MomoClo has Gounn all out in new PV

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So, once I made my comeback and got everything else settled about what I missed I thought long and hard about what PV I should review, since I’m jumping right back in. And I decided it made perfect sense to pick a PV I absolutely loved. Though maybe that’s a bad idea since my reviews for things I hate are usually way more well written. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it a 100 times easier to explain why I hate something than why I love something.

And once I thought like that it became so obvious that I had to review MomoClo’s newest single. Since I’m so in love with the song. And it’s the first time in a while I’ve really liked MomoClo’s singles. Not to say I’ve hated any of them, it’s just lately their singles have been just ok. They’ve been skating by without really making an impressions. So, sorry Amita and Arashi I’ll review your PVs soon.

Before I start this review I want to point out that I know absolutely nothing about Thailand or Thai culture. Except maybe Angkor Wat. But after googling it it’s actually in Cambodia, so I don’t even know that. Oh wait, I lied I know that Bangkok is a big party city. (Thank you Orange Caramel) But I certainly know absolutely nothing about their ancient history or current culture that they are referencing in this video. In fact for a hot second I thought this video was about India. As you can tell the education in America is as wonderful as you hear.

What I immediately love about this is how absolutely visually stunning it is. There are about 7 or 8 different sets for this PV. I use the term sets loosely because obvious everything in this PV is CG. But despite that you can barely even tell that the PV isn’t real. The special effects for this PV are so incredibly well done. It gives it such a polished and professional look. Which is funny because every idol group are professionals but with the budget of some of their PVs you can easily forget that they didn’t film it in the shed in their backyard, and then finish it up at home with Adobe After Effects.

No, it looks like some serious money was spent on this and it definitely shows. Each set is more vivid and vibrant than the last. The entire PV is eye catching from start to finish, and there’s so much going on in each scene that you don’t know exactly where to focus.

Not only is the entire PV itself a treat for the eyes, so are the members. Well, the members are always a treat for the eyes. But I mean the way they are dressed specifically. They are wearing pretty obvious traditional Thai garb. And I have to commend them for how much they stuck to what the actual outfits look like while still keeping their cute idol flare. But I must admit I don’t really like those outfits at all. They are a little much in my opinion. I prefer the outfits Berryz wore for Cha Cha Sing, but obviously since they already wore them MomoClo couldn’t turn around and wear the same thing. In this PV I actually prefer the outfits they are wearing that kind of look like plain white furisode, but are most likely some Thai outfit that I am unfamiliar with. The plain white gives them a very fresh, clean, and natural look. Well, that and the fact that we can actually see their hair in those outfits.

As a whole everything just works perfectly together. I think if any one element from this PV was missing it wouldn’t be the same. The PV is just spectacular and I can not get enough of it. I can honestly say with full confidence this is the best CG idol PV I have ever seen. And also maybe one of the best idol PVs I’ve ever seen in general. It’s fluid, it’s enchanting, and it transports you to Thailand for nearly 6 minutes. Just a phenomenal job all around.

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At first glance this reminds me of a circus tent.

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I never knew they had gold mountains in Thailand.

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Better stay away from hand island.

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I can now see that they are in fact not hands. They’re….what are they?

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How is possible for Kanako to look this pretty and cute at the same time?

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What do turtles have to do with Thailand?

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This is beautiful.

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Wink.

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Adorable.

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I love these scenes, they remind me of a kaleidoscope.

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I think Shiori has one of my favorite sets.

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Reni combing her hair makes me think of Gift of the Magi. I don’t think that has anything to do with Thailand though.

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Them dimples.

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This is really cool.

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Well at least they are authentic looking.

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Ayaka is too cute, I’m definitely a Gounner. (All my puns are based on the assumption that Gounn is pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced. XD)

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Look at how much effort they put into this set.

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Just spectacular.

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I was just thinking how Shiori looks a little mature in this PV and then she does this.

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Cutie.

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The dance isn’t much to look at is it?

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Oh their hair is braided at the back! I thought their hair was just kinda shoved in the head piece.

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I wonder what she’s writing.

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Aren’t magic lamps from Middle Eastern cultures?

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Now I prefer these headpieces a 100 times more.

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All of these effects are just fantastic.

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From this angle it kind of looks like a cake.

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What is Kanako even doing?

MomoClo fail to bring enough crazy in their new PV

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A PV for Neo Stargate, a track off of Momoiro Clover Z’s upcoming second album, 5th Dimension, was released. And I have to say released unexpectedly released because they didn’t release any PVs to promote their first album.

I’m a little disappointed and underwhelmed with this PV to be honest. I usually revel in MomoClo’s unique brand of crazy, but with this PV there’s hardly anything weird going on I am left wanting more, a lot more. this PV is tame and lackluster to compare to what MomoClo usually releases. The song itself isn’t even high energy enough for me. Which is probably another reason why the PV seems so flat to me. With a tamer song they can’t really go all out with this PV.

This PV starts off with MomoClo locked in some sort of container or possible alien pod. Hey, the song is called Neo Stargate after all. Seeing them in that container flashes me back to Lady Gaga. And I would just like to point out, before any disgruntled MomoClo fans jump down my throat, that this PV is 1,000% nothing like Lady Gaga’s videos. Just the fact that they are in pods in a white room reminds me of how Lady Gaga and the other Lady Gaga clones, for lack of better word, woke up in pods in the Bad Romance video. Obviously the Bad Romance video is about Lady Gaga being prepped to be sold as a sex slave, which is nothing like MomoClo’s video. But that’s just what the pod scenes made me immediately think of.

The rest of the video is then just the girls dancing in front of the pods. While I do love the dance for this song, that’s boring. Completely boring and uneventful. Sure they do magically change their outfits, which is kinda cool. But they change their outfits into this hideous mix between a ballerina and a figure skater. They also wear these weird pointed masks I guess to add that weird element that MomoClo is so fond of using, but once weird gimmick is not enough. It honestly seems like a lazy after thought. And since this PV is a whopping 7 minutes long it feels never ending.

The PV only gets mildly interesting when they are randomly dancing in that white tunnel. The dance becomes so weird at this point that it looks like the girls are having a mild seizure. Which actually isn’t a bad thing in this case.

Their intense dancing causes a system overload and destroys what I’m now guessing are probably stargates. Right? I mean they could be. To me stargates are now synonymous with those giant circles from, well, Stargate, or even the giant machine Jodie Foster used in Contact. But I guess they could be pods. It’s never really explained how or why MomoClo destroy those pods. It probably has something to do with that phantom lightning. Or maybe if I could understand Japanese that crazy scientist in the beginning most likely explained it.

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Ok, Momoclo are some test subjects.

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Oh come on with this guy! He looks like Albert Einstein’s and Colonel Sander’s Japanese love child.

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This is supposed to be all of MomoClo’s vital signs, but instead of red there’s blue. Did Akari rejoin and not tell anyone?

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I don’t get the reason for having random White people in this PV.

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Boy, that looks likes like some top of the line technology. How long is Japan going to keep this secret?

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Ok, this mask disappearing thing is pretty cool.

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These have to be some of the most boring close-up shots I’ve ever seen.

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What’s even worse is they are wearing the exact same outfits that they are too matchy and completely blend together.

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At least something mildly interesting is finally starting to happen.

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On no, their life liquid is seeping out.

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Or I guess that was supposed to happen.

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Ayaka does not like being trapped in there.

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See they look way too similar now. Give them a little something to make them unique.

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I love how they’re rising up like they’re vampires.

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And the weird dancing begins. Though if I was cooped up in there for God knows how long, I’d probably do the same thing.

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Look at Momoka’s spaghetti arms.

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This dance is weird but I like it.

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Like what is this move even? Lol.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.

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It’s about to get real now.

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Those masks, those outfits, everything about them is just horrible.

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It literally looks like someone just hot glued tacky jewels onto a leotard.

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Even though their faces are covered, at least you differentiate each girl, and they don’t look so identical outfits wise anymore.

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More weird dancing.

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Dancing so strangely they broke the machine.

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Sorry Momoka I can’t kiss you with that mask on, I might poke my eye out.

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Z project huh? I wonder if they were willing participants.

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So how are there 2 different MomoClos at once?

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It’s cool that they are on a spaceship.

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MomoClo sure like to be in space.

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Wait what is Kanako doing? What’s that weird orb thing?

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

Momoiro Clover Z-Mugen no Ai PV preview

A PV preview for Momoiro Clover Z’s up coming new single, Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”, has been released.

When I first saw pictures of MomoClo wearing their futuristic pirate outfits I had no idea what to expect from the PV. I did not for a minute expect we’d get just that, futuristic pirates. (Which I should of because apparently that’s exactly what the anime is about.) And as always, MomoClo takes a completely random concept and makes it work. The preview shows MomoClo riding on bicycles through the asteroid belt and riding through something that looks like it’s supposed to be a wormhole. We also see them dancing on the moon in front of their spaceship.
I absolutely love this PV, Momoiro Clover Z are one of those idol groups that never let me down. The main reason why this PV is so great is because it isn’t cheaply made. They could have gone S/mileage’s Shortcut route and just used a moon set. But the fact that they didn’t it what makes this PV awesome. So far at least. It looks like they spend some money on making the space background, and it shows. The  asteroids and the nebula look pretty realistic.
And I have to say even though they are riding on bicyles through space this is probably the most mature they’ve ever looked or sound in a PV. Of course this PV still has the random, silly, and upbeat flare that makes them, them.  But I’m just getting this mature vibe from their dance scenes and close-ups. 

MomoClo to release 7th single

It was announced that Momoiro Clover Z will be releasing their 7th single. The single is entitled Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai’ and will be released on March 7th. The song featured on this single will be used as the opening and ending themes for the anime Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku.

Well, it seems like when MomoClo named this single they were trying to beat Momusu’s record for unnecessarily long song title. Joking aside, I am incredibly excited for this single. 2011 was a great year for Momoiro Clover Z. They released some of the best idol ingles, and one of the best idol albums of the year. It seems like lately MomoClo has really been stepping up to the plate and delivering everytime. So, I’ve come to expect great things from them. With the unnecessarily long title and the fact that this is being used for an anime, I think we can pretty much guess that this song is going to be interesting.

 

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.

Momoiro Clover Z to release new single

It was announced recently that Momoiro Clover Z will be releasing a new single. The single is entitled Roudou Sanka and will be released on November 23rd. This was announced a week ago, but it completely slipped my mind.

With each single Momoiro Clover Z get higher and higher on my list of favorite idol groups. Which means I am of course extremely excited for them to being releasing another single. It does look like a very fun song about having a job. The title translates to Labor Force Support Song. And I will try my best to forget that that’s exactly what NEWS’s Weeeek was about. MomoClo is wearing suits in their promo pic, so I can even see it having a similar PV.