Task have Fun – Kimi Nanda Kara
Task have Fun has come to impress with their song “Kimi nanda kara”. This is a song I have seen them perform live before new year and I loved quite a lot, not knowing too much of their music at the time. Just like “3WD” this song is another amazing live song and is represented greatly in this PV. Task have Fun brought back the horns I loved so much from their previous songs and paired it with this groovy guitar and bass sound. I love the style they edit the PV with the boxes sliding in and out. Just a mesmerizing PV to watch.
Depagumi.inc – Oyasumi Polaris Sayonara Parallel World
With the departure of Mogami Moga and the addition Nemoto Nagi and Naname Rin (Perorin) this song has some new vocal flavors to it. The song is generally what I kind of expected from Dempagumi with no crazy changes. The song has that bouncy jazz sound to it and consists of some great piano playing. The PV is fun with the members shooting aliens and lounging in a field with furniture.
ROSARIO+CROSS – Dai Dondengaeshi
ROSARIO+CROSS kick it out with their 7th single “Dai Dondengaeshi”. This song is a eccentric pop song with some light electro synths. This is one of those songs that has a really good chorus that sticks into your head. There is not much else special to it besides that. I like lighting and bright coloured wardrobe they use in this PV.
Wa-suta – WELCOME TO DREAM
To start off the year Wa-suta welcomes us to dream. This PV is a solid and sticks to usual pop sound that Wa-suta is known for. I think this song kind of sticks too close to the comfort zone for me and I don’t get much out of it. It follows sort the formula of each member getting a part then Nanase and Ruka just killing it with heavy vocals. The PV has the “Idol Japan” filter on it which is when they washout all the colour with this pasty fog brightness. I like the concept of the triple vertical bars, but it looks a lot messier than how Task have Fun did it. Also, we saw some interesting CG work with them holding their miniature selves.
Kamiyado – HAPPY PARTY NIGHT
This is a fun PV with the members of Kamiyado playing around at a karaoke. The song is catchy and has some fun sounding synths included in it. I like how it follows the traditional summer sounding idol song structure, which includes lots “Woooos~ and Yeaaahhhs~ “. The chorus easily gets stuck in your head and makes you want to sing to it.
Yumemiru Adolescence – Sakura
Here we have an interestingly shot PV that is obviously shot with an iPhone. They really do get creative with the shots using different apps and filters to the video to achieve this. It is kind of funny seeing a PV shot like this with some low budget sets looking a lot better than some PVs that use high budgeted CG and terrible washed-out filters. The song itself is quite the masterpiece itself. They use lots of electronic sounds and that you don’t find in regular pop songs. The chords are sort of spooky and wet sounding but somehow work quite nicely. The structure of the song explores quite a bit and you get some good breaks mixed in as well.
AyumiKurikaMaki – Zanzou Flashback
The first thing that crossed my mind was why this sounded so much like a BiS song. Of course, the man himself Matsukuma Kenta Composed it with the help of SCRAMBLES who arranged it. Given to this this song sounds just as amazing if it were to be given to group of the WACK family. The PV is nice and gritty with plot leaning towards convicts being forced to cage fight.
Tokyo Girls’ Style – Hatsukoi
“Hatsukoi” is a chill future bass sounding song that plays to Tokyo Girls’ Style strong side. I enjoy this b-side a lot more compared the main track “Last Romance”. TGS has ability to make amazing future bass songs and I’m glad they haven’t given it up completely. But I still do think its important for them experiment and try new things. I would love it if they started picking up other producers to work with and I think it would help them a lot in their creative process. The PV is starred by Dream5 member Ohara Yuna who does mostly modeling now that group disbanded (she looks ridiculously beautiful in her photobooks ;D ). There isn’t really much to the PV but, It was really awesome to see her just wonder around Tokyo.
Flap Girls School – Tabidachi no hi ni
The Flap Girls are back with their traditional idol sounding song “Tabidachi no hi ni”. There is not much to say about this song but that it is an idol as hell idol song. It doesn’t do anything crazy and stays true to genre with your basic synths and sounds. The PV is thankfully shot well and bright with lots of sharpness to it.
BiS – DiPROMiSE
Lastly, we have the sad departing of Pour Lui PV “DiPROMiSE”. I’m not going lie I teared a bit watching this as they included so many good heartfelt clips of Pour Lui. For those people who have or have not been following BiS since its beginning it is just crazy how much of a legacy she left behind. The nostalgia hits really hard and it makes you recognize how iconic her voice was and contribution to the alt-idol culture movement. The song is a fitting powerful rock song that sounds very as much as you expect it to sound. I love how they brought back the quite vocals for Pour Lui’s part in the song. It really brought me back to their songs like “Ash”. I think they did an amazing job making this sound like a song that would have been made at the start of BiS.