Released on March 9th, “Kimi wa melody” is AKB48’s 43rd single which has already reached over 1.2 million in sales over its first week! And while scrolling through all five RE booklets down till here you may have gotten a sort of a familiar feeling with the all out rush of vibrant color schemes and styling I wonder? Yup! think “Heavy Rotation” in particular and while Ninagawa Mika has directed a couple more musical videos for Family48 in the past, this former director’s cut in particular has all of the colorful flair and eye~catching visuals which have been a longtime trademark look for this accomplished artist. You may also recall Ninagawa Mika as having been the photographer whom shot (Oshima) Yuko’s most recent shashinshuu “Nugi yagare!” albeit that in itself is an entirely different story ^^*.
“Kimi wa melody” was commercially released in five editions (11 if including both Regular & Limited versions along with their theatrical exclusive release) and with the RE & LE’s song and video contents being mirror images, here I went with types A through E: all regular editions as the LE’s extra is an event ticket which would only make sense having if one were going to be in Japan at said time for this event. It is notable that every version across the board features unique cover art-work but you’d have to be sort of nutty + rich to consider getting them all (*≧▽≦)！Myself being just nutty…(^q^)! While every version’s DVD includes both the title track and second MV, each version also includes an exclusive music video, hence the need to get them all…. darn you! you wallet hurting/marketing evil genius (*≧∀≦)☆★ ↓！
External first press photos feature the pairing of Tomochin & Takamina while for the randomly inserted variety I did VERY well as in VERY luckily~*~~* indeed as you can see here!~! Yup! Not sure what the odds were but in any case can you say former OSHI~♡!!!
~Single Type A~
~AKB48 “Kimi wa melody” (mv)~
Why the return of four upper Senbatsu girls you might ask? Well consider the momentous celebration this single/song represents as it’s literally the group’s 10th anniversary single release! ＼(^o^)／ ☆ ！！Also tie in the most notable graduations of Sae and first Gen. member Takamina who’s not only a founding member of the group but also their longtime manager as well ( ┰_┰) 。Seems that the former Senbatsu’s crashing of AKB48’s Kouhaku Utagassen appearance this past New Year’s eve was truly a sign of things to come as here the aforementioned notable quartet of Acchan, Yuko, Mariko & Tomochin all make their tour de force presence felt in this gorgeously shot MV!! However not to be outdone is the MV’s center here Sakuratan~♡…. just sayin’ REALLY! And of course my OSHI Mayuyu~♡!!~!
Start with the girls’ AMAZING kimono wardrobes as they are as uniquely tailored as much as they are runway ready!!!! Color and art direction with the sets also no doubt a direct influence of one Ninagawa Mika’s directorial visions and despite “Kimi wa melody”’s somewhat of a whimsical groove, you dig deeper into its lyrics and this song is truly a heartfelt gem! “Kimi wa melody” in a nutshell speaks of one’s most treasured of melodies within a song from their past, where at a moment of its sounding all of those deeply embedded memories come rushing back in a moment. Songs we collect within our consciousness over time depending on their direct connection (at those times) to particular life events, through happiness, through sadness, friendships and losses are always like triggers inside of us just waiting to be sprung in an instant and here “Kimi wa melody” really captures that aura of these musically nostalgic memories and gems each and everyone holds within themselves. And the more you replay this song the more you appreciate the bitter~sweetness of the music itself….. truly a gorgeous melody and lyric^^*.
So much so that it certainly receives the “coveted”…
..~Maochan♥ Music Seal of Approval~ ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！
~AKB48 Jisedai Senbatsu “LA LA LA
While the “next generation senbatsu” girls star in this mini MV/movie of sorts… it’s none other than Mukaichi Mion who’s up front and center here as social media meets idols. It wasn’t too long ago that I re-watching last season’s “Modern Family” (btw: the funniest current-long running comedy on television!!) and while on some level I often daydream~* of being married to the character Phil Dunphy as it’d be both endlessly hilarious albeit endlessly hazardous (・д・`*)！！、…. “LA LA LA Message” immediately brought to mind that episode where they shot the entire thing within social media REALLY literally!~! Quite the creative feat no question! Anyway wouldn’t it be absolutely fun if an AKB48 MV was shot just like that? I mean begin just like this MV for “LA LA LA Message” but instead we’d begin with Paruru’s pc just because Um… well I just want to know what’s on there (。ーωー。)笑！Here the song itself isn’t anywhere near the memorable likes of the title track we just heard….. it’s cute but pretty generic for the most part I felt and yet the MV here makes up for a lot of the enjoyment as the powers of idols + cameras & social media = adorably fun collage ^^*.
~SKE48 “Gonna Jump” (mv)~
SKE48’s Goto Rara serves as the center for “Gonna jump” (single type A’s exclusive music video) and what’s not to love about this MV as it’s shot quite like a Family48 theater performance, middle walkway and center stage not withstanding =P.
And you gotta love how AkiP frequently manages to dream up rambunctiously rockin’ arrangements only to have the girls’ sweet ensemble vocals wrap it all up into a somewhat of a ballad? =)
And yet none of the aforementioned happens to be this MV’s “most” Umm “memorable” visuals!!
..is is just me (・c_・;)？ or did those fan released balloons* just happen to remind you of something quite different?? (゜ロ゜ノ)ノ ！！！
Huh? Sperm balloons*…. who knew…(^q^)!
~Single Type B~
~NMB48 “Shigamitsuita seishun” (mv)~
Here’s single type B’s exclusive music video as thy ever lovely Sayaka performs as center here as NMB48 captures one of my favorite choreographed scenes, that being the rooftop dance choreography! Never gets old really and while you move to the euphoric keyboard~drippin’ melody there’s also a deep deep teaching tool at work here as well within its visuals. YUP! the awesomeness of sportsmanship is on full display just like one of those public service CMs you see quite frequently on t.v. on any given day =)! Opponent suffers an injury during the race and there you stop to render aid so that you can all finish together~♥ ^^*….. OH Crap wait!!! (・д・`*)！！！it was all an act! Well there’s something deep to be learnt there too isn’t there LOL (。ーωー。)笑！
~Single Type C~
~HKT48 “Make noise” (mv)~
Our reigning queen of idols~Sasshi~♡ serves as center here as “Make noise” (single type C’s exclusive music video) emphatically states how less can certainly be much more when it comes to the makings of a dynamic backdrop! Through the editing between light and shadow with thy perfectly placed mirror the girls of HKT48 are easily this single’s most dance choreographically dynamic and it’s not even close! Sleek, sexy and provocative are the first adjectives to come to mind as the dance inferno that is “Make noise” teaches us yet again on exactly how to use sexy*!!! And while this high energy synth~y dance track may not be the most musically memorable, when coupled with its MV’s visuals I dare you to try and misplace the memory of one smoldering~adora~cute Sakuratan each time she graces your screen whether seducingl~y (today’s made up word! ＼(^o^)／ ☆) solo or not ………(゜∀゜)………。！！！
~Single Type D~
~NGT48 “Max toki 315-gou (mv)~
And here’s single type D’s exclusive music video! As Takahura Moeka serves as center for YES! NGT48’s long awaited debut!!!! With my personal long time favorite Kitarie~♡ venturing into this new Family48 group it’s most exciting to finally hear/see them after learning of the group’s launch for some time now!…. although I must ask where is Yukirin?? (・c_・;)？And while the MV’s opening chimes in rather like a “stranger in a strange land” meeting =P…. we’re soon greeted by the song’s gentle opening and while I’m sure you’re most aware of AkiP’s love and quest to bring about a resurgence of golden 70’s~80’s true J-Pop, the kind free from outside musical genres of influence… here NGT48 is honored with this single releases’ only truly pure J-Pop composition =)! Love how the MV moves from a very Brrrrrr!!!! very cold outside to the home theater of NGT48 and did I mention just how wonderfully catchy this song is!! Every J~hook within its verses and soaring chorus, this song is just perfect! And likewise an immaculate introduction to NGT48 ^^*.
And so without question NGT48’s “Max toki 315-gou” receives the “coveted”…
..~Maochan♥ Music Seal of Approval~ ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！Yes this single’s now a rare two-time winner of this “award” ^^.
~Single Type E~
~Nogizaka AKB “Mazariau mono” (mv)~
And now we’ve reached this single’s final visual track “Mazariau mono” (single type E’s exclusive music video) which is performed by the magic of morphing Nogizaka46 ~~> AKB48 which also means adding in a bit of SKE48 and HKT48 with the likes of Jurina, Sasshi and Sakura for wonderful measure =)! Here Kojiharu performs as the MV’s center ^^.
It seems that Family48 has indeed saved the creepiest for last here (・д・`*)！！！LOL! =P as this MV for “Mazariau mono” plays along not unlike just like one of your creepy neighbors who’s got both a tick~ and an entire aura of cryptic goodness about them (・_・)。I go back to “Mulholland Drive”, my top tier pick for all things cryptic, only here I’m most thankful~♥ that one AkiP didn’t include an extra liner note inside the case like David Lynch did all those cryptic years ago where he went on to explain just how to re-watch his movie (knowingly you would be confused and fail…(*>ω<)！) and then specifically look to decipher his cryptic signs within his overly cryptic movie (-∀-`)。Here we can enjoy all of the AkiP cryptic~ness until its final frames where we after thoroughly studying and re-watching and re-watching again the girls’ body language while in that car we come to realize that:
A) Perhaps neither Jurina, Kojiharu or Sakura knows where the keys are =O
B) This entire affair is not unlike the odyssey that is The Stepford Wives only this time it’s in the snow =O
C) (gulp!) Sakuratan doesn’t know how to drive (*≧▽≦)！
Whew! “not so cryptic” after all you see (。ーωー。)笑！
Of course I only kid because I care…(^q^)!