My Pure·First Impression – Okuba/Yaban na Softcream/Hinadande wa Boku no Miryoku wa Ikinainda PV Previews

On NMB48′s official YouTube channel, the short preview PVs for the 7th single Shirogumi and Akagumi tracks along with the short preview PV for the Namba Teppoutai Sono San have been uploaded this week. The Shirogumi track is titled Okuba, the Akagumi track is titled Yaban na Softcream, and the Namba Neppoutai Sono San track is titled Hinadande wa Boku no Miryoku wa Ikinainda. To be honest, my first impression is that this is one of the weaker singles in terms of B-side tracks.

The lineups for Shirogumi, Akagumi, and Namba Teppoutai Sono San:

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kishino Rika, Kinoshita Haruna, Kadowaki Kanako, Yamaguchi Yuuki, Yamamoto Sayaka
Team M: Azuma Yuki, Murakami Ayaka, Yamagishi Natsumi, Yamada Nana
Team BII: Kamieda Emika, Kusaka Konomi

Team N: Ichikawa Miori, Koga Narumi, Kondo Rina, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Okita Ayaka, Kawakami Rena, Kinoshita Momoka, Mita Mao, Yagura Fuuko
Team BII: Kurokawa Hazuki, Kobayashi Rikako, Muro Kanako

Namba Teppoutai Sono San
Team N: Shiroma Miru, Nishimura Aika
Team M: Murase Sae, Yogi Keira
Team BII: Akazawa Hono, Ota Yuuri, Kushiro Rina
4th Gen KKS: Shibuya Nagisa

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Shirogumi tracks in the past and Okuba doesn’t instill any new hopes of that changing. The song is a slow ballad that just never seems to drag and drag without reaching any kind of high point. It doesn’t conjure up lovely memories like 12/31 did. Okuba just seems like a snoozer and the PV (which has the girls as members of a choir group) doesn’t add much in terms of excitement, except for the a nice cameo by former NMB concurrent member Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan).

The Akagumi PV Yaban na Softcream is a lot more upbeat than the Okuba PV (and this case, a whole lot better). Just the topic itself (soft ice cream) makes one happy and to see a smiling Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) eating ice cream is jsut heaven. Also of note, Ichikawa Miori (Miorin) is featured as the welcomed, transfer student  in the PV. When Miorin’s concurrency in NMB was announced, I didn’t know how she would fit in. But she seems to be fitting in well in NMB so far.

The last B-side is the Namba Teppoutai Sono San track Hinadande wa Boku no Miryoku wa Ikinainda. It seems to be dually led by Team M member Yogi Keira (Keira) and Team N member Shiroma Miru (Mirurun). The song isn’t anything spectacular, but the PV is what’s most memorable about Hinadande wa Boku no Miryoku wa Ikinainda. The PV is inspired by the old school idol style of the past and the contrast of the up-and-coming NMB girls being featured in a PV reminiscent of idols in the 1970s and 80s just works perfectly.

The new Shirogumi, Akagumi, and Namba Teppoutai Sono San songs will be featured in Type-A, Type-B, and Type-C of NMB48′s 7th single, respectively. NMB48′s 7th single, Bokura no Eureka, releases on June 19th.

My Pure·First Impression – Bokura no Eureka PV Preview

The release for NMB48’s 7th single is less than a month away and finally we have a glimpse into the single. The title track for the 7th single is entitled Bokura no Eureka and the preview PV for the song has been uploaded on NMB48′s official YouTube channel.

Bokura no Eureka Type-ABokura no Eureka Type-BBokura no Eureka Type-CBokura no Eureka Theater

First off, the senbatsu for the single:
Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kotani Riho, Jonishi Kei, Shiroma Miru, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki, Ichikawa Miori
Team M: Shimada Rena, Takano Yui, Tanigawa Airi, Yagura Fuuko, Yogi Keira, Yamada Nana
Team BII: Kato Yuuka, Yabushita Shu

This marks the 1st senbatsu appearances for AKB concurrent member Ichikawa Miori (Miorin), Team M member Takano Yui (Yuipon) and Team M captain (and my NMB oshi!) Shimada Rena (Shimarena). Also, this marks the return of Yogi Keira (Keira) to senbatsu for the 1st time since Junjou U-19. From the previous single Kitagawa Kenji, these four members replace the NMB-departing Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan), the soon to be graduate Fukumoto Aina (Ainyan), and Team N members Kadowaki Kanako (Kanakichi) and Kishino Rika (Rikanyan). I love Kanakichi and Rikanyan, but I’m thrilled that the balance of N members in senbatsu got leveled off finally.

As for the Bokura no Eureka PV itself, the setting has the girls stranded on a deserted island. We see Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) walking around the wilderness with a wooden crossbow in tow and Miroin and Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) collecting fruits. We see the girls trying to band together like a tribe to survive and send out SOS signals to attempt to find a way off the island. Storyline-wise, this is probably the most intrigued I’ve been of a NMB A-side PV yet. For the song, I really enjoy the beat and sweet flow of Bokura no Eureka. I’m interested to see how the song is performed on stage, because the song doesn’t seem suited for dancing, but if there was an A-side NMB track meant for a cappella performance, I feel that Bokura no Eureka would fit well the most. I know it’s just my pure, crazy wish, but when I first heard Bokura no Eureka, I was imagining hearing it sung a cappella by NMB. I feel that it’s a quite a pleasant song to listen to.

So yes, I’m extremely excited for the next single. NMB48’s 7th single Bokura no Eureka releases on June 19th.

My Pure·Thoughts – Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo PV

I hadn’t even realized until today that Ono Erena’s 4th single was released this week. I hadn’t been too fond of either of Erena’s previous 2 singles Erenyan or Say!! Ippai, but I decided to look up the PV for the title track Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo. It seems like few people are really talking about Erena’s newest single PV. Which is a shame, because now it’s my favorite Ono Erena single and PV since her debut solo single Erepyon.

In the Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo PV, we get to see a geeky side of Erena and she’s just adorable with her nerdy glasses and her blue jumpsuit while playing video games. And by the end of the PV, she morphs into the cool, rocker girl Erena that we all know now and love. The song has a nice, gentle rocker feel that seems to suit Erena perfectly and even without much of a story, the PV is so simple and cute that it works very well. I said it when Erepyon was released, but it’s just amazing how beautiful and mature of a woman Erena has come since graduating from AKB. And just like the Erepyon PV, I think the Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo PV is a wonderful representation of that evolution and metamorphosis.

Here’s hoping we get more great Erena singles like this one. Ono Erena’s 4th single Kimi ga Ano Hi Waratte Ita Imi wo was released on March 6th, 2013.

My Pure·First Impression – TOxxxIC PV Preview

I’ve been longing for something new music-wise from Hirano Aya (Aya-chan) since the release of her album FRAGMENTS last year and I’m getting my wish next week with the release of her newest single TOxxxIC. And now the preview PV for TOxxxIC has been uploaded on Universal Music Japan’s YouTube channel.

I honestly can’t be unbiased about Hirano Aya, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything about the PV for TOxxxIC that I’ve seen so far. The song itself has a nice flow to it, without ever feeling too chaotic or fast-paced. Definitely a song I could be repeat for awhile without getting sick of it too quickly. As for the PV, I love the costume and while I’ll always love Aya-chan best with black hair, Aya-chan’s light colored hair meshes well with the shadowy dark and blue background. And I’m thrilled that this TOxxxIC PV gets to show off Aya-chan dancing.

Oh, and did I mention how stunningly beautiful and sexy Aya-chan looks in the PV? Because yeah… she totally does.

And it’s probably just me, but I got Itano Tomomi (Tomochin) Dear J vibes with the costumes and the background dancers, which is certainly fine for me.

This is Aya-chan’s 1st single since 2010’s Hysteric Barbie and personally I’m liking the direction Aya-chan’s music career seems to be going. I really hoping this single does well. Hirano Aya’s newest single TOxxxIC releases on February 20th.

My Pure·First Impression – HA! PV Preview

The short preview PV for NMB48’s HA! has been uploaded on their official YouTube channel. The song is one of the c/w songs for AKB48’s 29th single Eien Pressure, releasing on December 5th.

The lineup for HA! includes

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Jonishi Kei, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Shiroma Miru, Fukumoto Aina, Yamada Nana, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Shimada Rena, Tanigawa Airi, Yagura Fuuko
Team BII: Kato Yuuka, Yabushita Shu
Other: Yokoyama Yui

When I first heard the title of the song HA!, I immediately thought it would be a funny, joking around song. But the song instead has a very smooth, cool vibe going for it. The story in the PV seems to be pretty basic. It involves Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) getting kidnapped and Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee) and the other NMB girls trying to save her. I don’t hate the storyline, but I did find that it distracted me from the song quite a bit. Still, I always enjoy seeing the girls acting, so I can’t complain too much.

My favorite parts of the PV would easily be the dance scenes on the boat. It seems like some people don’t really like the girls’ dresses that they wear on the boat, but I like them very much. The dresses are a nice mix of elegance and spunk that I think fits NMB perfectly. And obviously, the girls look gorgeous. As others have said, I wish there would be a dance version of the PV, so we could see more of the dance.

HA! will be featured in Type-B of Eien Pressure. AKB48’s 29th single releases on December 5th.

My Pure·First Impression – Hoshizora no Caravan/Renai Higaitodoke PV Previews

NMB48’s official YouTube channel has uploaded the short preview PVs for the Shirogumi track Hoshizora no Caravan and the Akagumi track Renai Higaitodoke. And once again, my impressions are a bit of mixed bag.

First, the line-ups for Shirogumi and Akagumi:

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kondo Rina, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari
Team M: Azuma Yuki, Okita Ayaka, Kinoshita Momoka, Takano Yui
Team BII: Akazawa Hono, Yamauchi Tsubasa
2nd Gen KKS: Hayashi Momoka
Other: Yokoyama Yui

Team N: Kinoshita Haruna, Fukumoto Aina, Yamaguchi Yuuki, Yamada Nana, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Kawakami Rena, Shimada Rena, Hikawa Ayame, Mita Mao, Yagura Fuuko
Team BII: Kurokawa Hazuki, Muro Kanako

Shirogumi’s Hoshizora no Caravan PV looks to take place in a lodge in the woods. The vibe of the PV is rather solemn as we see a few troubling flashback scenes with the girls looking less than happy. The trip to the lodge seems to be a getaway from their stressed filled lives. The softness of the song itself matches the PV, though I find the song slightly dreary and boring.  The choregraphy is pretty forgettable and although there were a few cute scenes of the girls hanging out together, the PV just seems dull and old-fashioned. I can only hope the full version will have something special to make the PV stand out to me. But I can’t help but feel disappointed about Hoshizora no Caravan.

Watching Akagumi’s Renai Higaitodoke PV leaves me feeling crazy – in a good way. The first thing you notice is the song itself. I honestly can’t make heads of tails on how I feel about the song. The 1st time I heard Renai Higaitodoke, I absolutely hated it. But each new listen leaves me a new impression of the song. I feel it’s unlike anything that I’ve ever listened to before and I can’t not listen to the song. The PV has the girls in a police lineup, apparently the suspects of an attack on a man. Just everything about the PV screams fun, from the stylish red costumes during the dance sequences to the unique way each girl met the injured man. Unlike Hoshizora no Caravan, I’m optimistic about the Renai Higaitodoke PV and I hope it’s as exciting as I’m expecting it to be now.

As usual, the Shirogumi PV will be in the Type-A edition and the Akagumi PV will be in the Type-B edition of Kitagawa Kenji. NMB48′s 6th single Kitagawa Kenji releases on November 7th.

My Pure·First Impression – Kitagawa Kenji/Fuyushougun no Regret PV Previews

On NMB48’s official YouTube channel, the preview PV for NMB48’s 6th single title track Kitagawa Kenji as well as the PV for the Namba Teppoutai Ni song Fuyushougun no Regret have been uploaded.

I know it’s only a short preview PV, but I can’t find anything I dislike with the Kitagawa Kenji PV. I honestly absolutely adore everything about the PV. I love how upbeat and energetic the song is. I love the whole classroom environment and the girls wearing glasses with playing with their pens at their desks. I love the other bright, pink setting, and the colorful costumes the girls are wearing along with the fantastic hair styles the girls are flaunting. I love seeing Yokoyama Yui (Yuihan) and how she seems to fit in so with the other NMB members.  So yeah, a lot of love for the Kitagawa Kenji PV.

The first thing I heard about the Fuyushougun no Regret preview PV was that it was like the Sunahama de Pistol PV in that PV didn’t match the song. After watching the preview PV, my first impression was that that’s still true, but much less to the extent Sunahana de Pistol was. That’s probably because the girls are wearing seifukus instead of fatigues. Yagura Fuuko (Fuuchan) is centering Namba Teppoutai Ni, replacing the Kotani Riho (Ripopo) led Namba Teppoutai Sonoichi. So far I’m liking what I see what the PV so far. The song seems pretty sweet and although a more fast-paced hardcore would have fit the PV more, I’m not that bothered by it too much. Also, I’m wondering where the plot of the PV with the girls using weapons and beating up bad guys is going to go. A lot of potential for another good PV.

Now I’m eagerly awaiting the single and the Akagumi and Shirogumi preview PVs. NMB48’s 6th single Kitagawa Kenji releases on November 7th.

My Pure·Surprise – JKT48’s Baby! Baby! Baby!

To be quite honest, I have not really being paying attention to JKT48, the Indonesian sister group from Jakarta.  I have seen the occasional performance of the Indonesian versions Aitakatta! and Heavy Rotation from them, which just didn’t connect with me. So when I heard there was a PV-like CM of Baby! Baby! Baby!, one of my favorite AKB singles, I did not know what to expect.

And wow, I love it. The video, promoting SHARP AQUOS TVs, has been on replay many times since I first watched it. Seeing the girls of JKT in kimono was a lovely touch and it made me realize that I never noticed how beautiful the girls truly are. The Indonesian version of Baby! Baby! Baby! is sweet to the ears and it’s a just an absolute pleasure to listen to. Really, JKT’s version has the same charm that I loved about AKB’s and that’s awesome.

Maybe, just maybe, this will be what gets me really interested in JKT48.

My Pure·First Impression – Bokura no Regatta/Sonzai Shitenai Mono/Sunahama de Pistol PV Previews

On NMB48’s official YouTube channel, the short preview PVs for the newest Akagumi and Shirogumi B-sides along with the preview PV for the first Namba Teppoutai Sonoichi song have been uploaded. In my first impression, the results are mixed.

Shirogumi’s Bokura no Regatta PV takes place in what looks like a old-fashioned, aristocratic ball. It looks the PV’s main story revolves around Yamamoto Sayaka’s (Sayanee) slowly falling for one of the guys at the ball. Of course, the girls look absolutely beautiful, but I find the Pride and Prejudice-like setting quite boring and the song, while not horrible, is just forgettable. I’m just not feeling Bokura no Negatta so far.

On the contrary, I love what I’ve seen from Akagumi’s Sonzai Shitenai Mono PV. The main story of the PV takes place during a pool party and seems to show the preceding domino effects played in reverse which cause the girls to jump or fall into the pool. The main dance has the girls in a pool, dancing half sub-merged in water. Compared to Bokura no Regatta, Sonzai Shitenai Mono seems so lively and fun to watch and listen to. Looks like another great Akagumi B-side to me.

And last but not least, Namba Teppoutai Sonoichi’s Sunahama de Pistol PV, which really confuses me. Between the Akagumi, Shirogumi, and NMBT songs, I actually like Sunahama de Pistol the best. But the dark and strong tones of the PV doesn’t match the cute vibe from the song at all. It is nice to see Kotani Riho (Ripopo) center the group, but I wish she could have gotten a better PV to maximize the energy of the song. Maybe the full PV will change my mind later, but I don’t know.

The new Shirogumi, Akagumi, and Namba Teppoutai Sonoichi songs will be featured in Type-A, Type-B, and Type-C of NMB48’s next single, respectively. NMB48’s 5th single, Virginity, releases on August 8th.

My Pure·Thoughts – Mousou Girlfriend PV

The full PV for NMB48’s 5th single coupling song Mousou Girlfriend was uploaded today on NMB48’s official YouTube channel. After seeing the Min-Min Daha CM, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the PV for this. Be warned: if you’re not a fan of fluff and cuteness, then this PV is not for you.

The PV starts with Watanabe Miyuki (Milky) walking around a empty town and finding a stray cat. The cat bites her pinky finger and Milky transforms into a neko girl. Then she runs and she runs and she runs some more until she finds the other NMB girls in a hilly grass field. She bites the pinky finger of Jo Eriko (Jo), who also transforms into a neko girl. Jo returns the favor to Shiroma Miru (Mirurun), who in turn does the same to Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee). Eventually all the girls are neko girls and they dance all adorably on the grassy hills. No real frills in this PV, but just cute NMB neko girls dancing. I can’t complain.

Mousou Girlfriend is so catchy that the song’s been stuck in my head for the last day or so. If this is just the coupling song, I can’t wait to hear what the A-side sounds like for the 5th single.

NMB48’s 5th single releases on August 8tth.