It was announced that Momoiro Clover Z will be releasing their 7th single. The single is entitled Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai’ and will be released on March 7th. The song featured on this single will be used as the opening and ending themes for the anime Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku.
Well, it seems like when MomoClo named this single they were trying to beat Momusu’s record for unnecessarily long song title. Joking aside, I am incredibly excited for this single. 2011 was a great year for Momoiro Clover Z. They released some of the best idol ingles, and one of the best idol albums of the year. It seems like lately MomoClo has really been stepping up to the plate and delivering everytime. So, I’ve come to expect great things from them. With the unnecessarily long title and the fact that this is being used for an anime, I think we can pretty much guess that this song is going to be interesting.
It was recently announced that Kitahara Sayaka will be releasing her 3rd single. The single is entitled Hajike-Yo and will be released on February 8th. The song will also be used as the ending theme for the Inazuma Eleven Go anime, as well as being the theme for the Inazuma Eleven 3DS game.
Speaking about things I’m not excited for. I do admit that Sayaka’s songs are a tiny biy catchy and her last PV was actually really beautiful. I just can’t seem to get excited for her music. Perhaps I will be when she learns how to sing and starts releasing better music. Until then I’ll continue to sit here hoping for the best while expecting the worst. I think at best we’ll get a fun PV. Which makes no sense because Berryz Koubou’s Inazuma Eleven singles were amazing.
It was recently announced that Mano Erina will be releasing her 3rd album. The album will be released on March 28th, and keeping up with the tread of her album titles will be entitled More Friends Over.
Can’t say that I’m really expecting much from this album. To be honest, I never expect much from ManoEri. You know I have a love hate relationship with her. When she’s good, she’s fantastic. But when she’s bad she’s unbearable. I think I’ve mentioned that about 500 times now on this blog. But it’s true, painfully true. And honestly, her first 2 albums were underwhelming let downs. I think I listened to both albums a grand total of once. Her music seems to slowly be getting better, so there’s is a small flicker of hope that this will be the album that doesn’t utterly suck in every way imaginable. There’s rumors that her unreleased song Glory Days is going to be an album track. And I’d be all over that. Glory Days is good enough to be an A-side. It would kind of be a waste to stick onto an album. But as long as it’s officially released, I can’t really complain.
It was announced at Hello!Project’s summer concert that 5th generation Morning Musume member, and current leader, Niigaki Risa will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello!Project. She will be graduating at the end of Morning Musume’s spring tour, which wraps up on April 1st. After her graduation Risa intends to focus on acting in dramas as well as theater work.
I honestly don’t know what to say. When I first read that Risa was graduating my actual reaction was, “What. I was not expecting that at all.” And you know what? I honestly wasn’t. It seems everyone out there was waiting for and expecting this announcement. Call me stupid, but I seriously didn’t see Risa graduating until she absolutely had to. Risa is only 23 I thought we would honestly get about 2 more years from her and the 6th gen, considering how unstable the current line up is. But since this was Risa’s choice you can’t really go by what would be best for the group. I am really shocked by this, I obviously do not want Risa to leave the group. I don’t really say this enough in my blog, but Risa has always been one of my favorite members in Morning Musume. I really honestly love the girl. She seems to have so much love for Morning Musume, and she had to work extremely hard to be one of the main singer within the group. And because of that I have so much respect for her. I think Risa is incredibly charming, an all around great idol. Both her singing and performing are very powerful and incredible. To me Risa will always be the Korean loving, Disney freak, and reaction queen.
But you know through this all I am not really sad about this. For some reason I feel really calm and I pretty much accept that it’s her time to go. She’s been a member for 10 years, a front girl, and the leader, regardless of how briefly it was. You know, I saw this now, but no doubt I will be bawling through her graduation concert. If I even manage to get through it. Ai-chan wasn’t really my favorite, but there I was crying during the Suki na Senpai performance. I do hope they give Risa a proper send off. People are already saying that Pyoko Pyoko Ultra is her graduation single, but I honestly don’t think it is. Pyoko Pyoko Ultra is being released January 25th, and Risa isn’t graduating until April 1st. They can totally squeeze out another single. When Ai-chan was graduating they squeezed out 3 singles and an album in 5 months.
This does leave me worried about Morning Musume’s future a bit. Graduations make me worried about any group. But the recent graduations and the next few graduations really worry me. Losing Ai-chan and Risa very close to one another is a big blow singing wise. They aren’t really any members in Morning Musume who can really take over the lines, or step up to the plate so to speak. None of the new members are really at a high enough singing level. Let’s be honest Zukki, Erina, Haruna can’t really sing at all. It will probably been a while before their voices are at a fairly decent level. Masaki and Ayumi had strong voices during the audition but they still need a bit of time to polish their voices. In Morning Musume we should ideally see Reina, Aika, Riho, Mizuki, and Haruka taking the main singing parts. While the other members have supporting roles. Depening on the song style Sayumi’s voice could work. Like it has in recent singles and album songs. But I doubt that will happen, it will probably just be more of shoving the most popular girls up front. While the good singers are over looked. Aika is more then capable to handle a decent amount of lines now. And don’t even get me statred on Mizuki. When she joined I thought she would immediately be a front girl because of her singing ability. Mizuki’s voice is a lot stronger than you’ve heard in Morning Musume. Go listen to Arigatou ~Ookiku Kansha~, epecially the live version, and tell me the girl’s voice isn’t great. But since Morning Musume is most likely taking a childish direction the songs are most likely going to be super high pitched, which would match the current member’s voices. And this also makes me think we’ll be seeing an 11th gen sooner than you think. I’d see the announcent could be as early as this fall.
But, anyway, good luck to Risa with her new career. It hurts to see her leave, but I do wish her the best. I look forwar to seeing her in a mess of dramas in the future.
Here’s a clip of Risa’s killing a song per usual.
And a clip that, no doubt, Risa has a blast filming.
During AKB48’s Kohaku event they revealed the new members of AKB48’s sub-group DiVA. Though if they added new members I suppose the i in DiVA can finally be capitalized. They revealed that the 6 new members are Kasuya Satoko, Futami Yuuki, Furukawa Atsuko, Fuku Noramu, Inoue Yuina, Yamagami Ayaka. Nothing else about the members have been revealed yet, not even their ages.
This auditions were first announced back in August and Ihaven’t thought a lot about them since. To tell you the truth I actually forgot about them. But a staggering 4 month audition process is pretty serious. It pretty much means you can expect these new members to be incredibly skilled at both singing and dancing. A short video about the new members was released. We don’t get to see a whole lot, besides a picture of them and a short clip of them dancing during the auditions. As of right now the members that stand out to me are Inoue Yuina and Furukawa Atsuko. Yuina because she looks like the best dancer of the bunch, and Atsuko because she looks to be the prettiest of the bunch. Other than that, there’s not much else I can comment on. I’ll have to wait until their first single before I can really judge them.
It was announced that AKB48 and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 member Watanabe Mayu will be making her solo debut. The single is entitled Synchro Tokimeki and will be released on February 29th. The song will be used as the theme for Mayu’s upcoming drama Sabadoru.
A Mayu solo single might seem like overkill to some as she already leads Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, but I’m honestly excited about it. The more Mayu the better. I absolutely adore Mayu’s voice. Since it’s Mayu we’ll most likely be getting a very cute and upbeat single. I’m really looking forward to this.
It was announced that Kikkawa Yuu will be releasing her first full length album. The album is entiled One For You and will be released January 18th.
Now, this is an announcement I’ve been waiting for. I didn’t really expect Kikka to be releasing her first album so soon. She only just debuted in May. But who cares how soon it is really? I cannot wait to hear the album. I absolutely adore Kikka, she’s been releasing some of the best and most interesting songs. I think she could really be a force in the idol industry if she was promoted better. She’s certainly overflowing with talent. Normally I would say I hope this album has more energetic songs or something along the lines of Konna Watashi de Yokattara. But Kikka sounds so amazing in slow paced songs that I wouldn’t mind a few of those in this album.
It was recently announced that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 8th album. The album is titled Ai no Uta 8, and will be released on February 22nd.
I am excited that Berryz is going to be releasing another album since they are my second favorite H!P group after Morning Musume. And the timing makes sense since it was be released 11 months after their 7th album. I’m also really excited for this album because I’m hoping Berryz will be able to redeem themselves after releasing their worst album to date, 7 Berryz Times. 7 Berryz Times had it’s moments but overall was pretty awful. Obviously from the title we can expect nothing but love songs, which isnt really shocking since 9.5/10 idol songs are love songs.
But whatever the songs are about or like all I can say is I hope there are tons of Chinami and Yurina lines. And songs along the lines of what was on the 6th Otakebi Album since that was my favorite Berryz album. Or something along the lines of Baka Ni Shinaide since that’s one of my all times favoite Berryz songs.
A press conference was held during ABC-Z’s stage show, ABC Star Theater, that announced that ABC-Z will finally be making their debut. A.B.C.-Z announced that they will be releasind a DVD next year, making it the first time a Johnny’s group has debuted this way.
Congratulations to ABC-Z. I wish I could say I was surprised but it’s been pretty obvious for a while that ABC-Z would be the next group to go. I don’t know much about ABC-Z since I don’t follow Juniors, but I have seen them perform a few times on Shounen Club. They are a pretty solid group and all the member’s seem to be very strong singers. And I’ve started to really like Kawai Fumito after seeing his impressions a few times on Junior Colosseum. I also think it pretty much safe to say that this will be the last older group to debut, since there aren’t really any older groups left. And I doubt the Question? is ever going to debut. Which is sad because I love Igo Akun. I’m going to handle this debut the same way I did with Kisumai. See what their eventual debut single is like, and see if they are worth following. But I can already tell that I’m probably going to like them more than Kisumai. Just their overall sound is a lot closer to the type of idol music that I like. There are elements in ABCZ that remind me of Arashi.
It was recently announced that NMB48 will be releasing their 3rd single. The single is currently untitled but it will be released on February 8th.
I wish I could say that I was excited for another NBM48 single, but I’m not really. I’m interested in what it’s going to sound like, but that’s honestly about it. NMB48 is pretty much hit or miss with me. I thought their first single was incredible, and to me that set the bar pretty high for NMB48. That’s why their 2nd single was such a disappointment to me. Their B-sides are actually a lot better then their A-sides have been. But again Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo’s B-sides were much better. Oh My God’s B-sides were too slow for my taste.
It was just announced that Dream Morning Musume will be releasing their first original single. The single is titled Shining Butterfly and will be released on February 15th. This also marks the group’s 3rd original song. Or 4th if you count Afternoon Coffee, which is technically Afternoon Musume’s song because it existed before Dream Morning Musume did. Or even 5th if you count their version of Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari.
You know this seems to be a pretty unpopular opinion but I fully love Dream Morning Musume. Say what you want about it being a step backwards in their career, but I could care less honestly. I just love that I get to see my favorite OG members back in action together. And I pretty excited because I think Atto Odoroku Mirai ga Yattekuru is an amazing song. Throw another song like that my way and I would be happy.
The only thing I’m worried about is line distribution. Distribution was pretty fair in the album, but albums are always a lot more fair than A-sides. And while nearly every member of Dream Morning Musume were the top members during their stint in Morning Musume, obviously there are members who are more popular then the others. And because of that I’m afraid my favorite members are going to be shoved in the back. And on Koharu’s part it’s probably going to be because of senority then anything else. But Kaori and Kei-chan aren’t exactly super popular, at least not compared to the likes of Yuko or Nacchi. It will break my heart if they are shoved in the back.
It was just announced that SKE48 will be releasing their 8th single. The single is entiled Kataomoi Finally and will be released on January 25th.
I’m always excited for a new SKE48 single, especially since their recent singles have been 100 times better than AKB48’s and NMB48’s. I’m a little confused by the titled though. Unrequited love isn’t really something you want to finally happen, or really at all. I’ve heard people mention that this may be a follow up to Aozora Kataomoi, which doesn’t really make sense. Just because they both use the same word doesn’t mean they are connected to each other. And I wouldn’t really be too happy if it was a follow up song, it’s one of my least favorite SKE48 songs. It’s too slow paced for my liking.
It was just announced that S/mileage will be releasing their 9th single. The single is titled Chotto Matte Kudasai and will be released on February 1st.
Can you say too soon? I absolutely love S/mileage, but even I can see that they are releasing too many singles at once. S/mileage released 5 singles in 2011 and this single will be released exactly 1 month and 4 days after their 8th single, Please Miniskirt Postwoman. Luckily, despite having a rush of releases this year the quality of their singles haven’t suffered. Actually, their singles keep getting better and better. Tsunku seems to really be putting his full creativity and force into S/mileage. Not to say that the rest of H!P’s releases were terrible because they weren’t at all. It’s just the S/mileage has really been on fire this year. I have 100% faith that this new single will be just as good, maybe even better.
It was recently announced that Mano Erina will be releasing her first double A-side single. The single is entitled Doki Doki Baby/Tasogare Kousaten and will be released on February 22nd. Tasogare Kousaten will also be used as the ending theme for the anime Kimi no Iru Machi, which she will be voice acting in.
I have mixed feelings about this new single. The titles of the songs do seem interesting, and like they will most likely be upbeat. But ManoEri’s last single, My Days For You, was awful in my opinion. It actually derailed her a bit for me. I was finally starting to like her. Her recent singles were great and had even started to like nearly all of her past singles. But then My Days For You came out and I was just so unimpressed. It was honestly her most bland single since Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo. Hopefully, at least one of the songs from her new single is good.
It was just announced that C-ute will be releasing their 7th album. The album is entitled Dai Nana Sho Utsukushikutte Gomen ne and will be released on February 28th.
When I first heard this announcement I thought it was a bit too soon. But it’s actually pretty much right on track. C-ute’s albums are usually 10-14 months apart. I am really excited for this album, mostly because C-ute’s 6th album was fantastic. Iza, Susume! Steady go!, Chou Wonderful, and Midnight Temptation are some of the best album songs H!P released this year. The album is said to have a more adult theme. I’m looking forward to what they mean by that. Hopefully, it means they’ll release more songs like Shock and Kiss Me Aishiteru.
It was announced recently that NYC will be releasing their 4th single. (Or 5th if you count the NYC Boys and Nakayama Yuma w/B.I. Shadow single, which I don’t) This single will be their first double A-side release. The first song NYC song is titled Wonderful Cupid, and the second song will be a Nakayama Yuma solo single titled Garasu no Mahou. This double A-side single will be released on January 4th.
I think it’s interesting to see that Yuma is getting his own solo single basically. It also shows just how much Johnny’s is pushing him. I’m not really the biggest Yuma fan but he is a good singer, and I say good for him. It seems like after Nakayama Yuma/w B.I. Shadow didn’t work out as well as JE had hoped they just awkwardly made NYC a permanent group. I would say that this testing the waters for a Yuma solo career, but that’s never going to happen. I honestly can’t remember the last solo artist JE had. I think it was Matchy. That just shows how long ago it was. Yeah, I guess you can now add Jin and Yamapi to the ranks of solo artist, but they aren’t true solo artists. In the sense that from day one they weren’t solo. They obviously are using their groups as a launching point. I honestly don’t see where Yuma’s future is going. If they wanted him to be in a legit group why not debut him in a group made of random Juniors? Like Hey! Say! JUMP was. Right now it honestly seems like they have no idea what to do with him. He’s popular enough to be put in a group but too many groups have debuted lately. And besides that it seems 100% that A.B.C-Z (or I should say A.B.C.-xy) is going to debut next. Which is fine with me, I’d rather see impression king Kawai Fumito debut over Nakayama Yuma anyday.
I should probably steer this post back on topic now, with a little less Yuma and a little more NYC. I like NYC and I’m always excited for their releases. Wonderful Cupid seems like it’s going to be just as cutesy as their previous releases. And it seems like this release is going to have a Valentine’s Day theme, given the title of the song and it being released so close to Valentine’s Day. But Valentine’s Day is more of a girls holiday in Japan. Unless they make a song about accepting some girl’s confession they should probably make a song around White Day instead.
Freshly debuted idol group Fairies have just announced that they will be releasing their second single. The single is another double A-side entitled Hero/Sweet Jewel and will be released on December 21st.
Fairies debut single was released in September, so I was not expecting them to release a new single so quickly. It seems like they are really trying to ensure that Fairies becomes a big success. However, I think it’s too much all at once. Their debut single wasn’t exactly the greatest. More Kiss was extremely catchy, but I honestly could have done without Song For You. I think they should focus on making one great song and one great PV. This second single is probably doomed to be mediocre and have as uncreative PVs as their first single. But I can’t judge the single just yet.
It was recently announced that Johnny’s most recent debuted group, until Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2 will be releasing their second single. The single is entitled We Never Give Up and will be released on December 14th.
Johnny’s seems to really be pushing out the singles this year. I remember when I had to wait 6 months between releases. Now, they are being released every 3 months. Well, maybe it’s only NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP I had to wait for. I can’t say I’m the biggest Kisumai fan in the world, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of Everybody Go. So, I’m curious to see what kind of song they will release next. I’m actually really hoping for a rock song, since they are best known for them. Give me a song like FIRE BEAT or Hair and I’ll be happy. Mostly because they are the only other Kisumai songs I’ve actually heard. But also because both of those songs are amazing.
It was announced recently that Kikkawa Yuu will be releasing her 3rd single. The single is entitled Konna Watashi de Yokattara, and will be released on December 28th.
As always I am completely excited for another Kikka single. Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ wasn’t exactly my favorite song ever, or even my favorite song by Kikka. I think a lot of her B-sides were stronger that Hapirapi ~Sunrise~. But I do think the PV for that song was incredible. The title also makes me think it will be a sofr ballad type song, which we haven’t hear from Kikka yet. And would actually be a welcomed surprise, despite how much I’m not a fan of ballads. Kikka is a great singer and could handle a ballad.
It was announced recently that Momoiro Clover Z will be releasing a new single. The single is entitled Roudou Sanka and will be released on November 23rd. This was announced a week ago, but it completely slipped my mind.
With each single Momoiro Clover Z get higher and higher on my list of favorite idol groups. Which means I am of course extremely excited for them to being releasing another single. It does look like a very fun song about having a job. The title translates to Labor Force Support Song. And I will try my best to forget that that’s exactly what NEWS’s Weeeek was about. MomoClo is wearing suits in their promo pic, so I can even see it having a similar PV.
I said I was going to do it, and I did. I was absolutely optimistic until the very end. But in the end, reality catches up to all of us. And now I have to blog about an announcement I never wanted to hear. And announcement I never wanted to admit would happen. It was announced that Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikdo Ryo are withdrawing from NEWS, and that NEWS will now carry on as a 4 person group. Yamapi said his reason for leaving is to persue a solo career. And Ryo-chan’s reason is it has become to tiring to be part of 2 groups anymore.
Well, I was right about NEWS not breaking up. And I was right about Yamapi’s departure not spelling the end for NEWS. So why aren’t I happy? I am actually as far away from happy as you can get. Devastated is nowhere near a strong enough word to describe how I feel right now. I have such a huge attachment to NEWS that this news has caused such an intense, almost crippling, pain. After I found out I immediately started to cry. Which is one of the few advantages of being a female idol fan. I’m not sure if male fans cry over news like this. But as a fan I developed a relationship with my favorite idols. After following them for so long, and knowing almost everything about them it really feels like we’re friends. Not in the normal sense of the word, but in this odd way that is completely unique to idol fans. So, if anything happens to my favorite idol group or idol that makes it so I can no longer see them, of course I’m going to react as if this was happening to a regular friend. And the only logical responce then is to cry. And I’ve cried many times over idols. I got 10 minutes into Kon Kon’s graduation concert and started crying and have never watched it to this day for that reason. Kago Ai announced she was making a come back in the entertainment world so I cried tears of joy. Arihara Kanna left C-ute I weeped. Kusumi Koharu announced her graduation I was hit with a devistation as strong as I’m feeling now. I got half way through Koharu’s graduation concert before I cried and could no longer watch it. Didn’t even trying to watch Eri’s, LinLin’s, and JunJun’s graduation concert. Crying just seems like an automatic, uncontrolable responce.
Right now it literally feels like there is a giant gaping hole in my chest. I cried for about 20 minutes straight. Even now I am struggling to keep the tears back. And people reading this can mock that all they want. They can think it’s an overreaction all they want. But I honestly don’t care, I’m putting it all out there. People might even think there’s not a reason to cry because NEWS isn’t breaking up. But there obviously is. And I’m not going to sit here and pretend this doesn’t effect me at all, because it does. It effects me a lot. And I’m honestly crying for a number of reasons. I’m crying because I will never see Ryo-chan in NEWS again. (Believe it or not I don’t care that Yamapi is gone.) I’m crying because NEWS will never be the same again. But I’m mostly crying because NEWS as I know it no longer exists, which is the reason I cried so much over Koharu. I cried a lot over Kusumi Koharu because I loved her. She was my absolute favorite H!P person at the time, and still is. I loved everything about her. And for her to go suddenly was heartbreaking. But really the main reason I cried was because Koharu was the reason I knew what Morning Musume and Hello!Project was. The reason I found out about idols in the first place. And it was like the whole reason why I loved idols was disappearing. Which is exactly what NEWS was with Johnny’s. Before I heard of NEWS I literally didn’t know there even were male idols. No, seriously I didn’t. And when I first heard Weeeek it was like I was introduced to a world I had no idea existed. The same way that Dir en grey was my introduction to Japanese music as a whole. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if they broke up.
Right now about 40 minutes have past since I heard about this. And the news is sinking in. I’m starting to accept it now. Well, not really accept because I don’t accept it and never will. I’m pretty much just acknowledging that it happened and there’s nothing I can do about it. Because there’s not. Like I said before, us idol fans are completely helpless when it comes to things like this. I honestly don’t know what to do right now. NEWS is my favorite group, but they are becoming a shell of what they used to be. NEWS started as 9, but is now down to 4. And NEWS to me has always really just been Ryo-chan. He’s the first person I noticed. And instantly become my favorite. When I first got into NEWS people told me I shouldn’t like him because of how much of a jerk he was. I found a video of Ryo saying he hated Ueda and I literally laughed about it. And from that moment I fell in love with tsundere, poison tounged Ryo-chan. And he’s pretty much all I focused on. Yamapi is gorgeous but he’s a little boring to me. And it’s because he’s to nice and softspoken. And hardly ever makes jokes. I cannot stand Tegoshi because of how arrogant he is. Kei-chan and Shige are awesome. But they are only really entertaining together. Alone they are kind of hit or miss. And Massu I’m sort of indifferent towards him. However, together they kind of bring out the best in each other. They are always hilarious moments on TV appearances or concert DVDs.
I can’t even imagine what NEWS being 4 members will be like. Ryo and Yamapi sing a lot of lyrics. And most of those lyrics will not sound as good with someone else singing them. Do you think anyone but Ryo could pull off Code? Or listen to Kei-chan’s high note in Sayaendou comapred to Yamapi’s. It’s nowhere near as good. Shige is the worst singer in NEWS and can barely handle his own lines. NEWS needs Ryo’s deep husky voice and Yamapi’s soft pretty voice. But obviously they don’t have it anymore. When I first became a NEWS fan Fiesta became my favorite song, and it still is. Half because it’s catchy and half because Ryo-chan sings a big chunk of the song. What will Fiesta sound like now? I mean, it’s still not the same without Kusano. But without Yamapi and Ryo, I can’t imagine it.
I can understand that Ryo wanted to leave NEWS. I get it. They overworked him so much, that eventually something had to give. But Yamapi, seriously. I’m sorry if his solo activites are really about the US as well, he’s worse off then Jin. And I have to admit that I am slightly angry at Yamapi and Kanjnai8. But there’s not point in feeling that way. It’s not going to change anything.
I’m not really sure what I’m going to do now. As heartbroken as I am now, and as much as I don’t want to at this moment, I’ll most likely continue to support NEWS as I always have. And of course Yamapi’s solos stuff, and I’ll probably even give Kanjani8 another shot. Well, not another shot. I’ve actually never really cared to even listen to them beyond singles. I never bothered to watch more then a couple of their appearances. Kanjani8 is now officially the only way I get to see Ryo-chan. When he was in NEWS I didn’t have to bother with them because I could just focus on him in NEWS.
The bottom line is this isn’t really the rest of NEWS’s fault. And NEWS is still NEWS no matter what. And I actually have a lot more respect for Tegoshi and Massu now. They could have jumped ship because they have Tegomass. But sticking with NEWS basically just for the fans and KoyaShige, you can’t help but admire them for that. Even though Tegoshi is probably thrilled now. He’ll most likely be the face of NEWS now, and attention whore Tegoshi will love that.
The funny thing is just last night I watched a bunch of old NEWS clips and shows because I had faith in them returning. And I hadn’t watched some of those clips in a while. It’s funny how much can change in a day.
Here are some nostalgic NEWS videos. Well, mostly nistalgic for me.
NEWS’s Weeeek PV, the first song I ever heard by them.
My favorite NEWS song Fiesta.
Kei-chan saying they will be nothing without Yamapi. Which actually isn’t funny anymore. Skip to 8 minutes in to see that part.
I loved this game from the Shounen Club. And love Ryo-chan yelling in Osaka ben.
And my favorite NEWS wo abake.
Share, the song NEWS wrote together.
Just a sad song that kind of sums up how I feel.
And Dreams from their comeback concert. Where NEWS was so happy to be back together they cried. The fans cried too.
I am happy to announce that Janakya Mottainai is now offically a HelloStoreUSA affiliate! I am sure that everyone who reads this blog is aware of what HelloStoreUSA is. If you’re not, it’s basically an online store that allows you to purchase Hello!Project merchandise directly from Japan that ships to USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central & South America, Asia, and Australia. And you can purchase products from HelloStoreUSA by clicking on the HelloStoreUSA banner on my side bar. (And also on the bottom of this post.)
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It was just announced that Morning Musume will be releasing their 48th single. As of right now the single is untitled, but will be released on December 21st. This marks the first Morning Musume single without Ai-chan, and the first single to feature the 10th gen.
I don’t really understand why this single is so far away. The 10th gen are getting announced on September 26th. That’s almost 3 months of th 10th gen doing nothing, and almost 3 and a half months since their last single. The 9th gen released a single 2 months later. But I guess they are giving the rest of Momusu a bit of a break after a concert tour, and a new album. And it also means the 10th gen will make their concert debut at the H!P Winter concert. I’m so excited right now. Everything about this single will be new. A new leader, new members, and hopefully a new sound/era. I can’t wait to see the line distribution. Morning Musume members usually always get at least onw solo line on their debut single. Only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gens didn’t. Hopefully this means, we’ll see fair line distribution from now on. But I actually doubt it. It will most like just be Riho, Reina, and Risa from now on. I really doubt the new members will be so great another Shabondama happens. On a more random note, since this song is being released 4 days before Christmas, there’s a good chance that this will have a Christmas/winter theme. Which I’m all for. I love pretty much all of H!P’s Christmas/winter songs. Except for Shiroi Tokyo, I just can’t get into that song. XD
It was announced recently that NMB48 will be relasing their second single. The single is entitled Oh My God! and will be released on October 19th. With exactly 1 month until the release date we also have a radio rip for the song. Quite honestly, this single seems incredibly rushed to me.
I am a little dissapointed by the song. It’s nowhere near as strong as their debut single. The music and singing are both too simple, soft, and bland. To me it sounds like the B-sides that AKB48 releases. I’m not hearing a sound that is uniquely NMB48. This song is incredibly forgetable. Which is sad, because I absolutely loved Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. With so many AKB48 sister groups to keep track of it seems like they honestly don’t know what to do with NMB48. Which makes me worried about what HKT48 will sound like.
You can of course purchase this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou will be getting their own monthly show titled Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen. The show will air on TBS every 3rd Saturday of the month. The first episode is going to air in October.
It’s really exciting to see that Berryz will be getting their own show. Even if it is monthly instead of weekly. And it’s on TBS, which I think is fairly popular. But I do wonder how long the show will last for. Obviously if you’re only going to have a monthly show, the station doesn’t really believe that you will pull in many ratings. But I’m much more interested in what the show is going to be abut rather than how long it is going to last. H!P shows come and go so fast anymore, that I honestly don’t let it bother me anymore when they end.
It was just announced that 18 months after the cancellation of their variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, KAT-TUN will be getting another one. The title for the show is KAT-TUN no Zettai Manetaku Naru TV, however that title is subject to change. It will start airing Tuesday nights at 11:58pm to 12:29am on NTV, October 18th. The show is going to be about KAT-TUN showing the guests things that they will want to imitate in hopes of creating new trends. Which ever memeber has something the guests don’t want to imitate will suffer a punishment game.
The show itself doesn’t really sound all that interesting, and I honestly don’t understand the actual point of trying to create new trends. But the punishment game aspect of it is well worth the watch. Hopefully they handel punishment games better than Yan Yan Jump has. YYJ pretty much does nothing but senburi over and over. It’s become so stale that now they usually edit the announcers voice over their reactions.
I am kind of excited that KAT-TUN will be getting another variety show. Since I like KAT-TUN’s personalities far more than I like their music. And Cartoon KAT-TUN was actually a pretty fun show. Let’s hope that this show actually lasts.
It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou and C-ute will be releasing their first ever collab single for their upcoming collaboration concert. The single is entitled Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku and will be released on November 9th.This song will also be used as the ending theme for the movie Oosama Game, which Berryz Koubou and C-ute are featured in.
It seems that H!P is doing some pretty interesting things recently. With the Mobekimasu single, and this one, there’s a lot more going on then the usual random single ever 3 months or so. I am excited for a C-ute collab single, but I don’t think it will work as well as it would have when Berryz Koubou and C-ute were the same size and were doing their first collav concert. But for the Berryz Kamen vs Cuite Ranger they only shared a B-side, which was a bit lack luster in my opinion. Apparently there is going to be a C-ute version and a Berryz version of the PV. Does that mean their won’t be a join version ar all?Which makes it basically an exact copy of what they did with Darling I Love You. If you’re doing a collaboration wouldn’t it make sense to have just 1 version?
But I will wait until the single comes out before I judge it.
You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
It was announced recently that Mobekimasu will be releasing their first single. (I don’t really count a song you could only purchase at concerts a single.) For any relatively new fans, Mobekimasu is what the current members of Hello!Project are called. They took the first character of each groups name, to form an anagram. Their debut single is entitled Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku and will be released on November 16th. I also read that Morning Musume 10th gen and the H!P Eggs will also take part in this single, but as of right now there’s no way to confirm that.
I don’t know what to say about this other than I am absolutely ecstatic. Since I started to listen to H!P in 2007, I wasn’t around for any of the summer shuffles. And because of that I’ve always hoped that they would do something like that again. So, I am thrilled that H!P is finally rehashing the H!P All Stars idea. Though I actually wish they would have releashed a final H!P All Stars single right before the Elder Club graduation. That would have been huge, and would have featured nearly every H!P member of all time, at the time. But I don’t dwell on the past. (Unless it’s about Koharu) I am completely looking forward to this single. The PV, the song, live performances, just everything about it. It does feel a little empty and small compaired to H!P All Stars, but that honestly doesn’t bother me. Having Mobekimasu is a brilliant idea for both fans and from a marketing point of view. This single will probably get decent air play and radio play because it features H!P as a whole. And will also probably sell well because of all of the fans combined. Just a perfect move for post Ai-chan UFA. I also love that we finally get to see all the H!P girls together doing an official single, rather than just at concerts. I think H!P is one of the only idol agencies that could include all of their idols together without the fans hating it. (Possibly the 48 groups could do it as as well, but I honestly don’t know that much about their generanl fanbase) Could you imagine the backlash of a JE agency single? Most JE fans don’t get along, and hate fans of other groups. They constantly cause petty fights. Mostly on the Arashi and KAT-TUN sides. XD
Despite this single not being released until November we already have a sneak peek of both the song and PV from PON via the PV shooting. However, it is an extremely short clip where you can barely even hear the song. I’m not really too impressed with what I see so far. I absolutely love the main latex outfits for this single, but I actually hate the dresses. Am I the only one who thinks they look strikingly similar to the outfits they wore in the H!P 2010 Summer Fankora concert?
Just make them full dresses and change the color scheme around, and they are more or less the same dresses. The PV so far also looks like it’s pretty cheap. The dance shot and group close-ups are filmed in the same room. Why isn’t the PV budget bigger? I mean it features all of the members, you’d figure because of that they would have a fairly large budget.
As for the song you can only hear a small chunk of it, but it sounds pretty H!P generic so far. The chorus actually reminds me of Aa, Yo ga Akeru from the way it’s sung. But I’m actually more interested in line distribution. So far we can only hear Reina and Risako singing. If the line distribution isn’t somewhat fair it will completely ruin this single for me. Yes, H!P All Stars didn’t really have fair line distribution, but H!P All Stars was twice the size Mobekimasu is.
You can, of course, purchase this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
A completely shocking and unexpected announcement, that honestly feels like a punch to the stomach, was made today on S/mileage’s official website. The announcment was that the youngest member, Ogawa Saki, will be graduating from both S/mileage and Hello!Project. Ogawa Saki will be graduating on August 27th without an official graduation concert.Her official reason for leaving is wanting to be a normal junior high student.
I don’t even know what to say. I am honestly at a loss for words and am literally on the verge of tears. Saki was never my favorite member. That top spot always was, and always will be, reserved for Kanon. But lately I’ve been growing more and more attached to this cute and gluttonous girl. I have always loved Saki’s voice though. She’s in the top 2 singers in S/mileage. Her voice isn’t perfect, but you could tell that it had the potential to develope into something great.
And suddenly the S/mileage auditions make a lot more sense. When they were first announced I thought it was done merely because Tsunku saw the potential in them to become a long lasting, revolving door idol group like Morning Musume. But it turns out that Tsunku was freaking out when Saki asked to graduate and had hastily announced the auditions. Just by the fact that Tsunku used the word hastily, makes me think that auditions weren’t always S/mileage’s game plan. Or if they were, he hadn’t expected to hold until years down the road. Some bloggers out there had even said where there’s auditions, there’s graduations. But I just brushed those comments off as fans overanalyzing the situation more than I was. But in all honesty, I brushed them off because I didn’t want to think like that. S/mileage for me, since day one, has always been incredible. They haven’t really dissapointed me yet. Which is rare for an idol group.
I don’t know what to make of this. Saki wasn’t my absolute favorite member, but that doesn’t really make this announcment any less painful. It’s always sad to see an idol graduate. Like I’ve said before, it honestly feels like you’re losing a friend. This person doesn’t know you, but you know so much about them, so there’s a bond between you. Even if it is a one-sided bond. With Saki I just started to like her, so the bond wasn’t really that strong. But now that she’s leaving, it feels like I’ve wasted a lot of time. And it really makes me sad that I’ll never get the chance to become a bigger fan of hers. (And this oddly reminds me of aMa no Jaku. XD)
I do wonder how this announcment will affect the new members. Even though Saki told Tsunku she wanted to leave 1 month before the new member auditions, it still feels like there could be so some animosity towards the new members from Saki wota. For the mere fact that their beloved Sakitty is gone, and in her place are random newbies. That, or it could help the new members. With Saki leaving, I’m sure all the Saki wota have a void to fill. Maybe they’ll fill it with a new member.
But there an aspect I don’t like about this whole situation. Why isn’t she getting an official graduation concert? Did she want to leave so badly she couldn’t even handle one more S/mileage concert tour? Every member of H!P that graduates, who isn’t leaving because of a scandal, gets a graduation concert. Even Ishimura Maiha, who I think is seriously the only H!P member to legitimately leave to continue their studies, had a graduation concert. I’m not saying I think Saki was in a scandal, because I honestly don’t. But I just don’t understand why this was announced 3 days before the date of her graduation, without a proper send off event. It doesn’t make any sense at all.
But right now none of that matters. As the shock, sadness, and overall numbness kick in, I can only think about the happy times. Right now all I can think of is Saki crying when the members of S/mileage were announced. Her being full of energy after finishing her practice for the S/mileage and C-ute joint concert. Her always overeating. And most of all her smiling face. That apparently had been hiding feelings of longing for a normal life, but her smile never faltered. Which adds to the unexpectedness of this announcment. But, idols never really show that they are graduating in their faces. Even if their graduating was planned for months ahead.