Vid Clip: Change Ur World PV (KaT-TUN)
Holy Smokes, Did You Feel That? KaT-TUN Just Changed.Our.World!!!
by Ender’s Girl
Well well well, looky looky! Guess whose latest single (from their 2010 studio album No More Pain) sold 118,000 copies on its first day and went on to become the group’s 13th consecutive single to top the weekly Oricon charts????? *pauses for breath*
Ah, the purchasing power of KaT-TUN* fangarls the world over!!!
*I refuse to accept Kamenashi’s co-opting of Jin’s “A” — and Johnny K. can’t make me! I’m no fan of Jin’s, but by gum, the dude earned that “A is for Akanishi” through his blood, sweat and… er, lovejuice, and member or not, he oughtta be allowed to take the damn letter with him all the way to Eeemrricaa! *pounds gavel*
Anyway. Leave it to our favorite JE muffinboys to pick the most grandiloquently titled ditties to sing. They already
threatened vowed to “make it worldwide” in their song “Gold”, so why not “change your world” while they’re at it? Or is it possible that Kame & his four backdancers — hehehe, jez kiddin’ – I meant Kame & Co. are feeling extra competitive now that ex-mate Jinny Boy is in the thick of his equally ambitious-sounding Yellow Gold 3010 U.S. tour? Did the remaining KaT-TUN members construe this as Jin throwing down the (pink sequin-studded) gauntlet to – what, an Auto-Tune sing-off? (bwahahaha) Fancy that, five Johnnies and their former leader, vying for global supremacy — one heavily synthesized cheesygay pop tune at a time. The very fate of JE fandom hangs in the balance! Let the JE Hunger Games begin!!! *honks on rusty vuvuzela*
So sit back, relax, and feel the sheer diastrophic powers of KaT-TUN’s latest single re-shape the very foundations of your world!!! (NOT. As if. Hahahahah you be trippin’ again, Johnny-san?)
Clearly the song is *yet* another self-motivational anthem for fans out there suffering from low self-esteem, lol. And of course, the songwriter just had to choose the tritest, most unoriginal lines known to man: “Flying up too high, sky-high, let us change this sky into our dream …” all the way to the chorus: “You can change your world, once you start soaring, don’t ever be stopped / Come with me, shall we change this future together?…” (It seems that nobody warned the boys of what happened to little wayward Icarus from the Greek myths, hmm? Tsk tsk.) And just like the pedestrian lyrics, I doubt that “Change Ur World” the PV will make a dent in fans’ memories beyond those much talked-about shots of Koki straining against his shackles in Samsonian fashion, so I really don’t see this PV changing anyone’s world anytime soon.
As KaT-TUN music videos go, “Change Ur World” rates nowhere near the eye-gouging WTF-ery of “Love Yourself” (I still get nightmares from Kame’s giant red leeches adorning his jacket, and Koki as a pink leprechaun) and “Lips” (for which… I have… no words), but neither is it as impressive as the group’s more theatrical, big-budgety productions like “Don’t U Ever Stop” — which feels like MJ’s “You Rock My World” crossed with the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. (Just for the record, my fave KAT-TUN PVs would be “Rescue”, and – for sentimental reasons – “Real Face”, despite being *another* cheesygay fondue of red embellished leather vests, dead cut-up minks, artfully bared shoulders and gyrating pelvic girdles. Good times, good times… lulz)
Bookending the music video is a wan-faced white kid, who, at the start of the PV, gets roused from bed in the middle of the night by a levitating cube which magically transports him to another dimension… (Wait. Or were KaT-TUN performing inside the cube the whole time? So they’re like… miniature people and stuff? Gaahh who knows these things anyway)… Blaring guitar riffs usher the kid down a dingy tunnel and into what looks like a small prison cell, where he
endures witnesses a self-esteem-building freakshow in which the KaT-TUN boys demonstrate the song’s core message of self-realization in various metaphorical contexts:
For Kame, “changing your world” means smashing through a stone wall – and then posing seductively for the camera while the rock fragments drift away in slow-mo like little asteroids; for Junno, it’s bursting out of a giant water bubble – and then posing seductively for the camera while the hydrokinetic droplets disperse around him; for Ueda, it’s walking through faiah unscathed – and then posing seductively for the camera while the flames lick at him harmlessly; for Koki, it’s breaking free of the *cough CGI cough* chains that bind him to a massive boulder – and then posing seductively for the camera while he does his usual garbled shtick that passes for “rapping”; for Maru, it’s falling off some rooftop and – uh, not screaming – and then posing seductively for the camera while he floats prettily away; for JinJin, it’s – it’s – oh. I forgot. JinJin is no longer with us. *moment of silence* (Oh all right, I’ll say it anyway: for JinJin, “changing your world” means giving your old bandmates the finger — figuratively (or not, lol) — and hooting, “Like, so long, suckahs!” before making a beeline for the States… and then posing seductively for the camera while stuffing his face with freedom fries. Lulz)
Extra quickie points:
- You know our KaT-TUN homies are growing older when their costumes AREN’T the first thing you notice in their music video. *sentimental tear* The dark denim+leather and belted gray tunic-jackets are actually quite sedate for KaT-TUN standards, and I liked the ensembles for the most part – except for that ridiculous feather boa around Kame’s shoulders. So gay. So Kame! lulz
- I’ve always wondered why, despite their catchy appeal, there’s something about Ka-Tunes (or KaT-TUN tunes, haha) that’s always felt off. Now I know it’s because pop boyband vocals and a heavy rock sound do not gel. AT ALL. Hecks, I’m fond of the group – so fond that I guiltily hoard their concerts and stuff – but they’ll always come across as half-baked baby rocker wannabes to me. (But at least they went easy on the Auto-Tune this time. ResssPEKT baby!!! *fist-thumps left chest*)
- The cutest one in the video? Junnosuke, hands down. With the aristocratic cheekbones, poufy forelock and tunic, he looks like… an elfin prince. (Okay that was cheesy, but who cares.) And the least cute? It’s a tossup between puffy-faced, dead-eyed Kame and greasy ringlet-maned, dead-eyed Koki. At least there’s a refreshing twinkle in Junno’s elfin eyes (there I’ve said it again. doh!) that’s reflected in his smile. Me likeee.
- The shot that made me laugh the hardest? When Kame gets his Diva Moment!!! at [4:16 – 4:20], in which he channels his idols Celine Dion, Cher and, uh, Robin Gibb. Tossing his head back (so NOT digging the Nancy Drew flippy hair!) and swaying sinuously to the music, Kamenashi
screechesbelts out the climactic solo lyric “Chaaaange… thaaaa…. wurrrrllllddd” while the blinding white spotlight floods his face and nukes everyone around him within a 500-km radius. LMFAO.
The poor white kid watching them? Never had a chance, lol.
And whoever edited this PV somehow cut out the REAL ending, where the kid wakes up from his reverie/night terror/out-of-body experience and bolts from his room screaming, “Mommyyyy!!! There are dancing gay monsters under my bed!!!” – and not noticing, in his fright, the alien probe sticking out of his wazoo. Said kid then remembers the life lesson his five nocturnal visitors have taught him so ham-fistedly: that he can. change. his. world! if! he! tries! hard! enough!!! Something clicks in his mind. The next several days see a spike in 911 calls placed from various points in the city. Reports come pouring in of abandoned warehouses inexplicably burning to the ground, sabotaged water pipes, and massive holes blown through random brick walls. Nobody is caught, but rumors are rife that these acts are the handiwork of known terrorist groups. Finally the truth is revealed when one S.W.A.T. unit on night patrol chances on a ten-year-old boy trying to break into a Laundromat with an ax and acetylene torch, and carrying a sealed bag of explosives. And as the authorities haul the boy off to the pediatric psych ward, nobody, of course, believes his outlandish claims that “the dancing gay monsters” under his bed made him do it.
Change ur world, baby.