Three Hour Base Ball Bear Concert on Ustream? I’m In.

September 28, 2010

David loves this band.  I’ve probably heard a number of songs from them in the past, but don’t remember a single one.  Ayrton and David both were able to see Base Ball Bear perform live in Japan, while I sat in the darkness with only the glow of my laptop screen to soothe me.  Even though I wasn’t familiar with Base Ball Bear, you’ll bet envy was coursing through my veins.

Tokyo Hive has informed me that Base Ball Bear have heard my struggles and decided to throw me a bone.  To celebrate the simultaneous release of two brand new albums, “CYPRESS GIRLS” and “DETECTIVE BOYS”, they are doing a promotional three hour concert at 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the 29th (which is about 6:30am-8:30am eastern time), and it’s supposedly going to be streamed LIVE on Ustream at EMI MUSIC LIVE.  Sure, a live internet stream isn’t going to be at all excellent quality, but it’s pretty neat and I’m going to check it out.

Again, they will be live HERE at  7:30-10:30pm Japan time, 6:30-8:30am Eastern American time.

Make it if you can!


JAN! KEN! PONN!!!!

September 21, 2010

I’ve never refreshed a page so fast in my life.  The results for the rock, paper, scissors competition are in, and it’s quite something.

Theater Girls:

Kashiwagi Yuki

Nakamura Mariko

Minegishi Minami

Nakaya Sayaka

Oku Manami

Nakamata Shiori

Itano Tomomi

Suzuki Mariya

Kikuchi Ayaka

Komori Mika

Fujie Reina

Takahashi Minami

Oshima Yuko

Yonezawa Rumi

Masuda Yuka

Oya Shizuka

Iwasa Misaki

Miyazaki Miho

Nagao Mariya

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Undergirls:

Kobayashi Marina

Shinoda Mariko

Hirajima Natsumi

Akimoto Sayaka

Nonaka Misato

Nakata Chisato

Katayama Haruka

Umeda Ayaka

Miyazawa Sae

Matsubara Natsumi

Sato Amina

Sashihara Rino

Kitahara Rie

Watanabe Mayu

Nito Moeno

Ohta Aika

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Senbatsu:

16. Chikano Rina

15. Maeda Atsuko

14. Matsui Sakiko

13. Kasai Tomomi

12. Tanabe Miku

11. Kobayashi Kana

10. Kuramochi Asuka

9. Nakatsuka Tomomi

8. Takajyo Aki

7. Sato Natsuki

6. Sato Sumire

5. Maeda Ami

4. Nakagawa Haruka

3. Kojima Haruna

2. Ishida Haruka

1. Uchida Mayumi

Many people may be wondering who Uchida Mayumi is, so I’ll introduce her right here:

Uchida Mayumi, Team K, the ace frontgirl of the 19th single.

The results were ridiculous.  They are as random as they come; a mixed bag of awesome, and not so awesome.

Awesome:

-Maeda Ami and Sato Sumire making it in the top six senbatsu spots.  Really, REALLY awesome.

Not so Awesome:

-Takahashi Minami, Miyazaki Miho, and Komori Mika not making it to senbatsu(theater girls no less).

I have my doubts about Uchida Mayumi simply because I haven’t seen much from her.  Can she promote well and be media savvy?  Will she be a strong center?  I’d even be more comfortable with Ishida Haruka as center.  But I look forward to see what will come out of this.

In other news it was announced that the 18th single, due in October, has a title: Beginner.  What does that mean?!  Expect a music preview soon!


Singing vs Dancing

September 13, 2010

I was watching Momoiro Clover perform at the Tokyo Idol Festival singing with live mics, and all I could think while watching was: Why?

Their physical routine proved to be a hindrance for the vocals they were trying to achieve, and the overall performance suffered for it.  What confused me even more was that they were singing WITH the voice-over track on, making solo lines sound like two people singing.

So what was the point?  If they can’t do it, make them lipsync; don’t compromise everything by meeting halfway.  Tone down the running around if you want them to showcase vocals, or let them lip-sync and focus on dancing.  I enjoyed the performance but it was plenty rough around the edges.

By the time they get to their final song, KoKo-Natsu, they’re completely cashed.  The vocals were barely there, riddled with gaps simply because they didn’t have any breath.  thankfully the voice-overs were there to fill those gaps and help keep the vocals in tune.  Still, it’s amazing that they were able to give out as much energy as they did and pull out a fun performance.

New things I realized from this event:

-I like Momoka Ariyasu’s(green) voice.

-Shiori Tamai(yellow) is prettier than I initially thought.

One thing that this show confirmed for me:

-AKARI HAYAMI(blue) IS THE BEST!


BLAHBLAHBLAH ANOTHER RIPOFF GROUP BLAHBLAH

August 31, 2010

KNU23.  Keep Natural Under.

16 gravure idols, schoolgirl theme, live performances, BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH.

PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE, BECAUSE IF YOUR NAME SOUNDS LIKE AKB48, MAYBE MONEY WILL STICK TO YOU TOO.


and while we’re at it, let’s just plug KISS&KISS in as well.  i knew about them before but didn’t post it because it didn’t copy the “XXX##” name format, but watch.

this isn’t as blatant a copycat, but tell me you didn’t see a poor man’s takahashi minami and itano tomomi in that video.  eh oh el!



well…

August 28, 2010

the ghibli medley performance which had the potential to be something fun ended up being lackluster, and akb’s presence while morning musume performed ‘dekkai uchuu’ became fodder for the less graceful fans to start more flame wars.  one would think clear logic would prevail, but who was i to think it would?

in lighter news, the highlight performance goes to….


this is a fucking dance routine.

i want more performances like this, thanks!


just a small update.

July 27, 2010

A6 has been revealed to the public.

takahashi minami has a 4-minute solo song.

she wields a light-saber throughout.

best stage.


I am in the crowd

July 19, 2010

Can any of you guys spot me?