Absence of Jurina Matsui: AKB48 Releases the Unfinished MV for “Sentimental Train”
On September 13, 2018, the MV for AKB48‘s 53rd single “Sentimental Train” was released.
“Sentimental Train” is the title song of the single performed by the senbatsu members who were chosen at the World Senbatsu General Election back in June. Jurina Matsui was crowned the winner, but due to poor health condition was forced to go on a long break to recover. As she was unable to participate in the filming, her parts in the MV were replaced by storyboard sketches and CG animation. As a result, the newly released MV is said to be incomplete.
Jurina’s scenes in the storyboard were drawn by manga artist Takako Shimura, known for her works “Sweet Blue Flowers” and “Wandering Son”. She drew the changing expressions across Jurina’s face with a delicate touch.
The MV contains a single cut of Jurina taken from the MV for “Sakura no Ki ni Narou”, from AKB48’s 20th single released in 2011.
The drama and dance scenes for “Sentimental Train” are based in the setting of a women’s University with attached girls’ high school. The motif of the novel “Kaze no Matasaburou” of Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, Jurina’s role is a transfer student, who comes and goes like the wind and leaving sentimental exchanges in her wake.
The later part of the drama scenes features Jurina (appearing in storyboard form) meeting SKE48’s Akari Suda and HK48’s Sakura Miyawaki, who took second and third place respectively in the election. As they talk to each other Jurina wonders if she should be there. Suda says “I’d be sad, and lonely if you were to leave”, to which Jurina replies: “Then I’ll come back someday.” “You’d better, or I’ll be mad,” Suda says with a smile. In the other scene, Miyawaki promises: “I’ll be waiting for you.” The highlight of the scenes is the two girls’ natural expressions.
Suda commented on the MV: “The drama scenes were connected to our own reality, and the words I spoke to Jurina were all ad-libed as if I was actually speaking to her. It was a completely unscripted filming, and I hope everyone can feel the real us.”
A complete version with additional filming and re-editing has been scheduled for when Jurina returns. Each CD purchase comes with a serial number that gives access to the complete MV when it is released.
Together with the MV, the jacket and artist photos for “Sentimental Train” were released. The Type A limited edition features a jacket without any members, an unprecedented move in AKB48’s history. Showing only a blue sky reflected on a mirror, it will feature Jurina upon her return in a revised edition.
Included Members: World Senbatsu Members
The dance scenes
The drama scenes
The film scenes
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