The 53rd AKB48 single gets a promotional video, and it’s a 10 minute extended form visual. Around two minutes in, the yellow clad AKB48 senbatsu girls shake their stuff in a round room with light streaming through rounded windows. The drama puts the girls in school participating in club activities. Astronomy club get their globes a whirl while other girls take a stroll through the thick bamboo forest. Interactions with center Matsui Jurina get reduced to sketches as though she were otherworldly. Things are even stranger when title cards of Jurina’s story-boarded self-appear in dance shots with descriptions of her choreographed positions. “Sentimental Train” plays mid-tempo pop with which AKB48 get an arm swinging, hip swaying dance to go along with the heavy strings of the chorus. Of course, “Sentimental Train” is shot cinematically with the camera moving smoothly through the dance formations and capturing the light of each scene beautifully. You can buy “Sentimental Train when it hits stores on September 9, 2018.
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