Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 25 2017 (0625-0701)


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 come back with a vengeance with Promotional videos from:

PINK CRES. – Pretty・Cute・Future

Filmed during their opening slot at the last Buono! concert, “Kirei Kawai Mirai” starts with an introduction of the girls (so when I gush over over Kobayashi Hikaru you’ll know who I’m talking about). With electric guitars forming the backbone of the arrangement, seems like it might be at odds with the conception of PINK CRES. This isn’t really the case, with the song providing a nice slice of pop alongside the guitar solos. Visually, “Kirei Kawai Mirai” is the compliment of “fun fun fun” with onscreen graphics over live shots comprising the majority of the video. Maybe the song is just a step behind the infectiousness of “fun fun fun”, but “Oh oh oh chu chu chu, Your baby girl” is every bit as catchy. Also, Hikaru gets more chances to sing, so this is my jam for that. “Pretty Cute Future” from PINK CRES.’s debut release “crescendo” goes on sale June 28, 2017.

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Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 18 2017 (0507-0513)


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:

Kikkawa You – Sayonara Standard

With lyrics and composition by Seiko Oomori, Kikkawa You offers an introspective meditation. What to do next? “Sayonara Standard” is a goodbye the usual, the normal, the standard. Life goes by pretty quick when you’re in the back of the cab, and the view out the window is just that:a view. “Sayonara Standard” is like a kiss-off to the old life, the stagnant life, the life that leaves you crippled with complacency. The marimba tones and odd time signatures of the song may seem a bit out of place with Kikkawa You’s career, but given the song’s lyrical content I think the change is justifiable. When the rhythms straighten out for “Sayonara Standard”‘s chorus, Kikka belts out her firecracker vocals, and the only conclusion necessary is an open window and a face-full of the fresh air. You can buy “Sayonara Standard” at your favorite retailer on May 17, 2017.

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Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 17 2017 (0430-0506)


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:

Zenbu Kimi no Sei da – Wagamama Shinsei Hominina

Zenbu Kimi no Sei da’s fourth single bursts to life with the colored pages of manga. Perhaps a bit less aggressive that some of the group’s past offerings, “Wagamama Shinsei Hominina” finds the group living in the illustrations like this were a 1980s one-hit wonder video. The guitars take a step backwards to give way to the synth melodies that add color to the auditory mix. But, the striking feature for this offering is the bursts of primary colors. When the lights go off, even the dark is pierced with blue lights. “Wagamama Shinsei Hominina” finds its way to stores on April 26, 2017.

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Notes from the Idol PV Couch– Week 15 2017 (0416-0422)


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:

Juice=Juice – Feel Kanjiru yo

Barely a week to go until their 9th single release, and Juice=Juice finally deliver a promotional video for “Feel! Kanjiru yo”. As if to add variety to the single, this song bounces along with some confectionery pop, leaving the around the world trip to the single’s other A-side. Visually, Miyazaki Yuka and the girls wear their Sunday best and frolic about the hillside like five Marias in the Japanese hills. The Vaseline smeared camera lens gives the girls an appropriate glow with the midday sun lighting up their auras. Lyrically, Miura Yoshiko pens the Juicers a song about the interconnections holding the universe together and opening one’s heart to feel said connections. Not for the cynically minded, this is the kind of song that will probably make Miyamoto Karin cry in its future performances. You can feel for yourself when “Jidanda Dance / Feel Kanjiru yo” hits store shelves on April 26, 2017.

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Kikkawa You – “Ha wo Kuishibare / Charming Shobu Sedai” [Review]

It’s about time! Kikkawa You released her 10th single on June 1, 2016, and before things get out of hand, I though I would lend my $1.09 on the subject. Since I haven’t written too much about the girl, I can summarize my feelings: Kikkawa You is talented enough to have been added to any Morning Musume generation. She just happened to have auditioned for the eighth generation at a time when Tsunku didn’t need anyone to wrest the lead vocals from Fujimoto Miki or Takahashi Ai- two talented girls who looked like they were going to part of Morning Musume’s plans for a long time. You can disagree if you want, but I think working on the fringe of idoldom suits Kikka very well as she doesn’t fit neatly into either category- idol or artist. Even if her popularity never catches up, I think she should be a superstar.

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