Beverage Commercial Shocker! December 31, 2010Posted by Nights4Saturn in Hello! Project, Jpop, Matsuura Aya.
Tags: aya matsuura, ayaya, commercials
That’s right boys and girls a beverage commercial shocker! How shocking can a beverage commercial be, you might ask? Well, I’d imagine at least moderately shocking or even “exceedingly tingly,” but that’s not really the point…
Now, for you guys that may not be aware Matsuura Aya used to be the image girl for the Gogo no Kocha brand of ice tea. This lasted from 2003 to 2007, and even resulted in the single “Ki ga Tsukeba Anata.”
Here’s the first commercial to feature “Ki ga Tsukeba Anata”
Pleasant little commercial there, no? This series of cm’s always reminded me a little bit of a miniature movie, with their rather high production values and implied plots.
So, sometime a little before Christmas I was bumbling around on Youtube and happened to stumble across this Chinese language beverage commercial:
I was immediately hit with the sense that I had somehow seen this commercial before, which I then realized was because this is nearly exactly the same as the Gogo no Kocha commercial above! There are far too many eerie similarities for this to be a simple coincidence, just take a look for yourself at the comparison I’ve done down below:
The real kicker for me though is that both commercials end with the main character shouting off into the ocean/large body of water that I assume the bridge in the Chinese commercial is built over. I always thought this was an odd way to end the commercial in Aya’s version (though I do imagine it shows her venting her frustration, albeit still an odd ending) and to see the exact same ending in the Chinese version is just frosting on the cake.
But hey, if you’re going to copy a commercial you might as well copy a good one right? 😀
I want to give a quick congratulations to S/mileage for winning best new artist at the 52nd Annual Japan Record Awards! The fact that those girls managed to beat out much more mainstream and popular groups is a great accomplishment! Good job girls!
I also want to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2011! May the new year be a good one!