February 24, 2009

AAAAAAAH NO

Posted in Hello!Project, Morning Musume, Releases at 10:33 am by aiwish472

I think there's something wrong with Mitsui's chin...

Really? Has Hello! Project become so cheap that they can’t even afford a good graphic artist to make attractive album covers for them? I think a cat could throw together better covers than THAT. Of course covers aren’t the most important part of a single release, but it’s reflective of how much effort Tsunku and Friends™ want to put into their products.

I looked sort of like that when I first saw the covers, too.

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October 19, 2008

Furious Rage~! (With Bold Letters.)

Posted in Hello!Project at 6:12 pm by aiwish472

It’s official: Hello! Project is going to hell. They just lost nearly ALL of their talent.

What’s next, Morning Musume?

I mean, C-ute music? No thanks.

Just as I was wondering how much longer it was going to be before Melon Kinenbi and Kei left…

Oh Kei, you and your beautiful voice…

Even Abe Natsumi. NACCHI! And Yuko! The Queen Bitch of H!P! All of my favorites are GONE.

Here’s looking at you, Yossie…

Hold on…does this include Mako? But Mako just returned!

They had better get careers elsewhere, or else…

*furious rage*

They just don’t have it anymore. Pretty much everything H!P releases is boring or generic-sounding.

I think Tsunku is out of ideas.

Maybe I’ll buy Yuko’s “MEGA BEST.”

Speaking of purchases, perhaps there will be a big sale of all the Elder Club’s stuff on Yesasia. [/sarcasm]

This calls for a little picspam of some Elder Club members. To cheer you up.

I would make it longer, but it’s time for me to eat dinner. Ja ne.

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oh my GOD.

Posted in Hello!Project at 5:57 pm by aiwish472

Elder Club. All gone.

What on earth just happened?

I knew something was wrong when those “MEGA BESTS” were announced.

I am in a complete state of disbelief.

More later.

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 30, 2008

Your Idol Isn’t Perfect!!

Posted in Hello!Project, Morning Musume at 8:59 pm by aiwish472

Or so says the recent Pocket Morning Q&A.

Idols are normal people just like you.

Just keep telling yourself that. XD

Eri’s made me laugh, I pop joints a lot too. 😛

How does Gaki play with her eyelashes? That sounds like it hurts. D:

But people probably say that about Eri/my habit, too…

Geez, Ai, you’re so boring…

Kidding.

So see, everyone has their faults~

Catching Up, Part One: Milky Way

Posted in Hello!Project, J-Pop, Kikkawa Yuu, Kusumi Koharu, Milky Way, Music, Sayaka Kitahara at 8:47 pm by aiwish472

After giving all my attention in the past few weeks to studying, the 2008 election, family visiting from out-of-town, more studying, and – okay, I’ll be honest – more old movie stuff, I’ve had some time to catch up on music. I found some mp3s of the tracks on Kirarin Revolution Song Selection 4 and Berryz Koubou’s new album, 5 (FIVE). I also checked out the new Morning Musume PV and song, and realized that Milky Way’s next single is only a month away from being released.

Since there’s so much I’ve missed, I’ll be splitting this entry up into multiple pieces. I’ll begin with one of my favorite groups…

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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.

August 6, 2008

A look back at…the 2001 fanclub singles.

Posted in Hello!Project, J-Pop, Morning Musume, Music at 10:49 pm by aiwish472

In 2001, the Hello!Project fanclub released 10 singles, known as the “fanclub singles.” What a lovely title for them. Each Morning Musume member had their own special solo single, containing one song and a message from the member. The singles get their titles from the members’ names, with each song title taking a few sounds from the particular member’s name. Apart from that, I don’t know very much about these. What I do know is that most of these singles are really good, and so I’ll be reviewing them today.

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July 14, 2008

Why I Love Gocchin

Posted in Hello!Project, Maki Goto at 10:19 pm by aiwish472

To be quite honest, I don’t know.

There’s just something about her as a Maki as a singer and a person that makes her wonderful. She revolutionized Morning Musume when she joined at 13 in 1999, adding a sort of youthfulness that the other members didn’t have. Sales shot up when she joined, and slowly began to take a turn for the worst when she left. She’s not sickeningly sweet, but the thought of Maki being mean never crosses my mind, either. Her face isn’t perfect; she has a wider nose than most. She’s good, but she’s not an amazing singer… while some are much better than others, no member of Hello! Project truly is.

She puts on a show, but it’s not extravagant.

I think I like Maki because there’s an aura of realness about her, especially compared to other Hello! Project members. She’s not extreme anything. She’s one of the most neutral, boring members to join Morning Musume. But she’s a good singer, and that makes up for everything she lacks.

She could improve, but any known figure could. My goodnish, any person on this earth, you, me, famous or not, could improve themselves.

There is no reason to like her. She’s just Gocchin, and that’s fine with me.

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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