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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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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!