Tokyo Girls’ Update Recommend: Our Favorite MVs for Songs Released August 2016
With Tokyo Idol Festival 2016 being expanded to its biggest yet, August started off with one of the hottest weekends (literally and figuratively) of the year as Odaiba was overwhelmed by idols and fans from all over the world. Thank you to everyone who came to see us! As we’re still going through the thousands of photos taken, the stream of TIF 2016 articles should come to an end before @JAM x Natalie EXPO at the end of September (we hope).
August also saw the departures of Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48), Aya Shibata (SKE48), and Ami Maeda (AKB48) and the sudden withdrawal of Monami Noguchi who had just joined GEM at the end of June. Buono! had their first Budokan live but shortly before that ℃-ute announced that they will be disbanding in 2017. There was a barrage of releases from the “48/46 groups” leading the way in a tidal wave of music. Combined with the heat and humidity, it was an overwhelming month and we might still be recovering from the effects of “summer fatigue“ (夏バテ, natsubate). Our apologies for leaving out the honorable mentions for August as a result.
Here are 9 of our favorite MVs for songs released in August of 2016 listed in chronological order according to their release date.
NMB48 – “Boku wa Inai” (release date: August 3)
NMB48 went all out in Miyuki Watanabe’s last single, flying her and the rest of the senbatsu members to Thailand to film an eerie yet beautiful MV for her first song as the sole center member. Thankfully even if AKB48 seems to have given up on summer swimsuit MVs, NMB48 always comes through, this time with the dance version of “Boku wa Inai”! Other “Mirukii” highlights include “Ima Naraba”, a duet with her longtime partner in the spotlight Sayaka Yamamoto, who also composed the music and her frustrating adventures in corporate Japan with “Moso Machine 3-Gouki”.
NMB48 Official site: http://www.nmb48.com/
Team Syachihoko – “ULTRA Cho MIRACLE SUPER VERY POWER BALL” (release date: August 3)
Teleported into a mysterious golden box, the members of Team Syachihoko overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to collect their “Syachi balls” and call forth ancient powers in the headbanging madness of “ULTRA Cho MIRACLE SUPER VERY POWER BALL”. In addition to some outlandish situations, there’s a stinging jab right in the feels when currently inactive member Yuzu Ando’s pink Power Ball floats in to save the day!
Team Syachihoko Official site: https://team-syachihoko.jp/
Akishibu project – “Setsunatsuri” (release date: August 9)
Akishibu project has had a very productive 2016 so far; selling out Akasaka BLITZ in March, showing off their unbelievable jump in power during their tour finale and performing in Hong Kong for the first time in June, and stepping up to Zepp Diver City in August. While “Summer☆Summer” does have twice as many views at the moment, there’s something magical about a MV set at a Shinto shrine with the members in kimono, no?
Akishibu project Official site: http://akishibup.net/
KOTO – “Budou Yuugi” (release date: August 9)
One of the most dynamic soloists of the independent idol scene, KOTO uses her strength, cunning, and speed to defeat a series of villains in the search for her stolen katana. A big change from her earlier retro-styled MVs, “Budou Yuugi” is pretty cinematic in comparison. Hopefully, this is a sign of bigger things to come since her move to Hako Records? Even though her live performances already do most of the speaking for her, higher production value is a definite power-up for KOTO!
KOTO Official site: http://kotora.tokyo/
Keyakizaka46 – “Sekai ni wa Ai Shika nai” (release date: August 10)
There was huge temptation to pick “Kataru nara Mirai wo…” as it checked a lot of the boxes which made “Silent Majority” one of the songs of 2016 but Keyakizaka46 definitely took a step up as they flew to Hokkaido to film the MV for “Sekai ni wa Ai Shika nai”. Combining their powerful choreography with spoken word sections, Keyakizaka46’s gamble paid off as they continued to build upon their breakthrough success with another #1 ranking on the Oricon charts.
Keyakizaka46 Official site: http://www.keyakizaka46.com/
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