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

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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

Suzuki Kanon Graduates

May 31, 2016

It totally doesn’t feel like Zukki has graduated. Seriously. I think it might be because, when Riho graduated, I was mainly focusing on my dancing and videos, so H!P was at the forefront of my thoughts. Now, I’m back to work, and I have potential surgery and other expenses to worry about, so the day arrived in the blink of an eye without my thinking about it too much. It’s going to be super-weird to see the group without Zukki. Even though she was pretty much always in the back, you could always spot her million-watt smile. I also still maintain that she had a great singing voice, and they should have used her more often. Do you remember her singing when Morning Musume performed Berryz Koubou‘s “1-Oku 3-Senman Sou Dietto Oukoku” in 2014? SO great!

I remember sending in a picture for the birthday book that was made for her by fans. I was dressed up in my one of my “One・Two・Three” dance cover outfits (Zukki’s, obviously), and I had a sign with a birthday message and green butterflies on it (green because it was (WAS! *sob*) her color, and butterflies because remember her insect impressions early on?). In fact, I still have that picture. Let’s rewind to 2012!

Zukki Appreciation Project Picture

How nostalgic~. Also, I am glad that she got a big speaking part in one of the A-sides on her last single (along with a couple of solo singing lines), but I do sort of wish she would have gotten a little more focus in “The Vision” because it’s such a pretty, very graduation-sounding song. Though “Utakata Saturday Night!” really fits Zukki’s personality, doesn’t it? Bright colors, lots of fun being had with dashes of cute, cool, and mature thrown in, too. (Also, I just watched a clip covering her graduation and, oh my goodness, she sang “Never Forget” for her solo song. TT____TT And they sang “Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT,” too! TT____TT)

Ahh~… I’m going to miss her.

Congratulations, Zukki~!

Zukki! Congratulations on your graduation! All the best for your future~! ♥♥♥♥♥

Surimu-chan

Inaba Manaka Taking Extended Break

April 28, 2016

Inaba Manaka

It was announced today that Inaba Manaka of Country Girls will be taking an extended break from activities due to a resurgence of the chronic asthma that she’s suffered from since early childhood. She will be participating in neither Country Girls’ upcoming tour nor this summer’s H!P tour.

This came as a huge shock to me. Though I’m a big fan of all of the girls in the group, I’d be lying if I said Manakan isn’t my favorite. She’s such a dynamic dancer, and she has an adorable singing voice (besides just being adorable herself), so I’ll miss her presence in the group. That being said, I’m happy that she’s taking time off to recover her health; that’s much more important.

Get well soon, Manakan! I’ll patiently await your return~. ♥

~ Surimu-chan

Poll #20: ANGERME’s 21st Single

April 25, 2016

For the first time in a long time, I’ve added a poll to this blog! This one asks which of the songs from ANGERME‘s latest single is your favorite~. The was a fairly easy choice for me, because I talked about how much I love “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku” in my critique of the single, but I did briefly consider “Itoshima Distance” because it’s grown on me quite a bit. I still haven’t listened to “Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru” enough to really, REALLY love it. (^_^”) Well, which one is your favorite? =D

~ Surimu-chan

ANGERME’s 21st Single Critique

April 25, 2016

Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
AAARRGGHHHH THIS SONG IS SO GREAT!!! I loved it after hearing the first few seconds of the live performance shown on Hello! Station~. As for the MV, the setting is pretty simple, but it fits the song well. I like the house of mirrors sort of shots for the solo parts and the crazy fish-eye lens when they’re rapping. =D Speaking of which, I love how enthusiastic Kananan was during her rapping in the second verse; I was a little afraid she was going to slide right into the camera. XD There are those slowed down shots that H!P has loved so much lately (though I don’t mind, because they do look cool). XD I don’t mind the outfits for this one; I like the tops well enough, but I don’t know what possessed them to give Take-chan and Maho those goofy-looking pants. o_O Doesn’t matter; the song is awesome enough to eclipse the weird pants. XD I reeeeaaally would like a dance shot version, but they don’t do those anymore. orz I’d also like to point out that Kamiko does well in this; I thought it was kind of cute when she would look away from the camera during parts of the dance (probably to make sure she didn’t run into anyone XD). This is definitely my favorite song on this single.
Line that gets stuck in my head: Tsugi tsugi zoku zoku (the repeated background lines that are heard at the beginning and end)

Itoshima Distance
At first, I had a hard time concentrating on the song because of their distracting outfits. XD I eventually got over it; some of the outfits aren’t actually too terrible. I also liked that they were divided up evenly into red, yellow, and blue. Maho’s hat, though… what in the world… XD I was a bit disappointed by most of the dance; it seemed kind of lackluster and, at times, all over the place. =/ The settings are a simple sort of pretty, and the extra shots (of Itoshima, I’m assuming) are a nice addition. The song actually grew on me quite a bit! =)
Line that gets stuck in my head: Chotto matte, nante iita no? Kikitakunai

Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
First and foremost, I’m so happy that Meimei got such a huge focus in this song since it’s her graduation single and all. ♥ The solo shots with the words appearing on the sides are neat (and they remind me of “Uchouten LOVE” a bit), and the three-person shots in front of the colored backgrounds were nice, too. The shots of them in the red and black outfits seemed kind of random, but I didn’t hate them. (^_^”) The settings were pretty in this one, too. Once again, I’m bemoaning the fact that they don’t have dance shot version anymore. orz Is it just me, or does Rina seem a little more comfortable than usual in this MV? Maybe it’s just me. (^_^”) The only parts of the song that I still haven’t quite gotten used to are the fast solo lines in the chorus; it just seemed like there were too many syllables, so they sounded a bit off to me. =/ Somehow, that last shot of Meimei and Ayacho made me sad; the leader saying goodbye to the graduating member… TT_TT
Line that gets stuck in my head: Naze kimi wa watashi ni yasashii no (though, honestly, I don’t know the lyrics of this one well enough to remember most of the lines even if I can remember the tune (^_^”))

Let’s see, is there anyone I didn’t mention? I love Rikako‘s energy when she dances. =D I’ve also become quite a fan of Murotan; something about her reminds me of Ayappe (Ishiguro Aya from Morning Musume。, for those who don’t know)~. =D Overall, I think this is a great single for Meimei to graduate with. I can’t wait to buy it in a couple of days~! ♥

~ Surimu-chan