AKB still features the very best and most immersive extra content in their solo works with Mayuyu’s latest solo single delivering much more than one might expect!
To begin with there are the first press extras which collaborate directly with Mayuyu’s music video for the b~side “Sayonara no hashi”, (pictured left) are mini poster cards for Mayuyu’s seifuku collection which number 47 in all as these are randomly inserted into each single’s packaging. And in addition to commonly added bonus tracks which appear to entice fans where additional songs are included exclusively on each version type, here “Hikarumonotachi”’s unique DVDs bring to life two mini dramas as well as presenting a music video for its b~side also! Before we get to all of that though, here’s a wonderful cover~article which coincided with the single’s release and appeared in GIRLPOP, their Winter 2013 issue:
This gigantic issue also includes a large two~sided Mayuyu poster…♥!
(Mayuyu adorableness for your wall!)
The music reminds me of a Perfume song (mind you I don’t get much Perfume in my diet) with an appropriately electro~vibe and dance~ability to it while Mayuyu’s futuristic/robotic wardrobe is pretty out~there amazing! and likewise the visuals and music style of the title track “Hikarimonotachi” captures the existence of a ‘created’ pop star…
~Watanabe Mayu “Hikarumonotachi” (music video)~
(think Hatsune Miku + Al Pacino’s ‘Simone’ creation). Love the creativity in the pv where Mayuyu really brings ‘to life’ the acted simulation of a generated idol as fans adore her in concert form with a real kick being those online streaming visuals complete with social networking as well as the fully animated form of her character which appears midway after the sudden short circuit.
Now if only Mayuyu could correctly identify her high tech top =P! So cute when a staff member asks her, turns out it’s a boob equalizer…who knew such things existed =D?
Aside from the amazing CGs the real stage setting and how the staff managed to pull of that super cool 360 degree frozen Mayuyu are up close and center in the making of clip! And speaking of close ups, check out Mayuyu’s ultra sweet manga print skirt she’s wearing!! Creative wire work keeps even her hair airborne and defying gravity and how fun it must have been to have been able to stand in as the fans surrounding the stage for this video shoot!
~Watanabe Mayu “Hikarumonotachi” (making of)~
~The bonus tracks~
Although all of the electronica featured in the title track with Mayuyu’s voice is really cool sounding, it’s always much much much better for her true vocals to be heard as hers are truly anime~licious♥ in the buff in tone, nuances and range! So happily with the b~side as well as all three extra bonus tracks (one per single release type) Mayuyu’s too adorable for words vocals shine completely, oh and all of the songwriting here is most excellent too!
Watanabe Mayu “Chiheisen no kanata wa doko ni aru?- Beyond the horizon-“ mp3~
~Watanabe Mayu “Heart no soup” mp3~
Watanabe Mayu “Futari no yoake” mp3~
Here’s the true b~side “Sayonara no hashi” which appears on every single type (actually as track 3) and it’s so great to have a completely independent pv production for this song!! The sound here is definitely feeling a 70’s vibe! which I love about it and next to “Heart no soup” it’s really at the front of the class for immediate catchiness~♥ where within just a single listen you’re hooked! This pv promotes the aforementioned Mayuyu seifuku collection which she adorns on the 47 poster~card set and what could be better than Mayuyu? Multiple Mayuyu’s♥ of course! Aww see, Mayuyu can bring smiles to another Mayuyu and another and another although one of those Mayuyu’s in class seems to want to be somewhere else me thinks =P.
~Watanabe Mayu “Sayonara no hashi” (music video)~
The extra feature on Type B’s DVD is “Chou megami kourin kyodai mayuyu akihabara ni shutsugen!!” and it goes from mini documentary covering the concept to storyboards to actual production of the makings of a mini movie! Wait till you see how young!!! the amateur director is here =O. And you know I sometimes imagine that Mayuyu♥ is from deep outer space just as she’s being portrayed here, an uber~adorable being from another planet who hopes to teach all things cute. Well okay she’s actually really giant sized here so perhaps it’s more goddess from space meets Jack & the Beanstalk….? only no stalk and no magic beans…and well no Jack even but she is really giant =). The miniaturized city set is pretty awesome here too!
~Watanabe Mayu in “Chou megami kourin kyodai mayuyu akihabara ni shutsugen!!”~
~Mayuyu x Baby Lama mystery~
Yep he’s adorably been seen flanking Mayuyu’s side on numerous occasions. You know you’ve seen him (them) in her photo shoots, backstage and there’s definitely a special bond between Mayuyu x Baby Lama plushy……
….and now the baby lama plushy mystery/question will finally be revealed!
Note how he quickly becomes as handy as a mic!
What’s he named?
Do they really love Japanese folk songs?..or is it just Mayuyu?
Just how does he (they) double as security friends on the go….
…sort of like Linus’ blanket perhaps?
And since idols can never be caught kissing a boy…
…why not kiss your favorite baby lama plushy to hearts content~♥.
~Mayuyu is asked about her Baby Lama connection~
..and then there’s this….
~Mayuyu x bad Baby Lama =O~
‘itai~yo-’ indeed =O!!
~Watanabe Mayu in “Mayutantte Mahou Tsukaeruno?”~
And lastly, single Type C includes one of the most amusing DVD extras!! as Mayuyu stars in a mini drama spin off of fellow member Kojiharu’s drama “Megutantte mahou tsukaeruno?” It seems that Mayuyu also possesses the magical ability to make people lose their memory of her magic by showing her panties =O…as this is a last ditch effort used when one’s magical abilities are accidentally seen by others. You gotta love the idea and just how naughty it is in an amusing way, and in any case it sure beats that light wand thingy aka a neuralyzer that the Men in Black use, any day and twice on Sunday =)! Oh and there’s also a very special guest whom appears at the ending! Awesome♥!
Although getting back to that neuralyzer thingy it’s a good thing that the guys weren’t flashing their boxers/briefs @ us the audience in the theater or U at home….I mean can you imagine if Tommy Lee Jones had to drop his pants every time he wanted us to forget what we saw??? =O
So anyway here’s a tinny bit of the mini drama you’ll find on Type C’s DVD….and I’ll let the boys take you from here….
~Mayuyu♥ panty neuralyzer pv teaser =P~
….what was I supposed to be doing now?
Well I guess I’ll go to sleep now.