The MNL48 10-nen Zakura Documentary Video Review

Okay, let me just get this out of the way. This is supposed to be the second blog post that I will be making for tonight as a two parter but I bit more than what I could chew on that one so this will be the first post of the two parter now.

This marks a first in MNL48’s three-year history as this is the first documentary video that was released on a large social platform as both ICYMI and the behind the scenes of the River music video are platform exclusives (Vimeo On Demand and ktx.ph respectively).

This marks a first in MNL48’s three-year history as this is the first documentary video that was released on a large social platform as both ICYMI and the behind the scenes of the River music video are platform exclusives (Vimeo On Demand and ktx.ph respectively).

When I first heard that it was going to be a documentary video, I kept on thinking “this would be like the music video for Easy Lover, wouldn’t it?” To my shock, it’s not like that. It’s not presented as making a video of making a video. Instead, it’s a music video with some jump cuts of behind the scenes footage and with some random shots and quotes taken from the Bye, Us script.

The presentation in itself is unique in both good and bad ways. The usage of the random behind the scenes shots served as fan service to the MNLoves who waited for the premier and it also serves as HHE’s acknowledgment of the past with the photocards and props from previous singles plastered inside HHE’s offices. The quotes also served as the girls’ letter to the fans who patiently waited for them as well as appreciation for staying with them despite of HHE’s constant screwups.

The only negative I can think of is the resolution the music video was shot: 1280×544. I don’t know if that’s with the camera the production used or is it with YouTube but 1280×544 is not a normally used resolution for media not meant to be seen in cinemas, much less a music video.

All in all, this is a love letter to the MNLoves and MNL48 fans by the girls and it’s a heartfelt one. I just wish all the best to MNL48, HHE, and everybody else involved in this project. Thank you.

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