JKT48 recently released a CM for the popular drink “Pocari Sweat”. This in itself is pretty significant seeing as it’s one of the first things of note that the group has done since they were formed. The video shows the girls frolicking on a sunny beach where they paint a beach house and perform what is arguably AKB48’s most famous song “Heavy Rotation”.
Now, those are some pretty big shoes to fill as I’m sure you’ll all agree. I don’t think any of us expected them to be performing such an important song right off the bat; the real question is how well did they pull it off?
The accents are certainly a bit jarring at first, especially if you’re used to hearing how the original is sung. The fact that they’re singing in Japanese plays a pretty big part in that though so it’s hard to be too critical. After having listened to it a few times I have to say I think they did a pretty good job. It obviously wasn’t going to be exactly the same as the AKB version that we all know and love but credit where credit is due. It will certainly be interesting to hear how they do when they get some songs of their own to perform.
From what little we see of the dance it’s hard to tell just how good the girls actually are. It didn’t appear to be overly impressive but you can’t really judge these things going off of a thirty second CM where the dance shots took up maybe a third of that or less. The jury is still out but I think it’s safe to assume that these girls wouldn’t have passed the auditions if they weren’t talented singers and dancers.
I wouldn’t say that this CM has made me any more interested in JKT48 but they’re off to a good start. Management obviously has a lot of faith in them if they gave them Heavy Rotation right from the get-go so I have faith that they’ll do well for themselves.
What about you guys? How do you think JKT did with the song? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.