From the monthly archives:

October 2005


by Lainay on October 16, 2005 · 11 comments · AddThis

Maki Maki Goto
Birth Date: 1985-09-23
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Aya Aya Matsuura
Birth Date: 1986-06-25
Birthplace: Hyogo
Blood type: B
Natsumi Natsumi Abe
Birth Date: 1981-08-10
Birthplace: Hokkaido
Blood type: A
Rika Rika Ishikawa
Birthday: 1985-01-19
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: A

As promised, here is an article on the newest Hello! Project unit, DEF. DIVA! This is the next of the solo artist one-time units, following in the footsteps of Gomattou and Nochiura Natsumi (although Rika isn’t a solo artist). DEF. DIVA (yes, all caps AND the period) is made up of 4 Hello! Project members: Natsumi Abe (solo artist, former Morning Musume), Aya Matsuura (solo artist), Maki Goto (solo artist, former Morning Musume), and Rika Ishikawa (leader of Biyuuden, former Morning Musume). Their first, and possibly last single, Suki Sugite Baka Mitai, will be released on October 19th of this year.

The single consists of Suki Sugite Baka Mitai, 2 remixes of it, and the instrumental to the original version. The remixes are titled Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Crazy J-G Jazz Remix) and Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Joou Remix). Let’s take a look!

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COUNTDOWN: are you in?

by Leanne on October 10, 2005 · 17 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2005.10.05
Peak Position: #1
Label: HAUNTED RECORDS \ Ki/oon \ SONY Records
Product Code: KSCL 888
First Press: none
HYDE Official Web Site

After only reuniting with L’Arc~en~Ciel for two years, HYDE has returned to his solo project; which is slowly becoming less of a “project” and more of a career. It seems he has abandoned the idea of being an “interesting” artist with his contrasting angel (ROENTGEN) and devil (666) albums, and prefers to be a full fledged rock soloist. Don’t worry Laruku fans, although tetsu has confirmed hyde working on his solo project for the rest of this year, expect a new single by the band early to mid 2006.

HYDE returns to us with “COUNTDOWN” a hard rock number being used as the Japanese theme song to the movie “STEALTH” (starring Jamie Foxx) and lyrics crying out for peace. He has been recently going down a very open political road since the album “AWAKE” (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and shows no signs of shutting up., Let’s review!

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by Lainay on October 10, 2005 · 5 comments · AddThis

Maki Maki Goto
Birth Date: 1985-9-23
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
* Leader
Aya Aya Matsuura
Birth Date: 1986-6-25
Birthplace: Hyogo
Blood type: B
Miki Miki Fujimoto
Birthday: 1985-02-26
Birthplace: Hokkaido
Blood type: A

Gomattou is another one of those one single Hello! Project groups. Actually, it is the first out of those. It contains solo artists Miki Fujimoto (currently Morning Musume), Maki Goto (former Morning Musume), and Aya Matsuura. Their style is a very hip hop/r&b group, with the whole R&B look to go along with the song style.

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Kurenai no Kisetsu

by Lainay on October 9, 2005 · 2 comments · AddThis

Kurenai no Kisetsu Biyuuden 5th Single: Kurenai no Kisetsu
Label: Piccolo Town
01. Kurenai no Kisetsu
02. Naishin Kyaa Kyaa da wa!
03. Kurenai no Kisetsu (Instrumental)

Biyuuden has released another single on October 5th, titled Kurenai no Kisetsu. It is their 5th Single.


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Kurenai no Kisetsu is another midtempo song, much with the style of Biyuuden. The beginning has a nice instrumental intro, which almost sounds royal, with Biyuuden being the elegant princesses in a grand castle. The royalty carries through the whole song, with the chimes, bells, and other elegant instruments. This song also has a lot of echoing of the lyrics.

Within the lyrics and singing, there also is a little bit of a mysterious feeling, with some good “haaa ha ha waaa haa” background vocals, which always adds to the fun. The girls voices are very good and soothing, and towards the end of the choruses, there’s a very good, soothing harmony of their voices.

Rating: ★★★½☆


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Naishin Kyaa Kyaa da wa! is an upbeat, fun-loving song. It puts a smile on my face, especially the chorus part. Having a bad day? Well then, try listening to this song! (also, I hope you get better!)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Biyuuden’s 1st Album, titled SWEET ROOM NUMBER 1, is going to be released on October 26th, so get ready for even more Biyuuden coming your way!

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Be My Last

by Jason on October 9, 2005 · 10 comments · AddThis

Hikki Be My Last
Released Date: 2005/09/28
Debut Ranking: #1
Label: Toshiba-EMI
Product Code: TOCT-5002
Official Site

Utada Hikaru’s 14th single, “Be My Last”, was released on the 28th of September 2005. This single debuted at the top position on the daily Oricon charts on its release day. “Be My Last” also managed to achieve the first position on the weekly chart, selling about 80,043 copies to date. By taking a look at the sales amount of Hikki’s earlier releases, one can notice that, compared to Hikki’s standards this single didn’t fare well, at all.

The reason why this single is selling so poorly, is mainly because there is only one song included in this single. This single doesn’t even include the instrumental version of “Be My Last”. The cover design also is not really attractive and rather plain. So it is not surprising that many J-Pop fans do doubt the worthiness of this single.

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