Archive for the ‘TNX’ Category

Canary Club – Nishikikazare

April 23, 2008

First thought: Those are some MIGHTY short shorts.

I’m not sure the name of this girl, is she Mana? But she has a really cute and well polished voice. Color me surprised to read on the official site that one of the girls (Ayumi) is 23! I don’t know why I find that kind of surprising but I do. There’s almost a 10 year age difference between herself and the younger members.

The song is really pleasant, from what I’ve heard I’d guess this is where Tsunku is focusing his old school “cute” style. Just before I watched this I was listening to Momusu’s 4th and 6th albums, and this song really reminds me of that period in Hello! Project song styling. I’m more than a little taken with the upbeat-ness of it all though, and as average as it sounds, it is incredibly charming and will probably get a lot of playback from me.

Revelation! I think that’s the thing that seems to be missing from Momusu as of late, at least for me. As rocking as they are, and as much as I still love them, all the original innocent school girl charm seems to be gone. Don’t get me wrong, as a pop group they need to change their image to stay fresh. Listening to Canary Club made me suddenly realize what was missing as of late from H!P’s flagship group. I don’t mean to keep looking for something that has obviously passed, maybe marking changes in style…. but what drew me to them in the first place seems to be over. If I can catch a little of that with someone else, then I’m going to go for it.

Anyway, the video isn’t much, and looks like it could have been shot in less than a day. It mostly consists of the girls dancing on a parking garage roof or a helipad. I wasn’t quite sure. Then again they’re not dealing with the kind of cash that H!P pulls down so I imagine the budget was severely limited. It doesn’t detract at all, but adds to the charm. (I’m using that word a lot, but it’s accurate and the thesaurus provided me with no other viable alternatives.)

Other than Gyaruru (who sadly appear kaput), this is really my first honest attempt to delve into TNX territory. After this single I’ll definitely be checking out Canary Club’s other releases and see what else Tsunku’s side projects have to offer.

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Gyaruru – Boom Boom Meccha Maccho!

June 20, 2007

I hadn’t actually seen this available any where else, so here it is! The PV for Gyaruru’s Boom Boom Meccha Maccho!

As expected it mainly focuses on the para para dance associated with the song. It’s a fun little dance number though and I’d love to get the single. Anyone know who is carrying it?

More on Tsuji (EDITED)

May 8, 2007

Tsuji will be retiring from the idol business. I’m sad to see her go, but very happy for her that she’s getting married and starting a family.

The things is, I think the lack of scandal here is that UFA & Tsunku knew that she was dating. If they didn’t, I think there would have been a much stronger reaction from them than the “She’s planning to retire.” and from Tsunku’s comments he seems to fully support her.

So far from what I’ve read there’s been overwhelming support of Tsuji, her condition and her relationship. I am surprised though by the amount of comments I read about hardships Tsuji might experience in the future. If Kago’s salary description was true, Tsuji probably made the same, meaning if she was smart she saved and has boatloads of money that most young parents don’t start out with. She can afford to be a stay at home Mom and buy her kids the best.

Tsuji’s new unit!

April 24, 2007

So the rumors were true! Tsuji has been placed in a new ganguro gal unit titled “Gyaruru” with other personalities Tokito Ami and Gyaru Sone. Full story at Hello!Online. If the article is true and they will focus in ganguro and para para culture and music I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table. Fast beats and dance songs? Count me in!

Preview of the first song BOOM BOOM Meccha Maccho (Live version) can also be downloaded as well from the article above. A great dance beat to be sure, I can’t wait to see the PV! I really love this song!

The fashions will be interesting to see, and I’m really glad that Tsuji is moving on. I’m so happy for her and will definitely be pre-ordering the single!
In site news: Expect reviews of the latest 2 Haromoni@ episodes sometime this week. I was at Anime Boston all weekend and am still crashing from the trip.