Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | July 21, 2014

Goto Maki is Getting Married!!

Well the day has finally come!!

Goto will be getting married! So who’s the lucky guy?

She is marrying a 25-year old man who is an office worker in Tokyo, and is a friend from her hometown. They met about 7 or 8 years ago, and according to sources, is said to be her “ex-boyfriend that she dated for a period of time”.

According to a few reports, they’ve met each other’s families and have been engaged since sometime before June. She has an engagement ring and has been seen wearing it on her left ring finger.

The couple will be submitting their marriage registration soon, but according to friends, they will not be having a wedding ceremony or reception.

I’m so happy for Maki. She’s a favourite of mine and I love her music, and I hope maybe once all of this is completed she may return to her singing activities. I’m sure we’ll see a few love songs from her in the future. She’s such a great person and I’m happy to see she’s found someone to share her life with. I wish them all the happiness in the world!

Congratulations!

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | July 11, 2014

Morning Musume New Single Announced!

A new single for Morning Musume has been announced!

There isn’t much information yet, so I’ll be updating this post once more info is available.

The single is set for release September 17th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | July 11, 2014

Juice=Juice Covers and Tracklist Released

The covers and Tracklist for Juice=Juice’s upcoming single Black Butterfly/Kaze ga have been released!

Regular A:

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* CD tracklist is the same for the Limited A and C editions

1. Black Butterfly
2. Kaze ni Fukarete
3. Black Butterfly (Instrumental)
4. Kaze ni Fukarete (Instrumental)

Regular B:

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*CD Tracklist is the same for Limited B and D editions

1. Kaze ni Fukarete
2. Black Butterfly
3. Kaze ni Fukarete (Instrumental)
4. Black Butterfly (Instrumental)

Limited A;

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DVD:

1. Black Butterfly (Music Video)

Limited B:

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DVD:

1. Kaze ni Fukarete (Music Video)

Limited C:

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DVD:

1. Black Butterfly (Dance Shot ver.)
2. Black Butterfly (Jacket & MV Making, Off-shot)

Limited D:

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DVD:

1. Kaze ni Fukarete (Dance Shot ver.)
2. Kaze ni Fukarete (Jacket & MV Making, Off-shot)

Overall, these covers are alright. I love Regular A and Limited A and B editions, but I feel like the rest look rather cheesy and rushed to me, although I suppose Regular B is okay.

The release date is July 30th!

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | July 3, 2014

C-ute The Power/Kanashiki Heavn (Single Version) MVs Released!

Hello! Today I bring you C-ute’s new MV’s and my thoughts. This might be a bit long.

Let’s start with The Power.

This song is still growing on me. I was hoping for something cool, given the title, but when people said it was more upbeat, I was expecting a fun song that will be energetic and great in concerts. The song we did get, though… It’s not as energetic, but upbeat wouldn’t be a bad word. The opening instrumental gave me good expectations but then the song began and I wasn’t sure anymore. It’s repetitive, which isn’t too much of a problem, but the chorus lacks that “oomph”. It’s like it stays at the same level, when normally the chorus has something more… wow about it, like it speeds up or it changes course or something. But this song doesn’t really have that. The quickening music makes you feel like it’s leading into a awesome energetic chorus, only to lead you into something that just doesn’t fit very well and doesn’t go anywhere. It’s still catchy and a good song, but it’s nothing amazing, or something I’ll listen to all the time. A lot of people said it was very Berryz-ish, and I have to say I agree. The song would have fit Berryz better, and I probably would have enjoyed it more as a Berryz song.

The music video didn’t fail me, though. It looks as though they did it in a hotel or a spa of some sort. I like the various shots used, a nice mix between close up and dance, and the different scenes (like the “It’s so deep, so deep” sections of the song, I liked those scene changes a lot). I like the super close-ups and things too, but when the girls are dancing, the camera getting so close seems a bit awkward to me. The outfits are nice, I kinda like them. The dance is a bit less than what we normally see from C-ute (once again, very Berryz-ish) but it’s not too bad. As for line distribution, I liked that it was pretty spread out. MaiMai seems to have a lead in the song, she’s more in the center for the dance as well. Also, as for the part where they have the girls dancing in that spiral thing (forgive me, I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it!), it’s a nice added touch.

Overall, the song is okay, as is the dance, but the music video and outfits get pluses from me. I give this half of the single a 3/5.

 

On to Kanashiki Heaven! The MV hasn’t been released on their channel yet,  but it’s been played on M-ON, so the link is below.

The song… Wow. Okay. So, this song has been release three times now, which is fine by me because I love this song. They changed the instrumental, which was fine, and I like it. They added in lalala’s in the opening lines, and Airi and Chisato still hold the main vocals, the others just chime in during the chorus and a few parts during the second verse and such. I don’t mind this too much, really, but I think if Kanashiki Heaven was going to be one of the a-sides, the other one should have been another song that had Maimi/Nacky/Mai main vocals to even it out (even if it was still The Power). I like the acoustics and violins used in the instrumental, and all the girls sound good especially Airi and Chisa (I’m happy they re-sang it). I think the song is great!

As for the music video, it has to be the best from C-ute so far. There are tons of different scenes used, and it’s shot outside for about half of it, and the rest are still on-location rather than studio sets. The camera work jumps around and is pretty busy for the most part, but I think it fits the song. The muted colouring is amazing, and all the girls rock the outfits they’re in. Just a very visually appealing music video as a whole with a lot of stunning scenes and shots (the girls dancing outside with the sunset/sunrise in the background is awesome, and the AiriChisa scenes with the sky above them looks amazing too). The only thing I disliked about this music video was the pole dancing during the instrumental break. When C-ute did that during their recent concert tour, that was fine – it was a one-time thing and it was cool for them to try, despite me feeling that it was a bit inappropriate for them as a H!P group. But whatever. But now, featuring it in this music video just seems… wrong to me. First, I don’t think it fits the song at all and is a completely unnecessary scene. Second, I think if C-ute does the pole dancing thing too much, it may give them a bad image. It’s one thing to do it once, but with C-ute’s popularity rising, if they do it too often it could become something they’re known for, or something that could give them bad criticism that could damage their rising popularity or even sales. People new to C-ute, or even current fans, might see it as something… inappropriate, I’ll say. I don’t think this is the image C-ute needs to have or should want. Anyways, I just feel it was unnecessary in my opinion, and I hope this doesn’t become a C-ute staple.

Overall, the song is awesome, the video (aside from the pole dancing parts) is awesome and stunning, all the girls look amazing, amazing dance and awesome vocals – this video gets a strong 5/5 from me.

 

I think this single is alright. Kanashiki Heaven (Single ver.) is the stronger half for me, but this single is pretty lackluster overall and I’m not sure how well this single will sell – I think getting number 1 isn’t likely (considering they’re up against Perfume’s new single, which in all honesty is ten times better than C-ute’s). But good luck to them anyways. I think this is the first single in a while where I’ve felt simply ‘Okay’ about a C-ute release, not since… well, Aitai Aitai Aitai na, which I grew to like a lot more after the single’s release. I just can’t see The Power growing on me too much.

The single releases July 16th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | June 30, 2014

S/mileage New Single Announced!

A new single for S/mileage has been announced!

The next single is another double a-side! The single is titled Aa Susukino / Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu.

Aside from the title and release date, there isn’t any other information on the release. I’ll update once more info surfaces!

The single is set for release August 20th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | June 30, 2014

C-ute New Single Covers and Tracklist Released

The covers and tracklists have been released for C-ute’s upcoming double a-side single, The Power/Kanashiki Heaven (Single ver.).

Regular A:

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*CD tracklist is the same for Limited A and C editions.

1. The Power
2. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)
3. The Power (Instrumental)
4. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) (Instrumental)

Regular B:

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*CD tracklist is the same for Limited B and D editions.

1. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)
2. The Power
3. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) (Instrumental)
4. The Power (Instrumental)

Limited A:

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DVD:

1. The Power (Music Video)

Limited B:

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DVD:

1. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) (Music Video)

Limited C:

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DVD:

1. The Power Dance shot Ver.
2. The Power Making of

Limited D:

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DVD:

1. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) Dance shot Ver.
2. Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) Making of

These covers are amazing!! I really love the Kanashiki Heaven ones (Regular B, Limited B and D editions). They’re just so cool and very pretty. The Power ones are alright, I find the title of the single and group name almost blend into the cover and make them hard to see in Regular A. The Power ones looks a little thrown together and too much of what we normally see in standard H!P covers, but the Kanashiki ones are more creative.

I’m looking forward to the music videos that should be coming soon, and the dance shots! I’m hoping this will be another amazing release from C-ute, even if one of the songs have been released three times now. :)

The single releases July 16th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | June 12, 2014

Juice=Juice and C-ute New Singles Announced!

I’ll start with C-ute.

C-ute’s next single is another double a-side! The first song is titled The Power, while the second is one we’ve seen before, Kanashiki Heaven (single version).

It will have 4 limited editions and 2 regular editions.

In a blog post, Tsunku claimed The Power had an oriental EDM sound to it, so that sounds interesting! As for Kanashiki Heaven, the music is rearranged (acoustic guitar slow start, then rush into intense rock), but the main vocals in are still Airi and Chisato. Maimi, Nakki and Mai will be participating the “unison”. I can’t wait to hear and see the MV for both songs, even thought I would have preferred two completely new songs.

The release date is July 16th (the same day as Perfume, so there’s competion for number 1 on the charts there!)

On to Juice=Juice!

There next single is a double a-side as well, titled Black Butterfly / Kaze ni Fukarete.

Laze ni Fukarete is described of having an Irish flair to it by fans, although some hear an Indian, scottish, or other influences.

The single will be released in six versions, four limited editions including DVDs and two regular editions.

The outfits for the songs have been released:

Black Butterfly:

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Kaze ni Fukarete:

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I’m excited to see what Juice=Juice has for us this time! They have yet to disappoint me. :)

The release date is set for July 30th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | June 6, 2014

[UPDATED] Info on Kago Ai’s Girl Group

Remember how Kago was having auditions for a new girl group? Well, news has finally been released!

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The group is called Girls Beat and features two other members aside from herself (currently nameless – I’ll update with names).

UPDATES: Their first single will be titled Sekai Seifuku.

I forgot to add, in case anyone has forgotten by now, the group is a unit project in which the members, songs, lyrics, costumes, choreography, and performance will be decided by the fans! The other two members are Kita Remi, and Himeno Ryona, but from what I understand members could be added in the future. They will hold their debut live on July 26 at Asakusa Rokku Yumemachi Gekijou, and following the unit’s concept “one member, one talent”, the girls will each show off their special skill during the live.

I’m excited to see how they sound and what kind of image they have. I like her solo work so I was hoping she would continue that, but I’ll have to wait to see how this group turns out before I judge anything!

What do you all think about this? Let me know in the comments!

Their debut single will be released July 22nd!

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | May 23, 2014

Berryz New Single MVs Released!

Both MVs have now been released! I’ll give you my thoughts and the videos themselves as always for those who may not have seen them yet or would like to see them again!

Starting with Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni, which was released today.

The song itself was surprising. I was expecting something cool and maybe a bit sexy given the outfits, but this wasn’t what I had in mind. The song is very violin-driven, with a lot of drums added in and an instrumental that is very military-styled. The song doesn’t add in dance beats until the 0:37 mark, but holds it for the rest of the song. The english translated lyrics are oddly worded and so they are a bit of a mess, but I’m sure they’re awesome if properly translated. The melody of the lyrics… Well, I don’t know how I feel about this song. I like it, but I don’t know if I love it yet. It may grow on me. I find the choruses a little weak, and maybe a bit too short… But overall the song is good.

The music video is impressive, considering what we’ve seen from Berryz recently. The music video matches the song well, with dark tones and lots of deep shadows. The music video is made up of the dance shot and the close up, but the different angles and the lighting makes it visually interesting enough to not bother me in the least. The dance shot is the most impressive, with the strip of red carpet laid across the black floor and the way the girl’s shadows hit the wall behind them due to the lighting and how that changes as it goes along, a few times with red lighting and such. It makes it all seem very cool and mysterious and matches the army styled song and the dance (although once again, they’ve received something simple dance-wise). Just a fantastic music video all together.

So overall, the music video is great, the song is good, and the outfits and vocals get thumbs up from me, and the dance is alright. I’ll wait until the dance shot to truly judge. 3/5 for me.

Moving on to Fuutsu, Idol 10nen Yatterannai Desho?!.

This song, as it stands right now, is the better song on the single for me. The song is more on the fun side (mostly the chorus) and is fit for summer. All the girls get lines, and to be honest I think Chinami, Saki and Maasa got more lines in this song than they have in any Berryz single previously since debut. The song’s lyrics are awesome, reflecting the girls’ 10 years as idols and the troubles they’ve had as a result. A lot of people are worried this is a graduation song, but I have no idea where they’re getting that idea from. The lyrics say “Giving up my youth is something I’m proud of” and “But I’m still an idol, I love it”. It’s a song that recognizes their struggles and problems but also saying “So this is what we’ve been through, but we want to keep going because we love it”. Everyone should calm down – I think Berryz will be around for a little while more. Plus, they wouldn’t be doing so much promotion and going to Paris this year if they were to disband shortly thereafter.

The music video, despite celebrating 10 years, is simple, with just the close up and dance shot. I was hoping they would recap their past singles or something, but they did include pictures of the girls growing up and such on boards behind them and shows a few shots of them looking at it. I think it could have had something more but, what can you do? The outfits are okay but I’m not liking what Yurina or Maasa are in. The dance is cute, I thought at first it contained dance moves from past singles and songs but I may be wrong about that when the full dance shot is released. The horse dance moves during that kickass beat instrumental break are a little silly, though. Also, speaking of the horse, in case anyone’s wondering – it’s in there because when they made their debut it was the year of the horse in Chinese zodiac astrology, and this year is also the year of the horse, so it’s like a cool little thing they put in there.

Overall, the music video is okay, the dance is okay, the song is awesome as are the lyrics and all the girls get a good amount of lines! I don’t know how long it’ll last but I like it! 5/5 for me.

The single releases June 4th.

Posted by: hinaichigo1713 | May 20, 2014

Abe Natsumi Returns!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from her, huh?

Natsumi will be releasing her first self-cover album, titled Smile… ♥on the anniversary of her solo debut.

The album will include re-arranged and re-recorded versions of 10 songs that reflect her history.

She will also be kicking off a nationwide tour, titled Abe Natsumi Summer Live 2014 ~Smile…♥~ on July 19 at OTODAMA SEA STUDIO.

Songs for the album, tracklist order has yet to be determined:

・Best Friend
・Iki wo Kasanemashou
・25 ~Vingt-Cinq~
・Itoshiki Hito
・Sweet Holic
・Yuugure Sakusen Kaigi
・Sora LIFE GOES ON
・Toumorokoshi to Sora to Kaze
・Senkou Hanabi
・Furusato

Abe Natsumi Summer Live 2014 ~Smile…♥~:

Saturday, July 19 – OTODAMA SEA STUDIO (Kanagawa)
Saturday, July 26 – Flamingo the Arusha (Osaka) *Two shows
Sunday, July 27 – Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi) *Two shows
Sunday, August 10 – TSUTAYA O-EAST (Tokyo) *Two shows
Saturday, August 23 – Otaru GOLDSTONE (Hokkaido)

It’s nice to see something from her again! This will mark Abe’s first solo work in about 4 years, as her last was the single Ame Agari no Niji no You ni which was released in September 2010. I’m excited to hear these songs, but I’m surprised the tracklist isn’t a little longer, with a few more songs from her H!P days, which are some of her most popular.

The album releases August 13th.

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