3,2,1 BREAKIN’ OUT OPV Competition

20 05 2009

I’m probably late on this, but hey, since when have I been up to date ๐Ÿ˜›

It seems that Morning Musume have gotten themselves an Official MySpace page (… not that you’ll probably be hearing directly from them ๐Ÿ˜› …) and the masterminds behind UFA have decided to open up the PV’s to the masses, even us western wotas ๐Ÿ˜€ Kinda feels like they’re finally getting that they have fans out side of Japan, which is kinda nice.

They have supplied you budding video-editing PV-creating fans with the track, or a part of it, and a range of different green-screened videos of the girls performing, 83 to be precise which means you’ll have tonnes to work with ๐Ÿ˜€ (… I’m considering downloading them just to have and to mess around with XD …). I’m not completely sure if they are expecting the participants to fill out the green-screen. I’m more thinking along the lines that they, being UFA (… or UFI, whatever floats your boat …), will put in there own background when the winner is announced (… but that’s only my opinion, probably wont happen like that …), which will be at this years Anime Expo. The cut-off date is June 19, 2009 ( Japan time). I can’t wait to see some more of these, and by the looks of it the winner will be damn good~! XD

If you’re interested then click the MySpace link above to get all the details and happy editing ๐Ÿ˜€

This is one of the better ones I’ve found on YouTube. The one I want to include is better, but it’s only on MySpace which I can’t embed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Ja ne~

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Buono! – Rottara Rottara LE and Single V

12 05 2009

Well, I’m waiting for something I bought…… IT”S TAKING WAY TOO LONG TO GET HERE~!! I’m actually thinking it’s gotten lost in the mail T_T….. so I thought I could/should write something about Rottara Rottara (ใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฟใƒฉ ใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฟใƒฉ | Lotta Love, Lotta Love) which is Buono!’s 5th single……. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to do something about it XD

LE Single

LE Single

I didn’t listen to Rottara Rottara at all before I bought it (… and I don’t for any new and upcoming releases either…. still haven’t heard more than 10-20 seconds of My Boy XD …) I sort of pre-ordered it without hearing it once XD It makes it a hell of a lot more pleasing to open it up when you get it and hear it for the first time…… a little scary too, because the thought does cross my mind “What if I don’t like it?!” But, I don’t mind – I’m a collector from way back, so I’m all good :3

I have a thing for the LE, as I’ve said ๐Ÿ˜€ So you may not be able to get it anymore, hence the RE I’ve linked to at the bottom……. I did include a link to eBay for the LE, but it seems they are all the Overseas editions. Anywho, I wasn’t sure of this release, due in part to it sort of veering off what they usually do.

Rottara Rottara is fast paced and ladden with great harmonies, guitar work and a kick ass PV (… well I think it’s pretty great. It’s not flashy or anything, but it works …) There’s usually one of the three girls that “out shines” the rest in the songs, but not in this case. They all do a superb job, each adding a different layer to the song and each changing it as they sing their little “solos”. I actually hum this, or parts of it, at work XD Not too loud but sometimes I do get a strange look or someone stares at me, but it does help the time go by ๐Ÿ˜€

Rottara Rottara (ใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฟใƒฉ ใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฟใƒฉ)

My Love is the b-side to Rottara Rottara and it is also a kick ass song~! The drums and guitar play a key roll in it and might I say do a fine job. I’m reminded of Evil Morning in some parts, mainly the heavy use of drums and in some parts where it’s faster (… I think it would sound pretty good remixed ๐Ÿ™‚ …) And the trumpet through out it is encouragable. Again the harmonies are superb and work well with the music. I’m not sure if anyone of the girls “out shines” in this one either. There are parts where Airi is great with her timing, and then there’s places where Miya and Momo pick up something with thier voices that breaks through. But that’s just natural ๐Ÿ˜€ It really is a nice listen, so enjoy.

My Love (ใƒžใ‚คใƒฉใƒ–)

I’ve just started to be able to distinguish between Airi, Momo (… not that hard XD …) and Miya when they sing…… I’m a slow learner ๐Ÿ˜› It’s something that I haven’t been able to do with any kind of success with ยฐC-ute, BK or Momusu…… but since it’s only three in Buono! it was much easier. It makes the listening all the more enjoyable to be able to pick out Airi or Miya during the song (… I’m not entirely sure why it makes in more enjoyable, but it does for me. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of “knowing” their voices ๐Ÿ˜€ …)

OK, I am regretting not being able to upload the “Making Of” Part 1, but I don’t want to upload it now (… I have a thing about keeping things in groups ._. …) But they are, as I’ve said, quite an enjoyable look behind the camera at what the girls do, like Airi being adorable during the cover shoot XD

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You get to see the quirky little things that they do, like wiping their shoes before and after they’ve danced up on the stage, Momo and her Buono! head dancing (… that made me laugh……. so did Airi and Miya ๐Ÿ˜€ It was actually a relief to see both Airi and Miya doing something together because at the start of the video Airi kind of looked like she didn’t belong ๐Ÿ˜ฆ At least that’s how I saw it …) and the frightful side of Momo XD

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Airi can't help herself โค

She really can’t. And then she goes and teaches Momo the art of spotting and playing up to cameras that aren’t focused on you XD To finish off the LE DVD, have some mature looking Momo, and a Miya ๐Ÿ˜€

If you want to try something, listen to the embedded Rottara Rottara track above and then watch the PV below. You’ll be surprised at how much more satisfaction and fun you’ll get out of the song ๐Ÿ˜€

Single V

Single V

It’s no where near being punk, more like trying to be something from the 50’s (… more so in the set and outfits, but the music is sort of brought down a peg – but not all that much XD……. which doesn’t bother me one bit, it still sounds good :3 …)

And it’s proven that I’m not the only one who doesn’t mind the difference. The normal PV that I’ve included has, at the time of posting, 4,815 views! Which actually quite shocked me.

Just like the LE, the Single V was a must for me. It brings the song to life, if you will, and it’s fun owning the PVs and being able to watch them whenever you want without having to wait for them to load on YouTube or Dailymotion or wherever you want to watch it (… It’s probably just me because my internet sucks, meaning it takes forever for things to load and when they do they stutter …)ย  Also…………I like the outfits……. very much…….<_<…….. >_>……… :3 I’m a complete sucker for cute. And I mean a complete sucker! XD

The Single V comes with the Normal PV (above), as well as a TV Program version (below), the close up version (… not a big fan of the close-up versions. They’re rather boring XD …) and the second part of the “Making Of”. The normal version has a rather simple premise: A girl group, maybe from the 50’s :), doing a spot on a TV show. Now, like I said there isn’t anything flashy or technical in it, but that’s what makes it work……. I think that’s why. It’s taking a step back from over producing and effects used all the time, putting the spot light back onto the song and the music. The choreography is deceptively simple and accentuates the girls natural beauty and cuteness. I can’t help but watch this PV, which makes it difficult to judge and take screencaps ๐Ÿ˜› (… which I haven’t done in extreme this time XD …) I find I just sit and watch without regard to anything, just listening and watching the routine and enjoying. I do like the end, even though it’s sort of anti-climactic. But it suits it:

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Momo's buggered XD

The TV Program version is really different. To me it looks slightly different from the stock standard PV but includes footage from the Normal PV, and adds in some extra stuff such as the girls promoting for Buono! by having interviews with the press:

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Airi, Momo and Miya all get to hold the “News LED” microphone ๐Ÿ˜€ and partake in the faux interview (… in the second part of the “Making Of” you get to see the interview, which they look like they actually do XD Oh, and mentioning the second part, Airi sees something she either recognises, or doesn’t, hanging on the wall next to Buono!’s single covers……. I like to believe that she knows who Led Zeppelin is ๐Ÿ˜€ …). It does make me want to see a proper Television interview of the girls, it just seems to me that they would interview quite well. There is a bit of footage that looks like it should be from the “Making Of” instead of a supposed TV Program airing ๐Ÿ˜› And we have a return of Buono! eating:

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โค

And here is up-close screencaps of them eating: Airi, Momo and Miya. I hope I’ve entertained and given a bit of info of what this release means to me ๐Ÿ˜€ Ja ne~

Note: I am aware that by no means am I talented at writing reviews or commenting on subjects, but it does bring a smile to my face and I enjoy the process of writing these ๐Ÿ™‚

Single V:
CDJapan | YesAsia | HMV.co.jp

Single – Regular Edition:
CDJapan | YesAsia | HMV.co.jp

Single – Limited Edition:
eBay | HMV.co.jp (?)





It’s a Hello!Project Party

3 05 2009

Well, if you’re going to the Anime Expo in LA this year then there will be XD

Bryan and Jen who run J-Ongaku and Hello! Ranking (… well, they do more than those two, but that’s where I know bryan from ๐Ÿ˜€ …) are holding a Morning Musume party at the 2009 AX. It’s in honour of the beloved Morning Musume who are performing this year (… hard to figure out, that XP …) It’s going to be on Friday July 3rd, from 7pm to 10pm and you’ll be able to sing your hearts out with karaoke and dancing, as well as tonnes of other games.

Well, I thought I’d spread the word…… even as little as I may be able to ๐Ÿ˜›

Click here if you’re interested ^_^ And don’t forget to RSVP. Ja ne~





momo16 -ใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚- Momoko’s second Photobook

3 05 2009

I present you Momo in all her quirky goodness~! This is her second photobook titled momo16 -ใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚- i.e: momo16 Peach-colored.

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momo16 -ใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚-

As like before Iโ€™m only going to include of few scans that I like (โ€ฆ and again these arenโ€™t my scans… and there are a few more this time, couldn’t help myself XD โ€ฆ) It does come with a DVD, a little shorter than Airi’s Fruits of June, so Iโ€™ll include some screenshots of it.

This is more like what I thought Photobook’s were supposed to be, it’s a softcover volume. It is a great book full of damn cute & adorable shots of Momo, but for some reason it doesn’t feel as good…… well, it’s not that, more like it’s totally different from what 6gatsu no Kajitsu is. Throughout momo16 there are quite a few awkward shots. But in all it doesn’t really do anything departmental to the overall feel of the book…… go figure XD However, in amongst the awkward shots there are some that are rather elegant and artsie, such as this:

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I would seriously love to have this hanging on my wall. It’s set out perfectly and framed bloody brilliantly. She may be the eldest out of the two (… meaning Airi and Momo …) but you can’t call her mature at all ๐Ÿ˜› She gives off the essence of a child, and that’s what’s brilliant about her~! ๐Ÿ˜€ She just seems so innocent and full of energy. But don’t get me wrong, she also looks older and wiser in a few of the photos, like the image above, as if for an instant the camera captures a mature side of her that you don’t always see.

Well it is a Photobook, so expect some more shots of bikini’s ๐Ÿ˜› ….. but not to many this time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now the DVD ๐Ÿ™‚

It's a Momo~!...... and her drum XD

It's a Momo~!...... and her drum XD

>_>………<_<……. WHAT?! I couldn’t resist, I was reminded of her air-drum playing in Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! and thought I’d share :3 OK, moving along. The DVD runs just a tad longer than 10 minutes and I do have to say that the awkward moments that I talked about show up in the video as well. Sometimes she’s not sure of what she’s saying, or maybe she looks off to one of the adults to the side for an idea of what to do. While this can be a little off at times, it’s also endearing to the fullest degree~! She’s like a lost wayward kitten :3

Momo, most mature~

Momo, most mature~

Well, it seems I’ve been able to get a glimpse of one of her mature moments……. I usually have a love/hate relationship with screencap taking, but it’s worked out well this time ๐Ÿ˜€ This is at the beginning and she’s out side in a pavilion type structure, having her picture taken of course :P, and it’s nice. Both in the sense that it looks rather peaceful and that her outfit isn’t quite a swimsuit but isn’t that far removed from beach-wear. One of the reasons I love her so much is the sheer joy she instills in you when you watch her perform…….. that and the faces she pulls XD and her always clumsiness attitude towards life, whether she wants to or not~! I cracked up when she fell out of the hammock and then was a bit worried :s

Fun at the beach~

Fun at the beach~

:3

:3

Again, I couldn’t help myself XD So, it’s a red bathing suit, and not a bikini. Yay~!………. OK, I have to admit that I like it when they put her in swimmers and clothes that sort of go with her personality, if that makes sense. I don’t see Momo traipsing around in skimpy-ish clothes and regular bikini’s, do you? She just plays on the beach – throwing sand and rocks into the sea, running her wacky run, jumping (… well, the jumping was for a photo, but she looked like she was having fun …) and falling over (… cracked up again XD …), she does get back up and does a baseball “safe” so I’m thinking it wasn’t a bad experience ๐Ÿ™‚

Ready for the Premier League

Ready for the Premier League

Most cute attire they’ve chosen for her :3 It sort of looks like a holiday house, which is nice. The front/backyard and the kitchen is where you’ll find fun times this time (… always in the kitchen o_o She even washes up! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ XP …) I do have to say that the blue ball she’s playing with made my heart skip for a second. When she was throwing it, it sort of looked like it had an Aussie flag design on it, but it didn’t……. just wishful thinking T_T….. XD And I also believe that she could hurt you with a soccer ball if she wanted to. She kicked the blue ball towards the cameraย  and it was dead on target, so I’m thinking a camera man out there has bruised shins. The camera even shook ๐Ÿ˜€ On a slightly commercial-type thought, I do believe that I have found the only way that ads could work on me – Place girl(s) from H!P in ads and I’ll buy anything, whether it’s pizza or a form of flavoured milk XD I’m not a big fan of milk, so… ๐Ÿ˜€

The all powerful Oddball Nose~!

The all powerful Oddball Nose~

She just keeps getting more and more comfortable as the video goes on. We have an excited Momo to start off with…… She must like her hot dogs very much XD Personally it doesn’t look all that appetizing :s I’ve also had an epiphany: It seems I have a thing for when the girls eat, because I’ve fallen in love with Airi when she eats and Momo’s the same. They always look so dainty and try not to get their food everywhere, while at the same time looking like they want to just get on with the eating. She’s also a chicken stalker, which I never knew until now XD You find out the strangest things while having fun.

I say that bikini’s aren’t entirely fitting on Momo, but this is different (… this blue one and the yellow one she wears in the PB …) It sort of looks like a tube, and it just seems to fit her, her and Airi :3 We get to see here have fun, make faces and act like a loof, which I always enjoy seeing ๐Ÿ˜€ But I have always wondered what the general public at these resorts and beaches think’s going on when they see a girl being filmed and photographed by the pool or the sea. It’s like it’s nothing new to them, which is probably quite true when you think about it XD

Shimmy~

Shimmy~

And on a final note I am aware of the few ( a very small minority…..<_<…..>_>….XD) who dislike/hate/loath Momo, but I say to you poo, poo~! ๐Ÿ˜€ She’s a good singer (… all be it a slightly helium-squeaking singer at times …), a great performer and an all round odd ball who you can’t not go Awwwww at :3

Photobook:
YesAsia | Amazon Japan