As much of a giant Hello!Project fangirl as I am, there’s no denying that I love J-Pop on the whole and listen to a multitude of artists and groups. So when people tell me that they found this amazing new group that performed the Bodacious Space Pirates anime theme, called Momoiro Clover Z, I laugh a little inside. Cause I knew them back when they were just Momoiro Clover, had six members, and sang a cute little song called Pinky Jones. But ever since their most epic-sounding song, Mugen no Ai, they have reached a more international audience.
Today, we’re going to look the two major songs on their latest single, Otome Sensou, and figure out whether this group can keep up their Oricon chart topping hits or if its as good as it gets.
So, here’s the two music videos, very kindly subbed by ospe7777. The first is Otome Sensou and the one underneath is Push. (Be sure to turn on captions!)
So let’s start with Otome Sensou. I’m just going to be very clear and echo what a lot of other critics said about this song, which boils down to “What the fuck am I listening to?” The lyrics are really weird, and I can’t tell what they are about. It has something to do with being a super hero, I think, but then they refer Ellington and Dillinger? What is this song supposed to be? And also the chorus must be somewhere in here but good luck trying to find it! The melody is simple and weak, and it just feelings like the whole song is lost in some sort of tangle of words or beat.
And worst of all, the singers just don’t have the same level of energy and power to their voices like with a lot of their other songs. Usually, their stuff is a little silly but they sing it with such energy and charm that you can’t really help but love it. I’m sorry to say it, but this song seems like they were just sort of phoning in the vocal performances. What really would have sold this song would have been their typical adorablness and the excitement they are able to transmit, but sadly all I felt was bored and confused.
The video itself is actually pretty cool, I have to say. The video revolves around the five girls running around a school in senshi-mecha battle armor, which is badass as hell, and shooting guns and firing a rocket launcher. Despite the silly, nonsensical nature of the song itself, the video really gives the video a sense of power and action which the song fails to deliver. The design of the video is simple, but effective, really showcasing the artists rather than having a hectic plot or background, something that would have made this unorganized song unbearable. The best part though, hands down, is the costuming and posing. I always love what their costume designer comes up with, because they are always fun, stylish, and aesthetically perfect for every video.
Push has the exact opposite problem. The lyrics are a wee bit generic, but the way they are sung has such energy and joy that it’s impossible not to get into it. The melody isn’t super complex either but it works for such an simple message-song about doing your best and really pushing forward as hard as you can. The costumes are a little plain, but they are cute, and works with the image of the group and the cheering-mood of the song. And honestly, if they had stuck with this motif from the get-go, we’d be fine. But no. Someone decided the sillyness needed to upped a notch.
Instead the video is an absolute wreck of wreck. I wouldn’t have minded a stadium themed, training montage, much like they did with D’Junjo (except with ninjas) but then they have them dressing up in bulky, fake greek costumes. I understand the whole Greek-olympic connection but you couldn’t just give them some togas and olive wreaths? I know they like to go for silly but this was just too ugly to look at sometimes, since it was so super bulky and fake that it was off-putting. And what in God’s name did they put on their noses? If you were going to make them have a “button”, why their noses? WHY A PEACH? WHO CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
Overall, this is single is a mixed bag, leaning more towards meh rather than bad. It’s so sad to see such a good group, whose produced such amazing hits, come out with a less-than-average single. Hopefully, lessons have been learned, and mistakes will be corrected next time around.
Otome Sensou Rating:
Oh yeah, before I forget, this isn’t a double-sided single, it’s a triple sided. The third song is Mite Mite☆Kocchicchi is going to be Pokemon: Best Wishes 4th ending theme. You can find a version with the little pokemon (it’s a new one, I stopped learning them after 151) doing the dance for the ending theme. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll want to see the artists dancing to the song…in pokemon costumes. The adorable-genki factor is at the max here, so enjoy!