Let’s just put this out there first: I need more of the Sakura shots from this PV. In one of the two sets for the PV, the PASSPO girls looking quite comely underneath artificial cherry trees and a rain of blossoms. The girls are seemingly naked under pale pink blankets and look quite loverly. But wait, how did we get here?
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The PV opens up with a closeup of Makoto as a tear rolls down her cheek. Her hand reaches out and catches a cherry blossom. Quickly the PV transitions to the girls in uniform dancing on stage. The action is illuminated through spot lights that sweep through the action.
When the lights are turned on in the chorus, we see that the girls are dancing on a set that reminds me of a stark fashion show stage. The girls twirl, the skirts fly, and I just want more of the other set.
What I like about PASSPO is that they never forget who they are. The jobs in the group are well regemented, and everyone seems to know their task (that’s teamwork). You cn see in the verses that Shiori and Ai get the lion’s share of the vocal solos. You also see that girls like Makoto and Mio get the spotlight often simply because they look great.
Leg angles. Anna, Mio, and Shiori get it right. Yuki and Ai- not so much
PASSPO really shines in the Sakura set piece. Each girl is expressive and emotes a quiet sadness that is a little at odds with the song.
Anna under the blooms
Shiori looks like Niigaki Risa here …
The song itself is a return from the all-out rock of the previous singles, specifically the Metal fest of “WING“. The basic tracks of “Sakura Komichi” are still heavy on the guitar and bass. In fact, anyone that knows me can tell that I am a fan of the harmonized guitar leads that are the hallmark of this song. The chorus fills itself with palm-muted guitars mixed with long chords. The chorus has the girls singing to the same melody of the guitar lines punctuated with some rhythmic emphasis.
I’m not sure whether this song will be among my favorites, but I know I’ll be humming the guitar leads and dreaming of Makoto under cherry trees.