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New PV Alert: Dream Ami – Good Goodbye

Time to get the good times started with the new promotional video from Dream Ami. The midtempo pop number accompanies its boppity beats with some rakish guitar sounds that impart a vintage feel to the production of “Good Goodbye”. Regardless of the title’s farewell sentiment, the song begs to stay …

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New PV Alert: Iketeru Hearts – Sparkle☆Power

Iketeru Hearts are under attack! Chased through the curved passageways of a particularly retro-futuristic residential complex, the girls evade lasers blasts until they finally make their stand with magical barriers and some flashy kicks. But, wait how did we even get here? On the outset, “Sparkle☆Power” puts the former Afilia …

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New PV Alert: Magical Punchline – Melty Kiss

Opting for a more conventional approach to their idoling, Magical Punchline brings us the promotional video to their third single release “Melty Kiss”. The girls bring out their cute side in spades for this sound stage creation that features the members dancing downstage from large, interlocking puzzle pieces painted in …

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New PV Alert: Mi☆nA – Koi no magic number

Third in their string of rapid promotional video releases, “Koi no magic number (恋のマジックナンバー)” finds Miho and Sena working at a cafe slinging cappuccinos across the table. The lightly funky dance number does enough to put a boogie in my step as the girls cutely sing into their prop microphones. …

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New PV Alert: ASTROMATE – Brilliant World

New entrants to the New PV Alerts, today we have ASTROMATE with their new song “Brilliant World”. The group brings a rock sound underscored by the kind of synthesizer twitch that should be familiar to those following the alt-idol scene. “Brilliant World” cuts to a few brilliant breakdowns and tempo …

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New PV Alert: Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Donten

Perhaps a bit long time in coming we have the great album track from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku. Right from the tempo establishing stick clicks “Donten (曇天)” is unexpectedly “un-idol” in its sound: a band arrangement that straddles between indie rock and pop in the best way possible. Guitars fuzz and …

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New PV Alert: IZ*ONE – Suki to Iwasetai

The final product from Produce48, IZ*ONE, is set for their Japanese invasion (or re-importation?) with their new promotional video and debut release “Suki to Iwasetai (好きと言わせたい)”. The Korean/Japanese supergroup get their choreography under under an unbelievably gorgeous sky on a painted blacktop. The colors are everywhere: on the chalked asphalt, …

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New PV Alert: NMB48 – Tokonoma seiza musume

Here with their 20th release, NMB48 get up to the bar with their first offering sans Yamamoto Sayaka. “Tokonoma seiza musume (床の間正座娘)” puts the girls under laser lights for a eurobeat influenced arrangement complete with an infectious line dance. The “Uh, Ha!” chants seem tailor-made for fan participation, and I …

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New PV Alert: Juice=Juice – Solitary

“Potsuri to (ポツリと, Solitary)”, the emotional second side of Juice=Juice’s triple A-side release, finds the girls exploring loneliness. A monochromatic look seeps into the both the sets and the outfits perhaps to underscore the sentiment of the song. Songwriter/Composer Nakajima Takui expresses the loneliness with long lines with nary a …

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New PV Alert: Itano Tomomi – Suki. to Iukoto

The latest single from former AKB48 member Itano Tomomi finds the former idol in a scene of domesticity in “Suki. to Iukoto (すき。ということ). The 11th Tomochin single has our girl living in bliss with her boy in comfortable beachside residence. The couple brush their teeth together, prepare breakfast together, embark …

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