“One day the 21st century is about to end”. Girls beam down into a future that looks minimally altered from our reality. Not to spoil the promotional video, but those girls are Star☆T sent to the future’s past to bring back hope. Sci-Fi settings aside, “Congratulation ~Kibo no Kane no Ne~”‘s main aesthetic is a series of extreme close shots of the members. The images are produced carefully with every strand of wind-blown hair rendered in detail. You will even notice at least one Star☆T girl with corrective orthodontics. The song arrangement is lined with a measure of rock instruments but is perhaps a bit too sprawling for it’s own good. Although I can admire grandiose aspirations of this release, I think I much prefer the tighter production of Omae wa dare ga sukina no?.I can’t leave without mentioning the contact lenses … this is one area where the extreme close shots did not do anyone any favors. “Congratulation ~Kibo no Kane no Ne~” has a street date of March 8, 2017.
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