The PV for Please Mini Skirt Post Woman, S/mileage’s next single, has been released! You can check it out on Youtube here! After seeing the PV and listening to the song a few times, I’m hooked. As completely bummed as I am that Yuuka is leaving S/mileage, I am really happy with the last PV and single that she will be featured in. Let’s take a look at it!
First, the song itself – it’s easily one of the best S/mileage songs and Hello! Project songs to come out this year. While the title and subject matter might be silly and ridiculous, the song itself has quite a few different catchy bits to it, so bits and pieces of it end up stuck in my head all the time. I really enjoyed the different segments of the song, that all came together to form one good, cohesive song. I do think that the verses are catchier than the refrain, but that’s a minor complaint, because the refrain isn’t bad by any means.
Vocally, S/mileage has not changed in a huge way, at least yet. Saki’s slightly deeper voice is sorely missed – Kana has a lower pitch than the other girls, and should fill in that gap, but her singing is still awful. Thankfully she has very little in the way of solo lines. Kanon seemed to get a good chunk of vocals, and what she got sounded terrific. As far as Yuuka goes, she is still present in this song, and sounds as wonderful as always, but her lines are a reminder of what we’ll be missing come next year.
Pleasantly surprising was Meimi – She seems to either sound much better in studio than she did in auditions, or she has made some great improvements in singing in a short time. She got a ton of lines in this song, and she sounded fantastic. Her style of singing blended in really well with S/mileage’s sound, too – I can see her being a main vocalist frequently in the future based on her performance in this. I will hand it to her – she won me over in this release. From her vocals (which had me worried), to her cuteness and personality in the PV, I can’t not like the girl. I guess that means I’ll still like half of S/mileage once Yuuka leaves.
Akari sounds great here too, as I expected. I’d heard Akari sing plenty of times as an egg and have always enjoyed her. Also on the pleasing end of vocals was Rina – she sings much better than she looks. Ayaka, well… her lines that she sang in unison with Meimi were great, because the style of those lines suited her. Her solo lines, I didn’t like so much.
It’s reassuring to hear these past 2 singles, and find that the sound of S/mileage has changed less than I feared it would, with the addition and departure of so many. I’m still not pleased with the direction they took the group as far as additions and subtractions go, but I do feel that, since those decisions were made, S/mileage has gotten better material. I’m really happy with their past couple releases, they have been much better than stuff they had earlier in their career, like Ganbaranakutemo, Bijin Mama, Shortcut, and the like.
The PV for this single was really good, as well. Believe it or not, they actually put a tiny hint of a story line in it! Ayaka, the, uh, mini skirt post woman, wakes up late! Ok, it’s not much, but it was a cute addition and better than nothing but cuts from dance shots to close ups for 4 minutes. I was worried after the awful PV for Tachiagirl, but this one was an improvement. The only qualms I really had with it were the cheapo background in the dance shots, and the fact that their red outfits were very very similar to the Tachiagirl ones. Those things aside, I enjoyed it. My favorite thing about it would have to be the facial expressions and cute interactions between members. Kanon stole the show every shot she was in, and proves why she’s the best current H!P member (in my book, anyway). Meimi’s cuteness is infectious, as well.
Some screenshots, pardon the not-so-great quality… This PV was not available in HD, unfortunately:
So there you have it! Please Mini Skirt Post Woman, one of the worst-named singles, but still one of H!P’s best this year for me. I’m so sad to have it be Yuuka’s last, but it has at least reassured me a bit about the fate of this group. Hopefully their material in 2012 is of the same caliber!