Reactions to the S/mileage 3rd round auditions

Having S/mileage stream their audition process is one of the most exciting and hands on experience that can happen in the idol world. Sure, you can watch any audition show you want, and it could be 6 hours long. However, nothing really compares to watching it live before your eyes, as if you’re the one judging the girls. To pick your favorite girls in real time, and then watch the next round to see if your favorites made it through. It’s just one of those things that happen that make me an idol fan, and make being an idol fan so much fun.
And because the audition stream is exciting I made sure that I didn’t miss it this time. Last time I feel asleep, and ended up watching the 2nd round maybe a week ago. And I have to say, it’s one of those idol experiences I’ll never forget and look back fondly on. It also makes me secretly hope that the Morning Musume 10th gen auditions will be streamed live. But that’s probably unlikely.

I thought the auditions this round were pretty good. Better than the last round. There were so many girls last time it was impossible to focus on and remember every single girl. Most of them got swallowed up by the sheer amount of girls present. This time, since there were only 12 finalists it was extremely easy to follow every girl and pick personal favorites.
The only realy drawbacks for this was the short awkward wait in the beginning, and sometimes throughout the auditions. And also, the amount of talking going on. It’s great to ask a lot of questions, and to get a small peak at their personalities, but as someone who can’t speak Japanese. I found the amount of talking to be boring, excessive, and unnecessary.

With that being said it’s on to my review. I want to point out that I have not watched the stream since it aired. So, I’m writing this post from memory. Also, my video was lagging a lot during the dance scenes. I was going to download the show because the stream completely cut out during Karin’s group. But since I found a video of her dancing on youtube, I have no need to download it now.
I also want to point out how heartbroken I am that Ribbon-chan did not make it to the final round. She had everything going for her. She was adorable and could sing and dance. She was also the only one to sing and dance during the 2nd round! I seriously hope she auditioned for both S/mileage and Morning Musume.

Miyazaki:

This girl was completely a stand out to me. During the second round I became interested in her becuase she was absolutely adorable. I, however, couldn’t for the life of me remember what she sounded like when she sang during the 2nd round. XD But I heard her sing here and she was just incedible. Her voice was so sweet and so adorable, that it would be absolutely perfect for S/mileage. While she was singing she looked very unsure of herself, almost frightened. But you know how Tsunku loves to pick girls who are unsure of themselves. The only real problem with her is that she is a bit too old in my opinion to join S/mileage. She’s 17, and while that isn’t really that old it is too old, in my opinion, to start out as an idol. If she joined she would be the oldest member of S/mileage. Be that as it may, I would still be excited if she got picked.

Kosuga:

This girl did not stand out to me one bit. The only thing I can really remember saying about her was, that I didn’t like her voice. Her voice wasn’t bad, it was just extremely flat. There’s was no passion or energy behind what she was singing. She seemed to not even be trying. I don’t know if it was nerves, or trying to remember the lyrics. But she was just not one my favorites.

Yamaga:

When the auditions first started all I kept thining was she has weird teeth. (Which by the way you can’t notice when she’s smiling, it’s more of a weird thing with her gums. XD) But once she started singing I changed my mind. Her voice is completely different than the voices of S/mileage. It’s deeper, and it’s not exactly cutesy. Her whole image is cool rather that S/mileage’s cute image. I’m not sure if that’s going to ultimately help her or hurt her. But regardless, I like this girl. There’s just something about her. I was also very impressed with her dancing. It’s not mind blowing, but for being an amature she’s at a pretty high level. All she really needs is a little fine tuning and to be a little bit more polished. The only drawbacks to her is her range. She seems to be to low for S/mileage. They had her sing Best Friend by Nishino Kana (I seriously hope it was this girl, and I’m not getting mixed up) and she couldn’t really hit the high notes. S/mileage usually does kinda have a high range in songs. So it might be a problem for her.

Takeuchi Akari:

And Maimi’s cousin makes it to the finals. But I think it was obvious she was going to make it. The pipes on this girl! Her voice is incredible. Her voice is not only cute, but at the same time it is strong and stable. And as an Egg of course her dancing is also strong. She would be a great addition to S/mileage. But amazing vocals aside, Akari is still not one of my favorites. I don’t know, she just doesn’t jump out at me.

Miyamoto Karin:

All I can say about her is, KARIN! I love love love, Karin! Everything about her just screams S/mileage. I honestly can’t fathom why people think she would work better in Morning Musume. Ironically, I never really liked Karin before. I didn’t particularly like her in Shin Mini Moni, and I didn’t understand why all the fans were making such a fuss about her. But then I heard her in the 2nd round, and I was blown away. I didn’t realize Karin was that good of a singer. And believe me she is. She killed it in the 3rd round. Her version of Uchouten Love was the best in the entire round.  Her dancing is also at an incredibly high level. She was also the best dancer in the entire 3rd round. There’s just no way Karin will be passed up! Besides her talents, Karin is almost too cute for words. She looks a bit like Yuuka. And has these adorable bug eyes that may seem a bit weird at first.

Katsuta Rina:

As soon as I saw this girl I was drawn to her. I didn’t even find out she was an Egg until midway through the 3rd round. (Like I’ve said a million times before, I don’t follow trainess in any idol agency.) The girl is adorable. She seriously looks like a young Tsuji Nozomi. I can’t stop seeing Nono everytime I look at her. If she gets added her and mini Aibon (Fukuda Kanon) should become best friends. XD Rina is also a pretty good singer. Her voice is cute and it’s kind of strong. Her voice does need a little bit of work though. Nothing major, just polishing really. Also, her Egg training really pays off when it comes to dancing.

Tamura Meimi:

Meimi, the girl with the theather background. The Sayashi Riho of the auditions. She seriously is. Riho was in Momusu’s stage play Fashionable before she was a member. And Meimi was in the Shugo Chara musical. I love this girl. Her voice is incredible. It is absolutely adorable and perfect for S/mileage. She has the best singing voice of the “normal girls.” However, having a musical background doesn’t really help her when it comes to dancing. She is surprisingly weak at dancing. I seriously hope if doesn’t hurt her chances of joining. She is too talented and cute to waste. And she looks a bit like Ogawa Saki.

Aogi:

I don’t really remember this girl too well. She was another one who didn’t jump out at me. All I can really remember about her is saying her voice was unexpectedly cute. Her dancing isn’t too bad either. She just doesn’t have that star quality to me.

Nakanishi:

There is not one nice thing I can say about this girl. She was the worst singer there. And she was just awful, terrible, horrible! I can’t imagine how she got so far in the competition. Her singing was off key and not in tune at all! I seriously don’t want her anywhere near S/mileage. Shove her in the Eggs like Mogi.

Jang Dayeon:

AKA the Korean H!P audition winner. Poor Dayeon to win the auditions just to be shoved to the Eggs and have to fight to debut in a Japanese group. (Because serioulsy, didn’t she win to debut in Korea, like the Taiwan auditions did?) It seems like her nerves got the better of her during these auditions. She looked very sheepish from the get go. And she hardly spoke during the questions portion. Dayeon’s singing has improved greatly since the Korean auditions. She was terrible in the Korean auditions. But now she’s actually not too bad, but obvioulsy there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Dayeon is also kind of pretty. She looks a bit like a young Kusumi Koharu. Her dancing on the other hand isn’t that great. But that’s to be expected since she hasn’t been training that long. I honestly don’t want Dayeon in S/mileage. I think she would work better in Morning Musume.

Fuji:

I love this girl! She seems very positive and happy. She’s also really adorable. Her voice is also pretty cute. It’s not the best, but I think it would fit in S/mileage. What I’m really impressed with is Fuji’s dancing. For an amature she’s amazing! She is seriously at the Egg’s level. Which is just amazing.

Ota:

I wish I could say if I love or hate this girl, but I simply cannot remember her one bit.

Bandage movie review

Recently I watched Akanishi Jin’s moive Bandage. Well actually now it wasn’t as recently as I would have liked it to have been. But personal things have pushed this post back by a lot. Anyway, while I was watching the movie I decided to make a post about the movie. Since I never review movies or dramas, I thought it would be fun to do a movie review. And this review will contain spoilers, not like there is much to spoil anyway.

Let me start this review off by saying the sole purpose I watched this movie was for Jin. Much like a lot of people did. And I guess that really wasn’t a very smart thing to do, because I didn’t really care for the movie very much. Yes, of course I enjoyed looking at Jin for roughly an hour and a half. (Who wouldn’t?) But beyond that the movie was extremely bland. The movie lacked substance, and it didn’t really have a story line.

Let’s start off with the main thing about the movie that irked me. The whole Natsu and Asako relationship. Oh wait, I can’t talk about that because they didn’t have one. The trailer said it was a coming of age story, that alluded to a romance. And I’m a sucker for a good romance, especially when the male lead is hot. The movie starts out with Asako going to see LANDS live with a friend. The friend, who I might add, she ditches and sees once every 3 years. XD And Asako starts off being a little bit under Natsu’s spell, but that wear off in 5 minutes. So the whole movie is Natsu loving Asako from a far, and Asako keeping him at arms length and being all angsty and selfish. The movie jumps like 8 months in the future and I though, “Oh man, we’re finally going to get some Natsu Asako action!” But of course not. Natsu might love her from a far, but you never really see that he has any real interest in her until like the middleish of the movie. Throughout it Natsu just seems to be a little flirty. And it’s completely frustrating that this movie is completely not the love story I was hoping for!

Another thing I hated was the lack of a storyline. The movie was the somewhat rise of the band. And that is it! And absolutely nothing else happened! No addiction to drugs, no huge groupie orgy, no alcohol induced car crash, no suicide attempts, and no angsting against fame. What kind of rock star is he? I don’t know what the writers of this movie have heard, but this is what real bands are up to. Even Japanese bands from the 90’s. Anything like this would have made the movie miles more intense. But instead we got to see the ever interesting recording process, the lyric witting process, getting signed, arranging music, and being a manager. How exciting! The movie pretty much seemed liked a CD making of and behind the scenes footage of the concert. If I wanted to see that I’d watch the tour documentary of NEWS’S Live Diamond again. Which was much more entertaining. It was a very mundane version of being in a band. Granted this is what it’s REALLY like to be in a band. But I’m watching a movie here, the last thing I want from a movie is realism. I want fantasy, I want adventure, I want entertainment. In all honesty NANA was a better band movie then Bandage was. And I would recommend watching NANA over Bandage any day. At least exciting things happened in NANA. And if you want a hot guy, Hiraoka Yuta is in NANA. Sure he may not be Jin’s level of hottness, but he’s still pretty hot.

The last thing I disliked about Bandage was the ending. First off it flashed forward 2 years into the future. In that time Asako hadn’t spoken to Natsu. She goes up in the recording area, see’s Natsu is recording and starts to cry. Then the credits roll! I hate movies that do that. Where they don’t completely end the story. I want to know what happens next. Do they finally become a couple? Does Natsu still hate her? Is Asako done being so whiney? We will never know. And I hate that.

Since this is a movie review I couldn’t help but taking a few screencaps of the movie. 😀


This part made a lol. No, literally lol. I giggled like an idiot at this part. Mostly because it was unexpected, kinda funny, and I thought the movie would be awesome. Obviously I was wrong. XD And that just seems like something Jin would say in real life.


Engrish it’s everywhere. If you can’t read it, it say’s: No smoke no future, and do a rat. Personally I would have preferred smorke over smoke, but this was still pretty random.


LOLZ! Gotta love the movie foreshadowing KAT-TUN’s future.


I hate that this magazine is called Japanese. When it’s pretty obvious it’s supposed to be Oricon Style. Japanese is stupid. They should have called it magazine over that.


I really hate that the No Names stopped making music. Just when they were so close to reaching number 1 on the Oricom charts.

WTF is up with this dude? He’s so emo!



I’d kill to have Jin that close to me. How could anyone ever turn him down?

I might not have enjoyed Bandage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. XD For anyone who wants to watch the movie you can watch the stream here. The here is clickable incase that’s not clear to some people. XD