Friday, 28 December 2012

Oricon Weekly Charts

wait a sec....is that berryz?


ranked WEEKLY 3rd?
OMEDETOU!

am verry proud of them, WANT is a great song!
and they didn't have much promotion either
(EDIT: though I heard somewhere their good sales, is due to handshake events and posters?
well whatever it is i guess it's working
wouldn't hurt if they were on tv more though)
is it me, or isn't that the best (or at least one of) ranking they've got?

I hope they continue to get more support
and release many more great songs (preferably more often too)
P.S. yay CN Blue~
UsaTEN

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Berryz - WANT interview

I really love it when Berryz and C-ute have a new video for kawaii girl japan, it's instantly subbed!
domo arigatou =w=
if you haven't seen it, check it out!

short but sweet

aallsoo, have you downloaded your copy of WANT yet. and by download I mean via iTunes!
I have decided now to support my favourite artists by buying their songs properly >:3
iTunes really makes things easier, and its only 99p! (or in whatever currency you use)
and I want them to see they are popular around the country
it's really easy to find, as their song title is in English, I just typed 'WANT Berryz' lol
so please please please support!

I shall try and blog more often
belated Merry Christmas!
UsaTEN

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Matching Miya

if you've been keeping up with Miyabi's blog, you would have seen this post

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I purchased these recently at FOREVER 21 ♡

Cross…¥580
Angel feathers…¥380
Dirt cheap‼‼
Since they’re for sale now, let’s match with miya! ♡
If you all have any recommended shops or such, please tell me okay! ✧*♪(´ε` )
♔miyabi♔
credit: blog-prpject.net
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and look what Usa got~

yatta!
couldn't find the angel feathers though...is that a necklace? cause it looks like there's a pin at the back
anyhoo who's been keeping up with hello pro's blogs? are there any members who have interesting blogs? if so let me know!
UsaTEN




Monday, 26 November 2012

Berryz Kobo - WANT!

ahh so excited for this video! it's been aaages since their last release!


I love the song!!
it's really catchy, when I first heard the radio rip, I already liked it.
I quite like how the camera spins around the different rooms, I wish we could see the rooms more clearly, cause they seem to correspond to the member, even though they switch rooms. I love how the rooms are decorated, I think my fave would be Yurina's, love the wall tree! I would like something like that one day.
a thing that I don't like, is how their dark costumes clash with the happy bright rooms, so if they had another lighter costume it'd be muuch better.

they all look really pretty, I love their hairstyles! though as I said before Risako's fringe is a bit too short for my liking. she seems to get a lot of lines in this! but overall the line distribution isn't bad, they all get lines and screen time. another thing which could be better was the ending of the song, I think they could have improved the last note to make it sound more like an ending.
but apart from that i'm really excited for their 30th single! congrats berryz!
UsaTEN

Friday, 23 November 2012

C-ute - New PVs!

Yaay new pvs

I shall start with Airi's
Edo no Termai Uta II (2012 ver)
I first heard this as an audio, and tbh I didn't really like it
it sounds too rushed! and I don't know why they made it rocky....just seemed really random to me, it was like a traditional song before, and they totally changed it!
but it's nice to see a video, plus airi does sound really good, you can really hear her powerful vocals
also love her outfit. but wished they gave her another song

Kanashiku Heaven
love love love this song!! i normally dont take that much interest in c-ute's b sides, but this one is amaaazing
so happy when I heard it'll get a pv
took aages though
i like the setting and the green outfits (but airi's shorts were reaaally short!)
but I think it'd be better if they shot everything with new outfits and not use the concert one at all.
cause they kept switching between scenes and they're like totally different! ones rock and the one is pink and colourful. I think it'd be better to leave it as a concert vid with the cheers.
but i guess it's only a bside pv
UsaTEN

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Mano Erina - Next Myself PV

was about to turn in for the night, when I saw this

aw its Mano's last single!
I was quite surprised at first when I heard she was graduating, but I'm happy for her if that's what she wants. I'm thinking she wants to focus on acting? sounds good

anyways, I remember there was an ad for mano fans to participate in the video, which is a really nice idea I think.
at first I thought the people dressed in different clothes were, and I thought wow they're good!
but then I saw that her fans were all in red
I managed to spot 1 girl fan...lol

she looks really pretty in her close up
and is it me, or is her hair just getting shorter and shorter, didn't realize it was that short
but it suits her
I remember thinking did they every do anything with her (old) hair? since it was a typical asian girl style it could get boring easily, and this one frames her face more

the song itself was ok, there were a few parts I liked, but there wasn't anything that really grabbed me
I'm thinking the lyrics are quite meaningful...or at least I hope so
I never really understood the title of this single, Next Myself...
first of all it doesn't sound right and secondly, so is she not doing anything for herself now? or is she saying she's going to be by herself from now on..? but she's a soloist, so she's on her own anyway

the pv is good for the average HP videos, but mano has had some awesome pv's before, sooo this wasn't her best. there was only two shots, one closeup and one in a car park I assume. I think they could have at least another shot, or make the car park more interesting.
I really liked the end though

wow this came out longer than I expected!
I shall give this a 7.5/10
the end bumped it up, plus it's her last single
UsaTEN

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Sayotama PV 3

Boys be ambitious!
Captain!
I wish she got more lines, she doesn't often get to sing. and her voice is really nice and soft, suits this song well.

from the title of the song I imagined it to be a fast energetic song
I don't really get what they song is about from the video... they're singing about boys in a field?
the pv isn't as good as the previous ones, it's pretty but it's not as interesting and the song itself is plain, it doesn't have a highlight and it seemed to carry the same tune throughout

but I did like the scene with them riding bikes
I like aika's hairstyles and captains second hairstyle. 
especially love captain's closeup with her hair partly down.

I kinda wish captain was in a dance group, she needs to show off her dancing more
for this 6.5/10
the song didn't interest me
UsaTEN

Friday, 9 November 2012

Sayotama PVs

I really liked this mv! 
I didn't have much expectations cause I didn't think much of the song
but the video definitely makes me like the song more
Really love the outside scenes, when they're singing together in a field and when they're walking in the forest
sometimes I don't understand why companies spend so much on videos where they're just in a box with lots of lights. when they can just step outside and take a really good video their. it's even worse when they're just in a box with no fancy lights (ahem momoiro sparkling)
and Peaberry is a really cute name!
8/10

I still don't really get the sad indoor scenes...are they singing about wanting to go to the forest?
ah the bbq makes me hungry!
I think it'd be nicer if they included a bit more of the dance shot, cause that's a highlight of the song
or it'd be nice if they released a dance shot ver
I like the song, real catchy
8.5/10

Overall I love the sayotama videos! I shall look forward to their releases more
I wonder if these units would release more singles, I hope so, cause otherwise it'd be a waste in thinking up those names. but in the future I hope the more underrated members get a chance to be in one
UsaTEN

S/mileage - Samui ne PV

the camera wobbled in places...i suppose it's intentional, but it looks like to me that the cameraman lost his footing xD
they look quite different, especially kanon, maybe cause I've never seen her in so many angles..lol
akari stood out for me, cho kirei

the song isn't bad, prefer this one over their previous one
and their costumes reminded me a bit of sailor moon lol (best show ever)
I don't really know what to rate it..if i had to 7/10
they coulda done more with the 'cold' theme i think
UsaTEN

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Berryz Kobo WANT Profile Pictures


 I decided to group them

Twins (matching hair)
she looks like a supermodel!



new hairstyles
love miya's hair!


new hair!
you might be thinking, what's different about this?
but if you look closely, she has a fringe!
she looks so pretty here^^

now here's one that jumps out at you
red hair! red hair!!
it's funky, i much prefer it over her previous hair
but...i think it'd be better with a longer fringe

last but not least....
the biggest change of all
NO PIGTAILS!
everyone cheer with me!!
YATTA
she's soo pretty with this hair
I think she got a haircut, looks shorter and thinner

can't see much of the costumes
but they remind me of halloween a bit...
and since the original release date was close to halloween (or on it, I forget)
maybe it was a spooky themed one..
UsaTEN



Thursday, 1 November 2012

Buono! REAL Rehearsal

loved airi's hatsukoi opening verse
momo looks really nice with a simple ponytail!
UsaTEN

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Berikyuu

One of the reasons why I haven't been so updated on H!P is that it's so hard to find their stuff!
like where are all their concerts?
I remember the days when I could easily find their DVD magazines and lives (subbed as well!)

The reason I'm saying this now is, I stumbled across a Berikyuu concert, which happened to be their second concert, which I was soo excited about. but now completely forgotten, due to lack of news.
unfortunately I can't find the whole concert, but I will post some links below (click on the song)

I'm liking the berryz ver!
but seriously, why did they have to wear the most awkward costumes to dance in for this song?
the costume coordinator or whoever made a serious boo boo there
also miya singing airi's parts, miyairi love

I like how the lines are quite even

Kirai de Kirai de Kirai de

mai really stands out with her jumper!

Seishun Gekijou

love their voices together~

Jet Coaster Medley


DEEP MIND/ bye bye bye/ yuke yuke monkey dance
buono!!~

Monday, 29 October 2012

Risako Karaoke

Enjoy!
UsaTEN

Only You - Chisa to Airi

see what I did there?... with the title? xP

they are rocking this song!
UsaTEN

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Berryz Blogs

yay! at last Berryz all gets a blog!
it seemed like everyone had one apart from them! (the s/mileage staff even had one for goodness sakes)
lol
but yes, now can keep up to date with everyone^^

Click name for Official Blogs 
Click translations for Translated Blogs






Thank you sooo much to blog!projects for their efficient translations and hard work!
perhaps I shall reblog some posts here if they are amusing
but everyone check them out!
UsaTEN

Furusato - MiyAiri

ahh my two favourite voices~^^
should be posting these next fews days, mainly short posts. but be sure to check them out
UsaTEN

Saturday, 27 October 2012

DIY Forest For Rest MV Making

I really think Forest For Rest is a better title than, Fore Fore Forest for Rest..

but anyways, can't wait for the mv! H!P hasn't been releasing much, hence lack of posts
the mv doesn't look too cheap! which is always a good thing
it also seems to have some random scenes, like in a moving car..?
but they included the main thing, a forest! or sort of. but i'm glad they shot outside
the Yajima ame onna made me smile
lots of cute moments
UsaTEN

Friday, 26 October 2012

Auto-untuned

C-ute has re-recorded some of their songs :O
I was so so excited when I heard this, their line-up has changed a lot, so I was really interested to see what they will do, here are two of their new versions, and as always I recorded my reactions

Ookina Ai de Motenaishite
wth, was my reaction when the new tune played
and when they started singing
why why why why why? the auto tune sounds so out of place!
I know they're older with more mature voices so I guess it wouldn't be the same anyway, but this makes it worse
and I'm not a fan of the new tune they added in...it's pretty random
and I don't hear airi at all, which is a surprise
but yeah..nothing beats the original

Masaara Blue Jeans
omg, its a different song! the beginning is so different lol
but this isn't as bad as the ookina ai new ver, it's alright actually
but I guess I still prefer the original, it sounds more genki, and I remember love watching this live cause I just love the energy! (the chorus dance is funny and awkward though)

and since i'm feeling nolstalgic
it seems in their recent performances they don't dance the beginning bit =(

p.s. Airi's new drama Piece is now airing, I'm considering watching this, cause it looks good. I can't quite understand the storyline, it seems a bit sad though. if anyone is watching this, please let me know how it is
UsaTEN

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Excellente!

am quite impressed!
I think she is my favourite 10th gen
it used to be haruka, but haruna was a close second anyway
her fringe looks so much better now! 


LOOL "Don't miss it when we are slappin' our bottoms"
dear oh dear
and I actually did miss it 
UsaTEN

Friday, 5 October 2012

Loving You too much Berryz


i really love this mv! probably as much as the original
love the colours and how natural it is
love chinami pulling the popper (or whatever it is) at the woo!
watching the videos definitely made me like the song more!
UsaTEN

Wakuteka Take a Chance mvs

Another ver

Dance ver

still not liking the song, some parts were ok but altogether its like a mishmash
out of the three versions i've seen the dance is probably my favourite 
but did you see the munasawagi dance? :O
it's halloween themed right? i think it'd be cooler to release it on 10/31 or the day before
but i don't know if halloween is really big in japan

morning musume really has changed so much! i can't help thinking reina kinda looks out of place here...
i wonder would she graduate momusu when she's in her band but stay in H!P? 
i think she should, she's my momusu fave member...but I think she'd shine much better on her own
besides she has been in momusu for a good amount of time
plus I think they should give haruka some more lines
UsaTEN

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Cat's Eye

I had recently found out H!P kids' Cat's Eye is a cover song

H!P Kids

I think the rooftop suits the song and theme well
and like the 'searching light'
there's a lot of autotune in this song as well. especially in the chorus
and they probably sound better without it
love captains rap parts
and masaa needs more love, she's looking cool here

E-Girls
UsaTEN

Wakuteka Take a Chance mv

I wonder if there will be different versions of the mv
song reeeeally doesn't do it for me
so much auto tune and it just sounds weird
is it halloween themed? it kinda sounds eerie and the colours orange, black and green especially hint towards it

I can't wait for 11 gen member Oda Sakura to join, hopefully she gets a lot of lines, cause riho's voice isn't that great yet she's singing most of the song

the members look quite similar, especially those with full fringes

they look very nice but the lightings a bit scary, so scarily pretty?
mizuki i think looks really pretty.
I like riho's hair and haruka looks pretty cool. but what's with erina's hair?!
love reina's cat ears!
UsaTEN

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Kanashiku Heaven Live

i love it!
I knew Airi and Chisato was the main singers, but I didn't realize the others didn't get a line at all!
but now Airi's wish came true
whilst I like the other 3 dancing in the background, i'm not sure about some of the moves...
and you can totally see Airi's rocker buono side come out WAO!
really love Chisa here
9/10
UsaTEN

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Review - cha cha Sing Single (Berryz Koubou)

I know this is a late review, but why not

cha cha Sing
I remember first watching this in HK at 2am 
I love it! from the costumes to the dance to the line distribution
also like how they sing differently to suit the song
my favourite thing is the head bobbing (Captain and Risako owns that dance)
it took me a long time to realize they were saying, 'sing a song'
I had wanted them to show some flashmob scenes in the video as well
8.5/10

flashmob ver.
but I'm glad the released a whole mv for the flashmob
looks like so much fun! wish I could be in it
I'm trying to figure out where it is, my guess is thailand? since the people seems to know this dance inside out!
but I thought it was a little dim.
love miya's hair in this!
8/10

the original
he's a cool dude

Loving you Too Much
I didn't know this was getting a video too, so I happily surprised
I wish they shot some scenes in a nightclub, the neon would look good there
speaking of neon, they need some different blush! Risako must have piled it on, cause her cheeks pop (and not in a good way)
I'm not a fan of Momoko's dress but apart from that I quite like the clothes.
Masaa looks really nice here
The rapping surprised me! am impressed with Captain's rap
Overall I like the video, it's very fun and my my my the song has grown a lot on me
8/10

At first I thought it was a coincidence that Bird has a song called 'Too Much So Much Very Much' as well...but nope I just realized that Berryz B side is a cover as well!
the original
it's more different though

a third video! here I thought Tsunku was being very kind, but I guess seeing as the other two are covers it makes sense
Momochi! Yurushite Nyan Taisou
well...it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be
she sung it pretty well actually
wish she'd get a better solo song next time
6/10

overall good single!
UsaTEN

Friday, 21 September 2012

Honto ni! Blue Jeans Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai

One day when RisUsagi was bored and missing H!P kids, we decided to watch them grow up again
So we created 3 playlists of all their MVs in chronological order (it wasn't until towards the end that Usagi realized on all their channels there were MV playlists, but oh well ours is better cause it's the other way round xP)
so after a loot of clicking I compiled 3 separate playlists

Berryz Koubou

C-ute 
(we even have their indies!)

Buono!

so we can watch them turn from chibis to onnas lol and go down memory lane
it's not much but feel free to use them. it's a lot of fun^^
UsaTEN

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Cho Happy Live

I came across this randomly and realized I haven't seen it before
I have watched some concert lives but I prefer this performance
enjoy!
UsaTEN

H!P Best and Worst Selling singles



hey nice to meet you, I'm Usagi, we met a while back if you remember....
well! it was a stressful couple of months for RisUsagi whilst we were facing our school exams, hence the exponential decrease in posts...but we've never lost our Buono! love, not one bit!
but I find I do miss blogging. so hopefully I'll pick things up again, veerry slowly. 
but enough about Usagi!

The other day I read that C-ute's newest single has surpassed all others and has become their best selling single! this made me think, what about the other groups?

Morning Musume
Best Selling Single - Love Machine
after all these years!
thank goodness for the official channels where we can watch everything easily
I remember when I first got into H!P and was trying to find this mv, it was so hard!
but seeing this makes me think how much momusu has changed! 
my favourite part is the chorus and the nice body body part lol, but it's not my fave momusu single
total sales: 1 760 000
Usa's rating: 6/10

Worst Selling Single - Pyoko Pyoko Ultra
honestly I'm not surprised
as soon as I saw the costumes I had a bad feeling
and the song itself isn't great either
glad this wasn't Risa's graduation single
the costumes...they look like they have yellow lobster claws!
total sales: 34 050
Usa's rating: 3/10 

Berryz Koubou
Best Selling Single - Dschinghis Khan
this is such a hard name to spell!
at first I really didn't like this song
but then I grew to love it (as I did with many other crazy hp songs)
I think Berryz looks so nice here
do you notice the kids are doing wota dances?
total sales: 38 125
Usa's rating: 7.5/10

Worst Selling Single - Fighting Pose wa Date Janai
I didn't mind this single much, it's pretty catchy too
total sales: 10 326
Usa's rating: 6/10

C-ute
Best Selling Single - Aitai Aitai Aitaina
I love this single! with the B sides as well
in fact I prefer Kanashiku Heaven...
I'm also surprised with the TWO B sides, we're getting spoilt
I'm glad this single did so well (I was not a fan of kimi wa jitensha)
however after watching the dance shot, I feel the dance could be better
total sales: 48 480 (and counting)
Usa's rating: 8.5/10

Worst Selling Single - Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onno no Ko
this single was alright for me, but I didn't like their tones of their dresses and rooms, I thought it kinda clashed
but as Risu described it as "it was practically momoiro sparking part 2" 
so timing I guess
total sales: 19 830
Usa's rating: 6.5/10

Mano Erina
Best Selling Single - Otomo no Inori
I've never really paid attention to Manoeri, but recently I'm liking her more
that being said her first few singles weren't interesting to me
but I kinda miss her playing piano, they should give her a really fast and impressive piece to show off her skills, she could just play her own instrumental!
total sales: 25 228
Usa's rating: 4/10

Worst Selling Single - My Days for You

I quite like the video, but then again I always like outside videos
the song is alright, but I feel it's better when you watch the video as well
total sales: 12 622
5/10

S/mileage
Best Selling Single - Please Miniskirt Postwoman!
when they added the new members, I felt like S/mileage changed completely
and even though I wasn't a big s/mileage fan, I thought the 4nin worked out pretty well
so I was iffy about the new lineup 
however I quite enjoyed this single, it's certainly my favorite with the new members
and this was yuuka's last single! (she was my fave s/mileage member)
sad she didn't get much lines here
but actually when I first heard the name I thought I wouldn't like it (they love to rub the miniskirt part in...)
total sales: 36 513
Usa's rating: 7/10
(7 for Yuuka)

Worst Selling Single - Koi ni Booing Buu!
once again...the costumes =.=
and the moral of the story is, don't dress up like farm animals
total sales: 20 954
Usa's rating: 3/10

Buono!
Best Selling Single - Honto no Jibun
oh the memories!
love how Airi is dressed up like Amu!
total sales: 42 035
Usa's rating: 9/10

Worst Selling Single - Natsu Dakara

I really liked this song, their vocals are amazing!
this song deserves more love
plus the B side Ice Mermaid totally rocks!
total sales: 12 554
9/10

well there you have it
the comeback post
it's pretty long, I realized...
I doubt anyone would be reading this, but if there is, what do you think about these sales? do you agree with their best and worst sales?
also thanks soo much to the followers for still following, even though we've been a phantom blog 
gomennasai
p.s. sales figures are from j-ongaku and generasia
not totally accurate

EDIT: mano erina and buono's worst selling singles
thanks Shayna and ForeverLove for the tip
UsaTEN

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Berikyuu Chou HAPPY SONG


Ahhh.. I know we've completely neglected Hello! Project T_T So sorry
But this video made me completely nostalgic and sad how much I've been neglecting these girls!!
I know a Berryz and C-ute collab is a dream come true for us kids fans but I always thought
it was a poor excuse for the producers to just put them all together to do just one project really slowly,
while S/mileage and Morning Musume keeps getting promoted.

Ahh but I did like the "hidden" song between the Berryz and C-ute song but after seeing this PV,
I was completely overthrown with a big smile on my face on how sweet this PV was.. it was simple like most Hello! Project videos but the simplicity of it just felt like a breath of fresh air again.
I must remember to keep supporting them again!!

-
RisuTEN

Ok I know this is so last (few) month(s)
but this is one of the best H!P videos ever
I love the mini symbolism, white and red make pink 
and the HP at the end.
it's so well thought out!
my one complaint is that during the 'hug' scene Captain was nowhere to be seen, and momoko appeared twice, was that an error?
I really liked Nakki's hair, and Mai and Risako looked lovely
but for me Miyabi stole the show! (ofc)
I didn't realize she was wearing extensions until the second watch xP
10/10
UsaTEN

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

THIS HAS MADE MY DAY



Oh.. oh I don't know what to say. This made me laugh sooooooooo much! and I say "yay" to Airi singing in English!... if she improves her pronunciation more. Although I have to say, they both were pretty good!

..Oh the hilarity.. gosh... in a good mood~

10/TEN-RisuTEN