My favorite♥ girl~next~door~idol alert…check. Double A~side single…check. Second half of double A~Side has a pv on the second version of single…check. Me realizing I need both versions as a result…check xD.
Seriously though it’s so wonderful to see H!P embracing a double A~side project enough to shoot an entirely separate single for the second half of it and despite the extra cost for Manoeri♥ she’s totally worth it!
Admittedly the lead off song “Doki Doki Baby” is rather of the generic nature in terms of idol compositions in that you know it has the hooks but lacks a bit of the claws to pull you in further~. Like an epic chorus, a gradual build up or a wonderfully addictive pre~chorus/verse sections. However as is the case with many idol songs it’s in the presentation in which half to sometimes much more than half in which the battle is won and both songs were treated to nearly Avex~like budgets and productions which is most awesome =). It’s like with AKB48 or Amuro Namie, you just know that their songs’ pvs♥ are going to sell whichever hook or nuance its accompanying song failed to reach perhaps and in the process and on occasion empty your pockets of any reservations which had remained with just the audio experience~. And just as MTV was once great for music, the art of the idol pv♥ is so much more than a simple promotional clip for its there in which most fans are recruited, reinvigorated and validated~.
I have to say that her final “Doki~♥!” was one of the cutest moments and just to emulate a seamless vocalization going from standard cute to uber~cute (aka: sounding as if you’ve inherited a tinny bit of helium @ just the right moment~*) made me quite giddy (*´∀｀*) ♪～！！And speaking of production, Manoeri on location in Akihabara albeit a rainy Akihabara was a nice surprise as were the geisha who acted as backup dancers as well as street~side visions. Cute choreography, loved the on screen dialogue and in a strange twist I also enjoyed the close up version for it eclipsed Manoeri’s♥ much too puffy~almost~exploding skirt…..just never been a fan of that look is all. My apologies to all circus performers everywhere who rock the puffy~almost~exploding skirt or pants look worldwide =P!
“Tasogare kousaten” is much less in your face genki and yet its melodies and song structure are far superiorly written…it’s more of a light mid~tempo and poppy song which has a far more memorable chorus and verse sections. Add in a pv♥ which was built from storyboards into a mini musical drama and it’s little sister of the duo whom perhaps should have had first billing here…still I totally get why it isn’t so. “Doki Doki Baby” in an idol marketability sense is much more top billing material inside and out, still both I and Mao~chan♥ present the coveted =P music seal of approval to the second half….
..”Tasogare Kousaten.” =)
One final thought…I wonder if Manoeri’s♥ visit to this armory & weapon shop had anything to do with the interesting opening to “Doki Doki Baby”..???
~Mano Erina “Doki Doki Baby” mp3~
~Mano Erina “Tasogare Kousaten” mp3~
~Mano Erina “Doki Doki Baby” (original pv)~
~Mano Erina “Doki Doki Baby” (close up ver.) pv~
~Mano Erina “Doki Doki Baby” (dance shot ver.) pv~
~Mano Erina “Tasogare kousaten” pv~
~Mano Erina “Doki Doki Baby” (making of clip)~