(There’s a full version out somewhere on the Youtubes, but I’m sure if I link it, it’ll get shut down right quick, so you get the short official version.)
When I first I heard this song I groaned. I did the same thing when I saw the video. It’s a “been there, done that” sort of deal, with AKB’s Ponytail and well, just about any gravure shoot that features girls in bikinis running around.
I’m all for sex appeal (kind of, NMB48 is still too young for any of them to really be my type and some of them are way too young, I think), but come on, how about a little subtlety? Or something other than skimpy outfits?
Yet, with all that said… this song grew on me. Still not as good as Zetsumetsu or U-19, but I’d put it above Oh My God. Hell, it even sounds like Oh My God. I really think they put some mental drugs in their music, because with so many of the 48 groups songs, when I first listen to them I think, “Eh, it sounds okay,” but the more I listen to it, the more I can’t stop listening to it.
Even the video grew on me.
First of all, let’s get the big elephant in the room out of the way.
There are lots of them in here.
When Yamamoto said on AKB to XX! that she had Japan-sized D-cups, it trended on Japan’s Twitter. (I dunno if that says more about Japan or Yamamoto…) There’s been constant threads on 2ch about how when it comes to looks, AKB > SKE > NMB but when it comes to boobs NMB > AKB > SKE. And now they’re all in bikinis.
So yes. If you like that stuff, it’s here for you. I know that Kinoshita Momoka does.
Since my type is the older type, I’m fairly neutral because they still look like kids. Nana might be 20, but she looks like she’s 15. I probably wouldn’t sweat standing next to them.
Come to think of it, my type is what Japan used to call the expiration date for women (25 years old) because after 25 they would have a largely decreased chance of getting married. Oh well, more for me. Give me SDN48’s Kondo Sayaka or Noro Kayo and we’re all good.
So anyway, back to the video. At first I thought the choreography was kinda lame. But at second glance, they do a really good job with what they have. I always thought NMB was super talented when it comes to dancing, they seem much sharper than their sister groups and I thought Junjou U-19 would be a taste of what’s to come. We don’t get anywhere close to that level here, but there’s a couple moves that they do that are pretty slick. There’s also some moves they throw in to get more boobage but, eh, what can you do. (Or if you’re into it, what CAN’T you do. Ohhhhh~)
The first half of the video is all about their Top 5: Yamamoto, Yamada, Watanabe, Fukumoto, Jou. Yamamoto looks fabulous. I think that’s the best way to describe her here. Or maybe *fabulous* with the asterisks, she’s rocking a celebrity-style outfit and it’s… amusing. Watanabe looks like she’s being Warukii, being hit on by two white dudes. Fukumoto and Jou are drinking tropical drinks by the poolside, which was eye opening because I didn’t know they make non-alcoholic tropical drinks. What do they put in there? V8 and the syrup in canned peaches?
And Nana. Oh man, Nana.
She gets a back massage and it looks so comfortable. I bet the video editors were thinking “Yeah let’s get a dude to rub her back and make it look sensual and sexual,” but the message that came across to me was “You need a massage. Go get one. A message from Massage Therapists Worldwide.” Of course, I usually get the super painful deep tissue massages that leave me in tears and make it hard to walk afterwards. But now I want one. I think I’ll get one this weekend.
The second half of the video features them doing fun stuff like kayaking in the ocean and parasailing. One of the cooler things was when they were filming them on some sort of inflatable jetski banana boat thing, and one of the members loses her balance and falls off. It looked completely adlibbed which made the video a lot funnier and a lot cooler that they’d put something like that in.
It ends with a SURPRISE TWIST.
It turns out that it was all a dream! It was such an unnecessary twist, given the fact there’s no real story anyway, but I just couldn’t stop laughing. It was just so… dumb, for lack of a better word. And unless there’s a full version with a story, it seems intentionally superfluous. So, good job NMB, you made me laugh even if I wasn’t supposed to.
With Nagiichi and Warukii, I went from not really wanting the single to pre-ordering it. I don’t think I can ever count out NMB.