AKB48 breaks a record, but do they deserve it?

AKB48’s new single, Everyday Kachuusha,  has just broken the record for a single’s best first week sales. They broke the record in just 5 days beating the previous number one single, Mr. Children’s Namonaki Uta. And I am actually really angry by all of this. I think AKB48 is completely undeserving to break the record and to hold such a high honor.

And don’t go thinking I’m bitter because AKB48 broke the record and not my favorite idol group, because that is absolutely not the case. I don’t think ANY idol group should break a record like this. Not Morning Musume, not NEWS, and certainly not AKB48. I think this coveted position should be held by a legit artsit who deserves it. Not an arist who was only picked because they danced around in bikinis and are the newsest flavor of the week. Yes, I realized their popularity is HUGE and has been for years. I simply mean that eventually people will move on to some other idol group. And that new idol group will be the “it” group and the new flash in the pan. And years from now when no one cares about AKB48 anymore people will be saying, “I can’t believe such and such established artist can’t beat that has been idol group. And sadly that’s most likely going to happen.

And to anyone out there who thinks AKB48, or any idol group, actually deserves to win you are lying to yourself. AKB48 didn’t win because the song is that amazing, beautiful, or meaningful. They won because they are insanely popular and they made a suggestive PV. (I can hear the people crying, “The PV is innocent. Bikinis aren’t suggestive. I can’t think of anything more innocent then dancing and parading around in bikinis.” Right, because only obvious sexual behavior is suggestive.)
It just makes me angry. I heard and read the translation for Mr. Children’s song today. It’s beautiful. The singing is actually kinda bad, but the lyrics are really pretty and sweet. And I can completely see why they held the top spot. It’s a song about being there for the person you love. No matter what happens, no matter how difficult things get, you’ll always be there for them. AKB48’s song on the other hand is a mediocore pop song about it being summer. And basically mundane things you do when it’s summer such as running in the seas breeze, having the sun beat on you, etc. And of course it’s the typical idol lyrics about loving someone from a far, and blah blah. The lyrics are just ok. They aren’t heartfelt, they aren’t even the best lyrics or best song by AKB48. If Beginner or Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou won, I still wouldn’t like it but I’d get it more. There was just absolutely no reason why this song won.

I would love to hear a fan try and defend this situation, because they can’t. And any fan that can’t realize that they are undeserving takes idol music and idols far too seriously.
If I’m being honest here I don’t think either songs were amazing enough to win. If I had it my way Uemura Kana’s Toilet no Kamisama would win. That song is so heartbreaking, it makes me cry every time I hear it.

I don’t know, I love idols and all but I don’t really like it  when they start beating legit artists for things. It kinda makes me angry.

S/mileage’s surprising 2nd generation auditions

In an absolutely shocking turn of events H!P’s youngest group, S/mileage announced they will be holding auditions for their 2nd generation. The audition is looking for girls between the ages of 13-18. The auditions will begin on June 4th and continue throughout the month. June 4th is just 9 days before the deadline of the Morning Musume 10th generation auditions. Since both auditions are in such close proximity to each other, girls are allowed to audition for both groups. However, if they pass both auditions they can only choose one group to join. You can click here for the website.

I absolutely could not believe that S/mileage was going to add new members. I was not expecting that at all, I thought they would continue with this line up throughout their career. Much like Berryz Koubou and C-ute. Apparently at one point Tsunku said he wasn‘t finished with S/mileage, but I never heard him say that before, so this announcement was quite a shock to me. This will also mark the 2nd stabel group in H!P history to have revolving members like Morning Musume. So far only sub-groups (like Tanopopo, Mini Moni, and Pucchi Moni) as well as short lived groups (like Coconuts Musume and Country Musume) have had more than one generation. When S/mileage was formed I thought about what their future would be like. I thought they were no doubt going to have the same inevitable fate as Berryz and C-ute. To me new H!P acts are always bitter sweet. Yes, it’s awesome that we get great new music and more variety, but you know that they will eventually have to leave. (Debuting ManoEri at 18 and Kikka at 19, it’s almost like why even bother. :/) But having S/mileage have new member auditions gives hope that they could last as long as Morning Musume. Now, there is no guarantee that S/mileage will even have a 3rd generation. But coming from a business and investment point of view, it’s the smart thing to do.

There’s of course a lot of fans who are against this, or feel that S/mileage is perfect the way they are. And in a sense I can’t blame them. I don’t think anyone really saw this announcmente coming. But it seems that I always have an unpopular opinion when it comes to change, because I absolutely encourage change and I am absolutely excited for this audition. Of course, I love S/mileage the way they are. They are one of my favorite groups and I think the members fit perfectly together. They each have similar sounding voices that compliments each other’s perfectly and harmonize perfectly. But since I’m such a big fan of S/mileage I realize that this is the perfect move for them. This means the group could have longevity. And what would you rather do? Enjoy the currently line up for an undisclosed amount of time, which is most likely anywhere from 6-8 years before Ayaka starts to get too old, or enjoy them for 14 years like Momusu but just with a different line up. I think it’s pretty obvious which one is better.

Japan seems to be really interested in S/mileage. They have quite the growing following, and they won best new artist at the 52nd Japan Record Awards. It seems Tsunku and H!P wants their interest and popularity to continue to rise. And holding auditions is a great way to do that. Look at all the extra promoting and interest that has been in Morning Musume lately because of the audition and new members. I also really wonder how many members they will add. It says new member audition, but I’m actually hoping for 2 new members. I also don’t get why they are asking for such old girls to join. Momusu is asking for 10 the youngest and 17 the oldest, while S/mileage is asking for 13 the youngest and 18 the oldest. It makes no sense to me. I guess they are just trying to keep all S/mileage members the same age. Do you know who would have made a great S/mileage member? Saho Akari. Oh wait, she was just added to that dance group that doesn’t have a future. :/

This audition also really makes me wonder about what their future holds. S/mileage’s theme is youth and short skirts. They are adding new members to enchance the youth aspect. So, it seems to me that S/mileage is always going to go after that youth theme. Their singles don’t seem to be maturing and adding another young member won’t help them mature either. It seems like they will forever be a youthful and playful group. Which I’m ok with, and it would actually be a welcomed change. But it seems like because of that S/mileage members might graduate before the age Morning Musume graduate, to keep up with the theme. That would also be bitter sweet.

Here’s the audition announcement video.

The stigma of being a fan

So, I wrote this blog post mid April, right after I got my JE calendars and expected to make this post shortly after. However, everything always gets pushed back. But regardless of when I made this post, I really wanted to make it to get all this frustration off my chest. It’s just basically what I go through and feel on a day to day basis, just from being an idol fan. I also hope that in some small way people will relate to this post.
But anyway, disclaimer over and on to the real post.

I’m sure everyone out there who is a fan of idol music has faced some sort of judgment or mocking for liking idols. Especially the fans that live outside of Asia. Since wota are usually around 30 years old, I’m sure lots of people would question why someone that age listens to teenage girls singing about love. Or question if liking idol music is as innocent as it seems. But since I’m not a 30 year old man, and never will be, I of course can’t say for sure every fan has experienced or will experience this. But one can assume this is how people would react if they have no idea what idols are.
However, if a male fan were to like an idol group like AKB48 or SDN48 I’m sure people would react differently. Since both groups take a lot of revealing and sexy photos, people would understand the appeal more and accept it more. Even if they didn’t accept it they would at least understand it better.

And because of that male idol fans have it much easier than us female fans. I never really realized just how hard it is for a female fan until recently. I found out because as I started to get idol merchandise, and my family became more aware of idols as a whole, they have voiced their opinions on it several times. And I found myself not only being slightly ashamed and embarrassed, but also pretty angry. There seems to be a real stigma for being a fan of idol music. And that stigma is even greater for female fans.

As a female fan I think there’s a stigma right off the bat for being a female idol fan because apparently by default if I’m listening to a female singer I have to have the hots for them, or I wouldn’t listen to them. Which is absolutely ridiculous because no one would assume that if I was listening to an American female group. I think that logic stems from 2 reasons. The first being, I’m choosing to listen to that type of music. I would have a lot less grief if I choose to listen to regular legit Jpop. And the second reason being the type of music they make and the way they present themselves. Since female idols are mostly marketed to male fans everything they do reflects that. The PVs, the photo shoots, the photobooks, and to some extent the lyrics. And when you choose to like something like that, there’s some automatic judgment in that. Even when I say I like the music because I’m a girl and they are girls. They are singing about things girls relate to, therefore I like it. It doesn’t really make much of a difference or change anything.
And because of that I usually downplay my love for female idols around my family. I usually only mention liking male idols because that’s easier to accept. So, then I also don’t ask for, or buy, much female idol merchandise. I can’t imagine the backlash if I asked for a photobook. Obviously I’m ok enough in my own sexuality to say such and such looks adorable. Or such and such looks sexy in that outfit, without physically being attracted to that person. However, most people do not feel that way. I feel a little ostracized because of it.

And since I’m a girl you’d think liking male idols would be easier, but it’s just as bad. It might actually be worse. And that stems, of course, mostly from the way male idols look. In America, and most countries outside of Asia, the aesthetics are completely different. What the West sees as flamboyant, girly, or in a sense “gay”, Asia finds normal and the most appealing. And when you show someone photos of male idols, and they don’t understand the aesthetics of Asia, they are obviously going to judge it, and you, based on what they’ve been taught to be “normal.” So, I obviously hear a lot of, “OMG, how is that not a woman?” But whatever, I think Asian guys are attractive, even if people find them to be quote unquote girly. But that’s mostly because I like a lot of pretty boy American celebrities. And some American celebrities who are actually gay. (What can I say, I’m weird I guess.) But I like a wide range of different appearances. From Chace Crawford to Jay Baruchel to Lil Wayne. However, none of that seems to matter. And I am still judged for liking Asian guys who are too girly for American standards. I’m sure most of it comes from the logic that, “If she likes guys that look like girls, she must be into girls.” Which is obviously not the case. And therefore is the dilemma.

Another stigma is the fact that they are idols. And since the West doesn’t have idols, they are compared to the closest thing we have to idols, boy bands and girl groups. Even though that’s what idols basically are, they are also completely different. And the whole idol thing in Japan is way beyond boy bands and girl groups. Idols often become widely popular and accepted groups. Because the whole culture of Japan is different. Back in the 90’s boy bands and girl groups were for tweens and teenage girls. And any self respecting person who didn’t fit into those 2 categories would never dare listen to them without facing massive amounts of mocking. So, of course with that mind set, and it being the general consensus, a person unaware of what idols are all about is going to completely make fun of and look down on it. Which is why I don’t tell anyone I like idols. My friends don’t really know I listen to idols, they don’t even know I have this blog. And it’s all because of ignorance and close mindedness.

I also get the stigma because of ages. Both their ages and my own. My age because by American logic is, I’m starting to be too old to listen to idols. My family thinks me liking idols is something 12 year olds do and I should basically stop. Do they care about the average age of wotas? Or that the biggest JE supporters are women in their teens and 40’s? Of course not! If they knew that, would they even care? Of course not! Because they’ve been feed their whole life what is normal and what is not. And to go beyond that is both outrageous and ridiculous. I’m probably going to listen to idols for as long as I like the music. Which is probably years or even decades. And who’s to say I can’t? No one, really. Yet, that stigma will always be there.
And of course when I say their ages I mean the idols who are young, or young to American standards. Right now I’m 19 and most idols are my age or very close to my age, so it’s hardly a big deal. But for some reason my family still thinks it is. Since half of Hey! Say! JUMP are younger then me, my sister thinks it’s stupid and immature to listen to them. She doesn’t care that 5 JUMP members are older than me or that 4 members are just one year younger than me.
Yet, she listens to the Jonas Brother and thinks it’s fine. They are absolutely the closest America can get to idols, music and looks wise. Yes, my sister is 23 and likes the Jonas Brothers. Do you see the hypocrisy and irony in that? Whenever she gets grief for liking them her logic is: “since I’m the same age as the oldest member it’s not weird.” But me, who is nearly the same age as all of HSJ, am immature. That’s just horrible logic. And it’s based on nothing more than ignorance. I’m really not looking forward to seeing what will happen when I start to become a little older than my favorite idols.

Obviously, I shouldn’t let general ignorance bother me or effect my love for idol music. And I pretty much don’t let it. But hearing things like this constantly will take its toll on anyone. Especially someone like me. I like to think of myself as extremely sensitive and I hate being made fun of. Besides that, I am also very defensive and slightly opinionated. So it’s pretty obvious why things like this upset me so easily. I just really wish people weren’t so close minded all the time because it’s absolutely frustrating. And it makes me feel like this stigma of being an idol fan will never go away.

Berryz Koubou announces new single

It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 27th single. As for now, the single in untitled but it will be released on August 10th.

I wish I could say that this was announced really soon after their last single but it’s not really. Berryz usually releases a new single ever 3-4 months. Granted this is just a mere 2 months after the release of Ai no Dangan, but for Berryz that’s really nothing. As my 2nd favorite H!P group I’m always looking forward to their next single. Let’s hope it has a better  PV than Ai no Dangan.

You can purcahse this album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type A]



Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type B]


Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type C]


Berryz Koubou – TBA [Regular Edition]

Buono to release 12th single

It was announced that Buono will be relasing their 12th single. The single is entitled Natsu Dakara and will be released on July 20th.

I’m really glad to see Buono releasing singles frequently again. Buono makes some of my favorite H!P songs, so I’m really excited to hear what kind of song this will be. Since it’s a summer themed song no doubt it’s going to extremely upbeat and energetic. It would also be absolutely amazing to have 2 PVs of tis single like they did with Zassou no Uta.

You can of courwse by this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Buono – Natsu Dakara [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


Buono – Natsu Dakara [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


Buono – Natsu Dakara [Regular Edition]

My latest gets

This post is extremely overdue. I’ve been wanting to make this post since the end of April. But I was lazy and put the post off, and then my computer crashed. And now this post is a month late. XD I’m pretty excited to make this post because it’s the first time I making a post about all the idol themed things I got. I’ve made posts in the past about my Morning Musume CD and Hey! Say! JUMP CD, but that was only one item. This time I have 6 things. Which isn’t really a lot. But hey, I’m a poor idol fan and only buy what I can afford. Which is hardly anything. XD


First things first, my NEWS CDs.

I got Pacific and Color for my birthday. Color is limited Edition which is amazing, by the way. I would preferred LE Pacific since it’s my favorite NEWS album, but I can’t really complain. And since I got those 2 CDs I had to buy Live since I was supposed to get it when it was released in September. I opted for the regular edition because it has the bigger booklet and I have no need for a DVD that I can’t watch. Oh, and can I add that all my CDs are either Taiwan or Hong Kong versions. Start calling me a bad fan now, but there’s no way I’m shelling out $50 for Japanese versions when I can get the overseas for about $20. Especially since the CDs are exact duplicates.


Oh, and speaking of my birthday check out my awesome cake.

It’s a mint chocolate chip cheesecake. XD

Next I got my Hey! Say! JUMP calendar.

I was pretty bummed when I couldn’t get their calendar last year, so I made sure I got it this year. But it was pretty expense at either $40 or $45. Which is kind of ridiculous for a calendar, but whatever. I really wanted this because calendars are the closet JE gets to photobooks. HSJ’s calendar was actually the most bang for your buck. It came with like a 30-50 page booklet, and then had a little mini calendar which is basically picture cards with the dates on it.

But the pictures are awesome. Especially Yuto’s.

And they are doublesided! There’s also a way to make this mini calendar stand, but the instructions are in Japanese, so I can’t use it. XD


The photos in the booklet are mostly bathingsuit and beached themed.

But there are also a few sexy suit looking pictures.

Surprisingly I think Yabu looks the cutest in this booklet.

The booklet also has giant pictures of the members faces, which is kinda weird. But I guess also cool.

 
 
The next thing I got was a NEWS calendar.
 
This was even more expensive than the HSJ one. I think NEWS’s was $50.  But for a more expensive price you get less stuff. It’s pretty much just a photobook. It’s something like 60 pages though. But since NEWS is my favorite JE group I had to get this.
 
I mostly got it because Yamapi looks super hot in it.
 
The calendar is more of an agenda calendar, where you’re supposed to write in what you’re doing that day.
I think it’s funny because they already have each member’s birthday’s written in. XD
 
The calendar came with this tape looking stuff that says NEWS. I have no idea what it’s for. My mom says that it looks like it’s temporary tattoos, but I’m never going to use it so I’ll never know. XD
 
The booklet is filled with a lot of cute pictures.
 
It also has like 32 shop photos with it. But they are attatched to the calendar, so of course I’m never gonna rip them out. But it’s awesome that they were included.
 
On the back of the shop photos each member wrote messages, too bad I can’t read them. :/
 
 
I do love my NEWS calendar but I think it’s a bit of a rip off.
 
It’s nearly the same size as the Hey! Say! JUMP one.
 
And nearly the same exact width. But it’s $10 more and you get less stuff. :/
 
 
The last thing I got was my prizes.
 
I recently came in second place in International Wota’s I Wonder What Idol Flesh Taste Like contest for my Kusumi Koharu soufflรฉ. I won a signed copy of I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like and a $30 YesAsia gift card. So, I decided to buy Morning Musume’s All Coupling Complete CD. It was the most bang for my buck, I picked it up for $25. It was the Korean version though, but who cares. I really wanted to buy the Maji Desu ka Ska single, since I absolutely love that song. But I wasn’t spending $15 for 2 songs. I guess I’m cheap and a bad fan. But I will never spend $15 for 2 songs. When I can get an American CD for $10, and I got 42 songs for $25. I guess I’m just a terrible fan. But I probably won’t care as much when I actually have a job. XD
 
I was also super excited to get Justin’s autograph.
 
I never had a book with the author’s autograph before, so I am beyond happy I have one now.
 
He also included some purikura pictures, which are really cute.

Morning Musume 10th gen auditions announced!

Probably the absolutely most exciting news to have been released when I was away was the Morning Musume 10th generation auditions. The auditions announced by Tsunku during Morning Musume’s spring concert tour. The criteria is the same as the 9th gen auditions. Girls ages 10-17. The application deadline is June 13th and the girls will be added after Ai-chan’s graduation this fall. You can click here for the audition website.



I cannot contain my absolute joy and excitement for this announcement. A lot of fan are whining complaining that it’s too soon to have auditions, that the 9th gen just joined. But I don’t think it’s too soon at all. I think I’m like one of the only fans who wants yearly auditions and Momusu to have 15 members again. Which will never happen because Tsunku doesn’t want them to be more than 10. But a girl can dream, right?


This is obviously an incredibly smart move to have them audition for new members so soon. Not only because Ai-chan, the real ace of Morning Musume, is leaving, but because the rest of the 5th and 6th gen are getting old and are going to have to leave soon too.

Here’s how I see Morning Musume’s future. December Ai-chan graduates. Then at that concert the 10th gen are announced. I was thinking there’s no way they would take off any focus from Ai-chan because it’s her graduation concert, her last hurrah. So, the 10th gen might be announced a concert to two before Ai-chan’s graduation. Or they might juts wait until the start of the H!P winter concert like they did with the 9th gen. Then Risa and Sayumi receive their leader and sub-leader positions.
Early winter January or February Risa announces her graduation. Let’s be realistic it has to happen, and it has to happen soon. Risa has been a member as long as Ai-chan and has to leave soon. They release one single or album with Risa as a leader.
Then in May at the end of the spring concert tour she graduates. Sayumi and Reina take over their leader and sub-leader positions.
Early summer probably June the 11th gen auditions are announced. Shortly after Sayumi, Reina, or both graduate. Mostly likely early winter There might even be another gen thrown in there. And then the line up will be 8-11 or 12. Or the one remaining 6th gen with gens 8-11 or 12.

Please note that this is just my speculation for what I think Morning Musume’s future in a year and half times will look like, and I have absolutely no way of knowing if all of this will really happen. However, it will most likely happen somewhere along these lines. Because it’s just obvious that the 5th and 6th gen have to leave within a year or 2. The 6th gen might actually be able to squeeze another 3 year. Which I personally think it pushing it a bit, but Reina and Sayumi are only 21 and Ai-chan is 24. I do realize that Risa is only 22 but she’s been a member for 10 years, it’s too long.

Anyway, going back to the auditions themselves, I’m really excited for them. I really love all the fresh blood that’s going to be in Morning Musume. I can’t wait to see the auditions and pick which girls I want to join. I can’t wait to see if my favorite gets added. I can’t wait to see what the new members are going to be like. I can’t wait to hear them sing. I just can’t wait fot all of it!

Momusu shines for you only

After releasing the first PV preview just yesterday, Morning Musume has released the full PV for Only You. Which seems just a bit too early. But it seems like they are trying to ensure this single sells well.

When I saw the PV preview yesterday I knew exactly was this PV was going to offer. A video that look like all of their other vidoes. In more sense then one. It looks like all of their other PVs because it’s set up the same way: dance shot, close-ups, and that’s it. But it’s also like all the other PVs because we see them focusing on only the popular members. Mostly Ai-chan and Reina. With Risa and Sayumi being secondary. But in this PV we also get to see a lot of the newest predetermined most popular member/newly pushed girl, Sayashi Riho. I liked Riho from the beginning because she was amazing at singing and dancing. But she is a little arrogant. And having her being pushed so quickly is just going to feed her arrogance until she’s either Reina 2.0 or Miki 2.0. Which is starting to make me dislike her bit by bit. But that’s neither here nor there.
When I saw the PV preview I wasn’t really expecting anything more than just a pretty PV, filled with a lot of beauty shots. While the PV is mostly just that, they do try to add more elements to the PV. And they are trying to make it a little more interesting. And I definitely think they succeeded. In this PV there are 3 different close-up singing shot, 2 different places they are sitting down,  and a dance shot that flashes 3 different colors. And throughout the PV they really play with the gem/diamond theme. In their close up they are surrounded by diamonds, the lights in the dance shot are diamonds, and throughtout the PV little floating gems surround the members.
The PV isn’t 100% amazing or perfect. But it is heading in the right direction. These past 2 Morning Musume PVs in my opinion have been really great. It seems that they are really trying to build Momusu up again. They are taking these new members as a great opportunity to transform Morning Musume once again. Will they ever reach AKB48’s popularity? Absolutely not. Even at their peak they weren’t at that level. I would honestly settle for 100-200k. Then they would be at most Johnny’s levels, and we see all the pimping Johnny’s boys get.

I love the diamond lights. They are completely simple, but add such a pretty effect.

I love love love the floating gems, it makes the entire PV interesting to watch.

This whole setting is really beautiful. With the think red curtains, and gothic style candelabra and glasses. It gives it this very old fashioned almost 1800s’ feel. However, this whole scene makes me think of

this.

Or this. Either way really. XD

The dance is actually kind of nice. The individual moves look a little stupid, but when they are put together they work.

Reina looks beyond pretty here. The fabulous lighting and the glimmer of the gems just really bring out her face. She look gorgeous.

This is the first time that I thought Ai-chan looked good with her blonde hair. I used to think it didn’t suit her, but I think it actually might.

Can I just say how mind boggling it is that by just chaning the lighting the dance shot place looks like a completely different setting. Look:

Natural light.

Red light.

Pink light. That is just crazy! XD

Nice boots. XD

This is a pretty bad shot of Sayumi. She actually look kind of ugly.

Zukki looks really pretty even if she has to look sad.

Am I the only one who thinks Riho looks weird here? In the Maji Desu ka Ska PV she looked bright and cute. It looks like the lighting in this PV is weighing her down.

This hairstyle does nothing for Fuku-chan.

Poor Eripon still looks awkward and unnatural.

This close-ups are pretty, but I can’t get over the fact that those candles make it look like some kind of ritual. Lol.

Risa looks super pretty as usual.

Morning Musume-Only You PV preview

With it getting closer and closer to the release date of Morning Musume’s new single, Only You, we finally have a PV preview. However, don;t get your hopes up because the preview is only 15 seconds long.

Even though the PV preview is insanely short it is long enough to get a tiny taste of what the PV is going to look like. The PV itself looks extremely bright. The contrasting shades of whites and silvers give this PV an extremely fresh, bright, and shiny look to it. And for that aspect the PV draws your eyes in. I do love the overall look of the PV because it just looks so bright and beautiful.
However, there isn’t much going on in the PV so far. As of now all we get to see is Momusu dancing in a plain white room, which really hasn’t been done since the Sexy Boy PV. And of course we also get to see the close-ups. The close-up scenes are actually really nice. It’s just them singing around some shiny gems, but the effect is very beautiful. And it is a big step up from their usual close-up backgrounds.

So far, the PV seems to be relying more on the beauty aspect then an actual storyline. I’m actually kind of ok with that because everyone look gorgeous. I’m really looking forward to the PV. It looks like they might have actually spent some money on it.

A bullet Berryz can’t dodge

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

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

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

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

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

I love this effect.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Completely pointless.

The added effect doesn’t even make it relevant.

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

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

There’s a lot of random shaking in this.

 Crouching isn’t even a dance move!

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

Risako looks gorgeous.
 

Momoko is a cutie.
 

  Gorgeous.
 

  Hot.

Maasa looks really pretty.

Vote for H!P"s summer concert set list!

Following in suit of last year’s Hello!Project summer concert, Hello!Project has once again asked fans to vote for their favorite songs. The Hello! Project concert 2011 Summer~Nippon no mirai wa WOW WOW & YEAH YEAH Live~ kicks off this July 16th through August 14th. And a website was set up to allow fans to once again pick the set list. You can click here for the site.



When you click on the website you will see 2 clickable musical scores: one pink and one green. The pink one will allow you to vote for your favorite song based on predetermined themes. The themes are as follows:

Going across:

1. A song which has an image of a smile
2. A song which has an image of LOVE?
3. A song which has an energetic image?
4. A song which has the image of Love (using “renai” I suppose this is something more affectionate.)
5. A song which has an image of courage?
6. A song with a sexy image?
7. A song with a party image?
8. A song with a cute image?




The next option, the green one, is asking about the members. They ask you a question about the members and you are supposed to pick which 2 members best fit this and then give a short explination as to why you picked the member. The guestions are as follows:

Now for the one about the members: Again going across


1. Someone who will become a scary mother?
2. Someone who will own a small shop and why?
3. Someone who suits saying “Welcome master”?
4. Someone you think who thinks they’re cuter than Michishige Sayumi and why?
5. Who do you want as your lover and why?
6. Who do you think will play good as pretending to eat a hot plate of oden and why?
7. Who looks like they treasure their family a lot and why?
8. Who do you want to say “I’ll spank you!” to you?
9. Who would you want to say “Brother you’re an idiot” to you and why?
10. [I think] who would you have liked during your time at school or entry of school and why?
11. Who would be great at saying “I’m sorry” in an angry sort of way?




I absolutley love that H!P is giving fans a hand on experience now. Even though I do think they are copying off of AKB48’s 100 best set list concerts. But I don’t really care about that too much because 1. I love H!P way more than AKB48, and 2. H!P’s voting is absolutely 100% and you can vote as much as you want.


I think the questions are a little weird, mostly because I don’t really get what they will be used for, except during the MCing of the concerts. I can’t wait to see what Sayumi says to the members picked who think they are cuter than Sayumi. It’s probably be something disgusting like I’m way cuter than them, or I’ll never lose to them. Then I can promptly punch her in her face. No secret, I dispise Sayumi. First off, the question itself is pretty insulting. It’s basically like saying Sayumi is the cutest person on the planet, let’s see who dares to question that position. I know, it’s meant to be light and funny, and poke fun at Sayumi being super narcissistic. But I don’t think it’s funny at all.
I also don’t like that question 9 say’s “brother you’re an idiot.” As a female fan I feel slightly ostracized. They should have been more PC and used sibling. XD


If anyone cares here’s the songs I voted for. Except they were obviously in Japanese.



I didn’t bother doing the questions because I can’t speak Japanese, and I’m not about to use the horrible translations of google translate.


The voting for the songs end of May 27th and the member voting ends June 6th. So get voting if you want your opinion to count!

Momoclo’s first single as a 5 member group

Momoiro Clover Z is going to be releasing 2 singles on July 6th as well as their first album on July 27th. So far we only have information on one of the singles. And that single would be Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~. During  Momoclo’s free concert for the earthquake hit people of Sendai they preformed their new song. Which gives us fans a nice preview of the song.

It’s nice to know that even they they lost a member, their style and songs haven’t changed one bit. This song is still the super energetic Momoiro Clover that we are all used to. The song has a very heavy anime sounding instrumental. And is absolutely adorable and catchy, which is to be expected from Momoclo. This might be their most catchy and addicting single yet. I can’t stop listening to it, I’ve probably heard it about 20 times now. Momoiro Clover is a group that has yet to dissapoint me.
The lyrics of this song are also really adorable. It’s basically a song about Momoiro Clover Z asking fans to keep supporting them. So, in a sense it reminds me a lot of Wasshoi B by AKB48’s Team B. But there’s also some lines that are about not giving up. And despair and sadness won’t last forever. Which is no doubt a nod at the recent earthquake.

There’s English subs on the video which is of course an added bonus. There are some translation errors, but they are mostly correct.

You can support Momoclo by purchasing this single from CDJapan by clicking the link below.

Momoiro Clover Z – Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~

Not Yet to release 2nd single

AKB48’s newest sub-group, Not Yet, announced that they will be releasing a 2nd single. The single is called Naminoi Kakigori and will be released July 6th.

I’m actually pretty surprised that Not Yet is releasing a new single so quickly. It’s only been 4 month since their last single. But since their furst single was so successful I guess they wanted to rush the second one out while there’s still buzz around them. I am pretty excited for the new single, I was absolutely in love with Shuumatsu Not Yet since the moment I first heard it. It’s one my favorite 2011 release by the 48 groups so far. Only being second to SKE48’s Banzai Venus. I’m really excited to see what type of song this will be. I’m personally hoping for another equally as energetic single.

You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [CD+DVD / Type A]


Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [CD+DVD / Type B]


Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [Regular Edition / Type C]

no3b announces new single

It was recently announced that AKB48 sub-group no3b will be releasing their 7th single. The single is titled Kuchibiru Furezu and will be released on June 29th. Which is the same day as Hey! Say! JUMP’s new single, so no3b has some stiff competition right there.

So, far nothing else about the single besides the name is known. But I have high  hopes for this single. No3b is my 2nd favorite AKB48 sub-group and their singles are usually amazing. But I was completely dissapointed with Answer. I hope this single isn’t a dud as well. I’m really hoping for a song along the lines of Relax or Kimi Shika because those are my favorite no3b singles.

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

no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A / Kojima Haruna Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B / Takahashi Minami Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C / Minegishi Minami Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [Regular Edition]

Hey! Say! JUMP’s first single of 2011

It was announced recently that Hey! Say! JUMP will be releasing their first single of 2011. The single is titled Over and will be released on June 29th. What’s even more exciting is that Ai ING ~Aishiteru~ will be encluded as one of the B-sides. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the other B-sides will be Hey! Say! BEST’s new song Screw and Hey! Say! 7’s new song You Got More. Which marks the first time both Hey! Say! BEST and Hey! Say! 7 have their own B-side songs. We all know that Hey! Say! 7 had their own song, Kagayaki Days, featured on Hitomi no Screen, which was a little unfair if you ask me, because BEST didn’t get one.
And can I just say how nice it is to finally know what all the new songs from Hey! Say! JUMP are being used for. I’m a little sad that they aren’t for a new album, since it’s been nearly a year since their first album was released. But hopefully we’ll get a new Hey! Say! JUMP album in late 2011 or early 2012.

Hey! Say! JUMP (Actually 5/10 of JUMP) preformed this song on last weeks’s episode of Yan Yan Jump so fans get to hear a nice preview of it. Instead of all those choppy concert rips. XD
When I heard that HSJ was releasing a new single I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the song. Their last single, Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~ was one of my least favorite JUMP singles, and I was a little under whelmed by Ai ING ~Aishiteru~. But after hearing Over I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely love the song. The music has this sort of European dance music vibe to it. And reminds me of a far less intense version of Shinku. I’m a little sad that during the chorus the music doesn’t pick up at all. However, you can’t even notice that aspect because during the chorus the singing picks up signifigantly and is very powerful. I also really love the bridge of the song. That’s where a lot of nice high notes take place. What’s also surprising about this song is Hikaru raps in it and it actually doesn’t ruin the entire song. Usually when Hiakru raps it’s either insanely soft with singing over it so you can barely notice it like in Ultra Music Power. Or the lyrics are so bad that it throws the whole song off like in Score. Every once in a while Hikaru’s raps actaully enhance the song like in Ai Scream. I think Hikaru’s rapping actually compliments the song nicely. But that’s probably because he’s rapping very softly and not overdoing it. I also really love how the song is supposed to be sung like a phone call. At least that’s what I got from the lyrics and the random phone dance move they do in the begining. I also love the random speaking part in the begining. And of course I loved Ryosuke’s with you towards the end of the song. Just because I’m a sucker for Japanese accents.
The only real fault of this single is the lyrics. At first I thought the song was supposed to be about ending a relationship that’s not going well. But then the chorus basically says no matter what I’ll stand by you and support you. I don’t know, that contradiction makes me confused about the overall meaning of the song.

The performance itself was actually pretty good. The dance was a little simple and lame. But it’s not like HSJ is really known for having the best dances ever. I don’t think I’ve ever actually liked any of their dances. I think Deep Night was like the only one. Also, I wish the rest of JUMP was there just so I know who’s really getting the solo lines. But most likely these are the people getting them, since they usually are anyway. Maybe Takaki and Daiki will be thrown a line or two but that’s about it. Which is really sad. But hey, Yuto’s getting lines again so I can’t really complain.

If you like what you hear you can but this single from CDJapan by cliking the links below. If you want the Limited Edition I suggest you hurry. When I last checked they were down to 12 copies.

Hey! Say! JUMP – Over [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]


Hey! Say! JUMP – Over [Regular Edition]

Berryz Koubou-Ai no Dangan song and PV preview

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan [Regular Edition]

Morning Musume-Only You preview

Morning Musume announced their 46th single Only You, months ago. But it was pushed back because of the earthquake. And now with less than a month until the release date we finally have a radio rip of the song. Actually the rip came out a week ago, but I was obviously away then. XD



When I first heard this song I was automatically disappointed. The song sounds exactly like the songs Momusu was releasing over the past 2 years. The song seriously sounds like it could be the B-side to Nanchatte Renai or Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game. Or it sounds like this could have been one of the album songs from Fantasy Juuichi. And it sounds like only Ai, Reina, and Risa have solo lines. I think Aika might also have a solo but it’s very hard to tell with the electronic thing they’ve done to their voices. I just can’t begin to understand what they were thinking with this single. How could they release a single as upbeat, energetic, amazing, and evenly distributed as Maji Desu ka Ska, and then release a carbon copy of the songs they’ve been releasing practically the last 2 years? I won’t say 4 because 4 or 5 years ago Momusu was releasing these really sad/emo songs. Then after that they moved on to these electronic sounding songs or songs with heavy instrumentals. It seems like they are relapsing back to what they used to be like. Mediocre songs no one really cared about, with heavy instrumentals.


However, after listening to the song on a loop about 7-10 times I am actually starting to like the song. But that’s because I’ve always loved Momusu’s songs. No matter what style they moved on to. I even loved all their electronic sounding songs like Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo~, Fantasy ga Hajimaru, and Kimagure Princess. Those are actually some of my favorite Morning Musume songs in their recent years. I might like their songs like that but they are in no way, shape, or form, my favorite kind of songs Morning Musume has ever done. I love my Momusu happy, upbeat, energetic, and silly. I am starting to like Only You, but only as a B-side or some obscure album song. I don’t want it to be used as an A-side. Because frankly it’s not strong enough to be one. The lyrics are kind of nice too. But it’s pretty much standard H!P fare. Loving someone and always being there for the person. It’s not even strong enough lyric wise to be an A-side.


In short, the song is nice but it should NOT be an A-side. As for One Day now, I am still waiting for my energetic Momusu to return. But that will most likely happen when Ai-chan graduates this fall, and obviously not a moment before.

As always, if you like what you hear you can buy this single from CDJapan.

Morning Musume – Only You [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


Morning Musume – Only You [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


Morning Musume – Only You [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C]


Morning Musume – Only You [Regular Edition]

Kikka’s new video is full of opportunities

The PV for H!P’s newest soloist Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single, Kikkake wa YOU, was released recently.

I absolutely love Kikka and I absolutely love this PV. Even though we’ve already seen half of the PV through the last preview. I still find this PV to incredibly fresh and adorable. The PV itself is insanely simple and cheap looking. However, that aspect is completely overlooked because of Kikka herself. She is so energetic, happy, and absolutely charming throughout the entire PV that you can help but love her. She has this quirky cuteness that is reminiscent of Ayaya’s early days. The PV itself, and her facial extpressions remind me so much of Aya. However Kikka doesn’t seem nearly as eccentric as Aya is.
The PV really only has two scenes. The dance scene where Kikka is dancing in front of very 60’s inspired dots. And the scene where she’s in a room surrounded by a giant clock and multi colored ballons. There’s also a random scene at the end where she walks into a fun house type of room with mirrors. Which doesn’t really fit in the PV at all, and kind of throws everything off for a bit. But luckily that scene only lasts for a few seconds.

I really love this dot  background.

Kikka is super pretty.

I love how energetic the dance is.

I’m not sure why there’s a million balloons around.

It’s a little lame that most of the PV is about her putting the balloons back on the shelf. At least I think they’re balloons. XD That white dress is gorgeous by the way.

Adorable.

I think Kikka looks even prettier with her hair up like this.

This makes me think of Koha’s Koi Kana PV.

Love.

Such a cutie.

If Yuu was sleeping how did the clock hands disappear in the first place?

This my favorite part of the dance.

I still don’t see the point of this part.

This is adorable, sending a message on a heart shaped balloon.

KAT-TUN is just monochrome

The PV for KAT-TUN’s for new single White was released recently. And surprisingly not for that long. I expected it would be out for at least a week and a half already, but it hasn’t even been a week.

I can’t say that I was expecting much from this PV. After seeing the preview I knew exactly what the PV was going to look like. And it actually turned out exactly how I expected it to. Which makes me pretty disappointed. I was still holding out for this PV to have more going on then just walking around a college. However, that’s exactly what it consists of. The PV is just basically KAT-TUN walking around the halls of a school, with their close-ups even being in the hallway. They also wander around a library, but that part is extremely brief. I was also hoping for them to do a few scenes on the roof, because that is the only remotely interesting scene in the entire PV. But the are only on the roof at the very end of the PV. Which is completely stupid. And of course this PV reminds me a lot of C-ute’s Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ PV. Mostly because the have nearly identical themes. They even share a scene. I was really expecting a lot more similarites between the two PVs, but thankfully there weren’t.
 

I wonder where this was filmed for there to be a random white guy playing soccer.
 

Kame’s a cutie.
 

Even more people who aren’t Japanese.
 

Lolz at Maru’s and Koki’s hideous dorky smiles. And I hate how horrible the quality of this PV is. x_x
 

I don’t understand why they are in such awe just because Kame walked by.
 

Just like in C-ute’s PV.
 

See, exactly the same.
 

Now Maru has to look over just because he sees Taguchi. I don’t get it.
 

You can’t imagine how I annoyed I am by the fact that they don’t let you read the whole quote.
 

I’m not sure what the whole intense turning around scenes are about.
 

Time to have cheerleaders randomly thrown in for absolutely no reason at all.
 

Koki looks pretty hot here.
 

How come every member of KAT-TUN looks hideous when they smile?
 

Every member.

No exception.

Hot.

Finally the roof scene.
 

Kimi~

C-ute sparkles in new PV

While I was away with computer troubles it seems every single PV has come out, including the PV of C-ute’s new single Momoiro Sparkling. But it was pretty obvious that the PV would be out because it’s extremely close to the release date.

It seems like a lot of people really seem to dislike this PV. And I have to wonder, are they watching the same PV I am? Sure, the PV is actually pretty simple and does stick to the same old format. But I actually really love the PV. It is simple and cute. It has a very sweet and refreshing vibe to it. The main reason why I like this PV so much is the girls. Their outfits are incredible and they look absolutely amazing. This is seriously the best C-ute has ever looked. This is definitely the best Chisato has looked. Since they’ve been focusing on her more, she just keeps looking better and better. I mean, I never really noticed how beautiful she actually is. The PV as a whole for some reason reminds me a lot of Berryz Koubou’s Shining Power PV. It’s probably because of the solid pink background they are in front of in some shots. They did the same in Shining Power except there were like 5 different colors. In Shining Power they play ping pong, and in Momoiro Sparkling they play with water guns. The two PVs are also similar because how it’s set up. It’s hard to explain in words, but watch both PVs back to back and you’ll understand the vibe I’m talking about.


I think the dance is actually really cute. It’s one of the few occasions where totally simplistic dance moves don’t look completely ridiculous. Throughout the PV they try and actually pretend like they have something going on. With them jumping in the air, having balls thrown at them, and playing beach volleyball. But they kind of just phoned that in. Mostly because everything was filmed in the same 2 rooms. If they filmed in more than 2 places it wouldn’t appear to be so cheap looking. Like if they filmed some of it in an outside setting, people would probably complain less. But having them play volleyball the same place where they filmed the dance, makes it super obvious how small the budget was. I actually don’t mind how cheap the PV is or how cheap the overall PV was. The girls look great and they are acting pretty cute in the PV, that’s pretty much all that matters to me. Besides C-ute has always made the exact same PVs basically. Just think back at all their past PVs and you’ll see that they’ve always been pretty much the same. except for Campus Life and Aitai Lonely Christmas.
 

Ok, I could seriously do without the cabbage patch looking dance move.
 

I love how the dance area looks. I just wish the blocks didn’t remind me of Heroine ni Narou ka so much. :/
 

The bubbles kind of throw everything off. Mostly because they are so fake looking.
 

Now where have I seen something similar to this before?
 

Oh that’s right, in the Shining Power PV.
 

Maimi looks super pretty here.
 

I would kill for Chisa’s outfit. That skirt is amazing. *O*
 

For some reason this leg move is my favorite part of the dance.
 

Airi is insanely adorable.
 

Gorgeous, Chisa looks absolutely gorgeous.
 

Saki looks…well, at least her jewelry is cute.
 

I think my heart just skipped a beat. 
 

Little MaiMai has been looking really mature lately.
 

Adorable.
 

I don’t know what’s funnier: this dance move or the fact that I actually like it.
 

Mai looks really cute here.
 

These mid-air shots are actually a little weird.
 

Daijoubu.
 

The first time I’ve ever seen anyone make a K with their body was when Reina did it in the Cinderella musical. I’ve thought it was cute ever since.
 

Cute.
 

Maimi is really cute.
 

This reminds me a lot of their limited edition cover.
 

Kanjani8’s animated new video

The lovely Sarahxx909 from twitter asked me if I would review Kanjani8’s T.W.L. PV. Which should have been done nearly 2 months ago. But my overall lack of twitter knowledge made me miss her tweet for a month. Apparently you can click and see tweets that you are mentioned in, who knew? Then my computer crashed making this post even more overdue.



I am always super excited when people ask me to write about something in my blog. However, it’s only happened on 2 occasions. And both times I was asked to review a Kanjnai8 PV. And that’s mostly because I hardly ever write about them. I have sort of a love hate relationship with Kanjani8. There are only like 4 singles I like by them, and because of that I never really listened to any more of their music. You’d think because I love Ryo-chan that by default I’d love Kanjani8 more. But that’s just not really the case.They are apparently supposed to have the most personality out of any JE group, but I’ve only seen them on Heyx3 twice. I’m getting way off topic though.

A while ago Kanjani8 released a double A-side as part of them releasing 3 consecutive singles. And I didn’t really bother listening to either song. Mostly because, as I said, I’m not the biggest K8 fan. That and the fact that it was for Shin-chan I figured the song would be pretty awful. T.W.L. as a song is actually better than I expected it to be. The song is actually pretty catchy and fun. Of course the chorus is my absolute favorite part. Mostly because the verse is pretty tame compared to the chorus. I also really love Subaru’s solo at the end. The echo effect is completely amazing. But the only thing I don’t like about the song is, I do not for the life of me know what T.W.L. is actually supposed to mean. I swear it’s Deco motion all over again.

I was expecting Kanjani8 to go all out for this PV. But it’s actually a lot more low key then I expected. Of course,  there is still the over the topness that makes Kanjani8, Kanjani8. But there’s only like a touch of craziness here and there. It’s almost like a perfect balance of low key and over the top. I’m actually kinda dissapointed by that. I’m still waiting for a PV as weird, crazy, and slightly embarassing as It’s My Soul. The T.W.L. PV is mostly just them standing around in painter’s outfits singing, with the occasional weird face in the background. The only time the PV gets laughable and WTF worthy are the scenes where they are with the cartoon screens. And pretty much only Ryuhei actually tried to make stupid faces.
 

Let the insanity begin.
 

I really love the scenes with their names. The background is really awesome.
 

You looks cuter everytime I see him.
 

Ok, maybe it’s not cool in red.
 

Mostly because it reminds me of this. XD
 

Ryo looks great as always.
 

Lolz at random butt shake.
 

All these Shin-chans are annoying me.
 

Lolz. Ryuhei always makes the best faces.
 

Ryo is love.
 

There’s just no words for this.
 

Ryuhei’s face is priceless, but I don’t get why Subaru is trying to look cool.
 

Incredible. Ryhuei is the only one worth watching in this PV.
 

It’s like no one else is even trying.
 

Doragon ga hi wo fuita.
 

The hearts makes ttis really cute.
 

This is both hilarious and kinda hot. XD
 

Can I just laugh at the fact that like at this moment it sounds like they are singing the word blowing. XP
 

Tacchon’s closeups might be just as weird as Ryuhei’s.
 

Like I said, no one else is trying nearly as hard as Ryuhei. XD
 

LOLZ.
 

Oh Ryuhei, never stop making weird faces.
 

Lol.
 

For some reason this made me laugh. I don’t even know why. XD

KAT-TUN-White PV preview

With less than 2 weeks until the release of KAT-TUN’s new single, White, JE continues to string us along only now releasing the PV preview. Less than 2 weeks until the release date and we haven’t even heard the full rip of the song. Us fans might hate waiting this long, but apparently this marketing works as KAT-TUN continues to sell great. Not as good as with Jin though. But they still usually outsell my beloved NEWS.

I’m excited to see that this PV has some sort of storyline. I would be so angry if we had another mess like Ultimate Wheels. But there’s really not much going on the PV. Of course the PV has the pretty much standard close-up scenes. You can’t really make a PV without them. But what’s with Ueda wearing a hat yet again? Does he miss Jin that much that he feels the need to take over Jin’s “member that wears a fedora” position? Other than that in the close-ups Koki and Kame are looking fine as usual.
The PV also shows them walking dramatically across what looks like a ship yard. Maybe it’s the awful quality or maybe I’m blind, but where they are walking, to me, totally looks exactly like the place where they shot their 2010-2011 calendar. I’ll have to wait for the full PV of course to be absolutely certain.
The PV also shows random out of place cheerleaders who serve no purpose in the PV. And they are dancing on a football field. A for a brief second I had flashbacks of horrible H!P PVs. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ and Seishun Collection, PVs better left forgotten.
The rest of the PV preview if full of them randomly hanging out on top of a roof, as people usually do. I don’t know any college that lets you sit on the roof, but apparently you can in Japan. And it also shows the members of KAT-TUN walking through the school. And I’m going to sit here and pretend that the entire White PV isn’t a complete and blatant rip off of C-ute’s Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ PV. But it totally is. I am extremely disappointed by the obvious similarities of the two PVs.

Another 48 group to be formed, HKT48

Akimoto Yasushi announced he is planning to create yet another 48 group. This time the group will be called HKT48 and will be a based out of Fukuoka. Auditions are going on now until May 31st, with ages 11-22 being eligible. It it also planned for HKT48 to debut this year. Here’s their official website.

Apparently Aki-P has never heard the phrase, “Too much of a good thing.” Or how about, “Quality over quantity.” I guess those phrases just don’t translate right into Japanese. I don’t know about anyone else but I am getting sick of all these 48 groups. There’s too many, enough already! NMB48 hasn’t even released a single yet, and they are already making another one. Aki-P doesn’t seem to realize that eventually saturating the market with nothing but 48 groups is going to end badly. Pretty soon even the wota and casual fans are going to get sick of all these 48 groups. I mean, once you’ve reached the top the only other place to go is down. Eventually all of the 48 groups are going to fall into obscurity, because popularity doesn’t last forever. And honestly, the only 48 group anyone will really care about after the eventual collapse of them is AKB48.
I could see making so many 48 groups if each groups had their own specific theme. Like this one releases enka, or this exclusively releases anime openings, or releases nothing but techno, or Jrock. Or any actually theme. Aside from SDN48 with their mature sexy theme, every 48 group is exactly the same! The exact same image and costumes, and are releasing the exact same songs. Every single by a 48 group is interchangeable. Meaning I could see AKB48 singing Banzai Venus or GAGAGA. I could see SDN48 singing Heavy Rotation. And I could see SKE48 singing Chance no Junban. But since every 48 group is exactly the same, why even make them? I understand it’s only being done to make money. But at least try to make them interesting for the fans. At least try and give them their own separate identity. To this day I don’t know or see the actual difference between AKB48 and SKE48. If someone could explain the difference that would be awesome. However, things like their ages or the music is NOT a difference. Age is a give in why, and as far as music, it’s EXACTLY the same.

And the insanity doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget the foreign 48 groups are still in the works. It seems like Akimoto Yasushi isn’t going to stop until there are 48, 48 groups!

SUPER GIRLS show off more then their hearts in new PV

Avex idol group SUPER GIRLS, have released their PV for Max! Otome Gokoro off their 2nd single. Also since I’m pretty sure their 2nd single is a double A-side, so most likely expect another PV from this single.

I have been following SUPER GIRLS almost since their formation. But I didn’t really take notice until they announced their major debut and released their first PV for Miracle ga Tommanai. And I have to say that I like SUPER GIRLS. I like their look and overall sound. But I have to say at their best SUPER GIRLS are and always have been walking idol cliches. Fans have been complaining about and noticing their similarities to other idol groups since their first PV. And like I said in my PV review of Miracle ga Tommanai it was pretty much a carbon copy of every idol PV out there. And that seems to be what SUPER GIRLS are continuing to do. They look at whatever is popular in idol PV and copy it to get more exposure and fans. People like to say that SUPER GIRLS are mostly copying AKB48, because AKB48 whole theme is wearing school uniforms and they have bikini PVs. But honestly SUPER GIRLS takes elements from all the idol groups out there. The Ganbatte Seishun PV not only reminds me of AKB48, but their are some similarities to Buono and S/mileage PVs. Even ManoEri’s Seishun no Serenade was filmed in a school.
But with the Max! Otome Gokoro PV it seems like they just had to make a PV that featured everyone’s favorite fanservice, the bikini PV. When I first watched the PV of course I was unimpressed because to me the bikini PVs are extremely flat. And not just because I’m a girl and the fanservice is wasted on me, but because I think bikini PVs are getting really old. AKB48 has done 2 now, Berryz Koubou and Morning Musume had those bikini PVs in their Allo-Hello DVDs. And I can see as a new idol group who is competing with AKB48, they felt they had to do a bikini themed PV but really they didn’t. Look at idol group Ebisu Muscats. Despite being an idol group made up of gravure and AV idols, they have yet to release a bikini PV. And when Momoiro Clover had a summer song. They didn’t wear bikinis either. They opted to make it a more playful PV. And that’s pretty much how I prefer my idols to be. Cute, fun, silly, playful, and singing extremely upbeat and happy music. Which is why I adore SUPER GIRLS. Yes, they might be every idol cliche in the book, but I like idol cliches. They turn out to be my favorite idol groups, songs, and PVs. If I wanted anything beyond regular idol fare, I obviously wouldn’t be listening to idol music in the first place.


But none of that really has anything to with the Max! Otome Gokoro PV. Reading all of that above you’d probably think I didn’t like the PV but I actually did. Because despite of it being obvious fanservice which does nothing for me, they still managed to do it in a very cute and playful way. They weren’t rubbing lotion on each other or having a pillow fight in lingerie. It was more or less and innocent PV that they just happened to be wearing bikinis in. Well, as innocent as dancing in bikinis can be received. And being a fan as idols as long as I have I realized these PVs are done mostly for fanservice. But they are also done in good fun, to be playful and tease the viewer. Which is an aspect I can appreciate. I like the playful aspect of this PV. How they also added elements of humor. I like when my idols parade around acting all idoly. Whether it’s in bikinis, or school uniforms, or hideous concert outfits.

Of course the PV has to start off showing their school uniforms.

Let the idol deja vu begin!

It wouldn’t feel quite like an idol PV without an insanely simple dance.

And the bikinis begin just a little before the minute mark. They actually really pretty though. I completely would steal snorkle girl’s and Rika’s. XD

Adorable! Ami is the cutest and definitely one of my favorites.

Kaede is really pretty. She almost looks like Saori’s twin to me.

I can totally see why Rika is on of the most popular members. However, Rino is looking really adorable too.

Cute.

This is the first time Mirei actually looks pretty.

Lolz.

I think I’m Ami biased.

For some reason I really love this scene. XD

Look at Ruka looking all cute.

Words can’t even begin to describe how random this is.

And now there in yukatas for some reason.

Aya looks cute here.

Awkward dance move.

Not sure how this is supposed to be scary.

I think it’s actually really cute to have them pretend to film and direct.

Lolz.