Archive for November, 2009

Nov 28 2009

Hello Project Top 100 Songs: Part 9

We’re almost to the end! Here are the “runners up” for being in the top 10. Lots of great stuff here, I promise.

#20- Pineapple skin! Nom nom nom.

#18- It’s a really good song, but it might have ranked higher if I weren’t so sick of hearing it in concert.

#14- I admit it. I’m a sucker for sappy feel-good idol songs.

#13- One of these voices is not like the others. One of these voices just doesn’t belong….(sesame street ref. FTW)

#12- Their best single is paired with their ugliest PV. Oh the irony.


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Nov 20 2009

Hello Project Top 100 Songs: Part 8

Have I really made 8 of these already? Looks like it.

#30- Oh Gaki. Everyone is like “Angst!” and she’s all, “I’m so thrilled to be here!”

#29- Surprise pick maybe? Hey, I even timed the pictures to the music.

#28-27- Nice transition right?

#27- I’ve always wondered: why do the “other” girls pretend to sing the background vocals? It sounds nothing like them and it just looks silly. Adults did those vocals, not a bunch of little girls.

#23- Why is this so small? Sorry about that.

#22- Yes! I got in both moments of Momo “specialness”.

#21- Moved up quite a few spots on the list since MM’s latest concert tour. So fun!


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Nov 17 2009

Pop Quiz!

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So ya think ya know h!p?

As I’ve been doing my top 100 list videos, I’ve been looking up the proper title of every song, to make sure I don’t get anything wrong. The trickiest part is the exclamation points. A fair number of h!p songs, for whatever reason, end in exclamation points, while many don’t. So here’s the quiz. Part 1: Try to guess how many Morning Musume songs (including album songs and B sides, including sakura/otome. anything released on CD with the name “morning musume”) have exclamation points in the official title?  Part 2: How many H!p songs TOTAL include an exclamation point in the title? (not including any yet to be released songs, not including multiple versions of the same song)

AND, as a bonus question: How many official song titles include symbols (hearts, stars, etc) which are not normally found on a computer keyboard?

Okay. Do you have your guesses? Then highlight below for answers and complete list.

Part 1 ANSWER: 40! Can you believe it? Here’s the list if you don’t.  Most exclamation pointiest album is No.5, with 7 songs. That’s over half the songs on the album.

3,2,1 Breakin’ Out!, Sono Bamen de Bibiccha Ikenai Jan!,  Please! Jiyuu no Tobira, Bon Kyu! Bon Kyu! Bomb Girl, Odore! Morning Curry, Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan,  Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookizo!~,  Koi wa Hassou Do the Hustle!, Nature is Good!, Love & Peace! Hero ga Yattekita, The Manpower!!! (three exclamation points for extra power), Ganbare Nippon Soccer Fight!, Koko ni Iruzee!, Do it! Now, Souda! We’re Alive, The Peace!, Inspiration!, Daite Hold on Me!, Say Yeah! ~Motto Miracle Night~, Ai no Sono ~Touch my Heart!~, Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~, Take off is Now!, Be Positive!, Samui kara fuyu da mon! ~Doumokou mo Naissu yo Mikkity~, Wa~ Merry Pin XMas!, Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzukuyouna Mirai de Are!, Sayounara See you again Audios Bye Bye Cha Cha!, Help!!, Ship! To the Future, Top!, Tsuyoki de Yukouze!, Yes! Pocky Girls, Hey! Mirai, Ganbacche!, Ikimasshoi!, “…suki da yo!”, Da di du de do da di!, Hello to You ~Hello! Project 10shuunen Kinen Theme~, Yah! Aishitai, Dance Suru no da!

Part 2 ANSWER: 144 All of the MM songs plus…

Berryz- 11

Warera! Berryz Kamen, Happiness~Koufuku Kangei!~, Piriri to Yukou!, Kaccho ee!, Fighting Pose wa date ja nai!, Happy! Stand up, Kono Yubi Tomare!, Clap!, Omoitattara Kichi desu!, Sprinter!, Arigatou! Otomodachi

C-ute- 6

Everyday Zekkouchou!!, Bye Bye Bye!, Go Go Go!, Koero! Rakuten Eagles, Yes! All my Family, Everyday Yeah! Kataomoi

Shugo Chara Groups- 9

Take it Easy!, Summer Has Come!, Warp!, Shugo shugo!, Warp!, Gachinko de Ikou!, Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!, Jankya Mottainai!, Cafe Buono!

Ayaya- 7

Tensai! Let’s go Ayayamu, Yeah! Meccha Holiday, DokiDoki Love Mail!, Rescue! Rescue!, Happy to Go!, Oshare!, Egao no Namida ~Thank you! My dear friends~

Goto Maki- 9

Some Boys! Touch, Genshoku Gale Hade ni Yukube!, Daite yo! Please go on, Yaruki! It’s Easy, Wow Suteki!, RaiRai Shinfu!, Positive Genki!, Love. Believe It!, Moriagaru Shika nai desho!

Miki- 2

Koi yo! Utsukushiku, Let’s Do Dai Hakken!

Tanpopo/Pucchimoni/Minimoni- 15

Koi wo Shichaimashita!, Pittari Shitai X’mas!, Baby! Koi ni Knockout!, Waltz! Ahiru ga Samba, Seishun Jidai 1. 2. 3!, Baisekou Daisekou!, Lucky Cha Cha Cha!, Okashi Tsukutte Okasui~!, Ai~n Taisou!, Ai~n! Dance no Uta, Minimoni. Hinamatsuri!, Minihamuzuntakatta!, Minimoni Telephone! Rin rin rin, Minimoni. Jankenpyon!, Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu Daisukki!

VUDen- 3

Let’s Live!, Naishin Kyaakyaa da wa!, Kacchoi ii ze! Japan

W- 3

Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!, Aa ii na!, 18~ My Happy Birthday Comes!

Kirarin- 6

Tan tan taan!, Oh! Tomodachi, Chance!, Koi no Mahou wa Habibi no bi!, Very! Berry! Strawberry!, happy happy sunday!

Shuffles- 10

Get Up! Rapper, Be All Right!, Oh! Be My Friend, All for one & One for all!, Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam!, Chu! Natsu Party, Hello! Mata Aou ne, Summer Reggae! Rainbow, Dancing! Natsu Matsuri, Hello! no Theme

Other- 23

Seishun! Love Lunch, Shouri no Big Wave!!!, Iku ZYX! Fly High, Debut! (something in Chinese), Mirakarurun Grand Purin!, Shinkokyuu Shiyou!, Start!, Hey! Hey! Girl’s Soul, Thanks!, Hajimete no Happy Birthday!, Hey! Mahiru no Shinkirou, Yes! Shiawase, Hey You!, Yattarouze!, Ojisama tte Daisuki!, WaTxHello!Project- Ready Go!, Koibito Boogie Woogie!, Koi wa Mushou!, Ganbacchaumonee!, Help!! ~Ecomoni no Atchii Chikyu o Samasunda~, Yasai is Great!, Kyu! Kyu! Kyu!, Love, Yes I do!

Part 3 ANSWER:21, not including the groups who’s names include symbols, we’ve got one umbrella, two music notes, nine hearts, four arrows, one greater than or equal to sign, two circles, one infinity sign, one triangle square circle set, and 6 stars (one shooting).

Tsuukagu Vector☂, ★Akogare My Star★, OmakaseGuardian, Muteki no Power, RenaiRider, Yuugure☆Sherbet, △□○san Kakushikaku Marui Mono, Hapi☆Hapi Sunday, Happy☆彡, Koi☆ka na, hare ame nochi suki , the☆peace!, ♥momoiro kataomoi♥, issei gassai anata ni ageru♪, koisuru♥angel♥heart Yuki ⁄ Ai × Anata ≥ Suki, Sakura→Nyuugakushiki
Sweeeets→→→Live. Honki Meki Meki ♥ Toki Meki Meki ♥, ○○ Joshi Kousei no Shuchou, Icha♡Icha Summer

Well, that was sorta pointless (Ha! Get it?). Well, I’ve been home sick lately and (clearly) I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands. How’d you do? Close at all? I way undershot it, and not only that, but there were a bunch of songs I thought had exclamation points that didn’t. Oh, and if you think I’ve missed any, please feel free to let me know.


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Nov 14 2009

Hello Project Top 100 Songs: Part 7

Published by under berryz,Momusu,top lists,video

Closer and closer to the top we go. The further up the list I get, you may notice things getting a bit Momusu heavy. Well, there are two reasons for that. 1. Morning Musume has more songs to choose from than anyone else, and 2. I just like Morning Musume the best, so that’s how things worked out.

And on with the video!

A bit of commentary.

#40- Love the echo. Why do they keep picking the wrong one to be the first A-side?

#38- Even if it hasn’t been a huge seller, I still like it.

#35- Needz moar Maimai. She’s the best singer out of this trio, but unfortunately, this is the only performance recording available.

#34- Well, it’s not number one, but yeah, it is on the list.

#33- Such a slow tempo… way to hog more than your allotted one minute, number 33.

#32- Same costumes, very different song

Only three more to go!


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Nov 10 2009

Hello Project Top 100 Songs: Part 6

Published by under Momusu

Part the 6th. Enjoy! And more than any other song, #49 sounds SO wrong to me now without wota chanting.


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Nov 08 2009

Momusu Concert Report: 11/8 Evening

Published by under Momusu

Just got back from my second Morning Musume concert of the weekend, and I’m completaly exhausted, but I can’t go to bed until I write everything down! It’d all just bounce around in my head and prevent me from sleeping otherwise.

I attended tonight’s concert with CK, and we had ramen afterwords. He’s a fun guy to talk with. Hey CK! We sat almost where I did yesterday, but a row back and a couple seats in. Once again, Gaki-san waved to me, and once again, I almost died of happiness!!

Seriously guys. She is just too great. Toward the end of the concert, you can tell some of the girls are getting tired. Sayumi especially tends to show it on her face. Not that I blame them. The last section of this concert is full of really energetic dancing songs with no real break between them.  But when she gets tired, Risa just dances harder. Whatever the song, she performs it from the top of her head to the tips of her toes and with every ounce of energy she has in her, and probably even a bit more than that. There’s always that extra pop, kick, shimmy, radiant smile or sultry stare. She just exudes such utter joy when she’s performing that it’s hard not to feel the same way.

Okay. Fangirling over with, here’s some notes from the concert.

-The first MC was pretty funny. LinLin asked what the cool way to ride on a train is, and Risa talked about how sometimes the handholds are too high, and she has to really stretch to reach them, and Eri said, “Yeah, a lot of little kids feel that way”. Hahaha! Payback for yesterday? Then Eri said she stands right in the middle, not holding on to anything and tries to keep her balance without moving her feet at all, like a game.

-They’re sold out of the little trucks already. Actually, they’re sold out of most things.

-Sayumi and Aika kissed at some point. Those two sure are kissy with each other.

-Ai-chan shook her little behind at the audience to demonstrate the Kimagure Princess theme, earning her lots of cheers.

-Saw a couple JunJun fans in my area. Yay! JunJun is too cute not to have more fans.

-It was Reina’s birthday show tonight, so there were people handing out blue glowsticks at the enterance. It looked pretty, with everyone waving them at the encore. It was my first time seeing a birthday show too, so that was fun.

-Instead of the “happy happy happy happy has come” line in Bonkyu Bomb, Risa shouted, “Happy happy happy happy Birthday!”. The look of surprise on Reina’s face was really cute.

-There was a really big group of girls in the back of the audience. I was kind of jealous, because they got all the attention during the “Jyousei no minna-san!” part.

-This time during the “Love Machine” pose, Ai-chan was pushing on Risa’s forehead, causing her to lean further and further back to try to get away from her.

And, and… I know there was more stuff I wanted to write about, but I’m too tired to think of it. Darn. Maybe I’ll edit this tomorrow.


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Nov 07 2009

Concert High

Published by under Momusu

Waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!! Kyaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! Other general Japanese noises of excitement!!!!!!!

Tonight’s Morning Musume concert was AMAZING!!! Because… because…

Okay. So I’m sitting at the end of the 4th row. I’m close enough to the front left corner of the stage that I could almost touch it, and even though the speakers are blocking most of the back left side of the stage, I don’t care because, during the first song, Miss Risa Niigaki comes over to “my” corner of the stage. She sees me! (I’m foreign, female, and wearing her concert T-shirt which probably helps). Eye contact is made! Her brilliant smile gets even brillianter!! I wave to her (with both hands because I’m too excited)! She waves back! (also with both hands) and we keep waving at each other for what seems like a long time (for a wave), until she turns her attention elsewhere and I literally swoon. I had to grab my chair to steady myself. That was, okay, not the best moment of my life, but I’d put it in the top 10.

Seeing the girls up close while they are performing is awesome. You notice a lot of things that you wouldn’t from further away. Also, I managed to make eye-contact with everyone except for maybe Ai-chan and LinLin, and I got a wave from JunJun too (twice actually). They really are all just so pretty and cute in person. Pictures don’t do them justice.

As for concert specifics…

The lines for goods were insane. I guess since it’s the first Tokyo concert. Glad I already bought what I wanted, though those new mini-trucks are awfully cute…

In the first MC, LinLin said that Santa Clause doesn’t come to China, and she really wants to meet him in Japan. Eri said that Santa doesn’t visit her, which Gaki-san countered with “But LinLin is a good girl, not like Kamei-chan….”. Lol.

In the second MC, Sayu said that someone on a train mistook her for Suzanne (from Pabo). What? I don’t think they look alike, but whatever. Reina said that she once overheard some people talking about her. Person 1: “Hey, that girl looks like Tanaka Reina. Do you think it could be her?” Person 2: “Nah… The real Reina isn’t that tiny”. Aw. Poor Reina. It’s easy to forget that many of them are only around 5ft tall.

Koharu sang the wrong line in the Otome-gumi song. Oops.

But, in Koharu’s favor, there was a Koha fan in a wheelchair in the first row in front of me. I think he had a mental disability as well, and Koharu made a point of coming over and waving to him several times throughout the show. I thought that was nice of her.

Lots of cute member interaction, like Ai and Risa whispering and giggling to each other during the pose at the beginning to Love Machine. Their faces were turned away from the audience, but since I was so far to the side, I could see.

Once again, one of the few tall men in Japan was right in front of me. He wasn’t supposed to be in front of me, but he kept drifting out into the aisle. The usher would physically shove him back to his area, but he’s just move back again. Sigh. Next time, I should wear super duper tall platform shoes. That’ll ensure that the girls notice me. They’d probably be talking about me for years to come!

Momusu 1: “Hey, remember when that foreign girl fell and broke her neck during our concert?”

Momusu 2: “Yeah. Kinda ruined the show, didn’t it?”

And I think that’s all I remember for now. I’ve got another concert coming up tomorrow. I can’t wait!


NOTE: My stupid cat jumped on the keyboard and somehow erased this whole entry the first time around, so I had to type it all again. It was probably better the first time.

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Nov 05 2009

Top 100 Songs Project: Part 5

Oh boy. This is getting difficult now. The list is undergoing constant revision, because I keep changing my mind about where certain songs should rank. We’ve gotten high up enough now that I start to feel like every single song ought to be ranked higher, but of course, that’s impossible. It just goes to show how much I love h!p that songs really like are getting pushed down to the 50’s because there are too many songs I like even more!

Now with more bonus snark commentary.

#60- Hey Miya. Merlin called. He wants his shirt back.

#59- Got to include the one non-Airi or Maimi solo line in the song. And I quote, “Aaah!”. Seriously, why did they even bother?

#58- Still don’t understand what’s so sexy about being covered in sand. Not just this PV either. Every photobook has at least one picture where the girl has sand all over her. Oh, ah, yes, it’s so abrasive and grainy.

#57- Gosh. There’s so darn many of them. Also, I demand Nakky does her hair like that again.

#55- Yep, a song that’s not even out yet. Clearly, I’m quite taken with it already.

#54- OMG! I only just now realized that they have takoyaki in their hair.

#53- I wish I could use a recording from the current concert tour, because they both sound ten times better singing this now than they did back then. Also, hey, remember when Mittsi had long hair and bangs? Good times, right?

#52- I like how they made this look like they’re having a conversation

#51- Squeeee! So young and tiny! And of course I had to end with the single most likely to get stuck in my head song in all h!p land.


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Nov 01 2009

Top 100 H!P Songs: Part 4


Part 4 has a lot of the h!p kids, including a couple of Berryz songs that I didn’t even like much when they first came out. And as for number 69: first, no video footage so I used pictures, and second, I think that for once, the poor singing quality sort of adds to the charm.

Part 5 probably won’t be out until the end of the week, so look forward to that.


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