From the monthly archives:

September 2005

flashback to “heavenly”

by Leanne on September 27, 2005 · 8 comments · AddThis

heavenly heavenly
Release Date: 1995.09.01
Peak Position: #3
Label: Ki/oon \ SONY Records
Product Code: KSC2-114
First Press: Picture Label Disc
Other Formats: Mini Disc (Product Code: KSY2-2037)
L’Arc~en~Ciel Official Web site

The album “heavenly” by L’Arc~en~Ciel is oft abandoned by new fans. It doesn’t maintain the importance that “Tierra” had as their debut, nor is it distinguished as being a million seller as with the band’s first #1 junior effort “True”. It’s the middle child of the sakura-era albums that’s lacking much needed attention and needs to be recognized. Prior to the release of this album, one single was produced: “Vivid Colors” (peak at #16), as well as a video single: “and She Said”. About a month after the album’s release the single “natsu no yuu-utsu [time to say good-bye]” (peak at #15) was released, which was a reworked ballad version of the seventh track. Let’s see how this much forgotten album fares.

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Nochiura Natsumi

by Lainay on September 24, 2005 · 4 comments · AddThis

Natsumi Natsumi Abe
Birth Date: 1981-08-10
Birthplace: Hokkaido
Blood type: A
Maki Maki Goto
Birth Date: 1985-9-23
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Aya Aya Matsuura
Birth Date: 1986-6-25
Birthplace: Hyogo
Blood type: B

Nochiura Natsumi is made of 3 Hello! Project members: Maki Goto (former Morning Musume member, but now soloist), Natsumi Abe (also former MM now solo), and Aya Matsuura, or Ayaya as many call her (soloist). The name is another well thought out Hello! Project group name. The name comes from parts of each of the members names. Nochi comes from Goto, the kanji 後 (go) can also be pronounced Nochi. Ura comes from Matsuura Aya, and Natsumi comes from, yes, Natsumi Abe!

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Do As Infinity

by Jason on September 23, 2005 · 49 comments · AddThis

Do As Infinity
Do As Infinity, one of the greatest rock bands in Japan that will never fade from our memories.

Before DAI formed, there was only Nagao Dai. Dai was already an experienced composer at that time because he had been composing songs for an amateur band before it disbanded. After that, Dai decided that he wanted to continue to achieve his dream, so he sent demos of his songs to about 50 record companies in Japan. avex was one of the companies that received Dai’s songs and they decided to hire him as a composer. He was given the task to compose music for Ayumi Hamasaki and Hitomi.

Not long after, avex gave Dai the opportunity to make his dreams come true by forming a band, so auditions were held and Van Tomiko and Ryo Owatari were chosen as the lead singer and guitarist, respectively. Together, they formed Do As Infinity (DAI). On the 29th of September, 1999, DAI’s first single Tangerine Dream was released and they held a live concert in Shibuya not long after.

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Ai Otsuka – LOVE PUNCH

by eyn on September 18, 2005 · 15 comments · AddThis

LOVE PUNCH cover 1. pretty voice
2. 桃ノ花ビラ
3. さくらんぼ
5. 雨の中のメロディー
6. しゃぼん玉
7. 石川大阪友好条約
8. 片想いダイヤル
9. ハニー
10. 甘えんぼ
11. Always Together

LOVE PUNCH, Ai Otsuka’s debut album, was released on 2004.03.31. This album debuted at #3 on the Oricon album chart, which is an impressive feat considering that she had only been in the industry for 6 months, and was also facing strong competition from more experienced artists such as L’Arc~en~Ciel (their album SMILE debuted at #2 on the same day) and Utada Hikaru (her single collection debuted at #1). So far, over 660,000 copies of LOVE PUNCH have been sold, according to Oricon sales figures. For people who enjoy first press extras, the LOVE PUNCH first press CD only version comes with a 60 page booklet thick with drawings drawn by Ai herself.

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by Rinoa on September 16, 2005 · 13 comments · AddThis

Popteen 2005
Ayumi on Popteen, September 2005 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-30842/43
Release Date: 2005.09.14
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Ballad
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 37th single “HEAVEN” was released on the 14th September 2005. Apart from being Ayumi Hamasaki’s 3rd single for this year, it is also the theme song for the highly anticipated movie “SHINOBI -heart under blade-”. For this reason, Ayumi spent a lot of time and energy onto this single for months prior its release due to its importance, making it a highly anticipated release for her fans.

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