It might surprise no one that just like in America, sometimes songs and groups in Japan are made for the sole purpose of advertising a new movie or show. But what might be a bit of a shocker is that in Japan, they also do it for stage-plays. Yup, they did one for their version of the Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella and now they are doing it for Cat’s Eye, a play based on the manga of the same name, about a master thief. The cast will several members from both Berryz Koubou and C-ute, a combo referred to as BerriKyuu. And since most plays rarely last 3 weeks in Japan (unlike the US or the UK where the typical stage play runs for months), the main roles will be swapped between the seven of them.
But does the song really need to exist? There was no big release for “Stacys” (a very well done play about rabid teenage girl zombies) but we’re going to give this the go ahead because…it’s based off of a manga? I don’t know, but let’s take a look!
Here’s the video, and if you’d like a transaltion, I got one thanks to RedFressias!
The lyrics match the play and the manga its based on really well not only in context but in tone. It has nothing to do with love, or boyfriends, or dancing – just a song about a kick-ass lady thief whose mysterious and dangerous. That being said, it’s not really a song that says very much – it just talks about the character and her M.O. and that’s it. Not that a promotional song needs to really have a message but it’s just…boring. Then again, the song is meant to sell the play and hash out what the story is about.
The video…I hate to say it, is lazy, lazy, lazy. You can tell that no one cared about this thing anywhere along the line in the company and really, can you blame them? This isn’t really for a CD or a single so it’s really just a throw-away track. The video is really just a dance-shot on top of a building at night. Also, random spotlights were used to make it seems like they were police helicopters following them, a la highway car chase. But the biggest problem that these lights make it hard to tell what’s going on between half the members being in darkness and the blurry bright light. Worse than lazy, it looks cheap and made as last minute as possible.
It’s a shame because the dance is actually pretty good and would be something easy to learn for all the fans – not to mention its a dance that easily adaptable for smaller groups of people. Unfortunately, the lighting makes it nearly impossible to tell what’s happened, and that’s even when the camera is holding the same position for more three seconds. Honestly, if this wasn’t a promotional single, I would love to see this version of the song on a talk show so the full thing could be taped.
The costumes are…atrocious. Not in the typical “they tried way too hard” or “it’s way too fluffy and girly” This looks more bad-decision-outfit than bad-girl-thief. The colors seem arbitrary, and while all of them look good in it, I just think there’s more that could have been done. Little masks, or something a lot less leather and more versatile, maybe even using the costumes from the play itself. As it is, they kind of look like it’s a night out on the bad side of town.
All the auto-tune, my Lord. I thought we got it bad with One Two Three. I feel there are voices auto tune works, and some that don’t. Unfortunately, there’s a mix of the two within this group. I don’t understand why they would choose to auto-tune the crap out of this particular song, since none of them are particularly bad singers. Captain Saki’s rap is, of course, epic as always, so there’s at least one good thing. The song follows a standard flow, and has a good beat that would be great if not for the screech of auto-tune constantly covering it up.
Cat’s Eye is….well it’s something. It’s somewhat catchy and if they hadn’t auto-tuned them to hell, it could have been a halfway decent song. As it stands, all of the potential was squandered and ignored. I think it’s not a total loss and if it does get released on iTunes, I might think about getting it. But more than anything else, it’s just one big disappointment of a song. Hopefully the play will do much better so we can get more, and maybe better, promotional singles.