Anthony and Garry share their thoughts on a very Naruto influenced release from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku.
As if there wasn’t enough Naruto content around. Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku provided a song or the Naruto spinoff anime, “Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals”.
The PV starts off with the explanation of the “Sennen Goroshi” ninjutsu which is simply cupping your hands together and extending the index fingers. Then inserting the index fingers to an opponents anus. The PV takes place in a white room with square patterns that feature various shapes in each square. The set itself if very simple. The outfits that the girls of Ebichu wear are some shiny looking materials custom made to look like the outfits in the Naruto franchise but in a modern idol style. Nothing great but not offensive either. The choreography as always is jumpy and energetic reminiscent of Momoiro Clover Z but hey, it’s okay because Ebichu is Momoclo little sister group. The random text on the screen doesn’t really happen often enough to be offensive and gives the impression of manga fx text coming at you in 3-D. The fact that this song is tied to an anime/manga makes the text definitely bearable and isn’t out of place. The PV is decent but nothing outstanding to make it a must see.
Because it is a song tied to this anime, all of the lyrics pretty much speak to to the exploits of Rock Lee. If you have not seen any of the “Naruto” anime, Rock Lee is the hard-working ninja who is notorious for being passionate and not giving up. If you are a fan of the anime or the character, the lyrics should be right up your alley. If you aren’t, it’s quite corny and feel as if everything about the lyrics is written for the kids who watch this Rock Lee anime. This fact does not really help but it helps that Maeyamada wrote a pretty good melody to save this song. As always with Maeyamada, he writes a super high energy, up-tempo song that I’ve enjoyed. I know people who gave Momoclo flack after Momoclo’s single, “Otome Sensou” didn’t pack the usual punch which Maeyamada did not write. I was hoping that a song written by Maeyamada wouldn’t be such a straightforward anime theme song. “Go!Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee” is more his style but a very generic Maeyamada song if I’m being completely honest. Other the fact that this song is dominated by Rock Lee references, this song really doesn’t have too much charm. It is quite unfortunate for Ebichu considering how amazing and creative “Kari Keiyaku no Cinderella” was(which was oddly not written by Maeyamada Kenichi).
Overall, the PV is fine with no major flaws but no major pluses either. The song is just a true disappointment coming off of their last single which I guarantee will be in my Top 10 at the end of the year. I may have enjoyed it more if I had ties to Naruto or this Rock Lee anime.
I really don’t like this song or PV.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely fine with songs that feature as the openings or endings to anime but when you go as far as to reference said anime multiple times throughout the course of the song, my score starts to drop sharply. Not only does it come off as being incredibly cheesy but you can tell that the flow of the song is hindered by it. It’s hard to explain it without having you listen to the song but if you do, it’s painfully obvious that the song flows incredibly awkwardly.
You could argue that the song might have been terrible even without all of the Rock Lee references but this is Maeyamada Kenichi we’re talking about here. This guy has a very impressive track record when it comes to composing great, catchy songs and for some reason (I’m going with the references thing) this didn’t happen here. Granted there are some brief moments of inspiration but they’re very few and far between. Overall I’m pretty disappointed with this song, especially coming off the back of Ebichu’s last single “Kari Keiyaku no Cinderella”. Hopefully the theme of terrible anime tie-in songs doesn’t continue into future releases.
I’m not really sure what the idea behind the PV was, maybe they didn’t really have a plan other than to dress the girls up in shiny metallic looking outfits and have them dance around a very plain looking set. Throw in some close-up shots and some random ninja hand signs and that’s pretty much the entire PV. I mean come on, they could have at least dressed them up as ninjas or even Naruto characters. Maybe they couldn’t get the green light for that (not sure how considering they were allowed to reference the hell out of Rock Lee throughout the PV) but something like that would have been a lot more interesting than what we got.
Maybe I’m just spoilt from past Ebichu PVs but this one just felt so bland and I was even beginning to switch off towards the end of it. There was next to nothing for me to focus on apart from the girls (not the worst thing to focus on but come on!) and it just came off as yet another forgettable vanilla idol PV.
Overall I was left disappointed just because I know what could have been.