Shinee dazzling us by “Dazzling Girl” – Their first original Japanese Single

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After all their exhaustive Korean to Japanese singles remake process,our ShinEE boys have finally released a raindrop-pure Japanese single. This new single is a definite feast for the Shawols- the boys are looking Sexy and Slick!

The Song

The song kicks off with a  mid tempo piano and in about eight seconds electronic beats overlaps the piano. Through the mid-way the piano and the beat stops sharply and there is clapping sound and the pitch of the vocals is raised too. This was the bit which brought the DJ party feel to the song. Then there was the usual- a chorus and a rap bit. Then there was another piano bit with the vocals paced slow but high pitched so the party atmosphere of the song is not broken.Then out of nowhere the chorus “dazzling girl” slips in,which I felt,was somewhat not simultaneous.

Final verdict-A party hard kind of song- catchy,with piano, electronic beats , drum beats and clapping sounds in the background. It reminded me the early 90’s party music a lot.

Song Rating- 4/5

Concept:

The MV has a simple brief concept -fashion makeover. Yes! the same kind we find in chick flicks(like the Cindrella story with Hilary Duff). A pretty girl is hidden behind baggy dress, bad hair and a big round glasses until her fashion god mother comes and gives her a complete makeover and turns her into a princess. Only in this case we have 5 ShinEE fashion godmothers. Feisty!

Min Ho taking care of the girl’s hair

Taemin attending her make-up

But this whole makeover thing happens only in one dimension. In another dimension- which seem to be the stars’ stage the boys are dancing as the ShinEE. The entire story line is how the girl gets makeover in the first dimension and enters as the dazzling girl into the Stardom dimension. Well this has always been my dream; your dream too, right?

The final dazzling Girl

Cliched Kpop concept not  lost

Yeah! Yeah! The same old concept of the boys dancing for a picture perfect choreo with each of them with their glorious solo shots. The development of a storyline has not seemingly affected this good old kpop concept.

Lyrics and Concept intersection?

NO! It would have been great if the lyrics synced with what the boys were trying to express through the concept. Plus the lyrics had nothing new per se. Another one of those “loveaholic guy falling for a girl” kind of lyrics.

MV concept rating: 3/5

Choreo

I would call the whole choreo peppy; I am not complaining because fitted perfectly with the song’s feel and beat. I especially loved the choreo bits for the chorus- “Dazzling girl”. They have delivered what was expected of them.

Choreo rating: 3.5/5

Fashion:

For all the ShinEE fans who love to see the boys’ fashion at its best- you are in a great treat. With Keita Maruyama(for those who don’t know he is a reputed Japanese fashion designer) at their disposal the boys dazzled their way all through the MV. I am not entirely sure about their outfits in the “Stardom” dimension; some people might feel they had too much fur on them. I am no blue cross so I kinda loved the outfits. The furs were definitely funky but had a hint of classy attire in them. The outfits in the other dimension- No complaints there. It was perfect- not flashy but not too casual and to the top of it- they were blue- the boy colour!

Fashion Rating- 5/5

Lots of Fur? I don’t think so!

Now that’s what you call perfection

Overall Rating for the MV- 3.8

Hopes up for “The Beautiful you”- Korean Hana Kimi

Hana Kimi- Sensational manga which was made into three drama adaptations with the 2007  Jdrama quoted the best. The only thing it missed out was a korean version and now it gonna surface the korean adaptation with ShinEE’s Choi Min Ho and f(x)’s Sulli.

Some of the things I hope will not be different in this version(in comparison to 2007 JDrama)

The Gay doctor- There are talks of probability that the doctor might not be gay in this version. But that would mean it will miss one subtle yet substantial comic element.

Nakatsu- I ardently hope they keep the Nakatsu character untouched-Hilarious yet classy.

Some of the things I think will be different in this version are

The episodes count- absolutely; I felt the Japanese version was too short since the story has ample amount of plot line. The classic “16 episode” drama would be better for the story line- maybe a little bit more about Ashiya’s past. But I hope the script writed don’t jump into new subplots- the storyline is best as it is.

I think the Sano and Ashiya romance will be volumed up a little-Its a Korean drama and people expect more romance.

There are speculations about a female rival which was one thing that was missing from “cliched” korean drama mix. I dunno whether I am ready for another classic “male lead” fight between the girls.

A better character development for Sano- There was no “meat” to the Sano character other than looking hot and handsome. I hope they pull off a better Sano in Korean version.

The school is named “Genie Athletic High School”- Athletic!! So I think there will not be a performing arts department in the school.

The Only One thing I am not sure whether I wanna watch again or not is

The unrealistical situations and logical loopholes- I should completely bury my entire brain to watch some of the scenes. But some scenes though unrealistic were hilarious and had a magic touch. 

 What is having my hopes up?

The male lead seem to be pouring his heart into the character-  getting trained for the high jump from Coach Kim Tae Yeong and all that! Also he makes the perfect cut for the character.

Like in all the other versions’ female leads Sulli does have little boyish looks with her- She has cut off her hair which has toned down her feminine looks a bit! But she does not have the “Yoon Eun-hye” kind of boyish looks.

 

 The drama pair up Boys Over Flower’s director Jeon Ki-sang  with  High Kick trilogy’s Lee Young-chul-That raises the level of expectation it already has!

The Drama will be airing on SBS replacing the series “Ghost”.