Wednesday, 3 September 2014

EunB of Ladies Code Passes Away

As most of us know by now, EunB has passed away in a very tragic car incident. She died at sight, apparently, and Sojung and RiSe are in the hospital with critical conditions. The other two member's have minor injuries. RiSe had to go through a very long period of surgery, but she is out now (as I am writing this), and is in ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Sojung is being watched over, but she is not as critical as RiSe is. I think this was pretty shocking for the K-pop fandom. When my friend told me, I didn't really believe it at first, but then all of it came out and I just started to cry thinking, it could have been any idol, you know. So many times we hear about car incidents with our idols and so many times they do not wear seat-belts and such and it makes me so scared for their lives. Ladies Code is such a talented group and this news is so heartbreaking. Whatever happens, I hope we can respect their privacy and I really hope Sojung and RiSe are alright (they both suffered very dangerous injuries and there is no telling what the outcome will be like). R.I.P EunB. While you weren't my bias in Ladies Code, you were still a part of Ladies Code and the fans won't forget you, no matter what happens to Ladies Code.

This is their last song with EunB, "Kiss Kiss".

   

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Top 10 J-pop Groups/Soloists/Duos

I have so many J-pop groups...I don't know how this is going to look like at the end when I finish it. I'm sure everyone will know my number 1, but oh well. I wonder if people can guess my 10 favorite groups/soloists/duos? But as the same as the Top 10 K-pop one, I'll name some of my other favs as well.

11.) NMB48
12.) HKT48
13.) Haruna Luna
14.) Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48)
15.) French Kiss
16.) Juice=Juice
17.) HIMEKA
18.) Koda Kumi
19.) Sashihara Rino (HKT48)
20.) ELISA
21.) Perfume
22.) Kasai Tomomi
23.) E-GIRLS
24.) FAKY
25.) Takakashi Minami (AKB48)
26.) Kuramochi Asuka (AKB48)
27.) Iwasa Misaki (AKB48)
28.) Maeda Atsuko
29.) Itano Tomomi
30.) Becky
31.) FictionJunction
32.) KOKIA
33.) Yuu Kikkawa
34.) Aoi Eir
35.) Yasuda Rei
36.) S/Mileage
37.) Watanabe Mayu (AKB48)


#10) BABYMETAL


Believe it or not, I actually love BABYMETAL. I don't like metal music at all, but since BM is a mix of metal and J-pop, I found their music to be really unique and different. I don't know too much about the three member's - except that I can name them - but I think their music speaks for itself. Also, on a side-note, I am loving the popularity that they have been receiving. I have been planning to buy their first album for so long, but I sometimes wonder, will the stuff they release after their album be as good? I'll have to wait and see, but until then, "Iijime, Dame, Zettai", is my jam.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Sunny Hill - "Monday Blues"

They really want that "Girl Group" label, huh?


Well, to be honest, I never liked the male member - I actually don't know his name. He was barely there, and I don't know about other Hiller's (fan club name), but I feel like most us came to know Sunny Hill in 2011, so by then, he was really in and out of the group. Then he went to the army, and it was obvious that he really didn't "feel" part of the group anymore (regardless of his Original-member status). Anyways, Sunny Hill have finally made a comeback and with their first original album. This is only Part A, so Part B will probably be released in October (hopefully). I hate when companies split things in two parts (it really is annoying). Also, can we just talk about the fact that Sunny Hill debuted in 2007 and this is their first full-length album. Seven years, people. I guess I shouldn't be complaining cause I do love that they are finally releasing something, but I had to say something. "Monday Blues", is the title track. The pre-release track, "Once in Summer", was cute. I actually liked that pre-release song. It served its purpose and the MV was visually done well. It's a stereotypical "summer" video, but what's new in Kpop. "Monday Blues", is were all my attention needs to be because there is a little fuss over it. A lot of people are misunderstanding Sunny Hill. Sunny Hill was like Brown Eyed Girls; meaning they both debuted as a ballad-group/vocalist groups. Actually, it's the exact same format as BEG, what Sunny Hill had. As most people know Sunny Hill got popular in 2011, with, "Midnight Circus" (also when I became a fan), but around 2013, people started feeling Sunny Hill lost track. It's not that they lost track, but LOEN, their company, had an image for Sunny Hill, and "Midnight Circus", was just a whim. All Hiller's know that "Midnight Circus" was really random and not Sunny Hill at all...but then it worked. Hence why we got, "Pray", "Grasshopper Song", and, "Princess and Prince Charming".


LOEN had their "wild" phase with Sunny Hill and moved on. That's why we got "Goodbye To Romance", at the end of 2012/2013, and, "Darling of All Hearts", in 2013. It was LOEN's why of saying that Sunny Hill has done a lot in this new phase and we should go back to what we made them for - ballads. "Darling of All Hearts", was a fail in most people's books (even though I loved it), cause it was Sunny Hill's way of saying that we're a girl group now...no more *insert male member's name here*. It was weird. The lyrics were great, but it was weird, even on Sunny Hill's level. Now we come to 2014. We got that goodbye ballad for the male member - which was just a digital single - and it was utterly disappointing (quite hated it, honestly). Now we reach what we call, "Unknown" phase, with Sunny Hill. "Once in Summer", was a cute ballad, and it doesn't mean much, so no point in talking about it, but "Monday Blues", is an issue in itself. I love the song, don't get me wrong, but it's definitely different. It has a jazzy-swing-vibe to it. Which is cool; I like these type of songs cause they are fun. The whole song is about, well, Monday blues. How we all want Friday to be here and enjoy our days off and party and such. That's about it, really. As you would have already noticed, the whole MV is set in an office and that's suppose to represent them working on Monday and you can see the member's just being tired and daydreaming about having fun. Even their outfits are "office lady" attire (they do change to "party" outfits at some point, but it's brief). People seem to be not too pleased with this song, and well, it's nothing new though. People haven't been liking anything Sunny Hill since 2012, and it's really not Sunny Hill's fault or LOEN's...Sunny Hill was originally a ballad-group. The group really probably doesn't know how to dance amazingly and even though they are great singer's (Misung is an "ok" rapper), the songs that get assigned to them aren't outstanding. While that is LOEN's fault, I suppose, Sunny Hill is just not...I don't know how to say it, actually. They just don't have what people are looking for. The member's aren't edgy like BEG and that's really the only group that's close to their age-range. The oldest member is Misung, and she's 28 (Jub is also 28), and the youngest is Kota, and she's 26. I think LOEN is confused what to do with them. As a person whom loves Sunny Hill immensely, I'm sadden to see Sunny Hill in such a rut. I've pretty much enjoyed everything they've released since 2011, but people only want their edgy-music. Just like BEG, honestly. People only want their edgy stuff (hence why "Abracadabra" worked so well for them, just like "Midnight Circus" worked so well for Sunny Hill). Unlike BEG, LOEN didn't want them to sell an image that wasn't them, and that didn't work for them. Sunny Hill have a few options left. Either go back to being edgy and people will like their music again, or stick to what they are doing now and go off to being a D-list group that only a few, like me, will still love. I loved almost every song in this Part A album, and while many don't like "Monday Blues", I really have to hope the future isn't so bland for Sunny Hill. I actually have more to say, but I think that's all I want to say today. 4.1/5.

ENJOY! Side-note: Why is no one talking about Jub cutting off her hair? It's so short...I've never seen it that short before. Also, "Get the x Out", is actually a really good song, and why they censor the word "Fuck" will always baffle me...you're not gonna promote the song anyways. Also, Misung has my favorite parts in "Monday Blues". I love her sing-talk/rap-talk voice.

   

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kinoshita Yukiko (SKE48) To Graduate

Nooooooooooooooo!


I know I may not have talked a lot about her over this past year, but to be honest, I really love her. I really got to know her last year during "Utsukushii Inazuma", and from then I became a huge fan of her's. She really stood out to me in that single, and I really liked her looks (only to find out she's actually a half, which is so cool). I knew her only as a Team E member, but I truly thought she should have been in Team S from the beginning, but now as a Team KII member, I guess it's alright. Anyways, she has decided to graduate in November of this year to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer/whatever else she decides to do, but dancing is her ultimate goal. I appreciate that she is taking a step forward in her career. Being a dancer is not an easy job (money wise especially), but I hope she can succeed. I would love if one day she could choreograph a dance for SKE48. That would be really cool. I read that she always planned to graduate once she reached her SKE-goal, which was to rank in the election, and this year she accomplished that - ranking #40. I was really happy and cried for her as she got called cause she's been with SKE48 for 5 years and I guess it's like all her hard work paid off. I'll truly miss her in SKE48 and hope she can move onto something that will bring her more happiness. I'll enjoy these last moments with her. I really hope she gets featured in SKE48's new single (cause they usually release one more by the end of the year). And if not, then I shall remember Yukiko well in the Next Girls PV. Good luck, Yukiko.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Hello

I'm actually not on a "leave" from my blog or anything, but I just don't feel like writing at the moment. My university starts again on September 4th and I guess I'm really not excited to go back as I have enjoyed my solace at home for the past 4 months (regardless that I had an online-summer course). Anyways, I do have stuff I'd like to post about (and finish that Top 10 stuff I planned), but I'm just not in the mood to write. I guess writing needs some sort of encouragement because I feel if I force it it'll just end up something I won't like.

Don't ask why, but I love it when Idols take pics with their albums/singles...I'm weird, I guess.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Berryz Kobo To "Disband"

I'm not actually going to write anything...I really can't. I chose the word "Disband" because I know it's true and the member's wanted to spare our feelings, but it's highly true. I'm not in a good state to write anything, but for the next year, I'll enjoy every moment with them. I will write something at some point, but just not right now.

my first song with Berryz Kobo

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Happy 5th Anniversary T-ARA

It's been a good 5 years, T-ARA. Been with them since the beginning (well, since "Bo Peep Bo Peep" anyways). I wish them more success and they can count on me for spending any amount of money on them (especially if Soyeon is in it).