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CHO-KO-RE-I-TO DI-SU-KO!

I recently found out that thanks to a happy show by the name of Music Fair, a doomsday collaboration had occurred.

“Recently found out” being just “tonight” (It is two minutes to 5AM as I type this, and I am told I finished this post and its tumblr accompaniment at 5:42AM…) while procrastinating on a paper due in about 8 hours, and “doomsday collaboration” being a situation of the “wow, I didn’t think this would ever occur” variety.

But apparently I’m pretty slow on the uptake, since this particular episode aired 4 days ago.

Basically, HOME MADE KAZOKU, Johnny’s duo Tegomass, and AKB48 subunit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 got together and covered Perfume’s Chocolate Disco.

Some things were great about this:

  • Watarirouka Hashiritai being the main singers.  What better cover of a cute girl group than with a cute girl group.
  • KURO being effin’ cool-as-hell KURO. MICRO also gets points because the interjections didn’t seem out of place, but c’mon. KURO was rocking the shades.
  • DJ U-ICHI. You can never go wrong with DJ U-ICHI.
  • The original dance!
  • Massu enjoying the hell out of himself.
  • Massu and KURO bopping to the song together. I have an OTP for this song now. And I don’t do pairings.
  • I adore those schoolgirl uniforms Watarirouka were wearing. So much. You don’t even know.

But others were just bad:

  • Sorry to say, AKB48 stans, Watanabe Mayu’s (I think?) solo singing here. Too heavy on the cute. Group sounded great together. Mayu solo made me wince.
  • Hell, even Massu sounded kind of off because it was a bit too high for him.
  • Tegoshi trying to be cool-as-hell when he wasn’t flirting with the camera. Yeah… that’s what HMK were there for. You looked like some of the girls rejected you.
  • Going back to Massu… the skirt? Even for Johnny’s, that’s a pretty big WTF.
  • MICRO not singing. Man’s got a good voice. What I wanted to hear most was him singing.

But hell, in the end it was fun. Still not gonna stan AKB48 or Tegomass, and my interest in HOME MADE KAZOKU is definitely much lower than it was about 3 to 4 years ago… but can we get more along the lines of this from Japan, please?

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Baby girl, you blow my mind. [Coming Century’s Hello-Goodbye]

02/13/2011 1 comment

There’s a common music meme that is ageless. By which I mean it was likely floating around even before the Internet. It’s also very simple. You’ve no doubt heard of it – and even if you somehow haven’t you’ll get the idea right away.

It usually goes like this: What are your [X number] desert island albums? If you were stuck on a deserted island with only a music player, which 1/5/10/whatever number albums would you want to have?

If you somehow still don’t get it, then let’s take it in a different way – what album(s) would you be able to listen to over and over?

While I will always be the first to admit that, hell yes, obviously bias plays a major part in any statement I make… when I tell you that Coming Century‘s second album Hello-Goodbye is second on my personal desert island album list, you should trust me.

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State of the Fangirl #01: Boyband Releases

01/16/2011 1 comment

I know, I know, the first three new posts on this blog all about boybands? Hey, my blog. My rules.

1) Huzzah! It has happened! Arashi has finally released a single that is not boring again! Or, will, rather. The preview for Lotus, their next single and the theme song to Aiba’s upcoming drama Bartender, is making its way around the interwebs. As you can see and hear, it’s not as bland as the stuff they’ve been putting out in the latter half of 2010. In fact, the PV style and dance seems to harken back to 2008’s truth and 2009’s Believe, both of which were songs that both showcased Arashi’s maturing image. (They can’t be happy rainbows forever.) The song also reminds of truth‘s dramatic melancholy – I don’t like it quite as much as I loved truth when I first heard it, but I definitely like it better than Love Rainbow, Dear Snow, and Hatenai Sora. I think most importantly, though, as various Arashi fans may say – they’re dancing again!

2) This is not news. The Pi-loving fandom (Yamashita Tomohisa, that is. Not 3.14159265…) has been ecstatic about his upcoming solo single, Hadakanbo, for weeks now. I figured since I was going to do this post anyways I should at least watch the titular music video. In growing up, Pi’s gone from an adorable teenager to “dead fish eyes,” and one can’t help but get the feeling that his idea of the “cool & sexy” image is blatant apathy. (Either that, or he’s a very bad actor when showing how much he cares.) It doesn’t change in this video. Like I grew to love Kuroki Meisa’s criminal because of her bedroom eyes in the PV, I think I could’ve grown to like this song. Now all I’ll see is Pi in his NAKED lights with his geisha-haired backup dancers and think of what could’ve been. Hopefully his upcoming album (Supergood, Superbad), is better.

3) w-inds.‘ upcoming single, –Be As One-/Let’s get it on, is the second since their amazing album ANOTHER WORLD. -Be As One- is the one that’s got a tie-in (the 6th ending to FAIRY TAIL… wait, didn’t I have problems with being addicted to FAIRY TAIL music?), so Let’s get it on is the one that gets a PV. Just so things are fair or something. The former is a pop ballad in w-inds. style, sweet and melodic. (The ending sequence that goes with it is pretty nice, too, focusing on ice-wielding character Gray.) But if -Be As One- is tame, then Let’s get it on is as dangerous as the title threatens. Abundant use of English in the very sexy lyrics, vocoded vocals, an attempt at a sexier image in the PV (Ryohei ends up looking kind of shady and Keita’s a bit of a joke at parts, but Ryuichi completely succeeds at being a sex god) are all things that could possibly put off listeners, even those who love their recent electronic style. Even if Ryohei and Ryuichi finally have a bigger role in the song again. But! If you like bare female midriffs this is the music video for you.

4) The Tohorangers (TVXQ!/THSK/DBSK) are now down to two. Well, you probably should’ve figured that out after The Girl, Ultra Mushroom, and Kamen Laser (Jaejoong/Yoochun/Junsu, aka JYJ) went off on a non-profit tromp through the US and released a horrifically ridiculous Stateside debut video, but just in case you were living under a rock. (I don’t blame you.) Bondage Ranger and Gi (Yunho and Changmin) squared up their shoulders, wiped away the tears, and said they’d keep the Tohoranger name going. Why? (Keep Your Head Down) is the first fruit of their efforts, and it needs to be said – if nothing else, SM Entertainment knows how to make a music video. The song is also fierce, Yunho’s effeminate rapping is in full force, and while there’s some questionable outfit and hairstyle choices, it’s so much better than, well, JYJ’s reentry. HoMin may have kept their heads down from the Toho mess this past year, but clearly they can come back heads held high.

5) Everything but the music video for KAT-TUN‘s upcoming single Ultimate Wheels has been released – but you can catch a snatch of the song in their commercials for the Suzuki SOLIO. I had a really really bad joke to make regarding the title, but… I think the commercial I’ve linked is hilarious enough, especially with this particular song. Who knew selling cars could be done in such a dramatically shounen manga way?

6) Speaking of KAT-TUN… Akanishi Jin‘s first solo release after leaving KAT-TUN and signing up with Warner Music Record Japan is set to come out in early March, under the name of Eternal. He’s also going to put out a US album in the summer, for which I’m shamefully excited because I (contrary to my dislike of him) did enjoy A PAGE, even if it means he won’t really sing songs like care again. But back to Eternal. There are also so many unclassy jokes to make about that name, whether you love him or hate him or just want to refer to his eggplant. I’m not that bad. You come up with the jokes yourself.

Alright, that’s January, February, and early March in one swoop. What are you excited for? Displeased that I’ve left out Tegomass/Choshinsei/your boyband of choice? Something I absolutely need to listen to? Point me in the right direction.

A Classy New Year in 5…

It is a New Year’s tradition by now.

Every year since 2007-into-2008, I spend New Year’s with people both in and not in my immediate family. If I’m lucky, like this past year, I will even avoid spending it with my immediate family entirely and instead do something with my friends. If I’m unlucky, like this past year, I will also shell out money for snacks that mean little in the face of drunken gaming festivities, but c’est la vie.

Also every year since 2007-into-2008, I will download the Johnny’s Countdown without fail at some point in the following week and proceed to officially kick off my New Year with Japanese men in make-up and fashion failures. Then if I’m lucky, I make a post on it for the blog. If I’m unlucky, like in 2010, I will also work on said post for months on end, and in the end fail to update the blog altogether for the entirety for the year.

Let’s see what kind of year this one will be, shall we?

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The Promotional Parade [July 2008]

01/26/2009 1 comment

Well, it’s been over a full year since I last did one of these. And why yes, this is oooooooooold. Half a year old. But I started this before my school term started again, before my Internet crashed, and before I lost my faithful laptop of 6-7 years. I have it, I poured hours into it, and so this is getting stuck up here anyways. Give it a look through anyways – if you have my taste in music you may find something new. Or you may just have fun when I poke fun too.

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The Pretty Boy in his natural habitat.

02/16/2008 8 comments

Today… well, today I says to myself, “Kimi, what is it about media blogs?” I hate them and yet I admire them. I don’t mean the download-sharing kind, of course, but the ones that get by solely on posting pictures and YouTube/Dailymotion/Veoh/imeem/what have you links.

I hate that all their content is mostly based off what they’ve probably leeched from the Internet. (But if it comes from their own wallet, all the more power to them.) I hate that there is little actual thought behind the decision other than “I like this, people might like this, so here you go”. Insert smiley or one-liner on the media in question, press “Publish/Post”, watch the comment and hit counts fly.

Perhaps a great deal of it is because while I value a pretty face and watching choreography, a good deal of my music fandoms are not visually based. I’ve never found much merit in photobooks, partially stemming from some disappointment with my collection of artbooks that sit gathering dust on my bookshelf and the fact that I’d rather have them sit pretty than do anything to them. Trading cards, too, are considered more as a collectible item (going back to my days in high school where I amassed over 300 booster packs of Japanese Yu+Gi+Oh! cards for the sole purpose of having the collection). And while I like looking at pictures, I am not the person with several gigs in pictures of their favorite artist(s).

No, my music fandoms develop because of that same music, and rarely go further. I’m perfectly content to listen to people like Younha or Gackt or even, say, AAA without wondering what sort of person they are, or being obsessive about how they look. (Sure, Shuuta being hot helps. Urata’s body helps even more. But I got into them because I liked their music and I liked their dancing. Not how they looked. Thankfully, because they looked pretty bland early on.) Only recently has this changed, as my purchases of Japanese magazines increase, but I’m still fairly selective about the magazines I buy, preferring to preview the photoshoot before deciding on any actual purchase. (But we chalk this up to how expensive buying said magazines in this country is. My poor wallet.)

And I suppose to some extent, the download blog earns my ire as well. I’m grateful, sure, because they widen the ways to get your Japanese media. But when I know that they get over hundreds of hits solely for the downloads, it kind of hurts. Especially because this little blog, no matter how much I pour into it, barely averages about 100 hits overall a day, but half of them for nonsensical google searches or what lyrics I’ve color-coded for my amusement. I say this with a sad confidence, you know – let it beat! was a download blog too and it averaged 100 hits for whatever my latest post was… until the next one came along.

But I feel justified – even the teeniest bit – in knowing that I fleshed out those same downloads with hopefully interesting text. Whether or not people read it was up to them, but at least I wasn’t completely relying on the allure of Koda Kumi’s pumping hips, Domoto Koichi’s angsty face, or AAA’s way-too-many releases to draw people in. I had my own opinions and ideas to share, at least.

For that same reason, I admire them. I admire the gall those same media blogs have in doing that. And of course, their success. Because not only do I think I could ever do that, just post a picture or a video link, but my head might possibly explode if you ever put me in front of a keyboard and blogging program and told me I wasn’t allowed to type under pain of everyone in the world collectively crying “Bullshit!” and stoning me to death. Actually, I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t happened yet – the latter part, that is.

…it might be hard to tell, but this post wasn’t supposed to be a criticism of media blogs. Oops.

No, this post, with great pains, sends me temporarily joining the legions of media-sharing blogs once more. With your weekly dose of fangirl rambling, of course.

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Steps for Descending into a Fandom

09/29/2007 3 comments

I’ve been hit by a sort of plague recently.

What plague? Well, you’ll find out soon enough after reading the rest of the post. Rest assured that it is not something to laugh at. (I fully expect you to laugh anyways.)

For now, here are Kimi’s steps to Johnny’s fandom. (This may also work for females and males of the less idol-tastic sort, but I can’t guarantee anything.)

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