Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
Just like it’s been a long time since the One Punch Mags’ last offering, the same has been true for the Country Girls. Their previous single, Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime, was released in August 2015 with the review coming in right before then. This was not long after the sudden departure of star member Shimamura Uta less than three months after their debut cut.
While the sophomore single served to show the group can survive after such a loss, this single serves to show the group with new life injected into it. As we all know, much like the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, new blood was announced during a commemoration of the group’s first anniversary. Unlike the Group Formerly Known as S/mileage, it wasn’t the search of new member that was announced — it was the discovery of them, in the form of two Kenshuusei.
So let’s dig into Koi wa Magnet and see if Country Girls continues to evolve.
The song is a mild ballad with synthpop stylings. While most initial impressions (particularly from the Japanese fans) compared the sound to Perfume, I was more reminded of the 80s, continuing the retro sind for Country Girls and the exploration this single is undergoing.
The song talks of attraction, growing attraction. How appropriate given the title: “Love is a magnet.” What do magnets do? Attract compatible objects to each other… unless the polarities aren’t there.
Hello! Station Edit
The H!S Edit was unveiled on February 24th.
The opening shots draws you in with little cups and other tea-related paraphernalia before showing the Country Girls in the dance shot.
This is a light “room” with windows and and a swirly abstract light through them. In this croons our Country Ladies, dressed in blue with silver shoes.
Solo shots illustrate the opening shot: some are near a window.
Towards the chorus, we see a new scene at this location with one Country Girl having tea.
The full MV was uploaded onto the official channel on February 29th. In addition to the aforementioned shots, we also see extra edits.
We see some shots changed to the dance scene.
We also see more solo scenes at the tea table, spotlighting more of our heroines. They all look so pained, the forces expending their energy.
During the dance breaks, the pillars become iridescent. (If you look carefully, you can see the pillars change colors at certain times during the song. Plus, getting this together was a lot harder than it needed to be.)
During the last portion, we see more closeup solo shots of our dreaming girls. Perhaps the attraction grows.
The single is out now, having been released on March 9. Please support Country Girls by purchasing from official sources!
While there is no M3 Mystery out now, the results of the first set of Powerpuff Musume ’16 Tiebreakers have been announced. The second set is also live so vote for your favorite (remaining) 10 Gen member and MV costume now! Poll closes next Wednesday!
Until the Next One!
Chuu!Sugoi!Idol have announced their tribute plan for Suzuki Kanon and Tamura Meimi this past Sunday. A separate, unrelated Zukki tribute scrapbook has been announced as well. There are also the fanart showcases hosted by this very blog.