Arashi – Bittersweet PV preview

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Yesterday the PV preview for Arashi’s upcoming single Bittersweet was released. As you guys know, it’s being used as the theme for Jun’s drama Shitsuren Chocolatier. 

On a random note, I’ve been keeping up with Shitsuren Chocolatier as it airs. I usually wait util a drama has finished airing before I actually watch it. But there have been so many spoiler going around that I’ve just given in and have been watching it as soon as it’s subbed.

Now, when I first heard Bittersweet on Heyx3 I was so pleasantly surprised by the song. It’s was finally a fluffy, light, upbeat, happy sounding song from them again. The dance itself, that was choreographed by Ohno I might add, was simple but incredibly cute. Not to mention that everything about this song was a giant breath of fresh air coming off of last year that seemed to be the year of mature Arashi. I came to expect something as equally sweet from the PV.

But it wasn’t until I read the translation for the song that my entire opinion changed. The song is about love being bittersweet. Imagine that? Well, I was just throw completely off guard by that one. It’s basically about the typical unrequited love, trying to not let memories fade, and so on. Pretty perfect for the theme of Shitsuren Chocolatier. It was at that moment I remembered the only other heartbreak themed song and PV from Johnny’s I could think of. Which of course was NEWS’ Sakura Girl. And at that moment I expected Bittersweet to have a similar theme.

I even tweeted this.

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Well, if this doesn’t further prove that my life calling is making idol PVs I don’t know what is. Because the Bittersweet PV is almost exactly the same as NEWS’ Sakura Girl PV. And I am going to enjoy comparing the 2 PV when the full version of Bittersweet comes out.

In this very short PV preview all we can really see is Arashi looking sad at a train station and looking sad while riding the train. As well as singing while waiting for the train. Gosh, I hope they haven’t give too much away.  What I also gather from the PV preview is they are leaving this town to get away from heartbreak. Except for Ohno. Since they’ve dressed him as a professor I guess he’s traveling to give some sort of a lecture.

And can I point out that buildings behind them make it look like they are in Italy. Or someplace in Europe at least. I don’t understand why a PV about waiting for/riding on a train has to be CG! Would it really have been hard to film this at an actual train station? 

Hey! Say! JUMP – Ai no Arika PV preview

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A few days ago Yaotome Hikaru was on Ousama no Brunch promoting his and Inoo’s new drama Dark System Koi no Oza Ketteisen. And it was the perfect opportunity to release the PV preview for Ai no Arika, off of Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming double A-side single, Ai no Arika/Aisureba Motto Happy Life, since it’s currently being used as the theme for Dark System.

Before I talk about the PV preview I want to point out that I cannot stand that the official way Ai no Arika is written is as one giant word. And because I don’t particularly care for that I’m not going to write it as such on my blog. I’ll still tag it as that so JUMP fans can find my blog, but that’s about it.

Now, on to the PV preview. I have to say I really like the set for this PV. It’s beautiful, it’s spacious, it looks like it was filmed in some concert hall, and has some really nice high ceilings. There’s even a full orchestra behind them which is great. However, I thought it was great when it was used in Arashi’s Truth PV back in 2008. Beside the fact that Arashi’s Truth PV had a smaller set and it had a darker and grittier PV to make the more mature song, and Hey! Say! JUMP has a wide open set with bright lights to match the more happy positive song, it’s pretty much the same exact PV. And I’m honestly disappointed with that.

The outfits for this PV aren’t anything to write home about either. They are just red suits, while they are nice outfit they’re not really anything special. Especially since I’m 90% sure that Hey! Say! JUMP has worn straight up red suits before. But I can’t remember  exactly when. The closest I can remember is when they wore sleeveless red suits during the Summary 2011 concert.

The only part of this PV that did seems to have potential are Hikaru’s rap scenes. I mean they actually look really cool. He’s wearing 2 different outfits and there are some interesting camera angles and effects going on. However, the actual rap itself is so awkward and kind of awful, and doesn’t fit in the song at all, that’s it’s my absolute least favorite part of the song.

And it is a little sad that only Hikaru gets this special part in the song and PV even though Inoo is also in this drama. Sure, Hikaru is probably the lead. But remember how Super Delicate was the theme for Ryosuke’s and Yuto’s drama Risou no Musuko? Despite Ryosuke being the lead of that drama the song and PV were pretty much solely dedicated to them. But I guess that’s too much to ask for when Inoo is involved. But even Hikaru is on the bottom half of popularity within Hey! Say! JUMP, so I don’t get it.

I guess it could be that it’s easy to have Hikaru do his normal rapping while Inoo sounds like a frog while singing and can’t easily lead a song.

Hey! Say! JUMP – Ride With Me PV preview

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The PV preview for Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming 11th single Ride With Me was released. And since the PV preview was come out I’m gonna to use this as the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about the single.

Ok, while I was away from blogging I spent a decent amount of my time on twitter complaining about how much Hey! Say! JUMP has been mismanaged their entire career and how whoever is in charge of them is completely incompetent. Now, while I do still fell that way, and it’s painfully obvious how they have been mismanaged for years, it seems like the people at Johnny’s have finally gotten their act together in regards to Hey! Say! JUMP. And all I can say is finally. And I really do mean finally. We actually don’t have to wait a solid year for Hey! Say! JUMP to release something new and I couldn’t be more excited.

But not only that HSJ jump is back, and back in a big way. Not only have they finally been allowed to have one of their mature songs be the A-side like Beat and Bounce should have totally been. Inoo and Keito both have lines in this single. Let me repeat that so it fully sinks in. Keito and Inoo have lines, actual lines! In their entire career of HSJ Keito and Inoo have never gotten a line in an A-side before ever. And not only that not just Keito and Inoo have lines but every single member has lines. And Ryosuke doesn’t have the most lines in this single. Daiki actually does.

Now this is huge. This is really really big for them. It means Johnny’s are finally realizing you have to promote each member evenly for the group as a whole to thrive. It means they have a enough faith in the group to not depend on cute songs or Ryosuke to sell their singles. This is an extremely exciting time to be a fan of Hey! Say! JUMP. The single is great and my beloved Keito actually has lines. And a decent amount of lines, not like just 2 words. I honestly couldn’t be happier.

Now, onto the PV preview. The PV looks a little simple so far since the preview is extremely short. All we really see so far is HSJ wearing all white dancing in front of giant white tubing. Which is really just long enough to see that this PV was filled before Keito cut his hair. Thank god. I’m sorry but I’m just not into his new hair style.

We also see 5 seconds of the close-up shots with them singing in front of flashing rainbow colored lights. Which is enough time to see the ridiculous styling of those scenes. You can only really see Ryosuke and Chinen and they are both wearing hideous neon motorcycle jackets and their hair is styled ridiculously. Which means the other member’s outfits aren’t much better.

The only thing that saves this is Ryosuke and Daiki are talking about this single while wearing really cool blue jackets, so hopefully those are part of the not yet seen 3rd outfits for this single.

Even though this preview is really short you can already tell that this PV has a very Arashi’s Calling or Kisumai’s Ai no Beat dance version feel. So, I’m expecting something like that for the finished product of this PV. Which isn’t really shocking. It’s a dance song so it’ll get a dance PV.

AKB48 – Sayonara Crawl PV Preview

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A PV preview for AKB48’s new single, Sayonara Crawl, was released. And as we all know this isn’t just any old AKB48 single. No, this is of course the single before the Senbatsu, which means it’s just destined to sell incredibly well. Which also means, they wanted to pull out all the stops to ensure it sells the maximum amount.

And if you’re AKB48, that means yet another bikini PV. And before I talk about that can I just say how Sayonara Crawl sounds like it should have been a sad song. Something along the lines of: you were just dumped and are hurting so much instead of running away from that person who dumped you it’s really a sad goodbye crawl away? Instead it’s this happy upbeat song I was not expecting. But maybe that’s just me. Or maybe I’ve just heard so many idol songs now that I could probably write my own. 

But weird lyrical expectations aside, was anyone really surprised it was yet another bikini PV? Well, maybe Mother Nature was a tad surprised since summer doesn’t officially start until a month after the song release date. But hey, it is pretty much official AKB48 law anymore to have at least 1 bikini PV a year, so why not get it out of the way? And why not add the already increased sales of the Senbatsu single with the increased sales that come along with a bikini PV to make this possibly the highest selling AKB48 single of all time? It makes perfect sense obviously.

But as a fan of well made idol PVs and not a fan of female fanservice, that fact doesn’t comfort me at all. No, instead I actually care most about the quality of the PV, which in Sayonara Crawl’s case isn’t very good. So far that is. This is of course is mostly said because of the comments I get that say you can’t judge the PV 100% until the full PV is out. Which is true I suppose, but 90% of the time you absolutely can.

Just like I can tell that this PV is yet another AKB48 bikni PV filmed on the beach. A bikini PV filmed on a beach, my god someone give the director an award. The only part of the PV that has hope for me are the scenes at the end where the girls are playing around in tubes. I’ve said it 1,000 times now, but if I’m gonna watch a bikini PV at all I prefer silly ones where it’s the girls genuinely having fun as friends. But there’s no point in beating a dead horse now. I’ll leave that for my review of the full PV.

What I think is the most funny about this PV is I just realized that I can’t recognize the main girls in AKB48 anymore. I wanted to say how someone’s loose braid were beautiful, but then I realized I have no idea what that girl’s name is.

KAT-TUN – Face To Face PV preview

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The short version for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, Face To Face, was recently released. I wish I could say something snazzy like this is the first peek of the PV us fan are getting, but sadly it’s not. And even shorter PV preview was released a few days ago, but I never got around to making the post about it so, my bad. If you don’t know already, Face to Face is being used as the theme for Kamenashi Kazuya’s new movie Ore Ore. Which, on an irrelevant note, I’m actually really looking forward to seeing.

After watching the short version of the PV I am completely impressed at how well made  and seemingly expensive it looks. Even if the PV is cheaply made it is incredibly creative. Probably one of the boldest and original PVs KAT-TUN has really ever released. It’s certainly leaps and bounds above the sorry excuse for a PV that was the Expose PV. And this is really about all you’ll get out of my about the PV until the full version comes out and I make my review for it. Because why would you even bother reading that if I gave all my opinions about it now?

Moving away now from the quality opinions and onto more shallow ones. I’d like to say that my god the guys look gorgeous. They look absolutely perfect in those black and burgundy outfits. And is it just me or has Taguchi been looking absolutely delictable lately? All of this recent magazine spreads have made me look at him in a whole new light. And of course I have to talk about my baby Koki. Koki you’re gorgeous and all, but dear god cut you’re hair. You’re long overdue for a haircut. Or at least wear it in that pulled back hairstyle you’ve been doing lately that looks 100 times better. Also, I thought Koki was wearing a skirt in this PV. I was about to say, “Are you doing your best Massu impression?” But then I realized it’s not a skirt at all, it’s just his shirt is about 2 feet too long.

Also, am I the only one who wished they were wearing those scruffy pirate outfits from their Entag commercial? Seems like such a wasted opportunity.

Yamapi – Que Sera Sera PV preview

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The PV preview for Yamapi’s upcoming new single, Que Sera Sera, was recently released.

I have to say as someone who is, and has always been, only a casual fan of Yamapi whenever he releases something I never have high expectations for it. Not to say that I think his music is going to be terrible, but Yamapi has always had a mix of great music and terrible music. I just remain completely indifferent towards him. If his music is good that’s fine, and if it’s bad, well, that’s fine too. This is nothing new really while he was in NEWS I only payed attention to him for his looks. Even now I only watch performances and concerts because among all the Johnny’s he’s the one most comfortable with taking his shirt off. And I of course appreciate whatever little fanservice Johnny’s throws our way.

Well, enough about dead fish eyes himself, and more about this song and PV. I actually forgot to make a post about the preview of this song, so I’m going to do it now.

I’m actually really happy with the song. Since switching over to Warner Music his music as a whole has been getting increasingly better. Supergood, Superbad was forgettable, but some of the songs on Ero were almost too good to miss. And as for singles, I actually think Que Sera Sera might actually be my favorite single by him ever. Initially when I heard about this song it did cut like a knife at the still unhealed wounds of Aicle’s disbandment. But once I listened to the song I was actually really impressed.

It’s got a really interesting instrumental. That I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. It’s got this subtle dark and eerie Jrock sound to it that I absolutely love. Something that old school Ayabie or THE KIDDIE would release. Tell me it doesn’t sound like a  toned down version of Ayabie’s Cubic’ [L/R] ock mixed with like the THE KIDDIES’s The Black Side. Maybe even with a dash of Japanese Low-res Caramel Town mixed in for good measure. (Sorry for all the Jrock references in this post that my readers might not get. All the songs I mentioned are quality, so listen to them if your interest is peaked enough.)

After reading the translation I like how the song itself also has a slightly dark themed lyrics, but in a fun way. Kind of like the playfullness and dark undertones of Tommy Heavely6’s songs. Who I’m a gigantic fan of by the way. I’m just really impressed with the song overall.

Moving on to the PV, I’m equally impressed with it. For starters Yamapi looks gorgeous in it. A lot better than he’s looked in his previous Warner Music PVs. He’s wearing a rockish outfits that looks like something Daigo might wear. I think it’s the fingerless glove that makes my mind immediately go to Daigo.

The PV itself is just visually stunning. It’s got this dark fairytale theme going on with dancing mushrooms, people dressed as rabbits, and a real lion. I’m just really blown away by it. The PV is almost like a mix of Misono’s VS PV and Kyary’s Tsukema Tsukeru PV. It’s just a really cool PV so far.

Tegomass – Sayonara ni Sayonara PV Preview

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The PV preview for Tegomass’ first single since the NEWS return, and their first single in 2 years, Sayonara ni Sayonara was released. 

Can I just say when I first heard Tegomass was going to continue making music I was a little confused. And honestly I’m still confused. How does it make sense to keep their little sub-group going? I understood the point of it when they were releasing stuff on NEWS’ downside. But now that Ryo and Yamapi are gone NEWS doesn’t have a down side! Now it’s Tegomass that will keep NEWS from releasing stuff, are you serious? I do realize that NEWS released  2 single in close proximity of each other, a best album, and a new DVD. So, technically that means they should be on a break right now. But I’m complaining  more about them doing this in the future. And what sense does it make to have 2 members actively releasing singles and the other half not doing anything? 

Kei-chan and Shige always got the bad side of the deal with NEWS because of how unpopular they are. They did basically nothing and always had to wait for Yamapi, Tegomass, and Kanjani8 to not be releasing something just so they could. And now that they’ve been through that ordeal and continue on with NEWS, they have to wait even more in the future. No wonder Shige went to law school and wrote 2 books. He most definitely has the time!

Remember the joke at NEWS’ Live Live Live concert that KoyaShige was going to release their debut single? Yeah, I actually wish that was true. Because let me tell you, the few album songs KoyaShige have are 100% better than practically any of Tegomass’ releases. 

Well, sorry about that little impromptu rant, I should get back to the topic at hand.

Since this is a 15 second Dwango commercial it is extremely hard to get a feel of the PV at all. Literally the only thing we see so far are the members sitting in a room looking at a women out the window. Also it’s raining cherry blossoms, Massu is wearing 2 pairs of pants, and Tegoshi still looks like a women.

There’s honestly nothing else I can really say about this PV, so look forward to my PV review of this song. Or maybe don’t because both the PV and song are so lackluster so far that it’s not going to really be a positive review.

Arashi – Breathless PV preview

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A PV preview for Arashi’s second A-side Breathless, off of their upcoming double A-side single  Calling / Breathless, was released. This song will be used as the theme for Ninomiya Kazunari’s new movie Platina Data.

When I first heard the preview to Calling I was a little under whelmed and said I was now looking forward to Breathless to see if it’s a better song. Now, ironically, I actually have gotten used to Calling and love it now, I can’t really say the same for Breathless. What I can hear of the song is just ok. Calling is a much bigger song and has a very distinct rock sound. While Breathless is a little slower. Somehow it’s a dance track but at the same time still slow paced. I don’t know how they even manged to do that, but they did. Hopefully it’s just cause the song needs to grow on me like Calling did.

I actually even like the Calling PV more than the Breathless PV. Obviously they are both just previews, and it’s hard to make that judgement just yet. But so far Calling seems to have way more going on. The only plus so far is that the guys are dressed in all black and look absolutely gorgeous. It’s even one of those rare occasions that even Aiba looks a little cute.

Despite the visual appeal of the guys, there’s not much going on. They’re dressed all in black and dancing on an all black set which reminds me a lot of the set they danced on in their Believe PV. So, far the PV focuses heavily on dancing which makes me think it’s gonna be another Lotus or Crazy Moon ~Kimi ni Muteki~ where the PV is mostly dancing with a little close-up or 3/4 dancing and a random room shot. In this preview you do see the guys in some sort of blue light over them. But since this is only a preview it’s impossible to tell how often those scene are going to be used in the full PV.

Arashi – Calling PV preview

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Recently the PV preview for Calling, the first song off of Arashi’s upcoming double A-side single Calling/Breathless, was released.

I’m actually really impressed with the PV. It’s one of those times where a director turned a relatively cheap PV into something you actually want to watch. Which has been Arashi’s PV format since forever. But I really like the PV so far. The weird sets and and filter effects make this PV look like a mix between their Face Down PV and their Mada Minu Mekai E PV. I mean, at one point the use the same exact grungy blue filter effect that is used in face down.

But I love that the PV is has a nice contrast between dark scenes and vibrant scenes, much like Face Down. But the PV itself is more elaborate. There are a number of different sets, outfits, shots, and close-ups. There’s just enough going on that you’re not bored, and not too much that it takes away from the members themselves.

Also did I mention how delicious the members look in his PV? Especially Sho and Nino. It looks like Nino is back to his black hair. I had no idea, but it looks fantastic.

SKE48 – Choco no Dorei PV preview

SKE48’s official youtube channel uploaded the short version PV to SKE48’s upcoming 11th single, Choco no Dorei. Giving us the first look at the PV.

Since I enjoy SKE48’s music more than AKB48’s I figure I should at least actively try to cover what’s going on with them more.

I’m not the biggest fan of the song, I think they’ve released much better singles. But the song isn’t completely awful. It’s a little catchy. I’m sure it will grow on me over time. But I am a huge fan of the PV already.

I love that the theme of the PV is what the girls do during their normal life as an idol. It shows dance lessons, magazine shoots, theater performances, as well as even showing wotagei. I like that it’s a peak of their normal lives, despite it all being panned and scripted for a PV. I’m sure it’s still pretty much along these lines. I also think that this PV is a nod to their steady rise in popularity. Kind of like, “Thanks for the support, and look how much hard work we put into it everyday.”

I also really love the outfits they wear during the theater performance. It’s very colorful and adorable, it reminds me just a bit of their outfits for Oki Doki.

Morning Musume – Help Me PV preview

About a week ago a PV preview for Morning Musume’s 52nd single, Help Me, aired. Help Me not only marks Momusu’s first single of the year, but also the first single to include 11th gen member Oda Sakura.

First of let me say a little bit about the song because I haven’t said anything about it on my blog yet. When I first heard the song my first impressions were that it was weird. It sounded like a mix between 3 different songs, and the random speaking in it threw me off completely. The only thing I loved about it was Sakura. I don’t even know anything about Sakura yet, but she is perfection in every way. The pipes on this girl, the pipes! I knew she was an absolutely incredible singer since I saw her audition. But her voice in this song is so flawless, so seamless, so smooth, I could literally die. This is the girl that Morning Musume desperately needed, a great singer. In my opinion we haven’t a voice this immediately flawless since Ai-chan joined. And I’m calling it now, in a few years she’s going to give Ai-chan a run for her money as the girl with the best voice in Morning Musume history.

But less about the absolute gift from above that Sakura is, and more about the song. After listening to it more and more I am now officially a fan of this song. This song is wrong and weird, and shouldn’t be great, but it is. It just works on nearly every level. The music is interesting and it’s sung great. However, I still don’t like the speaking parts. I think it’s loads better than Wakuteka Take a Chance.

Now, for my thoughts on the PV so far. In short: I do not like it at all. I might even hate it. From the first 5 seconds it’s obvious that whoever make the Wakuteka Take a Chance PV also made this one. And that person should be replaces ASAP.

Why is it yet another green screen PV? Just why? And if you are going to do a green screen PV why not make it fun like the 231 Breakin’ Out PV? And to make matters worse the cgi is done so poorly that it’s so obvious the girls are overlayed onto images.

And to me the entire PV looks like an anime ending theme video. You know at the end of animes where the ending theme is just the character in random parts of Tokyo like on a train, at school, and then randomly at Tokyo at night. And the night sequences are all overly colorful and brightly lit? Well, that’s exactly what this looks like to me.

I suppose I can’t 100% judge this PV until we see the entire thing. But come on guys, you know it’s probably not gonna get better than this.

KAT-TUN-To The Limit PV preview

The PV preview for KAT-TUN’s new single, To The Limit, is out.

I am absolutely in love with this song and I am also pleasantly surprised that the PV matches up to the amazingness of the song. It’s not the type of PV you really expect from an idol group. It’s not even the type of PV you’d expect after hearing the song. But at the same time I think it really works. There’s a lot of effort put into this PV. It seems to have a big budget and a clear storyline. And it’s so different from past KAT-TUN PVs. KAT-TUN usually has pretty decent PVs, but they hardly ever have storylines.

The previews so far show the members of KAT-TUN all being in a bank during a robbery. Kame, Maru, and Koki work there, while Taguchi and Ueda are hostages. It’s a bit of a darker theme compared to the realativly happy or mature PVs KAT-TUN usually makes. And I’m assuming the lyrics of the song work well with the theme. Since they’re most likely about being stretched to the limit in some way. But I don’t speak Japanese, so I have no idea.

The only drawback of this PV are that it’s probably supposed to be taken more seriously then it seems. There are parts of this PV that I can’t help think are adorable or hilarious. Which probably wasn’t the intention at all. Also, I kind of wish Koki worked in the bank itself instead of being a security guard. Him in a suit and glasses would have been pretty sexy. Ridiculous hair or not.

Yamapi-Love Chase PV preview

The PV preview for Yamapi’s 2nd solo single since leaving NEWS, Love Chase, has recently been released.

Am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious how little effort is being put into Yamapi’s career post NEWS. Well, PV wise anyway. I don’t care enough to know if he’s doing concerts or appearances. He leaves NEWS just to have this medicore solo career. And it’s not even like he’s doing more once he left NEWS. His solo singles are being released just as frequently as when he was a part of NEWS, and he was in a drama. Pretty much just like he would be doing with NEWS. Sorry, but I’ll never stop being bitter about this.

But moving on to the topic at hand, I have to admit I actually do like his solo singles. But it’s more of a love/hate thing. His singles are really danceable and catchy. However, no matter how much he’s been pushing himself into the role, his voices has never suited dance music. He’s better suited for soft ballads. So, he’s in this weird place where the overall sound of his music is good but he’s voice sounds out of place. At least for me anyway.

And his PVs aren’t much better. This PV so far looks just awful. It’s basically nothing but Yamapi dancing in different outfits, sometimes with a girl, on a plain gray backdrop. Really cutting edge there Warner. There is absolutely no effort in this PV at all. It seems like the director is just hoping you won’t care boring the PV is and just focus on the fact that there’s 3 Yamapi’s.

And I might me able to if his new haircut wasn’t so hideous. It looks fine went it’s styled a bit, but when it’s just laying flat it’s terrible. And the outfits he’s wearing aren’t helping much either. One of them looks like he’s ready to play golf or teach high school English. The other one is him in a trenchcoat. Which is ridiculous because no one wears them indoors unless they’re Columbo. And the last outfit is supposed to be the idol outfit for the fans. Since he’s wearing an effeminate parka and a skin tight shirt. Which I do admit I kind of like. Except for the ripped pants.

I’ve just so over Yamapi to be honest. When he was in NEWS he was never anything more than the guy who could sing and was eyecandy. That hasn’t really changed much now, except you add the animosity I still have towards him.

Mano Erina-Song For The Date PV preview

A few days ago the PV preview for Mano Erina’s upcoming 12th single, Song For The Date, was released.

After watching the PV preview there are just no words. I am just literally and absolutely blown away. And I actually uttered a sentence that I don’t say very often, “I’m really impressed with everything ManoEri is doing.” And I really am because everything is just amazing. The song is this wonderful dance track with infectious music. And the song isn’t too big for her voice. It actually compliments her nails on a chalkboard singing voice. Oh, but I kid with ManoEri. The truth is I actually kind of like her now. Her music and personality have slowly been growing on me since Sekai wa Summer Party was released. And her music has gradually gotten better. It’s gone from boring ballads to this happy and energetic dance music that I love.

The PV so far is just perfection. Dear god, there’s actually a storyline. A H!P PV with an actually storyline, surely this is the start of the apocalypse. And not only does this PV have a storyline, it’s actually a really cool one. It’s basically about 2 ManoEri’s in this disaster-stricken or post-apocalyptic world. There’s a bad ManoEri dressed in black, and a good ManoEri dressed in white. Which adds to the characters that she’s playing. And for that alone I give them 500 points for symbolism. And the black ManoEir has her hair down, which makes her look more mature. And the white ManoEri has her hair up makes her look more sweet and innocent. 

Since this is only 30 seconds I can’t be 100% about what’s going on past that, but it seems like white ManoEri is some sort of political figure or revolutionary because she has her posters all over the town. Which angers the black ManoEri who burns and throws her posters and chases after the white ManoEri. Who kinda teases the black one, so maybe this is all just some sort of game? I don’t even know. But whatever is really going on it’s awesome. I mean, there are feathers exploding behind her for no apparent reason! 

If there’s anyone out there who has lost faith in H!P, they seriously need to watch this when the full PV comes out. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to incredible.

Kanjani8-Ai Deshita PV preview

Recently a PV preview for Kanjani8’s upcoming single Ai Deshita was released. The song is currently being used as the theme for Nishikido Ryo’s drama Papadoru.

Now, even before Ryo-chan left NEWS I’ve been saying how I want to get into Kanjnai8 more. But that never really happened. And after Ryo left NEWS obviously that feeling intensified. However, when I was finally going to get into Kanjani8 I put all my effort into Arashi instead. Which is a little sad because I genuinely do want to get into Kanjani8, especially since it’s now the only way I get to see my beloved Ryo-chan.

Since I don’t really follow K8 that closely I never really know about, or care about, when their new single is coming out. So I kind of miss all the excitement of a song and PV preview. But since I’ve been watching Ryo’s drama, Padadoru, Ai Deshita has really grown on me. Just like watching Zenkai Girl made Tsubasa ni Koi grow on me. So, I’ll bite and see what this single is like..

First off, I really like what I see of the PV so far. Kanjani8 always put a lot of effort into their PVs. Whether that effort is a nice storyline or general crazyness. The Ai Deshita PV doesn’t seem to be any different. Most of the PV so far seems to be Kanjani8 playing their instruments in the middle of the road at sunset. Which, in itself, isn’t really any spectacular. But at the end of the PV we do see that the sky continues to get darker until it’s night, which is actually pretty cool. I’m impressed by that. And can I just say that I love the outfits. I have to say that varsity jackets and school cardigans definetly peak my interests.

The rest of the PV is the standard close-up shots and scenes of the members in a house. But you can tell that they are setting up for more elements in the full PV. And is it just me or does that house look like the same exact that they filmed the Glorious PV in?

There is one thing about this song/PV I don’t get. If this is the them for Ryo’s drama why does Subaru get most of the lines and most of the focus in the PV? It’s a little unfair. But my bias towards Ryo is probably making it a bigger deal than it really needs to be.

Arashi-Face Down PV preview

A few days ago the PV preview for Arashi’s upcoming single, Face Down, was released.

The PV seems to be yet another realatively simple PV from Arashi. A majority ofthe PV is nothing more than Arashi either sitting in business chairs or standing in a mirror room that reminds me a lot of Hey! Say! JUMP’s Super Delicate PV. This is also yet another PV without dancing. Which is honestly really sad because Arashi usually has the best and most fun choreography in all of JE.

And you know even thought the PV is completely simple I can’t help, but still like what I’m seeing of the PV. Maybe it’s because the sets are interesting with the colored ceiling or abstract walls, or maybe it’s the colorful outfits they are wearing half the time, or the fact that nearly everyone looks incredible in this PV. I say nearly because I absolutely hate Sho’s hair. It’s too short and it doesn’t work for his face at all. But most likely the real reason I like the video is because the song is really great that I’m looking past the fault of the PV. Then again it could also be the borderline annoying flashing camera angles to make the PV seem more dynamic. Even though it is a little bit annoying I do have to admit I actually think it really works for the PV.

Another plus for the PV is of course that MatsuJun and Nino are looking amazing per usual. But the most surprising thing is how well Ohno looks. He stands out the most to me in this video. It’s probably since the song is for his drama they put him more prominently in the PV.

AKB48-Manatsu no Sounds Good PV preview

Recently a PV review for AKB48’s upcoming new single, and I’m pretty sure Acchan’s final single, Manatsu no Sounds Good was released.

I’m actually really surprised with this PV preview. I’m actually impressed with it, which I did not expect to happen at all. But at the same time I’m only half impressed. The PV preview is half epic and half predictable. Let’s start off with the awesome part first. And that would be the th scenes of AKB48 on this sort of apocalyptic, or deserted, or Battle Royale type of island. Since the PV preview is really sort it’s hard to get a feel for the storyline. But it seems to be half of the girl appeared injured on this island wearing what looks like the Everyday Kachuusha outfits, but I could be wrong, and the other girls rush to help them. And the girls seem to be releasing some sort of deadly black smoke, which reminds me a lot of Lost. They even show Jurina dying. Well she just falls to the ground but it looks like she’s dead. Which is hilarious since they are killing her off again in another PV. And then Mayu is carrying Acchan off to safety and the other members suddently appear down the road dressed in white dresses. Which doesn’t really make sense as of yet. But I have to say, overall this part of the PV is cool. It’s well though out, it’s interesting, and it’s filmed in this awesome dirty/grungy filter.

And then we have the other half of the PV which is the generic 48 group bikini PV. Where it’s the girls dancing in bikinis on the beach, and that’s pretty much it. At least mix it up and do another poolside one like the Baby Baby Baby PV. And the bikini PV scenes in this PV are probably the worst I’ve ever seen because every single girl is basically in the same bikini. This awful white one, and some of the girls are wearing this off white shade which completely irks me! I miss the other bikini PVs where the girls are at least wearing different bikinis and have some individuality. I’m just over the whole bikini PV thing. Unless of course there is some effort in the theme. Give me some other aspect then just the dancing on a beach. Simply adding a beach ball or a frisbee would make it a lot more enjoyable to watch.

And I feel the need to mention this because the PV preview pointed this out, but why is Mayu the center? Sure Mayu is absolutely adorable and popular enough, but there are still more popular members than her. And why isn’t Acchan right in the center for her last song? It doesn’t make sense to me.

Sexy Zone-Lady Diamond PV preview

A PV preview for Sexy Zone’s second single, Lady Diamond, was just released.

I’m actually really impressed with the PV. There seems to be a lot more effort put into this PV then for their first single. The set for this PV is amazing. There is so much going on with it, that it almost seems cluttered, but it’s extremely vibrant and adorable. The PV is very cute, childish, and fun. And I can’t help but pay more attention to the Juniors in the background as they are wearing various costumes they don’t really match each other.  I mean what does a Musketeer, a clown, and Uncle Sam really have to do with one another? But they still add an extra fun element to the PV. I’m certainly into Sexy Zone much more when they are doing the age appropriate cute songs instead of trying to be super serious. But I do admit that Fuma and Kento seem a little out of place in this group. But it sure beats staying a Junior.

SUPER GiRLS- 1,000,000 Smile PV preview

Recently the short PV for SUPER GiRLS new single, 1,000,000 Smile, was uploaded to Avex’s official youtube channel.

And SUPER GiRLS once again manages to be everything that I want in a idol group. The 1,000,000 Smile PV is absolutely stunning. The lighting is just beautiful, and the PV as a whole is very light and vibrant. The whole theme of the PV are the members working in some sort of cafe. But with the amount of flowers scattered around the set it looks more like a flower shop. But I can’t really complain because the flowers are gorgeous and give the PV a nice spring feel to it. Most of the shots so far are the girls setting up the cafe. And the look amazing while doing it. Everyone has a very pretty hairstyle. Especially Ami, I’m pretty sure this is the first time she’s ever had her hair down in a PV before. And should looks incredible. As for the outfits I’m half impressed. The cafe outfits are a little boring because they look like every other random cafe outfit out there. But I absolutely adore the dance shot dresses. Does anything scream spring more than a floral pattern and peplum skirt?

Fairies-Beat Generation PV preview

A few days ago Fairies’ official youtube channel uploaded the short version of the PV for their upcoming double A-side single, Beat Generation / No More Distance.

And I gotta say, I am completely underwhelmed and unimpressed by what I’m seeing. Fairies seem to have reverted to the exact same PV format of their first single’s PVs.  Were there’s basically nothing going on the PV but dancing, even close-up shots aren’t as often as they should be. After I saw the PVs for Hero and Sweet Jewel I thought that this meant Fairies’ PVs were finally going to live up to how awesome their songs are. But with Beat Generation I’m getting more of the same. I do apperciate that they tried to make the PV interesting with multiple sets and outfits. And I do like the close-up shot outfits and the giant metal flower they sing in front of in the close-up shots is kind of cool. But I’m actually not impressed with any other element of the PV itself. The old school hip hop looking outfits and the orange and yellow outfits are hideous. And I can’t stand the main outfits they wear,  for the mere fact that I’m sick of them wearing jean shorts all the time! In every single single one of their singles they wear jean shorts in at least one of the PVs. Maybe they’re trying to make it their signature piece but it’s really annoying.

There is one element of this PV that I do like, and that’s the dance. Of course it’s very skillfully done per usual, but that’s not what catches my eye about it. I am completely blow away by how effortlessly they dance in heels. I do realize that they’ve been dancing in heels, but in this dance you’re just drawn to it. There’s so much spinning and fast foot work in this dance that I am just really impressed by it.

It’s really a shame that this PV isn’t really anything to write home about, because this is their best song yet.

Arashi-Wild at Heart PV preview

Recently a Dwango commerical for Arashi’s new single started airing, giving us fans out first glimpse at Arashi’s new PV for their new single, Wild at Heart.

When I first heard this song I was hoping for an extremely fun and old school Arashi style PV. So, I’m really excited that the PV preview so far is leading in that direction. The PV preview is only 15 seconds longs, so the finished product could essentially be anything. But most JE PVs are pretty much exactly like what the PV preview show. Which means we can asume that this is what the majority of the PV is going to look like. Which is honestly fine by me. The PV shows Arashi dancing in ridiculous semi-colorful and semi-shiny outfits. Doing a dance that is in what looks like a disco style. Which will forever remind me of NEWS’s Koi no ABO PV. And they are dancing in front of these shiny beads. Which even though they are extremely cheap, they really work for the PV because the way the lights hits them, at one point it makes it look like glitter is raining down on them. Which is just perfect.
The second half of the PV preview is a little more serious. It shows Arashi dancing in a white room in all black suits on a track that’s moving in a circular motion, ala the Troublemaker PV. It also briefly shows the guys doing stupid and completely unserious dancing, which I absolutely love. And I gotta say, the guys look great in these scenes. Especially MatsuJun looking great in that hat, and Nino looking gorgeous as always showing off his new hair.

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.

Yamapi-Ai, Texas PV preview

Recently a PV preview for Yamapi’s upcoming new single, Ai, Texas, was released.

After watching the PV preview I have mixed feeling about the PV. The first half of the PV preview shows Yamapi walking in front of some really cheap and poorly done GC backgrounds. You should never watch a PV and have your first impression be, “Well, that’s obviously fake.” The PV also doesn’t have any dance scenes so Yamapi makes up for that with some really ridiculous hand movements. I was literally waiting for him to throw up the Daigo cross rock hands, but then I remembered that was Tegoshi’s thing.

The PV isn’t really all bad, towards the end of the preview we see Yamapi in a bar setting. It’s not really super interesting, but I actually couldn’t tell that it was fake. And I do like the filter effects on that scene. It reminds me a lot of his Hadakanbo PV. And of course he’s looking as gorgeous as ever. But he really needs to work on his English, I had no idea he was saying don’t you think so until I watched this video. Perhaps he should spend time actually studing English with his random French chick.

Thoughts on SDN48’s Makeoshimi Congratulation

I wanted this post to be a simple PV post, really I did. I figured like most of my PV review posts I’d write a little about it but not spoiling my full reaction until the full PV was out. But after watching the PV review, I couldn’t settle on just that.

After watching the PV preview I’m angry, literally angry. But not for the reason you might think. I’m angry because this song and PV are amazing. The song is cute. It’s typical idol music soft and sweet. So unlike what their past A-sides have been like. And the PV is just as adorable. The girls are wearing too cute for words school uniform looking outfits that look like something AKB48 would wear. And I’m wondering why in the world weren’t they releasing singles like this all along? I know SDN48 are supposed to be a mature adult themed group, but I prefer them when they are cute. And it works for them. Their version of Everyday Kachuusha was amazing. And Awajishima no Tamanegi is my favorite song by them. And I also have to wonder, would they be disbanding if this was their theme? Why was’t Aki-P thinking of this in the first place?

Doesn’t Aki-P try to do what other idol groups aren’t doing, and that’s why AKB48 is so successful in the first place? And doesn’t he also like to make some of the music about controversial societal matters like teen suicides caused my bullying, teenage sex, and even being a lesbian like in SKE48’s Kataomoi Finally PV? Then why did he have it so backwards with SDN48? SDN48 is toted as being this adult themed idol group, but am I the only one who took that  at face value and didn’t immediately think that meant being overly sexual? It didn’t really have to mean that, and  I think that’s 100% the reason that SDN48 wasn’t as successful or popular as they could have been. SDN48 was an adult group with adult members, I really wanted them to be an idol group who’s members just happened to be adults. And honestly that would have been enough. They would have been pushing boundaries and going against the social norm just by being over the normal “idol age.” And that would have gained them a lot of older female fans. And probably female fans in general would want to support them because they would see themselves in them. Making another group based on male fantasy perpetuates the fact that Aki-P only really cares about male fans. AKB48 and their sister groups may have a lot of teenage fans, but that’s basically accidental. In the sense that they really aren’t marketing to them all that much. Aside from lyrical content and the girls doing things in fashion, it’s mostly for male fans. (Excuse me if I’m forgetting some other ways they are marketed towards females.) It proves that female fans are indeed just gravy to add to the obviously male dominated fanbase. And it’s whatever, I normally don’t mind being in the minority. But this is one the rare occasion where catering to a female audience would have helped them in the long run.

And if SDN48 still needed a sexy flare to their image, they could have went for it while still having their core female fanbase remain. Because all they really needed to do was add a flare, a touch, a pinch, a small amount. They didn’t have to go for such an obvious sexy image. You absolutely do not need naked body silhouettes and bathtub scenes to be sexy. The phrase less is more is completely true. I’m not attracted to girls but I’m going to assume that showing minimal skin is just as alluring. It’s the tease, it’s the “will they or won’t they” aspect that would be tantalizing. I’ve watched a lot of shows on fashion and they all say the same thing, “less skin is sexier than more skin.” A dress that’s low cut in the back, an outfit that shows your stomach peeking through, a dress that only shows your shoulders, or a high slit that shows your legs. All of those are sexy while still remaining classy. And I’m not saying that SDN48 are classless or sleazy, because they obviously aren’t. I’m just saying you can be sexy another way. And as a female fan I was turned off of them for that reason.

Maybe it’s asking to much for a female idol group to market themselves to female fans. I mean, you don’t see JE making their groups more male friendly. But I just find the whole SDN48 disbanding thing a bit sad, because there was potential in there for them to be amazing and sell a lot. It just really feels like they were tossed aside without really getting a fighting chance.

Also, here’s the PV preview.

KAT-TUN-Lock On PV preview

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

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

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

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

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. 

Hey! Say! JUMP-Super Delicate PV preview

A PV preview for Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming single, Super Delicate, was just released.

I am a tad biased here, but the PV looks absolutely perfect. It just looks incredible so far and so much better than I was expecting. After I saw the covers I knew that the PV was going to be good, but it looks better than I imagined. Just amazing. The guys look super goreous in it. Well, most of them do. Chinen’s outfit is ridiculous and Inoo has this weird hair going on. But other than that there aren’t really any faults. The dance set is a little bit boring, but the abstract white pieces on the sides do jazz the space up a bit.

This preview is insanly short. And since it is a preview and a short making of we only really get to see the dance. Which is incredible I might add. The sharpness of it and the precision is just amazing. But the last 20 seconds of the preview does play some more of the PV in the background, and you can see that the PV is more than just dancing. Their close-ups seem to be in this glass room and there are also scenes with them wlaking on a runway.

But hands down the absolute best part of this preview is the amount of Yuto in it. I don’t really hide that Yuto is my favorite member of JUMP on this blog. And I couldn’t be happier that Yuto is the co-center. I honestly had my doubts he would be since they neglected him in the song. It’s about time he’s in the spotlight in JUMP again. A few years ago Yuto used to be everywhere and was in the center all the time. But over the years Chinen has slowly been taken over his 2nd place position. Which I of course can’t stand. But at least he’s front in center for this single.

S/mileage-Chotto Matte Kudasai PV preview

S/mileage was recently promoting their new single on a morning show, brining along with them the first PV preview for their upcoming new single Chotto Matte Kudasai.

Now, the PV preview is only about 9 seconds long so you can’t really get a feel for the PV. So far we have only seen the dance shot and them wearing their Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game-esque dresses. However, I am pretty disappointed that the dance shot set looks nearly identical to Milky Way’s Anataboshi set. Except that the cardboard buildings are different and there’s a giant moon instead of giant stars.
I really wish I could comment on the preview beyond that, but there’s really nothing else to say.

SUPER GiRLS-EveryBody JUMP PV preview

Recently avex’s official youtube channel posted a short version for SUPER GiRLS new PV for EveryBody JUMP from their 2nd album, EveryBody JUMP.

I’ve been really neglecting SUPER GiRLS on this blog, and I do apologize about that. I honestly meant to make posts about their second album and the first PV preview for EveryBody JUMP, but it honestly slipped my mind.

I do absolutely love everything about SUPER GiRLS they are shaping up to be one of my favorite idol groups. And I know I say that a lot, but that’s because I mean it everytime I say it. Groups like SUPER GiRLS ans Passpo are surpassing some of my old favorites. I should eventually make a post about my favorite idol groups in order, but that’s another topic all together.
The reason I adore SUPER GiRLS so much is because all of their music is so upbeat and full force. So ar they’ve onlt released 4 slow paced songs. And EverBody JUMP is the exact same way. This song is incredibly happy and upbeat, it’s incredible.
The PV is also really adorable. It’s an idol PV down to the last T. It’s incredibly well made and looks pretty expensive. Or just a cheaply made PV done perfectly. It shows the girls wearing their group colors on their outfits yet again ala Passpo. And wearning an outfit that looks incredibly similar to an outfit thay S/mileage wore before. SUPER GiRLS don’t even try to be unique. I love that about them. There’s no shame in taking the best idol elements and making an amazing idol group.
There are just so many great scenes in this PV so far. Adorable jumping, super cute close-up shots, a dance that is really great, playing basketball, mid-air high fives, and balloons. You laugh at the balloons but don’t pretend that they add an nice addition to the PV. And did I mention that my girl Ami looks absolutely flawless?

NYC-Wonderful Cupid PV preview

Roughly a week ago PV preview for NYC’s Wonderful Cupid off their upcoming double A-side new single, Wonderful Cupid/Garasu no Mahou, was released.

It’s a little ironic to be making my PV preview post for Wonderful Cupid right after my PV preview post for Pyoko Pyoko Ultra, because pretty much everything I said about Pyoko Pyoko Ultra works for Wonderful Cupid. But I’m going to repeat it here because most of my Johnny’s readers don’t read my Hello!Project posts and vice versa. NYC is pretty much a group that seems to have been made with the intentions of being a group for children. (And of course also squeeze more money out of Ryosuke and Chinen fans.) Remaking a children’s song and singing about following your dreams made it pretty obvious. And if it wasn’t painfully obvious before Wonderful Cupid has pretty much confirms everything. From the child like lullaby tempo of the song to storybook theme of the PV. But that doesn’t really bother me. I’ve always taken NYC’s music face value. And I do apperciate how upbeat most of their songs are. This song is incredibly lacking to me though. It’s too slow and forgettable. But at least I can the epicness and mature theme of Garasu no Mahou.
As for the PV, it reminds me of the Yume Tamago PV. Just becuase the sets look very similar to me. Nothing adds to a childish theme like have sets made of cardboard. This PV really does take the storybook theme and go for it. The PV shows the members of NYC sitting at a table flipping the pages of a book that they are featured in. And because of that it immediately makes me think of Morning Musume’s I Wish PV and Kusumi Koharu’s Chance PV.  It’s a cute theme and works for the PV. It is honestly a bit stale because I’ve seen similar PVs before, but it’s still a cute theme. No matter how overdone it is.

Here’s a clip of a short making of and short clips of the PV.

And here’s the CM for the single.