Berryz Koubou gets monthly show

It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou will be getting their own monthly show titled Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen. The show will air on TBS every 3rd Saturday of the month. The first episode is going to air in October.

It’s really exciting to see that Berryz will be getting their own show. Even if it is monthly instead of weekly. And it’s on TBS, which I think is fairly popular. But I do wonder how long the show will last for. Obviously if you’re only going to have a monthly show, the station doesn’t really believe that you will pull in many ratings. But I’m much more interested in what the show is going to be abut rather than how long it is going to last. H!P shows come and go so fast anymore, that I honestly don’t let it bother me anymore when they end.

S/mileage down one yet again

It was announced over a week ago that S/mileage sub-member, Kosuga Fukuya, will be stopping all her activities as a S/mileage sub-member. While practicing for her first S/mileage concert she was diagnosed with acute anemia.  Fukuya will be focusing on her treatment, and afterwards will officially join the Eggs.

II can’t really say that Fukuya is my favorite Smileage sub-member, since I don’t know much about her. But I do feel incredibly sorry for Fukuya. I can’t imagine what it feels like to have just fulfilled your dream to be an idol, only for it to be snatched away before you really even got a chance. She must be incredibly heartbroken. I also wonder if she’ll be able to be an Egg at all. Anemia isn’t a disease you get over. She’ll have it for the rest of her life, and will be weaker than other people because of it.

But whatever happens to Fukuya I wish her the best. Even if she does stay and Egg forever. Which would be a tragedy, since she did win the audition.

Momusu’s channels their weirdness for new PV

Recently the PV for Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, which is the 2nd A-side from Morning Musume’s upcoming single, was released. I was going to review this PV sooner, but I couldn’t find the PV on youtube. Then I finally realized that the 10 minute video hey uploaded was both A-sides together. Not one of my finer moments. XD

This PV, I can’t even put into words how amazing it is. This is one of the cheapest PVs Morning Musume has ever made, but at the same time it’s one of the best PVs Morning Musume has ever made! And it’s not everyday you can make a statement like that. Since this PV is set in Sayumi’s dream, they could really play up the weirdness. And play it up they did! And as a result we are left with a PV that is so weird, and so random you are left asking yourself “what did I watch,” and, “how much acid were they on when they came up with this.” Which is the kind of PV I have waiting for Morning Musume to do since I became a fan. It really brings out the youthful, almost child like spirit, and is wacky, zany, and all kinds of awesome. I mean this PV has outfits that are just one pola dot away from being absolutely hideous. But somehow manage to stay on the eccentric, and playful side of the spectrum. I don’t even mind that the CG is horrible. It’s not like H!P is known for having great CG. When you look at PVs like Mini Moni’s Mini Moni Bus Guide, and Pucchi Moni’s Pittari Shitai Xmas, the CG is 100 times better.
This PV is just absolutely incredible. And it has everything! Weird faces, Risa attacking godzilla with a suki beam, dancing in the clouds, Morning Musume sprouting wings, and minature Momusus flying out of Sayumi’s head. I am just so in love with how weird it is!

I wish the connection was better.

Random jumping chapstick. I’m sold already!

I find out hard to believe that chapstick made her lips that sheer and glossy. As if the rest of the PV makes sense either. XD

They way that they sing in their close-ups reminds me of what Arashi did in their Troublemaker PV.

I love that it’s the comis dream bubble. And it’s nice to see Reina with a different hairstyle. Even if it reminds me of Flying Get. XD

The floating heads are awesome.

But it of course reminds me of the Pon Pon PV.

And Aicle’s Que Sera Sera PV. (Random Jrock reference no one cares about. XD)

Reina does look pretty cute in this PV.

So does Sayumi. I think everyone’s outfits in this PV are awesome.

Kiss Kiss.

Riho’s outfot is one of my favorites.

I love that Erina’s head randomly appears.

I love they have Erina and Mizuki in the clouds too, so Aika’s not alone.

KY keeps standing out to me more and more. She looks adorable in this PV.

They keep shoving Erina and Sayumi together. I wonder if it’s because they want Eripon to have a similar personality as Sayumi’s?

I think it’s adorable that Aika’s glasses are in her hair.

Mizuki looks really adorable in this PV. I hate that they hardly ever show her.

At first I though Risa was trying to do the Glico Man pose, but then I realized it’s not the same. XD

Ai-chan’s outfit is fabulous, but it doesn’t fit in with the other outfits. And lolz at Zukki’s priceless face.

Riho looks adorable.

I don’t get what’s with the random marker.

Suki suki biimu dashimakuri na no ni! And I love that the dinosaur is dressed like a businessman. Lol.

Of course eating apples makes you sprout wings!

Cute.

Adorable.

This PV was really in need of Zukki’s bright smile.

It’s raining Momusu.

Adorable.

9th gen up front!

Lol.

Zukki!

Adorable.

Lol.

Best face ever!

Fish face.

I hate that Reina just did A~in.

XD.

Oh, Zukki. XD

Quick everyone fly out of Sayumi’s hair.

Lol.

Cute.

I was really hoping for a better PV

A few weeks ago Morning Musume released the PV for Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo from their upcoming double A-side single. I know a few weeks in blog years seems like an eternity, but bear with with I’m still playing blog catch up here. Also, since then a 10 minute version of this PV was uploaded onto Morning Musume’s official youtube channel. But I’m only reviewing the 5 minute PV. A 10 minute PV review would take forever to write and be obnoxiously long. Which is why I didn’t make a new review for the 18 minute PV for AKB48’s Flying Get.

When I first saw the PV preview I was excited for how interesting it looked. But after I watched the whole PV I ended up being more dissapointed then excited. The PV is nothing but a dance shot and close-ups like their PVs always are. I actually do like the background they are dancing on. It’s so elaborate and weird, that it’s awesome. Yes, it is a big cheap looking, bother me. The girls looks flawless, and the outfits are gorgeous. But I’m still bored. If they only thing the PV has going for it is that the background has different fun elemets to it, there’s a problem. The PV is lazy. I can’t really explain it better than that. It’s like they thought because the background is interesting they didn’t need to really bother beyond that. It’s the same exact thing they did with Berryz Koubou’s Ryuusei Boy. Just shoved them in space and call it a day. Matsuura Aya’s Good Bye Natsuo PV had a space theme, with equally awful CG, and still managed to have other elements to it. It’s actually the perfect example of how you can take an incredibly low budget and still make a fun PV.

This scene is adorable. But kind of unnecessary. I wish they found a more intersting way conect the PV to the Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai PV. I would have loved to see them contect the PVs like SNSD conected the Run Devil Run PV to the Oh! one.

Adorable sleeping Aika. I’m so sad that she’s hardly in this PV.

Zukki is so lovely. Her cuteness will surpass Sayumi’s in no time.

Am I the only one who’s just not interested in seeing their feet at all? And I forgot to mention that of course Reina is wearing leopard print.

Quick open the magic door! Unless this is an homage to the Twillight Zone, (I doubt Japan even knows what that is. XD) I honestly think it’s a bit lame. But I bet C.S. Lewis would have gotten a kick out of it.

Ai-chan looks stunning in this outfit.

I’m not gonna lie, cheap or not, I completely love the space background.

I always though Sayumi got stuck with the ugliest outfit. But if that weird necklace looking fabric wasn’t there, her outfit would be the best.

Hot. Ai-chan looking all sultry.

Riho looks super cute her. She always looks the best with her hair up.

Wow, Risa’s make up is very striking. Too bad her hairstyle makes her look washed up.

I hate the outfit they make Zukki wear just because she’s a little thicker than the other girls. I think she’ll forever be put in the outfits Risako and Massa wear.

Risa completely demands your attention here.

Hooray for the first apperance of Aika! Besides the beginning of course.

This reminds me of the Renai Revolution 21 dance.

Aika always look pretty in curls. It’s my favorite hairstyle on her.

Sayumi looks gorgeous.

Creepy extreme close-up.

I don’t get Aika haters. How does no one else see she’s as cute as a button?

Is that really Eripon? When did she get that pretty?

I fear that is is what post Ai-chan Morning Musume is going to look like.

This is literally the first time I noticed Mizuki in the entire PV. XD

Sometimes I wish Sayumi wasn’t so adorable. It makes it harder for me to not like her. (But she’s still my least favorite current Momusu member.)

Risa looks so awkward here that it’s adorable.

I can’t get over how incredible Erina looks.

I’m so bored by Reina. She does her hair the same exact way everytime! It does suit her, but come on change it up everyonce in a while.

Zukki’s bright smile can liven up any PV.

That’s the same move from Kimagure Princess!

This gives a whole new meaning to reach for the stars.

Meet Morning Musume’s 10th gen finalists

On a recent episode of HelloPro! Time they revealed the finalists for Morning Musume’s 10th generation. It was revealed that their are 10 finalists, which is double the amount of the 9th gen auditions. I wonder if this means the 10th gen will be larger than expected.

The 10th gen finalists are as follows:

Kudou Haruka, age 11

Apparently Haruka has been a member of H!P Eggs for a year and a half. Which is honestly news to me, since I don’t follow the Eggs at all. Her Egg training has paid off a great deal because I think her voice is good. It’s not perfect or anywhere the level of the 5 Momusu senpais, but there’s some potential there. Her voice voice is cute and strong, and it could develope into something like Kamei Eri’s voice. I also think Haruka is cute as a button. She looks slightly awkward, as most kids her age do, but for the most part she’s cute. I think she would fir nicely in Morning Musume.

 Iikubo Haruna age 16

I think hands down Haruna is one of the prettiest 10th gen finalist. However, I don’t really want her in the 10th gen. Quite honestly, I think she’s too old. A lot of Momusu fans seem to want older 10th gen members to bridge the gap between the 9th gen and Aika. Or I guess the gap between the 9th gen and Risa. But I have never agreed with that. I don’t want idols to be older just to bridge the gap. That would make their time as an idol extremely short. (That’s usually how it’s been for all the older Musumes. Their time in Momusu, was short. Obviously most of them went  on to become soloists.) And pretty much since the 5th gen the idols have all been young, and were never added to bridge any gap. With the exception of Miki, JunJun, and to a lesser extent LinLin. I think 14 is pretty much the cut off. Since Sayumi, Reina, and Aika were 14 when they joined.
As for Haruna’s singing ability, it is extremely difficult to hear her voice. What I can hear of her singing is that it seems like she lacks energy. Her singing is very low and soft, which is one of the reasons I can’t hear her singing clearly. And if she’s singing that low it’s most likely because she lacks confidence. I think one awkward KY girl in the group is enough for now.

Satou Masaki age 12.

Masaki seems to have the same problem that Haruna has. Her singing was extremely low. And she seemed incredibly nervous. But what I did hear of her voice I liked. It was completely adorable. Maybe even too cute for Morning Musume, I kind of wish she was in the S/mileage auditions instead. But if it worked for Aibon, Nono, and Rika. I guess it could work for her. Because she seems to have a good tone to her voice. I’m sure when she’s singing at 100% without any nerves, her voice is probably fairly powerful.
Also, I think Masaki is one of the prettiest finalist. Especially when her hair is down. I think that would probably make her a popular member off the bat.

Tashima Meru age 11.

Meru reminds me a tiny bit of Zukki. In the sense that Zukki couldn’t sing, but made up for it in her energy. Meru seems to do the same thing. Her voice is pretty terrible and screechy, but she has a smile on her face the whole way through. But I don’t know how much I believe her smile, it seems a little fake to me. You could tell that Zukki was always 100% genuine in her audition. She was overflowing with excitment and energy. It was like her enthusiasm couldn’t be contained. And that’s what drew me to her. Meru does looked excited to be there, but not half as much as Zukki was. That’s pretty much all I have to say about her. She’s cute but her smile seems fake. I don’t want an idol that has a fake smile already. I want it to be years before you can tell her smile isn’t real anymore. Or I want her to be an idol who’s smile never seemed fake. Like LinLin’s.

Oogami Hinako age 13.

There’s not really much I can say about Hinako, since they decided to show footage of her dancing rather than singing. She did look to be very energetic and happy while she was dancing to Seishun Collection. I don’t know if I would have been, considering how boring the song is. But her little dance solo after that was completely weird. I think the announcer was saying it was a jazz dance. But whatever it was, it was odd. And she had this blank stare while doing it. I don’t really think this girl is too easy on the eyes either. She’s a little odd looking.

Miyagi Ayumi, age 11.

I like this girl. There’s something infectious about her. We, unexpectedly, got to see a preview of both her dancing and singing auditions. She was very confident in her dancing and was at a fairly high level. As to be expected since she has 6 years of dance experience. And I think it’s funny that the 2 girls next to her were so horrible at dancing it looked like they weren’t even trying.
Her singing was also pretty good. Her voice was unique. It was deeper than the average idol voice. It really makes her stand out.
I also think Ayumi is really pretty. She looks very mature for her age. It’s hard to believe she’s 11, she could easily pass for 14.
I also think this girl is the Riho of this audition. She seems to be the total package so far.

Miwa Satsuki, age 11.

Oh my god, I do not want this girl anywhere near Morning Musume. She is an awful singer. Not even awful in the idol sort of way where you could forgive her because she’s so cute. Awful in the traditional sense of singing. And it completely irks me that she’s singing a C-ute song. Momusu have like 200 songs or more, you honestly couldn’t find one that fit your range? Yeah, I know that Eripon sang a Lilpri song during her audition, but Erina owned that song.

Ishida Ayumi, age 14.

Honestly, my first reaction to this girl was that she looks creepy. But then I saw her dance, and I was blown away and wanted her in Momusu. But then I heard her sing, and I took that back. She completely butchered Naichau Kamo. She wasn’t even singing it in tune a little bit. And the girls Japanese but it sounds like she can’t even pronounce kamo properly. Her kamo literally sounds like she’s trying to say camel.

Tanaka Fuuka, age 12.

This girl, I don’t even know why, but I love this girl. My initial reaction was that she looks like an alien. Because she does. But her dancing is at an extremely high level. But her singing isn’t. She’s actually pretty bad at singing. But I lover her voice. It is absolutely adorable. It has that odd idol pitch, that idol singers have when their voice is terrible but you still end up liking it because of how cute the voice is. It’s the idol voice that I actually love. Listen to Watanabe Mayu a bit, you’ll see what I mean if you don’t already. And this girl is so odd looking that she’s cute. I want this girl in Momusu! I don’t even fully understand why, but I just do.

Murakami Sara, age 13.

I like Sara’s overal image. For starters I think she is extremely pretty. She looks like a mix between Miyazaki Aoi and Ogawa Makoto. Which is never a bad thing. Her clothing and hairstlye seem to be a bot more on the edgier side. I also absolutely adore her voice. It is deep and completely unique. There’s never been a voice like hers in Morning Musume before. It reminds me of what Melon Kinenbi’s voices were like. And I suddenly want to hear her sing This is Unmei, like right now. Her voice is at a surprisingly high level. All she really needs to do is polish her extended notes. Her voice seems to waver a bit at them. But this girl is so unique, that they need to scoop her up ASAP. I would literally be heartbroken if she’s gets passed up. She’s my favorite so far.

 

Overall I think there’s a lot of talent in the 10th gen finalists. So much so that I’m sure other idol groups will probably scoop up the girls who don’t get picked. And they will forever be added to the failures of Tsunku box.
I am also extremely angry that Miyamoto Karin isn’t there. People have said not to worry that Mizuki wasn’t in the finals and made it to be the 9th gen. But I honestly think Mizuki was a fluke. It seems that Mizuki was not supposed to be added and was kicked out before the final round. But Tsunku, or whoever is really in control, thought things over more and decided Morning Musume did need her. And she was added. It was obviously not planned, hence why Mizuki herself was so shocked to be added. I honestly don’t know if that will happen with Karin. Especially since Egg member Kudou Haruka is one of the finalists. That and the fact that Karin’s talent isn’t something you would need to think over. Her skill is so obvious, and in your face, you would be a complete idiot not to see it. And I honestly don’t think Tsunku is an idiot. I honestly think that if Karin doesn’t join Morning Musume, it’s not becasue Tsunku doesn’t think she’s good enough, it means he thinks she too good. That he has something bigger and better planned for her. What, or when, that is, is anyone’s guess. It’s the same thing he did with Kikkawa Yuu. Fans like to whine that she should have joined the 8th gen, or should have gone solo years ago. But I agree with that to an extent. After seeing Kikka’s singing ability now, I wish she did debut years ago. But honestly I don’t really think she was at that level years ago. Yes, she was a good singer years ago, but not as good a singer as she is now. Look at how much better she is now compared to when she was in Milky Way.
However, I don’t think Karin needs to wait. She’s at an extremely high level of both singing and dancing. I honestly don’t see how she could get any better than she already is.

S/mileage-Tachiagaaru song and PV preview

Recently the radio rip and PV preview for Smileage’s upcoming 7th single, Tachiagaaru, has been released. Which is the first single to feature the new sub-members and is the first single without Saki.

When the sub-members were first announced I was completely eager to hear the new members in action. I know a lot of S/mileage fans were worried that the new single wouldn’t even be worth buying. But I wasn’t concerned in the least about that, I knew it wasn’t likely that S/mileage was going to dissapoint me. And after listening to the song, it once again proved that S/mileage hardly ever messes up. The song isn’t anywhere near as over the top, and energetic as Uchouten Love. But it is an extremely cute song. They most likely had to have a tamer song to make it more comfortable for the new members. Especially since some of them aren’t the best singers. But on the other hand Maji Desu ka Ska wasn’t really that easy for the 9th gen. Even though the song is sung softly, it definitely has the S/mileage feel to it. The music sounds pretty much like their other songs jumbled together, and there’s a lot of background vocalizations that S/mileage seems to include in their songs a lot. And S/mileage seem to be taking this whole sub member thing to heart. The song is heavily lead by the 3 remaining original members. It seems like the sub-members only get one solo line each, which is to be expected. I’m not even sure if all the sub-members get a solo line because I’m not familiar enough with their voices yet. It sounds like Akari, Rina, and Meimi have lines. So, if they have solos most likely Kana and Fukuya have ones as well.

S/mileage was recently on Sakigake to promote their new single, so we get a short PV preview because of that. The preview is only about 20 seconds long, which is hardly enough time to really get a feel for the PV. Mostly because in that 20 seconds all we can see is the dance shot. and some small close-ups. And you can never tell if that’s all the PV is, or if there is more to it. However, the one thing you can tell about the PV is that it’s cheap. So far all we can see is S/mileage dancing on sand in front of some sort of desert background during the night and day. The set honestly reminds me of the Shortcut set, since both times they were dancing on sand. The PV also shows 2 different close-ups. One in the dance set and one group close-up. Which kind of makes it seem like that’s all there is to the PV. I wish that wasn’t the case, but we all know that idol PVs in general are usually less than spectacular.

By the way, this video is their entire apperance on Sakigake, the PV preview doesn’t start until 7:21 and than again at 7:56. But you should also be sure to watch Rinapuu singing a line of the chorus at 7:31 and sounding absolutely adorable and nearly flawless.

Berryz Koubou and C-ute to release collab single

It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou and C-ute will be releasing their first ever collab single for their upcoming collaboration concert. The single is entitled Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku and will be released on November 9th. This song will also be used as the ending theme for the movie Oosama Game, which Berryz Koubou and C-ute are featured in.

It seems that H!P is doing some pretty interesting things recently. With the Mobekimasu single, and this one, there’s a lot more going on then the usual random single ever 3 months or so. I am excited for a C-ute collab single, but I don’t think it will work as well as it would have when Berryz Koubou and C-ute were the same size and were doing their first collav concert. But for the Berryz Kamen vs Cuite Ranger they only shared a B-side, which was a bit lack luster in my opinion. Apparently there is going to be a C-ute version and a Berryz version of the PV. Does that mean their won’t be a join version ar all? Which makes it basically an exact copy of what they did with Darling I Love You. If you’re doing a collaboration wouldn’t it make sense to have just 1 version?

But I will wait until the single comes out before I judge it.

You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.


Berryz Koubou x C-ute -Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Berryz Koubou x C-ute -Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]

Berryz Koubou x C-ute -Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku [Regular Edition]

Mobekimasu to release first single

It was announced recently that Mobekimasu will be releasing their first single. (I don’t really count a song you could only purchase at concerts a single.) For any relatively new fans, Mobekimasu is what the current members of Hello!Project are called. They took the first character of each groups name, to form an anagram. Their debut single is entitled Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku and will be released on November 16th. I also read that Morning Musume 10th gen and the H!P Eggs will also take part in this single, but as of right now there’s no way to confirm that.

I don’t know what to say about this other than I am absolutely ecstatic. Since I started to listen to H!P in 2007, I wasn’t around for any of the summer shuffles. And because of that I’ve always hoped that they would do something like that again. So, I am thrilled that H!P is finally rehashing the H!P All Stars idea. Though I actually wish they would have releashed a final H!P All Stars single right before the Elder Club graduation. That would have been huge, and would have featured nearly every H!P member of all time, at the time. But I don’t dwell on the past. (Unless it’s about Koharu) I am completely looking forward to this single. The PV, the song, live performances, just everything about it. It does feel a little empty and small compaired to H!P All Stars, but that honestly doesn’t bother me. Having Mobekimasu is a brilliant idea for both fans and from a marketing point of view. This single will probably get decent air play and radio play because it features H!P as a whole. And will also probably sell well because of all of the fans combined. Just a perfect move for post Ai-chan UFA. I also love that we finally get to see all the H!P girls together doing an official single, rather than just at concerts. I think H!P is one of the only idol agencies that could include all of their idols together without the fans hating it. (Possibly the 48 groups could do it as as well, but I honestly don’t know that much about their generanl fanbase) Could you imagine the backlash of a JE agency single? Most JE fans don’t get along, and hate fans of other groups. They constantly cause petty fights. Mostly on the Arashi and KAT-TUN sides. XD

Despite this single not being released until November we already have a sneak peek of both the song and PV from PON via the PV shooting. However, it is an extremely short clip where you can barely even hear the song.
I’m not really too impressed with what I see so far. I absolutely love the main latex outfits for this single, but I actually hate the dresses. Am I the only one who thinks they look strikingly similar to the outfits they wore in the H!P 2010 Summer Fankora concert?

Just make them full dresses and change the color scheme around, and they are more or less the same dresses. The PV so far also looks like it’s pretty cheap. The dance shot and group close-ups are filmed in the same room. Why isn’t the PV budget bigger? I mean it features all of the members, you’d figure because of that they would have a fairly large budget.

As for the song you can only hear a small chunk of it, but it sounds pretty H!P generic so far. The chorus actually reminds me of Aa, Yo ga Akeru from the way it’s sung. But I’m actually more interested in line distribution. So far we can only hear Reina and Risako singing. If the line distribution isn’t somewhat fair it will completely ruin this single for me. Yes, H!P All Stars didn’t really have fair line distribution, but H!P All Stars was twice the size Mobekimasu is.

You can, of course, purchase this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.


Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Limited Edition / Type B]


Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Limited Edition / Type C]


Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Limited Edition / Type D]

Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Limited Edition / Type E]

Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Limited Edition / Type F]

Mobekimasu – Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku [Regular Edition]

Morning Musume’s 47th single’s PV previews

This weeks episode of HelloPro Time showed the PV previews for Morning Musume’s double A-side 47th single, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai.

When I first saw the covers for this single a couple days ago I just assumed that the Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo was going to have a mature theme and the Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai PV was going to have a fun and silly theme. Well, I have never been happier to be wrong about something before.
Both PVs have this silly, fun, carefree, and upbeat theme that Morning Musume’s PVs used to have. This single sounds a lot like the songs Morning Musume used to release and now the PV looks like the fun H!P PVs of the past. I am seriously getting flashbacks of Boogie Train 2003, Pittari Shitai Xmas, and Goodbye Natsuo.
Both PVs are far better than I could have imagined. And I think is finally solid proof that Morning Musume is really entering a new era. They are going back to happy, upbeat, cutesy, silly, and fun idol music. Which is something I have patiently waiting for since Resonant Blue came out.

I cannot wait for the full PVs to come out now!

Ogawa Saki announces graduation

A completely shocking and unexpected announcement, that honestly feels like a punch to the stomach, was made today on S/mileage’s official website. The announcment was that the youngest member, Ogawa Saki, will be graduating from both S/mileage and Hello!Project. Ogawa Saki will be graduating on August 27th without an official graduation concert. Her official reason for leaving is wanting to be a normal junior high student.

I don’t even know what to say. I am honestly at a loss for words and am literally on the verge of tears. Saki was never my favorite member. That top spot always was, and always will be, reserved for Kanon. But lately I’ve been growing more and more attached to this cute and gluttonous girl. I have always loved Saki’s voice though. She’s in the top 2 singers in S/mileage. Her voice isn’t perfect, but you could tell that it had the potential to develope into something great.

And suddenly the S/mileage auditions make a lot more sense. When they were first announced I thought it was done merely because Tsunku saw the potential in them to become a long lasting, revolving door idol group like Morning Musume. But it turns out that Tsunku was freaking out when Saki asked to graduate and had hastily announced the auditions. Just by the fact that Tsunku used the word hastily, makes me think that auditions weren’t always S/mileage’s game plan. Or if they were, he hadn’t expected to hold until years down the road. Some bloggers out there had even said where there’s auditions, there’s graduations. But I just brushed those comments off as fans overanalyzing the situation more than I was. But in all honesty, I brushed them off because I didn’t want to think like that. S/mileage for me, since day one, has always been incredible. They haven’t really dissapointed me yet. Which is rare for an idol group.

I don’t know what to make of this. Saki wasn’t my absolute favorite member, but that doesn’t really make this announcment any less painful. It’s always sad to see an idol graduate. Like I’ve said before, it honestly feels like you’re losing a friend. This person doesn’t know you, but you know so much about them, so there’s a bond between you. Even if it is a one-sided bond. With Saki I just started to like her, so the bond wasn’t really that strong. But now that she’s leaving, it feels like I’ve wasted a lot of time. And it really makes me sad that I’ll never get the chance to become a bigger fan of hers. (And this oddly reminds me of aMa no Jaku. XD)

I do wonder how this announcment will affect the new members. Even though Saki told Tsunku she wanted to leave 1 month before the new member auditions, it still feels like there could be so some animosity towards the new members from Saki wota. For the mere fact that their beloved Sakitty is gone, and in her place are random newbies. That, or it could help the new members. With Saki leaving, I’m sure all the Saki wota have a void to fill. Maybe they’ll fill it with a new member.

But there an aspect I don’t like about this whole situation. Why isn’t she getting an official graduation concert? Did she want to leave so badly she couldn’t even handle one more S/mileage concert tour? Every member of H!P that graduates, who isn’t leaving because of a scandal, gets a graduation concert. Even Ishimura Maiha, who I think is seriously the only H!P member to legitimately leave to continue their studies, had a graduation concert. I’m not saying I think Saki was in a scandal, because I honestly don’t. But I just don’t understand why this was announced 3 days before the date of her graduation, without a proper send off event. It doesn’t make any sense at all.

But right now none of that matters. As the shock, sadness, and overall numbness kick in, I can only think about the happy times. Right now all I can think of is Saki crying when the members of S/mileage were announced. Her being full of energy after finishing her practice for the S/mileage and C-ute joint concert. Her always overeating. And most of all her smiling face. That apparently had been hiding feelings of longing for a normal life, but her smile never faltered. Which adds to the unexpectedness of this announcment. But, idols never really show that they are graduating in their faces. Even if their graduating was planned for months ahead.

Ai-chan’s solo Jishin Motte, Yume Motte, Tobidatsu Kara radio rip

The radio rip for Takahashi Ai’s solo song Jishin Motte, Yume Motte, Tobidatsu Kara featured on Morning Musume’s 47th single has been revealed. This song is only a B-side, however the full PV for this song will be included in the Limited Edition version of Morning Musume’s 12th album.

When I first listened to the song I was completely surprised. Since Ai-chan is the best singer, arguably, in Morning Musume’s history I was expecting a ballad. Something along the lines of Yume Kara Samete or Kioku no Meiro. But I actually really do like the sound of this song. It’s a nice soft rock song that sounds more like a B-side or album filler for Buono, than a song Ai would do. But Ai sounds amazing and her voice fits the song perfectly. Which just shows how Ai-chan can sing any genre of music perfectly. Which also reminds me how much it hurts to lose and amazing voice like hers.
The only real complaint I have about this song is it didn’t really use Ai’s voice to her full potential. Everyone knows the that Ai-chan has an incredible range. While listening to the song I kept waiting for some high notes to come out of nowhere. I am pretty sad that they never came.
Well, that and I can’t really stand that radnomly throughout the song she sings in a slightly annoying pitch. Everytime she does it, it’s like she’s trying to make her voice sound cuter than it actually is. I’ve already expressed before how much I can’t stand when she does that. It just knocks her incredible voice down a peg. Leave stuff like that to Sayumi. Not like Sayumi is ever doing it on purpose.

Having this song as a B-side just makes this upcoming single even better than it already is. I stand by my statement that this single is the best single Morning Musume has released in a while. This makes me hopeful that the 12th album will be just as good.