Bringing another late PV review I’m finally reviewing the one I was dreading the most, and that’s obviously AKB48’s So Long PV.
I’ve never actually seen this PV before reviewing it. I try not to watch any PV before writing my review post. I also don’t read other people’s reviews of the PV before making my own review post. That way my reviews are my initial reaction and have an untainted opinion. The only thing I really knew about this PV is that fans said it was far too long and far too boring. So, I of course was put off by that.
And now once I’ve seen the PV I get what people were saying. At about 6 and a half minutes long this PV is about 2 minutes too long. I wouldn’t mind so much about the length if the PV was actually good. Sometimes a PV is so great you want it to be longer. Like with AKB48’s Gingham Check PV, it only felt like a minute long because it was that enthralling. But with the So Long PV I wanted to stab my eyes out at about 30 seconds in.
I’m sure people are going to tell me that I just don’t understand it because it probably has something to do with the dramas they made based of this song. Which I am aware exist and they made 3 versions of, one for each team. But I’m going to shoot that down right now because I could care less about the So Long Team dramas. I didn’t bother to watch them and I don’t intend to watch them. It’s physically impossible for me to care any less about them. This blog reviews idol music, idol news, and PVs. I don’t review dramas, because it would be too time consuming. So, the dramas are of no consequence to me. I care about the PV and the PV alone. And the PV is so boring it’s a chore to make me care about the PV. And now I’m supposed to muddle through over an hour of dramas? No thanks.
I am extremely disappointed with this PV. Since AKB48 is the most popular female idol group, and arguably the most popular idol group period, they usually spend a decent amount of money on their PVs. And because of that I am always pretty excited to see their PVs because I expect something extremely entertaining. And when they don’t deliver on that I am completely let down. And that’s what this PV is, just a complete and utter let down.
The main thing that stands out the me is how this PV is both expensive and cheap. Let me explain the cheapness first. Despite having the funds to not chince out they still did when in comes to CG and editing. I feel bad now for ripping apart Morning Musume’s Help Me so much for having bad CG because honestly So Long’s CG is just as bad. It might even be worse.
The main issue I have with the CG is it’s done so poorly that at one point it looks like they are floating on a patch of grass. And another time it looks like they are running with these just awfully made pink blankets that look like they were draw onto the PV with MS paint.
The other issue I mentioned was the editing. I don’t like it at all. I don’t like how it’s awkwardly split. Like sometimes it’s split 3/4 and 1/4. And sometimes split with 3 different screens. Which was the issue I had with C-ute’s Kono Machi PV. But not only is the PV awkwardly split to show two different scenes at once there are also times where the PV is split into two different colors. Sometimes it’s regular color mixed with black and white or sepia. And it just makes no sense to do that. It’s a complete disconnect.
Another thing I don’t like is how lifeless everyone looks. This PV has about 7 different set, and a main chunk of the PV is them dancing. But not dancing like idols instead they are dancing with no emotion and most of them with a blank look on their faces. Even while they’re lip-syncing there’s almost no emotion on their faces. The song is slow, but it has a positive message, so there’s almost no reason for the gloomy feel the entire PV has.
However, I do appreciate the scene where they do look happy and do put some effort into it. And those scenes do show how much money and effort were put into the PV. Those scenes are very bright and cheery. And I do have to compliment how nice their outfits are.
But on the other hand none of the scenes really make sense. Like first they’re walking in the rain, then Jurina’s working in an office, than the’re in school, then in weird square walls or boxes, then they’re playing musical chairs, then Jurina’s getting married. It just makes no sense to me. But I’m still not watching over an hour of dramas just so a 6 minute PV will make sense. What sense would that make? Maybe they can rope other people in that way, but not me.
Also, can I say that I’m so annoyed by the fact that throughout the verse of the song you can hear underneath the main instrumental they have those like boat noises, or whatever you would call them, from The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever. That annoys me to no end! Wow, so original AKB48.
Why are they just sitting on the road. All they would need is for a car to come and that’s one fell swoop of all the aces gone. Lol.
Nice to see Mii-chan with hair still. Oh, too soon?
Remember how much Yui used to get pushed? Now I barely even remember she’s still in the group.
Mayu manages to look cute while nearly everyone else looks sad.
I don’t really mind all the attention Paruru has been getting lately, she’s such a cutie.
Why in the world would someone think it’s ok to split the screen like this? It’s done horrible and makes no sense.
I can’t with this dance.
My favorite part of this PV is seeing everyone’s bright smiling faces.
At this point to people really notice anyone else but Milky?
That’s right Rino, look as emotionless as a robot.
Oh god, these split screens are even worse.
You know synchronized dancing in school was cool the first time seeing it.
But now it’s just overused.
Now they’re just randomly at a cafe.
Is it so hard to smile like this during the whole PV?
Putting Jurina out to pasture I see.
Awkward split screen!
Wow, some of the worst CG I’ve ever seen.
This is hands down the worst CG I’ve ever seen!
Why in a box now?
Oh look a cow.
Seriously musical chairs?
Who’s the old dude?
The CG is so bad they’re literally floating on the grass!
Sayaka looks so miserable.
The pedals are so obviously fake.
Oh yeah, add those horrible blankets to the mix.
The bad CG just never ends.
There’s still more? Are they kidding with this?
Those are some weird looking chairs.
Are you serious that they added bikini scenes so people don’t care how awful the entire PV is?
Have all the shameless bikini scenes you want, the PV is still terrible.
Look at that, this PV is so long and boring it stopped time.
So, Jurina’s marrying old weird musical chair guy or…?
Those are not the proper outfits to wear to a wedding. I mean really Yuko, jeans?
I can literally only read the hiragana and future. So, it says something about to the future. XD