3D Idols

19 02 2011

3D viewing technology has been around for a long time. We all have eyes (unless one is closed off or is heavily impaired) and hence have the ability to view the world around us in three dimensions. Our eyes can simultaneously see how tall people appear to be…

She is TALL and I LOVE her for thatOur eyes can also judge how wide people may appear to be…

No lie, Hello! Online made me pick this, I am not bashing on Risako on purpose ^_~You may see these pictures and perceive height and length. Well, some people call it length and width. Whichever you like. What we cannot readily perceive is depth. The third component which completes our perception. Take the below picture. It is a 2-dimensional image, after all you are most likely viewing this on your computer monitor or a mobile phone. The sense of depth that you have somehow tricked yourself into perceiving is due to optical subtleties such as foreground versus background or shadows.I wonder how tall Momo is compared to YaguchiBut what if we could indeed see these images in 3D without actually being the cameraman and taking these pictures ourselves? Read on for my take on the recent trend of 3D entertainment.

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Premonitions

16 01 2011

Yesterday I had a nosebleed. It just came out of nowhere.

I mentioned in my previous post that I have nosebleeds that seem to precede major events.

And I quote from Tokyograph:

Idol group Momoiro Clover held an in-store event in Chiba on Sunday, and member and sub-leader Akari Hayami (15) unexpectedly announced in front of the 500 fans in attendance that she is leaving the group in April.

I’m not even a fan of Momoiro Clover (haven’t listened to them yet). And my nose called her resignation.

Needless to say, I will tweet out when my nose bleeds so all of you can brace yourselves for the next big development!

~Siggy, who wonders what would it be like if he were to Takahashi’s graduation concert, would he have a major nosebleed to coincide with her actual graduation?~





Connections

11 01 2011

More than likely, anyone reading this post will have already heard the news. The news has been erred! Tsunku has selected the winners of his 9th generation audition for Morning Musume. Congratulations to Sayashi Riho, Ikuta Erina and Kanon Suzuki and the surprise Egg promotion, Fukumura Mizuki!

Zukki~~~I’m going out on a limb and saying that this generation is definitely going to be stronger than 8th generation. No offense to Mittsi fans out there but Zukki has already captured my heart with her smile.

Oh wait… no that’s old news. The above would have totally been the topic of this post had I had one in the pipeline. Unfortunately, priority in news has delayed my impressions of the 9th generation. Let’s rewind the clocks a bit. Last night I had a nosebleed. It just came out of nowhere, like I can’t make this stuff up. No one punched me, no one landed a football on me. It just starts. In the past I have related nosebleeds to premonitions or reactions to major events.

I usually read all my tweets and Facebook updates before I go to sleep. I went to sleep comparatively earlier than usual (somewhere around 1 AM) because I wanted some rest after bleeding. I wake up somewhere around 10AM and check my tweets. I usually check my tweets at my bed with my TweetDeck for Android app which extends a yellow bar from the last read update so you can see how much you have ahead of you. For some reason or another the bar was extremely long, over twice the length that I was used to seeing from just one normal sleeping period. Color me surprised, I should have known why.

When she talks something is up

Takahashi Ai, the current leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project has announced her graduation. She will be graduating at the end of Morning Musume’s fall tour. After going through the past couple of graduation announcements the shock factor really did not shock me as much this time. But at first, reading those words seemed so matter of fact. I almost felt if it wasn’t real yet I knew very much so it was real.

Read onwards for my feelings on this and a completely unnecessary but interesting analysis.

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Year in Review 2010

1 01 2011

Year 2010, oh what a year this was. I’d argue many things happened in my personal life that made this year something else altogether. But since this blog has nothing to do with my personal life (and rightfully so) I will continue to review the year in entertainment for 2010.

So what happened this past year? Well, according to Hello! Online member statistics, this is my 5th year being a Hello! Project fan, more specifically a Morning Musume fan. I had been into Minimoni prior but since Morning Musume is my main fandom within Hello! Project, I just use January 2005 arbitrarily for my anniversary date.

This past summer held one of the biggest announcements to happen in a while. That is if Koharu’s graduation was a big deal (and it certainly was) this was triple the deal. If you’ve somehow avoided the news that Kamei Eri, JunJun and LinLin were set to and have already graduated from Morning Musume, then I apologize. I apologize for being the one to let you know. You were supposed to hear it from Tsunku-san himself. Let’s rectify this.

Assuming you don’t know Japanese, the hunt for the 9th generation was announced. Also, the graduation of Kamei, JunJun and LinLin was announced. I’d like to also comment that Tsunku-san is very sly with his words. He just drops those bombs out of nowhere and the next thing you know the whole audience is in uproar. Just remember that Morning Musume is an evolving group that is not static. Somewhat coincidentally enough, I had written that post earlier in the year in regards to the fact that we can’t expect Morning Musume to stay the way it is. After Momusu’s trip to Paris I wasn’t fully expecting the graduation announcement. After all, one can never be ready for these things. But with their trip to Anime Expo, Japan Expo and Shanghai Expo, I’m starting to think that any Expo they go to, signifies a graduation. For those who feel lost that Momusu has lost all of its steam, we rest easy with the news that the 9th generation has already been decided. And in fact, the announcement is waiting for the new year and a day to be let out. I look forward to seeing what Tsunku (or the mysterious superiors) have for Momusu. But before we look forward to next year, since this is a year in review, take a moment to savor all the moments this past year. Remember the presence of JunJun and LinLin and Kamei and their wonderful performance on December 15th.

FANTASY GA HAJIMARU!

So this past year they released their 11th full album, Fantasy Juuichi, which does not live up to my full expectations after the amazing showing from Platinum 9 Disco and 10 MY ME. That being said, I don’t dislike the album. My favorite track (4), Onna gokoro to nanto yara (or however you want to romanize it) is simple and lovely (points if you get this reference). The rest of the album, excluding singles, is not too much to write home about, unfortunately. And that is surprising, considering that this is the first album since the last two albums to feature the same set of girls from beginning recording period to ending period. Everyone may recall, Platinum 9 Disco had the one off, Kanashimi Twilight tossed in with all of the Takahashi administration songs. Likewise, 10 MY ME had the remnants of Koharu’s vocals. That being said, I am disappointed that for this album where there were no change in members from the previous album (a rarity), this album didn’t turn out stronger in my liking.

Single-wise, Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai was amazing. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game likewise is very good. Seishun Collection, on the other hand, at first was not too special. But after the announcement of the mass graduation, the song became that much more special to me. And today, when I hear it I’m reminded of the clip from earlier.

I also realized the fact that I like all of Reina’s solo songs from previous albums including this one. This makes her gig with Uta no Rakuen all the more enjoyable. Which is great for her and I hope it’s giving her more exposure in the mainstream entertainment world. I do recall her actually being in the Top 10 list of blogs recently. Who says Morning Musume is a dying group? Just because AKB is en vogue right now doesn’t mean that Hello! Project is just going to wither away and die. Give me death or give me Maimi!!! Speaking of Maimi, her gig on the pseudo toku show, Zacklly Fighter Piramekid, is something that has bridged my interest in toku as well as idols (no don’t even mention Queen and Elizabeth) and I look forward to catching up and watching it all. I mean frankly, who wouldn’t want to be beat with a paper fan by Maimi~

For an odd reason or another this has been Okai Chisato’s (C-ute) year. She came out with multiple one-shot dance videos on youtube and became massively popular. She even got her first photobook announced along with Saki Shimuzu and Mitsui Aika. Which now means, with the exception of S/mileage, the three main groups of Hello! Project all have at least one photobook to each member. It took this long but they finally all have photobooks!

Since the past year, I have been following Morning Musume passionately, and I continue to do so. As silly as it may sound, I think it’s important to really give your favorite idols your support. I feel somewhat bad for the time where I neglected them during my transition to college, but I’m making up for it now! Especially with this crucial stage that Momusu is currently going through, I feel compelled to stand by them and look forward to their future. Don’t forget that the 9th generation members are being announced soon!

Another big thing in 2010 for me, was my first concert! Technically, I had seen to Video Games Live back in … I believe it was 2005 or 2006. But I don’t really consider that a traditional concert so this is why I consider POLYSICS to be my first concert! Ever since hearing Kayo was set to graduate from POLYSICS I was intent on seeing her before I would lose the chance. It was awfully convenient of them to be in New York on a weekend (though an inconvenient weekend at that). I wouldn’t miss it for the world. And while my experience at the concert wasn’t the best, I don’t regret it. I got to meet Kayo, get an autograph from her and have a jolly old time. It’s like meeting your favorite idol, except she’s not an idol, she’s a robot. She was mechanically engineered to get cuter as she gets older. I’ve been looking for the right time to sit down and watch her graduation concert in Budokan, so hopefully I’ll get some time this winter break to do so. But I have SO many things to watch!

In other sectors, Perfume has made it to Tokyo Dome, which if I’m not mistaken is the biggest venue in Japan. Huge accomplishment and I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for them. Release an album! What else? Ah! Taku Takahashi, which everyone may remember as the DJ behind m-flo, did the music for Gainax’s new anime, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. The music is excellent and the anime itself is pretty good and interesting.

Arguably for me, one of the biggest things about 2010 was the huge Korean wave enveloping Japan. Ever since coming to college, Koreans have been around me. I hear K-pop, hear about K-dramas being oh so good, I even currently have a Korean roommate! The amount of influence K-pop had in my musical tastes was limited to just that, K-pop. There have been isolated cases before, Tohoshinki and BoA for example. But they remain very isolated because I don’t have a large following for them. But in more recent times several of the K-pop groups have been what I basically consider invading Japan. This has caused what I see to be the biggest saturation of Asian girl groups on the market in recent years. AKB with their 1337 members, Avex’s new foray to the idol market with Tokyo Girls Style and others, Momoiro Clover with their ice cream are the hottest new things. And now we have the likes of SNSD and Kara, with more to come. My feelings on this are too numerous to post here in this review. However, I’m partially amused to see the Korean wave bringing their A-game over. At the same time, I’m not amused that they have now invaded the place where I am safe from their influence. 2011 will be another year full of Koreans.

This year really belonged to AKB. I have remained decidedly anti or ignorant of AKB for this year.  Unfortunately, I stand by my original opinion that they do not appeal to me because of part of their music. Also for an odd reason or another, looking at Tomomi really annoys me. It’s her forehead, it has to be. Everyone knows how I am about foreheads… AKB will no doubt have an amazing year in 2011, I don’t particularly look forward to hearing everyone rave over them on the news. But congratulations AKB. You all deserve it for your hard work. Though part of me doubts the deserving it should be equally distributed.

I guess that’s it… My blog has been rather dead for 2010 with a grand total of about 13 posts, give or take if you consider them all relevant enough to be a post. But then again that is more or less due to how busy school has made me. Also, my inability to write on command also prevents me from finishing drafts and/or writing what’s on my mind. So as slow as my blog is, I appreciate everyone reading my posts and awaiting my next post. Here’s to 2011!

~Siggy, GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD~

As it stands, the end of Year 2010 has been taken over by conveyor belts and sushi~





Inspiring

12 12 2010

Less than one week left before what I feel will be the biggest graduation concert ever for Morning Musume. Maybe the members are not as popular as Nacchi or as instrumental as Iida , but there are 3 graduating! For anyone else who’s having a hard time as the time is ticking by here’s some inspiration.

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The image is from earlier snapshots of Rival Survival. And even though you can’t see everyone’s face clearly the colors delineate everyone. Whenever I look at the photo I feel truly inspired. Just like at Koharu’s graduation, they have a huddle onstage. And to have it onstage really shows the girls and their earnest hard work. I can’t wait to cry streams watching this concert…

Savor the last couple of days as Morning Musume will be undergoing one of the biggest transformations it has gone through since the inclusion of the 2nd generation. For better or for worse? Who knows, we’ll just have to weather it out and hope for the best. Now go and listen to that awesome B-side, Inspiration.

GANBATTEIKIMA~SSHOI!

~Siggy, who has his Rival Survival gear ready for the 15th~





Update [11-25-2010]

25 11 2010

Hola! Just wanted to let my faithful readers (all three of you) out there that I am still alive. I’ve started my graduate studies at school and taken up a post as a part-time lecturer so I have much less time to idle these days. That being said, yes this is not an actual excuse. Unfortunately, with the way I write posts can never get done unless I have extended periods of time where I can really think about what I want to write and then finally write it. And due to my work I haven’t been feeling the writing mood lately.

A couple things since the last time I wrote:

– The Pokemon anime soundtrack is a very good background music for waiting out red lights and attempting to pop balloons with a pair of scissors attached to three yo-yo strings.

– Muten Musume’s single is really good. I don’t care what you want to say about why they’re doing it or for that matter what they’re singing about. It’s a legit good song and coming from a time where singing songs about strawberry pies and other “silly” things, as long as the music is good, it’s good.

– I’ve spent way too much money on Hello! Project in the past couple of months. But I have also bought Perfume’s Livefolio (really great photobook) as well as m-flo’s 10th year anniversary concert DVD. Admittedly, I think the Cosmicolor concert was better as well as longer, but who am I to complain? It’s still a GREAT concert. And Love Long & Prosper in M-F10 was even more amazing than the first time Taku did the song during Cosmicolor.

– I performed a yo-yo routine using Capsule’s “Hello”! There might be video proof eventually.

–  Nocchi is hot.

I will unfortunately be buried under work and exams in the upcoming month so my plans to write about the upcoming triple graduation (that I won’t even actually see for a while), as well as reviews, retrospectives, and other articles I had planned probably will not come to fruition. But perhaps I’ll find some time to write during the winter break. Oh… wait I should be studying for the PRAXIS exams… argh. I’ll find time somehow… I really do want to finish some of the things I have in my backburner.

Anyway, back to work. While all (three of you) are waiting for my next big post just remember that I’m still active online so I’m keeping up with the news and blogs. I’m still very much here!

That is all.

~Siggy, who wasted his entire Wednesday before Thanksgiving and now has a lot of work to do Thursday because his professor mentioned that the homework assignment was extended to Friday, but our homework is ALWAYS due Friday…~





Never Forget

13 08 2010

“Retcon”, it’s a word in my list of favorite words to use for no real reason. Though, when I say no real reason, I am usually (there are rare instances) using the word correctly. Actually I have a lot of words that I love using when there are simpler words that could’ve done the trick. But I digress.

Retroactive Continuity. The word, “retcon” is a portmanteau of retroactive continuity which simply means to alter established facts on purpose. Usually it is to clean up existing continuity or to correct for happenings that would cause a review of previous established continuity. Retconning as far as I know only applies to fictional works. I suppose for non-fiction works retconning would just be erasing or altering history. But retconning sounds SO much cooler than erasing history. Maybe we can make a new word … erastory, altestory? Nah, that doesn’t have a good ring to it.

So if you’ve gotten this far I will now proceed to the meat of the day. What I want to talk about today is: retconning in Hello! Project. You see the other day when the horses started neighing, thunder was striking all over the place, goldfishes around the world were swimming in figure eights, and pandas started walking into bars and shooting patrons and abruptly leaving before they paid their bills… So the other day, I was looking at this picture. And that’s when I decided I wanted to talk about retconning in Hello! Project.

モーニング娘。9期メンバーオーディション

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