When You’re Alone in the City

September was quite the slow month for Hello! Project. It seemed that October was going to roll on by in a similar fashion until C-ute decided to smack us in the face with everything promotional for their upcoming double A-side, Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin.

Above is the MV(whoa, since when did they start calling them MVs?) to the first A-side, Tokai no Hitorigurashi. I must say, I actually quite like it! The music video starts out with Airi hanging up a blank picture frame which turns into an awesome artist/title drop. How cute! The one shot in the beginning of the video is something we haven’t seen much from Hello! Project. From Airi strutting it to Saki & Mai chilling at a table to Maimi following in Airi’s footsteps and lastly, a small ChisaMai appearance, it’s nice to see something a little more creative and out-of-the-ordinary for Hello! Pro. Speaking of creative, throughout the video, the editing team threw in some funky lines and shapes to add some pizzazz. They’re usually used as transitions and emphasis on the music. There are also times in which words regarding to the lyrics pop up in picture frames resembling the one Airi held in the very beginning. Regarding those picture frames, sometimes there are transitions using those very things–another cute touch to the video! Of course, there are the usual close-up and dance shots. They aren’t anything insanely special but thankfully, the girls are in different locations and positions which keeps it from looking so bland. I appreciate the fact that there are no awkward-looking shots in this. Quite frankly, it’s a cute and creative video!

The song itself is a little different than what C-ute has been releasing lately. It has a much more upbeat, pop sound versus their dance/eurobeat music of 2013. It’s quite sweet even though I’m not completely sold. I still think C-ute’s vocals need some work or maybe not so much editing in the sound booth. It feels like a well-produced song.

Next we have the second A-side, Ai tte Motto Zanshin. This one is just a tad awkward… Okay, scratch that, it’s pretty awkward. It starts off with Maimi dancing by herself followed by the other girls going solo in their selective locations. It looks like an abandoned factory was trespassed in order to make this video look grungy. Eventually, we’re smacked with the usual close-up and dance shots. There are some sort-of interesting shots thrown in to make the video look a little less boring. Not to mention the odd filter that is added during the chorus. I don’t like it; it looks forced and screws up the flow. Those outfits also seriously look ridiculous. Why are they the same color as the settin?Why is there so. much. camo? Can we address this dance? I love how energetic they are but, something just makes it look really awkward. Maybe it’s the dance moves? I’m not sure. But I feel like I’m going to break a limb just watching it.

Well, the song was kind of going good until the chorus dropped. Why the odd change in style? At first it was dancey & solid, then it transformed into an old-school C-ute pop song. I didn’t like it and it really didn’t flow well. I also think the autotune was unnecessary. There was just nothing in the song that screamed, “Hey! I’m electro! Use autotune!” It was just a try-hard club song. It definitely could have been better and I like the first A-side a lot more.

Check out the covers, discography, and promotional photos below.

C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Reg A)C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Lim A) C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Lim B) C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Lim C)

01. Tokai no Hitorigurashi

02. Ai tte Motto Zanshin

03. Please, love me more!

04. Tokai no Hitorigurashi (Instrumental)

05. Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Instrumental)

C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Reg B) C-ute - Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Lim D)

01. Tokai no Hitorigurashi

02. Ai tte Motto Zanshin

03. Yuuwaku no Kyuujitsu

04. Tokai no Hitorigurashi (Instrumental)

05. Ai tte Motto Zanshin (Instrumental)

Maimi Yajima Maimi Yajima Airi Suzuki Airi Suzuki Saki Nakajima Saki Nakajima Chisato Okai Chisato Okai Mai Hagiwara Mai Hagiwara

 

At first, I wasn’t really digging these outfits. They seem out of place and just plain weird. However, I saw how great they looked in the MV, so I don’t hate ’em anymore. I definitely like Maimi’s the best(dat color combo!). Airi looks a bit basic–I’m waiting for the day that they do more with her. Saki’s hair should have been styled differently, but that skirt is too cute! Chisato looks adorable, but that hat is a little out of place. I’m not liking the way Mai’s hair is styled but for whatever reason, it kind of works. The covers are also very well-done, following in the footsteps of their 2013 singles. Limited C is totally my favorite!

We’re looking at a pretty strong single for the powerhouse dancers! Even though the second A-side isn’t all that, I’m sure C-ute fans will still go nuts over it. The single drops on November 6th, 2013.

 

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