Just when I thought UZA couldn’t possibly get any better SKN48 goes and proves me completely wrong with their version! While Yukirin, Jurina, Yuko and Sayanee to mention but a few were fabulous in the AKB48 version, there is just not beating anything with yuri in it! Now, sure we got a bit of Mayuki in the original with Mayuyu going complete fangirl mode over Clown in a box Yukirin (or was it Black in a Box?), SNH stole the gold with the hand holding, and embracing! And you know me and my hands dearest Readers!
But SKN did not stop there. They went and dressed the girls up in battle leather that no matter how hard I try to not compare them, those costumes remind me of Xena and seriously, who in the community doesn’t love or know of Xena the Warrior Princess?! That was my first ever non-cartoon show I remember ever following and it probably is the one that first introduced me to the concept of shipping not to mention the community. Remember the term ‘subtext’ anyone? Apparently it was invented with Xena too, no kidding!
And the girls really pulled off the badass look in those costumes! Especially my lovely, lovely, Xiao Ai! And speaking of her, I don’t know how she knew but for some reason her going long-haired for this was like, the rightest decision ever! A boyish girl in a Xena costume just cannot do and she always wears her hair short so I was very happy she went for the long this time around. Totally brings out the pure strong woman within which really, is all Xena is about!
In addition to that, the PV story itself has a layer or two deeper than the AKB version of UZA, at least from my understanding. There is more thinking involved in this SNH version then what I needed for the original and I love me some mind-games too! (Yep, I worship Christ Nolan!)
But the thing that took the cake for me, and for most I think is the yuri! Now sure one couple lost their love to dreams (JingYi & YuGe) but SNH being awesome, they give us a backup couple (Si and JiaQi) to counter the bitter-taste feeling of the other tragic one. And to that I have no choice in the matter but to salute thee SNH48! You took on a very hard challenge (seriously, making a better UZA?!) and succeeded so plops to you! And thanks for the yuri as well! Really would’ve preferred some Xiao Ai and Savoki loving but really, I am a beggar and thus not allowed to choose so I will take anything really! That applies to the lack of sword fights!Like, can you imagine the epicness if there were awesome sword fights?! I guess there was and Savoki is the reigning champ thus why she is lost on the battle field because she has no more challengers to face! It really is lonely at the top, isn’t it ^^
Also for some reason the instrumentals themselves sounds better than the AKB48 version to me. So SNH wins there as well. As for the vocals, I have to confess that I think Japanese goes much better with the music but that might just be me and my complete ignorance towards the Chinese language.
Anyway, hit the jump for more caps and the YouTube link…