Arashi – Calling PV preview

Arashi

Recently the PV preview for Calling, the first song off of Arashi’s upcoming double A-side single Calling/Breathless, was released.

I’m actually really impressed with the PV. It’s one of those times where a director turned a relatively cheap PV into something you actually want to watch. Which has been Arashi’s PV format since forever. But I really like the PV so far. The weird sets and and filter effects make this PV look like a mix between their Face Down PV and their Mada Minu Mekai E PV. I mean, at one point the use the same exact grungy blue filter effect that is used in face down.

But I love that the PV is has a nice contrast between dark scenes and vibrant scenes, much like Face Down. But the PV itself is more elaborate. There are a number of different sets, outfits, shots, and close-ups. There’s just enough going on that you’re not bored, and not too much that it takes away from the members themselves.

Also did I mention how delicious the members look in his PV? Especially Sho and Nino. It looks like Nino is back to his black hair. I had no idea, but it looks fantastic.

Momusu’s new PV surprisingly doesn’t need much help

About a week ago the full PV for Morning Musume’s new single Help Me was released.

I know, I know this post is a week late and I’m sorry about that. But to all of you people that don’t live in the East Coast of the US we’ve had a severe cold front. So, cold that it was 22 degrees yesterday and I literally said, “Thank god it’s a little warm today.” And if you also didn’t know I still don’t have hear yet. So, lately I haven’t wanted to do anything put drink hot chocolate and curl under blankets. I only made the Koharu post because I began thinking about it and had to rush on the computer before I lost the blog post in my head. But after that I jumped under the covers again and unintentionally took a 12 hour nap, because I’m just too cold. It’s actually only 18 degrees here now, but I can’t wait any longer because the short version of Kisumai’s PV is already out!

Anyway, onto the review.

After watching the full PV, not a lot of my opinion have changed on it. Because, well, not a lot else had happened in the full PV compare to the preview. The PV is still the same incredibly cheap and boring PV with awful CG. I’ll never understand why they couldn’t just go film this at night around the city. Kind of like how Another Version or even just the Night Scene Version of Resonant Blue’s PV was. Do you know how much better the PV would have looked if they filmed in the city and then put those flashing effects over that? My god it would have been fantastic. Tell me this Aika waiting for the train scene doesn’t look perfect for, or could have easily fit into the Help Me PV?

But, sadly, once again the director of the PV dropped the ball completely and we’re left with a sub-par video that leaves us wanting more. So, I guess we’re left with nearly every other Hello!Project PV in existence.

Even though I am disappointed with the PV, I still like it one some level because I think I finally get what they were going for. I guess because the song is so electronic and robotic sounding they probably wanted to go for this surreal, overly bright, sort of computer city. (Get it? XD) I do get the feeling, especially during the dance scenes, of this futuristic Tokyo. And I have to say I absolutely love the PV when the chorus hits, those are my favorite scenes. Because all of the lights in the city move incredibly fast and it looks like when they speed up videos of the city and all of the lights are sort of scrambled and moving incredibly quickly. Which I guess is what they were going for. Maybe to show that Momusu is moving at an even faster speed than the city itself. I have to admit that’s pretty cool.

And this line of thinking also now makes more sense of all of the girls blinking into and out of existence. Keeping with the futuristic them I guess they’re in one giant computer program. There are also some weird microchip looking effect on the dance shot scenes that also point to that. And they seems to flicker a lot during the instrumental parts.

And another thing about this PV that bothers me is how you hardly ever see Haruna, Erina, or Zukki. To be honest, I never really noticed how often certain members get screen time until I became a blogger. I have no idea if screen time has always been this unfair during past PVs. But I do know that it is now. And it really sucks how unpopular and how little screen time my beloved Zukki gets. 

This is probably the only time I really love the CG.

Mizuki looks amazing.

Harunan looks great too. Tbh I never pay much attention to her.

I’m sure it takes so much practice and precision to do this, but it looks awkward to me. Like they’re some sort of spider monster. 

I love Sakura is in the direct center.

Look how horribly cut Sayumi is. Bad CG right there.

I don’t like this part of the dance either.

Ayumi has gotten so much prettier since she dyed her hair brown.

Look how high Haruna’s skirt is cut. Really solidifying the sexy image she wants. 

I love Masaki and all, but this hair does nothing for her.

We finally get to see Zukki and she’s upstaged by Haruna.

This is cute.

Just adorable.

Why do they insist on only putting Zukki in a ponytail?

At least Erina manages to standout in her few shots.

Thanks for pointing this out tumblr.

Love this effect.

Another really awesome effect.

Too bad it reminds me too much of Mikan.

I love that Haruka is wearing a hat. Fits her so well.

This is such an awkward hairstyle. I wonder if it’s because Riho’s hair is thin.

Just wow. *O*

Sayumi is seriously gorgeous.

For some reason Reina’s hair annoys me.

This random dance floor background is pretty cool.

So cute.

Sakura, seriously, ease upon the hands on your face.

Couldn’t help but laugh at the awkward dancing in the background.

Mizuki just looks perfect here.

What?

Computer program flickering.

I love how Sayu points during the otoko no ko line. Not quite.

Oh look, it’s that Momusu font again.

You can really notice all the computer/electronic overlays here.

Arashi – Calling preview

The preview Arashi’s Calling, from their upcoming double A-side single Calling / Breathless, has been released. Calling is currently being used as the theme to Aiba’s drama Last Hope.

When I first listened to this song I instantly knew that I just did not like it. But the more I listen to it the more my dislike turns to being more on the fence about it. Mostly because of the complete disconnect the first and second part of the song has. The verse and bridge sound more like they’re suited to be a theme for an anime rather than a drama. And I just don’t really care for when Arashi does rock songs. Their more theatrical ones like Truth or Lotus are fine, but I’m just not a big fan of ones like Pikanchi or Pikanchi Double. Though, I do admit the song isn’t completely awful when it slows down during Aiba’s solos and the parts immediately after that.

The only part of the song that I actually do like is the chorus. Mostly because it doesn’t sound anything like the rest of the song, and actually doesn’t really sound like it belongs in the song for that reason. But it’s probably also because it’s really catchy and sounds everything else Arashi releases. Now, more of the same is probably boring to most people but not really me. I have a very distinct sound of songs that I like.

I would love to say let’s just look forward to Breathless being better. But since Calling is so upbeat, it’s like 90% certian that Breathless will be slow paced to kind of counter Calling.

KAT-TUN – Expose preview

About a week ago the radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single, Expose, was released.

I actually meant to make this blog post sooner, but it actually slipped my mind. So, I’m sorry about that. But there’s no reason to dwell on that now.

I am really impressed with not only this song, but KAT-TUN lately. They’ve really been stepping it up lately. These last 3 singles have been incredible and each new single is better than the last one. And this single is honestly KAT-TUN’s best single to date. I know I just said that about To The Limit, but I wasn’t expecting this single at all.

The song is just really powerful and has a a nice hard rock instrumental. It also has a nice toughness to the way that it’s song. Especially the chorus. I think they’re literally saying wake up beating. I also love really love the way that they had the very last note, it’s the best part of the entire song.

Ryosuke’s mysterious debut PV

Recently the full PV for Yamada Ryosuke’s first solo single, Mystery Virgin, was released.

When I watched this PV there are a few things I noticed: how white the PV is, how simple it is, but more importantly how much is reminds me of horror movies. Well, not so much horror movies in general, just a series of movies in particular.

I don’t know if readers know this about me but I absolutely love horror movies. I’ve been watching them as long as I can remember, and have probably seen at least 500 of them. Now when I watch this PV all I can think about are the Cube movies. If you’ve never heard of them, I don’t really blame you. They are about 15 years old and weren’t exactly extremely popular. But I used to watch them a lot. The whole premise of those movies is, you’re trapped in a giant cube with like 500 rooms that will kill you if you stay in them too long. And both of the sets of the PV remind me a lot of the Cube sets. Especially the set where he’s dancing since he’s dancing in a tiny cube.

It’s just hard to decide whether he’s trapped in Cube 2

or Cube Zero.

Besides nerding out over the fact that the PV reminds me of Cube, the PV itself is extremely simple. And there’s just too much white going on. Not only is Ryosuke dressed in essentially all white with two different outfits, both sets are completely white. I don’t know if the makers of this PV were trying to go for a crisp and clean look, or they wanted the fans to think they’re in some weird Ryosuke heaven, I don’t know. It’s just too much white to such an extent that my favorite scenes are when they flip on the sepia camera filter. Just because it gives your eyes a break from all that white and it feels like there’s a little bit of variety in this PV.

But I shouldn’t be dogging the PV so much, as it does try to have a story line. Despite having a budget of what looks like $100 they did throw in some last minute story. The PV starts out with, not only the way the entire PV should have been filmed, but also Ryosuke falling backwards. Seemingly pushed to the ground by Ryosuke’s evil hood up twin. Most like everybody who finds themself in the Cube, he wakes up not knowing exactly where he is or what’s going on. I actually thought through most of the PV that the other Ryosuke was trying to steal his identity, but that wasn’t the case. Through most of the PV Ryosuke wanders the halls aimlessly, but somehow still finds time to dance.

Rysouke also notices there’s a camera and right then the PV went into KAT-TUN’s Run For You territory. Because the looming evil Ryosuke who doesn’t seem to really do his job since he only follows Ryosuke like twice, has a whole room of video that’s constantly monitoring trapped Ryosuke. What’s with another weird kidnapping and surveillance PV from Johnny’s? What are they trying to tell us? Or is this just the dream Johnny’s dorm?

Then miraculous, for reasons that aren’t explained, Ryosuke finds a disc and just instinctively knows where to put it. Which personally I think was a mistake because it made the contrast go up by like 150%. But he’s in luck because he defeated the Red Queen Ryosuke hologram and had a very Eagle Eye moment. (Please tell me people are getting these movie references?)

As a whole, the PV is just ok. I fault it for the simplistic sets and ridiculous dance. But at the same time I give it points because it at least attempted to add a story line.

Ryosuke looks cute here.

Ryosuke’s evil twin looming over him.

Love watching idols sleep. In a non-creepy way of course.

I just can’t with this dance.

You seem unsure of where you are Ryosuke. Try hard to see if you remember anyone wearing pig masks.

Apparently Ryosuke designed this jacket himself, too bad it’s hideous.

From this angle the set looks pretty cool.

What did they hire H!P’s choreographer?

Of course you’re lost you don’t have the savant telling you which numbers are prime. (Cube reference, for no one’s benefit besides my own.)

Ok, this is kinda hot.

This is unintentionally funny.

Ryosuke, you’re face isn’t helping much.

WTF is he doing?

Adorable.

These are the most awkward parts of the dance. The wannabe Michael Jackson moments.

Ryosuke you look much better in sepia.

Why is smelling his jacket exactly?

He does look pretty cute when he’s pretending to be scared.

Trying too hard to be sexy Yama-chan.

I didn’t realize this was KAT-TUN’s Run For You PV.

*O*

Now it’s really the Run For You PV.

It really is.

Make sure you pick up the magic disc.

This isn’t really what I was expecting.

Oh, no more evil Ryosuke.

But it’s a good thing he defeated the Red Queen before it was too late.

Cute.

SKE48 – Choco no Dorei PV preview

SKE48’s official youtube channel uploaded the short version PV to SKE48’s upcoming 11th single, Choco no Dorei. Giving us the first look at the PV.

Since I enjoy SKE48’s music more than AKB48’s I figure I should at least actively try to cover what’s going on with them more.

I’m not the biggest fan of the song, I think they’ve released much better singles. But the song isn’t completely awful. It’s a little catchy. I’m sure it will grow on me over time. But I am a huge fan of the PV already.

I love that the theme of the PV is what the girls do during their normal life as an idol. It shows dance lessons, magazine shoots, theater performances, as well as even showing wotagei. I like that it’s a peak of their normal lives, despite it all being panned and scripted for a PV. I’m sure it’s still pretty much along these lines. I also think that this PV is a nod to their steady rise in popularity. Kind of like, “Thanks for the support, and look how much hard work we put into it everyday.”

I also really love the outfits they wear during the theater performance. It’s very colorful and adorable, it reminds me just a bit of their outfits for Oki Doki.

Kis-My-Ft2 – My Resistance Tashikana Mono preview

The full radio rip for Kisumai’s My Resistance Tashikana Mono off their upcoming double A-side new single, My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl, was just released. My Resistance will be used as the theme for Tamamori Yuta’s new drama Nobunaga no Chef.

When the song first started I knew I wasn’t going to like it very much. And, honestly, I’m still on the fence about the song. The song starts off with very soft piano music and accompanied with equally sad background music. The entire song sounds very emotional and sad. It’s times like this I wish I understood Japanese. 

What I do find odd about this song is that Taisuke seems to be rapping through most of it. Not only does it not really fit with the sad music, you’d figure there would be a much bigger Yuta part in the song since it’s for his drama. I mean a good chunk of the song is Yuta. I mean, come on this is unfair Kisumai of course he’s prominent in the song. I was just expecting Yuta to sing 3/4 of the song.

Midway through the song the whole tempo and feel changes. Which is why I can’t really decide exactly how I feel about the song yet. The music becomes very upbeat and it sounds like the message changes from sad to positive, and maybe even inspiring. I don’t know, I feel like I really have to wait for a translation because this seems like one of those songs that will have great lyrics.

Anyway here’s the preview. My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl will be released on February 13th.

Morning Musume – Help Me PV preview

About a week ago a PV preview for Morning Musume’s 52nd single, Help Me, aired. Help Me not only marks Momusu’s first single of the year, but also the first single to include 11th gen member Oda Sakura.

First of let me say a little bit about the song because I haven’t said anything about it on my blog yet. When I first heard the song my first impressions were that it was weird. It sounded like a mix between 3 different songs, and the random speaking in it threw me off completely. The only thing I loved about it was Sakura. I don’t even know anything about Sakura yet, but she is perfection in every way. The pipes on this girl, the pipes! I knew she was an absolutely incredible singer since I saw her audition. But her voice in this song is so flawless, so seamless, so smooth, I could literally die. This is the girl that Morning Musume desperately needed, a great singer. In my opinion we haven’t a voice this immediately flawless since Ai-chan joined. And I’m calling it now, in a few years she’s going to give Ai-chan a run for her money as the girl with the best voice in Morning Musume history.

But less about the absolute gift from above that Sakura is, and more about the song. After listening to it more and more I am now officially a fan of this song. This song is wrong and weird, and shouldn’t be great, but it is. It just works on nearly every level. The music is interesting and it’s sung great. However, I still don’t like the speaking parts. I think it’s loads better than Wakuteka Take a Chance.

Now, for my thoughts on the PV so far. In short: I do not like it at all. I might even hate it. From the first 5 seconds it’s obvious that whoever make the Wakuteka Take a Chance PV also made this one. And that person should be replaces ASAP.

Why is it yet another green screen PV? Just why? And if you are going to do a green screen PV why not make it fun like the 231 Breakin’ Out PV? And to make matters worse the cgi is done so poorly that it’s so obvious the girls are overlayed onto images.

And to me the entire PV looks like an anime ending theme video. You know at the end of animes where the ending theme is just the character in random parts of Tokyo like on a train, at school, and then randomly at Tokyo at night. And the night sequences are all overly colorful and brightly lit? Well, that’s exactly what this looks like to me.

I suppose I can’t 100% judge this PV until we see the entire thing. But come on guys, you know it’s probably not gonna get better than this.

Berryz are Thai princesses in new PV

Last month the full PV for Berryz Koubous’ recent single, Cha Cha Sing, was released.

After watching the PV I am super impressed by it. To be honest, I’ve been really excited to see the PV since the profile pics with their PV outfits were revealed. I absolutely love the outfits they are wearing. They’re Thai princesses. Princesses! I mean, what’s not amazing and perfect about that? The girls look just beyond gorgeous in them. Though if you notice the most popular members are wearing red, while the rest of the girls are wearing blue. Obviously since Berryz has an uneven number of members when they wear 2 different colors it’s gonna be split 3-4, but it’s just interesting the way they decided to pick who got what color.

Moving on to the actual PV, the main set, oh who am I kidding, the only set looks really amazing. First off it’s huge and they really took advantage of that. The back drop is draped in this really vibrant, sheer fabric. While parts of the walls and stairs are covered with, what honestly look more Indian then Thai, cloths. The close-up shots set is a little more unimpressive, as it’s just orange fabric with stars. But overall the PV is very vibrant and colorful, which makes it eye catching. Between the girls acting silly, the group close-ups, and the sporadic floating gold text, the PV is also really fun and adorable. Hello!Project never makes expensive or impressive PVs, but they are sill usually enjoyable to watch. But that’s mostly because while I’m watching a PV, after I think critics, I usually pretty much think, “My god, my girls are so fantastic.” 

I love the set. But it also kinda looks like they took the fabric from their Koi no Jubaku costumes and threw it up there.

Perfect outfits.

Not really a fan of how it keeps switching from light to dark.

I like how even the dance is Thai inspired.

 

Hope they don’t use this gold filter too often.

Love this floating text. Ad Chinami looks positively adorable.

My god, could Yurina be anymore gorgeous?

Adorable.

I don’t like that Risako’s hair is more grey than purple. If she was dying purple, she should have done it 100%.

Yurina just looks incredible per usual. Adorable and gorgeous at the same time.

Saki looks great, I love her hair.

I think Maasa looks the best overall though.

Cute.

Lol.

So cute.

Wow Risako.

Oh Chinami, this is why I love you.

Yurina looks so amazing in this I could cry.

Himitsu.

Miyabi is pretty and all, but this hair does nothing for her.

Love this scene.

So adorable! *O*

Walk like an Egyptian.

Cute.

What is Momoko doing?

Love how they incorporate Thai writing in there.

Of course she had to get yurushite nyan in there.

Super cute.

*O*

Adorable ending.

KAT-TUN to release new single

It was recently announced that KAT-TUN will be releasing a new single.  The new single is entitled Fumetsu no Scrum and will be released on September 12th. Fumetsu no Scrum  will also be the theme song to Yasuda Shota’s drama Dragon Seinendan. And if that wasn’t enough the first press regular edition will come with a Tanaka Koki solo song and solo PV. But KAT-TUN fans don’t need to worry, because other members will get their own solos and PVs in future KAT-TUN releases. 

Can I just say, I am super excited. Not so much about a new KAT-TUN single really, but the fact that Koki gets to start this off with his solo and PV. I think I’ve mentioned a few hundred times on this blog that Koki is my absolute favorite KAT-TUN member, and pretty high on my overall Johnny’s ranking. So, of course I’m happy about this. Fellow Koki fans, let us rejoice now.

I really wanna know what song it’s going to be. Koki currently has 2 unreleased solos: Anarchist and Shorty. But people are saying it’s a new song. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point. And my got if it’s another Make U Wet song I’m gonna be angry. I love Koki and all, but I hate those songs. They try so hard to be hot with oversexualized lyrics, but they’re actually awful. And hilarious and embarrassing to be honest. I actually wouldn’t mind if it was Anarchist. Just because I actually like that song, and I don’t really like the other one.

Kis-My-Ft2-Wanna Beeee PV preview

Recently the short version for Kisumai’s PV Wanna Beeee was released. Wanna Beee is from Kisumai’s upcoming double A-side 4th single, Wanna Beeee/Shake It Up, which will be released on August 18th.

I have to say, so far, this looks like Kisumai’s best PV yet. Avex seems to really give Kisumai a fairly large budget. With each release the PVs keep getting more elaboration and jut plain better. The theme for the PV is pretty simple: the members of Kis-My-Ft2 are looking for buried treasure. But it’s all the little details the make the PV look amazing. The sets are really well made, and at times over decorated which makes the overall PV extremely eye catching. I just think pirate themed PV are really cool. An Cafe just had their pirate themed Amazing Blue, which was equally awesome.

Even thought the full version of the PV is probably only another 2 minutes max, I’m still looking forward to see the finished results.

S/mileage-Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki preview

A couple of days ago the full radio rip for S/mileage’s upcoming new single Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki was released. Just because I haven’t mentioned it before, this new single is being released on August 22nd.

Since their major debut S/mileage has been releasing a lot of singles with heavy electronic music, hnd this single isn’t any different. However, I don’t think it’s as strong as their past singles such as Yumemiru 15 sai or Uchouten Love. The overall sound is just ok. It’s honestly a little bit of a letdown for me since S/mileage is usually really consistent with their singles, nearly all of them have been great. This single just falls flat. And it’s another one of those songs where it doesn’t really sound like there’s a chorus. The music barely changes during the chorus and the singing only gets a fraction higher. And even then it’s only for the first 3 lines, then the rest of the chorus sounds exactly like the verse.

The only aspect of this song that I really like is of course the line distribution. It’s actually fair. Which is amazing I was being to forget S/mileage actually has more than 4 members. It sounds like everyone gets a nice amount of lines. But it sounds like poor Meimi and Kana get the least. The most exciting part is that Rinapu actually gets to sing, and a lot. It seems like H!P finally realized they had her join because she can sing. Rinapu gets a lot of her because of her looks, but I was rooting for her to join because of her amazing voice. And she does sound great in this song. Akari and Rina honestly sound the best in this song. It’s just more suited for a deeper voice. And at one part of the song someone’s singing sounds really similar to Chisato’s. It’s either Akari or Kana, I can’t really tell. But, I hope I’m not the only one who hears it.

Why Momusu’s new PV was the letdown of the year

Last mont the full PV for Morning Musume’s 50th single, and apparent double A-side, One-Two-Three/The Matenrou Show. I say apparent because obviously The Matenrou Show never got a PV at all. Which does fuel the flames a bit.

One-Two-Three was the single that was hyped so much. It seemed every chance they got H!P was teasing us even more with it. The gorgeous outfit preview from Hello!Pro Time. The fancams of the performance of it from Tokyo Girls Collection. And the dance shot that was uploaded weeks before the full PV was out.

Now, between all of this it was enough to absolutely fall in love with everything about this single. The outfits were gorgeous, sexy but still cute at the same time, each girl had unique and pretty hairstyle, making the members look incredible from head to toe. The dance shot showed so much potential, it was finally filmed in a well decorated set. It appeared that they finally put some real effort into it. And of course the song is absolulte perfection in my opinion. All of this gave not just myself, but the entire H!P fandom as a whole, these gigantic expectations for the PV. Expectations that sadly this PV couldn’t fill.

After watching this PV for the first time the only thing I could muster out was, “I’m so disappointed.” And I completely am, I feel like flipping tables over here. Never have I seen a PV set up to be such flawless perfection, and then drop the ball so completely. This PV had everything going for it. Flawless outfits, flawless girls, and an interesting dance set. All they had to do was make sure the close-up scenes weren’t awful and they’d be home free.

But apparently that was too much to ask. Instead the close-up shots consist of them standing in a room of mirrors acting like dolls on display. I don’t think quite possibly anything out there cheaper looks than glass/mirrors. But again I guess there is because if you look really closely I don’t even think they are even in a room filled with glass. To me it look like they just digitally created the effect. Genius. However, the whole dolls on display thing is kind of cool. But at the same time, Fantasy Juuichi’s jacket called and they want their concept back.

It also wasn’t enough to make the close-up scenes awful. No, they had to take it one step further and make it look like the entire PV cost $5 to make. And how does one pull of such a feat? It’s simple really, download some snowflake and splatter brushes for photoshop, cover the entire span of the PV in them, and call it a day. They really need to question however thought that was a good idea. And what really makes me angry is, you could excuse the PV because they had to split the budget for 2 different PVs. Except they didn’t at all. They were supposed to, but didn’t. Did they really give all the budget to promotions? I honestly can’t complain if they did because my girls sold over 100k.

But at the same time we are once again we’re left with a PV that’s only enjoyable to watch because the girls look so pretty. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I just always expect a little more from my idols.

Bored already to be honest.

Oh, dramatic close-ups.

Ayumi looks amazing.

I absolutely love how intense the dance is.

Haruka’s default doll pose just looks so uniterested. Lol.

Oh ew, do they have to stay in the same position for the entire close-up?

They haven’t even shown her face yet and the girls is already bringing it.

Just wow Mizuki, super gorgeous.

Poor Erina gets one of the worst hiarstyles.

Zukki looks a little awkward in her close-ups, but that’s ok.

You know, I never really pay much attention to Haruna, but she looks incredible here.

However, Mizuki is the realy stand out for me. She’s really been stepping it up lately.

I love Ayumi’s hairstyle.

Riho being all flawless.

WTF is with this pose?

Haruka’s close-ups still don’t look natural enough for me.

Adorable.

Sayu is just not standing out in this PV really.

I think  my readers should know by now that I’m a sucker when it comes to idol winks.

My baby Masaki.

She’s just so cute.

Ah, wink again.

They’re killing me over here.

I don’t even know why, but I just love this shot.

Harunan wink.

Simply gorgeous.

Ah Ayumi, you still look a little creepy at times. Lol.

Adorable.

Words cannot describe how much I love Masaki.

Really love this hairstyle, but H!P seems to be overusing it lately.

KAT-TUN-To The Limit PV preview

The PV preview for KAT-TUN’s new single, To The Limit, is out.

I am absolutely in love with this song and I am also pleasantly surprised that the PV matches up to the amazingness of the song. It’s not the type of PV you really expect from an idol group. It’s not even the type of PV you’d expect after hearing the song. But at the same time I think it really works. There’s a lot of effort put into this PV. It seems to have a big budget and a clear storyline. And it’s so different from past KAT-TUN PVs. KAT-TUN usually has pretty decent PVs, but they hardly ever have storylines.

The previews so far show the members of KAT-TUN all being in a bank during a robbery. Kame, Maru, and Koki work there, while Taguchi and Ueda are hostages. It’s a bit of a darker theme compared to the realativly happy or mature PVs KAT-TUN usually makes. And I’m assuming the lyrics of the song work well with the theme. Since they’re most likely about being stretched to the limit in some way. But I don’t speak Japanese, so I have no idea.

The only drawback of this PV are that it’s probably supposed to be taken more seriously then it seems. There are parts of this PV that I can’t help think are adorable or hilarious. Which probably wasn’t the intention at all. Also, I kind of wish Koki worked in the bank itself instead of being a security guard. Him in a suit and glasses would have been pretty sexy. Ridiculous hair or not.

Yamapi-Love Chase PV preview

The PV preview for Yamapi’s 2nd solo single since leaving NEWS, Love Chase, has recently been released.

Am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious how little effort is being put into Yamapi’s career post NEWS. Well, PV wise anyway. I don’t care enough to know if he’s doing concerts or appearances. He leaves NEWS just to have this medicore solo career. And it’s not even like he’s doing more once he left NEWS. His solo singles are being released just as frequently as when he was a part of NEWS, and he was in a drama. Pretty much just like he would be doing with NEWS. Sorry, but I’ll never stop being bitter about this.

But moving on to the topic at hand, I have to admit I actually do like his solo singles. But it’s more of a love/hate thing. His singles are really danceable and catchy. However, no matter how much he’s been pushing himself into the role, his voices has never suited dance music. He’s better suited for soft ballads. So, he’s in this weird place where the overall sound of his music is good but he’s voice sounds out of place. At least for me anyway.

And his PVs aren’t much better. This PV so far looks just awful. It’s basically nothing but Yamapi dancing in different outfits, sometimes with a girl, on a plain gray backdrop. Really cutting edge there Warner. There is absolutely no effort in this PV at all. It seems like the director is just hoping you won’t care boring the PV is and just focus on the fact that there’s 3 Yamapi’s.

And I might me able to if his new haircut wasn’t so hideous. It looks fine went it’s styled a bit, but when it’s just laying flat it’s terrible. And the outfits he’s wearing aren’t helping much either. One of them looks like he’s ready to play golf or teach high school English. The other one is him in a trenchcoat. Which is ridiculous because no one wears them indoors unless they’re Columbo. And the last outfit is supposed to be the idol outfit for the fans. Since he’s wearing an effeminate parka and a skin tight shirt. Which I do admit I kind of like. Except for the ripped pants.

I’ve just so over Yamapi to be honest. When he was in NEWS he was never anything more than the guy who could sing and was eyecandy. That hasn’t really changed much now, except you add the animosity I still have towards him.

Kikkawa Yuu-Koko Kara Hajimarunda preview

Last month the full radio rip for Kikka’s 4th single, Koko Kara Hajimarunda was released.

I do apologize dear readers for how old this is and for how long it took me to make this post. But luckily since the single isn’t coming out until July there hasn’t been a PV preview yet and I still have time to write about the radio rip.

The more music I hear by Kikka the more upset I get that H!P let her just float around in the Eggs for so long. Absolutely everything about Kikka is just perfect and flawless. With each release I fall more and more in love with her and her music. And this song does not disappoint at all.

Since debuting Kikka has been releasing a lot of upbeat dance music. And this song seems to be following that pattern. This song has this computerized and electronic sound which I absolutely love. They also managed to do this without adding too much effects to her voice. I think the little bit they added was just the right amount and worked perfectly. Overall the whole sound of the song is just amazing. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it’s upbeat. And it’s sung with the same seamlessness as all of Kikka’s songs.

Morning Musume-The Matenrou Show preview

Recently the radio rip for the second A-side from Morning Musume’s upcoming 50th single, One-Two-Three/The Matenrou Show, was released.

Now, I just made a post about the One-Two-Three radio rip and said how much I absolutely loved the song. So, I was expecting a lot from this song. I was really hoping for their 50th single to be just perfect. However, this song has to come along and ruin that. Coming after the epicness that is One-Two-Three this song is awful in comparison. Just what happened? Tsunku said that this song was going to be funky so I expected it to be a lot of fun. Especially after how sexy and mature One-Two-Three is.

Instead we get a song that is also mature and sounds like a mix between Morning Musume’s Inspiration and Berryz Koubou’s Shining Power. Which sounds like a winning combination. But somehow it’s just not. And I do like disco-esque songs but for some reason I just have no attachment to this song. It just sounds kind of flat and lifeless. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. I don’t know why this single is a double A-side because honestly this song is much more suited as a B-side.

And what in the world is going on with the line distribution? I seriously feel like flipping tables over it. Did the entire world teleport back to 2008 when I wasn’t looking or something? The entire song is sung by Riho and Reina. The entire song! Now, when One-Two-Three came out I didn’t care that it was sung by basically no one but Riho and Reina ,because most girls at least got a little solo. And I was also holding out for this single for the other girls to shine. However, that is so far from the case and the other girls get nothing. And my god, my poor baby Zukki doesn’t have a line in either songs! I get it, Reina and Riho are popular. But that’s only because the other memebers aren’t even given a chance to build a fanbase. They added new members but are still making the same mistakes they did in 2008. What in the world is management thinking? I swear if I didn’t love this group and the girls so much stuff like this would make me give up on Momusu. I’m honestly sick of it. It’s absolutely insane that when Morning Musume was at it’s largest the line distribution was more fair than it is now!

Fairies-Tweet Dream preview

A few days ago the radio preview for Fairies song Tweet Dream, off their upcoming doublr A-side 4th single, has been released.

I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting the song to sound the way it does at all. I’ve grown accustomed to Fairies mature sound. It’s actually what drew me to them in the first place. That they were so different than other idol groups. Tweet Dream is actually too cute of  a song and the complete opposite of what I expect from them. I do realize that this isn’t their first time releasing this type of song. But Sweet Jewel was a better song and had a charm to it. Granted that charm came from the fact that is sounds a lot like Diamonds by Princess Princess.

I’m just really disappointed by this song. It’s lacking the power and emotion of their other songs. It doesn’t pack a punch at all. Most of their other songs draw me in with a catchy chorus or interesting music. They are going for this cutesy electronic sound that just does not work for them. Ironically, if practically any other group made this song I might enjoy it more. Though I’m not 100% sure about that. As I’ve said before I hate songs that don’t pick up in the chorus and stay the same level the entire song. Which is exactly what this song is doing. The music also isn’t bold enough. I love all the cute background effects because they remind me of Internet Cupid by Buono. I just wish they were used more.

Morning Musume-One-Two-Three preview

After Morning Musume performed one of their A-sides off their upcoming double A-side single, One-Two-Three/The Matenrou Show, we finally have the official audio via a radio rip and the dance shot version.

By now this song is so old to the fans, it’s even pretty old to me since I’ve been listening to it since it first came out. But I realized that I haven’t said anything about the song yet on this blog yet. Which is pretty awful, and I absolutely have to write about it here. But that’s all I’ll be doing in this post, writing about the song. Even though at the bottom of this post I will be posting the dance shot version I will not be commenting on it. Mostly because it will spoil my review of this PV.

Now, if you follow me on twitter or tumblr you won’t be surprised when I say right now I am 100% in love with this song. It is absoulte perfection, it’s flawless, it’s incredible, I just love it. If this song was a person we’d be married by now. Yeah, I love it that much.

But of course much like with every idol song that gets released the responce is spilt in half. And I’ve read a few people that just aren’t impressed with this song and do not like it. Which I don’t get. Mostly because  nearly every Momusu fan was head over heels with Renai Hunter and  One-Two-Three is basically the same style. But it’s also the same style as Renai Hunter and about 600 times better. So, I really don’t understand the indifference. When Renai Hunter was out I absoultely loved it, it was my jam. But after hearing this Renai Hunter is a little lame in comparison.

What everyone seems to dislike about this song is everything I love about it. As, I’ve said before I live in the US and the past 3 years or so the popular music has been dance music with heavy auto-tuning. And as I’ve said before, I’ve loved every single second of it. I absolutely love auto-tuning. It just makes songs catchier and more danceable. People hate auto-tuning because it makes mediocre singers sound better, which is true. But that doesn’t really stop me from hating this song or auto-tuning in general. I mean, I know some of the girls of Momusu can sing, so I’m not bothered by it.

And if the song is good people should be able to get over auto-tuning. Personally, I cannot stand dubstep. So, when I first heard Renai Hunter I was a little put off. But once I got past that, the rest of the song was awesome. Just like with this song. I love everything about it. I always thought that Ok Yeah should have been a single, so I’m thrilled to hear a song along the same lines become one. I have been listening to this song nonstop since they first performed it. It’s mature, it’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s energetic, and it’s danceable. You can’t really ask for a better song. I’m not sure how Momusu’s 51st single is going to be able to top this.

Yes, the line distribution is not ideal. But the song is so incredible that I can overlook it. The song is Riho and Reina lead, which we were all expecting so I don’t know why anyone is surprised. What is surprising to me though, is the minor leads of this song are Ayumi and Haruna. Ayumi is obviously the pushed girl of the 10th gen, but why Haruna? I guess they figure fans will respond more to her fashionable/sexy image. Which kind of sucks since she’s the weakest singer of the 10th gen. The rest of the girls seem to just get literally a syllable. Except I don’t think my beloved Zukki or Mizuki get solo lines at all. Which is a little ridiculous. But I’m not really that bothered because Zukki doesn’t really fit this type of song anyway. Hopefully she’ll be able to shine more in The Matenrou Show. And if not at least she’ll stil have the 9th gen B-side.

KAT-TUN-To The Limit preview

A preview for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, To The Limit, was recently aired on Kame’s radio show.

Anyone and everyone who happens to be reading this post absoultely MUST listen to this radio rip, whether you’re a KAT-TUN or male idol fan or not. This is by far the greatest KAT-TUN singles I’ve ever heard. And it’s easily one of their best, if not the best, songs period. I have listened to this song about 15 times now. I litererally cannot express in words just how completely phenomenal this song is. I mean, the song is so intense that at one point in the song Koki actually says fucking my mind. Now, normally that would be hilarious, but for some reason it actually works in this song.

If I was to describe this song it’s like old school rockish KAT-TUN, but a hundred times better. It’s like if you somehow mixed Real Face, Gold, Taboo, Lips, and Don’t You Ever Stop and played them simultaneously. The song is just absoultely incredible. It just has this amazing blarring rock music but still sort of heavy dance music mixed in at the same time. I have never been this impressed with a KAT-TUN song ever.

I also really love the way it’s sung. Most of the verse is rapping. But it’s not the usual just Koki rapping. Of course Koki does lead the rapping, but everyone else is also rapping. Which actually sounds better than you would expect. Especially since Koki always tries to get the members to rap in concert and only Taguchi could ever really keep up. But of course like most songs the best part is the chorus, but not really by much because the verse and bridge are seriosuly just as good. It’s just that the chorus is sung extremely powerfully. It’s just just amazing. And it sounds like Koki has some solos in the chorus which is amazing. Featuring Koki so much in the song really adds a nice roughness and gruffness to the song. And Koki bias aside, he’s absoultely perfect for this type of song. Of course Kame does have a lot of solos too, he has this big solo part towards the end of the song. But even during group parts you can hear Koki’s voice the most.

Mano Erina-Song For The Date PV preview

A few days ago the PV preview for Mano Erina’s upcoming 12th single, Song For The Date, was released.

After watching the PV preview there are just no words. I am just literally and absolutely blown away. And I actually uttered a sentence that I don’t say very often, “I’m really impressed with everything ManoEri is doing.” And I really am because everything is just amazing. The song is this wonderful dance track with infectious music. And the song isn’t too big for her voice. It actually compliments her nails on a chalkboard singing voice. Oh, but I kid with ManoEri. The truth is I actually kind of like her now. Her music and personality have slowly been growing on me since Sekai wa Summer Party was released. And her music has gradually gotten better. It’s gone from boring ballads to this happy and energetic dance music that I love.

The PV so far is just perfection. Dear god, there’s actually a storyline. A H!P PV with an actually storyline, surely this is the start of the apocalypse. And not only does this PV have a storyline, it’s actually a really cool one. It’s basically about 2 ManoEri’s in this disaster-stricken or post-apocalyptic world. There’s a bad ManoEri dressed in black, and a good ManoEri dressed in white. Which adds to the characters that she’s playing. And for that alone I give them 500 points for symbolism. And the black ManoEir has her hair down, which makes her look more mature. And the white ManoEri has her hair up makes her look more sweet and innocent. 

Since this is only 30 seconds I can’t be 100% about what’s going on past that, but it seems like white ManoEri is some sort of political figure or revolutionary because she has her posters all over the town. Which angers the black ManoEri who burns and throws her posters and chases after the white ManoEri. Who kinda teases the black one, so maybe this is all just some sort of game? I don’t even know. But whatever is really going on it’s awesome. I mean, there are feathers exploding behind her for no apparent reason! 

If there’s anyone out there who has lost faith in H!P, they seriously need to watch this when the full PV comes out. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to incredible.

Kanjani8-Ai Deshita PV preview

Recently a PV preview for Kanjani8’s upcoming single Ai Deshita was released. The song is currently being used as the theme for Nishikido Ryo’s drama Papadoru.

Now, even before Ryo-chan left NEWS I’ve been saying how I want to get into Kanjnai8 more. But that never really happened. And after Ryo left NEWS obviously that feeling intensified. However, when I was finally going to get into Kanjani8 I put all my effort into Arashi instead. Which is a little sad because I genuinely do want to get into Kanjani8, especially since it’s now the only way I get to see my beloved Ryo-chan.

Since I don’t really follow K8 that closely I never really know about, or care about, when their new single is coming out. So I kind of miss all the excitement of a song and PV preview. But since I’ve been watching Ryo’s drama, Padadoru, Ai Deshita has really grown on me. Just like watching Zenkai Girl made Tsubasa ni Koi grow on me. So, I’ll bite and see what this single is like..

First off, I really like what I see of the PV so far. Kanjani8 always put a lot of effort into their PVs. Whether that effort is a nice storyline or general crazyness. The Ai Deshita PV doesn’t seem to be any different. Most of the PV so far seems to be Kanjani8 playing their instruments in the middle of the road at sunset. Which, in itself, isn’t really any spectacular. But at the end of the PV we do see that the sky continues to get darker until it’s night, which is actually pretty cool. I’m impressed by that. And can I just say that I love the outfits. I have to say that varsity jackets and school cardigans definetly peak my interests.

The rest of the PV is the standard close-up shots and scenes of the members in a house. But you can tell that they are setting up for more elements in the full PV. And is it just me or does that house look like the same exact that they filmed the Glorious PV in?

There is one thing about this song/PV I don’t get. If this is the them for Ryo’s drama why does Subaru get most of the lines and most of the focus in the PV? It’s a little unfair. But my bias towards Ryo is probably making it a bigger deal than it really needs to be.

SUPER GiRLS send a big summer kiss

Ok everyone I am officially back to blogging. I am 100% out of my funk. I think I was officially out of my blogging funk while I was reading some idol related news and felt a little sad and thought to myself, “Oh, look at all the stuff I could be blogging about.” While I was in my funk I was just like, “Oh that’s cool, but lolz I’ll just wait for another day to post it.” So, I’m out of my funk and into this sort of semi blogging depression where I’m sad that I haven’t been blogging. And this is why I’m addicting to blogging and will probably never stop blogging.
I’m also going to take another approach to catching up. Usually when I am behind in blogging, I go in reverse order to catch up on everything I’ve missed. Mostly because I feel obligated to my readers to blog about the things I’ve missed. But quite frankly that approach makes blogging a little stale, and is the reason why I’ve yet to catch up with what I’m behind in. No, this time I’m just going to continue blogging like I’m not behind and then do PV reviews I’m behind in when it tickles my fancy. If it tickles my fancy. There’s 50/50 chance I’ll say screw it and not do them at all. It depends on how lazy I am. But if there’s a PV you really want me review, that I haven’t done yet, just request it on this post and I’ll put it to the top of my list. Just make sure it’s not YuiKaori’s Kimi no Yell, cause that is at the top of my list already.

Starting off with new PVs is SUPER GiRLS’ Puri Puri Summer Kiss. Now, I absolutely adore SUPER GiRLS so it was an obvious choice. Well, not so obvious in the beginning. It was toss up between SUPER GiRLS and Passpo, but since SUPER GiRLS PV looked more fun it was obvious.

One again SUPER GiRLS manage to do everything right with this PV. It’s a standard idol bikini PV which I’ve said several times I’m not a fan of. The fanservice is wasted on me as a female fan. For a bikini PV to impress me there has to be a lot of other elements than “look how sexy I look in this bikini.” Which is the failure of AKB48 bikini PVs. They do have other elements but the non-bikini elements are pretty lame or too short. And in the beginning of SUPER GiRLS’ PV they almost lost me.

Nearly the first half of the PV is nothing more than bikini fanservice. Which is fine, but again not my cup of tea. As the PV went on I was actually pleasantly surprised that there was something else going on in the PV. I’m glad they went down the Max Otomegokoro route. But their Max Otomegokoro PV was more of a games/summer festival PV, with Puri Puri Summer Kiss it’s a complete beach PV. And I absolutely love it. They added a lot of fun summer elements like hitting a watermelon, having a shaved ice eating contest, and playing in the ocean. There are just a lot of fun and silly elements to the PV. Like Reira falling off the ladder,  Hikaru being buried in the sand, and catching Rino eating watermelon out of the fridge.

I really enjoyed watching this PV. I think it’s a really fun summer themed PV. It’s not meant to be anything more. No flashy outfits or expensive sets. Which is fine, sometimes simple PVs are the best. My favorite scenes are when the girls are walking down the table runway.  I think they’re really cute. And of course I also love their unison close-up shots. I’ve come expect them from SUPER GiRLS. This PV really shows the girls acting silly and cute. Which is how I prefer my idol summer PV cute and fun, rather than sexy. Which is how I’ve prefer my idols to be all the time. Which I’ve said, I think, 500 times now.

But if you prefer bikini PVs for fanservice don’t fret they’re still catering to you. Besides the fact that the entire time they’re bikins in the PV, there are still other fanservice elements. But not really as much as you’d excpet. You can decide for yourself if that’s a possitive or a negative. The main fanservice they feature in this PV besides bikinis is the part of the dance where they shake their butts. And there’s like 5 different shots of it. During the dance, random close-up shots, and random close-up shots and the girls smaking them. Which at times is out of place because sometimes the scenes are just randomly thrown in there. The only other fanservice element to this PV is the girls kissing the camera. Which reminds me too much of AKBIdoling’s Chu Shiyou Ze PV. Yes, whenever any idol releases a PV where they kiss the camera I am forever going to compare it to AKBIdoling. They most likely weren’t the first to do it, but I compare them to it because the PV focused so much on it. Obviously SUPER GiRLS are kissing to keep with the title, and most likely, theme of the song which is summer kiss. But it’s still done for fanservice to the fans, who I guess can pretend the girls are kissing them. I don’t know ,I don’t really see the appeal of kissing the camera. Even if it was my male idols doing it, it would still seem stupid and pointless to me.

Am I the only one who thinks the girls only sign screams of lesbian overtones? XD

The PV just started and butt shots already.

I love this diving under dance move, so cute.

It’s cute that Ami and Ruka are in tubes.

This move is stupid. But my god look how gorgeous Reira looks. Is she starting to shed her tomboy image?

Ami is adorable, and I love her bikini.

They seem to be giving a lot of Rina in this PV, which is odd.

I cannot get over how pretty Reira looks.

Adorable Rino. But I’m starting to get annoyed that Mirei gets the same hairstyle in every PV.

Cute.

This is a pretty fun summery scene.

But it just reminds me too much of C-ute’s Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu PV.

Fanservice. And gorgeous Reira.

It reminds me too much of AKB48’s Baby Baby Baby PV.

Oh look, more fanservice.

Stupid dance move.

Super cute.

Reira. *O*

Lolz.

Work it Rino.

I don’t know why, but I really love this shot.

Adorable Ami.

Intense kiss close-up.

Will still forever remind me of AKBIdoling’s Chu Shiyou Ze.

What?

Cute move.

Lol.

Saori looks super pretty here.

If you liked  it then you shoulda put a ring on it.

Cute, but where have I seen this before?

Oh that’s right, in the Heavy Rotation PV.

Adorable.

Lol.

Cute.

Rino stole the watermelon from the watermelon jar.

Ruka is just stunning.

Those are actually pretty nice.

Look at Hikaru trying to look sexy.

Ami. *O*

Cute ending pose.

Arashi-Face Down PV preview

A few days ago the PV preview for Arashi’s upcoming single, Face Down, was released.

The PV seems to be yet another realatively simple PV from Arashi. A majority ofthe PV is nothing more than Arashi either sitting in business chairs or standing in a mirror room that reminds me a lot of Hey! Say! JUMP’s Super Delicate PV. This is also yet another PV without dancing. Which is honestly really sad because Arashi usually has the best and most fun choreography in all of JE.

And you know even thought the PV is completely simple I can’t help, but still like what I’m seeing of the PV. Maybe it’s because the sets are interesting with the colored ceiling or abstract walls, or maybe it’s the colorful outfits they are wearing half the time, or the fact that nearly everyone looks incredible in this PV. I say nearly because I absolutely hate Sho’s hair. It’s too short and it doesn’t work for his face at all. But most likely the real reason I like the video is because the song is really great that I’m looking past the fault of the PV. Then again it could also be the borderline annoying flashing camera angles to make the PV seem more dynamic. Even though it is a little bit annoying I do have to admit I actually think it really works for the PV.

Another plus for the PV is of course that MatsuJun and Nino are looking amazing per usual. But the most surprising thing is how well Ohno looks. He stands out the most to me in this video. It’s probably since the song is for his drama they put him more prominently in the PV.

AKB48-Manatsu no Sounds Good PV preview

Recently a PV review for AKB48’s upcoming new single, and I’m pretty sure Acchan’s final single, Manatsu no Sounds Good was released.

I’m actually really surprised with this PV preview. I’m actually impressed with it, which I did not expect to happen at all. But at the same time I’m only half impressed. The PV preview is half epic and half predictable. Let’s start off with the awesome part first. And that would be the th scenes of AKB48 on this sort of apocalyptic, or deserted, or Battle Royale type of island. Since the PV preview is really sort it’s hard to get a feel for the storyline. But it seems to be half of the girl appeared injured on this island wearing what looks like the Everyday Kachuusha outfits, but I could be wrong, and the other girls rush to help them. And the girls seem to be releasing some sort of deadly black smoke, which reminds me a lot of Lost. They even show Jurina dying. Well she just falls to the ground but it looks like she’s dead. Which is hilarious since they are killing her off again in another PV. And then Mayu is carrying Acchan off to safety and the other members suddently appear down the road dressed in white dresses. Which doesn’t really make sense as of yet. But I have to say, overall this part of the PV is cool. It’s well though out, it’s interesting, and it’s filmed in this awesome dirty/grungy filter.

And then we have the other half of the PV which is the generic 48 group bikini PV. Where it’s the girls dancing in bikinis on the beach, and that’s pretty much it. At least mix it up and do another poolside one like the Baby Baby Baby PV. And the bikini PV scenes in this PV are probably the worst I’ve ever seen because every single girl is basically in the same bikini. This awful white one, and some of the girls are wearing this off white shade which completely irks me! I miss the other bikini PVs where the girls are at least wearing different bikinis and have some individuality. I’m just over the whole bikini PV thing. Unless of course there is some effort in the theme. Give me some other aspect then just the dancing on a beach. Simply adding a beach ball or a frisbee would make it a lot more enjoyable to watch.

And I feel the need to mention this because the PV preview pointed this out, but why is Mayu the center? Sure Mayu is absolutely adorable and popular enough, but there are still more popular members than her. And why isn’t Acchan right in the center for her last song? It doesn’t make sense to me.

NEWS are finally coming back!

After days of a mysterious countdown on Johnny’s special website, Kei-chan’s radio show, K-chan NEWS, has officially announced that NEWS Will be making their comeback. NEWS is set to release a new single, best album, and a concert tour. As of right now the official date has not been set for any of these. Also, the best album is very hands on as fans can vote for their 4 favorite news songs and the 2nd disc of the best album will consist of the top fan voted songs. I’m not entirely sure how that will work. If it will just be the songs in their original form or not. But I’m guessing they will most likely rerecord the songs like they did for the singles on the Pacific album.

I have to say that I am beyond excited that NEWS is finally making their comeback. And I have to admit after months of us fans being strung along I actually did start to think that NEWS would really just fall by the wayside. But I am of course thrilled that, that wasn’t the case. And I felt such a mixture of shock, surprise, excitement, and was generally overwhelmed, that I actually teared up by this news. I have been sticking by NEWS through all of this. Through them not releasing anything for a year, through the rumor of them breaking up, through losing two members, and through the wait of their comeback announcement. I feel exactly like the NEWS fans who waited for NEWS to comeback after their year long hiatus after the Uchi and Kusano scandals. So yes, as a pretty emotional person I was completely overcome with sheer happiness that one of my favorite idol groups are coming back, and teared up. Tears of joy though, akin to the tears of joy I shed when Kago Ai announced her comeback with her Hong Kong movie Kung Fu Chef.

To anyone that reads my blog reguarly I’m sure you’re aware of the posts I made throughout this whole NEWS ordeal, where I was skeptical about the breaking up, and the post where I raged over Ryo’s departure in general. And if you’re not, I suggest you read them if you care. Anyway, in the first post I voiced how I was devastated by my favorite member leaving, and I even said that I wasn’t sure if I was even going to continue to listen to NEWS. But that was all said in the heat of the moment and written a mere 40 minutes after finding out about it. And I have to say over the months I cooled down. I started to be able to listen to NEWS without feeling sad and I realized I could never abandoned NEWS. NEWS is my first JE group, they opened the doors to so many other artists. And I had a lot of good times with NEWS. And NEWS, in my opinion, releases some of the best music in JE. With other JE groups I feel let down by releases, but with NEWS that hardly ever happens. Pretty much the only single I’m disappointed with is Sakura Girl and the only other songs I really don’t like are Let’s Go To The Planets and Stardust, which is pretty good. And NEWS is still NEWS, no matter what change they go through. They stated off with 9 and are now 4, and I’m honestly just as excited for this lineup as I was for the lineups that included Kusano and Ryo. I could never stop listening to them. I know that there are some fans out there that do abandon idol groups when their favorite members leave. But I think that’s just silly. And if I did that I wouldn’t listen to half the idol groups I listen to now, because I’m super unlucky and my favorite members always leave before their time.

I was also really excited that fans get to vote for their favorite songs. I love fans can participate in things like this. A few years ago I voted for Miyavi’s Fan’s Best album. Though it did suck that pretty much every song I voted for didn’t make it into the album. It was still fun to pick nonetheless. I hope my picks fare better this time. The lovely news-jpop livejournal community have translated instructions for voting located here. Voting ends 12/04/30 23:39 JST, so get your votes in while you can.
And if anyone is curious here are my 4 picks.

I gotta tell you it was incredibly hard to pick just 4 songs. But I definitely picked my favorite songs. And I think these 4 songs really show the full spectrum of NEWS songs.

1. Fiesta. Fiesta has been my favorite NEWS song for as long as I can remember. I remember hearing the song right in the beginning of becoming a fan and was instantly in love with the song. There are 2 reasons I love this song. The first being just how catchy and danceable the song is. And the second reason is honestly because Ryo has a lot of lines in the song. But I still really do love the song. I seriously can’t get enough of it. The lyrics aren’t exactly deep. They’re pretty much just about banging someone, but I love this song because of how fun it is. This song really shows NEWS’ dance side.

2. Mafuyu no Nagareboshi. Now, I picked this song 100% because of the lyrics. I absolutely love them they are sapppy and adorable. “The midwinter shooting star is the afterimage of your smile” Whoever doesn’t think that’s sweet must not have a heart. And I love how bittersweet the song is. It’s about the end of a romance, but still wishing the other person happiness. I also really love how the song is sung. It’s very soft and everyone sounds really amazing. Even Shige’s voice doesn’t sound too out of place. It really shows NEWS’ soft ballad type songs.

3. Koi Yake. Koi Yake was so close to losing to Say Hello. Touch is a great album and I really wanted to include a song from it. Koi Yake has always been one of my favorite songs from this album. And after I listened to it again and remembered I loved it because of it’s undeniably catchy chorus, it became obvious to pick Koi Yake. I love this song because it has a nice rock feel to it, which is rarity in NEWS songs.

4. Minna ga iru Sekai wo Hitotsu ni Ai wo Motto Give & Take Shimashou. I’ll never forget when I first heard this song I was absolutely disappointed. I was actually disappointed by the entire Color album when I first heard it. And while I did give the songs a second chance and have grown to love nearly all of them, Color is still my least favorite NEWS album. But I really love this song. I really emcompasses everything I love about NEWS. The song is super upbeat and the lyrics have a postive message. It’s music like this that is the reason I love NEWS in the first place.

Here are my other favorites I unfortunately had to leave out: Beach Angel, Chiraizumu, Say Hello, D.T.F., Alibi, Baby! Be My Baby!, Gan Gan Ganbatte, Smile Maker, Kirameki no Kanata e, Nantoka Naru Sa, Wonderland, and Why. And of course many more secondary favorites I couldn’t vote for either. XD

Momusu’s heart stealing new PV

Recently the full PV for Morning Musume’s upcoming new single, Renai Hunter, was released.

After watching the entire PV I could already tell the hate for this PV must be enormous. Well, let’s be real, this is a Morning Musume PV people would hate on it even if it was pure gold. But as always with Momusu, I’m going to go against what everyone else thinks and come out and say that I really love this PV. It was an absolute joy to watch. My girls are always a joy to watch awful PV or not. But the reason that I like this PV is because it looks like their  was some real effort put into this. Is the PV perfect? Absolutely not, there are tons of things which could be improved on, and don’t worry I’ll get to that part. Lately Momusu’s PV have had a lot more effort put into them. I don’t know if they hired a new director, or they realized the 9th and 10th gen are give them a popularity boost that LinLin and JunJun never could. What was it a month after Riho joined she already had double the members on her mixi fanclub or whatever mixi does? Seriously if they really build the 9th and 10h gen Momusu would be in a good place. They have all the perfect idol traits. But that’s another post all together. Whatever UFA is doing with Momusu PVs they really should continue. I feel like the Renai Hunter PV is almost there. To me it seems more like a transition PV in between awful and absolute gold. Now, I personally don’t think Momusu has only ever had a handful of really amazing PVs. But fans seem to forget that every time shiny new idol groups relase something. But the fact that the Renai Hunter PV has more going on than just dancing and close-up singing shots proves that my god they’re actually trying.

Now let’s start off with the main part of the entire PV which is the set. I absolutely don’t like the set at all, it’s just too simple. I mean it’s white, you can’t get anymore bare than that. They are basically dancing in a giant white box. With a box/ladder pattern on the walls and simple fluorescent lights on the ceiling. And it honestly looks like an office building. Not only that, the entire set makes the members look washed up. Since they are wearing silver outfits they some times blend into the background, which is a huge no-no. But there is something great about the set, and that’s that the entire PV was filmed using one set. Now, that actually sounds horrible. But what makes it great is, you can’t really tell everything was filmed in one place. The first close-up uses colored beads which block the background completely. And the second close-up blurs the background and uses a gray filter. It’s just brilliant.
Moving on to the next biggest part, which is actually the psrt you notice the most, which are the outfits. I hate the outfits. Since the song uses dubstep I’m going to assume they tried to go futuristic with the outfits. But why does everyone think futuristic means silver? It doesn’t. Silver, let alone metalic silver, hardly ever works in the present. And I hate that the outfits do not have a shape at all. It makes them all look like flat boards without a single curve. Which isn’t flattering in the slightest. The other thing that irks me is everyone’s outfit is split into colors by their gen. 10th has blue, 9th has red, 6th has black, and 5th has yellow. But Aika is lumped into the 6th gens black. I guess they wanted Risa to standout and be the only person with their own color. But it’s just not working for me. Yellow is the most vibrant color out there anyway, they coukd ahve put Aika in gray and it would have still worked.
Next the dance, which is awful. What happened to Reina’s explination that it’s like a zombie? I see no Thriller-seque moves, or even any moves that are remotely difficult. There’s just a lot of shaking, pointing, and dropping. It’s just really awkwad from start to finish. The 10th gen can handle something more difficult than this.
The close-up shots for me are some of the best scenes. I love the close-up singing scenes because I actually love the random hanging beads. I know they are cheap sets 101, and H!P uses them all the time. They just used them in Dream Morning Musume’s Shining Butterfly PV. But I love the beads in any PV. I think they are really pretty and add a nice effect. They also balance nicely with the lack of set otherwise. The second close-up scenes are nothing more but beauty shots. But I absolutely love them. The girls look stunning. And I love the slight wind on them. It reminds me of the close-ups from the Sexy Boy PV.
And saving the best for last, my favorite scenes. Which are obviously the magazine scenes. I think they’re adorable. A really simple and cheap effect, but it’s undeniably cute. You get to see some cute shots of the girls posing with lollipops, and the magazine itself has a few stats of the girls.

I love this font.

Awkward dancing already.

Gorgeous Risa.

I can’t even with this dance right now.

Even though it’s just pointing I do love this move. Just because of how synchronized it is.

Absolutely stunning.

Oh, Reina’s hair is down. People can finally stop complaining that’s it’s always up.

Sayumi looks really pretty.

Ayumi still comes off as a little creepy to me.

Risa is killing me with these close-ups.

Most awkward move in the history of idol dances. And Zukki can’t really even do it. Lol.

Aika looks amazing.

I don’t like how boyish Erina’s hair looks.

Wow, Zukki looks incredible. *O*

Poor Haruka looks like a deer caught in headlights.

Mizuki is brining it though.

Eh, Reina’s cover is a little boring.

I love Risa’a lollipop.

Adorable.

Riho’s ins’t that spectacular either.

Aika looks super pretty.

Love them.

Adorable.

Love Aika’s wink.

Wow, Mizuki’s is the best so far.

Erina trying to look sexy.

Gorgeous.

Zukki!

Not bad Ayumi, it’s actually kind of cute.

The pose is a little awkward, but still cute.

Absolutely adorable.

Meh.

Realy beautiful.

Mizuki looks so fresh and pretty.

No words.

Haruna needs to work on her posing.

Too sexy Eripon. It doesn’t work with her cute image.

I just wanna hug Masaki.

I love that Risa says she loves Morning Musume.

Arashi go hog wild in new PV

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

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

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

I love how the PV starts out looking old fashioned.

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

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

I’m digging Nino’s two-toned hair.

He looks cute in the hat though.

Overacting already, I love it.

Lol.

Invisible maracas.

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

Aiba owning the close-ups per usual.

And you know, whatever Ohno is doing here.

Seriously Sho, a hula move? Lol.

This is familiar somehow.

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

Ohno looks cute here for some reason.

Adorable.

Try to be less creepy Jun.

Love it.

WTF is Aiba doing?

Lol.

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

Oh Aiba.

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

I do not like this outfits.

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

Oh, trapped in a box?

Miyavi did it first. XD

Nino, what are you doing?

Bit of a Sakurabia moment.

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

Go ahead, brush your shoulder off.

How low can you go?

Cute.

Now it’s a complete Sakuraiba moment.

Aiba finally getting into it.

Hot.

I love Nino wants in on the action.

He really does.

Lol.

Sexy Zone-Lady Diamond PV preview

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

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

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke preview

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

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