Recently Berryz Koubou’s PV for Asian Celebration was released.
And I have to admit I’ve really been waiting for this PV to be released. I’ve been instantly in love with the song since I first heard it. Just everything about it is just perfect. And it’s a real improvement from their lackluster Want.
Even thought the song is incredible, I’m only mildly impressed with the PV. Since the song is an electronic dance song they went for the most obvious PV theme, a dance club. In my review for Kisumai’s Shake It Baby PV I said how I find club PV to be boring because of how similar every club PV ever made is. And that’s painfully true in Asian Celebration’s case. Not only did they copy most club PVs, they copied their own club PV.
When I first watched this all I could think of is how incredibly similar to their Dakishimete Dakishimete PV.
To such an extent it kind of looks like the sequel to Dakishimete Dakishimete, rather than its own PV.
The sets are understandably not 100% the same. Instead of speakers being prominent instead the Asian Celebration PV is filled with disco balls. Both PVs also have vibrant club lights.
In Dakishimete Dakishimete it’s lasers and lights from disco balls, while in Asian Celebration it’s sparkles and lights from the disco balls.
And of course the most blatant similarity is the DJ booth.
In both PVs it’s in the same exact place, and throughout each PV the members take turns being the DJ. And the sad part is, the Dakishimete Dakishimete PV is actually a better PV. It just has more things going on to make it more fun.
H!P PV directors have just brought lack of creativity to a whole new level. Nothing says “I’m out of ideas,” quite like copying a PV you’ve already made. But in Berryz defense it is hard to make a club themed PV anymore that’s completely original. I think NEWS’ Koi no ABO is one of the few cases where they had a club PV that was unique. Having them be hosts in the club made for a lot of different elements in the PV and interesting scenes. But it’s not like Berryz could make a PV like that. Especially since that’s the exact theme Dream Morning Musume used for their Shining Butterfly PV.
There is a plus to this PV however, and that’s how fun the PV actually looks. I really like that they girls look like they genuinely had fun shooting this PV. The girls just look so natural and pretty. I think everyone is styled exceptionally well. Those outfits are amazing, mostly because I’m a sucker for zebra print. And I have to say that surprisingly Captain stood out the most for me. As much as they were shoving Miyabi in my face every second I think Saki really shined in this PV. She actually did have quite a big of focus on her this PV, and she used what screen time she had really well.
Nice DJ equipment.
A lot of people don’t like Miya’s hair in this PV, but I think she looks adorable with it.
Wait, is she wearing circle lenses? Her eyes look different here.
Love love love these outfits. I also really love the rainbow colored floor.
Risako sexing up the place.
Yurina looks simply gorgeous here.
Wow Momoko doesn’t have her Momochi hair. How is the world still spinning?
So cute. But I don’t really like this hair on her.
Never mind, I change my mind. Miya looks pretty sexy here.
This PV is overflowing with Miyabi.
Too such an extent it’s hard to even seen the other members.
I love how carefree Chinami looks.
Wow Saki looks fantastic here.
Just so gorgeous.
Momoko still looks cute without her usual hairstyle.
You’re killing me here.
Even here Saki is bringing it.
Maasa is so pretty.
This is such an awkward part of the dance.
Just wow Saki.