Johnny’s Countdown 2010-2011

Personally for me 2 things have to happen for it to really feel like the New Year. 1. I have to watch Dick Clark ring in the New Year in Time’s Square. And 2. I have to watch the Johnny’s Countdown.


The Johnny’s New Year Countdowns are probably my favorite JE concerts of all. Mostly because this is the only time when all the JE artists get together and perform. It’s pretty much the closest JE gets to H!P Winter and Summer Concerts. And Johnny’s Countdown is the best place to hear Johnny’s groups and songs I’ve never heard before and probably would never listen to on my own. If it wasn’t for the Countdown I probably would have never heard of Hey! Say! JUMP to begin with. (But that’s only because I was a new JE fan, but still the Countdown helped.) The only thing I hate about the Countdown is Nishikido Ryo joins Kanjani8 in Osaka for their Countdown concert. Which doesn’t even make sense he was in NEWS first. And because of that if I ever had the chance to go to the Johnny’s Countdown concert, I probably wouldn’t go. My absolute favorite JE idol isn’t even there, and I don’t like Kanjani8 nearly enough to go to their concert. But, I digress.

I never really pay attention to the older Johnny’s groups. Mostly because I don’t listen to them. But I was really surprised by how much I liked V6’s Music for the People.

I gotta admit Kanjani8’s concerts always look fun.

I hate that it had to be NYC and Hey! Say! JUMP, and they only got like 1:30. But whatever, I’ll be waiting for next Countdown when 9/10 of JUMP will be 18 and will actually be able to perform after midnight.

And I absolutely hate their outfits. I doubt there’s anyone out there that actually likes them. But this is JE we’re talking about, their outfits could be 100% worse. XD

Every group is singing their debut single, so why did NEWS sing NEWS Nippon? That was only a promo single and Kibou ~Yell~ was their actual debut. I don’t know stuff like that annoys me.

Look how great Koki looks. I was really afraid he would have stupid hair because he had ugly hair at Music Station Super Live.

Whoo Happy New Year! I’m such a loser even though it’s the New Year already I was still counting down along. XD

I can’t stand that Uchi is part of the Countdown yet again like nothing happened. Yet Kusano is sitting around doing nothing!

Having Kisumai members part of the Johnny’s Shuffle Medley makes it pretty obvious they are going to debut soon. No other Junior group is part of it.

Kame looks gorgeous here.

I think this might be the first time bird faced Uchi actually looks kinda hot. By the way, this is an amazing cover of Arashi’s Truth.

I actually don’t really mind that Arashi is at the Countdown via satellite. There seem to be a few people who do. But it’s no different that Kanjani8 and Tackey being there via satellite as well.

I think it’s impossible for Nino to get any cuter. And lolz at MatsuJun.

I had no idea Arashi performed on top of a building. There’s actually really awesome. XD

Whoa Massu’s hair is so red I actually, for a split second, thought he was Hongki from FT Island. O_O

I don’t know whether it’s annoying or cute that Koki messes with his hair every 5 seconds.

By the way he looks banging in that outfit.

Kei-chan looks so cute.

I’m not even sure what to say about Kanjani8 dressed as sushi. ._.

My initial reaction to this was, “why are they riding on giant boobs.” Of course I quickly realized it’s a giant rabbit. XD

Absolutely adorable!

Why is all of JUMP in the stands. BEST is old enough to participate. Unless Johnny thinks it’s unfair or something to not let them all in. If that’s the case it will be another 3 years before HSJ takes part in the Countdown, which would be extremely unfair.

I am so happy Tackey sang Ai Kakumei because I love this song!

God I just love NEWS.

I’m really surprised by how well Kanjani8’s Keep The Faith sounded. Especially since they kinda ruined Arashi’s One Love last year. XD

Adorable. But I don’t get why turning 24 is such a big deal. And I had no idea the guy from Kisumai was so old. Geez 23 and still haven’t debuted yet.

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Berryz Koubou to perform at Sakura Con

At Berryz Koubou’s last concert Shimizu Saki announced that Berryz Koubou would be performing at Seattle, Washington’s Sakura Con. Marking their first performance outside of Asia and their first every performance in the United States. (Well, first ever if you don’t count their fanclub tour in Hawaii, which I personally don’t.) Sakura Con runs from April 22-24. You can register as a guest on their website here.

Why do idol groups always have to perform across the country so I can’t go? AKB48 performed in New York, but I didn’t really care at the time. But as fate would have it, I’d kill to go now.

Even though I personally can’t go, I am completely excited about this. It’s always extremely exciting when idol groups perform in the United States. Something like this will definitely bump up their popularity with foreign fans, even if it’s just a little bit.

So I guess I’ll just have to wait for legions of fan reports, pictures, and videos. To those of you going, you don’t know how incredibly lucky you are. And how completely jealous I am. Berryz Koubou is my 2nd favorite H!P group. Actually 2nd is a tie between Berryz and Buono.

Eri, JunJun, and LinLin share a tearful goodbye

Morning Musume members Kamei Eri, JunJun, and LinLin officially graduated from Morning Musume yesterday. And right now I’m in the surreal state. Where I feel completely sad, but am also in a state of disbelief. It is incredibly hard to lose my favorite Morning Musume member yet again.(LinLin) It also hurts to lose my 3rd favorite Morning Musume member. (Kamei Eri) I actually also feel really empty. I am completely not ready to let these girls go. What am I going to do without JunJun professing her love of bananas? Or Eri naively saying she leaves everything up to her Mom? Or LinLin being absolutely hilarious and just overall bacchiri?



Even though this is what Morning Musume does and always will do, it doesn’t make graduations less hard. Right now I am literally fighting back the tears just writing this post.
Kamei Eri’s solo song was Haru Beautiful Everyday, which wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought she was going to sing Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago. But she always did sound great in Haru Beautiful Everyday, so I’m happy with her choice.
LinLin’s solo was Watarasebashi. I think it might be the first ever non Morning Musume graduation song. Of course I am completely thrilled by her choice. Since she killed it in Chinese on Bijou Hodan.
JunJun’s solo song was Furusato. I’m actually not sure why she picked this song.
 Since the graduation concert was broadcast on TV, some of the performances were posted on youtube. Not the entire concert, but I’m glad that people uploaded what they did.


Hand Made City:


This has always been one of my favorite B-sides, and I always love watching it during concerts. It’s sad to think that from now on Reina will most likely be singing Eri’s lines. I also don’t really mind that LinLin kinda messed up in singing her solo line.

Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game:

Seishun Collection:

Opening + Souda We’re Alive:


Enjoy the feirce opening dance!

Onna ga Medatte naze Ikenai:

VTR + Appare Kaiten Zushi:

Tsuyoki de Ikouze!

Nakidasu Kamo Shirenai yo:

Soon enough the 9th generation will swoop in and help ease the pain. But the 9th gen better understand that they have extremely large shoes to fill.

Don’t you wanna see it when KAT-TUN makes it worldwide?

KAT-TUN is going worldwide! Well kinda, but not really. KAT-TUN will start their Jinless worldwide tour in May. The tour will run from May-August with stops in Japan, Bangkok, Seoul, and Taipei. Which would technically make is an Asia wide tour rather than worldwide tour. But I guess that’s a start. As for the Jinless part, Akanishi Jin won’t be taking part in the tour instead he will be heading to the US to do 3 solo concerts in LA.

Now that’s a lot of KAT-TUN news to digest. My initial reaction was “OMG JIN IS COMING TO THE US!” Then I had a moment of fangirl glee. Only to find out that the concerts were in LA, and I had no way to get there. Which is like the 7th Japanese concert I couldn’t go to because it was in California. Thank god it’s only Akanishi Jin, and I don’t really like KAT-TUN music too much. Not being able to see Momusu at Anime Expo physically hurt. But crying about living in New Jersey isn’t what this post is about. It’s time for my over analyzed reaction to this news.

First off KAT-TUN’s world tour. I’m happy for them. Not doing back flips excited, because KAT-TUN is probably my least favorite Johnny’s group and touring Asia isn’t that big of a deal. I mean NEWS had a concert in Taiwan, and Arashi has their Around Asia tours. So it’s pretty much old news for Johnny’s artists. But I guess it’s cool if you’re a KAT-TUN fan for them to be able to have overseas concerts for the first time. But this really only effects fans from Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan. Which I’m not.

As for Akanishi Jin’s concerts they’re pretty exciting. I mean they’re in the US after all. The first JE artist to perform in the US ever. This is pretty big. Especially for Jin fangirls in the US or one that can easily get to the US. I know I was pretty excited for Jin to be in the United States. I’m not even that big of a Jin fan. I wonder what songs he’ll sing? Probably Love Juice, Wonder, and the LANDS album. And of course since I have to over analyze things, this concert makes me think JE is realizing Jin’s potential for the US market. So be prepared for my long explanation why. XD


Lets look at Jin’s concerts in LA a little closer. Jin’s concerts have their own website, which you can find here. Now on the website basically all they have on it so far is the tour name, when the concerts are, and when tickets go on sale. But it also says in bold letters Japan Pop Star US Debut. Now you can argue that US debut simply means what is says. These are his first concerts in the US so naturally their his US debut. But what if they mean debut in the normal sense. Like Jin will be debuting in the US. Now I know what you’re thinking, “how can that possibly be,” or “that will never happen.” While I will agree that most likely he won’t be making a debut in the US, but with everything going on around the concerts make it seem like a slim possibility.

First off the amount of time Jin is staying in the US for. He’s leaving for the US in May to prepare for his 3 concerts from June 19-20. But he’s staying in the US until October. October, but why? The KAT-TUN concerts end in August. He could miss the first half for his solo concerts, and be back in time for the second half. But he’s not doing that.
The reason Jin is staying in US for so long is He will be involved in promotional activities and is considering additional U.S. concerts. Which seems a little unnecessary for 3 concerts. Sure he said he is considering adding more US concerts. But let’s be honest, Jin is an unknown singer in the US. The venue he’s pre forming at only hold 2,000 people. Which is the perfect size because only people who listen to Japanese music or know who he is will go. But let’s say he does add more shows. It will most likely only be 3 shows. Even if he does that he’s still staying for too long. Let’s say it takes him a month to prepare for each set of concerts. He each set lasts two days. That brings up his stay in the US to two months and 4 days. Figure in time for rest and that’s an even 3 months. Which is just enough time to miss the KAT-TUN concerts. But remember that’s just if he adds the extra concerts. If it’s just the 3 concerts that brings his stay until the end of June. That doesn’t make sense to me.
Jin said he would be doing promotion activities. Which seems weird to me.
Let’s look at Miyavi for example. His first solo US performance was in Las Vegas and was a very small performance since he’s not well known here. Much like with Jin’s LA concerts. Miyavi has performed at Anime Expo with S.K.I.N. and done 2 world tours. But he has not promoted any of these performances at all. Aside from posting it on his website and myspace. AKB48 performed in the US and France. Momusu performed at Anime Expo and tons of other Japanese artists have performed in the US. But none of them have taken actual time to promote this concerts. And why is that? Because they are Japanese artists who sing in Japanese. And if you don’t already like Japanese music you won’t go to these concerts. And these artists know that. The only Japanese artist to do any real promoting here was Dir en grey. And that’s only because they had some mild popularity here. But even their promotions were small. So why is Jin promoting his concert? Anyone who knows who Jin is or would actually go to his concert already know it’s happening. So who is he spending so much time on promoting to? The only person he could possibly be promoting to for that long is average Joe who doesn’t know who he is. And why would he go through all that trouble? Promoting a concert 4 months after it ended, if he doesn’t have any future plan for the US.
Another thing that comes to mind is Jin might want to continue his English studies. Which seems completely reasonable. I wouldn’t have thought twice if it said, “And while Jin is the US he plans to further his studies of the English language.” But if that’s really the reason Jin wants to stay, why the secret? They could just say it. He left to study English once, why not again? So there’s no way promotion could really mean study English. Unless promotion really means, Jin wants to party for a while in LA again. Which could definitely be the reason. But it’s not like JE could straight up say that. He could be using this as a vacations. Since JE boys hardly ever get a break.
My last reason why Jin’s concerts seem like a US career starter is, JE artists never perform in the US. Plain and simple, they never perform here. If I’m not mistaken no JE artist has ever performed on US soil. Not even Arashi, who would probably be the only JE artist to have a successful US tour. So why is Jin so special? It can’t just be because his English is good. Because if that was the case where’s Okamoto Keito’s solo concerts? No, Jin is so special because not only can he speak English pretty well, but he would sell well in the US. I mean he copies Justin Timberlake so much that he already has a US vibe. Listen to Wonder his English singing is nearly accent free. If the lyrics were better I could see a song like this becoming popular in the US.

So anyone reading this post what do you think? Questions, comments? I can’t be the only one over analyzing this. The only one who thinks his solo concerts are fishy and have an underline agenda. But either way I bet Jin is ecstatic. He probably jumps at any opportunity to be close to foreign chicks.