Shuukan Idol – Underwater Clock Edition (February 11 – 17)

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In this week’s Shuukan Idol, we have a handful of graduations from SKE48 and Nogizaka46. Yes, finally something that is not an MV from us. But, surprise! There are also some MVs from Morning Musume ’19, TEAM SHACHI, Tsubaki Factory and other idol groups. That and more in our 8 highlights of the week!


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> Morning Musume ’19 rock out in the live MV for I surrender Aisaredo Ai

Morning Musume ’19 are the best idol group, in my completely biased opinion. Need some proof? Check out their latest live MV which shows off the members as they jam out to an exciting song packed full of intense beats. Yes, the video is pretty simple but I would stare at a blank screen as long as I got to listen to that song. It’s that good.

> TEAM SHACHI travel to India and dance in the MV for Gulab Jamun

India is a land with an awesome culture and people. Well, we’re getting a taste of that culture with a rather impressive MV showing off TEAM SHACHI as they sing along with some masked trumpet players and dance with locals. It’s a short but nice reminder that even though TEAM SHACHI are going for a louder rock sound, they’re still able to show off their gentle idol sound when necessary.

> WHY@DOLL spend a fun day out and about in the MV for Que Sera Sera

Sometimes all you need is something chill and simple to get you through the day. Well, WHY@DOLL have just the right MV for you. In it we get to see the two members as they go around doing cute stuff. No complicated effects. No complicated choreography. Just simple idol goodness.

> Nogizaka46’s Eto Misa announces her graduation

I’ll admit I’m not too familiar with Nogizaka46’s Eto Misa. But, when she is getting a solo farewell concert it’s fair to say that she is pretty well respected in the ’46 world. This is an unfortunate event but it seems like she is ready for the next chapter in her life. Best of luck Misa!

> UP UP GIRLS channel their inner K-pop in the MV for Kimi Loss

UP UP GIRLS have been relatively quiet for some time. It might be the fact that there are many UUG groups nowadays, but the original members have always held a special place in my heart. Well, they’re showing off their dance moves in a rather impressive release that sounds exactly like K-pop. Also, it’s a good time to admit that I’ve never heard a K-pop song in my life.

> SKE48’s Obata Yuna will graduate

The graduations continue, but this time we have a member from SKE48 that is leaving. From her graduation notice, it seems like Yuna has enjoyed her time as an idol but it’s time for her to find something new in life. Best of luck Obata Yuna!

> Hiragana Keyakizaka46 Are Now Hinatazaka46

Imagine your name was Kate and your sister was named Other Kate. This is a bad, but accurate, example of the problem that Hiragana Keyakizaka46 were running into when listeners were finding it hard to distinguish the two. Now, we’re getting a rebrand with the group now going for Hinatazaka46 to make it easier to distinguish.

> Tsubaki Factory sing underwater with a clock in the calm MV for Fuwari, Koi Dokei

Tsubaki Factory are one of the best new groups out of H!P, and they’re showing off their talent with a ballad. I can hear some of you groan already, but trust me, this one is a song that you will want to check out. There are a variety of visual effects that make this a truly unique release to finish off the latest Tsubaki Factory single off with style.


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This week we have Sakura Ebis and their MV for 214.

Taiwan is a pretty nice place that I haven’t visited yet. Thankfully, Sakura Ebis are giving us a glimpse of this amazing place with an MV packed full of casual shots of them as they go around and do things.They drink coffee/boba tea, drawing while wearing white rain coats, and generally just having a fun time doing things normal people do when traveling.

The song won’t win the award for the best song of the year, but it’s a sweet, simple release that shows off the vocals of the members well. The instrumental is incredibly simple and the lyrics are full of “Whoa” and “Oh”, but it’s decent and a nice way to get your Sakura Ebis fix.

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Sakura Ebis

There doesn’t seem to be a link for Sakura Ebis in CDJapan, so visit the video, give it a like and subscribe to their channel to show your support.

That’s it for this week, stay tuned for the next one!

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