Notes from the Idol PV Couch Week 12 2017 (0326-0401)


Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. At times, this is a bit of a grueling task, and all of my thoughts can get a little scattered when multiple PVs are released on the same day. But, I always try to present the promotional videos in the best light possible, and I try to remember that each of these pieces of entertainment for your a me is actually the manifestation of a dream for some young girl or girls out there in Japan. Here then is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

This week we have Promotional videos from:

CY8ER – Te to Te

New faces and new name, but Rinahamu’s CY8ER (formerly BPM15Q) continues its unique electro yume kawaii. Working with a composition by Yunomi and lyrics by Rinahamu and DSK, “Te to Te” features the girls breaking down (digital style) in the broad daylight. Swirling onscreen graphics hint at extra-dimensional existence, and the girls are always just off-screen holding hands. Hand-in-hand may be the only way these fairy existences can survive the scrutiny of broad-daylight. When the sun goes down, things are a bit different. The ethereal CY8ER become solid under moonlight. Without the digital crack-up, the girls dance in a summoning ring of string lights. This brings up the question: which of these scenes is the dream? CY8ER’s second single, “Te to Te”, goes on sale April 18, 2017.


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Rock A Japonica – Dreaming Road

Rock A Japonica’s trip down memory lane comes in the form of “Dreaming Road”. Archival footage of the group as they meet their challenges comprises the majority of what you’ll see in this promotional video. The nostalgia and amusement of watching the group transition through their various single release outfits never wears thin. I also enjoy seeing the recording footage as the girls dress comfortably in sweatshirts and eyeglasses. “Dreaming Road” brings us right up-to-date with the reveal of the “Rock A Japonica 4th Tour, ~Revenge for 1000~”. “Dreaming Road” can be found on the “venue only” single “Tambourine Rin Rin” (Dream Edition). Now that we are all caught up, how about that 4th single?

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Rosario+Cross – Shichitenhattou no Mukou-gawa

From their January 30, 2017 release, the girls of Rosario+Cross freshly release a promotional video for their coupling track, “Shichitenhattou no Mukou-gawa”. For those of us in the office game, watching the girls mime out the frustrations of the cubicle set proves a cathartic act. Even better, you can watch the fun choreography of Rosario+Cross in 60 fps, which makes the movements of the girls and their “from behind the screen” mugging much more visually interesting. With all of the face time, I think I got a better feel for the girls through this PV than any of their other works. Musically, I found the song groovy with its live instrumentation and piano heavy arrangement. Of course, “Shichitenhattou no Mukou-gawa” is the b-side from a two-month old single- and that shows itself in other production values.

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STARMARIE – Hoshi no Tereka

The new STARMARIE is a live shot video of the five girls performing “Hoshi no Tereka”. Everything is dark with the girls from their Stevie Nicks black clothing to the stage lighting in purple and blue. The performance looks great- the girls don’t miss a cue with their choreography. If you’re looking for some bubbly idol music, you won’t find it here! The song’s production is rife with tension and lyricism. You can find “Hoshi no Tereka” as the lead track on the group’s new “FANTASY THEATER” album, due April 4, 2016.


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Towa Tei with Ano (Yurumerumo!) – REM

Towa Tei is probably remembered for his work in Dee-Lite some 20+ years ago. Still at the music, he’s teamed up here with Ano from You’ll Melt More for this groovy atmospheric jam. The bright colors wow, and the near 3-dimensional graphics keep popping. From the sushi bedspread to the winged horses to the liquid metal sharks, “REM” keeps everything surreal and dream-like. Yes, this PV provides an extended session of rapid eye movement sleep that’s dreamy in its visuals and its sounds. For Ano’s part: she sounds lovely barely needing to raise her voice above a whisper. Check out the trumpet solos, and I’ll meet you when you wake up! You can find “REM” on Towa Tei’s “EMO” album released on March 22, 2017.


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Yanakoto Sotto Mute – Lily

Some groups really mesh well with my non-idol aesthetic. Take Yanakoto Sotto Mute, for example. The live band instrumentation is nice, but the arrangements and musical style really bump them up a notch. The promotional video for Lily, from Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s soon-to-be-released 1st album, makes a case for the biggest contrast of all: life and death. You can see it with the interiors: deathly still with faded whites and weathered paint. You see it with the exteriors: full sun, an ocean heaving with life, and grasses that literally connect existence with the earth. The paradox of floral bouquet, neither fully alive nor fully dead, cuts through every scene like a reminder to choose between a morgue-like existence and a thrashing scream of life. I’m definitely picking up a copy of “BUBBLE” when it’s released on April 5, 2017. Listen to “Lily” and make your own choice.


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“Pharaoh no Haka” costume reveals!

The Morning Musume ’17 musical just released photos of the girls in costume! Here’s a look at the girls in their regalia …

Sariokis

(double cast)
Kudo Haruka (Taiyou no Shinden Hen)

Oda Sakura (Sabaku no Tsuki Hen)
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Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 11 2017 (03019 – 0325)


Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. At times, this is a bit of a grueling task, and all of my thoughts can get a little scattered when multiple PVs are released on the same day. But, I always try to present the promotional videos in the best light possible, and I try to remember that each of these pieces of entertainment for your a me is actually the manifestation of a dream for some young girl or girls out there in Japan. Here then is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

This week we have Promotional videos from:

°C-ute – The Curtain Rises


The third and final promotional video from °C-ute’s farewell single broke this morning. “The Curtain Rises” might seem the opposite title for a swan song of a single, but the optimist says that the second act for Yajima Maimi and co. is about to begin. The song is a dance track littered with the hook of a title line and synth leads that call to mind some of the group’s classic songs. I haven’t had time to sort out the steamy backroom that serves as the set for most of “The Curtain Rises”; perhaps the curtain rises on the hidden machinations of the group? The PV features some nifty “Vertigo” style dolly zooms on the girl’s faces. Though there is much to unpack with “The Curtain Rises”, I’m going to leave off here before you’re looking at one of my 2000 word blogs. ℃-ute’s final single will be released on March 29, 2017.
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The Juice=Juice “Jidanda Dance / Feel! Kanjiru yo” update

The ninth Juice=Juice single just released its update on the Juice=Juice promotional materials.

Promotional photos

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Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 10 2017 (03012 – 0318)


Over at New School Kaidan, I write a few words about some of the recently released promotional videos. At times, this is a bit of a grueling task, and all of my thoughts can get a little scattered when multiple PVs are released on the same day. But, I always try to present the promotional videos in the best light possible, and I try to remember that each of these pieces of entertainment for your a me is actually the manifestation of a dream for some young girl or girls out there in Japan. Here then is a collection of those write-ups, with a few words sometimes added after a week+ of viewing.

This week we have Promotional videos from:

°C-ute – Final Squall

With the first volley from their triple a-side final single, ℃-ute get everyone wet with its “Final Squall”. For fans of Hello! Project, the song is a thank you for the years: the initial frames spell it out in no uncertain terms. Every time the girls sing “sayonara” and “daisuki” it feels like a dagger to the heart. SHOCK EYE gifts ℃-ute with a song dripping with emotion, and ℃-ute delivers with a performance in the round surrounded by lucky fan club members who may or may not have participated in the water works. “Final Squall” sets the bar high for the remaining songs on the group’s 31st single. “To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises” goes on sale March 29, 2017.

°C-ute To Tomorrow


With the assembled leaders and subleaders of Hello! Project + the Kenshuusei backdancers from the “℃-ute Shinshun Concert 2017 ~℃OMPASS~” tour, the H!P senior group offer this elegant send-off. “To Tomorrow” really emits the graduation vibes with lyrics of atonement, acceptance, and the future. Aside from the dance shots, ℃-ute find themselves on a hill top overlooking the ocean and the oncoming sunset. The cheer and willingness that ℃-ute brings to the sunset, their sunset, is noteworthy in that the group provide a great example of how idols should their transition. Tops in class and talent, the idol world is going to miss this group. ℃-ute’s final single will be released on March 29, 2017. Continue reading