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.

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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October 28, 2007

Kimi to Itsumademo, Maki.

Posted in Hello!Project, Maki Goto at 6:10 pm by aiwish472

“Bye bye.”

~Maki Goto

Gomaki is leaving Hello!Project and going to another label. She’s had no official graduation. I came home from a trip this weekend, only to find this out.

I keep hearing that her brother and his scandal had something to do with it, but I don’t really see how that fits in, as I thought this was previously planned.

I’m kind of happy that Maki will be getting out of H!P (and hopefully UFA), because she didn’t fit anymore (sexy instead of cute) and (with all due respect to every Hello!Project member) has so much more talent than she is credited for. Maybe she’ll go to Avex (or another good label). It would be great if she could be as popular as Ayumi Hamasaki, Otsuka Ai, Koda Kumi, etc. Plus, the quality of her songs may improve (not that they were terrible before, but they could be better…).

But I was looking forward so much to her upcoming single. And I really think it’s going to hurt Hello!Project. Look at what they’ve already done:

– They got rid of Miki, so there’s no more GAM.

– They got rid of Kago and Nonbon, so W is in the past.

– Kaorin’s gone, but she wasn’t really active anyways.

– What the hell is Yossie doing? I thought she was going to get a solo career!

– Hello…Kei, where are you?

– Oops, Nacchi’s suspended again!

– Is Marippe EVER going to do things other than MC and Uta Doki?

– And now Maki Goto, one of the best and most popular Hello!Project solo artists, is gone. T_T

I have no idea what is going to happen, but I don’t think it’s going to be good. What’s next, no ninth generation for Momusu? I hope not.

Ganbatte, Gocchin.

Source:

http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?act=helloonline&CODE=news&topic=145#spot

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.

September 23, 2007

Happy Birthday, Maki!

Posted in Birthday, Maki Goto at 1:12 pm by aiwish472

Yet another Maki Goto post.

Happy 22nd birthday to Maki Goto!

September 22, 2007

Maki Goto – How to use SEXY Review

Posted in J-Pop, Maki Goto, Music, Review at 10:08 pm by aiwish472

How to use SEXY is the 4th album from Hello!Project soloist Maki Goto. It’s okay, there were some songs I liked a lot, and others that I didn’t. Read below for more.

Before I review every track, I would like to say that I still get a kick out of the title. Ah, Engrish! xD

The first song, “How to use Loneliness,” is my favorite new song on the album. I was kind of surprised; as I thought it would be a boring ballad. Boy, was I wrong. It kind of reminds me of “Ekizo Disco” (from 3rd Station), I’m not quite sure why though. At around 3:10, there are some breathy sounds, and they sound good with the background music. Also on this track, the multiple “whoa!s” at the beginning are interesting.

The next song on the album is “GIVE ME LOVE.” I like this song, but can’t exactly put my finger on what I like about it.

The third track is “SOME BOYS! TOUCH.” Ah, how I love this song. I liked it since it came out, and it replaced “Sayonara ‘Tomodachi ni wa Naritakunai no'” as my favorite Gocchin song. Maki’s voice echos at the end of every line, except when she says “Come on, together.” It adds a cool effect. My favorite part of this song is the chorus.

After that is “City Wind.” I don’t like this song. The first five seconds or so reminds me of caps coming off bottles, and it just turns into an uninteresting ballad. It has no emotion, really. It sounds the same throughout the whole song. The background music is uninteresting, and no matter how much Gocchin tries to make her voice sound interesting, it sounds blah.

“Nee Samishikute” is the fifth track. This song was just…meh. It doesn’t do anything special for me. ‘Tis an R&B song. It makes me think of GAM’s “Koko de Kisu Shite.”

The sixth song on the album is “Glass no Pumps.” I go through phases with this song. I’ll love it for a few months, but then it gets on my nerves for several weeks. I mean, who could endure listening to “Dance with me baby baby, I love you hold me, hold me” 365 days a year? I would suggest not listening to it in excess….
“DAY BREAK.” Hmm. When I first heard this, I thought of it as a slow big-band song. The second time I heard it, it sounded more jazz-ish. It’s one of the better slow songs on How to use SEXY.

After that is “WOW Suteki!” It sounds inspiring to me. Maki’s voice sounds really good here, especially during the chorus.

“Secret” is the best ballad on the album. I like the piano beginning. Another part of the song that sounds nice to me is when Maki sings that big “whoa” towards the end. The verses are slow, and it speeds up a tiny bit near the chorus.

And the last song is called “LIFE.” This is my least favorite song on the album. Another ballad. It has this air-ey feel to it. I don’t know how to explain. But I don’t like it.

Overall, I would give this album a 7 out of 10. I like all the singles that were included on the album, and most of the new tracks were pretty nice.

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