SCANDAL – Don’t say “lazy” (K-ON! ED Cover)

 

SCANDAL, the self-proclaimed “Most Powerful Japanese Girlie Pop Rock”, appeared on NHK’s MUSIC JAPAN Shinseki Anisong Special (新世紀アニソンSP) earlier this month. While I didn’t know anything about them prior to today, some of you may know them for performing “Shoujo S”, the tenth opening theme to Bleach.

Anyway, instead of performing one of their songs on this TV special, SCANDAL opted to perform a cover of the ever-so-popular K-ON! ending theme, “Don’t say ‘lazy'”. They’re not quite the Yui, Mio, Mugi, and Ritsu we know, but they are a real-life group of high school friends from Osaka who formed their own band and made it to the big leagues, so it was pretty cool to hear their rendition of this awesome song. The only thing that would’ve made this a bit cooler is a keyboardist for the true Houkago Tea Time composition.

 

P.S. Anyone else see a bit of ZONE in them?

Fukuhara Miho – LET IT OUT PV (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ED2)

 

Since there’s no new episode of FMA today, this seems like a good time to talk about the PV for the second ending song which started airing on M-ON! and SSTV earlier this week. You may remember that when I wrote about the PV for the second opening song Hologram, I mentioned that I’ve been listening to LET IT OUT a lot more recently, and that still remains true. While Hologram was a much catchier song at first, after repeated listens, I much prefer LET IT OUT. I found the lyrics really fitting for FMA in relation to Ed and Al, and I love Fukuhara Miho’s voice. Combined with her looks, which you can see in the video above, she reminds me a bit of Itou Yuna. The PV itself was actually pretty interesting as well because it didn’t just have her and a band performing the song, it also told the story of the solitary-looking guy who finally lets it all out at the end.

It’s an all-around good song, and I’m happy to have heard the full version and seen the PV now after having been teased by the commercial for it these past few weeks, especially since the CD for it isn’t due out until next month. Actually, now that I think about it, September 9th isn’t so far away anymore…

supercell – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari PV (Bakemonogatari ED)

 

Today I have the privilege of bringing a new PV to your attention (read: made to do). The ending single for the popular supernatural series Bakemonogatari, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (Your Unknown Story), was released today and along with it, the PV for the song.

Prior to hearing this song, I didn’t know anything about supercell. Even now, I still claim to know nothing except for the fact that they’re a unit comprised of Nico Nico Douga creators/performers. Centered around their composer “ryo”, who was responsible for a bunch of popular Hatsune Miku songs, and their vocalist “Gazelle” a.k.a. “nagi”, who was supposedly a really famous Nico Nico Douga singer before deciding to “retire” from the scene, supercell makes me wonder if the likes of Hollywood would ever look to YouTube to find amateur artists to perform the theme song for their next blockbuster hit. Hella unlikely I bet. However, this does go to show how you can make it big via online videos in Japan.

Being the “Internet people” that they are, apparently many of the members haven’t made any TV appearances yet. As such, it still remains a mystery as to how some of them look. According to Patrik, maybe they’re “ugly” and don’t want people to be turned away from their music based on how they look. We jest, but I’m inclined to think that way since people tend to be pretty shallow in showbiz. In any case, this probably explains why the PV features good looking actors/actresses in a story-like setting. Even if this kind of PV isn’t your thing, listening to the song alone makes it worth the watch.

Oh yeah, Omni said the main girl, played by Fukunaga Marika (福永 マリカ), is pretty cute. Personally, I’m edging towards Kitade Naho (北出 菜穂) but only after seeing her profile shot. Enjoy~

NICO Touches the Walls – Hologram PV (FMA: Brotherhood OP2)

 

The current Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood opening song is performed by a group called NICO Touches the Walls that I wasn’t familiar prior to this, but apparently they had sung an ending song for Naruto last year. Regardless, I took an immediate liking to Hologram back when I first heard it in the commercial that aired for the current FMA story arc, and over a month later, I still like it, especially the way the song starts. It’s worth noting though that I’ve been listening to the new ending song LET IT OUT a lot more and am interested in the PV for that too after seeing a commercial for it during last night’s episode of FMA. In any case, despite the catchy song, the PV for Hologram is rather bland. It has a lot of colors and semi-flashy effects, but the video mainly just shows the band standing around and playing the song. It’s not worth watching more than once or twice.

The single for Hologram is due out August 12th, 2009.

the HIATUS – Ghost In The Rain PV

 

If you haven’t heard of ELLEGARDEN or Hosomi Takeshi, watch the above video first before reading the rest of this. Having not heard of any of those before now, my first reaction to it was that it was surprisingly good English from a Japanese band (and it reminded me of how I recently found out that Mizushima Hiro also speaks good English). You probably could have fooled me into thinking that this was any random American group, and only after looking them up did I realize that the HIATUS is a Japanese group led by former ELLEGARDEN vocalist Hosomi Takeshi. I’m not writing about it just because it features good English though – it’s a very catchy rock song too, and I love the way the song starts and the chorus. The PV was interesting to watch as well, if a bit abstract with that man made of rock. It’s pretty good stuff overall, and I’ll have to pay more attention to Hosomi Takeshi’s music from now on.

The album Trash We’d Love that Ghost In The Rain came out on was released a couple of weeks ago.

May’n – Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (Shangri-la OP)

 

I know I’ve been posting a lot of PVs lately, but there have just been a lot of good songs and videos that have gotten my interest. May’n’s latest falls into the former category. You may remember that I wasn’t too keen about Shangri-la as a series, however one of the bright spots was the May’n opening song. It’s very catchy, and May’n shows off more of the vocal talents that we heard in Macross Frontier. The title also has some interesting background to it because it’s based on an old poem of the same name by Yosano Akiko. The PV, unfortunately, isn’t that great since it just has May’n singing and dancing, and there’s not a lot of variety in camera shots. I realize of course that I’ve been spoiled by some good videos lately, so your mileage may vary. In fact, when Divine saw the video, he mentioned that he was content with just watching May’n dancing in that outfit for four minutes. In any case, I love the song, but the PV not so much, and I’m still not that inclined to find the time to watch Shangri-la.

The single for Kimi Shinitamou koto nakare is already out.

MONKEY MAJIK – Aishiteru PV

 

A commenter on the Negai post last week reminded me of some of the past groups I’ve posted about, and one of those groups put out a really good song recently. MONKEY MAJIK is a band that I talked about a few years ago but haven’t been paying attention to for a while. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, they’re a group led by a pair of Canadian brothers who speak Japanese. Aishiteru is the aptly-titled theme song they perform for the NTV drama Aishiteru (which incidentally I hear is quite good). It’s a really nice love song that, like their others, is a mix of English and Japanese. The PV was very interesting to watch too because it’s a combination of papercraft-esque animation with ragdoll characters and real life. I’m not sure I completely understand it, but it appears to tell the story of a guy in love who falls out of heaven, gets eaten by a fish, and the girl saves him in the fish market. I know it sounds like of stupid, but I thought it was worth the watch and definitely the listen. I’m even curious about the drama now.

The single for Aishiteru is due out June 10th, 2009.

Sambomaster – Kimi wo Mamotte, Kimi wo Aishite PV (Bleach ED19)

 

You might have noticed that I had been really looking forward to the Shoujo S PV since it’s such a good song, but the Sambomaster ED to Bleach isn’t bad either. I’ve been listening to the band’s songs on and off for the past four years ever since I first heard them when they did the Densha Otoko ending theme, and usually I find myself listening to the Bleach OP and ED together after each week’s episode. In any case, the PV for Kimi wo Mamotte, Kimi wo Aishite was actually pretty entertaining and featured a boy protects girl type love story that fits well with the song’s lyrics. The whole carrying-the-girl-on-his-back scene was laughable because the guy has such a constipated look on his face, and the rain effects could have used some work, but overall it’s a good video, and as always, I enjoyed hearing the full version of the song.

The single for Kimi wo Mamotte, Kimi wo Aishite is due out June 10th, 2009.

SCANDAL – Shoujo S PV (Bleach OP10)

 

Having finally aired last night (thanks goes out to everyone who emailed me), SCANDAL’s Shoujo S PV turned out to be exactly what the preview indicated it’d be: girls playing guitars and singing while water is coming down everywhere. I thought the band members looked a lot better when not soaked, but the water coming down (along with some fancy camerawork) added to what otherwise might have been a more static video given how much of it is just the band singing and moving around in one spot. As it is, it turned out to be a pretty high energy PV, which is appropriate since it’s a pretty high energy song. And I enjoyed hearing the full version of it, particularly since the single isn’t going to be out for another month. It’s a shame though that the song is only a little over three minutes long, and the rest of the video shows that janitor guy while the girls laugh in the background. Anyway, it’s a fun video and worth a watch just to see the band.

The single for Shoujo S is due out June 17th, 2009.