Wednesday, 21 December 2011

24 days of singles day 21: Everyday, Katyusha and Korekara Wonderland

Everyone see the Sakura no Ki ni Narou post? Cause apparently I haven't typed 20 in the title bar yet. Anyway, todays single is far better to me for a few reasons.

Team A: Oota Aika, Kuramochi Asuka, Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takajo Aki, Takahshi Minami, Maeda Atsuko
Team K: Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko, Kikuchi Ayaka, Minegishi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Yokoyama Yui
Team B: Kasai Tomomi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, Komori Mika, Sato Sumire, Masuda Yuka, Miyazaki Miho, Watanabe Mayu
Team S: Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena
Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka, Watanabe Miyuki
This is the first AKB single to feature NMB members, and the Theatre Edition cover features all 3 groups' centres. The song is about being in love with someone for a long time, and realizing how much they've grown up in that time. The MV starts pre-music with a minute of Maeda cycling, before moving into the song. After a bit more cycling all the girls are in a juice bar, as some of them construct a model ship, and they all salute. We then enter the dance version, with them all in bikinis. We see Maeda walking away from Yuko, who's shouting at her as Takamina restrains her, before they start fighting, Mariko, seemingly in authority comes over with some others, as Mayu, Yukirin and Lovetan watch from under the caps they're wearing. Yuko, Tomochin and Kojipa wash a car together, Mariko sends everyone on a cycle ride. The girls are all sketching a small satue in an art class. Acchan, Takamina, Tomochin, Yuko and Harunyan all jump and land in graduation wear. Mariko removes her Sifuku to reveal a bikini underneath. Acchan looks at her phone while sitting alone, and remembers getting in a big fight with Sae. We then get the girls all practicing a dance routine, but Maeda watches outside. The girls lead a blindfolded Maeda through the corridor. Mariko puts on her sunglasses. Yukirin, Mochi and Mika buy ice creams and wathc the girls cycle past. A few other girls eat pizza together. Tomchin in bikini turns to look at us. The girls lead blindfolded Maeda into a sports hall. The girls cycling all stop together at the finish line, before Mariko races over, before Sasshi does the same. As the girls play basketball, Maeda joins Sayanee and Jurina who're watching. The camera pans over the girls in bikinis on sunloungers, before Yuko winks and goes 'shh' through the keyhole. As the corner says 'LBS48' the girls are all together on a bus, we get a few girls and Mariko messing around in front of a picture, then getting Maeda looking at it. Maeda spreads her arms, having left her bike and just started running, Yuko wathes Sae walk away before she dissappears, the world just sort of drifts past Acchan. On the bus Acchan sleeps on Takamina's shoulder, but wakes up to find Takamina's left and is stood wathing the bus leave, but Acchan has a letter. Mariko, Yuko, Takamina and Tomochin watch the others leave on a boat, and they all salute each other. Acchan, still running, just manages to arrive at the scene. I count refererences to Iiwake Maybe, Sakura no Shiori, Sakura no Hanabiritachi 2008, Namida Surprise, 10nen Zakura, Oogoe Diamond, Heavy Rotation, Ponytail to Shushu and Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou.

The B-side here doesn't have a specific unit, so but it's members are as follows
Team A: Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takajo Aki, Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko
Team K: Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko, Minegishi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Yokoyama Yui
Team B: Kasai Tomomi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, Watanabe Mayu
The song is about, well, going to Wonderland. The MV starts with the girls backstage getting for a show I think is meant to be in a gentlemans club. The girls are performing in a variety of vaguely Alice based cstumes. We also see more backstage stuff. After a second performance their now in black and white. The credits has some guy in weird get up applauding

The A-type B-side is my favorite Majijo track, Yankee Soul.
Team A: Oota Aika/Love-tan, Kuramochi Asuka/Kokabuki, Kojima Haruna/Torigoya, Sashihara Rino/Wota, Shinoda Mariko/Sado, Takajo Aki/Akicha, Takahashi Minami/Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Maeda Ami/Mayuge
Team K: Akimoto Sayaka/Chokoku, Itano Tomomi/Shibuya, Oshima Yuko, Kikuchi Ayaka/Comeback, Nito Moeno/Bungee, Mingishi Minami/Shaku, Miyazawa Sae/Gakuran, Yokoyama Yui/Otabe
Team B: Kasai Tomomi/Ookabuki, Kashiwagi Yuki/Black, Kitahara Rie/Unagi, Komori Mika/Mukuchi, Sato Sumire/Sanshoku, Miyazaki Miho/Myao, Watanabe Mayu/Nezumi
Team Kenkyusei: Oba Mina/Toshima, Shimazaki Haruka/Kanburi, Shimada Haruka/Docchi, Nagao Mariya/Mariyagi, Yamauchi Suzuran/Tsuri, Ichikawa Miori/Lemon
Team S: Matsui Jurina/Centre, Matsui Rena/Gekikara
So yeah, this song features just about everyone. Seriously of the first seasons AKB cast, 2 are missing because they graduated, and 5 more for some reason. They're in the MV though. The song talks about how it's silly to keep getting in all these fight, theres no logi to it. The MV has the dance segment set outside of the school in a drained swimming pool, and Daruma and Team Under are there. The opening segments hint at a confrontation between 4 parties, standing here at different corners of the Majijo flag. Also I love this songs dance. The MV gives us a little non dance focus on Maeda as well asn Centre and Nezumi to begin with. As we get into the first verse We get Team Fondue and Team Hormone walking in different directions down a corridor, Team Fondue get out of the way, watching as they pass. Team Under stand in Hormone's way, but Kabuki Sisters appear out of no where and push them aside. They also send some girls flying down the corridor. Gakuran and Shaku appear and take the lead, walking past Otabe as they do. Nezumi and Centre look at each other on the roof. The moving Rappappa come to Gekikara, who turns to face Nezumi and Centre as they turn a corner (confrontation imminent). We see Maeda on the roof, she spreads her arms and cherry blossoms fall. Yuko turns around while standing in front of her chair and does her hair thing, we get a shot of Habu doing their pose, and of Team Fondue, before Yuko mocks everones Yankee Soul. Otabe, looking at Rappappa turns to see Maeda standing there. The Habu part to reveal Shibuya "Yankee Soul, Yorushku", and our last shot is a silhoutted hand amongst the falling Sakura.

The B-type B-side is another Undegirls song, Hito no Chikara.
Team A: Iwasa Misaki, Oya Shizuka, Katayama Haruka, Nakagawa Haruka, Nakata Chisato, Nakaya Sayaka, Matsubara Natsumi
Team K: Uchida Mayumi, Umeda Ayaka, Tanabe Miku, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Fujie Reina, Matsui Sakiko, Yonezawa Rumi
Team B: Ishida Haruka, Kobayashi Kana, Sato Amina, Sato Natsuki, Suzuki Mariya, Chikano Rina, Hirajima Natsumi
Team Kenkyuusei: Takeuchi Miyu, Nakamura Mariko, Mori Anna, Nakamata Shiori,
Team S: Yagami Kumi
Team KII: Takayanagi Akane, Mukaida Manatsu
Team N: Yamada Nana
The song is about having to push a car to a garage after a break down, and wondering about the road to the future. The PV has the girls working to construct a float, including some irresponsible welding, and they all pull it out together.

The Theatre Edition, as expected by now, has it's own B-side by Team Kenkyuusei; Anti.
Team Kenkyuusei
Oba Mina, Shimazaki Haruka, Shimada Haruka, Takeuchi Miyu, Nagao Mariya, Nakamura Mariko, Mori Anna, Yamauchi Suzuran, Abe Maria, Izuta Rina, Ichikawa Miori, Iriyama Anna, Kato Rena, Kanazawa Yuuki, Kobayashi Kana, Nakamata Shiori, Fujita Nana, Ushikubo Sara, Kawaei Rina, Kojima Natsuki, Suzuki Shihori, Natori Wakana, Morikawa Ayaka, Yamaguchi Nau.
The song talks about refusing to give up regardless of how many hills you have to climb to reach your goal.

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