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Ha Ha. This is actually NOT another Pokemon post.

That is actually the rear end of Mayu Watanabe performing in the music video for the AKB48 single “Labrador Retriever”.  I know, the single was released months ago, and summer is over.  The thing is, the “official” AB48 release of the music video did not come out until August 26th.  If you have seen it before, that means that you were watching one of those illegal-copyright-violating posts from an unauthorized user.  I know I feel safer now.  Of course the organization wanted to squeeze as many sales out of the single as they could before they posted to YouTube – which now makes the video basically a commercial.  Well, I LIKE commercials … almost as much as Watanabe-san’s butt.

Also, another great thing about the official release is that you can turn on HD, and you can turn on ENGLISH translations with the CC button.  See image below– you would have missed that lyric otherwise.

reserved seat for summer

This single has really grown on me.  At first I was so confused by what happens in the video, that I could not enjoy it.  Thanks to a lecture I attended by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson however — now I LOVE IT!   Also, Thank You again, Mr. Yasushi Akimoto for being a creative genius.

There are some pretty strange juxtapositions in the video.  Somehow, Mayu Watanabe is a dog – a Labrador Retriever – even though she is really herself.  Note that Mayu’s picture is even on the bag of dog food shown – or is it human adult food? When I first saw the video, I thought the “dog food” opening was just another of those annoying ads on YouTube.  Admit it, you did too.

bag of adult formila mayu food

The video opens up a deeply philosophical question: Is Mayu dreaming of being a dog … or is she actually a DOG dreaming of being a human?

mayu dreaming she is a dog or

There is a lot of great singing and dancing on the beach!  The lyrics of the song are about waxing nostalgic about an “old friend.”  I have to assume the old friend inferred here is actually a beloved pet – a Labrador.

“The Labrador runs / Along the water’s edge
Bounding through the surf / Inviting us
Chasing him across the sand / Like you did that day
You kick off your sandals / (Laughing)
Shall we / Have our first kiss?”

You can open a window of full lyrics from Studio 48 here.

The girls are having fun, and doing all these things that real dogs too.  Although, oddly — no one’s leg is humped.  At one point, some of them did have to be hosed off however.  We see Jurina Matsui lick her own face.  Is that possible?  Yes, if you have an alternate reality dog-self to do the licking.

jurina licked by dream dog jurina

The girls look beautiful of course, and they playfully interact with their “dog selves” as well.  I think that maybe the director thought that they would CGI the dogs in later, but ran out of time or budget.

akb dogs in truck

The video sure works for me as is.

Also, something I really like about the “official” music video is that you get the end credits during the instrumental “reprise” part of the song.  The credits are arguably as interesting as the dancing.  During the end credits, a few of the girls are walking their dogs along the beach, and well, perhaps I should let Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson explain:

professor tyson explains

“Thanks Denny, love your blog. 

In this last part of the video we see what appears to be random motions of the dogs as they walk along with the AKB members. Although the dogs motions may appear to be random, there is an underlying process which explains the overall movement of the dogs as a linear relationship.  Although the dogs may zig, and zag, their overall trend is a linear one. 

LR end credits linear and random walk

Thus this invisible ‘AKB force’ demonstrated here, is clearly providing a trend.

The previous part of the video – where Mayu is a dog – may also represent the paradoxical and unpredictable nature of quantum physics at the sub-atomic level. Strange happenings are possible for certain sub-atomic particles.  A particle may disappear in one part of the atom, and re-appear in another.  Get this – sometimes a particle arrives — before it leaves …  very similar to the ‘space-time’ distortions of the AKB girls dancing on the beach with their future-selves.

Also, at the nano-scale it is possible for a girl to also be a dog particle.  As you zoom in closer and closer to each atom, the defining characteristics of “dog” may flip to “hot girl” and not be just a smaller particle of a dog. 

To sum up, these ‘Quantum AKB forces’ present us with  a unifying – and satisfying – variable.  This effectively fills in the missing term in Albert Einstein’s equation for his ‘theory-of-everything’ … And in a very entertaining manner I might add! ”

You’re not really Dr. Tyson, are you?

Starlight: It took me four months to catch up to the sweetness of this music video.  Where is an Astro-physicist when you need one?

Also, if you are big on those music video games, then this link to game footage of the Labrador Retriever song may be of fleeting interest.

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