Music video: Ayumi Hamasaki - Ballad


Robot face's facial expressions and the holding of her hand to her face got old quick, and made me want to throw up in a bucket. But this was a really good video which suited the song perfectly. Ayumi barely moved and you could count the setups on one hand. But it was a beautiful looking video which served its purpose to the song.

I've not enjoyed an Ayumi Hamasaki video this much since "Real me" - which is one of my faves from her: both song and video. I couldn't help but think of Final Fantasy X-2 when I first saw Ayumi in her garden island. It reminded me of Yuna in the Farplane. Yes. I'm a gamer and a bit of a Final Fantasy geek.

The one thing I like about whenever Ayumi releases a song that ties in with a film, product or drama: is that the music video is never a shameless plug for the product it's released for. And that the videos (for the most part) are conceptual.

I'm not a huge fan of Ayumi Hamasaki. But I do admire the creativity that goes into her music videos, and she's set her fair share of trends in the field. After her past few music videos looking pretty cheap and a little crap. It's nice to have a decent one.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah the video was nice, I was slightly distraced by the subtitles (I wanted to know what the song was about) but the ending was dark (I like) and the song was pretty.

    "The one thing I like about whenever Ayumi releases a song that ties in with a film, product or drama: is that the music video is never a shameless plug for the product it's released for"
    I have to admit that the only Japanese artist I've seen done this is Utada's 'Beautiful World/Kiss and Cry', any other J-pop songs for anime/films/products I've seen haven't had the thing it's advertsing in the video.

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