TOP 10 IDOL MV – April 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - April 2021

After all this time, you should know what happens on this site at the beginning of a new month: yes, a new top 10 of the best MV. As it often happens, April gave us a lot of incredible idol music and videos, so let’s check them out.


10) どーぷちゃん (Dope-chan) – stargaze

The starry MV for the aptly titled “stargaze” gives a chance to get more of that electronic hip-hop sound by Dope-chan. Even if the song seems a quiet and a bit dark-sounding one, it finally explodes in a party-like tune towards the end, while also keeping that nocturnal atmosphere. Once again, nice job from this trio.


9) あまりりす (Amaryllis) – 群青シンセシス (Gunsei Synthesis)

The intensity of “群青シンセシス” (Gunsei Synthesis) by Amaryllis is something you can’t really ignore; really, how would you forget about the fast and powerful beat accompanied by a trance-like bass? And how about the some cute and catchy vocals on top of them? Fans of EDM-oriented idols will surely enjoy this one.


8) THE ORCHESTRA TOKYO – 東京パレード (Tokyo Parade)

You’d expect “東京パレード” (Tokyo Parade) to be a parade-like song… and that’s exactly waht it sounds like. The first MV by THE ORCHESTRA TOKYO brings us the five girls in suites singing over a marching band sound. It almost feels like some sort of Christmas commercial, except Santa is on holiday and sent his favorite idols in his place.


7) ミズシラズ (mzsrz) – ノイズキャンセリング (Noise Canceling)

In case you needed some more electro-pop idol music, mzsrz brought us their latest MV. Created with the help of Vocaloid producer DECO*27 “ノイズキャンセリング” (Noise Canceling) is a very high quality EDM-inspired song with a memorable hook and a really nice synth melody.


6) SAKA-SAMA – 抱えきれないわ (Kakae Kirenai Wa)

Introduced by some calming piano notes and quiet vocals, SAKA-SAMA‘s “抱えきれないわ” (Kakae Kirenai Wa) quickly turns into an experimental art pop song. Despite being a bit short, it contains a lot of interesting elements such as glitched noises, background reverberated vocals and a childish/playful tone throughouy the song. The video also features some nice shots, enhancing the artistic feel of the song.


5) 神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – BAD CAKE

Once again, Shingeki went mad with their genre-bending music. Besides the very colorful video which is already impressive by itself, “BAD CAKE” blends alternative metal intensity, hardcore elements, hip-hop beats and rapped vocals, a jazzy piano and a bit of catchiness in the chorus. Yes, the usual Shingeki.


4) デビタント (DEVITANT) – Drink out

The night atmosphere of “Drink out” made me fall in love with DEVITANT. Featuring some very nice bass lines and many hip-hop and R&B elements, the song is the perfect musical representation of going out at night in a big city; and the MV, of course, helps recreating that feel.


3) 誰もシラナイ。 (Daremo Shiranai.) – エンダー (Ender)

Although apparently they can’t stick to one genre, Daremo Shiranai. keep releasing very enjoyable songs and “エンダー” (Ender) may be one of their best ones. Made by a refined and yet intense form of post-rock, the music feels very emotional and follows the classic highs & lows formula of the genre, with calming piano notes suddenly leaving room to a powerful rock chorus.


2) TOKYOてふてふ (Tokyo Tefutefu) – cry more again

Considering how I wasn’t that much impressed by their previous videos, I wasn’t really expecting to put Tokyo Tefutefu among the top three MV’s of April. But “cry more again” immediately blew my preconceptions away, with a progressive-oriented and aggressive metal/rock sound featuring some twisted and a bit gloomy keyboard melodies, which also go totally nuts at some point.


1) KOTO – BACK TO THE UNIVERSE

The last MV from the legendary KOTO absolutely deserved to be at the top of this list. Through the synth/electro-pop sound of “BACK TO THE UNIVERSE”, she managed to turn a sci-fi Z-movie into a masterpiece and the bizarreness of both the song and the video are an awesome way to say goodbye to this incredible idol. We are definitely going to miss her, that’s for sure.


Honorable Mentions

TOP 10 IDOL MV – February 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - February 2021

Last month has been full of great videos, it has been kinda difficult to choose the best ones this time. Anyway, I managed to do it, se here we go with February’s Top 10 of the best MV’s!


10) MiiS – i.

The debut MV of MiiS is pretty impressive. Walking on the line between the heaviness of metal and the dynamics of rock with a very idol-ish hook, “i.” introduces this group to the scene with a very colorful and sparkling video.


9) ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) – Gardenia

ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) are such a good unit, often experimenting with not-too-mainstream genres and styles. “Gardenia” brings them towards some sort of alternative/post-rock sound, which combined with the live shots and its simple lighting creates a really good experience.


8) 誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) – ESCAPE

誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) released their debut MV last month, and it already showed us that these five girls deserve to be followed. The catchy rock-oriented sound and the good composition make “ESCAPE” a very enjoyable song.


7) Chu Kiss RIP – ハガネ (Hagane)

Imagine how the epic soundtrack of a Japanese B-movie where an idol group saves the world from some weird creatures would sound. If you managed to picture this, I’m quite sure you have hit and at the same time missed the point of how “ハガネ” (Hagane) by Chu Kiss RIP sounds. On the other hand, the MV is probably what you would expect from this description.


6) DESURABBITS – 無視するな、君の色は君で決めればいい (Mushi suru na, kimi no iro wa kimi de kimereba ī)

The legendary DESURABBITS are going to disband soon and this is probably last MV. The references to one of their first videos almost made me cry, and combined with the song made me realize how much they’ve grown in these years, not only with their age, but also in an artistic way. They will be missed, but we can’t really complain, considering how great their journey has been.


5) 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) – 融解 (Yūkai)

The weirdness of 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) knows no limits. Although “融解” (Yūkai) is less crazy than many of their songs, it still features their trademark bizarreness, with bleeping synths and darker, ethereal and intense parts alternating with each other. While you can’t really describe it as catchy, it’s fascinating enough to leave its mark.


4) situasion – 青のダリア (Ao No Dahlia)

Another debut, another great group. situasion‘s style is a bit different from the other debuting groups, and is also very interesting. A soul/funk/rock groove, jazzy undertones, some synths in the background and a very pop-oriented hook make “青のダリア” (Ao No Dahlia) an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.


3) ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) – 堕堕 (Dada)

This time, ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) went a bit crazy, and we can’t really complain: among videogame aesthetics and an insane electronic/rock sound, “堕堕” (Dada) will almost make you forget the serious line-up changes they had to endure in the last few months.


2) NECRONOMIDOL – RITUAL

Idols in corpse painting are pretty cool, aren’t they? And who else could have done it, if not NECRONOMIDOL? Despite the aesthetics, however, “RITUAL” is more oriented to the good old heavy metal sound, with some badass riffs and rhythms. Also, they didn’t burn any church yet. Yet.


1) 神激(神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – 神奏曲:ガイア (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia)

We all know that Shingeki are a good group, but every now and then they get more than just good. “神奏曲:ガイア” (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia) is one of those times, featuring a powerful, unpredictable and yet catchy sound in their usual style and an amazing MV where traditional Japanese looks and headbanging clash with each other. Just a personal advice: get your neck ready for the breakdown.


Honorable Mentions