Bikkuri Survey

29 06 2008

Hey everyone, I’ve been a bit busy with work and other things in life so I haven’t been able to post as much.  But here’s another J-pop survey while I scramble to write up an actual post about something. But you know this is still related to the aim of this blog. So today while doing my IW run, I ran into Celestia’s survey on J-pop feelings and I feel like answering it, so here we go!

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J-music survey

21 06 2008

While doing my IW runs for the day I ran into a post about J-music. It’s actually a survey, so I’ll fill it to the best of my ability.

1. What was the first Japanese song that you ever listened to?
As far as I can remember, it would probably have to go as far back as… anime days. I first listened to one of the opening/ending songs for DragonballZ (the name escapes me). But the first Japanese anime song, I can recall actually listening to (not out of situation) would have to be “Just Communication” by Two-Mix. Now the first actual Japanese song from J-pop, I would have to say it was by SPEED. I believe it was Go Go Heaven.

2. Did it inspire you to like that group/singer, or did it turn you away?
I listened to a couple more songs to SPEED. I also listened to some more songs from Two-Mix. And eventually steered away from anime music to J-pop thanks to SPEED (and accidentally downloading a mislabelled song that turned out to be Ayumi Hamasaki’s “poker face”).

3. What is the one song that you have been listening to for the longest time?
The one song I have been listening to for the longest time… is such a hard thing to pinpoint exactly. I have since stopped listening to SPEED and anime music, but my love for Ayumi still extends to today. I have been primarily listening to the songs on the & single (ourselves, Greatful days, HANABI ~episode II~) and time and time again… I’m just amazed at how excellent those songs are (it really depends on which one I happen to listen to and then put on repeat for 400 times).

4. What group/singer have you liked the longest?
Ayumi Hamasaki has been my divine goddess of J-pop as far back as 2004 (even longer if you count the songs I listened to before I “re-discovered” her).

5. What is the song with the most plays on your itunes/media player?
uhhh… I don’t track number of plays since I haven’t totally organized everything.

6. Is that song your favorite?

7. If not, what is?
I can’t pick a favorite song… too many excellent songs out there! But if I’ll pick one it’ll be “Greatful days” by Ayumi Hamasaki.

8. Is there any one group that you can listen to all/most of the songs by? If so, who?
Clazziquai Project is a wonderful Korean fusion and all around cool group I got into 2 years ago. I can proudly say that they have the highest average of songs that if forced I would enjoy listening to all/most. However, I do generally skip a lot of songs and put the really excellent songs on repeat forever.

9. What is your favorite agency?
Avex. Because UFA treats their girls badly sometimes.

10. What is your favorite group/singer?
Girl group: Morning Musume (by far)
Boy group: … do I even have one?
Girl/Boy group: Clazziquai Project
Rapper: VERBAL (and m-flo in general)
Female Singer: Ayumi Hamasaki
Male Singer: can’t think of one.

So there you have it!

[REVIEW] Wonder Girls – So Hot

8 06 2008

Leaked cover for Wonder Girls new single, \\

Artist: Wonder Girls

Release Date: June 3rd, 2008

Genre: Korean Pop

Label: Loen Entertainment

Format: CD

The Wonder Girls are back with their comeback hit after the “Tell Me” phenomenon that roared through Korea last fall. So, how does their new single which practically been in the making for half a year, stack compared to their trademark song? Heaven knows I actually like Tell Me (it took me a couple months though for me to actually really like it)

So what do I think of it after listening to it through a couple of times giving each track fair listening? Well, read more to find out.

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Miyabi Scandal!!!

4 06 2008

A couple days ago the internet presented us with pictures and even video of Natsuyaki Miyabi of Berryz Koubou and Buono! fame, apparently embracing some guy. Some guy has since been identified as Inoo Kei (I apologize if I mispell the names) of Hey! Say! JUMP.

So I’m sure this has been written everywhere else as far as Berryz Koubou’s infamous member, Natsuyaki Miyabi, is concerned. But I’ll put in my 2 cents about it and report it.

Miyabi scandal pictures

Only recently, in the past month or two have I gotten into the H!P Kids groups that are C-ute and Berryz Koubou. I knew a while ago, I had a small softspot for the two tall freak of natures that are complete underdogs. Actually I couldn’t tell them apart, so I believe I had a small crush on one girl which I may have confused as two. Anyway that is for another post.

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