Would global 48 groups even work?

I orignally wanted this to be part of my Taiwan48 post, but this post was way too long to be included. So, here we are a whole new post dedicated to the possibility of other global 48 groups. XD

It seems a majority of fans have been responding negatively to the idea of foreign 48 groups since day one. But I have been absolutely excited. Despite not being a fan of AKB48 2 years ago, I was all for the idea of World48 when I heard about it. Since I am a Japanese music fan, I was thrilled about anything that would spread Japanese music and/or style around the world. Especially if it might happen here in the US.

Most fans have been shooting down the possibility of a global franchise for 3 reasons. (You know I have to overanalyze this and write more in more depth about this because I’m such a nerd.) Also, This is an EXTREMELY long post. So, stop reading if you don’t feel like reading for a good 10 minutes give or take.

The first reason being they won’t like it because they prefer things that are Japanese. Now, before I start my explanation of this let me say that I DO NOT personally know fans like this. But after years of reading forums, blogs, youtube comments, and having actual conversations, I assure you these types of fans DO exist. Please don’t take offense in this. I am not suggesting that the people who read this blog or are reading this blog now are like this. There, was that warning PC enough? XD

They would much prefer if Japanese music was a sub culture. Having the music spread would completely defeat the purpose. That way if they are the only person who  knows about the ultra cool Japabese things can they feel superior. Which deals with the whole elitism in the Japanese music community. And don’t tell me it doesn’t exist. Try joining a Jrock LJ community or Jrock forum (which is how I found out) and see how elitist the Jrock fandom is. I had a friend who literally looked down on me because I didn’t know absolutely everything about anime and anime music, and she did so that made her so much better than me. Which, I might add I wasn’t even that into. I liked Japanese music not JUST anime music. Which she only liked anime music. I will never forget the first thing I said to her. “You like Japanese music?! Do you like Morning Musume,” she responded she didn’t know who they were so I almost angrily said, “How can you like Japanese music and not know who Morning Musume are?!” Ah, good times. XD
Also, I have heard fans who literally do not want their Japanese or Asian singers known worldwide. I have no idea why. I guess they treat it as something precious and amazing, that only they like. And if the whole world suddenly learned about it would lose all it’s appeal. Which would makes those fans elites, who only like it too feel superior and trendy.

The other reason is only liking Japanese things because they are Japanese. The absolutely first second I started liking Japanese music I was labeled a weebo and a Japanophile. That I liked absolutely ANYTHING just because it was Japanese. Regardless of how terrible it actually was. One of my sister’s friends even called me an Egg. Which made me completely angry! Which was never true for me. I still listen to American music. I do not wish I was Japanese nor do I wish I lived in Japan. I am 100% happy being American. I am completely consumed in everything American and can’t imagine living anywhere else. But a vast majority of Japanese fans are like that. How do I know? Practically every friend I ever made friends with because they liked Japanese music also, where straight up Japanophiles. Case and point, I was at Japanese restaurant. Where my friends go to ALL the time. My and my friends literally go there like 2 or 3 times a week, I might add. It was my first time there and first time eating Japanese food. But, I knew I wouldn’t like it. I don’t like rice, fish, beans, or most vegetables, so it was pretty obvious. I tried some of my friends miso soup because there was no way I was going to buy something I most likely wasn’t going to like. So, I had a spoonful. And no offence to anyone, it was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. And I will never forget her response. “I knew you weren’t going to like it. Miso soup is an acquired taste.” And of course my response was. “There’s no such thing as an acquired taste. That just means you’re forcing yourself to like it because it’s Japanese” Which she completely was. (This was also anime girl btw. XD) And this has to be why a lot of fans WILL NOT accept international 48 groups. And as hard as it is for people to accept that, this is a much bigger reason that people do or want to realize. There are people out there who only like Japanese things. Only eat Japanese food. Only listen to Japanese music. Only wear Japanese like clothes. And think Japan is the best country in the world. Believe me they exist, I know a few. Thankfully not to such and obsessive annoying degree, but they are like that. So, with that mind set, the global 48 groups would, no matter what, automatically be worse than the Japanese one. It would be a horrible rip off that should never exist, because it’s very existence is brining down the original Japanese one. Which is absolutely ludicrous!

The second reason of course being, that 48 groups would never last in the west. Of course that out come is possible. But honestly, with the right producing and promotion anything could happen. Yes, Japanese idol culture does not exist in any shape or form in the US. It’s closest equivalent, Dinsey artists, aren’t anything near what an idol is. But obvious if the music was altered from idol music, and transformed into what is popular in that country they’d have a real shot. Such as the US would have a hip hop, autotuned, sexy, vibe. Where as a country in Europe would have a more techno infused dance song.
But not even that, there are some US artists that are making essentially cutesy “idol” music. Katy Perry released the relatively cute sounding song, California Gurls, with an even cuter youthful almost idol looking music video. And a song like Teenage Dream with lyrics about teenage love, that lyrically sounds like something AKB48 would release. Yet, she’s a legit artist. How about Taylor Swift? Despite being 20 her music is mostly poorly written songs geared toward teenage girls. I mean, try and tell me You Belong With Me, Fifteen, and Love Story aren’t written like and for a fourteen year old girl. And how about the Jonas Brothers? Yes, they are disney stars, but they were still able to break away from that a bit. But listen to songs like Hello Beautiful, Got Me Going Crazy, Infatuation, Lovebug, Pushing Me Away don’t sound like they could be JE songs? I mean lyrically they are the same caliber that Johnny’s songs are. And if you can’t see that, you’re obviously really biased. The Jonas Brother’s idol-esque lyrics are the main reason I got into them in the first place.

Another reason people think they might fail is because of the whole school girl uniform type outfits. Which is completely true in a sense. I don’t know about any other country, but here in the US school uniforms aren’t really that common. In the US only catholic schools and prep schools wear uniforms. So that’s only about half the country, if not less. In Japan they are a big deal socially since every student in every school wears uniforms. But any outfit could become accepted. Remember Gwen Stefani’s whole Harajuku Girls phase? That was weird and Japanese but accepted. And if people accept Lady Gaga wearing dresses made out of meat and condoms, I think school uniforms could become accepted. It could also become a fashion trend. If military, navy, and freaking beige can be popular trends in fashion now, why can’t school girl outfits? However, since it is the US the only way school girl outfits would fly is if they were sexy or at least a little bit flirty. Remember a few months back when that Mexican group used the music for AKB48’s Beginner? Remember how sexy and revealing their outfits were? Yeah, that’s almost what USA48 would look like.

The 3rd reason obviously being they are teenage girls. 48 groups, minus SDN48, are teenage girls, and regardless of the country they would stay teenage girls. It might fly in Japan for teenage girls too dances around in bikinis, run around in lingerie, take photo shoots wearing bra and panties, and sometimes singing about having sex with adult, it definitely won’t fly in the US. People would be up in arms in no time. Looking sexually at anyone under the age of 18 is extremely frowned upon. And AKB48’s whole appeal is sexualizing their school girl image, which would not be allowed to be done. Do you remember how much heat Miley Cyrus got for pole dancing at the Teen Choice Awards when she did? For USA48 to even be allowed to happen it would have to be completely reformatted, or it would have to be based off of SDN48 instead of AKB48.

Even though global 48 groups would have to be intricately designed to appeal to their specific country, I actually think they could in fact be popular. But much like any artist or group, it’s all about selling it correctly. And I can see things like janken tournaments and senbatsu elections being really popular. As well as the idols you can meet concept being a huge fan favorite. And who knows, if all goes well we could see sister groups. Such as NYC48, LSA48, ATL48, CGO48, etc.

Aki-P announces Taiwan48

A few years ago AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi voiced his interest about spreading the AKB48 franchise globally, referring to it simply as World48. It seems that Aki-P has kept to his world about making that happening by announcing the first international 48 group, Taiwan48. They are still working on a name for the group, so expect the name to change in a couple of months. Though, you should totally expect it to be something along the lines of TWN48. XD

The groups has already started to be created and the process will be documented through a TV show starting this summer.

Aki-P said that he might consider making the 48 groups international. (Can we really use the word consider when he’s announced something like World48 before?) He said countries like Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, and Russia are possible locations for 48 groups. Also, I read in an article a few years ago that Italy and the United States were possible locations as well. But perhaps he was naming ones that are possible as of today. But who knows really.
Personally I’m excited for this. I think AKB48 is all kinds of awesome, so why not expand it further into Asia? Especially when AKB48 is so popular. As they say, strike while the iron is hot. I’m looking forward to this because I like Chinese music. I listen to a lot of Asian music. I’m curious to see what kind of music they will release.

I spot Kusano!

As some of you may know I am completely a Kusano creeper. Mostly because I miss him in NEWS, both his face and voice. And he should have never been kicked out in the first place. I’ve seen the pictures, it’s obviously soda! And of course my utter resentment for Uchi who actually did drink underage, but is nonchalantly in JE activities while Kusano does nothing. :/

And for that reason I like to keep updated on what Kusano is up to. Such as that modeling he did for that random store nearly a year ago! But since Kusano does virtually nothing, keeping updated on him involves creepily searching for tabloid pictures he’s in. Where he usually has a black bar or pixilation over his eyes or face, which is completely frustrating.

So, when I saw DBSK’s/TVXQ’s JYJ’s Jaejoong took a picture of his friends I honestly didn’t care much. That is until I took a closer look. Beyond the always sexy Yamapi and Shirota Yuu, there’s Kusano!

I’m sure a lot of people overlooked him because he’s looking at the ground. But it’s completely him. You can so tell it’s him by the side of his face, and how that’s the hairstyle he has a few years ago.

I am extremely sad that Johnny still owns his soul, and god forbid he ever show his shamefull face. I mean seriously, it’s a picture with his friends and he has to bend forward. Will the insanity never end? XD Though, I am happy that he’s back to a hairstyle where he actually looks attractive. I hated him with long hair.

But whatever, since Kusano is doing nothing I’ll settle for some side face. You have no idea how excited I am over his side face. That’s so sad. XD

Morning Musume-Maji Desu ka Ska short preview

The radio show Young Town played the short version of Morning Musume’s Musume’s upcoming single Maji Desu ka Ska. And when I say short, I mean short. This radio rip is only about 40 seconds longer than the preview we heard the 9th gen singing on Bijou Gaku.

I gotta say I am extremely excited for this single. In the extra 40-50 seconds we get to hear more of the beginning of the song as well as the rest of Morning Musume’s solo lines.
The random talking in the beginning makes be think of SNSD’s Tell Me Your Wish. XD And when the music kicks in it has an extremely similar feel to Guru Guru Jump. I know I said that already, but you can really hear it here. The members are singing pretty much exactly like I knew they would. Except Ai-chan doesn’t have her full on cutesy voice like I was expecting. And Aika’s voice sounds like I’ve never heard it before. I literally thought it was another Reina solo line. I legit though, “WTF is this? Everyone else gets a solo lines, but not Aika?” It wasn’t until the 2nd listen that I realized it was her. XD But I’m so excited by how youthful the 9th gen makes this single!

SDN48-Ai Juseyo PV preview

AKB48’s adult themed sister group, SDN48, announced they will be releasing a new single on March 23rd entitled Ai Juseyo. Technically since the title is written in kanji and katakana the propber romaji of it is Ai Chuseyo. But I refuse to call it that when I know it’s the Korean word Juseyo. Just like it’s Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game and not Onna to Otoko no RARABI GEEMU.

But anyway, recently SDN48 released a PV preview for their upcoming single.

Now, I’m not really into SND48. Mostly because I’m not into girls, so their whole sexy image doesn’t appeal to me. I prefer my idols bubbly and bouncing off the walls with energy. But I really did love their debut single GAGAGA. So, if that song won me over I just had to watch this PV preview to see what the song was like. The PV, so far, is kind of a disappointment. The only thing going on is SDN48 is dancing in skimpy red outfits, and more wholesome white dresses, against a boring nearly solid white background. Their is also a bubble bath scene. Which is a repeat of the two Matsuis bath scene in the Heavy Rotation PV. I’m not really all that impressed by the song either. I understand that they are an adult group. But if they are always going to sing in their sexy/sultry voices it’s going to get really boring really fast. You’d don’t always have to sing like that to be sexy. And also those high notes were pretty painful to listen to. XD

But don’t let my opinion stop you from loving the song. You can of course purchase it from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

SDN48 – Ai Juseyo [CD+DVD / Type A]

SDN48 – Ai Juseyo [CD+DVD / Type B]

I have not yet been unimpressed with Not Yet

Even though the PV preview for Not Yet’s debut single was just released a few days ago, the PV is already out. Which is obnoxiously fast. I’ve actually been waiting for a decent quality version of the PV to be uploaded anywhere. Which it hasn’t. So, I’m left with less than perfect quality. Sorry in advance for the quality of the caps.

The PV is extremely simple. I mean this PV is exactly like the PVs H!P makes. But I hear many AKB48 fans complaining. I know that I don’t mind in the very least. You can have a low budget and still make an awesome PV. I think this PV did just that. This PV is so adorable and in such high spirits that I just love it! I just love every minute of it. The PV is vivid, super energetic, and completely engaging. Yes, it is the typical H!P close-up and dance shot format. Actually there are hardly any close-up shots. But I could honestly care less. The dance is amazing, I don’t mind watching it for nearly 5 minutes. I don’t even mind that the PV reminds me of a lot of other idol PVs.

The set is cute, but it reminds me of a lot of other idol sets.

The colorful blocks remind me of Buono’s Our Song PV. Keep in mind I said reminds. Because the backgrounds aren’t that similar. It’s just the first thing that popped in my head. Well actually an LM.C PV popped in my head first. But this is an idol blog, not a Jrock blog. XD

It also has the puffy material from Morning Musume’s Onna to Otoko Lullaby Game PV.

And more recently C-ute’s Kiss Me Aishiteru PV. XD

These outfits are a little weird, but at the same time incredibly adorable.

Of course the cheerleader dancers remind me of another PV too. XD

And that PV is Buono’s Bravo Bravo.

I can’t get over how energetic the dance is.

Yuko is really pretty.

I really need to follow AKB48 better. Since Yui was recently added I didn’t even know she was a member of AKB48. XD

I’m sorry but this whole body wave move is so 1980’s.

I never really noticed Rino before, but she’s a realy stand out. She’s gorgeous.

I really love this dance.

But sometimes it reminds me too much of Hey! Say! JUMP’s Time dance.


All eyes on me, in the center of the ring.

Super cute.

What’s with the Tokkaiko Junjou chest popping?

I really need to stop pointing out similarities. O_O

I think I’m in love. *O*

9th gen Momusu sings Maji Desu ka Ska on Bijou Gaku

Yesterday’s episode of Bijou Gaku aired a segment that showed the 9th practicing and recording their lines for Morning Musume’s upcoming single Maji Desu ka Ska.

I am extremely happy that everything I hoped for when the 9th gen joined is happening. Morning Musume is finally releasing happy and upbeat music. Morning Musume’s so called emo era has finally ended. Which is bittersweet because Koharu was have totally owned at songs like this. :/

First, let me start off by saying how impressed I am with the 9th gen. The girls have only been training for a month, and still sound great. Granted, both Mizuki and Riho have had years of vocal and dance training, so they don’t really count too much. And my girl Zukki completely owned it! Despite her being the worst singer in the batch, she actually sounds the best out of the 9th gen. It’s her cuteness, charisma, and energy overflowing in the song.

I have to say I am absolutely in love with this song. It’s energetic, happy, upbeat, and adorable. This song to me sounds like the album songs from Morning Musume’s 9th and 10th albums. Which I am completely thrilled about. I always whined that one of those type of songs should be used as an A-side, and now it is. This song honestly sounds like/has the overall feel of Morning Musume’s Koko ni Iruzee, Guru Guru Jump, and Genki Pika Pika, and S/mileage’s Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii.

Some fans are saying this song isn’t strong enough to be an A-side, but I don’t think they can judge that until the full radio rip is out. I mean, the chorus isn’t even all of Morning Musume. If you listen closely it’s just the 9th gens voices, and I doubt only the 9th gen will sing the chorus of the song. I will completely judge the song when I hear all of the members in the song. I am excited to hear what they’ll sound like. I’m hoping Risa brings her cuteness from Athena & Robikerottsu, I hope Sayumi brings her adorableness from Rainbow Pink, and I hope Aika uses her Guardians 4 voice. I’ve never heard Reina’s voice sound remotely cutesy, so I hope she at least tries to sound cute. But I’m dreading Ai-chan’s voice. I know she’s going to put on that horrible voice she uses when she tries to sound cute. You know the one. The one she uses’s when she sings Shainimuni Paradise, and the 2009 version of Suki na Senpai, and when she was in Mini Moni.

The one thing I am worried about it, it seems like these are the only lines the 9th gen get. At first I thought we were only hearing these solo lines and the chorus to tease fans and only give them a snippet of the song. But there’s also another possibility that these are their only lines. Because when you are recording a song you only record your lines, bottom line. And you only record the chorus once. Even if the chorus is repeated 8 times, they take your one chorus section and paste it 8 times. Of course unless there are 2 different choruses or the last chorus has a higher ending or something. Then you would only have one copy and pasted chorus. (I wish I knew actual editing terms, because I’m sure it’s not copy and paste.) Of course, I could also just be over analyzing this, as I often tend to do.

Here’s the Bijou Gaku clip if you want to watch the whole thing.

But if you’d just prefer to hear the song, here’s the a clip of just the song.

Not Yet-Shuumatsu Not Yet PV preview

A PV preview has just been released for AKB48 sub-group Not Yet’s debut single Shuumatsu Not Yet. Which is funny because I just said in another post how I hope they release a radio rip so I can make a post about the song. XD

When I first saw the picture of Not Yet a month ago I was expecting this awesome, gritty, rock inspired group. Instead we have this laid back and refreshing group. Which isn’t a bad thing, I was just not expecting it. The song itself isn’t really anything spectacular. It’s an ok song, with a mediocre soft beat. But I became a lot more interested in the group by watching the song performed. I thought the dance was both adorable and exciting to watch. I found the performance itself to be very entertaining. I had a goofy smile on my face throughout it. And since then I’ve been patiently waiting to see what the PV would look like.

And now, the preview is finally out. The preview is extremely short, lasting only about 30 seconds. And the entire time the PV preview consists of Not Yet dancing in 2 extremely odd outfits. The first makes them look like they are a squadron of super heroes. And the second one has like a circus theme, but looks like a standard idol concert outfit.
Despite the PV being nothing but a dance shot, I’m actually really entertained by it. It just looks so cheerful and happy. Maybe it’s the extremely bright background, or maybe it’s the adorable dance. But whatever it is, there’s something I love about this PV and group. The set of the PV reminds me of like 3 different PVs jumbled together. But that doesn’t really bother me. But for me the highlight of the preview was Yuko’s short dance solo, mostly because it reminds me of her awesome dance solo from Heavy Rotation.

All in all I am actually really looking forward to the full PV.

Here’s the PV preview.

And if you have yet to hear the song, here’s them performing half of it. The song starts at 2:07.

Also, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Not Yet – Shuumatsu Not Yet [CD+DVD / Type-A]

Not Yet – Shuumatsu Not Yet [CD+DVD / Typ-B]

Not Yet – Shuumatsu Not Yet [CD+Booklet / Type-C]

NYC-Yume Tamago PV preview

A PV preview of NYC’s upcoming 3rd single, Yume Tamago, was released during morning news show Zoom In.

Since this song is being used for an anime movie for kids the PV is extremely cutesy and childish. But NYC always releases PVs where I feel slightly embarrassed watching it. But NYC does look incredibly adorable in the PV. Even Chinen how I’m usually too annoyed by to even notice. That fact is really enough to make the PV watchable.

In the close ups NYC seems to be standing in front of a backdrop that looks like children’s drawings. Of course to add to the kid theme of the PV. But most of the PV is miniaturized NYC running around kitchen counters. Which is extremely cute, but it reminds me too much of the video Morning Musume made of Koi no Dance Site on their Odore Morning Curry tour DVD. And also randomly NYC is dressed up as a baseball player, soccer player, pilot, and conductor. Which it’s cute since it’s for the dream aspect of the song and PV.

After hearing the song and knowing it’s for children this is pretty much what I was expecting the PV to be like. If you just accept that the PV has to be childish, it’s actually a really cute PV. And there’s a lot of different scenes and a lot going on in the PV. And quite honestly, I’d rather sit through a childish PV than a boring one.

AKB48 to release first album this April!

Now, it might sound stupid but I was under the impression that AKB48 already released albums. I guess stage albums and their greatest hits albums don’t count. Who knew? XD
This is extremely exciting news for AKB48 fans. Personally I am looking forward to hearing the songs. AKB48 always releases good songs, so I can’t wait to hear what types of songs are on the album.

But I also have to wonder how the album is going to work. AKB48 is an insanely huge group, so how are they going to decide who sings when? It’s not like singles were they can do a janken tournament or hold senbatsu elections. It’s also not a stage where they are already in their teams. So, how exactly is this going to work. If they split the songs into already existing teams or sub-groups, how is that different or exciting? I don’t know about you but if I wanted to see them in their predictable teams, I’d watch one of their stages. But I’m afraid that, that’s what’s going to happen. But if AKB48 is going to continue to stay on the top they are going to have to constantly be creative and different. Granted, albums do sell less than albums do. But since it’s AKB48 this album is sure to sell a million copies at least. I have extremely high hopes and expectations for this album. I hope I’m not let down.
As always you can purchase the album from CDJapan by clicking the links below. But I suggest you hurry. No doubt that the Limited Edition will sell out quickly.

AKB48 – First Album [CD+DVD] [Limited Edition]

AKB48 – First Album [CD+DVD] [Regular Edition]

Akanishi Jin-Eternal PV preview

With just 8 days until the release of Akanishi Jin’s first solo single, Eternal, we finally have a preview of the PV.

Under whelmed isn’t a strong enough word to describe this PV preview. There is nothing, absolutely nothing going on in this PV. It feels like Ultimate Wheels all over again. The PV preview consists of nothing but Jin standing with his hood up singing in front of a sepia colored clouded backdrop. I know the song is a ballad, but that’s not really an excuse for how boring this PV is. This is a beautiful love song, they could have done something with the PV. Where’s Jin pretending to play the piano while singing it? Where’s Jin laying in bed with the girl he wants to be with forever? Where’s any form of a storyline? And we can’t even blame JE for this one, as he’s signed to Warner and they take care of the PV budget now. But I’m sure the PV is only this simple because he must be incredibly busy working on his American album, while at the same time promoting a single in Japan. That might be the case, but it doesn’t make me less disappointed by the simplicity of the PV.

no3b are less than works of art

The PV for no3b’s 6th single Answer was just released.

I have to say I am pretty disappointed by the PV. Besides a scene or two, the PV is exactly the same as what we saw the preview. I was hoping when the full PV was released there would be more of a story line then we saw in the preview. But sadly that’s not the case. And because of that the PV is absolutely boring with hardly anything happening. There’s pretty much only 4 different scenes to the entire PV. White outfits and spinning, black outfits and spinning, dance scenes, and picture frame scenes. I feel so uninspired by it. :/

When I first saw this this mean the PV was going to have a cool storyline of them stuck in the frames or something. 

Unnecessary intense mouth close up.
So maybe they are trapped afterall?
Simple dance is simple.
That hair doesn’t really suit Minami.
Haruna is super cute.
I’m sorry but I can’t be the only one who thinks Minami looks like a pumpkin.
Haruna looks gorgeous with that hair.

Berryz Koubou-Lady Gaga ni Narou ka?

The PV for Berryz Koubou’s upcoming single, Heroine ni Narou ka, has just been uploaded to their official youtube channel.

This PV is actually really awesome. It’s a lot more visually creative then your average Berryz PV. Despite this PV being basically the H!P standard dance shot and close up formula, but they’ve still managed to make this PV really interesting to watch. Maybe it’s the Lady Gaga wigs or maybe it’s the facts that there’s a least an effort made to have some sort of storyline. Nah, it’s probably the Lady Gaga wigs. XD But I bet Ai-chan is probably really upset though. She’d probably kill to rip off Lady Gaga’s style in a PV. I actually don’t really mind them getting inspiration from Lady Gaga. American and Korean artists have been copying her style for a while now. But I don’t know, for that reason the PV comes off as being artsy, high quality, and cutting edge. The only complaint I really has is, I wish they focused less on the Lady Gaga outfits and more on the regular ones. The regular ones are really amazing and all the girls look super incredible in them. Especially Chinami and Yurina.

I was actually really impressed by this. It’s an awesome effect.


Despite it being similar to effects Perfume uses.

I doubt the Lady Gagaish style was done by accident.

I mean a lighting bolt on the face, where have I seen that before?

Oh yeah that’s right, Lady Gaga started that.

Lady Gaga never actually wore this makeup, but it does remind me of Poker Face. And by the way look how fierce Miaybi looks. *O*

Wow, Chinami’s makeup is incredible.

Risako’s makeup is way too big and too close to her eye, that it just comes off as awkward.

I really like the dance for this song. There are a lot of intense and exciting moves.


Awesome effect!

Ok, this move sucks. XD

Look at Risako looking all sultry and hot. I just wish the video quality was better. :/

I love this part of the dance. It reminds me of Kimagure Princess.

Momoko’s the only member who looks adorable in her makeup instead of high fashion. XD

Woah, look at Saki bringing it.

And now everyone is sad for some reason.

Even acting sad Chinami looks gorgeous.

This dance moves always impresses me. I think Berryz has done this before, but I can’t remember. I know NEWS has. XD

YuiKaori-Shooting Smile preview

YuiKaori’s upcoming 4th single, Shooting Smile, isn’t being released until April 6th. But King Records has decided to give fans a short preview of the song a lot earlier than expected.

I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for months for any sort of news on this single. Obviously since it was announced in December and wasn’t being released until April, the waiting has seemed like an eternity and pretty much has been torture. XD

This single follows suit of YuiKaori’s past singles. It’s super upbeat and super positive, with heavy anime music. Even though the preview is only 30 seconds of the chorus it’s enough to get the overall feel of the song. The style is extremely similar to their Vivivid Party song. Since the song is extremely happy and YuiKaori like, I’m really excited to see what the PV is going to be like. Since all of their PVs have strikingly different.

Click here to listen to the preview.

Also here’s a video of the always adorable YuiKaori talking about their upcoming single.

And of course you can purchase the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

YuiKaori – Shooting Smile [w/DVD, Limited Edition]

YuiKaori – Shooting Smile [Regular Edition]

Arashi become Lotus-Eaters

The PV for Arashi’s upcoming new single, Lotus, has just been released. In it what seems like a millennia to wait. Johnny’s loves to cut it close and make fans wait an unnecessarily long amount of time for the release of their PVs. Well it’s actually not that close to the release date. Since a lot of JE PVs are released with like 3 weeks until the release date. But when you take into consideration the first time you heard this song through a PV preview was over a month ago. That’s way too long to wait.

I didn’t really plan on reviewing this PV, because I don’t really have anything exciting or interesting to say about it. But I just realized, despite Arashi releasing 6 singles in 2010 I’ve only done like 2 Arashi reviews. 2/7 isn’t really a good statistic in my book. And not even that I’m thinking of doing a review of every idol PV that comes out from now on. Because if I’m not impressed with the song and/or PV I usually don’t review it, and that gives me a huge gap in between PV reviews. A couple of years back when this was just an H!P blog I used to review every single PV that came out whether I liked it or not, because I knew people would be interested in that. Lately I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to blogging. I haven’t been posting CMs, live performances, and still haven’t fixed up the appearance of my blog yet. Well, this has gone way off track. But I just wanted to let readers know what I intend to do from now on, now that I’m on the subject. XD

But anyway, back to the topic at hand: Arashi. The PV is nearly identical to the PV preview we saw nearly a month ago. Just like I feared would happened this PV has become nothing more than a giant dance shot. But Arashi only really has interesting PVs every once in a blue moon. That’s why I called them Lotus-eaters. Because apparently if you eat from the Lotus tree it causes drowsiness. And since they are drowsy, their PV sucks. Get it? Whatever, I just didn’t want my joke to be wasted because it’s a pretty obscure reference. XD
There are a couple of scenes that drift away from the dance scenes. Which makes it only 80% dance shot. But they aren’t really doing anything interesting in those scenes either. It’s just basically them standing in front of, what I’m going to assume is a lotus tree, and just standing in front of a wall. And despite this pretty average PV this single will probably sell a million copies. But the song is good, so I don’t mind too much.

If this was practically the only scene in the PV anyone was going to see, I don’t think I’d make the backdrop a giant half made wooden eagle. XD

Take a good look because this is basically the whole PV. Nice to see Aiba in the center of the dance though. But by the next single he’ll be on the side.

Oh my god, the whole PV is a dance shot and the dance isn’t even very good. O_O

Zombie move! But I’m sure the dance will eventually get better.

Or not. Lol.

I might be used to MatsuJun’s hair, but I still don’t like it.

For some reason I really like this random box dance move.

I literally cracked up during Nino’s ah~ line. It just sounded so girly and unexpected. How did I miss that during the radio rip?

Nino’s overall adorableness makes this PV a lot more watchable.

Arashi keeps doing all these overly girly female idol dance moves.

Nino is love.

Aiba looks less ugly in this PV for some reason.

Is this a lotus tree? They don’t look like the lotus flowers I’m familiar with.

Having a double of yourself in a PV, where have I seen this before?

Maybe it was a NEWS PV.

Or it could have been a Berryz Koubou PV.

Nino’s intense face is pretty hot.

See, Aiba almost looks attractive.

Obvious Nino bias is obvious.

Lol antler dance move.

I suggest you watch the PV before it gets taken down. :/

C-ute-3ban hoomu 3ryoume preview

Another song from C-ute’s upcoming 6th album, Chou WONDERFUL!6, has just been released. The theme of C-ute’s new album is there will be no solo songs, instead each girl will be a center of a song. The song that was released is 3ban hoomu 3ryoume, and is Yajima Maimi’s center song.

The beginning of the song where the music skips reminds me of another H!P song, and I can’t for the life of me remember which one. And it’s like eating me up! But that’s neither here nor there. The song itself is pretty mid-tempo, but is still too soft for my taste. This is the second album song to be released and I’m really not won over by this album yet. And I didn’t think it was possible but the chorus is slower and softer than the chorus. It’s actually worse than the verse. Which is not a good thing. The chorus defines the song, and with this definition I’m just not feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, the song it’s absolutely terrible. It’s just painfully mediocre and forgettable.
Also, this song is supposed to be centered around Maimi but instead the line distribution is almost fair. Maimi only has about 3 or 5 lines more then the other members. Which is hardly a center song in my opinion. SHOCK is a center song. Tokaikko Junjou is a center song. Most of C-ute’s song are Airi and Maimi center songs. This just doesn’t feel like one to me.

Here’s the preview.

No3b-Answer PV preview

AKB48 sub-group no3b released a PV preview of their upcoming new single Answer. This is also the first time I’m hearing the song as well because I completely forgot about their new single. And also because a full radio rip was never released. I just listened to a preview for Not Yet’s debut single, hopefully they release a radio rip so I can make a post about that. XD

The PV preview itself is extremely short and most of the time it’s just Kojima Haruna and Takahashi Minami talking about the single. So we hardly see anything

The PV itself does look a little low budget and a tad simple. But they still manage to make the PV interesting to watch. I personally find the PV to be a little odd. The weird aspect to the PV is when their heads are just revolving around in a circle. PVs in the past have had people revolve around in a circle before. The only idol one that comes to mind is The Peace by Morning Musume. But that was their whole body, having just the heads makes it a little creepy to me. But that’s probably just me. And at the very end of the clip they show their whole bodies. But who knows how prominent those scenes are. XD
Also another chunk of the PV they seem to be singing behind what appear to be picture frames. The ironic thing is when they only need to show the head, in the picture frame scenes, they show their whole bodies. Which is kinda funny if you think about it.
I do think the dance looks like it might turn out to be good, but we literally only see it for maybe 10 seconds at the most. I have to say I absolutely hate the black dresses they wear during the dance. It looks a little too much like something Tine Turner would wear for my taste.

Since the song is used as the ending for the anime Beezlebub the song is extremely anime sounding. But that’s probably what I like most about the song. Because honestly the song is a little boring to listen to. The music during the verse is soft and slow. And the singing is consistently the same throughout the song. Having the song sung at the exact same level and tone is extremely boring. The only time the song gets exciting is when the chorus kicks in. The music amps up but hardly at all. And the singing hardly changes. There’s like one half hearted highish note.

Here’s the PV preview.

And also the song preview if you haven’t heard it either.

Tanaka Koki has a new hairstyle

KAT-TUN made an appearance on yesterday’s Heyx3 episode. But what made the episode really interesting was that my beloved Tanaka Koki was sporting a new hairstyle. (Yes, this is a rather shallow and pointless post. But I love Koki so I don’t really need an excuse to make a post about him.)

When I first saw Koki’s hair I thought it was a little dorky looking. But after I looked about it for about 30 seconds or so, I actually do like it. The hair itself is a tiny bit weird, but there’s something so appealing to me about Tanaka Koki, that I don’t really care what his hair looks like. I bet if he had his hideous shaved head from Real Face, I’d probably be into it anyway. I am always afraid that my favorite idol is going to change their hair and get something completely hideous. Especially Koki because to me Koki only looks super incredible with black hair. Every other hair style is only mediocre to me. But since he has a new hairstyle and I do like it. (It’s just going to take a while for it to grow on me. I didn’t even like his Change UR World hair when I first saw it. And I now think that was the best hairstyle he ever had. XD) This calls for a “Koki has a new hairstyle picspam!”

Even though I don’t speak Japanese I though this episode of Heyx3 was really enjoyable. Of course mostly because it focused almost the whole time on Koki. And Koki is always really entertaining. I can’t wait until someone subs this episode. It looks like he’s visiting some sort of weird ghost shrine or something odd like that. Koki seems to really be into that type of stuff. I remember on a show a couple of months ago he went and got a license for hunting some mythical creature. I can’t remember what it was exactly. I think it was a Kappa license. But I’m 100% on that. I’m pretty sure it was a goblin of some sort. And water goblin seems really familiar. As I said I watched that show a couple of months back. I guess that makes me a bad Koki fangirl. I should probably remember every single detail of his life from memory. But that’s way too difficult. I have way too much idol stuff to remember to know absolutely everything about everyone.

The Ultimate Wheels performance was pretty good too. But I’ve seen that song performed so many times live that all the performances just sort of blend and blur together. Since all the Ultimate Wheels performances sound the same to me, except that one where Kame flubbed the high note, the only thing that really stands out about this one is Kame looks gorgeous and Koki winked yet again. Which made the performance significantly better.

Here’s the video for anyone out there that wants to bask in the hottness that is Tanaka Koki. Or if you just want to watch the episode. XD But you should watch it quick, because no doubt it will be gone in a few days if not hours. :/

I spent my Valentine’s Day with Akimoto Yasushi

The title of this blog post is of course misleading. But I did indeed spend a fraction of my Valentine’s Day with Aki-P. If you remotely care you can read on, and find out how. It’s a lot more mundane then you’re probably expecting. XD

It was pretty much the end of Valentine’s Day and I was sitting on my couch watching TV with my mom. Since everything else was already half over, she decided to put on an old episode of Iron Chef. Mostly because a couple of years ago we used to watch Iron Chef all the time, and it was also the Valentine’s Day episode. Well, that and my mom, despite refusing to admit it, totally has the hots for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Which is both disgusting and hilarious.

I was only half paying attention to the episode because I was getting pretty tried and I didn’t really feel like watching Iron Chef. So, it got to the best part judging. But since I wasn’t paying attention I missed who the first judge was. Of course it had to be the first judge. Because when it got to the second judge I commented how she was only half Japanese. XD

So, I was watching the judging pretty oblivious the first half. And then it hit me. I started to think that looks a lot like Aki-P. So I asked my mom what the male judges name was. Of course she didn’t know because she could probably barely pronounce it let alone remember the name. So I said to her if his last name is Akimoto I totally know who it is. I then had to wait until the end of the episode to see the judge’s scores to see their names, and if it was him. But the Cooking Channel hates me and right after the winner was announced they cut the ending. So I had to jump up and rewind it all the way back to when the judges were introduced.

And of course it was him. And because it was him I got WAY more excited then I should have. I literally jumped up and down and said to my mom, “OMG it’s him! I knew it! It’s him!” And then I said for about 5-10 minutes about how, “I didn’t think it was really him. I can’t believe it’s him. And he’s only on the Valentine’s episode because of the song he wrote about Valentine’s Day.” Yeah I take my idol fandom pretty seriously. XD
And it’s also really funny because when my mom first put Iron Chef on my exact words were, “I really wish they made Iron Chef today, because if they did I would know who the judges were. I bet they’d have some former Morning Musume as judges.” Which is pretty funny because I actually knew someone on the episode.

I also wasn’t 100% sure it was Aki-P because I have only seen a picture of him maybe 3 times. But after googling him he looks exactly the same. XD Also, I think because I made such a big deal about recognizing him that my mom thinks I’m like in love with him or something. Which is whatever, I don’t really care too much if she thinks that. But she obviously doesn’t think I have eyes. XD I’m sure there are people reading this going, “Of course Akimoto was a judge on Iron Chef. I totally already knew that.” But I had absolutely no idea he ever did. And why would I? That show is 16 years old, and he’s just the songwriter and producer he doesn’t really matter that much. I mean, I don’t know anything about Tsunku or Johnny Kitagawa either.

Yeah, believe it or not that was the highlight of my Valentine’s Day. Yes, Aki-P made my Valentine’s Day because I’m alone this year. But I still think seeing him on Iron Chef was pretty awesome regardless. XD

Itano Tomomi to release 2nd single this April

After the phenomenal success of Dear J, it was announced at a live event for Dear J that AKB48 member Itano Tomomi will release yet another solo single. Her 2nd solo single will be released on April 27th, but nothing else about the single have been revealed yet.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this. No one can deny regular Senbatsu Member Tomochin’s popularity. However, Tomomi is hardly the best singer in AKB48. Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy Dear J. More than enjoyed it, I absolutely love the song! And I should probably be way more excited about her releasing a 2nd single, but I just can’t be 100% excited because if the song was sung by a different AKB48 singer I would probably like it even more than I do now. I don’t know it’s just sad that she’s only getting to release solo singles because of how popular she is, while better singer who are less popular don’t get the same opportunity. I realize that’s how the idol business works. But it still kinda hate it. However, if it actually liked Tomomi more, or it was a member I liked more, I’d probably be super excited. I guess I’m no better than anyone else. XD

No doubt, as soon as the previews for the song are released I’ll be all over that.

C-ute-Chou WONDERFUL preview

I have just realized that I didn’t write anything about C-ute’s upcoming 6th album. I really want to be into C-ute, but I can’t seem to care anymore. Since Arihara Kana left C-ute my interest in them has been really falling. To where I’m at the point now were I hardly even care about them anymore. But that makes me incredibly sad, because before Kana left I used to like C-ute more than Berryz. But now Berryz Koubou has completely surpassed them. But now I’m going to take about C-ute because I know my readers are interested in keeping up with them.

On March 23rd Hello! Project group C-ute will be releasing their 6th album entitled, Chou Wonderful! 6.
The track list for the album is as follows:

2. Midnight Temptation
3. Kiss me Aishiteru
4. Iza Susume! Steady go
5. Ru ru ru ru ru
6. Wakaretakunai
7. Aitai Lonely Christmas
8. Circle
9. Dance de bakoon
10. San ban home, san ryome
11. Campus life ~ umare te kite yokatta ~

The radio rip for the album’s title track has just been released. The song has a rock beat, but it is soft enough that the music still comes off as being absolutely adorable. I really like the style the song is going for. It might not be as aggresive or danceable as Dance de Bakoon, but the music is still really great.
And since this is an album song the line distribution is pretty fair. The song is still lead by Maimi and Airi like it always is. But you do get to hear the other girls too. It’s mostly Chisato and Mai that you hear. Poor Saki I think I only heard one solo from her.
Even though I think the song is cute I think it’s actually pretty weak to be an opening for an album. C-ute hardly ever has strong album songs, so this is probably as heavy as this album will get. But I’m still looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. We’ll probably be getting more previews in the next week or so.

Also, you can buy their 6th album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

C-ute – Chou WONDERFUL! 6 [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

C-ute – Chou WONDERFUL! 6 [Regular Edition]

Maybe Jin might not fail in the US after all

During an interview before his concert at the Budokan Akanishi Jin announced that his debut US single will be a collaboration with popular American singer Jason Derulo. In case you’re not familiar with Jason Derulo, last year he had the insanely popular songs Whatcha Say? and In My Head.

This is probably the most exciting Jin news I have come across in months. This means Jin might actually have a chance at becoming popular in the US. Just yesterday I was thinking for Jin to be popular in the US he has to not make music like Justin Timberlake. Because Jin totally wants to be the Japanese Justin Timberlake. Justin hasn’t made music in years, that music direction would be an absolute train wreck. To be popular in America Jin has to make music like Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Taio Cruz, or Jason Derulo. And wouldn’t you know it, his debut single is going to be with Jason Derulo. And since the song itself was made by Jason Derulo that just adds to the chance of it becoming a hit. Even if the song isn’t that amazing just having Jason Derulo in it will automatically get the song some air play. I mean, because of this I’ll probably even get to see the music video on TV. Which is mucho exciting.
There have been a lot of Asian artists that failed in the US and I think a main problem with that is they are trying to do it on their own. They don’t realize to really get their name out there, they need to have their name attached to someone already popular in the US. Yes, BoA did collaborate with American artist Sean Garrett. But the problem with that was is Sean Garrett isn’t really popular at all. I mean, the first time I ever heard of him was in her song. Who ever is producing Jin or is handling his career in the US seriously knows what they are doing. I mean, I think Jin might actually be the first Asian artist to really make it here. I went from being extremely skeptical and had absolutely no faith in him, to actually being a little optimistic about his career now.

Let’s just hope the actual lyrics of the song are A LOT better than Yellow Gold. XD

Kisumai to debut in May!

It was revealed at today’s Kis-My-Kt2 concert that the Johnny’s Junior group will be making their long overdue debut this May. Instead of being signed to Johnny’s related labels such as Johnny’s Entertainment or J Storm, Kisumai will be taking a page out of Tackey and Tsubasa’s book and signing with Avex. Also, I’m not sure what kind of release this will be. I read somewhere that said as of right now it’s unsure whether this is going to be and album or a single. And then I read another place that said this is totally going to be a single. But you can be sure the moment their album or single is announced I’ll write about it here.

I can’t say that this news is shocking. When I read this news I didn’t even bat an eye. Mostly because them debuting soon became so obvious I’ve been expecting it everyday. I even said in two posts how they should just debut already and it’s going to be any day now. But dedicated Kisumai fans have been saying that for YEARS. Literally years. I remember when I first became a Johnny’s fan in 2008 there were a bunch of annoying fans crying over Kis-My-Ft2. I’d imagine the same thing happened with KAT-TUN fans, since both groups were in nearly identical pre-debut situations.

I never really got the appeal of Kisumai before. Well, I don’t really get it now. But after actually listening to FIRE BEAT and hearing how incredible the song was, I understand the fuss that was made over them. Do I get why they have to wear ridiculous roller skates when they perform? No, and I never will. That’s actually probably a main part of why I didn’t care about them. Half because I don’t care about Juniors until they debut. And half because whenever I saw Kis-My-Ft2 perform on Shounen Club in roller skates I’d laugh and then skip their performances. I wonder if there’s any chance of them dropping that now that they’re officially debuting? Probably not because by now that’s their schtick. Which is completely lame.

I’m not a fan of Kisumai as you can tell. But I am 100% excited for them to debut. This will mark the first Johnny’s debut since becoming a fan. Well, first if you don’t count NYC. Which I don’t. They’re only a sub-group, and weren’t even supposed to last past the Nakayama Yuma w/ BI SHADOW / NYC Boys single. And this is really a momentous event for me fandom wise. JE isn’t like female idol agencies, where they make one-shot groups and sub-groups all the time. No, it takes Johnny’s years to form new groups. And to actually be a fan when it’s all happening is incredibly exciting. And maybe that’s makes me a loser, but I get really into my idol music fandom. I mean, I can’t wait until 6 years from now when S/mileage is insanely popular and taking over Japan, that I can proudly say, “You see them, in a small way I helped  with their debut.” Just like with Kisumai I can say, “Yeah, I’ll never forget they day they formed. All of their fans finally shut up for 5 minutes.” Whether I look back fondly on the memory or curse the day it happened is really up to the group themselves. Let’s hope their music actually ends up being good. Or at least end up like KAT-TUN. Where I only listen to their singles because their album songs just aren’t as good. Let’s hope they end up having some real personality and have entertaining shows. I can’t wait to see who is the Kei-chan, Shige, MatsuJun, Koki, Taguchi, or Hikaru of the group. Since I don’t really think Kisumai are all that much to look at, let’s hope they make up for it with personality. Well, Fujigaya Taisuke is a little cute. Cute in that I have an interesting face sort of way.
Well, I’m off now to learn Kisumai’s member’s names and a little bit about each member.

Berryz Koubou-7 Berryz Times track list

It was released about 2 weeks ago that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 7th album on March 30th entitled 7 Berryz Times. Well today the track list for the album has been released.

The track list is as follows:

1. Icchoume Rock!
2. Heroine ni Narou ka!
4. Masshiroi ano kumo
5. Maji Bomber!!
6. Joshikai The Night
7. Girls Times
8. Onna no Pride
9. Shining Power
10. Magical Future!

I am really excited for this album mostly because Berryz Koubou is my second favorite Hello!Project group. (Following right behind Morning Musume, of course.) I am also excited for it because I thought their last album was really incredible. Their albums are always really great, but I found myself loving 6th Otakebi Album even more than their other albums. I’m also really excited to hear the song Onna no Pride. Since I’m a girl I always love the songs that are super empowering or relatable for girls. Which is why I love Very Beauty and Baka ni Shinaide so much. I’m also interested in hearing Bomb Bomb Jump, just because it seems like it will be similar to Maji Bomber. And as many of you know Maji Bomber was one of my favorite songs of 2010. I’m also hoping there’s a song about unrequited love, because those are always my favorite H!P songs in general. XD
And of course you can buy this album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Berryz Koubou – 7 Berryz Times [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

Berryz Koubou – 7 Berryz Times [Regular Edition]

Akanishi Jin-Eternal preview

Akanishi Jin’s first Japanese solo single is being released on March 2nd. And of course there’s a preview of the song.

I know I’ve already make a post about Eternal, but I finally found an official version of the song. And it’s absolutely clear sounding and amazing. I really do love Eternal. I think the lyrics are incredibly beautiful and Jin sounds super hot amazing when he sings softly. However, this will probably be the only single he ever releases like this. It is a little sad because this song is so pretty. But as long as he releases songs similar to Wonder I’ll be happy.

I’m really excited to see him perform this song on Music Station in a couple of days. I’m even more excited to hear his US album in July. It’s pretty obvious which one is going to be a bigger hit. XD

Anyway, here’s the official version of the song for anyone who wants to hear it.

Click  here to listen to it.

And there’s still time to buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [Limited Edition / Type B]

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [Regular Edition]

NYC-Yumetamago preview

With a little less than a month until the release of NYC’s 3rd single, Yumetamago, we finally have a radio rip of the song. However, the preview is only 2 minutes long which is probably only about half the song. And the radio host starts talking through the last 30 seconds so it’s almost inaudible at the end. I mean, you can obviously still hear the song it’s just a little annoying to strain to hear it.

The song sounds pretty much on par with what NYC has been releasing up until now. But I am a little surprised by how tame the music actually is. The song is being used as the ending for an anime movie, but the music isn’t really intense anime music like it could be. It’s actually pretty similar music wise to Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe. Where the music stays the same volume nearly the whole time and hardly changes. When this single was first announced I said how I was looking forward to another song along the lines are Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe, but now that the song is, I wish it was a little different. I guess there’s no pleasing me. XD I do really enjoy the song though. NYC blends really well together and most of the song is group parts, just like all of their past singles. I think it’s a really adorable song. And despite it being for kids it’s not too childish sounding. Which could be a real problem. Does Lilpri ring a bell, anyone?

Morning Musume announces 45th single!

I don’t know if anyone has noticed but lately I haven’t been blogging as much as I should be. That’s all thanks to this terrible cold I have courtesy of my sister who infected the whole house. But I wanted to make a post about this because I think it’s pretty exciting news. And I wanted to post about it before it became old news. Well, it’s technically old news anyway because this was announced about a week ago. I guess I wanted to post about it before it became so old it would be irrelevant.

It was announced that Morning Musume will be releasing their 45th single, Maji Desu ka Ska, on March 23rd. Not only is this their first single of 2011 it’s the first single to feature the recently added 9th generation.

Now of course with this announcement comes 2 questions I’m sure every Momusu fan is asking themselves. But let’s focus on one at a time.

Of course the absolute first question I was asking myself was, “I wonder who’s going to sing when.” Of course I’m mostly asking when the 9th generation will sing. Now, just because this is the new member’s debut single we shouldn’t automatically assume that they will get a significant amount of lines, or even any. If you recall on the 2nd generation’s and the 4th generation’s debut singles not one of the new members got a solo line. And there was only 8 members in Summer Night Town and they could have totally made the lines even. The only time every member of a generation gets a solo on their debut single is when that generation only consists of 1 or 2 members. Like with the 3rd gen, 7th gen, and both 8th gens debuts. Everyone seems to really love Shabondama because it was the only debut single to be lead by the new generation. Which is all well and good but everyone seems to forget that every 6th gen member got a solo line except for Eri. And you can’t even count on the best singer, or singers, of the generation to get a solo line. In the 5th gens debut single only Risa got a solo, despite Ai-chan being the best vocalist of the 5th gen.

So it’s really anyone’s guess as to when and how often the 9th gen will sing in this song. But personally I think each 9th gen girl will get 1 solo lines. And Mizuki and Riho may get 2. But that’s mostly because even though Tsunku is unpredictable, he’s not stupid. He has to build the 9th gen up right off the bat. Because over the last 4 years Tsunku dropped the ball on promoting the girls. Really Resonant Blue was the start of it, but Mikan wasn’t all that fair.

For the longest time it was the Ai, Risa, Reina, and Eri show. Morning Musume’s singles went from thinking that the song was good to thinking are they really leading it again. Losing lead singer and popular member Eri, and losing arguably the best singer Morning Musume has ever seen this fall, Momusu needs to change fast. So, I’m thinking Momusu’s line distribution will look like this: Reina and Risa lead. Sayumi and Aika get some of the lines Ai would normally get and split the lines Eri would get if she didn’t graduate. Then Sayumi, Aika, and Ai-chan have a minor lead. And the 9th gen gets a line or two. Ai is leaving so Momusu needs to start distancing themselves for Ai-chan now. Only singing wise of course. And they need to build up the fanbase of the current members, so Momusu can take the blow when Ai leaves this fall.

And of course the second question I asked myself was, “what will the song sound like.” The song is titled Maji Desu ka Ska!, so of course the song is going to have a ska beat. Just like Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ had a big band beat. It’s obvious. But what’s not so obvious to me is what ska actually is. Whenever I heard ska music mentioned I always assumed that skaters and emo kids listened to ska. Which should be a clear indication that I’m not 100% familiar with ska music. The only actual song I know is ska is LANDS song Genki. And that’s only because it’s the ska version of the song.

When I watched Jin’s movie Bandage I absolutely fell in love with the ska version of Genki. Because the music is absolutely incredible. It’s got this sort of orchestra kinda reggae feel to it. I’ve been listening to this song nonstop for months. So, if Morning Musume releases a song along these lines, that would be absolutely incredible.

But having it be ska music pretty much indicates that the song is going to be upbeat and cheerful. Which Morning Musume desperately needs to release again. Because all of their singles have been sad and depressing sounding. Even the songs that are supposed to be positive came off as sad. All of their cheerful songs were wasted as B-sides or album tracks. I’m looking forward to Maji Desu ka Ska becoming this Momusu era’s Renai Revolution 21. Meaning I hope the older members feel too old and leave. But there’s not way that’s going to happen. Especially since Sayumi is absolutely in love with the 9th gen. Well, I hope in the very least this makes Tsunku add more members to the line up. To have a more balanced age.

If you’re as excited about this single as I am you can buy it from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Ska! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Ska! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]

Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Ska! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C]

Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Ska! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type D]

Morning Musume – Maji Desu ka Ska! [Regular Edition]

Arashi-Lotus radio preview

With less than a month until the release date, we finally have a full radio rip of Arashi’s new single Lotus. Well, actually the full radio rip came out a few days ago but this is my first time hearing it.

Hearing the whole songs just makes me think this song sounds like Truth and Monster even more. The music has this almost eerie tone to it that is extremely reminiscent of Monster. And the lyrics remind me a lot of Truth. After listening to it all the way through a few times I’m am really starting to like this song. But it doesn’t really move beyond ok or good for me. It doesn’t have that instant like ability that songs like Troublemaker, Beautiful Days and Kitto Daijoubu had.
And for a song being used as a theme to his drama you’d think you’d hear Aiba more. He only has one solo line and it’s just a tiny bit longer than Nino’s and Ohno’s solos. But at the very end of the song it does sound like Aiba has another solo line, but the annoying announcer is talking over that part. XD

If you do like what you hear, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Arashi – Lotus [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

Arashi – Lotus [Regular Edition]

Berryz Koubou-Heroine ni Narou ka preview

The radio rip for Berryz Koubou’s upcoming single, Heroine ni Narou ka, was finally released. The concert rip for this song has been floating around the internet for nearly a month. But I haven’t listened to the concert rip (well until today) at, because I prefer to wait for the radio rip to be released. Usually because the concert rip is either poor quality or the song differs a lot from the concert rip. In the Aisaresugiru Koto wa Nai no yo concert rip the background music soundly completely different.

The radio rip is only a little less than half of the song, but it’s more than enough to get an overall feel of the song. The music for the song has a very techno and electronic sound to it. It reminds me a lot of Morning Musume’s Fantasy ga Hajimaru and I’m Lucky Girl. I guess Tsunku’s been in an 80’s or techno phase recently. I’m not really complaining. I absolutely love the electronic sort of house music beat that this song has. Berryz hasn’t released a song this danceable since Dakishimete Dakishimete. Even though the music is really amazing I think the vocals are lacking a great deal. There’s hardly any emotion in it. Besides the chorus only Saki’s and Miyabi’s long notes are even memorable.
The only really good part about the singing is how evenly divided the lines are. Except, correct me if I’m wrong, I didn’t really hear any solo lines by Yurina. I think she might have only had 1. Which is a tough break. But since she lead Shining Power, I guess she can’t really complain.

Here’s the radio rip:

And if you’re interested here’s the concert rip:

As always, you can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Berryz Koubou – Heroine ni Narou ka! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Berryz Koubou – Heroine ni Narou ka! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]

Berryz Koubou – Heroine ni Narou ka! [Limited Edition / Type C]

Berryz Koubou – Heroine ni Narou ka! [Regular Edition]

Berryz Koubou – Heroine ni Narou ka! [Single V]

Dream Morning Musume-DoriMusu 1 track list

Now, as all of you may know already I am insanely happy about the formation of Dream Morning Musume. I’m mostly excited because I get to see my beloved Koha perform again. Well, I got even more excited by Dream Morning Musume recently because a couple of days ago they revealed the track list for their upcoming album. The CD is two disk and is mostly a cover album of the top Morning Musume songs. Here’s the track list.

Disk 1:

1. Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari (Dream Morning Musume Ve.r)
2. Morning Coffee (2011 Ver)
3. Roman ~My Dear Boy~
4. Mikan
5. Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are!
6. Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?
7. SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
8. Afternoon Coffee (Afternoon Musume)
9. New Song
10. New Song

Disk 2:

1. Summer Night Town
2. Daite HOLD ON ME!
3. Memory Seishun no Hikari
4. LOVE Machine
5. Koi no Dance Site
6. Happy Summer Wedding
8. Renai Revolution 21
9. The Peace!
10. Souda! WE’RE ALIVE

I am completely thrilled because they are singing a lot of my favorite Morning Musume songs, and my all time favorite Morning Musume song! Which is Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are. But I am also super excited for Renai Revolution 21, Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari, Koi no Dance Site, Daite Hold on Me, Love Machine, Summer Night Town, I Wish, and Roman ~My Dear Boy~.

I know a lot of fans have mixed feelings about this group as a whole. How it lessens the current Momusu, and it is a step backwards for the members. But to me this group really is a dream. I can finally see all the member singing and dancing together again. Which is huge for me because I wasn’t a fan when most of these girls where in the group. However permanent or short lived this group is, or becomes, I am completely going to enjoy the ride while it happens!

The CD comes in 2 versions which you can buy from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Dream Morning Musume – Dorimusu [Regular Edition]

Dream Morning Musume – Dorimusu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]