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Top 11 °C-ute A-Sides – A Few Extra Notes

May 22, 2017

This basically turned into another round of No Thinking! because I was ready to add half of the singles that I didn’t mention to the Honorable Mentions category. XD

Tokaikko Junjou – This has the honor of being the song that has the strongest association with something else (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Tacos at Midnight Doritos) which makes it super-memorable for me. Plus it’s just great. =D
LALALA Shiawase no Uta – I’m 98.7% sure this was my first °C-ute song. I actually remember bringing my laptop into the living room late at night (not long after the song came out) and playing it for my mom because I had liked it so much; it makes me so happy! I think one of the reasons it didn’t make it on the Top 11 list is because the “la la la”s at the end went on for so long… (^_^”)
The Power – I think I’ve seen a few other people mention the fact that this sounded more like a song Berryz Koubou would sing. Maybe that’s why I found it so catchy coming from °C-ute. XD
I miss you – LAYERED VOCALS~!!! ♥♥♥♥♥
Ai wa Marude Seidenki – Adorable video and fun chorus~! =)
Namida no Iro – Super-catchy and I love the Latin sound! ^_^

As little as I listened to °C-ute compared to the other groups, making this video made me realize just how much I love all of their singles. =D … I’m really going to miss them. orz After they’re gone, Momo will be the only one left from the groups that were around when I first started listening… and she’s leaving, too! TT__TT AYACHO, DON’T YOU LEAVE ME ANY TIME SOON! orz

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Vlogs: How My Mom Remembers H!P Songs – Extra Notes

March 3, 2017

Here are a few more H!P songs and how my mom remembers them:

Pyoko Pyoko Ultra – the chicken one (she does remember “pyoko” though)
Koi ni Booing Buu! – the pig one
Kimi Sae Ireba Nanimo Irenai – the boring marching dance
Ai no Gundan – the good marching dance
Brainstorming – Riho and Daishi’s dance battle
Be Genki <Naseba Naru!> – the one with the cape/the dance YouTube wouldn’t let me upload for months
Genki+ – the video where I got stuck in a tree
Nanchatte Renai – the ballet-type move
What is LOVE? – the one where I was on J-MELO
Tomdachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! – bookshelves (from the music video)
Daite HOLD ON ME! – Kaori’s “Nee waratte?” and Taka-san making fun of it on Utaban
Mukidashi de Mukiatte – the jacket one
Kamome no Suihei-san – the one with the spoken intro
Mikan – pointing and hopping during the chorus
Our Songs – bridge in the background

There are others, but I’ll leave it at that~.

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Vlogs: Favorite H!P Songs of 2016 – Extra Notes

December 30, 2016

I just wanted to talk about a few big things that happened in Hello! Project this year besides the music releases, namely graduations and graduation announcements.

Graduations This Year: Suzuki Kanon (Morning Musume ’16), Tamura Meimi (ANGERME), Inaba Manaka (Country Girls)

I’ve been a big fan of Zukki since she joined, so I was sad to see her go, but I felt she had been wasted in the group for a long time (I didn’t feel that bringing her out long enough to make fun of her “chubby” character counted as using her, even though she seemed to take it in stride). I was happy to see that she got a fairly prominent part in “Utakata Saturday Night!,” but the other two songs on her graduation single were sorely lacking her presence. I especially hoped that she would have gotten a more prominent line for “The Vision.” Anyway, while I was sad to see her go, she had had a fairly good run in the group, and she had already decided on something else to work toward outside of entertainment, so I wasn’t quite as broken up as I thought I would be.

As for Meimei, I wasn’t a huge fan of her when she first joined the group. She might have actually been my least favorite because she was just SO in-your-face. In the past couple of years, though, I grew to really appreciate her powerful vocals, and she seemed like a fun and funny person, so she slowly climbed up my ANGERME ranking. It’s too bad it took me so long to become a fan of her. orz

Manakan’s graduation hit me the hardest, I think. It was without ceremony, and it was due to her illness, so I felt that she had been cheated out of a very successful future. I’m not saying that I wanted her to continue performing despite her illness; I’m just sad that she didn’t have more time to show off just what an amazing performer she is. Dynamic dancing, adorable singing voice, super-cute look… one of my favorites in H!P overall in the year or so leading up to her graduation. I sincerely hope her health improves, even if she doesn’t continue performing.

Graduation Announcements: °C-ute, Tsugunaga Momoko

The graduation announcements for the rest of the H!P Kids were definitely expected… and yet I was still shocked and dismayed. °C-ute has never been my favorite H!P group, but I’ve always liked them (and Airi is one of my all-time favorite H!P members), so I was sad to hear about them disbanding. It made me feel kind of lonely, because I knew they were the last group that had been around when I first started listening to H!P (not counting MM because all of the members are different from when I started listening). After it was announced, I remember thinking, “Well, at least Momo will still be around…”

… And then her graduation was announced. orz Again, I KNEW it had to be coming soon, but I was rather upset anyway. I’ll probably talk about this more when she actually graduates, but when I first started getting into H!P music and video clips, Momo was my least favorite member in all of H!P. Fast-forward to now where she’s one of my top five favorite members and I have more respect for her than possibly any other current member of H!P. I hope June doesn’t come too quickly… TT_TT

Ayacho… you’re all that’s left… Please don’t leave yet! orz

I have some other general thoughts about the direction H!P is going… but maybe I’ll save that for another vlog/blog. ^_~

~ Surimu-chan

Least Played A-Side Songs – A Few Extra Notes

November 15, 2016

Here are some other songs that I don’t listen to too much. (I tried not to include songs that I don’t listen to much right now due to overplaying them at an earlier time. (^_^”))

Morning Musume。 – Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan, Mikaeri Bijin, Ima Koko Kara
– “Ambitious!” is mostly due to my dislike for their outfits in the music video (which is a terrible reason, I know). It’s a great song, but I always think of those ugly yellow-and-black dresses when I hear it. =/
– The other two are due to their lack of an iTunes release (in the US, at least). I have the physical copy of the single that includes “Ima Koko Kara,” but, by the time I got it, I had already gotten used to forgetting about that song. (Again, terrible, I know.)

°C-ute – Sakura Chirari, EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!, Kanashiki Amefuri, Ai tte Motto Zanshin, Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~
– I don’t know what it is about “Sakura Chirari.” I know how it goes and I enjoy it well enough, I just don’t actively seek it out to listen to it. The same goes for “EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!” (which I actually really enjoy).
– The next two on the list were actually just quick-picks from that general grouping of singles; I didn’t have a ton of interest in °C-ute from around “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” to about “The Power” (which is funny, because I realized that I actually love “Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shite Mita” after giving it a chance.)
– “Arigatou” just sort of bored me when I first heard it. =/ I’m sure I’ll like it more eventually.

ANGERME (S/mileage) – Tachiagaaru, Gashin Shoutan, Desugita Kui wa Utarenai, Watashi
– “Tachiagaaru” is on there just because I don’t remember listening to it much when it first came out, and I haven’t listened to it too much since. I do know (and like) the melody, though.
– The other three songs suffer from being part of a single that has A-sides that I enjoy more. *shrugs*

Juice=Juice – Wonderful World, Ça va ? Ça va ?
– I like the songs, but this was just sort of a bland release for me. orz

Berryz Koubou – Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!, Koi no Jubaku, Golden Chinatown, Otona na no yo!
– “Fighting Pose” is cute, but it’s definitely a ‘once in a while’ kind of song for me.
– I actually really like “Koi no Jubaku,” but I forget about it a lot because it didn’t have a dance shot version. (^_^”)
– The last two songs I listed just didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

So, those are my other rarely-played A-sides. I almost feel like I should listen to all of them right now just to be fair.

That’s all for this one~!

~ Surimu-chan

Top 10 Berryz Koubou A-Sides – A Few Extra Notes

October 18, 2016

This top ten list was a little easier than the one I made for my favorite Morning Musume。  A-sides. I mentioned two of these in the video, but here are more Berryz Koubou A-sides that I really, really love.

Special Generation (Like I said, this is THE Berryz song)
Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama (I love the echoed lines)
Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! (The fast lyrics are awesome in this one, too!)
Maji Bomber!! (Sooo muuuch fuuuuunnnnn~!!)
Towa no Uta (URGH, so many feelings and memories with this song! orz T_T =D)

If given the chance, I’d probably list ten to fifteen more songs… XD Like I said, though, this one was a bit easier for me. I think I’m going to wait a while for the next No Thinking! vlog because I’d like to do °C-ute A-sides. They have a new single coming out in a of couple weeks, and I think they’ll probably have one more after that, so we’ll see. … If I don’t feel like waiting, I might move on to coupling tracks or album tracks. Anyway… that’s all for this one~! =)

~ Surimu-chan

Top 10 Morning Musume。 A-Sides – A Few Extra Notes

August 15, 2016

Top five/ten/whatever lists are nearly impossible for me, because I can find something good about almost every H!P song, so I had to make my top ten list of Morning Musume。‘s A-sides without giving myself a chance to really think about my choices. You can see that list in the above video. Once I finished this and waited for a while (the video was filmed two weeks ago, and the list was initially written two weeks before that), I let myself think about it a little bit. Here are five more A-sides that I realized I really love.

Memory Seishun no Hikari (Great harmonies and pretty in a haunting sort of way)
Help me! (Super-high nostalgia factor and really catchy)
Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki (Absolutely love the lyrics and the strings)
Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (Really loving singing along with this lately)
The Vision (JUST EVERYTHING ♥)

You might notice that, in both my top ten list and the additional five, I have quite a few more recent songs (ones released in the past five years or so). I think it’s because I haven’t had as much time to listen to them waaaaay too many times like I have with older songs. XD Another problem I noticed that I have is that, whenever I do a dance cover for a song, I tend to not listen to that song for quite a while after I finish the dance. That’s probably because I have to listen to the song a TON while I’m learning the dance, so I get a bit tired of it. (^_^”) (This is the case with songs like “Password is 0” and “The Peace!,” both of which I’ve danced to in the last year; “Utakata Saturday Night!” is still okay for now. XD) Who knows? In another year, I might have a completely different list! XD (^_^”) orz

~ Surimu-chan

Hello! Project Song Associations – A Few Extra Notes

June 20, 2016

Here are some more random things I associate with H!P songs.

Mano Erina – “10 Carat no Kirameki.”
This association is actually pretty strong, so I don’t know why I forgot to include it in this video. Last year, I made an original choreography for this song. Around that same time, I was watching the first season of Daredevil on Netflix. For whatever reason, this song reminds me of not only that show, but very specifically the character Wilson Fisk. Actually, I strongly associate that show/character with ONE move from the dance. I call it the “Kingpin” move, even though it makes absolutely NO sense. XD

Morning Musume – “The Peace!”
This makes me think of how I first found out about Morning Musume. I had been really into music by Gackt, and he had appeared on a show at the same time as Morning Musume when they were promoting “The Peace!” There was a little skit that had Gackt and Kago Ai on a “date.” I didn’t watch it for the longest time because I didn’t realize it was a joke, and I didn’t care about who Gackt was dating; I just wanted to watch music videos or funny clips. XD Once I finally watched the clip though, I remember thinking, “Who are all of those girls?” and once I searched Kago Ai on Google, I learned about Morning Musume~.

Morning Musume – “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”
This was the first Morning Musume music video I ever saw (at least I think it was… it might have been “Kanashimi Twlight” or “Happy Summer Wedding,” but this is the one I always credit as the first one I saw XD).

And here’s a small selection of songs that are super-nostalgic for me because they remind me of when I first started listening to H!P:
Morning Musume – Bon kyu! Bon kyu! BOMB Girl
Morning Musume – Love & Peace! Hero ga Yattekita.
Morning Musume – Densha no Futari
Morning Musume – Ii Koto Aru Kinen no Shunkan
Morning Musume – Suki na Senpai
Morning Musume – Kotatsu no Uta ~jyuken story~
Morning Musume – Dokusenyoku
Morning Musume – Lemon Iro to Milk Tea
Morning Musume – Sukiyaki
Morning Musume – HELP!!
Morning Musume – TOP!
Morning Musume – Suggoi Nakama
Morning Musume – HEY! Mirai
Morning Musume – Shanimuni Paradise
Morning Musume – Genki+
Berryz Koubou – Munasawagi Scarlet
Berryz Koubou – Sprinter!
Berryz Koubou – Passion E-CHA E-CHA
Berryz Koubou – Yume de Do Up
°C-ute – LALALA Shiawase no Uta
Matsuura Aya – Ne~e?
Goto Maki – Uwasa na SEXY GUY

Plus the summer shuffle songs and a handful of songs from Tanpopo, Pucchimoni, and Minimoni. Oh, and also “Sakura Mankai.” (As a side note, I didn’t really get into Berryz or °C-ute until about three or four months into learning about H!P; I stuck mostly with Morning Musume and their old subgroups. (^_^”)>)

Ahhh~, even just writing the names of the songs makes me nostalgic! ^__^

Thanks for watching and reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

H!P Dances with Awkward Moves – A Few Extra Notes

January 28, 2016

Here are a few more Hello! Project dances that had some awkward moves (in my opinion):

Morning Musume
Renai Hunter
– Seriously. That “Renai Hunter” pose. Just. Why. Seriously. XD
Kimagure Princess
– Yikes. Nothing says awkward like “Look at my butt!/Look at my chest!” dance moves. XDD And of course this was the very first dance cover I did. It was just because it was their latest single at the time, so I thought the timing would be good, I promise! XD

Berryz Koubou
Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi
– This falls under the category of “Dances I Will Not Do,” because some of the “sexy” moves are just super-awkward-looking. =/ It’s really too bad, because I love the song. orz
WANT!
– Oh, look. More awkward “sexiness.” XD
Maji Bomber!!
– That froggy move is fun to do, but it definitely looks silly.
MADAYADE
– There’s that one move where they have their knees bent outward and they do a hand movement that reminded me of the “Comaneci!” gag. XD
Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
– A few weird poses and faces, but, even though there’s some weirdness to this dance, I actually loved it from the first watch. It was also a super-fun dance to cover. =D
Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
– Mostly the very last pose. It was a bit strange, and I didn’t really think it fit the cutesy-ness of the rest of the dance. O_O

°C-ute
– A good chunk of their releases since 2012 have had “sexy” moves that I felt looked rather awkward, though I’m sure a lot of others would disagree. (^_^”)
Ai tte Motto Zanshin
– Though this one fits in the aforementioned timeline, I thought I’d single it out for its decidedly spazzy moves. orz
Bye Bye Bye!
– Even though I said it in the video, I really want to drive home the fact that the dance break was embarrassingly awkward in this dance. XD

ANGERME / S/mileage
Mystery Night!
– Aaand the awkward “sexy” moves got ahold of S/mileage, too. XD I felt so unbelievably uncomfortable trying to watch this dance shot; I couldn’t get through the whole thing. =/
Dot Bikini
– Most of the dance is fine, but, for about fifteen seconds after the music really kicks in, there are some crazy-awkward moves in there. XD Meimei, dear, what ARE you doing?! XDD
OO Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!

– I mentioned this briefly in the video, but this is a really goofy dance. XD I’d take this over the “sexy” dances though. *nods*

What the heck; why does Berryz have so many awkward dance moves? XD To be fair, though, °C-ute probably has just as many; I just didn’t list them out individually.

Anyway, as I said, this is just my opinion. What do you think? Do you disagree with any of these? Are there some that I missed?

~ Surimu-chan

Favorite H!P Songs of 2015 – A Few Extra Notes

December 29, 2015

As I covered in the video, my favorite songs from each group this year were:

Morning Musume。 ’15 – ENDLESS SKY (Honorable Mentions: Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru, SUKATTO My Heart)
°C-ute – Gamusha LIFE (Honorable Mention: Iron Heart)
ANGERME – Marionette 37°C (Honorable Mention: Nanakorobi Yaoki)
Juice=Juice – GIRLS BE AMBITIOUS (Honorable Mentions: Umaretate no Baby Love,   Mirai e, Saa Hashiridase!)
Country Girls – Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne (Honorable Mention: Itooshiku tte Gomen ne)
Kobushi Factory – Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta (Honorable Mentions: Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan, Nen ni wa Nen (Nen’iri Ver.))

For MM’15, I like “Ima Koko Kara,” but I’ve been bouncing back and forth between thinking it’s pretty and uplifting to thinking it’s a bit on the bland side. =/ I do like it though~! “Oh my wish!” is great; I especially like the opening and ending music because it reminds me of “Ai no Gundan” which I think has to be one of my favorite A-sides from Sayu‘s time as leader. I honestly can’t remember the tune of “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” at the moment… I haven’t listened to the song much, which is funny because I saw so many people declaring it the best song from this single. =/ I’m sure I’ll come to love it eventually. “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” is an interesting song; I feel like it would have been sung by Ai-chan, Gaki-san, and Reina during the Platinum Era. As for the video, I love the slow-down effects they used (which were also used in ANGERME’s “Nanakorobi Yaoki”). “One and Only” is a lot of fun! Good for Miki getting probably the biggest focus of the 12th gen.! Woohoo, lefties~! XD
Like I said, I didn’t really listen to most of °C-ute’s music for this year. =/ I learned to really like “The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~” after doing the dance, and “Tsugi no Kado wo Magare” is really good, too. Their last single didn’t really grab me… and “Iron Heart” was the only album track that I felt I needed to buy on iTunes right away.
ANGERME did pretty well this year~. “Taiki Bansei/Otome no Gyakushuu” was actually the first physical copy of a S/mileage or ANGERME single that I got (it was actually a gift). I liked both of those songs, but was a bit miffed with the “Dance Promotion Vers.” of “Taiki Bansei.” (-_-*) “Mahoutsukai Sally” was cute (both in song and MV), but I wouldn’t be able to hum “Gashin Shoutan,” “Desugita Kui wa Utarenai,” ‘or “Dondengaeshi” if you asked me to (well, maybe a little of “Dondengaeshi”‘s chorus…). I can remember just a little of “Watashi,” but I’m pretty proud of Kanon for writing her own lyrics~. ^__^ “Asesaite Carnival” and “Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru” are the only other new songs of theirs that I listened to, and they’re both amazing, which mostly just bugs me because they’re not available on iTunes, and I don’t really want to pay $90 for four songs that I don’t have. O__O
For Juice=Juice, I liked “Wonderful World/Ça va ? Ça va ?,” but my reaction to it getting #1 on Oricon was something like this: “Wow! They got #1 on the charts! Good for them! … With these songs, though…?” I really do like the songs; I just feel like some of their other singles were better. As for their other album tracks, I like them all a lot, though “Erabareshi Watashitachi” is a little forgettable (which makes me feel like a jerk, because that was the only new song Tsunku had on that album orz)…
I love all of Country Girls’ songs~! My only real gripe was the very last line of “Koi Dorobou.” I never care for them using that phrase in songs, but it sounded especially awkward and tacked on in this one. =/
Oh, Kobushi Factory~… The more I think about it, the more “Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta” and “Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan” are tied. I also really liked KoFa’s indies song “SURVIVOR” as well~! =D I’m really looking forward to more of their releases! ^__^
Tsubaki Factory‘s indies single, “Seishun Manmannaka!,” was cute, but I don’t exactly remember how it goes… (^__^”)
BERRYZ! AH, I miss them… orz “Love Together” was such a wonderful video. I was totally shocked when I left my Blu-ray running after the video was done and found out that they left messages for themselves at the very end. TT__TT
Another thing that deserves a crying face… I did literally dozens of takes trying to talk about Morning Musume。 ’15’s final single of the year. Every time I remembered the excitement of 9th gen. joining and all of their singles and performances… and the thought of Riho graduating in just a few days kept making me almost cry. orz TT__TT

All righty, that’s all from me~! What were your favorites from this year? =D

~ Surimu-chan

What Makes a Good H!P PV? – A Few Extra Notes

September 8, 2015

I made it sound like I really hated the Promotion Edit for “Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru,” but I don’t think it was quite as bad as all that. XD I had actually forgotten about the umbrella shots and the group shots on the stairs. I also forgot to mention the fact that Karin had so much screen time even though she was just filling in for Zukki also made me like it less. =/ I would also like to point out that I really like the song “Tsuzuiteiku STORY” even though I didn’t care for the PV.
(I also need to point out that, around 5:43, I said, “It had those weird clothing explosions after the… and that, that’s… that was great for the song…”. I kind of garbled my words, so I just wanted to make that clear. XD)

The “Another Version” of “Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru” is definitely one of my favorite H!P PVs ever now~. I’ve listed other PVs that I love in the “About Me” page on this blog, but I haven’t updated it in a while… I should do that at some point. XD

That’s all~!

~ Surimu-chan