June 21, 2008

A Music Survey, 夏の歌。

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, J-Pop, Maki Goto, Morning Musume, Music at 11:21 pm by aiwish472

(Thank you for this, Misa. I’ve been inspired to write, and write about something J-Pop related too!)

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May 28, 2008

音楽♪青春

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Hello!Project, J-Pop, Maki Goto, Morning Musume, Music at 2:07 pm by aiwish472

After reading the “My Journey” series at Renai Project (which was very well written, might I add 😉 ), I decided that I would like to write of my own “Journey”.

Morning Musume and Hello!Project…means a lot to me. Not only is it my favorite music, it’s a source of happiness, it’s something to cheer me up, and it’s an obsession. Go ahead, call me wota. XD

How did I get to this point? What did I love before Morning Musume?

It all started when I was little…

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December 8, 2007

เช้า Musume?

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Hello!Project, Maki Goto, Morning Musume at 8:08 pm by aiwish472

For those who aren’t familiar with Thailand, that says “Morning Musume” in Thai – Cháo Musume.

I was taking a look at the Google Trends 2007, and some interesting results came up when I searched Morning Musume.

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November 3, 2007

Top 9

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Kago Ai, Miki Fujimoto, Ogawa Makoto, Sayumi Michishige, Tsuji Nozomi, W at 12:26 pm by aiwish472

Firstly, I would like to say that I am sorry for not posting in a while. I’ve been quite busy, and I’ve been doing a lot with this post.

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I was going to do this at the end of the year, but I feel like doing it now.

In 2007, I became a huge Hello!Project fan. Although I discovered it in August 2006, I wasn’t really obsessed until later. I’ve downloaded tons of H!P stuff, photobooks included. Today, I’m going to write about my favorite Hello!Project photobooks (in countdown form).

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October 16, 2007

iHello

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Hello!Project, J-Pop, Maki Goto at 6:48 pm by aiwish472

Not sure if you guys have heard yet, but there was an update in the J-Pop section of iTunes.

Now, you can find Maki Goto’s 3rd Station and How to use SEXY albums, Aya Matsuura’s First Kiss, T.W.O., X3, Egao, and Double Rainbow (Suna wo Kamu You Ni…NAMIDA was there before), as well as a song selection by Tsukushima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume.)

Also there from before is Morning Musume Tanjou 10 Nen Kinentai’s “Itoshiki Tomo he” and GAM’s “Thanks!”

October 8, 2007

Why, oh why?

Posted in Abe Natsumi, Aya Matsuura, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Maki Goto, Morning Musume, Yuko Nakazawa at 6:21 pm by aiwish472

Just wondering: Why is it, exactly, that Hello!Project is frowned upon in Japan? Sure, there are crazy wota, but that’s no reason to not like it….

I’ve heard stories. You go to a music store [in Japan], and ask the guy behind the counter for some Morning Musume, Maki Goto, etc., and he/she will give you a funny look. Why?

Alright, maybe Tsunku’s done a poor job of picking some members *cough*KoharuSayumiAika*cough*. But we still have Aichan! And Risa! And Eri! And Junjun and Linlin have beautiful voices.

Sales have slumped terribly. Abe Natsumi’s last single (Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro) sold 11,817 copies. Or, even worse, Gomaki’s last single sold 14,861 copies (keep in mind that she’s always been more popular than Nacchi), and How to use SEXY sold 14,025 copies.

This couldn’t be happening! Everyone loves Natsumi and Maki! Maki’s first album sold about 104 thousand!

The worst part of it all is Momusu’s sales. “Onna ni Sachi Are” sold only 50, 812 copies. That’s such a slump from “LOVE Machine,” or even more recent ones, such as “Iroppoi Jirettai.” 31,819 copies of SEXY 8 BEAT were sold, only slightly better than the 29,645 copies of “7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!”

As for Aya Matsuura… I’M SICK OF FREAKING AYA BALLADS. “Egao” sold 13,286 copies. I can see why.

I understand that Aya’s in her early twenties now, and can’t be dancing with Momoiro puppets. But other artists who are Aya’s age, or older (outside of H!P, of course) sell wonderfully. BoA, for instance, is only a bit younger, and her last single made it to #3 on the Oricon charts.

But then, BoA can go outside and not be chased by wota. Fans, but not wota.

This may not be quite relevant, as she was never a big soloist, but Yuko’s last single, “Urara,” sold slightly under 4,000 copies. I liked Urara! It was pretty, but not boring.

And poor Maeda Yuki — her last single, “Ai Ai Daiko,” didn’t even sell 1000 copies. Just 720. *sobs* (Maybe it’s not rational to compare her to the other soloists, as she’s enka, but still…)

Berryz single sales, on a more positive note, have increased since their debut.

Sorry if most of that made no sense. I just had to let it out.

September 29, 2007

Sigh.

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Maki Goto, Morning Musume at 4:52 pm by aiwish472

I can’t decide which 2008 calendar to get.

The Morning Musume one?

Morning Musume 2008 Calendar

The Aya Matsuura one?

Aya Matsuura 2008 Calenar

Or the Maki Goto one?

Maki Goto 2008 Calendar

No…the toilet one!

Toilet Calendar

(Kidding.)

Ah, well. I’ll decide eventually. =P

Kamei Eri’s upcoming photobook sounds good! It was shot in Canada and is called “Maple” (I wonder why).

Description [Translated], from http://ineschien07.wordpress.com/ :

“Morning Musume’s Eri Kamei’s New Solo Photo Book is Coming Out with DVD!!

The 5th Book is when Eri is at Canada in the summer. 18-year old Kamei Eri’s pictures are taken in front of Mountains covered with ice, a great blue colored lakes, beautiful woods and other incredible nature of Canada. Her voice, attitudes, facial expressiones, etc. shows her cuteness as a girl, but at the same time, shows her lady side. It’s just like the title! This book is sweet like a maple syrup. She also wore one pieces and swim wears. You can find the new Kamei Eri by this book.”

Mountains, ice, lakes, woods, ERI! I can’t wait.