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13 Colorful Character now available on iTunes!

September 12, 2012
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Morning Musume’s 13th album, 13 Colorful Character, is now available on iTunes for the low, low price of $12.99!

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Momusu 2013 calendar cover revealed!

September 4, 2012

So the covers to the 2013 H!P calendars have been revealed! This year we’re getting Momusu, Berryz, C-ute, S/mileage and Mano, as to be expected. You can check out the other covers here.

Every year for the past several  years I have gotten the Momusu calendar, and I have never been disappointed, but I think I might be this year. It’s that ugly pixel art! It looks like someone drew all over a nice group shot of the girls in Microsoft Paint. I’m going to assume that it’s meant to resemble purikura, and that I have no problem with, but it looks sloppy. I guess I’ll have to wait to see what the interior photos look like, but I’m really kind of disappointed with the cover, especially when the past couple years have been really classy looking.

As for the other covers, I think Berryz looks nice, although a couple of them are wearing WAY too much blush (what is that trend lately to be wearing so much blush you look like you’re running a fever?) and Risako’s uneven lavender dye job is distracting. I actually think Momoko looks the best and not like she’s trying too hard.

C-ute’s cover is nice, though a bit generic. I’m interested in seeing the interior shots.

S/mileage’s cover I love! It’s very classy and just well shot. There’s something about it I can’t quite put my finger on, I love that yellow contrasting background against their uniforms, it just really pops at you.

Mano’s is nice, I guess. I’m not really a big fan of head shots like that and I definitely wouldn’t want one 24×36 on my wall.

So there you have it! I would have loved a Dream Momusu calendar at some point, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be and that’s a shame. As for these, I can’t wait to see some of the interior pages, it looks like another interesting year for H!P calendars!

Fairies – Beat Generation

August 11, 2012

God, you have no idea how badly I want to correct that to Faeries, but that isn’t important.

Fairies debuted in 2011 under the Avex label, consisting of 7 members. I remember briefly reading about their formation and being interested in an Avex idol group, but didn’t really follow up on it until I recently heard their third single Beat Generation. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it. I’m listening to it right now in fact. It’s such an awesome pop song! Great beat, great harmonies, a great hook. I love idol groups because most of the time they’re harmonizing and it just comes across as so more powerful vocally than listening to a solo singer.

The PV is simple but fun to watch, with lots of wardrobe changes and a few interesting camera shots. I’ll be on the lookout for a dance version so I can get a better look at the cool choreography – there a more than a few talented dancers in Fairies and the song is definitely danceable. Looking around I see there were auditions several months ago looking for a new member, but it doesn’t seem like anything has come of that yet. As for the group as it stands, I think Rikako, Sora and Momoko stand out the most to me, though honestly, all the girls stand out. I actually hope they don’t add new members as I want to see more from these girls and that they’ll all have a chance to shine.

Unfortunately their output doesn’t seem to be available on U.S. iTunes (hopefully) yet. I wish more companies would realize they have followings outside Asia who would gladly pay for their product if it was made available to them. As it is I’ll be waiting for them to put out an album so I can buy all their singles in one fell swoop. In the meantime I’ll be checking out their other PVs and learning more about the group!

Momusu 51st single and more!

July 30, 2012

Recently Momusu have announced that they are in production for their 51st single. There has yet to be a release date, title, or theme announced, but expectations are high after the stellar sales of their 50th single. I expect this single to do slightly better than their previous sales of the past few years, but doubt they can keep the momentum of One・Two・Three as those sales were probably due to it being the 50th single and people buying several editions for collection’s sake.

In other news, Iikubo Haruna’s official image color has been changed from Chocolate Brown to Honey in an official announcement released this afternoon Japan Time. Speculation is this was to make it easier for people to find glow sticks to represent her at concerts. I tried doing a search myself but they don’t seem to exist. It’s a shame since I think the color suited her well. Whatever the case, I look forward to seeing her in her new color come the next single release!

Dream Morning Musume!

March 29, 2011

Oh my God! I can’t stop listening to this! This is one of the new songs coming off Dream Morning Musume’s upcoming album.

It’s…. Morning Musume! LITERALLY! Because it’s the Original Graduates!

This makes me sooooooo happy!

January 31, 2011

We’re supposed to get rain/snow tonight and tomorrow. It will be the first time in five months that I will see some sort of weather.

I got my Maine tax return today so I bought myself Morning Musume’s 11th Album Fantasy! Juuichi and Florence + The Machine’s Lungs. I listened to Momusu’s album while running errands today, it was a great album! I was kind of worried that they might have thrown it together on the quick to capitalize on Eri’s graduation and before the intro of 9th Gen, but it turned out to be one of their strongest albums in a long time! Most, if not all, of the songs are really upbeat and light-hearted, hearkening back to the so-called Golden Era of Momusu.

One of my particular favorites is the really cute and poppy Sungoi My Birthday. It’s definitely a song I could hear Mari, Aibon and Tsuji in. I’ll do a full album review later, I just don’t have the energy at the moment.

Ah~ I want to see Dream Morning Musume this fall!

August 14, 2010

*falls to the floor and melts into a puddle*

I can’t stop watching this video because the song is FUCKING AWESOME.

Morning Musume – Seishun Collection

April 27, 2010

The Hello!Online tracker has a radio rip of Morning Musume’s next single (their 43rd) Seishun Collection.

The first thing that struck me is… harmonies! For the first time in a long time it sounds like several of the girls singing together, not just in the chorus. It’s a very upbeat song, and it reminds me a lot of album tracks from 4th Ikimasshoi and No. 5, which I just happened to be listening to today as I drove to piano lessons, so I also like the piano bits.

This will be a fantastic song in concert. It’s got a great melody and a very nostalgic “golden era” Momusu feel. I really like it! This will definitely be one of my “pick me up” Momusu songs. Honestly I’ve listened to it 3 times since I got home – about 20 minutes ago, and even though I was in a good mood already it has really brightened my day. (It’s grey and overcast here and supposed to rain).

Translation to the lyrics here via the Hello!Online forums and provided by S-N-I-P-E-R.

I can’t wait for the PV!

10 My Me

March 24, 2010

I just purchased Morning Musume’s 10th and latest album 10 My Me on iTunes while I await the release of the American version in April. Buying it on iTunes and then purchasing the US release is still cheaper than importing the Japanese version, and the US release comes with everything the Japanese release has – even the trading card.

1. Moonlight Night ~ Tsukiyo no Ban da yo ~ Love this. Was thrown off a little bit by the sudden English spoken in the beginning of the song but it was a great marching anthem in the vein of The Manpower or Osaka Koi no Uta

2. Kimagure Princess Single Seriously, this song is about sexy butts. Tsunku thought it up while watching his kid run around naked. That is a true story. Well, the song is about a lonely girl who gets all dressed up and has no one to show off for, but the chorus is seriously about the girl’s nice butt, or her breasts. Don’t believe me? Here’s the translation

3. Genki Pika Pika! Standard upbeat GENKI song. It’s in the title. Doesn’t stand out for me. It’s a typical Momusu song.

4. Namidacchi Started out kind of slow, and I almost thought about skipping it over until later, but it got a beat to it. It still feels a bit like filler. Nothing awesome. I guarantee on future listens I will skip this song over to get to songs I like better.

5. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai Single This was a pretty cool single. I really like the sound of it, even if it is a song about putting on make-up. Girl’s prerogative stuff. Plus I loved the outfits from the video, even if they do look like blood from far away. (It’s stenciled roses).

6. Ookii Hitomi Oh.My.God. They auto-tuned Sayu. Ouch. I’ve heard a lot about how awesome this song is, and I would totally agree – if they hadn’t used auto-tune. It makes me violent. I hate that shit. Otherwise, it has an awesome beat. But still auto-tune.

7. Ano Hi ni Modoritai A slower song, but not something I’d skip over. It has a nice kind of R&B beat.

8. Nanchatte Renai Single This was a solid single release as well. The rap part is a little weird when you first hear it, but it goes well with the song. Ah Koharu-chan, we will miss you!

9. Osaka Oshiinen Is this How do you like this Japan? Because that’s what it sounded like in the beginning. I can’t believe 8th gen got stuck with this song. It’s probably good in concert, but it so doesn’t fit the rest of the album at all.

10. Loving you forever Boooooooooooooring. Seriously. God, am I listening to Mano? The harmonies are nice, but this song will be another skipped song. But wait…. holy crap! Was that Linlin getting a couple solo lines? *falls down in shock* She needs to be put out front because she can sing. She blows everyone else in the group out of the water. Linlin is awesome.

11. Shouganai Yume Oibito Single Good song, one of the first in the new serious Momusu image. It’s got a real nice strength to it, everyone sounds fantastic. This is one I’ll definitely be blasting and singing along to as I drive down the road.

12. Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? (Chinese Ver.) This is a gorgeous ballad song that was originally released in Japanese on their last album. The original has a Chinese verse, but this is the all Chinese version, as the title says. And Wow! It sounds like Linlin and Junjun take main melody! That’s awesome! If not… singing the whole damn song by themselves! I’m even more shocked!

So all in all a pretty good album. It has it’s share of songs I’ll skip, but then most of their albums have two or three at least. Can’t win them all. I like this line up, but I still miss the OGs. I miss those super genki energetic days of old.

Goodbye Miracle

March 1, 2010

I watched Koharu’s graduation concert tonight, I was a little concerned about the energy of it from just watching a few clips, as I don’t think the current line up has the genki energy of previous generations, but that’s also a shift in the tone of the group. But anyhow the concert was really good and definitely something I will be buying when I get some cash again.

I held out fine until Sayu’s good-bye speech. It’s clear the two of them, despite not really getting along, did care for each other. When Sayu lost it I started crying, and then they had Reina after her…. it was sad! I’m going to miss Koharu. She sure was a force of her own. She had a strange personality, one I can’t quite pinpoint. While a member of the group she seemed to stand apart on her own, she gets described as self centered by a number of the girls, which is easy to see, but she’s so damn likable despite that. I hope she does well in whatever she endeavors from here on.

Here’s her first solo PV (and still my favorite) from her voice role as Tsukishima Kirari in Kirarin Revolution. (I love her solo CDs!)