I LOVE THIS!
Until now, I never liked the AKB48 single “Kokoro no Placard” all that much, for reasons which I hope are understandable. (A fan posted the original AKB48 version on YouTube linked here.)
Thing 1: I am not a fan of all this “hash tagging” these days. Hash Tagging: It sounds like something from the movie “Midnight Express”. I don’t get it.
Thing 2: I was TRYING to follow the tune. The more I tried to follow it, the more it started to sound like that Bob Dylan song about “Everybody Must Get Stoned” linked here.
Thing 3: Most importantly, I CANNOT READ THE SIGNS. I cannot read Japanese, so it is all lost on me. Everyone else is singing, dancing and having fun with those placards … EXCEPT ME. It is such a happy song, but I feel so left out. I cannot understand the words either, but I did catch something that sounded like “Cinco de Mayo” … Huh? I feel just like the English translation of “Kokoro no Placard” … WHAT’S SO AMUSING???
My heart’s placard
I’ll try holding it up
With my true feelings
If I can’t put it into words
I can write it down instead
The thing I want to convey
The thing I want to say
Please notice my placard
Full lyrics are linked from Studio 48 here
Although I was not hot for the original AKB48 video, I LOVE this Chibi version! It is a lot of fun. I love the adorable Chibi-versions of the AKB girls. The Chibi-AKB girls are wearing some of their famous outfits from other music videos. I would also say that the Chibi-versions are still recognizable as the real idols! Acchan makes an appearance at the Tokyo Dome! … and did you see Sayaka Yamamoto on the guitar (Time 1:14)? Maybe that squeaky, quirky singing works better for cartoons (sorry girls).
Just kidding. You ladies go ahead and make great Jpop song and dance. I’m not Japanese. You make your videos the way you want to, even if I cannot understand it.
I’m just an aging, burned-out American kung-fu retro new-wave hippie punk hipster wannabe poser.
Gonna just hang out with the “Rainy Day Women” today.