lol felt compelled to come out of lurking just to post about how disappointing and bad this release is. Maybe the other track will be better (the styling is cute, at least) but I'm pretty much out of hope for MM entirely at this point. It just feels like for years on end now they've been recycling the same two-piece angular silver spandex outfits, same outdated synth pop arrangements, same dance choreography elements with like the random awkward jumping in place, hand moves, circular spinning formations during the instrumental/bridge part before the final chorus... jeez.
It's completely understandable if there was a budget issue due to the pandemic, but so far the company has responded to this with some new innovative ways-- by h!p standards, anyway-- to grow their online engagement to supplement the lack of in-person events, so I'm having difficulty rationalizing the sheer lack of any creative direction for MM as simply a financial issue. I agree with TicTac's disappointment for 15ki; why even bother to bring on this new generation of interesting, talented and earnest girls just to stuff them into the most characterless formulaic releases to date?
(edit: yeah thinking about this more, although I realize they have the backing of a monster Korean label with the competition to draw in interest, a group like NiziU manages to capture the individual personalities of their members in not a particularly ~*~innovative~*~ MV with a decently catchy debut song with tight but not overly-complex choreo, and make it to no. 2 on Japan's Hot 100 with literally only digital sales/streams and no in-person events... there's just no excuse for h!p here)
they really need to throw out some of these internal oldheads and graduate at least half of these girls who have been phoning it in for a long time now, and make room for some new industry innovators and allow the girls who still have enthusiasm left for being an idol to shine a little bit more. I would have liked to seen a MM with Masaki leading and also being able to give some creative input on the group-- she was really outspokenly passionate about that at earlier into her career. wah.