Arashi’s being mature, surely a paradox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unnecessary.

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Ohno getting a little carried away with his big solo.

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Aiba baby.

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I’m not feeling Jun’s hair.

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I love how in sync they are.

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For some reason I really love this part.

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Jeez Nino.

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That kick.

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

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That face Sho makes for a half a second.

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

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

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Nino is just too cute.

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Idols winking, my main weakness.

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

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

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Aiba in that hat, goodbye my friends.

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It was really nice knowing you all.

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

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You know what, all is forgiven.

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

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Looking good Ohno.

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Just wow.

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Just no words for this.

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Maybe going a little too crazy there Sho.

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

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

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Cutie.

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Wow Jun’s jacket is gorgeous too.

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Jeez.

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What are they mouthing here?!

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Gorgeous Sho.

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

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

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

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

 

MomoClo fail to bring enough crazy in their new PV

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A PV for Neo Stargate, a track off of Momoiro Clover Z’s upcoming second album, 5th Dimension, was released. And I have to say released unexpectedly released because they didn’t release any PVs to promote their first album.

I’m a little disappointed and underwhelmed with this PV to be honest. I usually revel in MomoClo’s unique brand of crazy, but with this PV there’s hardly anything weird going on I am left wanting more, a lot more. this PV is tame and lackluster to compare to what MomoClo usually releases. The song itself isn’t even high energy enough for me. Which is probably another reason why the PV seems so flat to me. With a tamer song they can’t really go all out with this PV.

This PV starts off with MomoClo locked in some sort of container or possible alien pod. Hey, the song is called Neo Stargate after all. Seeing them in that container flashes me back to Lady Gaga. And I would just like to point out, before any disgruntled MomoClo fans jump down my throat, that this PV is 1,000% nothing like Lady Gaga’s videos. Just the fact that they are in pods in a white room reminds me of how Lady Gaga and the other Lady Gaga clones, for lack of better word, woke up in pods in the Bad Romance video. Obviously the Bad Romance video is about Lady Gaga being prepped to be sold as a sex slave, which is nothing like MomoClo’s video. But that’s just what the pod scenes made me immediately think of.

The rest of the video is then just the girls dancing in front of the pods. While I do love the dance for this song, that’s boring. Completely boring and uneventful. Sure they do magically change their outfits, which is kinda cool. But they change their outfits into this hideous mix between a ballerina and a figure skater. They also wear these weird pointed masks I guess to add that weird element that MomoClo is so fond of using, but once weird gimmick is not enough. It honestly seems like a lazy after thought. And since this PV is a whopping 7 minutes long it feels never ending.

The PV only gets mildly interesting when they are randomly dancing in that white tunnel. The dance becomes so weird at this point that it looks like the girls are having a mild seizure. Which actually isn’t a bad thing in this case.

Their intense dancing causes a system overload and destroys what I’m now guessing are probably stargates. Right? I mean they could be. To me stargates are now synonymous with those giant circles from, well, Stargate, or even the giant machine Jodie Foster used in Contact. But I guess they could be pods. It’s never really explained how or why MomoClo destroy those pods. It probably has something to do with that phantom lightning. Or maybe if I could understand Japanese that crazy scientist in the beginning most likely explained it.

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Ok, Momoclo are some test subjects.

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Oh come on with this guy! He looks like Albert Einstein’s and Colonel Sander’s Japanese love child.

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This is supposed to be all of MomoClo’s vital signs, but instead of red there’s blue. Did Akari rejoin and not tell anyone?

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I don’t get the reason for having random White people in this PV.

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Boy, that looks likes like some top of the line technology. How long is Japan going to keep this secret?

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Ok, this mask disappearing thing is pretty cool.

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These have to be some of the most boring close-up shots I’ve ever seen.

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What’s even worse is they are wearing the exact same outfits that they are too matchy and completely blend together.

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At least something mildly interesting is finally starting to happen.

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On no, their life liquid is seeping out.

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Or I guess that was supposed to happen.

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Ayaka does not like being trapped in there.

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See they look way too similar now. Give them a little something to make them unique.

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I love how they’re rising up like they’re vampires.

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And the weird dancing begins. Though if I was cooped up in there for God knows how long, I’d probably do the same thing.

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Look at Momoka’s spaghetti arms.

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This dance is weird but I like it.

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Like what is this move even? Lol.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.

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It’s about to get real now.

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Those masks, those outfits, everything about them is just horrible.

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It literally looks like someone just hot glued tacky jewels onto a leotard.

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Even though their faces are covered, at least you differentiate each girl, and they don’t look so identical outfits wise anymore.

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More weird dancing.

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Dancing so strangely they broke the machine.

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Sorry Momoka I can’t kiss you with that mask on, I might poke my eye out.

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Z project huh? I wonder if they were willing participants.

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So how are there 2 different MomoClos at once?

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It’s cool that they are on a spaceship.

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MomoClo sure like to be in space.

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Wait what is Kanako doing? What’s that weird orb thing?

SUPER GiRLS new PV isn’t cause for celebration

SUPER GiRLS will be releasing their 3rd album Celebration February 20th. And true to form a few days ago they released a PV for the title track.

I have to say, I am just really disappointed with this PV. It’s really a strange feeling. So far I’ve never not liking anything that SUPER GiRLS released. I usually cannot get enough of them. But this time both the song and PV are equally bland.

And that’s probably because they are trying for a more mature look and sound with this song. Which is fine, I actually kind of expected it since Akai Jounetsu had a more mature feel. But what was so great about Akai Jounetsu that it was mature while still remaining catchy. It was a touch more serious from their previous singles, but it still retained some of the fun and energetic SUPER GiRLS spirit. However, Celebration is a complete 180 from their usual sound, and honestly I was caught off guard. I wasn’t expecting something like this from them at all. The song sound just so boring and forgetful. It completely lacks personality.

The PV seems to focus mostly on dancing, which right there makes it boring. But not only is it just dancing they are dancing on a giant block, which is something that’s been done a few times in idol PVs before. For instance: Berryz Koubou’s Piriri to Yukou or AAA’s No Cry No More. But the fact that they are not only dancing on a giant square and wearing all white outfits, immediately makes me think of C-ute’s Everyday Zekkouchou. It’s just been done before and therefore feels very stale to me. However, they do make up for it a bit by being styled beautifully. Per usual, the girls look gorgeous. But not only that they look super mature. I mean, Hikaru cut her hair and I almost couldn’t even recognize her. And Ami, look at Ami! She’s seriously grown so much.

I also don’t really like the close-up shots so much. First off, they are just a red curtain. How boring. It’s uncreative backdrops like that I expect from H!P, not SUPER GiRLS. And Secondly, where are the adorable close-ups with 2-3 girls. You know where they do the same posing in unison. They’ve done those in pretty much every PV. It’s little things like that that make SUPER GiRLS unique.

The only parts of the PV I did enjoy are the present wrapping scenes. I think it’s cute that they’re playing off the title. It’s in these scenes you see the girls acting more natural and just adorable. Sadly these scenes only make up about 50 seconds of the PV. And when the video is nearly 6 minutes long, that’s nowhere near long enough.

These presents are actually wrapped beautifully. XD

Whoa what kind of filter are they using, cause that grass looks yellow.

Just wow Ami.

These outfits are really pretty.

Adorable Rino.

Aya has some really nice legs.

Hikaru, you look like a completely different person.

Saori looks really fresh and pretty here.

Adorable.

Rina looks so mature!

Ami just continues to always look flawless.

Rikataso looks super cute.

So so cute.

I love that they’re continuing the tradition of Mirei wearing some sort of hat.

Still think that Reira is one of prettiest members.

Kaede is judging Rino so hard.

Too cute for words.

This dance is a little too simple.

Adorable.

Ami needs to stop being so perfect.

And now they’re playing piano for no reason.

Look at Ruka being all gorgeous by herself.

What? XD

Adorable!

Such cute scenes in this PV.

Lolz at Mirei pouting.

I absolutely love that it turned into a giant present. Such a cool effect.

Hey! Say! JUMP to finally release second album

After almost two years since the release of JUMP No 1, it has been announced that Hey! Say! JUMP will be releasing their long awaited second album. The album is currently untitled, but it will be released on June 6th. The album will of course come in a Limited Edition and Regular edition. The LE will have a DVD that includes footage of the album recording and the jacket shooting. The RE will come with a 3D booklet and messages from the memebers, much like the messages both editions of JUMP No 1 had.

But what’s different about this album from their last one, and most Johnny’s releases, is that the the final 3 songs on each edition will be different. The LE will get 2 old songs: Spicy by Hey! Say! BEST and Endless Dream, as well as new song Uta Utau by Hey! Say! 7. The RE edition will 2 new songs: SNAP by Hey! Say! BEST, and Hana Egao by Hey! Say! 7. The RE will also include another single medley, probably much like the one at the end of Thank You Bokutachi Kara Kimi E, so I don’t really count that as a new song.

Well, I can’t say that I’m shocked by this announcement. After 1 year passed with no new album I was pretty much expecting the announcement to come any day. And once it got to be a year and a half, then almost two years, I started to get pretty annoyed and impatient. I don’t really understand what the management is doing with Hey! Say! JUMP. First they had that whole year of not releasing a single, and then almost 2 years inbetween album releases. NEWS also had this kind of waiting period, but for good reason. There’s absolutely no reason for Hey! Say! JUMP to have these long stretches of nothing.

That small complaint aside, I’m obviously really excited for Hey! Say! JUMP to be releasing another album. HSJ is one of my top 3 favorite JE groups, and I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this release. This album already seems to be a lot better than their first album already since the only difference between LE and RE was the jackets and member messages. I’m glad that they put a lot more effort into each eddition. I can’t really comment on anything else though because most of the albums are new. But I can comment on the old songs. I really love that Hey! Say! JUMP has slowly been releasing old songs as B-sides because as it is right now nearly all of their unreleased songs have been officially released. As for Spicy though I’ve never been a huge fan of the song and I think I’ve only really heard it once ot twice. But relistening to it now it’s actually not that bad of a song. But for the unreleased songs I am way more excited for Endless Dream. I’ve been a huge fan of this song since they first sang it on Shounen Club back in 09. And it was actually one of the unreleased songs I wanted them to include in JUMP No 1. Endless Dream is really a great song. The music is great and the line distribution is almost good. 7/9 of JUMP get a decent amount of lines, but per usual Keito and Inoo are left with nothing. But quite honestly I’m just happy that Yuto has a nice chunk of lines.

And for any new JUMP fan out there, or anyone who just wants to refresh their memory, here are clips of Spicy

and Endless Dream.

SUPER GiRLS PV makes me jump for joy

A about a month ago the full PV for SUPER GiRLS’ title track off their 2nd album, EveryBody JUMP was released.

This PV is incredibly simple, yet I love absolutely every minute of it. I swear SUPER GiRLS keep getting better and better. They are forever flawless and forever underrated. This PV really shows off the charm of the girls. Since the song is called EveryBody JUMP the PV is pretty straightforward and mostly filled with scenes of the girls jumping. But the girls jump in just about every way imaginable. Jumping in the air, jumping over water, jumping out a window, and even jumping over the members themselves. I just find those scenes to be incredibly adorable and entertaining.

Another way the PV grabs your attention is with the close-up scenes. For the most part close-up scenes are rather boring unless they feature your favorite member or that particular member is doing something extremely adorable. But anymore SUPER GiRLS doesn’t have individual member close-ups. Instead they opt for 2-3 members in each close-up shot. Now, it’s probably done to save film. But I actually prefer that they do it like this, because I love the way the girls interact with one another. Usually their close-ups are pretty choreographed so the girls will do certain moves in unison or the girls will hug each other at the perfect moment. I can see people not liking this because you don’t see the girls true personalities shine through enough. But I think they add an additional cute and playful factor to the PV. Which is obviously always welcome.

And  surprisingly I really love the dance. While the moves are still the same old same old simple idol moves, it looks like they did put a bit more effort into the dance. The dance is polished and the moves are cute. But more importantly when you watch the dance you don’t immediately think that it’s too simple. Which is the impression you get far too often with idol dances.

I also think the outfits are really adorable. Of course we have the main blue outfits. That actually kind of look like winter jackets with shorts, but they are cute nonetheless. And you gotta love that once again they are shamelessly copying Passpo’s thing of putting their group colors onto their outfits. The second outfit, which is my favorite of the two, is pretty much just a standard school uniform. Expect instead of skirts they are wearing shorts because obviously they couldn’t wear skirts if they are jumping every 5 seconds. I actually like school uniforms in idol PVs, I never get sick of them.

I love that it’s full force from the get go. And I also love that Ami is front and center.

I’m not really bothered by how simple the set is. I honestly wish more PVs were filmed outside. You can’t beat natural lighting.

So much jumping already. Lol.

I really love moves like this. They really show just how in sync the group is.

Ami is such a cutie. And I never realized how much Ruka really looks like Kashiwagi Yuki.

Jumping high five.

Cute flying move.

Adorable. Especially Rina.

Rino is so cute.

Basketball has nothing to do with anything. But of course they had Reira do it.

Cute.

Love this move.

Adorable Rina.

I don’t get how people can jump like that.

Lol.

Probably the cutest scene in the whole PV.

Fail.

Impressive jump.

All of this jumping makes me think of MomoClo.

Jumping over water is a nice effect.

Peek-a-boo.

Mirei sucks at lip syncing, to such an extent she accidentally stick her toungeout. Lol.

Let’s all jump out the window and die!

Do not want.

Adorable.

I love that Ami flaps her wings. Lol.

Cute.

The moves during the dance break are amazing.

They gave Ruka the longest solo. Seems like they are going to be pushing her a lot more.

Ami is still my favorite though.

So cute.

KAT-TUN-Lock On PV preview

Recently a PV preview for KAT-TUN’s Lock On, a track from their upcoming album Chain was released.

Can I just say that I wasn’t expecting this album to get a PV. Mostly because JE groups don’t really release PVs for album songs unless they are Arashi. I know KAT-TUN did release a PV for No More Pain, but it seemed like they only did that so they could garner more interest in the album since the album didn’t feature Jin. He was off doing his pre-departure solo concerts. They did also make a PV for the album song You, but that was done to also sell more copies since it was the last album Jin was featured in before he left to study in the US. Obviously KAT-TUN has always revolved around Jin.

I wish I could say that I was impressed or even interested in this PV, but I’m not, not even a little bit. The PV is just so simple and unimaginative. KAT-TUN has released a lot of similar looking PVs in the past, but lately they are taking it to a whole new level. And it honestly feels a bit like deja vu. This is the 3rd PV to feature KAT-TUN dancing in all black with a basically solid white background. The other 2 PVs are of course Ultimate Wheels and Run For You. This is the 5th time they danced with a white background, they other 2 PVs not mentioned before are Signal and Ultimate Wheels. And again with the black outfits! Am I the only one who is sick of KAT-TUN always wearing black in their PVs? This is the 10th time KAT-TUN has worn all black in their PV. Those PVs are: Bokura no Machi de, Star Rider, No More Pain, Run For You, Birth, Ultimate Wheels, Change UR World, Rescue, and One Drop. Not to mention the PVs who’s outfits are nearly all black: Lips, White Xmas, The D-Motion, and half of the Real Face PV. I guess JE really wants to emphasize that KAT-TUN has a cool image. But black in nearly ever single PV they’ve ever released is a bit much. And frankly, I’m sick of it. Surely there’s another way to get their image across clearly. But even though they are dressed exactly the same that they always are, I admit I do like the outfits. But that’s because they’re wearing suit jackets. A pretty straightforward polished look.

The PV also does try to have a storyline, but it’s a little strange and a lot stupid. It focuses around the members of KAT-TUN being in love with robots. But I’ll go deeper into my comments about that aspect of the PV when I do my review of it. The only real plus for this PV so far is how fine Koki looks in it.

ManoEri to release 3rd album

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.

SUPER GiRLS-EveryBody JUMP PV preview

Recently avex’s official youtube channel posted a short version for SUPER GiRLS new PV for EveryBody JUMP from their 2nd album, EveryBody JUMP.

I’ve been really neglecting SUPER GiRLS on this blog, and I do apologize about that. I honestly meant to make posts about their second album and the first PV preview for EveryBody JUMP, but it honestly slipped my mind.

I do absolutely love everything about SUPER GiRLS they are shaping up to be one of my favorite idol groups. And I know I say that a lot, but that’s because I mean it everytime I say it. Groups like SUPER GiRLS ans Passpo are surpassing some of my old favorites. I should eventually make a post about my favorite idol groups in order, but that’s another topic all together.
The reason I adore SUPER GiRLS so much is because all of their music is so upbeat and full force. So ar they’ve onlt released 4 slow paced songs. And EverBody JUMP is the exact same way. This song is incredibly happy and upbeat, it’s incredible.
The PV is also really adorable. It’s an idol PV down to the last T. It’s incredibly well made and looks pretty expensive. Or just a cheaply made PV done perfectly. It shows the girls wearing their group colors on their outfits yet again ala Passpo. And wearning an outfit that looks incredibly similar to an outfit thay S/mileage wore before. SUPER GiRLS don’t even try to be unique. I love that about them. There’s no shame in taking the best idol elements and making an amazing idol group.
There are just so many great scenes in this PV so far. Adorable jumping, super cute close-up shots, a dance that is really great, playing basketball, mid-air high fives, and balloons. You laugh at the balloons but don’t pretend that they add an nice addition to the PV. And did I mention that my girl Ami looks absolutely flawless?

Berryz Koubou announces 8th 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.

KAT-TUN Announces 6th album

It was announced that KAT-TUN will be releasing their 6th album. The album is entitled Chain and will be released on February 22nd.

I’m not really that big of KAT-TUN fan, and that’s mostly because I’m just not into a majority of their albums songs. There are only a few here and there that I actually like. So, I’m not really too excited that they will be releasing another album. I’d honestly be much more excited for another new single.
Let me know when NEWS or Hey! Say! JUMP are finally releasing another album, then you’ll get genuine excitment.

C-ute to release 7th album

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.

Tegomass’s magical new PV

The PV for Tegomass’s Mahou no Meldoy was recently released. Which I’m still not 100% sure why they made a PV for this at all. Album songs hardly ever get PVs, but I guess more promotion never hurts.

My love for this PV has triped since seeing the full version. Even though there’s not really much going on in the full version that we didn’t see in the PV previews, but there’s just something about this PV that I love. It’s just a fun and childish PV. Which is what Tegomass is really all about. Well, maybe not Tegoshi, but it’s definitely what Massu is like. The whole PV just has this youthful and happy feeling. Which is a nice change. Nearly all of Tegomass’s PVs are either pretty serious or have underline an underline deeper meaning.
The PV is basically nothing but Tegomassu designing and building a Willy Wonka-esque flying machine. And endearingly failing everytime. However, the close-up scenes when they are wearing their ring leader/Jrock inspired outfits are my favorite scenes. Massu looks absolutely adorable. Tegoshi, of course, looks as feminine as ever.

I just can’t imagine Tegomass ever seriously making schematics.

What’s with the random bird? What are they pirates now?

I hate that all of their PVs make it seem like they are in love with each other. But I guess someone is enjoying the fanservice.

Too much makeup Tegoshi, just too much.

Meanwhile, Massu looks adorable.

Love the random troll band.

This just reminds me of Willy Wonka so much.

I love Massu’s where face.

Tegoshi keeps looking girlier and girlier everytime I see him.

Cute.

I don’t remember Tegoshi ever wearing earings before. Oh, that’s hilarious.

I love their outfits, and lolz at Massu’s jazz hands.

I love how over the top Massu is during his close-ups. Tegoshi is a little flat in comparison.

To such an extent he’s almost creepy.

So womanly.

This is the closest to cute Tegoshi has looked in the entire PV.

I love Massu’s overreaction.

Simply adding wings is totally gonna work Icarus.

Aww.

Pose.

I can’t even right now. Lol.

Magic solves everything.

The super close-up shows just how much makeup Tegoshi is wearing.

Horrible CG.

Tegomass-Mahou no Melody song and PV preview

NEWS sub-unit Tegomass is releasing their 3rd album, Tegomass no Mahou, on October 16th. And to promote the album the first track off their album, Mahou no Melody, is getting a PV. Recently both the PV preview and radio rip for the song have been released.

First up the radio rip. Which is a little crackly, so I appologize for that. Now, I am hardly a Tegomass fan. Half because Tegoshi and Massu are my least favorite NEWS members. (I’d rather have a KoyaShige duo, quite honestly.) And half because all of Tegomass’s songs sound exactly the same. The singles anyway, I haven’t bothered to listen to any of their albums. And Mahou no Melody isn’t any different I’m afraid. It follows the same bland slow paced love song pattern they always sing. Singing wise, the song sounds incredible. Tegomass harmonize beautifully together. And Tegoshi is one of the best singers in JE, so he could sing just about anything and it would sound amazing. It’s a shame that the music for this song is so bland. I wish I could say that this song sounds like a B-side, but this song is actually a lot more upbeat then some of their A-sides. I just don’t like this song at all. The only time the song actually picks up is the chorus. And even then the song is just medicore. However, this song will most likely grow on me. Tegomass’s songs might be bland, but they end up having incredibly cute lyrics.

And finally the PV previews. About 3 or 4 morning shows have shown the PV preview for Mahou no Melody. Luckily I found a video with all of them mashed together.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I absolutely hate the song but love the PV. Half of the PV shows Tegomass wearing exaggerated, overly colorful, ringleader inspired outfits. While the band behind them are wearing polka dresses and gnome hats. Which is absolutely incredible. I love every minute of it. They are really taking the magic theme and going with it because the PV looks pretty fanciful. The rest of the PV features Tegomass on a random flying machine, that reminds me a bit of the machine in Willy Wonka that shot soap on everyone. (I wish I could remember what it was called, but I haven’t seen that movie in a good 6-10 years.) Which adds to the childish, and magical theme of the PV.
But probably the best part of this whole PV is we finally get a PV with Massu’s red hair. I’m nowhere near a fan of Massu, but he looks the absolute best with red hair. He moves from a 4 to probably a 7 with red hair. He’s still to overly cute for my taste though.

As always you can purchase this album from CDJapan, by clicking the links below.


Tegomass – Tegomass no Mahou [Regular Edition]

Tegomass – Tegomass no Mahou[w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

Morning Musume 9th album announced

It’s finally announced officially! Morning Musume’s 9th album Platinum 9 Disc will be released March 18th. I thought the album was being called Platinum 9 Disco. But I’m not really impressed with the album title, even if it was disco. Though the majority of Momusu albums have stupid titles. Sexy 8 Beat and Rainbow 7 are the only ones I actually think are cool.

Most of the songs on the album aren’t necessarily new. A good chunk of the songs are either singles or were preformed at their Fall concert Resonant Live. But I’m still excited to hear what the 4 new songs sound like. And since I haven’t finished watching Resonant Live, which I’m working on to review later on, I’m excited to hear how the songs from Resonant Live sound. And to see how good the studio version is. And Ame no Furanai is on the album, which I’m happy about. I absolutely love the song.

What’s really exciting about this album is Aika, Sayumi, and Eri get solo songs! And shockingly there’s none for Ai or Reina. It’s about time there’s some Aika love in Momusu. I absolutely loved her duet, Haru Beautiful Everyday, with Eri from the Sexy 8 Beat album. So, I’m really excited for this. And an Eri solo song is really overdo. Her voice is just incredible. And Sayumi, I’m really excited for her solo too. She’s one of my fave members, and her Furusato performance was great. I think she can handle her solo song now. So she might not really get lines in actual singles, but Tsunku still listened and gave her a solo song.

Here’s the track list for the album.

1. Ame no Furanai

2. Songs
3. Resonant Blue
4. Take off is Now!
5. Mikan
6. Watashi no Miryoku ni Kiduka nu Donkan na Hito
7. Guru Guru Jump
8. Jounetsu no Kiss o Hitotsu
9. It’s You
10. Onna ni Sachi Are
11. Kataomoi no Owari ni
12. Kanashimi Twilight
13. Naichau Kamo

NEWS 3rd Color

Johnny’s Entertainment group NEWS will be releasing their 3rd full length album, Color, on November 11th. The track list will include NEWS’s last four singles as well as fan favorite song Snow Express. The CD will come in both regular and limited edition. Limited edition will include a 32-page booklet and a bonus song, Towairo no Koi. The regular edition will include a 16-page jacket.

Here’s the full album tracklist.

1. Weeeek
2. Stardust
3. Summer Time
4. Snow Express
5. Forever
6. Mola
7. Kesenai
8. Ordinary
9. Minna ga Iru Sekai wo Hitotsu Ai wo Motto Give & Take Shimashou
10. Mura Risuto
11. Taiyou no Namida
12. Smile Maker
13. Happy Birthday
14. Fly Again