Just released a little over a week ago Mayuyu’s fourth solo single release is 100% exemplary of the ways and means to which AKB48 always manages to outdo themselves time and time again as not only is the title track “Rappa Renshuuchuu” (while practicing the trumpet) a tie in song for the new attraction “Rogoku Yuenchi kara Mayuyu wo Sukue!!! in Tokyo Dome City Attractions; not only is this single a tie in to a real game where fans will be challenged to save Mayuyu at an event at same said venue as this single also truly brings to real life its actual title where Mayuyu for the very first time takes on the challenges of the trumpet in learning how to play one!
But before we get to each feature included on this amazing release let’s begin with its aesthetics and packaging: At left are four of the five available versions (the fifth is the RE) including single type A with additional DVD, single type B also with additional DVD, the limited pressing with DVD edition which is housed in a digipak style casing and lastly the LE version which also includes a digipak sized illustration booklet and crossword puzzle challenge along with the CD. All four editions’ first pressings also include a randomly inserted Mayuyu photo card which doubles as a lead into the game which will be held at Tokyo Dome City Attractions beginning in a just a day from now.
~Watanabe Mayu Rappa Renshuuchuu first press application cards~
~Watanabe Mayu Rappa Renshuuchuu type A jacket~
~Watanabe Mayu Rappa Renshuuchuu type B single jacket~
~Watanabe Mayu with DVD limited edition outer casing and booklet~
~Watanabe Mayu Rappa Renshuuchuu LE illustration booklet~
Above is the aforementioned crossword puzzle challenge which is included with the limited edition version (CD only version + illustration booklet) and as you can see by its completion you’ll then be able to access a special website created exclusively for this single event!! Hmm I wonder if you’ll be able to solve it too?
And to finish up on the aesthetics of this release, the limited edition’s complete illustration booklet is just below….so cute! Just imagine, Mayuu at said theme park animated style.
~Watanabe Mayu “Rappa
Renshuuchuu” (music video)~
Joining Mayuyu for this highly imaginative music video production is Oreska Band and through the youth of a director’s mind comes a non~stop Mayuyu w/ incarnated primates editing frenzy all playing to a CG backdrop masterpiece!! As always with Mayuyu, the choreography is perfect and at any single moment or freeze frame in time her ability to adorably make your heart stop a beat or two is always abound.
The title track too, with all of its trumpet influence on its arrangement lends to a very much unique j~pop song and really just with its initial intro the table is set for a musical allure you just cannot resist!..add in Mayuyu’s anime~licious vocals and it’s heaven, blissful..heaven.
~Watanabe Mayu “Rappa
Renshuuchuu” (music video making of)~
All DVD editions also include the making of the music video in addition to the mv itself, and although we already know just how adorably~sweet Mayuyu is, it’s still wonderful to hear the band members of Oreska Band immediately confirm upon their introductions commenting openly on just how cute she is in person =D! Here you can also see Mayuyu getting her trumpet moves on~!~!
~Watanabe Mayu in “Honto ni Rappa
Now here’s the crowning jewel of this release by far!!! This video is included on the type A version single’s DVD and here the song’s essence and title are directly brought to life through Mayuyu’s taking head on the challenge of learning to play the trumpet in just an hours time! Her sensei here is none other than Saki of Oreska Band whom are also featured heavily in the main music video too!
I love how the reed at first sounds like a duck..rather exactly too and then Mayuyu needs a moment turned away from the camera eye hiding her shyness (*´艸`) ！～。This is too cool! And watch to see if Mayuyu can nail down this musical passage in the brief allotted time, oh and by the way the music passage she’s learning to perform?…it’s the main theme from her own single here, “Rappa Renshuuchuu” and perfectly appropriate and amazing~! If you’ve ever tried for a very first time to blow through a trumpet, saxophone or instruments of the like then you’ll surely know just how difficult it can be to perform well on any one of these brass melody makers…again Mayuyu just so naturally talented and in so many ways as her life resume continues to grow (okay she has played a brass instrument before but it wasn’t a trumpet which is a whole different animal so to speak).
..now let’s all say in unison the words which Mayuyu was in reality thinking to herself right at this moment when she laid eyes on the trumpet above…
~Watanabe Mayu “Hikarumonotachi release
solo live event~
Type B’s DVD exclusive content includes footage from Mayuyu’s live solo release event for her single “Hikarumonotachi” (still love that futuristic wardrobe!!) and here there’s a digest style of her song performances and there are quite a few of them here for this live! Mayuyu also treats fans whom were present and lucky enough an opportunity to catch a special gift from her own adorable hands..yes! there was free stuff being thrown into the audience!
~Watanabe Mayu “Rappa Renshuuchuu”
Tokyo Dome City Attractions Amusement
Park Mayuyu game trailer & Mayuyu
And lastly but not least is the DVD exclusive content from “Rappa Renshuuchuu”’s limited edition version (digipak version) and here it includes two parts as the first reveals the Mayuyu themed game through a trailer (very movie like!) where fans will be asked to save Mayuyu beginning on July 21st running all the way through September 23rd. There will be 10 lucky winners so if you live nearby to or are travelling nearby to the Tokyo Dome City Attractions Amusement Park please go save Mayuyu from her prison cage…somebody must =P!!! The first press photo application cards correspond to the game as their backings include additional details…so purchase her single(s) and then go there ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ！
In the second portion of this video Mayuyu attends the actual theme park and is invited to play in her very own challenge game where clues and puzzles are located throughout the theme park’s many attractions. Here she has just 30 minutes to complete a variety of puzzles corresponding to a game sheet she has been given and really Mayuyu is most impressive here as these all aren’t so simple and just in the way that some puzzles are presented in themselves makes for a most daunting task!!…not to mention just how creative and wacky was it to have one segment of the puzzle located on the actual bottoms of one of the high dropping rides =O!!! Mayuyu does awesome though as her true intuition and smarts are shown, if only she had just a few more seconds I think! =)