Ai want to thank you…

14 01 2010

See what I did there? :3

Ok, so a while back CatchFiveBats linked some magazine scans from a gaming magazine featuring Takahashi Ai from Morning Musume. Of course that is quite awesome and I needed to own it XDD So when my first try at procuring a copy failed (thank you maiZe for lookingโ™ฅ ^-^) I asked CFB for the link he found to get it on Amazon.co.jp, but he offered to just add a copy to his order for me!…………….. I said yes of course (paid back in full now :3)

And now it’s arrived!!:

I was so excited when I saw who it was from! I was actually a little confused since I wasn’t expecting anything for a few weeks (forgot about it xD) But I opened the package and out it popped. Once the packaging was safely put away I noticed a piece of plastic sticking out of the magazine:

I figured CFB had bookmarked where Ai appears……. Well, he had, but with a most brilliant bookmark!:

It was bookmarked but with an Ai-chan photo!!!!!! Best bookmark I’ve seen in ages XDD Had to stop myself from letting out a laugh of joy and from doing a little jig ._. So I want to thank you soooooo much!! *uber hug* Below you can see the pages that Ai-chan appears in ๐Ÿ˜€

Image Hosted by PhotoBucketImage Hosted by PhotoBucketImage Hosted by PhotoBucketImage Hosted by PhotoBucket

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

(click images to go to where I found them. My scanner is non-existent T_T And this is the link to Amazon if you should wish to get your own copy :3)

Advertisements




ยฐC-ute to be 5-nin ~ AKA: Erika is graduating

2 08 2009

I wasn’t going to write anything, because if you haven’t heard by now you either live under a rather considerable boulder or don’t know how to use a feed reader XD But, I actually want to say something, so why shouldn’t I say it~?

Hosted by ImageShack - Taken from Hello!Online

Umeda Erika

I woke up, turned my computer on and went to Google Reader (… since I like to be informed ๐Ÿ˜› …) Once it loaded all I could see was “Umeda Erika to Graduate”. A few clicks later and I was a sad wota ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Now, I’m not going to say that

Oh no~! I loved her, my life is ruined!!!! Bawwwwwwww!!!! She wasย  the best and only great member of ยฐC-ute!!!

….. because it’s not and I didn’t (… she is however my 7th favourite H!P member …) I will however say that I am sad because she’s leaving and I’m a fan of all of ยฐC-ute and, but as there is supposed to be a silver lining to everything, happy because it seems Erika-chan will be happy in her graduation ๐Ÿ˜€ …………. and it’s an actual, proper graduation, finally~! Really wasn’t nice or fair of UFI to not give Kanna a ceremony.

Like Kanna, I had a soft spot for Erika…… more so actually for Erika ever since my watching of the 2008 Wonderful Hearts concert (… read my review if you want. I have a picture with a rather large red arrow on it that is relevant …) Erika was always in the far background and to the corners of all the PV’s for ยฐC-ute, which apart from Maimi and Airi is pretty common for the girls, but she was particularly in the “shadows” for whatever reason. I too don’t think that her lose will be felt straight away in the singles, but the PV’s will feel even more empty now (… she worked super hard, even though she wasn’t front and center …)

From what I’ve read she’s pursuing a career in modeling…….. she’s certainly got the height. You can read a translation of the official statement here. She’ll be sticking around until the current concert tour ends, which is the 25th October, so there’s time to a) come to terms with it and b) to support her, if you so choose to ๐Ÿ™‚ (… I can see fans stocking up on Erika merchandise now …)

Hosted by ImageShack - Taken from Hello!Online

6-nin at an end T_T...... I so do like the number 6 ._.

To end things, I suggest you read CK’s post about this ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and I’m nowhere near finished my Alo-Hello! 3 reveiw XD I’m a slow ass everything. Ja ne~





Farewell Kana T_T

11 07 2009
Kana, you will be sadely missed :(

Kana, you will be sadely missed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I’ve just read about Arihara Kanna leaving Hello!Project and ยฐC-ute and found that my otherwise happy and semi-pleasant day has devolved into a sad, sad night T_T (… if you want to read the official statement, then head over to Hello!Online …)

One moment I was merely waiting for Kana-chan to return from her hiatus, and the next I’m reading that she left not even warranting a graduation ceremony…. which is a bit of a snub! …. I did think something was a bit not right, since four months is a rather long time to recover from hallux valgus.

Although I’m not in tears (… I rarely cry ._. …) this is truly a sad day. She may not have been my favourite member, but I did have a soft spot for her. She’s super adorable, cute and brilliant (… I’m a big fan of shorter hair on girls ๐Ÿ˜€ …) But I am sort of happy (… a sad happy, if that makes any sense ๐Ÿ™‚ …) because I think she may be happier now, which is what’s most important ๐Ÿ™‚ I also want to say that seeing one of your Idols, which the girls are, actually living their life is wonderful and brilliant to see. Actually makes me happy. Meaning I’d like to poke the people who bad-mouthed Kana-chan in the eye, hard~! Ja ne.

Airi-chan and Kana-chan 3

Airi-chan and Kana-chan โค

Kana-chan in a Yukata 3........ so beautiful.

Kana-chan in a Yukata <3........ so beautiful.

——————————————————————————————————





Buono! – My Boy LE and Single V

14 06 2009
LE Single

LE Single

All is right with the world ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, not entirely. Long story short, I’m sick; and sick of it! (… I’m always getting fraking sick, it’s plain annoying now …) Sent for tests (… frigging hate, loath and despise needles with a vengeance! …), waiting for the results. Yay ._. Anywho, hadn’t felt like doing anything for the last however long. But it’s the weekend and I thought “Stuff it! I’m going to write :D” So here it is (… and this is probably going to be much more worse than usual XD …)

My Boy is the main track of the single and as I’ve said I hadn’t heard more than say 10-20 seconds of it before I ordered it, so when I did listen to it I had a stupid grin on my face for a good half hour after XD I have to say that is one of the most entrancing songs they’ve come up with, and again try listening to it then watching the PV. It’s brilliant, it adds different layers to the song….. it’s also a very entertaining PV ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m not saying it’s perfect. I have to admit that at first I thought that there was to much backing music stuffed into the track (… more than I was expecting in any case …) and not enough actual song in some parts. I still kind of feel like that, but it really is a great track that you can’t stay away from, you have to listen and re-listen to it ๐Ÿ˜€ It hits hard as soon as it starts and doesn’t let up until it’s over. Not at all what I would have expect for the ending of Shugo Chara! It’s too…… smashing? Christ, I said “smashing” didn’t I (… shoot me now, please …)

http://drop.io/download/public/f4n4svenqd3sc1ok0edr/22f4ae80edaf4a1642ca364edf7e0d3640c16ea6/53456be0-072e-012c-891a-f1c204fa1a00/250dda50-2f44-012c-2eaf-fc9f9e4c6c16/v2/content

My Boy

Warp! is the B-side and is thoroughly more anime-ending sounding than My Boy, sorry to say XD Not a bad thing, just pointing the fact out. I am actually pretty surprised at the non-use of it as an opening/ending, or something because it’s a great track. It’s somewhat more subdued than My Boy, but is still rather enjoyable. I do enjoy when they each individually get a chance to sing, even if it’s only in short bursts. It just makes it sound like it’s a song meant for all three of them, not just one person (… and I know that Buono!’s a small group and they can do that, but still it’s nice to see them do it ^_^ …) Harmonization’s are again darn spot on, in places so well that they sound as if they’re one voice (… it doesn’t bring chills to me, but it’s very effective …) and it’s definitely pop-rocky ๐Ÿ˜€ …… except maybe for the chimes that show up throughout it, that’s more princess than rock XD These songs are a pretty good example why I like Buono! so much, so have a listen and enjoy:

http://drop.io/download/public/f4n4svenqd3sc1ok0edr/3a170cdb4c21e66fb5b27556f2c1a0f05c4cb9ee/53456be0-072e-012c-891a-f1c204fa1a00/7690d300-2f45-012c-7b41-fd007bb73984/v2/content

Warp!

The Limited Edition comes with a DVD with a behind-the-scenes look at the CD cover photoshoot. They’re nice to watch because you get to see more of the girls shenanigans, which are always enjoyable ๐Ÿ˜€ When they’re in front of the camera they pull faces that are both adorable and sometimes justย  plain and outright funny looking ๐Ÿ˜› If you would like to watch it, click here.

Single V

Single V - My own scan ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a decent sized cover scan, hence my feeble attempt XD My scanner really doesn’t work properly, but I got it to work half-alright this time ๐Ÿ˜€

The PV for My Boy is entirely enjoyable. It actually has a plot…… of sorts, behind it ๐Ÿ˜€ The plot being, as you probably know, that the girls are either spies or secret agents who have to gain entry to a castles secure hall to steal a love-heart shaped treasure ^-^ I have to be honest, I’ve never seen spies this cute, ever~! XD The choreography is really well done. It meshes with the “story” rather nicely and shows off different ways of movement than they’ve not tried before, which is good to see.

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

The outfits โค and "stage" ๐Ÿ˜€

These are some of the best outfits I’ve seen Buono! put into. They’re Punk, yet cute as hell. I love it. The knee high multi-coloured socks :3 , their shoes (… which to me sort of look like converse all stars. They may not be, but I have a thing for them, so I’m going with it ๐Ÿ˜€ …), Airi in a small hat again (… it always gets me. It increases her cuteness factor through the roof in my eyes :3 …) They’re also actually at the old castle that it’s shot in, it’s not a green-screen ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Which is a change from what they’ve been doing of late. You get to see a bit of the outside of it and the grounds that surround it (… which are covered in snow …) in the “Making Of” video, which is 6 minutes 10 seconds too long to upload ._. so I can’t show it to you (… since I can’t split it at the moment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …)

Now, since they are half-spy-half-punk-cutie, and they’ve already shown their cute Punk side, it’s time for the spies:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

An Adorable Spy XD

Momo in a box. Now, what better way to sneak into a guarded building than hidden in a box~! XD We also have Airi doing a laser crawl, and Miya looking suave in a Spy kind of way (… can you describe a girl as being suave? o_O …) Momo has way more moments in this PV, so I’ll share a few ๐Ÿ˜€ Momo’s given a gun fitting her personality (… in the “Making Of” they show how they get the flower(?) to pop out and her reaction is brilliant, makes it a thousand times more hilarious XD …), she meets a suit of armour (… again in the “Making Of” it shows them shooting the scene and Momo playing around, holding hands with the armour XD …) and Momo gets a little over excited.

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

The prize at the end :D.....

…. which contains:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

Nom~!

Which leads to:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

As well as Momo wielding a knife XD

The Dance Shot version is incredibly lovely to watch ๐Ÿ˜€ I said that the choreography mixed in with the story is nice, but the dancing all on its own is superb. It’s something that you can just watch and re-watch to your hearts content (… well I can ๐Ÿ™‚ …)

Too finish off, we have a Buono! impression of The Three Stooges:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

Larry, Moe, and Curly

Single V:
CDJapan | YesAsia

Single โ€“ Regular Edition:
CDJapan | YesAsia

Single โ€“ Limited Edition:
CDJapan | YesAsia





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~





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

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

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

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

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:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

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:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

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:

Image Hosted by PhotoBucket

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~