Everything within this post here is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect those within the Selective Hearing staff, nor does it necessarily reflect your opinion in any way.

You would honestly think that, after the surprising awesomeness of the last two Morning Musume PVs, Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobidatsu Kara would have a PV just as creative and wonderful as Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa de Negatterun Da Yo or Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, right?

Well, if you think so, then I beg to differ, because this PV was far from what I expected, and honestly, I would have thought that Takahashi Ai would be given a grander video thanks to her status in the idol and H!P world. She’s freakin’ iconic, right!?

Well, I guess the UFA staff needed to vent somehow, what with her departure, and I guess they did it with this PV.

Straight into the video, and you know that you’ve been dragged away from Hallucination World (Kare to etc) and back into normality… or what you think is normality, because where you are now is a room with Takahashi Ai – and lots of her!

So, this is either a dream world for you, horror land or just plain confusing, because Ai-chan without her possé is a bit strange, to be honest, but it’s something we’re going to have to get used to. I think that most of us are already over the fact that she’s long gone from Morning Musume now, but it’s still strange to see her alone…

Does this mean there is a higher chance of chloroforming her and dragging her away without being noticed now that no one’s surrounding her?

Okay, I’m rambling now – but you get the idea of what I’m saying. Post-Takahashi Musume is going to take a bit of getting used to (though I’m over that bridge now, to be honest) because she’s been there for so long, but we need to get used to it. I doubt that the world will stop revolving just because she’s left the group, so I doubt that Tsunku will continue weeping over the loss of his talented, over-milked cash cow.

Okay, I went off on a tangeant again, I apologise.

Anyway, I find that this video really doesn’t have much going on throughout it – yes, we get to look at Takahashi in all her solo-fied glory, but did UFA really need to churn out more money for her special graduation-treatment just to end it all with this? If it was me, I’d wonder where the heck my throne was.

Okay, that’s a lie, because I don’t think that Takahashi needs a throne – honestly, if a throne was brought into the video I would actually expect Niigaki to come up out of nowhere and kick Takahashi out of it. Just saying.

I find this video a poor way to send Takahashi off. Okay, I wasn’t the biggest fan of her even when she was in Morning Musume, but I recognised how important she was to the industry and to the group itself, so I find this PV rather shocking in terms of how it turned out. It’s really simple (though I like simple videos) to the point where it looks a little lazy.

Lazier than Seishun Collection lazy…

Okay, maybe not that lazy, but you get the idea.

But that doesn’t mean that the shots aren’t nice. I actually like the shots, more so when she’s with the standing microphone, surrounded by Takahashi Ai pictures, which makes me think that this is UFA’s answer to the Hall of Mirrors (in picture form).

I find that, though the PV is boring and disappointing, Takahashi still manages to dominate the screen and look gorgeous. I was spell bound more so with her performance in the video, but still unhappy that she was given such a cheap video to end it all with. Really, the extravagance of Kono Chikyuu etc and Kare to etc appeased me more than this video did, but Takahashi’s overall sexiness her definitely overpowered the other two videos.

So it’s win-win overall, right?

I also love the way she handles that mic – she caresses and handles it like she’s handling Niigaki when they are alone at night (I kid, I kid).

In conclusion, the video was quite a disappointment for me, but that doesn’t mean it has to be for you. I just found that I was expecting a bit too much when it came to the video, and that in the end, it didn’t meet the expectations I had set. Though  Takahashi dominates the screen and makes love to the camera in such a sweet, sultry way, the video bored me significantly and even made the song seem slow and dull the more I watched the video.

However, Takahashi Ai still has a charm about her that you can sense as you watch the video, and though rather bland and dull on the video front, I find that as a performer, Takahashi shines and shows her full potential whilst still grasping your attention and keeping your eyes open.

Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobidatsu Kara is available on the Takahashi Ai Graduation edition single of Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa de Negatterun Da Yo! whilst the PV is available with the Limited edition of Morning Musume’s 12th album, 12 Smart.