Full disclosure:  I’ve heard this song before as well, but I’ve never seen the video.

If you listen to the song, it’s really nothing but a fluffy song about a young woman about to get married and telling her parents how she feels about how she was as a child.  It’s a coming of age song.  It’s basically a happy, cheerful, fluffy, JPop song, and that’s about what you’d expect.

But the video’s pushing boundaries again.  One thing I’ll have to say about the Japanese, and particularly their media – “cultural appropriation” is not something that they even think about, and maybe that’s a good thing.  Because this is a mishmash of all sorts of wedding traditions.  I think I saw catholic in there somewhere, but as you can see from the thumbnail, it’s mostly Indian.

And I’ll say it, those are really beautiful costumes.  I was at the mall yesterday, and I saw some cheongsam-like outfits as the gift world store, and I almost wish I were born a girl so I could wear one.  They’re gorgeous.  And I’m not so much talking about the girls, as the costumes.  Morning Musume seems to really glom onto garish, eye-popping, and sometimes seizure-inducing costumes, so it’s nice that these are so pretty.

And they mashed some American culture into there two – “shave and a haircut, two bits” – a traditional ending to some songs in traditional American culture, fits heavily into this song as well.  I’d almost call this a pastiche.

They really need to stop getting these girls into their head voices, though – they’re not very good at it.

Let’s do a Lone Star rating, namaste.

Music

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

It’s a fluffy and cheerful song.

Performance
3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Very cute, but the girls in their head voices had no control.

Lyrics

3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Cheesy, girly love song.

Video

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

OMG those costumes were gorgeous.

Total Lone Stars

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Not going in my rotation.  But it was well done.

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