The 24th single from ANGERME gets an official start today with a cell phone promotional video for “Manner Mode”. New to the mix this time around are new members Kawamura Ayano and Funaki Musubu (Country Girls). Also new to Hello! Project is the “DVD/Blu Ray” single format. That’s right, “Manner Mode / Kisokutadashiku Utsukushiku / Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends” will not (well, not yet) receive a traditional CD single release. Aside from the obvious screen formatting, the promotional video features some rather off-shot footage with the girls shopping, or eating, or bowling. No connective thread puts the scenes together even though watching the girls flip through the screen like they were on chat is a little fun. “Manner Mode” plays some vamping guitar licks and rock-influenced sounds underneath vocals that are part sassy and part pleading. Will there be a more polished version of “Manner Mode” due soon? I don’t know, but more than a part of me wishes we get more than this. “Manner Mode” pre-releases digitally on November 11, 2017, and “Manner Mode / Kisokutadashiku Utsukushiku / Kimi Dake ja nai sa…friends” gets its full (DVD/Blue Ray) release on December 13, 2017.
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