Itano Tomomi-Fui Ni PV preview

A PV preview for Itano Tomomi’s 2nd single, Fui Ni, has been released.

This PV seems to have a higher budget than Dear J did. Dear J was pretty much just a dance PV. Which I guess worked because it was a dance song. The Fui Ni PV on the other hand seems to have an actual storyline.
The whole storyline of this PV seems to be that Tomomi is some sort of socialite. She’s dressed high end while being driven around, and they make point of flashes her diamond earings. And besides that she’s shoving her Juicy Couture bag in our face. I’m only 80% sure it’s a Juicy bag. It has the charm that they’re known for, and it looks like the charm is their label. You have no idea how much it’s eating me up that I’m not 100% sure what bag that is. XD
Besides that socilaite aspect of the PV, the PV is filled with a lot of fanservice. Tomomi’s laying in a bed with her cleavage emphasized, suggestivly eating a strawberry, and with wet hair that eludes to her have taken a shower.

The PV looks pretty mediocre to me. I’m actually only looking forward to it for the fashion aspect.

Buono-Natsu Dakara PV preview

The PV preview for Buono’s upcoming 12th single, Natsu Dakara, has just been released. Actually a full radio rip of the song has been released too, but I can’t find it on youtube. So, I’ve yet to hear the full song. Mostly because I don’t like donwloading things.

Coming after their last single, Zassou no Uta, which had some pretty rockish songs and awesome PVs this single is a little more tame. Both the song and the PV. Buono hasn’t released as song this clam since Take It Easy. Which was my least favorite Buono A-side to date. However, this song is a bit more upbeat than Take It Easy. Thank god. It actually has a more co.no.mi.chi feel. Where the song wasn’t 100% rock, but it wasn’t too soft. Natsu Dakara has a much lighter and softer feel than co.no.mi.chi though, but it’s similar to it in that sense. And also because of that I’m not that thrilled with the song. It’s not bad, but Buono has definitely done better.

While on the other side, I am completely in love with the PV. Because the PV is shot outside/by an open door, the girls are shot in this beautiful soft, natural lighting. Making them look absolutely gorgeous. And making the PV almost like one giant beauty shot. Other than the girls looking stunning, the PV itself is pretty simple. So far there doesn’t seem to be any dance shots. So the whole PV preivew is filled with the girls close-ups, standing in front of a door, and sitting on a couch. Which doesn’t really make for the most exciting PV ever. But my girls look amazing, and that’s really all I can ask for from an H!P, or pretty much any PV in general. If the PV was nothing but them fighting giant octopi, but they looked flawless doing it, I won’t really mind.

The black haired girls are no longer extinct!


After releasing their first PV preview just yesterday, the full PV for NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo has been released.

I know I complained a lot about this PV yesterday. Well, I tend to complain a lot in generally. I’m very critical, and full of opinions, when it comes to idol music. Hence why this blog exists in the first place. But anyway, in my post about the PV preview my only really fault about it was that it wasn’t Japanese enough. Well, who ever directed this PV must be a dedicated reader of this blog, because the actual PV is everything I hoped it would be! The PV is bursting with Japanese references. Okay maybe bursting is an exaggeration, but there are quite a few. The opening of the PV starts off with one of the girls walking in front of a rice paper screen and shamisen music is playing. From then on out I knew the PV was going to have more Japanese elements. And I was pretty excited about it. However, most of the references are in the second half of the PV. Which isn’t actually that big of a deal. It would have nice to have them more spread out through the entire PV. But that’s a tiny flaw. The Japanese elements throughout are calligraphy, traditionally drinking tea, karate, using a katana, focusing on the girl’s kanzashi, wearing kimonos, and even falling cherry blossom petals.
I loved this PV from start to finish. I like how it wasn’t an average PV with just close-up shots and dance scenes because it could have been. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut PVs were basically just that. I love that it had a clear storyline, and stuck with it. Even if it was relatively simple, and nothing more than a few random shots edited together.  People might brush this PV off as being too gimmicky, or a tad underwhelming. But I actually don’t think it’s either of those. There was a perfect balance of the standard PV formula and sticking to a theme. Besides, this is idol music there’s a certain cheese factor in pretty much every release. I actually still would have liked to have seen a little more from the dance. But that’s a tiny flaw as well.

To me this embodies Japan. It has that standard Japanese art feel to it.

Cheap effect but still pretty cool.

This effect is awesome too. It takes so little to impress me. XD

This dance move is a litte awkward, and would honestly only work for Passpo.

This girl is cute. Too bad I don’t know any NMB48 members name. Expect for Nana of course.

The snake seriously? That move is so 90’s. XD

The dance is just too easy to poke fun at.

It’s a hair flip, it’s whatever. Chris Crocker reference FTW? I’m suck a loser. XD

Nana looks really cute in this PV. However, I can’t get a good cap of her.

This is a really beautiful kimono and kanzashi.

Ok, this is an adorable dance move.

GURIIN TII no otenami wo haiken shite~ That’s Seriously the first thing I though of. XD Also, really pretty kimonos.

I’ve been paying attention to this girl throughout the PV. She’s a cutie.

At fist I thought this said love. But I realized two things. It obviously doesn’t and I can’t read Japanese. XD

She’s so pretty. *O*

Awesome.

Cool effect! XD

Apparently nothing’s more Japanese than skimpy outfits. Lol.

I love the falling cherry blossom petals.

It reminds me of the Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game PV.

The girl on the right is super pretty.

Vogue, strike a pose.

This angle isn’t really the most flattering. From this angle she looks like a young Kitagawa Keiko.

Adorable!

Am I the only one who thinks this girl looks a bit like Ogawa Saki?

Bowing was the absolute perfect way to end the PV.

Since you can’t embed this video from vimeo you have to click here to watch the PV.

NMB48-Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo PV preview

A PV preview for AKB48’s sister group NMB48’s debut single, Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo, was just released. It’s yet another obnoxiously long PV preview that ruins the surprise. This one clocks in at nearly 2 minutes. Which is a little less then 2/3 of the PV.

Ever since I heard the radio rip I have been in love with this song. So, I was expeting a lot from this PV. However, those expectations weren’t really met.
Nearly the entire PV so far is nothing but the girls surronded by rice paper doors. The dance scene is filmed in front of one, the close-up shots are filmed in front of one, and a member is even shooting an arrow surrounded by 8 or so of them. I’m also pretty dissapointed with the dance itself. Not because, it’s anawful dance or anything. The dance is find, it’s pretty much a standard idol dance. But when the song was first announced they said the dance was supposed to incorporate Kabuki elements. Now maybe I’m just not familiar enough with Kabuki, but I didn’t notice anything that remotely looked like Kabuki.
The second half of the PV preview is significantly better than the firs thalf. It shows the girls wearing kimonos, which is always adorable. And we are also treated to a new dance scene. Where the girls are wearing pretty skimpy outfits dancing in front of a Japanes style painting. Which is a nice touch.
Overall I’m a little dissapointed by the PV. Since it’s a song about being proud of your black hair, and being Japanse (I assume) I really wish they would have added more Japanese customs/traditions they should b proud of. Like kendo, origami,
ikebana, a tea ceremony, etc. I really would have liked them to take the Japanese theme and just go all out with it. At the end of the PV they seem tobe doing calligraphy so maybe, just maybe, we’ll see more Japanese elements in the full version.

SKE48-Pareo wa Emerald PV preview

The official SKE48 youtube channel uploaded a short version of the PV to their upcoming 6th single, Pareo wa Emerald. The PV preview is 1 minute and 38 seconds, so we get to see about 1/3 of the PV. I actually hate when PV previews are this long. Maybe I’m alone on this, but I actually think anything more than 30 seconds ruins the surprise of the PV.

Since this single is being released in the summer and a pareo is a wraparound skirt that’s usually worn over a bathing suit. I think it was pretty obvious that this PV was going to feature SKE48 wearing bikinis. Most of the girls are wearing bikini tops and pareos, but some of the girls are wearing pareo tops and shorts. And since Matsui Jurina is one of them, I’m guessing it’s because only the young girls are being covered up. Which makes no sense because at the end of the preview it shows the members in full bikinis jumping in the ocean. It even seems like Jurina might also be wearing a full bikini too. Selective censorship for the win, I guess? XD

The PV is a little different than I expected it. I thought it was going to be very similar to Ponytail to Shushu, where the whole PV was basically dancing on the beach and close-ups. But I’m glad that this PV has more to offer than just dancing on the beach. To keep up with the 48 groups school girl theme, the rest of the PV is either filmed in a school or doing school activites. Such as watching male classmates play basketball and being part of the rowing team. However, since they are all running out of the school in the beginning, I think this is supposed to be what they are doing with their summer break. Which actually adds even more the the summer theme.

I absolutely adore the song and the PV seems really cute and summery. So, I’m happy all around.

Morimoto Ryutaro on indefinite suspension!

A completely unexpected and shocking scandal is rocking the idol world. Hey! Say! JUMP’s youngest member, 16 year old Morimoto Ryutaro, has been caught underage smoking. And because of this scandal Ryutaro will cease all of his activities in the entertainment field indefinitely. He will also be edited out of the cover of Hey! Say! JUMP’s new single, Over, and will not participate in the Summary concerts.

Here are the larger pictures of him smoking:

Is anyone else having really bad Kago Ai flashbacks? All Ryutaro needs to do is date a 40 year old woman, and he’s as good as history. All joking aside, this is a completely serious issue. Not only is underage smoking illegal it’s also taken very seriously in Japan. It’s easy for fans living in the West to dismiss this scandal as not a big deal at all. When underage celebrities in America are caught doing a lot worse, nothing happens to them. Back in the day Lindsay Lohan drank underage, Taylor Momsen flashed her underage boobs, and Miley Cyrus was caught smoking “salvia.” Among many other underage scandals that I’m sure exist, but don’t know of off the top of my head. But for some reason in the US they got a slap on the wrist, and people didn’t seem to really care. However, just because America seems to be more lenient about these things, doesn’t mean Japan should or will be. We’re talking about idols here. Idols who get kicked out of their group for being caught with a boyfriend. (Well, that only happens to female idols. I won’t get into how unfair and sexist that is.)

People should legit be worried that Ryutaro might never return to Hey! Say! JUMP again. I am sure everyone is familiar with the big NEWS scandals of 2005 and 2006. First NEWS and Kanjani8 member Uchi Hiroki was suspended indefinitely for underage drinking. Then in 2006 NEWS member Kusano Hironori was caught for the same thing. Which of course lead NEWS to go on a year long hiatus. And we can all see how that turned out for them. They never returned to their groups. And are pretty much in obscurity. It took Uchi 3 years before his comeback solo concert. And since then all he’s been up to is random appearances on Shounen Club, is part of the Johnny’s New Year’s Countdown, and he was in a drama. And that’s it. In the 3 years since his scandal he’s basically done nothing. He’s only done the little bit he has done because he was a fairly popular member. But what about Kusano? Kusano, who to this day I am convinced is completely innocent. If you look at the pictures it does not look like beer. In Kusano’s parting words he said something along the lines of even though I am compeltely innocent I will dissapear from the public anyway. It was completely sad. And what is Kusano up to? Nothing! He studied dance in New York for a year and was a model for some random brand. But his pictures are still blurred in tabloid papers. All because Kusano wasn’t that popular. Uchi, who was drunk in public and was a public nuisance, got to make his comeback. But Kusano, who is seemingly innocent and even claims to be innocent, has done virtually nothing. And to be honest, none of that makes sense to me. The only logical reason for it has to be because Uchi is more popular and can make more money then Kusano can.

And if Kusano isn’t doing anything after his scandal because of popularity, where does that leave Ryutaro? Ryutaro is obviously one of the least popular Hey! Say! JUMP members. He’s on the bottom tier alongside Inoo Kei and Okamoto Keito.

Fans could also argue that Ryutaro will be fine because smoking isn’t as a big a deal as drinking is. Which seems a little weird to me. I don’t really think you can judge the 2 in that way. Underage is underage. Whether it’s drinking or smoking. That’s just my opinion though. Obviously JE thinks it’s a huge deal. It’s such a big deal that he is being treated to the same punishment that Uchi and Kusano were put under for a quote unquote less severe scandal. Also, note that Ryutaro was put on an indefinite suspension. Indefinite! Which means this suspension can last for however long Johnny’s sees fit. 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, or never if he feels like it! Don’t just assume that everything will be ok for Ryutaro because you feel it should be. Or that you feel it’s not a big enough scandal to warrent an indefinite suspension. The bottom line is Johnny’s makes the decisions. He decides what’s fair and what’s unfair. What’s a scandal and what isn’t. And the other bottom line is, Ryutaro broke the law. Which in turn makes the entire agency he works for look bad. I’ve said this before, I will bet you a million dollars that all idols, yes ALL idols male and female, have to sign a morals clause. And if they break that at any time the agency has every right to fire them, or punish them however they see fit.
On the other hand, maybe fans are right and smoking scandals aren’t that big of a deal. And Ryutaro will eventually return to Hey! Say! JUMP. So, let’s look at the only other idol smoking scandal I know of, Aibon’s. In 2006 Hello!Project member, and member of idol group W, Kago Ai was caught smoking underage. In a very grainy and unclear tabloid picture I might add. Aibon was immediately suspended for one year and W’s next single was put on hold. She then was later fired after being caught in another scandal. When Aibon eventually made her comeback she talked to teenagers and encouraged them to not smoke underage. She said that one foolish and careless act ruined her life. In responce the people she talked to said how they were shocked and disgusted by her scandal. They couldn’t believe she would do something like that. Not only because she seemed to be a good girl, but because she was a role model. However, Kago Ai was extremely popular, and therefore lucrative for H!P. I firmly believe she was only given such a small hiatus because of her popularity. And we all know that if a member of H!P is popular enough their scandals get swept under the rug or are more lenient. Nothing came of Tanaka Reina’s, Kamei Eri’s, or Natsuyaki Miyabi’s boyfriend scandals. But less popular members like Arihara Kanna and Murakami Megumi were given the boot. Or excuse me, they left to “continue their studies.” And even popular members Yaguchi Mari and Fujimoto Miki were forced to resign as leader of Morning Musume after their boyfriend scandals. H!P scandals also come down to popularity, and their position within the group. Obvious a leader in a scandal was setting a horrible example for the rest of the group.

All Morimoto’s future really comes down to is luck and popularity. Ryutaro obviously doesn’t have popularity on his side. So, fans just have to hope that Johnny realizes that smoking underage isn’t really that big of a deal. I mean, apparently Johnny knew Ryutaro was smoking from time to time. I think that will play a big role in how long he is under suspension.

But for me personally, I actually don’t care that much about this scandal. Yes, it is sad that he’s under suspension and he may never come back. And that HSJ might never be 10 members again. Or that fans are left hanging about his fate like they were with Uchi and Kusano. All of that is incredibly sad. But Ryutaro isn’t really my favorite member. And as selfish as it sounds, I’m just happy it’s not a member I actually care about. That and the fact that I don’t really feel any sympathy for him. It was his fault. He was the one that not only broke the law, but was stupid enought to let people take pictures of it. The one picture he was legit caught off guard. But the picture where he’s wearing the black shirt, he’s trying too hard to look cool, and it looks almost like he’s modeling for the person who’s taking the picture. If Ryutaro can’t do the time, he shouldn’t have done the crime.

KAT-TUN announces new single

KAT-TUN announced that they will be releasing their 16th single. The single is titled Run For You and will be released on August 3rd.

I’m trying to be excited for this single, and I am in a sense. I was just pretty dissapointed with their last single. White was a good song and all, but nothing will ever convince me that White worked better as an A-side than Perfect would have. I just think management made a terrible mistake with that.
I’m also hoping that this single will be more intense than White was. I mean Change UR World and Ultimate Wheels had pretty heavy and intense music. They completely had that original KAT-TUN feel that we hadn’t seen in a while. And honestly that’s what I would love KAT-TUN to sound like from now on. To me that type of music marked the new Jinless KAT-TUN. However, with Kisumai debuting they’ll probably take over that sound since they already have been making songs like that.

If you want to buy this single you can do so from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

KAT-TUN – Run For You [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

KAT-TUN – Run For You [Regular Edition (First Press)]

KAT-TUN – Run For You [Regular Edition]

Berryz Koubou to release 27th single


It was just announced that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 27th single. The single is entitled Aa, Yoru ga Akeru and will be released on August 10th. Which is just 2 months and 2 days after the release of Ai no Dangan. And this also makes Berryz the 3rd idol group to be releasing a single on August 10th. The other 2 being Kis-My-Ft2 and DiVA.

I’m really hoping that this single turns out to be good. Lately, every other single they release is awesome while the other single isn’t that great. Maji Bomber was great, Shining Power not so much. Heroine ni Narou ka was amazing, Ai no Dangan could have been better. I just hope they don’t release two duds in a row.
Also, I don’t understand why Berryz is releasing another single so soon after their last one. Usually Berryz releases a new single every 3 or 4 months. Two months later just seems excessive.

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


Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]

Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [Limited Edition / Type C]


Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [Regular Edition]

Hey! Say! JUMP don’t go overboard enough

After waiting for what seems like an eternity, the full PV for Hey! Say! JUMP’s new single, Over, has finally been released. With only 3 days until the single is released! That’s some brilliant marketing right there. XD

Over the past 2 weeks we’ve been pretty much bombarded with PV previews, 3 in total. So, it felt like we saw a good chunk of the PV. And it turns out that we actually did see most of it, because there’s really not much going on in the PV. The PV is 6 minutes long, you’d think that they would do something exciting with the extra minute and a half. However, the entire time before the song starts is spent on the phone. I mean, I know the whole song is like a phone conversation, but the talking in the beginning was actually a little boring. What I did understand of it was, apparently Rysouke was dumped and the members are trying to cheer him up. Which actually fits perfectly with the song. But I honestly could have done with out. It’s just like when AKB48 adds like 4 minutes to their PVs to add talking and a storyline. IBut I find it  completely boring and I usually just skip it. XD
Off subject, but I understood like 90% of what they were saying, so yay for me. I understood pretty much everything except for Hikaru, the last thing Daiki said, and the last bit of what Ryutaro and Yabu said. No one cares though, so, I digress.
The rest of the PV are dance scenese and then their close up shots. Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten over the ugly dance set, and it doesn’t really botther me so much anymore. It’s not spectacular, but it could have been much worse. The close-ups are what I have a problem with. The whole PV is filmed in a school. Mostly the hallways and common area. Didn’t we just have a JE PV insanely similar to this one? Or are we supposed to forget that KAT-TUN’s White PV exists? And then the rest of the close-ups/group shots are in slow motion with random objects flying around. Which is what they did in their last PV for Arigatout ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo. But in this PV they did do it a lot more and in a more artistic way to make the PV more interesting. But it is still completely redundant.
You would think with all this scrutiny and harsh criticism that I hate the PV, but I don’t really. But I don’t love it either. It’s somewhere more in the middle for me. The guys look super cute, they are wearing normal clothes instead of ridiculous costumes, and the overall look is 100 times better than their last PV. Yuto. Especailly since he looked super adorable. Much like any PV, there’s obvious pros and cons. This PV is probably at about a 6 for me. And is probably their 2nd best PV. However, this PV needed more

Ryosuke looks gorgeous, as usual.

Has anyone else noticed that Daiki has been getting extra attention lately? He’s the 2nd main focus in this PV after Ryosuke.

Hikaru’s hair is pretty unfortunate in this PV.

Ashita wa ashita no kaze yo fuke~ Yuto’s adorable and said the most adorable line of encouragement.

The face Ryosuke has to make to show that he’s being cheered up is so stupid and obviously fake.

Hot. Ryosuke looks innocent and sexy at the same time.

Can I just point out how hilarious it is that Ryosuke is wearing a hair clip? Johnny’s: making your favorite idols act effeminate since the 1960’s. XD

Yesh, head on this isn’t really a good hairstyle.

I still don’t understand the random obelisks. But whatever.

Yabu looks hot, but Keito is all derp in the background. Lolz.

I really need to stop making caps of just Ryosuke. But he looks so good in this PV.

Yuto, why so serious apathetic?

I love how Daiki is the only member to not make the same exact expression during this random epileptic montage.

Just incredible. *O* No other member is trying half as hard as Ryosuke is too look hot. I kinda wish they were.

Takaki actually looks pretty cute with this hair.

There’s just no words.

Rabbit face.

How adorable.

I don’t really like that my favorite are shoved to the back.

Random floating objects, where have I seen that before?

Oh yeah that’s right, the Arigatou PV.

Cute.

I love how Inoo is trying to look cool here. It’s not really working for him though. XD

Hot.

Adorable! This post has become so Ryosuke biased, but I don’t even care. H’es shown the most and looks the best. What do you want from me?

Of course it ends with a random Ryosuke butt shot. I mean, can you think of another way to end it? But seriously lolz.

S/mileage 2nd gen audition footage!

Footage showing us a sneak peak of the auditions for the 2nd generation of S/mileage has been uploaded onto their official youtube channel. I first noticed the video last night, and I feel so stupid that I completely overlooked it because I can’t read Japanese and had no idea that’s what the video was. XD

I am actually really surpised by the turn out. I wasn’t really expecting so many girls to be lined up. But it just shows how everyone in Japan is becoming increasingly interested in S/mileage.
Most of the video just shows S/mileage and Tsunku talking, but there is still a decent preview of the girls. However, I wouldn’t get to attatched to these girls. Every girl that was featured in the Morning Musume 9th generation audition process sneak peak, didn’t make it to the final round. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the same thing happened here.

Here are the preview pictures of the girls. And just like with the Momusu 9th gen pictures, please click on each picture to make them bigger. Usually I resize every picture to be a near perfect size for my blog. But for these pictures I tried to do minimal resizing, to keep the pictures as large as possible.

This is a pretty long line. I wish they showed the line for Morning Musume’s 9th gen auditioners. By the way, the girl up front in the blue dress is a cutie. 

I love how that one girl is auditioning in her school uniform. Personally, I think she’s trying too hard to stand out. XD

I think this girl has potential. She seems cute, but she’s slightly nervous.

She’s not exactly easy on the eyes is she?

I want that girl who’s practically crying to be added! You can tell she really loves S/mileage. Kind of like the girl who cried over Morning Musume during the Taiwan auditons. She didn’t get added though. :/

Too bad under all these smiles, S/mileage most likely hates the idea of adding more members.

These girls are kinda cute too. The girl on the right is a stand out though.

Umm…these girls aren’t really my cup of tea. And that’s putting it nicely. XD

The girl on the left is kind of ugly. The girl on the right might be pretty if she wasn’t making that pouty/trying not to laugh face.

Twins! They would be a real life W. How amazing would that be?

This girl isn’t really pretty. But I just get this extremely upbeat, energetic vibe from her. I approve of her joining. XD

She’s obviously a cutie.

She’s cute too. She’s probably my favorite so far. *O*

See, I knew this chick would be cute if she wasn’t pouting.

Hula dancing totally made this girl stand out and become unforgetable. I like her.

I like this girl, but I think 16 is too old. :/

Kis-My-Ft2 debut single finally has a release date


After having their debut pushed back because of the earthquake, and having their debut rumored to be in July, we finally have an official announcment for their debut single. Kisumai’s debut single Everybody Go will be released on Nakajima Yuto’s birthday August 10th.

All I can say is OMG YES! Even since I heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club, I’ve been in love with the song. I’ve even been tweeting how much I want this to be their debut single.

I think I mostly love this song because I’m not a Kisumai fan. I mean, Everybody Go and FIRE BEAT are the only songs I’ve ever heard by them. I say that because every devoted Kisumai fan seems to completly hate this song. Apparently it’s too happy and cutesy compared to what they usually sing. That doesn’t really make much sense. We’re talking about an idol group that dances on roller skates during their performances. I think this is tame compared to the absolute cheese they could be releasing. XD
But as a Kisumai newbie I absolutely adore this song. I think it’s super catchy. I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonestop.
I just hope the PV has been filmed already and I don’t have to have the PV ruined by Taisuke’s horrendous Ikemen desu ne hair. XD

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

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A / Jacket A]

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B / Jacket B]

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [Regular Edition / Jacket C]

DiVA announces 2nd single


AKB48 sub-group DiVA, announced they will be releasing their 2nd single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on Nakajima Yuto’s birthday August 10th.

I was a little underwhelmed by DiVA’s first single. The lyrics were good, don’t get me wrong, but the song itself just fell flat to me. So, I’m really hoping that this song has the wow factor that I’m looking for. DiVA has some of the best singers in all of AKB48, and are supposed to be a dance and vocal group, so I really hope this time they use the girls to their full potential and really showcase their ranges. Much like with their debut single, I’m expecting something spectacular and I don’t want to be dissapointed.

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

DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type A / Jacket A]


DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type B / Jacket B]

DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type C / Jacket C]

C-ute to release 17th single


C-ute announced that they will be releasing their 17th single. The single will be entitled Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no ko and will be released on September 7th.

I am really excited to see that C-ute is releasing another single. Lately C-ute has been releasing some of their best single. And each new single is completely different than the last. Anymore you don’t know what to expect from C-ute, which is always exciting. However, judging from the title this song seems like another happy upbeat song. Which might be a little boring for fans since they jsut released the fairly upbeat Momoiro Sparkling. But I actually love cuter idol songs, so I’m happy that it seems to be another C-ute song. But you know I do love when C-ute throws a random song in there like Shock or Kiss Me Aishiteru.

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

C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [Regular Edition]

Momusu announces Ai-chan’s graduation single!


Morning Musume has just announced they will be releasing their 47th single, which will be the last single to feature Takahashi Ai. It will be a double A-side entitled Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai and will be released on September 14th. Takahashi Ai’s graduation version of the single also features a solo song by Ai-chan.

Everyone knew this day would come eventually, Takahashi Ai’s final single. But even though her graduation was announced months ago it didn’t really seem real to me until this moment. The moment when you say, “This is it. This is her last single.” And you know, I actually feel a lot sadder than I was expecting to feel. Ai-chan is hardly my favorite member but it feels really sad to see her go. For some strange reason I am actually choked up. It feels surreal for thre to be a Morning Musume without her.

But back on topic, I am actually extremely excited for his single to be a double A-side. Momusu hasn’t had a double A-side in a long time. The first song, which translates to, I’m really hoping for peace on Earth, seems like it is going to be a very powerful and meaningful song. The title immediately makes me think it’s going to be a mix of  Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuki You na Mirai de Are and Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou.
While the second song Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, which translates to I want to shop with him, seems more like a fun upbeat song. I’m thinking lyrics wise it sounds like it’s going to be along the lines of Lemon Iro to Milk Tear, Nebou desu. Date na no ni, or Koi ING. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for. XD

It really seems like H!P and UFA are really having Morning Musume’s longest leader go out with a bang. Double A-side graduation single, solo song, and concerts at the legendary Budokan. I really wish this single will get number 1 on the charts. Just because I think Ai-chan really deserves to go out on top.

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

Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [Regular Edition]

Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / TBA Ai-chan Solo [Takahashi Ai Graduation Special Verison]

SKE48-Pareo wa Emerald preview

So, I haven’t really been keeping up with SKE48 despite me saying how I was going to over a month ago. Apparently SKE48 is going to release their 6th single, Pareo wa Emerald, on July 27th. But that was announced in May, so I’m sure most people have heard about it already. SKE48 preformed this song recently during one of their stages. (I think that’s were this clip is from, I’m 100% sure.)

As soon as the song started and it was just as a heavy dance track as Banzi Venus and 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku I was in love. It actually is different fromthose songs, because they were a little more electronic sounding. While this song is a little bit more laid back. It sounds like amped up version of Gome ne Summer.
Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I absolutely love every song that is basically a walking idol cliche. So if a song has heavy music and is insanely upbeat chances are I’m going to like it. I mean, it’s songs like this that make me want to get into SKE48 to begin with. The song might be a little boring for people, because it’s sung nearly the same way throughout the song. And honestly that’s the only draw back that this song has. But the song and dance have such high energy that I absolutely love the song.

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


SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald [CD+DVD / Type A / Jacket A]


SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald [CD+DVD / Type B / Jacket B]


SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald [CD+DVD / Type C / Jacket C]

Itano Tomomi-Fui Ni preview

The radio rip for Itano Tomomi’s upcoming 2nd solo single, Fui Ni, has just been released.

Fui Ni sounds a lot like Tomomi’s first solo single Dear J, it also has very heavy trance/electronic music. And it’s also auto tuned. I love the direction they are going with Itano Tomomi. I love music that sounds like this. Mostly because American music is pretty much nothing but auto tuned dance tracks. But I absolutely love it. But I’m actually pretty convinced that they choose this type of music for her because it covers her less than perfect singing.
This song is alos little bit different than Dear J. Dear J was pretty much a dance song from start to finish. But in Fui Ni it has a heavy dance track in the beginning, and then the music and singing gets toned down during the verse. But only the tinest bit because it sounds like her voice is still autotuned. And then the chorus hits. The music picks up which is a plus. But I have to admit the singing is pretty rough. When that chorus hit I was not expecting it to sound like that at all. I do like the song, but it’s only ok to me. It sounds like they took a soft sounding idol song, and then the dance music was an after thought. The singing and the dance music do not mix at all. And it makes the overall song sound pretty awkward. I was hoping for another infectious dance track like Dear J. And instead I think this song falls flat. Pretty much the only thing I like about this song is the music. I do love this kind of direction for her, I just wish it was executed better.

Of course you can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Itano Tomomi – Fui Ni [CD+DVD / Type A]


Itano Tomomi – Fui Ni [CD+DVD / Type B]


Itano Tomomi – Fui Ni [CD+DVD / Type C]

Idol relations: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Recently I was laying in bed and I was thinking about Kamei Eri and her sister. (Yes, I lay in bed and think of idols. It’s completely normal and not obsessive) I was thinking about how much different they look, even though they are related. And from there it just kind of snowballed. I then thought about Yamapi and his sister. And that made me think of how all idols compare to their siblings and other relatives. Now, I orginally wanted to make this post back when pictures of Kamei Eri’s sister first surfaced. Because, to put it nicely, I didn’t really see the family resemblance. And because I didn’t think anyone really cared about an entire post about Kamei Eri’s sister I never made that post. And that post was just going to just focus on Eri and Rina. This post will encompass all of the idol relations that I know of. I’m sure there are way more then what are included in this post. But I really only know of the relations within H!P and JE. So, I’m sorry for that.

I want to give fair warning now that this post is completely shallow. Well, I should say, it can be perceived as being shallow. I actually think this post is honest, blunt, and pretty much telling it like it is. Celebrities are fair game for my judgement. If they didn’t want the spotlight, and all the judgement that comes along with it, they wouldn’t have become celebrities in the first place. I just thought I’d put up that little disclamer, because I’m sure I’ll get greif from this post. Comments saying I’m a horrible and shallow person. And people like me are what’s wrong with the world. And I’m not much to look at myself. And many other variations of that. And maybe I am a little shallow. But come on, we’re idol fans. We’d be lying if we didn’t admit we were shallow to some extent.

I’m mostly making this post to see if the idol genes run in the family. Or does lighting truely only strike once? While the final decision is debatable and based soley on personal preferences and opinion, I’m starting to think it really does only strike once.

Tanaka Koki and Tanaka Juri.

I think right off the bat Juri was kind of doomed because of my obvious Koki bias. I think I’ve made my love for Tanaka Koki quite obvious on this blog. It’s not even so much a physical thing. Even though I think Koki is pretty adorable. It’s more of a mixture of looks and Koki being completely awesome. I’ve know for a while that Koki’s younger brother was a Johnny’s Junior, but I never really knew what he looked like until recently. Mostly because I don’t follow Juniors at all. But after watching Yan Yan Jump, I have been seeing him a lot more lately.  And I have to say, he is actually kind of cute. He has a completely different look then Koki. Juri seems to follow the male idol, pretty boy look. While Koki has spent practically his whole career trying to look the opposite. Obviously I’d have to say Koki is better looking. But Juri’s not too far behind. Give him a couple years, and he may surpass his brother.

Kamei Eri and Kamei Rina.

Ah, the whole reason I made this post. First off, I want to say how absolutely gorgeous I think Eri is. She’s like a perfect mixture of beauty and cuteness. I seriously think she was one of the most beautiful Musumes ever. Some tough shoes to fill right off the bat. After seeing pictures of Rina I actually find it hard to believe that they are related. It’s not that Rina is ugly, because she’s not really. She’s more of average. It’s just mind boggling that the same parents who made Eri also made Rina. You know the term “the ugly sister?” I think it’s obvious who is who. Oh, is that too harsh?

Akanishi Jin and Akanishi Fuuta.

Ah, Akanishi Jin, quite arguably one of the most popular and most attractive idols in all of Johnny’s. I personally find him incredibly attractive. Him and his boyish good looks. And his face that at the same time is innocent, adorable, and sexy. It’s pretty cut and dry why he’s so popular. And his brother Reio Fuuta actually looks almost exactly like Jin. I mean, just at first glance you can tell that they are related. However, the Akanishi features that work so perfectly for Jin, don’t do Fuuta any favors. See, Jin has a huge chin farly large jaw. And the other features of his face somehow compensate for this. However, on Fuuta his jaw is pretty much all you notice. And the soft features that make Jin adorable/sexy make Fuuta look awkward and confused. He seriously looks like a deer sometimes.

Okai Chisato and Okai Asuna.

Am I seeing double here or is that really Chisa’s sister and not Chisa herself? First off, I never really thought Chisato was really all that pretty. Until Bye Bye Bye she never stood out to me. Now, lately I do think she is looking very pretty. Probably the prettiest she has ever looked. Sometimes she looks very elegant and gorgeous. But in the grand scheme of idols, and the world, I still think Chisato is average looking. Perhaps slightly above average. But the type of person, if was walking down my street, I wouldn’t give any more of a responce then, “Yeah, she’s kinda pretty.” That being said I feel pretty much the same way about Asuna. She’s cute, but obviously less cute then Chisa. But I think both girls look pretty similar. Maybe about 50-60 percent the same. The type of girls you see and know right off the bat are sisters. They have the same nose, eyes, and mouth. They look a lot more similar then Jin and Fuuta. But Asuna’s face is puffier and her teeth make her look more awkward.

Morimoto Ryutaro and Morimoto Shintaro.

Can I first point out how much their names make me laugh. Obviously their parents loved the whole taro name. It’s pretty much the Japanese equivalent of having your kid’s names rhyme. XD
Overall the Morimoto brothers don’t really do anything for me. Since I’ve been a Hey! Say! JUMP fan I never really paid attention to Ryutaro. And for the longest time I always thought it was because he was 3 years younger than me. But it’s actually not that. I mean, he’s made me laugh a few times. But looks wise I could care less. Shintaro does nothing for me either. Since he’s both Ryutaro’s brother and a popular Junior he gets a lot of pimping in concerts and TV shows. But he’s never come off to me as anything more than strange. Sometimes he looks oddly similar to Ryutaro and others he looks so far from him. But Shintaro just has this strange blank stare in photos and sometimes on TV. That’s pretty much a “I watch you while you sleep” sort of look.

Yajima Maimi and Takeuchi Akari.

Yes, I do realize that Maimi and Akari are only cousins. But relation, is relation. So, it still counts. And I wanted to include cousins anyway.
Yet another set of huge shoes to fill. Maimi is hands down the prettiest member of H!P kids. I mean, she is drop dead gorgeous. Her beauty is absolutely breath taking. And all that jazz. But seriously she really is. She has this sort of effortless, airy, aura to her. Poor little Akari doesn’t really match up to Maimi. Yes, I also realize she’s only 13 and hasn’t really grown into her face yet. But as of right now she’s kind of lack luster. I think it’s mostly because of her hair. That has to be one of the most unattractive hairstyles I have ever seen.

Nakajima Yuto and Nakajima Raiya.

Nakajima Yuto is my favorite member of Hey! Say! JUMP. I actually don’t even think he’s the most attractive member per se, but there’s something about Yuto that attracts me to him. Probably because he’s so absolutely innocent and adorable. Now, Yuto and Raiya are 6 years apart so they obviously can’t look 100% the same. But their features are noticeably similar. They have the same nose and eyes. And Raiya even short of looks like Yuto did when he was younger. Obviously I’m not going to judge Raiya beyond that because he’s, what, 12. I’m obviously not attracted to 12 year olds. Even judging 14 year old Shintaro was weird. XD

Abe Natsumi and Abe Asami.

I’ve never really understood the whole Nacchi hype. I always thought she was a little annyoing and her face always made her look older than she was. But I guess she is cute in a puppy dog sense. However, it is absolutely amazing and weird just how similar Nacchi and her sister look. I mean they are 80-90% similar. If you were in a dim lit room you might mistake Asami for Natsumi. Because of that I find Asami as pretty as I find Nacchi. Which isn’t all that much.

Natsuyaki Miyabi and Fujie Rena.

Obviously since they are only cousins they don’t look 100% similar. But I mean you can notice similarites. Personally, my mom tells me how I look more and more like my Aunt everyday.
I think both girls are actually quite stunning. If you look closely you can see that Miyabi and Rena have very similar looking mouths and eyes. And I think both girls have very strong features. Rena has a little bit larger eyes than most people and Miyabi has a little bit larger chin then most people. Either way, there’s a pretty good gene pool in that family.

Yamashita Tomohisa and Yamashita Rina.

Yamapi is a pretty standard pretty boy. One of the best looking in JE. Which I always appreciate. He’s not really my favorite NEWS member because of his lack of personality and his dead fish eyes in pictures. But he’s one of my favorite NEWS member to look at. XD Rina looks almost exactly like Yamapi. You would think that would be a good thing, but it’s just not. She pretty much looks like Yamapi with longer hair. You would think Yamapi’s soft features would transfer to his sister as well, but they don’t. Rina even has slightly heavier features than Yamapi. It’s actually kind of funny that the brother looks prettier and softer than the sister. Rina is a fromer gravure idol. She obviously did the smart thing and quit her day job.

Tanaka Koki and Tsukamoto Airi.
It’s a little hard to judge similarites between not onlycousins but between male and female cousins. I think I’ve already made it pretty obvious how I feel about Koki. Airi is actually a little pretty. But her makeup is so thick you can’t really tell. I’m not really into her gyaru looking makeup. There is a small similarity between them. Their noses look almost identical. But other than that you’d never be able to tell they were related.

Nakayama Yuma and Yamada Nana.

It’s incredible that Yuma and Nana look almost exactly the same. The only real difference is that one is a boy and one is a girl. Other than that they look the same. Same nose, same eyes, same eyebrows, and same face shape. However, Nana’s lips are bigger, but that’s to be expected since she’s a girl. I think Nana is the better of the two. Even though the particular picture I chose of Nana is a little awkward, she does come off as really cute and bubbly in pictures. Where as Yuma comes off creepy in pictures, videos, and on TV. I think it mosty has to do with the color of his hair. When he has black hair he looks significantly better, sometimes down right adorable. But when he has lighter shades the terrifying features of his face become more apparent.
So, was this a pointless post? You decide. And most of you reading this will probably say it is. But I mainly made this post for my own enjoyment. And I actually had a blast writing it, if you can believe that.

Go Go MomoClo rangers!

The PV for Momoiro Clover Z’s upcoming single Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ has been released. After weeks of teasing when the PV preview was uploaded 2 weeks ago. And even recently the full version of the PV was uploading in low quality to youtube. But I have been refraining from watching it until a high quality version was available.

Since the PV preview was 2 and a half minutes long, the PV doesn’t have too many scenes that are new to us. But that actually doesn’t really bother me. Because the PV is so quirky and so completely unserious that it’s absolutely incredible. MomoClo has never been an idol group that too itself seriously or was to be taken as mature. And after going major all of their PVs have reflected that. But none as imature, silly, and WTF worthy as this PV. From start to finish the PV is pure insanity, mostly because they are dressed up as Power Rangers. And the fact that they bring flowers back to life and cheer up sadness just by running around in a circle is as ridiculous as it is adorable.
 
 

I never really understood why Shiori is dressed as a teddy bear astronaut.
 

Cheap effects, yet still kind of cool looking. XD
 

Kanako looks really pretty here.
 

And her smile is so infectious.
 

Shiori is such a cutie.
 

Oh man it’s hayashi rice. I think I watched Ryusei no Kizuna too much. XD
 

Why do they always show idols eating? Does every wota have a food fetish or something?
 

I never used to notice Ayaka, but she is starting to really grow on me.
 

And yet more eating. XD
 

Of course my personal favorite Momoka is looking as adorable as ever.
 

Especially here. *O*
 

Poor Reni still looks too thin. They should have had her and Shiori switch verses. Lol. It’s actually not funny, Reni seriously has a problem.
 

Lolz.
 

Ayaka’s suggestive pose.
 

And Momoka’s even more suggestive pose. XD
 

This has got to be the most awkward dance in idol history.
 

Just lovely.
 

There’s just no words. XD
 

I’m having serious flashbacks.
 

To the Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo PV of course.
 

Ayaka’s pose is so cute.
 

Adorable.
 

Aww.
 

Her wink just killed me. *O*
 

Hara heta~ That made me seriously laugh.
 

This dance move is incredible.
 

Um….
 

Lol.
 

Fail! XD No, actually I probably would have dropped my leg sooner. XD

Not Yet are beach bums in new PV

The PV for Not Yet’s 2nd single, Naminori Kakigoori, was finally released. And I have to say I’ve really been waiting for this PV. I have been in love with this song practically since the first time I heard it.

Since this song has a summer feel and theme to it, the PV pretty much matches the theme to a T. Most of the PV features the girls working at a beachside restaurant. With a very Hawaiian, tiki sort of theme. Which is the perfect setting. Nothing screams summer more than having a summer job, or going to one of those beachside restaurant. But I’m a little weirded out by those scenes. Because while they are waitressing the camera angles are in such a way to make it seem like the members are taking the viewers orders/serving them. I don’t even know why that just creeps me out a bit. They should save things like that for their dating sim game. XD
Of course the rest of the PV really plays up the beach setting. The members are seen running along the beach, surfing, and lounging in a hammock. And of course they have water splashed on them throughout the PV. Half because it’s a summer themed PV and half for obvious fanservice reasons.
But probably my favorite part of the entire PV are the scenes where they are performing live. I think it was an adorable idea to have they perform at they resturant work at. And you gotta love that the crowd was full of wota to clap along to the song.  Much like they had in Watarirouka Hashiritai’s Kanpeki guu no ne PV.
The only thing I think this PV is missing is bikinis. I know I always complain whenever AKB48 wears them as nothing more than fanservice. But this PV actually feels like it needs random bikini shots. It’s a summer themed PV afterall, it seems kind of empty without it.
Overall this PV is actually really well made. It looks like it cost a fairly decent amount to make. It’s a big step up from their first PV. It also kind of looks like the PV was filmed in Hawaii. But I didn’t really hear anything about that, so I’m going to assume it was just filmed in Okinawa or something. I enjoyed the PV from start to finish. There was always something different going on in each theme. There was a ton of variety to keep me engaged the whole way through. But AKB48 does have the resources to make awesome PVs.

Literally the first thing I thought when I saw this was, “why are they pouring salt into that bowl?” Obviously I then realzied I’m an idiot and it’s shaved ice. Whatever, we don’t really eat shaved ice that much in the US.

Of course no beach themed PV would be complete without running in slow motion.

I wonder if these are real fans or just random extras? Wham had members of their fanclub in their wake me up before you go-go video, so why not Not Yet? XD

Yuko and Rino look the cutest here.

More random slow motion. But this time it caught them at their worst. Lol.

Am I really making a cap to show that I like the credits? You bet I am! XD

Yuko’s a cutie.

Denied.

Rino manages to grab my attention from the background. *O*

You can clearly see the person they were serving. However, this angle still makes me feel like it supposed to show them serving me.

Adorable!

I find it hard focusing on anyone in this PV who isn’t Rino. She looks the best in this PV. Yuko’s a close second.

It’s a little unfair that only Yuko gets to surf.

I don’t get why Yui is bieng pushed so much. She falls a little flat to me.

How cute.

Lolz.

This is just so random.

Rino looks really pretty with this hair.

Cute. But Rie looks like a fish to me. XD

That’s actually really cool that their wristbands say Not Yet.

I guess Yui is a little pretty.

This is a cute ending pose.

Watarirouka Hashiritai to release 8th single

AKB48 sub-group, Watarirouka Hashiritai announced that they will be releasing their 8th single. The single is currently untitled but is set to be released August 3rd. And this single will also include Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s song Mama Grazie as one of its B-sides.

Even though there’s nothing know about this single, beyond Mayu saying it will give you energy, I am still really excited for this release. Watarirouka Hashiritai is my favorite AKB48 sub-group. And I’m always excited to see what kind of songs they will released. I absolutely loved Valentine Kiss, even if it was a cover. This group hardly ever dissapoints me. Even though 2 of their singles were duds in my opinion, they always have good B-sides.

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

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type A]

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type B]


Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type C]


Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [Regular Edition]

S/mileage-Uchouten Love concert preview

The concert rip for S/mileage’s upcoming 6th single Uchouten Love, has been out for a few days now. And I really wanted to wait until the radio rip came out before I commented on the song. But since the single is coming out August 3rd we probably won’t hear the radio rip for another month.

Aother reason I wanted to wait is because concert rips are usually really bad quality, or they distort the actual music too much. However, the concert rip for this song is actually not that bad. It’s a lot clearer than other rips I have heard before. So, we get to hear the song at probably about 80% or 90% accuracy.
I really like what I hear of the song so far. The music has a very techno, eurobeat sound to it. It reminds me a bit of their major debut single Yume Miru 15sai. Which is always a good thing because that is one of my favorite songs by S/mileage. The song and music is also a little reminiscent to something that Hinoi Team would have released. And I’ve expressed my love for them more than once in my blog.
The song is also a big step away from their last single that was childish and super cutesey. The song is a little more mature sounding while still holding the upbeat, fun, and playful image that S/mileage has. The song is pretty different than anything S/mileage has done before. But that’s what I love about S/mileage. None of their singles sound exactly the same, and you never really know what kind of song you are going to get from them.
The song also has pretty fair line distribution, which is always a plus. But S/mileage is always fair line wise. But who knows if that will continue to happen after this single. Maybe the new member(s) will grab the other members lines.

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

S/mileage – Uchouten Love [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

S/mileage – Uchouten Love [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


S/mileage – Uchouten Love [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C]


S/mileage – Uchouten Love [Limited Edition / Type D]


S/mileage – Uchouten Love [Regular Edition]


S/mileage – Uchouten Love [Single V]

NMB48- Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo radio rip

The full radio rip for NMB48’s debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo was just released.

Talk about jumping to conclusions. After hearing the full song I take back absolutely everything I said about the single being bland and forgettable. And I definitely take back saying that the single wasn’t strong enough to be an A-side. I absolutely, completely, 100% love this song! This song is incredibly catchy. I was literally hooked on this song after the first listen. I think this song is a lot better than SDN48’s debut single, and even their second single. The song isn’t an instant idol classic like I feel about 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! or Oogoe Diamond. But it’s actually pretty up there.
The song starts out in full force with this light, but still upbeat music, that can only be described as disco mixed with electronic. And the rest of the song is this amazing sort of techno/electronic club music. They start singing in these high voices, that almost sound like harmony lines, but they continue throughout the song. And for some reason I absolutely adore them. Then the chorus hits and it brings the energy level up to about 110%. And the notes hit at the later half of the chorus are sung just beautifully.
And then the rest of the song adds a bunch of effects to make the song engaging and interesting from start to finish. There is this incredible echo effect that happens right before the first chorus. It also sounds like the effects they use in auto tuning, but done completely light that it’s not to over overbearing. And then they also have the members every so often say words in the background. Like onaji, yeah, come on, etc. That might sound pretty cheesy and cliche on the surface but it actually works 100% for the song. And towards the end of the song they have the members sing underneath the original singing and it sounds super amazing. That’s not really explained well, but listen to the song from about 3:00-3:12  to see what I mean. It’s really short, but it is still an awesome effect.
The song also gets really awesome for me, when they take their singing break and just have instrumental, like pretty much every song in the world does. But the song has this really awesome electronic, club, or house music feel to it. And it’s absolutely incredible. The electronic music throughout the whole song is really awesome. And it sounds like the kind of music they release in the US. Which is an added bonus to me since I love all of America’s autotuned club sounding music.

I am just completely in love with the song! I cannot wait to see the PV.

Not Yet-Naminori Kakigori preview

With a little less than a month until the release date, Not Yet has released the radio rip for their upcoming 2nd single Naminori Kakigori. I don’t really understand why they are relasing te radio rip so early. I actually don’t really remember or pay that close attention to when radio rips are usually released. But in does seem to be obnoxiously early.

I actually like the song. It’s exactly what it promised it would be, upbeat and summery. This song is a tiny bit slower than Shuumatsu Not Yet, but hardly at all. The only real complaint I have about the song is that the singing doesn’t pick up during the chorus. I can’t stand when songs are sung in the same melody the entire song. But besides that the song sounds good. The line distribution seems fair, and the song is incredibly catchy. But my favorite part of the song is toward the end when they start singing really slow. It only lasts for a couple of seconds but I love when songs do that.

I absolutely love the the theme that Not Yet seems to be going for. Just really upbeat, happy, and danceable music. They have only released 2 singles, but they are really starting to become one of my favorite AKB48 sub-groups.

The audio for this video is extremely low. I had to turn my headphones up to 54 just to hear the song at a normal level.

Hey! Say! JUMP-Over PV preview

A morning show has just released a PV preview for Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming new single Over. The preview is extremely brief, at only 30 seconds long. And because of that there’s probably a lot more to the PV than we are seeing. At least I hope there is.

At first watch, the PV looks completely simple and boring. Most of the PV preview shows the dance scene. The dance scene takes place outside, which I’m pretty happy about. Single there last PV was completely CG, it’s nice to see them in a real setting. It shows HSJ dancing on mirrored floor in front of 4 obelisk looking statues. Which makes no sense and is a little WTF worthy, since the song has absolutely nothing to do with Egypt. Also, I hate how the dance itself is set up. I can’t stand that my beloved Yuto is shoved in the back. Yeah, he’s actaully smack dab in the middle of the dance, but he’s still in the second to last row. Which I do not like at all. I mean, I actually confused him with Keito fro a second. That’s how bad his placement is. While I’m talking about the dances I have to say, I really love the outfits they are wearing. Since they are pretty much just regular clothes. But this is Johnny’s, you never know what hideous outfit they might be wearing in their PV. Just like the hideous dance outfits from their last PV for Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~.
Toward the end of the PV they also show the members on the phone. Which was obviously going to happen in the PV, because of the lyrics. But I actually thought that that was going to be the main part of the PV. It still very well could because the PV preview shows the PV from the chrous, not the beginning.
But I don’t like how they are doing the phone scenes. They look happy and are passing the phone around. Which is a little harsh considering it’s supposed to be about ending things. Or at least the verse of the song is. The chorus is about staying together, which makes no sense. But I’m done with trying to figure out the lyrics. XD

no3b are downright criminal in new PV

After releasing another PV preview 2 days ago, no3b has finally released the full PV to Kuchibiru Furezu.

The PV seems to be exactly like the preview have shown. The girls of no3b are a pack of criminals that go on a crime spree. But their criminal acts are actually more inconvenient than menacing. They go to some sort of resturant and instead of robbing it they  just walk on top of the tables, and flip a few plates over, and look for things under the table. They also go to some office building and just ransack it. Throwing papers around and searching through files. They only time they actually commit a crime higher than breaking and entering or malicious destruction of property is when they steal the car and break the door off. Which is actually pretty cool. But I think it’s kind of lame that the only reason they do any of this is to find their gold microphone stands. But whatever. I guess they needed some way to tie in them singing the whole time.
Throughout the PV they also of course they are do a few things that are pretty cliché for criminals. Because apparently all criminals wear leather gloves, play poker, and wear sunglasses. Oh, I wouldn’t want to mess with them. XD
All of the joking aside, I do find this PV to be pretty enjoyable. The girls look absolutely gorgeous and sexy in their wannabe criminals attire. And I do like the whole breaking the law and tough image that the PV has. Even if at times it is overly dramatic and kind of phoned in. I still think it’s a cool theme and makes for an interesting PV.

Takamina look gorgeous in this PV.

Oh man, it looks that she’s wearing Patricia Field’s fingertip gloves. Yes, I’m a loser who follows fashion and trends. XD

Don’t switch the blade on the guy girl in shades. Somewhere Corey Hart is rejoicing.

Simply gorgeous.

I just cannot get over how good Minami looks.

No matter what Haruna, only looks adorable to me.

However, Mii-chan looks pretty tough.

Hot.

See, she just looks pretty here. I guess she didn’t get the memo to look tough/sexy.

Dramatic plate throwing.

Creepy face.

Super intense face.

Hot.

Lolz at how Haruna looks confused.

And they end with Minami’s creepy face.

AKB48 Senbatsu Election 2011 results!

The results fot AKB48’s 3rd Senbatsu Elections have finally been released a couple of hours ago! This is my first senbatsu election as a fan. And while I might not be an AKB48 super fan yet, or know absolutely everything about the girls yet, I still know enough to be excited about this. The results are as follows:

Center:

1. Maeda Atsuko (Team A) – 139,892 Votes

Media Senbatsu:
 
2. Oshima Yuko (Team K) – 122,843 Votes

3. Kashiwagi Yuki (Team B) -74,252 Votes
4. Shinoda Mariko (Team A) – 60,539 Votes
5. Watanabe Mayu (Team B) – 59,,118 Votes
6. Kojima Haruna (Team A) – 52920 Votes
7. Takahashi Minami (Team A) – 52,790 Votes
8. Itano Tomomi (Team K) – 50,403 Votes
9. Sashihara Rino (Team A) – 45,227 Votes
10. Matsui Rena (Team S) – 36,929 Votes
11. Miyazawa Sae (Team K) – 33,500 Votes
12. Takajo Aki (Team A) – 31,009 Votes

Senbatsu:


13. Kitahara Rie (Team B) – 27,957 Votes
14. Matsui Jurina (Team S) – 27,804 Votes
15. Minegishi Minami (Team K) – 26,070 Votes
16. Kasai Tomomi (Team B) – 22,8,57 Votes
17. Akimoto Sayaka (Team K) – 17154 Votes
18. Sato Amina (Team B) – 16,574 Votes
19. Yokoyama Yui (Team K) – 16,455 Votes
20. Masuda Yuka (Team B) – 14,137 Votes
21. Kuramochi Asuka (Team A) – 12,387 Votes


Undergirls Center:


22. Umeda Ayaka (Team K) – 11,860 Votes

Undergirls:

23. Takayanagi Akane (Team KII) – 11,674 Votes
24. Nakagawa Haruka (Team A) – 10,854 Votes
25. Ota Aika (Team A) – 9,910 Votes
26. Hirajima Natsumi (Team B) 9,742 Votes
27. Miyazaki Miho (Team B) – 9,271 Votes
28. Yamamoto Sayaka (Team N) – 8,697 Votes
29. Oya Shizuka (Team A) – 7,264 Votes
30. Oya Masana (Team S) – 6,660 Votes
31. Nito Moeno (Team K) – 6,288 Votes
32. Komori Mika (Team B) – 6,177 Votes
33. Hata Sawako (Team S) – 6,120 Votes
34. Sato Sumire (Team B) – 5,438 Votes
35. Oba Mina (Team 4) – 5,411 Votes
36. Suda Akari (Team S) – 5,343 Votes
37. Maeda Ami (Team A) – 5,220 Votes
38. Matsui Sakiko (Team K) – 5,020 Votes
39. Ichikawa Miori (Team 4) – 4,928 Votes
40. Fujie Reina – (Team K) – 4,698 Votes

I am not really surprised to see Acchan reclaim the top spot from Yuko. I knew the legions of Acchan fas probably hated to not see their oshimen on top again, and so they came back with a vengeance. And a  whopping 17,049 votes seperate Yuko from Acchan.

What I do find surprising is to see Jurina drop 4 spots and have Rena beat her. I always thought Jurina was the most popular of the two Matsuis.

I also found it surprising that Itano Tomomi dropped from 4th to 8th. I thought she would have risen, or at least stayed the same, with all the solo work she’s been doing.

Every member in the media senbatsu and senbatsu were pretty obvious. Pretty much all the popular girls and nearly every member who is in a sub-group made it to this level. I’m pretty happy about Sato Amina staying in the senbatsu. Amina has one of the cutest singing voices I have ever heard. We don’t see her nearly enough.

Thankfully all the members that I like, or an starting to like, made it to the senbatsu. Watanabe Mayu, Takahashi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Akimoto Sayaka are obviously popular but I’m still excited none the less.

I’m a little sad to see that Ota Aika and Miyazaki Miho are in the Under Girls. Last year Miho was in Senbatsu and Aika was the center of the Under Girls. I just think both Lovetan and Myao are cuties and deserve to be featured in the A-side more.

Here’s a short video of the results.

Acchan’s PV has yet to bloom

The PV for Maeda Atsuko’s debut solo single has been released.

I was pretty excited to see the PV, because the preview made it seems like it was going to be a sad PV. But I don’t really think I understand the storyline so much. When I first saw the preview I thought Acchan’s husband was running off on her leaving her alone with their daughter. But after seeing the PV it’s actually her father who runs off and leaves her to take care of her sister. Which I get, but after that I’m not really sure. The entire PV shows Acchan with her sister. Playing with her and walking the streets with her. But then she loses her bus tickets and has to hitchhike. I thought all of that was supposed to symbolize her everyday struggle to take care of her sister. But it ends up just being a montage of one day. Which I should have picked up one since they both are wearing the same dress throughout the entire PV. In the end, the only reason they hitchhiked was so they could visit their dying mother in the hosptial.
And then that’s where I’m lost. If the entire point of the PV was for them to see their mother, what does the rest of it have to do with anything? Why did their father leave in the first place? And why did they emphasis on that if it wasn’t even important to the storyline? Why did they follow the two sisters around, and make it look like they were struggling, when only one day had passed? Why wasn’t the entire PV about them not being able to handle that their Mother is in the hospital?
I know the PV is supposed to be touching and sad, but there’s not really a distinct storyline to follow. So, I’m not exactly sure why I’m supposed to be sad or why any of this is happening. I guess they kind of touch on their sadness, when Acchan’s sister lines up all the plastic windmills. But other than that, nothing. Maybe I’m just dense and don’t see the obvious underline message of the PV. But I don’t actually see one.

The PV even starts with Acchan and her sister alone, but still in their house.

It then quickly flashes to Acchan looking completely sad on the side of the road. Which I guess is suppsosed to mean time has passed?

However, the scene where she is begging her father to stay they are wearing the same dresses. Actually Acchan’s outfit is different. But you can plainly see that her sister’s dress is the exact same one she wears throughout the PV. So, does that mean it’s the same day or a different day? And if it’s a different day, why is does her sister never change her dress?

To me, it looks like they are aimlessly wandering around because they don’t have a home. But if it’s the same day that’s impossible. I should really say time frame, because about 3 or 4 days actually pass throughout the PV.

I’m sure whatever this note from her father says helps the storyline too.

And her sister steals the plastic flowers,

for what appears to be a display in honor of their Mother I guess. XD

Then the man who gave them a ride looks at a picture of his own daughter. I guess to give the underline meaning to appreciate you children, or something. I have no idea.

Finally they are reunited with their mother.

Only for Acchan to show her a picture.

Sayaka’s debut PV is just as I expected

The PV for Kitahara Sayaka’s debut PV has finally been released. With only 2 weeks until the release date of the single.

The PV itself is fairly simple and boring. The PV preview a few days back pretty much showed the entire PV.  Most of the PV is really nothing more than close-ups. The first close-up scene is Sayaka standing on a set in front of a cloud background. It also flashes to the other close-up featured in this PV, Sayaka in her puffy dress in front of a laser background. And not even a cool laser background. It kind of looks like the laser backgrounds you used to take your school pictures in front of.
And then the rest of the PV is Yossie coaching her in various sports. Which are actually my favorite parts of the entire PV. It’s the only time there’s actually a bit of variety in the PV. But I actually don’t get why she’s gets coached so much. Despite Inazuma Eleven being about an anime about soccer, for some reason she gets coached in not only soccer but  baseball, volleyball, tennis, karate, and tug of war. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I guess that was the cheapest way they could spice up the PV, so it was nothing but close-ups.
But this has to be the cheapest PV in the history of UFA. I mean, Sayaka is an idol and she doesn’t even really dance in the PV. She does dance a bit in the video, but the choreography is so simple and lazy you can’t even tell it is choreography. I had no idea her random movements were an actual dance until she was doing the same movements in both close-ups. Beacause to me it honestly looked like she was just doing random things with her hands that all idols do during close-ups.

I absolutely love the dress.

Sayaka looks pretty, but I can’t get over how different she looks now

compared to then.

Apparently tapping to the beat is now considered dancing.

Everybody scream imi nai kedo.

This is pretty much like what the PV is like from here on out.

For some reason this is the only dance move I don’t think is stupid. Even though it’s only punching.

Volleyball practice, Koha would be proud. XD

Wow, this lighting actually makes Sayaka look really creepy and weird.

I just noticed this, but it looks like she fixed her teeth. They look much better now.

This face would probably creep me out more if Yossie didn’t make similar faces all the time while she sang.

AKB48 adds 4th team

During Himawari H1 revival stage AKB48 announced the formation of a 4th team. The 4th team will be called Team 4 and will consist of 10 research students who were recently promoted. The team will consist of the following members:

Shimada Haruka

Shimazaki Haruka
Oba Mina
Takeuchi Miyu
Nakamura Mariko
Yamauchi Suzuran
Nagao Mariya
Mori Anna
Ichikawa Miori
Nakamata Shiori

Since a lot of research students have been added without a team, most fans have been speculating that there was going to be members graduationg. But that’s obviously not the case. I’m a little shocked to see AKB48 adding another team. Mostly because with the addition of this team, that bring AKB48 up to 58 members. Which kind of throws off their name now. I also wonder if this means the other groups will add Team 4. They would have to follow what SKE48 did with their Team E, and name then Team 4II, Team 4III, etc. And I also wonder if they will add a Team 8. If they do and each Team has a full Team, that will bring AKB48 up to 80 members. Which would be insanly huge and a little ridiculous.

I’m a little thrown off by all of this. I understand wanting to include Research Students to the mix because they have a lot of talent, but I’m not sure they had to add another Team to do so. They could have just put them in a completely new group, or have them release another single. I also don’t know if this is the best idea for AKB48. If they did add full Team 4 and Team 8 and were at 80 members and had the other 48 groups follow suit, I think a lot of fans would get tired of the whole franchise. It would absolutely be too much of a good thing. Because if every 48 group beacame that huge, there would be 320 official 48 group members plus Research Students. Which would make the 48 group franchise burn out quicker than intended.


But this is all speculation. And just because AKB48 adds a Team 4 doesn’t mean another group will and it doesn’t mean they will add a Team 8. This is obviously just a “what if” situation. But in responce to that, could you imagine if it really did happen? 320 members is astronomical. I sure hope management knows what they are doing with this Team 4.

Passpo-ViVi Natsu preview

Passpo recently streamed their concert live on their ustream channel, and during their encore they performed their upcoming new single ViVi Natsu. Which is going to be released sometime in August.

The song still has the familiar guitar riffs and pop rock melody that makes Passpo, Passpo. But the song is a little different that what Passpo normally does. They made the rock beat a little less intense then previous songs, and instead added some rap parts into the song. Which I think is absolutely amazing, and are my favorite parts of the song. With Akari gone from MomoClo, I didn’t think I’d hear rapping in idol music again any time soon. But I’m glad that Passpo added this to their song. It gives them a fresh vibe, and just adds to them being different then other idol groups. I also love the random English lines that are in the song. Which were actually noticable. Usually when there’s English in a Japanese song I don’t even ntoice until they perform it live on TV and I see the lyrics on the screen. XD

I’m really looking forward to a radio rip of this single. The song will probably sound completely different. Since concert footage and rips usually distort the music slightly. Or in Aisaresugiru Koto wa Nai no yo’s case not so slightly.