no3b to release 8th single

AKB48 subgroup, no3b, announced recently that they will be releasing an 8th single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on November 2nd.

No3b is one of my favorite AKB48 sub-groups. They always release consistanly good songs. And their last single, Kuchibiru Furezu, was amazing both song and PV wise. Hopefully their new song is just as good. But I would still prefer a song along the lines of their earlier singles. But for some reason I have a feeling this song will be a lot calmer.

NMB48- Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo radio rip

The full radio rip for NMB48’s debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo was just released.

Talk about jumping to conclusions. After hearing the full song I take back absolutely everything I said about the single being bland and forgettable. And I definitely take back saying that the single wasn’t strong enough to be an A-side. I absolutely, completely, 100% love this song! This song is incredibly catchy. I was literally hooked on this song after the first listen. I think this song is a lot better than SDN48’s debut single, and even their second single. The song isn’t an instant idol classic like I feel about 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! or Oogoe Diamond. But it’s actually pretty up there.
The song starts out in full force with this light, but still upbeat music, that can only be described as disco mixed with electronic. And the rest of the song is this amazing sort of techno/electronic club music. They start singing in these high voices, that almost sound like harmony lines, but they continue throughout the song. And for some reason I absolutely adore them. Then the chorus hits and it brings the energy level up to about 110%. And the notes hit at the later half of the chorus are sung just beautifully.
And then the rest of the song adds a bunch of effects to make the song engaging and interesting from start to finish. There is this incredible echo effect that happens right before the first chorus. It also sounds like the effects they use in auto tuning, but done completely light that it’s not to over overbearing. And then they also have the members every so often say words in the background. Like onaji, yeah, come on, etc. That might sound pretty cheesy and cliche on the surface but it actually works 100% for the song. And towards the end of the song they have the members sing underneath the original singing and it sounds super amazing. That’s not really explained well, but listen to the song from about 3:00-3:12  to see what I mean. It’s really short, but it is still an awesome effect.
The song also gets really awesome for me, when they take their singing break and just have instrumental, like pretty much every song in the world does. But the song has this really awesome electronic, club, or house music feel to it. And it’s absolutely incredible. The electronic music throughout the whole song is really awesome. And it sounds like the kind of music they release in the US. Which is an added bonus to me since I love all of America’s autotuned club sounding music.

I am just completely in love with the song! I cannot wait to see the PV.

NMB48-Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo preview

NMB48 was featured on a morning show recently to promote their debut sing,  Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. And during their breif segment they previewed about a minute of the song. Which is the first time fans get to hear it.

I have to say the song is completely different than the type of song I was expecting. I was expecting something similar to enka. But this song isn’t even remotely close to enka. Which is actually a relief. The song itself is extremely laid back. The song has a very soft and soothing feel to it. Which makes it very pleasant to listen to, but doesn’t really work as a debut song. You’d figure that since this is their debut single, that they would have a very elaborate song to draw attention and new fans to them. SKE48’s and SDN48’s debut singles both were attention grabbing. Tsuyokimono yo with it’s heavy anime sounding instrumental, and GAGAGA with it’s unique club sounding music. But I think ABK48 did the same thing. I always thought Aitakatta would have made a better first single, and for a while I actually thought it was their first single. Back when I was a bigger AKB48 noob then I am now. XD
After a couple listens I am starting to find the song enjoyable and likeable, but I still think it’s pretty lack luster for a debut single. Perhaps NMB48 will win me over with the PV.

As always, you can but this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

NMB48 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo [CD+DVD/Type A]


NMB48 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo [CD+DVD/Type B]

NMB48 to release debut single!

It was announced at a concert recently that AKB48’s newest sister group, NMB48, will be releasing their debut single. The single is entitled Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo and will be released on July 20th.

I was pretty much expecting their debut to be pretty soon. Since they’ve done 2 stages already and they just recently started performing their first original song Seishun no Rap. Which is being used as the B-side for this single.
I’m actually looking forward to see NMB48’s debut. I’m really excited to see what kind of a feel they will have compared to the other 48 groups. The song is said to be hard and danceable, which I’m excited for. I would love a song similar to Banzai Venus. But the song is also supposed to be about Japanese beauty and have kabuki elements in the dance. That makes me think that they song will have an enka feel to it. So, maybe a song like Odoru 11’s Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo or Kanjani8’s Naniwa Iroha Bushi. I would actually kind of hate an enka inspired song. So, I really hope they don’t go that route.

I’m also really looking forward to their debut because of Yamada Nana. She used to be an H!P member and she’s Nakayama Yuma’s older sister. Talk about fandoms colliding. So, she’s really interesting indeed.

Another 48 group to be formed, HKT48

Akimoto Yasushi announced he is planning to create yet another 48 group. This time the group will be called HKT48 and will be a based out of Fukuoka. Auditions are going on now until May 31st, with ages 11-22 being eligible. It it also planned for HKT48 to debut this year. Here’s their official website.

Apparently Aki-P has never heard the phrase, “Too much of a good thing.” Or how about, “Quality over quantity.” I guess those phrases just don’t translate right into Japanese. I don’t know about anyone else but I am getting sick of all these 48 groups. There’s too many, enough already! NMB48 hasn’t even released a single yet, and they are already making another one. Aki-P doesn’t seem to realize that eventually saturating the market with nothing but 48 groups is going to end badly. Pretty soon even the wota and casual fans are going to get sick of all these 48 groups. I mean, once you’ve reached the top the only other place to go is down. Eventually all of the 48 groups are going to fall into obscurity, because popularity doesn’t last forever. And honestly, the only 48 group anyone will really care about after the eventual collapse of them is AKB48.
I could see making so many 48 groups if each groups had their own specific theme. Like this one releases enka, or this exclusively releases anime openings, or releases nothing but techno, or Jrock. Or any actually theme. Aside from SDN48 with their mature sexy theme, every 48 group is exactly the same! The exact same image and costumes, and are releasing the exact same songs. Every single by a 48 group is interchangeable. Meaning I could see AKB48 singing Banzai Venus or GAGAGA. I could see SDN48 singing Heavy Rotation. And I could see SKE48 singing Chance no Junban. But since every 48 group is exactly the same, why even make them? I understand it’s only being done to make money. But at least try to make them interesting for the fans. At least try and give them their own separate identity. To this day I don’t know or see the actual difference between AKB48 and SKE48. If someone could explain the difference that would be awesome. However, things like their ages or the music is NOT a difference. Age is a give in why, and as far as music, it’s EXACTLY the same.

And the insanity doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget the foreign 48 groups are still in the works. It seems like Akimoto Yasushi isn’t going to stop until there are 48, 48 groups!