TOP! Part 8 – Hello! Project Singles

20 01 2012

Okay, this was hard.  Really, really hard.  I don’t think I realized what I was getting into when I decided to do this next installation of my TOP! series.  For those of you who are new to my blog, TOP! is my series of countdowns of favorites.  There’s a page in the menu bar with previous TOP! posts.

Today I bring you my personal top 25 Hello! Project singles.  No, really, that was the smallest number I could muster.  There’s just as many honorable mentions.

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Hello! Project Round-Up: PyocoPyoco, Chotomatte, DEEP MIND, and Shining Butterfly

15 01 2012

A few H!P PVs have been released lately (okay, a couple of these are old, but I’ve been wanting to review them), and to save you clicks and me time, I’m rounding them all up into one post.  Remember, I already warned you that my patience with H!P is gone.

Morning Musume – Pyocopyoco Ultra

When I heard the radio rip for this song, I actually really liked it.  It’s really catchy on it’s own and it showcases the new members, which although isn’t great yet, it’s smart on Tsunku’s part.  If all of the lines are given to Reina or Mame, then it’ll be a PAIN once they graduate (such as, I can imagine, it is now divvying up all of Ai’s parts).

Then the covers and group concept pictures were released.

Then the MV.

Can I emphasize how much I have been disappointed with Morning Musume lately?  Leave it to Tsunku to take a perfectly good song and fuck duck it up.  To save an incredibly long rant, here’s the one good thing about this PV: Gakisan.  She really, really shines among the rest.  And I really love that her costume is different, it really shows that she’s the queen duck.  Otherwise, yeah.  There’s nothing good about this PV.  It makes me sick to my stomach.  I’ve tried about 5 times and I still cannot watch it all the way through.

Tsunku, little girls are already fans of Morning Musume.  They will listen anyway.  Especially since you’re adding kindergartners to the group.  You need to be targetting the market that is leaning to AKB: young adults and the older male fans.  You used to do it, and it worked really, really well.  Don’t know why that’s changed, but he is really throwing a great group down the tubes.  Just because the new members are young doesn’t mean they have to be dancing in duck outfits.  Seriously.

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TOP! Part 6 – Disbanded/One-Shot Hello! Project Groups

19 01 2009

Wow.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a post for this series!  Today I bring you the top ten Hello! Project disbanded/one-shot groups of all time~

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I Bring Good News!

12 01 2009

Well, it might be good news.  I’m not really sure what’s going to happen with them, but in April, 4 brand new fanclubs will begin under UFA.

The first will be, of course, Hello! Project (which depressingly will only consist of Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, C-ute, and Mano Erina… but wait! Where are the eggs?!)

The second is (and this is the hopefully good part) what will be called M-Line, aka Elder Club minus a few.  This will consist of Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori (wut?), Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari (!), Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Konno Asami (!), Ogawa Makoto (!), Fujimoto Miki, Tsuji Nozomi (!!@!), and Ongaku Gatas  (Satoda Mai?, Noto Arisa, Sengoku Minami, Korenaga Miki, and Sawada Yuri).  I think this means a new concert unit, which is really exciting and I would be super super excited if all these artists started releasing music.  So happy.  I would probably explode if I saw a Yaguchi Mari solo single.

The third is Ayaway, a fanclub for Matsuura Aya, which is both good and bad.  Good because she won’t die.  Bad because a) I was hoping she’d switch to Avex, b) she probably won’t be perfoming with M-Line, which is boo, and c) she’ll probably still get boring music.  D:

The fourth and final is probably the funniest of them all.  And yes, that’s just me being a jerk.  But it’s a Melon Kinenbi fanclub called… *chuckle* Melon Kinenbi.  MAN.  These people are full of brilliant ideas for MKB.  Honestly, I can see like… 1,00 people joining this.  At max.  If that, even.

Overall, YAY more Elder Club!  I just hope they actually do something!  The only super disappointing thing here is… where’s Erika and Yui?

credit: Jadeite over at the Hello!Online forums.





Looking Back on ’08

23 12 2008

Two days from now it’ll be exactly a year since I did my Hello! Project 2008 predictions.  It seems like so long ago!  Now that this year’s almost over, it’s time to reflect and see what came true!

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Best Live. Evar.

20 11 2008

I love Korean Award Show performances.  Everyone performs with everyone else and it consitently kicks ass.  This particular one had me screaming and I have to admit it must be the best live I’ve ever seen from Korea. It’s Lee Hyori feat. BIG BANG.  I was getting excited just seeing that.

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BANG! 2008

24 12 2007

Everyone else seems to be predicting what’s going to happen in Hello! Project come 2008.  So I thought I would join in the bandwagon before I head to bed.  XD;;  Read the rest of this entry »








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