[PV RECAP] Kalafina — symphonia

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My copy of After Eden still isn’t here…In the meantime, I broke down and watched the Symphonia PV. I’m still trying to avoid giving in to the temptation to listen to the other songs in the album.

And then I figured, I may as well do now what I’ve been doing with the other Kajiura-related PVs…recap! With screencaps.

We start off with a solo by Keiko…

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“There’s the camera, don’t look at it, don’t look at it, must maintain faraway look in eyes…”

Cut to emphasise that we are indeed in a field of flowers.

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Look, flowers!

…And then we have a random white kid.

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How come it’s always white kids? Aren’t Japanese kids cute enough for PVs?

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“Is that…uplifting music? Beautiful female vocals harmonizing? But I don’t see anyone else…”

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“This is really weird, I’m outta here. Might as well do some knee lifts to impress any watching girls with my athleticism.”

Meanwhile, back with the ladies…

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Wakana: “Check it out — right sleeve…”

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Wakana: “…but no left sleeve! Is this dress cool or what?”
Keiko: “Damn it, Wakana, this is my solo, they’re supposed to watch me. Stop moving, you’re distracting them.”
Hikaru: “…the camera’s not in the sky anymore, is it?”

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“Oh, there’s the camera — Guys, help! It’s been so long since we had a happy PV that I can’t remember how to smile while singing!”

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Wakana: “It’s easy! Just think happy thoughts! Great white shark, hammerhead shark, cookiecutter shark, higashi no kaze ni~”

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Keiko: “That’s right, Hikaru. Happy thoughts. I had a solo in this song, I had a solo in this song…”

In the meantime…

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“Dandelions! Yay! The joy of blowing dandelions will surely erase my fear of this ghostly music .”

Never mind. I’d rather look at Kalafina.

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Hikaru: “This is a really huge field, and I have no idea where the cameras are…”
Wakana: “Shh, we’re moving into the epic chorus now!”

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“I’m smiling, I’m smiling while singing, you just need a bit footage right? ‘Cause this is really hard –”

But then suddenly:

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“Okay, I’m sure they said we were shooting in a nice big field of flowers. This doesn’t look like a field…Yeah, I’m lost.”

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“Good thing I have survival skills. Time to go forage for something to eat…”

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Keiko: “Hikaru, you’re facing the wrong direction The camera’s over here!”
Hikaru: “Huh, what…Oh! How come no one tells me these things earlier?”

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“Damn it, I’m really hungry now…wait, is that…”

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“…berries! Yes!”

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“Om nom nom.”

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Wakana: “So how many sleeves do you guys have?”
Keiko: “Two. Duh. Look at them billowing in the wind!”
Hikaru: “…They always give me the sleeveless outfit…”

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Wakana: “Oh, it’s my close-up again! Mako sharks, blue sharks, sandtiger sharks…”

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Keiko: “Smile, Keiko, smile…I had another solo, I had another solo, I have solos in Mune no Yukue too…”

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Hikaru: “Aaah I forgot how to smile while singing again!”

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“Aaargh, that’s it, I’m done with this weird music coming out from nowhere, I’m ringing this bell to call the cows so we can all go home.”

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“These berries would taste really good with a soft-serve vanilla cone — is that the ice-cream man I hear?”

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Girl: “Vanilla soft-serve, here I — you’re not the ice-cream man!”
Boy: “…you’re not a cow, are you?”
Girl: “Ass.”

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Boy: “Wanna come home with me anyway? I’ve got an awesome Beyblade collection.”
Girl: “…not much of a ladies man, are you? Oh whatever, maybe you can help…”

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Girl: “So…Have you seen any camera crews or Japanese ladies standing around miming? I’m supposed to be shooting a music video…Maybe cameras up there? I heard they were doing aerial shots…”
Boy: Thank you, God, in all my 12 years of living I never thought a girl would talk to me let alone let me hold her hand — “Did you say something?”

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Girl: “Okay, never mind. Do you at least know some place where there’s food? All I’ve got are these berries…”
Boy: “Ooh, gimme!”

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Girl: “No way, that’s my lunch!” *flees*
Boy: “Wait, come back, new friend, we’re not done with our childish frolicking!”

And that is the end of the most plot-heavy Kalafina PV ever made.

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Keiko: “Is that it? We’re done? All we did was just stand around and sing again. They said this PV would have a story…”
Hikaru: “Actually, I have a strong feeling that something else is happening and the crew isn’t telling us…”
Keiko: “…Please don’t tell me we’re putting random people in the PV, what happened to the tradition of giving me the most screentime?”
Wakana: “…whale sharks, megamouth sharks, lalala~”

All right, on to the serious stuff now.

This wasn’t really much more exciting than the average Kalafina PV. Sure, we did kind of had a plot (one I so brilliantly summarized above, if you hadn’t noticed). But the ladies still aren’t doing much more than miming and waving their arms. What I really wanted was to see them do more moving around, maybe even try to act a little bit.

But it still wasn’t a bad PV. The cinematography was great, and really made use of the gorgeous setting. The pacing matched that of the song well, but that’s the least I would expect. Lovely costumes too.

Okay, I had less to say than I thought. Maybe when I do the album review…