Will the real S/mileage please stand up

The full PV for Smileage’s first single to single to feature the sub-members, Tachiagaaru, has finally been released. I also wanted to say that this is the onyl single to feature the recently left member, Kosuga Fukuya, but I’m pretty sure Fukuya is also in the Mobekimasu single.

I am actually really disappointed by the PV. There’s pretty much nothing else going on besides dancing. There are 2 different close-up shots, and yet for some reason a good chunk of the close-ups are filmed during the dance scenes. Which makes for a really stale PV. Which is sad because S/mileage PVs are usually always interesting. S/mileage hardly has a large budget for their PVs, but they somehow manage to take cheap PVs and make them exciting to watch. Mostly because of Smileage’s weird, youthful, and playful charm. And it just seems like S/mileage wasn’t going at it full force in this one. And it’s not really their fault either. There weren’t many scenes in the PV where S/mileage’s personalities had a chance to shine. And there was even less opportunities for the sub-members to shine.
When I heard the radio rip I could have sworn I heard Meimi and Rina sing, but obviously it was wishful thinking because not one sub-member got a solo line. And for all of the PV, even the group close-up shots, the sub-members are shoved into the back. I understand that they aren’t full fledge members yet, but is it really necessary for the divide between old and new members to be so great? Wasn’t it enough that they are wearing completely different outfits with skirts that are twice as long to symbolize that they are different? How are the sub-members really supposed to gain fans if they are completely useless in their “debut” PV? See, I can’t even say debut without quotes because it’s not techincally their debut PV until they are officially members. I wish the line distrubution was exactly like their recent concert, where the original lineup got most of the lines and the sub-members got at least one.  If I was a casual fan of S/mileage, and was judging the sub-members from this PV alone, I wouldn’t have a favorite and I wouldn’t even know they were a part of S/mileage. I would most likely wonder why the backup dancers are in the close-up shots. Which is sad. I want it to be October 16th already, so we can get passed this whole sub-members thing.  I was completely excited about the sub-members when I furst heard about them. As recently as their youtube concert stream I was still excited. I became slightly less excited about them when I watched this PV, and when I found out international fans can’t take part in the sub-member smile campaign. Which, for fans like me that took part in the first campaign, makes me pretty angry that I can’t help my girls again. The sub-members thing is, and always has been, really exciting. But they are just not handling it correctly. Well at least not the single anyway, because the concert was perfect.

Awesome an UFO, too bad they hardly ever use it.

The costume group divide. Honestly, both are cute but obviously the original member’s are better.

It’s not exactly one of the best dances I’ve ever seen.

Adorable Dawa.

Yuuka always looks amazing.

A rare occasion when the sub-members are up front.

Sub-members? What sub-members?

Extreme leg close-up.

The dance keeps getting worse. XD

Seeing Fukuya makes me sad. She’s actually pretty cute too.

Lol.

I love that Kanon is the only one doing that bowing move.

Yuuka’s a cutie.

Absolutely adorable.

Cute.

Rinapu!

Sub-members FTW.

I never understood this dance move.

This is why I love Kanon.

I really hope Rina becomes a full member.

Even though Kana isn’t the best singer, she does seem pretty cute and energetic.

MeiMei! I love this girl!

And all of a sudden it’s night.

Awesome.

Adorable.

Lol.

That’s seriosuly all they are doing with the UFOs?

Best part of the PV.

I wish the PV started with them getting abducted. It would have taken a completely different direction.

S/mileage-Tachiagaaru 2nd PV preview

A commercial for S/mileage’s upcoming single, Tachiagaaru, has been released. Giving us fans a second sneek peak of the PV.

There isn’t really anything new in this PV preiview. If anything this PV preview actually shows less than the first PV preview did. The only thing that we haven’t seen before is the random crashed UFO in the background. Which explains why they are dancing in the desert. I guess to give the PV a Roswell theme. But I don’t like that they aren’t playing off the whole UFO thing more. They could have made S/mileage Aliens that crashed their UFO on Earth. And why not? If they have a UFO in the PV anyway, why not take it one step further? That would have probably made the PV a lot more interesting than it seems to be now.

S/mileage-Tachiagaaru song and PV preview

Recently the radio rip and PV preview for Smileage’s upcoming 7th single, Tachiagaaru, has been released. Which is the first single to feature the new sub-members and is the first single without Saki.

When the sub-members were first announced I was completely eager to hear the new members in action. I know a lot of S/mileage fans were worried that the new single wouldn’t even be worth buying. But I wasn’t concerned in the least about that, I knew it wasn’t likely that S/mileage was going to dissapoint me. And after listening to the song, it once again proved that S/mileage hardly ever messes up. The song isn’t anywhere near as over the top, and energetic as Uchouten Love. But it is an extremely cute song. They most likely had to have a tamer song to make it more comfortable for the new members. Especially since some of them aren’t the best singers. But on the other hand Maji Desu ka Ska wasn’t really that easy for the 9th gen. Even though the song is sung softly, it definitely has the S/mileage feel to it. The music sounds pretty much like their other songs jumbled together, and there’s a lot of background vocalizations that S/mileage seems to include in their songs a lot. And S/mileage seem to be taking this whole sub member thing to heart. The song is heavily lead by the 3 remaining original members. It seems like the sub-members only get one solo line each, which is to be expected. I’m not even sure if all the sub-members get a solo line because I’m not familiar enough with their voices yet. It sounds like Akari, Rina, and Meimi have lines. So, if they have solos most likely Kana and Fukuya have ones as well.

S/mileage was recently on Sakigake to promote their new single, so we get a short PV preview because of that. The preview is only about 20 seconds long, which is hardly enough time to really get a feel for the PV. Mostly because in that 20 seconds all we can see is the dance shot. and some small close-ups. And you can never tell if that’s all the PV is, or if there is more to it. However, the one thing you can tell about the PV is that it’s cheap. So far all we can see is S/mileage dancing on sand in front of some sort of desert background during the night and day. The set honestly reminds me of the Shortcut set, since both times they were dancing on sand. The PV also shows 2 different close-ups. One in the dance set and one group close-up. Which kind of makes it seem like that’s all there is to the PV. I wish that wasn’t the case, but we all know that idol PVs in general are usually less than spectacular.

By the way, this video is their entire apperance on Sakigake, the PV preview doesn’t start until 7:21 and than again at 7:56. But you should also be sure to watch Rinapuu singing a line of the chorus at 7:31 and sounding absolutely adorable and nearly flawless.