The 50th single release from AKB48 marks Watanabe Mayu’s final moments with the group, and as such we get a promotional that, at least in the first 45 seconds, looks a lot like a Mayuyu solo video. And, with the joy on her face in those moments, I’m satisfied with the respect paid to her. Red anklet in the center screen, Mayu cavorts on school desks (in reverse) and among tropical fronds before the group takes over hula-hooping literal rainbows like fairies on the sand dunes. As Mayu paints herself out of the picture and the group dance with red umbrellas as their partners, I’m left thinking that this is the kind of fun and sweet idol music that wins me instantly. You can buy “11gatsu no Anklet” when it hits record stores on November 22, 2017.
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