Tokyo Girls’ Update Recommend: Our Favorite MVs for Songs Released February 2016
While 2015 seemed to be defined by big graduation announcements, with just 2 months elapsed in 2016, it seems like a possible theme for the year will be the leveling up of groups, whether in terms of performance ability or making their major label debut. Several of the groups on this list may not have the most interesting or innovative videos (although there are a lot of those too!) but, they will definitely be names to keep an eye on in the future as we move forward. There’s no doubt that graduations will continue but, we hope that they will be offset by the number of new groups or soloists experiencing great success in 2016!
Here are 11 of our favorite MVs for songs released in February of 2016 listed in chronological order according to their release date.
Juice=Juice – “Karada dake ga Otona ni Nattanjanai” (release date: February 3)
Juice=Juice continues to gain momentum, showing off their impressive dance and vocal skills as well as some amusing boxing techniques. There was also strong consideration for “Next is you!”, the song by their TV drama alter-ego group NEXT YOU, with its nostalgic sound reminiscent of older Hello! Project. Even with Tomoko Kanazawa taking things day by day due to her endometriosis and Yuka Miyazaki working through an ACL injury, Juice=Juice at less than 100% is considerably more powerful than most other girl groups active today!
Juice=Juice Official site: http://www.helloproject.com/juicejuice/
AOP (Anime O-en Project) – “Zenryoku Batan Q” (release date: February 10)
Even though we sort of overlooked their previous release “Hanamaru Pippi Wa Yoiko Dake” before our anime specialist Maririn brought our attention to the social phenomenon that is Osomatsu-san, we would not make that mistake again! On top of being the 2nd opening theme for an anime that has taken Japan by storm, the MV was filmed at a castle, has ninjas in it, and even Iyami makes an appearance! Sheeeh!
AOP (Anime O-en Project) Official site: http://aopanimelove.com/
Niji no Conquistador – “Senjo no St. Valentine” (release date: February 11)
The one Valentine’s Day song on the list has the members of “NijiCon” using some questionable fighting techniques to win the right to give their special someone handmade chocolates. You may possibly file this under “so bad that it’s funny” or “we’ll allow it because they’re cute”. What kind of shootout ends with the combatants so close to each other that they could hit their opponent with their guns? Looks like the only way to get the song is to get one of their special collab shirts at Village Vanguard or their online store because there’s a download link on the shirt.
Niji no Conquistador Official site: http://pixiv-pro.com/2zicon/
DEEP GIRL – “I kill” (release date: February 17)
Quite possibly, one of the most disturbing MVs in recent years, DEEP GIRL shows the harsh realities young women face in the MV for “I kill”. Even idols who smile brightly and perform on stage are not exempt from these pressures, as the lyrics draw from the experiences of the members of DEEP GIRL and many of their friends. Sadly, Erina announced her graduation from the group on February 28th, making it the second single where a member left the group after its release.
DEEP GIRL Official site: http://www.deep-girl.com
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