My Grandfatherly Advice for the Young Miss Mako Kojima.
This week’s AKB48 performance video features rising AKB star Mako Kojima. This Youtube video is available in 1080 HD
The song is “Tenshi no Shippo” or translated as “Angel Tail”.
As always, you can find, or sing along with Mr. Akimoto’s lyrics at:
Kojima-san (wearing the little hat) is in the center, between Saho Iwatate and Mitsuki Maeda.
This is a very good song-and-dance performance! The video was made in AKB48’s Akihabara Theater, Tokyo. One can see how close the audience is to the stage. You can really hear the crowd’s excitement!
The video must have been filmed by one of Mako-chan’s older male relatives, as the camera seems to stay on Mako, even when the other girls are singing their parts. I’m guesing that all of those older men you can see in the front rows calling out Mako’s name — are her family. It is good that she has protective, older male relatives to keep her out of trouble and away from bad influences. From what I can see of the audience, she has both of her grandfathers there, plus some old uncles and older cousins. They cheer her on.
She does give a wonderful performance here. Mako-san is a rising star in AKB. She did a very good job in AKB Team 4 (an AKB “training squad”), and I am glad that she is now given more performance time with the main group. She brings a lot of sweetness, excitement, and grace to the group. Mako reminds me of a young Yuko Oshima. They both convey both innocence and exuberance. As Yuko is now graduating AKB, I predict that Mako will fill some of the void left by Oshima-san. I will even go out on a limb here: I predict that within five years Mako Kojima will be elected #1 in the group, or at least in the top three. You will see Mako’s pretty face on a lot of magazine covers over the next five years.
The “Angel Tail” song is pretty cute, and I love that little dance that they made for it. The white idol costumes are perfect. This dance reminds me of the J-Pop group “CHAM” immortalized in the late Satoshi Kon’s landmark anime “Perfect Blue”. They step and maneuver their arms in a way very much reminiscent of classic CHAM. (The situation here is not as dark as “Perfect Blue” however.) This trio is also pretty good at maneuvering the “tails” of their angel-idol outfits.
The dancing is a lot of fun to watch, especially that cheerful little Mako-chan. One of the great things about the talented Mako Kojima is that she is always looks so happy when she sings and dances. She clearly loves her role, and it shows with that great smile of hers. She is always so enthusiastic and positive! I guess with the support of her older male relatives in the audience, she is especially motivated to give a top performance. AKB audiences are guaranteed to see a lot more of this spirited performer in the coming years.
You may also enjoy this dance video “Seijun Philosophy” by AKB48 Team 4, which features Mako, and Mimami Minegishi. Watch on this link to Jpopsuki.tv. Mako-chan is so happy during the story portion of this video that she SQUEAKS! (In fact, “seijin” refers to “innocent”, correlating with the enthusiastic young Kojima-san.)
Keep smiling, Miss Kojima! You are a positive force, and a good role-model for young women. Your liveliness always puts us in high spirits!
I like Mako. I’m cheering for her.
This starlight took almost six months to reach my world.