C-ute – “Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko” Single V Cover Released

8 08 2011

The Single V cover for C-ute’s 17th single titled Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko has been released.

This cover, unlike usual Single Vs, doesn’t have a special or out of the ordinary theme that makes it stand out since usually we get to see a different and more eye-catching cover for the Single V releases so this is quite of disappointing to see that they only added montage of all of the girls faces against a plain yellow background.

Unlike the other covers that all had a white background that contrasted well with the outfits and specially the title of the song that is really happy and energising, this cover seems to lack this energy since the girls faces are all positionned one after the other with Airi being first and Mai last and they are all looking aside wearing the same outfits and having the same look, and even though I’m really disappointed with the lack of creativity and the ugly yellow background that doesn’t suit the single’s theme, I hope this won’t prevent fans to purchase a copy.

Overall, I think this isn’t one of C-ute’s best Single V covers since it’s plain and doesn’t match the single’s theme, but regardless of that, I hope for everyone who usually purchases Single Vs or for those who will like the upcoming PV to reserve a copy and enjoy the content!

The release date is set for 9/14.

H!P official page about product

“Hello! Channel Vol.5” DVD Cover Released

8 08 2011

The DVD cover for the Hello! Channel mook titled Hello! Channel the DVD Vol.5 has been released.

Like the past release, the cover of the DVD release of the Hello! Channel features the same image as the one used for the mook but without the disturbing blocks of text on both sides, and this is no exception since the cover features one of the main topics of the mook and DVD which is the leaders convention, featuring Takahashi Ai, Yajima Maimi, Shimizu Saki and Wada Ayaka in buisnessmen uniforms posing on the road.

Since there is no text covering up the image, we can clearly see the setting the girls are in which is on a road next to a white building surrounded by trees, and since this cover seems brighter, it’s definitely more eye-catching, specially with the cute doodle drawn next to the “2011 Entertainement DVD” which seems like they forgot to mention the month since June’s release clearly stated “June 2011 Entertainement DVD”…

As for the title’s text, it’s the same font that has been used for the last release too which is a very funky design with a smiling face in the “ro” and hearts instead of dots, and the nice additions are the different background for the image which looks like old newspaper, with many customized cartoon-shaped blocks for “the DVD Vol.5” and on the top left of the cover.

Overall, I suggest everyone that want to be entertained by an amazing release from H!P girls to purchase a copy because unlike the mooks, even if you don’t know Japanese, you can still enjoy seeing the girls in action and interacting with the many activities they are given.

The pre-order session ends tomorrow 8/9.

e-Lineup page about product

Buono! – “FrankicenseΨ” And “My alright sky” Previews Released

8 08 2011

Previews for 2 songs of Buono!’s first mini-album titled FrankicenseΨ and My alright sky have been released.

Since some might not know, this mini-album is set to contain “lead songs” for each girl, meaning that each member will have a song where she is dominant and is the lead vocal in it, and even though it might seem like those songs are solos, the other girls take part in the songs either in the chorus or as back-up vocals.

Since the songs are really different and unique, I’d like to comment on each one alone:

FrankincenseΨ: Natsuyaki Miyabi Lead

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This song is really one of the catchiest songs Buono! has ever released, and I’m really happy that they chose Miya as a lead in it since her voice seems to just fit perfectly with the pop/electro rythm that has many cute echos and voice blendings in it, and Miya’s voice is the best qualified to sing to a similar type of song since she has a very unique pitch and hits all of the correct notes while giving the song a touch of “Miya-ness”.

The song overall is really original and is based on electro-pop with many cute backup sound effects and a lot of english words that add to the cutesy and upbeat rythm of the song, and I think that this song is a perfect mix of Buono!’s usual sound and electro, which seems to blend perfectly.

Event though this song is kind of hard to describe, it’s really an amazing song that deserves a decent listen since it seems like a very solid mini-album track, and hopefully everyone will enjoy it since it’s pretty catchy and fun to listen to, and an amazing addition to the mini-album with no doubt!

My alright sky: Suzuki Airi Lead

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Airi’s lead song seems to be the soothing and calm song of the album, with a very unique R&B sound to it and a calm instrumental, and I have to say that I was impressed by Airi’s vocal range in this song since she sang it in a deep voice and hit all of the high notes perfectly just as we are used to from Airi.

The song is really calm and made me feel somewhat relaxed while listening to it, probably thanks to Airi’s awesome vocals and voice control, but mostly because of the noticeable backup voice that just blends perfectly in the track; the backup voice is really calm and seems to be someone other than the Buono! members since there is quite a lot of english being said without any mistakes or accent, and I think that this just adds to the originality and unique side this song has since it’s quite new to see H!P do any R&B style of song.

Hopefully everyone can give it a listen and focus on the vocals by both Airi and the backup voice since this is set to be one of the most noticeable songs of the mini-album!

Overall, I’m quite impressed with the variety that this mini-album seems to have since apart from the 3 songs that we already know (Natsu DAKARA!, JUICY HE@RT and Zassou no Uta), the previews we got are all unique and very different from the usual Buono! sound.

Hopefully these previews will convince any fan to purchase a copy of the album since at 2 days away from the release, it’d be a waste not to support Buono!’s awesome new departure into a unique sound since they prove us once again that they are more than a group who sticks to a particular type of songs, and I highly encourage everyone to do so since it’s one of Buono!’s most amazing releases so far!

The release date is set for 8/10.

*Momoko’s lead song is said to be Kia Ora Gracias Arigatou, as soon as a preview is released on YouTube, it will be posted.