What a Pleasant Surprise! °C-ute’s “Kanashiki Amefuri”

21 06 2013

Earlier today, °C-ute released the music video (anyone else notice they stopped calling them promotional videos?) for one of the double a-side’s to their new single, “Kanashiki Amefuri.”  Based on their fixation with ballads as a-sides in this group within the last year or two, I was fully expecting another one with this song because a) the title, and b) the other a-side, “Adam to Eve no Dilemma”, is a face-pasted dance song, so I expected them to counter that with a ballad.  Alas!  It’s not!  It’s another dance track!  I’d say the chorus is a bit more docile than its’ title buddy, but a little variety is good.

Another reason I expected to not like this video was that the opening setting was the set of a photoshoot with a plain white background and blah.  And generally, these mean extremely boring videos in Hello! Project.  But again, what a pleasant surprise!  I have very few complaints about the song and music video! Read the rest of this entry »

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I… what… why…?

3 12 2012

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I want it, want it!

27 11 2012

Berryz Koubou has also just released a new PV that I didn’t even know was supposed to come out.  Huh.  This feeling has an overwhelming theme of “mature” in every aspect.  They want us to start thinking of them as women and not the girls we’ve seen grow up for the past seven years, and are showing this side of themselves to the world with “WANT!”.   Read the rest of this entry »





It’s Heresy, I Know

4 09 2012

A year ago I would have literally shot myself for saying what I’m about to say.  Let me disclaim this by saying I only would want this if Reina was already out of the picture (graduated from Morning Musume).

Guys.  Michishige Sayumi needs to go solo.

I know what you’re thinking: girl can’t sing.  The fuck are you thinking, Tsuki?  No, she can’t sing.  I agree.  But let me have you first listen to the radio rip of her solo song off of Morning Musume’s upcoming 13th album:

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AKB48 (and Friends) Team Shuffle

26 08 2012

At AKB48’s first day of a 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome, the manager of the Theater supposedly shocked everyone, including the members, by announcing the second AKB48 Team Shuffle.  Last time we had a shuffle, it really wasn’t such a huge deal because there weren’t any spin-off/sister groups, nor were there any graduations involved, nor were any of my favorites being shifted around.  I’m a bit grumpy about the changes we’re seeing.   Read the rest of this entry »





AKB48’s “Yume no Kawa” MV

18 08 2012

Ah, it’s finally here…  Maeda Atsuko’s graduation.  In a little over a week, her last single with AKB48, Gingham Check, will  be released.  A PV for one of the songs on the single, “Yume no Kawa” (River of Dreams), has been released.

(Note: this version is slightly pitched up to avoid getting taken down.  It probably will be anyway, so check out the original full PV at Tokyohive.)   Read the rest of this entry »





Well, Hot Damn.

18 08 2012

A really popular shoujo manga, Cat’s Eye, is being adapted into a musical.  And that musical is starring seven Berikyuu members rotating the three lead characters.  Just like the Cinderella musical, a unit has been formed to release a single to promote the musical.  Cat’s Eye 7 is just about the dream H!P Kids unit: Berryz’ Risako, Yurina, Maasa, and Captain, with °C-ute’s Mai, Maimi, and Nakky.

This is the first H!P musical this important (heavy promoting on UFA’s part) where the Kids are leading; I think it’s clear that the reins of H!P are being slowly transferred until the new Musumes get a handle.  I had high expectations for this group, and wow, they sure as hell followed through.  Read the rest of this entry »








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