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LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles

by Lainay on August 28, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

LET'S GO Rakuten Eagles DEF. DIVA 2nd Single: LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles
01. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles
02. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles (Instrumental)

Although they were judged as another one of those one shot H!P groups, such as Nochiura Natsumi and Gomattou, DEF. DIVA actually released a second single all the way back on March 25th. It was not really a “real” release, as it is only being sold here on the Rakuten Eagles website, but it is a single nonetheless. There is, however, no b-side.

Following in the footsteps of Morning Musume’s single “The Manpower!!!”, LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles was/is being used as the official song of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team.

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by Lainay on August 25, 2006 · 3 comments · AddThis

Sexy Night ~Wasurerarenai Kare~ ROMANS: Sexy Night ~Wasurerarenai Kare~
01. SEXY NIGHT ~Wasurerarenai Kare~
03. SEXY NIGHT ~Wasurerarenai Kare~ (Instrumental)

ROMANS (which is a play on words and is pronounced “romance”) was a one single group of the Hello! Project, consisting of Mari Yaguchi and Rika Ishikawa who were from Morning Musume, Mai Satoda from Country Musume, Hitomi Saitou from Melon Kinenbi, and Ayaka of Coconuts Musume. They took on a sexy theme, with a mature and sexy single and clothing. They released their only single, SEXY NIGHT ~Wasurerarenai Kare~ on August 20th, 2003.

ROMANS was formed because the members were all in a TV show together, Sexy Onna Juku. This one-shot group was different because it didn’t consist of solo singers, like Gomattou and Nochiura Natsumi. Instead, this group had members of Morning Musume, Country Musume, Melon Kinenbi, and Coconuts Musume, which made it somewhat like a shuffle unit.

I actually really like this group and their single. The c/w is kind of.. off, but the a-side is so good! It doesn’t even sound cheesy. You know.. when you get a bunch of H!P girls together, and they sing a cool hip hoppy song, it’s hard for it to not feel too fake. These girls really sound good together, with Ayaka and Hitomi just rapping, and the others singing. That style was later seen in 7AIR.

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Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND

by Lainay on August 20, 2006 · 6 comments · AddThis

Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND Berryz Koubou 11th Single: Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
01. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
02. Suhada Pichi Pichi
03. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND (Instrumental)

(First and foremost, I’d like to give everyone my deepest apologies for not making a review on Berryz Koubou’s 10th single, Jiriri Kiteru. It kind of slipped by me. o_o I did, however, update my original Berryz post with the download in the discography, so no worries. ^_^)

Berryz Koubou is back, with their 11th single, Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND, which was released on August 2nd (the day after my birthday, yaaay!). This time, they come with a wonderful American 50’s/60’s pop/rock summery, fun song, of course with the H!P twist! The Hello! Project hasn’t done this style very much, but one other song notably in this fashion is Country Musume’s Shining Itoshiki Anata, although much slower and not summery. Anywho, this single is really unique, once again showing that Berryz Koubou can take on almost every genre.. even if they don’t always succeed. I’m happy to say, though, that this is a big success in my eyes. I actually think this is my favorite Berryz single!

Let’s see why!

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Sakura and Otome Gumi

by Lainay on July 10, 2006 · 15 comments · AddThis

Sakura Gumi Morning Musume Sakura Gumi
Otome Gumi Morning Musume Otome Gumi

In late 2003, the current 15 members of Morning Musume was split up into two groups: Sakura Gumi and Otome Gumi. This was done as a way to fit them on smaller venues (the groups had a tour separately), give more time to shine to members that didn’t usually get a chance to, and release more singles. Tsunku noted that the size of the groups were close to the same size as when Morning Musume got its start. When it was announced, fans all over were shocked, including myself. It was thought that Morning Musume would be forever gone and that it would only be these two new groups. (Fortunately, 15 member Morning Musume released a single soon after, and many more followed).

Morning Musume Sakura Gumi consisted of Natsumi Abe (the leader), Mari Yaguchi (the leader when Natsumi graduated Morning Musume in 2004), Ai Kago, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, Risa Niigaki, and Eri Kamei. This group was cherry blossom themed (sakura means “cherry blossom”) and accordingly they wore a lot of pink. Their singles were low-paced ballads.

Morning Musume Otome Gumi consisted of Kaori Iida (the leader), Rika Ishikawa, Nozomi Tsuji, Makoto Ogawa, Reina Tanaka, Miki Fujimoto, and Sayumi Michishige. Otome somewhat translates to meaning “young girl”, and that made perfect sense, as three of the four newly added 6th generation members were in Otome Gumi. The songs also showed youth – they were fast-paced and exciting, but yet they were not songs that the H!P had encountered before.

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Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU

by Lainay on May 19, 2006 · 8 comments · AddThis

Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU Biyuuden 6th Single: Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU
Label: Piccolo Town
01. Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU
02. Kyou mo Mattemasu
03. Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU (Instrumental)

Biyuuden has released a new single on May 10th, after several months of no releases, titled Issai Gassai Anata ni A-GE-RU. This is definitely not your ordinary Biyuuden single: It’s an upbeat, cutesy pop song, not one of their usual mid-tempo mature songs. Will this style work for them? Will they do well on the charts? Will I finally find out what happened to my Aunt Martha?* Let’s see!!

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