Top 100 singles of 2013 part 4

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And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my fourth and final part of this year’s end of the year ranking extravaganza!

Have you been making a mental note of what’s left? Have you been staying up at night rocking back and forth, pulling your hair out, and mumbling, “what song did she pick?” 

Well, most likely not. But hopefully you guys are interested enough in this ranking to still wonder what number 1 is. And as a blogger that’s about as much as I can ask for.

So here we go, start the imaginary drum roll. I now present to you my top 10 idol singles of 2013. The top 10 singles I couldn’t live without this year.

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Top 100 singles of 2013 part 3

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Guys we’re getting down to the wire here, can you feel the anticipation building up to see what my top 10 singles are? Well, you should. That’s half the reason why I’m posting this in parts. 

Anyway, today’s rankings are number 40-11. In this ranking we’re going through songs that are turning from just ok songs to songs I can’t live without.

So, without further ado here’s you’re ranking. And I’ll see you tomorrow for the last part!

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Top 100 singles of 2013 part 2

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Ok, guys I’m jumping right into part 2 of my end of the year ranking extravaganza. Bringing you numbers 70-41. This is more of the mediocre or average section of the rankings. Songs that are so ok that they barely stand out to me, but I still like them and will listen to every once in a while. But still aren’t good enough to be in the coveted top 20 or 10 positions. 

Let’s get in this int full swing.

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Top 100 singles of 2013 part 1

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Are you guys ready once again for JM’s year end of the year ranking extravaganza? I know that I am. As you may have noticed from the title I’m doing things a little differently than previous years. Instead of ranking top 10 best singles, top 10 worst singles, and top 10 album songs like I usually do, I will just be ranking the 100 idol singles that were released this year! I actually had no intention of doing a top 100 ranking, but while I was making a list of all the idol singles that were released this year I mentioned on twitter that there were nearly 100 singles released. And one of my lovely followers suggested that I just add in a few more singles and make it a top 100. And since I liked the idea, and always try to do posts that people suggest, I decided to go for it.

I added in a few graduated member’s of AKB48 singles to make it fit to be a 100. However, shortly after I finished writing this ranking I realized that I forgot to include Yamapi’s solo singles. And I apologize for that. But there was now way I was going to make this a top 102 just to include Yamapi in this. So the shorthand is this: is I absolutely loved Que Sera Sera. If it was included it would have probably been in the top 20 at least. Summer Nude ’13 was just ok. It would have probably floated somewhere around 43 or so. I didn’t include Akanishi Jin’s singles and not because I forgot, but because I don’t really care about them.

Obviously there were way more idol singles released in 2013 than just 100, but I only included idol groups that I either follow or post about on this blog. So the idols featured in this ranking are as follows: Morning Musume, C-ute, Berryz Koubou, S/mileage, Juice=Juice, Satoumi Movement units, AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi, Kasai Tomomi, Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takahashi Minami, Kuramochi Asuka, Not Yet, no3b, Arashi, NEWS, KAT-TUN, Hey! Say! JUMP, Tegomass, Kanjani8, Kis-My-Ft2, YuiKaori, Momoiro Clover Z, Passpo, SUPER GiRLS, Fudanjuku, Dempagumi.inc, Cheeky Parade, Fairies, and Dream5.

Ranking 100 singles was an extremely daunting task and took me days and days to write. Some days I regretted ever saying that I was going to do this and writing felt like such a chore. I lacked the creative juices to continue. But other days I had an absolute blast writing it. I was on fire a few times and knocked out 15 or 20 songs in a short amount of time.

So, it’s really up in the air if I will do this next year or ever again. I will tell you one thing though, if I do decide to do it again I will start writing it in November just so I won’t feel so rushed to get it done and posted before the end of the year. Don’t ever let me go on hiatus and come back near the end of the year again. Better yet, don’t ever let me go on hiatus again.

Anyway, on to what you’ve all been waiting for the actual ranking! Since 100 is such a large number I decided to post this ranking in parts. So please enjoy part 1 or 4.

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Did Momusu just release a decent PV for once?

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Recently, to everyone’s great surprise I might add, Morning Musume announced that they would be releasing an unprecedented triple A-side single, Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa/Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai/What is Love to be released on January 29th. Ok, unprecedented is probably way too extravagant of a word. But come on, you tell me the last time an idol group released a triple A-side single? Actually don’t tell me, because there most likely is such a time. But whatever, the groups that I follow have never had such an exciting release before. And to make things even more exciting they released the first PV for Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa on yesterday’s episode of Hello!Station. Over a month before the actual release date of the single.

My immediate reaction when I first head that it was going to be a triple A-side was, “Hey we already know What is Love is a great song, if we get 2 other A-side that are just as good we’re in for an amazing single.” Well, obviously H!P didn’t have the same idea because Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa is a terrible song. I don’t like the song so much that I can’t see myself ever liking it in the future. The music is just horrible it starts out being dubstep and then has this odd We Will Rock you-esque boom calp which just does not fit with the rest of this song. And at that moment I thought it was just going to be like Renai Hunter that has the dubstep in the beginning and the break down in he middle of the song, but that’s it. The rest of the song is just normal dance music.

But we couldn’t be so lucky with this song. Instead of the dubstep music disappearing from the song it stays there the entire time, but just under the pretty typical idol sounding music it switches to. And they make it just soft enough to not overpower the entire song and just loud enough to be absolutely 1,000% annoying. It just linger there like a constant reminder that we’ll never be fully rid of dubstep from H!P songs for a while.

And the music isn’t the only part I don’t like about the song. During the verses the girls are singing in this way that’s like a constant mixture of singing and rapping, which I don’t like. Even the chorus isn’t catchy enough for my taste. The absolute only redeeming quality of the song is the part where it looks like Zukki actually got a solo line. But I’m still not 100% she’s really just singing alone and not just singing with Sakura but taking the higher melody, so her voice is more noticeable. Either way, for the briefest of moments my beloved Zukki was in the spotlight so I’ll take it.

Awful song aside, I really did enjoy the PV. For some reason it feels fresh and different from their other PVs. It has this expensive flare about it. The PV is also so light and pretty that I just love how it looks.

These were my absolute first impressions of the PV after I watched the PV preview. But once I watched the whole PV I realized that even though the PV is cute and enjoyable, it actually isn’t expensive at all. I realized that it’s just more of H!P fooling us into thinking we’re seeing a better PV without really having to improve the quality. Because if you watch the PV it’s the same as every other PV. But there’s just something about it that makes it seem like it’s expensive. So, buckle your seat belts everyone I’m going to point out how H!P is tricking you into thinking you’re watching a better PV than you actually are.

I think we can all agree that the most obvious reason this PV looks vaguely expensive is because the effects in this PV are actually good. They do look fake but not quite as in your face about it as it usually is. But I think it’s funny  H!P PVs are so cheap lately that this is what constitutes for a high budget. Making the same PV they always do but just having CG that doesn’t look like it cost $5. I do admit that it’s a big improvement. But only an improvement because we’re used to such sub-standard quality in the first place. So, when you think about it, is it really an improvement? Probably not, but it is pretty. And the fact that it’s flashing picture of nature in those colorful lines and shapes is just brilliant in my opinion.

I think the other main reason is what they are wearing. The outfits in this PV look pretty high quality. They’re mature, adult like, and therefore look more expensive. However, if you’ve watched every season of Project Runway like I have, they always say how just the design of a dress can make a cheap fabric read expensive. But that’s not the issue here because every group does that. The reason that these outfits are so wonderful is 1. they kind of look like the amazing outfits they wore on FNS and Mezamashi Live.

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And 2. they are a lot better than some of the outfits we’ve seen form them in the past couple of years.

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So, obviously they look better by comparison.

The last main reason that this PV seems more expensive then it really is, is because they are wearing more than one outfit. Remember that post I made a few years back that listed how directors trick you into think you’re watching a better PV than you actually are? You don’t? Well, it’s a great read so click here to read it if you haven’t before. Ah, the multiple outfits trick has been used since the dawn of time. And it is incredibly effective and that’s why it’s a classic.

All of this may seem that I don’t like the PV, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth I actually love it. I really do. The outfits are incredible and the girls look beyond gorgeous. I’m just saying all this because I was initially impressed with how much more effort they put into the PV, only to go, “wait a minute,” and realize they didn’t actually. I just think it’s funny how PVs can create this illusion that something looks better than it actually does without the viewer even being consciously aware of it. Whether or not I was caught in all this Momusu is being so innovative hoopla because I’m biased or because I was simple caught in the Momusu better PV mirage, remains a mystery.

Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that after being a fan of idol groups that make pretty mediocre PVs I’ve learned over the years to just focus on the member themselves. So, anything that happens in the background is gravy. Not to say that I don’t want a better or higher quality PV, I think it’s pretty obvious that I do. I mean seriously, don’t you read my blog? But at the same I’ve also learned to not let a sub-par PV diminish how much I love the song or how much I enjoy seeing my girls looking lovely.

Because if you focus on how bad the PV is you’ll be so caught up in that you won’t even realize all the good parts of the PV. Instead of the PV being about Zukki’s bright natural smile it would forever be know to you as the PV with the bad costumes.

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You bright smile is like sunshine. I think this is reason 5, 652 why H!P should just drop having official English subs on their videos. 

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For a second I thought they were praying.

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Why is the world would they make some member wear pants? With this particular outfit pants just do not work.

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Boom boom clap. Also, why did they give the girls wearing pants different shoes?

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Hello there decent looking CG.

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Look how cool it is that it’s clouds.

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Wow just gorgeous. is it me or does it feel like Ayumi is the more obvious choice for center? She just has that air about her more than Riho does to me.

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Why the bird’s eye view if they aren’t doing a formation dance?

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Can we just talk about how insanely gorgeous these outfits are?

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Omg, every time they jump the shape on the floor changes.

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Suddenly so many Ayumi feelings. But why she’s all the way toward the end of my raking? She just looks so amazing here. She stand out the most.

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Yeah, can they not keep changing the filter colors during the close-up shots?

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I kinda miss the formation dances. It kinda looks like they’re voguing here.

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Sayumi is such a beauty.

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Wow Mizuki looks so mature here.

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I have to laugh at how smug Riho looks here.

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Ayumi just stop that.

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Whoa, Haruka looks like such a boy here.

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What is this The Manpower all of a sudden? Mysterious.

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I just really love this scene.

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Maa-chan is so adorable.

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Sakura looks so mature is her close-ups.

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But I honestly think she looks much prettier here.

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Wink!

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Harunan’s cuteness making me overlook everyone else.

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Zukki’s bright smile!

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Omg Zukki be still my heart.

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I love how they have the two boys wear hats. And look at Maa-chan!

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Well, this is a lame dance move.

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Ok, Riho looks pretty cute here.

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Wow, this is really pretty.

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Eripon looks so pretty.

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MaaDuu for 2 seconds.

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Cause of death: Zukki smiling again in a PV.

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Even right here, no one can compare to Zukki.

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I think Mizuki looks the cutest with this hairstyle.

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Adorable.

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Whenever Ayumi smiles she looks like a shark.

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My baby.

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Too cute.

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Ayumi’s face.

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Who’s the center of Momusu again? I can’t quite remember.

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Oh come on, this is a bit much!

Have yourself a very idol Christmas 3

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Well, hello there readers long time no see. If you haven’t noticed I haven’t updated this blog in almost two weeks. But don’t worry I’m not leaving you guys again. I’ve already said that that’s not going to happen. No, instead I’ve been working on my end of the year posts. Which is a top 100 singles ranking, for anyone who doesn’t follow me on twitter. Since that was too time consuming I decide to 86 my album song ranking. Though if there’s outcry from my readers I will make that post after the holidays.

But that’s not what this post is about. I decided since tomorrow is Christmas Eve it’s the perfect time to post my annual idol Christmas spam. Which is actually only my 3rd Christmas spam in my blog’s 5 year history. But it’s a tradition now. I’ve been collecting pictures all month to make to make this my biggest and best Christmas post. I collected a whopping 152 pictures for you guys. Which is over double the amount from last year.

I’d also like to take this time to wish my readers a Happy Holidays. Merry early Christmas and Happy early Kwanzaa. Happy belated Hanukkah and Happy belated Winter Solstice. As well as everything and anything in between. Or even happy nothing at all. 

Also, I’ll see you guys after Christmas where you can look forward to my end of the year posts. Though if you care about seeing how my Christmas is going you know I’m totally going to still be active and twitter and possibly tumblr.

So Happy Holidays again and enjoy the spam after the cut! Also credit to yoshiko_mama for all the Johnny’s scans.

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Hey! Say! JUMP – Ride With Me PV preview

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The PV preview for Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming 11th single Ride With Me was released. And since the PV preview was come out I’m gonna to use this as the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about the single.

Ok, while I was away from blogging I spent a decent amount of my time on twitter complaining about how much Hey! Say! JUMP has been mismanaged their entire career and how whoever is in charge of them is completely incompetent. Now, while I do still fell that way, and it’s painfully obvious how they have been mismanaged for years, it seems like the people at Johnny’s have finally gotten their act together in regards to Hey! Say! JUMP. And all I can say is finally. And I really do mean finally. We actually don’t have to wait a solid year for Hey! Say! JUMP to release something new and I couldn’t be more excited.

But not only that HSJ jump is back, and back in a big way. Not only have they finally been allowed to have one of their mature songs be the A-side like Beat and Bounce should have totally been. Inoo and Keito both have lines in this single. Let me repeat that so it fully sinks in. Keito and Inoo have lines, actual lines! In their entire career of HSJ Keito and Inoo have never gotten a line in an A-side before ever. And not only that not just Keito and Inoo have lines but every single member has lines. And Ryosuke doesn’t have the most lines in this single. Daiki actually does.

Now this is huge. This is really really big for them. It means Johnny’s are finally realizing you have to promote each member evenly for the group as a whole to thrive. It means they have a enough faith in the group to not depend on cute songs or Ryosuke to sell their singles. This is an extremely exciting time to be a fan of Hey! Say! JUMP. The single is great and my beloved Keito actually has lines. And a decent amount of lines, not like just 2 words. I honestly couldn’t be happier.

Now, onto the PV preview. The PV looks a little simple so far since the preview is extremely short. All we really see so far is HSJ wearing all white dancing in front of giant white tubing. Which is really just long enough to see that this PV was filled before Keito cut his hair. Thank god. I’m sorry but I’m just not into his new hair style.

We also see 5 seconds of the close-up shots with them singing in front of flashing rainbow colored lights. Which is enough time to see the ridiculous styling of those scenes. You can only really see Ryosuke and Chinen and they are both wearing hideous neon motorcycle jackets and their hair is styled ridiculously. Which means the other member’s outfits aren’t much better.

The only thing that saves this is Ryosuke and Daiki are talking about this single while wearing really cool blue jackets, so hopefully those are part of the not yet seen 3rd outfits for this single.

Even though this preview is really short you can already tell that this PV has a very Arashi’s Calling or Kisumai’s Ai no Beat dance version feel. So, I’m expecting something like that for the finished product of this PV. Which isn’t really shocking. It’s a dance song so it’ll get a dance PV.

Take a journey to the 80’s with Amita

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For SUPER GiRLS’ new single they decided to release a cover single. But it wasn’t any old cover single. No, instead they separated into 3 different entities and released 3 different songs, each song coming out of a different decade. Idol songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s. Think of Amuro Namie’s 60’s, 70’s, 80’s single but without original songs. I actually think it’s a really fun idea. I mean, Namie’s New Look has been my jam since it was released. And despite these songs being covers they are new to me because I obviously don’t live in Japan and haven’t heard them before. I actually don’t know of any idol music released before the 2000’s. Well the late 90’s technically. But I don’t count that because I don’t think liking Arashi’s and Momusu’s early music that makes me know anything about idols from the 90’s.

But I have to say, what I love most about this single is that my favorite SUPER GiRLS member Maeshima Ami got to release a solo single, Sentimental Journey. Which might be a little bit unfair to the other member’s and to the other member’s fans, especially since they could have added a few members from Twinkle Veil into Sentimental Journey. But hey, I very rarely like the most popular girl from an idol group, so I’m just gonna sit back and enjoy the benefits of it now.

When I heard Sentimental Journey I was absolutely in love with it. It is such a cute and fun song. So, I had to go and listen to the original version to see how much they changed it. The original is by Matsumoto Iyo and I completely recommend listening to it because it’s fantastic. 

I was surprised by the fact that they barely changed the song. The only thing they really changed was they made it sound less 80’s. All of the quintessential 80’s music has been upgraded to more danceable current idol sounding music, which I’m completely fine with. I don’t know though, if this song say anything it seems like the 80’s was a good decade for idol music.

I’m also really surprised with how high budget the PV for Sentimental Journey is. Usually when idol groups releases two or three PVs for one single the PVs are either extremely cheap looking or just mediocre. I mean, Arashi doesn’t even catch a break with this. But for this single all 3 PVs are very nice looking. I guess that’s the power of Avex though. Because even Kisumai makes better PVs being signed to Avex than Johnny’s artists that are signed to J Storm make.

However, the PV isn’t anything super spectacular, and there are really only 2 scenes in the entire PV. But what I love about it is that it just feels like an idol PV. It’s cute, it’s pink, it’s girly, and it’s fun. And it doesn’t really have to be anything more than that. It’s just completely carefree. I don’t really think this PV needs much more than Ami in it for it to be a great PV. Ami just oozes idol from every pore. And that’s what I think I love about her. She’s adorable and she just has this immediate idol feeling and presence. And I’m sure that’s a main part of her popularity. it’s pretty much the only reason I like her because I have to be honest with you I don’t know really anything about Ami or SUPER GiRLS in general personality wise.

Just because I’d be perfectly happy with just Ami and no bells and whistles doesn’t mean everyone would be, and of course this PV has a little bit more going on than that. The impression I get from this PV is that they are playing up her youthfulness and idol qualities. The PV to me looks like Ami is just walking around town as a sweet teenage girl when suddenly she comes across a fashionable cafe. She peers in the window and sees all these fashionable mature adult women drinking coffee and reading fashion magazines. It actually looks like she’s reading something like Taste of Home, Women’s Day, or Southern Living, but I’m gonna take a stab in the dark and say they don’t have those magazines in Japan. And I’m going to take an even bigger stab in the dark and say the cliche of fashion magazines fits better. While I do think the PV is cute I could have done with a little less cliche.

Ami longs to be that mature adult women and of course goes inside. But she soon discovers the tastes of the cafe both clothing and drink wise are too mature for her. Eventually Ami gives in and realizes she’s not an adult just yet. And we see Ami giving in and eating something more typical idol like, a parfait. Wow it’s like seriously every idol song you’ve ever heard made into the story line of a PV. Filled with every cliche you can possibly imagine. It’s almost funny. But once your realize that it’s being serious and not satire all you can really do is just groan. I don’t know about girls in Japan, but when I was a teenage girl I wanted to be an adult for more freedom. I wanted to stay out later, go where I wanted, and do as I pleased. I didn’t care about being seen as an adult, being a fashionable woman, or drink coffee. Those aren’t legit feelings. Well they are legit feelings, just not the feelings of a teenage girl. Those are what little girl who are about 8 years old feel. Not a teenage girl.

I love idol music I do, but it’s sometimes filled with too many cliches for women that these middle aged male lyricists think are natural feelings, but aren’t at all. I think honestly Tsunku is the closest any of them have ever come to what women really feel. There have only been a few times where it’s too much. But I have to say that Aki-P is the absolute worst with it. I think that’s why a majority of his lyrics are written from the male point of view. But it’s awkward for female idols to sing songs from the male point of view 90% of the time. But I digress.

My favorite part of the PV though has to be the singing scenes. Ami is wearing this cute lolita dress and she looks just so adorable and absolutely stunning. And you have to give them props because the dress is pretty similar to a dress Matsumoto Iyo wore in one of her performances of this song.

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Ami’s is just a more updated and cuter version of it. And obviously pink instead of red since it’s her image color. The dance moves are always about as simple as the dance moves that Matsumoto Iyo did while performing the song.

The set is a little cheap but I love that it’s supposed to be an amusement park. And I love the parts where she is riding the carousel horse. It just adds another cute element to the PV.

Though I guess I am contradicting myself because those are probably the most typical idol scenes in the whole PV. But I do love them. I love idols being cute but not a walking cliche. Well, they can be the cutesy idol cliche but I’ve just had it up to here with the cliche for women. Of oh no I need to diet, etc. It’s not all that women worry about you know. Even an on-the-money weather report reported by a scholar can’t predict a girl’s fancies, after all.

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Cute shoes. But gosh I can’t tell you the last time I skipped anywhere.

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Cute umbrella, cute skirt, just cute all around.

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Gorgeous. I love this dress.

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I love when she squints her eyes when she smiles.

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Cream Baby Cafe.

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Ami can’t forget to put on her invisible earring now.

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Some of these dance moves though. Now she’s pretending to wash her hair.

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She looks a little more horrified than interested.

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Gosh I can’t wait until I’m an adult and can drink coffee. I heard it’s strictly prohibited until you get your adult card when you turn 21.

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Too cute.

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I don’t understand why she’s sitting in such awe. She’s in a cafe she didn’t stumble upon Narnia.

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That shocked face.

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Omg I just want to hug her.

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The moment when Ami remembers she can’t actually read.

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Pick the polka dot ones.

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Yes, because women wear dresses like that to go to a cafe and not to places like a cabaret club.

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That overreaction.

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See, Ami is too sweet to wear something like that.

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Good old idol 2 step.

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What even is this move?

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Adorable.

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I don’t understand why she’s so satisfied she has coffee? She’s not a little girl.

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Attagirl make sure you get approval from everyone else first.

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Adorable reaction though.

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I’m guessing it’s espresso and not coffee. Which I’ve never actually had myself.

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Cutie.

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That’s a good looking parfait I must admit. It kinda looks like there’s peanut butter in the bottom of it though.

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Completely necessary eating scene. I remember people being angry that Koharu didn’t actually eat the pancakes in the Papancake PV. So, someone appreciates this.

Arashi’s being mature, surely a paradox

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Bringing you guys another PV review that is old now, but new to this blog. And this time I picked none other than Arashi’s PV to promote their newest album Love, P.A.R.A.D.O.X. Can I just say I had writing about Paradox like this? But for the sake of this blog post and being accurate I suppose I’ll have to muster through it.

Now I think it’s pretty obvious that I was going to pick P.A.R.A.D.O.X for my next PV. Mostly because I all but confirmed it in my MomoClo post. And much like the MomoClo PV I wanted to review another PV that I loved. Now, I don’t know how deep you guys are into the Arashi fandom, but when this song was released the fandom pretty much exploded. I think everyone died for a brief moment after hearing Sho’s Sakurap for the first time. (And every time since I might add.) And they took it a step further when the PV came out.

Now I have to say I absolutely love this PV. There are no better ways to describe it other than it’s mature, it’s sexy, and it’s so unexpected. Now, not to say that that is a bad thing it just takes some getting used to. Well, for me anyway. If you know anything about Arashi you’ll know that they are known for their super happy and super positive messages when it comes to music. And if you know anything about me you’ll know I live for music like that. So, obviously this Love album as a whole was a totally shock to the system. I went for going oh my god what have they done, to ok I guess I can get into this, until I was finally like wow this is amazing. I might give off the appearance of being laid back and that I go with the flow, but deep down I’m just a grumpy old man that hates change.

It took me awhile to like the music and it took me the same amount of time to like the PV. We’re talking about the group that wore giant popcorn heads and animal costumes during their last two concerts. So, forgive me if I needed a little time to adjust to something so mature. You might also be thinking, “hey aren’t PVs like Breathless and Mada Minu Sekai e mature?” And you’re right, but they were always balanced by their fun other A-side or album as a whole.

But now that I am pretty much used to it I absolutely love it. I am just completely entranced by the guys in this. They just look fantastic. They are sleek and sexy in all black suits, which does give me immediate flashbacks to the Breathless PV. But unlike Breathless these suits do have little accents that differentiated them so they aren’t absolutely identical. I guess that’s something. And it’s not just the suits that are sexy Arashi, managed to make a pretty sexy PV without being so in your face about it. It’s very subtle.

And as I’ve said before in countless female idol bikini PV posts you don’t have to show skin for something to be sexy and alluring. It’s just the easiest way to do so. Now I’m not gonna sit here and act like I don’t appreciate Yamapi’s Ero and Summer Nude PVs because obviously I do. But it doesn’t mean every PV has to do that to be appealing. I also can’t see Arashi being shirtless in a PV ever. It’s just not their image. A lot of Arashi fans also think they are too old for that and also call them middle aged men. When first of all, that’s ridiculous as they are still in their early 30’s. And second of all, you’re not middle aged until you are 40. And I don’t know about Japan but in the US if you’re a male celebrity that people consider attractive you’ll be seeing them shirtless until they are like 50.

Besides being easy on the eyes the PV isn’t exactly a masterpiece in it’s own right. It only has 3 sets and 90% of the PV is filmed using 2 of them. A majority of the PV is filmed in front of those 5 giant light panels. Which I do admit I’m not totally against, because the blue lights in between the panels give off this really cool black and blue light effect. I also really enjoy the close-up where they are just laying in a chair or just looking at the camera. I have to say those scenes are pretty hot. Subtly beckoning the viewing and flashing alluring looks. Just incredible. Can’t you feel me going crazy?

But what I don’t like is that 1/3 of the PV is in black and white. Lately Arashi has really been over doing it with color effects. Lately their PVs have been filled with blue hues (Think Face Down not the subtle blue lights here), black and white, insane amounts of contrast, and standing in a black room with just lights on their faces. Ok, I get it your lighting guy has a field day when you release something new. We get it, but it’s about enough. There’s nothing wrong with a normal lighting with maybe a touch of effects. But not every effect known to man all the time. Before we know it we’ll be seeing Arashi in sepia. The horror.

I also don’t know like the stupid giant red flower they are dancing in. The CG isn’t exactly the worst, but I just find it completely pointless. I’m also sure it’s probably supposed to be a euphemism. But I could honestly do without it.

I do really like the dance though. It’s intricate, it’s intense, and it was really choreographed wonderfully. Good choice to go to New York and have JaQuel Knight do it. The only draw back is that it’s a little too intense to do this dance and sing live. Poor Sho sounds like he needs an oxygen mask by the time he does his rap part live.

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Unnecessary.

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Ohno getting a little carried away with his big solo.

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Aiba baby.

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I’m not feeling Jun’s hair.

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I love how in sync they are.

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For some reason I really love this part.

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Jeez Nino.

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That kick.

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Wait a minute, is Nino wearing crushed velvet? For some reason crushed velvet is my weakness.

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That face Sho makes for a half a second.

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You know what this PV needs? Unflattering split-screen shots.

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MatsuJun’s dramatic jacket swing that actually works for some reason.

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Nino is just too cute.

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Idols winking, my main weakness.

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Time for the most awkward part of the song and dance.

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Every so often Jun looks really good. This is not one of those times.

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Aiba in that hat, goodbye my friends.

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It was really nice knowing you all.

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Don’t tease me with that pathetic excuse for a wink.

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You know what, all is forgiven.

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I have to laugh at this part because of the intense focus they put on it.

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Looking good Ohno.

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Just wow.

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Just no words for this.

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Maybe going a little too crazy there Sho.

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I love how it changes scenes while they jump, such a cool effect.

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I’m glad there’s clearer lighting now because I really needed to see them in hats better. Also, unintentional Sakuraiba shot.

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Cutie.

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Wow Jun’s jacket is gorgeous too.

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Jeez.

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What are they mouthing here?!

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Gorgeous Sho.

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Ok, now these split-screen shots are a little better.

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Wait a minute, Nino’s jacket is actually blue. That doesn’t fit at all.

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I’m not even really into Jun, but this scene man.

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I still don’t know what you’re whispering here!

 

Tsunku makes a terrible decision, just another day in H!P

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There are some things in life that come along that are such a shock you simply cannot comprehend what has actually happened. Something so tragic you are knocked backwards in disbelief. Something so inconceivable you’re at loss for words. You rub your eyes but it’s still there, you shake your head but there’s no stopping it. There’s no escaping it anymore. You run from it but it catches up to you. It’s useless to fight it now, Morning Musume has decided to change their name

In, what were they possibly thinking news, Morning Musume has in fact decided to change their name. Come January 1st the Morning Musume you know and love will now become Morning Musume ’14. But don’t worry it gets worse from there. Not only are they changing their name now they are going to change their name every. single. year. So come January 1, 2015 they will be Morning Musume ’15 and so forth. Just awe inspiring I tell you.

With such a genius idea surely there’s some genius level thinking behind it.  The logic is as follows: Tsunku doesn’t think your memory is good enough to actually keep up with the group that you’re following. He knows how rough it must be to actually remember which girl was in which generation or what era a single came out. So, he’s making it easier for you by doing the smart thing and renaming the group entirely to reflect this. Remember he’s doing this for you.

Gosh now I’ll never forget that Love Machine was released in 1999. Oh wait that’s not right at all. But that’s impossible, it’s almost as if changing the group name to Morning Musume ’14 won’t tell me when past singles were released at all. And that changing the group name isn’t going to actually do the main thing it’s supposed to do. Because it’s not like he’s stating that all past eras are now being changed to Morning Musume ’02, etc. That would obviously be impossible to do. And if that is impossible now why change the name at all?

I mean to me it seems like one gigantic publicity stunt to really capitalize on the Ima no Morning Musume marketing campaign. He said himself that if it becomes too confusing he’ll just give up. It seems that H!P wants to really separate the present Morning Musume even further from the past one. And I get it, I totally do. The majority of Japanese people know nothing about the present Morning Musume and only know the Morning Musume of the past that was actually relevant. But just because they are separating themselves from the past to became a brand new entity doesn’t necessarily mean people will suddenly know who they are now. It actually doesn’t mean that at all. People aren’t going to know who the present members are until they are popular and relevant enough to know of them. Simple as that. Just like the general public didn’t know the past members so easily. It’ll take another Love Machine moment for the current members to be known.

And I wholeheartedly believe that once Morning Musume achieves their second wind they are going to bring up the past so quickly. Mark my words. And they’d honestly be foolish not to. I can see them now saying things like, Morning Musume has regained their former glory. Or they have become national idols again. Or something like Morning Musume is picking up where they left off so many years ago.

The Ima no Morning Musume campaign is sweet and cute for now. It gets the point across, “Hey even if you’re stuck in the past just give the current era a chance. You might like what you see.” But that kind of marketing only works because they are irrelevant. If they were actually popular it would seem almost disrespectful to discard the past so easily. They would just be this bratty group that’s only in it to be famous and doesn’t care about the members in the past that worked so hard to get them to the level they are at now. The group that built up the name in the fist place. That they don’t appreciate that effort at all. Oh wait never mind, that’s no different than the Ima no Morning Musume campaign. Do I sound too bitter about it?

I have to admit I usually am 100% behind whatever Tsunku does. Well, the things that he is actually in control of. Such as lyrics, music direction, and auditions. (I firmly believe he has a majority say in which girls get added) I usually get where’s he’s going when he adds a girl I would have never chosen, or writes a song that seems like it wouldn’t work. But this is one derision I can’t 100% get behind. Assuming the decision was even up to him. But for the sake of this argument let’s say it was. If we didn’t have to blindly put our faith in him and the agency I’d say he was losing his touch. But it is pretty silly to give on stupid decision that much credit when you think about it.

The only good news that came out of this was at the same time he announced Morning Musume’s 55th single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on January 29th. It’s up in the air now whether What Is Love is going to be included or is going to be an A-side. It’s a great song and I’m really looking forward to a proper recorded version of the song. So, I’d honestly settle for t being just a B-side. But people have been saying a PV for What Is Love has been played during their Chance concert tour. So, it’s starting to look like it might become an A-side after all. But it’s obviously too early to tell.

I think I speak for the entire fandom though when I say it’s about time. Morning Musume has not released a single since August. Now, that doesn’t seem long for a single for a normal group but when H!P usually released singles every 3-4 months 5 months feels like an eternity. But then again maybe that’s just me.

 

MomoClo has Gounn all out in new PV

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So, once I made my comeback and got everything else settled about what I missed I thought long and hard about what PV I should review, since I’m jumping right back in. And I decided it made perfect sense to pick a PV I absolutely loved. Though maybe that’s a bad idea since my reviews for things I hate are usually way more well written. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it a 100 times easier to explain why I hate something than why I love something.

And once I thought like that it became so obvious that I had to review MomoClo’s newest single. Since I’m so in love with the song. And it’s the first time in a while I’ve really liked MomoClo’s singles. Not to say I’ve hated any of them, it’s just lately their singles have been just ok. They’ve been skating by without really making an impressions. So, sorry Amita and Arashi I’ll review your PVs soon.

Before I start this review I want to point out that I know absolutely nothing about Thailand or Thai culture. Except maybe Angkor Wat. But after googling it it’s actually in Cambodia, so I don’t even know that. Oh wait, I lied I know that Bangkok is a big party city. (Thank you Orange Caramel) But I certainly know absolutely nothing about their ancient history or current culture that they are referencing in this video. In fact for a hot second I thought this video was about India. As you can tell the education in America is as wonderful as you hear.

What I immediately love about this is how absolutely visually stunning it is. There are about 7 or 8 different sets for this PV. I use the term sets loosely because obvious everything in this PV is CG. But despite that you can barely even tell that the PV isn’t real. The special effects for this PV are so incredibly well done. It gives it such a polished and professional look. Which is funny because every idol group are professionals but with the budget of some of their PVs you can easily forget that they didn’t film it in the shed in their backyard, and then finish it up at home with Adobe After Effects.

No, it looks like some serious money was spent on this and it definitely shows. Each set is more vivid and vibrant than the last. The entire PV is eye catching from start to finish, and there’s so much going on in each scene that you don’t know exactly where to focus.

Not only is the entire PV itself a treat for the eyes, so are the members. Well, the members are always a treat for the eyes. But I mean the way they are dressed specifically. They are wearing pretty obvious traditional Thai garb. And I have to commend them for how much they stuck to what the actual outfits look like while still keeping their cute idol flare. But I must admit I don’t really like those outfits at all. They are a little much in my opinion. I prefer the outfits Berryz wore for Cha Cha Sing, but obviously since they already wore them MomoClo couldn’t turn around and wear the same thing. In this PV I actually prefer the outfits they are wearing that kind of look like plain white furisode, but are most likely some Thai outfit that I am unfamiliar with. The plain white gives them a very fresh, clean, and natural look. Well, that and the fact that we can actually see their hair in those outfits.

As a whole everything just works perfectly together. I think if any one element from this PV was missing it wouldn’t be the same. The PV is just spectacular and I can not get enough of it. I can honestly say with full confidence this is the best CG idol PV I have ever seen. And also maybe one of the best idol PVs I’ve ever seen in general. It’s fluid, it’s enchanting, and it transports you to Thailand for nearly 6 minutes. Just a phenomenal job all around.

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At first glance this reminds me of a circus tent.

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I never knew they had gold mountains in Thailand.

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Better stay away from hand island.

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I can now see that they are in fact not hands. They’re….what are they?

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How is possible for Kanako to look this pretty and cute at the same time?

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What do turtles have to do with Thailand?

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This is beautiful.

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Wink.

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Adorable.

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I love these scenes, they remind me of a kaleidoscope.

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I think Shiori has one of my favorite sets.

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Reni combing her hair makes me think of Gift of the Magi. I don’t think that has anything to do with Thailand though.

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Them dimples.

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This is really cool.

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Well at least they are authentic looking.

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Ayaka is too cute, I’m definitely a Gounner. (All my puns are based on the assumption that Gounn is pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced. XD)

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Look at how much effort they put into this set.

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Just spectacular.

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I was just thinking how Shiori looks a little mature in this PV and then she does this.

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Cutie.

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The dance isn’t much to look at is it?

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Oh their hair is braided at the back! I thought their hair was just kinda shoved in the head piece.

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I wonder what she’s writing.

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Aren’t magic lamps from Middle Eastern cultures?

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Now I prefer these headpieces a 100 times more.

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All of these effects are just fantastic.

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From this angle it kind of looks like a cake.

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What is Kanako even doing?

What I’ve missed, how I feel, and what’s to come

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Now that I’m back to blogging you’d think I’d have everything perfectly thought out. And you’d be absolutely wrong. I’m like a chicken with my head cut off. I’m running around here in such a daze. I’m like a coma patient who’s suddenly woke up after 6 and a half months who is trying to catch up to all the news he’s missed in the time he was out. Except I was awake the entire time and remember everything, so I’m not like a coma patient at all. It’s like I was looking into a big window…you know what I can’t even get my metaphors in order how am I expected to quickly get my blog in order? Let’s just say it’s not as easy as you’d think.

I’m at this point where I’m not sure if I’m supposed to address everything I’ve missed or pretend nothing has happened and pretend this is a new blog and I start from day 1. Get your tissues ready, because I’m going to do the second one. Mostly because it’s the easiest option. But don’t fret I am still going to go over some important opinions on the big things that I’ve missed. But it’s going to be extremely watered down. because let’s be honest I can’t fully remember every emotion I was feeling at the time and I can’t remember absolutely everything I should have been blogging about. So, let’s break this down by agency.

Hello!Project:

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As you know H!P is my first great idol love and absolutely nothing or nobody can touch it or top it. Now, I’m sorry if that seems extremely biased. But at the same time I make no apologizes. EVERY idol fan has that one group or one agency they consider their number one. Since I personally follow about 20 idol groups and cover about 25 on this blog in total, give me a break.

That being said it’s mostly to say that I still have very fluffy warm feelings for H!P. However, I am starting to get extremely bored with H!P’s song being more and more interchangeable. For a while H!P groups had a distinct sound. C-ute was the group focused on intense dancing so you could expect great dances and dance numbers from them. Berryz Koubou was this quirky, funky group that got the songs you’d never expect them to get because of their age. It was the group where H!P really went all out and took risks with their music. S/mileage was this full dose of sugary idol cuteness and fun. And perfectly balanced things out and is also my personal favorite type of music. Buono was this interesting rock sound. Morning Musume is this unique entity where there sound is usually constantly changing. You could have a ska song, a mature song, and a dubstep song in close proximity and for some reason it worked. And then Juice=Juice stepped on the scene and we got this jazzy adult themed group which was a breathe of fresh air.

Now, that’s H!P at it’s best to me. But the current state of H!P is nowhere near that glory. Instead every single group is making the same song. It’s danceable, it’s electronic, it’s probably got some autotune, and it’s absolutely mature. Where’s the variety in that? Every once in a while Berryz will throw us a fun song. But it’s not really enough. And S/mileage’s fun songs like Yattaruchan and Ee ka even sound too mature for a fun song. And who’s bright idea was it to give J=J a bland and too sweet song like Hajimete wo Keikenchuu? And don’t even get me started on how they really need to bring Buono back already.

That’s how I feel about the music. And I honestly feel like everyone else loves the overall sound. But why? Hasn’t the dance thing been done to death in H!P? Sadly, I think we’ve got a few more years of this. So, there’s not much I can do about that. I just have to hope when the 12th gen comes or that other Kenshuusei group were promised ever gets formed they’ll inject some much needed young flare. But H!P and Tsunku like to screw us around because they know where in too deep to really make a stink about it.

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That being said my love for Morning Musume has skyrocketed. Morning Musume has always been my favorite H!P group and lately my love for them has been on full blast. Just because I am so incredibly proud of my girls. They are working so hard and it really shows in their improved singing and dancing. They are also slowing clawing their way back to their former glory. They are getting consecutive number one singles, they are getting more opportunists to perform on music shows. They were on Music Station for God’s sake. They are even singing the theme for the Japanese Olympic team. Like wow they are doing so well. And honestly just thinking about this makes me so so happy for them. That I’ve loved this girls for years, and loved them during what’s considered their lowest point in history, and the masses are finally starting to see what’s so great about them. And I honestly couldn’t be happier or more proud.

Johnny’s:

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I honestly can’t remember the last things I said about Johnny’s before I took my “hiatus.” But I can say that my love fro Arashi has exploded, but I’m not sure when it started. But Arashi is my absolute top Johnny’s group now. Standing well above the rest. Completely smashing former NEWS to pieces. Though anyone that has ever read my blog is well aware why that wasn’t exactly a hard thing to do. But I love Arashi so much now that it’s hard to ever think of a time when I didn’t. I have so much love for them that it’s impossible to think of how there was ever a time I liked another group more than Arashi. If this 6 month break did anything it was give me enough time to watch a good chunk of Arashi’s variety shows. Way more than I’d seen before. And that’s where the attachment formed. I now consider Arashi to be on the same level as Morning Musume. And if you don’t know anything about me just know that that is HUGE. I’ve said a few times before if I could only listen to 2 idol groups for the rest of my life I would be completely satisfied with Arashi and Morning Musume being them.

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KAT-TUN, oh KAT-TUN where do I even start about? Did you know they actually lost a member? Imagine that? Oh, it was Tanaka Koki, totally not a big deal at all. Except this was the absolute worst thing to happened to KAT-TUN ever. This was the most devastating lose that Johnny’s has experienced since I became a fan. Who cares if Eggplant, dead fish eyes, poison tongue, and smoke stacks left or where fired from their groups. They all stayed within the agency. Except for chimney but hey we still have his brother who was obviously the real golden boy within the Morimoto brothers. This is Koki we’re talking about. Koki, my beloved Koki. Also known as Tanaka the absolute only reason I’ve ever listened to or cared about KAT-TUN in the slightest Koki. This is a gigantic heartbreak. Koki was one of my favorite Johnny’s members of all time. 

And I’ll say it when he was officially fired I did cry. Not full water works. More like I teared up and maybe had a Crybaby moment. (Remember cause he could only cry one tear? No? Go watch the movie then.) It all started with me finding his newest penis pictures released scandal hilarious. Of course right after that legions of fans were whining that this meant the end for him. And with my usual flippant attitude I went, “Nah, that’ll never happen.” Well, someone please remind me to never say that because I’ve never been right about anything ever. (Except calling that Akanishi Jin was leaving KAT-TUN and Arihara Kanna was getting the boot from C-ute)

His firing hit me like a ton of bricks. So, I’m at this weird moment where I have absolutely no reason to listen to KAT-TUN anymore. As you’ll recall I said the same thing about NEWS when Ryo and Yamapi left. But I can honestly say that this time feels different. With NEWS I loved NEWS as a whole first and Ryo second. With KAT-TUN I loved Koki first and KAT-TUN second. So, I don’t know anymore. Hearing his rap cut from the recent episode of Music Station hurt. A lot.

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I actually don’t really have anything important to say about the other Johnny’s groups other than: NEWS’ Seven Colors is mediocre and release a new single already! And Hey! Say! JUMP is finally getting a new single, and my beloved Keito actually has a line. Stop the world.

AKB48 and sister groups:

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I’m gonna be honest with you if I’m not blogging about these groups I don’t pay attention to them that often on my own. I blog about them 90% for my dear readers. As I’ve said 100 times now. However, I do admit I’ve become increasingly addicted to Kitagawa Kenji for the past couple of months. I always thought I just liked SKE48 more than AKB48. But I’ve come to the conclusion that every other group is just better than AKB48. I’m sorry but AKB48 is too used sitting on the female idol throne that they don’t even try anymore musically. It’s SKE48 and NMB48 that have the interesting and fun songs now. Since they are working hard to forge their own name and get out of AKB48’s shadows.

Other idol groups:

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I have to admit I find it pretty difficult to keep up with the other groups I follow if I’m not blogging about them. Usually I’d have to make sure I checked up on them frequently so I could immediately make a post for my lovely readers. But left on my own I don’t find out about new singles until the PV is out. And I don’t find out about new PVs until about a week or two after they were released. Which is not really good.

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So how do I feel about some of these groups? I’m glad you asked. Momoiro Clover Z is back to impressing me. Coming off of their pretty disappointed 5th Dimension album, their newest single Gounn blew me away. I am in love with absolutely everything about SUPER GiRLS newest singles. I think the songs they chose to cover were perfect, and I of course love that my beloved Ami got her own solo. 

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Surprisingly I’ve been pretty addicted to Dream5. If you recall before I stopped blogging I said how I discovered 3 new idol groups to love, Dream5 being one of them. Well I am absolutely enamored by them. Their music is fun, upbeat, energetic, and happy. I feel completely at ease and in high spirits just listening to them. Hibi Mikoto has become my favorite member because of her adorable voice and her adorable face. She kind of looks like a mouse, but in a cute way. Fudanjuku has become another one of the new groups that I have been following pretty closely. Danso Revolution has be come one of my favorite songs lately. And I am still having confusing and conflicting feels about Seto Kouki.

So, that’s very quickly my thoughts and feelings on some things. So, what’s o come you ask? Well you can still look forward to the same PV reviews, news pieces, over analyzations, and thought out blog entries you’ve come to love and expect from JM over the years. You can also look forward to my December staples, my idol Christmas picspam and my end of the year countdown. This year may be different, but keep in mind I make no promise. Someone on twitter suggested I do a top 100 singles countdown.

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Since there are close to 100 idol singles of groups that I follow released this year. Let’s see if I’m crazy enough to take the challenge.

I also had a good rant about Sakurai Sho and Johnny’s marriage on twitter. I feel like I can expand that a bit and make it into a really thought out blog post. So, if you’ve read the main points already on twitter I’m sorry. But if you haven’t read it yet, come on man don’t seek it out and spoil it for yourself.

A wild Aim appears

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So, did you miss me? Actually, don’t answer that. I’ve thought a lot about it, a lot more than anyone has probably realized, and I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t care if anyone missed me. Of course I did spend a lot of days crying on the inside and yelling why, while dramatically throwing my hands into the air. But I am past that now. I’ve decided that it’s enough that I’ve missed me. I’m a smart independent blogger that don’t need no validation. At least, not anymore.

Also, I figured, hey, if someone random chick I’ve never heard of from NMB48 can graduate from the group and then return like nothing happened, why can’t I? Let’s just say this is my Jay-Z coming out of retirement post. Let’s not call it a comeback I’ve been here for years. Ok, I’ll stop now. Come on, have you at least missed my terrible humor that only I find funny?

Though I can’t take all the credit for this sudden epiphany, or any of it really. I got a sweet message from one of my lovely followers on tumblr. And all they did was ask a simple question, something along the lines of, “Am I ever going to blog again?” They also said, “It’s ok if I’m not.” Now, that alone is an innocent enough question, but such a simple question crashed against me like a wave. Suddenly I was flooded with emotions about blogging and I felt a twinge of pain.

My blog, is pretty much my baby. And it’s been with me through everything good and bad in the idol world. I’ve had times where it was an absolute blast writing and times where I felt less inspired. It became a place where I could vent all of my emotions and opinions. I could write that I cried over an idol and people would understand the sentiment instead of thinking it was weird. Granted I probably did get a lot of eye rolls for crying over NEWS. But at the same time I got a lot of praise for crying over Mitsui Aika. Where’s the equality in that?

But my blog not only got my through the tough times idol wise it got me through the tough times real life wise. And you’ll get that from the posts I made about Hurricane Sandy and my mother’s stroke. My blog became this special beacon shining light onto myself. It was everything that made me, me personified.

But let’s get to the real nitty-gritty now and ask the questions everyone is wondering. Why did I stop blogging in the first place? And the truth is I never planned to or really wanted to at the time. You all know how I’m procrastinator. So, it just started with the normal me putting off writing blog posts. And after a while the feelings of not wanting to write anymore fermented in my heart and I started wondering if blogging was worth it anymore. I had a lot of feeling like: “No one pays attention to my blog anyway,” “No one even bothers commenting on my blog so what’s the point,” “No one even notices I haven’t been blogging.” Among other extremely emo thoughts. I swear if I drank that would have been the point where I sat with a bottle of whiskey and cried myself to sleep. Though give me credit, I’m a bit more level headed than that. And behind this overly sensitive bleeding heart beats one of a true cynic. So, I could easy shove those thoughts away with a wave of my hand. Though I won’t deny that these thoughts in the back of my head were the fueling force behind not continuing.

So, what have I been up to in the 6 and a half months I haven’t been blogging? Well, it’s simple really, absolutely nothing. Well, obviously not nothing nothing. Just nothing of substance. I’ve pretty much just been going on with my life without blogging. Like I used to do before blogging, and let me tell you those were grim days.  I became an H!P fan in 2007 and started my blog in 2008. So, nearly every moment of me being an idol fan has been documented in this blog. So, not blogging for even half a year seems pretty surreal and made me feel oddly empty inside. And in an even odder way, it doesn’t feel like I’m even an idol fan if I’m not blogging about it. I thought just being an idol fan and not feeling pressured by having to write about everything going on would be fun and make me feel at ease. But let me tell you, it is so ungodly boring! How do idol fans do it? How do people who don’t blog about it or get their opinion fully out about idol feel satisfied? Because let me tell you, I wasn’t even in the slightest.

I have to also say I am deeply, incredibly, horrendously, completely sad about all the BIG idol stuff that happened that I didn’t blog about. Such as Tsunku screwing us out of the 12th gen and my beloved Tanaka Koki getting the ax from KAT-TUN. (Oh yes, there were tears.) I also, regret not making my blog anniversary post. I actually planned on my anniversary post (which would have been in July in case you’re wondering) my official comeback. But that obviously didn’t happen. Since I’ve missed so much I’m been thinking about asking people if there’s any PV they want me to review that I’ve missed in my time away, or any big idol news they want me to comment on.

Guys, it’s getting close to my annual posts. You know I can’t pass up doing them. They are WAY too much fun. Yes, the best/worst song posts are a little time consuming, but at the same time are some of my favorite posts to write.

So, I leave you guys with nothing more than just my triumphant return. And this blog post that is kind of a giant pat on the back to myself and written mostly for myself. As all my blogging is and always has been. I just had a moment of weakness where I lost sight of that. But I promise that won’t happen again. Though if it does, don’t take it personally. After all, this blog is really for myself. And it other people are caught in the crosshairs and like it, that’s fantastic. And if they don’t, well I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Not anymore.