my favorite akb48 pv is probably ‘keibetsu shiteita aijou’.
the atmosphere is well established and the color palate is beautiful. the floaty camera movements and quick cuts are disorienting and off-kilter, supplementing the content of the song. i’m not a fan of the ‘synthesizer keyboard sound’ that so many idol songs rely on, but in this song it’s just subtle enough that it doesn’t come off as distracting; the small addition of an acoustic guitar playing along with it makes a big difference. you can tell everything was thoughtfully composed and edited. the end is absolutely haunting.
this PV was a trigger that started my interest in them; it was something i wasn’t expecting from an idol group. they’ve done plenty of surprising things since then.