‘Seishun no Serenade’: More like ‘Seishun no Downgrade’, amirite?

Mano Erina’s new single “Seishun no Serenade” and its PV released on January 26. Her last single, “Genkimono de Iko!”, was one of her strongest releases and I was hoping it set her up for better songs, but it seems that wasn’t the case.

It’s another underdeveloped, album-filler type song typical of most of Mano Erina’s discography. Her voice is nice, but as I’ve always said, it’s so soft and lacking in power that she could never carry a song by herself without hefty instrumentals, which most of her songs also lack. Anyone who isn’t completely taken in by her charming looks or isn’t a H!P fan would be hard-pressed to find a reason to follow her.

A few good points: I like the costumes a lot, despite it looking Tetsuya Nomura-ish. It could use less zippers, but overall, they’re pretty clean and interesting to look at. Seeing Mano in a vibrant red pushes her into the front more, rather than blending into the background(which she’s rather good at), and the kitschy 3D words that shoot out from the screen actually add some charm to the video. There’s some odd disconnect between the futuristic, final fantasy-esque outfits and the school classroom setting, and throwing in a grainy “old film” filter over parts of the video seems like an arbitrary addition, but overall it was able to keep my attention a lot better than Buono’s releases of 2011.

More “Genkimono” please.

‘Seishun no Serenade’
Mano Erina
Releases January 26th, 2011

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