From the monthly archives:

September 2005

Pucchi Moni

by Lainay on September 10, 2005 · 9 comments · AddThis

Sayaka Sayaka Ichii
Birth Date: 1983-12-31
Birth Place: Chiba
Blood type: A
1st Generation
Maki Maki Goto
Birth Date: 1985-09-23
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
1st and 2nd Generation
Kei Kei Yasuda
Birth Date: 1980-12-06
Birthplace: Chiba
Blood type: A
1st and 2nd Generation
Hitomi Hitomi Yoshizawa
Birth Date: 1985-04-12
Birthplace: Saitama
Blood type: O
2nd and 3rd Generation
Makoto Makoto Ogawa
Birth Date: 1987-10-29
Birthplace: Niigata
Blood type: O
3rd Generation
Ayaka Ayaka Kimura
Birth Date: 1981-10-30
Birthplace: Hyogo
Blood type: AB
3rd Generation

1st Gen:
1st Generation Pucchi Moni

2nd Gen:
2nd Generation Pucchi Moni

3rd Gen:
3rd Generation Pucchi Moni

Pucchi Moni (or Petit Moni) was one of Morning Musume’s subgroups. It started in 1999 with Morning Musume members Sayaka Ichii, Kei Yasuda, and Maki Goto, (1st Gen Pucchi Moni) but was later remade with Kei Yasuda, Maki Goto, and Hitomi Yoshizawa, (2nd Gen Pucchi Moni) and then remade yet again with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Makoto Ogawa, and Coconuts Musume’s Ayaka. (3rd Gen Pucchi Moni)

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by Jason on September 6, 2005 · 2 comments · AddThis

Rie fu Rie fu
Birthday: 1st of January, 1985
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Rie fu’s Official Site

Rie fu, one the talented singer in Japan who influenced by 70’s American Pops during the 3 years life in Maryland,US. These 3 years also took away her Japanese-slang English, maybe this is one of the reasons she tends to mix the Japanese and English lyrics on her songs. Some of the J-Pop fans may took a lots of attention on her songs because of a anime Bleach.

Rie fu 4th single negaigoto was released at 31st of August 2005. This is the first time she wrote the lyrics with pure Japanese. This ballad remains Rie fu’s typical style, don’t have too much interference of instrumental. This song may brings you some bore at the beginning, try to ruminate the song few more time and you will see the magic of this song. The b-side 2cm is the song from her debut album Rie fu, but this is the live unplugged version from MTV which sounds even better than the original.


  1. negaigoto
  2. negaigoto (Piano Version)
  3. 2cm (Live Version)


by Leanne on September 5, 2005 · 7 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2005.08.31
Peak Position: #1
Label: SONY Associated Records
Product Code: AICL-1650
First Press: none
Other Formats: Vinyl (Product Code: AIJL-5266)
Nakashima Mika’s Official Site

Yazawa Ai’s masterpiece manga “NANA” has been gaining a lot of attention this year: first with its very own tribute album, a dedicated café, and now a movie starring Nakashima Mika herself as the rocker-chick Oosaki Nana. To play with the “realism” of the movie a single has been released entitled “GLAMOROUS SKY” under the psuedonym “NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA”. Staying true to the style of Yazawa’s character, the single contains four rock tracks, the title track being composed by the famous rocker HYDE himself.

From the cover you can tell that SONY is trying to remind buyers that this is not Mika, but Nana. Her back turned away from camera shows defiance, while the black cover and minimum lighting represents Nana’s rebellious punk attitude. Let’s see how Mika & Co. did portraying the most popular female in the manga world: Nana.

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Miki Fujimoto

by Lainay on September 5, 2005 · 5 comments · AddThis

Back in 2002, during Miki's solo days.
Miki Fujimoto
Birthday: 1985-02-26
Birthplace: Hokkaido
Blood type: A

You may have heard of Miki Fujimoto from Morning Musume. She, however, started as a solo artist in the Hello! Project. Her solo works are missed very much in the Hello! Project, and many hope she will revive her solo career.

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YUI’s “Tomorrow’s way”

by spellcheck on September 5, 2005 · 21 comments · AddThis

Tomorrow's way cover 1. Tomorrow’s way
2. Last Train
3. feel my soul ~YUI Acoustic Version~
4. Tomorrow’s way ~Instrumental~

Newcomer YUI debuted in February with the song “feel my soul” and made her comeback on June 22 with “Tomorrow’s way”. At the age of 18, she writes the words and music to all her songs. With her sweet and innocent voice, YUI sings about maturing in “Tomorrow’s way”. This single’s cover features a picture of YUI looking out a window with her chin resting on a guitar. With rays of sunlight shining in through the windows behind her, it surely reflects the longing to grow up that is conveyed in lyrics of the title track. Let’s look at “Tomorrow’s way”!

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