Posts Tagged ‘aragaki yui’

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I hate revision!

June 4, 2009

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Due to exams i still won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks. Once they’re over though…PARTYYYYYYYYYYY!

Anyway, there are some much needed things I would like to comment on:

1) Happy birthday Yoochun! ❤

2) Congratulations Morning Musume on your number one single!!!!!!!!!!!

3) Why can’t I go to see Morning Musume in LA? It’s so unfair! Why did they have to choose to play in the only two weeks in the year I can’t go?! Haha.

4) Aragaki Yui’s new album “Hug” has been announced, finally! I’ve already pre-ordered, have you? Do so here! Ah so exciting! Her latest single, “Utsushi E” i found to be disappointing though. Was a tad boring….I liked the idea for the video though! =D

5) I’m so happy that LinLin will be in the new Mini Moni! I hope there’s something new for JunJun soon too. But those two doing something……….not together? =O

6) Lastly, why are Arashi  pretty much the biggest artist in Japan right now? They’re releasing singles like a machine gun, but they all sound the same to me? Or just…….gay. I like Arashi, just not enough to think they deserve to sell so much. Not that i’m biased towards DBSK or anything. 🙂

Anyway, take care everyone!

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A catch up..

March 6, 2009

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Haha am i psychic?
The weekly oricon ranking for Aragaki Yui’s “piece” issssssssss…number seven!
I’ve been so busy that i haven’t had chance to check any of the daily rankings, so i had no idea how well or bad it’s done. But for some strange reason it popped up in my dream, where it got a number seven of all numbers! Haha & when i was awake i was trying to convince myself that she would have obviously done better than that…but apparently not 😦
But then again does she actually do promotion? I never see her on all the other music programs the artists appear on? Who knows..

In other news, Morning Musume reached number 3 in the weekly charts last week for “Naichau Kamo!” I was hoping for a number 2, and they were sooo close behind (around 2000 copies between them and Acid Black Cherry who were at number 2) But at least this shows us that Morning Musume are still going pretty strong and they aren’t going anywhere! (hopefully) 🙂
They have another single scheduled already too. YAY!

Arihara Kanna from C-ute has been announced on the Hello!Project site to have hallux valgus and is on hiatus to spend time with her johnnys boyfriend recover. This means she won’t be taking part in their upcoming tour in April or their new single, “bye bye”
Ah i have a bad feeling about this? It’s really sad..get better soon! (Don’t worry i won’t make any bye bye puns…)

About the Tohoshinki VS KAT-TUN oricon ‘battle’………ahhhh all i can say is if you really love Tohoshinki, then buy their single ‘survivor’ as it’s possibly the only way that they will win! Even if it’s the only single you ever buy from them..i would love for them to beat KAT-TUN it would be amazing…
I have been thinking…are the fans of KAT-TUN also fans of Tohoshinki? Like is this a bit of a behind the scenes handshake, so that fans of KAT-TUN will think, “ah Tohoshinki? I may as well buy this too…” at the same time they’re buying KAT-TUN’s single, so that Tohoshinki’s sales will rise to the amounts johnny’s do?
But then again….i can imagine KAT-TUN/Johnny fans being proper loyal and not wanting to betray their beloved. Once again, who knows?
I still think that the Japanese music industry is really corrupted, but that’s another debate for another time…

(Release date is 11th March)

CDJapan – Tohoshinki – Survivor – Limited Edition with DVD Jacket A

CDJapan – Tohoshinki – Survivor – Limited Edition Jacket B

HMV Japan – Tohoshinki – Survivor – Limited Edition with DVD Jacket A

HMV Japan – Tohoshinki – Survivor – Limited Edition Jacket B

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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 🙂
Come on Yui, get a number one! 😀 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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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 “スマイル” (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 “チャンス!” (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. 🙂 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 – Fukuda 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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Aragaki Yui

February 3, 2009

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I would like to introduce you to my favourite female soloist – Aragaki Yui. In fact, i would say she is also one of my favourite actresses! If you recognise her it may be because she was the lead actress in the popular film “koizora!”
Recently she has been releasing music too, where she has managed to get within the top 3 for all of her singles! Well you can see why though..even if it’s just because she’s so kawaii!

Here is her first single, “Memories.”

I think that listening to it really makes me realise all over again how much i love her songs! It really reminds me of summer, or maybe it reminds me of studio ghibli films! I think it’s the background music, ❤

Here is her second single, “heavenly days.” This was released for the film Koizora. If you haven’t seen it already, this video will probably make you want to!

Here is her third single “make my day.” It reached number 2 on the oricon weekly chart and has sold 82,206 copies!

Her forth single “Akai Ito” which reached number 3 on the weekly charts, selling 59,223 copies. The video also features Kobukuro singing the song, which isn’t featured on the single, so here is just the single with only Yui singing.

She has an upcoming single called, ‘piece’ which will be released on the 25th of Feburary. Here’s the tracklist for it:

1) piece
2) スパークル (Sparkle)
3) あなたに (Anata ni)
4) piece(naked voice ver.)
5) piece(instrumental)

It comes in 3 editions, (as most Japanese stuff does..)

Limited Edition (Type A)

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Limited Edition (Type B) (i’m unsure if this is the actual cover for it)

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Regular Edition

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The first press editions of all these feature a mini poster, so order soon if you would like it as it’s still available!

The song “piece” is composed by the same person who composed her first ‘single’ “heavenly days” so it should be good 🙂
Also, apparently Yui wrote the lyrics for the song ‘sparkle’ herself 🙂 and the third song, ‘anata ni’ is a cover of a MONGOL800 song.

I decided to do some research into MONGOL800…as i thought their name sounded slightly familiar. Turns out they did an insert song for the drama Proposal Daisakusen! Here it is if you’re interested…

Anyway…they are a successful band who debuted in 1998 and managed to sell over two million copies of their debut album despite not much advertising! Ah it’s alright for some isn’t ittt~

Ah i found their song “anata ni” on youtube:

I’m sure Yui’s will be better…haha..actually i don’t mind this band too much. They have a nostalgic kind of sound (but maybe it’s just because that’s how one of their songs were used in Propal Dai) and they give me the feeling of sunny, lazy days! 🙂

Anyway, i’m looking forward to Yui’s version! I’m really glad that she always seems to have good B-sides to her songs as i’ve loved all her previous ones!
I am very tempted to buy the limited type A, just based on the cover alone which i’ve fallen in love with ❤
I’m really hoping that she’ll release an album soon though. Well one is due right? Please release one soon! One with all the singles on it please 😀
Ah, but…then again…the cover to "piece" is so pretty…ahhhhh.
Please be more decisive than me and buy it!

If you would like to find out more about her, here is her wikipedia page.

Here are the purchase links for Aragaki Yui in cdjapan (which counts towards oricon chart) and yesasia.

EDIT: I’ve also recently found these download links for Aragaki Yui’s discography here! I’m not sure if they work, but hopefully!