Arashi go hog wild in new PV

About a month ago the PV for Arashi’s new single Wild at Heart was released.

After seeing the PV preview for this song I had high expectations for this PV. I’m not sure if the PV is really as amazing as I was expecting it to be, but I definitely enjoyed it. It’s one of those idol PVs that are relatively cheap, but make up for it because it’s overflowing with personality. And I’ve come to the conclusion that Arashi are the kings of this format. As I was writitng this PV I was thinking of past Arashi PVs to compare it to, and I’ve realized that nearly every Arashi PV had a pretty low budget or was even on a cheaply made set. But most Arashi PVs are exciting to watch otherwise, which shows just how much you can really over look those things is the PV is good enough.

And this PV is no different, there’s only 4 different scenes with 2 different outfits. The main scene in this PV is Arashi standing around in a circle just lip syncing the song. Their also wearing the main outfits for this PV, which I actually like. They’re simple black suits and everyone looks pretty good in them. The only think that irks me about them are the cut of the pants. They’re awful slight capri, or should I say Aiba-length, and who really wears that length with a suit? This scene is pretty much the same format as the Troublemaker PV and even the Happiness PV. Where they were just told to stand and pretty much do whatever they wanted to. There are a lot of cute and funny scenes because of that. And true to form Aiba’s are the most interesting to watch. But Ohno is also really bringing his A game, which is a bit out of character.
Another main part of the PV is the dance scenes. They are probably my least favorite parts of the entire PV. Mostly because the outfits are god awful. They’re wearing this metalic purple jackets with what looks to be leopard print on them. And they’re just disgusting. Let’s be honest those are the jackets that elderly men wear when they go play slots or golf. And pairing that jacket with equally metalic gold pants just doesn’t work, it clashes completely. It’s the same exact color scheme they wore for NTV’s Best Artist 2010. The sunglasses don’t really bother me though, I kinda like them. They remind me of the booklet for their Boku no Miteiru Fuukei album. But I do have to admit the glittering beaded curtains they are standing in front of scream Arashi.
This PV also contains some, what I guess JE considers, fanservice. It’s basically Arashi is trapped in some sort of suitcase, which by the way doesn’t match the rest of the entire PV. I mean, what’s the whole point of these scenes? And the Arashi members are squeezed so tightly in the suitcase that they are all over each other and on top of each other. I’m sure  there’s some Arashi orgy joke in there somewhere, but I leave that up to you.
And though all of that none of those scenes even remotely compare to my favorite, and hands down the best, scenes in the entire PV. Which are: Arashi trying to fit thought a hallway they don’t quite fit into. This is nothing more then brillant camera angles, because at a couple of points you can see they fit perfectly fine. But these scenes are just the best, filled with the members overacting trying to squeeze and push through the walls. Maybe a Indiana Jones-esque scene with the walls closing in would more a little more exciting. But I’d honestly prefer corny overacting any day of the week.

I love how the PV starts out looking old fashioned.

Super awkward Sho dance. It actually looks like he’s falling. Lol.

So, MatsuJun gets to wear a hat as a nod to this drama. Yeah, that’s much better than Aiba’s solo and focus in the Lotus PV.

I’m digging Nino’s two-toned hair.

He looks cute in the hat though.

Overacting already, I love it.

Lol.

Invisible maracas.

Ok, maybe Nino needs to tone it down a bit.

Aiba owning the close-ups per usual.

And you know, whatever Ohno is doing here.

Seriously Sho, a hula move? Lol.

This is familiar somehow.

Oh that’s right, it looks like the same walls from their Believe PV.

Ohno looks cute here for some reason.

Adorable.

Try to be less creepy Jun.

Love it.

WTF is Aiba doing?

Lol.

What? I can’t even with this. Ohno is perfect in this PV.

Oh Aiba.

I’m not quite sure why Nino looks scared, but he looks absolutely adorable.

I do not like this outfits.

I mean, I didn’t realize it was 2010 again.

Oh, trapped in a box?

Miyavi did it first. XD

Nino, what are you doing?

Bit of a Sakurabia moment.

Nino just taking over, and poor Aiba getting a knee to the face.

Go ahead, brush your shoulder off.

How low can you go?

Cute.

Now it’s a complete Sakuraiba moment.

Aiba finally getting into it.

Hot.

I love Nino wants in on the action.

He really does.

Lol.

Sexy Zone-Lady Diamond PV preview

A PV preview for Sexy Zone’s second single, Lady Diamond, was just released.

I’m actually really impressed with the PV. There seems to be a lot more effort put into this PV then for their first single. The set for this PV is amazing. There is so much going on with it, that it almost seems cluttered, but it’s extremely vibrant and adorable. The PV is very cute, childish, and fun. And I can’t help but pay more attention to the Juniors in the background as they are wearing various costumes they don’t really match each other.  I mean what does a Musketeer, a clown, and Uncle Sam really have to do with one another? But they still add an extra fun element to the PV. I’m certainly into Sexy Zone much more when they are doing the age appropriate cute songs instead of trying to be super serious. But I do admit that Fuma and Kento seem a little out of place in this group. But it sure beats staying a Junior.

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke preview

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 prefromed their new song Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke at the SSA concerts giving us a a nice preview of the song. This song will be used as the ending theme for Crayon Shin-Chan as well as the theme for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu! Ora to Uchuu no Princess movie. This is also the first single to feature their temporary new member Cindy.

Now maybe it’s because this is the live version and you can’t really fully hear the music for the song, but os far I’m not impressed with the song. The song is missing that spark from their past releases. The song is definitely cute, but it’s not really catchy. It’s a little bland and honestly forgettable.

NMB48 to release new single

NMB48 is going to be releasing their 4th single. The single will be released on May 9th and is titled Nagiichi. One of the B-sides will be a solo song by Watanabe Miyuki. Mostly likely to continue her push as a front girl as she was also temporarily added to AKB48’s Team B.

I have a real love hate relationship with NBM48. But I absolutely loved everything about Junjou U-19. The song and the PV were just perfect. But NMB48 really seems to be picking the wrong songs as A-sides. In nearly all of their releases, in my opinion, their B-side’s are a lot stronger than the A-sides. And maybe that’s an unpopular opinion but I’d seriously take pretty much any of the B-sides over the A-sides. This song seems to be a summer themed song. So, I’m pretty much expecting it to be nothing special and just be their bikini initiation single.

SKE48 to release 9th single

It was recently announced that SKE48 will be releasing their 9th single. The single is currently untitled, but it will be released on May 19th.

I am super excited that SKE48 is releasing another single as my love and interest in the group grows with each release. Kataomoi Finally was a good enough song, but I’m hoping for SKE48 to go back to their old standard of super upbeat energetic songs with amazing dances. I wonder if we’ll see a little less of Jurina in this single since she’s going to be doing double time in both AKB48 and SKE48 for the time being. But seeing as she still remains to be the face of the group, I kind of doubt it. Which sucks because it’s a lot of work for the poor girl.

AKB48 announce 26th single and 2012 Senbatsu

Among the announcments a few days ago at AKB48’s Gyoumu Renraku concert in Saitama Super Arena, AKB48 announced that they will be releasing their 26th single. The single is titled Manatsu no Sounds Good and will be released on May 23rd.

AKB48 really knows how to pump out singles, because it seriously feels like Give Me Five was released yesterday. However, I’m not expecting much from this single at all. Since the title translates to either midsummer sounds good or sounds good in midsummer you can pretty much expect this to be AKB48’s yearly excuse to wear a bikini. Now, I could care less about summer themed bikini PVs. They an actually be very entertaining if done well, like Passpo’s ViVi Natsu PV or SUPER GiRLS’ Max Otome Gokoro. But AKB48’s bikini PVs are all the same. Yes, Everyday Kachuusha was playing homage to past PVs, but I’ve already expressed how I felt that that theme was premature and was done mostly because of lack of creativity and wanted to make another bikini PV. And to match the similar PVs all of their bikini summer singles sound really similar. I want something new and exciting not more of the same. Which is why Give Me Five was so refreshing.
Now, I do realize it’s much to early to judge the song since we’ve never heard it, but I’m mostly just voicing my concerns over how this single could end up being completely bland and predictable. I honestly hope I’m wrong.

And of course the much more exciting news that was announced, was AKB48’s senbatsu for their 27th single. Voting tickets for the senbatsu will most likely be included in the Manatsu no Sounds Good single, which is going to boots that singles sales immensely. AKB48 is at the peak of their popularity which means more people will want to vote in the Senbastu, and the fact that this may or may not be Acchan’s last single I expect records to be broken and this to possibly become AKB48’s highest selling single yet.

In this year’s Senbatsu will include 243 members. This is a huge increase since Teams N and 4 were created as well as HKT48. It really is a mind blowing amount of members. And adds to why I doubt there will ever be a time when I can remember ever single girls name. There are just too many. To compensate fro the staggering amount of members this year’s Senbatsu will be divided into 4 groups instead of the usual 2. And as of right now it is still unclear if Acchan will take part is this year’s Senbatsu.

Arashi to release new single

It was recently announced that Arashi will be relasing a new single. The single is entitled Face Down and will be released on May 9th. The song will be used as the theme to Aiba’s upcoming drama Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri.

I’m always happy to see Arashi release a new single, especially after how amazing Wild at Heart was. And I was pretty much expecting a new single since Aiba and Ohno are starring in spring dramas, it was pretty obvious Arashi was going to do the theme for at least one of them. I really hope that this means Arashi will be keeping us this pace release wise this year. Last year Arashi only released 2 singles 9 months apart. Which was a huge drop from the staggering 6 singles they released in 2010.

MomoClo’s new PV is out of this world

Roughly a month ago the full PV for Momoiro Clover Z’s recent single, Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”, was released.

There’s not too many new elements to the PV that we didn’t already see in the PV preview. But that does not stop me at all from loving every second of this PV. The PV is visually stunning. Right off the bar you notice how colorful and vibrant the PV is because pretty much the only color in the entire PV are the girls outfits and the other scenes featuring the girl’s image colors. Which really make the girls pop against the grungy and desolate moon set as well as the darkness of space.
But of course the main reason why this PV is so striking is because of just how well the CG is done. Now, I’m no expert on CG and this PV probably cost far less to make then I think it did, but I am honestly really impressed with the CG. It’s easily the best CG I’ve ever seen in an idol PV.  The planets and the asteroids look extremely realistic. The wormholes and random energy coming from their bikes are a little poorly done, but that’s really my only complaint for the entire PV. Well, that and the fact that at one point of the PV they move the asteroid belt between the Earth and the Moon. But I’m probably the only person who cares about that.
This PV isn’t even great because of all the fancy effects. No, you could take all of that away and it would still be a decent PV. And that’s because there’s something going on in ever single scene. Epic guitar solos, random alien eyes, having their braind connected to their ufo, having an E.T. moment of flying past the moon, and Reni being pulled into a tractor beam. It’s the right level of insanity that MomoClo has been putting in their PVs since they made their official debut.

That’s a nice guitar.

Cool effect. But they look more like zombies to me.

Lolz at Kanako’s rock face.

MomoClo phone home.

I love how their spaceship has Christmas lights on it. Still better made than the lunar module.

This scene is just beautiful.

Adorable, and I love Reni’s outfit.

Ayaka is super pretty.

Cutie. And Kanako hands down has the best outfit.

Lol.

Look mom no hands.

So cute.

Look how amazing my my Momoka looks.

It’s cute that they have a z on the back of their bike.

And of course fire for no reason.

This reminds me of the blocks they did in the Maji Desu ka Ska PV.

I don’t get what they are supposed to be here.

Kanako is really owning the close-up shots.

So, it’s like some sort of brain transfer or what?

Cute part of the dance.

Why does Reni keep crossing her arms like that?

Super cute.

Talk about high beams.

Love her.

Adorable.

A trophy?

So, if MomoClo has their own spaceship why is Reni still getting abducted?

Or it was just to hold confetti.

Lolz.

Um…ok then.

So they’re connected to the spaceship that took Reni.

Why are there millions of them? o_O

SUPER GiRLS- 1,000,000 Smile PV preview

Recently the short PV for SUPER GiRLS new single, 1,000,000 Smile, was uploaded to Avex’s official youtube channel.

And SUPER GiRLS once again manages to be everything that I want in a idol group. The 1,000,000 Smile PV is absolutely stunning. The lighting is just beautiful, and the PV as a whole is very light and vibrant. The whole theme of the PV are the members working in some sort of cafe. But with the amount of flowers scattered around the set it looks more like a flower shop. But I can’t really complain because the flowers are gorgeous and give the PV a nice spring feel to it. Most of the shots so far are the girls setting up the cafe. And the look amazing while doing it. Everyone has a very pretty hairstyle. Especially Ami, I’m pretty sure this is the first time she’s ever had her hair down in a PV before. And should looks incredible. As for the outfits I’m half impressed. The cafe outfits are a little boring because they look like every other random cafe outfit out there. But I absolutely adore the dance shot dresses. Does anything scream spring more than a floral pattern and peplum skirt?

Fairies-Beat Generation PV preview

A few days ago Fairies’ official youtube channel uploaded the short version of the PV for their upcoming double A-side single, Beat Generation / No More Distance.

And I gotta say, I am completely underwhelmed and unimpressed by what I’m seeing. Fairies seem to have reverted to the exact same PV format of their first single’s PVs.  Were there’s basically nothing going on the PV but dancing, even close-up shots aren’t as often as they should be. After I saw the PVs for Hero and Sweet Jewel I thought that this meant Fairies’ PVs were finally going to live up to how awesome their songs are. But with Beat Generation I’m getting more of the same. I do apperciate that they tried to make the PV interesting with multiple sets and outfits. And I do like the close-up shot outfits and the giant metal flower they sing in front of in the close-up shots is kind of cool. But I’m actually not impressed with any other element of the PV itself. The old school hip hop looking outfits and the orange and yellow outfits are hideous. And I can’t stand the main outfits they wear,  for the mere fact that I’m sick of them wearing jean shorts all the time! In every single single one of their singles they wear jean shorts in at least one of the PVs. Maybe they’re trying to make it their signature piece but it’s really annoying.

There is one element of this PV that I do like, and that’s the dance. Of course it’s very skillfully done per usual, but that’s not what catches my eye about it. I am completely blow away by how effortlessly they dance in heels. I do realize that they’ve been dancing in heels, but in this dance you’re just drawn to it. There’s so much spinning and fast foot work in this dance that I am just really impressed by it.

It’s really a shame that this PV isn’t really anything to write home about, because this is their best song yet.

S/mileage-Dot Bikini preview

Recently the full radio rip for S/mileage’s upcoming new single, Dot Bikini, was released.

I have been addicted to an absolutely in love with this song since the first listen. Not even the first listen I was hooked after the first few seconds after the music kicked in. The main reason I love this song is because it has a very distictive H!P sound. The drumming in the beginning of the song sound almost identical to the drumming in the very beginning of S/mileage’s Asu wa Date na no ni, Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai. And the music itself sounds like a mix between Berryz Koubou’s Halation Summer and Ongaku Gatas Yattarouze. And I absolutely love that about this song. The music is fun and very tropical sounding. I love all the background yays it just adds to very energetic feel of the song. And I also love how they repeat the same words over and over it reminds me of how they sung OO Ganbaranakutemo Eenende.

I’m a little disappointed by the line distribution. Before the 2nd gen joined S/mileage had the most fair line distribution in all of H!P, partly because they were the smallest group. With the 2nd gen here and Yuuka gone we can finally see how the line distribution is going to be, because Dot Bikini is following the exact same format as Chotto Matte Kudasai. Were Ayaka, Kanon, Akari, and Meimi get the most lines and Kana Rina only got one line. I’m pretty sure they only get 1 line. But to be honest it’s still a little hard to distinguish the new member’s voices. Since Meimi has the same tone in her voice as Ayaka. And Akari and Rina have very similar tones in their voices. But I’d like to assume Kana and Rina got at least 1 line a piece.

Big changes to AKB48

As some of you will notice I’ve been a little MIA lately from blogging. I’ve been fairly busy lately, so blogging had to go on the back burner for a bit. And while I was away some huge announcements concerning AKB48 were made. So many that I’m splitting it into 2 post, and lumping all of the important news into this post.

Of course I am starting out with the biggest news, which is Maeda Atsuko is graduating.

Acchan announced this yesterday at AKB48′s Gyoumu Renraku. Tanomu zo, Katayama-buchou concet at Saitama Super Arena. During her announcement she didn’t exactly state her reason for leaving, instead she just said that it’s time to move on toward her next dream. As of right now an official date of her graduation has yet to be be announced.

I can honestly say that I didn’t see this coming. I expected the next graduation to Shinoda Mariko. I am completed shocked by this announcement. Perhaps if I followed AKB48 a bit closer I wouldn’t be so shocked? But as someone who is trying to, but doesn’t really have the time to, become more than just a casual fan, I find this all to be almost surreal. Acchan has been the face of AKB48 for a while now. After she’s been in such a prominent position for so long it’s going to be weird seeing PVs and live performances without her in them. And I really am going to miss hearing her voice. It’s very soft and pretty. I mean Flower is such a beautiful song, and I absolutely love 7ji 12fun no Hatsukoi.
I guess this means after Acchan graduates Yuko is going to be the new face of AKB48. I can still remember how big of a deal it was when she beat Acchan in the senbatsu back in 2010. It really is going to be odd to see her as the new face. I also wonder what this means for the senbatsu as a whole? Now that Acchan is leaving, who is going to get her 150,000 votes? Maybe we’ll be seeing a complete shift and change. I honestly hope this means that Sayaka will get to be in the media senbatsu. But I doubt Acchan’s fans are also Sayaka fans.
Even though Acchan is leaving I don’t really think this will hurt them at all. Maybe it would have like 5 years ago, but AKB48 has turned into to such a force in the idol world that I don’t see them slowing down anytime soon. Last senbatsu Acchan got roughly 140,000 votes and her solo single sold roughly 200,000. So, the first Acchanless single will most likely only be a decrease of 175,000 or so. Which is nothing when you’re a group that’s selling over a million copies every release. I also bet that the last single featuring her is going to break some records.

The next piece of news is Matsui Jurina and Watanabe Miyuki are going to temporarily join AKB48.

SKE48 member Matsui Jurina is going to be transfered to AKB48 Team K, and NMB48 member Watanabe Miyuki is going to be transfered to AKB48 Team B. Both girls will remain in their respective groups while this is going on. And for how long this transfer is, is anybody’s guess as an official end date hasn’t been announced.
I have to say that I don’t really see the point in having them transfer over since Matsui Jurina is usually featured in ever AKB48 release anyway, and they could have just added Miyuki to the singles as well. I think having the girls now do stages and singles for both groups is a bit much. And I don’t get why either girls were picked. I know Jurina has been in almost every AKB48 single since Oogoe diamond, but I thought Matsui Rena was more popular then her now? And isn’t Yamamoto Sayaka the face of NMB48? And she was in 2 AKB48 singles and Miyuki was only in 1. And she didn’t even make it to the top 40 of the 2011 senbatsu election.
But there is one aspect of this that I do, and that’s that each girl was placed in the perfect team. Jurina is a good singer an amazing dancer, so she’s perfect for Team K. And Miyuki is adorable and has a fairly cute voice, so she’s perfect for Team B.

The next, and final, piece of news is Team 4 is now complete and Team 8 is going to be created.

During AKB48’s concert at Saitama Super Arena it was also announced that 5 members of were being added to Team 4 to bring Team 4 to it’s full 16 members. The members promoted were Tano Yuka, Iwata Karen, Kato Rena, Takahashi Juri, and Kawaei Rina. Congrates to them. But I don’t follow Research Students at all, so I couldn’t really tell you anything about them.
And if completing Team 4 wasn’t enough, Aki-P announced that the remaining Research Students that weren’t picked for Team 4 will now be working to establish Team 8. Which really comes as no surprise. When Team 4 was announced it was only a matter of time before Team 8 was also announced. Which also means when Team 8 is eventually created and completed that will bring AKB48 to a staggering 80 members.

Here’s a news clip talking about most of these changes. You guys should watch it before it gets taken down.

Kis-My-Mint2 releases new ad with music

Recently the PV for Kis-My-Ft2’s new single She Her Her, was released.

I think Kisumai has successfully made one of the weirdest idol PVs I’ve probably ever seen. I can’t really think of another idol PV that matches it on the “WTF did I just watch?” scale. The PV starts out with an unnecessarily long intro and the members dressed as druids inside of a prison. The prisons then shart chanting She Her Her in their man in the iron mask looking masks as a yellow gas comes out of their mouths. There are also this random numbers and math equations floating in front of Kisumai for no apparent reason. And you’re really left asking yourself why are they there. The PV never really explains it. Taisuke holds up, then eats, a piece of gum and all is right in the world because after that the PV actually starts.

The PV starts out with white glittery sparkles flying out of Kisumai’s mouths, making it incredibly obvious that we’re watching a Johnny’s PV. Then loads more of sparkles and white floating balls fill the air, giving me so much second hand embarassment from watching and a good laugh. They PV is also supposed to feature fanservice, but Johnny’s lame attempts at fanservice don’t really even deserve to be called that. In one scene Taisuke and Yuta kiss the same flower and their faces almost touch. Seriously? That’s all we get? Indirect kisses like this and Ryo and Yamapi drinking out of the same cup in the Summer Time PV are not really what I have in mind. I can’t stand thatt female idol groups parade around in bikinis and kiss each other in PVs and at concerts, but male idols hugs and have their faces really close to each other. It’s ridiculous. Where’s the male idol equivalent? I feel like I’m the lone fangirl in this, because there are people out there that think this level of fanserivce is unnecessary. But I digress.
The main theme of this PV is Kisumai trying to relieve the iron masked prisoners bad breathe. In they do so with such high tech approaches as collecting their breathe as they ride a bike. And of course when they are in this super serious sciene lab they do so in style on their roller skates. Which is exactly what you want to be wearing in a lab. Rolling at high speeds with all that glass and chemicals around, and I can’t fathom what could possibly go wrong. Kisumai also collects data by having them breathe on mannequins. Which makes perfect sense because we all know how mannequins have an extremely low tolerance for bad breath. But it’s all worth it for the scene where Taisuke is all up on a mannequin. I’m pretty sure at one point he even kisses it. You can’t ask for anything better than that.
The finally at towards the end of the PV the toughest prisoner come out with chains,flies, and a giant cloud of bad breath, who by the way is some random guy who isn’t Japanese. You gotta wonder what he was thinkinh of while filming this. But have no fear that guy is no match for Kisumai’s rainbow colored breath.
The PV then tries to end on some high notes with the newly freed prisoners flalling behind the king of bad breathe, which is pretty stupid. But the realy highlight is when Kisumai dance in front of a rainbow filled sky, which immediately reminds me of Arashi’s Kitto Daijoubu PV.

I actually really like this PV. It’s the perfect mixture of WTF and humor. But there is one aspect of this PV that I don’t like, and that that fact that this PV is nothing more then one giant Watering Kissmint commercial. And would you look at that Kisumai were recently in a Watering Kissmint commercial, imagine that. I know JE boys always get endorsements because of how popular they are, but they don’t need to pimp those products in their PVs. They have shamelessly pimped the products they are endorsing outside of a commercial before, but it’s usually done at concerts. Like when Kame ate what I think was Crunky chocolate at one of KAT-TUN’s concerts, and when Hey! Say! 7 danced with fruit at one of their concerts. But I can’t really think of a time it was shamelessly featured in a PV. And that honestly throws the whole PV off. The whole moral of the PV is chew Watering Kissmint it relieves bad breath. Why didn’t they just hide Watering Kissmint in ever other frame too?

Totally getting a man in the iron mask feel, even though this one is made of leather.

Druid Kisumai.

Don’t get why they’re trying to make this all dark and serious.

Why the floating numbers?

The gum, it solves everything.

Now it feels like a Johnny’s PV.

Roller skates, now it feels like a Kisumai PV.

So dazzling that he knocks him over. Seriously?

Intense Hiro face. Lol.

The bird’s eye view kiss is kinda cool, I have to admit.

Taisuke is adorable.

Oh, the big fanservice. It sucks. :/

Taisuke looks pretty hot afterwards though.

Hiro always trys way too hard to look good. And it never works. Though he is growing on me personality wise.

Let me just randomly skate across the lab.

Love Hiro’s reaction. Hate how he’s the only one reacting while everyone else has a blank stare.

The dance is terrible.

And Hiro has the most genuine reaction when the flowers bloom.

Wow, they actually showed the other members for longer than a second. Senga has the best reaction by the way.

This dance, there’s just nothing good about it.

So, Taisuke who’s the hot girl you’re with?

That’s right, you kiss that mannequin.

Is this seriosuly a scene in the PV?

Lol.

Doing the moon walk on roller skates.

Hot.

WTF is with this move?

Swing your partner round and round.

Oh it’s serious now.

He doesn’t really look that tough.

Of course he has to be American or European.

I like how they eat the gum in beat to the song.

Of course rainbow beams! But where have I seen those before?

Oh yeah, in the Watering Kissming commercial.

Cool effect.

Cheap effect.

I don’t even know what to say about this.

They’re free. Hooray I guess.

Miya nose beam. I couldn’t resist. Though I think this is lost on my JE readers. XD

Taisuke looks so good.

Ok then.

Chu.

Passpo’s new PV fizzles

The full PV for Passpo’s newest single, Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru, was released over a month ago. And I’m finally bringing you my delayed PV review.

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty big Passpo fan. Their cute and their music is different than what a lot of other idol groups are doing. And it’s reasons like that, that Passo hasn’t really disappointed me yet. But that pretty much all changed when I watched the PV for their recent single Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru. Both the PV and the song don’t push it far enough. The song has that distinctive sound, and I see what they were trying to do, but it’s just far too slow for my taste and for Passpo’s usual standards. Passpo’s singles are usually guitar heavy rock music overflowing with energy. This song is really lacking the grit that songs like Let it Go and Shoujo Hikou have. While this song does have a clear guitar riff I kept waiting for the singing to get to be a blaring level, where it sounds like they are almost screaming because they have so much energy in their voices. Which most Passpo songs sound like. But that never happens, in fact the song gets slower towards the end of the song. Even Kiss=Suki that starts off slow gets more exciting in the chorus. The song is just really a let down for me, one of my least favorite singles by them, and maybe even song.

Now the PV is equally a let down. Passpo’s best PV to date is ViVi Natsu, so I will forever compare all of their PVs to that one. Just absolutely everything about ViVi Natsu was incredible. It was a fun and cute summer themed PV, with 3 different outfits, filmed in 4 different locations, and filmed in really beautiful natural lighting. Everything the Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru PV lacks. Well, except for the natural lighting. But 8/10 of the PV is shot indoors. This PV is shot in 3 different locations with 2 different outfits, but still I’m just not into it. I mean the PV isn’t awful. The main dance set is actually really nice and their outfits are gorgeous. But what was so great about their past PV were, no matter how bad the lighting was or how cheap the budget was, the girls always went over the top in the close-ups and PV itself. You could really see the girl’s personalities shining through. And they were fun PVs because of that. But in this PV you don’t get any clear personality and all of their close-up shots are choreographed pieces from the dance. The only time you get to see near genuine emotions on the girl’s faces are when they all find each other and hug. And by the way, they just did the same thing in the Kiss=Suki PV. So, I’m honestly over that. And not only that, what’s with only 6/9 girls being in most of those scenes? Are they trying to prepare us for when the new members come in and steal the old members popularity?

Let’s film the skyline, but then hardly shoot near there.

I really like this set, but that’s mostly because it has a pink hue to it.

Ai looks adorable.

I absolutely love this outfits.

Adorable.

Gorgeous. And Natsumi’s makeup looks amazing per usual.

I love Shiori to bits, but I can’t wait until she grows her hair out.

This kissing dance move is really cute.

Why does it seem like Naomi is trying to come off as sexy?

My god, Ai just looks super pretty in this PV.

You barely even noice the skyline. :/

Adorable! Makoto’s doesn’t really have the convincing fake smile down yet. But look how Shiori just glows.

Flawless.

I love Anna’s hair, but it doesn’t really fit with the PV. It’s too elegant.

I love how much they’re overacting.

Cute.

Lolz at Makoto’s lazy kick.

Yukimi kinda fades in the background. This is literally the first time I noticed her in the PV.

Look at Sako being all super cute.

I had no idea their sashes had their nicknames written on them. That’s actually really awesome.

Mio! *O*

Wink.

Cute outfits. And I love how Mio almost has bologna curls.

Um…what?

That’s too much Makoto. You’re looking at your friends, not a meteor hurtling towards Earth.

Adorable.

Still don’t get why we only see 2/3 of Passo.

Ok, here are the rest of the members. They better be running, there’s only about 30 seconds of the PV left.

I always run away from my friends. Totally.

Morning Musume-Renai Hunter preview

A short radio rip of Morning Musume’s upcoming single, and Risa’s graduation single, Renai Hunter has been released.

Well this is certianly something that I would have never expected to come together, Morning Musume and dubstep. And I gotta say that it is throwing me off a bit because I don’t get the appeal of dubstep at all. But luckily the dubstep only lasts for a little bit in the beginning of the song. And most likely during the instrumental break, but since this isn’t the full song I honestly have no idea. After the dubstep ends the music does transform into some awesome dance music along the lines of what Morning Musume has released before. The musics reminds me of a toned down version of C-ute’s Kiss me Aishiteru mixed with Momusu’s Aishite Aishite Ato Ippun. And I really do like the music, it’s danceable and more importantly it’s powerful. It really is the perfect type of song for Risa to graduate with. It’s the type of song that really showcases her powerful and deep voice. I also don’t really mind that Reina is co-leading the song with Risa since she did the same thing with Ai in her graduation single. And I’m pretty much prepared to be bombarded with even more Reina from now on since when Risa leaves Reina will become the best singer in the entire group. I do wish we heard a bit more from the other members, but this is Risa’s song so I get why we don’t.

This song is a nice throwback to Morning Musume’s “Emo Musume” era, and it is nice to hear this type of song again since I became a fan of Momusu just a few singles before that era. But now that we’ve had the throwback singles for the 5th gen, and everyone with a mature image is graduating, they really need to hang up this sound for a while. After this Reina will be the member with the most mature image. Actually I think they are going to give Haruna a cool and fashionable, maybe even slightly sexy, image. But it’s still to early to really tell. Especially since Sayumi told her she should try for a funny or air head character. I know I sound like a broken record over here, but I want super ubeat energetic Morning Musume back! And I won’t be happy until I do. I’ve been waiting 5 years here, I think it’s time.

Is Jin’s song really a hot-button issue?

So, I’ve really been neglecting blogging lately. And I do apologize for that. But in my defense there haven’t really been all that many blog worthy posts, just some general posts that can really be made any time. And because of that I’ve been in full procrastination mode. But when I read about Jin’s new song from his first album, I just had to make a blog post about it. This news is already a day old so you probably have heard about it already. But apparently people have already gotten digital copies of Jin’s debut US album Japonicana and one song in particular has gained a lot of attention. And that song is That’s What She Said featuring Uffie. And can I for a moment say I was pretty interested in hearing their collab. I first heard Uffie’s Pop The Glock around 05 or 06 on myspace and liked it, but I honestly haven’t given her much thought since.
Now the reason this song is getting so much attention is because of the lyrics of the song and how awful they are. Because they are. They are also extremely laughable. And hearing him sing the song made it even more hilarious, especially the chug it part. But you all know I would never make an entire blog post just to point out something as obvious as the lyrics being terrible. No, instead this post is all about my opinions on the fans reactions to the song.

And the fans reactions have been. “The lyrics are awful.” “Go back to Japan and make decent music again.” “The lyrics are misogynist.” “OMG the song is about rape.” “Just because there’s American music that sounds like this doesn’t mean it’s ok for this song to exist.” All I can say to this is, my god everyone takes absolutely everything so seriously. Now, let me explain why I don’t agree with nearly all of this and why it’s all wrong.

First off, this song is not about rape. I know that arama is exploding over the fact that it’s about rape or actually alludes to rape.  Which it does, it’s kind of alluding to it. But he’s also trying to be funny by adding the, now well over used, phrase that’s what she said to the end to imply that the lyrics aren’t really about what you think they are. Just like the lyrics of Trey Songz’ Say Ahh are about drinking even though they seem to be about something else. And Trey Songz lyrics are also basically forcing the girl too, but I’ve never heard anyone complain about that song ever! This is simply Jin trying to be “hard” and emulate the dozens upon dozens of rap and hip hop songs that are about male dominance over women. Now, do I personally like or agree with the fact that songs with such lyrics exists? Absolutely not. But the fact of the matter is they do exist and about 95% of all hip hop artists have a song with similar lyrics. And Jin is merely trying to appeal to that fanbase. This song could be far worse and far more graphic. It’s actually tame compared to some rap songs. And Date Rape by Sublime is a song actually about rape, go complain about that song. (But it’s actually against rape in the end, but whatever.) And before you cry misogyny remember that it’s the 21st century and there is of course equal opportunity. Go listen to My Neck My Back by Khia, How Many Licks by Lil Kim, or Nicki Minaj’s verse in Bedrock. The theme of the lyrics are pretty much the same if you ask me. Why isn’t anyone complaining about those lyrics being offensive to men? Probably because men don’t care nearly as much as women do. It’s just the type of lyrics that hip hop artists make. And if you don’t like it hip hop obviously isn’t the genre for you.

But the fan’s complaints really come from the fact that fans can’t accept that Jin is actually making this type of music. I know this might be hard for some fans to comprehend and you might not realize what’s going on, but brace yourself, Jin is actually selling out for fame. I know it’s so shocking and unbelieveable and I know this is a new concept to grasp, but please try to hold back your gasps. Can you imagine that Jin would actually care more about worldwide recognition, fame, and money instead of being this person who is only loved by really one region of the world with small amounts of fans scattered sporadically across the globe? That he would actually rather make meaningless dribble than meaningful lyrics just to gain acceptence and recognition? Clam down Jin fans I know this is such an utter betrayal to you. I mean it’s like he’s been lying to you all these years. Surely he must be the first person in the history of the world to do this, there’s no way fans should respect him anymore after this.

Now maybe I’m a jaded American, but am I really the only one who doesn’t care at all whatsoever that he’s selling out? Am I the only one who actually excepted this and realizes it is a bit necessary? That I actually would rather seem him succeed here by whatever means necessary? I can’t possibly be! Especially when a lot of Jin fans are from the US or the West. But then, why are they reacting like this? American artists sell out ALL THE TIME. Seriously they do. Remember when Usher was singing about having it bad and now he’s singing about daddy being home? Or when Enrique Iglesias wanted to be your hero but now tonight he’s fucking you? Or how about when Gwen Stefani was just a girl but then was suddenly a hollaback girl? There are probably TONS more but those are just the ones that I remember off the top of my head. I’ll never forget when I first heard Yeah but Usher and being appalled. And I’ll never forget the first time I heard Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake, my sister and I both said, “Why is he trying to soud black?” Or how about today’s popular music in general? Club music is popular so every artist is making that type of music just to sell records and stay relevant. Lately most of the popular American music is about drinking, clubbing, sex, drugs, and how awesome they are. Nearly ever song is about one of those things. And before you cry that not all American music is like this, please note that I said POPULAR music. And yes there is the occasional meaningful song. And we al know that Bruno Mars and Adele are quite popular. But this isn’t about them. This is about the majority of dance music that is flooding the airwaves.

Now, huh, why is it that Jin’s music is club themed with lyrics about having sex that are completely vacuous? It almost seems like he’s trying to make a name for himself by copying whatever is currently popular. No, he couldn’t be doing that. That would mean that Jin is just as manufactured as the American artists that are the reason elitist Japanese music fans stopped listening to American music in th first place. Which I might add is hilarious. I love that Japanese music is meaningful and it honestly is a nice change and a breath of fresh air. But don’t think for one second that means I have abandoned music from my native country and in my native tounge. Absolutely not! And you better believe I gobble up pretty much whatever Pitbull puts out because it is catchy and danceable. Obviously Jin should make the same type of music he made in Japan just to please his Japanese fans and fans of his Japanese music. Obviously most fans would rather have him crash and burn in the US completely as long as he is making music they approve of. That’s completely arrogant and ridiculous. And it makes no sense. You’d think these fans would have their hipster shades all ready for when he becomes popular in the US just to say they knew about him WAY before he was popular. And especially since he was making music in a completely different language you can’t get more underground that than. Obviously that should give you 500 hipster points!

Now I’m going to say something that Jin fans will not agree with but it is 100% true and this is something I’ve said before on this blog, this song is awful but it’s exactly the kind of music he has to make. What is so hard to get?  He’s trying to crack the US market. The US not Japan. Obviously what’s popular in Japan is NOT popular in the US. I think that’s painfully obviously by the fact that if any male idol group performed as is in the US as their debut they would be laughed out of the country! And Jin knows that, he said himself that Japan tends to like ballads while the US likes more upbeat music. Which is why he’s not releasing English versions of Eternal, Seasons, or Murasaki in the US. That’s why you’ll never see him sing songs like care in the US it will ALWAYS be Test Drive. We are talking about a country where songs about being sexy, being licked like a lollipop, and making love in a club were all hits! You have to realize the fact that Bruno Mars, Adele, and Taylor Swift being so popular is really a fluke and not really the norm. If you still don’t believe me go on youtube and watch BillboardGoddess’s videos of the top 50 songs on the US billboard charts, then tell me I’m wrong. (Obviously besides the country music!) Jin even tries to cover up the way he looks. People are saying it’s so people don’t know that he’s Japanese. But I honestly think it’s so people don’t notice how soft the features of his face are. Jin’s a pretty boy and that doesn’t really fly in the US so much, well with acting it does but not with music so much. I think that’s also why Jin has expressed he wants to cut his hair. After reading articles about Jin’s US album it really makes me think that Jin knows exactly what’s up and what he’s doing. I mean Jin has always liked American music. So, of course he has an example of what his music is supposed to sound like.

I’m sure this post is going to get a lot of negative comments, and all I can say is come at me. I firmly stand by everything said here. And let me point out that I am not even a Jin fan, never have been. He’s easy on the eyes that’s about it. And honestly if he wasn’t making an album in the US I probably wouldn’t really care about him at all.