After some initial viewings, I can say I love this dance shot. The girls are required to produce some intricately timed, precisely angled movements. The look and overall impression of the production is very awe-inspiring. And while there are some gestures that are clearly recycled from the last few singles, these movements create a unique style to Morning Musume’s dancing. I’m not sure that Morning Musume has ever had a signature look to their dances. The effect of all of this is the 11 girls moving as one.
The set is actually not a set. Like the last PV, the girls are dancing in front a green screen. The background that was filled into the green screen is a street intersection at night. A gigantic red moon looms behind the girls, creating and ominous atmosphere.
After some initial fist pumps, the girls form this flower looking shape. The added arm and hand movements make the flower look like it’s organic and moving about. I can’t help but think about “One Grecian Urn” from “The Music Man” when I see this formation, but that’s not Morning Musume’s fault- I just watched too much Family Film Festival growing up.
When we arrive at the verse, the girls get low. There are sweeping hand gestures that make them look like they are hunting wild Pokemon in the tall grass.
These movements aren’t new to Morning Musume- they’ve used them in the last two PV’s. The added arm gestures, though, add a new movement and fluidity to the whole thing. The results are some eye-trickery.
Riho’s solo line is sung to a cascaded head movement that doesn’t really capture well. Just watch it.
My favorite part of the songs comes next. The Scotch Snap rhythm over a electronic whizzes and beeps is accompanied by Haruna and Erina making tough-looking arm and leg movements. It’s Eripon in the front. Yes I love it. And, Haruna looks, dare I say, good with her movements. I think she might be over the lost-praying-mantis stage of her career.
During the proper chorus, the background comes alive with motion blurred vehicles passing around the girls and neon signs coming alive in an orgy of colored lights. The girls have a proper spread formation. They make sweeping arm gestures that are symmetric about the center of the formation. At one point, the effect is that of a giant bird stretching, then flapping its wings.
The ending of the chorus moves the girls into the familiar “A” the “V” forms. As they have been doing well for this entire PV the V is accented with timed, cascading arm movements.
The second time through the instrumental, the girls show us the V formation with more of the twisting arm movements that cascade backwards from Riho to Ayumi (in the right) and Sakura (in the left). Visually striking stuff.
Remember the heavy breathing part? It turns out that it is actually Mizuki, Erina, and Kanon (although it still might be Tsunku in reality). And, ohai, is that a garter on Mizuki?
Hello there, Mizuki in the center. I hope you stay there for a while!
Do I like it? Yes! I cannot wait for the actual PV.
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