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Mar 29 2010

Grrrrrrrrrr

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So, Morning Musume freaking performed Shabondama AND Ai Araba It’s all Right in their Hawaii fanclub tour this week.

I feel like I need some really angry emoticons right now. Okay, I’m lucky to even see them live, but come on! They perform Resonant Blue over and over and over again on the concert tours, but they break out two of my favorite songs, which they haven’t performed in the entire two years I’ve been here, for the little fanclub tour?!?!?!?!

Are they doing this just to piss me off? Is there any chance that now that they’ve rehearsed those songs they’ll be worked into the ongoing concert tour? Probably not.

~Celestia~

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Mar 19 2010

Momusu Spring 2010: First Night Review

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Hi all! I just got back from the first performance of Morning Musume’s PikaPika! concert tour!

One thing I want to mention right off the bat: The costumes were all so super cute! I go into a Morning Musume concert expecting at least one complete disaster, but every single outfit was great!

-First order of business after arriving at the concert hall was buying my copy of Momusu’s 10th album. Buying CDs or DVDs at concerts is great because you always get to pick a free poster. I got the poster of the album cover. It’s gorgeous!

-There were people all over the lobby with cameras taking pictures for S/Mileage. They seemed to be getting quite a few takers too. Go S/Mileage!

-From my seat in the front row of the balcony, dead center, I had a great view of the stage. Sure, it’s more fun to jump and dance around, but after 8 hours on my feet at work today, plus the commute to Tokyo, I’m not sure I would have survived the whole concert. I’ll be back in the standing section for the next one for sure though.

-The show starts with a picture of a wolf silhouetted against a moon. Okay… kind of cheesy, but I guess it makes sense since the first song is-

Moonlight Night- Continuing the animal cosplay tradition, the girls appear on stage wearing bunny ears with pink and white loli-style dresses complete with garters and pink heart shaped wands. It’s like the whole group decided to be Rainbow Pink! It doesn’t sound like it would go with the song, but it really did. They were hopping around a lot, and I sort of imagined magical bunnies fending off wolves in the moonlit night with their heart shaped wands? Lol. The singing was awesome. Especially Gaki (yeah I’m biased) and Eri.

Kimagure Princess– Continues to be one of those songs that’s much better live than not.

Renai Revolution 21– Next outfits are black and white, stomach revealing, and a little bit flamenco maybe? Also very cute and stylish. I’m not sure about the placement of this song. It doesn’t feel right.

Aishite Aishite Ato Ippun- My second favorite performance of the night! The dance was really sexy. There was one particularly striking part where they were all dancing on the floor in their own individual spotlights. I’m glad they chose this as their random B-side inclusion.

Nanchatte Renai/ Shouganai Yumeoibito- I still don’t think these songs should be back to back. They’re too similar. I do like them both a lot though.

Ano hi ni Modoretai- Gaki-san and Ai-chan were looking pretty in long sundresses and jean jackets. They used umbrellas as props! Very touching performance.

Osaka Umainen- Sort of funky “normal” clothes. LinLin was really hamming it up, and even though I’m a girl, I must say, she fills out a tight T-shirt quite well. The girls were trying their hardest, but you can tell that the crowd just wasn’t feeling this song, and neither was I.

Ooki Hitomi- Hmm. I don’t remember what they were wearing, but I remember it wasn’t very costumey and it was really stylish. Everyone went crazy for this song! To me, the song itself is sort of forgettable, but the performance was good.

Resonant Blue– NO! Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s almost getting to be funny, except instead of laughing, I’m just pissed off.

PV- Namida Tomaranai Houkago. All the girls leave the stage except for one. The lights go on, and we see that it’s Sayumi. Sudden tension fills the room. A surprise graduation announcement perhaps? Nah. Crisis averted. But seriously, showing a PV? If I wanted to watch PVs, I could have stayed home and gone on youtube. Worse, I don’t even like that song. I wonder if the PV shown will change every show. I get that the girls are changing costumes, but maybe they should take a page out of AKB’s book. Half the girls talk while the others change clothes, then switch places. It’s not that hard to figure out.

Medley- They had blue, short kimono-inspired costumes. Once again, really cute! I just wish the Kanashimi Twilight part of the medley wasn’t so short. I’ve really been wanting to hear that. Hey, here’s an idea. Put Resonant Blue in the medley and give me a full performance of Kanashimi Twilight! There was lots of audience interaction in the medley. They only did the call and response part of Koi no Dance site (Oh! Ha!), and they had the audience sing a chorus of the “Lonely boys and girls” part of Koko ni Iruzee by themselves. That was pretty fun. And Risa was totally bouncing off the walls and spazzing out during Koko ni Iruzee. I don’t even know what she was doing, but it’s sure fun to watch her dance. Overall though, this wasn’t one of their better medleys. The transitions between the songs were a little awkward.

Ame no Furanai- New costumes! White iridescent, very sparkly dresses over light blue with with floofy sleeves. Super pretty! Now, I love this song, but I love it a lot more in Japanese. I can’t sing along when it’s in Chinese *pouts*

Onna ga Mezatte Nande Ikenai- Okay I guess. I don’t like the song much.

3,2,1 Breakin Out- Always fun.

Mikan- I know some people won’t be happy about this, but I am pleased. I can’t say it enough: Mikan is a blast at a live show!

Genki Pika Pika- Lots of cute interactions between the girls and a simple dance that wota can easily follow along with.

Loving You Forever- This is just a really nice song. I know it’s not one of the standouts from the album, and we’re probably never going to hear it again, but I found it to be highly enjoyable tonight.

Encore

How do you Like Japan- The encore costumes are basically flannel shirts over T-shirts and Jeans, but with lots and lots of colorful accessories. Ai-chan in baggy overalls with a big bow in her hair looks like an overgrown toddler. She’s adorable! As for the song, I do feel like they’ve been overusing it lately, but this was probably their fiercest performance of “How do you Like Japan” ever. The use of stand mics took it to the next level.

During the closing MC, when Ai-chan stepped forward, she was crying. A silence fell across the crowd and those of us who were sitting simultaneously moved to the edge of our seats. The one thought on everyone’s mind, “Oh my god, oh my god, please don’t say the word “graduation” Ai-chan”. And she didn’t, and everyone started breathing again. Seems she was just emotional over it being the first performance, Koharu not being there, and the super enthusiastic crowd reaction.

Namidacchi- Hands down favorite performance of the night!!!! The part where they transition from the slow, arms around each other’s shoulders verses to the jumping and rocking out chorus is concert GOLD. The rap part is also excellent. I’m not really capable of describing how awesome this song was live. I predict that this will be one of those songs that keeps popping up in future concerts until everyone is sick of it.

So overall, great costumes, and some great performances, but the set list is a bit “meh”. Most of the songs that aren’t new album songs were performed on their last concert tour. During a MC, one of the girls said they didn’t have much rehearsal time for this concert. I think that with lack of time and needing to teach the album songs from scratch, they had to go with stuff that didn’t take much rehearsal time for the other songs AKA, songs they have performed recently.

Minna-san, goodnight!

~Celestia~

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Mar 14 2010

Pika Pika, I Choose You!

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Today’s mission to Tokyo has been a complete success! I got a ticket to the opening show of Morning Musume’s concert tour, family section exactly front and center! I went with the family (sitting down) section because the concert is on a Friday, so I will have already been on my feet all day at work. Also, my family is coming to visit me in Japan and I’ll need to pick them up at the airport the next day, so I don’t want to tire myself out too much.

I’m super excited to see the first show of the tour! This is the first time that the whole setlist, the costumes, everything will be a total surprise for me going in to it! Well, maybe not a total surprise. There’s bound to be lots of songs from their new album in there. I’m happy with that though, because I quite like the new album. I was bracing myself for the worst after the dull bland disappointment that was C-ute’s latest album, but I like all of the new Momusu songs except for one. (that 8th gen song is just weird, and not in a good way).

I have yet to hear Shabondama, Ai Araba It’s all Right, or I Wish in concert, so if any of those are in there, I’ll be happy. If all of them are in there I’ll be ecstatic! Kanashimi Twilight would also be nice.

I wonder if S/Mileage will show up?

Of course, I’ll get a review out to you as soon as I get back.

BFN,

~Celestia~

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Mar 04 2010

Fans’ Top H!p Songs Poll: Results Part 2

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I’m home from work today with a cold and laryngitis. How lucky! Well, not so much for me, but for anyone waiting on the poll results. I’ve literally done nothing but sleep¬† and work on this for the past two days.

I’m going to cut right to the video this time. Presenting, the top 20 h!p songs as voted by you, the fans! Don’t scroll down past the video yet if you don’t want spoilers!

And if anyone is upset by how Momusu-dominated this is, let me just say that I didn’t write the votes, I just collected them, and this is how it turned out. For all I hear people say they are sick of hearing “Love Machine”, just look where it ended up (and a good 9 votes ahead of #2).

The biggest surprise for me has to be Dakishimetex2 placing so highly. I mean, I think it’s a good song, but I had no idea it would come out as the most popular Berryz song, and by a long shot too! Biggest disappointment is “Ai Araba It’s All right” not making the top 40. I’m most happy that “Sukisugite Bakamitai” placed so well, because I didn’t expect it to. What’s the most surprising/disappointing/exciting for you?

So to recap the videos, your overall Top 40 looks like this. Color coding= Morning Musume, Berryz Kobo, C-ute, Buono, S/Mileage, Other (anything that doesn’t fit one of these other categories), Matsuura Aya, Shuffles, Ex-Momusu Soloists, New Shuffles, Mano Erina, Kirari, Melon Kinenbi, “Moni’s/Tanpopo”, W, Country Musume

  1. Love Machine
  2. Shabondama
  3. Sexy Boy
  4. Nanchatte Renai
  5. Do it! Now
  6. Renai Revolution 21
  7. Sakura Mankai
  8. Dakishimete Dakishimete
  9. The Peace!
  10. Rottara Rottara
  11. I Wish
  12. My Boy
  13. Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~
  14. All for One & One for All
  15. Koko ni Iruzee!
  16. Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
  17. Tokaikko Junjou
  18. Shouganai Yumeoibito
  19. Roman ~My Dear Boy~
  20. Say Yeah! ~Motto Miracle Night~
  21. Furusato
  22. Sukisugite Bakamitai
  23. Special Generation
  24. Aruiteru
  25. As for one Day
  26. Kanashimi Twilight
  27. Genki+
  28. Massara Blue Jeans
  29. First Kiss
  30. Koi ING
  31. Osaka Koi no Uta
  32. Yume to Genjitsu/Very Beauty
  33. tie
  34. Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
  35. Suki-chan
  36. Kioku no Meiro
  37. Ne~e?/ Mikan
  38. tie
  39. Gachinko de Ikou!
  40. Iroppoi Jirettai

Now, I’ll continue the list, but be warned that the further down I go, the more ties there are, so it’s going to look pretty messy. There are a ton of songs that only got 1 or 2 votes.

  • 41. Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?
  • 42. Jiriri Kiteru/ 3,2,1 Breakin’ Out!/ Honto No Jibun
  • 45. Renai Rider/ Baby Koi ni Knockout!/ Onna ni Sachi Are/ Gag 100Kaibun Aishite Kudasai
  • 49. Piriri to Yukou!/ Ai Araba It’s All Right
  • 51. Souda! We’re Alive
  • 52. Happy Summer Wedding
  • 53. This is Unmei/ Songs/ Only You
  • 56. Namida no Iro
  • 57. Morning Coffee
  • 58. Ryuusei Boy/ Bravo Bravo/ Party Time/ Love&Peace! Hero ga Yattekita
  • 62. Munasawagi Scarlet/ Rival/ Lucky Cha Cha Cha!/ Robokiss/ Resonant Blue/ Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku Youna Mirai de Are!
  • 68. Cinderella Complex/ Ikimasshoi!/ The Manpower!!!/ Haru Beautiful Everyday
  • 72. Summer Night Town
  • 73. 100Kai no Kiss/ Goodbye Natsuo/ Sakura wa Raku Sa/ Bye Bye Bye!/ Romantic Ukare Mode/ Asu wa Deeto nanoni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai/ Last Kiss/ Tanpopo/ Ajisai Ai Ai Monogatari/ Naichau Kamo
  • 83. Moshoku Toumeina Mama de/ Koisuru Angel Heart/ Forever Love/ Jump!/ Dschinghis Khan/ Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~/ Hare Ame Nochi Suki/ Shall We Love? / Miss Love Tantei
  • 92. Ai no Sono ~Touch my Heart!~/ Yeah! Meccha Holiday/ Kiiroi Osora de Boom Boom Boom
  • 95. Get Up! Rapper/ Ai no Imo wo Oshiete!
  • 97. Ah Merry-go-round/ Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai/ Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!/ Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu/ Everyday Zekkouchou!!/ Seishun Song/ Lu Lu Lu/ Thanks!/ Crazy About You/ Pira! Otome no Negai/ Chu! Natsu Party/ Aa ii na!/Kuyashi Namida Porori/ How Do You Like Japan? ~Nihon wa Donna Kanji Dekka?~/ Kimagure Princess/ Pepper Keibu/ Aishite Aishite Ato Ippun
  • 114.¬† Yume Kara Samete/ Take off is Now!/ Densha no Futari/ Koe/ Meguru Koi no Kisetsu/ Wakkyanai Z/ Ookina Ai de Motenashite/ Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba
  • 122. MiniMoni Jankenpyon!/ MiniMoni Telephone! Rim Rin Rin/ Memory Seishun no Hikari/ Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutan-jima
  • 126. The Bigaku/ Watarasebashi/ Kiseki no Kaori Dance/ Watashi no Mirai no Danna-Sama/ Nigiyakana Fuyu/ Seishun Bus Guide/ Koishiteru Toki wa Itsumo/ Yuujou Junjou oh Seishun/Rock no Kamisama/ co.no.mi.chi/ Take it Easy/ Our Songs/ Nakimushi Shounen/ Jonetsu Yuki Miraisen/ Uwaki na Honey Pie/ Zansho Omimai Moshiagemasu/ Natsu Doki Lipstick/ Sakura Chirari/ Amai Wana/ Homerare Nobiko no Theme Kyoku/ Bokura no Kagayaki/ Lucky Aura/ Omakase Guardian/ Genshoku GAL Hade ni Yukube/ Some Boys Touch/ Happy Happy Sunday/ Balalaika/ Mirakarurun Grand Purin/ Screen/ Destiny Love/ Iku ZYX! Fly High/ Seishun Love Lunch/ Inshouha Renoir no You ni/ Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no/ Kokoro no Tamago/ Ama no Jaku/ Koi wo Shichaimashita!/ Otome Pasta Kandou/ Everyday, Everywhere/ Katamoi no Owari ni/ Onna ga Mezatte Nande Ikenai?/ Shianimuni Paradise/ Odore Morning Curry/ Tsuyokide Ikouze/ Sukiyaki/ Aki Urara/ Yume no Naka
  • 173. Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan/ Yoshite Yoshite/ Chokkan2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~/ Egao Yes Nude/ Koi no Vacance/ Shiroi iro wa Koibito no iro/ I&You&I&You&I/ Hey! Mirai/ Akai Nikkichou/ Summer Reggae! Rainbow/ Bishoujo Shinri/ Goal/ Be/ Natsu Remember You/ 21ji made no Cinderella/ Suhada Pichipichi/Tsukiatteru nanoni Kataomoi/ I Know/ Egao/ Love Namida Iro/ Akai Freesia/ Kousui/ Afurechau… Be in Love/ Daite yo! Please go on
  • 197 (AKA Songs with only one vote). Hyacinth/ The Last Night/ Double Rainbow/ Sayonara Hageshii Koi/ Seishun Oodori/ Sono Subete no Ai ni/ Real Love/ Nachuu koi wo Yatteru You Know?/ Happy Stand Up/ Koi no Jubaku/ Baka ni Shinaide/ Sprinter/ Yume de doh up/ Yume wa Hitotsubu/ Otoko no ko/ Berry Nice Berry Fields/ Semi/Warp/ Winter Story/ Over the Rainbow/ I need You/ Jankya Mottainai!/ Kimi ga Ireba/ Cafe Buono/ My Love/ Hoshi no Hitsujitachi/ Koucha no Oishii Mise/ Shining Itoshiki Anata/ Kakumei Cheek Kiss/ Iroppoi Onna Sexy Baby/ Tsuugaku Vector/ Shock/ Soku Dakishimete/ Shines/ One’s Life/ Everyday Yeah! Kataomoi/ Akogare My Star/ Edo no Temari no Uta II/ Disco Queen/ Hajimete no Keiken/ Mano Piano/ Kono Mune wa Tokimeki/ Haru no Arashi/ Jasmine Tea/Aenai Nagai Nichiyoubi/ Boogie Train ’03/ Namida Girl/ Okitegami/ Osananajimi/ Going On/ Itsuka Dokoka de/ Suppin to Namida/ Ai no Bakayarou/ Secret/ I Miss You/ Koi Kana/ Anataboshi/ Shiawase Clover/ Chance!/ Tan Tan Taan!/ Aegekai ni Dakara/ Arifureta Kiseki/ Oyaji no Kokoro Ni Tomotta/Unforgettable/ Chance of Love/ Denwa Matteimasu/ Kawaii Kare/ Nikutai wa Shoujiki na Eros/ Saa! Koibito ni Narou/ Mini Strawberry Pie/ Minihamzu no Kekkon Song/ Aisaretai Aisaretai/ Uchuu de lalala/ Love Like Crazy/ Narihajimete Koi no Bell/ Satoukibi Batake no Uta/ Bokura go Ikiru My Asia/ Daremo inai Umi/ Shiroi Tokyo/ Darling, I love you/ Suki ni Naccha Ikenai Hito/ Oh Be My Friend/ Arigato Ookiku Kansha/ Endless Love I Love You More/Matsu wa/ Dekoboko 17/ Friendship/ Koi no Fuga/ Samidare no Uta/ Danna Sama/ Sukina Sempai/ Lemon Iro to Milk Tea/ Purple Wind/Iikoto Aru Kinen no Shukan/ Guruguru Jump/ Handmade City/ Never Forget/ Tsugaku Ressha/ Bonkyu Bomb Girl/ For You/ Cosmos/ Ai no Tane/ Douno ni mo Tomaranai/ Be Positive/ Nature is Good/ Suggoi Nakama/ Sukida yo/ Manatsu no Kousen

So listen, this took A LOT of time, and if I get any complaints like “I can’t read the color-coding” or “Okay, but can you now list them all by group, and then in alphabetical order, and then by country, and then by gender, and then by year?” I might scream, and that wouldn’t be good for my throat.

Cheers! I think it will be a long long time before I attempt a project this big again.

~Celestia~

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Mar 02 2010

Fans’ Top H!p Songs Poll: Results Part 1

Last month, I asked Hello Project fans to send me ten votes, to be distributed however they chose among H!p’s considerable song catalog.

Nowvoting has come to an end, and I’m very pleased to show you Part 1 of the results. Don’t get too excited though. I’m saving the best for Part 2.

First, some info on the voters.

Total Number of Participants: 124 (and 1,240 votes)

Countries Represented: USA, Australia, Canada, Philippines, Switzerland, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Finland, Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Brazil, China, Peru, Denmark, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Lithuania, Mexico, Sweden, and Japan.

If you participated and you don’t see your country listed, it’s probably because you didn’t tell me what country you are from, but if you let me know, I’ll add it to the list.

Gender Breakdown: 55 Females, 31 Males, 38 Not Reported

% of Votes By Category: I tried to make a graph, but it looked too messy with so many categories.

  • Morning Musume 45.9%
  • Berryz Kobo 10.7%
  • Buono 7.4%
  • C-ute 6.9%
  • Other (one-shot units, etc.) 3.3%
  • Summer Shuffles 3.1%
  • Matsuura Aya 3.0%
  • Gumis (Sakura and Otome) 2.6%
  • New Shuffles (revived groups and High King) 2.5%
  • W 1.9%
  • MiniMoni 1.7%
  • Melon Kinenbi 1.4%
  • Tanpopo 1.2%
  • S/Mileage 1.2%
  • Goto Maki 1.0%
  • Guardians 4/Shugo Chara Egg 1.0%
  • Kirari (and Milky Way) 0.8%
  • Fujimoto Miki 0.7%
  • VUDen 0.6%
  • PucchiMoni 0.6%
  • Mano Erina 0.6%
  • GAM 0.5%
  • Country Musume 0.5%
  • Nakazawa Yuko 0.2%
  • T&C Bomber 0.2%
  • Coconuts Musume 0.2%
  • Abe Natsumi 0.1%
  • Iida Kaori 0.1%

As you can see, Morning Musume wins it by a large margin. However, keep in mind that those votes are spread out over a lot more songs than the other artists have.

For the song ranking, I have decided to make two videos showcasing the Top 40 songs. Where there were ties in pure number of votes, the song with more people voting for it (as opposed to less people using multiple votes) was ranked ahead. For a couple cases in the Top 40, two songs still had the same score, so I just left it as a tie.

So here is part 1 of the results! Numbers 40-21. I used different clips than I did in my own countdown. I’ll have the video for 20-1 as well as the full results in my next post. Enjoy!

What do you think?

~Celestia~

EDIT: Ack! I can’t believe it, but I made a small mistake in the numbering. Very Beauty and Yume to Genjitsu should be tied for #32.

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