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.

NYC-Wonderful Cupid/Garasu no Mahou previews

Recently on Hey! Say! 7’s radio show they released a mall preview for NYC’s upcoming song Wonderful Cupid. Since Nakayama Yuma’s solo song, Garasu no Mahou, has already been released digitally I thought I’d also post about that song too. I do apologize for this post being so late, it just completely slipped my mind. 

Let’s start off with my reactions to Wonderful Cupid. I am just completely underwhelmed by this song. It songs nothing like previous NYC singles, and nothing like what I was expecting at all. The song is a very soft sounding ballad. People have said that it sounds like a lullaby and I agree 100% with that. The song sounds very sleepy, and child like. I’m not really into the song at all.

Next is Yuma’s solo song from Playzone Garasu no Mahou. Now, this song I like. This song is also sung very light and soft for the most part, so it does match with Wonderful Cupid in that sense. But the music is completely different. It has this great dance beat to it. It also has this very sad and heartbreaking feel to it. Which matches the sad lyrics of the song. All around this song is very sad and beautiful. It’s also sung pretty well. I never thought Yuma was really that amazing of a singer. He’s good, but there are certainly more talented singers in Johnny’s. But he really sounds good in this song. It fits his voice perfectly. I just really hope they don’t change anything about this song now that it’s being released as a single.

NYC announce new single

It was announced recently that NYC will be releasing their 4th single. (Or 5th if you count the NYC Boys and Nakayama Yuma w/B.I. Shadow single, which I don’t) This single will be their first double A-side release. The first song NYC song is titled Wonderful Cupid, and the second song will be a Nakayama Yuma solo single titled Garasu no Mahou. This double A-side single will be released on January 4th.

I think it’s interesting to see that Yuma is getting his own solo single basically. It also shows just how much Johnny’s is pushing him. I’m not really the biggest Yuma fan but he is a good singer, and I say good for him. It seems like after Nakayama Yuma/w B.I. Shadow didn’t work out as well as JE had hoped they just awkwardly made NYC a permanent group. I would say that this testing the waters for a Yuma solo career, but that’s never going to happen. I honestly can’t remember the last solo artist JE had. I think it was Matchy. That just shows how long ago it was. Yeah, I guess you can now add Jin and Yamapi to the ranks of solo artist, but they aren’t true solo artists. In the sense that from day one they weren’t solo. They obviously are using their groups as a launching point. I honestly don’t see where Yuma’s future is going. If they wanted him to be in a legit group why not debut him in a group made of random Juniors? Like Hey! Say! JUMP was. Right now it honestly seems like they have no idea what to do with him. He’s popular enough to be put in a group but too many groups have debuted lately. And besides that it seems 100% that A.B.C-Z (or I should say A.B.C.-xy)  is going to debut next. Which is fine with me, I’d rather see impression king Kawai Fumito debut over Nakayama Yuma anyday.

I should probably steer this post back on topic now, with a little less Yuma and a little more NYC. I like NYC and I’m always excited for their releases. Wonderful Cupid seems like it’s going to be just as cutesy as their previous releases. And it seems like this release is going to have a Valentine’s Day theme, given the title of the song and it being released so close to Valentine’s Day. But Valentine’s Day is more of a girls holiday in Japan. Unless they make a song about accepting some girl’s confession they should probably make a song around White Day instead.