Okay! So today we will be exploring the wonderful world of ballads in the H!P world. It’s tough to make a good ballad. There has to be good replay value, the lyrics must be addicting, and most importantly, the vocals must be phenomenal. And now, I have you the 7th installment to the Top! Series: The Best Hello! Project Ballads (of all time).
WOO! Finally, another Top! Series post. This is like, super old so all the singles are as of Nanchatte Renai. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the 6th Top! Series: Favorite Morning Musume Singles (of all time).
Part 3 of my Top! Series. This week is Best Disbanded/One Shots. A disbanded group is a group who released 2+ singles and officially disbanded. A one-shot group is a group who only released one single and disbanded or stopped releasing.
10. GAM [Disbanded]
Consisting of Aya and Miki, GAM was the sexy duo who always showed off their gams. They had very strong vocal skill which made all of their songs very easy to listen to. Whether it was a pretty ballad or punky rock, GAM never ceased to amaze. I put them at number ten because they made every wota hard with their song Melodies.
09. Pucchimoni [Disbanded]
Pucchimoni was originally formed with Sayaka Ichii, Mai Goto, and Kei Yasuda. But after Sayaka Ichii graduated, Yossy(Hitomi Yoshizawa) took her place. They released 3 more singles and an album after that. The group when on a very long hiatus before officially disbanded after they graduated with the rest of Elder Club. Pucchimoni is number nine because their songs were too uplifting and entergetic to ignore.
08. W [Disbanded]
Another very successful duo. Instead of sexy, this duo sported the “ultra-cute” image. This duo had ‘the twins’ Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji. W released 6 singles, 1 cover album, and 1 original album before splitting up. Sadly, Kago was caught in two serious scandals and the duo could not move on. W is number eight because they have super catchy music and you have to love these cute twins.
07. Minimoni [Disbanded]
Minimoni was a four-member unit who also had the “ultra-cute” image. Minimoni was the most popular Morning Musume sub-group created. Mari Yaguchi was the master mind and asked Ai Kago, Nozomi Tsuji, and Mika Todd to join. While Ai, Mari, Nozomi were wearing pink and cute skirts, Mika Todd was left to wear blue and jumpsuits because she preceded the 4′ 11″ height rule. After Mari Yaguchi left, Takahashi Ai was added to the group. Unfortunately, when this happened the group lowered in popularity and ultimately disbanded. Minimoni is number seven because their cute image was beyond this universe and their happy-go-lucky personalities fit into everything else.
06. Coconuts Musume [Disbanded]
Originally made of 4 Americans and 1 Japanese, Coconuts Musume was the group that defied all. It is the only group so far to feature American members. Most of their songs had upbeat happiness to it. But some members just werent feeling the music. Two members left the group and Hello! Project before the 3rd single–both had difficulty learning and adapting to Japan. One new member was added and Coconuts Musume went on 4nin for only two more singles and one more graduated. Ayaka was the only one left in the very end, but graduated in March 2009. Coconuts Musume is sixth because they’re exciting and interesting even though they weren’t so popular.
05. T&C Bomber [Disbanded]
One of the most least known groups in all Hello! Project, had the most potential. T&C had awesome vocal ability and even had one Chinese member. T&C stayed 4nin throughout their whole existence but sadly fadened after 8 singles and 2 albums. T&C Bomber deserves number five because of their amazing vocal ability and dancy hits.
04. Aa! [One-shot]
Made of three of the youngest members at the time, Aa! was a extremely successful one-shot consisting of Airi Suzuki, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and Reina Tanaka. This group released one single of the name FIRST KISS–which was a urban-ish song. Aa! makes number four because of their cool song and nice vocals.
03. ZYX [Disbanded]
ZYX was created with Erika Umeda, Mari Yaguchi, Saki Shimizu, Maimi Yajima, Megumi Murakami, and Momoko Tsugunaga. They released 2 singles with cover remixes as b-sides. They covered the Coconuts Musume song, Tokonatsu Musume and the T&C Bomber song, Gatamekira. ZYX is number three because they are catchy and included some of the best H!P members of all time.
02. Melon Kinenbi [Disbanded]
Another unpopular group, but still amazing. Melon Kinenbi consisted of Hitomi Saitou, Ayumi Shibata, Masae Ootani, and Megumi Murata. Megumi was known for her glasses and Masae was known for her ever-changing hairstyles. The group also had great vocal skill. Even though Akai Freesia was their highest selling single, it only sold about 46,000 copies. The group came to an end along with the rest of Elder Club in March 2009. Melon Kinenbi makes number two because the group had amazing vocals and some of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard.
01. High-King [One-shot]
Probably THE BEST sub-group/one-shot ever created. Their whole purpose was to promote the Cinderella Musical last year in June 2008. But their success lives on. High-King is formed with Reina Tanaka, Ai Takahashi, Saki Shimizu, Maimi Yajima and the Hello! Pro Egg Yuuka Maeda. This group definitely prospered with their only single C\C (Cinderella\Complex). The reggaeton and hip-hop beat brought many intrigued and interested fans. High-King DESERVES number one because they are full of amazing personalities and one extraordinary song.
Thank you very much for getting through it all! Hope you enjoyed it. Till next time, ~Kio.
Alright, here is a nice collection of PVs for the past month; mostly H!P. Here we go!!~
S/mileage – aMa no Jaku
Okay so, the PV starts out with one of them spelling out “S/mileage”. Apparently, it takes about 20 seconds to do this @_@. Anyway, then you goes on to them dancing and…playing cards. Or whatever the hell that is, those cards are huge O.o? Well, Yuuka starts off the singing with that adorable little voice we all love. Then the next one to sing is Wa–WHOA! IS THAT REALLY AYAKA WADA!?! How beautiful! She is totally glowing! And then she opens her mouth and this beautiful voice comes out! Bravo! Next egg to sing is…Kanon? I think so. She’s cute, but she looks young with her hair up. She could probably use some voice work too. Last is this girl that looks strangely like Chisato Okai o.o? Wait, her sister right? I forget her name and I’m too lazy to look it up; we’ll call her Chisa-sis for now. Okay so, the video continues with them dancing and taking pictures. Ha, now Kanon has her hair down, which makes her look alot older. As for the dance…it is just miserably lame xD. Well, they ARE eggs so easy does it? So it keeps on dragging along with them taking pictures and what now? Running for no reason! “Aaaahhhh! Kio’s gonna get us!! RUN!!!” Blah blah blah, now even weirder things go on including: shooting a ball into a basket for no reason, pretend drawing, drinking out of a weird-ass fountain, and what do we have here!? “We made it outside! Now we say goodbye to the Kio-monster!!” “RAWR!! I’LL GET YOU NEXT TIME!!”
All in all, the video definitely was too long for it’s own good. But the group does blend well together and pretty okay vocals so, I’ll wait get ready for their next release.
Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai
Morning Musume ain’t slackin’ this year, am I right? So the PV starts off with dancing and close-ups of the oh-so-hot members. First one I noticed was of course Niigaki. Her hair looks so awesome straightened. Then ugh, Takahashi starts off with her ‘try-to-be-sexy’ act. Then Koharu comes in and pops both my eardrums. Jeez, she can’t even pipe down for ONE song?? Then Reina does her solo with..Aika? Or is that just a background singer? Anyway, suddenly they bust out into rapping! Which reminds me of Do it! Now a little, in a good way of course. Pure awesomeness. Now we break out into the chorus with Takahashi making a pole smell her breasts and Reina who keeps grabbing her cheek xD Then a new shot comes in with the beauties in from of a black and white background. Michishige, JunJun, & Eri definitely stole the show in that shot. And if you pause at 2:03 you can see Takahashi’s big forehead that is almost the size of her mouth in Mikan =DDD All of a sudden after Takahashi sings, in comes Michishige. Even though she’s a terrible singer, I haven’t seen her the past few singles. And another change in the next chorus is Niigaki and Eririn get the center roles. Which is nice because I love them both to death; plus I haven’t really seen Eri around. Instrumental break is really nice too–except the dance, which was boring. Overall, the dance was pretty good(according to Japanese standards), line-distributing wasn’t a TakaReina show(except neither of the Pandas were shown), and the PV itself was pretty but also mysterious and dark. Lovely job MoMusu.
Buono! – Take it Easy!
Alrighty! Take it Easy! is another break from the usual pop/punk rock Buono! usually does(including Rottara Rottara). The PV starts off with the trio on a bus, obviously going on a little road trip. Momoko begins the singing, but she’s a little too strained and cute for my liking–and for the song. Everyone grabs a lollipop as Airi starts to sing. You all know I don’t like her so I impatiently wait for Miyabi to sing. Finally, my prayers are answered and Miyabin starts singing with that angelic voice. The girls then end up in a little town. As the chorus runs through, they reach their destination and get off the bus. Suddenly Momoko realizes she forgot her bag on the bus and starts running after it. It looks pretty damn impossible because those heels look dangerous, but fashionable none-the-less. She eventually gives up, as she sings in the background, and the other two just smile and pull her away. They walk through an alley which takes them up a hill where they can get a glimpse of the whole town. Then they make their way to a nearby beach in which the chorus plays again and Miyabi neatly writes ‘Buono!’ into the wet sand. Oh no…wet sand!! You’re gonna get your awesome shoes dirty!! NOOO!!! Send them to meeeee!!! The instrumental break comes in where they all have a little lunch and eat cabobs and fish. Also where Momoko sticks her cute pinky out. The video wraps up with them all playing a guitar and shouting out towards the sea. I really loved the video. Especially since I could actually describe it. It’s probably one of the best story-videos they’ve had since Honto no Jibun. I don’t care too much for the dance, it’s Buono! so I don’t expect much. In conclusion, I love the video and song.
I see a pattern with Guardians4. Same outfit, different color; same plot, different PV. OMIGOSH. Another fake toy thingy!! See what I mean? Last time it was a stadium, and this time it’s a maze(that reminds me way too much of Resident Evil 4 xD; I keep thinking as they’re running a mutant dog will attack xDDD). Well anyway, Aika starts off the singing with them just running around the maze. Ugh, she sounds awful I hate her voice so much Dx Next is Risako who sounds strangely good. I don’t know how to explain it, I think she has learned to control her voice. I haven’t heard her sing that well since…I don’t even know. Third is Saki who obviously doesn’t really have a good voice–but I can cope with it. Last is Yurina who everyone loves. Then they end up at a little table and they drink tea as the little anime mahooters are flying around them. Cool?…O.o As they’re singing the chorus a bunch of flashes to the anime pop up–which of course I don’t really care about xDD Then they’re back to running around the maze. Suddenly they’re in a little room drinking tea(again?) and it looks a little…Chinese? It keeps on going with them drinking it at a 5 minute speed @_@ Jesus, from 2:53 to 3:02 you can really see what a giant Yurina is. It wraps up with them eating cakes and making me hungry; also they find a little traditional Japanese room. Whatever they do, I don’t know. Overall, it was 50 billion times better than the last PV ROFL. Still very boring to watch. And the song is too poppy for my liking so…Guardians4 still isn’t very appealing to me at all, ha.
SWET BLACK feat. Maki Goto – TEARDROPS with KG
So I finally figured out WTF SWEET BLACK IS! Apparently it’s the name of her debut album under Avex. Why ever the hell her name is actually SWEET BLACK feat Maki Goto, I don’t know. Is she trying to sweeten up to Black people? I don’t know, but that’s low Maki. Lower than where your cha-chas are gonna fall. ANYWAY. It starts off with the normal whorish things. Wine, white couches, and sparkly things that hang from the ceiling(wut?). She ends her little solo verse and this other guy(whoops) starts singing. Kinda creepy singing but okay LMAO. This other chick is in his little story version. Very ugly girl o.o Big forhead, nasty nose. Omg, this video is scary so far! All of a sudden she rips down curtains and throws stuff on the ground. OMG HER UGLY-TO-BEAUTIFUL PILLS HAVE RUN OUT! NOW SHE’S PISSED CUZ THE GUY PROBABLY USED THEM!! Now Maki is still stiff on the couch but then, what’s this? She throws marbles on the floor and a wine glass turns to milk(Wtf you do now Maki?). Then on the guy’s turn: a tranny has a party, a girl eats a sandwhich, an another chick attacks the guy’s lap(not a good sign..). Finally, Maki gets off the couch and stands outside. Then the guy jumps out the window and turns into a cat. Ends with him licking his lips a Maki. Not sure what the moral of the video was here. Trannies throw wild parties? Ugly-to-beautiful pills never work? You should always eat a sandwhich with a plate? Whatever it was, it gave me a good laugh.
Haha! End! Sorry I am a few days late with posting. Personal problems. Soon to be posts:
Platinum 9 DISC Review, New Weekly Series, and whatever else comes to mind! Bye Bye for now!