First up, I do not suggest watching the above video at work, with others around, etc so don’t say I didn’t warn you. I do however suggest that you watch it before reading this post any further because otherwise nothing is going to make any sense to you. For those of you who have taken the time to watch Afilia Saga East’s PV for “La*La*La Revolution”, perhaps you already know where I’m going with this. Find out if you’re right by reading on after the break.
Before I get into my actual points, let me just give a brief background to how this post came about. I very recently started to take an interest in the maid themed idol group Afilia Saga East (click that link if you wish to know more about them) after some random searching on Google and Youtube. I ended up coming across the rather fantastic (am I right guys?) PV that you see above. However, while watching it I couldn’t help but think “Hey, isn’t this a bit too similar to NMB48’s Nagiichi PV?”. Upon closer inspection the PVs do share a fair number of similarities. Here is NMB’s “Nagiichi” PV for comparison (apologies for the annoying karaoke):
Okay so let’s get the obvious out of the way first; both are summer PVs, both feature the members of each group wearing bikinis and both are awesome. I would hope that this much we can agree on. I would also hope that after watching both PVs we can all see some similarities between two. For those of us with our heads firmly buried in the sand, allow me to point out a few of the more obvious ones.
To kick things off, see that pier in the beginning of the Afilia Saga East PV? That’s the same pier that NMB are running down in their “Nagiichi” PV. The majority of the beach shots we see in each PV? I’m not 100% certain but I would bet pizzas on that being the exact same beach. Those are the two most obvious similarities between the two PVs which I guess is to be expected since both were filmed in Okinawa. You can pretty much disregard these to some extent because really, how many piers and beaches can there be in Okinawa right?
Where things start to get a bit more interesting is that both PVs make (albeit rather brief) use of various underwater camera shots. Granted neither PV really focuses too heavily on this but I felt it was worth pointing out. Afilia Saga East’s underwater shots are by the nature of the group a lot more pervy than NMB48’s and as a result serve a rather different purpose. One could argue that this is a somewhat loose comparison but on the whole both sets of shots are pretty similar, at least in the base concept.
Both PVs also feature shots of idols being driven around in cars because why the hell not right? While this is a very flashy affair in NMB’s PV, Afilia Saga East unfortunately had to go with a much more budget option. Still, the concepts are fairly similar in that some dude is driving idols to a beach in their car and the idols are acting all flirty and fun-loving while it’s going on. I dunno man, these are a lot of similarities.
The last point I’d like us to make note of is that both PVs feature girls from each group doing random shit away from the beach. I concede that this is probably the loosest comparison that I’ve tried to make so far but when framed within the context of everything you can’t help but raise an eyebrow. Massages and lounging by the pool versus playing with a bubble gun and eating watermelon is a pretty stark difference but again, the base concept is just a bit too similar.
Now after having read all of that I’m sure many of you think I’m going to start accusing people of ripping off others’ ideas. That’s not my intention but I would like to point out that Afilia Saga East released their PV last year. Granted the PVs don’t look incredibly similar, which is completely down to production budget but it does provide some food for thought. Again, I’m not accusing anyone of anything but it is rather interesting just how similar a lot of the content in both PVs is.
So what are your thoughts? Pure coincidence or is there some borrowing of ideas going on here? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.
*Bonus* Afilia Saga East – “La*La*La Revolution ~Another Ver.~” PV