‘Kaze wa Fuiteiru’ Covers Revealed

AKB’s upcoming single ‘Kaze wa Fuiteiru’ has revealed their three covers and they’re quite different from anything they’ve done before.




As far as I know, this is the first AKB cover to incorporate a nature element. Similar to those of ‘Beginner’, these look like shots from a high-quality fashion magazine photoshoot; But unlike Beginner which had bold saturated colors, the ‘Kaze wa Fuiteiru’ covers are very muted and limited in their palette. It really illustrates a melancholy and serious atmosphere, something you just don’t expect from idols these days.

It’s clear from the clothes they’re wearing, to the title and photo treatment, that there was a strong art and design team behind it. And while I’m not a huge fan of the woodsy hippie-chic fashion, the photos are so well done I can overlook it. I think these could be one of the best representations of a single I’ve seen from an idol cover; I hear the song creeping up every time I stare at them.

It’s pretty hard to pick a favorite right now, but I’ll go with cover A. As much as I love the members in cover B(maybe even more than those in cover A), I like the expressions and composition on cover A more. The theater version is louder in concept, but a tired cliche—it still looks very nice though. What do you guys think?


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  1. Wow. All these look really good. Can’t choose a favorite at the moment, probably A or B. I do like the Theater version but I think the A and B look more colorful…a bit obvious considering A and B looks more forest like whereas the Theater version has clouds (or the sea maybe, I can’t tell). Maybe drifting towards A because the places everyone is seated as opposed to B where everyone is kind of all sat next to each other. Also in B Mayu and Kashiwagi are wearing pretty similar outfits where in A everyone looks kind of unique (, Takahashi looks cool). I hope I am able to buy this when it it released. Keep listening to the song over and over and am liking it more and more.

  2. This song was sooo catchy! I absolutely lubit~ I would surely go for cover B.

  3. What can I say, I loving the song and now, for the first time ever I like every single cover, that’s really never happened before, and Yuki gets to be center of Type B! and look amazing doing it, like the best I’ve ever seen her amazing (honorable mention to Mayu too btw)

    but then that’s at theme too, all the girls look fantastic, like super fantastic, you usually get a few that are kinda off but not in these

    loving the promo shot too

    this is a great picture the girls all lood good and I love the smoke/mist effect, kinda a shame thed didnt use this as a cover almost……

  4. Man, I want a bigger promo shot for my wallpaper. It looks so damn good!! >.<

  5. I’ve never really been one to care too much about covers but I guess I like Type B the most simply because Kashiwagi and Mayu are on it. Not really a fan of the “woodsy hippie-chic fashion” either but I guess it’s popular fashion right now or something so sure, why not use it on your single covers.

  6. Woah, that’s a very different look. Almost tree huger-esque. I like it because its different from what we’re used to seeing, but I think that’s about as far as it goes. I guess I prefer a more classical AKB class picture setup.

    I don’t like the look, simply because its not my thing. Not fond of anyone’s hair either.. and Tomochin doesn’t really seem to have a much different hair style as she normally does. While everyone else seems to have a hair style created solely for the look of the shoot.

  7. I just looked at the covers again just now, and all of a sudden I see them as vampires in Twilight.

    … I dunno.

    • It’s because of the muted colors. It makes them pale and gangly like everyone in Twilight…

      Anyway, I love these covers but then again I always love AKB covers. If I had to choose, I would go with B because I like Takamina’s glare towards the camera.

      But I just wish they made covers with all the senbatsu so I didn’t have to pick and choose covers based on members each single…

    • That’s exactly what I thought too.. felt twilight, but didn’t want to say it because mentioning twilight is a sin.

  8. Muted colors. Natural or Nature backdrop. Delicate fabrics and accents. Diffused expression.

    Type A has Yuko, Tomomi, and Atsuko sitting atop raised earth at different elevations and Type B has Mayu, Yuki, and Minami sitting across a common ground, both hint at an expanse of untouched and fertile land surrounding them. Unlike Type A and B, the Theatre version is a medium shot of Yuko, Minami, and Atsuko and literally reposeful against a skyward backdrop.

    All three covers are great, and as I understand it – the song addresses the continuing struggle to survive from any loss. Type A speaks to me on a darker vein as if this image was staged later on the day, with skies clouding darkly, facing away from the light or more obvious, hidden by the tree behind them.
    “Darker days linger, control your breath and focus.”

    Where Type A is shot darker, Type B strikes the light. All three figures crane and face the viewer, basked in cloudless illumination.
    “Rise and stand proud, brighter days are yours.

    The Theatre cover is far more muted than the previous two; No earth to ground them and their eyes closed in serenity. The viewer will be challenged: are their eyes shut in prayer for the dead (or dying) or are they shut because they are the dead (or have died).

    Overall, I’d favor Type A, Theatre, and Type B respectively.

    Against the theme of the single, what I find missing from their outfits are scabbards, quivers, sheathes, and satchels.

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