Morning Musume To Perform On “Music Japan”

31 07 2011

According to the official H!P page, Morning Musume will perform their 47th single on NHK’s Music Japan in September.

I’m glad to see that promotion for their next single is already being announced since it gives us a chance to look forward to the performances, and while this might just be the first appearance that has been announced we will most likely see many more pop up in the next few weeks.

For now we’re not sure which a-side they will perform or if they will perform both songs, but we will find out once pictures of the recording appear in the blogs of each member or when a preview for the show airs.

There will most likely be many many more appearances being announced, but for now it’s great to see that they at least have a Music Japan performance planned.

The recording date is set for 9/5, with the performance airing either 9/11 or 9/18.

Official H!P Page

NHK Music Japan Page

Gekidan Gekiharo 11 Promo Shot Released

31 07 2011

A promo shot for Berryz Koubou and C-ute’s Gekidan Gekiharo 11 stage play titled Sengoku Jietai has been released.

We have seen a few previews of the promo shot from the blogs for the play but it’s great to see that finally a larger picture has been released since it gives us a chance to check out how each member will look, and while it might be only one image it does a perfect job of showing off how amazing the play will be.

Every member has an army uniform on with some dirt on their faces to make the characters feel more genuine, and with each member holding a gun or sword it really makes the theme of the play stand out since everyone looks like they are ready to act in their character, especially Nakky.

While we won’t see any previews until the play starts I encourage fans in the area to check it out since the promo for the play has done a perfect job of showing off the time traveling army theme that it will have, and while they will be divided into two teams it seems like it’s well worth a look for any Berryz or C-ute fan.

The play will run from 9/16 ~ 10/2.

[Updated] H!P 2011 Summer Setlists And Rankings

31 07 2011

There are a lot of different setlists for this concert because of the Fankora songs rankings and members solos. JPLOP member Sohee has put together an easy to read post about the member solos, Fankora song rankings, member Q & As, etc.

It’s quite long and since the concert is still ongoing this will be updated and it will get longer so please continue after the break.

[Updated] Information from the 7/30 and 7/31 concert have been added. All new info is marked/bolded so you can see it more easily.

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Shuukan Yoro! Vol 102

29 07 2011

Summary: Here’s a summary of what this week’s Shuukan Yoro post contains:

  • Site News: Progress of updates
  • Polls: Okai Chisato came in 1st with 39%, Natsuyaki Miyabi came in 2nd with 37%, and Tsugunaga Momoko came in 3rd with 25%
  • H!P Single of the Week

Check out the full post after the break!

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Morning Musume, Buono! and S/mileage On J-Melo

29 07 2011

Morning Musume, Buono!, and S/mileage are all set to appear on the J-Melo show.

J-MELO Female Idol Special
Collaborations with
• Nippon Broadcasting System’s “Mu-comi Plus” radio show
Guests: Haruko Momoi, Yui Makino, S/mileage
Exclusive Messages: DiVa, Morning Musume
Artists: Buono!, SCANDAL

World 8/1
1. “Cry” / DiVA
2. “Only you” / Morning Musume。
3. “Uchouten Love” (Ecstatic Love) / S/mileage
4. “Mirai No Hitomi Wo Hiraku Toki” (When We Open Our Eyes in the Future) / Yui Makino

From what I know NHK is a tv program that promotes Japan and its culture and it’s all in English, so fans who don’t understand Japanese can enjoy the show without having to figure out what going on. I’m not sure if NHK Wonderland is the same but from the website it looks the same.

I’m glad that all of them will be featured on this show since it’s good promotion for all of them. Though from the categories they’re placed in it feels as though Buono will be there to promote their single, Morning Musume will be there to perform a song and they have a special message and S/mileage will be there as special judges or commentary.

Even though I’m not sure what they’ll be doing hopefully everyone gets a chance to tune into the show since it’s a very special one.

The show is set to air on 8/1.

J-Melo website

“Dance of Vampire” Featuring Takahashi Ai’s Official Site Opened

29 07 2011

An official site for the musical starring Takahashi Ai titled Dance of Vampire has been opened.

The site features the main informations to know about the musical, such as the actor’s names and the character they are playing (in Ai-chan’s case, she plays the role of Sara), a full schedule for the months of November and December, a short paragraph that resumes the story as well as a map to find your way to the theater and reference phone numbers and e-mails,etc…

The site really caught my attention since we finally get to see Ai-chan as her caracter Sara, wearing what seems to be like everyone else’s uniform of a white dress with a red chale, and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed seeing her like this since this sets us in the beginning of her career after Momusu.

Her role is one of the main roles as stated before, and she is set to perform almost all of the time judging by the schedule on the page, so hopefully everyone in Japan in November or December can attend a performance one of the nights to catch Ai-chan and enjoy this musical that seems really impressive.

The musical will take place from 11/27 until 12/24.

Dance of Vampire official site

Mitsui Aika and Sayashi Riho Have Been Advised To Rest For A Few Weeks

29 07 2011

According to the official H!P site, after her checkup Mitsui Aika has been advised by doctors to rest for 8 weeks. Sayashi Riho was also told to rest 6 weeks due to ischium nerve pain on her right side.

They will both miss the rest of the Hello! Project 2011 Summer tour.

As always injuries are one of the main concerns for fans and while both Mitsui and Riho will miss the rest of the tour it’s good to see that they will follow the doctors orders and rest to heal their injuries since their health is the top priority.

Mitsui’s left ankle bone fracture seems to need a bit more rest before healing, and while she did appear at events and concerts and sat down during the performances it seems that it’s for the best for her to miss the the remainder of the H!P tour to make sure her injury heals well.

Riho’s injuries are a bit more sever than I thought since I had the idea that she had only suffered a minor sprain, but it seems that she has ischium nerve pain, which according to Wikipedia is a fairly common lower hip bone injury caused by sudden movements during some sports although in this case it was due to the many hours of dancing that members need to due during performances.

Despite the reason for the injury, I wish both Mitsui and Riho a complete and fast recovery and hopefully after the 6 and 8 weeks they are both well healed and in perfect shape to perform once again.

Mitsui will need to rest 8 weeks and Riho will need to rest 6 weeks.

Official H!P Site

[UPDATE] Berryz Koubou – “Aa, Yo ga Akeru!” Long PV Preview Released

29 07 2011

A 30 seconds PV preview for Berryz Koubou’s 27th single titled Aa, Yo ga Akeru! has been released.

The start of the preview is pretty much the same as the little preview we got a while back where the girls are sitting on what seems to be a castle’s (or mansion’s) stairs with Saki standing, singing in their pink outfits, and since this preview is clearer than the previous one thanks to the lack of text and images, we get to see that Risako, Miyabi, Yurina, Momoko and Captain seem to be the main focus in this scene since Captain is the only one standing and the other 4 are in the front while Maasa and Chii are way far back.

The following and second scene is the close-up version, and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed by it since I mentioned in the short preview that I’d really like them to have a different angle all along, and they did since we get to see the member singing (here Risako) looking up while tilting her head towards the camera which really flatters her and makes the close-up less boring, and there seems to be a second shot where we see close-ups of the girls without singing, and each one stands in a different place of the castle/mansion setting which is really a great addition to the PV, and they all look gorgeous.

Overall, I really like what I saw so far since they managed to make each girl shine in their outfits and hairstyles, and even though I’m kind of mad about Maasa and Chii’s lack of attention, it still seems like a great single.

Hopefully the full PV will be out soon to see if there’s a dance shot since in this preview we only get to see 2 (or 3 if you count the close-ups as 2 different ones) scenes, and I’m really hoping for a dance shot vers.

The release date is set for 8/10.

Video uploaded by: pnkn12r

EDIT: There actually will be a Dance shot so this won’t be like Buono!’s past singles. Thanks to TommyVD for the information, and hopefully we’ll see the full PV soon!

EDIT 2: A slightly longer preview where we get to see the girls sing one of the verse and a different chorus is out:

Video uploaded by: ForeverLoveHP1718

As you can see, we finally get to see one of the verses of the song and I have to say that I’m impressed since this gives us the chance to see the other members a little more, with Momo sitting in a room on a bed, Maasa looking in her reflection in the mirror, Rii sitting next to a chemeny fire, Captain sitting in a sofa next to a colored lamp or Miya sitting in a chair looking at candles.

Also, we get a little glimpse of the dance shot, and even if we don’t get to see much, it seems really cute and matches the beat of the song perfectly from what I can see. The thing that also caught my attention was at 0:42 where each of Chii, Maa, Captain and Momo sing a syllable of a word (which reminded me of S/mileage’s mainichi in Uchouten LOVE), and I really like this since they seem to get enough screen time even though they’re not lead singers in the song.

Hopefully the full PV will be out soon instead of us having to see preview after preview, but with this longer preview, I think that everyone got an idea at what the PV will overall look like.

Morning Musume 12th Album Limited Edition DVD Content Details Released

28 07 2011

Some details about the content of the limited edition DVD for Morning Musume’s 12th album, currently untitled, have been announced.

According to CDJapan and HMV, the Limited Edition DVD will feature the following:

  • PV and Making Of for Takahashi Ai’s solo song titled Jishin Motte Yume Motte Tobitatsu Kara
  • Solo PV versions for all members of Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
  • Making Of and Jacket Album shooting

CDJapan also mentions that the regular edition of the album will feature two cards: all members ver. and Takahashi ver., and HMV mentions that the album will feature Maji Desu ka Ska!, Only You, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!, and Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai.

While the information above hasn’t been confirmed by UFA yet I am glad to see that so far there are mentions of their being a lot of extra content for the 12th album since it gives fans more of a reason to buy the limited edition, and even though the regular edition won’t have the DVD with the videos, the mention of two cards being included is most likely a great bonus.

We’re not sure whether Ai-chan will be on the cover for the new album since the release will be a few weeks after she graduates but it’s safe to say that there will at least be a PV for her solo song included, so it’s well worth a look since this will probably be the last Momusu release where she will appear.

I’ll update with a confirmation of the content for the album once H!P releases the info, but for now it’s safe to say that this album, along with their new single, will be incredible releases.

The release date is set for 10/12.

HMV Page For Morning Musume’s 12th Album – Regular

HMV Page For Morning Musume’s 12th Album – Limited

CDJapan Page For Morning Musume’s 12th Album – Regular

CDJapan Page For Morning Musume’s 12th Album – Limited

S/mileage Invited To Perform At FNS “Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011”

28 07 2011

According to the media page on the H!P site and on their official site, S/mileage will make an appearance at FNS Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011.

Apart from that appearance S/mileage will also perform on Happy Music in early August.

As most of you might remember the FNS Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011 is an event that Dream Morning Musume will also attend where about 50 groups will perform, such as AKB48, SMAP, KARA, EXILE, miwa, among others, and while the official site for the event hasn’t listed their name yet it seems like this will be a great opportunity for S/mileage to show off their new single to the many fans who will attend the show.

They have quite a lot of appearances planned and I’m happy to see that apart from the FNS event they will also appear on Happy Music since it seems like the perfect way to make sure their single sells well, and with the performance airing on the same day as the event their first week of promotion for the single will be pretty strong.

Hopefully fans who are in the area can go to the event to help support S/mileage, and while there are many other groups it will be fun to see how the song is received by those attending the event.

The FNS Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011 is set for 8/6 from 19:00 ~23:10 and the Happy Music performance is set for 8/5 at 24:58 ~ 25:53.

Official H!P S/mileage Media Page

S/mileage Official Site