ManoEri to release 10th single

It was announced recently through Twitter that H!P solo artists Mano Erina will be releasing her 10th single. The single is titled My Days For You and will be released on June 29th.

Honestly, when I first heard the name of the song it completely reminded me of Gazette’s song Anata no Tame no Kono Inochi, because it translates to my life for you. However, I doubt the songs is going that creepy or even similiar at all. XD Anyway, I wish I could say I was really excited for this release. ManoEri’s singles are either hit or miss for me. And I find her album songs to be pretty boring, what I’ve heard of them anyway. I will admit I have been starting to like some of her songs a lot lately. But I still think they are on the bottom half of what H!P is releasing.

Of course with the release date so far away, we don’t really know anything else about the single. But I will keep this blog updated on the news as it comes.

ManoEri’s Seishun no Lullaby

I try to follow H!P as closely as possible. But there is one artist I always neglect, and the is Mano Erina. Most of the time it’s done unintentionally, because of my love hate relationship with ManoEri. But with her new single Seishun no Serenade, I kept putting off posting about it until here we are now. The PV has just been released and I have literally never heard the song before.

And even not even because her outfit looks like a more wholesome version of a race queen outfit, or I dislike the song. I actually do like the song. It’s not my favorite, but it is catchy. And it’s not even because I lack the interest in witting about her. I do a little, but I write about her anyway. But her video is so boring, uninteresting, and uneventful I have no idea what to write about it. I just reviews S/mileage’s boring Short Cut PV, but I did so for 2 reasons. 1. I love S/mileage and could always find things to say about them and 2. There was actually something to mention of why I disliked it. Like the random moon dance and hideous haircuts. But with Seishun no Serenade there’s basically 3 scenes repeated over and over.
Scene 1: dancing

And yet still the entire dance scene all I kept thinking was, “Oh, cool she got new backup dancers.”
Scene 2: Close up shot

Every PV has one.
Scene 3: Random walking

In which she just walks around. But check out the Love Machine poster behind her!
Scene 4: Close up shot part deux

Apparently everyone has 2. XD
Scene 5: The only exciting part

This is seriously the only cool part of her whole PV. It’s cute, it’s fun, and it looks awesome. Too bad it only lasts for 20 seconds.
And there you have it, that’s the whole PV. It seems like you watched the whole thing, right? I just saved you 4:40 minutes.
Now, I’m not making this post to diss ManoEri at all because it’s not her fault. And I’m not saying H!P releases such great PVs either. Because this is pretty much their wash, rinse, repeat PV formula. I just made this post out of frustration. I hate boring, simple, cheap, uneventful PVs. A PV is what you remember the song by, and if the PV sucks it takes the song down a notch. I also made this post to show why I don’t do a review of every single PV that gets released. A PV has to have a certain spark to make a review. Whether it’s a good or bad spark, doesn’t matter.

Okashiimono de Ikou

Mano Erina’s 8th single, Genkimono de Ikou, was released today. So naturally the PV has been out for a while. But you can chalk this review up to things I have missed while I was away. I’m still caching up here. ._. When I heard the song title it immediately reminded me of Buono’s Gachinko de Ikou. And honestly who didn’t think of that? While the song isn’t really up to the incredible standard we’ve come to love about Buono, the song is really good by ManoEri standard. I should really stop ragging on Erina so much especially since I actually really do like a majority of her music. I’m even starting to like her indie singles. Well Lucky Aura anyway. Wow, if some one told me when Mano Piano was released I’d grow to like ManoEri I would have laughed at them. XD

Since I always find similarities in idol PVs, no exception with this one. I thought I’d point out all the things I find similar first.

Her outfit is pretty similar to things Buono have worn before.

See, the styling of Momoko’s outfit is nearly the same.

The dance scenes remind me of AKB48.

The way that a lot of people are dancing on a stage reminds me of Oogoe Diamond.

And also 10nin Matsuri’s Dancing Natus Matsuri because of the festival lanterns and the red and white background.

The red suited guy reminds me of Masuda Takahisa.

Note the black suited kid in Massuperman.

Onto the PV itself.

ManoEri looks super cute.

I don’t understand what this whole business meeting scene is about. XD

For some reason this guy reminds me of Nakamaru Yuichi. WTF! o_O

Lolz unflattering ManoEri shot.

Try ManoEri’s new Genkimono brand iced tea.

And they love him why?

I do really love Erina’s ring master outfit.


*insert something witty about whips here*

Akari! I wish I could get a better cap of her. :/

Whoa, wait. Is that Kikkawa Yuu? I don’t remember her back up dacning for ManoEri before.

Why do they keep slapping people?

Ok, now everyone fall in love with your bipolar boss.

Ok, there is officially too much written Japanese in this PV. And way to pimp the ipad. XD

She just wore a Chinese themed outfit in the Onegai Dakara PV. They must be trying too keep any Chinese fans they’ll lose with LinJun going.


Idols win big at the Japan Gold Disc Awards

The 24th Japan Gold Disc Awards were held in Japan on the 24th. And a good chunk of the awards were given to idols.

KAT-TUN’s Rescue single won for the totally Johnny’s dominated category of 5 Best Singles. Even though this was KAT-TUN’s only win for the night, it’s still pretty exciting. I love Rescue but I had no idea it was popular enough to win for best single. Shows what I know.

AKB48 also won a special award. I’m not exactly sure what the special award pertains to, or even if AKB48 deserved it. But they won it regardless.

And the most undeserving award goes to Mano Erina. She won for 5 best new artists at this years award. This is exciting news for ManoEri to be really popular and being recognized in Japan. But I gotta say I don’t think she deserves this at all. Some of her songs are catchy and are growing on me, so I get the hype. But Erina isn’t exactly the best singer in the world. In fact she can barely sing at all. It’s cool that an H!P artist is getting this award, but it would be cooler if it was an H!P artist who deserved it. I know this awards are based on sales and she only won because she sells well. I don’t know, it just doesn’t sit right with me.

But the overall winners of these awards was Arashi. The won an astonishing 10 awards! Best new artist, Album of the year: All the best! 1999-2009, Single of the year: Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei, 5 Best Albums : All the Best! 1999-2009, 5 Best Singles: Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon ~Kimi wa Muteki~, 5 Best Singles: Everything, 5 Best Singles: Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei, 5 Best Singles: My Girl, Best DVD: Arashi Around Asia 2008 in Tokyo, Best DVD: 5×10 All the Best! CLlips 1999-2009.
It is absolutely incredible that Arashi won 4/5 of the years best singles. Japan’s love for Arashi never ceases to amaze me. Believe and Crazy Moon were really great songs, totally deserving of being part of the best singles.

H!P 2010 calendars

The cover’s for H!P’s 2012 calendars have been released. And let’s just say not all calendars are created equally.

Morning Musume’s calendar.

I know Morning Musume has been styled this way 1,000 times, but I love the cover. Everyone one just looks gorgeous. Especially Koharu, she has the best hairstyle hands down. My eyes were immediately drawn to her because she’s the only one doing an interesting pose. Everyone else looks kind of flat pose wise. I also think Aika looks amazing with that hair. They should always style her hair like that. Half of the time her hair is just straight or ugly. I would have liked to see them do something with LinLin’s hair, it just looks boring. I loved her curly hair from Naichau Kamo. In my opinion it should be curled. But, I think Sayumi looks great with just her straight hair. She’s one of the few people who look better with it down.
And for a random observation, why are Sayumi’s shoes different? Ai, Reina, and Koharu are all wearing the same shoes, but Sayumi is wearing a differen and uglier shoe. I thought Aika was the one who supposed to wear different shoes.

Berryz Koubou’s calendar.

I have to admit I am a fan of the tux/bartender outfits. I don’t usually like when H!P members where suits, with an exception to Buono and Risa. But overall I think they look really cute. And surprisingly my eyes were drawn to Risako, Chinami, and Yurina. Well I was drawn to Yurina for obvious reasons. Chinami is the only one smiling on the cover who actually looks believable. Everyone else’s looks forced. Especially Miyabi’s, it kind of looks like she’s in pain. As for Risako, I’m not exactly sure why I keep looking at her. She looks about the same as she always does.
I think the background for this is a little simple looking. It looks like something I could makes on photoshop. Which is saying a lot with my limited skills. Simple or not, it does look cute. It brings a nice splash of color to it. Without the rainbows I think everyone would have ended up looking washed out.

C-ute’s calendar.

It’s C-ute’s bus tour 2010! ._. I can’t be the only one out there who think these outfits look similar to C-ute’s bus tour outfits. I know this one is stripped and the other one was houndstooth, but the color scheme makes them look very similar.
There’s not really much going on that I like. This calendar looks bare. Losing 2 members doesn’t really sink in until you see a picture like this. The calendar and group looks empty now. I miss Kanna’s cuteness to make it look more lively. Well Airi looks cute, that’s about the only thing this calendar has going for it. The only thing C-ute has.

ManoEri’s calendar.

It’s yet another picture of Erina in a school girl uniform. Yeah I understand she’s kind of cute, and she looks cuter in her school girl outfit. But should that really be the only thing she ever wears? This cover looks exactly like the cover of her first major single. I’m not going to even pretend I know the name of it. XD
I’m pretty sure it’s the same exact outfit. Boring! Next! I wish there was a next.

Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo preview

ManoEri’s new single, Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo, is being released August 30th. So today we have the full song preview.

Since I loved her last 2 singles that were upbeat and happy, I was expecting the same thing from this song. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The song was a lot softer and mellow, like most of Erina’s songs. But unlike Mano Piano this is a slow song I don’t absolutely hate. And another plus is her voice in this song doesn’t make my ears bleed. It’s actually a lot more polished sounding, showing just how far she’s come from Ongaku Gatas.

I’m not really a fan of ballad type song, but this one is undeniably sweet. Her voice actually compliments the music nicely. While this song isn’t my favorite song by ManoEri, it’s not my least favorite either. I like the song. Which I blame on becoming a ManoEri fan no matter how hard I try to fight it.
There is one weird element to the song. The random sleigh bells in the background. The seem really random and out of place.

Spin the globe with Mano Erina

ManoEri’s new song, Sekai wa Summer Party, is being released July 29th. And yet the PV was released already. I guess H!P is trying to keep the attention on her since she recently made her Music Station debut.

The PV itself a little boring and cheap looking. For her dance scene she dances in front of a giant globe in a plain white room. Which is one of the cheapest sets in all of H!P. Ice Creamusume has the cheapest. I understand that the title translates as The World is a Summer Party, but is it really necessary to have that big of an Earth in the background. It’s just awkward looking and takes focous away from the Eggs Erina.
Then the other aspect of the PV is the room she plays piano in. And it’s just styled as the typical H!P room. This room could have been used for the Chance PV or the Tropical Koishiteru PV. That’s how generic the rooms usually are. The room actually reminds me of her Hajimete no Keiken video.
Throughout the PV there’s also a lot of weird sparkles randomly placed, for no apparent reason. I sure hope the lyrics have something to do with sparkling, or that would just be stupid.
The upside to the PV is the outfits she wears. Her school looking dress couldn’t get any cuter.

Cheap set :/

Dramatic close up of her fingers

I like that she has the Eggs in her video again.
And look at those insanely easy dance moves

I spot a Yuuka

A snorkel how practical

I think I liked this dance move a little more than I should have

And the pixie dust starts. It’s makes her suitcase enchanted XD

Now there’s a way to use sparkles!

It looks like she’s doing the Charleston

I think Erina just got laid. It HAD to be said.

I spot a Kanon

The never ending suitcase leads you to a world of ominous

Erina’s staying alive. And somehow Yuuka made that move

look adorable

Yeah. That pose is really showing off her rabbit cheeks

What’s over there? Is it more sparkles?

They’re even doing tap dance moves.

Quick something useful, like a pineapple! LOL face.

Of course she winks stars

Doo kyacchi shiyou ka? oh wait wrong group.

You spin me right round

I’ve never loved the letter E more in my life

Now act like you’ve never seen bubbles before

I’m starting to really like ManoEri’s songs. I really didn’t like her indie singles or her first major single, but her last two singles were surprisingly good. I’m even starting to tolerate like her singing.

I like Mano Erina’s new song for once

Now I’ve never really paid attention to Mano Erina’s solo career because I’m honestly not a big fan of her. I usually just skip over look her PVs and songs. Admittedly when I first heard her voice in Ongaku Gatas I went out of my way to listen to it, because it was cute and unique sounding. But when I heard her aitai yos in Manopiano, I pretty much stopped paying attention to her. I also think Erina looks like a rabbit. You can decide for yourself if I’m insulting or praising her.

But after listening to her new song, Hajimete no Keiken, I actually like it. Maybe it’s because her voice sounds really smooth and she’s singing with a lot of energy in this song. Or maybe it’s because this is her first song that’s not a ballad and actually has upbeat music. Or maybe it’s because I can spot Kanon and Yuuka in the background. Or maybe it’s because of the video in general. I mean the video is lively and colorful. And Erina is dancing around and doing typical idol things. And looks absolutely adorable while doing it. The video kind of makes it hard to hate the song. Erina is just so likeable in it. H!P even managed to make the song up tempo and have piano parts.

But one good song by her doesn’t make me want to join her fanclub just yet. I have to wait and see if this new direction for her song was a one time shot or a taste of her future releases. I honestly prefer my idol music happy and energetic rather than slow and bland. There are very few H!P ballads out there that I like. Right now I’m teetering towards being an Erina fan. I just need the next single to be good to give me that final push.