Hello!Project, Personal, Polls, Q&A on August 5th, 2010 5:36 by Henkka
Tags: s/mileage, tsunku
Tsunku with a beard. Imagine.
That’s what the poll this time is about. Would Tsunku look silly wearing a beard? Or would he absolutely rock it? If so, what kind would suit him best? A snazzy goatee? What about a full beard adorning his sexy man-face? Or would a Hitler moustache be more up Tsunku’s alley? You tell me! If you feel that your beard knowledge is a bit limited, check out this blog of a man who’s on a very admirable mission of trying to grow every different type of beard there is!
In the mean time, here’s a good history lesson on facial hair:
Some past polls.
Well, the first poll’s results are pretty unsurprising. As expected, it looks like many of you have yet to delve into the world of Ringo. That’s alright. Just get to it sooner rather than later! And yeah, S/mileage‘s debut song was pretty goddamn awesome, and the second one might just be even better! I definitely thought “Yume Miru 15sai” to be on par with Frank Lapidus‘ chest hair.
Finally, some burning Formspring questions answered by yours truly. Some Q’s were quite funny. Thanks to everyone who bothered to ask anything, feel free to keep ‘em coming!
Q: So you hate Buono!, Hangry & Angry and even C-ute. Is there anyone in H!P you like anymore?
Ohh, good question! Now that you mention it, H!P has been kinda lackluster to me lately. I’m a big fan of Manoeri but “Onegai Dakara…” promises to be shitty. “Onna ga Medatte” was subpar, too. Yeah… H!P is consistantly disappointing me lately.
With that said, I am looking forward to S/mileage‘s debut. I’m feeling good about Manoeri otherwise too, I’m confident that “Onegai Dakara…” was just a fluke. Oh, and Berryz have been solid lately! I dig everything they’ve come up with in recent times.
Update: obviously this one was answered quite a while ago. Yeah, “Onegai Dakara…” was shit, my previous confidence of Manoeri is gone as her next one promises to be shit too, “Seishun Collection” was shit, “Campus Life” was super shit, and now with “Maji Bomber!!” even Berryz have jumped the bandwagon of overflowing shit. But not all is lost! For the first time in who knows when, C-ute’s new single “Dance de Bakoon!” is sounding really cool. S/mileage was awesome with “Yume Miru 15sai” as you’ve read above. I pre-ordered their second one, too, after hearing how fun it is.
Q: How awesomely angry is Berryz Koubou’s Otakebi Boy WAO! song? I don’t know about the guitar solo, but the drum track is a fast-paced piece of epic.
“Otakebi Boy WAO!” is indeed awesome like you said. Those cool thunder sound effects and stuff in the PV make it even more bad ass.
Q: do you think you will always love idols?
No, I don’t believe I will. I’ve had plenty of experiences in the past where I’ve said “I’ll always love group X!” or “Y will always be my favorite band!” and it’s never worked out that way. Idols/idol music is most likely no different. I’ve stopped making those kinds of empty promises to myself because it’s pointless. There’ll be some other type of music that’ll steal my interest and that’s alright.
Q: Hey, just discovered your blog. Love it! Now I know of the wonder of Tokyo Jihen. Have you heard of Fonogenico? They’re a jazz/ballad type band from Japan with an awesome woman lead singer. Check them out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqIIUtsH8s
Hey thanks a lot! Feedback such as yours makes having the blog worth it for me. I’m very glad if that post inspired you to check ‘em out, Shiina and Tokyo Jihen are definitely my top music addictions lately! I wasn’t familiar with Fonogenico, but the song you linked sounds quite pleasant, I’ll have to investigate them further. Thanks for the rec!
Q: This isn’t a question, but I urge you to check out the band Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs. I know, crazy name. IT doesn’t matter! They’re awesome. A girl bassist/vocalist and a girl guitarist. They have stand in drummers now since their original drummer, R… (question cuts off)
I’m familiar with them. Sorry to disappoint, don’t really dig them… can’t win ‘em all!
Q: I see your blog about metal and Jpop, do you enjoy any other genres?
Sure. Aside from metal and J-music… My main fandom before was prog rock (the more 70′s and Italian it got, the better!) and I never really “grew out” of it, though I don’t listen to it as much these days. Recently I’m getting very into hip hop, especially what some might call “jazz hop” in the vein of Nujabes. My fave band of all time is The Beatles so that obviously also lends itself to me appreciating other fine things in pop and rock. I think that covers the most important bits.
Q: How much blues do you jam? I heard this little piece of genius and thought of your guitar solo ranking (even though they don’t sound so bluesy now that I go back and listen to them XD): http://superfan2009.com/2009/01/30/blues-knows-no-age/
Not very much at all, but coincidentally I was just recently introduced to Robert Johnson and his stuff is just crazy addictive. I love it! I ought to check out more of especially the delta blues scene.
Q: what song(s) moves you to tears?
Not one does without the help of alcohol. I’m a manly man. That last sentence is a lie.
Q: What is your favorite song and/or album released so far this year?
As far as J-albums go, my top 3 so far is probably…
1. 9mm Parabellum Bullet – “Revolutionary”
2. Tokyo Jihen – “Sports“
3. aiko – “BABY”
Q: favorite album in the world? EVER!!!
Going to go for either “Sgt. Pepper” by The Beatles or “Blackwater Park” by Opeth.
Q: how great was Tuska?
Very. Her, friends, great bands and too much alcohol. Magical weekend.
Q: So bottle of rum and vodka placed in front of you which do you pick up first?
Vodka! Not sure I’d even touch the rum. Vodka has always been my number one fave since I started drinking.
Q: If you could go karaoke with anyone who and why? what song?
I’d go with Aya Matsuura and Tsunku. We could sing through discographies of both Ayaya and Sharan Q while consuming a ridiculous amount of alcohol. It’d be fantastic. Afterwards, me and Tsunku would end up in a love hotel.
Q: Shall we go for beer or Martini’s? I drink both. :D
I don’t drink either but, hell, if you’re buying I’m not going to complain!
Q: Okay how would you feel about a Vodka and tonic?
I had to stop reading at the “vodka” part due to uncontrollable drooling. Let’s go already!
Q: how many glasses of vodka, till your ready to be taken advantage of?
The proper question would be, “How many glasses of vodka until I start taking advantage of others?”
The answer is “Not many.”
Q: So, with the alcohol and the taking advantage. Would i have a chance at taking advantage of you or would i fail miserably?
Well, I mean sure, slip some date rape drug in my drink and it should work out. But I don’t understand… where’s the fun in taking advantage of someone without female parts?
Q: girls with long legs or girls with a tight bottom? (by wu)
Leave it to wu to ask the things that actually matter! I don’t really have a preference, but I do like my girls to not be overly tall (a partner taller than me would be a no-no) so maybe I’ll go with the tight bottom. I’ll tell you a secret though: I’m more of a boobs man rather than an ass man.
Q: Who’s an ass man? Don’t get me wrong, ass is nice, but tits are where it’s at, amirite?!
Right on. I knew plenty of ass men and it confuses me! I agree, ass is nice, but there’s something quite comforting about a nice chest.
Q: What if a woman’s boobies were where her ass was, and her ass was were he boobies were…wait…what? (by wu)
You bring up a good point here wu. Basically there’s a little bit of both boobs man and ass man in all of us, because asses are like tits. Just like there’s two tits, two halves also make up a bum. Anything less than that just feels half-assed. See what I did there?
Q: massive dd size tits or little a’s??
Unexpected as it may sound coming from a chest man… little A’s! The best size really is the kind that fits the palm of your hand. Anything more than that is just showing off.
Q: Ever have Cyber sex? or does that sound weird to you?
Nah, no interest. I’m good with the old-fashioned way.
Q: sometimes you’re tweeting in japanese, are you fluent? how long have you been learning? any tips?
If this is in response to one of my latest tweets, that was just alcohol and me pasting song lyrics!
I do like to learn Japanese but I’m by no means close to fluent. Not sure how long I’d say I’ve been learning. I guess I got “serious” around early 2009 when I started using smart.fm and the Genki books, but I haven’t used the two in ages now and only made it to around chapter five-ish with Genki. You could say I started learning as early as mid-2005 when I started watching anime. While at that point I wasn’t interested in learning Japanese, that’s when I first began hearing the language — which is also how I learned English (that is to say, constantly hearing it in English-language movies, TV shows, music and so on).
As of late, I’m mainly learning by watching drama and other Japanese TV without subtitles. That’s definitely my favorite way. H!P radio shows, mixi and Skype are fun as well. For my kanji studies, I use Anki. The Japanese girlfriend who refuses to speak to me in English helps, too.
I’d say I’m alright at listening comprehension, somewhat passable at speaking (on the good days) and — thanks to my laughable kanji knowledge — absolutely shit at reading and writing. Tips? I’m not the right person to ask… there’s lots of sites out there by people much more qualified who can help you. One thing I’ll say is, just do what works for you and keep at it. がんばるぞー！
Q: how hard would it be to learn Finnish?
I found a link with some sort of difficulty ratings for native English speakers. Apparently it’s not even supposed to be super hard!
I’d have to say though that I think it’s a bit silly to worry about that kinda thing really. Shit, you already learned one language if you’re reading this, how hard can it be to learn another? If there’s a language you want to learn, just get started, keep at it diligently, and eventually you’ll find that you don’t suck at it nearly as much as you used to. And it’ll feel good.