Kikkawa Yuu – “Happy Wrapping ~Sunrise~” Covers Released

22 08 2011

Regular

The covers for Kikkawa Yuu’s 2nd single titled Happy Wrapping ~Sunrise~ have been released.

For the most part, the covers are all pictures taken of Kikka in the same outfit and in the same setting, which seems to be a garden with many greeneries and with an astonishing daylight, and I have to say that I’m impressed with how original each cover looks since they’re all different while having the same theme.

Regular Edition cover is the one where we get to see Kikka smiling happily while looking at the camera in a very close-up shot, and I’m amazed by how well she looks since her smile is amazing and the light that’s coming towards her seems to add a nice touch to the cover since it’s not appearant in the Limited Edition’s covers.

Limited A

In the Limited A Edition, we see an equally happy and smily Kikka as in the regular cover, but she is pictured holding both her hands up her head where we get to see her colorful bracelets, while having a tree branch between them, and I love how she looks since she seems extremely happy and confident.

Limited B

Limited B features a different setting from the 2 first covers since Kikka is standing next to a colorful surfboard as I see it (or probably a parasol), and the angle isn’t too upclose since it’s slightly rotated and we get to see her striking a beautiful smile while looking calm and peaceful, and I have to say that I really like the addition of the colors from the background and her bracelets since they make this cover more attractive.

Limited C

Limited C isn’t much different since Kikka is also smiling while looking at the camera, but her playful side is shown in this cover since she is holding both her hands up and looking with smiley eyes towards us, and even though this cover has nothing special, I really like her expression on it since she looks cute and beautiful at the same time.

Limited D

Limited D is by far my favorite cover alongside Limited A since we see Kikka holding onto something cut from the image and swaying backwards while smiling beautifully with an open mouth, and I think this cover is the most lively out of them all since she’s doing something instead of just posing.

Overall, I’m really impressed by how such a simple setting and pictures turn out to be great single covers with each one having Kikka pose in a different way and having cute expressions.

Hopefully everyone of her fans can reserve a copy to support her through her career!

The release date is set for 9/21.

Universal Music Official Kikkawa Yuu Discography Page





Morning Musume – “Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Nagatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai” LQ Covers Released

22 08 2011

From left to right

Top: Limited A, Limited B

Middle: Limited C, Regular Edition

Bottom: Ai-chan Special Regular Edition

LQ covers from H!P’s official site for Morning Musume’s 47th single titled Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Nagatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai have been released.

Since the covers are really small and seem to have each a different pattern with some having the outfits for the first song, some for the second and some having both all together, it’s really hard to judge how everyone and how everything looks on the cover since they look quite busy, but we at least can get a general opinion about how they look and hopefully wait for clearer covers soon where we could check out the details.

So far, it seems that there are 3 different types of covers: featuring the gold outfits for the first song only (Limited A and C), featuring the colorful outfits for the second song only (Limited B) and featuring the members in both outfits (Regular Edition and Single V).

In my opinion, the covers that have only one of the outfits are really appealing since when we look only at them, they seem to be really well done since the gold theme is used perfectly in Limited A and C where we get to see the girls pose in frames in Limited A and posing in a sexy way aginst a lighter background in Limited C, with the title being written in dark gold/pale brown in the bottom, and I have to say that Limited A’s concept reminds me of Buono!’s Bravo Bravo because of the frames and the poses.

As for the Limited B, it seems to feature the outfits that we haven’t seen yet for the second cute song, and I have to say that they did an amazing job with the cover since it seems bright and colorful thanks to the blue background and the colorful outfits the members are wearing, as well as the title that’s written in big and in colors in the middle since it shows how happy and cute the song is, and the contrast between this cover and the gold ones is incredible.

Coming to the Regular edition, I’m kind of disappointed about it since it seems like a very poor montage of the girls in both outfits, meaning there is a total of 18 faces on the cover which is already really disturbing, as well as many colorful additions on the sides of the cover that for me seem to clash a little and don’t match that well, and I would have liked them to use the blue background of the Limited B cover for the Regular one too so that we would have 2 gold covers alongside 2 colorful covers.

Finally, Ai-chan’s special Regular edition’s cover is simply amazing since we get to see Ai-chan wearing what seems to be her outfit for her solo song while posing calmly against a gray wall, holding her hand up to her haid and smiling peacefully with the title that should be the one for her song and for Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Nagatterun da yo! since those are the only songs featured in this special edition, so this could easily be my favorite cover from the whole batch since Ai-chan’s expression and the simplicity of the cover match her song perfectly.

The Single V cover was also released since we’re not that far away from the release date, and it seems to have a same setting as for the Regular cover, and I was kind of suprised to see that  they squeezed in 3 Ai-chans with her look for each song, a crowded background with colorful faces, teddy bears, animals, etc… and even Tsunku who is on the right, so hopefully we can figure out why  everything is positionned this way and why Tsunku is in the cover soon since many are speculating that he could be in one of the PVs (even though it’s not confirmed yet, but it would explain why he’s on the cover).

Overall, I’m really impressed by all of the covers since they are all very creative and have amazing contrast with being respective to their own themes, and my favorites are definitely Limited A and Ai-chan’s special edition, so I can’t wait to see the HQ covers for those.

Hopefully everyone can check them out to take a general look and have an idea of what the covers look like, and even though I’m a bit disappointed by Regular Editon and Single V’s covers, I still think fans who want to have a copy will be more than pleased to have it.

The release date is set for 9/14.

H!P official page about single

H!P official page about Single V





“C-ute Concert Tour 2011 Spring Chou! ~Chou Wonderful!~” DVD Cover Released

22 08 2011

The DVD cover for C-ute’s 2011 spring concert tour titled C-ute Concert Tour 2011 Spring Chou! ~Chou Wonderful!~ has been released.

The cover is really bright and colorful mostly thanks to the title that’s taking almost the whole bottom of the cover without distracting from the members, but also thanks to their Momoiro Sparkling outfits that are full of colors and patterns, and I really like how they seem to play on C-ute’s colorful image that has been convayed in the past 2 singles and in this concert tour since it fits the happy image they are having recently.

The title of the tour is really one of my favorites since it’s really colorful and written in a nice futuristic font that reminds me of their album’s cover that has the same name, and they chose to put a montage of pictures of each member singing in rectangular boxes with colorful borders that are colored according to the title, and I really like how they are posititonned since unlike other covers, this pattern allows every girls to have her share and we don’t see anyone outstanding the other or having a bigger picture.

Overall, I really like this cover since it follows the image C-ute is having recently with everythin being bright and colorful, and the combination of the title that’s separated from the girls by a white halo and the girl’s happy expressions make a perfect match.

Hopefully everyone who was able to catch this concert when it was streamed on YouTube will want to own a copy of the DVD, and I recommend all C-ute fans to reserve a copy since this is one of C-ute’s best concerts thanks to the awesome setlist it had and their amazing energy.

The release date is set for 9/28.

H!P official page about product





Sayashi Riho – “Sayashi Riho” PB Cover Released

22 08 2011

The cover for Sayashi Riho’s 1st PB titled Sayashi Riho has been released.

I am very impressed with the cover of the PB since unlike the DVD cover, we don’t get to see a close-up picture of Riho but a full-body shot of Riho in a blue and white school uniform landing from a jum in the air with a backpack on her back and smiling widely.

The freshness of the cover immediately catches the eye since the overall white setting with the daylight, the white street and her pastel colored uniform all add up to give a pure and fresh feeling to the PB which is maybe it’s purpose since it’s Riho’s 1st PB and she’s only 13 years old.

Apart from the amazingly cute picture of Riho smiling, the title of the PB is written in the same style that on the DVD cover but it’s bigger and in blue to match her uniform, and the nice touch seems to be that they gave the title a shadow on the picture which is nice since it could be taken as a full part of the picture, and even though I personally don’t like the phrase “Photographs by Tstsuo Watanabe” that’s been put randomly, I don’t think it bothers that much the cover.

Overall, I’m really impressed by how fresh and cute the cover looks, and even though I’d have liked the title to be somewhat smaller, I still think it fits the theme thanks to it’s color.

Hopefully every Riho fan can score themselves with a copy to enjoy a nice release from her since she hasproven us through magazine pictures that she is a real photogenic girl.

The release date is set for 8/27.

WaniBooks page about product


EDIT: Some scans from Up To Boy magazine are featuring previews from Riho’s PB so check them out below (Credits to Amped @JPLOP)