Koda Kumi recently released her 50th single "4 Times", and as the name suggests, it is a quadruple A-Side single. Yeah. Quadruple. And each one of the songs has a music video... and they are all very well done. Oh dear. So instead of critiquing the song, I'm gonna tear into the videos -- as gently as possible, of course. First up is the first (and most heavily promoted track) Poppin' Love Cocktail featuring Japanese rapper TEEDA.
(Warning: Lots of pictures under the cut)
This video has a lot going for it, and a lot kicking and screaming against it. The main portion of the song is the two singers racing against each other. Kumi is in some kind of car and TEEDA is on a motorcycle thing. Yeah. I'm not good with cars.
The main problem I have is actually a kind of tacky thing to point out. Her hair doesn't blow in the wind. I mean, they look to be moving at very high speeds. Why wouldn't her hair be all over the place. Maybe it doesn't look good for the camera, but it makes your video look cheapish. Gah.
|Actually, She just uses a lot of hair spray.|
This car race continues on for a while, as they sing back and forth like they can hear each other over the wind. They both look stunning. I pictured TEEDA as being kind of gross looking, but he only is for a few minutes. Eventually they get stopped at train tracks, and damn are they pissed about it.
|Couldn't they have just raced through?|
As the train zooms by, we find out the two of them are on top. They are jamming around, once again with no hair blowing. The train is moving faster than the cars were! UHG! WHY WIND!? WHY!?
|Remember when I said TEEDA would look gross?|
The train segment pops up off and on, but the main race continues, where we learn how not to drive by both Koda and TEEDA. Did anybody tell her how dangerous it is to drive with your feet? In heels? And going no-hands on a motorcycle is like asking for death. Oh god he even stands up on the motorcycle while going speeds in excess of one hundred miles per hour.
|Neither of them have their drivers licenses.|
|It would help if they were in English, guys.|
|Hottest thing I've ever seen.|
|I believe this is illegal.|
|Nothing bad to say about this one. It's just too cute!|