Review: m.o.v.e — anim.o.v.e 03

Kinda late, but oh well. Wanted to listen to the album a bit more before posting about it so I had a better feel for which song was which (because musically a lot of the songs sound the same on this album, and I wasn’t familiar with every song prior to this release). The anim.o.v.e albums collectively are great. It’s fun listening to old anime themes redone in a techo/m.o.v.e style. The covers are always really well done, so I was really looking forward to this album. The collaborations with other artists are always really cool too, but we only got one this time around, but that’s okay. That it was Yukarin makes up for it. Honestly, she’s had two collaborations with Motsu (Yukarin’s “You & Me” and “Love Sick”), and now “LOVE SHOWER” can be added to the Yukarin x m.o.v.e list. Really, their music is so polar opposite one would never expect that kind of combination to worth and yet this is the third time where it has. Haha. Might as well get it over with and add Yukarin as an official member. Haha. But I’m seriously waiting for when Nana and Minorin get featured on an anim.o.v.e album. Really hoping that happens. Haha. If not, I’d like to see “ETERNAL BLAZE” or “Paradise Lost” get covered. The ladder would be awesome as a m.o.v.e song.
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Review: Morning Musume — この地球の平和を本気で願ってるんだよ!/ 彼と一緒にお店がしたい! (Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!)

Geez, the titles of these songs are longer than some ALI PROJECT album songs.
It is here! Takahashi Ai’s last single before graduating from MoMusu and Hello!Project. So sad! What will Morning Musume be without Ai? After ten years, Ai has been essential to the group since she joinedi n 2001. Wow, ten years. I really wish I had ban a MoMusu fan back in the day, but I actually had only started following them in 2009. Ai is the only leader I’ve ever known. Certainly going to be different…I hope. “Kare to Isshou ni…” may indicate what the group will be like come the end of the autumn tour. I like the line distribution and focus on Sayumi–who never gets anything that isn’t wailing–but somehow I doubt that this is going to be MoMusu for the next while. It’s unfortunate but I expect all the attention Ai got to simply be distributed over to Reina. Instead of Morning Musume feat. Ai and Reina, we’ll have Reina feat. Morning Musume. Oh well. Riho seems to be in though, lots of lines with these two songs and their last single. I really do want to hear more from the other members of gen. nine, though; but even more than them I want more Risa! But then we need Eri back. Urgh. That last graduation really cut out some of the group’s talent: we lost Eri, LinLin–she seriously needed more lines–and JunJun, who had an interesting voice. Anyway, I’m rambling. Onto the review of Morning Musume’s 47th single: 「この地球の平和を本気で願ってるんだよ!/ 彼と一緒にお店がしたい! (Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!)」
Side note: Can you find Tsunku in the cover? Why the heck did he put himself there?!
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Songs of the Month — August 2011

I have decided to begin a new segment: songs of the month. Looking at some of the above covers you may be wondering why songs that were not released this month are displayed. Well, this can be explained by this segment’s subtitle: Songs Stuck In My Head This Month. Therefore, it is likely that the songs of the month are not even from this year. I can’t explain why I begin to crave songs I have heard countless times over, I just do, and so I will post them up in this segment. There’s a large amount this month, but usually I have only around three songs stuck in my head for a month. Sometimes songs get stuck in my head for months on end though (Mizuki Nana’s “Koi no Yokushiryoku” was stuck in my head for like six months). Anyway, let the Songs of the Month awards for August commence!!
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Review: Ayane — Crest of Knights

Ayane’s last single 「十字架に捧ぐ七重奏 (Juujika ni Sasagu Shichijuusou)」 had its one year anniversary on August 25, 2011, a day after this single’s release. Yeah, we’ve been waiting a while. But the wait was certainly worth it, as Ayane’s singles are usually quite good. 「Crest of Knights」 certainly doesn’t disappoint, giving up THREE songs instead of Ayane’s usual two-song singles. One can draw comparisons with the songs on the single and older songs of hers, but that doesn’t downgrade the songs. It is also worth noting that the cover comes in two version, neither of which are tied into the computer game that the title song is the theme of. More recognition for Ayane and less for whatever anime-related production she is promoting is a good thing. Overall, this single has a nice sample of Ayane’s styles. Great release!
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Review: Berryz Koubou — ああ、夜が明ける (Aa, Yo ga Akeru)

I know I’m late with this. The single was released on August 10, but to be honest I’ve been lazy. The third Berryz single to be released this year, 「ああ、夜が明ける (Aa, Yo ga Akeru)」 is equally as impressive as the last two singles. I’m sure the fanboys are screaming over the cover, and in that case the music video as well. Haha. Interesting costumes this year: 「ヒロインになろうか! (Heroine ni Narou ka!」’s Lady Gaga hair, 「愛の弾丸 (Ai no Dangan)」’s zero-suit Samus outfits, and this single’s nighties. The title song is enjoyable to listen to, but what this single lacks is equal line distribution. Let us review:
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The next two months…

September and October are going to be quite hectic. With school having officially started, I’ll have less time to blog. The unfortunate (yet, of course awesome) part this is that there is a truckload of releases scheduled for the next two months, releases I care about. Here’s the list:

m.o.v.e: “anim.o.v.e 03” Album–Sept. 7
C-ute: “Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko” Single–Sept. 7
Morning Musume: “Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai” Single–Sept. 14
Kikkawa Yuu: “Hapirapi ~Sunrise~” Single–Sept. 21
Faylan: “ALIVE” Album–Sept. 21
Mizuki Nana: LIVE GRACE -Orchestra- BD/DVD–Oct. 5
KOTOKO: “Hiraku Uchuu Pocket” Album–Oct. 5
Morning Musume: “12, smart” Album–Oct. 12
Tamura Yukari: “Endless Story” Single–Oct. 12
Chihara Minori “Terminated” Single–Oct. 19

I needs money. But, yeah this is making me regret slacking off on the recent two single releases (Berryz Koubou and Ayane). Going to be a lot of music to review in the next while. I’m most excited for the releases of LIVE GRACE -Orchestra- (of course), “anim.o.v.e 03” (because the last two were great), and Faylan’s new album, which hopefully isn’t just a compilation of her last singles and their B-sides as “Polaris” was. We’ll see.

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Review: Buono! — partenza

Okay, so Buono! went in a completely different direction with this mini-album. Could this be the beginning of a new era for Buono!? The styles on this album are not the Buono! we’re used to. It’s weird to hear them with anything but pop-rock songs, but wow is it impressive. The whole album is overall great. This should be fun to review.
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