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Piece – Limited Edition Type B

February 19, 2009

I really like the cover for the ‘Limited Edition Type B’ for Aragaki Yui’s new single that i keep going on about – ‘piece’
This is the cover which Studio Ghibli’s Yoshiyuki Momose composed the art for. They also directed the music video.

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Ah i wish i were richer so i could buy all editions, *sigh* It’s so cool that they all link together…so tempting..

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I loved the jigsaw idea very much, but i think i prefered the swirly colour things on the covers a lot more than i did on the PV. They looked a little bit strange in the animated version too. You could totally tell the ‘animation person’ was from Studio Ghibli though, as it really reminded me of so many of their films! ‚̧

The theme apparently for this PV is “a girl wishing to reach out to people.” I can definately see Yui as this type of person anyway. I remember Haruma Miura once saying that he can “sense there is sometimes loneliness and anxiety in her expressions” which makes me realise that behind her beaming carefree smile, she’s an insecure person who’s still trying her best, through any troubles that may come her way, in order to give happiness to everyone. This makes me appreciate her even more because she’s showing shy people can be just as successful as more confident people. I’m glad she’s famous, she’s a very good role model for people as she emphasises how anything is possible. That is why i think her message to people is more than just her pretty face, but showing that not all celebrity’s are of the stereotype and talentless.
It does make me wonder though what she really thinks of people always commenting on her looks. As in, how aware is she of it? Does it make her worry about her looks even more thinking that she has a lot to do to keep up her reputation? That kind of pressure must be tough. Though i must admit, it’s kind of hard imagining her to have those kind of thoughts!! (I am naive and imagine her to be having ‘let’s go and play with the butterflies’ kind of thoughts..)

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Credits: Anime News Network.

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Aragaki Yui “Piece”

February 16, 2009

The PV is out! There are two versions…

I love them both, especially the animated one! It fits the song so much!
The song, i love the verse, i think the chorus doesn’t completely fit, but it’s still good. I think after a few listens it will grow on me much more. In fact, i’m certain it will ūüôā
Come on Yui, get a number one! ūüėÄ Haha i doubt it though..it seems all the female soloists are releasing a single on the 25th February; Otsuka Ai “Bye Bye” and Ayumi Hamasaki “Rule/Sparkle”

Ah ganbatte Yui!!!

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BOA on Domoto Kyoudai

February 16, 2009

After¬†watching an old appearance of BOA on “Domoto Kyoudai” i reaaaaaaally can’t wait until Tohoshinki’s appearance airs. They are so funny¬†anyway and of course¬†Tohoshinki¬†are really¬†funny too, so the result is going to be great ūüėÄ I can’t find out when the appearance will air? Does anyone know? o.O

On this¬†appearance,¬†BOA is so cute! This is the first time i’ve seen her in an interview and i didn’t realise until now how shyly cute she is!

Part one:

Part two:

Haha her description of her perfect man sounded a lot like Jaejoong!

Part three:

There’s been so many bands/artists on Domoto Kyoudai. For example even Ishikawa Rika has appeared on there! I remember them reenacting the wota dance hahaha.

But yeah….i wonder why Johnny is suddenly embracing Tohoshinki with open arms? What does he have up his sleeve? Is he going to try buy them off Avex? Or maybe get close enough to them that he can invite them round to his place and………hahaha..well it’s his fault for having so many bad rumours about him!

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Japanese Dramas

February 16, 2009

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I am so happy right now! Aragaki Yui and Matsumoto Jun are going to be in the drama “„āĻ„Éě„ā§„Éę” (smile) together, which starts showing in April!
The plot is: Bito (MatsuJun) is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana (Yui) is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident.
It seems like a really touching drama, i can’t wait!! They haven’t acted together, so i wonder what they’ll be like…It will definately have really high ratings too. Yui always gets to act with johnny’s..it’s not fair! xD

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I am also excited about the special for Zettai Kareshi. Though it doesn’t make much sense about what they will do considering how the series ended..i did feel that i wasn’t completely satisfied with how it ended, so maybe this will satisfy me. (i doubt it though, most special’s are completely pointless to be honest – hana kimi SP…) Actually i think one of the main reason’s i’m excited for this special is Aibu Saki. The reason is because she’s dating Nagase Tomoya who is absolute love. Ahhh i think they’re such an adorable couple. Ah….

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There has also been a two-part drama “„ÉĀ„É£„É≥„āĻ!” (Chance!) confirmed which stars Horikita Maki and Kuroki Meisa (the lead who will be in Subaru) It also stars¬†Hamada Gaku¬†who played Tsurumi Hisashi¬†in Proposal Daisakusen (he was¬†the one who was obsessively in love¬†with Eri)¬†The plot for this seems..alright. Horikita plays a 22-year-old who struggles to find a job, finally landing one at a travel company. Kuroki plays a career woman at the same firm who happens to have the same last name. One day, they mistakenly take each other’s cell phones, and as a result, Horikita’s character ends up having to give a critical presentation. This becomes her “chance” at success.
It airs on the¬†7th and 14th of March. ūüôā I will be watching!

As for the other¬†upcoming Spring dramas,¬†the ones which have¬†been confirmed are shown here. Looking at the names of the actors alone,¬†the one’s i’ve¬†mentioned are the only actors which i’m aware of/like. (I’m not really a kinki kids fan…) BUT, after checking out the plots for each of them, only this¬†one seems¬†interesting.
Ghost Friends which stars the girl who was the mean girl (and Miyabi from Berryz Koubou look-a-like..) in LIFE РFukuda Saki. The plot: Fukuda plays a high schooler who can see ghosts as a result of a car accident. The story follows her growth as she interacts with the spirits she meets, and even falls in love with a young male ghost named Kaito (Nishijima Takahiro).
The others are about tea and solving boring crimes.¬†Hopefully more interesting one’s will be added soon!

Haha, i’m really getting ahead of myself aren’t i? These all start in April which is still quite a bit away…I still haven’t got around to watching most of the winter dramas i wanted to either. It’s only because i hate waiting for them to be subtitled and my Japanese isn’t good enough to know everything their saying without subtitles, so i’ll wait until more episodes are subtitled i think. Maybe. Ah stuff it i may just start watching Mei-chan no Shitsuji now…

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Ai-chan’s drama beats Kamenashi’s!!

February 8, 2009

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Yah you read that right! Here¬†are the ratings for each episode so far… ^_^

Kami no Shizuku: 10.3  7.3  6.2  5.0
Q.E.D:           6.2  6.0  4.7   3.9  7.1

Which quite blatantly translates to:

Q.E.D —> Takahashi Ai —> Morning Musume
Kami no Shizuku —> Kamenashi Kazuya —> KAT-TUN
—> Morning Musume VS KAT-TUN
Winner = Morninggg Muuuuuuuuuuusume!

Which is quite a nice change from KAT-TUN’s usual conquering (or brainwashing…you pick) of¬†outselling them by the hundreds of thousands on oricon chart…

(hahaha yes i know that it’s nothing like that…but it made me feel good for a bit!)
Ahhhhhhh……..i admit that Q.E.D has a much better storyline compared to Kami no Shizuku though. Just imagine if it was Kame who played the lead guy in Q.E.D instead….ah that would have been awesome.
Hmm actually i like KAT-TUN. I even bought one of their singles…well and downloaded the rest xD but i love their first and last albums!
I still find it absolutely hilarious how bad Kami no Shizuku is doing though! I haven’t watched it yet, but i will give the first episode a go maybe later..there’s so many good drama’s to watch this season that i keep forgetting which one’s i want to watch!
My list so far is:
Q.E.D
Love Shuffle
Voice
Mei-chan no Shitsuji
Kiino
Arifureta Kiseki Kami no Shizuku

I’ve thought about watching RESCUE…just for the fact it seems like it’d be absolutely hilarious! Actually i’ve just remembered Massu’s in it..i must watch it!
I’m already watching Akai Ito….which is¬†very awesome. Ah i wish i had more time to watch all these dramas! I think if i were to live in Japan (at the moment i’m planning on going to live there next January/Feburary time for six monthsish if i decide to take a gap year..) i would have no social life as i would be watching a drama every night! xD

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Engrish

February 5, 2009

Whenever i hear the start to DBSK’s song “O Jun Ban Hap” i always end up laughing at myself. This is because every single time i hear the start of it where Yoochun says “Yo Yunho let’s try some noisy beat..” seriously, every single time i hear it, instead of what Yoochun is really saying, i get Masuda Takahisa’s voice coming into my head, replacing the lyrics with: “Yo Yunho, what’s fo’ dinner tonight?”
Yes i am being serious.
I believe it is because they use the exact same tone of voice….and well…..haha i don’t think i can really justify this!

Just listen to it!
In case you’re wondering, this is Masuda Takahisa’s (NEWS) performance of “Pumpkin” during the “Never Ending Wonderful Story” concert.

Hear it? “Yo what’s fo’ dinner tonight?” Ah Massu…….
Anyway, here’s DBSK’s “O”

Please say i’m not crazy!!!! If you’re struggling to imagine it..here i even made a (quick) recording of what i hear:

Ahhhhhhh forget Yoosu, it’s all about Massyoo! ^______^

Heyyy they even look a bit alike too? ūüėČ

Haha, i also sometimes listen to songs over and over and then it suddenly clicks that they are singing english words! This happened to me yesterday, when i was listening to the song by NEWS “Mafuyu no Nagareboshi” where the last paragraph in the song is sung in English. I wasn’t really paying much attention to this song as i was busy doing something else, but for some reason i suddenly thought, “hey that’s English!”
Listening back to it makes me feel really stupid as it’s so obvious, but sometimes i just can’t be bothered to try translate what they’re saying in my head, so it all just merges together! I think it’s the “I can be your heart, I wish to see…..” part. Here’s a clip of a shortened version of the song being performed at their Pacific tour.

Ah I really do wonder why these pesky Asians always insist on adding random English to their songs. Is it really that cool to do so? Will more people buy your records if you add the odd English phrase?
To be honest, i really don’t think so. But who knows? I’m not Japanese! I asked my Japanese penpal (yes i have one..don’t laugh!) and he didn’t seem to think there was any relevance in it. Obviously that doesn’t speak for all Japanese people. But isn’t it random? Doesn’t it annoy them that they’ve got some random lyrics in their head which they don’t understand? (Then again..that always happens to me….)

Ah the English language is such a strange thing. I’m always thinking, ehhh why do we do that? For example, we miss out so many words in our sentences, just because we can and they still make sense!
To be honest, i’m so glad that that doesn’t happen in German (as far as i’m aware) as it’d just leave me so much more confused!
I often find myself wondering whether i should be happy that English is my first language and i don’t have to learn it which gives me the option of learning any language i want to, instead of just – ‘okay learn English, then learn the language you want to’
Is that ignorant to think like that? My German friend who’s over here for three months told us she was under the impression that English people believed they didn’t need to learn any languages because everybody learns theirs.
Obviously me being a language geek is an exception to that, but it’s awfully true! In my German class there’s only three of us. Out of a college of hundreds, only seven people (when including the first year) want to carry on learning German from school. Why is that? Are they intimidated by the amount of hard work? Is it just laziness or is it arrogance?

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Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Aki – Resonant Live – A reflection..

February 3, 2009

My first thoughts when watching this tour were:
1) Heyyy more belly showing than usual?
2) Ehhh have they got…more slutty?
3) Wow Eri has really improved! Like really really!
4) Risa has been given some center positions..hold on…it’s not all Ai and Reina?
5) LinLin has bigger cheers than aika? =O
6) Wait…i actually like LinLin?

I swear i was pouting all throughout the concert. Hmm i could go on but i’ll stop there! xD I think if i were to sum this tour up in one word it would be ‘FANSERVICE!’
Arghhhhhhhhh seriously! I’ll explain this using the method which has been forever drummed into me in english – ‘groups of three’ lol (did they ever just think that once they
got to three, they just got bored and didn’t want to add more points?!)

1) Look at the way Ai-chan looks at Koharu. I mean isn’t Koharu like what..13…15? (i can’t be bothered to look it up….okay i did she’s 16 lol) and i think what’s even more hilarious is the face Koharu’s pulling haha SHE LOOKS TERRIFIED! Tsunkuuuuuuuu…

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Am i looking too deep into this? Well……..

2) The whole performance of “Take Off Is Now.” I think it was a good performance, as i really like the song…but watching it just made me feel uncomfortable! I’m sure if i were a guy i wouldn’t be..but as i am a girl who is completely straight..watching girls trying to be sexy just makes me cringe! It’s a shame, because i’m not entirely convinced that they really want to act like that. Even Reina. Actually wait, Reina does. (see next point..)

3) Reina. Ahhhh but then again Reina is always like this. I mean Reina..why do you need to do that, what are you expecting?

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I found it hilarious that Koharu looked as if she was giving birth throughout “Koi No Dial 6700” as you can see in the picture below.
And once again you can also see Reina sticking her arse out…in fact…..i’m not really sure what she’s doing………

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Tbh there was a lot of ‘bum sticking out’ movements from everyone in this concert. Even Risa…ah speaking of Risa..i think even she can’t help but look at Reina’s bum!

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I don’t think i’m gonna even start and go into detail of their performance of “Purple Wind.” Let’s just pretend it’s nice and innocent like they used to be. I don’t know why i don’t like morning musume being like this. They’ve been like this for a while after all. There are plently of bands worse than them as well.
Anyway, i don’t know if i’ve got my point across well..there are other examples, but that would mean watching the whole concert again and although i have been watching it daily for the last few days now, the one time i need to watch it…i don’t want to ūüėÄ haha if i see anything else worth mentioning, then i’ll add it.

I wonder if i am the only one who thinks that Reina’s voice just gets worse and worse? It’s awful sometimes! To the point i would say sayumi sounds better..sometimes! ūüėČ

Anyway i’m really glad at how Eri and Risa have been given much more time to shine ūüôā I think because we suddenly get to see two new people put in the spolight, it makes Reina and Ai-chan seem more boring..and predictable? Is that just me?

Oh yeah, don’t you think LinLin really looks like Inoue Mao? (from hana yori dango)

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Creepy! I think it’s the same face shape and smile. LinLin has definately grown on me actually. I think it’s because she looks less manly than i first thought and i can see that she’s actually pretty! Silly me for not noticing it earlier! Actually Aika is really pretty. She looks so much better with her current hair! Well done hairstylist! *claps* back to LinLin though..i feel she really fits in well with Morning Musume, so i can see what Tsunku was doing when he picked her! I feel more sorry for JunJun though as there are parts where i can see how she looks so tired. I mean..Morning Musume showing fatigue? That’s against all the rules! ūüėČ
Heh i think it’s mean making JunJun be the only one to wear trousers (unless she picked them of course) But i swear they always make the tall members wear the trousers..and it just..i dunno..doesn’t it just make them look taller? O.o

Ah in fact i think this concert…is a concert of growth! Koharu’s voice is actually alright! They’ve all improved vocally…well done takakajadnbs..takarazuka? people from cinderella!!! I feel sorry for Sayumi though as she doesn’t get as many vocal parts as the other 5/6th gens..i mean when she gets a solo which is longer than one line, i’m always surprised that she’s allowed to sing one!

I think to end this…erm reflection, i’ll leave you with the constipated face of LinLin during “Resonant Blue”

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I swear she was smiling throughout it as well. I mean talk about inappropriate! With lyrics like “resonant sadness echoes deep inside me” it’s not exactly something to smile about!
Though to be honest…..if i were in Morning Musume, i would be so happy, i would never stop smiling!

Ah maybe i should end this with saying that although i am an overly critical skeptic ~ morning musume ga daisuki desu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!