THE NEW H!P

Yay! Been a long time guys 😀

This long-awaited post is gonna be about my opinion on the new things going on in Hello!Project.

First off, C-ute [] is winning my heart back after all that Momusu graduation commotion that happened last year. Why? Because of all the awesome singles! First Dance de Bakoon! started off the trail of great songs, followed by Aitai Lonely Christmas, which was  constanly being replayed on my laptop! And now the most recent Kiss Me Aishiteru. Not to mention, they released a song to go with their musical called Akuma de Kyuuto na Seishun Graffiti. Keep it up, girls! Especally my beautiful and wonderful Airi!!

Next, we have the almighty Buono! coming back with the single Zassou no Uta []. Not only was the title song good itself, but the video was nice to see also! I missed seeing the trio rocking it out to stylish clothing and then seeing them do all these cute things in the extra scenes ^^ Lots of fan service, for sure! The single was also special because instead of just one PV for the title song, it also has a PV for the coupling song, Juicy Heart, and they have a third song in the single titled Runaway Train. This is most definitely a momentous occasion for the H!P world!

Scratch that, what is truly momentous is the comeback of 10 (yes, 10!) Morning Musume graduates who have formed a new unit named Dream Morning Musume. In my opinion, the name is a bit long and a little demeaning to the recent Momusu girls, what with the “Dream” in it and all, but shortening it to DoriMusu helps 🙂

They have gone on tour and have already been scheduled for anther, and they have an album coming out in April with redos and covers of old Morning Musume songs. I am excited to say the least! I am little skeptical about the lineup what with Koharu  being joined by the talents of Yuko Nakazawa, Abe Natsumi, Miki Fujimoto (those who had solo careers in H!P), Kaori Iida, Mari Yaguchi, Kei Yasuda, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Makoto Ogawa (being very strong and emotional singers), and Rika Ishikawa (so at least there is one person Koharu can sing equal to or better than! miracle desu), but I do miss her a tad, and I’ve decided to give her the benefit of the doubt for now and see how she does :).

One thing I was awaiting for MONTHS like a nutjob was the audition process of Morning Musume’s 9th generation. I watched the training of the 5 hopefuls, and then I waited patiently for them to be announced Jauray 2nd. And boy was I satisfied with the results! Ever since then I have been craving the little Kyuukies to see them perform fr the first time, and sing in their first single! Riho has caught my attention the mot, and so has the egg Mizuki who I was happy to see make the jump from the H!P training girls to an actual group 🙂 Like I said, it’ll be fun to see more of them, and they are SOOO CUUUTE!!!

 

 

Last but not least, the announcement of Kikkawa Yuu’s debut as a soloist [], which was at the same time as the 9th gen announcement, made me so happy! I have not been able to follow Yuu a lot, but I did know of her from Milky Way, and I noticed she was quite a talent. Most were devastated that she was too old to be a part of Momusu because of the age requirement, so seeing her get this opportunity was wonderful! She seems to have a lot of supporters, so hopefully she will do great in her solo career! I will be looking forward to hearing her as her voice (please don’t kill me!) is much better than Mano-chan’s even though I love that smile 😛

Well, that’s all for now guys! If you stopped by, thanks! I’d love to hear your opinions! Hopefully will be updating with some Photobook info again? Maybe some ratings and scasns? 😉

And guess what?? I changed my top ten again!! MWAHAHAHAHA..! Tune in soon to see what it is THIS TIME!

Morning Musume 10 MY ME!

Sorry for not posting in a long time! But this is a good entry causeeee…

1) It’s about Morning Musume

2) You get to get to see my review of their 10th album

and finally, 3) You get to have the album for FREE 😀

So, if you want to see what i think of it first and listen to some snips of the songs please go to this video and hear what I have to say about the album if you’re planning on buying it 🙂 It’s always good to know where your money’s going to..! By the way, you can buy the actual CD at hellostoreusa.com or go to iTunes and purchase it for $10 🙂

My friend HelloProjectInternat (youtube.com/HelloProjectInternat) has a few of the songs in their entirety if you want to listen to them as well 🙂

Ok! So once you’ve done that, or whatever really, if you want to do this first you can go ahead and download the whole album right here!

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All in all, this album is my favorite between itself and Platinum 9 Disc. Since, before both of them my fave albums are Sexy 8 Beat and Second Morning 🙂 Hope you enjoy the album; try to buy it, but if you don’t, see if you can stop by hellostoreusa.com and purchase maybe some merch of Morning Musume to show your support!! And, please, comment to tell me what you think!!

Airi Suzuki!

Yes, this will be a post about the lovely Airi Suzuki of C-ute and Buono! She is my FAVORITE H!P member, without a doubt! I wouldn’t call myself the biggest fan because I don’t buy any of the photobooks or t-shirts, but I sure wish I could…!!! I hope to someday have a room full of stuff dedicated to her and meet her one day!!

Haha, this sometimes seems very strange since I’m a woman and also since I’m three or so years older than her XD! She still inspires me a lot, though. She is very energetic on the stage and has this wonderful personality!! She’s a wonderful idol, I hope to be like her one day!!

Isn’t she just the cutest thing ever??? Seriously, what I would GIVE to meet her and watch her live, especially with C-ute since I love those 5 girls so much!! And for those who are kind of annoyed with the fact that she got like, two solo songs in the newest C-ute single (seems like, anyway), well, what do you expect? She’s the most popular!! And C-ute is down to 5!! The used to be 7 or crying out loud!! They have to try to do SOMETHING to keep the fans going, and Airi is the prime of the group, the diamond in he rough!! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MaiMai and Chisa, and Nakki is getting much better now too, but Airi’s pretty much the bread winner… lol

Well, hope you liked this, I’m gonna see if I can put more interesting things later on XD

Single ratings maybe..?

-Lina!

Princesses of J-Pop

Well, this post will focus on my muse concerning music. I love symphonic metal, euro pop, ambient, opera, but I think what most would influence me in my style and hobbies is J-pop. 

OLIVIA

Full name Olivia Lufkin, she has a very wide range of influences to her music. She does a lot ambient, pop, rock, whatever she feels like doing. Some of her past hits were very commercial but as she goes further on in her career she puts more creativity in her music which sometimes scares her listeners. She started her career in a euro beat/70’s-influenced group called D&D, and after only an album taken out by the trio, she started her solo career with many sigles out composing her first album, “Synchronicity”. After that she released many mini albums and released a second, not so successful album named “The Lost Lolli”. She had a long break until she did theme songs for the hit anime “NANA” which led her to release more singles and an album with songs written for her, based on the show and her “character” that she gave her singing voice to. She had a much better turn-out for her last two mini albums, one out in 2007 and the other in 2008, “The Cloudy Dreamer” and “Trinka Trinka”, respectfully.

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Mika Nakashima

A reggea/pop/jazz singer who mixes all these elements into hit singles when she started out. Her first three albums, “TRUE”, “LOVE”, and “MUSIC” proved her to be very successful and win the hearts of her many fans. After this era, she showed her acting abilities in the movie adaptation of “NANA”, not to be confused with the mention of the anime above. She sang a couple of songs, releasing them as singles and an album titled “The End” with her NANA hits as well as additional songs. Between the two NANA films in which she both starred in, she released other non-NANA related singles such as “Cry No More” (used in the ending theme of the anime “Blood +”), “All Hands Together”, and “My Sugar Cat”. Finally after her NANA era, she had very slow ballads as singles taken out, initializing that there would be a new album. Her singles from in between her NANA films were included in her album “YES” as well as her more recent ones “Sunao no Mama” and “Mienai Hoshi”. Another album titled “VOICE” was released in 2008 with singles like, “Eien no Uta”, used in a movie, “LIFE”, used in a drama series, her ballad “Sakura Hanagasumi”, and her most recent single, “Orion”.

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Utada Hikaru

Very much loved in Japan as well as the US and the whole word, really, she is a more electronic/pop/R&B singer. She first made an album in the US since she lived in New York, but it didn’t sell or get as popular as her album “First Love” did in Japan. She then made her career there, popping out singles every year and releasing albums such as “Deep River” and “Distance”. Before this, she released singles that won her a lot of popularity over the nation and world because of their appearances on the game “Kingdom Hearts”. She then was able to come back to the United States and make her album “Exodus” which were all songs in English. She kept on with her career in Japan, with her album “Ultra Blue” in 2006, and two years later released her most recent album, “Heart Station”.

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All these artists have great voices unlike most you would hear in the Japan scene or anywhere else for that matter and have some tremendous creativity as far as their songs go! They have been a major influence in my singing, especially since it’s a challenge to sing their songs and thus being very good practice! I hope you can look them up and enjoy their music as much as I do!