AKB48 will release their latest single 風は吹いている (Kaze wa Fuiteiru or in English, The Wind is Blowing) on October 26th, 2011.
The single draws from the Touhoku Earthquake in Mar 2011 for its theme and has a somber yet hopeful sound.
The theme carries over into the video where production design has a cold post apocalyptic feel contrasting the hopeful lyrics. The costume design works in the same way as the girls black tights and black lace headpieces contrast their off white dresses and youth.
For fans of AKB48, the single can be pre-ordered through CDJapan and part of the proceeds will go towards the relief effort.