I liked it. There was some symbolism this time around compared to most of her previous videos which were quite empty. Each woman represented an essential part of (her?) life; education, love and career. They were all being held back by the red thread for various reasons. There's also the butterfly which couldn't manage to fly away which represents whatever you think it does. The video was cheesy but it does its job well.
On other news, the last(?) song is called "Sorrows". Lyrics are quite sad and self-reflective. I wonder what kind of song it's going to be!
Huh. That's nice symbolism. I'm not sure they intended it that way. I think they just showed some different characters struggling in life, being "chained" to something or someone... I really don't understand the ending or why suddenly they all seem happy.
The idea of them being different sides of one person is cool. I wish they would've gone with that. Instead we get some (well acted) crying for 3 minutes lol
Sorrows has beautiful lyrics, but knowing they are written for her fans, I can't help but feel uncomfortable. It's some really serious stuff. Stuff you would write to your father or mother or your spouse. Not to fans you've never met. You don't love me, Ayu. You don't know me. I don't love you either. We just share love for the same thing (your music). A bit inappropriate imo, kinda feels like she's just doing all this to get her Japanese fans back.
Like when she said the CDL was done when she realized she had to "stop running away and hiding" from Japan. That's lovely, but in the CDL I just see nothing new or different. Same old circus drag queen crap from the past years.
And as much as I like A ONE, it feels like a slightly contrived attempt to be as J-Pop and generic as possible to go "back to her roots" (from music to covers to album title).
I look forward to the TA Tour 2015. We will see in that concert her new direction for her music. If it's just more circus drag queen show, then okay, Ayu, you're still the same. Don't make excuses up to get your fans back.
If she's re-invented herself for TA Tour 2015 -- singing obscure songs like Dolls and no more words, then yeah, I believe ya. :P