The Meaning Behind the Move (Synchronicity)
Hello and welcome, yes, I know, i haven't been updating for over 2 months now, sorry about that, there's a lot of IRL problem for me right now. But don't worry, i have a few post coming this month, starting with this one.
So, something very incredible just came out a few days ago, Nogizaka46 has just release the Music Video for their 20th single "Synchronicity", and oh my god its amazing. I think that it is the best dance performance MV out of any 48/46 group ever, hell i say it has the best choreography out of any 48/46 group song (certainly the best in recent time *cough* Teacher Teacher *cough*). anyway, i say this choreography is the best because of the story that it has, and i don't mean by story like "its a song about a couple" or "the movement in the chorus is inspired by the gesture of making Onigiri". No, what i mean by story is that every movement from start to finish tells a complete narrative story. and as someone who has some experience in dancing, what i'm trying to do in this post is to try to tell the story within the Synchronicity choreography.
first a little bit of background of the choreo itself, the Synchronicity choreography was made by Seishiro-san, the same guy who did the choreography for Influencer, known for his very fast and complex hand gesture, which can be seen in both Influencer and Synchronicity (and his other stuff).
Anyway, onward to the story itself.
which leads to this part (probably my favorite), which shows that she is so lost and desperate that she's thinking to just give up on everything, but.....
she decided not to, and decided to go back and face her problem, which takes us back to what i say about Maiyan being confused and sad
the first picture shows the sadness, the second shows the confusion with Maiyan running in a clockwise direction while the others running in an anti-clockwise direction.
Moving on to the second part of the song, starting off with the solo part of Ikoma Rina. now, i said earlier that Maiyan is sad and lonely because she's being left by someone important and that is Ikoma. i think the more accurate way of saying it that Maiyan is sad because she's going to be left by Ikoma. and on this part its Ikoma saying to Maiyan "Its alright, there are still people that's going to support you after i'm gone, cheer up". and right after Ikoma does her solo
4 members step up, the captain Sakurai Reika and the 3 member that have the closest relationship with Maiyan, Eto Misa, Matsumura Sayuri and Akimoto Manatsu (if this is a coincidence then it is an amazing coincidence) and finishing off with this scene where Ikoma basically say "Its going to be alright"
*wow we're actually only half way done*
we have this scene where everyone runs off screen and we're left with this amazing solo shot of Maiyan. this bit tells the story of Maiyan clearing her head, relax, and thinks "yeah, maybe its going to be alright after all". she started to smile and forget about the problem until.....
she saw that everyone else has a friends who is there for them while
she's still alone and started to feel lonely again.
then we get to the climax of the story, where everyone huddles around a sad and lonely Maiyan saying "its alright, we're here with you and for you. you can throw all the sadness to us and we will help and support you." this is probably the most touching part of the MV.
then finally we have Maiyan with a great big smile on her face along with everyone and started dancing together, showing happiness, hope and relief. all the sadness and loneliness is gone
For someone crying, I hope some day
I can shed tears for someone without noticing
and that is it, the story of the choreography of Synchronicity, its a great story with a deep meaning. i really love that they did very little to no lip-syncing, because they are basically singing the lyrics through their bodies with the dance (if you get what i mean). people said that this is not a suitable graduation song for Ikoma Rina, well after watching the MV, i say its a perfect sendoff song for her. i genuinely think that this is the very best choreography out of all 48/46 group choreography, or at least the very best dance performance Music Video. its very clean, its very elegant, and it has a great story in it that i think no other choreo has......
and we are at the end, i hope i can make up for my absence with this post. i have a few more coming, one of them being the prediction for the AKB48 53rd single senbatsu sousenkyo and the other is of course the full review of the Synchronicity single.
But until then
This is Delta
Over and Out