AKB48 Blows Me Away
I want my AKBitches to release something good. No, not good great. I want another Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou or Beginner. SKE48 appears to be doing that with Kataomoi Finally (but I've yet to give my final verdict on it) so why doesn't AKB hop on the awesome songs bandwagon too? I'm tired of this formula of singles they've fallen into following and I suppose Aki-P's just following this formula:
Sakura single+summer single+Senbatsu single+dark single+Janken single = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!
And personally that really upsets me. I know that the main purpose of idols is to make money off their fans and the general public, but I want to be surprised this year. I want to look at one of their singles the way I look at Keibetsu or Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru. I think the problem with AKB right now is that they're too scared they're going to lose their fans (and $$$) if they try something new so they've decided "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" However, maybe just maybe Aki-P will be like "Hey! We're making money! Let's do something and see if that'll make us MORE money!!!" I know they have stage songs and other units but I never get to see those; I'm not someone in Japan who can get a ticket. All I can look at are their singles and albums and frankly I was a little let down this year. T
Berryz Koubou Doesn't Graduate
I'm really worried about Berryz. Yeah yeah, I know they're coming to New Jersy (so close.) but singles-wise they haven't announced anything. I know they're releasing an album but I'm kinda worried their days are numbered. Face it; they're getting older (Saki's 20 already) and we all know what happens to idols who get old... They either get into variety shows or drop off the face of the planet! But that's not the point. This is probably the most irrational thing on this list considering they have things planned up until June but I can't get rid of this nagging feeling something big is going to happen to them soon. I don't know if it's for better or worse but they're sales are getting worse, the girls are getting older, what are you going to do, UFA? Like I said, it's probably just me anticipating the worst but eventually they are going to have to graduate, along with C-ute. We just don't know when and I really hope this isn't their final year as a group. Granted, they're not my favorite group in Hello! Project but I still find their songs fairly enjoyable especially if I'm in the right mood. So UFA, please don't pull anything horrible on them, at least not yet.
Morning Musume Finds Their Style
I still feel bad for saying this but the more I listen to PyokoPyoko Ultra, the more I hate it. It's too cutesy, too childish, too awkard,
One of the Momosu Members Pulls a Chisato On Us
|What are you talking about? I'm not biased!|
Perfume Releases Something Edgy
Don't get me wrong, I loved Spice. I also loved Glitter. And I really like JPN and have all the songs on my iPod! But the closest thing we've seen from Perfume in terms of edginess was FAKE IT and that was last year! And as I've said before JPN is a decent album but it's too safe. I think right now Perfume is just going in too much of a safe direction. There songs are good but they could be so much better. If only I could find a way to magically learn Kanji, obtain Nakata's email, and send him some
S/mileage Doesn't Give Me Another Heart Attack
I nearly fell out of my chair when I read Saki was graduating. I choked on my Sprite when I read about Yuuka's. I swear if these graduations don't stop, S/mileage is going to kill me! And don't get me started on the auditions... this group is going to give me a heart attack if they get any more unpredictable! I'm not saying they have to be cliche but seriously. This year, I want S/mileage to prove they can be successful and triumphant without Yuuka. They have the new members sure only one of them is talented but the others have cute personalities and that's what helps drive S/mileage. I think the closer the group gets the less it'll seem like Ayaka+Kanon and a bunch of newbies. However, in order for that to happen I think the group just needs to play it safe here in terms of lineup. In place of that, I hope they'll try a bunch of crazy stuff with their music! I believe in order for the group to polish itself to the glory of its indies they need to experiment with their style. I think the cute, adorable direction is good but I want to see how far they'll go with it and how the fans will react to it. Chotte Matte Kudasai will hopefully give us a preview of what's to come next year for S/mileage and I hope it's really amazing. So in layman's terms: I want the lineup to be predictable but the music to be unpredictable! Don't disappoint me, S/mileage!
Tokyo Girls' Style Gets Even Awesome-r
2011 was a good year for TGS and a good year for me to get into them. They're young but successfully pull of this very mature and kind of dark style (are you taking notes, Morning Musume?). They had some really strong singles and a very strong album released this year even if they didn't do spectacularly well, saleswise. Limited Addiction was one of my favorite songs of 2011 and their B-sides were very good too! But to be honest... I actually don't want them to be successful. Not because I don't want them to get the attention they so deserve but because I'm afraid they'll go mainstream like so many other groups (ABK48, Perfume, etc.). I think it's best for them if they just stay in the little dark horse spotlight they have now even if they never get beyond that. My only worry is Avex will disband them but at the moment... I think they're safe!
I Write More in This Blog
Well, that's a given. Considering I basically started this at the end of 2011 I missed out on a lot of really good things to write about (graduations, auditions, new groups, etc.) I really want to stay active in the J-Pop/idol world this year and I want to find more groups to
So there you have it! I don't ask for much in terms of quantity but I really do hope at least one of these things comes true! And now I wish you a happy New Year and hope you have fun counting down at a party or staying at home and completely forgetting about it! Either way, let's all hope for the best in 2012! ^.^