The next 5 PVs:
Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, Reina Tanaka – Koi no Shihatsu Ressha (2004)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Konishi Takao / ???
The best of the Best Shot DVD PVs, in my opinion. I really like these semi-animated PVs. They’re an interesting change of pace from the standard releases.
What this one lacks in budget, it makes up for in pure charm and kitschtastic exuberance. I particularly like the use of frames and the comic-book style segments. If you over-analyze it, there is probably some subtle commentary here on the nature of subjectivity and the lack of an objective reality in the universe. Like Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Nakazawa Yuuko – Shanghai no Kaze (2000)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Takahashi Yuichi / zetima
Retrofuturism meets the Orient, with a sprinkling of cyberpunk. This visually entrancing video marks quite a departure for Nakazawa, and it’s just so bizarre you can’t resist watching it.
Oh, and I want those instruments. I wonder what they sound like.
Morning Musume。 – Mikan (2007)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Suzuki Daichi Hideyuki / zetima
As I have commented on previously, this video is a bold attempt to return to the greatness that was Morning Musume’s Transcendental Era. It has several key ingredients of a successful Ethereal Age video (I happen to like the Ethereal Age subdivision of the Transcendental Era more than the preceding Radiant and Metamorphic Ages): an overall atmosphere of brightness (cf. “Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~”, “Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT”, “Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago”); a metaphorical cosmic motif (cf. “Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~”); a cohesive incorporation of the symbolic abstract (the best example of which was probably “Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT”); as well as characteristics of the Transcendental Era in general: a focus on quirkiness, cuteness, innocence, and idealism; a handful of complementary sets with balanced use of color; an engaging setting; etc.
It does, however, lack a sense of narrative, in my opinion, and the costumes are identical without a good reason. But other than that, a bold effort to move MoMusu into an era of greatness, inspired by the style that characterized the group at its prime.
And extra points for (mostly) depicting rainbows correctly.
Minihamuzu (Uta: Mini Moni。) – Minihamuzu no Ai no Uta (2001)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Watanabe Cher / zetima
Entertaining animated video. I don’t really have anything to say about it, though.
Edit: Actually, I do have something to say. This video features a train. That is all.
Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume。) – Koi☆Kana (2006)
Furuya Shin / Oda Tetsurou / Iehara Masaki / zetima
Having already played Kirari Tsukishima on Kirarin☆Revolution, Koharu Kusumi takes the next step and plays Koharu Kusumi playing Kirari Tsukishima watching Koharu Kusumi playing Koharu Kusumi playing Kirari Tsukishima circularly observing Koharu Kusumi playing Koharu Kusumi playing Kirari Tsukishima. Revolution indeed.
Delightfully recursive meta-video that borrows from the philosophically rich concept of recursive self-reflection, as embodied in the Church-Turing thesis and its assertion of the computational equivalence of recursively embedded functions and algorithmically characterized Turing machines, and also the basis for the entire Chomskyan tradition of transformational-generative grammars (though I have nits to pick with Chomsky, but that’s besides the point).
Hmm… Noam Chomsky and Koharu Kusumi in the same discussion. o_O