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Morning Musume ’14 – Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa/Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai/What is LOVE? January 26, 2014

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 1:48 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
  2. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  3. What is LOVE?
  4. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa (Instrumental)
  5. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai (Instrumental)
  6. What is LOVE? (Instrumental)

1. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa

Kicking the single off was actually the second single we heard of and the only one without a special tie-in as well, Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa had to really have something going on to make it stand out.  Though I think it’s my least favorite of the A-sides for reasons.  One of my pet peeves with music is that I hate when writes try to cram lyrics into a measure (or measures) in a song and its in full blast in this one and it really made it difficult for me to enjoy.  On the flipside of the coin, I like the arrangement and was happy they had a slower EDM song for being the primary A-side though like I said earlier…it’s shadowed by the other two songs on the single.  Though with the Tsunku curse, I’ve seen to really got over it and finding myself loving to listen to it over my gripes.

2. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai

Chosen to be the theme for Japan’s showing of the upcoming Sochi Olympics, Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai had to be really awesome and also was promoted as the cheer song.  The song is such a badass song but also seems to fit in the Momusu collective of energetic A-sides they have.  I loved hearing Riho and Sakura in the song and even Masaki, Ayumi, and Mizuki got some solos and Sayu of course.  There’s just something so cool with the way this song was laid out.  Definitely my favorite from the single!

3. What is LOVE?

The final track was a specially made track for J-MELO (which is like a program that helps Westerners get into J-pop and all the like).  When I first heard it, I felt it was too hokey and didn’t stick to me.  After a while, the song grew on me and being the fastest track on the single it definitely met standards and the beat is just heavy and so orgasmic.  It still is somewhat hokey (especially the random, “Is it necessary?” that’s done by Masaki and Sayu) but I figured some English was going to be thrown in.  Fun song though!

 

 

Yeah I know, the “’14” shtick is a bit silly and more than likely will be dropped but as it starts a new era of singles (I think it does since “The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~ kind of constitutes as a best album), this single was a GREAT way to kick 2014 off.  All three songs bring EDM to a nice Tsunku standard and some with 2/3 of the single tied to pretty big things.  I do kind of want to see what their 14th will end up like but for now this is *RECOMMENDED*…Oh yeah first Momusu single with no B-side…WHAT IS THIS?

 

Namie Amuro – TSUKI

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 1:06 pm

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Track Listing

  1. TSUKI
  2. Neonlight Lipstick
  3. Ballerina
  4. TSUKI (Instrumental)
  5. Neonlight Lipstick (Instrumental)
  6. Ballerina (Instrumental)

1. TSUKI

I love the fact that Namie kind of made TSUKI sound like what the art cover kind of portrays.  Being something that sounds non-conventional from the last couple ballads Namie released, TSUKI is really nice to listen to and Namie doesn’t try to belt the song so it’s a surprisingly good track and I feel she should do more of them!

2. Neonlight Lipstick

The B-sides were both released digitally back in October of 2013 and seeing them being put here is a bit lazy but made sense I suppose.  It’s strikingly even more odd that it’s resorted as a B-side because it definitely feels like the strongest track off this single with its pounding beats and strong lyrics sung from Namie.  I was wondering when she was going to bring something edgy like this and was happy with this, despite that it’s a bit older than the A-side.

3. Ballerina

The other digital single song as the B-side, Ballerina is also a beat-driven tune but it doesn’t come as intense as “Neonlight Lipstick” did.  For being a 3 minute song, it sure made an impact and has a lot of interesting moments throughout the tune (mostly the arrangement which is pretty badass).  Though with the focus on the arrangement, the song seems a LOT shorter than 3 minutes and I was left wanting a bit more from this song than what we got.

 

 

Namie kicks 2014 off with the first single of a new era in TSUKI.  I do feel like it might’ve been rushed but the time between this and “FEEL”, kind of says she had enough time but avex must’ve gotten lazy because they put two digital singles that were released months ago on here.  Didn’t help that both of those outshined the leading song.  It’s not a bad single, but it was a really random decision made to throw something like this.

 

Momoiro Clover Z – Naichaisou Fuyu/Hagane no Ishi

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 12:30 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Naichaisou Fuyu
  2. Hagane no Ishi
  3. Naichaisou Fuyu (off vocal ver.)
  4. Hagane no Ishi (off vocal ver.)

1. Naichaisou Fuyu

MomocloZ returns with their winter single and kicking it off, Naichaisou Fuyu is quite wintry and has a little more synth involved than in previous Winter songs.  For the most part, it’s a nice enough song but at the same time some of the girls are poorly singing it and it just really bothers me.  I know MomocloZ aren’t the best but they’ve sung songs in a way better tone lol.  Definitely not better than “Bokura no Century” that’s for sure >.>

2. Hagane no Ishi

The second A-side, Hagane no Ishi begins with such an odd throwback to like 80’s anime themes with guitar riffs and piano lines (and some synth).  It seems like there’s not as much vocal issues to be found here which made the song a better song overall.  It’s kind of a bit generic as songs go because it seems like it’s trying to be an idol song and something like what PASSPO could release.  I do like it more than “Naichaisou Fuyu” though.

With the group’s yearly holiday release, Naichaisou Fuyu/Hagane no Ishi wasn’t as good as their last two winter singles.  Naichaisou Fuyu would’ve been better if they had sung it somewhat better and Hagane no Ishi seems a bit generic for the group.  Plus reusing the “GOUNN” outfits was even more lame lol.  Meh single.

 

GENERATION 3: NOW SHOWING, LEGENDARIES! January 19, 2014

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 2:07 am

The final Hoenn post is of course the list of Legendaries, now let’s not waste time and get into it!

126: Regirock

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We begin with the trio legendaries and boy they had some interesting ways to get to them.  On Route 11 in the 3rd Generation games, there’s a cave inside and you have to figure out what the Unown spell out and in this case it tells you from the sign, move two steps right, two down and use Strength to obtain it.  Of the 3 Regis (plus Regigigas), I kind of of enjoy it the least, but being a pure Rock legendary is nifty.

127: Regice

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I think the next Legendary is my favorite looking of the 4 Regis.  It might not bring anything too new to the table since we have Articuno as that Ice legendary but this is a pure Ice-type.  I just love how smooth and angled it looks.  Definitely a pretty awesome Pokemon.  Also, to obtain him in Gen 3, go to the Island Cave on Route 105 and just wait 2 minutes in front of the Unown sign…yeah that easy xD.

128: Registeel

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The last is Registeel and you can guess by its name, it’s our Steel-type Legendary.  You go to Route 20 to the cave there and just use Fly in the middle of the room to be able to fight it.  Registeel is pretty notorious for having the Hitler salute in Gen 4, but otherwise, it’s a pretty cool Pokemon even though I would still take Regice over it any day.

129: Latias

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Back when Gen 3 was announced there was a picture shown of a female trainer riding a cross between Latias and Blaziken and well you know how that turned out.  Latias is 1/2 of the roamers of the generation and is only found in Sapphire normally in its roaming state.  In Ruby, you have to either well trade one from Sapphire or be involved with an event that comes with an Eon Ticket which you can catch Latias right on the spot.  Being a Dragon/Psychic type…well that just screams powerful.  Also has the unique move Mist Ball…hmmm.

Though in X/Y through hacking, we find out that there is a Mega Evolution for it…though that’s currently the only way to get one.  I wonder if they decided to not make it public to make more use of it in OR/AS since it is Hoenn and Latias/Latios are where they debuted.  Though after playing OR/AS, it seems that both Latias and Latios were more important to the story and with their new Soar ability…yeah they were central to the storyline.

130: Latios

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Basically, Latios is reversed to its sister. So the same thing applies into catching it but flip the games.  Still a Dragon/Psychic and its always male lol and it has the unique move, Luster Purge.

Read above to see the news about them having Mega Evolutions.

131: Kyogre

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Sapphire’s main legendary is Kyogre who is a pure Water-type.  Even though it reminds me of Wailord, Kyogre is a pretty awesome Pokemon and has a lot better stats too.  Being part of the game’s story as well sounds intriguing….flooding the lands basically.

So with the remakes happening, we get a new kind of Evolution that surrounds itself with the two legendaries from Ruby/Sapphire.  This new “Primal” evolution deals with the Pokemon going back to their original (and more powerful) forms.  Kyogre’s doesn’t do much at the moment but everyone knows it’s a lot hell stronger!

132: Groudon

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Ruby players get Groudon which like its name suggests, it’s a Ground type…and yet whenever I see this guy around its using Fire moves majority of the time (and Earthquake it seems).  Even in Smash Bros., it was using Overheat (a Fire move).  In the story, Team Magma wanted to revive it to dry up the land so more land Pokemon can live on the land.

In OR/AS the worries of the lack of Fire type is erased!  It’s Primal Evolution changes it to a dual Ground/Fire type and with that comes more power for this heavyweight!

133: Rayquaza

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The 3rd one and really the last before Event Pokemon, Rayquaza was pretty much a post-game addition kind of being the middle of the whole Kyogre and Groudon in which Rayquaza controls the air.  Being a Dragon/Flying, it’s a beast as well and having legendary stats, it’s one to take notice and it definitely did as a boss in Smash Bros. Brawl.

I definitely would expect Rayquaza to get a Primal Evolution just as Kyogre and Groudon did in OR/AS though ironically, Rayquaza ended up getting a simple Mega Evolution, but by god it looks amazing and it goes into it due to its unique move Dragon Ascent.

134: Jirachi

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There was surprisingly two event Pokemon in this Generation comparing to the last 2 Gens having just one.  The first is Jirachi who is a Steel/Psychic Pokemon (shares with Metagross’ line).  Being one of the more cutesy legendaries, Jirachi was pretty useful and its moves aren’t bad, though it’s signature move, Doom Desire worked like a Steel-type Future Sight.  Overall not bad!

135: Deoxys

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The last Pokemon from the Generation, Deoxys was an interesting Pokemon.  Being like a more space-centric Mewtwo (pure Psychic too).  Also it was pretty damn powerful.  Though those were not the only surprises that was in store.

FireRed and LeafGreen introduced Attack and Defense forme Dexoys and respectively the stats were focused on said Forme while the original R/S was named the Normal forme.

Then in Emerald, Deoxys got a 4th forme based on Speed.  All of these were interchangeable with meteorites that you found in most of the games that were after this Generation.

THAT’S ALL FOR GENERATION 3, MAYBE I’LL REVIEW SAPPHIRE!

 

S/mileage – Ee ka!?/”Ii Yatsu” January 16, 2014

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 7:08 am

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Track Listing

  1. Ee ka!?
  2. “Ii Yatsu”
  3. Ee ka!? (Instrumental)
  4. “Ii Yatsu” (Instrumental)

1. Ee ka!?

S/mileage has really jumped off the edge didn’t they?  Ee ka!? is so different because it starts off with this kind of rapping style which really sets the tune right and has some really strong lines (especially from Takechan who oddly stood out for me).  My only problem I have with the song is the chorus because once again Tsunku decided to throw in a melody that has not connections to the rest of the song.  Minus that, the song is pretty damn good and really suits their wild streak like “Yattaruchan” did.

2. “Ii Yatsu”

So the secondary A-side took a page from Momusu’s Platinum era and I kind of enjoyed hearing Tsunku making S/mileage a more mature sounding group as they’re all growing up.  This song is really strong hitting for the group and I’m surprised of how much of Ayacho I’m hearing in the tune.  Though once again, Takechan got the big line which is awesome as she pulled it off easily.  The rest of the song is pretty solid and we get to hear everyone at least once.  Pretty good tune.

 

 

S/mileage ends their 2013 with a pretty strong single almost on par with their previous single.  Though I think Ee ka!? did slightly miss the mark with having that pretty disappointing chorus.  Beyond that the rest of that song sounded great and “Ii Yatsu” was just another great serious tune from the group like “Atarashii Watashi ni Nare!”.  This era is looking quite good so far!

 

GENERATION 3: Before hitting the Legendaries! January 6, 2014

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 3rd Gen~ — solarblade @ 12:18 am

Alright, we’re getting close to finishing Generation 3, but lets get through our non-legendaries before everything else.  So let’s get things going now!

101: Kecleon

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Keclon is our first to come up in this post and fitting as well since it was also one of the first Hoenn Pokemon announced!  Sadly, it’s another one of those Normal types that really don’t have much to do in the long run.  Initially it’s ability was useful, but since then other Pokemon have obtained it so it makes Kecleon even more low on the tier and kind of doesn’t seem useful even for regular play.

102: Shuppet, 103: Banette

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Finally some Ghost types!  Of the two lines we got, I wasn’t as impressed by them unlike the next one, but that’s because Banettes were everywhere in the later half of the game so it did get annoying to deal with.  They still are pretty freaky cool and since Ghost types are my favorite type, I did find these to be great to use.

In Generation 6, it got a boost in the form of a Mega form.  Why it got it beats me, but it definitely gave the line a little more importance (and it kind of caught of with Dusclops.

104: Duskull, 105: Dusclops

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I actually preferred the Dusclops line because simply, they look cool as hell!  Duskull was another Pokemon that was first shown when the Generation was announced and I kind of was surprised that it wasn’t as common as Banette was.  Still not my favorite Pokemon but it definitely was a great addition to the series.

In Gen 4, Dusclops got an evolution with Dusknoir and you get that by trading Dusclops while it’s holding a Reaper Cloth.  More on it in a later post!

106: Tropius

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I never understood why Gamefreak never really did anything with Tropius after the 3rd Gen because as a single stage Pokemon with a unique typing of Grass/Flying (well until Shaymin’s alternate forme), I would’ve expected by now it would’ve had a pre-evolution at the least…it just seem to make sense that it would.  I don’t hear a lot about it in the metagame so I really don’t know if it really stands out amongst the crowd or not.

107: Chimecho

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Another odd addition to the series, Chimecho was the generation’s Cryogonal (meaning it’s found in one spot in the game and it has a very low appearance rate).  I mean it was great finding one and catching it, but as a pure Psychic-type, Chimecho kind of runs on the lower side of the charts with nothing totally big about it.  When I first got the game, I loved it for it’s weird design

In Generation 4, we got a pre-evolution in the form of Chingling which were catchable and like other Baby Pokemon, you have to raise its happiness high enough and level it up to gain a Chimecho.

108: Absol

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Probably my favorite design of the Hoenn region, we have the awesome Dark-type, Absol!  I don’t know why I like it so much but it has a pretty awesome look to it.  It’s not a useful Pokemon in the long run right, but I think maybe people ignore that and use it regardless because it’s a nice Dark type to have on your team.

To add more awesomeness to Absol, in the Kalos region, it gains a Mega Evolution and it becomes a force to reckon with making it a LOT better than before.  Great boost to an already good Pokemon!

109: Wynaut

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The only other Pokemon in the Generation to be related to someone in the past Gens, Wynaut is the pre-evolution to our favorite troll Pokemon, Wobbuffet!  It’s addition wasn’t too big, but it’s weird thing is that it gets 4 extra moves so now the Wobbuffet line can learn 8 moves in total and it still a troll Pokemon through and through.  I can only wonder why it was made for such a Pokemon that is already odd xD  Damn Psychic types xD.

110: Snorunt, 111: Glalie

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We get into some Ice-types which is another type I really love and wished it was more capable.  Glalie as a pure Ice-type is a really defensie and fun Pokemon to use, but the design kind of heavily reminds me of Forretress >.>  Snorunt is adorable and the fact Ash had captured one made me love it even more!  Overall, even though there’s better Ice types out there, I love these two designs.

But it didn’t end there.  In Gen 4, the line got a split evolution in the form of Froslass who has a dual type of Ice/Ghost.  More on that when I go through Sinnoh.

Then in Generation 6, Glalie gets a boost with a mega evolution as well which looks beastly and looks awesome!

112: Spheal, 113: Sealeo, 114: Walrein

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Oh hey another 3 stage Pokemon!  As the type of Water/Ice, the Walrein line was one that never really stood out as well from the Generation.  They were found a bit late in the game and by then I was already suited with Glalie to not have found another Ice type.  I’m sure they have their uses, but not with me.

115: Clamperl, 116: Huntail, 117: Gorebyss

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The next couple of Pokemon are more Water types which is cool and all but there’s not a lot of special ones here.  Clamperl though might be something different.  I mean it has a split evolution right off the bat!  Depending on which item your Clamperl is carrying, a DeepSeaTooth or a DeepSeaScale, you get either Huntail or Gorebyss and the difference between the two is that Huntai is more Attack-based and Gorebyss is more Special Attack-based.  For me, I like Gorebyss better, but I know people can enjoy Huntail as well.  BTW, both are still pure Water-types after evolution.

118: Relicanth

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As a Rock/Water type, Relicanth was also another rare Pokemon to get in the R/S games and makes sense since it’s based off of the Coelacanth which was though to be extinct but recently made an appearance.  The importance though comes with its appearance in Sapphire where you need one of these and a Wailord to obtain one of the Regis.  Otherwise, I tend to forget it’s a Pokemon to use in-game lol.

119: Luvdisc

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I had no idea what to say back then when I saw Luvdisc because being so cutesy and a pure Water-type easily meant it was going to be a weak Pokemon.  I didn’t expect it was going to be crappy all-around and only caught for Heart Scales (items you can give to the Move Tutor to make Pokemon learn moves).  I still kind of wished Alomomola was related to it to give it some kind of boost, but it didn’t happen.  Still sucks today.

120: Bagon, 121: Shelgon, 122: Salamence

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We get into our pseudo-legendaries starting with the Salamence line.  As the ever usual awesome Dragons, I thought this was a great line in Sapphire especially when it reaches its final evolution where it gets the dual type of Dragon/Flying.  Though Shelgon is one UGLY design.  I will never understand why certain Pokemon need cocoon mid evolutions (like Pupitar) plus Shelgon is a totally different color from Bagon and Salamence…never really made sense that it’s basically Cloyster with legs and a Dragon typing xD.

So OR/AS introduces us to Mega Salamence and well nothing too much changed, it looks like a giant boomerang/torpedo 😄 with a LOT of extra defense to boot.  Be interesting to see how it’ll turn out.

123: Beldum, 124: Metang, 125: Metagross

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The final Pokemon before hitting the Legendaries, the Metagross line was another design I instantly fell in love with but was sad to see that you didn’t get a Beldum until WAY late in the game (actually if I remember, it was post-game?).  This Steel/Psychic (if it wasn’t for an event Pokemon, it would’ve been unique) Pokemon is great and a must-have for the 3rd gen.

I love how OR/AS has brought Mega Metagross in.  When the game first releases, there’ll be an event that’ll yield a Shiny Beldum and with the new Mega Evolution present…this is a MUST HAVE!

NEXT TIME, LEGENDARIES GALORE 😀

 

U-KISS – Fall in Love/Shape of your heart January 3, 2014

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 1:05 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Fall in Love
  2. Shape of your heart
  3. ALONE -U-KISS JAPAN LIVE TOUR 2013 ~Inside of Me~ 8:26@Zepp Tokyo- (CD only)
  4. Inside of Me -U-KISS JAPAN LIVE TOUR 2013 ~Inside of Me~ 8:26@Zepp Tokyo- (CD only)
  5. Fall in Love (Instrumental)
  6. Shape of your heart (Instrumental)

1. Fall in Love

When I started Fall in Love, I was kind of expecing the song to have been a ballad, but it quickly switches to a mid-tempo dance track from the group.  As a song that’s kind of romantic, it does have a little cheese going on but I have to say that I really enjoyed everyone’s appearance in the song.  It might not be their best A-side, but it’s definitely a good way to begin their 3rd era.

2. Shape of your heart

Though I was wondering where the cool song would be and Shape of your heart was a little more closer to something I was hoping for.  It’s definitely got a stronger beat and Kevin and Soohyun are members that fully stand out to me.  Actually the tune is REALLY good and makes me all happy with the group to be sounding so good together. Definitely the preferred song here!

 

 

*will review the lives if they leak*.  U-KISS ends the year with their first single of a new era of singles and it’s really good.  I was initially their sound was going to change after their Korean album, “MOMENTS” was released, but they seemed to keep their sound the same in Japan.  Add in that the group is still reeling from losing Dongho and I was worried they weren’t going to be strong but with both songs they seem just fine without him.  Overall both songs are strong but Shape of your heart was the big one from the single.  I hope they keep this up!