Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 6 2017 (0212 – 0218)

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:

X21 – Beautiful X

Ahead of their 2nd album, X21 release the promotional video for “Beautiful X”. The PV completely envelopes the girls in a white cyc (that white stage with no corners), where the girls either perform their choreography or mug lovingly for the rotating camera. The sense of perspective slowly fades as the girls move towards and away from the camera’s viewfinder. Eventually, I didn’t know which way was up anymore. “Beautiful X” really shines when the girls are given their solo close-ups. True to the Bishoujo Contest origins of the group, X21 members are all pretty in a way that outpaces most other idol groups. With soft lighting and a gentle breeze, you’re sure to find a girl that suits your fancy.

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J-Pop Summit Report – Silent Siren 20160724

silent siren

Do you know Silent Siren? Yoshida Sumire (Suu), Umemura Hinako (Hinachu), Yamauchi Aina (Ainyan), and Kurosaka Yukako (Yukarun) comprise this foursome of musicians who play pop and rock with a cute idol-like flair. The group, called “SaiSai” by their fans, had a date with San Francisco at the recently completed J-Pop Summit Festival. Festival goers were given unprecedented access to the group with Meet and Greet sessions, an audience participation Question and Answer session, “High Touch” events, and a performance and the main stage of the J-Pop Summit. The group is so well-received that Silent Siren had the honor of closing the 2016 edition of J-Pop Summit with their energetic and rocking performance sprinkled with sugar and magic.

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