Today there are quite a lot of releases including four DVDs and a Mook so it’s a very interesting release date for everyone since every release in this post seems to include all of the active members in H!P (including Kikka), and thankfully there are many previews so quite a lot of content for this post.
This post will also mark the start of multiple reviews per release featuring opinions from Ayuchii, ladylibra92, and me so you’ll get a more detailed look at what we thought of each release.
Today’s release includes:
- C-ute & S/mileage – C-ute and S/mileage Premium Live 2011 ~C & S Collaboration Dai Sakusen~ (DVD)
- Suzuki Airi – Kibun Tenkan (DVD)
- Hello! Project – Hello! Channel 5 (Mook)
- Kikkawa Yuu – Kikkake wa YOU! (DVD) Regular Edition
- Kikkawa Yuu – Kikkake wa YOU! (DVD) Limited Edition
Check out the full post after the break!
C-ute and S/mileage Premium Live 2011 ~C & S Collaboration Dai Sakusen~ (DVD)
03.Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama
05.Koi ni Booing Boo! (S/mileage)
06.Kiss me Aishiteru (Cute)
07.Aitai Lonely Christmas (C-ute)
11.Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!! (Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuuka)
12.Meguru Koi no Kisetsu (Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, Fukuda Kanon, Ogawa Saki)
15.Shooting Stars (Wada Ayaka, Yajima Maimi)
16.【Showtime『Dance battle』medley】 Ookina Ai de Motenashite→Koi ni Booing Boo!→Ganbaranakutemo ee nen de!!→LALALA Shiawase no Uta
18.Onna Bakari no Nichiyoubi (S/mileage)
19.Midnight Temptation (C-ute)
20.Yume Miru 15 (S/mileage)
21.Chou WONDERFUL! (C-ute)
22.Dance de bakoon!
25.Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru
1.Shooting Star (Wada Ayaka, Hagiwara Mai)[From Noon Concert]
C-ute and S/mileage’s joint tour titled ℃-ute & S/mileage Premium Live Haru ～℃ & S Collaboration Dai Sakusen～.
Video uploaded by: uxocute
Collaborations between two groups aren’t unheard of in H!P since we have seen Berryz and C-ute, Mano and S/mileage, as well as many other groups appear in the same tour, and since S/mileage and C-ute have the lowest amount of members of the groups it makes a perfect chance for them to appear and sing their songs together for fans of both groups, and from what I can tell it was a success since the amount and variety of songs were perfect.
There are a lot of songs featuring members from both groups singing a song from the other group, most notably S/mileage’s Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!, C-ute’s Meguru Koi no Kisetsu, and Shooting Star sung by both of the leaders, and like the songs suggest they all seem like very interesting performance since the different vocals are a nice way to enjoy the song in a new way.
Everything, from the medley to the songs feature a lot of variety and while 8 of the songs aren’t mixed this should give fans a way to enjoy the songs from the original members.
My score for this DVD would be a 5 since I love to see tours featuring more than one group since fans can enjoy a lot of variety in a single performance, and with both C-ute and S/mileage singing their best songs this concert seems like a must have for fans from both groups.
Video uploaded by: uxocute
This release is quite special since it’s the first DVD about the live collaboration of 2 of H!P’s most popular groups, S/mileage and C-ute, and with the amazing setlist included and the many bonuses and surprises that the concert had, I encourage everyone to purchase a copy not only to support their favorite members and their respective groups, but also to have a chance to enjoy a unique performance by 2 groups that have amazing chemistry on stage and off.
Even though most fans are disappointed by this collaboration concert because it didn’t match everyone’s expectations, since everyone was waiting for an awesome battle and another strong and big concert like the one Berryz and C-ute had some while ago, it would be a shame not to get this DVD since C-ute and S/mileage are 2 strong performing groups, and the energy they brought up in this concert tour is something that can’t be left underrated.
Hopefully everyone can consider buying a copy of the DVD or just wait for the Blu-ray release to enjoy the amazing concert in high-quality.
Suzuki Airi – Kibun Tenkan
Suzuki Airi’s 4th solo DVD titled Kibun Tenkan, which means “Change of Pace”.
It’s really rare to see an idol get more than one PB every few months let alone two PBs and two DVDs, but as an Airi fan I am glad to see that she did since all of her releases are impressive since they feature a lot of poses with many interesting outfits, and all of that along with Airi’s smile makes the DVD a must have.
Thanks to H!O for the screencaps!
I haven’t seen the entire DVD but I have seen at least the first 7 minutes of it along with many screencaps and I’m really impressed since Airi continues to show off her incredible personality along with many cute poses, such as the start of the DVD where she cutely starts the DVD off.
Here is the first part of the solo DVD featuring 7 minutes of Airi posing in a seifuku, the video says it’s 14 minutes long but for some reason the 2nd half is simply the first part repeated without sound:
Video uploaded by: suzukiairimylove
I encourage everyone who likes the video to buy a copy of the DVD to support Airi.
I love how Airi looks in the video and with the many scenes it’s a perfect release for Airi fans, but I’m not that big of a fan of solo DVDs since they are usually way to quiet and slow for me since they feature only scenes of the idol looking at the camera and smiling to a piano instrumental, so for me this release gets a 4 for good.
It has been a very busy mid-year for Airi who has released 4 solo releases, 2 DVDs and 2 PBs in less than 3 months, and since she is one of H!P’s most popular members, many fans have been waiting for these releases impatiently, and like always, Airi never disappoints.
This is the first of the 2 DVDs Airi will be releasing, and it’s certain that all Airi fans will love to reserve a copy since all of her DVDs are set to have impressing themes from the “making of” of the PB associated to the DVD, and they are always entertaining thanks to Airi’s very dynamic personality, her perfect reaction towards the camera and her goofy acts that always add a unique touch to the DVDs and can always keep you entertained.
I would recommend anyone who hasn’t ordered any past solo release of Airi to order a copy of this DVD or her upcoming one Natsu Karada to enjoy at least once seeing Airi interact with the camera and being entertained by her amazing personality all along the DVD.
Hello! Project – Hello! Channel 5
Hello! Channel’s 5th release, you can also get it from H!P Shop and you can get a “NOT FOR SALE” L Photo of a member of your choice (thanks shinpaul).
Video uploaded by: TheTelevisionCH
Another Hello! Channel release means many more interesting combinations of members in different jobs and for this release there is quite a lot of content such as a sports competition, Reina as a secretary, Sayu, Risako and Mai working at Lawsons and many more.
I haven’t had a chance to get a look at any H!C mook so I don’t have a clear idea about how this one will look, but from the scans that were posted a few days ago it seems like it will feature many interesting articles with photos of the members doing an activity, and I have to admit that from the few scans I saw I was very impressed since they all seem like a perfect release for any H!P fan.
The mook is completely in Japanese so fans who can’t read it well might have some trouble, but from what I can tell there are many pictures so it’s worth a look since it seems like there is quite a lot of content featuring all of the H!P members, and with the cover featuring all of the H!P group leaders in the front and Mano on the back it’s a great way for any fan to enjoy a regular magazine-like release.
For me I will give it a 5 for excellent since it features a lot of content for any fan to enjoy, and with many unique activities it makes it a must see since the members all seem to have a lot of fun, so hopefully everyone checks it out.
H!P mooks are some of the most awaited releases of the month since they always have a unique and interesting theme associated to them that make fans feel closer to the members by reading and seeing many activities they have done in their daily lives, the special visits they do to celebrities, random people or so,etc…
Even though the mooks are always in Japanese, it’s yet nice to have one since you can enjoy the many pictures provided in it that shows off where and with who the members were to do their various activities or challenges, and I would recommend getting this one since it’s one of the most interesting of this year, featuring awesome contents like a “leaders” conference between Ai-chan, Captain, Maimi and Dawa, as well as the awaited 9ki member’s dance battle that will definitely be entertaining.
Please support your idols by purchasing a copy of the mook!
Video uploaded by: TheTelevisionCH
I didn’t pay attention to any of the previous H!P Mooks, mainly because I judge it by the cover and thought it wasn’t going to be too interesting. What I didn’t know was there was actually multiple segments included in the mook. One of the segments featured in this one is a leaders convention and since that was featured on the cover it immediately caught my attention.
There are three segments that caught my interest, the first being the leaders convention. I’m just very curious as to what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. The second is the 9th gen segment. Again I’m not sure what they’re doing but I think they’re segment will be real fun to watch since they’re so youthful. The third segment is one with Maimi and Captain being chefs. It looks like they’ll be cooking up something by the way they’re dressed and I think that segment will be a fun on to watch since so many things can happen.
While the content of the Mook is great and all the only thing I would’ve liked changed is the cover. I love that they have the leaders on the cover dressed up in business attire however the font and words on the cover makes it look like a magazine scan. If I could change it I would change it so that the title of the Mook is displayed like the 4th. I’m not sure what the words actually say but if it was that important I would’ve made it smaller and place it at the bottom, back cover or sides.
Regardless of that I think overall this release is amazing and H!P fans are getting spoiled since they all dress up in different costumes for their activities. It’s also fun seeing them in different group pairings and doing different activities. I give this a rating of 4 for Good.
Kikkawa Yuu – Kikkake wa YOU! (DVD) Regular and Limited Edition
Kikkawa Yuu’s first movie where we get to see scenes from her debut in a more dramatic way.
The regular edition will feature an exclusive bonus video (7 minutes long) that will not be included in the limited edition, while the limited edition will feature the regular 70 minute DVD plus another 40 minutes of Making of and Kikka Channel footage.
Video uploaded by: UJMOVIE
The biggest surprise apart from Kikka’s debut was the announcement about a movie being released since not many debuting artists have a movie all about them being released a few months after their debut, but I’m happy to see that Kikka got the chance since she is a great idol who so far has done a pretty good job with her debut single and her many appearances.
The movie trailer surprised everyone since instead of showing off real footage of her we got to see a more dramatic and darker side of her start, and while it’s obviously made that way to give the movie a bit more of an emotional story it was a fun surprise since we get to see Kikka in a new light right off from the start.
I didn’t understand that much from the trailer but I recommend everyone who does to check it out since it looks like an amazing release for all Kikka fan, and with the many extras included alongside the DVD it is certainly a great movie to own since it shows off Kikka as the main star.
I’m giving this release a 4 since it features a really interesting storyline with a fun but dramatic look at her career starting off, but since it’s completely in Japanese I mainly recommend fans who understand it fairly well to get it since it looks like the movie will be full of dialogue.
In Kikka’s releases there isn’t much to say apart from the fact that I would like everyone to support her since she’s one promising rising artist and that the movie is an original idea that shows the way to her debut in a funny and entertaining way.