Five Momoko Moments: Favorite PV Sequences

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I could watch any Berryz Koubo PV over and over again. Wait, correct that – I do watch any Berryz Koubo PV over and over again. But there are special moments in the PVs that I find especially enticing, that I can’t keep my eyes off of.

It’s, like, I’ve watched Silence of the Lambs at least a hundred, maybe even a hundred fifty times. For some reason it’s good to have in the background while I graded papers in grad school, or when I’m writing. If it’s on cable, I’ll have it on even if they bleep out stuff. But I usually just listen to the movie now, especially if I’m busy… except I absolutely stop everything and watch the entirety of the escape sequence, it’s just so fucking brilliant and such a mindfuck. The eviscerated guard made to look like an angel always makes me smile, as does the final twist…

So these favorite Momoko PV movements are like when Hannibal Lecter rips off the face of a police guard and uses it to disguise his escape. And really, who can resist that?

1. The near-slip at the “Piriri to Yukou” finale. I love the dance for this PV, it’s just so much fun and the girls are so energetic. What I love best, though, is right towards the end, where the girls all step in together, then out, then strike a final pose. As she does this complicated move, Momoko seems to lose her balance for a split-second…

It’s a tiny thing, but she looks like she’s about to take a spill, but instead recovers and strikes the final pose like nothing happened. You have to keepan eye out for Momoko at that precise second, but it’s adorable and every time I watch the PV my heart does a quick skip of fear and anticipation here.

2. The invitation to a punch from “Fighting Pose Date Ja Nai”. Momoko looks like she wants to hug you…

Then seems to want you to come closer so she can take a smach at you…

She really is striking a fighting pose!

3. The stooping headshake of “Special Generation”. It’s just a kind of odd and silly move, but another one that always gets me to stop and pay attention. She’s at the front of the line…

Dips down to a kneel…

And then shakes her head a little, a very cute smile on her face.

4. The salute on the “Piriri” Close-Up Version. I think I watch this PV more than the usual version, mostly because the girls are all absolutely cute when they sing straight to the camera. At the end, they each strike a cute pose, and in Momoko’s case it’s a salute. All throughout the PV, it’s like she’s ready to burst out laughing, it’s just so endearing.

5. The silhouette gateway pose of “Special Generation”. Someone hits the lights and we see the Berryz dancing in the dark, as it were. Momoko gets real playful at first, then she does this move with her arms…

Turns as the lights go back up…

And the scene cuts to her and Miyabi posing in this manner. It’d be kind of cheesey if adults did it, but it’s another moment I can’t get enough of and keep returning to. Kind of like writing cantos of “Momoko O Momoko”… whether or not anybody finds them…
There are many other great moments, of course, but these ones seem particularly Momoko to me. Call me crazy, call me obsessive…

Wait, most of you already have.

Anyway, for those of you who like to use up punishingly high levels of bandwidth, there’s some related animated gifs in the Cult of Pop forum.

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2 Responses to “Five Momoko Moments: Favorite PV Sequences”
  1. niji says:

    Outside the realm of PVs, I’d venture to say that your favorite Momoko moment is 12:42-12:52 of the first part of the Switch On! Concert DVD. SUPER-LOL

  2. niji:

    That’s a good sequence. I really should do a blog entry on that concert, like with the Hello! Pro party…