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Perfume – LEVEL3 September 30, 2013

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 8:49 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Enter the Sphere
  2. Spring of life (Album-mix)
  3. Magic of Love (Album-mix)
  4. Clockwork
  5. 1mm
  6. Mirai no Museum
  7. Party Maker
  8. Furikaeru to Iru yo
  9. Point
  10. Daijobanai
  11. Handy Man
  12. Sleeping Beauty
  13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)
  14. Dream Land

1. Enter the Sphere

Opening the album is quite an interesting way to kick things off.  Technically, the main melody is something we have heard of.  Actually, it was the FIRST thing we heard when they switched to UNIVERSAL.  I loved that instrumental so much and was more than happy to see Nakata finally taking advantage of it (though still waiting for “Perfume no Okite”.  I’m surprised though Nakata took it further and added Perfume’s voices onto it and really working with it.  It does feel like it’s mostly an intro because there’s not a lot of lyrics presented, but I feel like it does its job quite nicely.  Awesome song overall and a great way to start!

2. Spring of life (Album-mix)

It was surprising to see that 3/4 of the A-sides released during this era got touched up for the album (shocks that the worst one of them didn’t…).  The first single after their label transfer, Spring of life for me was a pretty good start and listening to the album version, I instantly fell in love because they took the mid8 section and applied it to the beginning and near the end and still kept the song mostly intact with its original counterpart.  I still love the song, but I think the whole club ending (where it goes from full arrangement to a pounding beat, was cheap and didn’t really go into “Magic of Love” smoothly).

3. Magic of Love (Album-mix)

When I got into the new version Magic of Love, I felt like Nakata used some Kyary sounds in there which really freaked me out.  After that intro, it does sort of follow along the original arrangement, but not to the point where I felt like it was safe Perfume (like I reflected on when I reviewed the single).  The new take of the song makes it different and while it did lose it’s interlude that many people liked, it wasn’t entirely a miss…though I don’t think the song deserved a change on the album.

4. Clockwork

As we get into some new tracks, I was curious to what Perfume and Nakata had up their sleeves for LEVEL3 and Clockwork was such an interesting track to listen to.  I kind of thought the song was going to have a focus on ticking and such and it sort of does with the beat.  When I get further in, the song really has this strong New Wave/80s vibe that made the song become instantly enjoyable.  Definitely an ethereal but totally chill song to listen to.

5. 1mm

As the album’s promotional track, 1mm was definitely one of those songs that really caught me off guard.  People have compared it to “I still love you” and I can totally agree because it’s another ethereal and chill track from the group and yet it has something fierce going on in it that I just can’t help but say it was a solid choice to have been promoted.  Plus, solo lines are done so nicely!  I have to commend Nakata for this atmosphere and amazing arrangement here…it’s definitely one of my favorites from the album!

6. Mirai no Museum

I can never get the fact on how Mirai no Museum was not changed for the album because it’s a REAL sour note for the album’s flow and sound.  As the group’s 3rd A-side released, MnM really has this idol feel and their vocals aren’t as modified like in other tracks, but this song is sugary cute and I still don’t enjoy listening to it much but it’s not as shallow as another track on the album.  Maybe it would’ve been better as the final track, but it really does not belong on this album (would’ve MAJORLY insisted on “Hurly Burly” being in this spot).

7. Party Maker

Everyone in Perfume’s fandom has been wanting an awesome power track from the group and while JPN totally snuffed on that, we finally get a banger, a near 7 1/2 minute track!  While I am a little surprised that like “Enter the Sphere” the lyrics are not the main focus of the track which lead to Nakata doing all the magic.  This song is a very cool song for them and I’m loving the harder sounds moreso than when Perfume actually sings their lines…weird right?  After the 2nd time, I thought it was sounding better and stronger.  Though like the SoL mix, I don’t get why it needed to go into *typical club ending*.  Overall, this song is pretty strong for a Nakata track, as a Perfume song…I kind of wish they were more evident…but still awesome!

8. Furikaeru to Iru yo

An electro-reggae song from Perfume.  I guess you can’t deny that Nakata is stepping out of his zone on this album.  I love the beats and bass synths all over this song…it just calms me and hearing Perfume singing along together just soothes me.  Though for a song that’s over 6 minutes, it does rather drag after while (Reggae is a style that’s much better in short doses than longer ones).  It’s nice, but only in short doses because like I said…it’s one that will mostly drag for listeners.

9. Point

Then we get into the series of B-sides starting with the B-side from “Spending all my time”.  Granted I think both this and “Hurly Burly” should’ve been put on the album.  Like “Mirai no Museum”, this song doesn’t exactly fit on the album either, but the biggest difference is…….I enjoy this song regardless.  I still think the song sounds like a perfect song for a Katamari Damacy game and yet this song is dreamy enough to slightly fit (maybe it would’ve worked better next to “Clockwork” if anything).  Nice track though!

10. Daijobanai

Moving to the B-side from “Mirai no Museum”, Daijobanai back then reminded me of the horrors from “Communication” because it had a repetitive arrangement and just didn’t stand out.  Nowadays, Daijobanai has grown on me a bit, but I still do feel like the song is still repetitive as hell and most of the time I’m kind of forgetting a lot about it, but the arrangement has gotten easier to stand.  Still not near the top, but at least I can respect it!

11. Handy Man

Then comes the B-side from “Magic of Love” and honestly minus “Hurly Burly” this is the best B-side they’ve released in this whole era.  I’m loving the whole Arabic sounding arrangement and it isn’t repetitive as hell like a lot of B-sides have been.  It’s definitely taking the most ethnic sounding track from the album altogether.  Overall not bad and definitely was happy to see it make the cut.

12. Sleeping Beauty

Running into the final stretch, we begin with Sleeping Beauty.  The intro reminded me Ami Suzuki’s “climb up to the top” but once the synth melody started up, the song IMMEDIATELY sounded like “Butterfly” and it keeps that up the rest of the way which kind of bored me because the latter track has more lyrics to it.  Most of the time, it’s the ladies going ~ahhhhhh~.  I mean once it passes the 3-minute mark, then you hear the girls actually say the title of the song and that’s it.  I’m quite disappointed with this one.  Just seemed to lack a LOT of character and well…seemed like a very vague song.

13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)

Ahhh yes, the song that split the fandom…Spending all my time was also another track that changed around for it’s album appearance and actually most of us have heard it as the *Cannes* mix.  The beginning and the final chorus is the only thing that remains from the original.  Everything else is new, which is toning the song down and giving a rather fashionable sound.  To be honest, while many people will enjoy this new version, I actually prefer the original…I personally think it has more oomph than the album mix tbh and I think there could have been more to the mix…but it’s just me.

14. Dream Land

Entering our final song, that intro reminded me of Kyary’s “CANDY CANDY” with the instrument!!!  Anyways, as the final track, it kind of felt like it was a solid choice to end the album because it’s unique and very airy to listen to, especially with that clicking instrument (I have no idea what it is).  I think it was perfect to put that feeling of a dream land in our minds.  Very solid choice to have ended the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Spring of life (Album-mix)
  • 1mm
  • Enter the Sphere
  • Dream Land
  • Party Maker

Song of Avoidance

  • Sleeping Beauty

I have to say this now, LEVEL3, DEFINITELY surpasses their last two albums by a long shot!  Though it still isn’t going to pass up “GAME”, but it’s quite good.  I have to say, as their first album on UNIVERSAL, LEVEL3 did a great job giving us Perfume and Nakata also putting more effort into them here worked out.  I will say a couple issues happened.  I think I’m done with wanting Nakata to do album mixes (2/3 didn’t really need them but w/e) and Sleeping Beauty…but that’s a singular problem there.  Overall, this is a GREAT album for them and I’ve missed this side of Perfume a lot (plus more bangers warms my heart xD).

 

Dream – Only You

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 7:26 am

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Track Listing

  1. Only You
  2. BOOM! BOOM!
  3. MY DAY, ONE WAY
  4. Catch A Wave
  5. Only You (Instrumental)
  6. BOOM! BOOM! (Instrumental)
  7. MY DAY, ONE WAY (Instrumental)
  8. Catch A Wave (Instrumental)

1. Only You

Ahhhh the return of Dream huh?  Well, we’re given Only You which continues with the group releasing sparkly dance-pop for us listeners and while it was a surprise when they returned to relevance, but after “Hands Up!” it seems like this is already slowly fading away from them.  With Shizuka and Aya as mains, I was alright with that (though sad Sayaka had left).  The song is alright, but it sounds like there’s not a lot of interest heard here.

2. BOOM! BOOM!

At least the first B-side is making much more of an impact on the song because the energy is amplified and the song is really great to hear that Dream feel that I’ve always admired.  Add in those quick string melodies and this song is unique and quirky to stand out!  I really found myself in love with it and is my favorite from the single!

3. MY WAY, ONE WAY

A pounding beat, piano, and strings that isn’t a slow song?  Yeah this song really is definitely in the realm for Dream.  There’s something playful and bright about the song that really works for me.  I think it’s a lot like “Only You” in the way that while it’s nice and pretty for their vocals, there’s been much better.

4. Catch A Wave

I will say they’re doing a good job at keeping me interested in them because Catch A Wave is a summery synth/dance track and it’s just hella catchy to listen to.  I will say the higher vocalists had a better time (while the deeper ones did great in “BOOM! BOOM!”).  Even though it is a bit short (at 3:30), the song was nice and pleasant to listen to.

 

 

How long has it been since I’ve heard Dream last…almost 3 years right?  Well during that time they lost two members, the final original member of dream days, Kana Tachibana and Sayaka Yamamoto which left with the remaining 4 members.  As their first outing as a 4-nin, Only You was pretty good.  Only You and MY WAY, OUR WAY were ok and nothing terrible, just didn’t leave much of an impression.  BOOM! BOOM! and Catch A Wave however did and I would love if they took a more forward approach to their dance style (like they once did when it was just Kana, Yu, and Ai).  Overall, good single from them!  I wanna hear more Ami and Erie!!!

 

FLOWER – Taiyou to Himawari

Filed under: FLOWER — solarblade @ 6:35 am

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Track Listing

  1. Taiyou to Himawari
  2. Boyfriend (Moonlight Version)
  3. what i want… (Limited CD+DVD only)
  4. Taiyou to Himawari (Instrumental)

1. Taiyou to Himawari

I kind of was wondering where has FLOWER been for a while and I noticed they released this A-side.  Listening to Taiyou to Himawari, it really isn’t different from songs from “Still” or “Sakura Regret” as it’s still the 3 main singers and an R&B beat.  Granted that’s their sound, but the song didn’t exactly resonate with me plus it felt like only one of the 3 girls were really singing.  There’s some things about the song that’s nice like the vocals (as usual) and using the strings (not new) but…after “Koibito ga Santa Claus” it just feels muddled to me.

2. Boyfriend (Moonlight Version)

If you were wondering what the whole version is all about, fellow group, Happiness also released a track “Boyfriend (Sunshine Version) which is why FLOWER has such.  Comparing the two, FLOWER’s version is more towards their sound and has a stronger leaning to R&B than Happiness’ version.  Sadly, I do prefer the latter (but I think it’s because that sound is more something I like and the vocals from them are stronger TBH).  To me, the moonlight version feels very bland and doesn’t really stand out to me, but I do like it slightly more than the A-side.

3. what i want…

On limited pressings of the CD+DVD version of the single, we get an extra B-side.  Funny enough I actually really liked this song because it did remind me of Happiness xD.  The song is very much catered to dance fans of E-Girls (or Dream).  It’s just fun to listen to and has a cool flow to it.  Even the musical breakdowns are impressive to me!  I must say this might be one of the best songs they’ve done so far!

 

 

As it’s the group’s 5th single, Taiyou to Himawari isn’t a totally bad single, but it kind of ranks with most of their other singles.  The A-side is kind of forgetful and after their last one, it’s not a good sign.  Their take on Boyfriend is a lot like their stuff so once again, it’s a tiny bit bland, plus Happiness did it much better!  However, the shining moment is the B-side, what i want… because of it’s more dance-focused arrangement.  I wonder when their 1st album will be announced…

 

Shoujo Jidai – GALAXY SUPERNOVA

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 4:29 am

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Track Listing

  1. GALAXY SUPERNOVA
  2. DO THE CATWALK

1. GALAXY SUPERNOVA

Honestly, I was coming into this hoping that GS was going to be a banger of a song, but I’m actually OK with this song because it’s kind of more their slicker songs out there (though it won’t beat “GENIE”).  I like the oomph going on and the sound of the girls is quite nice and a lot more memorable than in “LOVE&GIRLS”.  Yeah, this song was quite impressive overall!

2. DO THE CATWALK

Moving into the B-side, DO THE CATWALK actually also improved than their last B-side “Lingua Franca” with a more intensive arrangement and added brass and whistling into the arrangement.  There’s just something cute and catchy about the song overall!  Probably their best B-side in a while IMHO.

 

 

I have to say, after “LOVE&GIRLS”, I felt the group was just going to get bad.  Luckily, GALAXY SUPERNOVA is one of their better singles in recent times.  I love both tracks are cute but still have a good hook and beat to them to just last in your mind!  Definitely a big jump up after their last single.

 

AAA – Eighth Wonder September 20, 2013

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 1:26 am

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Track Listing

  1. Eighth Wonder (Album Version)
  2. PARTY IT UP
  3. I KNOW YOU KNOW
  4. ALIVE
  5. Love Is In The Air
  6. Koi Oto to Amazora (with Intro)
  7. Miss you
  8. Hohoemi no Saku Basho
  9. good day
  10. Niji

CD2

  1. Memory Lane
  2. TRAP
  3. Believe
  4. drama
  5. Eighth Wonder (Wonder Land Remix) -bonus track-
  6. Koi Oto to Amazora (Acoustic Version) -bonus track-

1. Eighth Wonder (Album Version)

I’m surprised they’d begin the album with the B-side from “Love Is In The Air”, but wasn’t surprised because the album is named after it!  Also, the song was extended almost 2 minutes more than the original.  I was so happy they didn’t touch the arrangement and more musical interludes and an extra chorus!  I still love the song and all the members lines (especially Urata’s and Shuta’s).  Very explosive way to begin the album and I just am SOOOO happy with this!

2. PARTY IT UP

The fun continues with the 3rd A-side released, PARTY IT UP and I’m happy they continue with the energetic songs!  Like the previous track, I’m still in adoration with this song because it’s just a lot of fun to listen to and hearing Shuta and Shinji kick things off is just very impressive!  I still think the song could’ve used an album version to lengthen it up a bit because it STILL feels too short for me.  Otherwise a one-two punch for the album!

3. I KNOW YOU KNOW

As the only NEW track on the first disc, I KNOW YOU KNOW had a lot to live up for as the only new track and honestly, this kind of reminds of “MASK” but a little more heavier on the electronics.  I mean arrangement-wise, the song is a bit all over the place, but there’s something about having a more grittier style that sounds good.  It’s not bad, but the previous two tracks overpower it!

4. ALIVE

The next track was originally the B-side for “PARTY IT UP” and I was happy with its inclusion to the album and it makes for a rather nice bridge between “I KNOW YOU KNOW” and “Love Is In The Air” because it has the edgier electronics, but is on the lighter side compared to the previous three tracks as well.  As a song by itself, I kind of would’ve loved the chorus to be a little more beat-heavy…but that’s only a small complaint.

5. Love Is In The Air

Their 4th A-side comes in next and I have to say, as their summer song, I actually much preferred it to older ones.  It kind of reminds of “No cry No more” if it was handled 100x more better.  That said, this song has seriously grown on me since it was released and just makes me happy to listen to it a lot!  Plus the synergy between the members is just impressive and you can really hear it in this track!

6. Koi Oto to Amazora (with Intro)

Moving to the 5th and final single for the album, Koi Oto to Amazora got a slight addition with an UNECESSARY 10 second intro on the album, otherwise it’s the same song that was released two weeks ago!  Not much has really changed since those two weeks as I feel that it’s dry and kind of lifeless of a song.  If it wasn’t for “Hohoemi no Saku Basho”, this would be the worst A-side they’ve done and this made no sense being an A-side (especially with the lack of new songs on the album as it is).  I just don’t remember anything about this song.

7. Miss you

If there was one song that actually grew on me it was the primary A-side from the 2nd single for the album.  Miss you might fit alongside the same area like “Koi Oto to Amazora” but I think the members give a MUCH MORE impressive performance.  Plus, Nissy and Urata really shined in the song (though some of Urata’s high notes are a bit harsh).  Still, this song was a grower and happy it did since it’s a rare thing that I’d like one of AAA’s slow jams.

8. Hohoemi no Saku Basho

Of course they’d put this song after “Miss you” again >.>.  As the secondary from the same release, Hohoemi no Saku Basho went in the opposite direction that the previous song did in where it just got lost in their discography because it’s a bit boring and actually some of the vocals are just not on par like the previous tracks.  I don’t know, of the A-sides, this one just didn’t do anything for me…at least “Koi Oto to Amazora” had a nice arrangement xD

9. good day

It just seems strange that we leave from a ballad to something like good day, (“Niji’s” B-side) but honestly I think this is like a bridge to the final song on the first disc.  Actually, as I’m listening to this song again…it’s a lot like “ALIVE” as it has electronic moments, but tries to be a little more peppy.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the song as it is (because I love the remix a lot more) but it wasn’t a good choice to bring onto the album (would’ve preferred “MASK” or that EDM remix of good day).

10. Niji

The first disc ends with the first A-side released for it, Niji.  I tend to forget this song exists but I don’t know why.  It sounds so retro Tetsuya for some reason, but the song seems a bit too cheesy for me.  I guess it was appropriate to end the album though because it’s bright and sounds like a great concert ender.

CD2

1. Memory Lane

Remember that special preview we got back on “Love Is In The Air”?  Well we finally get the full versions of those 4 new tracks!  The first was of course the duet of Urata and Shinji.  As the two lowest vocalists in the group, their mix of their deep vocals seem to really fit this R&B ballad quite smoothly.  I mean this was nice and Shinji didn’t sound like his mouth isn’t full of cotton like it is normally!  Even though the song is nothing new to AAA, I kind of liked it!

2. TRAP

The girls come together once again for a new track, TRAP and of the four on the 2nd disc, this is the most upbeat of them but that’s not saying too much.  I like the electronic blips in the song and Chiaki and Misako sound good and the song has it moments ~so stuuupiiid~.  Not a bad track, but they have done better together.

3. Believe

Next is Shuta and Hidaka’s duet Believe and mostly it sounded like it was a Shuta solo XD.  It’s been a long time coming for Shuta to have such an appearance like this and honestly his voice is surprisingly good!  Hidaka is just pushed as the rapper of the group and it’s just no surprise he’s in that position (because his singing is rather mediocre, worst of the group LOL).  Overall this song is quite nice and is the best of the four!

4. drama

The last is a duet between Nissy and Misako and honestly it’s quite a bore as well.  It’s like a mix of “Memory Lane” and “Believe” but mixed with typical American beats of an R&B song and it bored me to death!  I mean Nissy and Misako sound great and all, but the song is just a GIANT drag through most of the song.  Yeah, it’s just there…meh…

5. Eighth Wonder (Wonder Land Remix)

The final two tracks were a little surprising as their remixes and bonus tracks.  I didn’t think Eighth Wonder would get a remix at all but it seems like Daisuke Suzuki (the main producer of girl next door and ex day after tomorrow) thought otherwise.  The remix begins with random counting with this ethereal. fairy-like atmosphere which is a total 180 from the original!  I mean the arrangement didn’t change much at first and I got bored (and it covered up the verses TOO much).  Though the chorus is a WHOLE OTHER DEAL.  It’s very loud and heavily electronic and in your face.  It only happens a few times so it’s just a surprise when it does….This remix is a mess though and I MUCH prefer the original (or the album version XD)

6. Koi Oto to Amazora (Acoustic Version)

How to make a boring song, even more boring…make an acoustic take of it!  I mean the fact that the music is stripped for just piano is a harsh thing but it does make the listener focus more on the voices and that’s actually nice, but they sacrificed the fact the arrangement which was the only noticeable thing about the song, now it’s just boring as hell xD

Tracks Recommended

  • Eighth Wonder (Album Version)
  • PARTY IT UP
  • Love Is In The Air
  • Miss you
  • Believe

Song of Avoidance

  • Hohoemi no Saku Basho

Yeah, when the tracklist was released I knew this album was going to disappoint me a lot!  The sheer fact that this album is 99% of stuff we’ve heard before didn’t really help this album sans ONE brand new song.  avex surely got lazy as hell with this release and the fact they overloaded on B-sides as well…just really killed the album as well.  I mean “777” was bad too, but not THIS bad…I’m very disappointed.

 

SEPTEMBER COROCORO, ONE MORE MONTH: PKMN X&Y September 13, 2013

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 8:59 pm

Woo another month comes and go and we have our “final” Corocoro before the game releases on October 12th…and there’s quite a lot that was revealed so let’s not waste time!

  • Well, we finally have the new type chart and we learned some important deals bout Fairy types.  They’re VERY useful to fight Dragon, Dark, and Fighting types, weak to Steel and Poison types and is immune to Dragons.
  • Add on that Steel types lost their resistances to Ghost and Dark types as well.
  • Gender differences are back and seems to play a little more importance than older generations have.
  • There are now effect resistances.  Electric types cannot be paralyzed, Grass types can not be effected by “spore” moves, and Ghost types cannot be effected by moves that prevents you from escaping like Mean Look and Block.
  • Team Flare wants to make the world beautiful (that doesn’t sound bad, but there’s always a catch that involved PKMN 😄
  • Mega Pokémon are possible with the Mega Ring and Keystone (and of course the possible PKMN that can Mega forme itself).

Now with that out of the way, lets get on with knowing the new Pokémon, starting with the Mega Evolutions

Mega Venusaur, Mega Blastoise, Mega Charizard

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Having a Nintendo Direct that solely focused on Pokémon X & Y, it was great news that we get Mega versions of the Kanto starters (and we get the Pokémon early in the game as well since they’re given away by a Professor Sycamore.  Once you get the workings for getting mega forms, you’ll be able to access them. Mega Venusaur has Thick Fat (raises resistance for Fire and Ice moves), Mega Charizard has Drought (makes the battle have a permanent Sunny Day when it’s out, AKA powers Fire-type moves) and Mega Blastoise has a new ability called Mega Launcher (says it powers its moves, but I feel there’s more to it).  I like all the designs here, but I’m shocked there’s no re-type for Charizard because it looks even more draconic than before!!!  Still pretty cool!

Mega Mewtwo X

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Well long ago, there was a rumor that had said many things (in which most if not all did become true facts).  One of those was that Mewtwo not only had one, but two mega forms and long and behold, there’s 2 of them now but are version exclusives.  Majin Mewtwo (the one I showed before is Mega Mewtwo Y and well by the name it’s exclusive to Y.  The new one we got this week is a bit more unique since this form is Psychic/Fighting and has the ability Steadfast (speed is raised when opponent flinches).  I like the this form has stayed true to Mewtwo’s original look, but this one has a bit more oomph to it.

Mega Garchomp

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Kind of the other Mega shown in Corocoro, Garchomp looks like it got DNA spliced with Scyther given the claws look more like scythes now like the aforementioned PKMN and Kabutops.  It has the ability Sand Force (moves are powered up during a Sandstorm).  Overall, I do feel like the Pokémon didn’t need it…but it’s whatever.

NOW FOR NEW POKEMON

Furfrou

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When the Nintendo Direct was shown there was a split-second screenshot showing off Furfrou (which admittedly at first, I thought was related to Absol).  Though it’s a pure Normal type which means in the end it won’t be useful, but it does have a gimmick about it.  You can pamper and give it haircuts and you can customize it (for now there’s 3 other looks) and it’s ability is the new Fur Coat (halves the damage it gets from physical attacks).  Overall, gimmicky, but cool nonetheless.

Quilladin, Braixen, Frogadier

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There’s the middle evolutions of the Kalos starters and well they’re pretty standard (I’m usually not a fan of the middle evos usually).  Though they are all on the hind legs now and given the European flair of the games, I feel like they will be like knights/soldiers…kind of.  I don’t know, but I am REAL curious to what they’re final evos will look like.  I’m still bent on getting Fennekin, but Froakie isn’t looking too bad.

Tyrunt & Amaura

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The next two Pokémon are the fossils of the generation and mostly both these are unique typings!  I mean it’s been a long time coming for a T-rex to make an appearance in the series and being Rock/Dragon is great!  It’s ability is the new Strong Jaw (powers up moves that involves the jaw).  Amaura on the other hand is Rock/Ice and has the new ability Refrigerate (all of its Normal-type moves are retyped as Ice).  If I had to choose, I’ll more than likely choose Amaura because I love Ice-types and while it looks a bit My Little Pony for my tastes. I just hope its evolution is awesome!  Though I’m sure Tyrunt’s will be epic!!!

Meowstic & Pyroar

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The last two aren’t related but they do both have gender dfferences so that’s why I’m putting them today.  Meowstic was also another PKMN that was rumored a couple months ago so it’s nice to see it finally appear.  Being a pure Psychic type, it also has gender differences that effects its movepool (like the Nidorans).  The female is the offensive one while the male is the defensive one!  I will love to see what they’ll evolve to once the game comes out.

Pyroar on the other hand was leaked by IGN, but it’s ok.  As it is Litleo’s evolution, I was curious to what changes would happen.  Not much besides once again the gender diffs which is mostly in their manes.  Also it retains its Fire/Normal typing…hmmm interesting.

NEXT TIME, Well….it might be the beginning of talking bout all the new Pokémon/Megas that are in Gen 6 (like what I did with Gen 5!) WOOOOO!

 

Juice=Juice – Romance no Tochuu/Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT)/Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT) September 12, 2013

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 8:40 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Romance no Tochuu
  2. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT)
  3. Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT)
  4. Romance no Tochuu (Instrumental)
  5. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT) (Instrumental)
  6. Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT (Instrumental)

1. Romance no Tochuu

As the group’s major debut A-side, there was a lot riding on this release.  Sadly, before the intended date of release Aina had to quit because of her parents so they had to rework the song over.  What we got was a pretty cool and disco-heavy track that’s surprisingly catchy as hell.  Most of the lyrics did go to Karin of course with Sayuki and Tomoko being the sub-vocalists while Akari and Yuka ended up in the back (as usual).  I actually enjoy the song quite a lot and I’m loving the synergy between Karin, Sayubee, and Kanatomo for sure.  I think this made a great debut for them and I  hope they continue to go strong (and hope Karin doesn’t leave due to her current injury).

2. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT)

Initially, I was shocked they wanted to remix their first two singles (lulz for ignoring “Ten Made Nobore!”) and a lot of people thought it was to shove Aina wholly, but in PV screenshots, it showed that she was involved so technically we were going to get these nonetheless.  Though like “Romance no Tochuu” they also still had to rearrange the vocals due to Aina leaving.  Of course I’m surprised Tsunku moved a lot of the lines between Karin, Sayubee, and Kanatomo.  About the remix though, some of it is nice and effective while other parts (like the middle 8 section) is a travesty to listen to…I actually loathed that inclusion!  I mean it’s not the worst they can do, but the original version is still way better!

3. Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT)

So their 2nd indies also gets an edit as well and like the previous track, it has a different opening but it moves into the original quite smoothly.  Of course the lines are once redistributed here and I hear a lot more Karin and Sayubee which is meh….but I also love that they resung the songs and Akari and Yuka sound so much better than in the original.  Of the two edits, I actually like this one better because it doesn’t add random bullshit like the previous one did and it carried the same flow and fierceness of the original (but with no Aina >.>).

 

 

I didn’t think they would get a major debut quicker than what S/mileage had to, but I feel like this was what they needed Romance no Tochuu was a pretty sassy and fun song to listen to and really stuck to my mind for a while!  The edits of their indie singles were OK…it wasn’t necessary, but it’s strange to talk about because it was planned to happen before Aina’s departure from the group.  I would’ve actually preferred to have had an original B-side.  Plus, like I said before, funny they left off their 3rd A-side…though I bet an edit would do it good!!!