The ℃-ute PV retrospective #11

Can you believe we’re almost done here? In this penultimate installment, ℃-ute deliver to us an absolutely classic- artistic, layered, and well-executed. Like “Summer Wind” from yesterday, I’ll put this song in a vault containing all my favorites and bury it for some intrepid intergalactic explorer to find after man’s eventual nuclear winter. Too dark? OK, well, that song is …

Mugen Climax


Before starting here, you should know that I am a huge fanboy of Oomori Seiko, the composer and songwriter for “Mugen Climax”. In fact, there is nothing about this song and promotional video that I find disagreeable. The costumes, those military inspired backs and rag dresses appear appropriately surreal. Then the choreography! The girls get plenty of opportunity for individual skills and solo appeal, while the group choreography fills itself with ripple upon ripple. The old European elegance of the set feels dreamlike to me living in sunny California- familiar, yet foreign. Put this one on the short list of idol classics. It’s absolutely brilliant!

Ai wa Maru de Seidenki


To be honest, with the absolute genius of “Mugen Climax”, I found difficulty concentrating on the other A-sides from this release. ℃-ute go back into cute mode with “Love is like Static Electricity”. The song definitely feels lighter, with a fluffy melody that plays along with the quick tempo. Like everyone else (probably), I love seeing the girls find their static electricity with their fuzzy sweaters and experiment with hair-raising gravity. Naturally the ending message the girls put together brings a tear to the eye.

Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni!


℃-ute wax nostalgic as they recall their journey as idols in this introspective song. Tsunku really had the girls in mind as he penned these lyrics; they read like they came from the girls’ blogs! “Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni!” doesn’t slug you in the face with its beats, nor are you beaten into submission with the girls’ cute antics. In this respect, the song feels like it comes from a very pure place- a place where the love of music and the act of singing is reward enough for the sacrifice.


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2 responses

  1. Ohh, Mugen Climax! HHNNNNGGGG. The whole package – song, lyrics, the vocals, the MV, outfits, the set, truly amazing and brought out the girls at their best!

    Definitely a classic in the girls’ discography and needs to be remembered for the years to come.

    That said, I also do like Ai wa Maru de Seidenki – it was cute but not so cute that it feels out of place for them and the girls’ age. Plus the ending message is really sweet.

    I love the marching band-ish sounds from Singing, it seemed like Tsunku was trying something new again. Love the sentimentality of the lyrics, he really put thought and had the girls in mind when he wrote them.

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