiles are rainbow colored, that’s awesome. XD

French Kiss-Saisho no Mail radio rip

The full radio rip for French Kiss’s upcoming 4th single, Saisho no Mail, has just been released. It might be the full rip but French Kiss talks over about half of the song, which honestly annoyed me to no end.

I’m not really into what I hear so far. The song is very soft and elegant. A very light and airy song. That no doubt has some heartwarming lyrics, about a first love letter or something along those lines. Which is fine, and standard idol far. But the song itself is far to slow for my taste. I’ve said it a hundred times before that I am not a big fan of slow paced songs at all. For me to actually like a slow song, it better have such beautiful lyrics that tear well up in my eyes. Somehow, I doubt this song is like that. The song is sung beautifully, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

Watarirouka Hashiritai7 to release 9th single

It was just announced that Watarirouka Hashiritai7 will be announcing their 9th single. The single is still untitled but will be released on November 30th.

A lot of fans seem to have a problem with it being yet another Watarirouka Hashiritai7 single. And I tend to agree with that. I thought they were only supposed to be 7 for Valentine Kiss. I guess they are officially Watarirouka Hashiritai7 from now on. Which doesn’t really bother me. It’s not like Mika or Misaki get that many lines anyway.
As always I am completely excited for this release. Especially since Hetappi Wink was awesome. Well, the song was ok, but the PV was amazing.

You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.


Watarirouka Hashiritai7 – TBA [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type A]

Watarirouka Hashiritai7 – TBA [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type B]

Watarirouka Hashiritai7 – TBA [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type C]

Watarirouka Hashiritai7 – TBA [Regular Edition]

Not Yet-Pera Pera Perao PV preview

AKB48 sub-group Not Yet announced they are releasing their 3rd single. The single is entitled Pera Pera Perao and will be released on November 16th. A short PV preview for the single has also been released.

The preview is only about 50 seconds long so it’s hard to really get a feel for the song, since we only hear the chorus. But when I can hear of it sounds absolutely adorable. What is so interesting about Not Yet is each single their sound completely changes. The single is a the typical type of idol songs that I absolutely love. Yeah, it’s a tad generic but it’s fun and upbeat, and that’s all that really matters.
Because of the way they preview is we only get to see 20 seconds of the PV. The PV has a restaurant/waitress theme, and features the girls in a 50’s styled dinner wearing adorable waitress uniforms. What I like about the PV is that the set is very vibrant and interesting. The PV also shows Not Yet standing next to little boys, which is apparently supposed to be following the lyrics of the song. But since I can’t understand them, that meaning is lost on me. XD Another interesting aspect of this is that they have random backup dancers in the PV. Which isn’t really something that AKB48 or their sub-groups really do. I think it adds a nice element to the PV and makes them standout more as a sub-group.

You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.


Not Yet – Pera Pera Perao [CD+DVD / Type-A]

Not Yet – Pera Pera Perao [CD+DVD / Type-B]

Not Yet – Pera Pera Perao [CD+DVD / Type-C]

no3b to release 8th single

AKB48 subgroup, no3b, announced recently that they will be releasing an 8th single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on November 2nd.

No3b is one of my favorite AKB48 sub-groups. They always release consistanly good songs. And their last single, Kuchibiru Furezu, was amazing both song and PV wise. Hopefully their new song is just as good. But I would still prefer a song along the lines of their earlier singles. But for some reason I have a feeling this song will be a lot calmer.