Cherry Bullet (체리블렛) – Really Really (네가참좋아): MV Review

This time, it’s Cherry Bullet’s Really Really that’s ready for our music video review.

Just a bit on info, Cherry Bullet was one of the new groups created this year, with members named Haeyoon, Yuju, Mirae, Bora, Jiwon, Kokoro, Remi, Chaerin, Linlin, and May. They are all under FNC Entertainment, the same agency that handles AOA, CNBlue, and N.Flying.

At first, I am confusing the group’s name with the song Cherry Bomb, as they are both cherries. Haha. Anyway, I was excited to do a review of it, since they immediately made a comeback song after their debut. Seems like they are catching up with other groups when it comes to attention.

Sorry also for not reviewing their debut song, as at that time I was doing trial of MV reviews in this site. Since our reviews fared well, this we will continue on their second song. You may watch first their performance here before proceeding to review proper:

Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 5 points

The video revolves on the girls making a game in a beautiful place. The game then calls for different stages, which they must surpass on every journey. The final stage is on shooting the skull signs, which the three girls did with ease. It ends with the girls converting a big heart to a cherry, telling that the group has a big heart.

1theK, in its official YouTube page, provided a storyline for this song:

Lovely and energetic girl band Cherry Bullet begins a young love adventure game.

Second single ‘LOVE ADVENTURE’ shows the way how Cherry Bullet becomes aware of love in various ways. Title track ‘Really Really’ is a tropical house-based modern pop, expressing the confident energy of the band by honestly saying that ‘I like you a lot!’ to the loved one.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

The themes they featured consistently were on summer, games, and Wonderland themes.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

This is seen at 2:22 – 2:26, where they shoot arrows to skull signs. After being shot, these signs became hearts. This impliedly shows the value of turning bad into something good:

Instead of evading the signs, they faced it and shot it. As a result, they made something good.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

The game concept girls featured can help spark interest on creating new games (even for desktop or Android).

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 8 points

The funny moment focuses on Yuju holding a bow. After releasing the arrow, look at how she reacted. Maybe she only played it once?

Second is on 0:56 where Haeyoon supposedly argued with Remi, and then left.

Though by itself was enjoyable, I didn’t give full points, as they did not add more funny scenes in the MV.

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 3 points

I doubt if this will be picked up by radio and TV stations.

  1. Review by other sites – 5 points

KPopReviewed made a comparison with Really Really and Q&A. It noted that the new track did not continue the momentum possessed by their debut song. Aside from the fact that it lacked factor/s to make it shine, particularly on the chorus.

By its own, the song is cute, fun, bright, and also bubbly. As a whole, it is just as okay but it didn’t go well as compared to its previous song.

The blogger also noted the technology and the “futuristic concept” used in the video.

TheBiasList reviewed the debut song as “bright” and “rhythmic.” But the test lies on their second song, which is very cheerful.

Positive notes lie on their good vibes as their theme. Further review reveals that the video expressed their bubbliness and energy. The blogger particularly enjoyed the final thirty seconds, and noticed that no one hypes itself among the rest.

On the negative side, the chorus made lesser impact than the pre-chorus. It is because the former only repeats the same line. The climax, which would give the video a greater hit, was “little too late.” Points for further improvement include the verses, which should have drawn inspiration from that of TWICE.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

I see it as a follow-up of their debut song Q and A. Why? They just carried over the game concept in their comeback song.

This music video shows clearly the borderline between imagination (games) and reality (the place itself).

They also show the borderline between maturity (when it comes to dance and how they act) and cute concepts present in the video (on games and how they play it).

They also injected cuteness in the video, in which Kokoro (0:28) and Jiwon (1:07) stood out for me in this case.

While Haeyoon stood out for me in Q and A (in terms of her projection and performance), this time it’s Yuju.

I understood clearly the message when they are trying to convert a big heart to a big cherry. They are implying that they (Cherry Bullet) have a big heart.

On music, I find it deafening throughout the whole video. No choice but to rate it three points. Dances can be learned easily on the chorus, except on shuffling of feet.

  1. Other factors
  • Shares concepts with other groups – 5 points

At 2:22 – 2:26, the trio shares the bow and arrow concept with BOL4 in their song “Bom”.

  • Features the 1theK logo – 5 points

Cherry Bullet is part of 1theK group.

Talk about worldwide K-Pop content, and the ease of searching videos of different groups. After MOMOLAND’s I’m So Hot, I haven’t seen any MV I reviewed or misheard that features the logo, till Cherry Bullet came up with this.

The logo can be noticed at 2:36 – 2:38 and 2:49 – 2:50, where the girls are shooting cherries at the big heart. It can also be seen at the lower right as a small icon, at the end of the video.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 93.64%

Final Words

Cherry Bullet is being consistent on drawing game concepts to entertain us.

When it comes to views, the first week seems to be fruitful. On the first week, it got more than a million views. By projecting the rate, somehow it can surpass its debut song on views alone.

Some points for improvement must be emphasized here. This is more on adding funny moments, so as to lift the mood of listeners. Second is on their music, which must not be too deafening. Also on dance, as they have to simplify it a bit further.

Other than these things, they fared well in their chosen genre. Hope this will be also a good start for them in their succeeding journeys.

Weki Meki (위키미키) – Picky Picky: MV Review

We are on our another way featuring Weki Meki with their song Picky Picky.

Just to give a little background, they are all from Fantagio Entertainment, which also handles ASTRO and Hello Venus. The members are Suyeon, Elly, Yoojung, Doyeon, Sei, Lua, Rina, and Lucy.

Since Yoojung and Doyeon are from I.O.I, I felt some link in the MV with the former MV of I.O.I (Dream Girls). As we go on further, we will see what’s inside the MV and the girl crush concept. But before going on, you may watch first their MV:


Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 5 points.

The music video starts with the girls on a bus, going to school. As they are in the class, they are striving to become outstanding students in the campus. Although their science experiments (academic) were but failures, the girls still find ways to realize their dream through music (extra curricular activities).

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

The theme consistently features campus vibe throughout the video.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

Just like with DreamNote’s recent MV, they feature the value of cleanliness, at 2:06 – 2:12. This happened when they are cleaning the old room, where they later discovered unused instruments.

Another moral lesson is on teamwork, at 2:21 – 2:35, where they spend effort and time to finish their music practice.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

They deserve a perfect score for this.

First of all is on their scientific experiments, at 1:02. Hope this inspires viewers to do the same, considering that most of progress in science and technology lies on these experiments.

Second is on instruments at 2:14, where they featured different kinds, and on how to play it.

Finally is on featuring the tennis game at 1:38. They are implicitly telling viewers to go out and exercise.

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 10 points

The experiment scene is short, but funny enough to merit perfect score.

This is more on how the girls reacted when they made a failed experiment, and when they got reprimanded on their act. I find it funny how they reacted by pointing fingers with each other at 1:20.

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 1 point

I don’t see if mainstream media will pick this song in the coming months.

  1. Review by other sites – 4 points

KPopReviewed noted that the group continues their “girl crush” theme that defined them.

While the chorus was “nice,” it didn’t have any impact at all in relation with the whole track. The vocals and verses as well are difficult to remember. Added to the negative side was on the overuse of highschool concepts and their aegyo.

As a whole, the blogger enjoyed the rhyming phrase and described it as “addictive.” It also enjoyed the type of energy and choreography being shown in the video.

TheBiasList viewed the group as a shadow of other girl groups. It also viewed the music video as recalling that of AOA and its member Jimin. On the lyrics, it holds some repetitive rhymes

The positive note on the song relies on their energy and shifting tempo. While the tune was not “catchy,” it was consistent throughout the video. The “ever-changing structure” is another aspect peculiar to them which ensures that everyone will enjoy to this song.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

I find their music video very fascinating. They are working on improving their girl crush concept that defined them. Aside from that, I find their dance moves at the last chorus very appealing, especially on their turnarounds (3:13).

Worth noticing is on how they used the starting verse to end the song.

My inclination is on cute concepts, which they did well. The members that caught my attention were Sei and Yoojung. On Sei, I felt attracted over her reactions (2:03 – 2:05). And on the latter, I find her aegyo also attractive (1:42).

On outfits, few were quite not good. Some parts of the chorus were deafening, and considering that many fans are now seeking mature music, that would not fully spark curiosity on them.

  1. Other factors
  • Shares concepts from other groups – 5 points

This refers to them using the bus concept with TWICE (in Like Ooh-Aah) and MOMOLAND (in I’m So Hot).

Aside from that, they also drew inspiration from 1the9, especially on the high school concept in Spotlight.

  • Shares real-life scene from other mainstream outlet – 5 points

For those who watched already Mr. Bean doing an experiment in a science fair, that was also shared by Weki Meki. The results of each experiment were similar, but with different effects: that of Mr. Bean emitting blue smoke, and of Weki emitting white.

  • Shares settings from I.O.I – 5 points

This reminds that of the now-defunct group, in their song Dream Girls, where they both share scenes on tennis game.

  • Bears resemblance with other members – 5 points

At 1:57, Elly resembles Jane of Momoland.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 93.04%

Final Words

The high score I gave means that Weki Meki nailed their performance this time.

As of this moment, no girl group haven’t done a high school concept for this year except for that group. Somehow, this enliven our desire to dream and achieve more. The only challenge with them is on how to refine this concept, as they can make a good potential out of it.

There are still improvements that should be worked out. However, that in itself is sufficient enough to keep them afloat. Hope they consider some points very helpful in their next projects.