It has begun! :-) (see previous post for details)
But before it actually begins, I’m going to hand out some honorable mentions. In fact I’m going to hand out 20 honorable mentions. This is actually a shameless, thinly veiled excuse to produce a Top 120 countdown without bothering to rank or discuss the bottom 20. But still … these were the noteworthy videos that almost made the cut. And there were some pretty difficult decisions to make, so I feel they all deserve a mention.
- 7nin Matsuri – Summer Reggae! Rainbow (2001)
- Berryz Koubou – Koi no Jubaku (2004)
- Berryz Koubou – Munasawagi Scarlet (2006)
- Berryz Koubou – Piriri to Yukou! (2004)
- ℃-ute – Meguru Koi no Kisetsu (2007)
- Goto Maki – Ima ni Kitto… In My LIFE (2006)
- H.P. All Stars – ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! (2004)
- Matsuura Aya – LOVE Namida Iro (2001)
- Mini Moni。 – Mini Moni。 Bus Guide (2001)
- Minihamuzu (Uta: Mini Moni。) – Minihamuzu no Kekkon Song (2002)
- Morning Musume。 – Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ (2003)
- Morning Musume。 – Morning Musume。 no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima (2003)
- Morning Musume。 – Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ (2001)
- Morning Musume。 – Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ (2004)
- Ongaku Gatas – Yattarouze! (2007)
- Satoda Mai with Fujioka Fujimaki – Oyaji no Kokoro ni Tomotta Chiisa na Hi ~Duet Version~ (2007)
- Taiyou to Ciscomoon – Marui Taiyou -winter ver.- (1999)
- Tanpopo – Koi wo Shichaimashita! (2001)
- v-u-den – Koisuru♥Angel♥Heart (2007)
- Hitomi Yoshizawa, Makoto Ogawa, Eri Kamei – Mirai no Tobira (2004)
I must remark that “Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~” is my absolute #1 favorite Morning Musume single of all time. It was particularly heartbreaking to see it slip through the cracks and end up just barely outside the top 100, but alas, the PV, though thoroughly enjoyable, didn’t quite reach the level of the 100 PVs that are on the countdown. (As a side note: “Aruiteru” is my absolute #2 favorite Morning Musume single of all time, and it didn’t even get close. :-( … My #3 favorite did make the list … but I’m not revealing what it is quite yet. :-) )
With that out of the way, let’s start ze countdown! Since this is a ranking of PVs, I tried to give credit to the directors of these wonderful videos, but I can’t seem to find that information anywhere. Maybe the credits are on the Single Vs and DVD releases, which I don’t have easy access to. What I do have easy access to is lyricist, composer, arranger, and record label information, courtesy of Wiki.ThePPN and ProjectHello, so I’ll give that info instead, in this format: [Lyricist] / [Composer] / [Arranger] / [Record Label].
★COUNTDOWN: THE TOP 100★
Melon Kinenbi – Kokuhaku Kinenbi (2000)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Kohno Shin / zetima
Crazy hair, crazy ears, cute fish.
What more need I say?
WAIT A MINUTE!!! That sounds familiar…
Coconuts Musume, anyone? “Tokonatsu Musume”?
The similarities are obvious:
- Both songs have the second word of the performing group’s name as the second word of the title.
- Both songs have similar-sounding first words.
- Both songs are about summer.
- Both PVs feature pink outfits.
- And both songs have choruses containing similar sequences of notes.
I don’t know if Tsunku is lazily copying himself or if these two singles are supposed to complement each other. And I actually don’t really care.
Purin-chan (Uta: Abe Natsumi) – Pi~hyara Kouta (2003)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Konishi Takao / zetima
Ah … such a beautiful video … and such an entrancing song to go with it! IF ONLY IT DIDN’T END AFTER ONLY TWO MINUTES!!!!. Arg. I tried searching for an unabridged version of this PV, only to find a forum comment saying that it didn’t exist. Well, if it indeed does not exist, then the abridged version is pretty enough to make it to the top 100. And if that elusive full-length version does exist … I’ll re-evaluate when I get to see it … and I’m sure it’ll end up much higher in the ranking than it is now.
I must say though, that snowperson is a little creepy.
W – Southpaw (2004)
Aku Yuu / Tokura Shunichi / Watanabe Cher / zetima
Kawaiilarious video from W, though not quite as polished as some of their other releases. Still, the laws of physics know what they’re doing when it comes to TsujiKago. Speaking of which, I’m sure there’s going to be a post coming up on the symbolism of W as it relates to quantum entanglement and particle physics (specifically, the W bosons). Hmmm … I’d need to think about this some more, though…
Country Musume。 ni Ishikawa Rika (Morning Musume.) – BYE BYE Saigo no Yoru (2002)
Tsunku / Tsunku / Sakai Mikio / zetima
Cute video set in a spiffed-up subway system. I admit, I’ve got a thing for trains. They’re just so potent, philosophically, as a metaphor. The machine that serves your needs by transporting you … but which you’re unable to leave until it lets you. The vehicle that transports you to a different place … but only by following tracks already laid down. The constant shift in perspective as a train passes through the countryside…
Plus, the fantasy subway map connecting the world’s cities (without regard for any consistent topological metric, I might add) is totally über-sugoi.
Goto Maki – Yokohama Shinkirou (2004)
Tsunku / Hatake / Nishida Masashi / PICCOLO TOWN
Megumi Murakami takes on THE MACHINE!!! And stuff sizzles! And sparks fly everywhere! And Gocchin’s disembodied image appears all over the place. Whaaa~~???!!!!
I don’t know who wins in this cataclysmic combat to the death, but it’s an entertaining and imaginative video.