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Friday, August 28, 2015

What Is Your Favorite Flavor? - MilkShake (ミルクセーキ) Nagasaki - Idol Spotlight!




Do you like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies & cream shakes?

If not, what is wrong with you?

I'm just playing.

So, with that introduction let me introduce you to one of the most underrated idol groups that I have been fond of recently.

The groups name is MilkShake Nagasaki and as in the name of the group, they are named after the ice cream dessert.

But in Nagasaki, unlike here in the states, is not in a drink form. It is in more of a sorbet format. According to online sources, it has a vanilla and citrus flavor to it, which sounds incredible.

Truth be told, before writing this, I actually went out and purchased one to eat while writing.


Group / Member Information

Group Debut : July 2013

The group originally had six members. The lineup featured Miyu Nishiyama, Runa Itoh, Mai Murakami, Maria Nakagawa, Yuuna Kawai, and Kei Yokozawa.

In May 2014, Miyu Nishiyama graduated from the group.

After Miyus' graduatation, MilkShake Nagasaki added five members in the same month.

The added members were Emi Aikawa, Saki Yazawa, Rika Honda, Urara Hiraoka and Rin Nonomiya.

Later on in the year, August to be exact, Mai Murakami announced her graduation, which left nine members for their second single.

In February 2015, Rin Nonomiya decided to pursue other opportunities and graduate from the group.

Back in April 2015, Runa Itoh graduated from the group as well dropping the group total to a mere seven members.

Earlier this year, a little bit after Runa graduated, the group added Mio Fujimoto to bring the total to eight members.

I'm sorry if I confused you with names and numbers. I did the same to myself typing and researching this.

The group is not color coded which is good for all of you reading and myself.


Name: Maria Nakagawa
Birthdate: December 14th, 1988
Hobby: McDonald's Tour
Twitter: @MilkShake_maria


Name: Yuuna Kawai
Birthdate: November 1st, 1995
Hobby: Dramas and Traveling (Wants to go to Switzerland)
Twitter: @MilkShake_yuuna


Name: Rika Honda
Birthdate: February 7th, 1993
Hobby: Looking at magazines and clothes
Twitter: @MilkShake_rika


Name: Kei Yokozawa
Birthdate: April 4th, 1996
Hobby: Music Appreciation (especially K-Pop)
Twitter: @MilkShake_kei

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Name: Saki Yazawa
Birthdate: May 1st, 1991
Hobby: Stage Ornamental
Twitter: @MilkShake_saki


Name: Emi Aikawa
Birthdate: January 30th, 1998
Hobby: Dance and Member Impersonation
Twitter: @MilkShake_emi


Name: Urara Hiraoka
Birthdate: November 15th, 1997
Hobby: AKB fan (Yamamoto Sayaka)
Twitter: @MilkShake_urara


Name: Mio Fujimoto
Birthdate: May 6th, 1997
Hobby: Looking at cute things
Twitter: @MilkShake_Mio


Discography Information

As of the release of this article, they have released three singles:



December 25th, 2013 - Milk Shake Dai Sakusen (ミルクセーキ大作戦) / Just 2 Of Us



December 20th, 2014 - WhatAFantaG☆ / Nichiyobi ha Daikirai!



July 8th, 2015 - Say It! / Te Tsunagou


You can purchase their singles from these lovely sites:


Music Video Information

The following two videos showcase the original lineup.

The first video I would like to show you is their debut music video Milk Shake Dai Sakusen. 




I actually really like this debut video. With the setting being in a school like most idol groups is one of my favorite types of background. The video itself is pretty good with the group just hanging around in the classroom thinking about things and talking together etc. 

As you see in the beginning and end, a letter is placed upon what looks like a male classmates shoes. 

I still wonder what that letter says.


The coupling video for this track Just 2 Of Us is able to be viewed below.



As you can see at the beginning, she is writing Arigatou or Thank You for all the non Japanese speakers. As the video progresses, you see them around the city with beautiful landscapes and big sights such as that giant anchor.

The members look pretty as usual in their normal clothes. 

Music wise, I really like this song as well. It has a hip-hop tone to it. I also like the vocals. The blend well with each other. 

That was the final video the original lineup made. I hope I didn't give them too much nostalgia watching these. 


The next video is from their second single WhatAFantaG☆.



This song and single is when this group came into their own. It was also released after Miyu and Mai graduated and the new member addition. It showed that they do not need the two of them to succeed, 

No offence. 

 I super like this song and video. 

The video is really great because it has two sets of costumes, the school girl ones and the sparkly Freedom jackets. Once again I say that the members look really pretty in this video.I do like the effect of the stars in the sky behind them and the view of the city as well when they filmed in the day. I want to visit that spot and take a breath of fresh air. 

This single is the last one of Itoh Runa and Rin Nonomiya and I have to say they made it count. The song is so catchy that I have caught myself humming along to it while at work and sadly white boy dancing along as well. I think that this song is in my top two of their videos along with their latest one. 


Their latest video Say It! has be my second favorite video of theirs and I will tell you why after the video.


First and foremost; A one shot video? 

Heck yeah!

I love one shot videos!

Anyways, at the beginning you get the see the latest addition to the group Mio Fujimoto (she kind of reminds me of Matsumura Kaori of SKE48). The ice cream cone she has looks amazing. 

As the video progresses, more and more members join the fray as the song goes along whilst walking along the marina,

I will say it once more, that the members are looking really pretty in this mv as well.

After making their way around the area, they stop a couple of times to use their choreography, which is a smart move. 

Towards the end they make it to a platform along with fans of the group in the background, doing a planned choreography set as well. I really liked that part of getting them involved in the music video.

The effects of the words scrolling around and the other effects make the video pop out more.

I think they did a splendid job writing this song and singing it as well.


How Did I Come Across MilkShake?

Unlike past articles where I used YouTube as my outlet to find a certain group, I actually have a book with them in it.

The book is Kyushu Idol Book and I got it for Christmas last year in order to discover more artists and MilkShake just so happened to be in there.

I did a little research on the group and then I put them to the side to focus on other groups. Sorry.

I came back across the group just recently when I saw they released the video for Say It! and I watched it a few times just to get my bearings straight with them again.


Overall Group Review

MilkShake Nagasaki is a group that most people have not heard of because they are still underrated. 

This group has a long way to go in terms of gaining ground on other groups from that area such as Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuin. 

All in all, you need to look out for this group. They have loads of potential just waiting to strike. 

I can not wait to see what this group has planned next. 

I truly hope this group succeeds and I wish them the best of luck in the future. You Can Do It!

Please follow this group and share them to everyone you know. Please and Thank You. The more people that get to know MilkShake, the better.


Official Links

Official Ameblo Website
Official Twitter
Official Facebook


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*And as always, have a great day no matter where you are!
















Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Notall Single Simply Amazing - My Baby. My Lover Review




For those of you who do not know who notall is, go here to get a crash course please. Then Return!

You made it back!

Anyways, the group dropped their fourth single on July 13th; my baby, my lover. 

The single also happens to be their first anniversary one as well.

After I had my interview with the group, I was hoping that they would release a new single shortly there after.

On July 5th, I noticed that they had uploaded a new music video. I immediately clicked play and I was so amazed at the video and the song itself.

In a good way, not bad.

After watching the video, I went to their website and saw they were releasing the single on July 13th.

Shortly there after, I went to CDJapan and pre-ordered it and I have not been disappointed with my purchase.

The day of release, the single placed eighth on the Top 10 Oricon Daily Sales Chart.

About three days ago before this was written, it arrived and I instantaneously put it into my computer to listen.

My Review

As Japanese idol singles go, there are usually three songs. The title track and two coupling songs.

The title track is of course my baby, my lover. This song is a perfect song if you have a significant other. Even if you don't like myself, it is still a great track to listen to.

The reason why I say it is for someone with a significant other, are the lyrics in the chorus:

"My baby, forever
My lover, I miss you
My baby, forever
I need you, I miss you, I love you."

The lyrics above have been stuck in my head for days. No, seriously. I woke up one day singing that,

The lyrics really stand out in this track as they are really good and in harmony with each other.

The tempo is fast paced and has a little bit of EDM to it, which is refreshing to here in this kind of track.

The video for it is really good as well:


The ladies look absolutely pretty in this video, both in the cinematic shots as well as the dance shot. It makes you feel like you are on a date with one of the members, which I like in a music video (accidental creeper).

The problem is, which one do you choose?

The coupling tracks for this single are really as top notch as the main track. No joke!

Nounai Live! is the title for the second track.

This song has everything I want in a idol song. It has guitars, a funky groove and your brass instruments.

I love the tempo to the song as well. it picks up in the right spots and drops at the right time to bring in the vocals.

The instrumental part in the track is superb because it gives you all three aspects of the melodic charm.

The vocals are so contagious that you could keep jamming out to this for hours on end.

It is just amazing.

As for the third and final track to this single, Oniku de Night Sensation.

All I can say is, WOW!

According to Tokyo Girls' Update, the group performed this song at Niku Fes earlier in the spring. The song also incorporates the names of 21 variety of meats.

What a effort to remember those names!

At the start, you can get that wota chant and the fist pumps going due to the strong beat.

Then the vocals come in, with a amazing beat drop.

The beat for this song is so out of this world, it makes my head hurt. Again in a good way.

It has the techno vibe mixed with a heavy rock presence that will shake your cars side mirrors.

Once more, the vocals they pour in are really great. They match the vibe for this song.

I honestly, can't describe how many times I have listened to this track as well. I love it.

Final Grade

For their fourth single, I give notalls' my baby, my lover a big A+!

I simply loved this single to death. I've listened to it over and over again. I've shown my co-workers the music video for this single and they like it a lot.

I'm slowly but surely turning them into fans.

I look forward to their future videos and new single releases and I hope you do as well.



[To: Notall

Congratulations on a great single! I wish you all the best! 

From your biggest fan or distant pal here in Oklahoma USA!]




You can purchase this single on these websites:

CDJapan
HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan
Tsutaya Japan

Or if you prefer, digital download:

iTunes
Amazon Japan

*Please Purchase!

Official Links

Official Website
Official Twitter
Official YouTube
Official Facebook


You can follow me on Twitter or feel free to leave a comment. I do not mind at all,

And as always, Please have a great day wherever you are!







I Had The Time Of My Life - Tokyo Trip Wrap-Up


Hello Everyone Again!

I took a trip to Japan for the first time from last Monday, April 27th to Monday May 4th, 2015.

So today, I would like to share my experiences with you, so you might learn from some of my mistakes.

Monday - Tuesday

So, I left Oklahoma City at 6:55 AM on the 27th and arrived to LAX by Phoenix at about noon. Now admittedly at that time I was quite tired already. I found my gate at LAX for Singapore Airlines that will connect me to Tokyo Narita at 7:15 PM on Tuesday the 28th.

Skip ahead 11 hours and I had sat sort of next (a seat between us) to this lovely l young lady around my age, just guessing. When we landed is when we technically had our first conversation and she was super nice at suggesting places to see and it was a plus that she was pretty as well. I did not get her contact info though, which looking back at it, I should have. Oh Well!

When you arrive at Narita, you go through quarantine, passport control, and customs to get to the trains. After getting through that easily I made my way to Narita Terminal 1 station. When I was doing my research on how to get to my hotel, which was in Kashiwa-no-ha in Chiba prefecture, I thought I was going to be at Terminal 2, not 1. I had to quickly find my way to the train.

This is where it gets funny.  I was tired as it was and I hopped on the first train hoping it was mine. Boy, was I wrong. I needed to get to Minami-Nagareyama via the Narita Express and I didn't understand what was going on at the station. I got off at some station I can't remember and ended up on a train heading for Nippori instead. I accidentally fall asleep on the train and end up in Ueno, which makes my heart jump out of my chest.

After asking where to go from the train attendants, I make it to my hotel about a hour and a half to two hours later than when I should have. Oops. Great story to tell though.

So I was tired and I didn't eat dinner because I was exhausted and went to sleep.

Wednesday

I wake up on the 29th, not really tired but tired. I decided I would head for Akihabara for the day and experience that.

So, I make it there by train, surprisingly, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I walked out of the station and looked to my right and saw the AKB48 Cafe and Shop and the Gundam Cafe. I waltzed into the AKB48 shop to take a look around but after careful consideration, I got nothing. I was actually a little surprised they did not have a lot of t-shirts or anything like that for sale. The had a lot of member photos, keychains, calendars, stuff like that.

After that experience, I walked around to see a bunch of sites I knew about and I ran into people selling souvenirs and bought a couple.

As I was about to head back to my hotel around 1:00 PM, I noticed the Kamen Joshi sign by the station and thought, "Hey, why not? You're already here!" So I tried to find the P.A.R.M.S theater in Akihabara, After getting lost after using shotty directions from the sign, I asked a few people where it was and they gave me well enough directions to find it in a resort hotel building. I walk in and I pay about $40 to watch the performance.

I get a coke and I head to the back of the tiny theater to take it in a little bit. Then I noticed that they allow their fans to be almost at the stage as it is standing room only. So I journeyed up to the technically first yet second row and started watching. I was so excited to watch the performance of all the small groups and then the Steam Girls, Armor Girls and then Alice Juban, in which my kami-oshi Anna Tachibana performs as center for Juban and also Kamen Joshi. As I jammed out to the groups, the fans were involving me in everything, from chants to fan moves to the music, such as swaying and cheering for your favorite members,

I received a glowstick from this man to use for the Alice Juban part. I almost broke it immediately and he told me to wait. I waited like a good little foreign boy and when he told me to break it, I did. So after jamming out to the music, it came time to meet your favorite members by purchasing items, such as tees and cds etc. like that. The man that gave me the glowstick started to talk to me in Japanese and then realized I spoke English and then he started to speak to me in broken English and then translating whatever was being said to meet your favorite members. I waited for Anna-chan to come back out after the man translated to me that she was changing. So, she came out and I was exuberant.

So, it was 2shot time and the man accompanied me to tell the manager that I wanted to meet Anna-chan. After paying $20 to go up on stage and meet her I must say, she is prettier in person. I kind of stumbled with talking to her because it was like a dream come true. Anyways, I told her where I was from while shaking her hand and she started to speak in English to me, which was ultra cute and made me blush even more. After talking with her, we got out picture taken and she signed it, which I will awkwardly cherish. After that we said goodbye and she said she loved me etc. (stuff a idol fan loves to hear).

I walked back onto the floor and the same guy who was chatting with me, asked how long I would be there and what I had planned, how I learned about Alice Project and then proceeded to give me all types of their first single. I was so happy. I never caught his name but I want to express my gratitude for helping me out. A great way to start my journey in Tokyo.

After the concert, I left to head back to my hotel and journeyed to the mall next door and see what the mall life was like. I enjoyed this great dinner at the Bistro 309 where I had a Doriya? which is gratin rice with cheese, ham with a egg on top and it was super delicious,

I walked around some more and enjoyed a concert series in the outdoor section of the mall, which was neat and just listened. Back to the hotel it was for me to fall asleep for the night.

Thursday

I got up on the 30th with a plan in mind, the Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa (Senso-ji Temple). I wandered on down there and took a good look at Tokyo from 350m up. Once I got the that mark and looked out over the city, I began to well with tears because I didn't want to leave. I hid those tears though and left the Skytree with a sense of sadness. Taking the train to Asakusa was next and I went to the famous Senso-ji Temple.

I walked through the famous shopping and souvenir street leading up the the temple that was streaming of people with those stupid selfie sticks, I went to the temple and cleansed myself of bad juju and got my fortune from the box. I got a regular fortune though. I took some photos there, as I did at almost every destination. I couldn't believe I was doing what I was doing and it made me happy.

I crossed the bridge into Sumida City where the Asahi Alcohol Corp. building is located. On the way over, I photobombed these girls picture and that was very funny. I sat by the Sumida River and thought about my plans for the future and what i have enjoyed doing thus far. At about 7:00 I went back to Akihabara to enjoy the night time there and it was ultra pretty. I enjoyed it at night because there were more people to watch and the stores were lit up.

Making it back to the hotel at about 9:00 was great timing because I was tired.

Friday

This probably was number three on my top 3 of the week. I had done my research on Yuuka Ueno for the post I made on her which you can find here. I saw that she was going to be performing at the Astro Hall 15th Anniversary Solo x Solo x Solo Girls Storm Golden event in Shinjuku.

I left a little early to get down there and had lunch and made my way to the famed Takeshita-dori where the fashion is strange and amazing. I saw the most Americans there than anywhere on all the days combined. After walking around for about two hours, I had a famous Harajuku crepe, the Strawberry Chocolate with Whipped Cream and it was really good, I had never had a crepe before, so that was a experience to say the least.

I waited on the concert to start and walked in to the tiny, tiny venue and got a spot up front. I will detail the concert in my next post later this week in order to give you the full rundown of the spectacle and the slight disappointment of some artists.

The event ended at about 11:00 PM and I rushed my way back to my hotel with the final trains and slept away my ringing and slightly deaf ears,

Saturday

Saturday, May the 2nd had the top moment of my entire trip, my interview with Notall. I will post more of my experience with them for their Exclusive Interview; Notall next Monday, May 11th. So be on a look for that one.

Also, May 2nd was my Japanese birthday and I once again visited the Skytree and the Skytree Town. I had a great birthday while I was there but other than the interview, my day was tame.

Kind of a lame review though.

Sunday

My final full day of Japan was held with a trip to Shibuya and the crossing there. I made it down there about noon and happened to stop across a idol group named Candy holics. I only caught the MC part at the end, which was disappointing.

My main goal in Shibuya was to find out where Amuse Inc. and shop is located. I found it and was disappointed because Amuse really isn't publicized in that area as I expected it to be. It was in a plain white building and had nobody in it (maybe because it was a holiday or Sunday?)

I went back to Akihabara to visit Yodobashi Camera store and looked at the Sony Walkman they had on display and they looked really cool and I had to rationalize with myself that I didn't need it because why have two MP3 players, including my phone and have to keep transefering music from device to device plus also I would have to have the settings changed to United States standards. Anyways, I walked out with two sets of headphones.

I went back to the mall by my hotel and did a little more shopping, which involved candy, and a couple of shirts that were quite expensive.

Since I knew I had to leave, I went to sleep a little later than usual.

Monday

May 4th was the probably the hardest day on me mentally and physically. I got to the airport about five hours early and waited for my plane to leave the country. As I sat waiting on my journey home I once again became overwhelmed with sadness. I honestly didn't want to leave and then made my journey back to the states.

I left Tokyo Narita at 7:15 PM and had somebody sit on the aisle seat but his in-flight entertainment didn't work, so he moved, which gave me room to stretch out and I went to sleep after watching a movie with one of my favorite Japanese actors in it. I woke up with a couple of hours to spare and watched another movie and landed at Los Angeles Airport at 1 PM. I got back to OKC at 11:15 PM, so according to a clock, I had only been gone 4 hours, which was strange.

Lessons Learned

1. Get mobile Wi-fi. I'm being serious. You will not get any important emails. I almost missed my interview due to that lack of communication.

2. Bring some extra money. I had over $500 and it barely covered my expenses.

3. Learn some Japanese, I occasionally used the skills I had to overcome the language barrier a little. Most residents do speak Japanese, so don't be afraid to ask questions. They will do your best to answer you.

4. Get a SUICA card. I got one and it helped a lot. What a SUICA is good for is it can be used on all types of trains and buses. You may have to refill it about once every two-three days but it helped to get where you're going.

5. Enjoy. If you want to have a great time, just believe you can do it and go out there.

Final Wrap-Up

I got to see a lot of sights and hear the sounds of a big city atmosphere and I loved it, I will definitely go back in a year and do the same things over or journey more around Japan.

I want to thank everyone I met and helped me throughout my journey, I may have not caught your name but Thank You!

You can follow me on Twitter or post your comments here. I don't mind.

And as always Please Wherever You Are Or Whatever You Do, Enjoy Life To Its Fullest And Have A Fantastic Day!

Blog Update and Current Project!



How goes it everyone?

I am so sorry I haven't written anything in over a month. 

I have been dealing with real life problems (work, home life etc.) and I feel sorry for neglecting you.

Also, being a idol blogger, I have come to like a lot of groups and I haven't had the time to do the proper research on the groups, thus in turn, producing no new posts leaving my readers out in the cold. 

So as of today, I am announcing my new schedule for my blog:

On Monday nights (early Tuesday mornings) I will be releasing new articles every week. 

I will be back on track when it comes to presenting groups for you to listen to.

So, in my away from blog life, I will have to make double the effort. I make a promise here in front of the world that I will not let you down.

Now on to some major announcements:

I have grown to like AKB groups a lot lately and I can't help but annoy people about being a 48wota which in turn makes them hate me, so on that note:

Since the AKB48 Sousenkyo will take place in a couple a months. I have decided to hold my own 40 member Sousenkyo based on my favorites. You will notice in that article, I decided to leave out Nogizaka 46, JKT48 and SNH48, due to the fact that:

1. Nogi46 is supposed to be AKBs rival group

and

2. I have not payed attention to either JKT48 or SNH48

So be prepared for that one in the next coming days. It will be separated into two parts from numbers 40 - 21 and 20 - 1.

Second announcement:

I have been given the opportunity from myself and the great support from friends and family to be able to visit Tokyo, landing on April 28th to take-off on May 4th. That week includes my birthday, so YAY!!! 

Also, due to contacting groups about interviews, the "social-idol" group Notall has given me the chance to hold a exclusive interview with the group (in person) on my birthday.

So make sure to look out for that one. 

Again, I'm so sorry for making you wait for articles. 

Purpure☆ - Underrated Idol Spotlight!






Let me introduce you to this great idol group.

The groups name is Purpure☆ as suggested by the title. Created in 2013, this group is from Kyoto, and aims for academic priorities on the weekdays and idle weekends for singing to deepen their ancient traditions and charm to make a knowledge of the history, culture and tourism as the idol of the city of Kyoto. All members had to pass the Kyoto Certification Exam. The groups' name comes from the old English coat of arms violet (Purpure) and the  ☆ meaning sparkling light, called the star. So in together it would make the group Purpure sparkly star.

The group consists of nine members according to their official website profile.


Member Information






Name: Kinomoto Aya (Leader)
Birthdate: December 10th, 1993
Twitter Handle: @aya_purpure










Name: Hamaguchi Aiko
Birthdate: October 20th, 1994
Twitter Handle: @aiko_purpure










Name: Sae Watanabe
Birthdate: August 19th, 1993
Twitter Handle: @sae_purpure










Name: Morimura Rina (Sub-Leader)
Birthdate: January 27th, 1993
Twitter Handle: @rina_purpure










Name: Amigurumi Hoshino
Birthdate: March 12th, 1998
Twitter Handle: @amiru_purpure










Name: Kurokawa Haruna
Birthdate: April 26th, 1994
Twitter Handle: @haruna_purpure










Name: Hinano Yui
Birthdate: February 25th, 1993
Twitter Handle: @yui_purpure










Name: Aizawa Akane
Birthdate: June 5th, 1996
Twitter Handle: @akane_purpure










Name: Sasaki Yurina
Birthdate: May 11th, 1996
Twitter Handle: @yurina_purpure






Discography Information

To this date Purpure☆ has only released one single. The single is titled Ka-Ren-Ka/Start. The single was released on May 5th, 2014. I hope to see more singles coming out and a potential album.

There are four tracks on the single; two with vocals and two without.

The first track Ka-Ren-Ka, I would consider it to be a ballad because of the tone it sets, the vocals are calm making it sound like a old-fashioned Japanese love song.

The second track, titled Start, I believe is to be the best song on this single. it has the rock feel you can jam to and it is very catchy. They did a very good job with this one. I get goosebumps listening to it (no, seriously).

How Did You Find Purpure☆?

Well, technically they found me. Since I have a Twitter account, I noticed one day about a month ago that the member Sae Watanabe decided to follow me. I had never heard of this group even while doing research of other groups.

I don't know how she found me, but if you see this, Thanks!

I went on YouTube and watched their live concert video for their song Start and I dug into them more.

After finding their official site and gaining knowledge of the group and its members, I knew I had been given a hidden gem.

After checking out their site, I decided to order their only single and a t-shirt. I might have went overboard and asked them to sign it.

I received the package about 10 days later with the cd and the shirt both autographed by the members of the group. I was astonished.

I greatly appreciate what you did and I will cherish it!

I will post the photos of the shirt and cd later in the post.

They have become one of my hidden idols that I hope I can spread the joy and fun of Purpure☆ with my readers.

Music Videos

They have not produced a MV but they have concert footage though and here it is. Both of their songs were performed at the Kyoto Okazaki Red Carpet.


The song is Start.

This next one is the main track for their first single Ka-Ren-Ka.

Ka-Ren-Ka Video

Also, here is their PR video they did. Just warning you, the pirate lady is kind of creepy to me. LOL.


My Purpure☆  Merchandise





Again, may I say Thank You! I especially like the drawings you made for your autographs. They're Kawaii!

Share this group or this post to anyone you know. I hope for the success of the group for the future. I want to make this group known not only in the Kyoto area but around the world.

Official Links

Official Facebook
Official Twitter
Official Ameblo Blog
Official Showroom

Feel free to comment or follow me on Twitter.

Please Wherever You Are Or Whatever You Do, Enjoy Life To Its Fullest And Have A Fantastic Day!



Behind the Keyboard - Welcome To The New Age Profile

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately, as in about three weeks and I'll explain why, later in the post.

This post will not be about any idol groups this time as I am starting to overwhelm myself with too many at once.

This is a kind of Behind The Music thing as I will discuss who I am and what made me start a idol blog. Also, I will share some of my opinions regarding the idol world and show you what I've been watching and who I've been liking. It is kind of a ramble, just warning.

Who Are You?

Name: Tyler Draper
Birthdate: May 2nd, 1991
Color: Red
Hometown: Bethany, Oklahoma USA

My hometown is technically a suburb of Oklahoma City.

I do have a job outside of this blog, which is being in the backroom of the retail giant Wal-Mart. I can't complain about my job because it pays my bills.

When Did You Start Listening To Idol Groups?

Back in early April 2014, I was in the midst of watching YouTubers react videos and I saw one that was for the group BABYMETAL. I watched the video about three times that day and then decided to check out the groups videos. Not knowing of what was to come, I blew it off and went back to listening to the radio. After watching BABYMETAL videos and showing them to friends and co-workers and thinking how cool it was, I started looking for more.
That day in early April really has changed my life for the better. I was going through a rough patch in my life at that time, because I hated my job and I was in the midst of a mini-depression state and BABYMETAL and J-POP pulled me through to the point I'm at right now, which is usually happiness.

What Made You Start To Blog About Idols?

I honestly don't know how long ago it was, but while on Facebook, I kept seeing this guy post again and again on Sakura Gakuins' Facebook posts and I sent him a friend request. At that time, I did not know he had a blog. As I checked him out even further (accidental creeper status) I saw a post he made about Sakura Gakuin. I read it and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As time went along and while listening to other groups, I made up my mind to blog. I am on the creative side and I don't have a lot of confidence in all reality, so this is my way of being outgoing. Anyways, I accredit him to helping me start a idol blog. I will leave his blog link at the bottom of the article.

Idol Group Issues (My Opinions)

Issue No. 1: Dating in Idol Groups

I understand some fans points of views when it comes to this subject. I for one don't mind them being able to date. It may hurt a little bit to see you're favorite member go out with a regular person or another artist, but they can't be kept away for long. I can't imagine the feelings of leaving a idol group and have never been out on a date with a guy and the awkwardness associated with that.

Issue No. 2: No Official Website

Recently I have come into this problem where a group will only have a Ameba blog page and that is it. I mean, come on, is it that hard to make a website about the group. (Sorry groups I just singled out)

Issue No. 3: Profile Wonderings

There are some groups out there, that when you check out their profile, the members would only have the birth month and day but not the year. Most of us bloggers just want to know how old you are without the guessing game.

Issue No. 4: Oshimens

As mentioned in my Iris post, I have a oshimen of the group. What a oshimen to people who are new to idol groups are your favorite member(s). I honestly do not have a problem with them but some people do because you're saying you only support this member but not the whole group. I support the whole group to the best of my abilities and I still can care about my favorite member(s). I don't spend every waking moment of my life obsessing over just one person like others do. I like the certain members because of how they dance, sing and obviously how they look. I do think they are pretty but I wouldn't consider them to be sexy.

AKB48

I honestly do not like AKB48 but I like their sister groups such as SKE48 and HKT48. Even though some members of the sister groups are part of the AKB senbatsu or sensokyu, I do not support AKB in particular.

I think AKB is way too overrated (views drop right here).

AKB Sister Groups Oshimen

I have about three sister group oshimens:


No. 1: Matsumura Kaori - SKE 48/AKB48 concurrent role - Born January 17th, 1990

She may look goofy and act goofy sometimes but I think she is great. She has the talent and the looks, even though she is considered ugly to some. In the first season of SKE Ebisho, her and other member Tani have to hitchhike from Hokkaido all the way back to SKEs' theater in Nagoya. In one of the episodes she reveals how low her confidence and how she feels about herself and I found it stunning that I felt the same way. Her is that video.

Ebisho- Hitchhiking Journey Part 10


No. 2: Ikoma Rina - Nogizaka46/AKB48 concurrent role (Team B) - Born December 29th, 1995

Ikoma is originally from Nogizaka46 but after a shock in the elections she decided to have a concurrent role in AKB to the dismay of Nogi fans. Ms. Rina to me is like a darkhorse. She came from a rivalry group and has had to over come a lot of adversity on her way to where she is at now. Now she is not my Nogizaka46 oshimen though. I will show you my top five from that group. Check out this video to see her journey.

Ikoma Rina Journey (English Sub)



No. 3: Okada Nana - AKB48 Team 4 member - Born November 7th, 1997

Okada is known as the serious idol because she is super serious about what she does. I respect her a lot and I hope to see a bright future from her. Check out this video that describes it all.

Okada Seriousness Investigation Part 2

Nogizaka46

I honestly right now would consider myself to be crazy about Nogizaka46. From watching countless episodes of their variety shows Nogibingo and Nogizaka tte doko? to watching their music videos over and over annoying countless people along the way with my blabbering about them.

My top three oshimen for the group are as follows;



No. 1: Mahiro Kawamura - Undergirls - Born July 23rd, 1995

Kawamura to me is the most amazing member to me. She has the looks, the singing ability and can dance like no other. I can say I have a massive crush on her. Check out this video from Nogibingo showcasing her talent.





No. 2: Matsui Rena - SKE48 Team E /Nogizaka46 concurrent role - Born July 27th, 1991

Rena is a one of a kind idol. She has the looks, can sing plus dance. Just recently she climbed the list of my oshimen. I really want her to succeed in Nogi46 and hopefully a great career out of it. Here is her inaugural Nogibingo episode.

Nogibingo 3 Episode 2




No. 3: Nagashima Siera - Nogizaka46 - Born May 19th, 1994

Siera-chan to me is a all around girl. Enough said. No video for her though. You just get picture. Sorry. I couldn't find a suitable one.

Why You No Post Lately?

With there being a lot of idol groups out there, it is hard to choose one to write about. So I've been researching groups over and over to find videos and member information that it started to take its toll on my mind.

In my personal life, I have a opportunity I want to take but I'm being very indecisive about it. Since I work at Wal-Mart, they have a lot of stores globally. I have been interested in going to Japan since I started listening to groups and I want to transfer to one over there. I've done my research and figured out the costs but it seems to be I keep having a battle in my own mind of whether to go or not. The people around me have given me support, mostly co-workers, bless them all. I don't want to waste this chance and not go and have the 'what-if?" situation. So as a reader, I would love to hear your two cents about this matter.


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i☆Ris (Just As Colorful As The Rainbow) - Idol Spotlight!



Okay Everyone! I want to bring to your attention this amazing idol group that you are bound to love.

The groups name is i☆Ris like you didn't read the name in the title. The group was formed in 2012 by Dive II Entertainment, which is under the major JPOP agency Avex, which also deals with groups within iDol Street such as GEM, Cheeky Parade, Super Girls, and the iDol Streets groups.

The group currently consists of six members.

The name i☆Ris is based off of the word "Iris" which is the Greek word for "rainbow" and refers to the flower of the same name.

The group released a application for the iPhone and Android in May 2014.

Also, the group members are seiyuus, or voice actresses. They voice the girls in the anime PriPara or Prism Paradise.

Member Information

Name: Yamakita Saki
Birthdate: February 28th, 1991
Color: Green
Random Fact: Her hobby is travelling alone. She is also the leader of the group and I have to admit that she is my oshimen of the group.
PriPara Name: Todo Shion
Twitter Handle: @iRis_y_saki

Name: Wakai Yuki
Birthdate: October 30, 1995
Color: Red
Random Fact: Her special skill is playing the piano and guitar.
PriPara Name: Leona West
Twitter Handle: @iRis_w_yuki

Name: Shibuya Azuki
Birthdate: August 11th, 1993
Color: Yellow
Random Fact: Her charm point are her teeth.
PriPara Name: Dorothy West
Twitter Handle: @iRis_s_azuki

Name: Kubota Miyu
Birthdate: January 31st, 1995
Color: Orange
Random Fact: Her special skill is scuba diving.
PriPara Name: Hojo Sophie
Twitter Handle: @iRis_k_miyu

Name: Akaneya Himika
Birthdate: July 16th, 1994
Color: Purple
Random Fact: Her charm point is her eyes.
PriPara Name: Manaka Lala
Twitter Handle: @iRis_a_himi

Name: Serizawa Yu
Birthdate: December 3rd, 1994
Color: Blue
Random Fact: She is skilled at cooking.
PriPara Name: Manami Merei
Twitter Handle: @iRis_s_yu

Discography Information

Singles:

November 7th, 2012 - Color
May 22nd, 2013 - Ichizu (イチズ)
August 21st, 2013 - §Rainbow
November 20th, 2013 - Wonderland
June 18th, 2014 - Itazura Taiyou (徒太陽)
August 20th, 2014 - Make It!
November 12th, 2014 - Miracle Paradise (ミラクル☆パラダイス)

Albums:

April 3rd, 2013 - Kaba☆Risu (カバ☆リス)

The singles Make It! and Miracle Paradise are the opening themes for the show PriPara.

How I Came Across This Group

You know that related videos section of YouTube?

I watched the video for their single titled Sun on Avex Network Channel about four months ago and I instantly got hooked on the group. They were all so cute and really full of energy and it took me by storm. I moved on to various other groups as time went on but there seemed to be a bit of a hole that was left by the group. So, I went back recently and re-watched some of their videos and the place in my heart got filled with joy. I can't tell you how much I enjoy listening to this group. I honestly hope you buy their singles and albums and make them one of your top 3 as they are in a tie for first in my mind.

I saw that they were voice-overs for PriPara and I started to watch it. I sadly enjoyed it. Being a guy and liking a anime like that kind of sounds girly, but I don't care because it is very colorful full of drama and comedy. I highly suggest you watch it. I will leave the link in the links section below.

As I mentioned above, Saki is my oshimen. I gave her that title of the group because not only is she very cute, but she has a excellent voice and is also about two months older than I am, which is also a plus.

I will be looking forward to more action from this group in the future.

Music Videos

From their first single, titled Color.


The next one is called We Are!.

 

Full version here.

The third one is for the video Ichizu from the single of the same name.


Full version here.

This one is titled §Rainbow.


You can find the full version here.

Now for the next one titled Gensoukyoku WONDERLAND from their third single has a bit of story behind it to me. When I first heard this song I sort of didn't like it at first, but once I hit the chorus, I got the severe chills and goosebumps and the hair on my arm was standing up. Ever since then, it has happened every time while listening to this song. I can't describe it in one word. Well, I could and that word would be Sugoi. Here is the short mv.


The full version can be found here.

The next one is from their fifth single titled Itazura Taiyou.


Full version here.

Their sixth single Make It! is a very good rock track that is the OP for PriPara.


Full Version here.

Their most recent single is called Miracle Paradise and is also the OP for PriPara. I have only been able to find the short mv for this one as the single has yet to be released.



Official Links

Official Website
Official Blog
Official Twitter
Official Facebook
Official UStream

Watch PriPara Here
Note: For High Definition of the show, click SERVER HD.

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Juice=Juice - Guilty Pleasure Post Plus Pie!!!!!


 


You might be wondering, "Hey Tyler, why a mainstream group? You've kept with the smaller groups, now this?"

Yes, Yes, I know.

My name is Tyler and I'm a Juice=Juice addict.

Now everybody," Hi, Tyler!"

I honestly just came across Juice=Juice when I first started listening to JPOP around May-ish. I was searching randomly around YouTube and came across their video for Hadakano, Hadakano, Hadakano Kiss, and I was like, WOW! In addition it had English subtitles, Double WOW! It was a weird song to start listening to them to, but it was enjoyable. The girls were really cute, I liked the dance, the lyrics were well written. As I usually do, I checked out their YouTube channel and saw tens of videos and started watching. I started to enjoy the songs more and more until they were stuck in my head. That is all how it began.

Now for people who either live under a rock or for those who don't know who they are, Juice=Juice is a once six member, now five member group produced by the Idol brand Hello Project or H!P for short. The group was started in early 2013 by members of the Hello Project Eggs or at that time Hello Project Kenshusei. Hello Project announced the group of six would immediately release its first single after inception.

Member Information

Each member of the group were each assigned a fruit to be their color.

Name: Aina Otsuka
Birthdate: April 3rd, 1998
Fruit: Orange
Fact: Aina withdrew from Hello Project in 2013

Name: Yuka Miyazaki
Birthdate: April 2nd, 1994
Fruit: Peach
Fact: Leader of Juice=Juice

Name: Tomoko Kanazawa
Birthdate: July 2nd, 1995
Fruit: Apple
Fact: Subleader; also known as Rose Quartz

Name: Sayuki Takagi
Birthdate: April 21st, 1997
Fruit: Lemon
Fact: My favorite of the group

Name: Karin Miyamoto
Birthdate: December 1st, 1998
Fruit: Grape
Fact: Center of the group

Name: Akari Uemura
Birthdate: December 30th, 1998
Fruit: Melon
Fact: Tallest member

Discography Information

Juice=Juice with all six members released two singles before Aina left in July 2013.

Now this is my favorite part!

After she left, the remaining five members released their first single, remaking the songs they did with Aina and called them "Memorial Edits."

That is cold!

In my opinion, they have done a lot better job without her.

They just released their fifth single on October 1st and it is an amazing one.

Here are the major single titles and I will present you with a music video from that single for your enjoyment.

Single #1

Romance no Tochū / Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (Memorial Edit) / Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (Memorial Edit)
Released September 11th, 2013

Single #2

Ijiwaru Shinai de Dakishimete yo / Hajimete wo Keiken-chuu
Released December 4th, 2013

Single #3

Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS / Are Kore Shitai!
Released March 19th, 2014

Single #4

Black Butterfly / Kaze ni Fukarete
Released July 30th, 2014

Single #5

Senobi / Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa
Released October 1st, 2014

Music Videos

For their first single I chose Sa-Mi-Da-Re Girls Its Crazy (Memorial Edit). I picked it because it being a remake of the one they did with all six and made it a heck of a lot better than the original.




For the second single, I have chosen my favorite of them all, Experiencing the First Time because it has the rock influence on it and it is really catchy and it is easy to jam to.



For the third single, my pick was Hadakano, Hadakano, Hadakano Kiss because it is ultra cathy and the dance is so easy to do and the lyrics are outstanding. also, that Sayuki Ponytail!


For the fourth, I chose Black Butterfly because it also has the tango theme like its predecessor single.


For the latest one, I have chosen My Life Is Not Just For Show. Not only are the horns back for this song but also, the girls look very pretty and some of the members who usually don't get lines, get them in this one.


I'm also putting in a random video for kicks and giggles. So here you go! You have people who can draw and like my kind of drawings, you have Karin.

First half:



Second Half:






Memorial Edit Pie

I did something very unique for this post. I actually made a pie, with help from family, from the fruits of the five members and called it "Memorial Edit Pie."

Ingredients

1 package lemon pudding mix
1 can apple pie filling
1 can peach pie filling
20 halved grapes
20 honey dew melon balls
1 pre made pie crust

Directions

Form the pie crust into a pie pan. In a medium sized bowl, combine pudding, apple and peach filling, grapes and melon balls. Stir. Place mixture into pie crust. Add brown sugar and butter on top of mixture. Add top crust. Poke holes in top with fork for air pockets. Bake it at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool down and eat. Best probably served with ice cream.


                                                                      

   Pie Review

As for myself, if you eat it hot, it turns into a cobbler but other than that it is completely delicious or Oishii.
I made two of them; one for home and one for my coworkers. Their reaction to it was really great. They enjoyed it a lot which I hoped they would.

Goods Information

You can purchase their goods on CDJapan, HMV Japan and from E-Lineup. With E-Lineup, you need to get a Japanese shipping address from Tenso and this member of Berryz Kobo will show you how to do that. FYI: If you purchase a Juice=Juice shirt from E-Lineup, get one size larger than you normally would because it will definitely shrink.



Official Links

Official YouTube
Official Blog
Official Twitter
Official Facebook
Official Website

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