Jeeze! this week has been crazy as hell… I mean through all the news it’s just mind boggling that Tsunku REALLY wants to be active…so shall we talk about the things here?
-First off Erina Mano has finally graduated. I’ll miss her being the great soloist of win. She definitely was growing into her skin and vocals. She also finally released her first best and last album under H!P, “BEST FRIENDS” and oddly enough there doesn’t seem to be much of an opinion on the new tracks from people. The new tracks aren’t bad, but they arent epic unlike “Minna, Arigatou.”. I hope ManoEri finds something great to do after H!P and I hope her passion of acting works as well.
-The newest group under H!P finally has a name and that’s Juice=Juice. Yeah various blogs have talked about what are the girl’s colors/fruits are but I’ll pass for now xD. They also announced their first indies single, “Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne” and the live performance of it was pretty cool and had saxophones! I wonder how the PV will look since they are indies and the song sounds quite upbeat. From some reports they said Karin and Aina led which is amazing to hear since I love Aina!
-So SATOYAMA is continuing on as planned, Peaberry just released “Cabbage Hakusho” again but this time a “Spring” version with the classic “Shabondama” thrown into the arrangement. Also soloist Asahi Tasaki and GREEN FIELDS are both releasing double A-side singles next. Personally I’m with majority when I say…I WANT MORE DIY!!!!!
-Alongside SATOYAMA, they are now doing SATOUMI which is based on more like the ocean and keeping the waters clean. Let’s talk about the new groups set for this movement!
- Dia Lady (Risako & Airi) – I mean I kind of figured the main vocalists for both Kids units would lead this but how will this turn out is questionable since Rii’s vocals are kind of eh and Airi’s is just naturally good so this could go either way.
- Plumeria (Nakky, Eripon, Kanyon, Maimai, and Ayu) – This group would’ve been great if they had left out the C-ute members to be honest and put in Rinapuu and maybe someone from Juice=Juice because all I see is a high voice assault with Plumeria (which is supposed to be a beautiful flower that’s graceful). They might surprise me, but I doubt it.
- Mellowquad (Miyabi, Chisato, Chinami, Maimi) – Now this is where I think BS should be called because this group is basically DIY without the bad singers. I mean Chisato is great and it’s super nice to see her appear but damn Tsunku use your other members…give Miyabi a damn break and use Maasa!!! or even Yurina!!
Overall, these groups don’t have the randomness or surprise factor that the SATOYAMA units do (or something like Alma xD). I don’t know but I kind of wished Tsunku used more of the back members this time around…I mean a unit with Zukki, Rinapuu, Aarin, Maasa, Haruka….yeah that would be amazeballs!
-Of course there’s new stuff going around in H!P land like
-Morning Musume – A dance-shot version of “Brainstorming” was released and it’s a badass song with some epic new things like Harunan solo, epic Sakura lines, different Reina voice, and Riho not dying! Yeah, even if the song is like a mash-up of various songs. It’s definitely an A-side folks so I can’t WAIT for the actual PV.
-Berryz Koubou – Well they are releasing their single “Asian Celebration” and it’s not getting a lot of fanfare unlike their last couple of singles. Not bad, but the song is kind of forgettable and the PV is a “Dakishimete Dakishimete” ripoff but they could do worse…and what’s this? One of the B-sides is ANOTHER Thai cover from the same guy….jfc I’m here for it!
-C-ute – After the kind of ick that came from “Kono Machi”, they quickly announced a new single in “Crazy Kanzan na Otona” and from the live performance of it, it’s upbeat and danceable like “Kiss me Aishiteru”. I quite like it and once again can’t wait for the PV!
-S/mileage – They just released the PV for “Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita” today and the song is just a bit plain. It kind of reminded me of “Short Cut” but less so…I think. It might have to grow on me (like many of the S/mileage songs do) but I think it’ll be a lukewarm song to me.
Well that’s it…unless there’s more news from the Hinamatsuri festivals…I think this is about it!