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It’s H!P but still~

Maybe you got the wrong impression by reading this blog but in fact I’m still following Hello! Project in all its glory. Which means that I at least listen to (almost) all the releases, just maybe not on the release date.

After all I still know enough to make up my mind and take part in this year’s Hello!Blog Poll.

Some explanation:
Maasa is of course my #1. She’s got that special something for me and every time I see her (on my compute screen T_T) I find something new to adore about her.
Then there are some people from Morning Musume and I just can say about that that I’ve been watching some making videos and DVD Magazines, and those are the girls that stood out most to me because of how funny they were. Really like the bunch :3
Next Airi and Maimi because… they are cute? I don’t know, they get some points for being really beautiful (except for Airi’s teeth but who wants to complain about something like that when it comes to idols?) and some points for being … nice. I just got a generally good opinion about both.
Ai comes next, just because of her voice. That’s it.
Most of Berryz Koubou comes next because I like them as a group. Miyabi and Momoko are a bit further away from the top positions because (through Buono) I got to know some of there not so likeable character traits…
Then the girls I’m not really interested in. S\mileage just has to grow up a bit. Yurina between them because she got some points for that Base Ball Bear CM XD
The last on the list are there because I just can’t stand them really. Except for Risako. I can’t stand her and her voice.

Now the other chart. Not much to explain there:


The Best of 2009 (Part 4)

Songs that rocked hard and weren’t on any albums from my Top 15.

That’s just a rule so I won’t gush about X all the time >_<

This won’t be a top list because I just can’t bring myself to think about how something is better than the other thing again this year.

An important song would be Berryz Koubou‘s Dakishimete Dakishimete. Even though I got into idols thanks to Buono! I found my favorite H!P girl in Berryz Koubou and Dakishimete² is responsible for that, too. It’s such a great song that I learned the dance for it. Yeee~es. I did it! I’m very proud of myself.

If you’ve read Part 0 of this series, you might’ve realized that I’m going into the more rockish direction in the western music world. So MY BOY was a real pleasure to my ears. I never thought I would hear something like that from any H!P act. But you should never underestimate the girls from Buono!. Though, I think they aren’t really the ones responsible for it but what the hell~

H!Ps flagship (still) Morning Musume. were a guarantee when it came to at least listenable singles. They didn’t invent the wheel anew but I enjoyed all of them. But through the contest with the PV for the B-side 3, 2, 1 BREAKIN’ OUT I learned to love that song. That’s one of the songs that make me instantly happy. And I make all those typical Japanese poses and gestures while singing along. Just sad that there were a lot good videos out there for the song that weren’t even nominated…

There’s nothing mentionworthy from the H!P world so let’s look at some other idols. No doubt, AKB48 was successfull this year. All their singles sold well and they took even my money… But the best single was RIVER, hands down. Let alone that chant at the beginning. I hope they do this at Kouhaku this year. That would be awesome and no one would forget them. I tried getting into Idoling!!! and the such but that’s right now all from me about idol songs.

But there’s a lot more in the Jpop world! Kaela Kimura‘s BANZAI was great because it was pure fun and made me happy =) Ayaka Hirahara, an artist I listen to because a friend of mine loves her, surprised me with the rock influenced Romeo & Juliet from her newest concept album. She could more often try out new styles. Too many ballads aren’t that good. Chihiro spiced things up a bit and succeeded and alan did the same and… failed. But Romeo & Juliet is a step in the right direction! Oh, and while I’m talking about rock a bit I’ll also mention that I loved the Koda collaboration this year. It’s all Love! was great because they worked really great together and the song was a bit different with how the lines were given and placed. Good idea and misono’s voice was at least decent. I tried her solo stuff. Never again…

Now let’s talk about some B-Side material. Ha, material! Sowelu‘s MATERIAL WORLD was one goddamn good song and perfect if you are an Audiosurf player like me. But I talked about B-Sides so I better tell you that I liked the –WTF Edit- even more. E-guitars and stuff. Damn, I’m as simple minded as a man.  The other B-Side I’d like to mention is BENNIE BECCA‘s Dreamer (80kidz Remix). At this point I really pity people who don’t listen to singles. I was one of them not long ago. So glad I changed my mind. The last B-Side on my list is Shining Butterfly from the we-never-change-the-style-of-our-covers girlgroup BRIGHT. Sad thing I don’t like the other songs from them that much…

The only songs from female artists that I want you to know they are great, before I start with some male artists, are first off Thelma Aoyama‘s I’m Sorry from her album Emotions. I don’t think it was released as single beforehand but I’m not sure. Was it? I want to recommend Thelma Aoyama to all the Jyongri fans that think Jyongri got a bit boring in the last months. Their voices are kind of similar. And after all there’s Aya Kamiki. I listened to one album by her and had her in mind as some kind of Japanese Avril Lavigne copy but those times are over. She seems so… womanly now o.o And her W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~ single was great. Not just the song but there’s also a second Instrumental on it that I listen to almost more than to the A-Side xD Can’t wait for the new album!

I told you so and now they’re here. The male artists! In my half-year review I already talked about SEEDA‘s selftitled album, but not only do I want to recommend the full album but if you don’t have the time to listen to a full album just do a quick YouTube search for his songs DEAR JAPAN and SO HIGH. At least the first one should be found easily. It’s great hip hop~ After almost 850 words I now want to mention a Johnny’s group. I liked one song from them. A B-Side. But I think I would be hated by many fangirls if there was no JE in none of my Best of 2009s. Arashi‘s Tokei Jikake no Umbrella. It’s not like Arashi needs me to recommend them to someone anyway…

That’s it with the Japanese men and let’s go to my last paragraph for this post before I go to my grandparents to welcome the new year. The Korean Invasion! BoA‘s English album was a good first attempt but what I really liked was that her Japanese releases also got better. The best song till now definitely the collaboration with Crystal Kay and VERBAL: UNIVERSE. It’s kind of sad that it’s already on the Best&USA album. Of course I cannot not mention SNSD/So Nyeo Shi Dae/Girls’ Generation when I’m talking about KPop. But I have to say that I thought Genie was 10 times better than Gee. Gee got annoying too fast. And it was too poppy for my taste. And no, the dance is no reason that I liked it better. But the dance to Brown Eyed GirlsAbracadabra made me watch the performances of that song so often that I really liked it in the end. Sign, not so much… I think my Korean taste has its period sometimes.

I liked the whole girl group thing that was going on but on my paper with my notes there are now only male Korean artists left, so let’s beginn with the most obvious one. I think GDragon‘s voice is a bit annoying in BigBang because you can hear it above all the others. But solo it works. My favorite song from his album is She’s Gone (feat. Kush) and I can’t even tell you why. The repetitivness of it should be a reason why I don’t like it but somehow it isn’t. It’s the same with Super Junior‘s Sorry Sorry but I managed to listen to it over 40 times. Another boygroup I liked was SHINee with Ring Ding Dong but mostly because of this parody. What I liked from the start was F.T Island‘s I Hope but my sister watched their MV on YouTube (she becomes more and more a little version of me. First my western taste in music and now I got her to like the east, too!) and that made me like it even more. Very cute ❤

The last song I will recommend is Zin/Jin Tae Hwa‘s Fallen Angel (feat. Jed) but you may know that already since I made a whole post on that song and its MV. Where’s the (mini) album, Tae Hwa. Where?!

It had to happen someday

I didn’t say anything when it was announced that Kanna was graduating and besides some comments I also didn’t lose a word about Erika’s graduation but MM is a bit closer to me than °C-ute so that I just wanted to write something about Miracle-chan.

(Also, the next Stage by Stage is already in the works but two in a row are enough I think and I’m still waiting for my YOU copy to arrive so I can review that.)

I have to say that I somehow expected it. With all her solo projects and stuff going on I thought that she also would be the most logic one to graduate next. But now I think something will be missing in Morning Musume. Even though I didn’t like her at first but that opinion changed. (And I read that this not only happened to me o.o)

But even a good friend of mine who’s favorite Kusumi is said that when he watches videos it always seems like she’s different than the others. So maybe it will be better for MM and for her and I think it’s a good way to get the fans again used to graduations and auditons. That’s what MM is and was always about, am I right?

The only confusing thing is that she wants to be a model. With her incredible charm and just how extremly lively she is I thought some different careerpath would be better for her.
But nothing’s carved in stone yet.

I just wish her the best of luck and that she achieves all of her goals.


(More information is over at Hello! Online)

Quick look at some albums from the last 6 months

I’m really, really out of ideas (except for one…) and that’s why I will just look back at the last 6 months (+) and think about some albums that were released in that time and are of some interest to me. Omg, that won’t be just Jpop albums, so be warned!

It will always be three albums in a group even though they won’t be connected in any way because I will do this in a chronological order.


Gee by Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – The song Gee is a real burner but I have to be honest: The rest of the album wasn’t as good as I hoped in the beginning and I don’t remember a song besides Gee.

free by Mao Abe – I think I made my feelings about this album and this artist clear with my last entry. It’s just a dream when you think about how it is a debut album and that she wrote everything herself at her young age.

Trick by Kumi Koda – I love all the dance tracks and I even like one of the ballads o.o Her engrish is a bit annoying at times but you get used to it. Really hot album and I’m still not sure if it’s my #1 when it comes to Kumi.


Lonely Road by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – I was so happy when I listend to this album because Don’t You Fake It was a disappointment. There was just Face Down that really stood out and even though many people loved Guardian Angel it never really impressed me. And here we have a lot of unique songs and they all have a good portion of power with them! Love it!

Buono! 2 by Buono! – This was the album that was the reason that I’m to date very near to a full wota. I read somewhere that Buono! would be the right group if you’ve never been into idols but are interested and… at first I didn’t think of them as something special. But whenever I wanted to rate a specific song from this album I could almost never say “Meh…” they were all good in their own way. And now I love specific songs!

My Song for You by Mai Fukui – Mai Fukui is a newcomer from 2008 that I also think of writing about. There’s just the problem that I expected something different from her debut album. Well, not expected but hoped. After the single Can Can her lively side just was the thing I needed in that rainy spring back then but the album mainly contained more songs that were calm and good for your soul. I learned to really like the songs but I’m still hoping for a more powerful next single.


NEO by MUNEHIRO – There’s not much to talk about because I don’t really know the singer but the album is very good for the summer. Well, somehow that was a bit redundant to say because it’s J-Reggae/Dancehall. That says it all.  I just want more albums like this because the summer is going to stay for a bit longer and I need suitable music!

Voice of Earth by alan – This is a 50/50 album. There are these phenomenal tracks where she shows what she is capable of and then there are those filler tracks. They may be good if you want to sleep but for me music should be for something different. I still really enjoy her music, don’t get me wrong. And as a sidenote: The B-sides are often also very good.

This Is The One by UTADA – I just love it! I love everything under the name UTADA it seems o.o (That cleary excludes Cubic U >_<) When you look at my profile you will see that the UTADA tracks are almost as much as the Hikaru Utada ones. The album has that special feeling to it and Poppin’ is the only song I avoid. It just gets on my nerves~ But the rest ist ❤


The First Album BoA by BoA – I hope that’s the correct title. I know that a lot (well, the majority) thinks that this album is better than Hikki’s one when it comes to the american releases but my opinion is just different. I only listen to four songs from this album I think. Namely: Eat You Up, Did Ya (which really is great but totally different than the rest of the album), Did It For Love and Hypnotic Dancefloor. So, there are those songs and… the other ones. But those four songs are enough for me to keep the whole album.

Platnimun 9 Disc by Morning Musume. – I’m still relatively new to the whole H!P scene but it was like a must to listen to a Morning Musume album after getting some other groups to know. And yes, there is Resonant Blue which got me to like the nine girls and made me take a closer look but the rest is nice nevertheless nothing that special. Shouganai Yume Oibito after all gives me hope for the next single even though I like the B-side a lot more.

Driving Hit’s by Kumi Koda – And another Kumi album. I didn’t expect anything great from this album and I think that’s the reason I like it so much. The whole album just flows but you can still listen to one song for its own and you won’t be disappointed. Good work! Maybe not from Kumi but… from whoever~


NEXT LEVEL by Ayumi Hamasaki – I was quite surprised myself that I like that album so much. First I though it was nice but after I wrote the review for my German blog it just hit me that this album is so good because there are some songs that are so epic that one or two fillersongs (even though even those are good) aren’t that bad. Ayu keeps on making music I love ❤

A Shipwreck in the Sand by Silverstein – This is a somehow special album to me because it was released some weeks before I saw Silverstein the first time live. They didn’t change their style a bit but I think that’s the reason I love them. You can rely on their solid music and even though I don’t really have favorites from this new album (like My Heroin or Call It Karma from Discovering The Waterfront) but I will find the time and they will be there~

Dear Diary by FM Static – I don’t really know what I should wirte about this album because I just recently listend to this band and loved the lyrics and the music. Don’t even know which song belongs to which album but they all seem very good! Just wanted to promote them a bit.


Urban romantic by Rie fu – This was the album where our little J-Folk lady goes new ways and experiments a bit. And it worked really well for her even though I still like the Strings Verion of romantic better than the original one. At times it was a bit too much with all the soundeffects but the important point is that it wasn’t boring. *cough*Tobiraalbum*cough*

SEEDA by SEEDA – After I’ve listened to this album I was sure that it was a good thing I give everything that crosses my way a chance or maybe two. It’s HipHop and I don’t usually listen to it but this time I did and it was totally worth it. It’s just an interesting mix and you recognize other songs and you just are surprised how good the rapping works above those beats. It’s not the “toughest” HipHop you will find but it definitely is something that isn’t wrong to try out.

Sanmon Gossip by Shiina Ringo – I was so happy when I read that there was a new solo album coming and don’t get me wrong – I really like Tokyo Jihen but Shiina is a league of her own. With this album she basically moved more in the Tokyo Jihen direction but I don’t mind. It’s still a really good album and the only thing that could beat it is its cover xD

So, this was it. In the beginning I wanted to write about more albums but to some of them I haven’t really been listening enough for an oppinion and other ones belong more to the second half of the year. Maybe I make something like this also for singles but I doubt it. But who knows~

I hope the next entry has a clearer concept… xD

3 from 3

I really liked the latest H!P PBs that were released and so I decided that I want to choose my 3 favorite pictures out of all of the three PBs.
To mention is that my choice maybe had been different if I did have the double pages joined.
And it was hard enough to choose, so the 3 pictures won’t be in a particular order~

First comes the PB that the actual design is from.

Maimi Yajima – 17


I really like that photo because of its dark atmosphere. It isn’t as happy as idols normally are. It’s really haunting~


Free seems to be the theme of that photo and that’s why I like it. And the landscape in the background doesn’t look to me like Japan xD


That is one from the same location that the pics for the blogdesign are from and it’s just fascinating how the colors work toghether. The blue sky, the red-brown ground and her yellow dress. Wow ❤

Next comes Ai Takashi’s latest PB and I have to say that the watashi-kanji on the cover really ruins it. It looks so cheap. But now to the good pics~

Ai Takahashi – Watashi

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I really like how the photo shows the pretty face of Ai and the colors are very cute too. I love her cheeks~ *pokes*

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I know it’s really simple and you don’t see Ai that much but it’s just the atmosphere~ Look how the sun shines on her shoulders.
And I’m a green-lover ❤

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Without words.

That wasn’t much of Ai in the Ai pictures, was it? Well, choosing is hard and not always is the idol the important thing xD

Next we come to my favo-idol and it was really hard to just choose 3 pics and I’m still not satisfied with my choice. There are just too many gorgeous photos of her.

Maasa Sudou – maasa


I really love that photo because it shows how beautiful maasa’s face is. That’s it ❤


FUN! So much action in that photo it’s like you actually could get wet xD


I really wasn’t sure if i should choose that photo because the pose is pretty much like the first one but then there was the background and it just all works so well together I couldn’t resist.

All three PBs are really beautiful and it wasn’t easy to choose but sometimes you just want to praise the crème de la crème.

And now I just gonna wait for a specific single to show up for my next blog entry~

My FanArts

Since I did some drawing in the last time (and still work on some pics) I want to show my FanArts here.
Maybe someone has a comment for my what I can do better, that would be very nice^^

Oldest one first:

That’s Yuto Nakajima from Hey! Say! JUMP and the pic is in the book of my best friend (because she wanted me two draw it) and that’s the reason weird shadow on the left. And it’s the first time I used a bit more shadows. Most drawings before that one totally lack shadows xD

This one’s Airi from °C-ute/Buono! and I don’t really think the face looks in any way like the original~ But anyways… I think I did pretty good with all the shadows except her arm. I mean that was just one big arm and I had only my pencil… yes, that’s a pencil drawing because my scanner scans everything blue and I forgot to make it black/white.

And here’s the newest one. It was the first time I did a picture where the face(s) doesn’t take half the space of the paper. And those costumes nearly killed me… It was very hard but I’m proud of myself~
Ah, and these are JunJun, Ai and Eri from Morning Musume. if you don’t recognize them.

Thanks to Liz for mentioning I forgot to show you the originals. For sure I didn’t just draw them how I imagined them even though I did them by hand. I hope you know what I mean xD

Original of Yuto Nakajima
Original of Airi Suzuki
Original of JunJun, Ai and Eri