Thursday, 15 December 2011

24 days of singles day 15: Sakura no Shiroi and Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll

I'll say it now, I don't much like Sakura no Shiroi, but thats not what this is about.

First Sakura no Shiori's Senbatsu
Team A: Kojima Haruna, Maeda Atuko, Takahshi Minami, Shinoda Mariko
Team K: Itano Tomomi, Miyazawa Sae, Oshima Yuko, Ono Erena
Team B: Kasai Tomomi, Kitahara Rie, Kashiwagi Yuki, Miyazaki Miho, Watanabe Mayu
Team S: Matsui Jurina
However it should be noted that apparently every AKB member, plus Rena contributes to this song.
The song talks about starting on a new road, as the cherry blossoms fall.
The PV starts with footage from behind the scenes as the members prepare. When the song starts we have the members walking around in Kimono's, and the dance version is less dancing and more arm movements, but in uniforms. We keep on getting little texts in the corner sayin 'xxx48' ie UEN48, but I don't know what that's about.

We now come to the real star of this releae, specifically the opening for Majisuka Gakuen and probably my 2nd favorite of the Majijo songs.
The single itself obviosuly doesn't feature all the Majisuka characters, but I'll tell you who it does have.
Team A: Kojima Haruna/Torigoya, Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko/Sado
Team K: Akimoto Sayaka/Chokoku, Itano Tomomi/Shibuya, Oshima Yuko, Ono Erena
Team B: Kashiwagi Yuki/Black, Watanabe Mayu/Nezumi
Team S: Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena/Gekikara
The song talks about how the fightings kind of pointless, and mentions cleaning up the deliquents, which seems oddly like Maeda's storyline from Gakuen 2.
The song opens with the dance version, or rather just wrecking havok in the staff room, faces to be seen include Nachu/Onizuka Daruma and Takahashi Minami/Minami wearing a Majijo uniform and also interesting is Nezumi seems to be wearing only a sweater rather than her hoodie. The story mostly shows what it's like in Majijo to begin with, as well as using clips from the series. We're shown the Kabuki Sisters, Gakuran, the Sanshom Sisters, Chokouku, and the dance version actually has just about everyone. Towards the end we get to bits from the opening, with Showa, Rice, Jumbo and Anime coming down the stairs, the Shittenou coming in front of them and then Sado taking the lead, while we have Maeda leading Daruma, they come across Yuko, who turns to face them, Rappappa joins her (hold on is that Dance?), and as Maeda removes her glasses we get the 'Sank You' from her.

Depending on whether you get the A or B type regular editions, you'll have one of two more B-sides, the Theatre Edition has both. These were part of a campaign involving magazines Weekly Playboy and Young Jump, with a team representing each of them, presumably also doing a shoot for the magazines together.

Type-A features Enkyori Poster sung by Team PB, while Type-B's Choose Me! stars Team YJ.

Team PB: Kashiwagi Yuki, Miyazawa Sae, Miyazaki Miho, Oota Aika, Nito Moeno, Takajo Aki, Maeda Ami. The song talks about the poster of an Idol on a persons wall and how the person who's wall it is loves her, and accepts it's just platonic. The PV starts inside the bedroom of this guy, and interestigly there's actually 2 posters, Team PB on the wall above the bed, and one of Yuki which we zoom into, and it's on here the dance version takes place, mixed with clips of various likely gravure shots. After a bit of this we suddenly have the girls in the bedroom with a large P and B, briefly, messing with the guy's globe, listening to his music, but aside from a bit of this it's the same as before, ending with a shot of the guy looking at Yuki's poster.

Team YJ: Kasai Tomomi, Kitahara Rie, Nakagawa Haruka, Minegishi Minami, Sashihara Rino, Kuramochi Asuka, Kikuchi Ayaka. The song is about being to nervous to confess to a boy, and asking that he choose you rather than the others, while feeling your probably not what he's looking for. The dance, in uniform is on a beach, while mixed with clips of the girls just about coping with it, theres defninitely a hint of loneliness.

Well tomorrow, if I recall, has a far more energetic A-side.

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