Welp, it’s time to talk about the next batch of PVs from Morning Musume, more specifically Momusu ’14 up to Sayumi’s graduation from the group. Which means the PVs that I’ll talk about are: Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe, Password is 0, TIKI BUN, Shabadabadoo~, and Mikaeri Bijin so let’s get started ok?
Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
The Song: Continuing through 2014, we’ve come to the announcement that Tsunku had throat cancer and was going through treathment. So when this song came out, it struck a lot of fans deep with its meaning and the sound of it all. I definitely was one of those that love this song so it’s just now wondering what kind of PV we got!
What Genre is it?: A mix between EDM and a ballad.
The Premise: None
The Setting: Mostly green screen, but the fact that it has a celestial look to it makes it worthwhile, I mean it’s not as impressive as “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa” was, but it’s definitely pretty to look at. The solo shots are basic white background with some effects going on. Simple set I’d say.
The Outfits: Pretty blue dresses (all in Ayumi’s color xD). They fit the PV and it looks nice on everyone.
The Choreography: At first, I thought the dance was a bit too jumpy and the formation was not fitting such a song, but after a while I got used to it and like the more slower sections. Plus their doing the dance barefoot so it seemed to be more personal of a dance. I still don’t like the chorus section, but what can I say lol.
PV as a whole: Definitely ranks as the prettiest video to be released that year actually. I feel as if the space theme worked overall and the group taking a more lighter route with the song itself just made me feel so happy to listen and watch the video. Probably one of the best of Sayu’s leadership.
Password is 0
The Song: As the sister A-side to “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe”, Password is 0 is the more energetic of the two and had a really repetitive hook to it which is probably why I remember it more than other songs hahah. It was also used as a tie-in to cellphones and there was even a version featuring Morisanchuu. It’s a really interesting song.
What Genre is it?: Fast-paced EDM
The Premise: None to be found
The Setting: Sadly, the PV setting is just a typical stage setting, not much to it really unfortunately. Even the solo shots are just shot in front the black walls (though there are some shots where they are in front of something?) I really couldn’t tell what it was though.
The Outfits: I guess to contrast the previous PV’s blue dresses, Password is 0’s are red tops and shorts. I love the opposite colors though and it’s more chic than Toki’s at least. Still a bit simple and I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a second outfit.
The Choreography: Even with the PV being a glorified dance-shot, the dance was going to be the more important factor. It looks rather difficult especially since they try to make 0s with two people in midair…It’s a pretty good dance though and the energy from the group altogether shows well here.
PV as a whole: While not as pretty as Toki nor as in depth like previous singles, Password is 0 is an OK video despite being a glorified dance-shot. There were a lot of cool shots though and the electronic writing of words on-screen is pretty cool too. I might not be as interested in the song, but the video was nice.
The Song: So we’re finally onto Sayumi’s final single with the group and strangely enough this is the only song on the single to include all 10 members together. There’s not much to say besides it has the same repetitive aspect that “Password is 0” had which is strange to me.
The Premise: None
The Setting: An auditorium? Even the solo shots are seemingly placed somewhere in there. Not exactly the most exciting, but at least it’s not a stage set.
The Outfits: Well, I can say that I do love the mix of black/white/red on their outfits, I think it’s the red scarves that kind of bother me (although they use it in their dance). Without it, it looks fine, but I feel like the scarves get in the way sometimes.
The Choreography: To be honest, I thought the dance in the PV was just as repetitive as the song was. I mean the verses had a lot of that DJ-esque movement going on and the chorus with the step forward, lean side to side was kind of bleh too. Not a lot of elements that I liked about the dance really…probably my least favorite of the formation dances to be honest.
PV as a whole: It’s strange to think that I didn’t care for TIKI BUN, but I really didn’t. It felt like it was just a throwaway song to have the 10 of them together on at least one track as the rest was split. I don’t know, but I just didn’t care for this one in particular.
The Song: As I’ve said above, “TIKI BUN” is the lone track with all members, the next track from the single is a Sayumi solo, Shabadabadoo~. It’s a tune that really encompasses what Sayu was all about in Momusu and sung by her too (with two short moments with Mizuki and Haruna (the sub-leaders at the time). It was no surprise this song would be cute as a button though.
The Premise: None
The Setting: With all that pink, it was hard to focus what was going on! There was one set where she’s performing on a stage, but most of it is her in front of some pink background with her standing or sitting.
The Outfits: Sayumi actually had two different dresses on in this PV. One was a Red & Yellow dress (Yellow polkadots included) and the other was a more poofier light pink dress. Though the latter dress looks similar to the one she wore in “Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game” which would be pretty cool if it was the same one.
The Choreography: There’s not a lot of difficult choreography here, just some simple steps and arm movements from Sayu. It still shows how cute she can get in one PV so there’s a lot of facial expressions here.
PV as a whole: As the farewell song from Sayumi, Shabadabadoo~ is really a nice song to say goodbye with. She explains herself and what she wants to do after Momusu in a rather adorable way. The song itself isn’t too bad and probably the best Sayumi has ever sounded (her other solo song is rather ugh). Nice song overall.
The Song: The 3rd A-side, Mikaeri Bijin is sung only by the 9th, 10th, and 11th Gen of the group and is the group saying goodbye to Sayumi which is something that hasn’t really been done! Also, a song that was done by an Enka artist and not Tsunku (as he was still dealing with the cancer thing).
What Genre is it?: As much as they want to say it’s Enka…it sounds more like a general ballad to me.
The Premise: After who knows how long, we finally get somewhat of a premise here. As barebones as it is, Sayumi is getting ready to leave and she’s written notes to the remaining members, she exits the house and the girls read (and some cry) to which Sayumi turns around one more time and then walks away. Pretty simple, but shows how much she loved the group.
The Setting: Inside a house, simple place and once again not at a stage set thank god!
The Outfits: Let’s start with Sayumi who had a much nicer outfit being a traditional red kimono. She looked so beautiful in that and very nice! However, I wasn’t so sure about the rest of the group. The had on blue, purple, & green tops with a yellow skirt. I really wasn’t sure what they were trying to pull with such odd color choices, but it’s not the worst they had.
The Choreography: Let’s get things out of the way, Sayumi didn’t dance. The rest of the group though does dance which is once again odd in a ballad setting, but this doesn’t seem to focus too much on formations. Simple and flowing like it should be hahah.
PV as a whole: This was a perfect sendoff for Sayumi. It was nice to see the girls react to her leaving letters for them. It’s just a feel-good and slightly bittersweet. The song was just as much too, giving us a nice ballad for once. Definitely one of my favorites!