Archive for August, 2009

Aug 21 2009

MM 4th Place in Daily Sales… in Their 2nd Week!!

Published by under Momusu

This is a copy of something I posted on h!O, but I want to say it again.

Top 2nd week places for MM’s recent singles

SYO- 30th
NC- 36th
PK- 19th
RB- 30th
Mikan- 22nd
Onsa- 30th
KT- 21st

And Nanchatte Renai 4th!!! biggrin.gif

One of MM’s big problems in the past with their single sales is the way they just plummet in the 2nd week. Looks like this one isn’t having that problem. All the wota and die hard fans buy their single ASAP, in week one, but 2nd week sales are much more telling of how they are doing with the non-wota casual fans and non-fans. That means that this single is successfully attracting lots of people who don’t usually buy MM stuff. If they can keep this kind of momentum going, and no garuantee that they can, we could be looking at the start of MM’s newest “golden age”.

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Aug 18 2009

It’s not Nanchatte

Published by under Momusu

Say what? Morning Musume makes their highest first week sales since Iroppoi Jirettai?

Hells yeah they did!!!

Congrats, and I really hope that this upward trend continues for them.

~Celestia~

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Aug 14 2009

Neat

Published by under Momusu

I was in a store the other day, and they played Nanchatte Renai. Made me happy.

~Celestia~

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Aug 10 2009

Snooore

Published by under Momusu

Mano Erina’s upcoming single… The most boring Hello Project song EVER?!

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I think so anyway. Good lord that’s boring.

zzzzzzzzz,

~Celestia~

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Aug 09 2009

H!p Summer Concert 2009- Report!

Tonight I attended the 5:30 Hello Project Champaloo show with fellow blogger Tsukiki. It was a great show! Much better than last winter’s h!p concert, in my opinion. I think that the new subgroups have really done something to revitalize Hello Project. Based on what I saw tonight, I have high expectations for many of them. I also appreciate that they’ve largely been faithful to the style and feel of the original groups.

The bad news was that I couldn’t find very good tickets at the last minute, so we ended up in the family section. The 2nd row of the family section, so we had a pretty good view, but these concerts really are less fun when you can’t stand up. Also, one of the hall employees was always standing almost right next to us, frowning and surveying the crowd for people in the family section standing up or raising their arms too high, I guess. I was scared that if I cheered too enthusiastically he would yell at me. And if I’m getting all my complaints out of the way at once, please add that Mai was not there tonight for some reason and there were way too many GIANT hair bows of doom sitting on the girl’s heads. Koharu’s during the last costume set was the worst, but Gaki’s during the ZYX song and Sayu’s during the VUDen song were pretty bad too, and I know there were others.

But other than that, it was a lot of fun. Here’s my track by track run down.

Guru Guru Jump- A very fun way to start things out. Bummer that I couldn’t actually jump though. Momoko was very into her “guru guru” ing. Lol.

Piriri to Yukou- Not my favorite Berryz song, but I like it better in concert. Pretty surprising choice, but I guess it worked.

Ama no Jaku- S/Mileage is sooo cute! They sang live too. I really hope they do well when they make their official debut.

Omakase Gaurdian- Meh. I just don’t like the song.

Minimoni Jankenpyon!- These girls will do the original Minimoni proud, you just watch. I was worried about Miyamoto Karin because she’s so young, but actually, she did an excellent job and she seems really comfortable on stage already.

Sekai wa Summer Party- Mano with no piano. I think I watched S/mileage (the backdancers) more… Her voice may be improving a tiny bit, slowly but surely.

Shochuu Omimai- I would have preferred “Bye Bye Bye”.

Seishun Bus Guide- I would have preferred “Rival”. It was pretty good I guess.

Nanchatte Renai- Yaaay Momusu! I love everything about this song, but Sayumi’s solo part tonight was kind of painful to listen to.

Shouganai Yumeoibito- Hearing these two songs back to back, SYO really is Nanchatte-lite, isn’t it?

Yume to Genjitsu– Aa!.. sort of. I know a lot of people are bemoaning that Saho Akari has taken Reina’s place, but I’ve got to hand it to the girl. She really holds her own in a group with Miyabi and Airi, and that says a lot about her talent. I didn’t know she could sing like that! The new song is great too. It’s plenty good enough to be a single, so I hope they do something with it.

Pira! Otome no Onegai- Out of all the songs tonight, this is the one that’s still stuck in my head. I LOVE this song! Please oh please make it a real single! Please? It’s better than a lot of what h!p has released in the last few years. Mai not being there tonight was too bad though, since she’s the best singer in Pucchimoni V. Pirapaparaparapipopa….

Heya to Y shirts- Cute, but solo ballads don’t tend to hold my interest very well.

Umbrella- What a very Tanpopo-like song. It’s my least favorite of the 3 brand new songs, but it’s still not bad.

My Boy- I was so wanting to head bang during this. I compromised by waving my glowstick like a maniac. One of the best performances of the night.

Jump- Aaaarg! I couldn’t jump during “jump”! Oh the irony. Awesome song that’s even better live.

Cosmos- Ai-chan had a lovely dress. Other than that, just another beautifully sung yet boring solo ballad for Ai-chan.

Only You- One of my personal favorite performances of the night. I know, I was surprised too. Lots of audience participation helped. All three girls sang very well… for being those particular three girls. About Risako’s voice. I can’t stand her in ballads, but in songs like this where the lyrics are belted out at maximum volume, she really shines. And JunJun rocking out of the air guitar while on her knees was 100% certified awesome.  Oh and by the way, Sayumi was center, so I guess she’s officially Rika.

Iku ZYX- ZYX alpha feels like it has too many girls to really be a subunit. I guess there will be one less soon though… Gaki was great as usual, but I wish she was in a subunit where she had less competition for the spotlight.

Diamonds- Was okay, but nothing compared to…

Cinderella Complex- Do you have any idea how excited I was when I saw this on the set list?!? I never thought we’d be hearing this one in concert again, but BAM here it is, and it is FIERCE. This subunit beats all the other new ones in terms of pure on-stage charisma. Also, Maimi dancing in skin tight glittery black pants. Two words: Smokin’ Hot. I couldn’t stop watching her. My other favorite performance of the night.

Special Generation- And my dream of yelling, “Su-pe- su-pe-sha-ru-generation!” in a concert has come true! You know, there’s a reason that certain songs like “Mikan”, “Jump”, and yes, “Special Generation” keep popping up again and again in concert set-lists. It’s because they are a ton of fun live! People watching the DVD at home can’t really appreciate that, but you might want to think about it the next time you groan “(song that gets done a lot) again?

Tokaikko Junjou- Someone, I don’t know who, forgot to sing Mai’s line for her. Now that was an awkward pause. They recovered well though. I’m happy I got to see my favorite C-ute song, even if it was only being performed by 5 people.

Resonant Blue- This however, is one that I can join in on the groans of “again?!” It’s not that it’s bad in concert, but it’s not sufficiently great to merit being in every single concert set list since it has come out. Enough already! Give it a rest and then bring it back.

Sono Bamen de Bibbachi Ikenai Jan- Prime example of a song that is “meh” on CD but awesome live. Fun to see the mass rendition of the “omg she touched my ass” move.

Koko ni Iruze- The big problem here is that there is so much going on on stage that I don’t know where to look! This song is always a blast. Ai-chan absolutely killed her line at the end (in a good way).

Aozora ga blah blah blah- Okay I guess. I don’t know what all the fuss is about this song, but I suppose it’s a nice enough way to end a concert.

Gaki-san was the last one off the stage at the end. Love you Risa!!!

I noticed that they did more with the lighting and staging than usual, kind of like they did with Platinum 9 Disco. Maybe h!p has a new stage manager? If so, keep up the good work!

And now I’m going to bed. Night night everyone!

~Celestia~

EDIT: I almost forgot. Ice Cream musume sang their song (well, some of them), and Jang Dayun showed up to introduce herself. She looked cute, and the ices have gotten better at Japanese. Rei Rei sat down during their performance. I guess she’s injured or something, though she didn’t seem to be having any trouble walking, so hopefully it’s not that bad.

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Aug 07 2009

Bad Luck

Published by under Personal

So, I was supposed to be attending a Hello Project concert tonight. That is, until I got to the train station and found out that the torrential rain storm (it’s raining so hard the drops actually hurt when they hit you) has caused some sort of accident on the train line I have to take to get to Tokyo, and it’s going to be at least a two hour delay.

SHIT!!

So now I’m sitting back at home, with nothing to do. I hope to go to a concert on Sunday, assuming the trains cooperate.

~Celestia~

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Aug 03 2009

The Cutie Exodus Continues

Published by under c-ute

So, Umeda Erika is leaving C-ute. I feel like I should say something, but I think people would be pissed if I revealed that I’m indifferent to this, maybe even a bit happy.

Erika is my least favorite C-ute member, to be honest. Her voice isn’t good, her dancing is sub-par, and her whole “tension agero” thing annoys the crap out of me. The only thing that bothers me about this is that C-ute is getting awfully small. I liked having C-ute even with Berryz, their sister group, so things just seem a bit “off” now. I don’t really want to lose any Berryz, so I’m kind of hoping that C-ute will add members. Personally, I’m voting for Yuu and Sayaka. I don’t want Milky Way to be the end for them. The line distribution in C-ute’s songs is going to be totally off now too if they don’t add anyone.

~Celestia~

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