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. 😄 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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December 25, 2007

The “Good Things That Came Out of 2007” List

Posted in °C-ute, Chocolove, Hello!Project, Hello!Project Kids, Hitomi Yoshizawa, J-Pop, Junjun, KAT-TUN, Koda Kumi, Linlin, m-flo, Miki Fujimoto, Morning Musume, NEWS, Risa Niigaki, Tsuji Nozomi, YUI, Yuko Nakazawa at 12:19 am by aiwish472

1. Mikan – Morning Musume
Since it came out, Mikan has been one of my favorite Morning Musume songs. It’s catchy, fun, inspiring (you’ll get a chance!), and has a great PV. Everybody sounds great – new members, old members, the ones with strong voices, even the ones who need to work on their singing.

2. Tokaikko Junjou – C-ute

If it weren’t for this song, I would have never gotten into C-ute.

3. Yuko Nakazawa – Danna Sama

YUUKO’S ALIVE!!! I didn’t really care for this single, but it tells me that Yuko’s doing something. And I like it when cool members are doing things. ^^

4. Graduation of Hitomi Yoshizawa, Miki Fujimoto Friday’d

Shokku.

As much as I hate to see them go (especially Yossie), Mikitty and Yossie wouldn’t really fit with Morning Musume’s new style. I couldn’t picture Yossie in a furry chicken outfit for the second time (See: Onna ni Sachi Are PV and compare to The Peace), nor Miki hugging/eating cake/being happy on an album cover like Mikan’s. I think Yocchan is much better off participating in activities like Ongaku Gatas.

As for Miki…she never really seemed to like being in the group, anyways. =P (Maybe she should get her solo career back, she seemed to like that. But that’s another post…)

5. Junjun and Linlin. I love those two. They fit in great with Morning Musume, are very cute, and have so much talent. Forget about expansion – these two alone are great. I can’t wait to see them in 2008, and all the years to come.

6. Risa Niigaki becoming Sub-leader. I think Risa has a lot of potential as leader. She seems to really enjoy her work, and gets along with all the other members. Way to go Gaki. 😀

7. Morning Musume Tanjou 10 Nen Kinentai. This was a wonderful way to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Morning Musume/Hello!Project. All the members have a special place in the group that marks something big that happened in Hello Project history – Nacchi is the beginning, Kaori is leadership, Maki is the miracle, Risa is a magical gokkie, and Koharu is the not other miracle. 10 Nen Kinentai released some great music, too.

8. Tsuji and her baby! What more do I need to say? I am so happy for Nono.

9. Koda Kumi – Freaky. I like this song a lot. I also heard that Kuu is/was using this song in an anti-bullying campaign. That’s good to hear. ^^

10. NEWS – weeek. (Tokaikko Junjou #2) If it weren’t for this song, I would have never gotten into NEWS. I downloaded their touch album and a couple other singles, but nothing did it for me. Until this. So…now I like NEWS. =D

11. Cartoon KAT-TUN II You – KAT-TUN’s second album. I love how every member [except Jin-kun…=(] got their own solo song. Junnosuke’s, SAMURAI☆LOVE☆ATTACK, is best. ❤

12. YUI – CAN’T BUY MY LOVE album. Another wonderful release from YUI!

13. m-flo – COSMICOLOR. This has been my favorite m-flo album to date. There are some songs that I don’t really listen to that often, but nothing that I hate. The best songs on the album are Love Don’t Cry (loves Crystal Kay), Luvotomy (loves Namie Amuro), Picture Perfect Love (loves MONKEY MAJIK), and She Loves The Cream (loves DOPING PANDA).

14. Chocolove from AKB48. I love the people in this group (especially Akimoto Sayaka) and their songs (especially Ashita wa Ashita no Kimi ga Umareru). This group is sweeter than chocolate!

~

That’s the best of the best from 2007.

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.