KAT-TUN gives birth to a boring PV

The full PV for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single, Birth, was revealed.

On paper a PV filmed nearly entirely on a roof sounds like the makings of an epic PV. And you’re right it does, but only sometimes. The rooftop scenes in KAT-TUN’s Rescue and Change UR World PVs were great. They added a very entertaining element to their PVs. In the Change UR World PV they were the best scenes, they were maybe even a bit awe inspiring. But the roof scenes in the Birth PV didn’t play out so well. When the PV starts we find the members of KAT-TUN randomly on top of a roof. Some of them are laying done, and some of them are angrily or sitting down aloofly. But redgardless of their positions they look completely out of place, as people usually do when they are on top of buildings. But don’t be bored by the PV just yet, this is also where we see the underline story of the PV. Next to each member is a mysterious silver box. Which they hold onto fro the entire PV yet never explain. How mysterious. Expect not really it actually makes me really angry that they don’t actually explain the magic box. First of the box itself reminds me of the box that random child was holding in the Change UR World PV. What did the Change UR World director work on this PV as well? The best guess I have for the magic box is that KAT-TUN themselves are in the box. As the close-up shoes show the members standing by cheap LED cubes, for no reason I might add. The close-up scenes have absolutely no connection to the PV at all. It’s just one minute they are on the roof and the next they are in what could be mistaken for a club setting.
And if this PV riveting enough, the rest of the transition shots or space filler shots are filled with the members running or a quick overview of the city.
There are exactly 2 things I like in this PV. The scenes were the members are superimposed onto buildings, because the CG is done incredibly well. It looks like they spent a lot of money on those scenes. And I like the dance scenes. Not so much because the dance is spectacular because it’s not. But because I like the lighting during the dance scenes.

Overhead shots of Tokyo! That’s exactly what I want to see while I’m watching a KAT-TUN PV.

Sleeping Kame is adorable.

But yet another PV with a magic box they don’t explain.

All the other members looked inconvenienced by being randomly put on the roof. Maru, however, ends up looking emo.

Taguchi shaved his head on the sides, I just noticed that now. I don’t like it.

Ueda is trying to look so serious here.

Love Koki.

Quick, don’t forget to take your magic box!

Oh good, more shots of the city.

Why in the world do I want to see Kame from the angle? To showcase his outfit more? That is a nice jacket though. XD

WTF did Koki do to his hair? It almost looks like the hair Ryosuke had in the Mayonaka no Shadow Boy PV, except not done as well.

They gave Ueda fake tattoos, why? Or it that a shirt? XD

Cute.

LED cubes for no reason.

Epic jump.

It’s hilarious that even without hair Ueda still looks girly.

Kame looking fine as usual.

This effect is done so seamlessly that it’s perfect.

However, it will always remind me of NEWS’s Cherish PV.

Taguchi looks good here.

WTF is he doing?

Love the flashing lights here.

Lol at his intrigued face.

Right after the boxes flash it then goes to the scenes with them next to the cubes. That has to mean they are trapped in the boxes.

Especially since it flashes between the cubes and pictures of buildings.

Passpo’s new PV=love

The full PV for Passpo’s 3rd major single, Kiss=Suki, was recently released.

Watching this PV it immediately has that unique Passpo feel to it. It’s another PV that really showcases their flight attendant theme. And after their Shoujo Hikou PV I wasn’t sure how Passpo was going to use that theme again without it being boring and something we’ve seen already. But Passpo manages to pull it off. And we’re left with a PV that is both interesting to watch and absolutely adorable. Unlike the Shoujo Hikou PV this PV is set 100% in the airport terminal. The PV features the girls doing pretty mundane tasks like selling plane tickets and wandering around the airport. But Passpo injects their charm into it and makes it a lot less boring than it sounds.
And for  a song that’s called Kiss=Suki that don’t dissapoint fans in that aspect. The PV shows the girls playfully kissing each other and also features the girls kissing the camera ala the Chu Shiyoze PV. I do admit when I heard there was kissing in this PV I was expecting more than there was. There’s about as much as there was in the Heavy Rotation PV or any Morning Musume concert where Sayumi wants extra attention.

But since I’m always way too hard are PVs there are 2 things that I wasn’t really thrilled about in the PV. They are very small complaints though. The first being the setting of the dance shot. It seriously irks me that they are dancing almost in the exact spot as they were in the Shoujo Hikou PV. An airport is a big place they could have done it anywhere else. My second complaint is that the main focus of this PV is on Makoto. It’s expected since I’m pretty sure she’s the most popular member. However, I still would have prefered the focus to go on Mio, Shiori, or Kaho. But I am a bit biased towards them.

And here comes nothing but Makoto.

Pretty much the top 2 in Passpo.

Natsumi just looks so cute here.

I don’t think this move could get any more simple, but for some reason I love it.

I love the refelection in their close-ups.

Too much sun, I can’t see Mio’s cute face.

Wow, Ai looks great here.

Passpo’s dances always look the same.

And this dance is set in a nearly identical setting as the Shoujo Hikou PV.

Adorable. And I love Mio’s hair.

Lol. I don’t get why there’s a stirring move in this dance.

Love this leg move.

This is turning into a Mio spam but I don’t care. Tell me this face isn’t cuter than puppies.

Riding the escalator is a little boring but Makoto looks cute while doing it.

Adorable Naomi.

I adore Mushu, but I have a feeling that a lot of people don’t like her because she’s not as “pretty” as the other members.

Shiori looks so lively, but that hair does nothing for her.

Adoarble.

I love that they are holding their fingers up to their eyes because they said I miss you.

Ai looking all cute.

Lol at Mio’s overreaction.

Wink! I don’t know why, but I love capping winks in my reviews. XD

Their embrace looks so fake.

Sako and Natsumi kiss.

But Mio’s reaction is the best part.

Gorgeous!

Kiss.

Chu.

S/mileage to release 9th single

It was just announced that S/mileage will be releasing their 9th single. The single is titled Chotto Matte Kudasai and will be released on February 1st.

Can you say too soon? I absolutely love S/mileage, but even I can see that they are releasing too many singles at once. S/mileage released 5 singles in 2011 and this single will be released exactly 1 month and 4 days after their 8th single, Please Miniskirt Postwoman. Luckily, despite having a rush of releases this year the quality of their singles haven’t suffered. Actually, their singles keep getting better and better. Tsunku seems to really be putting his full creativity and force into S/mileage. Not to say that the rest of H!P’s releases were terrible because they weren’t at all. It’s just the S/mileage has really been on fire this year. I have 100% faith that this new single will be just as good, maybe even better.

Momusu announces first single with the 10th Gen

It was announced a while ago that Morning Musume was releasing their 48th single. But I held off on posting it because when I first heard about it, it wasn’t officially confirmed yet. And then by the time it was it just slipped by mind. So, sorry for this post being extremely overdue. But anyway, this single it titled Pyoko Pyoko Ultra and will be released on January 15th.

When I first heard about this single I was obviously excited since it’s the first single to feature the 10th Gen. But when I heard the titled I was ecstatic. I have no idea what pyoko mean, or if it’s even a real word, but I do know that it sounds like the single is going to be upbeat and playful. And hopefully, this means we are finally entering their youthful and energetic era. Momusu has been stringing me along in this aspect. Maji desu ka Ska, Yamette yo Sinbad, Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, and a few album songs were upbeat and fun, but all of their other songs have been the same mature sounding songs we’re all used to. Which I just want to be over already. But since the young members now outweigh the old, this most likely means we will see a more playful and childish Momusu. And if we still don’t, well, I don’t know what I’m going to do then.

ManoEri announces new double A-side single

It was recently announced that Mano Erina will be releasing her first double A-side single. The single is entitled Doki Doki Baby/Tasogare Kousaten and will be released on February 22nd. Tasogare Kousaten will also be used as the ending theme for the anime Kimi no Iru Machi, which she will be voice acting in.

I have mixed feelings about this new single. The titles of the songs do seem interesting, and like they will most likely be upbeat. But ManoEri’s last single, My Days For You, was awful in my opinion. It actually derailed her a bit for me. I was finally starting to like her. Her recent singles were great  and had even started to like nearly all of her past singles. But then My Days For You came out and I was just so unimpressed. It was honestly her most bland single since Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo. Hopefully, at least one of the songs from her new single is good.

C-ute to release 7th album

It was just announced that C-ute will be releasing their 7th album. The album is entitled Dai Nana Sho Utsukushikutte Gomen ne and will be released on February 28th.

When I first heard this announcement I thought it was a bit too soon. But it’s actually pretty much right on track. C-ute’s albums are usually 10-14 months apart. I am really excited for this album, mostly because C-ute’s 6th album was fantastic.
Iza, Susume! Steady go!, Chou Wonderful, and Midnight Temptation are some of the best album songs H!P released this year. The album is said to have a more adult theme. I’m looking forward to what they mean by that. Hopefully, it means they’ll release more songs like Shock and Kiss Me Aishiteru.

NYC announce new single

It was announced recently that NYC will be releasing their 4th single. (Or 5th if you count the NYC Boys and Nakayama Yuma w/B.I. Shadow single, which I don’t) This single will be their first double A-side release. The first song NYC song is titled Wonderful Cupid, and the second song will be a Nakayama Yuma solo single titled Garasu no Mahou. This double A-side single will be released on January 4th.

I think it’s interesting to see that Yuma is getting his own solo single basically. It also shows just how much Johnny’s is pushing him. I’m not really the biggest Yuma fan but he is a good singer, and I say good for him. It seems like after Nakayama Yuma/w B.I. Shadow didn’t work out as well as JE had hoped they just awkwardly made NYC a permanent group. I would say that this testing the waters for a Yuma solo career, but that’s never going to happen. I honestly can’t remember the last solo artist JE had. I think it was Matchy. That just shows how long ago it was. Yeah, I guess you can now add Jin and Yamapi to the ranks of solo artist, but they aren’t true solo artists. In the sense that from day one they weren’t solo. They obviously are using their groups as a launching point. I honestly don’t see where Yuma’s future is going. If they wanted him to be in a legit group why not debut him in a group made of random Juniors? Like Hey! Say! JUMP was. Right now it honestly seems like they have no idea what to do with him. He’s popular enough to be put in a group but too many groups have debuted lately. And besides that it seems 100% that A.B.C-Z (or I should say A.B.C.-xy)  is going to debut next. Which is fine with me, I’d rather see impression king Kawai Fumito debut over Nakayama Yuma anyday.

I should probably steer this post back on topic now, with a little less Yuma and a little more NYC. I like NYC and I’m always excited for their releases. Wonderful Cupid seems like it’s going to be just as cutesy as their previous releases. And it seems like this release is going to have a Valentine’s Day theme, given the title of the song and it being released so close to Valentine’s Day. But Valentine’s Day is more of a girls holiday in Japan. Unless they make a song about accepting some girl’s confession they should probably make a song around White Day instead.

Fairies-Hero/Sweet Jewel song previews

A few weeks ago Avex’s official youtube channel released song previews for Fairies upcoming double A-side second single, Hero/Sweet Jewel.

So, let’s start off with Hero. When the song first started I completely wasn’t in it to, mostly because it sounded like they were going to start rapping. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. This song has a pretty clear R&B influence. The beat is very similar to the R&B/pop songs that were popular in the US a few years ago. I have to say it is a completely unique sound, which seems to be what Fairies is trying to do. Sound completely different than any other idol group ou there. However, the song isn’t exactly my favorite. I do like the way the song is being sung but overall I don’t like the sound. It just doesn’t really fit with their voices. Their voices aren’t mature sounding enough to pull of the song, which sounds like it needs a lot more soul in it.

Next is obviously Sweet Jewel. Right off the bat I like this song. It has the obvious idol song that I love. But the main reason I like this song so much is it sounds 80% like High King’s cover of Princess Princess’s song Diamonds. Both songs have those upbeat chimes in the beginning, and then the rest of both songs are pretty slow paced. You should seriously listen to both songs back to back, you’ll be amazed how similar they are. I mean, they even say emerald where the word diamonds should be, it’s hilarious. Even though the song sounds kinda of like a rip off I do love this song. But that’s mostly because I love High King’s version of Diamonds.

Kis-My-Ft2-We Never Give Up PV preview

ZIP recently aired a short PV preview for Kis-My-Ft2’s 2nd single, We Never Give Up.

Most of this video is about their debut and making of the PV, so we only see about 30-40 seconds of the PV itself. And in that short amount of time I can already hate it. For 1 it’s completely generic and featured them on roller skates yet again. Which I kinda wish they would just drop already. But the main reason I don’t like what I see in the preview is because it looks too much like past Johnny’s PVs. The PV preview shows Kisumai running in the snow which makes me immediately think of the random running scenes in NEWS’s Summer Time PV. And the dancing in the snow is the same as when NEWS danced in the rain in their Taiyou no Naminda PV. And the set itself reminds me a lot of the set for Arashi’s Too Be Free PV. Just the whole color scheme of it. Obviously in To Be Free they had dirt instead of an actual floor.

Sexy Zone aren’t sexy and I know it

Recently the debut PV for Sexy Zone’s debut single, Sexy Zone, was released. And let me just say I had to do some searching to find this PV. The things I do for you dear readers. XD

After I saw the PV preview for this single I was expecting this PV to be extremely simple. However, this PV surprised me as there are more elements going on in this PV then I expected. The PV is still fairly simply, mostly because Johnny’s never spends the big bucks on debut PVs. He hardly ever spends big bucks on PVs in general. What I find most surprising is despite the fact that most of the members of Sexy Zone are extremely young, the PV has an overall mature and serious feel to it. Well, about as serious as you can be while dancing in front of a magical floating castle. But this PV could be a lot more immature then it is. They could have gone the NYC way an popped out a PV like Yume no Tamago. But I guess they are trying to get fans to get past their ages and focus on their music. Which I myself am having a hard time with, despite the fact that I do like nearly all of the songs on their debut single. I just can’t really get into Sexy Zone as a group. It’s a mixture of age and looks. I just can’t see myself becoming a legit fan of them. Perhaps a guilty pleasure.
Anyway, the PV is a pretty standard close-up and dance shots video. But I think it’s really nice to look at. Both sets are nice and the outfits aren’t bad. But what really wins me over with this PV is the lighting. It’s so incredibly bright that it makes the PV super clear and vibrant. It really makes the small touches of color really pop. But there is one thing about the PV that bothers me, the roses. I still don’t get why they are holding them throughout the PV. It kinds of annoys me.

Super intense close-up of Shori. Are they trying to tell us he’s going to be the face of Sexy Zone? Which honestly wouldn’t make sense. Kento and Fuma are 100 times more popular from B.I. Shadow.

I love how serious these face montage scenes are supposed to be.

Kento looks a lot better than the last time I saw him. But it seems like once he ages a couple more years he’ll be hot.

No, they are definitely pushing So to the front. I just can’t imagine why.

It’s castle in the sky. Seriously?

Shori almost looks like he could be cute. Let’s see in 4 years. XD

Kento is only cute sometimes. He’s about a 5 or so.

Fuma is kinda cute, until he opens his mouth. He just looks stupid.

Tell me he doesn’t look at least 15% better.

Marius is about as goodlooking as an 11 can be. I feel like the government should be busting through my doors just for watching him. Lol. But without sounding creepy, it seems like he will realy grow into his look. By 16 or so he’ll probably be extremely fine. But that’s probably because of my weird thing I have for half Japanese guys. XD

Sadly, So could be 13 or 113, but that kid is just not attractive at all.

 Shori keeps trying to make these alluring faces, and it’s just not working for him.

That one Junior all the way in the back looks like he might be Anderson Casey. But that’s probably wishful thinking.

Marius always looks like he’s in pain during his close-ups. It’s hilarious.

Kento is on the cusp od being gorgeous. But he kinda looks like a rabbit.

Ok, he seriously looks like he’s out to cry.

This dance just completely sucks.

Um…what?

Yeah, just throw that rose.

But it reminds me far too much of Tuxedo Kamen.

I love the scenes where they are in that glass box.

Ok, Kento looks cute here. XD

Everyone use your roses as mics now, for some reason.

Kento looks the best here. Probably because he’s making super intense face.

Yeah, makes the Juniors do all the flips.

Lol.

Saw that coming a mile away.

Watarirouka Hashiritai7 channel the swinging 60’s in new PV

A few weeks ago the full PV for Watarirouka’s 9th single, Kibou Sanmyaku, was released.

When I started to watch the PV I immediately became excited. This PV has a 1960’s/ sort of American Bandstand theme, which I think is incredible. I always love when music videos portray American bandstand. It makes me think of vidoes like Outkasts’s Hey Ya and FT Island’s Hope, which were videos that had this really great storyline. In Hope FT Island was sucked back in time and it followed their group’s success. Hey Ya didn’t really have a storyline, but it did feature 6 or 7 different versions of Andre 3000, which is awesome in itself. Sadly, I don’t think Watarirouka Hashiritai7 really captures that same level of creativity. In their PV it’s just showing them performing, and being simultaneously broadcast on TV, with the audience being really into it. Besides the fact that half of the PV is in black and white, and the short commercial in the beginning, the PV is no different than actual footage of one of their live performances. Except that in this PV they focus a lot more on the audience. And it was honestly a let down to me. The PV started and I was sitting here completely jazzed that I was going to watch this amazing PV, and that didn’t really happen. They took a really fun theme and didn’t push it to it’s full potential. What I really liked about Outkast’s and FT Island’s music videos is that besides filiming their live performances they had other bandstand elements: like the Dick Clark-esque opening and showing how the viewers used to dance along at home with it. If they just incorporated more bandstand elements that would have really brought this PV over the top. I’m a sucker for flashback themed music videos and for 60’s fashion. And if the combination of the 2 was done correctly it probably would have become one of my favorite idol PVs of all time.

Wish I could read what that says.

I love that this PV is in black and white.

Absolutely love it. Though I kinda wish it was in black and white a little longer.

I also really love their outfits. They really look like 60’s mod.

I don’t get why idols keep incorporating jazz hands into their dances, as if it’s an acceptable move.

Mayu stealing all my focus already.

You know I hardly every say this, because Mika isn’t really one of the prettiest AKB48 girl. But she looks really great in this PV. That hair really suits her.

This is too simple of a dance.

Mayu!

I can’t get over how good Mika looks.

Am I the only one who thinks Misaki looks elfish. Just noticed. It’s not a bad thing, it adds to her cuteness.

Such an adorable face Nacchan.

Ayaka always looks the prettiest to me when her bangs are pulled back.

Not sure if want.

This hair does nothing for Haruka.

Aika is just so adorable. It’s really neck and neck between her and Mayu as the cutest Watarirouka member.

Ok, this guy has gone from slightly interested to must have in about 3 seconds flat. He’s a little creepy now.

This move reminds me of para para so much.

I love how creepy guy is looking at that cop like, “how dare you watch my Watarirouka!”

Whenever I hear a song I like I immediately grab the person next to me and start rocking side to side. Don’t you?

60’s fashion!

Mayu and Misaki have the best outfits. Lol that Haruka has to wear farming clothes.

Well, hello there cutie.

This is adorable.

Wink.

That awkward moment when you’re the only person in the entire club not dancing.

I hate that they put Aika in one of those sad ugly sweaters you wear at Christmas.

Mayu is just too cute for words.

Oh way to go old guy. Way to just conform to what everyone else is doing.

Hands across America Japan. 

These guys are way too into it.

Jin announces new Japanese single

Former KAT-TUN member, and currently artist trying to break into the US, Akanishi Jin announced he will be releasing a new single in Japan. The single is titled Seasons and will be released on December 28th.

I am actually really surprised that Jin is releasing another Japanese single so quickly. And it honestly doesn’t make sense to me. Test Drive was just released on November 8th, shouldn’t he be in the US trying to promote his single? He should be whoring himself to US radio stations and MTV. He should be trying to get the word out about himself and trying to create a buzz. Since right now no one in the US knows he exists. It seems a little premature for him to release something in Japan again. And it just shows that Johnny’s doesn’t really have faith that he’ll succeed, or he just doesn’t know how to manage his artists. That or JE still has the main control over his career. Which is probably exactly what’s going on. I know JE wants to suck as much money as possible from his Japanese fans while they still can, but honestly, it’s only going to hurt Jin in the long run.

The reason why Jin is still so unknown in the US is because his record label isn’t promoting him at all. And going to Japan for a month or more isn’t going to help his US career one bit. And during his fan event for the single the Japanese fans are going to get a preview of his upcoming US album. His Japanese fans are going to get a preview of his US album. I had to repeat the sentense just so you could take that information in twice. So, you’ll see that it still makes zero sense the second time you hear it. I’m sorry, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought his US album was going to be sold and marketed to the US and not Japan. Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to do this kind of album preview for US fans? And I don’t know, maybe invite some media and try to get featured on MTV, E, Access Hollywood, or something. Why doesn’t he hang out with his “new friend” Justin Beiber so TMZ can run the picture and say, “who’s the random Asian guy hanging out with the Beibs?” Seriously, that would help his career ten fold. And 100% more than a Japanese single would. I know that Johnny’s doesn’t want to reglect the Japanese fanbase too much, since that’s what Jin has to fall back on, but he seriously needs to. And the Japanese fans need to suck it up. I’m sure they would rather have Jin become an international celebrity to tote around to the world as being a Japanese person the world loves, than to have him fail in the US to release one more single in Japan. Seriously, whoever is managing his career isn’t doing a good enough job. I though they knew what they were doing when they had him collab with Jason Derulo. But they didn’t use that at all. Why didn’t they have Jason go on the radio or TV and promote the single? I’m sure they could have paid him to, just like they paid him be featured in his US debut single. And then they have him meet up with, and possibly, collab with Justin Beiber. Which is just sad, because Jin is too old to. It’s fine when Usher does it because he discovered him, or signed him, or something along those lines. Then they also have him meet Sean Kingston who is completely irrelevant. His last hit was 2 years ago! Which was actually a really catchy song, but that’s besides the point.

I wish I could just have 5 minutes with either Jin or whoever is in charge of his career, because they aren’t doing enough. There have been tons of US artists who’s debut single was a giantic hit. Warner needs to work on getting better artists to collab with. Jin already said he likes Young Money, so setup a collab with Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne has been in something like 80 or 100 collaborations. And he will seriously collab with anyone. I mean anyone, he just collabed with Joe Jonas. No seriously he did, click here if you care. Now, if he will be featured in a Jonas Brother’s solo song, he’d be featured in a Jin song. And a Jin and Lil Wayne collaboration would probably be the hottest thing ever.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. But things like this get me so frustrated. I’ve seen tons of Asian artists fail in the US for no other reason but poor management.

AKB48’s below average new PV

Recently the PV for AKB48’s new single, Ue Kara Mariko, was released.

Right off the bat, when Mariko won the janken tournament I was not excited for this single or PV. And I have nothing against Mariko. I honestly don’t know enough about her to have anything against here. The reason I wasn’t excited was, because the whole appeal of the janken tournament for me is the idea that an underdog would finally be in the spotlight. And when someone who is always in the spotlight won, well this single lost it’s appeal for me.
But I’m not going to let something as silly as the person I wanted to win the janken lose, effect my opinion of the song or PV. No, I’m not that type of fan. Instead I like to have the song and PV speak for itself. So, I did just that, and my opinion is still negative. Not so much about the song. I actually really like the song. It’s sort of a generic idol song that doesn’t really try anything to bold music or singing wise. But just the same, I like it. I think it’s incredibly catchy. My dissapointment lies with the PV itself.
And not even the entire PV, just the smallest part of it. Collectively I think it’s a well made PV, with a lot os pretty scenes. Even though it is the same idol close-up and dance shot idol formula, I still think it’s entertaining. Not really because there’s a lot going on in the PV, it’s mostly because the visuals don’t bore me. Let’s take the dance shot set for instance. This is hands down my favorite set, and, in turn, favorite scenes in the PV. First off, I absolutely adore their outfits. I don’t know how AKB48 does it, but they keep constantly reinventing the school girl uniform so that’s it’s different and cute everytime. I like that these uniforms are authentic looking but at the same time stylish. Of course the top 3 girls were given the best outfits, with Mariko’s being the best of them all. I just love the hat that Mariko is wearing! It really makes the outfit. But it’s not only the outfits that make these scenes for me. The room is so oddly shaped/built that your eyes are automatically drawn to it. For some reason I just find the shape interesting, and the color scheme is beautiful. I also think the lighting here is perfect. Not only is it dim giving it a very elegant and ethereal look, it also has pink lighting. I don’t know if the lights themselves are pink or because the room has a pink roof the like is just reflecting it giving it a pink look. But whatever it is it work, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Another scene of the PV I like are the scenes were they show each girl individually in their janken outfits. Which actually aren’t the outfits they wore in the actual janken tournament. A few of them are close though. I’m not really sure why I think these scenes so much. They aren’t particularly interesting. I guess I like that these scenes makes it look like the girls are in fashion school, with the random fabrics and the random mannequin in the background. I actually wouldn’t mind if the entire PV was just the girls wearing a bunch of randomly outifts in those shots.
I also, don’t have a problem with the close-up scenes. Even though they are just standing in front of hanging pieces of glitter, or whatever that material is, much like they used for S/mileage’s Yume Miru 15sai PV. I think they actually worked with the PV because they were pink.
So, with all this love I’m giving to this PV I bet it’s hard to believe there’s anything I don’t like about it. But since there’s one large aspect of the PV I haven’t mentioned yet, I think it’s pretty obvious what I don’t like. Yes, you guessed it, the janken scenes. I just don’t understand why they feel the need to include them in the PV. Chance no Junban was the first janken, so the jaken scenes in that PV were pretty much excused. But this time they are completely unnecessary. I think everyone is well aware it’s the janken single. And even if they weren’t do they really need to point it out? I don’t see them having mini senbatsu elections for the senbatsu singles. So, why have it for the janken? They seriously bring down and otherwise amazing PV.

I absolutely love Mariko’s outfit.

I’ve been in love with those hats since I first saw them in Morning Musume’s Ai Araba It’s All Right PV.

The black school uniforms are gorgeous too.

I actually really like the dance, I think it’s simple and cute.

My god, Reina looks amazing in this PV.

I’m so glad Sayaka is in this PV. She looks great.

Am I supposed to know who this chick with big ears is? I guess she’s a random research student. XD

Why is Ami dressed as a nun?

Don’t care.

Lol.

Cute.

Gorgeous!

Tomomi is always adorable.

I can’t take this move seriously.

This pose is just adorable.

So cute!

Research student or not, this girl is adorable. Weird ears and all. XD

Ami is so weird that she’s cute.

Lol that Mii-chan doesn’t even look happy.

Randomly shaking. Ok, maybe this dance is a little weird.

I absolutely love idol dances that involve jumping.

So, why is Reina so sad?

I hate this dress.

They keep having Mariko watch over the girls. This seriously scream impending graduation. She is getting pretty old.

They even have Reina win the janken in Mariko’s outfit.

As Mariko looks on like a proud mother. If this doesn’t symbolize passing the torch, I don’t know what does.

Way too big of a smile. But I think it’s charming. It actually doesn’t look fake.

KAT-TUN-Birth PV preview

A short PV preview was released for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, Birth. And way I saw short, I mean extremely short. The PV preview only lasts for about 20 seconds. So, we can most likely be expecting another in a day or so.

Since the PV preview is so short we hardly get a feel for the PV. So, far all we can see is that is features KAT-TUN on top of buildings. And it also features KAT-TUN’s faces superimposed on skyscrapers. Which immediately reminds me of NEWS’s Cherish PV. But the CG in the Birth PV is significantly better than in the Cherish PV. We also get extremely short close-ups of most of the members. Which is just long enough to see that Kame and Koki look pretty fine in this PV. And that’s honestly about it. The rest of the preview is full of filler shots of the overview of the city.

Here’s the preview skip to 1:30 to see it. I’m sorry about it being in such low quality.

Kikkawa Yuu-Konna Watashi de Yokattara PV preview

Universal Music Japan has uploaded an short PV preview for Kikka’s upcoming 3rd single, Konna Watashi de Yokattara, on their official youtube channel.

I absolutely adore this songby Kikka. It’s literally her best song so far. However, I don’t think the PV lives up to the fun elements in the song. The PV is very similar to her last PV for Hapirapi ~Sunrise~. Both PVs were shot mainly outside, with partial indoor scenes. The PV looks incredibly simple, and it’s relying far too much on camera and editing tricks for a lack of an actual PV. So far the preview shows Kikka doing nothing but standing and walking a few feet. I supposed I’m supposed to be impressed by them randomly changing the color and adding effects to make it look like the film in dissolving. But I’m not at all. I think it’s lazy editing and that they are trying to make a boring PV more exciting. My only hope for the PV right now is that the preview Universal released for Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ was filled with scenes that are not in the actual PV. I really hope this is the case. But since this PV preview is nearly a minute long, I doubt it is.

AAA’s not so charged up new PV

A couple of weeks ago AAA released the full PV for their recent single Charge & Go.

Much like the way that this song feel like it’s 3 different songs rolled into one, the PV has the same feel. And because of that there aren’t any scenes in the entire PV that feel like they are connected. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be excited by that or just annoyed. I think I’ll just go with dissapointed. The PV might have 4 different sets, but each set is so simple that the PV ends up feeling and looking a little bland. The beginning of the PV starts of very simple with just close-ups of the members to go along with the slow start of the song. But the backdrop they are standing in front of is this lifeless dull grey color that honestly looks like the background they set up for when you get family portraits at the mall. And then as the music picks up they switch to the dance shot scenes. Which is on an equally dark grey set in front of 3 random triangles. Which actually serve no purpose other then to add some element to the set, so it won’t seem as boring with them just dancing on a black floor. However, those triangles do randomly light up and change to rainbow colors rather quickly in the PV which does give us some much needed color. But I guess the direct couldn’t stand that the PV was bright for so long that he had to make it even more drab and boring with the next set. Which is AAA dancing under about a couple dozen stage lights. Yet another dimly light boring set. I think my favorite parts of this PV are actually the close-up shots. Even thought they are filmed in front of a collage of black and white triangles, it’s the only scene that is constantly bright throughout the entire PV.
You know I gave a pretty harsh review of AAA’s last PV, Call, but I actually think Call was a lot better than Charge & Go. It might look exactly like all of their other PVs but at least it had a storyline. Which is more than you can say about Charge & Go.

The PV has just started and I’m bored all ready.

You know, Naoya almost looks cute in this PV. He looks a lot less hideous than he normaly does.

Nishi, still is so close to being fangirl worthy. If only he could fix how duckish his face looks.

I can’t stand Misako. I don’t even know anything about her, but she just seems annoying. XD

I’d love to meet someone who legit thinks Shuta is attractive. Because my god, hes not.

Chiaki is really cute and pretty. I don’t get why she’s not up front more.

What a difference hairstyle makes. Because Nishi looks 10 times better with this hair. XD

I hate how dark this set is.

Cool effect.

I have to hand it to Naoya, he is the most entertaining during the close-up shots.

What’s up with Chiaki’s hair?

It reminds me of Sayumi’s new photobook.

I absolutely love Misako’s outfit.

I do admit, the traingles changing color is a nice effect.

Chiaki looks really pretty here. The false eyelashes really make her eyes stand out.

Check out Misako’s huge fake smile!

Why does Mitsuhiro always creepily wink?

Don’t you just love a set that’s so dark yuo can barely see their faces?

Marching never turns out to be a good dance move.

Ok, this is the soft part of the song where everyone just stops dancing.

Where’d you come from where’d you go, where’d you come from cotton eye joe.

Sayaka’s PV is fairly boring

The PV for Kitahara Sayaka’s 2nd single, Kanari Junjou, was released nearly a month go. And I do apologize for taking such a long time to review it. But I’m reviewing it now, so that’s all that matters.

I have to admit I wasn’t really expecting much from this PV. Well, I’ve never really expected much from Sayaka since her Milky Way days. But after seeing and hearing Yappari Seishun it sealed her fate with me. The girls has improved greatly in singing though, I do have to give her that. As for the Kanari Junjou PV I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand I hate it, but on another and I love it.
Let’s divulge into the love side first. The PV itself is absolutely stunning. The natural lighting of the PV not only makes Sayaka look gorgeous, but it also makes the sets and overall PV look exquisite. I can’t even decribe how perfect Sayaka looks in the scenes where she’s sitting in the flower garden surrounded by absolutely beautiful flowers. Overall, Sayaka looks amazing in this PV her clothes are very stylish.
Now, let’s talk about what I don’t really like about this PV. And that would be that there’s not really many elements to this PV. They just seem to repeat the same 4 scenes over and over again. Sayaka sitting by flowers, her close-up shot, laying on the ground, and scenes of her just walking. As pretty as the PV is, I would love for their to be something actually happening in the PV. It seems to be one of those beauty shots PVs that focus completely on the visuals. Which is nice don’t get me wrong, but I prefer PVs with a little more of a punch.

Intense montage of flowers.

Gorgeous. Just the perfect shot for an idol PV.

Sayaka looks cute here.

I want her outfit. Especially the tie and necklace combo.

I don’t get why she’s randomly sleeping in a field.

I love this outfit too, it’s really chic.

Those shoes are amazing. Ok, I’ll stop talking about clothes now. XD

I do like that they use a distressed camera filter to make it look like this was filmed in the 60’s.

I love this shot, it almost looks artsy.

Sayaka looks the prettiest here.

Really cute.

Yeah, I always write letters in the park.

I don’t get it. So, the letter is from herself?

Kis-My-Ft2-We Never Give Up preview

A few days ago the full radio rip for Kis-My-Ft2’s upcoming seconds single, We Never Give Up, was released.

I have said many, many times before on this blog that I’m not really a Kisumai fan. But when I first heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club I thought it was amazing, I even hoped it would be their first single. Which obviosuly it was, but that was announced about 2 months after the Shounen Club performance. It was the type of song that could make me become a Kisumai fan. So, I took this second single as pretty much the defining moment for me, to see it it would push me over the edge to the fan side. Sadly, I don’t really think this song is strong enough to do that. On the first listen this song sounds like Everybody Go part 2. Both songs have the exact same vibe and have nearly identical music. It’s sort of this soft rock type of music that is so soft in the beginning and middle of the song it’s almost unnoticeable. And it only really picks up in the chorus, but even then it’s only 1 degree higher. (Ok, degree is NOT the correct word, but what do I look like a composer? I’m sure you get what I mean.) Which is the exact same format of Everybody Go. Seriously listen to both songs back to back, they sound nearly the same. Except Everybody Go uses more synthesizer, which gives it a slightly heavier almost dance beat. But We Never Give Up still uses plenty of synthesizer througout the song.
Since both songs are so similar I don’t actually hate We Never Give Up. The song is catchy, it’s maybe a 5/10. But I’m disappointed by how lazy and unoriginal the arrangement of the song feels. Kisumai can, and has, done better. It seems after their debut was announced they completely threw their original sound out the window for what would appeal to the masses. Which is really a shame, because their songs as Juniors were a lot better.

The Berryz are coming! The Berryz are coming!

I have just heard the single most exciting piece of news I’ve heard in my entire life. Yes, my entire life. You’d probably think I was exaggerating, but I honestly don’t think I am. Berryz Koubou have just announced during their Berikyuu concert that they will be performing at the AnimeNEXT anime convention in New Jersey. The convention will take place from June 6th-10th 2012 at the Garden State Exhibit Center. You can visit their official site by clicking here.

Now, I haven’t been on the computer for more than about a half hour the last couple of days, as you’ll notice from my lack of updates on this blog. So, when I went on today and casually checked my twitter I was in for a huge surprise. I noticed on my feed that people where talking about Berryz coming to the US, which I didn’t really give much though to. But then someone mentioned Jersey. And my heart started to race. I started basically yelling in my head, “Jersey! What are they talking about?!” After 5 seconds of looking it up, I completely had a mini heart attack. Berryz Kobou are coming to New Jersey. Not an obvious place like New York City or LA. But to New Jersey to a fairly small convention. And also to the state I am currently live in. There is no other way to explain them coming to AnimeNEXT except it being fate. This is unmei! Well, obviously it’s not fate, but it certainly feels like it.

This is exactly what I have been waiting for, for pretty much forever. As a Japanese music fan the groups and bands I like hardly ever come to the United States. And when they do it is hardly ever the East Coast, let alone my state.  So, being the poor teenager I was, and still am, I had to pretty much miss everything. I missed Miyavi’s first US show in Las Vegas (which I wasn’t even old enough to get into anyway) S.K.I.N’s pretty much only performance ever at Anime Expo, Morning Musume at Anime Expo, Berryz Koubou in Seattle, and many many more concerts and events that were devastating at the time, but I cannot remember anymore. There are even events in New York I didn’t go to because I didn’t know anyone who would go with me. Like AKB48 at New York Anime Festival and the recent SMTown concert in NYC. But you know, screw that. This is Berryz Koubou! This is serious! They will literally be a couple of hours away from me. Not thousands of miles, mere hours! That’s enough to make my head explode. This is seriously the first time I can say I am thrilled and proud to be from New Jersey. All the years of jokes about it being a giant swamp, and the recent Jersey Shore jokes, none of those matter anymore. Berryz are here!

And I gotta say the level of excitement I am feeling is indescribable. It feels like pure adrenaline is pumping through my veins. I don’t have to worry about coming up with money to fly halfway around the world or the country. I don’t even have to worry about hopping on a train. I can basically just hop in a car and go. Which is pretty much all I can afford. I’m a modest fan and that hasn’t, and doesn’t, bother me. Which is why I have always measured a fan in  the level of support and love for the artist and not the biggest collection. And because of that I never imagined that  I would be able to actually see them in concert for years. But the fact that I don’t have to wait to see them until I can afford to go to Japan is such a happy and overwhelming feeling that I almost feel like crying.

I remember being extremely sad when Morning Musume was performing at Anime Expo. At the time I was talking to another fan from New Jersey about it on Hello-Online. And I jokingly said that I wanted Morning Musume to come to AnimeNEXT instead. And we both pretty much came to the realization that Morning Musume would never come to a convention as small as AnimeNEXT. And I find it both exciting and hilarious that a mere 2 years later a Hello!Project act is actually coming to AnimeNEXT.

Even though AnimeNEXT is 7 months away, I am still completely pumped, amped, and absolutely thrilled. What’s a 7 month wait when I pretty much accepted that I would be waiting years? I remember when I first became a H!P fan my dream was to go to an H!P concert wearing red to support by beloved reds, Kusumi Koharu and Arihara Kanna. Which is will obviously never happen now. But back then I held onto that dream, even though I knew it was years a way and would never happen. And today it kinda feels like my dream is going to come true. Even though it’s a different group, a different dream, and a different country, it still feels like I’m getting exactly what I want. Because it’s Hello!Project. There isn’t any idol agency or group that can even halfway compare to my love of H!P. I love all the groups nearly evenly. If this was C-ute, or Smileage, or even a revival of Melon Kinenbi (which is my least favorite H!P group of all time) I would be just as excited. And being able to see any H!P group in my home state seems so surreal. If you told me this back in 2007 I would have never believed you.

So, I hope people that are reading my blog right not that are going come up to me and say hi. I would absolutely love to meet people who read my blog. I’m actually looking forward to meeting anyone who likes H!P or idols period. To just be around like minded people, so I don’t have to feel so weird and slightly embarrassed anymore, even if that moment is fleeting. I will totally update people days before what to look out for to find me. I’ll most likely post a picture of my outfit for that day or what meetup I’m going to. Since someone always starts a meet up for these conventions. I was also thinking of setting up a booth or something. But then I realized my booth would have no point, as I’m not selling anything and can’t afford to run a game to give something away.
And anyone reading this completely bummed from Texas, Africa, Turkey, Australia, or anywhere at all, you guys should just be patient. I’ve waited years for this moment. You’ll eventually get your’s too.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have 7 months to memorize all the chants and dances for Berryz Koubou songs. And I have to work on getting a poster or shirt for them to sign. Can you believe I don’t even own a CD yet for them to sign? XD Also, I’m going to meet and most likely shake hands with Momoko, Chinami, and Yurina. Someone pinch me!

French Kiss’s PV isn’t love at first sight

A couple weeks ago the full PV for French Kiss’s 4th single, Saisho no Mail, was released.

Much like most French Kiss PVs this PV revolves heavily around a storyline and nothing else. Which is usually fine. I thought the story in the If PV was adorable. However, I am just not into the storyline in this PV at all. What I get from the PV is: the story follows around 3 girls who were obviously friends in high school but drifted apart because of their drastically different career choices. All of the girls are doing pretty badly at their most likely new jobs and are feeling pretty down. That is until Aki texts them and they all meet up. They do a few girl get together cliches, like shopping and karaoke. And then magically through the power of friendship, I guess, after they meet up everyone is now doing fantastic at their jobs.

First off, I do apperciate when my idol PVs have a storyline. It does help to make it more interesting, and an overall better PV. Since just dance shot and close-up PVs are a little boring. But I don’t want a PV that is so focused on having a storyline that it forgets it’s a music video. I do still want my close-ups and dance scenes. And in this PV their are hardly any close-up singing shots and no dancing.
Also, the entire PV is a walking cliche. And like most cliches it’s completely inaccurate. Not amount of support or positive reinforcement from your friends is going to make you a better teacher, actress, office worker, or anything. It’s not. And I know a lot of idol PVs are riddled with cliches. But I can’t really stand it. If it’s done in a quirky, intentionally cheesy sort of way, then that’s fine. But if it’s done in this super serious sort of way, I can’t really take it seriously. Honestly I wish they did what they did with the 10nen Zakura PV. The storyline in the beginning, but still the happy idol PV I love afterwards.

I can’t imagine Yuki ever being a kindergarden teacher. XD

Denied.

I wanna say that Asuka is a dancer.

But then why does she get some sort of script?

Aki looks amazing with this hair.

Boring close-up setting.

Aki looks super goegeous.

I always complain when there’s Japanese writting in PVs that I can’t understand. And now that there’s some that I understand most of, it’s not important to the story at all. XD

Yuki is adorable.

Cute.

Kanpai.

Asuka is way too into it. Lol.

Are they seriously just standing there?

At least this is a bit of variety.

3 way high five. XD

That face. Lol.

Asuka looks gorgeous here.

I guess Asuka is an actress. But then why the streching in the beginning?

It’s about time.

Fairies announce new single

Freshly debuted idol group Fairies have just announced that they will be releasing their second single. The single is another double A-side entitled Hero/Sweet Jewel and will be released on December 21st.

Fairies debut single was released in September, so I was not expecting them to release a new single so quickly. It seems like they are really trying to ensure that Fairies becomes a big success. However, I think it’s too much all at once. Their debut single wasn’t exactly the greatest. More Kiss was extremely catchy, but I honestly could have done without Song For You. I think they should focus on making one great song and one great PV. This second single is probably doomed to be mediocre and have as uncreative PVs as their first single. But I can’t judge the single just yet.

SDN48 to release a 4th single

It was announced recently that SDN48 will be releasing their 4th single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on December 28th. This is also most likely SDN48’s final single, since their disbandment is on April 1st.

Now, when SND48’s disbandment was announced I didn’t blog about it at all. Because honestly, I don’t really care all that much. Mostly because I’m hardly a huge SDN48 fan. The only SND48 songs I really like are GAGAGA and Awajishima no Tamanegi. It is a little sad that they are disbanding before they really had a chance to succeed.
And to tell you the truth I wasn’t really expecting SDN48 to release another single. I understand they probably want to give the fans a proper goodbye while still squeezing as much money from them as possible. But at the same time, I also feel like why bother? They are obviously disbanding them because they are doing as well as they expected. So, why even bother giving them a final single. Obviously the agency has zero faith in them. If I was in SDN48 I would feel so hurt that they are not only disbanding my group, but also squeezing one more single out of us.

But the main reason I don’t see the point in this new single, is because I don’t actually believe that SDN48 is disbanding at all. I mean, we all know that Aki-P loves to mess with the fans. And them disbanding on April Fool’s Day just seems too perfect to me. It seems like this 4th single is just testing how much the fans will support SDN48. Basically saying if you want SDN48 to continue on, you should support them as if every single was their final one. Or something along those lines. I just refuse to believe their disbandment is legit. If is is legit, it just doesn’t make sense.

Kikkawa Yuu-Konna Watashi de Yokattara preview

Kikka’s official website has posted a short preview of her upcoming 3rd single, Konna Watashi de Yokattara. You can listen to the song on her site by clicking here. Once her site loads the song automatically starts.

Even though the preview is extremely short, I am absolutely in love with this song! Just everything about this song is amazing. I was a bit worried that this song was going to be a ballad. But luckily this song is about as far away from a ballad as you can get. Instead it’s a techno-esque dance song. It is extremely upbeat, lively, and fun. It’s super energetic and catchy. It is seriously Kikka at her best, her voice sounds amazing per usual. This is luterally the best song Kikka has released so far. One hundred times better than Kikkake wa You or Candy Pop. Kikka seriously keeps getting better and better.

Sexy Zone-Sexy Zone PV preview

Over the past weeks PV previews for Sexy Zone’s sefl titled debut single have been released. The full audio for this song was also released two days ago. However, it has since disappeared from the internet. No, it seriously has. I cannot find one place to either stream or download the song. You have no idea how angry/annoyed that makes me. This is why JE fans annoy me sometimes. They love to keep things like mp3 files and scans in private locked LJ posts. While H!P fans, or any other female idol group fans, don’t make you do backflips for anything. But that’s not what this post is about.

So, obviously I can only comment on the PV preview. The PV seems to be pretty simple, which is to be expected for a Johnny’s debut PV. I can’t really think of one debut PV that was over the top spectacular. Kisumai’s came close, but even that could have been better. The PV is pretty much the standard close-up and dance shot format. But I think the set is really pretty. Or I did think the set was pretty. It’s a very crisp white set. With the members on top of a castle and for some reason there’s a disco ball smack dab in the center. But this is Johnny’s they are always gaudy. The whole reason I stopped liking the set is because it’s a castle. As if I didn’t forget that Marius is 11 years old, they had to parade him on top of a castle. Pretty much the symbol of childhood. So, that ended up making me feel a little bit creepy.
Beyond that there’s nothing else really going on the PV. They stand by a wall and sing, put a colorful jacket over their outfit to make it appear as if they are wearing 2 different outfits, and stand in this random glass box. Also for most of the PV they hold roses for no apparent reason. But they’ve been doing that since their group was announced. I’m still not sure what that’s all about.

Watarirouka Hashiritai7-Kibou Sanmyaku preview

A few days ago the new opening for the Crayon Shin-chan anime aired. And sinceWatarirouka Hashiritai7’s upcoming single, Kibou Sanmyaku, is being used as the new theme, we get to hear a preview of the song. There’s also a full radio rip of this song floating around, however I can’t find it.

I was completely not expecting this song to sound the way it does. The music is a lot heavier then what they usually release. The song and music almost has dark undertones to it. Well, about as dark as a song can sound with the sugary sweet voices of Watarirouka Hashiritai7. The song also, in an odd way, reminds me of Muten Musume’s Appare Kaiten Zushi. Just the parts where they repeat the words sa and mae.
I do have to admit, I am not in love with this song. This is hardly their best song. Quite honestly, a majority of their past A-sides have been 100 times stronger than this song. I prefer my Watarirouka Hashiritai7 to be super upbeat and cutesy. This song is just to different of a sound for my taste.  AndI don’t really think it fits them at all. How do you go from Hetappi Wink to this?

UFZS to debut in Korea

It was recently announced that UFZS will be making their debut in South Korea. Their producer DJtaba, said that UFZS has reached their first milestone in the front line as a K-pop dance cover team. And that UFZS’s next step will be to have Korean songs made by Korean artists. And he approached a Korean duo, who debuted in Japan, Tensi Love to provide them with two original songs.

Excuse me while I have a mini heart attack. I am am beyond  thrilled and excited for thi news. Finally my beloved Akari will finally get to make music again, instead of just covering dances. I honestly didn’t think she’d get the chance again to release a single. I am so happy for her. I don’t even mind that she’s releasing songs in Korea and not Japan. I’m just happy she gets to release a song. So could be releasing something in Brazil and I’d be just as excited.

A lot of people are completely dooming this before it even happens. However, I am not at all. I know that UFZS has an uphill battle, and it’s going to be extremely difficult. But I think they could actually do it. Korean idols have been extremely successful in Japan. Why can’t it be the other way around as well? People will probably say that Korea is more into sexy instead of cute. Which is completely true. A lot of artsits like SNSD and Super Junior are trying to mature their sound because of it. However, it’s also only true to an extent. Listen to Orange Caramel. Their whole theme is cute. Or any recent Secret or Girl’s Day songs. Secrets’s Shy Boy and Starlight Moonlight are completely adroable. As are Girl’s Day’s Twinkle Twinkle and Hug Me Once. Both have the same cutesy sounds that Jpop has. Even T-ara’s Roly Poly was cute sounding. And I don’t see those groups failing because of it. Just last year SNSD released the very cutesy Oh. And if being cutesy was going to hurt them, then why do male Kpop fans go crazy over aegyo?

So, I wouldn’t bet on their failure so easily. And even if they do fail. At least they tried and at least they did something. Would it be better if they were simply a Kpop dance cover group forever?

Kis-My-Ft2 to release new single

It was recently announced that Johnny’s most recent debuted group, until Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2 will be releasing their second single. The single is entitled We Never Give Up and will be released on December 14th.

Johnny’s seems to really be pushing out the singles this year. I remember when I had to wait 6 months between releases. Now, they are being released every 3 months. Well, maybe it’s only NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP I had to wait for.
I can’t say I’m the biggest Kisumai fan in the world, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of Everybody Go. So, I’m curious to see what kind of song they will release next. I’m actually really hoping for a rock song, since they are best known for them. Give me a song like FIRE BEAT or Hair and I’ll be happy. Mostly because they are the only other Kisumai songs I’ve actually heard. But also because both of those songs are amazing.

ChocoLe-Milk to Chocolate preview

Avex’s new idol group ChocoLe released a preview of their upcoming debut single, Milk to Chocolate. Their debut single will be released on December 28th, and will be used as the ending theme to the anime SKET DANCE.

I really love the sound of the song so far. It’s typical idol fare, but it is catchy and cute.  The girls aren’t exactly the best singers though. Their first solos in the beginning of the song are really rough. However, one of the girls sing that sings at the end of the preview, her voice is absolutely adorable.
I also really love ChocoLe’s look and theme. They could do a lot with sweets and desserts. Which is completely adorable. Their outfits emind me of the outfits S/mileage wore in the Asu wa Date na no ni Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai PV. And the girls themselves are really cute. Especially Kurumi. She has these adorable chubby cheeks. And looking at their website Ramu has this really cool vibe.
I gotta say I’m really liking what I see and hear. Avex has been really good lately. I don’t get why people don’t pay more attention to idol groups signed to Avex. They are really great. AAA, SUPER GiRLS, Fairies, and now ChocoLe, all have completely different sounds and looks. They have potential, the new groups of course, to really be a force in the idol world. Technically Tackey & Tsubasa and Kisumai should count too since they are signed to Avex, but obviously they belong to Johnny’s. Avex actually only made AAA and SUPER GiRLS. But that’s not really important.

Kikkawa Yuu announces 3rd single

It was announced recently that Kikkawa Yuu will be releasing her 3rd single. The single is entitled Konna Watashi de Yokattara, and will be released on December 28th.

As always I am completely excited for another Kikka single. Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ wasn’t exactly my  favorite song ever, or even my favorite song by Kikka. I think a lot of her B-sides were stronger that Hapirapi ~Sunrise~. But I do think the PV for that song was incredible. The title also makes me think it will be a sofr ballad type song, which we haven’t hear from Kikka yet. And would actually be a welcomed surprise, despite how much I’m not a fan of ballads. Kikka is a great singer and could handle a ballad.

KAT-TUN-Birth radio rip

The full radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, Birth, was released a few days ago.

The full radio rip isn’t really all that different than the preview of the song we heard about a week ago. Besides that we now know that Kame has solos at both the beginning and end of the song, the song sounds pretty much exactly the same. The second half of the song sounds exactly the same, which is a little sad. I was waiting fro some grand high notes. I mean, it’s a Kame centered song let’s hear some of his amazing high note. I was also expecting at least 1 other member to get a solo line. But obviously that doesn’t happen. I actually think at about 2:21 it sounds like Ueda is sining about 3 words solo. But at the same time it also sounds like it could be Kame.
I gotta say the song is really growing on me. Even more than the last time I hear it. After hearing the radip rip about 6 times now, I’m starting to really be a fan of it. Especially the chorus, it’s so catchy. I actually think it’s a much better song than Run For You and White.