Friday, April 20, 2007

Waratte Iitomo Haru 2007 SP

Waratte Iitomo Haru SP is a special for introducing the Spring season drama for Fuji TV. The host is Mashahiro Nakai and Tamori (Morita Kazuyoshi). The show is so funny, and it made me increased my must watch list. :x I totally recommend watching it. Everyone is really funny.

First they introduced the team who will be competing. First is Proposal Daisakusen, including Yamashita Tomohisa, Nagasawa Masami, Fujiki Naohito, Eikura Nana, and Hiraoka Yuta. Hanayome to Papa team is next, which include Ishihara Satomi, Taguchi Junnosuke, Shiraishi Miho, Takizawa Saori, and Asano Kazuyuki. Everyone was holding hand as they step out, which I found really cute. Then Oniyome Nikki - Ii Yu Dana (or I'll just called it Oniyome Nikki 2 from now on), which include the two main cast Gori and Mizuki Arisa, as well as Eibihara Yuri, Kawashima Naomi, Takachi Noburu, and the grandfather (I think). Next group is Watashitachi no Kyokasho, including Kanno Miho, Tanihara Shosuke, Itoh Atsushi, and some others that I forgot. The last drama group is Liar Game, Toda Erika and Matsuda Shota came out looking extremely like a super cute couple. Also have Iwasa Mayuko (from Brother Beat, Gals Circle, and Ganbatte Ikimasshoi), and a few others as well, who I don't really know. Last team out is Waratte Iitomo's own team, which are comedians that frequent the show. :x I don't know much about them except, they are loud and really funny. ^^;;
The first game they played is Nya Nya Nya Iitomo (something like that). Similar to the gesture game, where a member of your team do some kind of gesture and you're suppose to guess the answer. Instead of gestures, the guest have to sing nya nya nya (cat talk) and the other team members have to guess the title of the song. It's really funny. The most funny team was Watashitachi no Kyokasho. Kanno Miho is so funny, because she was dancing to the song as well as nya-ing it.. XD;; And she spent a long time just on the song even though the members didn't have a clue about it. XD;; And she was the first person to do it as well. Gori was also dancing to his answer and eventually run out of time. ^^;; Also Liar Game team, who ended up passing a lot of songs. And the first song, Toda Erika passed it, Nakai gave a mean face since the song was from SMAP. ^^;; This show is full of funny moments.
The team with the highest points after all those nyaing was Proposal Daisakusen. ^^;; Waratte Iitomo team was second, and Hanayome to Papa was third. :D 4th is Oniyome Nikki. 5th Watashitachi, and last is Liar Game, who passed many songs. ^^;;
Next up is Wii Boxing, where they have a competition between the teams as the title said, playing boxing with Wii. XD;; I want to buy a Wii after watching it. I think Waratte Iitomo must at least get something from Sony, since they are promoting the console. :P Anyways, first test match is between Nakai and Tamori himself. It's really funny, they even have similar CG faces. XD;; Anyways, the old man Tamori won. Nakai was so weak! ^^;;

First official match is between the leading ladies of Proposal and HanaPapa, Nagasawa Masami and Ishihara Satomi. It's so funny, Satomi hit like a girl.. XD;; Well, she is a girl, but it's cute. ^^;; I was rooting for Satomi actually because she seems like the underdog. But Satomi actually won, but Masami was also quite closed in winning. She comment that the camera man was situated himself where she can't see the screen, which prevented her from winning. ^^;; Uh ok...

Next match is between the leading males of Proposal and HanaPapa, Yamashita Tomohisa and Taguchi Junnosuke. XD;; The host declared it as a NEWS vs KATTUN match. ^^;; The host then asked which is kouhai and which sempai, and they answered Yamapi is senpai and Taguchi is kouhai. And then they asked which group started older, and the answer was KAT-TUN is older (5 years?), while NEWS is younger (4 years?). Nakai was shocked! XD;; I thought he would at least know, but I didn't know either. Anyways, then the conversation changed to nickname, and Taguchi said he called Yamapi as Yamapi~! XD;; Yamapi looked extremely pissed, and then everyone started calling him Yamapi as well. XD;; In the background, the audiences were like "Kawaii~!!" XD Anyways, the match, and Yamapi won. ^^;; Even though Taguchi lost he was smiling all the time while playing. ^^;; During the match, I was thinking, if Taguchi was hitting like Satomi, he would have won too, because his swings are too wide.. :x

Third match is between Mizuki Arisa and Kanno Miho. Arisa commented that she have a Wii at home, which gave her the upper hand. Kanno Miho was so hillarious during the match. She keep pulling her blouse/shirt up. ^^;; But as expected, Mizuki Arisa won. Next up is Gori vs. Ito Atsushi.. Gori's funny, and super nice. ^^;; He let Ito-san win. ^^;; And the faces he made while he was loosing is so funny. Then Toda Erika and Matsuda Shota vs 2 of the Waratte members (not at the same time of course). I could only say, what is Matsuda Shota wearing? o_o;; I kinda like the outfit, but it really doesn't match him/his hair. Toda Erika was cute though. Anyways, the Liar Game team lost.Next, they have a ranking for the ladies, and each team are suppose to choose a girl and their rank will be shown. Then the team will of course get the points based on the rank. But it's bad if they picked the 1st rank. :x Sorry, I can't explain it properly. =_=;; But first, they have the ladies do their battle drama cries. Kanno Miho is so fun. :D Masami placed 10th, while Satomi placed 2nd (and I started to stop paying attention for a bit). Satomi was really surprised. But I think she deserved it. ^^;; Anyways, they go through 1 round and back to the Proposal team, but the Proposal team chosed the 1st rank lady (I don't know who she is), so they lost a few points, which make Waratte team in the lead with Proposal and HanaPapa far behind.
The points was compaired, and the Waratte team complained at how low the points of Liar Game were, who where sitting right next to them. ^^;; Mayuko complained!!! XD;;
Then it's the man's ranking. HanaPapa team was the first to choose, and they chose Ito Atsushi. Nakai teased Ito-san since HanaPapa are full of women (only 1 man not in the ranking).. ^^;; And they asked why they chose him, and everyone started to put Asano Kazuyuki (the only guy) on the spot. ^^;; Anyways, Tamori then read comments why the audiences rank him as such, and it was because: "He looks like a child." XD;; Anyways, next team chose Gori, and it turned out he was ranked 2nd. :D His comment was: "His hair looks funny." XDD;; And then when the last two to be rank was Taguchi and Yamapi. The last ranks that were left was 1st and 3rd. It was Watashitachi team, and they had a hard time figuring out who is not ranked first (or else they'll lose points). ^^;; They ended up choosing Taguchi, and Taguchi's reaction was XD;; Yamapi was first. Gori comments that he's in a pressured position, because it's NEWS Gori KAT-TUN (according to the ranking). XD;; Gori made me can't wait to watch Oniyome Nikki 2. :D
Next they have to to a gesture game with a dummy. It's really funny. ^^;; HanaPapa managed to surpased Waratte team. :D
Hanayome to Papa team won the game, and they can win the prize money if they are able to pull the tablecloths from the table without getting the glasses tip off. I think they did it for the last few SP as well (not sure). Anyways, Satomi was chosen for the task and she didn't manage to do it, so the prize money was shared between all the other teams. ^^;;

Overall, must watch, I havn't laugh this much since I watch one of the old Utaban episode with Morning Musume (sub). :D I totally reccomended it. The captures.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hello! Morning 04/01/2007

It's final season, more study and less watching! :(
First, the crews flied to Li Chun's hometown. They showed a very short process of how Li Chun was chosen. The clip of her audition was shown, as well as other rejects from the auditions. All the girls that wasn't chosen have to sing a song, and Tsunku himself was the judge. Sadly, I have to say, she was the few better looking one from the group.
So Li Chun then fly to Japan, and was sent to meet Qian Lin (I forgot her name and have to look it up. =_=;;). Qian Lin was funny when she almost forgot her Chinese.. XD;;
The Eggs then have a meeting and the news was out that they are going to have a newbie concert. :x Li Chun's shocked by the news since she just got off the plane. :P
The rest of the ranking special. :/ This time, the goes from 30-1, if I remembered correctly.
In one of the ranking, Yasuda Kei was laugh at because of her bad drawings. So 3 of the worst artists (Fujimoto Miki, Kamei Eri, and Yasuda Kei) of Morning Musume have a contest. Lol. Very funny actually. Personally, I thought Eri's drawing was the worst, but Kei won. XD;;
A sneak peek of Morning Musume in Hawaii was shown.. Fujimoto Miki and Yoshizawa Hitomi team up to sing one of the Pinku song. :x I think the pinkus version was better (as bad as it sound) but nice try. I wondered if they did the talking part as well. Mikipink and Hitopink, sound funny, but I would love to hear that.
Aichan sang her solo song Yume Kara Samete (夢から醒めて), and cries while doing it. T_T;; I think she later said she cry because it's her first time singing it in front of fans!? (not sure) Rumors is, a fan was touched and cry while she was singing, and after seeing it, Aichan started crying. Then the other wotas saw her crying and started crying too. XD;; Don't know if it's reliable, but pretty amusing. ^__^;;
More ranking continued. First place is Mini Moni. ^^;; We then said good bye to Hello! Morning, and welcome the new haromoni@. =_=;;


Monday, April 9, 2007

Morning Musume 33 Single: Kanashimi Twilight PV

If anyone havn't watch Morning Musume PV for their newest song, Kanashimi Twilight, go do it now. Definitely one of the best PV I had seen for a while from H!P. I would rank this second or third to Sakura Mankai and I WISH (ok, I lied, but definitely closer to the top). This single will be Yossie's last as a Morning Musume member, and she had quite a few share of lines and screen time (especially at the end).
The main vocals are of course the usual Takahashi Ai and Fujimoto Miki. They sound exceptional good, as always. I used to didn't really like Aichan's voice when she just join, despite being my favorite member, but now, I thought her voices are really nice, I love it. And personally, she sound great when sung together with Miki. Lol. They should do a duets sometimes, I would totally want to hear that. Aichan also sound good with everyone as well. ^^;; Or maybe I'm just saying that because I'm her fan?! :P
In this PV, the outfits are great! Everyone, except Aichan, Yossie, and Mitsui Aika have the almost same outfit (with variations). Even then, Yossie and Aika just had a different color than the rest. But Aichan's outfit is the most different! It's because she's special! :D Their hair are well styled, even Michishige Sayumi's and Niigaki Risa's. Am I the only one that does like their hairstyles? Odd, but fitting. The PV's background itself is very simple. Some would say cheap, but I disagree. I like the simplistic of it, it makes us focus on the girls more, and less of the other thing. The white, tint of blue, and pink backgrounds really make their outfits seems bold and jump out at you. The darker pink is flashy, but not too much. It's perfect.
Aichan showed us once again what a great dancer she is. I swear, the rest just can't be compared. The infamous Aichan's kick vs. Reina's kick (later in the PV) just CANNOT be compared. She, along with Yossie and Risa, make the song felt powerful (visually). At the begining when they do the head swinging thingy, Aichan's the only one that actually put her body into it. Miki, who's right next to her, looked odd as she barely move. And her close ups looks great as well. :D I'm telling you, she's so great in this music video. Even though this song is for Yossie, I have to say, the person who's shown the most was Miki. ^^;; Even more than Aichan, and of course more than Yossie. ^^;; But honorable mention is Risa, who capture the screen whenever the camera is on her. I'm not the person who care about anyone else except Aichan, but whenever the camera rolled to Risa, I just can't help but stare. Her performance was also quite powerful despite little screen time. And even though I didn't like everyone's outfit in the tunnel thing, I love Risa's dress. It's really cute. The design isn't flashy, but it's so cute! I want! :3 As for the rest? So so.. Ok, I'm not being fair to everyone and just focus on Ai. Actually everyone was alright, but they didn't seems as interesting to look at than Ai, Miki, Yossie, and Risa. But they are pretty.. I guess. :x
The song itself is rockish pop, upbeat, and powerful. I guess I'm the only one that like Roman My Dear Boy, but the song is similar. Definitely one of the few single that I actually like after listening to it the first few time. Well, actually, I didn't like it when I heard it the first time from a concert rip, but after watching the PV, it's so good! :) I really like it. I hope this song will outsell the last one. :D I also thought the song was fitting for Yossie's graduation song, or it's fitting for her. Even though Yossie's singing is alright at the end (I like Aichan's and Miki's parts better), but it wasn't bad. I think she'll do fine with her solo career or a small group career, which ever. :) Even though it's not her graduation yet, good luck!


Saturday, April 7, 2007

Kikkawa Yuu is not in the Idol Ranking 2007

According to Hello! Online (where most of us get the official H!P news in English), Kikkawa Yuu, one of the 8th gen audition rejects, is added to the Eggs. So all those that was unhappy that she didn't make it, you can rejoices now. :)

As for me, I think I'll keep praying that Tsunku is smart enough to add Sato Sumire to the already long H!P members! >_<;; I mean, Yukkawa is alright, but I was rooting for Sato during the 8th gen audition! Sumire was cute and have some talents in her. She was very energetic and watch over the other members despite being so young. As for Yuu, I don't remember much of her except for being the girl who sing Furusato during the first few stages of the audition. :/

Tsunku, please please please give us another pleasant surprise next week. Say, adding Sumire to H!P!? :3 That would totally make my day! ^^;;

According to the idol ranking of this year, wait, everyone must have seen it before right? At least if you frequent the forums you should see it before. So I'll just talk about the top tens + rank#88 from the U20. XD;;

10. Toda Erika - Not a surprised, even I like her! With her recent dramas that usually getting ratings around 15, really boost her popularity. I personally thought her story was much better than Ayase Haruka in Tatta Hitotsu no Koi. She was also in one of the most anticipated manga to liveaction movie, Death Note, as Misa. And with her newest drama, Liar Game, which she will be leading, Toda Erika is getting more and more attentions.

9. Aragaki Yui - Or Gakki to the fans. Her popularity rose after My Boss My Hero as the goddess of purity and innocent. She's also in a few Pocky cm. I also like her, especially in My Boss My Hero.

8. Kashii Yu - Despite playing older roles, she is still very young (she's even younger than me =_=;;), and she excels in all. I think she's usually acts in movie. I first know her in Waterboys drama, then SP, then My Boss My Hero. I really like her in Linda Linda Linda, right after Son of course. :) By the way, Linda Linda Linda was great. Everyone should go out and watch it.

7. Eikura Nana - Seriously, who is she? This is my first time seeing her name, she's ranked so high. :x Okei, after googled her name, she's that annoying girl that is the main lead in Dandori (about Cheerleader). *shocked* The drama sucks. How did she ranked so hight? o_O;;

6. Inoue Mao - Also had a popularity boost after staring in Hana Yori Dango. She played Makino Tsukushi who have all the love scenes with Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun) and Momyoji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun). And the girls still like her. ^^;;

5. Ishihara Satomi - Well liked and cute Satomi-chan, who won everyone over in many of her roles. Let me plugs again that her newest drama, Hanayome to Papa, is coming up in just a few days. Watch it everyone. Satomi is also well known for her luscious lips and full body. We haven't yet see her in a swimming suit, which suit me just fine. :) I'm really happy for her that she's in the top 5. :D Awsome. Congrats Satomi-chan. :)

4. Horikita Maki - The cute sister from Densha Otoko and the gloomy Nobuta from Nobuta wo Produce, which she gain her popularity from. I didn't know she was also in a lot of movie as well. She had talents, but I wished she played happier roles. After Nobuta wo Produce, the image of Nobuta can't seems to leave her. :x

3. Ueno Juri - Also is extremely talented. She's Nodame in Nodame Cantabile, which really boost her popularity. She's also great in Swing Girls (and a boy XD;;). By the way, everyone need to watch Swing Girls. :x

2. Nagasawa Masami - I wasn't aware that Masami was this popular. I had watch a few of her dramas, but none of her roles actually struck me. So to see her so high in the list, I was really surprise. :x Anyways, I bet everyone'd heard of the rumors about the competition between Masami and Erika right? Well, I guess this time she lost to...

1. Sawajiri Erika - The girls with the hates and rumors. She gains famed after 1 Litre of Tears as Aya, the girl who suffered a disease and later died (oops did I just gave those who had never watch it before spoilers? :P). Sawajiri Erika then later film Taiyou no Uta, also a girl with a disease, and release her first single with the name Amane Kaoru (her character). I thougth 1 Litre of Tears was great, but Taiyou no Uta felt like it's missing something. The Taiyou no Uta movie with YUI was much much much better. She is no doubt, a great actress, but really, not my favorite. Sorry.

I was actually really surprised that Aya Ueto is not on the list since she was so famous. But it actually turned out that Aya Ueto is on the U25 ranking 3rd. :x I don't really like her, except in Kinpachi Sensei 6th season, and Azumi, where we didn't have to see her smile. :x

88. Takahashi Ai - In the highest ranking of the recent morning musume (in U20) is Aichan, which showed us how popular she is than most of the other members. Not a surprise since recent Japanese only can recognized Aichan, Miki, and Yossie in Morning Musume anyways. :D Awsome, congrats Aichan. :D
I'm starting to really like her Yuki Ai Anata ≧ Suki song, especially after watching the Wonderful Hearts Otome Gokoro Winter 2007 concert. She was really cute singing the song. But I wish they stop with the MC Gaki thing. Anyways, I love the whole drawing the heart thing in midair. I wished give us a closer view of that so we fans can make gifs out of it. XD;;

The concerts was not bad, but it felt really bare without the older H!P members. There are a lot of C-ute and Berryz in here. I really like Miki solo with Mai and the other C-ute kid. ^^;; And of course, I also like Aichan solo as well. Anyways, a few more pictures of Aichan.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Nikishido Ryo x Ishihara Satomi x Tokito Saburo

Mark your calendar everyone! Hanayome to Papa (The bride and father) is going to show on April 10 in Japan. :) Not that we, international people, can do anything about it, especially if we don't have Japanese channels! But we can always use bittorent. This had got to be my most anticipated drama in a while, right after is Kuitan2, then Liar Game, and then... I'll just watch every one of them and take my pick. :P

More informations and pictures and be found on Satomi's journal. :) Speaking of which, I should add it to my links! :D
These captures of RyoxSatomi are from Teru Teru Kazoku (てるてる家族). I want to see!! From the few clips on Youtube, it looks like an interesting musical drama. Each episodes only span for 15 minutes, and there are 69 (some say 70) episodes total! 見たい~!This drama span from Sept of 2003 to March of 2004, so it's a few years old show. The show take place in Osaka, so everyone speak with an Osaka accent. XD;; Fun!
Ishihara Satomi (Fuyuko Iwata) played the youngest daughter of the Iwata family. I think Nishikido Ryo played her childhood friend/worker in her home's bakery, Kazu-chan? (not sure). I thought it was fitting to cast him since he's the "Sexy Osaka Man".. XD;; Other casts include Ueno Juri (Nodame of Nodame Cantabile) as the diligent and nice 3rd daughter Akiko, Konno Mahiru (wife of Goro in Asuka e, Soshite mada minu ko e SP) as the pretty oldest daughter Haruko, and Uehara Takako as the talented 2nd daughter who became a famous singer Natsuko. Also Kishitani Goro as the father (also the father of Amame Kaoru in Taiyou no Uta the movie; and Ryoma Echizen in Prince of Tennis movie), and Asano Yuko as the mother, Teruko.
Synopsis taken from Wiki:
The 69th NHK Asadora Drama is Teruteru Kazoku. Locations include Ikeda, Osaka and Sasebo, Nagasaki. The story, based on Rei Nakanishi's novel, is about the Iwata family living in Ikeda, Osaka City between 1950’s and 1960’s. The story is told through the eyes of the youngest daughter, Fuyuko (16). The family runs a bakery. The mother, Teruko, is a very energetic woman who is determined to make her dreams come true. Responding to Teruko’s expectations, the eldest daughter becomes a figure skater and the second daughter becomes a very famous professional singer. In contrast, Fuyuko finds her joy in bread making... --- NHK

If any of the Ryo/Satomi/Ueno Juri fans could tell me where to get this, I would apprieciate it! <3 *hopeful*