Mel-Kin is no more

Alright so, I’m a little late on this but better late than never. D,=

 

Melon Kinenbi. One of my favorite groups of Hello! Project, will disband on May 3rd. The group lasted a total of 10 years and released 22 singles and 6 albums. While never achieving much success, Melon Kinenbi only ever released one single that sold over 20,000 copies, Akai Freesia. Melon Kinenbi was also the longest lasting H!P group with the most stable line-up. After graduating with the rest of Elder Club from Hello! Project, Mel-Kin went on to release 5 collaboration singles and one final album, MELON’S NOT DEAD.

UpFront Agency’s Statement

As always, thank you for supporting Melon Kinenbi.

Today, during the stage of Melon Kinenbi’s 10th ANNIVERSARY LIVE ‘3654 days since birth’ which was held at SHIBUYA-AX’, the members announced that Melon Kinenbi is going to disband.

Keeping their idol status for 10 years, the members gave their united statement, “We would like to end Melon Kinenbi’s activity at this 10-year milestone”, and after numerous discussions and assistance from the staff, it was decided we would be announcing it publicly today.

This March’s stage performance, “Melon Kinenbi Story” (12 performances at the Ikebukuro Theater Green, all tickets SOLD OUT) and the final tour in April~May are the group’s final activities until official disbanding.

Furthermore, February 21st (Sunday) the Osaka performances which were planned (Nanba HATCH noon performance 15:00 START/night performance 19:00 START) will be held without any changes.

Please keep supporting them until the end.

Melon Members’ Comment

Thank you, as always, for your warm support!

On February 19th, 2010, we’ve reached Melon Kinenbi’s 10-year anniversary of existence!!
The Melon road had both mountains and valleys to cross, but together with our wotamodachi [wotamodachi = wota (fan)+tomodachi (friend)], the staff, and our families who have supported us during good times and bad, we were able to build up a 10-year history. And all that without a member change!!

Before we reached the 10-year point, the four of us talked thoroughly about the future. The result was, “10 years is a good turning point, where we should get new challenges in our real life”, so we firmly decided to disband the group.

We think that there will people who will be shocked, thinking, “Oh no, so it’s really happened now…” , but we promise we will keep running in Melon-style until the very end. Everyone! Please keep running with us with all your energy!!

I was really hurt when  first saw the announcement. Not only were they one of my favorites, I honestly thought they would last a while longer. I didn’t want it to end so quickly. But you know, 10 years is a long time and maybe it is time for them to move on. Whether Masae goes on to create a band or Ayumi goes solo, I’ll always support them. Best of luck to the four girls of Mel-Kin. And to end this post, I’ll add the PV for sweet suicide summer story, a collaboration with Midori.

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Upcoming Releases

Here is a long list of upcoming releases for Hello! Project and elsewhere.

Morning Musume

Morning Musume’s new album, 10 My Me, is set to release March 17th, 2010. Below is the full tracklisting:

1. Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo!~ = ‘Moonlight Night ~This Moon Lit Up The Night!~’
2. Kimagure Princess
3. Genki Pika Pika! = ‘Energetic Pika Pika*!
‘4. Namidacchi = ‘Crying, a Cute Way?’
5. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai?
6. Ookii Hitomi = ‘Big Eyes’
7. Ano Hi ni Modoritai = ‘I Want To Go Back So Far’
8. Nanchatte Renai
9. Osaka Oshiinen = ‘Osaka Delicious’
10. Loving you forever
11. Shouganai Yume Oibito
12. Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? (Chinese Ver.)

*Pika Pika is a sound effect.

New songs are italicized.

Eri Kamei will be releasing her 8th PB, sweet, on February 25th, 2010. Above is the cover and the DVD will be entitled too sweet Eri.

Berryz Koubou

Berryz Koubou’s newest single and third double A-side will be called Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!.  It is scheduled to release March 3rd, 2010. The covers are above in order of left to right: Regular, Limited A, Limited B, Limited C. Otakebi Boy WAO! will be used as the newest ending theme for Inazuma Eleven 2. Below is the low quality PV of Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! and the 15 second preview of Otakebi Boy WAO!.

Tracklisting:

1. Otakebi Boy WAO!

2. Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!

3. Otakebi Boy WAO! (Instrumental)

4. Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! (Instrumental)

Berryz will also be releasing their 6th album, 6th Otakebi, and will release March 31st, 2010. No more information on it now.

C-ute

SHOCKING 5 is C-ute’s 5th album and will release on February 24th, 2010. Below is the tracklisting for the CD and DVD.

Tracklisting:

1. EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!!
2. The Party!
3. Aa Koi [Airi Suzuki]
4. Bye Bye Bye!
5. Lonely girl’s night [Airi Suzuki]
6. Kimi no Senpou [Saki Nakajima, Chisato Okai, Mai Hagiwara]
7. SHOCK!
8. Shigatsu Sengen
9. Zansho Omimai Moshiagemasu [Airi Suzuki]
10. Yume ga Aru kara
11. Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu (H22 Remix)

New songs are italicized.

S/mileage

S/mileage will be releasing their 4th single, Otona ni Narutte Katashi, on March 14th, 2010. Preview below:

Ongaku Gatas

Surprisingly, Ongaku Gatas are still alive. Their 4th single, READY! KICK OFF!!, will release March 6th, 2010. It will be released as an indie single.

Tracklisting:

1. READY! KICK OFF!!

2. READY! KICK OFF!! (Instrumental)

PV Galore!

While I was away, there was a ridiculous amount of PVs that shot right out of H!P’s ass. I am posting them all below with a little mini-review. Let’s begin!

S/mileage – Suki Chan
Suki Chan is S/mileage’s 3rd indie single. It was released back in November, but the PV came out this past month.

Okay so. I don’t really know. I’m kinda on the fence about the song and PV. I only like the chorus of the song. Nothing else about it stand out in my mind. It just…bores me. I dunno. It feels like they’re rushing through their singles quite a bit. Asu wa Deeto was the only song I really like by them. Hm. As for the PV, I’m not really sure either. It’s kinda like aMa no Jaku in the sense they made the girl do totally random things. Yuuka was hand-washing a shirt like she was in the 1940s. Wada-chan is over there baking a random cake. Kanon is…sewing? o.o And Sakichi is riding a bike? @_@ The only thing I really like is the set of where they’re dancing and their outfits…when they’re dancing. The other outfits make them look 5 years younger than their age.

Guardians4 – Going On!
Going On! is Guardians4’s newest single that was released on January 20th.

I don’t know why everyone keeps bugging about the outfits. I love the yellow. Anyway, the PV starts out like every Japanese PV might as well start out–retarded J dudes in animal suits. Typical Japan huh? ;) Okay, so Shugo Chara! music is really starting to annoy me. The “watashi no kokoro wa anrokku!” in every damn song is getting OLD. I’m getting tired of it verrrry quickly. It’s like…do you plan on writing your lyrics about anything else in the series? Just the goddamn egg? The song and PV is very boring. The song keeps dragging on and on and it’s way too slow. It really doesn’t compare to PARTY TIME–in which I like ALOT better. The PV just keeps alternating from dancing with dumbasses on the left to close-up shots to headphones. AND the damn anime shots. Which really annoys me. Whatever the hell they coordinators were thinking, PARTY TIME’s a lot better.

Buono! – Our Songs
Our Songs is the 10th single released by Buono! on February 3rd, 2010.

Ah, Buono! My sweet, sweet Buono! I wanted to get this for my best friend’s 14th birthday, she would’ve loved it, and especially loved that Miyabi’s hair is now long again. But, you know, my parents are a sack of bastard shit. Anyway, I absolutely love the song. The outfits are my favorite as well! I love them especially because Momoko has a curse word on her shirt! =X Wtf am I kidding? Momo always has curse words on her shirt xD

Erina Mano – Haru no Arashi

Haru no Arashi will be Plastic Hair’s 6th single, scheduled to release February 24th, 2010.

… It might just be the fumes from the cleaning products in the bathroom but I like this song. It’s probably the second time I’ve ever said that I like a Mano song. The song is honestly inviting. It has a pretty and gentle vibe about it. The PV is boring as any other Mano PV. But, I’m surprisingly surprised by the song. Good job to the composers.

Morning Musume – Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai

Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai was Morning Musume’s 42nd single that released on February 10th, 2010. It was the first single without Koharu Kusumi.

Am I the only person in the world that hates the PV? Lol. I’m sorry, I just expected sooo much more. With it being the first single without Koha, I would think they wanted to really woo those Koha fans. They might’ve, but not for me. I really love this song, I was hooked on it as soon as the radio rip surfaced. But there’s so much wrong with this PV, it’s not even funny. Don’t agree? Fine, but still, listen to my thoughts =) . Kay so, first off: THOSE OUTFITS ARE HIDEOUS. They look like Tsunku pulled it right out of Osaka Koi no Uta. This song needed fashionable outfits like Namida no Iro or Dakishimete Dakishimete. But, poof, nothing. Secondly, the PV is honestly low-budget. It may not look it, but all they needed was a place to dance and a catwalk. >_> Lastly, nothing matched. With the translated title being: What’s Wrong With Women Standing Out?, you would’ve thought there’d be a story to it. Like the girls going through their own problems with people turning them down or something. Or the girls trying to be different but just being ridiculed in the end. But what do we get? Nada. Nothing. Zero. Seriously, they couldn’t have put more thought into it?

Well there goes my catch-up news. Lol. Sorry I was gone for SUCH a long time. I feel bad Dx . My internet was down for a while then I couldn’t get myself to write. Damn lazy-ness. Well, till the next post, ~Kio.