AKB48 performed their new single “Kibouteki Refrain” during TBS “All Star Thanksgiving Festival” show yesterday.
As reported earlier, the senbatsu for this single consisted 32 members, with many younger generations being included for the first time. According to fan accounts on the Internet, this huge senbatsu was divided into 2 groups during the filming of their music video. The regular faces formed Group A(aka media senbatsu), whilst the rest formed Group B. It was therefore quite a surprise when a mixture of members from Group A and B showed up for the first TV performance.
Netizens were rather excited about the new song since it proved to be worthy of the “kami”(legendary) status which producer Akimoto Yasushi had promised. With a catchy and energetic tune, the audience(actors/actresses/talents/comedians) also joined in by waving their penlights.
What do you guys think about the last AKB48 song of 2014?
When i turn around this corner
Why do i know that you’ll be here?
Across the rays of sunlight,
I can tell that you’re coming near.
If this is true love, there’s something incredulous about it.
If this coincidence continues, isn’t it a hint of fate?
I like you too much(I like you too much) x2
I like you too much(Wow wow wow..)
My heart(my heart) feels sad(feels sad)
Its painful (Wow wow wow..)
Even if i give up, i will still like you again
I like you too much x3
I can’t see anyone other than you
No matter how much i wish for it, i know this love won’t come true
Only you(only you) x2
Only you( wow wow wow…)
Don’t notice(don’t notice) Be my only(be my only) flower(wow wow wow..)
The moment when i breathe, i will like you again
I will like you
After listening to it a few times, i can say i definitely like the tune. Lyrics wise, it is pretty much like the one-sided love songs that AkiP likes to write. Only this time, it’s much more plain. I found myself getting hooked from the first couple of sentences, but as we approach the chorus, the lyrics are like any other love song out there.
Costumes-wise,the wardrobe department is obviously running out of ideas cos these checked uniforms were last seen in Mae Shika Mukanee and Fly Get and the list goes on. The hat accessories are probably recycled from Paruru’s Eien Pressure. I have started to hate uniforms from a long time back and it’s starting to impede my judgement on a song!
And finally the dance – those pointy fingers are way overused and sadly they appear quite frequently throughout the song. Luckily the formation is kinda fresh and there’s even a cute running action that continues even after the song ends.