Is Hello! Project Getting Better at These PVs?

More Satoyama goodies!

Havest consists of Ayumi Ishida, Akari Takeuchi, Erina Ikuta, and Masaki Satou. Their song is entitled Forest Time, and released along with Peaberry’s single. The PV itself doesn’t start until 4:34 in the video.

Like Peaberry’s PV, scenery plays a big part here, but the focal point is more on the girls themselves. I think the cinematography works some magic here. There’s great use of light glares and blurs; it makes the video feel like much more than just a studio-shot PV that we’re used to. In all, the shots are pretty simple: dance shot, altogether shot, and dual member shots. The shots of Akari and Erina are so cuuuuuuuute~! AHHH! <3 Ahem. There are also a couple random “story” shots, but they are a bit rare.

The song itself is okay; I couldn’t find myself listening to it on repeat. It’s your typical idol affair, truly. You can’t really hear how all the girls sound since they sing together most of the time. Not a bad song, though.

I think I’m liking Peaberry’s video and song a bit more than Harvest’s.

DIY♡ was one of the first Satoyama Movement groups to be announced. Consisting of Maimi Yajima, Chinami Tokunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki, Haruna Iikubo, and Saki Nakajima, people when nuts for the gams included in this group. A little while ago, the PV to Fore Fore ~Forest of Rest~ was finally released.

At first, I was afraid that this video would lose the “greenery” that was the focal point of all the Satoyama Movement groups. But thankfully, the scenery switches from a lonely dance scene to the lovely outdoors. They are seen in a picnic, enjoying some good cooking that I wish I was a part of. The dynamic styling is also really nice here. The picnic scenes depict much more casual, earthy clothing than the dancing scenes. I particularly love Miyabi in this; her hair is styled so much better and she manages to look hott in that lumberjack outfit without even trying. Cinematography is very well done here as with the other Satoyama groups. The blurred backgrounds, enhanced coloring, and sweet scenery are the high points of this video.

The song should be appealing to most. It isn’t electronica but it isn’t bubblegum pop. It has a nice medium value about it that should be really enjoyable to most. When it comes to singing, it’s hard to tell because most of the solo lines are accompanied by some sort of distortion. Individually, in the PV, most girls seem to do well with this sort of song and vibe. Haruna seems to be the only one that is a bit awkward, but she’ll grow out of that soon. I believe that Miyabi seems to rock this PV to the to the ground. Oh, and that scene with Maimi and Chinami at the end = ADORABLE! Who would’ve thought about pairing those two?

It’s a good PV with an equally good song.

Comprised of Berryz Koubou leader Saki Shimizu, newbie “soloist” Aika Mitsui, and UFP member and previous S/mileage finalist Yuka Miyazaki, is GREEN FIELDS. I was intrigued to find such an unknown member in the Satoyama movement groups. It’s quite good publicity for her considering that she is with two very well known members of Hello! Project. GREEN FIELDS released Boys be ambitious! along with DIY in their single. The PV preview doesn’t start until 8:29 and doesn’t last very long.

I love how comfortable the girls are together. It’s pretty hard to believe that Saki is the oldest out of all of them. The girls chat around a long table of goodies outside. Yuka is featured walking down a long greenhouse area that really complements her. It’s sweet to see how Aika’s upbeat girlish attitude hasn’t changed a bit. I’m glad that she isn’t immediately forgotten after leaving Morning Musume. The song is extremely calm and soothing and has quite a lullaby-like theme to it. Aika seems to fit the sweet vibe of the song perfectly. Saki’s usual raspy voice might or might not be easy to listen to. Unfortunately, I can’t hear Yuka too well because she is paired with Aika. Fortunately, all the girls blend pretty well together.

I’m mad that the full PV isn’t around yet! Or maybe it is and I haven’t seen it. Either way, the song is probably the slowest out of all the Satoyama groups and also has a cute & charming PV.

Finally, the covers to S/mileage’s November 28th single release, Samui ne, are out. It seems that the theme is all over the place. The first couple of covers have a starry cityscape, but the others are a bit too playful for the vibe of the mid-tempo ballad. Despite the mature look of the cityscape covers, Single V seems to be my favorite; it perfectly blends the playfulness of the girls and outfits with the mature and updated sound of the song. Surprisingly, the different versions have the same CD tracklisting. The only difference between the limited editions are the DVDs and lottery tickets. Welp, I guess when you have a good song and nice PV and you’re UFP, you gotta go wrong somewhere(*points at costumes and covers*).

01. Samui ne.

02. Watashi, Choito Kawaii Urabanchou

03. Samui ne. (Instrumental)

We all know the Petit Best series right? Petit Best is an annual album release by Hello! Project containing every A-side released by the groups that year. Petit Best 13 is set to release on December 5th with the covers above. The covers aren’t anything to woo about. Quite frankly, they’re kind of ugly and most Petit Best covers are. Either way, the songs on this album are the greatly promoted songs of this year and I’m seriously getting my wallet ready for this(hey, look! I actually have money!). DVD? Thank you, I’ll take that. Anyway, below is the tracklisting.

01. Renai Hunter – Morning Musume

02. One.Two.Three – Morning Musume

03. Be Genki <Naseba Naru!> – Berryz Koubou

04. cha cha SING – Berryz Koubou

05. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku – C-ute

06. Aitai Aitai Aitai na – C-ute

07. Doki Doki Baby – Erina Mano

08. Song for the DATE – Erina Mano

09. Dot Bikini – S/mileage

10. Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki – S/mileage

11. Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ – Risa Niigaki

12. Chou HAPPY SONG – Berryz Koubou x C-ute

13. Hatsukoi Cider – Buono!

14. CAT’S EYE – Cat’s Eye 7

15. Momochi! Yurushite Nyan Taisou – Momoko Tsugunaga

16. The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0) – Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, & Aika Mitsui

NEXT MY SELF is Mano’s last single as a Hello! Project soloist. Ready to graduate in February 2013, her last single is set to release on December 12th, 2012. Above are the very simple but refreshing covers. No tracklisting has been announced.

After the fantastic preview of Berryz Koubou’s upcoming single, WANT!, the costumes have finally released. The single will release on December 12th. ARE WE READY?

The lower half of this outfit looks a bit strange on Saki. I don’t think she particularly stands out in this costume, but I like her hair styling.

Well look at that, everyone can stop bitching about Momoko’s pigtails. Don’t you all feel so successful. Anyway, I wanna bitch about something more important: MAKE-UP! Does she have something against it? I swear I’ve never seen her with make-up on. Of course, she doesn’t need it, but it’d be a nice change from the usual kiddish look of hers. Also, we haven’t seen Momoko with her hair down since Shining Power. Isn’t that something?

Hello there, sexy. Is it just me or has Chinami been looking increasingly and increasingly grown-up? She just looks so damn fierce in these pictures. That petite, sweet Chinami might’ve just left the building.

The original fierce Berry. Maasa looks awesome in purple. Her fuller, curvier figure gives her a much more sexier vibe than the others. I just love Maasa’s sleek, straight hair.

Miyabi looks younger somehow, doesn’t she? I haven’t seen Miyabi’s hair up in a long, long time. I get so confused with Miyabi sometimes; she cuts her hair shorts but constantly has extensions in, pick a side! I wish her hair was down, she’d probably stand out more.

Goddamn Yurina and her slender figure. Her tall stature makes almost everything look good. This costume looks perfect on her.

Risako is going through some sort of rebellious stage of life or something. First her awesome blonde, then the grayish purple fiasco, then straight-up lavender, and now strawberry red. I honestly liked her blonde and lavender the most. I’m not sure how I feel about this color right now, especially since it’s styled a bit weird. The outfit looks good on her, thankfully. And what are those on her thighs? Tattoos??

These outfits perfectly embody the electronic/dance feel of the song. Some have compared them to Shining Power only because of the sheer quality of the fabric. But other than that, I don’t really think these look that much like those costumes. I like that there are subtle differences between each girl. The sheer skirt is either A-lined, some shorter than others, or it’s asymmetrical. In addition, their stockings are very different as well. When it comes to Miyabi’s, her’s are sheer and patterned with a ruffle accent, while Risako’s are visibly plain and have no significant accent. They’re cute, sexy, mature, and perfect.

2 thoughts on “Is Hello! Project Getting Better at These PVs?

  1. I don’t believe they are getting better but rather it is nicer to see outdoor PV’s than PV’s with so many effects that you get tired of it/used to it. That’s probably why they could be getting better to some but I doubt it.

    Really love the PV for Harvest and DIY, my favourite will always be DIY though :D It was nice seeing the two shots of Harvest together and Mitsui Aika after so long in a group is lovely <3 Greenfields PV and song is so relaxing and Saki looks gorgeous ^__^

    On the other hand, I am anticipating Berryz Koubou's WANT! PV, the outfits look amazing.

    • I feel like they’re getting better at making use with what they have. Instead of the average dance shot and close ups, simple effects are used to spice it up along with small details in the set. In the case of Samui ne, the cool “window” setting with subtle snow is awesome. Along with that, they used blurs and jumps to jazz up the screen. I think it looks so much better, subtler, and cooler than the ridiculous effects used in One.Two.Three, Ai no Dangan, and Wakuteka(despite those PVs having other cool qualities). And yes, the use of outdoors is a great change for H!P.

      I hope the WANT! PV lives up to the outfits and songs. But considering that UFP likes to muck up a few details, I’m either anticipating ugly covers or a terrible PV.

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