Fruits of June – Airi’s third Photobook

25 04 2009

Well, I got this how long ago?!……….ย  29th of January! Takes me way to bloody long to write things down ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well, this is 6gatsu no Kajitsu i.e: Fruits of June.

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Fruits of June

I’m only going to include of few scans that I happen to like (… and please note, these aren’t my scans as my scanner is mightily small and is crap at doing anything proper like ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …) to wet your appetite ๐Ÿ˜€ It also comes with a DVD, so I’ll try to include some screenshots of it.

To start off, I was stunned when I pulled it out of the box it was shipped in and saw that it was a Hardbound volume~! I wasn’t expecting it, I thought that Photobooks were softcover editions…… it’s what happens when you don’t know much XD Another thing that got me was that it came with a DVD in the back (… that got me all excited again …)

The whole book is beautifully shot and arranged from the get go. Usually there’s some really bad, or maybe not as well set out, shots in a Photobook but to me I can’t find any in this one, she’s a gorgeous person in all sense of the word~! (… I am bias when it comes to Airi, so take that with a grain of salt XD Except for the gorgeous part, anyone who doesn’t agree is clearly mad and needs to be locked in a padded cell ๐Ÿ˜› …) There’s nothing extravagant or over the top in it, it’s all simple and beautifully laid out allowing her personality to shine through. The whole thing is adorable. One thing that I have noticed is the amount of maturing she’s done over a short amount of time. You usually only get that feeling from watching the PV’s or a live performance, but for some reason she exudes maturity in these photos. It’s amazing.

I must admit, there are quite a few shots of her in a bikini, so be warned ๐Ÿ˜›

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OK, now for the included DVD ๐Ÿ˜€ It may only be 17 odd minutes long, but I found it to be most enjoyable. And just to let you know, I’ve linked to some GIF’s that I’ve made and some of them are a couple of megabytes each.

Welcome to Okinawa

Welcome to Okinawa

We’re greeted by a most cute looking Airi standing in some sort of courtyard in Okinawa…… At least I heard her say Okinawa so I’m going with it XD I’ve said numerous times, maybe not here on my blog but elsewhere, that Idols of all shapes and forms love Okinawa. I’m not saying that I don’t like Okinawa, but there’s so many other beautiful places in Japan to do Idol Videos and Photobooks, why not use them? Not complaining though, the place lends itself to some beautiful scenes and shots (… as well as beautiful outfits >_>…… XD …)

I said she looked so much more mature in such a short amount of time before, well the below screencap illustrates this. I think it does in any case:

Welcome to Okinawa

Most Glamorous Airi

She looks like a film star out of a 20’s or 30’s movie…… which I happen to love. Look at this close up. She’s perfect looking, magnificent even. Although she has matured alot, she does still have her adorable cute child side that still lives on, which is how it should be ๐Ÿ˜€ Her mushed up smile-face, the little “Yay” that she says after doing something right……. she even meows to a cat she sees XD

ใƒฌใ‚ชใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ‰-desu

ใƒฌใ‚ชใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ‰-desu

When I saw that she was in a leotard and prancing around a gym floor I thought that maybe she actually did some sort of ballet or something………. I was wrong XD May I present exhibit #1 and #2 She kinda seems timid at the start but once she starts leaping around she looks like she starts having fun, which is nice. After her debut ballet performance we’re transported to a high school, I think, and Airi in a uniform โ™ฅ (… felt like in deserved a heart :3 …) But she also has a trumpet. Now, again I thought that maybe she played…….. she doesn’t, but she does try very well ๐Ÿ˜€ She even gets almost proper sounding notes out of it. I love these kind of DVD’s, I really do~!

At the beach

At the beach

Well, it was inevitable really ๐Ÿ˜› As you watch her you get the impression she turns into a little kid having fun at the beach. All her accumulated maturity sort of melts away when you see her in this outfit. She becomes a little girl playing on the beach, it’s so cute to watch~! XD She does have her moments of maturity, but in the whole she stays that little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ …….. That is until the introduction of the blue bikini. It makes her leap forward into looking older instantly. I never thought that such a simple change of clothes could do anything like that.

I’ll leave you with this in closing:

A Koharu impersonation

A Koharu impersonation

Photobook:
YesAsia | Amazon Japan

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Ice Creamusume – 1st ๆœ€ๆฃ’!

22 04 2009

Well, I did get around to listening to it…. and watching the included DVD ๐Ÿ˜€

Ice Creamusume - 1st ๆœ€ๆฃ’!

Ice Creamusume - 1st ๆœ€ๆฃ’!

I mainly got this on recommendations of other friends…… I wasn’t going to worry about getting it, or even listening to it T_T I’m so glad I didn’t ignore it ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s quite a brilliantly put together album, once you get over the majority of songs being in Mandarin, which if you already listen to J-pop, and a like, shouldn’t be that difficult XD

The version I bought was the Taiwan version (… LE, maybe. Not sure …) I was so kicking myself when I missed out on the Autographed version of it T_T But I shan’t dwell on things that can’t be changed. I’ve included three tracks (… probably going to be the norm from now on ๐Ÿ˜€ It feels nice to include a song to emphasize a point …) which I think are my favourite out of the album.

The first is Lian Ai Deng Chang which is an original ICM tune~! It’s track 1 on the album. I say below that it’s nice to hear familiar songs, but it’s also nice and enjoyable to hear songs specifically penned for them to sing. It did take me a few listens to start to get a feel for it, but I felt like the track deserved (… I’m not crazy ๐Ÿ˜› …) to have a fair go. But I’m glad I did ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s fun and rather beautifully put together with the solos and the group vocalizations. It does sound a bit strange to me in some places, but I think that’s just the way it is and more than likely it only sounds strange to me ._.

Lian Ai Deng Chang (ๆˆ€ๆ„›็™ปๅ ด ; Entering Love)

The second is Lian Ai Ge Ming 21 which is Love Revolution 21 by Morning Musume. It’s track 4 on the album. I liked this song when sung by Momusu and I like it now sung by Ice Creamusume. It’s as fun, if not more fun due to it being completely new sounding……. Well almost completely new. The backing track sounds like it was just taken from the original and the new Mandarin audio placed over it. But I do like that they’ve chosen to give them songs well known to start out, it sort of eases you into them – like they’re a slightly different looking and sounding friend ๐Ÿ˜€ ….. hope that doesn’t sound to creepy >_> It’s a very catchy song…… except for the constant deep ass voice that pops its head up all the time, still freaks me out ._. I would particularly like to see them make a PV for this (… and if there is one for it, well … XD I’m not all that into the uptodate news of H!P ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …) That would make my day XD Sometimes the singing does sound flat, but it doesn’t really detract from the song in my opinion.


Lian Ai Ge Ming 21 (ๆˆ€ๆ„›้ฉๅ‘ฝ21 ; Love Revolution 21 )

The third track is Go Girl ~Lian Ai Sheng Li~ which is Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ from Morning Musume’s 20th single. It’s track 5 on the album. I’ve never heard the original….. ._. ……. so I can only comment on the Ice Creamusume version. It’s brilliant~! Absolutely brilliant. It’s fast paced, energetic and sounds really good with Mandarin lyrics ๐Ÿ˜€ I admit this is my first adventure into Mandarin pop music in a rather long time, but I have to say that it is quite enjoyable and that any future release from Ice Creamusume I wont be hesitating on whether to get it. For some reason the language seems to lend itself well to fast paced songs and up-tempo tracks….. which I admit I prefer for some reason (… probably the reason for my switch to Buono! XD …) I don’t think I’m a ballad man…… although I may not have found the right one yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, have a listen and enjoy:


Go Girl ~Lian Ai Sheng Li~ (Go Girl๏ฝžๆˆ€ๆ„›ๅ‹ๅˆฉ๏ฝž ; Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ )

The DVD that comes with it is an incredible 37 minutes long~! (… which sort of means I can’t upload it to YouTube since they only allow a max of 10 minutes T_T …) Now, I’m only use to the little 10 minute things that come with the LE’s of the Japanese releases so it caught me by surprise ๐Ÿ˜€ A rather nice surprise.

I have to say that the PV for Lian Ai Deng Chang isn’t anything fancy, nor is it a choreography masterpiece, but I dare you not to watch it more than once! It’s extremely fun to watch and it sticks in you mind…… it did for me anyway, I’d listen to the song and get images of ICM being foolish and crack up XD Anyway, these are the girls and their “new” names and their flavour:

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Shen Shen (ใ‚ทใ‚งใƒณใ‚ทใ‚งใƒณ) - Blueberry

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Anchii (ใ‚ขใƒณใƒใƒผ) - Coffee

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Pei Pei (ใƒšใ‚คใƒšใ‚ค) - Vanilla

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Youko (ใƒจใ‚ฆใ‚ณ) - Strawberry

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Rei Rei (ใƒฌใ‚คใƒฌใ‚ค) - Chocolate-mint

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Guu-chan (ใ‚ฐใƒผใƒใƒฃใƒณ) - Mango

Tsunku sort of looks strange in it….. Or maybe it’s just me not seeing him to often XD Also, he messes up a few of there names in the announcements of who got into the new group….. I can’t blame him, since he was just reading them off his own notes ๐Ÿ˜€

They also show snippets from about 5 of the auditions, a few seeming to be not as good as others, but that’s just me. It’s both interesting and strangely odd. Especially this outfit:

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It’s a cute panda looking thingy ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean, I think it’s cute and adorable….. you might not though XD I also like this – It’s a pretty blowy-kiss ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t say I see too many things like this on Australia TV. They also seem not to want to advertise the TV station this was originally broadcast on, they fuzz it out. It is interesting watching how another country, besides Japan, air their shows. But moving on. Now, if anyone had bad things to say about H!P and other Idol music groups then they need to watch the ‘Making Of’ and these videos to see how hard they truly work, as well as how much they seem to enjoy what they do.

I have to say, they do alot of crying in the start of the video…… it was quite depressing to tell the truth. And it’s not the cute and endearing kind of crying (… yes, I do think that crying can be cute and endearing…… and I’m not sadistic XD …), it’s the distress kind ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But they always seem to become chipper and happy again soon after….. or it could be the way the producers have cut the video together. They also do alot of practice into the early hours of the morning, I’m only guessing that since they all look dog-tired in some of the shots.

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I must say that Shen Shen looked cuter when she had her longer hair, which is strange coming from me since I generally like shorter hair XD And it’s also a change for me, because up ’til now my favourite member out of each group is usual either the youngest of close to (Airi, Mai etc… for H!P and Eri~na out of Canary Club) Not all the time, but in general it seems to be true ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I happen to like Shen Shen this time, and she’s 21 XD I’m not saying that Guu-chan isn’t also one of my favourites out of ICM, but…. XD

Shen Shen and her haircut

Shen Shen describes her haircut

Shen Shen holding her hair :(

Shen Shen holding her hair ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’m not saying she’s any less cute, and dare I say it hot, after the haircut, but the longer hair added something to her face. I don’t really know what, but she looks totally different…… to me she does anyway……… maybe she looks further towards the cute spectrum now *Shrugs*

As I’ve said before, I rather enjoy these kinds of videos. It shows the girls behind the camera and how they interact with each other. For instance, when they’re drawing (… not sure why they’re colouring and drawing, but they are …) Shen Shen…… I think I have an obsession with her XD….. is remarkably cute, even when she’s not actually trying:

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And when she is trying, it’s unbelievable XD Guuchan is also adorable with her artistic creations ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel kind of stupid actually…… they use ice cream cones as microphones in this and for the life of me when I saw them close up I thought they were real~! They look damn close to what they should XD It’s incredible to think that you can be entertained so easily, just by watching them play around and actthefool while being filmed. They even go on a train…. in public~! That’s when I decided this video was awesome….. I’ve never seen anything like this coming from H!P. They go to restaurants and wonder around the streets….. they’re amazed by everything, it’s brilliant (… the people around them don’t seem phased at all, probably just thought they were in an Idol video or something. Japan’s a great place XD …) They do make a stop to the H!P Petit Museum, but they seem to look both interested and distant at the same time :s

At the end of the video they play Jan-ken-po (… Rock-Paper-Scissors for those not in the know ๐Ÿ˜› …) to decide who wins portable CD players. I have to say, Shen Shen fails most abysmally XD She loses the first game which goes to Youko, the second game goes to Anchii, and the third game goes to Pei Pei; three straight losses….. BUT, she ends up with one as a consolation prize :3 After that they grant us more candid shots of the girls which I like ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok, that’s it. Hope I didn’t bore you too much ๐Ÿ˜› and I’m working on getting a better version of the PV to add here. And I’m very sorry for all the links, I thought it would get crowded in here if I included all the screencaps I wanted so I linked to them, just click and you shall see ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll leave you with delusional Youko. Ja ne~

Delusional Youko XD

Delusional Youko XD

Single – CD + DVD:
YesAsia





My “Cuddle” List

16 04 2009

I wont go into details……… if you want to know more, then visit Shirow, who started it XD

When I first read Shirows posting of his Poll results and saw his “cuddle” list I so wanted to do one……. Sort of waited for other people to do theres first XD Well, here’s my “cuddle” list……..

My Cuddle List

My "Cuddle" List

Well, I’m so going to jail XD

Ja ne~





It’s Airi’s Birthday!!!

12 04 2009

Man….. BAD WOTA, BAD WOTA….. I almost forgot it was Airi’s birthday today T_T

But, I got reminded :3 So…………………………………

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Happy 15th Airi~!!………. <3…… <3……. XD

Isn’t she sooooo awesomely cute?! She’s my favourite member of H!P :3

Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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Airi selling stuff AND eating

10 04 2009

You can’t go wrong with Airi eating because it’s so damn cute and hilariously entertaining~! ๐Ÿ˜€ She even practices eating a slice of pizza….. dedicated or what?! :] You also have to love the smile she does…. she even closes her eyes when she does it XD

The only way I found this is because Shirow mentioned it on wotachat…… thank you sooooo much! XD

I found this one by myself…….. ages ago :3 It sort of made me feel sad because the pizza ads they have where I live are shi- umm, well they’re not all that great XD I beleive this is the only ad that has ever worked on me…… I really want one of those pizzas…… and when I go to Japan I shall ๐Ÿ˜€ And, to me, the voice over guy in this one sounds like the voice actor for Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police….. >_>

Ja ne~





Buono! – Renai Rider LE and Single V

4 04 2009

Well, I don’t exactly buy things that are new releases……….. XD I buy things that I want. And I’ve wanted Renai Rider for quite a while.

LE Single

LE Single

I found Renai Rider through YouTube (… If I remember right it was a dance cover by….. ummm, maybe LunaCherry? Well, it wasn’t the PV for some reason T_T…) So when it came to my next order it was the first item on the list XD But that didn’t mean much…… YesAsia came back and said the previously available LE version they advertised was now out of print and cancelled it. So I went to JapanCD over at eBay and bought it instead XD I’ve included links to the Regular Edition and the Single V at the bottom of my post….. as well as a link to eBay for the LE, figured you might get lucky ๐Ÿ˜€ The Limited Edition single comes with a DVD that has footage from a FC performance of Honto no Jibun and it’s brilliant~!

I’ve decided to try something different. I’ve found a place to stream mp3’s (… thank you Mars ๐Ÿ˜€ ….. and Bryan ๐Ÿ˜€ …) and so have uploaded the B-Side of Renei Rider and the instrumental of Renai Rider – The two tracks that intrigued me.

The B-Side is Janakya Mottainai! (ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใ‚ƒใ‚‚ใฃใŸใ„ใชใ„ใฃ!) and is superb~! It’s upbeat, as usual XD and works well with their voices harmonies. It’s definetely different in some instances with the layering of the three voices, but it just works. Momo for me has the most unique voice in this one – Miya and Airi are awesome as well, but Momo stands out for me. Well, have a listen and enjoy.

Janakya Mottainai!

I’ve never liked to listen to the instrumentals of the songs. Don’t know why, but I don’t find myself listening to them…… I skip to the next single when they come up XD But the Renai Rider instrumental made me pull up short. It has a mixture of different samples and instruments that it makes it worth a listen…. even if it’s only once. You get to hear the backing vocals and the little parts that are under the girls voices. I think there’s even a piano accordion in there XD You get to appreciate the amount of work that goes into producing a song like this, and it mustn’t be easy.

Renai Rider – Instrumental

Now, I haven’t included Renai Rider because I figure you can just go onto YouTube and listen/watch it, or scroll down and watch the one I embedded ๐Ÿ˜€ It doesn’t mean I don’t like it or anything (… in fact I pretty much love the song …) It’s such a good, fast paced song. And it get’s in your head and doesn’t want to leave…. which can be a bad thing when you’re humming it at work and the customers are looking at you funny. I’m actually thinking of suggesting that we go and buy some J-pop to add to our CD collection for the borrowers (… work at a library if you don’t know …) I just got them to get a bunch of anime and manga, so it mightn’t be all that difficult to twist their arms ๐Ÿ˜€ So, as I was saying before getting distracted, Renai Rider is a pefect song ๐Ÿ˜€

Single V

Single V

The Single V is a must for me whenever I get a single…. It’s an OCD thing, OK. I just have to get it XD And I’m glad I do get it. If it’s not the follow on content from the LE DVD, it has the Making Of or something else that’s brilliant.

The PV for the song is so good, I love it; it’s so much fun. Airi is so cute in it, and Momo is so clutsy and dorky at times you fall off your chair (… or maybe it’s just me XD …) Miya is, as always, beautiful and….. well, Miya ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s one of my favourite PV’s in their repertoire. The outfits, the song, the choreography. It’s all just perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ ….. It does somewhat remind me of the 60’s though…..

This was the first time I’d gotten to see, up-close, Momo’s jacket. And it’s bloody hilarious~! I can’t beleive they put her in it for the PV and no one said anything……. I can only imagine the sort of outrage it would cause in the western media…… You’ve got to love them ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and if you’re offened by swearing, don’t read the below capition….

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โ€œStuffing Fucking Junk Food Into Your Mouth..โ€

I love the “Making Of” videos because you get to see the girls off camera and just being themselves. You sort of see their real personality shine through. I know they may be a bit guarded still, but you get to see them interact with each other and just have fun ๐Ÿ˜€ And they do look like they have fun while making a PV. I always thought it would be a terrible process for them, but it really doesn’t look bad at all ๐Ÿ™‚ I wouldn’t be able to do anything like it, but that’s why you have to love them even more.

You see some of the cutest things in the “Making Of” and the “Behind-The-Scenes” videos. For instance, in this one, right at the start Airi makes a mistake right at the end of a take (… not sure what they were filming …) and she gets all embarrassed and it’s so cute.ย  Miya disowns her for a short time XD

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Also, I’ve always wondered why Momo uses her pinky instead of her pointer finger when they do the pointing in the PV…… well the “Making Of” sort of sheds some light on why. She can’t keep her finger straight! XD It bends upward when she points.

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Miya tries to re-bend it back to what it should be, but it doesn’t work…..XD ….. so Momo decides to try something different, her pinky (… what goes through that girls mind at times ๐Ÿ˜› …) Doesn’t the pinky have a certain significance in Japanese society?? /me ponders for a second ………. well, it’s bloody cute, so I like it ๐Ÿ˜€

OK, I’ll end this with a game ๐Ÿ˜€ Guess who’s love heart infested eye this is:

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It’s Suzuki Airi โค

Single V:
CDJapan | YesAsia

Single – Regular Edition:
CDJapan | YesAsia

Single – Limited Edition:
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