First month of 2021 is gone, meaning that we can have the first Top 10 of the MV released this year. Let’s go!
10) プランクスターズ (Planckstars) – 終わらない (Owaranai)
プランクスターズ (Planckstars) released two MV’s this month, one at the beginning and one at the end. It was a bit hard to choose which one was better, but ultimately I went for the latest one, “終わらない” (Owaranai), which can be easily summarized as idol punk at its best.
9) 悲撃のヒロイン症候群 (HeroSyn) – ゼロセンチメンタル (Zero Sentimental)
With a preview which surely caught our attention, the latest MV by 悲撃のヒロイン症候群 (HeroSyn) for “ゼロセンチメンタル” (Zero Sentimental) features a good rock base with a bit of electronic and symphonic-like stuff here and there, together with a very colorful and intriguing video. A really nice tune from this group.
8) ステラシュガレット (Stella Sugarlet) – 超絶！メイド生活 (Chōzetsu! Maid Seikatsu)
Didn’t expect to put some cute maids singing on a catchy pop song here, but Stella Sugarlet‘s latest MV deserves to be in this Top 10. While it’s more typical idolish stuff, it features some nice rock elements and it also turns slightly dark every now and then. Well, not really dark to be honest, but still nice.
7) 中野カルチャーセンター (Nakano Culture Center) – 私のとこだけ虫がくる (Watashi No Toko Dake Mushi Ga Kuru)
The music of 中野カルチャーセンター (Nakano Culture Center) seems to come from another world. While it’s very catchy, it’s also equally weird and unique. And very Japanese, somehow. Take “私のとこだけ虫がくる” (Watashi No Toko Dake Mushi Ga Kuru), which features all of their weirdness, with an even more bizarre MV.
6) NEO JAPONISM – Trigger
First MV of the year! If that is not a good reason to put this video among the best ones of January, let’s say that NEO JAPONISM never disappoint us (expect for when they almost died a couple of year ago). The usual powerful and high quality heavy metal sound of the group is what make “Trigger” a very good song, and that’s what we want from this unit.
5) akugi feat. 色とわ (Shiki Towa) – デイドリームスピーカー (Daydream Speaker)
Although apparently less dark than their debut song, “デイドリームスピーカー” (Daydream Speaker) by akugi brings us a suicide-themed MV accompanied by melancholic guitar notes and hip-hop beats. Did I say it was less dark? Forget it. Not even the presence of Shiki Towa from Seireki13ya can make this more positive.
4) ANDCRAZY BREAK – Girls Legend
Finally, after many songs, ANDCRAZY BREAK managed to impress me. Mixing electronic/pop rhythms, strong rock guitars and just a bit of rap, “Girls Legend” is a very enjoyable song with a great hook, with a video in which the five girls act as the main characters of an action video game.
3) NELN – snow light
NELN are unstoppable. They keep releasing cool singles one after another, and “snow light” is no exception. The delicate black and white MV perfectly matches the positive vibes of the refined, yet intense song. The strong and catchy chorus is probably one of the best things this group did in their year of activity.
2) 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) – シガテラ (Ciguatera)
I’ll admit I didn’t know what “Ciguatera” meant before this song. Learning about foodborne illnesses through idols is kinda weird, but 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) apparently can do it. Despite the sickly title, both the music and the video are very delicate and high quality, just as you would expect from this group.
1) 爆裂女子 (BURST GIRL) – 最底辺ロマンス (Saiteihen Romance)
Mechanical metal riffs, hip-hop beats and rapped parts and pure punk energy: “最底辺ロマンス” (Saiteihen Romance) proves how good 爆裂女子 (BURST GIRL) are doing right now. Powerful, intense and yet very catchy, this song totally deserves the first place of this Top 10.
As usual, here’s some more good videos released in January!