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January 26, 2013

Totoro!

Made this using Nutella, a slice of homemade bread, a knife, and a toothpick. Tonari no Totoro ftw!!

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My Favorite H!P Dances Pt 2

December 22, 2012

Continued from my previous post! Sorry if the list is really long! Feel free to comment ūüôā

Berryz Koubou – Seishun Bus Guide

I love this dance! It’s probably the dance I know the most of right now.¬† I feel like the moves really fit the song (some of them because the girls are supposed to be acting like boys in the music video).

Berryz Koubou – Munasawagi Scarlet

Another Berryz song! I always found this dance to be very unique and one that fits the song very well.

Berryz Koubou – Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!

More Berryz, hehe! I like this dance because it gives off a very care-free, happy-go-lucky feel. And the song is really easy to get stuck in your head! Learn this dance if you can!

Morning Musume – Roman ~ MY DEAR BOY ~

Although the dance doesn’t seem that complicated, there are subtle little things that do that really add to it stylistically. (Maybe the funny robes help a little, too, lol). This is and will always be one of my favorite MM songs because of the chorus and percussion, as well as the saxophone (? I think?) that happens in the little musical parts¬†~

Berryz Koubo – Koi no Jubaku

One of BK’s earlier singles. I had to¬†link to¬†a concert performance of it because there’s no official dance shot. Ignore the creepy wota chants and the poor vid quality. You can watch snippets of¬†the dance¬†in the music video! (It’s one of my favorite BK videos!)

Buono! – Renai Rider

SO many Youtubers have covered this dance! And it’s understandable – the choreography is very fun and catchy, just like the song. This song, like Gachinko de Ikou, brings back memories of when I was younger and had just started listening to H!P (namely Buono!) ūüôā

C-ute РAitai Aitai Aitai Na

Like Tokaikko Junjou, FOREVER LOVE, and Kiss me Aishiteru, this single has a really intense, mature choreography.¬† When it was released, it contributed greatly to the group’s popularity!

Berryz Koubou – Jiriri Kiteru

Another intense (I’ll retire this word for the rest of this post, I promise) H!P dance. Again, the choreo really fits the song and its overall mood. And to think this was released after the whimsical, cutesy Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai!

C-ute – Bye Bye Bye!

For this very electronic single, the girls showcase groovy dance moves with great synchronization. The song itself has a very 80s or early 90s pop flair to it, which at times is reflected in the choreography.

C-ute – Dance de Bakoon!

If I were to sum up everything about this single in one word, I would say that it is EPIC. The dance is super fun (albeit kinda suggestive at that hip-thrusting part but whatever) and the song is extremely catchy! Learn this dance when you get a chance (that rhymed)!!

High-King – Kioku no Meiro

Sorry guys, I couldn’t find a performance of this song by itself, so you can either watch C/C (Cinderella Complex) again ūüėÄ or just skip to 3:48.¬† This song is the B-side to C/C, and lemme tell you, it is mighty catchy! The dance is very good, too¬†– I’ve tried learning it but I stink at learning from concert perfs so I haven’t been that successful.

C-ute – Akogare My STAR

I actually stumbled upon this looking for the Kioku no Meiro video, and I was reminded of how cool the dance is! Especially the ChisaMai duo in the middle – gotta watch that! Also, what a catchy song ūüėÄ

Morning Musume – The Peace!

Like LOVE Machine, this may not be the most complicated dance, but it’s still very memorable. This will always be one of my favorite MM songs (and dances). Ho, hora yukouze! PEACE! PEACE!

C-ute – Kanashiki Heaven

I absolutely LOVE this song and choreography! Everything about it is just perfect! If I have free time I’ll try to learn it ūüėÄ

Berryz Koubou – Special Generation

I used think this dance was really hard. In retrospect, it actually wouldn’t have been that difficult to learn. Regardless, the choreography is really good and fits the Latin flair of the song. Also Maiha ftw! Old school Berryz ~

C-ute – Wakkyanai (Z)

Once I got over how everyone was too young to be performing in front of that kind of audience, I was able to appreciate the dance to this song. It’s very fun and cute, kind of like the epitome of H!P … well, maybe. I love the dance they do during the musical break! Also, MEGUMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

Morning Musume – One. Two. Three.

Although it’s not quite as complex as the group’s recent release, Help Me!!, this song does have a pretty good choreography. It helps that there are such great dancers (like Ishida Ayumi and Sayashi Riho) to really bring it to life! Hopefully as time goes on, the girls’ dancing can become more polished as they learn more and grow as performers.

C-ute – EVERYDAY Zekkouchou

I’ve always wanted to learn this dance but have never gotten around to it. It looks really fun, but if I were them I’d be scared of falling off! LOL

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my super-long, 2 part post!!!! Feedback is appreciated!!!

My Favorite H!P Dances Pt 1 (and also check out the dance shot for “Help Me!!”)

December 22, 2012

Hey all! I decided to make a post about my favorite Hello! Project dances, since there are so many cool ones! Feel free to comment!

But first, Morning Musume’s official YouTube channel uploaded the dance shot to their upcoming single, “Help Me!!”.¬† I haven’t been this impressed by a Momusu dance shot in a while! Here’s the video:

Anyway, here are the other dances….by the way, these are in no particular order (since I can’t really rank them LOL)

C-ute – Namida no Iro

I really like how they do repeated motions and start the dance sequences at different times, creating a ripple effect. On an unrelated note, the outfits are so stylish!

Morning Musume – Resonant Blue

Very sleek. XD I especially like the little instrumental part 2/3 of the way in!

W – Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!

I remember initially thinking this was kinda weird, but then it grew on me.¬† I’ve always wanted to learn this dance! haha

Buono! – Gachinko de Ikou!

This dance is so fun! And the song is definitely an H!P gem.¬†It makes me happy every time I hear it, though it also stirs up a ton of nostalgia for the “good ol’ days” when I could spend all the time I wanted learning H!P dances and not have to think about school, etc. :/

C-ute РTokaikko Junjou

Ah, C-ute’s break-through single.¬† Well, maybe not break-through, but it definitely remained one of their highest selling singles for a long time.¬† The song’s driving beat, intense vocals, and overall “bad girl” feel showed that C-ute didn’t always have to adhere to their group name when it came to releases.¬† This tiring song and dance is, I think, performed at or near the end of every concert. What a work out!

C-ute – FOREVER LOVE

One cannot include Tokaikko Junjou on a list like this without also mentioning FOREVER LOVE.  Another intense song with a persistent, driving beat, this release boasts a great choreography whose separate sections really fit the different parts of the song.  (Also watch the Casual Dance Version to see them performing in different, more colorful outfits)

Berryz Koubou – Dakishimete Dakishimete

This cool, club-ish single showcases Berryz’s mature side, with catchy dance moves and a great beat.¬† Once you learn the dance moves, you can’t stop doing them!!

High-King – C/C (Cinderella Complex)

Although this group isn’t really around anymore, their single “C/C (Cinderella Complex)” has a great choreography and is super catchy! Try and learn this dance if you can!

Morning Musume – LOVE Machine

Okay, okay…I know this isn’t the BEST choreography ever, but it’s really symbolic. Released in 1999, it was one of MM’s most popular¬†singles around that time, selling higher than any other ones preceding it, and it acted as a huge confidence-booster for Japan in the midst of an economic recession.¬† The legendary “WOW WOW WOW WOW” move will never fade away!!

C-ute РKiss Me Aishiteru

Another great dance from C-ute. Around this is when the mature image really started settling in; there were definitely some sekushii dance moves (and not to mention the outfits!) that people weren’t really expecting from C-ute, and the song helped them gain even more popularity!

Okay this post is getting really long, so I’ll continue it in a new one!

Girls’ Generation Copies Passpo Who Copied Canary Club?

November 3, 2012

So I was checking Soompi (a K-Pop news website) and saw an article titled “Girls‚Äô Generation Accused of Plagiarizing Airline Advertisements“.¬† The article argued that the images used for GG’s next Japanese album, “Girls’ Generation II Girls & Peace” copied airline ads from the 60s and 70s in the US.¬† I see that, but I also realized something else…

Their poses on one of the teaser pictures are exactly the same as Canary Club’s on their first album, “1 Kanari Canary“, which was released in 2007 (And don’t even get me started on how Passpo also copied Canary Club with an album cover).¬† I’m SO angry!

Here’s the ORIGINAL, by Canary Club:

SNSD:

Passpo:

C-ute Concert Tour 2012 Shunka ~Utsukushikutte Gomen ne~ Live Stream Screenshots!!

June 30, 2012

Hello all! So this morning I got up at 4:00 so that I could watch the C-ute concert live on YouTube!! I was pretty excited since I’d never done that before.¬† Their performance was great, as always, and you could tell everyone was having a good time.¬† I wish I could have been there in Japan to see them in person!

Anyway, I’ll just go through the songs one by one and maybe throw in a screenshot here and there if I¬†can get this stupid computer to work. XD
Tracklist:
1. Chou WONDERFUL!
2. Kacchoi Uta
3. MC
4. Hitorijime Shitakatta Dake Nanoni (this song had a cool dance!! I was impressed)
5. Ai wa Itsumo Itsumo (I also REALLY liked this dance.¬† And I’m in love with the song, too~)
6. Time Capsule (Chisato, Maimi, Saki)
7. Yuke! Genki-kun (Mai solo) (Okay but her voice started cracking a lot.  I felt kinda bad for her)
8. SHOCK! (Maimi solo) (Her voice cracked a little bit, too)
9. MC – all (but Mai and Chisa talked a lot!)
10. Tokai no Neon ga Odoroku Kurai no Utsukushisa ga Hoshii (Chisato solo) (She sounded great, as always!)
11. Kagayake! Houkago (Nakky solo) (Loved her outfit!)
12. Bishoujo Shinri (Airi solo)
13. Akogare My Star (this was good! On the stage they had these screen things that showed¬†each girl dancing – you’ll see in the screenshots.¬†it was cool!)
14. MC (“Utsukushiku [couldn’t understand this word] no Corner” – Nakky, Chisa, Maimi) (Maimi pulled a slip of paper out of a box and then she and Nakky had¬†to act¬†out a certain scene…I think.¬† It turned into¬†basically the three of them talking, and they had to say something¬†they liked¬†about the other members.¬† I¬†didn’t catch everything, but I’m pretty sure Chisa told Maimi that she admires¬†how serious she is about what she does and that she wants to become more like her.¬† They all hugged¬†each other, too! ^.^)
15. As ONE (Airi, Mai)
16. Hatachi Mae no Onna no Ko
17. Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko
18. Shiawase no Tochuu
19. MC (Maimi and Airi)
20. (Here begins the string of high energy songs performed all in a row! what a workout) Midnight Temptation (with¬†flags!! The girls did all these really complicated flag-twirling moves; I was impressed.¬† I tried to capture them in the screenshots, but it didn’t really work and was kinda pointless anyway.)
21. Tokaikko Junjou (a must-have for every concert.)
22. Meguru Koi no Kisetsu
23. Dance de Bakoon!
24. Seishun Song (a capella (SP?) intro done by Airi, who sounded good, as always)
25. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku
26. Zuntaka March ~Hitorashiku Ikiyou~ (I¬†actually don’t like this song because I think it’s annoying, but Chisa’s amazing vocals and crazy vibrato made up for that)
27. Chou Happy Song (With Berryz Koubou!!)
28. Iza, Susume! Steady Go!

Overall impressions:
-Maimi and Nakky are great dancers (but we all knew that already)
-Chisa and Airi sounded great
-I liked the screen things they used that showed pre-recorded videos of each of them dancing. They were cool.
-I was Chou Happy that Berryz Koubou made a surprise appearance!! XD
-I should watch live streams of concerts on YouTube more often…

RANDOM SCREENSHOTS:

haha airi…

“anata no subete ga…itoshii”

surprise! guess who’s here!

“Arigatou gozaimasu!!”

Perfume “Spring of Life” Short PV released

March 30, 2012

 

Perfume’s official YouTube channel¬†has released a short video for their newest single, “Spring of Life”.¬† YAY!!!!! I wasn’t sure about this song when I first heard it, but now it’s growing on me and I really like it!!! Here’s the YouTube link:

With¬†Perfume switching over to Universal Japan, opening up an official global website, making “JPN” available on Itunes, and the like, many people have commented on the Spring of Life video saying that they want Perfume to get more global attention.¬† I agree completely!!! Let’s try and make this song a hit, and make Perfume known around the world!¬† Share this video with your friends; try and get the view count up on YouTube just like those K-Pop videos do!

Perfume in 2003: What Vocal Talent!

March 8, 2012

Though many of us know Perfume as an electropop group whose voices are often electronically altered to fit stylistically with the music, we cannot forget their days as young performers.¬† A while back I stumbled upon this video on YouTube of Nocchi and A~chan singing a duet entitled “Suki ni Natte Yokatta”, and MAN, their voices were impressive!!!! This recording is from all the way back in 2003, so they were still pretty young.¬† It was definitley pre-electropop era stuff.¬† Check it out; you won’t regret it!!! Thanks to the uploader, dolf34.
http://youtu.be/woQhCpMTTns
(Sorry, once again, I can’t figure out how to insert a video directly into a blog post.)