My blog now has over 5,000 views. And I really can’t believe it! I remember when I though 100 views was a big deal. When I first made my blog I didn’t think anyone would actually take the time to read it. But I guess I’m doing something right. ;]
I’ve been blogging on here for a little less than a year, and it was more of casual blogging at first. I’d write a few posts each month or whenever I though something was snazzy enough to blog about. But it the past few months, I guess I’ve been blogging a little more seriously. Posting about news and more reviews, and whatnot. And for that reason more people have been reading by blog, which is awesome. In the beginning I was kind of all over the place, I even mixed in a few Jrock posts. And I can honestly say my earlier posts were pretty much terrible. But I like to think they’ve gotten a lot better since then. I’ve also somehow managed to get 5 followers. Which isn’t really that big of a number, but I think it’s amazing I have that. Comments are still a rare occurrence on my blog, but I still freak out about every comment I get one.
This post turned out to almost be a praise post. But it’s really more of a thank you post to anyone who reads my blog. You guys are awesome! You should continue to support my blog, and send lot of comments. ;]
Morning Musume member Risa, Ai, LinLin, and Reina arrived in Korea today for the taping of DaeDong Kyung Youths, or better know as the Korean Hello!Project/Mnet auditions. The taping of the audition start on April, 27th and the show itself airs sometime in mid-May. ChanSung and JunHo of 2PM are going to be MC’s for the Korean auditions. The 2PM members are going to meet with the 4 Morning Musume member on April 27th.
Risa, Ai, Reina, and LinLin look really great at the airport, as expected. But they also look really fashionable. Risa is rocking a Coach back and Reina is rocking a Louis Vuitton bag. Ai’s bag is also designer, but I’m not sure which one. LinLin doesn’t have a bag, but she makes it up with her adorable top.
C-ute will be releasing a new single in June. It will be a cover of the 70’s pop song Shochuu Omimai Moshiagemasu.
It seems like H!P is releasing a lot of cover songs lately. Pepper Keibu, Dschinghis Khan, and the entire Cover You album. And I’m a little curious to see what C-ute’s cover of the song sounds like. I’m not really a big fan of the original Candies version of the song, it’s just a bit too old fashion sounding. but I really did love SweetS version of the song. If C-ute makes their cover a little faster and happier I think the single could turn out to be really great. Now the really exciting part of C-ute’s new single is that is being released in June. Which is the month that Kanna is supposed to return to her C-ute and H!P activities. And I am beyond excited for Kanna to come back. It really seems like H!P’s goal to have Kanna participate in C-ute’s next single. I really missed 7 nin C-ute. I can’t wait to see her back in fighting form.
There’s no actual preview of the song, but here’s SweetS’s cover so you can get an overall feel of the song.
A preview for Morning Musume’s upcoming, 39th single, Shouganai Yume Oibito, was released today.
It looks like the new song is a ballad. Which I’m not really that thrilled about. It seems Morning Musume is doing slow songs lately since their last single, Naichau Kamo, was slow as well. Maybe Tsunku is aiming for another song like Aruiteru. Since that was Morning Musume’s last number one single. It’s the only logical reason that Momusu has had two slow songs in a row.
I’m also really upset by the line distribution. This will be the 4th single in a row where they acted like 7th and 8th gen don’t exist. You have to really listen closely to hear the other members. And even than I can only hear Aika and JunJun because they took the higher melody on a couple lines. I’m glad they finally gave attention to Sayumi, but not if that means 7th and 8th gen has to suffer.
I’m also not really impressed by the song either. It wasn’t love at first listen. It’s just not catchy and I don’t even like the overall music. I think this is the first time I’m actually disappointed by a Morning Musume song. I’m not so sure if I can grow to like this.
So here’s the short preview of the song from Reina’s radio show. A LQ video of the PV was floating around youtube yesterday, but I didn’t get so see it in time. Youtube has been taking the LQ videos down every chance they get.
Buono’s 7th single, My Boy, is being released April, 29th. And as expected the PV was released today.
I’ve been pretty excited for this video to come out since the commercial was released a few days ago. The PV is different then the PVs we’re used to seeing from Buono. It has a set storyline, where as the others were essentially dancing and close up shots. The overall theme of the video is Buono as secret agents sent out to steal something. So there’s a lot of James Bond like scenes going on throughout the entire video. Which they must of spent too much time filming. That the only way to explain the less than impressive dance. The dance is really painfully simple. Some parts are a little reminiscent of the Honto no Jibun dance and the rest just reminds me of aerobics. The hands down best part of the PV is Buono’s overall styling and outfits. Which makes for absolutely gorgeous close ups. But I’m really not a fan of Momoko’s and Miyabi’s hair styles. Momoko has a weird bun thing going on, that does nothing for her. And Miyabi’s new shorter hair is a little disappointing.
Overall I think the PV is cute. It’s not the worst PV by Buono, but it’s not the best either.
Buono’s heart. My first thought was this was a box of chocolates.
Heart box is serious business
The dance floor looks a lot like V-U-DEN’s. This also looks like Pepper Keibu’s chandelier
For future references Momoko fits perfectly in a trunk.
Airi spying it up
This hairstyle makes Miyabi’s face long extra long and awkward
Epic Momoko reaction #1. That’s the best face ever!
Ok, Miyabi looks good here
I think I miss the Bye Bye Bye dance moves
Once again Airi’s cuteness solves everything
Yet another awkward dance move
When your run out of ideas just throw your arms randomly up in the air
Pop that chest Airi
I could seriously come up with better dance moves
Airi’s legs make me laugh
Only Airi could make stealing look adorable
Very sly Momo
This lighting makes Miyabi look gorgeous
Epic Momoko reaction #2. Who knew armor could be that
Momoko’s cute smile
Wait why does Airi only have one earring?
Epic Momoko reaction #3. How adorable
Secret Momoko wota
Secret Miyabi wota
Secret Airi wota
Honto no Jibun anyone?
Lighting working in Momoko’s favor
This reminds me of C/C
Epic Momoko reaction #4. Not really a reaction but cute
none the less
Everyone’s epic reaction
Seems like a lot of work for a cake
Epic Momoko reaction #5. She looks way to happy to be the
Buono released a short 30 second commercial for their up and coming new single, My Boy. And so far I like what I see.
There’s a whole secret agent/secret mission theme going on in the PV. Which is just truly awesome. There’s also a few really gorgeous close ups of the girls in the preview. Airi looks especially great. I’m all really surprised by how pretty the outfits are. I thought the outfits were cute since the covers were out, but they are way prettier than I thought they would be. They’re really colorful and have a nice mixture of rock and cute. You also see a really small part of the dance in the preview. And what I can see of the dance looks really simple and at the same time a little sexy. I do hope there is more going on to the dance then what was shown. I’d hate to see another Bye Bye Bye dance let down.
Former Hello!Project member Kago Ai is getting back into the singing business once again. She’s releasing her debut single, No Hesitation, on June 24th. This will be her first music release in over 2 years.
Some one please tell my I’m not dreaming. That this is really happening. Aibon is really making music again. I know she’s been mentioning singing and making music on her blog for a while now. But for some reason I didn’t really expect it to be happening. But it’s really happening and I’m freaking out. This is like the best news ever! Kago is finally singing again. It’s been years since she’s released any music. The lyrics were also written by Aibon herself, which is really impressive. The song itself seems a little bland but Kago’s singing makes over that 4 times over. I’m really excited to her the rest of the song in high quality and maybe even a PV. I’m just super happy to see her singing again.
Here’s a short sample of her song, since there’s no official preview out.
To commemorate their first performance in the US, Hangry & Angry are releasing a brand new single entitled Sadistic Dance. This single is however just a digital single. Japanfiles has released a preview of the song.
At first listen I didn’t really think I’d like this song because the music and singing started off really soft. And it’s completely different than their last single, Kiss Me Kill Me. But the music picks up really quickly. I love the overall sound of the music, it’s sweet and still rock like. And the guitar solo towards the end of the song is juts awesome. Singing wise, it’s really great. Yossie and Rika blend great together. And they sound really cute while they are saying Sadistic Dance. The song ends up being really great, but it’s not a song I’d have to have. It’s really catchy though.
Arashi’s new single, Crazy Moon, will be released on May 27th. So with over a month until the release the preview has already come out. Now I’m not really an Arashi fan at all, but I thought I should post Arashi news anyway. Especially since I completely forgot to write about Believe.
From what I hear of the single, I’m not really impressed. It’s sounds a lot like Arashi’s previous singles. And the music is really bland and boring. Believe was much better than this song. At least Believe was a little faster paced and had better music. I just find this song really boring. I listened to it 3 times I can’t even really remember more than the chorus and overall beat.
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.
Berryz Koubou’s 20th single, Sishun Bus Guide, is being released June 3rd. With a little less than 2 months to the release, the song preview has already been released. Well only a 1:30 preview.
When I heard the title of the song was Seishun Bus Guide, I automatically thought of Mini Moni Bus Guide. So I was expecting a really upbeat and energetic song. Like Berryz singles used to be like. For me I think the song falls a little flat. They went for another mature song like their last single. But Dakishimete Dakishimete is 50 times better than this song. And the line distribution seems to be back to normal. An overdose of Miyabi, Risako, and Momo. Maybe when the full version and PV are out I’ll like it more. But for now the song is a little bland to me.
NEWS’s 11th single, Koi no ABO, on April 29th. And the PV has been released already. It hasn’t even been a week since the PV preview.
I don’t think words can describe how happy I am about NEWS’s new song. I already said how much I love this song, but hearing it in high quality makes me love it even more. I think it’s really cute how they describe all the personality traits of each blood type. Which makes me really sad that I don’t know what my blood type is. I think this is one of the few NEWS songs were Shige’s voice actually sounds good. He’s not pushing his voice like he usually does. And I still have to say Keii-chan sounds the best.
When I fist saw the PV preview I thought they were in a host club, but they’re not. If you look closely you can see guys in the club, so it’s just a regular night club. Just a regular night club with the ratio of girls to guys being 3 to 1. So there’s a lot of scenes where the members are awkwardly dancing by a group of girls, hitting on girls, or just surrounded by girls in general. But besides all the girl scenes the video is supposed to funny and cute, which it is. But Shige goes way over the top with all his weird faces. Which there’s really no excuse for. Everyone one was shooting the same video and yet only Shige made really stupid faces. Everyone else managed to still look cute or sexy. I think the best part of the video is at the end when everyone joins in the dance. And out of nowhere there’s a guy dancing in a leopard print suit. Which is almost as funny as Yamapi’s wannabe afro. The worst part of the video is the morphing scenes. They give you a mini headache. But if you’re like me and watch the video like 5 or 6 times in a row they give you a migraine.
Keii looks awesome in sunglasses
Weird face #1. And it’s still early in the PV
Ryo overdoes it a little
WTF? Do I need to start a Ryo weird face counter?
Weird face #2. Shige will eat you
Tegoshi looks extra womanly
Yamapi + bubble=hot
That’s so cute
Two girls wasn’t enough for Shige
Weird face #3. Can you guess what blood type he was singing about?
Ryo looks gorgeous in this video
Tegoshi checking himself out
And very hot
Yamapi’s hip slap makes me laugh
Massu is dancing way too close
Weird face #4. WTF?
NEWS is staying alive
Have they been getting dance lessons from C-ute?
Clap and to the left. It’s electric
A pelvic thrust won’t help this dance. Ok maybe it will
God I hate Yamapi’s hair
Weird face #5. LOLZ
I have to admit Massu looks hot. Even without his long hair.
Ryo looking great
Keii checking out random orange dress girl
The sunglasses kind of block his ugly hair
Weird face #6. The fish that got away was huge
For some reason this is hot
Oh come on Ryo. What’s with the face?
Tegoshi looks cute
Recive your random gift and looked shocked
Lolz at leopard suit guy
Nice sunglasses Keii
Weird face #7. You knew he had one more in him
Those glasses are creepy
The only time Tegoshi looks hot
OMG! The cups are back!
Ok, I got a little carried away with the pics this time. But hey I’m a NEWS fangirl, what did you expect? And you know you loved it.
Morning Musume member Kamei Eri will take on her first voice acting role as a character from the new TV Tokyo anime Jewelpet. Eri will play the main character in the anime. Jewelpet will take over the time slot of fellow Momusu member Tanaka Reina’s anime Onegai My Melody Kirara. For more info on the anime itself, check out Anime News Network.
This is great news for Eri fans or fans of sanrio, but this new doesn’t really even phase me. I’m probably not even going to watch this show. Mostly because I can’t speak Japanese. I also kind of wish Koharu got to voice this anime instead. Since Kirain Revolution ended I really want to see Koharu voice another anime. Eri also sounds a little unnatural with her voice acting, but I’m sure over time she’ll get better.
Here’s a preview clip of the anime Jewelpet. Even though Jewelpet already aired I can’t find the actual episode.
Tsunku announced on his blog yesterday that there will be a new Egg unit debuting this fall. It was also announced at H!P Eggs Shinjin Kouen concert. The member will include Ayaka Wada, Yuuka Maeda, Kanon Fukuda and Saki Ogawa.
Now at first glance you could think this new H!P unit is Shugo Chara Egg. I know that’s what I immediately though. However Shugo Chara Egg member Akari Saho is missing. She was replaced my H!P Egg Saki Ogawa. Which isn’t really fair to Akari if you ask me. Since I don’t follow the Eggs at all I know nothing about Saki Ogawa. So I’m really looking forward to how she sounds.
Probably the best part of this unit is Kanon and Yuuka are in it. I have really grown to love Yuuka and Kanon because of Shugo Chara Egg and High King. I’m really glad that they aren’t going back to being just Eggs. And a major debut might mean they will graduate from being Eggs all together. Which is exciting news.
So with a new Egg unit forming I guess that probably means Shugo Chara is over. Which isn’t really the best news. This new group better be incredible to make up for that.
Shugo Chara’s theme changing also brings us a preview of Buono’s 7th single, My Boy.
I absolutely love this song! The music is just awesome. It’s got the rocker music we’re used to hearing in Buono songs. But this time it’s a little heavier than usual, and I love it for that. The chorus is really catchy and addictive. I end up liking this song 50 times more than the Guardians4 songs. Maybe it’s Buono bias or just the fact that this song rocks. This is one of their best songs to date. Easily better than Rotta Rotta.
New H!P unit Guradians4’s debut single, Omakase! Guardian, is being released on May 27th. A preview of the song is available courtesy of Shugo Chara’s opening.
I’m really happy too see the line distribution is identical to Shugo Chara Eggs’. And as expected Yurina sounds amazing! And Saki doesn’t completely annoy me in this song like I thought she would. All and all the think the song sounds ok. It’s not horrible but it didn’t blow me away either. For now it’s just resting on good. Maybe the song will grow on me but for now it’s just ok to me. Everyone sounds great in it though. Especially Yurina and Risako. I can’t wait for the PV now. Maybe it will make me like the song a little more.
NEWS’s new song Koi no ABO is being released within the month, so of course we have the full song preview.
I am really surprised by how much I love the song. When I first heard it in the RUSS-K commercial it didn’t really blow me away. I was also a little turned off by the dramatic change from their previous singles. But after hearing the full song I’m blown away! The music is just so danceable and catchy. I think it’s a pretty funny coincidence that JE is having a dance type song right after H!P just had Bye Bye Bye and Dakishimete Dakishimete. I think the Koi no ABO chant in the beginning and end of the song is really out of place. But that’s the only complaint I have about the song. I think Keii completely rocked this song! He just fit so perfectly with this song. I mean he sounds better than Yamapi in it! And that’s a hard thing to accomplish. This song has such heavy background music that you really need a deeper voice to make it sound really great. Also Tegoshi sounds incredible. He took his high vocal range to his full advantage in this song. And his voice also sounds absolutely sweet. Maybe even heart melting. This song is just so catchy it was definitely worth the 6 month wait.
In even more exciting NEWS news. Not only do we have the song preview we also have the PV preview.
The first thing I notice about the PV is the unfortunate dance moves. It’s like disco moves mixed with terrible dancing. I understand that’s what they were going for but that doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Another thing I notice is most members are sporting different hair. Some good and some hideous. Yamapi, seriously what’s up with his hair? It looks exactly like his Happy Birthday hair! He should have changed it by now. Shige, I see he’s back to his black hair again. Which is how it should be, his blonde hair was ugly and did nothing for him. Tegoshi, I love how his hair is flipped like that. Sadly it makes him look very pretty and extra womanly. Ryo, finally his hair is back to normal! I couldn’t stand that weird flip from the Happy Birthday PV. Even in Musekinin Hero his hair didn’t look 100% great, but now it does. Massu, is hair is slowly but surely growing back. And Keii, there’s nothing really different about his. I’m really excited that in this video they are dancing in suits because nothing looks hotter on a guy than a suit. This makes me automatically think of the Weeeek PV. But this time they are all wearing matching suits. Another thing about this PV that jumps out to me is Shige, and not in a good way. He keeps making weird faces through out the whole preview. What’s up with that?