Today’s review is going to be on AKB48s fourth song in their discography, Seifuku Ga Jamaosuru – which means “school uniform is getting in the way”.

I’ll summarize my thoughts on this particular song thus:  It made me sad.

I knew when I started doing these reviews that I’d learn things about Japanese culture I didn’t know before.  Wikipedia says that this song is apparently about something called enjo koosai, which is basically a transactional relationship between an older man and a young girl – basically a sugar daddy relationship, as we would call it in the west.  

But the lyrics are basically a pretty risque treatise on female teenage sexual exploration.

I didn’t post the video here, because I try to embed the officially sanctioned stuff when I can find it, but I did watch it.  And the girl in the video didn’t smile even once.  She looked sad.  Resigned, even.  Like it was her lot in life to service older men.  I might be reading too much into that (as I am quite stupidly taking Wikipedia’s word as to the meaning of the song) but there was a definite vibe of hopelessness, of resignation, of even a little desperation.  And at the end, she is standing in the middle of that famous intersection in Shibuya, and she gets a little smirk on her face.  Like she’s saying ‘I got what I wanted.”

So I’m torn about whether I like this song or not.  On the one hand, I don’t really like it.  The choreography is spastic, the music is just, well, music, and the lyrics seem crass.  But the video adds a depth of meaning to it that makes me rethink that opinion – it doesn’t seem to be glamorizing it at all.  It’s almost as if they’re parodying it, laying it bare, exposing it by mocking it.

Even though I don’t always like their music, and on its face this song is a bit disturbing, this is why I love AKB48, even so.  There are feels that comes with this song, free of charge.

It is telling, though, that one of the stars of this video apologized to her father in the ad copy.

Let’s do a Lone Star rating.

 

 

Music

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Nothing too special about this.

Performance
3.0 out of 5.0 stars

The dancing was, honestly, spastic.

Lyrics

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

The lyrics are well written.  They also are quite adult.

Video

5.0 out of 5.0 stars

The video is what makes this great.

Total Lone Stars

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

I didn’t like it.  But the video hit me in the feels.

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