Kisumai’s PV never fails to make me smile

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A few months ago the full PVs for Kis-My-Ft2’s new double A-side single KI.SU.U.MA.I ~Kiss Your Mind~ / S.O.S (Smile On Smile) were released. It’s a lot late, I know. I apologize. But I’ll find a happy medium in blogging again.

The S.O.S PV again took top priority because one of my lovely readers asked me when I was going to review it, so I know they’ve been waiting and looking forward to this.

After watching this PV and following their releases all I can say is, “What are you doing to me Kisumai?” I’m a super casual fan of Kisumai and I always planned on it staying that way. Honestly, because of the same reason I used too be casual with KAT-TUN, and that’s because their singles are great, but they could’t seem to pull it together and make a decent album. KAT-TUN’s albums got increasingly better after Jin left, but I’m not sure sure about Kisumai. I say that because right now I’m only going on Kis-My-1st because I have not had a chance to listen to Ikuze Good yet.

But lately Kisumai has like been begging me to become a bigger fan of them. Enticing me with singles released so soon after each other, double A-sides, a DVD, album, and single all released on the same day. I have to say looking from my stagnant Hey! Say! JUMP and NEWS fandom, the Kisumai fandom looks shiny and fun. Now, all they need is someone to consistently sub their variety shows and I’m sold.

Now, that was way off subject, but important nonetheless. The PV is also being me to become a bigger fan. It is just incredibly charming. Everything about it is just fun. It has the same flare as the Unmei Girl PV in the sense that it’s a relatively simple PV that’s enhanced by the members themselves.

I have to give the editors of this PV props they made a CG PV that actually looks good. Most of the time CG PVs seem to have such a low budget that they can’t afford the good CG and instead use really awful cheap looking CG that brings down the entire PV. But it seems like Kisumai spent a decent amount of money on this PV and it completely shows with the quality of the CG.

Everyone who makes idol PV should take note of this PV because this is how CG idol PVs should be made. At first glance the PV looks boring because it’s set it what can only be described as a futuristic town completely made of white. But once the abstract/ pop art looking graffiti flashes across the screen it immediately makes sense why they went for such a subdued backdrop. I think it was such a smart idea for them to have 3D graffiti and to have their movements paint even more graphics. It really brightens things up without being too much and overpowering the entire PV. It’s extremely eye catching and and really adds a fun and cutesy element to the PV. I have to say I’m a sucker for happy-go-lucky idol PVs, so I really prefer when Kisumai is being cute and slightly childish vs when they try to be mature and sexy and release heavy rock music. But that’s just my opinion.

The other thing I absolutely love about this PV is even if there wasn’t any pop art graffiti this PV can stand alone with any of it. And that really speaks volumes for the PV itself. That they graphics are completely enhancing the PV and aren’t being used to dress up an otherwise predictable PV. The guys are completely charming and effervescent in this PV and are as equally bright and vivid as the PV itself. The guys are just being so carefree, energetic, and just really natural. There’s a real playful element where the guys are chasing each other, randomly invading each others solo shots, and always being extremely enthusiastic. Whether it’s during the dance or just running in place somewhere in the distance.

And another big plus for this video is we actually get to see the other 4 members quite a bit! It’s nowhere near the screen time they deserve, but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the attention they usually get. It’s not a perfect situation, but maybe just maybe, this means management is finally opening their eyes and is going to start using the other guys more. Maybe an evenly distributed song and PV is closer than we think. Despite Tama being my favorite member I’d be perfectly ok with seeing him less and seeing more of, say, the always exuberant Miyata.

Aside being in love with this PV, and I am in love with it, absolutely in love with it, I also consider it to be one of the best PVs of 2013 so far. And I honestly can’t see many PVs topping it. However, there is one scene I just don’t like at all, and it’s the scenes where they are dancing in front of the earth. And I don’t like it because it’s the one time in the PV you’re painfully aware that you’re watching a CG PV. The CG is just such a poor quality it doesn’t fit with the rest of the PV. And besides that, dancing it front of the Earth with rainbow colors flashing around it reminds me 100% of Berryz Koubou’s Ryuusei Boy PV.

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Conveyor belt Kisumai.

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This dance is a little too simple for my taste.

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Graffiti try not to be so obnoxious.

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Taisuke looking as cute as ever.

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Now this is the perfect amount of graffiti. And I love how it’s also on the billboard.

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How adorable.

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Is there really anyone more adorable than Tama?

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Still this dance. Not good.

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Nice ascot there.

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Cutie.

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This is pretty reminiscent of Ryuusei Boy.

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Don’t you think?

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Adorable.

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Love these bouncing smiles.

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This PV makes walking on that conveyor belt look so easy, but during the PV making they fell down like 10 times.

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Oh Miyacchi.

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Come on Miyata go away, you’re getting in the way of Hiro’s usual 8 hours of screen time.

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Sometimes Hiro is so close to being cute, but then they are times like this where he looks like a troll.

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Senga’s quite a scene stealer, I barely noticed Taisuke here.

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But then the next second it’s as if no one exists but Taisuke.

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Wait a minute, are Tama’s eyes two different colors? I’ll have a kinship with him times 1,000 if we both have heterochromia iridum!

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I really wish we could see the pop art font in the background better.

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This forced perspective is really cool. Reminds me of the forced perspective things Mini Moni did on Ayu ready.

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It looks like Senga is going to fall.

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Get back under your bridge Hiro.

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Omg Miyata.

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Love all the different fonts.

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Such a cutie.

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I love the effect under their steps.

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It’s so cool how the futuristic world is literally crumbling away to form the new set.

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Now this really reminds me of Ryuusei Boy.

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Kind of a similar feel.

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Just when their outfits almost matched they had to find a way to make sure they didn’t.

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I love that the smiley faces are in the sky.

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This is Unmei Girl

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Since Kisumai’s last single was a double A-side it means I have to review both PVs. This time it’s the Unmei Girl PV. (Also, I don’t know if anyone but myself appreciates the H!P and Johnny’s mixed pun.)

I do admit, in my opinion, Unmei Girl is far better than My Resistance. The song is that happy, bubble gum pop, just cutesy idol music that I love. A lot catchier and fun than the serious number that My Resistance was. And I actually regret not reviewing the PV sooner because, surprisingly, I actually like it. I was just immediately turned off after I saw nothing but roller skates in the preview. I think by now I’ve made it obvious how I feel about them.

But after watching the PV I love it. I honestly really love this PV. It’s like 4 minutes of pure cutesy idol fun. Just everything about this PV works for me. There’s nothing spectacular about the way that the PV is made, it’s actually very cheap. Only 2 sets, only one outfit, and still severely unfair screen time distribution. But I love it because both sets are just so bright and vivid. And they are decorated really well, and there’s so much going on in each set that your eyes are drawn to it. It’s just so cute and eye-catching that it makes the entire PV fun and interesting.

But what really wins me over with this PV is how Kisumai themselves are acting. Since this is such an upbeat and fun song, the guys really went for it. The dance is really cute and face paced to match the song. And to further match the song the guys took full advantage and every close-up shot, actually every time they are singing, is accompanied with a cutesy idol pose. And that really made the entire so much fun to watch. There’s literally not a frame in the entire PV where something fun isn’t going on.

I also really love the scenes where they are just being weird and jumping over members, or picking members up. They are hands down my favorite parts of the entire PV. At one point they are just roller skating in a giant circle, but they somehow managed to make that look interesting. This PV is so much fun to watch from start to finish.

I’m just such a gigantic fan of this PV. I love those moments where you’re expecting the PV to bad because of how cheap it is, but then you’re pleasantly surprised by how amazing it actually is. I love PVs that are enjoyable to watch solely because of how charming the idols themselves are rather than relying on a fancy set or theme. While I do appreciate when a PV is high quality, I still love PVs that are cheap but cute. It’s just the PVs that are both cheap and boring that I can’t stand.

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Roller skates and I don’t mix.

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Ok, I get it, they’re roller skates. I don’t need to see them from every single angle.

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Tama’s such a cutie.

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Taisuke looking as good as ever.

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I absolutely love this dance.

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Nice jacket swing.

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Adorable.

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Look at all the random things in the set. A circle that looks like Jupiter, a carousel horse, a random deer head, etc. 

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Look how cute and idolly the whole PV is.

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So cute.

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Getting really sick of never seeing the other 4 members.

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Oh no, the more I see Hiro the more appealing he is. Probably because of how weird I find him personality wise. Lol. 

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Like he almost looks cute here.

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This is such a great set.

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It almost looks like Taisuke is intentionally blocking Nika. Lol.

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See it’s doing random things like this that make the PV even more fun.

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Sorry but Taisuke is gorgeous.

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And Tama is such a cutie.

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Lol.

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That’s an impressive jump.

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Hiro makes the best faces.

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*O*

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Awesome that they use a star as a segue scene

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Yes, dance around the almighty shoe. 

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They look cut while they do it though.

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Wow 2 scenes in the entire PV. Yup, that’s enough.

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I’m getting Junior colosseum flashbacks. Lol.

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I love this I l-o-v-e you part.

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Wink.

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Everyone’s into it but Yoko. And I love how Taisuke like fell into place. And lolz at Tama’s face.

Kisumai’s PV is easy to resist

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About a month ago Kis-My-Ft2’s both full PVs for their new double A-side single was released. And I was left unimpressed when the first of the two PV were released.

Now, I’ve waited so long to review the My Resistance PV half because the song hasn’t really grown on me despite hoping that it would. And the half, and the main reason, is because this video is nearly identical to NEWS’ Taiyou no Namida PV.

Ok, maybe identical is a strong word, but if you watch both PVs back to back you can’t deny the obvious similarities. Both PVs are filmed in the streets on a very dark and drab set. The main plot of both PVs is the members just sitting on steps or in front on doorways while singing. To make the My Resistance PV even more unoriginal Kis-My-Ft2 is also dancing in the rain in this PV. Which to me was an element that made the Taiyou no Namida PV cool and uniquely NEWS.
Kisumai’s PV does try to be a little bit different. For starters there is more going on in NEWS’s PV. THe Taiyou no Namida PV is filmed half indoors and half outdoors, while the My Resistance PV is filmed exclusively outside. Except for that one time Yokko is peaking outside one of the windows for 5 seconds. And the rain scenes are a little
different. Since NEWS’ song is called Taiyou no Namida there’s obvious more rain scenes than the My Resistance PV.

My Resistnace’s rain scene isn’t really the main focal point of the PV. Instead it only rains a bit and then shows the sky clearing and the buildings brightening up. Which is obviously to match what I am assuming is uplifting and positive lyrics. I guess it’s cool to have the PV say, stay positive since even though things are desperate and it seems the rain will never clear eventually it will.

Sappy inspiring meaning aside, I do not like this PV. Full stop this PV is a near carbon copy of NEWS’ Taiyou no Namida PV. So everything that I loved about that PV or thought was unique about that PV is ruined now because I’ve seen it already. The My Resistance PV is a cheap rip-off that can’t compete or compare to the original.

But even if these PV wasn’t so similar to a PV I’ve already seen before, it’s not impressive enough on it’s own. The entire PV is just them looking sad while sitting or standing, and then dancing for a bit. There’s also this weird scene where they all grasp these glowing necklaces. Which to be honest, I’m not so sure what they’re supposed to be about. All I know is after they grasp their necklaces, they gather together, and then it rains.

I’m actually really surprised with how boring this PV is. Kis-My-Ft2 usually makes good PVs. And if they PVs aren’t good they are expensive looking and you can tell they put actually effort into the PV. With the My Resistance PV it looks like they didn’t even try.

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Nice streetlight. I don’t think they need to focus on it for 15 seconds though.

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This PV is boring already.

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Tama’s a cutie though.

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Taisuke’s looking good too.

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There’s literally nothing to cap in this PV. Nothing is happening.

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At least dancing adds some variety.

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Except the dance itself is nothing that impressive.

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I guess the set itself is kind of nice.

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Wow 1:46 in the video and we finally see one of the other 4 members.

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I’m not exactly sure why Yokoo is hanging out the window.


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Oh apparently, so is Nika.

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Now that I get a better look at it, that’s a nice outfit.

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Cute. *O*

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What?

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Magic glowing necklace.

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It’s completely unfair, their jackets are so dark they almost blend right into the set.

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Wow Yoko’s jacket is crushed velvet. Nice.

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Cool.

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Taiyou no Namida.

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Best scenes of the entire PV.

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Tama’s face. Lolz.

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How pretty.

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Lol.

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Wink.

Kisumai fail to shake things up

And just like that I’m back to blogging. So, hopefully my dear readers have really missed my blogging. I certainty hope they missed my PV reviews because since I missed so many PVs last year, I’m going to be reviewing the ones that either my readers wanted to see or my personal favorites that I missed.

And without further ado, onto the PV review.

Shake It Up by Kisumai may seem like an odd first choice, and it is. But a few months ago on twitter one of my followers, and obviously blog readers, asked me when I was going to review this PV. And I told them as soon as the full PV was released. Little did I know that never actually happened. I actually kinda feel bad for not living up to my word on that, so this PV became top priority.

Can I just start out by saying I am absolutely sick of this song? When I first heard it as the theme for the Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou drama I really loved the song. And when Bakaleya6 and Takaki performed it for the first time I thought that was perfect. But since then it’s become Bakaleya6’s basically theme song and they’ve performed it maybe 6 or 7 different times. And because I’m such a Kyomoto Taiga fan, I’ve probably watched them perform it like 30 times. Too much of a good thing, and now I’m sick of it.

As for the PV, I can’t say I’m a fan of it either. The PV has a club theme, which makes sense considering it’s a dance song. But that premise feels completely flat to me. Maybe because 70% of America videos have been filmed in night clubs over past 4 years or so. But it’s mostly because if you’ve seen one club video, you’ve seen them all. There’s not really much you can do with a club setting. You either go with Yamapi’s One in a Million PV where you fall in love in a club (cue Usher song here) or you go with Kisumai’s format for this PV which is nothing but dancing.

And honestly that’s completely stale, I’m over that. But not only that, if you’re going to make the PV focus heavily on dancing you should make sure the choreography isn’t awful. The choreography for Shake It Up is so simple that it borders on ridiculous. They’re basically swinging and shaking their hands the entire time. And sometimes lifting their leg. It looks like dancing I’d do in a club, not something idols trained in dancing would do. But hey, I can’t really complain they managed to lose the roller skates for at least one PV. That’s pretty much all I can ask from Kisumai.

I do have to give Kisumai half a point because they do attempt to shake things up (see what I did there?) and add some variety to the PV. Which would have worked if those elements weren’t borrowed from other PVs. First off, the the self filming/ panning of one person shot. I obiviously don’t make music videos for a living and have no idea what the correct term for that is, but if you’ve seen the PV you know what I’m referring to. It immediately makes me think of Yamapi’s Hadakanbo PV. But since I explained in my review of that PV how the entire PV was a complete rip off of Mike Posner’s Cooler Than Me video, it’s kinda become panning-seption now.

The other more obvious borrowed element is the brown chair. Now, if you’ve seen the PV for Face Down by Arashi you’ll remember that 90% of the PV focused on Arashi sitting in big brown chairs. While Kisumai do move more around in it than Arashi did, it’s still something I’ve seen before and therefore boring.

While I’m on the subject of copying PVs, this whole PV makes me think of Daikoku Danji’s Love Parade PV. I don’t know if my readers of this blog are familiar with this group, but Daikoku Danji are a Kpop crossover group which I do adore because of how, besides B1A4, they are the only male Kpop group who’s songs and PVs really sound and look like a male Jpop group. Most of the male crossover groups just look and sound like Kpop in Japanese. I might actually review their past PVs for fun sometime in the future. But I digress.

The Love Parade PV is hardly similar to this PV, so don’t start yelling at me that the PVs are completely different. It’s just the overall feel that is the same. Both groups are styled very similarly, both groups have a club setting, both groups even hold up the word love. Of course Kisumai has a club full of people while Daikoku Danji are alone. And a handful of other differences. I don’t know there’s just something about the Love Parade PV that immediately makes me think of this one.

I also don’t really like the outfits. There as flamboyant and almost embarrassing as most male idol outfits are. But there’s something about them that are almost cringe worthly. Maybe it’s Taisuke’s woman’s jacket, Tama’s puked up a nebula scarf, or Hiro’s wannabeee (I’ll stop with the puns soon, I swear) punk rock jacket. It might even be Yoko’s what-were-they-thinking pants, I don’t know. But whatever it is, at the very least these outfits deserve a silent head shake in disapproval.

Starting off with a Taisuke wink isn’t too shabby.

All the movements in this PV are way too intense. They really need to tone it down a bit.

I think my favorite parts of Kisumai PVs is how they continue to not make it too obvious who the popular members are. 

Unoriginal brown hair. And let me just say I doubt Hiro even knows who Slayer is let alone listen to them. Lol.

Reminds me so much of Arashi’s face down PV.

I really like Taisuke’s jacket. But in the sense that it would probably look better on me.

It also really reminds me of the jacket Hyunseung wore in the Troublemaker video.

This dance. It’s just so simple.

Like ridiculously simple.

Taisuke is trying way too hard in this PV.

I almost can’t believe some of these dance moves.

That duck face.

Yup, definitely trying too hard. 

Is that a dinosaur on his shirt? Also, self panning shots are unoriginal.

Reminds me too much of Yamapi’s Hadakanbo PV.

 

The faces in this PV man.

Like seriously.

Poor Miyata, if he wasn’t in the drama he probably would have never gotten a line in the song.

I’m a sucker for idol winks.

What is Yoko doing? Lol.

Still think this dance is pretty ridiculous.

Family portrait. (Get it? Rocky Horror reference. XD )

Too intense man.

Wink.

Lol.

Through it all Tama still manages to look cute.

Ok then.

It’s backwards there Hiro.

Still reminds me of this.

Hiro’s face. Lol.

Kis-My-Ft2 – My Resistance Tashikana Mono preview

The full radio rip for Kisumai’s My Resistance Tashikana Mono off their upcoming double A-side new single, My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl, was just released. My Resistance will be used as the theme for Tamamori Yuta’s new drama Nobunaga no Chef.

When the song first started I knew I wasn’t going to like it very much. And, honestly, I’m still on the fence about the song. The song starts off with very soft piano music and accompanied with equally sad background music. The entire song sounds very emotional and sad. It’s times like this I wish I understood Japanese. 

What I do find odd about this song is that Taisuke seems to be rapping through most of it. Not only does it not really fit with the sad music, you’d figure there would be a much bigger Yuta part in the song since it’s for his drama. I mean a good chunk of the song is Yuta. I mean, come on this is unfair Kisumai of course he’s prominent in the song. I was just expecting Yuta to sing 3/4 of the song.

Midway through the song the whole tempo and feel changes. Which is why I can’t really decide exactly how I feel about the song yet. The music becomes very upbeat and it sounds like the message changes from sad to positive, and maybe even inspiring. I don’t know, I feel like I really have to wait for a translation because this seems like one of those songs that will have great lyrics.

Anyway here’s the preview. My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl will be released on February 13th.

Kis-My-Ft2-Wanna Beeee PV preview

Recently the short version for Kisumai’s PV Wanna Beeee was released. Wanna Beee is from Kisumai’s upcoming double A-side 4th single, Wanna Beeee/Shake It Up, which will be released on August 18th.

I have to say, so far, this looks like Kisumai’s best PV yet. Avex seems to really give Kisumai a fairly large budget. With each release the PVs keep getting more elaboration and jut plain better. The theme for the PV is pretty simple: the members of Kis-My-Ft2 are looking for buried treasure. But it’s all the little details the make the PV look amazing. The sets are really well made, and at times over decorated which makes the overall PV extremely eye catching. I just think pirate themed PV are really cool. An Cafe just had their pirate themed Amazing Blue, which was equally awesome.

Even thought the full version of the PV is probably only another 2 minutes max, I’m still looking forward to see the finished results.

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.

Kis-My-Ft2-She Her Her preview

Recently the full radio rip for Kisumai’s 3rd single, She Her Her, was released.

You know, before Kisumai debuted I had this misconception that they only released rock songs like FIRE BEAT. But after they debuted and I started to go back and listen to their old songs I found out that they have pretty much always released the same type of upbeat songs that all Johnny’s groups release. And She Her Her isn’t really any different. But I can’t really say that I mind, because I love this type of idol song. What really draws me to this song is that is sounds like something NEWS would release. The song is really nice. The music is pretty slow paced, but does have a bit of low dance music in the background. Overall it’s really soothing to listen to. And sounds like a sweet sappy love song we’ve come to expect from JE. I also really love Taisuke’s rap parts in the song. I like that the music changes up a bit and adds a guitar riff.

But I absolutely do not like the She Her Her chants throughout the song. The breathy way they are sung come off as awkward instead of sexy and throw off the whole song. They only appear in the beginning and after the instrumental break, but there’s such a disconnect from the rest of the song.

While I do love the happy and sweet sound of this song I don’t really think it’s strong enough to be an A-side. I could see this song much better suited as an album song in their debut album. Especially following their first 2 singles which had strong dance beats.

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.

Kis-My-Ft2-We Never Give Up PV preview

ZIP recently aired a short PV preview for Kis-My-Ft2’s 2nd single, We Never Give Up.

Most of this video is about their debut and making of the PV, so we only see about 30-40 seconds of the PV itself. And in that short amount of time I can already hate it. For 1 it’s completely generic and featured them on roller skates yet again. Which I kinda wish they would just drop already. But the main reason I don’t like what I see in the preview is because it looks too much like past Johnny’s PVs. The PV preview shows Kisumai running in the snow which makes me immediately think of the random running scenes in NEWS’s Summer Time PV. And the dancing in the snow is the same as when NEWS danced in the rain in their Taiyou no Naminda PV. And the set itself reminds me a lot of the set for Arashi’s Too Be Free PV. Just the whole color scheme of it. Obviously in To Be Free they had dirt instead of an actual floor.

Kis-My-Ft2-We Never Give Up preview

A few days ago the full radio rip for Kis-My-Ft2’s upcoming seconds single, We Never Give Up, was released.

I have said many, many times before on this blog that I’m not really a Kisumai fan. But when I first heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club I thought it was amazing, I even hoped it would be their first single. Which obviosuly it was, but that was announced about 2 months after the Shounen Club performance. It was the type of song that could make me become a Kisumai fan. So, I took this second single as pretty much the defining moment for me, to see it it would push me over the edge to the fan side. Sadly, I don’t really think this song is strong enough to do that. On the first listen this song sounds like Everybody Go part 2. Both songs have the exact same vibe and have nearly identical music. It’s sort of this soft rock type of music that is so soft in the beginning and middle of the song it’s almost unnoticeable. And it only really picks up in the chorus, but even then it’s only 1 degree higher. (Ok, degree is NOT the correct word, but what do I look like a composer? I’m sure you get what I mean.) Which is the exact same format of Everybody Go. Seriously listen to both songs back to back, they sound nearly the same. Except Everybody Go uses more synthesizer, which gives it a slightly heavier almost dance beat. But We Never Give Up still uses plenty of synthesizer througout the song.
Since both songs are so similar I don’t actually hate We Never Give Up. The song is catchy, it’s maybe a 5/10. But I’m disappointed by how lazy and unoriginal the arrangement of the song feels. Kisumai can, and has, done better. It seems after their debut was announced they completely threw their original sound out the window for what would appeal to the masses. Which is really a shame, because their songs as Juniors were a lot better.

Kis-My-Ft2 to release new single

It was recently announced that Johnny’s most recent debuted group, until Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2 will be releasing their second single. The single is entitled We Never Give Up and will be released on December 14th.

Johnny’s seems to really be pushing out the singles this year. I remember when I had to wait 6 months between releases. Now, they are being released every 3 months. Well, maybe it’s only NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP I had to wait for.
I can’t say I’m the biggest Kisumai fan in the world, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of Everybody Go. So, I’m curious to see what kind of song they will release next. I’m actually really hoping for a rock song, since they are best known for them. Give me a song like FIRE BEAT or Hair and I’ll be happy. Mostly because they are the only other Kisumai songs I’ve actually heard. But also because both of those songs are amazing.