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The video for S/Mileage’s final 2011 single and last for Maeda Yuuka was recently released on their YouTube channel. Unlike the last time we saw the group, everyone is on equal footing and the 2nd generation members aren’t stuck in the back begging for camera time.

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The video starts with Wada Ayaka in bed wondering if she should quit S/Mileage like her fellow first generation members. (don’t get your panties in a knot S/Mileage fans, I kid! I kid!) After that the video degrades into the been there, done that dance and close-up shots.

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As it was stated in the introduction of this piece, it looks like the 2nd generation is on equal ground with the 1st and they’re no longer obstructed from view. Well isn’t that nice? I’m not so sure about the set of this video. It’s nice Up-Front paid for a giant pink mailbox (although that could be mistaken for some sort of phallic device) and went to the dollar store and paid for multi colored balloons and envelopes.

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Still, it’s not the most exciting set to look at. It’s better than C-ute’s Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko so I guess that’s not exactly so bad is it? I should be content with the fact that this group isn’t wearing pig noses and there are no random pig and “Buu” graphics bombarding the screen every 2 seconds. If I go that route then this is a marked improvement.

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The choreography for this song has a lot of pointing and hip gyrations that may seem creepy or normal to you depending on how old you are.  No strange dance moves in this one. I guess they were going easy on the noobs for their first real time up front.

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Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko"

Before I continue, I would like to state that normally I would have no issue with shots such as this. But since the average age of S/Mileage has dropped significantly I feel a bit weirded out when it comes to the blatant display of legs. Perhaps it’s because I’m old enough to be one of these girls uncles.

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With that out of the way, I do like the outfits. They display the overwhelming amount of cute that has taken over the group with so many youngins in the fold. I don’t think any female Canada Post employees would wear those outfits in the dead of winter. (And I wouldn’t want to see them wear them either, uh.. The words “Woof Woof” should give you a good indication of why.)

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t go that far. I’m sure there are some younger, cuter female Canada Post employees who would gladly sport this gear. Maybe?

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Anyway, back on topic. The outfits rock and are probably the best I’ve seen for an H!P act this year. Praise Jebus that the costume designers kept things simple instead of adding crazy fur pieces or duck heads or whatever cracked out ideas they usually do for stage costumes.

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Oh look, it’s a big box of Yuuka’s last photo book.

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I’m not the biggest fan of 2nd generation S/Mileage, but the vampire girl (Meimi) might sway my opinion  just a little bit.

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Wada hoping that her “school application” papers came in the mail

In between all the dancing there are shots of the girls working in a very small post office room sorting packages and presumably licking limited edition AKB48 stamps.

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And the video ends with more dancing, plenty of mugging for the camera and running around a pink mailbox.

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This video was much better than S/Mileage’s trip into space blocking the 2nd generation members from any screen time. It was actually a lot better than I had expected, yet still within the super cheap H!P budget. I think it needed more Yuuka but that’s my personal bias.

As for the song itself. It’s okay. I mean it isn’t the greatest S/Mileage song but it’s passable enough. I don’t like how it just abruptly ended as I was expecting more instrumental work after the vocal faded. I felt like it left the listener hanging. A more in depth review will come upon its release date of December 28.

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