Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 8 2017 (0226 – 0304)


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:

Morning Musume。’17 – Jealousy Jealousy


Looking like an elegant slumber party before the actual slumbering, “Jealousy Jealousy” rounds out the promotional videos for Morning Musume’s 63rd single release. Things look very black and white, although it’s not particularly clear which side is actually which (metaphorically speaking). What I do know is the group makes great use of their anchors: Oda Sakura and Fukumura Mizuki sing with an increasing presence from Nonaka Miki while Ishida Ayumi rightfully anchors the dance team and provides legit skills to the rap interludes (you should also stick around to hear Miki’s English in the rap- always a treat). Perhaps “Jealousy Jealousy” rests on foundations that are more predictable than its counterpart A-side, but man is the song smooth. For those put off by the mortar shells in “Brand New Morning”, “Jealousy Jealousy” feels like coming home to groove laden J-pop butter. “Brand New Morning/Jealousy Jealousy” goes on sale March 8, 2017.

Beyond the Couch

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2014 Single of the Year!

Do you know what gives me a hard time? End-of-the year lists. For someone like me, who likes and tries to find value in the littlest of things, every decision involves a heart wrenching choice. Regardless, my idol friends on Twitter (you know who you are) provided me with enough motivation to attempt an end of the year list of idol releases. I agreed to this undertaking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this undertaking provides me the motivation to look and listen at a wide cross-section of idol music. Lots of idol groups have been popping up of late, and without this project I feel like I was missing many groups that I would love.

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AKB48 “Mae Shika Mukanee” PV


You know that I’m not on the AKS payroll by now. I only write about the group when I feel like it. And, for some reason I feel like talking about the new AKB48 release “Mae Shika Mukanee”. The song makes a stab at a straight-forward rock instrumentation. Electric guitars are layered thickly on the arrangement, and the girls often break into air guitar dances throughout the PV. The girls spend a good amount of time swinging mike stands around like they were Steven Tyler. Even with an energetic performance, is the song worth a listen?

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Beauty Shots

Some very artistic photographs of various idols were recently brought to my attention. These all come from the website Beauty News Tokyo. I don’t know anything about the website other than the pretty models they use! So are you ready?

We start with Super Girls’s Goto Aya. This looks to me like it was ripped from Akira. You know the part with all the stuffed animals?
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AKB48 “Sayonara Crawl”


It would be difficult to ignore singles from AKB48, as I’ve done so far in my blog. I’m not one of those Hello! Fans who demonize everything 48, and I’m definitely not under the illusion that one group is inherently better than the other. You can see right away in the PV for “Sayonara Crawl” that the two groups, AKS and H!P, are different in their approach to entertainment. AKB48 seems to allocate much of their funds toward the creation of their promotional videos. The appeal of these girls Continue reading

Hello Station 9: a Viewer’s Guide

Let’s face facts: if you don’t speak Japanese (I don’t) or don’t have much patience, you probably won’t sit through a show like “Hello! Station”.  It would be nice if someone out there pointed out the interesting parts of the show.  I always wonder why no one has done this before.  I suppose it’s my turn to provide some usefulness.

Note, the links are to the same video from the official Hello! Project Station YouTube channel (you’re going to see Nakky’s face a lot).  I just went ahead and forwarded the video to different highlights.  Obviously, I can’t translate anything and my choices for highlights are highly subjective.  I promise to  make an effort in showing most (if not all) of the segments.  Please, watch the parts in which you are interest, and don’t feel guilty about skipping whatever you don’t like.

LET’S DO THIS!

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Happy birthday Watanabe Mayu

Well, I feel uncomfortable writing this since it’s not about a Hello! Project idol. But, one would be a fool to overlook the charms of Watanabe Mayu. I confess that I really enjoyed her last solo single “Hikari Monotachi” … something about her being a cyborg. I’m sure the AKB people will fill me in plenty on this running gag.

She’s 19 now! Happy birthday to you; you sexy cyborg idol. And to celebrate, there will be much eyecandy!
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Ikuta Erina Gravure Mook

On February 27, Eripon will be featured in a gravure mook (magazine/book) called “GRADUATION – Chuugaku Sotsugyou“.  The photobook will feature young junior high idols who are graduating middles school and (presumably) entering high school.  Other idols included in the mook are Kimoto Kanon (SKE48), Maeshima Ami (SUPER☆GiRLS), Takatsuki Sara (bump.y) and Sugisaki Hana. That’s great company to be in!

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