May 23, 2012

GIVE ME FIVE’s full MV (of music part) has uploaded on AKB’s official youtube channel!!

Give Me Five!

Give Me Five! was sung by a band called Baby Blossom comprising 18 selected members from AKB48 and its sister groups SKE48and NMB48. The band is led by Atsuko Maeda, who is playing the rhythm guitar, and Yuko Oshima, who is playing a bass guitar. Other members of the band include Minami Takahashi, who is playing the lead guitar, Yuki Kashiwagi, who is in charge of the drums,Mayu Watanabe, who is playing the keyboard, Haruna Kojima, who is on the synthesizer, Rino Sashihara and Minami Minegishi, who are playing the trumpets, Rena Matsui and Yui Yokoyama, who are playing the trombones, Jurina Matsui, who is playing the standing drums, Mariko Shinoda, who plays thetambourine, and Tomomi Itano, who is playing the shakerSae Miyazawa, Rie Kitahara, Aki Takajō, Tomomi Kasai and Sayaka Yamamoto are the band’s chorus.

This band was formed in secret by AKB48’s producer Yasushi Akimoto on 28 August 2011. During the five months prior to the official revelation of the band, the 18 members trained in secret in between their performance schedules. Out of the 18 band members, only three had previously played the musical instrument they are playing this time (some of them have played other instruments). They are Yuko Oshima, who played the bass guitar during her high school days, Rena Matsui and Rino Sashihara, who had previously played the trumpet and trombone respectively. Baby Blossom was officially revealed to the public during the 4th and last day of concert AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012, held on January 22, 2012. At the event, the members performed the song Give Me Five! for the first time.

Music video

On January 27, 2012, it was revealed that the music video for the song Give Me Five! will be 34 minutes long, and is set in a Japanese television drama-like style. The music video is directed by director Shigemichi Sugita, whose works includes the television series Kita no Kuni Kara and films like Saigo no Chushingura. The music video stars AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda, Yuko Oshima, Yuki Kashiwagi, Minami Takahashi and actor Takanori Jinnai. The filming of this music video took place in a high school located inSaitama Prefecture during end-November 2011.

This music video is tells the story of four students, all of whom comes from troubled backgrounds. Atsuko Maeda plays the role of Atsuko Ogata, a girl whose parents divorced and subsequently went to Tokyo. Yuko Oshima plays Yuko Osawa, a girl who secretly works at a brothel to cover household expenses. Yuki Kashiwagi stars as Yuki Kobayashi, a girl who is mentally troubled after being bullied at school. Minami Takahashi plays the role of Minami Ichikawa, a quick-tempered girl who can never stay in one job for long. Takanori Jinnai stars as the quartet’s homeroom teacher. The four of them, on the suggestion of their teacher, formed a music band named Baby Blossom. Together, they mature and gradually become self-confident.Ryosuke Miura as Ankh and Shu Watanabe as Eji Hino from Kamen Rider OOO made a cameo.

The music video is included in both the Type-A and Type-B versions of this single.
(Wikipedia / this is from Wikipedia in English. Contents may not be completely correct.)

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