A bullet Berryz can’t dodge

With a little more than 2 weeks until the release date, Berryz Koubou has finally revealed the full PV for their upcoming single, Ai no Dangan.

After being utterly dissapointed by Ai no Dangan’s PV, I shuttered to think what the full PV was actually going to be like. I was pretty happy to find that the PV wasn’t as terrible as I had imagined it would be. I thought the PV was going to be close-ups and dances scenes, and that’s it. Done, finished. However, that wasn’t the case. Yes, it was mostly just close-ups and dance scenes, but this is H!P we are talking about. They hardly every venture outside of that comfort zone. This PV actually did try to be more exciting and dynamic. It was trying really hard to be interesting and impress the viewer. It was like the little PV that could. However, this PV never started it’s engine down the proverbial train tracks. Instead we are left with remnants of what could have been a decent PV all jumbled together in hopes of making something watchable and half way decent.
There were a lot of gems in the PV that if they were executed correctly could have made for an outstanding and incredible PV.

For one the Abstract imagery throughout the PV. Abstract images and effects were scattered throughout the entire PV. But only used here and there and not really often enough. The images are mostly used for the dance scenes as something interesting to dance in front of. However, you hardly even notce it’s there with the mixure of Berryz themselves blocking the view, and quite honestly wanting to pay more attention to the girls themselves, since they are the main reason you’re watching the PV.
There are a few awesome scenes where they have purikura looking shapes pop up on the screen. Which by the way is my absolute favorite part of the whole PV. However, there are only flashes of these. And they are rarely used on the most opportune moments. They are the most visually appealing, and attention grabbing aspects of the PV. It’s just really sad that they are used more. And the one opportunity they had to go all out effects wise was the background of the close-ups. However, they completely blew it. I guess they didn’t want it to be too distracting so you wouldn’t focus on the girls. But instead the results was just a very muted, understated, and slightly boring background image.

The opening screen in really pretty. Too bad the rest of the PV can’t be this way. :/

Come on, with Maasa looking like this what are you going to really notice?

I love this effect.

Miya looks super pretty, but I just hate the background.

Here’s another cool effect. But it’s done at such an awkward time, that it’s more distracting than interesting.

I guess color changing was done to amp up the PV. I’m not really impressed though.

This isn’t really an effect, but I absolutely love the whole bond girls silhouettes.

The second thing being the projection images. Once I realized that the girls were on giant projection screens I was immediately intrigued by the whole concept. But yet again, it was a concept that looked much better on the drawing board. What the director of the PV must not of realized was if you film projection screens they quality is extremely poor. Mostly because any image blow up about 400 times the original size is going to massivly loose quality.
However, once I saw Berryz Koubou playing around with the projections by walking out of the screen, I was again mesmerized. Only to again be dissapointed. They only play with the screen that one time they walk out of it. I was expecting there to be more elements than that going on. They could have been trapped in the screen, done solo dances next to themself on the screen, or something else.

Why would anyone every purposely makes scenes with such bad quality?

I get that the projections were supposed to be creative, but ever single scene is just has horrible quality.

Not gonna lie, I was pretty blown away by this. XD

Another thing I didn’t like was the motorcycles. Midway through the PV for absolutely no reason at all there are scenes with Berryz and motorcycles. Standing by them, sitting on them, trying to look sexy by them. I do realize that this was done to add some sexy appeal to the PV. But it was completely pointless. How are motorcycles even remotely relevant for a song called Love’s Bullet or Bullet of Love?

Completely pointless.

The added effect doesn’t even make it relevant.

Of course I alo have to talk about the dance. The dance is completely awakward. It’s trying to be sexy and alluring but failing miserably. The dance moves themselves are too simple and sometimes stupid.

The dance consists of a lot of upward pointing.
Awkward.
WTF worthy hand holding move.
Lolz hip shake.
Here’s the completely unsexy butt shake.

There’s a lot of random shaking in this.

 Crouching isn’t even a dance move!

Much like most recent H!P PVs the only redeeming quality about it is the girls. Berryz are looking quite cute and sexy in the video.

Risako looks gorgeous.
 

Momoko is a cutie.
 

  Gorgeous.
 

  Hot.

Maasa looks really pretty.

Berryz Koubou-Ai no Dangan song and PV preview

With only about 2 weeks until the release until Berryz Koubou’s upcoming new single, Ai no Dangan, a radio rip and PV preview have been released.

Now, here’s a song I was in love with since the first listening. I’m not even sure why. The song is completely laid back. It only has a very slow slight rock instrumental. And it doesn’t even pick up or change it’s beat when the chorus hits. And it’s a huge step away from Heroine ni Narou ka’s intense music and big chorus. And yet, I still love the song, becasue despite it being a pretty clam song for some reason it still grabs my attention. Half because of how abolutely perfect every line is sung and half because the line distribution is awesome. Even though the song is mostly lead by Risako, Momoko, Miyabi, and Yurina, the rest of the members still get a good chunk of lines. The main singers only get about 3 more solo lines than the other members. Which could be better, but is actually pretty good. Especially comapared to what it could be like. Also I think Saki and Yurina completely killed in this song. It fir their voices perfectly. I also think Chinami sounds pretty good in this song. Usuall she sounds a little strained on her lines.

The PV preview is only about 22 seconds, but that’s long enough to see how horrible the PV is. The preview consists of Berryz dancing in tight red spandex suits, that look what Britney Spears wore in the Oops I did it again music video. Which is never a good look by the way. But not only are the outfits hideous the dance itself is terrible. It’s completely awkward with some of the worst dance moves I have ever seen. There’s this one butt shaking move that I guess was supposed to come off as sexy, but it’s so weird and awkward that it’s hilarious. If that wasn’t enough I think this might very well be the worst PV H!P has ever made. It just shows Berryz Koubou dancing on a plain black floor in front of panels that are flashing abstract designs. And that’s it! I seriously hope there’s more elements to this PV then just these dance scenes and close-ups. If not, this is going to be on horrible PV.

If you like what you hear, you can purchase this single from CDJapan.


Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan [w/ DVD + Serial Numer Card, Limited Edition / Type A]


Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan [w/ DVD + Serial Number Card, Limited Edition / Type B]


Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan [w/ Serial Number Card, Limited Edition / Type C]


Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan [Regular Edition]

Dream Morning Musume announce 1st album!

On the 13th anniversary of Morning Musume’s debut, Dream Morning Musume held a press conference. They announced they would be releasing an album and are extending their tour dates. The album is titled DoriMusu 1 (Which is obviously an abbreviation of Dream “Dorimu” and Morning Musume) and will be released on April 20th. The album will consist of covers of older Momusu songs but will also contain 2 new songs.I’ve never mentioned Dream Morning Musume on my blog before, so I’m going to explain what it is for people who don’t know. Dream Musume is a group consisting of all the Morning Musume graduates. Of course only the ones still affiliated with H!P. And except for Kamei Eri, JunJun, and LinLin. They obviously graduated too late to be a part of this. And with them graduating from H!P as well, I doubt they ever would be part of it anyway. The current line up is Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki, and Kusumi Koharu. You may notice Tsuji Nozomi and Konno Asami are not part of the lineup. That’s because Nono is busy taking care of her newborn son, and KonKon is busy being a TV Tokyo reporter.

I have to say that this is completely exciting news. It really seems like a dream to me. My absolutely favorite Morning Musume member, Kusumi Koharu, is back where I love her to be. Singing and dancing to Morning Musume songs. I’m also really happy that they are releasing an album. I thought their dream concert was going to be a one shot deal. Since M-Line has pretty much not done anything lately. This is a good indication of Dream Morning Musume’s future as a unit. Releasing an album with 2 new songs means they are testing the waters to be a legit group. And calling it DoriMusu 1, means that there is going to be a second album. If not it would probably just be called something like Dream Collection or something like that. It also seems like future graduates will be shuffled into the group, assuming they want to join. Kinda like the Elder Club never stopped. Well, at least not the Momusu part.


To me it really seems like the fans responded really well to Afternoon Musume and wanted something official. Either way I am completely thrilled and look forward to what Dream Morning Musume will be up to in the future.

Kanna photobook cover preview

I’m sure everyone is aware that one of my favorite ex-Hello!Project members, Arihara Kanna, announced on her blog several months ago about her first photobook and image DVD. But since it was pushed back devoted KanKan fans like myself had to wait a little bit longer. With only 10 days until the release of Kanna’s first photobook, Kanna, the wait is almost over.



And because it’s so close to the release date we finally have a preview of the cover.
 

 I probably should have waited until a bigger picture was available, but I was too excited to wait.
Even though I am extremely for the photobook itself, I am disappointed by the cover. The picture is very unfaltering. In the picture Kanna looks tired and washed out. But the plus side is, that after seeing I realized this is the first time we’re seeing Kanna in a bikini. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of another occasion she’s worn one. Which in itself, is pretty exciting.

Kanna was also featured in a magazine recently that previewed a few pictures from her photobook.

Now these pictures I both love and hate. Let’s start with the hate. I don’t really like the main picture of this shoot, the white bikini ones. It looks like she’s trying to look innocent, seductive, and beckoning at the same time. But Kanna must have been so uncomfortable to act that way, that the pictures come off as frightened. She really looks like a deer in headlights.
But on the other hand, I absolutely love the other bikini pictures. Because she’s not trying to be sexy in them, she comes off more natural and playful. Not to mention absolutely adorable. I’d actually prefer the whole photobook like that, rather then her wannabe sexy shots.

My prayers have been answered, Kanna opens a blog!

I can’t believe it actually happened. It wasn’t to long ago that Kanna first appeared on Erika’s blog being called her best friend. And it also wasn’t to long ago that I said Kanna really needs to follow in the foot steps of her best friend and open her own blog. Well apparently the idol gods have heard my prayers because former C-ute member Arihara Kanna has just opened her own blog on May 31st! That’s right the one and only KanKan now has a blog. The blog is apparently called Handling manual of Kanna. Which is a pretty weird name. But who cares about names at a time like this. Kanna has a blog now! It’s time to rejoice, overreact, and wildly speculate! By the way here’s the link to the blog.

First off I gotta say I love the header. It’s absolutely adorable. I love the picture with he hair up, we finally get to see her cute elf ears again. However, I don’t really care for the pictures in the gray shirt. I mean, she’s smiling but she doesn’t look happy at all. I wonder what that’s all about. But I guess being kicked out of H!P does have that effect on you. :/

Secondly, why does Kanna have an official blog? Or really a blog at all. Does this mean Kanna is going to be returning to showbiz. This blog really does seem to indicate that. I doubt she would really open a blog for no reason. I mean seriously. Why would an former celebrity blog just because. Especially a celebrity who said she was “leaving” C-ute and H!P to have a normal life. Yeah, having a blog isn’t exactly normal, and kinda defeats the purpose of “leaving” in the first place. That only other conclusion is she’s returning to showbiz. Which, if it’s actually happening, is beyond amazing!

But I don’t really want to see her come back as just a model. I know I should be happy that’s she making a comeback at all, but just being a model is completely lame in my opinion. If she becomes a model what do us fans really get? A couple a new pictures of her a month, that’s about it. I’d prefer if she made a comeback like Aibon did, singing and acting. I want to actually see Kanna doing something again, not just pictures. Especially since Kanna’s voice is amazing. She was completely underrated in C-ute. But her being so unpopular probably hurts her chances of being that successful as a singer. Unless she comes out with some truly amazing song or concept.

But for now the only thing I can do is listen to Sweets—-> Live on a loop and hope for the best.