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Japan's Flumpool Release New Video Before Going on Hiatus: Watch

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Japanese pop rockers <a href="/music/flumpool">flumpool</a> released the music video for their latest single, "Toutoi" (meaning "precious"), on Tuesday (Dec. 26).

The video stars actress Akari Hayami as a manga artist sitting focused at her desk frantically drawing what appears to be a love story. The visuals are interspersed with lightly animated scenes from the comic she is illustrating, which is inspired by the lyrics of the song. The "reality" of the live-action sequences depicting the manga artist's past and present and the "fiction" of the comic she creates gradually become intertwined as the video progresses.

The comic used in the music video can be read in its entirety on LINE Manga. Entitled "Toutoitoki" (meaning "precious times"), the work is a collection of eight short stories or scenes based on the lyrics of the song, displayed at the end of each section with the relevant phrase bolded and underlined.

Though credited to Yamamura, all four members contributed to the lyrics for "Toutoi," which was written and revised during their recent tour with their fans in mind.

The band announced in December that they will be taking a hiatus while frontman Ryuta Yamamura recovers from functional dysphonia. They cancelled the last four shows of their domestic tour and their scheduled New Year's Eve countdown concert.

The song ends with a line of appreciation, the message the band wants to convey to their fans before their indefinite break.

Watch flumpool's video for "Toutoi" here:

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