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Ai's 17th single: [Rocket Sneaker / One x Time] release 5/21

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Posted: Mar 07, 2008 2:46 am Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 17 Jul 2005 Posts: 45
Update 08/21

love_cherry found the later-than-usual news of the Commemorative Goods: Rocket Sneakers!

    Collaboration w/ CAUSE Shoes
    Colors: Red or Black
    Sizes: 23.0-28.0 (7-10 US Women's)
    Price: ¥18,900 (~ $175 USD)

zyzzyva posted a screencap from the PV credits proving the use of Motion Control Photography:

1337rice reported that Rocket Sneaker / One×Time received a 'Gold Certification [Award]' for shipping over 100,000 copies.

pon pon found promo pics @ Barks:

mafee uploaded scans from the booklet to the gallery:

pon pon:

- posted "graffiti" drawings Ai made for Music Station and made wallpaper versions:

- kindly ripped a video featuring Ai talking about her new single:
    MTV PURE MUSIC with Ai Otsuka, 2008.06.09

    Download (AVI, 127 MB)

- found a billboard pic:

- and posted a link to a 4-page Interview @ HotExpress

HilaryDuffFanboy reported Rocket Sneaker/One x Time debuted at #2:
    #1 - Hey Say JUMP! - 36,685 (x1.75) = 64,189
    #2 - Ai Otsuka - 6,253 (x1.75) = 10,943
    #3 - Utada Hikaru - 5,410 (x1.75) = 9,468
and later posted the weekly sales' news:
    Weekly Chart Debut:
    #4 - total of 30,382
    [despite slipping to #7 on the last day]

edwx provided the performance schedule (through several sequential updates):
    5/22 MUSIC JAPAN
    5/23 KTV's Mu Jack
    5/24 CDTV
    5/24 Melodix!
    5/29 Utaban
    5/30 Music Fighter
    6/6 Music Station
    6/7 Music Fair 21
    6/7 NHK's 「スペシャルライブ “美しい月と地球をいつまでも”」 (repeat)
    6/8 NHK's 「SAVE THE FUTURE“エコうた”」

punito found the new excite Interview and explains some of Ai's answers.

pon pon ripped the Comment Video: and sljinu posted his translation to the Ch-Ai Blog!

zyzzyva & sljinu offered an interpretation for the meaning behind Sora to Kujira.

edwx, pon pon, and lvul8er posted the official versions of the lyrics for Sora to Kujira, Rocket Sneaker, and One x Time, respectively .


Update 05/12

pon pon alerted us to the new version of Ai's Official Site!

Miku gave us the [i]Rocket Sneaker
lyrics in romaji.

AiiR posted the new Magazine Schedule and some magazine covers.
mafee later added links to some of the mags.
Shukumi also added a high quality version of AiiR's non-no cover:

pon pon provided explanation for the deliberate use of black-clad helpers/puppeteers in the PV: they referenced traditional Japanese puppetry called Bunraku:

zyzzyva supported this with additional notes along with explaining Motion Control Photography and posting fan-made lyrics to Rocket Sneaker.

cascade gonpory posted a link to the Rocket Sneaker PV.

Shukumi found and posted full versions of Rocket Sneaker and One x Time!

remblue provided us with this cute profile pic:

mafee pointed out the updated TV performance schedule.

edwx really came through with the large cover images:

CD+DVD covers

CD only covers

zyzzyva posted a small quartet of covers as well as the name of the third track and possible/rough translation:
    Sora to Kujira
    ... which appears to be " [The] Sky and [the] Whale "
    However, 空 (sora/kara) can also be translated as 'emptiness'...
    We'll have to wait and see...

cascade gonpory gave the heads up as Ai's Official Site was updated with cover images.

1337rice posted radio rips of the double A-side tracks.


Update 01/04

Informations on the new single had been updated:

Its a double A-side Single titled [ ロケットスニーカー / One x Time ], with the lead A-Side tied up as an ending theme tune to a television program titled "さんまのまんま".The program will shown every Friday on two different television network.

ロケットスニーカー = roketto suniikaa = rocket sneaker

Ai's official site


A rough translation of the official statement:
Ai's 17th single has been decided to release on the 21/05, six months after the release of "Pocket"
More informations to be updated.

AVCD-31412 ¥1,260
To be updated

AVCD-31411/B ¥1,890
To be updated

Ai's official site

Last edited by edwx on Apr 01, 2008 7:37 am; edited 4 times in total
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 3:02 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
cool. Giggle can't wait to hear more about it!
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 3:46 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 08 Oct 2005 Posts: 217 Location: California
I hope it's good this time since "Pocket" was her worst single to date! Giggle I'm hoping for something like "Yume kui" or something pop rather then her goofy fun songs. I wouldn't mind another kinda of "Happy Days" either. Smile
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 5:22 am Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
Rokit wrote:
"Pocket" was her worst single to date!
Shocked Surprised Oh noes :O . . . . . . . . well.... we all have our own opinions, but Pocket as her worst single? Shocked i mean, it's darn good, that song. imo SMILY, Happy Days or Kuroge....680 yen is her worst. but enough of that.

i also hope for something different from Pocket, since, well, variation is good. Smile
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 9:41 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 24 Oct 2006 Posts: 935

SMILY, Happy Days, 黒毛和牛上塩タン焼680円 and ポケット were awesome.

I can't really think of an Otsuka Ai single I haven't liked.

But yeah, this is awesome news.

It's been far too long since her last single.
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 10:13 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 04 Jan 2007 Posts: 346 Location: Bangkok
Good news. Good gap between latest single and this new one. Enough time to collect money. Laughing

This one should be more of upbeat, taking into account that the last one, Pocket, is a ballad. Yeah, I think we are in a mood for a fun song now.

Thanks for the news. At last this is not a rumour. Smile
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 3:15 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 09 Jun 2007 Posts: 216
Yeh! Finally, I hope we can hear that preview a bit sooner than expected!

It also seems that Ai-chin has open up her new blog on Pakila, along with a slew of popular Japanese artists. However, membership is needed to view the posts. Mad
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 4:19 pm Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 12 Sep 2007 Posts: 999 Location: united states
Boogie I can't wait for more news about this new single!! <3
noir chu lip
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 5:12 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 19 May 2007 Posts: 72 Location: Le Royaume
yaaaaaaaaayyyy!!!! ai am so excited!!! Boogie
it has been kind of a long time since pocket (for those of you who say pocket was her worst i dont think so!!! its really good, and i LOVE the b-side even more (Ticket))

Posted: Mar 07, 2008 5:24 pm Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 07 Jun 2007 Posts: 543 Location: In My House
Yay, a new spring single! Giggle It's about time we had a new song. Smile I hope this one is a happy bouncy fun song like SMILY. Boogie Boogie So I guess the Ai no Kagaku / Star single was just a rumour? Confused
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 6:27 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13565 Location: Tokyo
Yay!!..Now is offical...( We will have to wai like 2 months more Sad ... Shifty )
It seems that the rumour of "Ai no Kagaku / Star" single is definitely not truth...
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 8:17 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
I just got an email from CDJapan today confirming this. Can't wait to see (and more importantly, hear) it.

I don't think Pocket was her worst single, but I didn't like it enough to buy it either. I always found Smily kinda annoying (although the video was funny), and Bidama is "so so" at best. I would have to agree that that one was worse than Pocket. Happy Days is a bit silly, but the B-side "Hoshikuzu" is great. But this is all beside the point. Smile
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 11:10 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 04 Aug 2007 Posts: 35 Location: Somewhere Melb,VIC screaming JOMG I WANNA GO TO JAPAN n live in Jap Disneyland and stalk j-artists
I got the e-mail too!

and I agree with you that it isn't her worst single. I don't really hate any Ai singles but I do get sick of the hypo songs sometimes haha. Thats prob cause I'm in a bad mood Giggle

It feels like it might be an upbeat song since Pocket WAS a ballad, but the title sounds more ballad-dy to me iunno...Ai's pretty unpridicatble haha Tongue
Posted: Mar 07, 2008 11:21 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 26 Dec 2005 Posts: 259 Location: California,USA
wow! this news totally made my day!!! I have been wondering what's up with Ai-chan's release recently. There is such a long gap between pocket and her next single.
I am keeping my expectation up for it! Laughing
Posted: Mar 08, 2008 12:55 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 28 Sep 2007 Posts: 169 Location: Mexico City
While I'm glad she finally announced a new single, the release date makes me Sad I seriously was hoping for a mid april early may release Sad But I'm sure since she had so much time to get the single ready it will be awesome! Cant wait to see the covers and the tracklist!
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