Like most people I heard this single last week from a concert audio rip, I could instantly tell it was gonna be epic ... but the question was is how epic.
Well after watching the PV countless times I can safely say that it's pretty goddamn delicious.
A number of people are saying that this single totally annihilates Morning Musume's latest effort (Naichau Kamo) which is a fairly ambiguous comment considering both singles contrast a fair bit, but I can see the reasoning behind it.
Considering I gave a relatively negative review about Morning Musume's latest single I am quite happy to be writing something positive for once
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The set really doesn't deviate much from 'Naichau Kamo' set, the umbrellas are replaced by large speakers, the glittery tassel crap has been multiplied by ten and there's a dj box thrown in for good measure.
As the video starts we get a lot of quick edits that merely tease you for the coming win, this cap of Miyabi's neck lasted almost one tenth of a second ... such a damn tease.
The video continues to tease before the rhythm fully breaks in, the camera never focuses on a girls face, the darkness and fast edits serve to build the anticipation.
The set quickly cuts to a spinning disco ball which then ...
explodes and treats us with shards of delicious Berryz.
There's little point of me talking about the actual music track itself because you can all listen to it and make your own minds up, there's no way on Earth I could dislike this track considering it has fast euro/techno beats and disco flavor, the music and video match quite well indeed.
The camera pans and introduces each girl, the most striking features of Miyabi is her new short hair and the loosely strapped dog collar (so sexy)
Although Chinami is my favorite Berry I think that she is looking the most ravishing out of all the girls, her hair tied up with a red flowered hair pin looks beautiful and her complexion is looking extremely white, obviously this is due to make up and lighting but where is my little tanned Chi chan? I can recall an interview with her from last year when she was asked if she could change anything about herself, her response was 'I wish my skin wasn't so dark'.
This comment actually saddens me slightly because it shows that she possibly has an inferiority complex based upon the shade of her skin, to put this into context, Koreans who live in Japan are treated as third rate citizens, this idea is based upon when Japan used Koreans during World war 2 to further their war effort and expansion across Asia, Koreans were treated no better than American/European P.O.W.'s (which was dire to say the least).
A Korean person who naturally has a darker shade of skin was considered inferior to the Japanese who by comparison have a lighter shade of skin (mostly).
The idea of racial superiority isn't limited to Japan of course but it is a constant issue within Japanese society, I'm not saying that Chinami is of Korean descent (it doesn't matter) but I'm curious if Chinami views herself in such a negative way.
Errr anyway ... on with the video
Maasa is looking doe eyed and beautiful, her curled hair is looking stunning and a welcome break from her standard style
It's quite hard to understand Saki's hair because her hat is covering most of the style, is it lop sided? is the short side combed to the side?
Her hat is quite terrible, but it can be excused because even the leopard of the jungle looks remarkably unfashionable and flamboyant now days
Risako is the absolute queen of looking innocent and pure, her pout is quite powerful and well trained.
The opening shots of the girls seem to follow a pattern of them all looking slightly serious and alluring, Momoko on the other hand tries to follow but fails when she lets out a little playful grin
Yurina has never looked so good, the leather dog collar is an added bonus also.
Although these types of shot might be easy to create they really fit in with the rhythm and speed of the song
Maasa's clothing might not be the most stylish but I think the hat suits her quite well
I've been watching a a lot of live performances of Perfume recently so I can understand how awesome lasers can be, I cant even recall if any previous H!P PV's have contained lasers ... can you?
Also can you see the DJ in the background? this is probably the best shot I can get of her/him.
Risako isn't fat ...
she's just the victim of binary fission
This shot really captures the style of the girls, its quite refreshing to see a more serious approach from the berryz considering the last 3 singles have been 'fun happy cute' style, I would consider this the first sexy approach that the Berryz have done, I think its about time also
for most of the video the girls retain a slightly serious/alluring facial expression, yet when the girls each take it in turn being the DJ they have a little fun
I shall be definitely purchasing this single, if there was an actual Vinyl I think it would be highly collectible indeed
Clearly the camera is focused on one thing, I wonder if future Berryz PV's will keep the continuity? I certainly hope so ...
Momoko's pinky makes a predictable yet welcome appearance
The dance move perform here seems to involve holding your arm up and punching the air beneath it, its rather funky and violent
I haven't read any translations for the lyrics yet but this cap is very much open to our own perverse interpretations
I'm not really sure if Momoko's little leather jacket and dog collar suits her style, she looks badass regardless
7 lots of Miyabi thighs in one shot is an instant heart attack
The edits for this video are done very fast so I decided to do a little math...
The video is 3 minutes and 56 seconds long
The average scene time is 1 second
so this video contains around 256 individual edits, which is fairly hardcore
Even though Momoko is delightfully cute she can at times look quite sinister
this is probably the first time I've ever said the word 'erotic' in the same breath of talking about the Berryz, this scene is totally a surprise and exclusive only to Yurina
her nimble fingers slowly run down her neck and along her throat ... erotic and highly relevant, I wonder if the dance version will have all girls doing the same? can you imagine that? I don't think my heart could take it
I think Risako is the best at making faces
I really cant remember any previous Berryz PV's that contained such gratuitous butt shots
I really like this shot (apart from the obvious reasons) the camera slowly pans downwards
and captures a funky little jumping move
Captain is a sexy little ghetto thug <3
as the video ends we are given a simple formation pose and a fade to black ... much like the ending to Naichau Kamo.
As you are already well aware I'm a huge fan of this, I think its got the potential to be a staple song at concerts much like Special generation and Munasawagi Scarlet, its fast, funky, sexy and hopefully sets the standard for Berryz Kobo from now on.
Now the big question is now will C-ute also step their game up?