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Posted: Jul 19, 2006 7:45 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
I was browsing through the book store the other day, and the first thing I noticed was Ai on the cover of CUTiE magazine. I was surprised because there weren't any news from the offical site.

CUTiE August 2006:

CUTiE June 2006:

Anyway, I've uploaded the scans to the gallery.

I'll try my best to look for other magazines that has Ai in it. I just hope avex updates the magazine news section soon :0

comment by eyn: Please credit Aprilis if you want to upload these elsewhere. I've seen people stealing images from Channel-Ai and upload to some Chinese BBS without giving any credit to the original scanner. This is very discouraging for people who spend their effort sharing stuff like these.
Posted: Jul 19, 2006 10:13 pm Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 27 Feb 2006 Posts: 844 Location: Canada
Aww, so cute! But then again, I've come to expect it. I like the red picture the best. Haha, what a pleasent surprise. Check the new posts and the first one I see is new pictures for the gallery and a smily new face looking at me; it must be my lucky day! But how did you get that tilt funny face...

Haha, nevermind. I sourced it. Look at him gasp away! :0
This one works too! :O
Posted: Jul 19, 2006 11:10 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Thanks for spending the time scanning and sharing these wonderful magazine pics with us, Aprilis! Love

So Ai-chin is the cute girl of the month again, oh yeah! Boogie I like all of the pics, ALL of them! Meow My favourite is probably the one which she's wearing a hat. It's probably the first time I saw her wearing something like that, and it really suits her well. Somehow, it reminds me a little about ayu since she wear them quite frequently in her photoshoots. Pleased

The short skirt and the boot really complement each other, and her legs are so pretty too. :> Looking back at some of her early scans (check CUTiE August 2004, which she was also the cute girl of the month), she's really starting to shine in a new way. Crying *touched*
Posted: Jul 19, 2006 11:32 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 24 Nov 2005 Posts: 287
I like her outfit in the second pic. Although I'm really begin to wonder if the hair's extension or she grew it out....

But anyways...must. resist. shopping.
Posted: Jul 20, 2006 1:27 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 24 Apr 2006 Posts: 854 Location: in my own world ^_^
all the best, wish they have this magazine in Kinokuniya.... Is this a fashion Magazine or what is it about ?
Posted: Jul 20, 2006 5:41 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 20 Dec 2005 Posts: 188 Location: Finland
Wow! She's so pretty Surprised I love the scans! Thanks aprillis!! And omg, we have many new emoticons? I like the other ones better. But those are cute.

Thanks for uploading them to Gallery! Now we can look at them whenever we want to Love
Posted: Jul 20, 2006 9:16 am Reply with quote
Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
nice scans, nice pics Aprilis. ^^ thank a lot

I like all the pics in August^^ whether her hair is extended or grow out itself I think it fit her well^^ those curly long hair Love lovely outfit Love lovely ai-chin.
Posted: Jul 21, 2006 1:36 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
Thank you Aprilis.! Lovely as always. Love
I noticed that there is an interview on the 3rd page to the right! Surprised
I notice some VERY VERY interesting things in the interview!! Surprised

>_< Please tell me that someone hasn't started translating it yet otherwise I will do it and share the lovely things that we can learn from Ai this time!!! I read it right now and I was like, "WOW! Shocked Really!?" Good stuff.
I can't do it right now though, but sometime within the next few days. Of course unless someone translates it by then...ha, I've become paranoid.
Posted: Jul 21, 2006 2:19 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
Glad everyone enjoy the scans!

kazfz wrote:
is this a fashion Magazine or what is it about ?
hmm... I'm not really sure. But I think it is consider as a fashion magazine.

Celsius005, I don't think anyone started to translate it. So it'll be great if you can find the time to translate it for us! Nod
Posted: Jul 21, 2006 6:05 am Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 10 Aug 2005 Posts: 532 Location: EARTH
Wow nice covers!! I like the second pic best!! Love
Hey, kazfz, I thought Kinokuniya sells this? Confused
Yes pls! Celsius005, pls translate Smile
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Posted: Jul 24, 2006 2:10 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 13 May 2006 Posts: 89
Ai've been on Mag so often, almost every month.
she's so cute on CUTiE August 2006, I love Ai with long hair and the pink background of the cover, it really siuts her. The hat in the second scan looks really good on Ai, I like her outfit too.

Thanks for the scans, Aprilis.
Posted: Jul 24, 2006 6:29 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 12 Oct 2005 Posts: 2 Location: USA
Aww, she looks so cute and pretty Grin She looks really good in the Cutie August magazine wearing the outfit with the hat...I want that outfit for myself! Meow

Thanks for posting these scans up! Love
Posted: Jul 24, 2006 8:25 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 07 Aug 2005 Posts: 635 Location: California
Thank you so much for these cute pics, Aprillis.! Love
Ai looks cute as ever, tho I think I like her orange-ish hair shorter best. (pretty sure these are extensions, too...)
I do love the way she's looking at the camera on the cover. Giggle

eyn wrote:
My favourite is probably the one which she's wearing a hat. It's probably the first time I saw her wearing something like that, and it really suits her well.

Confused What about the LOVE COOK+Picturebook slipcover?
This hat has a shorter brim and is more, um, crumpled/wavy looking, but the LOVE COOK cover and accompanying photshoot was the first thing to come to mind upon seeing this photo set... Love
Posted: Jul 24, 2006 11:46 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
I just bought Cutie too!! love the style she's in! Love I agree, she looks great with the hair~
Posted: Jul 26, 2006 7:45 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
Boogie Here is the translation of the interview for CUTiE August 2006 (3rd picture).
I included some of my thoughts within the interview, but they aren't really important. By the way, this is definitley worth a look! There is much to be learned about Ai from this interview, and I thought it was very funny! Giggle
Credit goes to Celsius005.

*With the release of a film and a new single, Otsuka Ai has become very busy. I asked her whether she felt overwhelmed with all of the work, but she replied, ďOf course not. Itís my job.Ē
We can always expect to see her growing in strength, little by little.*

Q: [Yumekui is a song in the drama Tokyo Friends. Did you make you make this song specifically for the drama?]
A: [In the midst of the DVD Drama Tokyo Friends, I was told to make a song. I started writing this song beforehand however.]

Q: [Does Yumekui refer to the dream-eating spirit, Baku?]
A: [Yes, that is correct. Baku comes to eat the older, worn out dreams of people. This relieves them of these older dreams, allowing them to move forward in life. That is the kind of image I want.]

Q: [Why did you choose this kind of theme?]
A: [This is my ďproposal song.Ē]

Q: [What!? You donĎt say! But is it singing from the feelings of men?]
A: [Yes, this proposal song shows how I think a man would acknowledge a woman. Out of all of my songs, this one is the most masculine among them. No matter how old you become, you will always continue to see dreams and move on. I think this is the most positive of my songs as well.]

(Celsius005 wrote ~ This is the first time that Ai takes a complete masculine point-of-view in a song. I suppose it was implied due to the pronouns "boku" and "kimi" that come up in the song since those are normally used by males. She used those pronouns in some of her other songs as well, but I'm sure that's because those songs didn't necessarily take a side, call them neutral. A proposal song.....well it *is* romantic. Love)

Q: [Your song is very positive, but can you say the same about yourself?]
A: [Very straight-forward. There are times when I think negatively, but I think putting those feelings into words will only make it worse.]

(Celsius005 wrote ~ That's very perceptive of her. I can understand the feeling of not wanting to exploit negative feelings. Sure, some of her songs show negative feelings in the form of sadness, as most of them are love songs, but there was always some sort of turn-around in the song that would make it somewhat positive in the end. A perfect example of this is Always Together. The first half of the song expressed negative feelings such as losing trust in someone, but the second half was completely opposite of this. What she means in her statement "There are times when I think negatively, but I think putting those feelings into words will only make it worse" is that she would never want to give negativity its own substance, so to speak. She'd rather not express negative feelings unless she could make them better - this is the theme of her song Always Together as a matter of fact.)

Q: [What kind of story does the Tokyo Friends movie tell?]
A: [Itís a typical Tokyo-story. People come to Tokyo to fulfill their dreams, and their paths converge.]

Q: [You play the role of Iwatsuki Rei, who is the vocalist of a band. Are you and Rei similar?]
A: [Not so much, Rei is very pure. Iím pure too, butÖÖ(*she smiles*). Rei is much more earnest than I am.]

(Celsius005 wrote ~ Laughing But what, hmm? Ai doesn't seem to hide any secrets, but that makes me wonder...)

Q: [Would you like to continue acting?]
A: [Iím not thinking about doing so. I feel itís best for me to just continue my career as an artist.]

Q: [Speaking of friends, you have a lot of songs like SMILY and Frienger that can cheer anyone up. Are you the type of person that would cheer up your friends?]
A: [Yes I am. I would give my friends my full attention and do whatever I can to help them. Women need to care and look out for each other.]

Q: [Would you consider yourself a little boyish??]
A: [Yes, I act boyish around my girlfriends, especially around the dumb ones (*she smiles*). Most of my friends are the kind of people who donít look where they run, so they end up tripping and falling flat on their faces.]

(Celsius005 wrote ~ Giggle So I guess that makes her the more reserved one of the bunch. Though she called her friends "dumb" right now, she used the term "aho" which shows affection rather than resentment, after all this is Osaka we're talking about so no hard feelings for her friends. If she used the term "baka" instead, it would be a different story....Anyway we learn more about her personal life here. Ai has a rather interesting opinion of her friends. Wink)

Q: [How do you handle depression?]
A: [I usually let time heal those wounds, but Iím more the type to just throw it all away and focus on something else.]

Q: [Do you have an ideal fashion for the fall?]
A: [Definitely celeb-western. The base would be western, and celeb is more of an abstract idea rather than a physical one. I thought it would be good to have some sort of aura around it. However for the articles themselves, I would want a soft shirt with the addition of a belt.]

Q: [Is there anything else you want?]
A: [Paradise! There would be animal-shaped balloons flying everywhere, and I would skip everywhere I go (*she smiles*). Iíd go to the stores and buy a lot of things, which would make me happy. Walking around idly, relaxing, and just having time to myself is all I want. If I had all of this, things would go smoothly.]

Q: [Do you have any final words for the readers of CUTiE?]
A: [Yumekui is so dreamy, and it is the cutest song. To all of the men and women, I hope you continue to have many dreams in the future. Itís a song that will have you skipping, so please treasure it (*she smiles*).]

(Celsius005 wrote ~ Yumekui must mean a lot to her, she's so enthusiastic about it! Well I hope that Otsuka Ai continues to pursue her own dreams as well, and I'm sure her fans will love her new single and follow their dreams just as Ai wishes! Nod)
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