It’s been ages since I posted more than once on the same day, but some situations call for emergency measures. Like Kyary’s new video! Catch it here while it still hovers in the tens of thousands.
I think we got a winner this time. I was going kind of meh on the music at first, since it sounded basically like a retread of Furisodeshon, but it actually picks up, and for total spectacle this is definitely two thumbs up. The third or fourth time through I started to catch how operatic this song is, kind of the way “Bohemian Rhapsody” is operatic, and there are quite a lot of skillful touches in the arrangement–I almost want to call it “orchestration” instead of arrangement.
I must confess, I had been progressively deflated by each new Kyary video after Fashion Monster and Furisodeshon. She seemed to be losing her signiature vision for wild, hallucinogenic pastiche. But here, when she throws skeleton-headed marionettes together with a pastel baby piano, Alice in Wonderland motifs, a giant chainsaw, golden oiled bikini dancers (the most overt sexuality Kyary has ever depicted to date), and pink strawberry sprinkled poo-poo, then, yeah, I think we can say Kyary’s got her groove back.
“Mottainai” is “What a waste!” (Here, in the sense of “It’s wasted on me” or “I don’t deserve it.”) Kyary combines “mottainai” with “night land” to get “Mottai night land.” Her theme remains the chronologically mature girl stuck in prepubescence, standing at the threshhold of adult life and never quite stepping in. And then making that delicious hesitation (or trying to make it) into a magnificent imaginative gesture. The cautious renunciation of adventurousness declares itself as the ultimate creative adventure. Romanized lyrics and English translation here.