HIMEKA – Asu he no Kizuna PV (Valkyria Chronicles OP)


Asu he no Kizuna is one of those songs that I knew I’d like as soon as I heard it, and I’ve been enjoying the full version of it quite a bit recently. As I mentioned a week ago, I had seen a commercial for single and had been very interested in the PV, but the reason for that was because of the way HIMEKA had been dressed up. It was, to put it delicately, not the most flattering. In fact, I found the actual PV kind of difficult to watch because the outfit and the excessive make-up was very distracting, especially since this is one of those videos that focuses a lot on the singer. It feels like they’re trying too hard to market her as a classically beautiful idol, and that just doesn’t suit her. There’s just so much more they could do with someone who has a background like hers (her real name is Catherine St. Onge, and she’s French Canadian) and has such a great voice. Anyway, to its credit, the video isn’t entirely made up of shots of her and mixes things up a bit with that little boy and the painting. Plus, as I said, I still really like the song itself, and that alone made the PV worth a watch.

The single for Asu he no Kizuna is due out May 27th, 2009. You can also keep track of what HIMEKA is up to via her blog which is written in English, Japanese, and sometimes French.

Edit: I’ve re-encoded and re-uploaded the PV so that the audio and video are in sync.

A Couple of All-Nighters Later…

  • Exam week is finally over, so I’m in full catch-up mode now since there’s a lot I missed this weekend.
  • In fact, I should (*fingers crossed*) have a decent amount of free time in the next couple of weeks, and I’m looking to do some improvements to the site. Don’t be surprised if you see a maintenance message up soon.
  • I’ve been listening to the full version of the Valkyria OP, HIMEKA’s Asu he no Kizuna, and it’s pretty good. And after seeing the commercial for it, I’m curious to see what the PV for the song will be llike.
  • For anyone wondering, the above image was taken by Trillian during Hanami a few weeks ago. Here’s another pretty one.