Fantasy Idul Unit, Starmarie recently released their second PV with the current five member line-up. The PV is for the song "Mekurumeku Yuuki!" and it's somewhat of a departure of the group's recent outings, especially their most recent single "Circus wo Koroshitano wa Dareda" ("Who Killed Circus"). The video also features a more light-hearted feel that matches the song and will be a pleasant treat to fans and newcomers alike.
The five member line-up of Starmarie has been around for a while now, but it seems that the group is finally starting to hit their stride. Originally formed as a five member unit, the group was more popularized as a trio. Since their formation the group has gone through many forms and have finally returned to one that is familiar to what fans saw on their debut release. Being an indie idol group, Starmarie has the typical troubles of an idol group trying to stay relevant in a scene that is constantly changing and creating, forming and reforming other groups at a somewhat alarming rate. Besides this, the group has had something of an image identity crisis probably owing to the fact that the line-up is only now truly beginning to stabilize and that they have been around a long time with a very diverse back catalog of music that only the most hardcore of fans is familiar with. One way to stay relevant in the current Japanese music scene is to take part in the many cross-over opportunities that are open to music artists both for television and film. Starmarie are lucky in that their latest single does just that. "Mekurumeku Yuuki" isn't just their latest single, it is also the new closing song for the anime "Card Fight!! Vanguard G”. This anime will air in a prime slot on Japanese TV and fans can hope that this level of exposure will finally bring Starmarie the type of exposure they deserve.
Onto the video itself. The video itself is fairly simple with a generic setting and only the most basic of cuts, but it serves its purpose well. While, the location and shots are simple, the sepia tones and the placement of the girls themselves are nice touches. The girls look good here and the style of the song warrants repeat listens. My only true complaint about the video is that it is only a short preview. While I cannot speak of the rest of the PV, I'm sure that while it won't be able to rival the amazing storyline found in "Circus wo Koroshitano wa Dareda", it'll have a charm all of its own.
If you're a fan of Starmarie and haven't checked this one out yet, do yourself a favor and do so now! Everyone else, please give them a shot! Be sure to pick this single up and keep an eye out for future updates from our favorite Fantasy Idol Unit!
●Nozomi Kishita / 木下望
●Shino Takamori / 高森紫乃
●Matsuzaki Hiroka / 松崎博香
●Nakane Motoko / 中根礎子
●Watanabe Kaede / 渡辺楓