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Molson Musume? December 29, 2011

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Hello! Project.
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While reading Isilwentari’s wonderful post about Dream Morning Musume’s new single Shining Butterfly I couldn’t help but think that the costumes that the girls were wearing looked awfully familiar.

Sure, they weren’t anything too crazy, just white with red and blue accents. Then today while idly day dreaming it finally hit me. They resemble giant dancing bottles (or the labels, more specifically) of Molson Canadian Beer:


Yeah, I don’t really know what to think of that…

And on that bombshell, I hope you all have a good new year!


Merry Christmas! December 25, 2011

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Kikkawa You.
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I hope everybody has a very pleasant Holiday season filled with their friends and loved ones (and possibly a few idols too…) 😀

Matsuura Aya – Subject: Sayonara “10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST” SPECIAL LIVE December 20, 2011

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Matsuura Aya.

Not too long ago Aya celebrated the tenth anniversary of her debut with a special performance at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. There we got the first unveiling of Subject: Sayonara, the sole new song to appear on her 10th Anniversary Best album due out tomorrow.

Previously, we only had a rough fanrecording of the song to go by, but this morning UpFrontTunes released the entire performance on Youtube:

Written by Takeuchi Mariya (someone who Matsuura fans should recognize, as her 2008 musical Mariya – Honki de Only You was based entirely on Takeuchi’s music) Subject: Sayonara is certainly a haunting and beautiful ballad, helped in no little part by Aya’s fantastic voice. The amount of emotion she is able convey through merely the inflections in her voice is absolutely wondrous.

Also, I know I’ve said it before, but she really does work fantastically with a live band. It just adds that inexplicable organic element, and just helps everything feel just that much more alive.

Edit: Through the magic of time, what was once tomorrow is now today and Aya’s 10th Anniversary Best is now available for purchase! I’ve updated the appropriate links over in the side-pane. This album really is perfect for all Ayaya fans. Don’t care much for her newer, non idol-styled work? No problem as it’s filled mostly with her classics. Or do you simply yearn for more new work from her? Well this is all your gonna get for the time being so you better just smile and take what you can get! 😀

Takahashi Ai Featured in The Wall Street Journal December 9, 2011

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Takahashi Ai.

Yup, you can even read the article for yourself, entitled “A J-Pop Star Goes From Music to Musicals,” here.

Sure, that may not be The Wall Street Journal proper, and the chances of this article ever actually appearing in print are nill to none; it still is a pretty surprising piece in an unheard of location.

What really impresses me most about the article is its rather serious nature and intended audience. Japanese pop idols aren’t treated as a strange curiosity, but in a matter of fact manner as a legitimate staple of the Japanese entertainment industry. On top of that, the article is specifically about Ai’s new play and her transition away from Morning Musume, something I can’t help but think would go over the heads of most casual readers. Sure, people like us eat this kind of stuff up, but those poor regular folk who don’t know who Takahashi Ai is would probably find it a little too specific for their tastes.

So what it all boils down to is that we have an article from The Wall Street Journal about Takahashi Ai written to appeal to Jpop fans. I approve. 😀