Hello! Project 2012 Calendar Covers Released

6 09 2011

The covers for Morning Musume, Takahashi Ai, Berryz Koubou, C-ute, Mano Erina, and S/mileage’s 2012 calendars have been released.

Each year there are always calendars for the main groups in H!P for the next year, like for most artists/groups, although this year we have had many lineup changes for two groups so as a result the lineups are really different, the most obvious of them being the Momusu calendar cover which notably only features 8 members, as a result of Ai-chan having her own solo calendar.

There will most likely be many who are disappointed (for Ai-chan not being in the cover or Riho being in front) but I am still impressed with how it looks since everyone came out amazingly well: from Riho’s smiling face to Sayu and Mizuki’s cute expressions I really liked how everyone turned out, especially Kanon who seems to be the only one who didn’t simply smile but also threw in a peace sign as well.

The white painted wood fence fits in with the casual outfits everyone is wearing and while I would have liked to see Eripon with short hair and the title a bit bigger and not in cursive, it’s still an amazing cover and well worth a look for anyone.

Ai-chan got her own calendar this year, and it’s not surprising since the calendars will be released on the day she graduates, technically making her a solo performer/artist, so it’s nice to see that she didn’t just get pushed aside and was instead given a really great way for fans to remember her, and while I would have preferred a picture of Ai-chan smiling I have to admit that the picture of her looking at the camera in front of a white background is enough to make me want to get a copy.

Berryz Koubou’s cover is colorful, modern, and basically among the standouts for the H!P calendar releases since it’s a nice and cool way of showing all of the members off, and with each member smiling widely while wearing an outfit with their member color as well as a background with their member color it really looks impressive.

C-ute’s cover is a bit similar to Momusu’s since it’s a group picture in front of a wooden fence (with a plant in the corner to complete the theme), and while it’s a bit less casual due to the uniform styled outfits I was impressed with it since everyone is easy to see and with their own hairstyles they all have a nice way of standing out from the rest.

Mano’s cover can be summed up with two words: perfection or angelic and it’s easy to see why since it stands out from the rest due to the amazing light effect they added, which gives Mano’s already cute picture an almost heavenly look, but while the picture looks perfect there is a small but very noticeable mistake: the bottom says that the calendar is for 2011.

It’s a small mistake that really stands out since everything else apart from that is simply a masterpiece, and while I’m biased as a Mano fan I am still concerned that it might affect sales in one way or another since many might think that it’s last years calendar but hopefully staff caught the mistake and fixed it since everything apart from that is perfect.

S/mileage has gone through quite a lot in the past few months, with 5 new sub-members joining the group and one member leaving, and since calendar pictures are usually taken months in advance (as evidenced by Eripon’s long hair) it’s not surprising to see that the cover for the calendar has not been released since they are probably still working on it, and while it’s still not available I hope we get to see every member, sub or full, clearly since it’s a great opportunity for everyone to show off their cute poses.

Overall the covers are as always impressive, and while there might be a few mistakes here and there (Mano) I still loved how all of the covers looked since each group/member has a unique style that fits in with their group theme, and while many (including me) wish they could have them all I will probably get Mano and Momusu’s calendars since they are the ones that stand out the most to me.

Hopefully everyone has their favorite already picked out from the cover alone, but if not I encourage you to check a few previews of the calendars once they are released since they are a pretty nice addition to any H!P fan’s house, and with large pictures for every month with your favorite group/member it really is a must have for anyone who can get one.

The release date is set for 9/30.

S/mileage – “Tachiagaaru” Covers Released

6 09 2011

Regular Cover

The covers for S/mileage’s 7th single titled Tachiagaaru have been released.

It’s great that we finally get to see the covers for this single since there are many that want to check out how their first 8-nin single looks, and with 6 editions of the single it’s safe to say that they did an amazing job giving each one their own theme since there isn’t a single cover that features the same style or lineup.

As mentioned by Tsunku the five new members are just sub-members for the moment, so that’s mainly the reason why the members have different colored outfits and appear in the back or to the sides of the lineups, and while I would have preferred to see a bit more of a mixed cover with members posing with sub-members in an equal way I still like how the covers turned out.

Most of the covers have a simple look, for example the Regular cover, which features Yuuka, Wada, and Kanon smiling at the camera with the five sub-members in the back posing in front of what appears to be a chain link fence with wire on top in front of a blue sky, and for the most part it’s a perfect regular cover since it’s simple, eye-catching and cute.

Limited A and B

The outfits for this single have a slight flight attendant look to them, so not surprisingly the Limited A cover features the members all in a yellow plane, but I like how it looks since it’s cute and happy in a S/mileage way. The Limited B features a more traditional S/mileage pose with all of the members hugging each other, and while Kana’s pose looks a bit awkward and Yuuka seems to be bending forward it seems like a great cover for S/mileage fans to enjoy (although getting used to more than four members hugging each other will take a while).

Limited C and D

Collages are used throughout all of the group’s covers so with 6 covers it’s not surprising to see that they added one with that style, specifically Limited C, and despite the very clear distinction between the sub and normal members, I really liked how it turned out since it’s eye catching and a nice change of pace compared to the other group pictures.

The Limited D cover is a bit weird since I have no idea how they relate a truck to the single, but it’s cute and a nice way of fitting everyone in, and with Akari holding the flag it really seems like a great cover for anyone looking for a distinct and cute themed cover.

Limited E

At first glance the Limited E cover stands out, mainly because of the black background, and I’m a bit confused as to why they suddenly change from the happy cartoon styled themes to a solid black curtain, but they might be referring to the flight attendant theme once again by having them stand in front of a black curtain since it’s elegant and distinct.

For me the main standouts for this single would definitely be the Regular, Limited A, and Limited B covers since they seem like the best choices for anyone looking for a cute cover that shows off everyone clearly. The Limited E seems a bit too dark for a happy song, the Limited D is a bit too random, and while the Limited C is a bit too distinct with the division of members I would say that it’s a close second for me.

Hopefully everyone has their copy of the single reserved and if not the covers should do a good job of helping everyone decide since they are a nice choice for S/mileage’s first 8-nin single mainly because they show off everyone clearly while giving us a feel of what the theme of the PV will be.

The release date is set for 9/28.

S/mileage Site

S/mileage – “Tachiagaaru” Preview Released

4 09 2011

A preview for S/mileage’s 7th single titled Tachiagaaru has been released.

The preview was recorded from an event so the quality isn’t the best but even though it’s somewhat hard to listen to the instrumental I really liked the way the song sounds so far since the chorus is really catchy, and with the additional effects the song really sounds like another great S/mileage release.

It’s somewhat hard to tell who sings what but I think that everyone has at least one line, which is always a nice addition since we can check out how each one of the members sing, and even though the chorus seems to repeat a bit too much it really make this song stand out, along with the happy instrumental.

Like most live previews I will wait for a recorded version before I can say for sure that I love this single since there might be a few differences, but for the most part this single sounds amazing so far and I strongly recommend everyone check out the preview as well.

The release for the single is this month so we should see a recorded preview sometime in the next few weeks, with a PV hopefully coming soon after, although for now it seems that Tsunku has once again managed to capture S/mileage’s sound in an interesting and catchy song.

Hopefully everyone has their copy of the single reserved, and if not this preview should help some fans decide.

The release date is set for 9/28.

Video uploaded by: S/mileageChapter2

Mobekimasu – “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” Group Profile Pictures Released

1 09 2011

Group profile pictures for Mobekimasu’s 1st single titled Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku have been released.

The outfits for each group have a different color: Morning Musume has red, Berryz has blue, C-ute has pink, S/mileage has silver, and Mano has gold, and while there might not be that much of a difference when it comes to the design of the outfit it is still a great opportunity to check out how each member looks.

The lineup for Momusu is surprising since I expected to see Gaki in the middle alongside Reina, but it seems that Riho is already being pushed to the front so while it might be a bit disappointing I am glad that everyone got a chance to appear clearly, especially Mitsui who appears to be placing a foot behind Erina to hide her injury.

For me the members who stood out here were Sayu, Gaki, Erina, and Mizuki since they all have a great look, and while the general theme of the outfit is the same for everyone it’s still a relief to see that there is at least some variety, such as different boots (in Mitsui’s case she’s the only one with that type of shoe) or different skirts and top designs.

Berryz Koubou all look amazing as well, although the Momo and Kumai pairing is somewhat bland since we have seen it in almost every Berryz picture. Despite that everyone looks impressive since they seem to each have a great and unique look, especially Chii, Miya, Momo, and Captain, and since they are the only group with knee high boots it really makes them stand out from among the rest.

C-ute’s outfits are among the easiest to see since they are really bright and stand out from the otherwise calm and dark colors, and while the hairstyles and looks remain basically the same I have to admit that I really loved the way each one of them look, especially Airi and Mai.

S/mileage have gone through quite a lot of changes in the past few weeks so to me it’s still strange to see a 8-nin S/mileage, but despite that I really like the way everyone looks since the S/mileage “skirt” theme is preserved with them being the only group where all of the members have skirts, and apart from a few hairstyle and accessory additions there isn’t much to say about their outfits since they all have the same look (apart from the tops which have a few different designs), although I really like how great Yuuka, Kanon and Kana look.

Mano is the only solo artist in H!P so it’s no surprise to see that her group picture is just an individual profile picture, but I’m glad that we get to see her clearly since her outfit really matches her perfectly and makes her stand out from the others. Being a big Mano fan I am slightly biased toward her but I think I speak for many when I say that she looks beautiful, mostly because of her cute look and the great pose she’s doing, but also due to her golden outfit that really gives her a unique look compared to the other members.

Overall the outfits all follow a similar theme, which is not surprising since this is a single for 29 members and giving each one of them a unique outfit would take a lot of effort, but each member manages to stand out in their own way, which is a good thing since the PV will show all 29 of them at the same time making it somewhat difficult to notice someone at first glance.

Despite that everyone looks amazing and I’m really looking forward to seeing the full PV so we can see for ourselves how the outfits relate to the theme, and with everyone looking their best this will most likely be an impressive release for everyone to enjoy.

The release date is set for 11/16.

Oricon Article

Mobekimasu – “Busu ni Narinai Tetsugaku” Preview Released

31 08 2011

A preview of the song and of the shooting for Mobekimasu’s PV for their single titled Busu ni Narinai Tetsugaku has been released.

For the most part we get to see only a black setting with all of the members dancing, and while it might not be that much of a preview for the PV it is for the song since we get to hear about a minute of it, and to say it simply I’m really impressed with the song.

It’s not cute or too mature, it somewhat aims for the middle and has a pretty catchy beat to it that seems to match a common theme for all of the members, which is a relief since it’s a mix of everyone’s images and gives us a chance to listen to a pretty unique song that will most likely be an impressive release.

As mentioned before the release date will be in November so Ai-chan was naturally not in the shot with Risa taking over as leader (Mitsui isn’t either, but she’s probably not in it since it’s the dance shot), and while she is still part of the group I have to say that it’s really weird to see a group shot with only Sayu, Gaki, and Reina in the front, as well as S/mileage without Ogawa, but like always the show must go on and it seems that this group will do a really good job since they have 8 Momusu members, 7 Berryz members, 5 C-ute members, Mano, and 8 S/mileage members for a total of 29 members.

I really encourage everyone to listen to the song since it’s an amazing release for this group, and while it will probably be a temporary group I am glad to see that we get another H!P group release since having a single with all of the members in H!P is simply the best way for everyone to enjoy a single, even more when there will be 7 versions of the single.

Hopefully a full song or PV preview is release since this song sounds simply incredible so far.

The release date is set for 11/16.

Video uploaded by: DARC423

EDIT: For those curious about the group pictures they included in the video, PON! did in fact add Morning Musume’s group picture twice when they explained the Mobekimasu name:.

S/mileage – “Tachiagaaru” Tracklists Released

31 08 2011

2. Smile on-don (Limited A,B, Regular)
2. Boogie Train ’11 (Limited C)
2. S/mileage Singles ultra crush remix (Limited D)
3. Tachiagaaru (Instrumental)

Source: Sohee @ JPLOP

The tracklists for S/mileage’s 7th single titled Tachiagaaru have been released.

As you can tell the tracklists all follow the same layout: a-side, b-side, instrumental of a-side, so apart from the b-sides there isn’t that much difference, although I’m really happy to see that they are including three different tracks for this release since it gives a bit more variety to this single and encourages fans to get more than one copy, as well as giving the general buyer a chance of choosing the one they like most.

As far as I can tell they will release one original song, a cover, and a remix, which is a good mix of songs since some fans prefer remixes, some prefer an original song, while others might prefer hearing S/mileage’s version of Boogie Train, so this single looks really good so far for everyone since they can choose whichever song they like.

Smile on-don sounds pretty cute since it has the word smile in it, while the S/mileage Singles ultra crush remix song sounds really interesting due to the very powerful title it has. Boogie Train on the Limited C version is an interesting addition since S/mileage have been covering a lot of songs lately, and while I would prefer another original song it’s great to see that fans of the older songs can listen to a new arrangement with S/mileage’s voices.

The tracklist looks amazing so I’m really looking forward to listening to all of them, and while some fans might be discouraged at the lack of original songs, this seems like a pretty good way of making sure all fans are satisfied, so hopefully everyone gets a copy with their preferred b-side once it is released.

The release date for the single is set for 9/28.

S/mileage Discography Site

Mobekimasu Single Announced, Titled “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”

28 08 2011

A new single for all of the Mobekimasu members within H!P has been announced. It will be titled Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Not ugly philsophy/A philosophy that doesn’t get ugly).

The single will come in 7 different editions, one regular and Limited A, B, C, D, E and F, which will each respectively feature as a c/w a song by a different group, and all of the editions (including regular) come with a special ticket for a handshake and live event.

There was no mention weither the 10th generation members will be participating in this single as a part of Momusu or not (although they should have entered the group by then), but it’s being said that Ai-chan won’t be in this release and that the new S/mileage sub-members will take part in it.

When I first saw the news, I have to say that I was very surprised since I didn’t expect seeing a Mobekimasu release this year because of all of the changes H!P groups undertook, from the 9th generation auditions to the S/mileage’s new members,etc… but I can’t help but think that this single may be released because of those events, to promote H!P in general and probably boost sales for all of the groups.

Even though we have no info apart from the fact that all of the groups will be participating in this which is already a huge event, as well as the release date and the title, we can still see from the title that means something like Not ugly philosophy that the song will probably be something uplifting and happy to boost everyone’s spirits since it would be kind of weird to have a Mobekimasu release turning out to be a sad or fierce song, even though everything is possible.

Apart from that, I’m really excited about getting more information concerning this release, mostly weither there will be a PV for this single or not since it’s an amazing chance to see all of the members together again (this happened back when the song One for All and All for One was released), and I also would like to know weither the c/w’s will be the main song sung by each group or a different c/w for each edition that belongs to a different group.

Overall, I’m highly excited about this release since this is a very important event that doesn’t happen very often within H!P, and I’m impressed by the effort UFA is putting into promoting H!P groups right now.

Hopefully more details will be out soon so that fans can start reserving their copies since it seems like a perfect release that will please every H!P fan thanks to the special feature of different c/ws, that way everyone can pick their favorite group and reserve a copy of the appropriate edition.

The release date is set for 11/16.

SonyMusicShop info page about product

New S/mileage Profile Pictures For “Tachiagaaru”

28 08 2011

S/mileage’s official website under H!P’s site has been updated with a group and individual profile pictures for their 7th single Tachiagaaru, first to feature the new sub-members and first without Ogawa Saki.

Excluding the fact that the group picture looks weird without Saki in it and that S/mileage is now a 8nin group with only 3 main members, I will be focusing on how the members look and on the outfits instead of focusing on the new members and of the loss of Saki since it would be unfair for everyone, so it’s better to enjoy the current line-up and check out the outfits for this single that seem really interesting.

First of all, what we can immediately notice is that the original members are wearing the same red outfit and are in the front of the group pictures while the sub-members are standing in the back wearing the same outfits in pink that have longer skirts to represent their “sub-member” status, and I really like how the concept was made since we can clearly see the focus on both the main members with the bright red color, as well as the light and soft pink of the sub-members that shows off how young and unexperienced they are.

The main members are all wearing the same outfit which is a red and black plaid top with a white blouse underneath and a black tie, alongside a short red skirt, military badges on the tops as well as the S/mileage logo and a cute red hat, and I have to say that I just love how the outfits look on the members since they look really cute and classy.

All of the members are doing the same pose with holding both their hands behind their backs with Dawa leaning on one side wearing her typical ponytail that really seems to be her signature hairstyle (which I love), Yuuka is leaning on the other side with her hair down while smiling in a very cute way and Kanon has her hair held in low pigtails while looking straight towards the camera and smiling cutely with her eyes.

The sub-members on her other hand, even though they are wearing the same outfit as the main 3 girls but in a soft pink shade and with longer skirts, are all looking really unique doing various poses and expressions, but it might just be due to the fact that they are new faces that we’re not used to, even though I still think they all are doing an amazing job in front of the camera since they look natural and relaxed, specially Kana and Meimi.

Kanana is having the biggest smile out of the girls since it seems that her charm point is her cute smily eyes, and I have to say that I can’t deny that she looks extremely attractive with her bright smile and her cute pose and is by far one of my favorite members thanks to her unique charm.

Fuu-chan seems to be the shy character of the group since she is holding her hands down in a very calm way with a cute face expression and a small leaning on the side, and I’m really happy to see that she doesn’t seem to try much looking cute since she naturally is and shows it off in a nice way.

Take-chan seems the one who’s the most at ease in the pictures since she is doing a cute pose with holding both her hands up and smiling cutely, and even though I dislike that hairstyle on her, I’m happy to see that she doesn’t seem to be bothered with having the boyish character of the group since she fits this image perfectly.

Rina on the other hand doesn’t look too different from her Egg pictures or her first official picture within S/mileage, but she still looks great thanks to her pose and her cute way to look at the camera, so hopefully we can see her do different poses and expressions soon to see what she’s capable of.

Finally, Meimei being the youngest, she really looks like the cutest one of the group thanks to her bang-free hairstyle, her long hair and her adorable smiling face, and her overall look seems very noticeable and cute with her small awkward smile and her cute eyes.

Overall, I really like how they valued the “sub-member” status that the 5 new girls have with those outfits, and I really am impressed by everyone since they all look natural and comfortable while only knowing each other for a few weeks now, and even though I talked much about the sub-members because they are new, the original 3 still look amazingly beautiful and are amazing in their red outfits.

Hopefully some sort of preview of the covers of the single will be out soon since it seems like a promising release thanks to the chemistry of the members and their ease towards the camera.

The release date is set for 9/28.

S/mileage’s Official Profile Page

Ogawa Saki Officially Graduates From S/mileage And H!P

27 08 2011

Today August 27 marks the last day of Ogawa Saki as a member of S/mileage and Hello! Project.

After S/mileage’s 3 consecutive release events for their 6th, and last 4nin single together Uchouten LOVE, Ogawa Saki will officially graduate and won’t be a part of the H!P family anymore, as well as having her blog closed in order for her to pursue the normal life she seeks by focusing on her studies.

As a big S/mileage fan, I really have to say that it tears my heart to see one of the original members leave so soon and so quickly without previous notice, and Sakitty has always been my favorite S/mileage member so this is a very sad event for me,  even though as a true Sakitty fan, I think I, as well as everyone, should keep on supporting her with all of our hearts.

Following is a detailed post with many thoughts about her 7 years of activity in H!P, her years in S/mileage, etc… as well as many information and pictures concerning their last day together and their last events, so please check it out after the break!

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H!P Releases August 24

24 08 2011

Quick post today since there is only one release.

Today’s releases include:

  • S/mileage – Limited Live “S/mile Factory” (DVD)

Check out the full post after the break!

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