“Banzai Venus”: Infectious Parade

The PV for Banzai Venus has arrived and it’s hard to ignore:

A virus has taken over the town; an inexplicable, contagious disease taking the physical form of SKE48, transforming normal citizens into a mass frenzy of synchronized dance.

The entire PV looks like an exercise in expert execution and sharp coordination. Though it lacks some of the raw kinetic energy and variety from ‘1, 2, 3, 4, Yoroshiku!’s PV, it makes up for some of it with simplistic charm and striking visuals. More screentime for Ishida Anna is always welcome, and you can see that Kimoto Kanon, the face of the new Team E, has made it into senbatsu.

The intro of this PV is what sold me. It was a brilliant way to build up excitement and anticipation in such a short time; a way to reward the viewer and say “you’re not wasting your time watching this video”. The energy dies down a little afterward, but when the dance shot and chorus explode on screen with several hundred people in the background jumping in synchrony, it’s a sight to behold.

Because of the visual similarities, I’m a little torn between Yoroshiku and Banzai Venus. Banzai definitely wins in the crowd category, besting Yoroshiku’s dance shots, but Yoroshiku clearly wins in variety, creative shots, and dynamic. At this point I’m enjoying both PVs, so it’s hard to say that there’s a clear winner. Though if push came to shove, I would have to say Banzai Venus falls just a little short.

I would say the music parallels this comparison as well; Banzai Venus has a much more simplistic approach in composition, with just enough diversity and quirk to keep it from becoming tiresome. It relies on its infectiously catchy chorus to carry the song. Yoroshiku has more complexity in sound and composition, breaking up the song in more creative and diverse ways that make for a more interesting song.

But these are just nitpicks; in a larger perspective, they are both elite PVs, continuing to prove themselves as a top-tier idol group in both content and sales.

‘Banzai Venus’
Releases March 9th, 2011


About Dae Lee

-Dae, aka Mizu -Writer, broadcaster, and podcaster on New School Kaidan

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  1. It’s hard not to like SKE48 when they put out PVs like this.

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