HKT48 「最高かよ」

HKT48 in Saikou kayo (58)HKT48 Team TII in Soramimi Rock (9)HKT48's Sakuratan♥Anai Chihiro to Nakamatachi in Yume hitotsu (21)HKT48 Team H in Yozora no tsuki wo nomikomou (48)HKT48 Team KIV in Go Bananas (38)

HKT48 Saikou kayo single types A, B & CHKT48’s eighth single just launched three days ago on the seventh, so I was pretty excited to see all three editions arrive just yesterday and per today’s idol release formula, the allure of purchasing all of the versions stems from each containing exclusive CD content as well as exclusive videos as well. And for an all visual access to the HKTGirls special “Bus Tour” around Japan you’ll need all three versions as well, as for this extensive video footage it’s one part per each version’s DVD but more on that a bit later.

HKT48 Saikou kayo randomly inserted school calendar cards

Above are the three randomly inserted HKT48 “school calendar” cards that I received (one per each single purchased) and I soooo love the girls’ wardrobes in these photos (single cover art shots) and these are for the title track of course!! They’re quite reminiscent of those worn by Berryz Koubou for their 2007 “Sakura Mankai Tour” and they’re still like one of my most favorite idol wardrobes ever.

So here I dug up Berryz Koubou’s performance of “Sakura->Nyuugakushiki” from their Sakura Mankai Tour where their wearing these similarly inspired outfits, ah! I seem to get distracted quite easily these days!!….

~Berryz Koubou~

“Sakura—>nyuugakushiki”

~Yesssss still one of my most favorite♥ BK concert wardrobes and their Mondrian designs just so cool looking っo(*´∀`)o! And the song itself from its musical arrangement which includes the beautiful cascading guitar riff which opens the track that brings the visual of falling cherry blossoms to the slightly uneasiness of the verses sung beautifully with emotion (for example the lyrics “atarashii yume atarashii mirai aa tokimeku yokan ga suru.”) and how it all escalates to the uplifting chorus full of hope for the future~ ^ ^!While the song’s meaning isn’t anything too deep, it includes an anticipation, a frame of mind, and an outlook that I believe anyone can relate to. The title means “Cherry Blosson-> School Entrance Ceremony” but within its lyrics I believe an almost universal analogy can be found which can be related to one’s own personal feelings in a like situation of slight uneasiness, hope, & dreams of a new beginning in life (*´∀`*)~*。

Here’s a little translation I did awhile back of this most memorable and beloved song of mine…. I especially love Tsunku’s use of symbolism with the boots which are too small along with the vivid visual of being ‘engulfed’ by sheep wool on a yet sleepless night.

“Sakura->Nyuugakushiki”

Asu asa hayai
shuppatsu na no ni
konya wa naze ka
nemurenai mitai

Although I’m supposed to depart early tomorrow morning,
why can’t I seem to fall asleep this evening?

Atarashii yume
Atarashii mirai
Aa tokimeku
Yokan ga suru

A new dream
A new future
Ah a premonition of prosperity has come over me

Itsumo shinjitsu
Itsumo akiramenai

For me & u

hajimaru

It’s always the truth
I (always) never give up

For me & u

it begins

Totte oki no mainichi
Totte oki no haru desu
Oroshitate kawa kutsu wa
sukoshi kyuukutsu demo

For each & every day
For every Spring
Even if these wholesale leather boots are a bit too small

Totte oki no deai
Totte oki no daisuki
Isshou ni ichido kiri
kadode no hi
kono shunkan

For every meeting
For every love
We only have one lifetime
The day to depart has arrived at this moment

Mou teppen sugi
Hitsuji darakene
Maa konna yoru mo
tama ni ii kamo

It’s already past midnight
I’ve been counting sheep endlessly haven’t I (I’m covered with sheep aren’t I)
Well, this night is the same (Well, this night too)
Perhaps it may be nice from time to time

Mado wo akete
Sora wo nagamete miru
Aa subarashii
Haru no sora
Shinkokyuu shite
Yume wo hitotsu futatsu
For me & u

hajimaru

I open the window
Watch the view of the sky
Ah, the wonderful Spring sky
I breathe deeply
One dream, two dreams
for me & u

it begins

Totte oki no shinpashii
Totte oki no haamonii
Sakura saku kisetsu desu
atarashii nioi desu

For every sympathy
For every harmony
It’s the season of cherry blossoms (in bloom)
It’s a new fragrance

Totte oki no kansha
Totte oki no tomodachi
Isshou ni mata tonai
egao ga mau
kono shunkan

For every gratitude
For every friend
Once in a lifetime, together
In this moment your smile dances

Hajimaru

Totte oki no shinpashi
Totte oki no haamonii
Sakura saku kisetsu desu
atarashii nioi desu

For every sympathy
For every harmony
It’s the season of cherry blossoms (in bloom)
It’s a new fragrance

Totte oki no kansha
Totte oki no tomodachi
Isshou ni mata tonai
egao ga mau
kono shunkan

For every gratitude
For every friend
Once in a lifetime, together
In this moment your smile dances

Okay got a little sidetracked there for a bit and just below are the HKT48 external photo extras which were a first press bonus from Neowing (CDjapan).

HKT48 Saikou kayo first press external bonus photos (Neowing)

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~HKT48’s “Saikou kayo” single can be ordered @ Cdjapan~

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HKT48 saikou kayo type A single

~Single type A~

So while “Saikou kayo” and “Soramimi Rock” do appear on all three versions of the single as both CD tracks as well as music videos on each accompanying DVD, here I’m just going to include them along with single type A’s exclusive music video.

HKT48 in Saikou kayo (29)

~HKT48 “Saikou kayo” (MV)~

Sure it sounds as if “Heavy Rotation” and “Gingham Check” had a LOVE~child but when coupled with the genki~* visuals here it’s pretty infectious and how can one resist all of the empowering positive energy where the theme is further knocked forward by all of those cute exclamatory and phrase cut-outs the girls are running around town with in tribute to idol fan chants everywhere !~! Again adore these outfits so much and furthermore one thing here is a sure thing as this song is soooo gonna rock in concert!! + extra points for Sasshi’s “TIGER” ー(* ̄O ̄)ノ!!!!!

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HKT48 Team TII in Soramimi Rock (15)

~HKT48 Team TII “Soramimi Rock” (MV)~

Here the popular idol pastime of marrying a driving rock rhythm with cute ensemble vocals proves once again euphoric and I’m always a sucker for this musical formula. Music fueled by Red Bull….. soaring vocals by Krispy Kreme ( ̄▽ ̄) 。The music video may be standard-cute, but if you’ve come here for adorable.. you’ve come to the right place! =)

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Anai Chihiro to Nakamatachi in Yume hitotsu (17)

~Anai Chihiro to Nakamatachi “Yume hitotsu” (MV)

“Yume hitotsu” is single type A’s exclusive track (CD & DVD) and who doesn’t cry at graduations… it’s really sweet here as former team captain Anai Chihiro’s Family48 career is celebrated both with a gorgeous serenade where she is of course featured in the vocals, as well as with a nostalgic collage of images recalling her time with HKT48 going all the way back to her audition. Bittersweet for sure and while I didn’t know her for too long (being a HKT48 newbie fan) this music video so ingeniously produced that it made me cry along ^^*. I really liked how they edited in all of the live and backstage footage with those seamlessly placed in between scenes of pure serenity where the group is all dressed in likewise the pureness of white…. just had such a wonderfully peaceful effect here, that and well the color itself is like an analogy of idols as well~.

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HKT48 Saikou kayo type B single

~Single type B~

HKT48 Team H in Yozora no tsuki wo nomikomou (15)

~HKT48 Team H “Yozora no tsuki wo

nomikomou” (MV)~

Arguably the best song here, “Yozora no tsuki wo nomikomou” is an excellently composed rock gem which captures every hook, line and sinker out of the ol’ nineties tackle box! From top to bottom, the vocal arrangement is off the charts filled with wonderfully rhythmic twists and turns and add in those distinctly nineties keyboard overtones then driven by the sleek chomping of quick guitar riffs all the way down to the rhythm section holding down the fort, here dominantly comprised of stellar drums and bass where some pretty intricate musicianship is happening! A PLUSSSSSS +++++!! And for the cherry on top how about the most dynamic dance choreography this single has to offer…. additionally everyone’s dressed gorgeously here! ………(゜∀゜)………。!

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HKT48 saikou kayo type A singleHKT48 Saikou kayo type B singleHKT48 Saikou kayo type C single

~Single types A, B & C~

Before getting to the final music video from single type C, here’s a little cap~collage from the aforementioned HKT48 “School Bus Trip…” which can be found on all three single versions. However note that it’s done by part so in order to receive all three parts of the trip you’ll need all three versions of the single. And unlike the time The Beatles went on their “Magical Mystery Tour” (albums GREAT!!) which was also a bus trip where unfortunately nothing interesting or noteworthy occurred, LOTS of things do happen on HKT48’s school~bus adventure! And I do mean LOTS!! Well when you pack so many Family48 girls into a bus and then go driving around with an agenda of education and discovery stopping @ some perhaps lesser known hot-spots, it’s pretty inevitable that lots of wonderful idol~y things will occur along the way =).

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Yup here you could easily add in a few of those cartoon thought and speech bubbles all around this HKTBus scene, just make sure that Sakuratan’s thoughts are worthy of her wildly crazy eyes here!! Too cute, the girl with those wonderful large almond eyes! ^^*

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HKT48 Saikou kayo type C single

~Single type C~

HKT48 Team KIV in Go Bananas (10)

~HKT48 Team KIV “Go Bananas” (MV)~

And for our single-night-cap “Go Bananas” takes us home with the most diverse song of the bunch where 70’s funk is in the gravy with an added dollop or two of 80’s monkey~pop….. YUP! It’s a very cool song and there’s a very distinct musical transition which takes place between those deep in the funk verses which blend ever so seamlessly into the all-in eighties choruses and don’t even get me started on that aggressive middle break where where all monkey breaks loose! And then it sounds like an entirely different song just before getting back into its funky groove. Yeah it’s titled “Go Bananas” I couldn’t help myself  (*≧∀≦)☆★ ↓!~♡。And this music video is most cool too because at times it appears as if the girls are dancing around the outer skirts of the latter day abandoned Midgar (FFVII) =P… and when it comes to idols and uniforms whether it be the seifuku or OL type or even a hybrid, you can never go wrong.

And at the 3:47 mark until about 3:58 where the bottom end gets to shine by itself I couldn’t help but notice that there’s a bit of SPEED’s “Body & Soul” stirred in there as well. GREAT GREAT song and hmm.. it’d be tough to pick an overall favorite song from this single after all, and that’s a wonderful thing. Although I must say that anytime you can see Sakuratan run that’s also a GOOD thing, so bonus points for “Go Bananas.” ^^

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~♡.

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19 Responses to HKT48 「最高かよ」

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Wow. This was exactly what I needed on a Saturday morning!

    I hate to ask a newbie question. (I had to downgrade myself to Wota-fourth class after the record company blocks).
    Is there a full ALBUM of HKT48, or are they all CD singles? Everytime I look on Amazon, Ebay and even CD Japan, it looks like they are CDs with only a few songs. Also, the CD + DVD does not do me any good as the DVD would be region coded. It would be good to have all the HKT48 vids on Blu-Ray so I can watch them on the PS3.

    I’d like to squeeze a little HKT48 time into my morning commute, but I would prefer buying a full album. Denny imitating Homer Simpson: Oooh…. squeezing … HKT48 … huh …huh … huh … (drools).

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    • Hiya Denny! Waking up to HKT48 sounds nice!! Sadly still no full length album from the girls just yet, all singles so far and you could get a region free DVD player for pretty cheap these days. I see them on Amazon with good brands too, definitely worth it and something to consider as you’d then be able to watch DVDs from all over the world. =) Oh and I’m so with you on HKT48 getting an MV Bluray!! AKB48 got their definitive MV collection on Bluray so you never know. ^^

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      • Denny Sinnoh says:

        Greatly appreciate the info. I’ve been mulling over those “religion free” DVD players, but I still want to watch “The 10 Commandments” every Easter. They looked at me like I was crazy at the electronics store.

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        • Ehhh LOL region free players and you’ll still be able to play all of your regular DVDS too.

          Here’s a region free Samsung player for only $36. It actually looks like the one I got. =)

          https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-DVD-E360K-Region-Player-Model/dp/B008PB8XN2/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1473556946&sr=1-4&keywords=region+free+dvd+player

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          • Denny Sinnoh says:

            Thanks. I have been looking at these for a while. It seems the reviews are always heavy on either end. Either they think it is great or it wouldn’t work.

            I understand why they need regional code for movies, but DVDs of music videos should be region free.

            I bought a WH7 farewell concert DVD set and it was very cheap, and it was region free (cough … Chinese bootleg).

            I hope that the record companies never get the idea to “region lock” their CDs unless you pay a regional fee or something.

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            • The Samsung model should be a good choice I think. Oh the WH7 concert is a big favorite~♡ concert of mines too! I had no idea there were bootlegs out there for such large concert sets, the WH7 one is so well produced. You just reminded me that back in the late 90’s a few record companies did do this COPY PROTECT thing with their CDS where they wouldn’t play on a pc and would only play on a CD player that way their CDS couldn’t be ripped as files. It was an ill fated idea though and didn’t last long as customers whom didn’t own a stand alone CD player couldn’t listen to them, as the record companies didn’t consider that some customers actually used their pcs as their CD players. I own a few of those CDS and it was certainly a strange time.

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              • Denny Sinnoh says:

                Was it really a bootleg?

                Well, I bought it via ebay, paid $14.99 Amuricun plus shipping. And the 2 DVD set was region free … somehow.

                The ones via CD Japan were much more expensive and were region coded.

                A couple of years ago, I also bought the 6 DVD AKB48 “Tokyo Dome” concert (Acchan’s goodbye) for 50 bucks one time, while it cost hundreds elsewhere. Also it was REGION FREE. Brand new shrink wrapped. also.

                Both of these sets were manufactured in China, and came from a Chinese seller.

                Me innocent. Me no know if they legal or not.

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                • They very well may be officially licensed releases, China and Taiwan have much more fan friendly priced releases which are official and just cannot be imported or sold in Japan so I’m thinking yours are official =). Very cool Denny for you to support the artists and not just download things, very cool! ^^

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  2. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Remind me to bring carrots for Haruka next time.

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  3. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Berryz Koubous are wearing the cover of an Economics textbook I read in college years ago. (Oh, no … I’m telling “old man stories” again …)

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  4. djv124 says:

    I actually listened to this some time ago, all of the songs, except Go Bananas. I was really impressed with HKT’s single here… it was a nice tribute to all of the wotas and the chants and mixes. I am part of a group called 48 group talk, which we do live podcast style videos every week, and we dissected the single rather extensively.
    But really, for me, the best song here is easily Go Bananas! I loved it! Loved your FF7 reference too, by the way! That’s my all time favorite video game of any system! But yeah, the dancing, the sweet funk groove that holds the song together, the moving forward fast style middle bridge, and above all, that catchy as heck chorus…it’s easily one of HKT’s finest songs in years. I love it. I hope they do this song a LOT live. I hope fans request it a lot as well.
    Thanks for this post MB! Great to see my favorite sister group getting the respect they deserve!

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    • Denny Sinnoh says:

      RE: “part of a group called 48 group talk, which we do live podcast style videos every week”
      ,
      (spits coffee )

      What? … where does this group meet. Why wan’t I invited? I am only a level 4th class Wota I know, but you didn’t have to go all Free Masons on me …

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    • @ Derek-kun, ah! we share a mutual love for Go Bananas!! It’s a love at first listen kind of song which grabs the listener with it’s funky groove and the visuals here only raise the song higher as they’re so well done with very cool choreography! Idol concert fan chants have such a deep history with my earliest realization of them going back to when I fell in love with CoCo and as they say the rest is history as I was from then totally hooked on idol groups and artists~♡ ^^.

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