On today’s post, we’ll talk about the 3rd wave of SATOYAMA (surprise like the previous one, this one also didn’t get too much hype around it besides that a lot of this was interesting because most of the units in this batch had new members that haven’t had a a chance to tackle it. Shall we take a look?
Sato no Akari – Aa, Subarashiki Hibi yo
L to R: Masaki Sato, Rina Katsuta, Akari Uemura
The first up, we have Sato no Akari (which combines their names into it). While I don’t think any of them are the focus in their groups (especially in the case for Rinapuu & Aarii as they don’t have many lines in comparison of the other girls in their respective groups). Their song, Aa, Subarashiki Hibi yo is a cutesy poppy song which I mean is OK, but nothing terribly memorable to me!
Personally, I have not really watched the full PVs of any of the 3 songs so this is a new experience. I mean for what it’s worth the PV is cute to watch but damn is it a bit lifeliss otherwise beyond the solos shots of the trio. I mean they are having tea together which is cute, but that’s about it…
Triplet – Dream Last Train
L to R: Chisato Okai, Haruka Kudo, Sayuki Takagi
Next up is a grouping that I was really excited to hear from! I mean besides the fact they have the more scruffier vocals within H!P, I was hoping they’d get a pretty cool track and to be honest, is the best one of the three groups. Dream Last Train (excuse the Engrish-y title) is a pop/rock hybrid and features Duu quite a bit.
I actually felt that there was more use with the camera than in Sato no Akari’s track that’s for sure. Most of the time it’s circling around the trio and short scenes of them running. I mean it’s a good song don’t get me wrong, but these PVs have so far been really boring to watch (at least there’s a lot of my two favorite members!
ODATOMO – Kodachi wo Nukeru Kaze no You ni
L to R: Tomoko Kanazawa, Sakura Oda
Figures they’d take the two strongest vocalists and pair them together for this unit (a combination of Tomoko and Oda XD). I mean it was a match made to happen that’s for sure. Not surprised that they were given a ballad though either since they were suited for that setting. It’s a nicely sung song and definitely knew it was going to be a good track for them.
Besides the blowing sand effects, this PV is just as standard as the other two tracks if not made much worse because there’s not much else to the PV except for the duo singing. Very plain!
Ranking by me: Dream Last Train >>>>>>> Kodachi wo Nukeru Kaze no You ni >>>>>>> Aa, Subarashiki Hibi yo
Overall: When it comes to the 3rd wave of SATOYAMA, I felt this set was tarnished by such plain PVs when the other waves had nice settings or something that caught my attention. I feel as if H!P lost interest fully in this set despite releasing nice songs. Plus the groups had nice combinations within (though Masaki being utilized for the third time is overkill. It’s definitely not my favorite groups, but it was nice to hear something (just wondering if 2015 is going to continue this or not).