The 30 Day Idol Challenge: Day 6

I decided that I needed a nice change of pace for my blog. I’ve been playing a game of catch up on my blog recently. And whenever I have to play catch up I become unmotivated pretty quickly, because then it almost feels like I’m being forced to blog. And it really takes all the fun and enjoyment out of blogging. PV reviews are probably my favorite posts to make, but feeling obligated to do a mad rush of 10 or so in a matter of days is really a drag. However, the push is from no one but myself. I actually feel like I’ll lose readers or people will become disappointed/bored if I don’t review all the PVs, since I’ve made them the main selling point of my blog.

This post has take a rather unpleasant turn, so enough of the talk and onto the main focus of this blog. And that’s continuing the The 30 Day Idol Challenge. Now, I’m constantly playing catch up on my blog and focusing on idol news, that I have completely overlooked this challenge completely. The last post I made about this was back in October. I’m a little bummed about that myself.

Let’s get on with today’s question which is: “Your favorite sub-group?”

Now, there are, and have been, tons of idol sub-groups out there. I mean, I could have picked anything. But over the nearly 4 years of blogging and over 5 years of being an idol fan the answer to this question was extremely obvious. And keeping up with past answers you know I couldn’t pick just one group.

Buono:

Of course Buono is one of my absolute favorite sub-groups. I’ve been a dedicated fan of Buono ever since they first formed. And I think anyone that reads my blog can tell I’m a big Buono fan since I named my blog after one of their songs. Buono is one of those groups that keep getting better. Virtually whatever type of music they have they manage to pull it off. From super cutesy, to rock, to ska, to soft ballads, even auto tuned. Buono is just absolutely perfect! And everyone’s singing in Buono is top notch. I mean, watch some of their concerts. A lot of the time they sound almost identical to the CD. Which is super impressive. And the girl’s voices blend together perfectly. I seriously can never get enough of Buono. Their songs are constantly stuck in my head, and I’m constantly singing them. And their B-sides and album songs are just as catchy as their A-sides, which doesn’t always happen with idol groups.

Watarirouka Hashiritai/7:

Now, I haven’t been a Warota fan for nearly as long as I have been a Buono fan, but that doesn’t mean I love them any less. Watarirouka Hashiritai is just another perfect idol group in my eyes. They have the insanely cutesy idol voices that I absolutely adore, and they are making the exact kind of idol music that is my favorite. Upbeat, happy, cute, and sweet enough to make you lose your teeth. Watarirouka Hashiritai might only have one album, but they make up for it by usually having anywhere from 2-5 B-sides to keep you interested. They might have a few songs that I’m not a fan of, but collectively their songs are amazing and they put me in such a happy mood. And it doesn’t matter if they gain, lose, and then gain members the music never gets effected and they keep coming out with even better songs.

NYC’s new PV isn’t a page-turner

A few days ago the full PV for Wonderful Cupid off of NYC’s upcoming double A-side new single, Wonderful Cupid/Garasu no Mahou.

When I first saw the PV previews I was actually pretty excited to see what the full PV looked liked. I thought it had a very cute theme, that was perfect for the audience it was aimed at. Even though being inside of a book has been done before, and actually seems kind of over used, I thought they could have done a lot with the theme. Sadly they don’t seem to do much of anything in the PV. Most of the PV is just NYC turning the book pages. And once inside the book they just seem to be focused on the dogs more than anything. Which is completely boring. Where’s the exciting storline beyond that? What about showing how NYC ended up in the book in the first place. Give me something to work with. Instead of the bland 3 minutes of watching NYC walking nonexistent dogs we were given. Perhaps since the song is for children they felt they really didn’t have to try or something? But it’s actually the exact opposite. Children are very visual. Which is why any children’s show you watch it bursting with colors, odd shapes, and pretty much nonstop excitement. I wish the PV reflected that more, then it would be more watchable. Another PV like Magic Power is what I was honestly expecting.

The cover, how exciting.

Still reminds me so much of the I Wish PV.

I have to admit, they always put NYC in some nice clothes.

A pet shop, I’m uninterested already.

Being inside the book reminds me of the Chance PV.

That hair really does nothing for Ryosuke. :/

I just don’t find Chinen even a little bit cute.

Suddenly reminding me how childish the PV is.

I wish Yuma would go back to having black hair, it’s when he looked the best.

What boring group close-ups. They are just sitting there emotionless.

Enter random foreign chick. I am always pretty jealous whenever I see American or European girls in Japanese music videos.

Though, to be honest, I’m far more jealous of this girl.

Cute.

Sick of the dogs already.

They both have dogs so of course they are meant to be.

Am I the only one who thinks this girl looks a little young? Like might be 14, young?

I see what you did there. Basically making them kiss, without them actually having to kiss.

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.