These days it seems that we’ve been losing another Tomomi about every few weeks now to graduation from the mother ship AKB48, however despite the varying talents and personalities of the Tomomi’s of the past, this time with Tomochin it’s much much different. Beginning with the shallower end of the pool, sure Tomochin’s looks are far more unique and eye catching than your average or even above average idol to begin with but as you reach towards the deeper end the very essence of Tomochin’s image, style, appeal, sexual allure, charisma, sensual charm as well as her marketability are far from ordinary and that of the entirety of most idols of today. It’s been nearly a year since I last stated an AKB soloist or any for that matter to have such an impactful release and one that plants a viable seed of future fruition as that last and most recent reckoning had occurred with Acchan’s release of “Kimi wa boku da” and while Acchan may have opted towards a future in acting which suits her perfectly well, here Tomochin now with just her fourth solo single project has been groomed to perfection as a~~> soloist right before our eyes. And any Amuro~chan goddess comparisons here are well warranted while not at all being of a locking prison of carbon~likeness as Tomochin’s sensuality is to Amuro~chan’s powerfulness and likewise Amuro~chan’s vocals and presence are to Tomochin’s oasis of idol appeal and feather light sweetness. Still Tomochin’s vocals stand tall on their own with a confidence and range plenty enough for the next level~>. Additionally till now the productions, wardrobes and choreography behind Tomochin in each of her solo works (both in dance and image) have all the parallels to just about any upscale Avex project and with an already most impressive dance repertoire in holster coupled with confidence in glamour and style, this Tomomi is readily equipped to take flight~~> from her AKB nesting. On August 25, 2013 which is a little over two months from now, Tomochin will take flight forever saying her good~byes to her idol home which has seen her transform as a first generation member whose initial Nono~like image (if you’re unsure, check the link for Tomochin in just her second UTB appearance/ she’s the one getting her Chun~Li on!) has transformed into the idol~goddess you see in her today. Thinking about her leaving AKB48 now, this is really a first for me that I’m not deeply saddened knowing of an idols～♡’ pending and soon to come graduation, but with Tomochin she’s ready to spring from the AKB48 nest as she’s truly outgrown this home and ready to fly onward to new beginnings~~>.
To further define the Avex~aura of the production of “1%”, the team traveled all the way to the world renowned Ripley Grier Studios in New York for the beginnings of dance rehearsals where the city that never sleeps also played host for the amazing roof top dance scenes which appear as the overwhelming backbone along with the ‘publicity’ footage creating together the entirety of the aura to this single’s image. “1%” in itself is an outstanding and most well written composition as it holds all of the electricity and sexual tension of the best of dance tracks along with every hook and groove to capture one’s heart as well as body. The melody is as intriguing with its transitions of seamless musical passages going from verse to pre~chorus to chorus as it is memorable for its seemingly ballad influenced hooks which I just found irresistible…this one’s getting the i~Home loop treatment now!
And it’s only fitting that Tomochin’s latest music project is also a tie in with fashion stand out Samantha Vega!! After all she is still without question, AKB48’s most stylish～♡.
~Itano Tomomi x Samatha Vega~
(note: Cdjapan first pressings include an external photo extra)
~Itano Tomomi “1%” (music video)~
Sexy, sensual and stylish….move to the music, you can’t take your eyes off of this one!