The entertainment agency Vision Factory has revealed that they have created a new idol group. The new group is called Fairies and is made up of 7 memebers who’s age range from 12-14 years old. Their debut single is entitled More Kiss, which currently doesn’t have a release date.
When I first saw pictures of this group a month ago I didn’t think anything of it. I was going to blog about them, but I honestly didn’t see anything special about them. I thought they were going to be like Tokyo Girl’s Style, where their young age kind of turned me off of them. But once I heard a preview of their debut single I was sold on them. More Kiss is absolutely incredible. It has an amazing beat, and despite the member’s ages, is a lot more mature than the majority of idol music out there. I hear elements in this song that remind me of Amuro Namie, Utada Hikaru, and BoA. And the singing is at a pretty high level. Most idol singers have a specific type of cutesy voice, and are sometimes terrible singers. But these girls sound more like legit singers than idols. With much smoother and deeper voices then you would normally hear leading an idol song. And that unique element makes them a stand out to me. And a group I plan on keeping an eye on.
It was announced that AKB48 members Nakaya Sayaka and Tanabe Miku will be forming a new unit called Baby Gamba. The group is based off the children’s book Boukenshatachi: Gamba to 15 hiki no Nakama. Their debut single Ee Janai ka will be released on September 14th.
Since this is a unit for children I can’t really say that I’m too excited for this new group. However, you seem to make a pretty penny off of children’s songs, so more power to them. The some itself seems pretty cute, so does the PV. It’s just obviously far too childish for me to overly care about this group.
The PV for Kis-My-Ft2’s much anticipated debut single, Everybody Go, has just been released.
I actually really do like the PV. There are a lot of elements in this PV and a lot of things are going on in this PV. I doubt there’s one frame in the entire PV were something isn’t happening. Which is obviously a good thing. The PV looks like it costs a pretty penny to make and it shows. The PV is flashy, (in more than one sense of the word), it has 3 different close-ups, 3 different outfits, 3 different sets, stripper polls, ramps, and overly dramatic fog. This PV seriously has everything. Johnny’s really went all out on this debut. It shows you just how much faith JE has in Kisumai becoming bigger than they already are. That’s what happens when you’re a popular undebuted Junior group for 6 years. Look at how big KAT-TUN, who were in the same situation, where and are. They released a debut album, single, and DVD simultaneously and they all shot to number 1. I’m actually realy impressed with the PV. A lot more impressed with it then I was after seeing the preview. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the PV is the sheer amount of roller skating going on. Now that they are debuting I really wish they would drop their ridiculous Junior shtick. But I guess that’s never going to happen. And even I have to admit, ridiculous or not, they utilized the roller skates brilliantly in the PV. I also really love the song too. Kisumai has unexpectedly good vocals and interesting music. However, I’m trying to watch this PV and be excited for their debut, which I am, but there’s just something that’s keeping me from enjoying it 100%. It’s probably the fact that nearly all the members look like hideous trolls. Yeah, that’s probably it. I’m trying to be objective and take this debut from a non-shallow point of view. But you know what? I can’t really seem to. Kisumai has everything going for them except for looks. Yes, I’m a horrible shallow person. But excuse me if I’d rather listen to pretty boy idols. Idols, who I might point out, are judged on looks and personality over talent. Which is not just a female idol thing. If that was the case MatsuJun and Chinen Yuri would have never debuted. Taguchi Junnosuke and Kato Shigeaki can’t sing, instead their main points are their funny personalities. The same with Yaotome Hikaru. Well Hikaru can actually sing, but he’s not the best looking idol in JE. And let’s be honest, looks are the real reason I’m not into Arashi or Kanjani8 as much as I am other JE groups, and why I don’t listen to older JE groups. This is why it’s just easier to stick to female idols, I don’t have to worry about being shallow. XD Maybe it’s just my insanly high standards, but I don’t see wasting my time fangirling over some one who’s not at least a 7. Japanese celebrities or American. XD
I never understood why Hiromistu wasn’t credited for his performance in the Troll movies.
Overly dramatic close-ups.
Not even 30 seconds in and they are already roller skating. XD
I think Yuta actually looks cute in this PV. What a difference a new hair color makes.
I think arrogant close-ups should be reserved for people who don’t look like they got hit in the face with a frying pan.
Ok, jumping off the ramp is actually pretty awesome.
This has to be the greatest lighting known to mankind because Hiromitsu actually looks cute here. Which is impossible because on a good day he’s a 2.
Taisuke let me know when you get your bedhead hairstyle back. Then you’ll be hot again.
Fooled by the lighting again. :/
You’ve been waiting 6 years for a debut and this is the best you come up with for your close-up.
Eww, Toshiya is the ugliest one.
Stupid dance move.
It doesn’t make sense that Yuta is the focus of this PV, but Taisuke is shoved in the center of covers of the this single.
I was super impressed with this glove scene transition.
Even with his bad hair, this is still pretty hot.
I wasn’t expecting Yuta to appear out of nowhere. It’s kind of funny actually.
I love that the top members get the upper level.
When in doubt add a stripper pole.
Or have your roller skates shoot sparks.
No matter what you do roller skating will never be cool. XD
And cue the dramatic fog.
Here’s the PV, I suggest you watch the PV before JE takes it down.
The PV previews for Kis-My-Ft2’s debut single, Everybody Go, have just been released. I really wanted to say finally been released, but it actually has been that long. The PV previews came pretty quickly. With nearly a month to the release date. There have been times when the PV previews are only released a week before the release date.
I’m not really liking the look of the PV so far. The PV is just too dark. The whole setting of the PV is shot in a room of glass with this sort of blue, club lighting. And the PV actually kind of hurts my eyes a bit. It’s probably because of the constant flashing lights. Despite not being too happy about the lighting the PV does look kind of expensive. Johnny’s always seems to have fairly high budgeted debut PVs. The PV has 3 different sets, and 2 different outfits. And luckily only 2/3 sets have super obnoxious and unnecessary flashing lights. Probbaly the best part of the PV is their close-ups. Mostly because they double as close-ups and what looks like dance solos. Which is actually pretty cool. At least it’s a little bit different then the same old dance shot and close-up formula. But the one thing I do hate is that they have to be roller skating in this PV. I know that’s their “thing”, but I can’t stand it. It’s just silly, and not in a good way. I get serious secondhand embarassment every time I see them rollerskating. I still also don’t like that there’s practically no one is Kisumai that’s overly attractive. Taisuke is a little bit cute, but he ruined his hair for Ikemen desu ne. Yuya kind of looks cute in this PV. But that’s most likely because of the intense high quality lighting. Well, that and the fact that they keep shoving him in your face every 5 second. I still think Kisumai pretty much look like trolls. Call me shallow all you want. It’s the truth. Johnny should send them back to Nilbog already. Oh and, brownie points to anyone that actually gets that reference. XD
The radio rip for Kis-My-Ft2’s debut single, Everybody Go, has just been released.
Now, I didn’t really plan on making an entire blog post about the Everbody Go radio rip when it was released. Mostly because I already posted their Shounen Club performance of this song about a month ago. But I was listening to the radio rip and I noticed how the music sounds different. Which I wasn’t really expecting. The music sounds about 80% the same, but it seems like they added a lot for effects to the music to pump it up a bit. There’s also this weird sort of twinkling bells in the very beginning of the song. Which is so out of place it makes me laugh. XD And I am nowhere near familiar with Kisumai’s voices but it sounds like more people are singing in the radio rip compared to the Shounen Club performance. During the Shounen Cub performance only Taisuke and Hiromitsu had solos. But in the radio rip it sounds like there are 4 or 5 different people singing in this song.
Even though the music is slightly different I still absolutely love the song. It’s the type of song that could make some one like me, who never paid attention to them before, possibly become a fan.
After releasing their first PV preview just yesterday, the full PV for NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo has been released.
I know I complained a lot about this PV yesterday. Well, I tend to complain a lot in generally. I’m very critical, and full of opinions, when it comes to idol music. Hence why this blog exists in the first place. But anyway, in my post about the PV preview my only really fault about it was that it wasn’t Japanese enough. Well, who ever directed this PV must be a dedicated reader of this blog, because the actual PV is everything I hoped it would be! The PV is bursting with Japanese references. Okay maybe bursting is an exaggeration, but there are quite a few. The opening of the PV starts off with one of the girls walking in front of a rice paper screen and shamisen music is playing. From then on out I knew the PV was going to have more Japanese elements. And I was pretty excited about it. However, most of the references are in the second half of the PV. Which isn’t actually that big of a deal. It would have nice to have them more spread out through the entire PV. But that’s a tiny flaw. The Japanese elements throughout are calligraphy, traditionally drinking tea, karate, using a katana, focusing on the girl’s kanzashi, wearing kimonos, and even falling cherry blossom petals. I loved this PV from start to finish. I like how it wasn’t an average PV with just close-up shots and dance scenes because it could have been. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut PVs were basically just that. I love that it had a clear storyline, and stuck with it. Even if it was relatively simple, and nothing more than a few random shots edited together. People might brush this PV off as being too gimmicky, or a tad underwhelming. But I actually don’t think it’s either of those. There was a perfect balance of the standard PV formula and sticking to a theme. Besides, this is idol music there’s a certain cheese factor in pretty much every release. I actually still would have liked to have seen a little more from the dance. But that’s a tiny flaw as well.
To me this embodies Japan. It has that standard Japanese art feel to it.
Cheap effect but still pretty cool.
This effect is awesome too. It takes so little to impress me. XD
This dance move is a litte awkward, and would honestly only work for Passpo.
This girl is cute. Too bad I don’t know any NMB48 members name. Expect for Nana of course.
The snake seriously? That move is so 90’s. XD
The dance is just too easy to poke fun at.
It’s a hair flip, it’s whatever. Chris Crocker reference FTW? I’m suck a loser. XD
Nana looks really cute in this PV. However, I can’t get a good cap of her.
This is a really beautiful kimono and kanzashi.
Ok, this is an adorable dance move.
GURIIN TII no otenami wo haiken shite~ That’s Seriously the first thing I though of. XD Also, really pretty kimonos.
I’ve been paying attention to this girl throughout the PV. She’s a cutie.
At fist I thought this said love. But I realized two things. It obviously doesn’t and I can’t read Japanese. XD
She’s so pretty. *O*
Cool effect! XD
Apparently nothing’s more Japanese than skimpy outfits. Lol.
I love the falling cherry blossom petals.
It reminds me of the Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game PV.
The girl on the right is super pretty.
Vogue, strike a pose.
This angle isn’t really the most flattering. From this angle she looks like a young Kitagawa Keiko.
Am I the only one who thinks this girl looks a bit like Ogawa Saki?
Bowing was the absolute perfect way to end the PV.
Since you can’t embed this video from vimeo you have to click here to watch the PV.
A PV preview for AKB48’s sister group NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo, was just released. It’s yet another obnoxiously long PV preview that ruins the surprise. This one clocks in at nearly 2 minutes. Which is a little less then 2/3 of the PV.
Ever since I heard the radio rip I have been in love with this song. So, I was expeting a lot from this PV. However, those expectations weren’t really met. Nearly the entire PV so far is nothing but the girls surronded by rice paper doors. The dance scene is filmed in front of one, the close-up shots are filmed in front of one, and a member is even shooting an arrow surrounded by 8 or so of them. I’m also pretty dissapointed with the dance itself. Not because, it’s anawful dance or anything. The dance is find, it’s pretty much a standard idol dance. But when the song was first announced they said the dance was supposed to incorporate Kabuki elements. Now maybe I’m just not familiar enough with Kabuki, but I didn’t notice anything that remotely looked like Kabuki. The second half of the PV preview is significantly better than the firs thalf. It shows the girls wearing kimonos, which is always adorable. And we are also treated to a new dance scene. Where the girls are wearing pretty skimpy outfits dancing in front of a Japanes style painting. Which is a nice touch. Overall I’m a little dissapointed by the PV. Since it’s a song about being proud of your black hair, and being Japanse (I assume) I really wish they would have added more Japanese customs/traditions they should b proud of. Like kendo, origami, ikebana,a tea ceremony, etc. I really would have liked them to take the Japanese theme and just go all out with it. At the end of the PV they seem tobe doing calligraphy so maybe, just maybe, we’ll see more Japanese elements in the full version.
After having their debut pushed back because of the earthquake, and having their debut rumored to be in July, we finally have an official announcment for their debut single. Kisumai’s debut single Everybody Go will be released on Nakajima Yuto’s birthday August 10th.
All I can say is OMG YES! Even since I heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club, I’ve been in love with the song. I’ve even been tweeting how much I want this to be their debut single.
I think I mostly love this song because I’m not a Kisumai fan. I mean, Everybody Go and FIRE BEAT are the only songs I’ve ever heard by them. I say that because every devoted Kisumai fan seems to completly hate this song. Apparently it’s too happy and cutesy compared to what they usually sing. That doesn’t really make much sense. We’re talking about an idol group that dances on roller skates during their performances. I think this is tame compared to the absolute cheese they could be releasing. XD But as a Kisumai newbie I absolutely adore this song. I think it’s super catchy. I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonestop. I just hope the PV has been filmed already and I don’t have to have the PV ruined by Taisuke’s horrendous Ikemen desu ne hair. XD
You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
The full radio rip for NMB48’s debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo was just released.
Talk about jumping to conclusions. After hearing the full song I take back absolutely everything I said about the single being bland and forgettable. And I definitely take back saying that the single wasn’t strong enough to be an A-side. I absolutely, completely, 100% love this song! This song is incredibly catchy. I was literally hooked on this song after the first listen. I think this song is a lot better than SDN48’s debut single, and even their second single. The song isn’t an instant idol classic like I feel about 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! or Oogoe Diamond. But it’s actually pretty up there. The song starts out in full force with this light, but still upbeat music, that can only be described as disco mixed with electronic. And the rest of the song is this amazing sort of techno/electronic club music. They start singing in these high voices, that almost sound like harmony lines, but they continue throughout the song. And for some reason I absolutely adore them. Then the chorus hits and it brings the energy level up to about 110%. And the notes hit at the later half of the chorus are sung just beautifully. And then the rest of the song adds a bunch of effects to make the song engaging and interesting from start to finish. There is this incredible echo effect that happens right before the first chorus. It also sounds like the effects they use in auto tuning, but done completely light that it’s not to over overbearing. And then they also have the members every so often say words in the background. Like onaji, yeah, come on, etc. That might sound pretty cheesy and cliche on the surface but it actually works 100% for the song. And towards the end of the song they have the members sing underneath the original singing and it sounds super amazing. That’s not really explained well, but listen to the song from about 3:00-3:12 to see what I mean. It’s really short, but it is still an awesome effect. The song also gets really awesome for me, when they take their singing break and just have instrumental, like pretty much every song in the world does. But the song has this really awesome electronic, club, or house music feel to it. And it’s absolutely incredible. The electronic music throughout the whole song is really awesome. And it sounds like the kind of music they release in the US. Which is an added bonus to me since I love all of America’s autotuned club sounding music.
I am just completely in love with the song! I cannot wait to see the PV.
The PV for Maeda Atsuko’s debut solo single has been released.
I was pretty excited to see the PV, because the preview made it seems like it was going to be a sad PV. But I don’t really think I understand the storyline so much. When I first saw the preview I thought Acchan’s husband was running off on her leaving her alone with their daughter. But after seeing the PV it’s actually her father who runs off and leaves her to take care of her sister. Which I get, but after that I’m not really sure. The entire PV shows Acchan with her sister. Playing with her and walking the streets with her. But then she loses her bus tickets and has to hitchhike. I thought all of that was supposed to symbolize her everyday struggle to take care of her sister. But it ends up just being a montage of one day. Which I should have picked up one since they both are wearing the same dress throughout the entire PV. In the end, the only reason they hitchhiked was so they could visit their dying mother in the hosptial. And then that’s where I’m lost. If the entire point of the PV was for them to see their mother, what does the rest of it have to do with anything? Why did their father leave in the first place? And why did they emphasis on that if it wasn’t even important to the storyline? Why did they follow the two sisters around, and make it look like they were struggling, when only one day had passed? Why wasn’t the entire PV about them not being able to handle that their Mother is in the hospital? I know the PV is supposed to be touching and sad, but there’s not really a distinct storyline to follow. So, I’m not exactly sure why I’m supposed to be sad or why any of this is happening. I guess they kind of touch on their sadness, when Acchan’s sister lines up all the plastic windmills. But other than that, nothing. Maybe I’m just dense and don’t see the obvious underline message of the PV. But I don’t actually see one.
The PV even starts with Acchan and her sister alone, but still in their house.
It then quickly flashes to Acchan looking completely sad on the side of the road. Which I guess is suppsosed to mean time has passed?
However, the scene where she is begging her father to stay they are wearing the same dresses. Actually Acchan’s outfit is different. But you can plainly see that her sister’s dress is the exact same one she wears throughout the PV. So, does that mean it’s the same day or a different day? And if it’s a different day, why is does her sister never change her dress?
To me, it looks like they are aimlessly wandering around because they don’t have a home. But if it’s the same day that’s impossible. I should really say time frame, because about 3 or 4 days actually pass throughout the PV.
I’m sure whatever this note from her father says helps the storyline too.
And her sister steals the plastic flowers,
for what appears to be a display in honor of their Mother I guess. XD
Then the man who gave them a ride looks at a picture of his own daughter. I guess to give the underline meaning to appreciate you children, or something. I have no idea.
The PV for Kitahara Sayaka’s debut PV has finally been released. With only 2 weeks until the release date of the single.
The PV itself is fairly simple and boring. The PV preview a few days back pretty much showed the entire PV. Most of the PV is really nothing more than close-ups. The first close-up scene is Sayaka standing on a set in front of a cloud background. It also flashes to the other close-up featured in this PV, Sayaka in her puffy dress in front of a laser background. And not even a cool laser background. It kind of looks like the laser backgrounds you used to take your school pictures in front of. And then the rest of the PV is Yossie coaching her in various sports. Which are actually my favorite parts of the entire PV. It’s the only time there’s actually a bit of variety in the PV. But I actually don’t get why she’s gets coached so much. Despite Inazuma Eleven being about an anime about soccer, for some reason she gets coached in not only soccer but baseball, volleyball, tennis, karate, and tug of war. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I guess that was the cheapest way they could spice up the PV, so it was nothing but close-ups. But this has to be the cheapest PV in the history of UFA. I mean, Sayaka is an idol and she doesn’t even really dance in the PV. She does dance a bit in the video, but the choreography is so simple and lazy you can’t even tell it is choreography. I had no idea her random movements were an actual dance until she was doing the same movements in both close-ups. Beacause to me it honestly looked like she was just doing random things with her hands that all idols do during close-ups.
I absolutely love the dress.
Sayaka looks pretty, but I can’t get over how different she looks now
compared to then.
Apparently tapping to the beat is now considered dancing.
Everybody scream imi nai kedo.
This is pretty much like what the PV is like from here on out.
For some reason this is the only dance move I don’t think is stupid. Even though it’s only punching.
Volleyball practice, Koha would be proud. XD
Wow, this lighting actually makes Sayaka look really creepy and weird.
I just noticed this, but it looks like she fixed her teeth. They look much better now.
This face would probably creep me out more if Yossie didn’t make similar faces all the time while she sang.
NMB48 was featured on a morning show recently to promote their debut sing, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. And during their breif segment they previewed about a minute of the song. Which is the first time fans get to hear it.
I have to say the song is completely different than the type of song I was expecting. I was expecting something similar to enka. But this song isn’t even remotely close to enka. Which is actually a relief. The song itself is extremely laid back. The song has a very soft and soothing feel to it. Which makes it very pleasant to listen to, but doesn’t really work as a debut song. You’d figure that since this is their debut single, that they would have a very elaborate song to draw attention and new fans to them. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut singles both were attention grabbing. Tsuyokimono yo with it’s heavy anime sounding instrumental, and GAGAGA with it’s unique club sounding music. But I think ABK48 did the same thing. I always thought Aitakatta would have made a better first single, and for a while I actually thought it was their first single. Back when I was a bigger AKB48 noob then I am now. XD After a couple listens I am starting to find the song enjoyable and likeable, but I still think it’s pretty lack luster for a debut single. Perhaps NMB48 will win me over with the PV.
It was announced at a concert recently that AKB48’s newest sister group, NMB48, will be releasing their debut single. The single is entitled Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo and will be released on July 20th.
I was pretty much expecting their debut to be pretty soon. Since they’ve done 2 stages already and they just recently started performing their first original song Seishun no Rap. Which is being used as the B-side for this single. I’m actually looking forward to see NMB48’s debut. I’m really excited to see what kind of a feel they will have compared to the other 48 groups. The song is said to be hard and danceable, which I’m excited for. I would love a song similar to Banzai Venus. But the song is also supposed to be about Japanese beauty and have kabuki elements in the dance. That makes me think that they song will have an enka feel to it. So, maybe a song like Odoru 11’s Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo or Kanjani8’s Naniwa Iroha Bushi. I would actually kind of hate an enka inspired song. So, I really hope they don’t go that route.
I’m also really looking forward to their debut because of Yamada Nana. She used to be an H!P member and she’s Nakayama Yuma’s older sister. Talk about fandoms colliding. So, she’s really interesting indeed.
With less than a month until the release of Maeda Atsuko’s debut solo single, Flower, we finally have a preview of the PV. The preview itself is a mix of the actual preview of the PV and behind the scenes footage.
The PV actually looks like it’s going to be kinda sad. From what the PV preview shows it looks like Acchan is a single mother raising her daughter. But I kind of loose the storyline after that. The man featured in the PV leaves with a suitcase, which would obviously be her boyfriend or husband leaving her. But the man is like 20 years older than Acchan, and to me he seems more like her father than lover. The PV preview is also all over the place. It shows the man leaving, but then being a good father or grandfather to the child. It shows happy and fun times with Atsuko and her child and then it shows her struggling. And it also shows the man longing to be with the child. So, I’m not really sure in what order the actual PV is going to be shown in. But I think it’s going to be along the lines of the man leaving, then Atsuko struggling, then the man longing for the child, and then he comes back and everything is great. It will probably be that cliche. But it could also be the exact opposite, or just shown out of order. Kind of like remembering better times.
Regardless of how the actualy PV is set up, it looks like it’s going to be a sad PV. But also kind of heart warming. I like the PV so far. It makes me wish I knew what the lyrics of Flower where. I’m not much of a ballad person, but from the PV it seems like the song is really pretty.
With 20 days until the release of Kitahara Sayaka’s debut solo single, Yappa Seishun, a PV preview has just been released.
Now, I’m nto the biggest Sayaka fan. I actually don’t care for her that much. I also haven’t really been following this single. When the song preview came out I meant to blog about it, but just never did because I honestly didn’t care so much. But I figured I post about the PV preview anyway. Mostly because the song isn’t absolutely terrible. And Sayaka has improved a lot since her Milky Way days. The PV preiew is getting a lot of buzz among fans because former Morning Musume member Yossie is featured. She was obviously featured to help sell Sayaka’s single. But they might have picked Yossie because she was the captain of H!P’s futsal team and this PV has a soccer theme. I should probably be more excited that Yossie is featured in the PV, but I’m not really. She was never one of my favorite Momusu members. Add Koha or Kaori then I’d be excited.
Since this song is being used of Inazuma 11 anime, which is about soccer, this PV mostly focuses around soccer. Or at least what we see of the PV so far. The PV is also filmed in the back scenes perspective of things. Where you see the cameras, the lights, and the actual backdrop she’s in front of. Which I actually don’t really like so much. I think that effect has been over done. A lot of music videos from the US and Japan, (and probably the world) have used this effect to death. Idols have also used this effect before too. AKB48’s Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka, Nakazawa Yuki’s Tokyo Bijin, and to for a breif second Morning Musume’s Do It Now, have all done similar behind the scenes filming PVs. I guess they used that style because it makes a cheap PV seem more interesting, because you can obviously tell that this PV is cheap. Just look at the background during her puffy dress scene.
The best part of this entire PV is how beautiful Sayaka looks. Since I don’t follow H!P Eggs at all, I haven’t really seen Sayaka since her Milky Way days. She’s matured alot since then. It also looks like she’s lost some weight since then, making her face thinner and different looking. Sayaka actually looks very fresh and cute. Especially in the puffy dress. Which is an adorable dress by the way. It’s big and fluffy and really nice color and style. It’s sort of a throw back to Anataboshi or Boggie Train ’03.
The PV for H!P’s newest soloist Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single, Kikkake wa YOU, was released recently.
I absolutely love Kikka and I absolutely love this PV. Even though we’ve already seen half of the PV through the last preview. I still find this PV to incredibly fresh and adorable. The PV itself is insanely simple and cheap looking. However, that aspect is completely overlooked because of Kikka herself. She is so energetic, happy, and absolutely charming throughout the entire PV that you can help but love her. She has this quirky cuteness that is reminiscent of Ayaya’s early days. The PV itself, and her facial extpressions remind me so much of Aya. However Kikka doesn’t seem nearly as eccentric as Aya is. The PV really only has two scenes. The dance scene where Kikka is dancing in front of very 60’s inspired dots. And the scene where she’s in a room surrounded by a giant clock and multi colored ballons. There’s also a random scene at the end where she walks into a fun house type of room with mirrors. Which doesn’t really fit in the PV at all, and kind of throws everything off for a bit. But luckily that scene only lasts for a few seconds.
I really love this dot background.
Kikka is super pretty.
I love how energetic the dance is.
I’m not sure why there’s a million balloons around.
It’s a little lame that most of the PV is about her putting the balloons back on the shelf. At least I think they’re balloons. XD That white dress is gorgeous by the way.
I think Kikka looks even prettier with her hair up like this.
This makes me think of Koha’s Koi Kana PV.
Such a cutie.
If Yuu was sleeping how did the clock hands disappear in the first place?
This my favorite part of the dance.
I still don’t see the point of this part.
This is adorable, sending a message on a heart shaped balloon.
AKB48 subgroup DiVA, released a 30 second PV preview for their upcoming debut single Tsuki no Uragawa.
I gotta say, all around I’m a little dissapointed by this group. This group was supposed to be a vocal and dance unit, but they’ve let me down on both. They have some of the best singers in AKB48, and yet picked a song that didn’t show case their full talent. And now with the PV preview we get a preview of the dance, which isn’t all that impressive. But I should have expected that because it’s extremely hard to make an interesting dance with a slow paced song. The whole PV preview is nothing more than dance shots and close-ups. I really hope the full PV is a little more dynamic than that. But, there is something I do like about this PV, the set. I think the set is absolutely gorgeous. I love how it has a very dark setting, with different shades of dark blue. And the hanging lights and glittery backdrop give it this dark park a night sort of feel. And of course the pond of water in front of the adds a nice effect too.
After what seems like never ending teasing in the form of around 8 PV previews, we finally have the full PV for Morning Musume’s upcoming Maji Desu ka Ska single. I’m sure there are some fans who have seen this PV already, because a fan made PV mashing together all the previews clips made its way on youtube. However, I decided to wait until the official PV came out.
Since this song had A LOT of PV previews us fans have already seen a great deal, it not all, of the PV already. (I didn’t watch them on ONRYU yet, so half the PV was still a mystery to me. :P) And I understand for that reason a few fans might be bored of the PV by now, or think that it’s not fresh anymore. But I wholeheartedly disagree with that. I have been absolutely in love with this PV from the first PV preview. The PV is fun, it’s upbeat, cute, vivid, and energetic. And it means Momusu is moving in the right direction, going back to it’s energetic and slightly childish era. Sure, this PV might not be up to the over the top energy and cuteness of Koko ni Iruzee yet. But give the 9th gen a break. This is their first single. I’m sure they are leading up to it. Besides, Mr. Moonlight and Shabondama weren’t over the top energy, and look how great the singles after them were. Despite, everything fans say about the PV, I actually really love it. It’s exciting and fun from start to finish. I enjoyed every minute of the PV. My absolute favorite scenes were the ones with the Maji Desu ka Ska letters, and the walking close-ups.
I still love the set. The Maji Desu ka Ska set. It’s simple, but still adds a fun aspect to the PV.
Reina looks the absolute best in this PV. This style has always suited her.
Riho’s close-up looks effortless. She did a good job of looking naturally cute and energetic.
Erina on the other hand was less impressive. She looks cute enough but it seems like she didn’t really know what to do with her hands. XD
Zukki probably did the best in the first round of close-ups.
Mizuki came off really charming.
I can’t say this enough, I love these outfits!
Sayumi showing them how it’s done. Seriously, Sayumi always has the most interesting close-ups.
Ai-chan looks gorgeous.
The rockette’s style kicking is still my favorite part of the dance.
Zukki is so cute.
There’s a smile! Eripon wants to bee seen as the most energetic member, but she is always too scared or shy to smile in pictures or on camera. It’s nice to see one now.
No one can compete with Kanon’s smile. *O*
I love Fuku-chan’s outfit. And adorable cap is adorable.
I still don’t get what’s up with Reina’s hair brushing dance move. XD
I still hate Aika’ outfit. :/
Of course Aika had to be Hanasaka Jiisan. All the Aika haters are gonna love this. :/ Btw, I’m like 80% sure it’s Aika. 20% sure it’s Reina. They have similar noses and mouth areas. So, XD.
Mecha kira kira hana sakasou! Lolz at it being sunflowers rather than actual cactus flowers.
This was probably my favorite part of the PV, when the giant leaders flashed really fast during the chorus to spell Maji Desu ka Ska.
AKB48 subgroup DiVA has released a short radio rip of their debut single Tsuki no Uragawa. The group that consists of AKB48 members Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka and Masuda Yuka, will make their official debut on April 27th.
I gotta say I didn’t make a post about DiVA earlier because I thought they were the DIVA from AKB48’s singles and thought there was no reason to make a post about it. XDWell I’m still pretty much a novice fan, so it was an honest mistake. Since this group is being promoted as a vocal and dance unit I was expecting an incredible song. And I am honestly pretty under whelmed with what we hear of the song so far. The music of the song is pretty bland and throughtout the entire song the same beat is repeated. It doesn’t even pick up when the chorus hits. The music sounds like an insert song in an anime. There’s hardly anything special about it. I was also expecting a lot singing wise. Since it’s a vocal and dance unit I was expecting the song to have these huge high notes that show case each girl’s full range. However, that’s not the case. And the few high notes that are in the song are hit softly so you hardly notice the power in them. Sayaka has an incredible voice and it seems like in this song it was wasted. All these girls have incredible voices actually. It’s just sad that they are capable of more and were holding back a bit.
Despite Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single Kikkake wa YOU being pushed back due to the earthquake, Kikka is pushing forward with her single’s promotions. About a week ago the full radio rip for Kikkake wa YOU was released and a few days ago Kikka performed her song live for the first time and Uta no Rakuen.
I honestly thought I would have enough time to make a post about Kikkake wa YOU’s radio rip before anything else happened with this song. But apparently not, and now this post is going to be about both. XD
Since we’ve already heard half the song when the short version of her PV was released a few weeks back, there’s not really anything going on in the radio rip that we haven’t heard before. The only actually new part of the song is toward the end Kikka sings it just a tad softer then the rest of the song. But since the song is sung relatively slow and soft to begin with it’s hardly noticeable. However, I just keep liking the song more and more each time I hear it. Kikka is absolutely incredible and I can see her surpassing ManoEri really soon.
I thought her performance on Uta no Rakuen was amazing. Kikka was absolutely charming through the whole performance. With her simple yet completely adorable dance. I was also really impressed that she sang live and sounded almost exactly like she does on the recording. It just shows how her years of Egg training has paid off. And just the fact that she’s singing live she’s that H!P is sure of Kikka and are confident with her singing. I mean, despite Berryz Koubou being around for 7 years they still lip synched Heroine ni Narou ka when they performed it on Happy Music. I still can’t get over how much Kikka reminds me of a young Ayaya. Let’s hope that means her and ManoEri will make a duo similar to GAM one day.
Also, let me just say that I am completely confused by what to call Kikka. At first Kikka’s promo photos said Kikkawa You instead of Yuu, meaning she changed the spelling from now on. But during her performance her name is still written as Kikkawa Yuu. I’m completely confused! I guess I’ll just stick to calling her Yuu from now on. XD
A PV preview for H!P’s newest soloist Kikkawa You’s debut single, Kikkake wa YOU, has been released. The PV is 2 minutes long so it’s really more of a short version than a PV preview. But whatever. I really didn’t want to watch the PV because this long of a preview spoils the whole PV. But this is the first time us fans are the song (beyond the chorus), so I just had to watch it. XD
As a person who strongly hates the color yellow, I have to say I absolutely hate the color scheme for this PV. But beyond that I do enjoy what I see of the PV. Some aspects of the PV have this retro feel to it. Since this is only Kikka’s debut single the PV isn’t the most exciting thing too what. There’s only about 2 different scenes in the whole PV. But that’s to be expected. There are still figuring out what to do with Kikka and how to make her different from ManoEri. There is another thing I love about this PV. I can’t be the only one who noticed this, but the whole time watching this PV I felt like I was watching and Matsuura Aya PV! Kikka does have an extremely similar style voice as Ayaya and her songs do have the same vibe as hers. I mean, this PV looks identical to something Aya released a few years back. You is even doing some of the hand moves Aya does when she songs! This has got to be what H!P is going for. In a way it kind of feels like the happy upbeat Aya never left. Even though the PV is very Aya like, Kikka still manages to do it in her own style, and with a type of song that I don’t thing Ayaya would sing.
I do really like the song. Even though it’s a little too slow for my taste, the song is still super upbeat and positive. And I like the unique sounds that they are giving You. Of course, the chorus is my favorite part of the song. Mostly because it’s the only time the music and PV picks up in anyway.
And of course you can buy the always lovely Kikkawa You’s debut single at CDJapan by clicking below.
A PV preview has just been released for AKB48 sub-group Not Yet’s debut single Shuumatsu Not Yet. Which is funny because I just said in another post how I hope they release a radio rip so I can make a post about the song. XD
When I first saw the picture of Not Yet a month ago I was expecting this awesome, gritty, rock inspired group. Instead we have this laid back and refreshing group. Which isn’t a bad thing, I was just not expecting it. The song itself isn’t really anything spectacular. It’s an ok song, with a mediocre soft beat. But I became a lot more interested in the group by watching the song performed. I thought the dance was both adorable and exciting to watch. I found the performance itself to be very entertaining. I had a goofy smile on my face throughout it. And since then I’ve been patiently waiting to see what the PV would look like.
And now, the preview is finally out. The preview is extremely short, lasting only about 30 seconds. And the entire time the PV preview consists of Not Yet dancing in 2 extremely odd outfits. The first makes them look like they are a squadron of super heroes. And the second one has like a circus theme, but looks like a standard idol concert outfit. Despite the PV being nothing but a dance shot, I’m actually really entertained by it. It just looks so cheerful and happy. Maybe it’s the extremely bright background, or maybe it’s the adorable dance. But whatever it is, there’s something I love about this PV and group. The set of the PV reminds me of like 3 different PVs jumbled together. But that doesn’t really bother me. But for me the highlight of the preview was Yuko’s short dance solo, mostly because it reminds me of her awesome dance solo from Heavy Rotation.
All in all I am actually really looking forward to the full PV.
Here’s the PV preview.
And if you have yet to hear the song, here’s them performing half of it. The song starts at 2:07.
Also, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
During an interview before his concert at the Budokan Akanishi Jin announced that his debut US single will be a collaboration with popular American singer Jason Derulo. In case you’re not familiar with Jason Derulo, last year he had the insanely popular songs Whatcha Say? and In My Head.
This is probably the most exciting Jin news I have come across in months. This means Jin might actually have a chance at becoming popular in the US. Just yesterday I was thinking for Jin to be popular in the US he has to not make music like Justin Timberlake. Because Jin totally wants to be the Japanese Justin Timberlake. Justin hasn’t made music in years, that music direction would be an absolute train wreck. To be popular in America Jin has to make music like Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Taio Cruz, or Jason Derulo. And wouldn’t you know it, his debut single is going to be with Jason Derulo. And since the song itself was made by Jason Derulo that just adds to the chance of it becoming a hit. Even if the song isn’t that amazing just having Jason Derulo in it will automatically get the song some air play. I mean, because of this I’ll probably even get to see the music video on TV. Which is mucho exciting. There have been a lot of Asian artists that failed in the US and I think a main problem with that is they are trying to do it on their own. They don’t realize to really get their name out there, they need to have their name attached to someone already popular in the US. Yes, BoA did collaborate with American artist Sean Garrett. But the problem with that was is Sean Garrett isn’t really popular at all. I mean, the first time I ever heard of him was in her song. Who ever is producing Jin or is handling his career in the US seriously knows what they are doing. I mean, I think Jin might actually be the first Asian artist to really make it here. I went from being extremely skeptical and had absolutely no faith in him, to actually being a little optimistic about his career now.
Let’s just hope the actual lyrics of the song are A LOT better than Yellow Gold. XD
Recently graduated Hello!Project Egg member, Kikkawa You, announced that she will be making her official solo debut on March 30th. The single is entitled Kikkake wa YOU. Their will also be 3 different B sides on different versions of the single. The songs will be Sayonara Namida, Candy Pop, and Fuyuzora Hanabi which she already performed in concert. So we’ve already gotten a chance to hear those songs. Fuyuzora Hanabo and Sayonara Namida are really amazing. I wasn’t really that into Candy Pop. However, we have yet to hear the A-side. But that will probably be released in a radio rip in about a month. Kikkake wa YOU is also being used as the theme song for a movie with the same name that Kikkawa You is starring in.
I’m sure this news doesn’t really come as a shock to anyone who’s been following Kikka’s news. closely. It was pretty much set in stone that she was going solo when she was the opening act for the Hello!Project 2011 Winter Concert. Even though it was obvious it doesn’t make me less excited for this news. I am absolutely thrilled that this is finally 100% confirmed. Kikka is an amazingly talented vocalist and I’m glad that she’s not being wasted as just an Egg member. I am also really thrilled for Hello!Project to finally have another soloist. It was getting pretty boring with ManoEri. And I kinda feel bad for ManoEri because it seems like Kikka is completely going to blow her out of the water. I mean Fuyuzora Hanabi is a lot better than Seishun Serenade and it’s only a B-side! Look at this, I’m Kikka biased already. XD
Here are her B-side concert rips for anyone who is interested in hearing them.
SUPER GIRLS released their debut PV, Miracle ga Tommanai, through their USTREAM account. Since this song isn’t a single, and is coming straight off their debut album Chouzetsu Shoujou, I wonder if this means some other songs will get PVs too? I would love for that to happen, but honestly I doubt it will.
A lot of people were expecting another completely unique idol group. Since Avex usually makes out of the ordinary idol groups like Hinoi Team and AAA. But honestly I am really excited to another SweetS type idol group from Avex. The song and PV are pretty much carbon copies of every other idol group that’s out there. Which is completely expected. It’s hard to make an idol group now a days, that’s actually original. The PV is pretty simple, almost boring. But since it’s their first PV you have to cut them some slack.
I absolutely love the outfits.
This chick looks like a mix between Ariyasu Momoka and Watanabe Mayu. And I hate the super low quality. XD
Well, she’s cute.
Wow, this girl is the prettiest.
Look, it’s Tsuji Nozomi mixed with Tanaka Reina.
Oh man, she has a cute voice to match.
She totally looks like Hayami Akari mixed with Akimoto Sayaka.
The random hearts reminds me of Ice Creamusume’s debut PV, but I’m too lazy to go make a cap. XD
Haato! She has Arihara Kanan ears, except more intense.
I really need to stop making caps of this girl. But she’s just so pretty.
Oh man, it’s just like Perfume’s Baby Cruising Love. Too lazy to make a cap of that too. XD
Former Hello!Project member Kago Ai is getting back into the singing business once again. She’s releasing her debut single, No Hesitation, on June 24th. This will be her first music release in over 2 years.
Some one please tell my I’m not dreaming. That this is really happening. Aibon is really making music again. I know she’s been mentioning singing and making music on her blog for a while now. But for some reason I didn’t really expect it to be happening. But it’s really happening and I’m freaking out. This is like the best news ever! Kago is finally singing again. It’s been years since she’s released any music. The lyrics were also written by Aibon herself, which is really impressive. The song itself seems a little bland but Kago’s singing makes over that 4 times over. I’m really excited to her the rest of the song in high quality and maybe even a PV. I’m just super happy to see her singing again.
Here’s a short sample of her song, since there’s no official preview out.