October 6, 2008

Catching Up, Part Two: Wonderful Hearts

Posted in Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Morning Musume, Music at 5:49 am by aiwish472

Morning Musume did something retro. But it wasn’t the good kind of retro.

Instead of doing something 40s, or even 50s – which would have been totally bitchin’ – they did something 70s – which wasn’t really a thrill for me. I’m not exactly a fan of the 70s.

I was secretly hoping that Morning Musume would release a 40s-themed song. The last time they did that, all the way back in 2001, it turned out to be one of their best songs yet. If not that, they could have worn shirtwaist dresses or pencil skirts with cardigan sweaters on the cover of their next album. Wouldn’t that be adorable?

But no – instead, Morning Musume wore psuedo-disco dresses and sang Pink Lady’s song from the 1970s – Pepper Keibu.

Pepper Keibu is okay, but nothing more. The song is catchy, but I know it will get old after a few listens – it’s really repetitive…

The outifts suck, the PV sucks, but what can I ask for?  A Hello!Project outfit isn’t a Hello!Project outfit unless it’s strange/fluffy/ugly or in this case, shiny. Morning Musume hasn’t released a decent PV in years, so I’ve given up on that one.

And…their next album will be entirely cover songs. Didn’t W do that for their first album in 2004? Why, yes, they did. W is great, fine. But I don’t like it when every song on an album is cover songs. Maybe if they had a few really good ones, it would be okay. But I like to hear new songs as well, and I’m sure you do too.

On Berryz’ new album, I like Happy! Stand Up and Baka ni Shinaide, and…that’s it. I would like Real Love too, if it wasn’t a Risako solo. I think Real Love should have been a Maasa solo, since MAASA ONLY GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE GROUP SONG AND NEEDS MORE LOVE.

Oh! I secretly like Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance, but only when I’m making graphics. I listen to all the crazy songs when I make graphics. 😛

Other than those few songs, I consider 5 (FIVE) to be rather mediocre. The fourth album was so much better.

I hope that Berryz and Morning Musume’s future releases will be something to look forward to, unlike these.

September 3, 2008

Frustrations with Buono!

Posted in °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids at 6:27 pm by aiwish472

Not too long ago, zush over at Berryz Koubou International wrote about Buono’s recent fanclub DVD release. You can see that post here. While I don’t have any problems with zush or his blog, I am disturbed by the content of that DVD.

What on earth is “hip wrestling?” I have no idea as to what it is, but I’m sure there’s some sort of innuendo in there that wotas find irresistible. The members of Buono! are bumping each other in the rear end with the bums of their own. For goodness sake, they’re so young, and they’re doing something like THAT? I am absolutely astonished!

This “hip wrestling” is another example of Hello!Project catering to wotas. Okay, fine. So UFA knows who is buying their products, and they’re trying to make as much money as they can by selling what wotas want. But there’s a difference between making “money with morals in mind,” and “exploiting employees.” Exploiting may be too harsh of a word here — I’m sure they could be much worse — but there’s something wrong with this picture, suggestions aside.

I don’t like Buono! in general. Buono! can release ♥ ☺ ♫ ~kawaii~ ♫ ☺ ♥ videos, photos, and other extras like that, but when it comes to music, they’re the rockin’ badasses of Hello!Project? It doesn’t work like that. They should pick one style to sport, and stick with it, as all the other groups have done.

This is not to mention that as Hello! Project Kids (and not necessarialy Buono! members), I strongly dislike Miyabi and Airi, and simply detest Momoko.

Miyabi is one of the three members of Berryz that always get leads, so she ticks me off for that reason. I’m one of those Hello!Project fans that cheers on the underdogs. But at least she looks her age, and acts like it (for the most part…).

Airi gets far too many lines in the C-ute songs, but I’ve heard she tries extra hard. Kudos. I guess.

There are three simple reasons why I don’t like Tsugunaga.

1. Her voice.

2. Her actions.

3. Her looks.

Momoko has a  squeaky, excessively high, helium-infested style singing voice, and gets another 1/3 of the lines in Berryz Koubou songs. WHY? Why can’t Tsunku give Momo’s lines to a good singer, like… Yurina? 😀 Or Maasa or Saki. I would even love to hear more Chinami, whose voice still has a high range, yet is pretty and bearable. Unlike Miyabi and Airi, Momoko doesn’t look nor act her age. Sure, all idols act younger than they really are. But Momoko does this to the extreme. Jumping around and squealing and giggling… I don’t buy it. Even if she does look (and sound!) less than half her age. I can’t stand the fact that she’s 16 and looks like a six-year-old. She’s not cute, she’s not funny, she’s not anything except annoying.

How about next time when Tsunku feels the need to make a rock group, he puts together Yurina Kumai, Sayaka Kitahara, and Maasa Sudou? Now that would be cool. They could pull it off.

This is the final straw – Buono is officialy my least favorite Hello! Project group.

July 7, 2008

Scorning… Monkeys

Posted in AKB48, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Music at 11:57 pm by aiwish472

From the first time I heard the radio rip, I knew the new Berryz song, “Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance,” would be bad. But my curiosity got the best of me, so when the PV came out, I had to watch it. I was pleasantly surprised to see and hear more Maasa, Chinami, and Saki (yet there’s still much more Risako than necessary, and not enough Yurina). Despite that, I don’t like the song or video.

“Yuke Yuke” is the most repetitive song I’ve heard from the Berryz. It’s the same verse and chorus over and over, until the bridge, which just comes out of nowhere. It’s a good song, really, if you want to annoy someone. The costumes are bad. They could be worse. Their fluffy skirts, long-sleeved shirts, black vests, and hats are so-so. And then there are the monkey costumes. Those officially ruined the video and song. The bodysuits with ears monkey costumes are a failed attempt to be cute; I don’t like them at all.

It’s not exactly “typical idol.” But it’s close.

Thankfully, there are those rare songs that aren’t typical idol.

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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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June 12, 2008

Thirty-one Thoughts on a Lot of Stuff

Posted in °C-ute, Bananas in Pajamas, Berryz Koubou, Biyuuden, Blog, Bunnies, Classic Film, Fred Astaire, Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Hello Kitty, Hello Pro Egg, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, High-King, Humphrey Bogart, J-Pop, Johnny's Jimusho, KAT-TUN, KAWAII, Kusumi Koharu, Lauren Bacall, Milky Way, Morning Musume, Music, Ogawa Makoto, Ongaku Gatas, Random, Releases, Sayaka Kitahara, W, Yuko Nakazawa at 11:34 pm by aiwish472

The following is a whole bunch of thoughts. Or just random things that I wanted to mention. XD Some are serious, some are silly. Some are Hello!Project related, others are not. The links don’t always appear blue for some reason, so hover your mouse a bit. Have fun.

(636 words and 32 categories, 8 of which I’ll probably never use again! WOO!)

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June 3, 2008

*Snickers*

Posted in °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, Bunnies, Classic Film, Hello Pro Egg, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, KAWAII, Morning Musume, Yaguchi Mari at 3:06 pm by aiwish472

IF YOU ARE A MIYABI FAN, DON’T READ THIS. Instead, pay attention to this collage of kawaii overload which contains bunnies, puppies, bears, Hello!Project Eggs, Berries, C-ute, Morning Musume, classic film stars (the ones shown ARE kawaii, well, just in the pictures used, so not really…la la la… if you’re bothered by it look at the snowy owl), a duck with a lamb, kirigumi, Kamenashi Kazuya, Curious George, and yes, a snowy owl. 😀 Click to see the full picture.

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May 9, 2008

How to use EGAO

Posted in Abe Natsumi, °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Kikkawa Yuu, Morning Musume, Sayumi Michishige, Yaguchi Mari at 5:40 pm by aiwish472

Isn’t one of the greatest features of a person their smile? There are a lot of lovely smiles in Hello!Project. At the same time, there are some that are…not so nice. Today, I’m going to write about the best (and worst) smiles in Hello!Project. Don’t worry, there are more good than bad!

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January 1, 2008

Ew ew no no NO! They’re doing it all wrong!

Posted in °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Morning Musume at 3:16 am by aiwish472

Morning Musume dissapointed me for the 2007 Kouhaku. I expected something big and wonderful from them this — well, last year, but no. Their voices sound horrible during this performance. Except Takitty’s. More on that later…

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November 24, 2007

Crazy About Monis

Posted in °C-ute, Berryz Koubou, GAM, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Kira☆Pika, Morning Musume, Ongaku Gatas at 10:50 pm by aiwish472

We all know that some of the greatest smaller groups of Hello!Project ended in “Moni.” Mini Moni, Pucchi Moni, Eco Moni, anyone?

What if all the Hello!Project groups had a nickname that ended in Moni?

For instance, the current groups could be…

Morning Musume – Ichi Moni (They were the first H!P group, so they get the Japanese word for one + Moni.)
Berryz Koubou – Berry Moni (Isn’t that creative.)
C-ute – Kawaii Moni (Kawaii = Japanese for Cute)
GAM – Matsumoto Moni. (Oh yeah.)
Kira☆Pika – Kirari Moni (Beause they make songs for Kirarin Revolution.)
Ongaku Gatas – Winning Moni (Support your favorite futsal team, people! =P)

…Do I miss the Moni groups, or was it just a really creative moment?

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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