Friday, 21 January 2011

New videos

She's SOOOOOOOOOOOO Cute. And so's her little brother. Cuca-chan is such a talented little girl.

Ishikawa Rika is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful. Whenshe came to London last year with Yosshi during their Hangry and Angry tour, she took me breath away. She was more beautiful in person than in her pics. So getting this PB (after i've finished getting my spending money for my family holiday)

Version A

Version B

Tsunku, you write beautiful songs but i still can't forgive you for writing Seishun Collection. The only difference with the 2 videos is that Ver B has a little bit of story at the end.

PV's i've missed

Only hing about this song i don't like (aside from Mano's weak vocals) is that rap/cheer crap in the middle. it ruins the song. Other wise her best yet. She has more energy in this song than she did in her last one.

This is a bit old but it came out before the full ver of the PV came out. Bless her, she tried to do a Chisa and not many people noticed.



Give her props, She sung it live considering how much they used autotune. Didn't think that they would make her sing it live. An obvious NO# 1 come next week. Sorry Mano. (Both singles are released on the 26th)

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Placing Names with faces

I'm really bad with remembering names and faces, so it does take me a while to learn new people.

So it took me about 10 months to learnwithin H!P, all, past and present, of C-ute and Berryz, Present MM and a few OG's, Plus some eggs and soloists and with regards to AKB48, 1 name and face and 1 face.

This post is just to show you how far I've come in 12 months. This is mainly concerning Eggs and The 48's.

Here is a key to the circles in the pics
  • Red - Know both name and face
  • Light Blue - Know either the name or the face only
  • Magenta - My favourites

So AKB being the flagship group out of the 48's is bound to have the most members that i reconise and i do admit that i haven't really started to even try to learn other members of SKE and SDN. NMB has one member and thats due to my fandoms overlaping. As for the eggs, those are the eggs that, from my research, are the ones still active as Eggs. And yes, i know that i'm never going to remember all of the members from The 48's, but at least being able to reconise either a name or face is better than nothing.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Favourite

I've found a new favourite in AKB. And no, Aminyan hasn't been replaced, I just found someone else that interest me.

Oku Manami, Maachan, The youngest member of AKB.

From what i understand, she's been in AKB since Team K formed at 10 years old?!?!?! sorry but why is it that Matsui J is being hyped up for being 11 when this girl was doing it when she was 10?

Anyway, She's the 3rd member to to have a solo release

it's a very beautiful song and she has a cute but beautiful voice with potential to improve greatly, i think.

Well lets just say that now i have 2 AKB members that i will support from now on.

Just a Quicky

  1. UFA are reaching out to us international fans. Please support Phil over at Up Front Link. It's an English AND French blog all about UFA. So far there are only 2 post, one on the recent Additions/Graduation announces to Morning Musume and the other is a welcoming post. On a sad note, there already is some hate towards the English blog. I won't name names ararat010, but it's sad that some people feel the need to put good things down, especially when we have been asking for it.
  2. S/mileage's PV for Short Cut was released. The most upsetting thing about this PV, is that is shows Yuuka (and Ayaka) cutting off her lovely locks. other wise, first impressions are mixed.
  3. We finally have an idea of who the H!P Hair Stylist is.

This person MUST NOT be allowed to go anywhere near the girls with a pair of scissor. Just Look at what she did to Gaki's precious locks

(all opinions on the woman in the S/mileage Short Cut video is pure speculation. No hate must ever go toward that woman)

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

We asked, They Listened

Chisa has done another dance cover people........

We had all asked her to dance other H!P songs and guess what....

We get S/mileage's Yume Miru 15sai

I'm so glad that she's continuing with these dance covers, at the moment it has only about 300 views (it was just posted about 2 hours before this post), but i sure it will get well over 100,000 views judging by how well her other 4 vids have done (C-utes channel has only 5 videos that go well over 100,000, Aitai Lonley Xmas is the only PV to reach 100,000 views, all the rest belong to Chisa)

Keep it up Chisa, We Love You!!!


I need help trying to reconise who's who.

I've been trying to get through AKB48 Himawari-gumi 2nd stage Yume wo shinaseru wake ni ikanai. I've kinda gotten stuck on one song, Confession, so being me, i decided to look at all the various performances of this song. I kinda reconised the original 4, Yuko O, Mariko S, Tomomi I and Sayaka A (yeah, didn't realise that there was more than one Mariko, Yuko and Sayaka in AKB till yeaserday), a version with Amina S instead of Yuko O, the 4th vid i watched, i could only reconise Yuko O and Tomomi I, i don't know who the other 2 are and in the comments below the vid, someone said that it was Amina, Sayaka, Tomomi and Mariko whic is bull cos like i said, Yuko was in it and i reconise Mariko and Sayaka and it wasn't them.

Here's the vid of that performance

The next vid i saw, i got completely lost. I have no idea who the hell these girls are

I would be greatful for some help with this. I'm really trying to learn about AKB.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Another Blow

I turn on my computer.

Wait for that little funny internet icon to say that it’s connected.

Check my emails.

Go on to H!O and

Takahashi Ai
Leader of Morning Musume, Leader of Hello! Project, is graduating in the auturn Morning Musume concert.


Was all i could think.

Yes, i was expecting her to announce that she was to graduate, but not this soon. Not so soon after Eri and JunLin's graduation and definately not 7 days after 9th Gen was announced.

Personally, i think that she (and the higher ups in H!P/UFA) should have waited till around MM's spring tour just so that it doesn't overshadow the attention that 9th gen is bringing to H!P at the moment.

And as for who is o be Sub-Leader, On offence to Reina fans but she can wait her turn. Leader and Sub-leader of MM has always been in this order
  • Oldest Generation
  • Oldest Member of said Generation
So by going in that order
  1. 1st Gen - Leader Nakazawa Yuko, Sub-leader Ishiguro Aya
  2. 1st Gen - Leader Nakazawa Yuko, Sub-leader Iida Kaori
  3. 1st Gen - Leader Iida Kaori, Sub-leader Abe Natsumi
  4. 1st Gen - Leader Iida Kaori, Sub-leader 2nd Gen Yasuda Kei
  5. 1st Gen - Leader Iida Kaori, Sub-leader 2nd Gen Yaguchi Mari
  6. 2nd Gen - Leader Yaguchi Mari, Sub-leader 4th Gen Yoshizawa Hitomi
  7. 4th Gen - Leader Yoshizawa Hitomi, Sub leader 6th Gen Fujimoto Miki
  8. 6th Gen - Leader Fujimoto Miki, Sub-leader 5th Gen Takahashi Ai
  9. 5th Gen - Leader Takahashi Ai, Sub-leader Niigaki Risa
With the exception of Fujimoto, who joined H!P with the 4th generation, it has always gone in order od generation than age. So whether or not Reina is more qualified to be sub-leader, Sayu is older by 4 months and is more intitled to position as sub-leader than Reina is.

This month/year hasn't even reached it's third week yet and already H!P is keeping the buzz going. How this plays out is anyones guess.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Dream5 - Who are they?

A while ago, Avex channel had uploaded some new videos that appeared in my subscriptions box and this video caught my eye

I've heard this song before but i was quite surprised but the group singing it.

Dream5 were created in 2009 when NHK program 'Tensai TV Kun MAX' held auditions to find boys and girls that could sing and dance. Out of thousands, Only 4 girls, Shigemoto Kotori, Hibi Mikoto, Ohara Yuuno and Tamakawa Momona, and 1 boy, Takano Akira, was chosen to form this group

They Debut on November 4th 2009 with their first single I Don't Obey ~bokura No Pride~


They released a mini album, Run on the Future, On the 10th March 2010

This is a PV from the album, Tabidachi No Uta

Their second single, Bokura no Natsu

Their recent single, a cover version of the 1970's finger5 hit, Koi no Dial 6700, was reeased on new years day and features AAA’s Hidaka Mitsuhiro and Sueyoshi Shuuta in the PV (back at the begining of this post)

These are the members:

* Shigemoto Kotori (重本ことり)(Vocals)
Birthday: 5 October 1996
Hometown: Tokushima Prefecture
Height: 146cm
Blood Type: Unknown

* Hibi Mikoto (日比美思) (Vocals)
Birthday: 20 September 1998
Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture
Height: 145cm
Bloodtype: B

* Ohara Yuuno (大原優乃) (Dancer)
Birthday: 8 October 1999
Hometown: Kagoshima Prefecture
Height: 133cm
Blood Type: A

* Takano Akira (高野洸)(Dancer)
Birthday: 22 July 1997
Hometown: Fukuoka
Height: 144cm 151cm
Blood Type: B

* Tamakawa Momona (玉川桃奈)(Dancer)
Birthday: 24 March 1997
Hometown: Miyagi
Height: 151cm
Blood Type: O

I'm looking forward to hearing more from this group and i hope that they do well considering how hard it is to find info on them. If your wanting to look for more info on them, type 'Dream5 japanese band' as google finds random companies that have the same name. And don't look to youtube for vids, Avex has been busy disableing audios.

Sorry if some of the videos don't load, had a rough time trying to find ones that could play outside China.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

My 2010 Rankings

First off i have to say that H!P has had an amazing couple of weeks, what with the gradustion of Eri, Junjun and Linlin on December 15th, S/Mileage's big win at the Japan Record Awards and the announcement of the new 9th generation members. 2011 seems like it's going to be the year H!P starts to fight back and i am so excited to see what UFA will do to keep this recent push going.

Now on to my rankings of H!P. I will include Eri and JunLin in this.

Top Members

I will try to be as unbias as i can with this.

Morning Musume

Takahashi Ai is still the top dog in H!P. It's kinda hard for me to find something from this year that was bad for her. She released another PB, solo DVD and remains the lead in MM. But it is getting tiring always hearing her vocals on every single. Hopefully this year, management will still keep her as the lead but distrbute the lines a bit more fairly.

For Berryz, it was hard for my to be completely unbias here. I just wanted to put Captain as top member. So instead i went for Momoworld. I feel that she's the most consistant member of BK right now. Dancing and vocal skills are as strong as ever, released a PB this year that fit her perfectly from the images that i've seen over on the Picture board at H!O.

Again, it was hard to find a top member for C-ute. I wanted to put Chisa here but i felt that it would be better to put Chisa in the most improved member than top member. So why did i Put Maimi here? Well because i can't stand Airi, Mai is annoying and Saki didn't really shine that much this year leaving Maimi. And if you know me, you'd know that i can not stand Maimi voice so me putting her here is completely unbias.

The overall winner for Top Member has to go to S/mileage as a whole. They have had an amazing year, gaining 16,000 smiles for them to debut, having all 3 of their singles enter the top ten, releasing an album, having their own concert, out shining Mano at their joint concert, declaring war on every female idol group including their senpais finally ending in them winning Best New Artist. Couldn't really give a single member this award but i feel that they really deserve everything that they are getting after all the hard work that they've been putting in all these years.

Most Improved Members

Kumai has improved a lot this year. She's taken to being center with easy and her dance and vocal skills are improving, all be it not that much in the vocal department.

Mano has improved this year, her singles weren't as depressing as her earlier singles were. Her vocals are improving, but not as fast as i would like considering that she is (for the moment) H!P's only soloist. Her new single sounds good, lets hope she learns to put out twice as much energy into her performances than she does now. Oh and i watched Death Game Park the other day, it was good, confusing but good. Her character was just annoying and i was laughing at the end when she finally died.

This award has to go to Okai Chisato. Going from back up dancer to front girl in 4 singles is quite an improvement. Her vocals rival that of Airi's if not better. She has her own Ustream channel, Okai Chan Sleep, she has over 2 million views on youtube with her dance covers, released a PB and solo DVD ans was the first current H!P member to release a digital single on iTunes with a cover of Matsuura Aya's LOVE Namida Iro. What does 2011 hold for Chisa? well this year is promising to be another great year for her. As i understand, she's not only in the center for C-ute's new single Kiss Me Aishiteru, but she has more lines than Maimi. Chisa is definately on a roll and it will be good to see how far UFA is willing to push her.

Bottom Members

Now this is my completely bias opinion.

And the award for worst member of H!P goes to.......

Tanaka Reina

For stealing Eri, Risa, Junjun, Linlin, Sayumi and Ai's concert and album solo's, lines and screen time.

As for mu personally rankings,

Knotice how Sayu has gone up above Ai, this is due to having to see her everytime i looked at this blog.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

My Top and bottom Tens of 2010

I'm going to do a overall thingy here cos i'm not quite sure when i'm going to be able to do a H!P only one.

My Top ten songs of 2010

10. Kirari - TGS
These girls are talented and this song is a good song, i just wished that Avex started them out in the indies first then went major as like Momoclo and S/milegs did just to gain more fans. These girls have a bright future ahead and i hope that they continue to produce great singles. I especally like their new one, Love like Candy Floss.

9. Monster - Arashi
Now i don't really listen to a lot of male artist in general, but i heard this song on another blog and instantly fell in love with it and the video. I later started to listen to more of their singles, watched a few episodes of that varity show where they have no idea who their guests are and even been watching drama that Matsumoto Jun has been in (Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen)

8. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama - S/Mileage
 Aside from the talking parts, i love this song. S/mileage are going from strength to strength, And Congratulations on winning Best New Artist and beating SNSD. GO S/MILEGS

7. Ikuze! Kaito Shojo - Momoiro Clover
The best Debut single this year, it's upbeat, energtic and catchy, not to mention, the PV is great too. It's a shame that their now with King Records cos their PV for Kimi no Sekai was completely wrong on all levels. If they continue to going down that road, i know that i won't have the same respect for them that i have a the moment

6. Aitai Lonley Christmas - C-ute
Such a beautiful song, and Chisa's vocals are just amazing, Maimi and Airi  better watch out, Chisa is stealing their limelight and about time too. I agree that this song should have com higher but i'm not the biggest fan or ballads and making it into my to ten was an achivement in it self.

5. Shunkan Sentimental- Scandal
 Although i don't really follw them, when i heard this song, i fell in love with it. It made me want to just rock out with them and the lead's vocals are amazing

4. Dance de Bakoom - C-ute
 thr lyrics, dance and Chisa made this song for me.

3. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game - Morning Musume
Their fairest song to with this line up. I hate the costumes, hate majority of the video, hate how Tanaka steals Eri's moment, but this is their best song since Nanchatte Renai was released.
2. Otakebi Boy WAO! - Berryz Koubou

Was in love with this song from the start. Epic song, strong vocals, Risako actually made me change my mind about her vocals with this song. This song should have gone to number 1 but alas, due to H!P's main problem being promotion, it didn't.

1. Beginner - AKB48

Surprised that AKB had one of my favourite songs this year? Well don't be. Since i heard this song, it's been in my head and can't seem to get it out. I really wish that they did dance shots like H!P do so i can learn this dance. The dance videos that they have for this single going around, the camera, for me, moves around too muce and i tend not to want to learn frn dance covers cos they tend to either mess up or miss some movements (worst personality treat i have is being a perfectionist, it's either perceft or not doing it al all)

My Bottom Ten Songs of 2010, no explaination need, i just find these songs either annoying, plain, boring or i just have no real reason to want to like it except that i just don't want to listen to it.

10. Genkimono de Ikou! - Mano Erina
8. Onegai Dakara... - Mano Erina
7. Going On! - Guardians 4
6. Campus Life ~ Umarete Kite Yokatta~ - C-ute
5. Chance no Junban AKB48
5. Idolulu - Lil Pri
4. Little Princess Lil Pri - Lil Pri
3. Ponytail to Shushu - AKB48
2,Gagaga - SDN48
1. Seishun Collection - Morning Musume

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The forgotten Poll results

Yes, i'm doing a mass catch up on everything right now.

SKE/MM poll
  • SKE = 24
  • MM = 38
AKB/MM poll
  • AKB = 16
  • MM = 20
Album poll
  • Mano = 10
  • Matsuura = 25
  • Tsuji = 35
  • Goto (couldn't be bothered to change the poll when her album got pushed back) = 9
  • Original = 6
  • 2006 = 0
  • 2007 = 0
  • 2009 = 6
Champion Poll (Winner will be the new theme for this blog(has nothing to do with it's content tho))
  • Momo = 20
  • Chisa = 24
  • Sayu = 7

Poll results - Best Song of 2010

Last year, H!P released 25 singles, 6 albums, 2 groups and 2 collaborative singles.

They have sold nearly 500,000 copies of their singles and nearly 60,000 copies of their albums.

I know it’s not much in comparison to Idol Projects like Johnny’s and OOO48, But this is the Idol company that got me hooked on the whole Idol culture to begin with, and i’ll keep supporting them. Plus this post is all about them.

So a few weeks ago, i started the Best song of 2010, here are the results in order of release date

C-ute Shock

Released: January 6

Total Sales: 23,389

Weekly Chart Ranking: 5

No. of Votes: 3

Guardians 4 Going On!

Released: January 27

Total Sales: 11,677

Weekly Chart Ranking: 8

No. Of Votes: 2

Buono! Our Songs

Released: February 3

Total Sales: 15,692

Weekly Chart Ranking: 8

No. Of Votes: 2

Morning Musume Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai

Released: February 10

Total Sales: 44,035

Weekly Chart Ranking: 5

No. Of Votes: 2

Mano Erina Hare no Arashi

Released: February 24

Total Sales: 15,392

Weekly Chart Ranking: 10

No. Of Votes: 1

Berryz Koubou Otakebi Boy WAO!

Released: March 3

Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda

Total Sales: 35,0002

Weekly Chart Ranking: 3

No. Of Votes: 5

S/mileage Otona ni Narytte Muzukashii!!!

Released: March 14

No. of Votes: 2

C-ute Campus Life

Released: April 28

Total Sales: 23,932

Weekly Chart Ranking:5

No. Of Votes: 1

Mano Erina Onegai Dakara

Released: May 12

Total Sales: 13,982

Weekly Chart Ranking: 10

No. Of Votes: 4

S/mileage Yume Miru 15sai

Released: May 26

Total Sales: 24,938

Weekly Chart Ranking: 5

No. Of Votes: 4

Morning Musume Seishun Collection

Released: June 9

Total Sales: 40,865

Weekly Chart Ranking: 3

No. Of Votes: 2

LilPri Little Princess Lilpri

Released: June 16

Total Sales: 2,749

Weekly Chart Ranking: 48

No. Of Votes: 1

Berryz koubou Maji Bomber!

Released: July 14

Total Sales: 22,641

Weekly Chart Ranking: 6

No. Of Votes: 2

S/mileage OO Ganbaranakutemo Eenennde!!

Released: July 28

Total Sales: 24,489

Weekly Chart Ranking: 6

No. Of Votes: 3

C-ute Dance de Bakoom!

Released: August 25

Total Sales: 23,664

Weekly Chart Ranking:8

No. Of Votes: 4

Mano Erina Genkimono de Ikou!

Released: September 15

Total Sales:

Weekly Chart Ranking: 7

No. Of Votes: 4

S/mileage Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama

Released: September 29

Total Sales: 27,972

Weekly Chart Ranking: 5

No. Of Votes: 3

Kitagawa Mimi (CV Ogawa Mana) Oshare My Dream

Released: October 13

Himuro Ibu (CV Sugaya Risako) Elegant Girl

Total Sales: 8,758

Weekly Chart Ranking: 8

No. Of Votes: 1

Muten Musume Appare! Kaiten Zushi!

Released: October 27

Total Sales: 7,336

Weekly Chart Ranking: 13

No. Of Votes: 4

Berryz Koubou Shining Power

Released: November 10

Total Sales: 25,822

Weekly Chart Ranking:7

No. Of Votes: 1

Morning Musume Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game

Released: November 17

Total Sales: 47,204

Weekly Chart Ranking: 6

No. Of Votes: 7

LilPri Idolulu

Released: November 17

Total Sales:

Weekly Chart Ranking:

No. Of Votes: 2

Oha Girl Maple with S/mileage My School March

Released: November 24

Total Sales: 3,330 (1st week sales)

Weekly Chart Ranking: 41

No. Of Votes: 0

C-ute Aitai Lonely Christmas

Released: December 1

Total Sales: 23,682 (1st week sales)

Weekly Chart Ranking: 6

No. Of Votes: 8

So the best song of 2010 is C-ute's Aitai Lonely Chistmas. something that i was expecting really. but what really got me was how many votes LilPir got for both their songs...and how many votes Seishun Collection got. I really didn't expect those songs to even gain a vote.
The votes can say one thing, but in terms of sales, C-ute's highest sales landed them in 6th place amoungst H!P. MM claimed the top 3 spots with all of their singles, while Berrys Koubou's Otakebi Boy came 4th and S/Mileage 5th with Bijin Mama. (I've been making a Database with all H!P singles and their sales figures and stuff...i know i'm really sad but at least i can say to an employer that i can set up and run a database, pratice makes perfect). Heres a break down of how the main groups/soloist faired this year
  • Morning Musume - Sold over 130,000 copies of their singles, highest chat position was #3 for Seishun Collection
  • C-ute - Sold nearly 100,000 copies of their singles, highest chart position was #5 for both Campus Life and Shock
  • Berryz Koubou - Sold over 80,000 copies of their singles, highest chart position was #3 for Otakebi Boy WAO!
  • S/Mileage - Sold nearly 80,000 copies of their major and indie singles, highes chart position was #5 for both Bijin Mama and Yume Miru 15sai
  • Mano Erina, Sold over 40,000 copies of her singles, highest chart position was #7 for Genkinmono de Ikou!

Video's from various Youtube channels, Sales figures and whatnots from