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Sick of “Last Christmas?” Our Christmas/Winter Idol MV Picks of 2014!

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Sick of “Last Christmas?” Our Christmas/Winter Idol MV Picks of 2014!

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Christmas is tomorrow and it seems like no matter where we go in Japan, the same awful Christmas songs (“Last Christmas” and “All I Want For Christmas is You” especially!) keep getting played despite how many less cliche songs get put out every holiday season. Here are our picks for Christmas 2014.

Game of Thrones jokes aside, Negicco‘s “Hikari no Spur” is a refreshing winter song with a video packed with stunning Finnish scenery and even a cameo by Santa Claus himself.

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palet‘s “SNOW DISTANCE” was written by Hiromasa Ichiji who wrote SPEED’s “White Love” (1997), one of the most famous winter love songs of all time in Japan and you can definitely feel some of the same emotions when you listen to it.

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Borrowing the familiar melody from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, GEM leaves the sparkling dance number “Star Shine Story” under the Christmas tree to keep you warm while looking amazing. The same can’t be said about that Christmas sweater that one relative made for you (and probably wants you to put on right after opening it).

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Sanmyu~‘s “Hatsu Yuki no Symphony” sounds like the soundtrack for a midday date on Christmas Eve, or maybe that’s just because that’s what the story of the video seems to be. Regardless, it has the refreshing feel of a crisp winter day when the first snow falls.

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X21‘s “X Gift” is a straightforward Christmas song talking about parties and giving gifts wrapped up in a video that looks like it came out of an anime.

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Combining several fairy tales and literary works (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Frozen) with their always amazing choreography, e-girls‘ “Mr.Snowman” should be on your playlist if things start getting lively at your Christmas party.

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With a piano melody as delicate as the first snowfall, Silent Siren‘s “Koi Yuki” is a bittersweet winter ballad that sounds like it should be in a school drama or anime as the main characters are walking slowly and looking at Christmas lights.

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Stella☆Beats gets you ready for the Christmas Party with the uptempo pop-punk of “Kono Koi wa Tomaranai“, especially if you’re the type to dance around the kitchen while cooking, like they are in the music video.

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Fukuoka’s Ryuseigun Shojo (Shooting Star Girls) heats things up with the hyper-upbeat “Meririririririri Kurisumasu!“. The warmer temperatures down south might be why they manage to be so energetic even in December, when many other groups are doing slow ballads?

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Peach sugar snow‘s “Xmas☆silent“, with its whispering, breathy vocals reminiscent of Chara, sounds like what you might want to listen to (or have sung to you) as you lay your head down for a long winter’s nap.

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While SKE48‘s “December Kangaroo” isn’t one of their strongest songs or their most amazing MV, it is the debut of Ryoha Kitagawa and Ami Miyamae as potential successors to “W Matsui” (Jurina and Rena Matsui) and it’s a cute high energy song. We only wish there was a kangaroo in the video, or at least Sae Miyazawa in a kangaroo outfit driving the bus.

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Idoling!!!‘s “Yuki Usagi” is a bouncy little tune but it seems odd that none of the members of the group are making eye contact, even when they are standing next to each other. Hopefully, things get a little more friendly in the second part of the video and everyone comes to help Ai Ookawa build her snowman. Sadly, this was to be Reia Kiyoku’s final single with the group before leaving to concentrate on her studies.

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Kai Okudara
Kai Okudara

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