Then the PV came out.
And the "band" for the single is... well... let's just look at the PV. I think that sums up how the band turned out.
Yukirin? Drums? I thought she played the trombone!
Yuko looks ecstatic and probably maintains the most energy throughout this PV...
Rena! Miichan! Brass instruments? Oh well, I'll go with it!
And here's Tomochin with the easiest instrument in the world and Mariko with the second easiest instrument in the world (unless you count the triangle).
Oh Harunyan, even when you play the keyboard you still look dreamy-dazed!
Even Acchan looks more bored than usual...
In fact, I think the brass section is having more fun!
It appears Yuko's also a prostitute/call girl/slut in this PV but for noble reasons.
Is this what the Senbatsu did while the others were promoting Ue Kara Mariko?
Not sure why this happened. Tragic, emotional storyline in the long PV, perhaps?
Thank god Yukirin looks normal in these shots.
This is what I love about Yuko; she can switch from goofy and lovable to tense and delicate in just a moment!
They had to find some way to have the title make sense.
I have to admit... I'm really disappointed with the PV. I think they had a great concept but when it came to execution I don't think the girls were prepared enough for it. As I was watching the PV, I just kept thinking how awkward and out of place everyone looked. The gym scenes looked very cheap but to be fair, their is a whole backstory to the cheap set. From what I can gather via the Internet, the story is about a bunch of high school dropouts who decide to form a band as a route to some way of happiness. Not that we get to see any of that; those bits and snippets from the drama will later be shown in a 34 minute PV. Although the idea and plot sound promsing I'll probably have to skip on it because of the language barrier. So I'm stuck with this with its cheap set, choppy scene changes, and awkward storyline. The biggest problem with this PV is the fact that they're playing their own instruments; I know I gushed about how awesome it could be but it decided to go the other direction. What I think is... well... I think I can explain this better through examples. Meet Scandal.
|And the outfits AKB hijacked from them|
They also happen to be an all-girl group/band who plays their own instruments as seen here and here. Now I'm no music expert but from what I can tell they happen to be girls who know how to play instruments and play them well. In their music videos, they seem to really be connected to their instruments and use that skill to their advantage. Love or hate their actual music, they definitely know their craft. And that's where AKB falls short. I think one of the keys to playing your own music, singing, or just about... anything you have to know what you're doing. The members only had time to learn a freaking instrument for what? Four months? Three? You can't exactly turn into the next Zone in such a short amount of time unless you have an insane amount of talent. But they don't; a majority of the main players hardly touched the instruments they were handed. Hence they're desperately groping around trying to remember not the only the music but how to play the instruments, handle them, sing at the same time. So they don't have the time or extra energy to add in the fun charisma usually found in their PVs and that really drags the PV down. All in all, this concept was really a let down for me because of how unprepared the girls were.