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Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! October News Pt. 3 (Trailer!) October 28, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 2:44 am

So here we are at the end of October and we had one more trailer to handle and boy was it a pretty interesting one!  So let’s talk about it!

  • We finally got confirmation that the 3rd & 4th islands are indeed called Ula’ula & Poni island respetively.
  • The Pokemon league seems to be in its early stages and you get to battle on the Battle Tree with familiar opponents like Cynthia, Wally, Red, and Blue.

Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina


The trailer did actually start off with the official showing of the final evolutions of the starter Pokemon which were actually making the Chinese leaks 100% real (strange that once again we found out by a leak).

Decidueye was probably the most interesting being typed as a Grass / Ghost (shared with both the Gourgeist and Trevenant lines).  I’m not sure quite where the Ghost typnig fits in with this one, but I really do enjoys its Robin Hood-look.  It does come with a signature move called Spirit Shackle where once it hits, the opponent cannot leave the battle or switch out.

Incineroar was also pretty interesting and despite how it looked, it avoided being a Fire/Fighting but instead is a Fire / Dark.  Funny enough that it shares its typing with the Houndoom line.  Since this is who I’m choosing for the game, I really liked its full line and sounds like it’ll be a brute!  Its signature move, Darkest Lariat ignores stat changes

Finally, we have Primarina who has the Water / Fairy typing (shares with the Azumarill line).  It might not be the top choice for me, but it looks so serene and beautiful, but definitely a bit feminine (moreso because it can be a male or a female).  Though Sparkling Aria actually heals burn wounds, but at the same time to deal damage?  Weird ideas in this move.

Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini


Next up was that they showed off the remaining 3 Alola Guardians for the remaining islands.

First up is Tapu Lele, the Psychic / Fairy deity for Akala Island and it’s pretty cool that they split the Tapu’s into male and female guises and that their shields are based off different animals.  Not sure what Tapu Lele is based off of but it’s cute.  Its ability, Psychic Surge casts a perma Psychic Terrain (a new move that’s like the other ____ Terrain moves where in this case, Psychic moves get boosted power).

While many were thinking that Oricorio would dictate the other Tapus, it was shot down with the other two!  Tapu Bulu is actually a Grass / Fairy with its signature ability, Grassy Surge.

Finally there’s Tapu Fini which is Water / Fairy (another one eh?).  Even though the other Tapus have a Surge that focuses on their primary type, Tapu Fini’s Misty Surge is a Surge based across its secondary typing (why that is is beyond me, but I feel like we’ve got that in abilities like Drizzle (Kyogre & Politoed) & Primordial Sea (Primal Kyogre).

All 4 Tapus do learn Nature’s Madness and they all share a Z-move called “Guardian of Alola”.

Alolan Persian


We finally get video confirmation of Alolan Persian and just like Meowth, it continues to be a Dark type and it has Fur Coat or Technician.  I think its original look is pretty memorable, but this Persian feels almost comical to me.  While it is held highly by Alola residents, I just wonder how well it’ll be in the meta…



One of the most interesting and the only one that wasn’t tied to anything specific or special, we have Cosmog which is a pure Psychic type.  It has been shown that it’s the Pokemon, Lillie is carrying around and the Aether Foundation has interest in it.  I think it’s really cute and it seems important to the story, but to what extent because it’s just kind of in its own weird place



°C-ute – Mugen Climax / Ai wa Maru de Seidenki / Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~ October 22, 2016

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 4:27 am


Track Listing

  1. Mugen Climax
  2. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki
  3. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~
  4. Mugen Climax (Instrumental)
  5. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki (Instrumental)
  6. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~ (Instrumental)

1. Mugen Climax

Opening with a bit from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata following with a ~destruction~, Mugen Climax is a wild neo-classical track that really shows off the dramatics and cool side of the 5-nin.  It’s just a really awesome song and I really love hearing the girls even if it is just Airi, Maimi, and Chisato.  Aggressive and something other H!P groups aren’t currently doing, it really is a standout song for the group and I’m loving it!

2. Ai wa Maru de Seidenki

Next up, we have Ai wa Maru de Seidenki and I couldn’t (like many others) help but think of Mario Kart with its arrangement as it’s rather sparkly and upbeat and reminds me of some of their earlier cutesy songs.  While I did think that the group was moving more towards mature sounding tracks (like their last single & “Mugen Climax”) it was nice to see them switching it back to something like “Bagel ni Ham & Cheese” & “Tokai no Hitorigurashi”.  However, I think the song might be a bit too sugary for my interests, it’s not a terrible song.

3. Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~

Finally we have the 3rd A-side which was done by Tsunku and I was wondering where’d we end up.  Unlike the upbeat feels of the previous two tracks, Singing is presented more as a ballad for the group.  I do like the buildup to the chorus and the chorus is pretty as well…but the random laughing bits was a bit out of place IMO.  Still, majority of the song is pretty pleasant and the marching bits is neat.



With the group having announced their disbandment for 2017 during the summer, I was wondering when the group would have another single release and here we are towards the end of October with this.  Honestly, after their last single I was surprised I wasn’t more into this one.  The exception though was Mugen Climax which was beyond amazing for them and really left a mark on me!  Ai wa Maru de Seidenki & Singing were just not my type of songs, though the former was cute enough to at least be memorable.  Singing felt more like one of the early goodbyes…with no signs that this is their final single, I wonder if they’ll make their final release a big one!


Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! October News Pt. 2 (Demo & Etc.) October 20, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 4:00 am

So here we are on the 19th (a day after the demo dropped) and I feel like I’ve drained the demo for what it has for the moment!  So let’s go over it!

  • We of course obtain our special Greninja at the beginning of the demo and we get a basic look of our first town, Hau’oli.
  • We meet up with Professor Kukui after taking a short trip to the Pokemon Center after beating some Team Skull thugs.
  • Kukui gives the OK to go onto Ten Carat Hill (where we meet Yungoos, Pikipek, Rockruff, and Pikachu) in the tall grass and battle a trainer.
  • Once at the cave, we begin our Trial which is to take pictures of Jangmo-o & Hakamo-o.
  • After the 3rd picture, the last one is against a Totem Hakamo-o (and a Rockruff helper)
  • Afterwords, Kukui will give you a Z-Ring & Electrium-Z (for Pikachu) to go against Team Skull Admin Plumeria’s Golbat.

Then the demo sort of ends.

  • Though after the trailer, you’ll be brought back in front of the PKMN Center and Kukui will give you an item where you can call Pokemon to do different things.  In the demo, we get Tauros which helps with traveling (much faster than running).
  • A PKMN Capturing Challenge which you can practice capturing the grass Pokemon (sadly you can’t keep them).
  • A couple events that actually happen days after you obtain the demo (1, 5, 12, 18, and 24)…
  • There’s also a random NPC that mentions something weird of the beach and we get our first glance at Alolan Dugtrio


Yup, it gains hair for some strange reason.  While we don’t exactly know what it’s all about besides the fact that it exists.  I figure because of the surfer looks it has, it might be a Water / Ground but that’s just under assumptions.


Though there was more!  A little before the demo Amazon decided to leak the upcoming TCG to begin the Sun / Moon string of releases and on the box came a new Pokemon


Just from looking at it, this is definitely a Water type at best, but I can also see a Poison type as well with the barbs it has and the coloring…


Then a couple days later, we got the preview for the Pokedex Guide out in Japan and it included a new Alolan form for Persian (which most fans guessed would happen since Meowth has one).  While I assume it’ll keep its Dark type, I’m unsure if it gets another type.  Visually, it’s mostly the same, but its head is bigger and has a blue gem in the midde (whereas the original had a red one).

(I know the datamined leaks happened, but I want to keep up with the updates, so I won’t cover them at least until the game is out, but what I can say is that I’m a little bummed about how many are new, but also that the designs are wild!


Country Girls – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!” Original Soundtrack (FULL) October 19, 2016

Filed under: Country Girls — solarblade @ 5:28 am


Track Listing

  1. Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!
  2. Diana
  3. Okite
  4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Tsukamitai
  5. Honto no Shimai Mitai
  6. Taman’nai Summer
  7. Yakusoku Shite ne
  8. Kore ga Yume Nara
  9. Seaside Bound

1. Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!

So it’s not a surprise that the re-release would open once again with the title track!  Like I said before on the preview single that was released, this song features a lot of Manaka, Risa, and Yumeno and well they were the leads so it wasn’t a big surprise, but the other members managed to sneak in with a line here and there.  I LOVE the rockabilly vibe though and it suits the more cuter vocals on top of the lower sounding girls as well!  One of the better stageplay songs we got this year!

2. Diana

While I was hoping for more than just 4 extra songs on the re-release, I suppose I had to swallow my pride and just deal with it.  The first new track is surprisingly a Kisora solo (which my make you fans tilt your head as she isn’t in Country Girls).  It’s addressed as a CG stageplay, but Tsubaki Factory did have some stagetime here (wow…three stageplays this year???).  I really enjoy the diner vibes that include saxophone…they’re really hamming it up aren’t they?  For a Niinu solo, she sounds decent…maybe a bit weak at times, but she wasn’t disappointing…overall a pleasant and simple track!

3. Okite

So next up is a track that’s sung between CG’s Chisaki, and Tsubaki’s Riko, Risa, and Kiki. There’s a cool swing vibe to the song and the track has a bit of a sly sound to it.  Considering it’s 4 members, the members sound pretty good together but by themselves, some are trying to hit a deeper sound (like Risamaru).  It’s an interesting song and some of the melodies are nice on the ear!

4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Tsukamitai

So we go back to older songs which brought Manaka, Risa, Mai, and Yumeno once again sharing that same genre that the main theme had which is great and it really has a cool 50’s rock ‘n roll sound that just works.  While it vocally doesn’t sound as clean or epic like the aforementioned track, it’s a got an awesome guitar solo so I can’t fault too much hahha.

5. Honto no Shimai Mitai

Another already released track, Honto no Shimai Mitai is a duet between Manaka & Chisaki.  While I’m a bit surprised Manakan was singing in a much higher range than normal and surprisingly harder to differentiate between her and Chisaki.  It does sound a LOT like “Shining Itoshiki Anata” (an older Country Musume song).  Though I like the arrangement, the performance felt a bit flat…but it was short so I really don’t know what to make of it.

6. Taman’nai Summer

Another song sung between 4 members, this time Yumeno, Mai, Nanami, and Musubu.  I really love Kishimon opening up the track in such a cool and epic way, but then the song kind of amps up the sugar a little bit.  While it does feel like something that would suit between “Boogie Woogie LOVE” and “Dou Datte Ii no”, Taman’nai Summer sounds a bit exciting outside of the similarities and the guitar solo is really cool too!  Really good stuff!

7. Yakusoku Shite ne

As I’ve said before, hearing Yakusoku Shite ne definitely sticks out from the stageplay because a lot of it comes off as an Enka-ish kind of song (maybe kayoukyoku?).  As a duet between the newest Country Girls members, Nanami and Musubu…I quite like the sound of them together, but Musubu really took it home especially breaking into two different vocal melodies.  Short, but neat track.

8. Kore ga Yume Nara

As the last track from the preview single, Kore ga Yume Nara is a duet between Manaka & Yumeno and it was obvious it’s that kind of romantic track.  While I think both of them did splendid vocal performances, the song is a pretty simple piano/strings ballad.  It’s Ok…

9. Seaside Bound

So the OST ends with the final new track and funny enough it’s sung between Risa, Kisora, and Ami.  Though it really feels like just Risa and the other two are just background vocalists.  The tune itself sounds good taking more of a beach vibe (like the Beach Boys).  It is really short though so it doesn’t leave much of an impression, but I suppose it’s nice.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!
  • Taman’nai Summer
  • Yakusoku Shite ne

Song of Avoidance

  • Kore ga Yume Nara

Going into the re-release of the Country Girls’ stageplay, I was a bit disappointed it only went up to 9 tracks (especially coming after Momusu’s OST).  I also wasn’t a big fan that there was just only 4 new tracks to come back to as well.  I have to say, this stageplay was running very closely to what Country Girls’ current sound is so it felt safe, but decent enough to pass by.  Songs were good overall, but not enough….It’s OK, but compared to “Thank you Very Berry” and “Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa” they could’ve had more!


Juice=Juice – Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~/KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!/Ashita Yarou ga Bakayarou October 17, 2016

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 4:06 pm


Track Listing

  1. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~
  2. KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!
  3. Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou
  4. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~ (Instrumental)
  5. KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! (Instrumental)
  6. Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou (Instrumental)

1. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~

Opening the single, Dream Road brings us back to some EDM sounds that Juice=Juice usually worked well with.  Though the tune is far from being just a straight up dance track as it feels like a ballad when you take out the synths.  Add on the saxophones lines and it sticks out to me quite a bit!  Though the problems are far more noticeable to me from the out of place bridge section and the choice to use a fade-out was just not a good idea.  Beyond those problems, I really enjoyed the song!

2. KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!

So the 2nd A-side was a nice surprise as they said it was a bit of a nod to Michael Jackson’s music back in the 80s.  It also helped that it was produced by both Hyadain & DANCEMAN!  I really do like the vibe of the track and each of the members sound lively and alive (albeit a little flat in places like Karin and Tomoko).  There’s just a lot of excitement in this song and I have to say I approve of this a lot!

3. Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou

Looks like ex-ANGERME’s Kanon Fukuda strikes again as the lyricist of J=J’s 3rd A-side on this single and honestly I guess I might’ve been spoiled by the two previous tracks, but I thought this was the weakest of the three.  Unlike the songs before, Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou is a bit more rockin’ and a little more on the edge (like something Buono! would get).  Still, the song feels lacking and I myself felt like it was just an extra album song that got saved for a single (to me that is).



As Juice=Juice’s 2nd single of the year, I felt this one trumped over their last one “Next is you!/Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai” by a huge margin (include “Otona no Jijou” as well).  I do think the star of the show is by far KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! with its disco vibes and overall fun atmosphere.  Dream Road was 2nd due to my love for EDM, though it had some weird things that didn’t make sense to me and Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou rounds out the back…just something about it doesn’t work with me either.  Overall a decent single and not sure why it took so long between the singles…


Let’s Talk Pokemon Gen 7! October News Pt. 1 (Corocoro & Trailers) October 15, 2016

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 5:53 am

Seems like so far, October has been packed from just having two trailers (from the 4th and 14th) & the Corocoro leaks that there’s just a good amount of things to talk about!

  • Most importantly, a demo will be released on the 18th! a month before the full game releases!
  • Festival Plaza is a new feature that includes a lot of minigames to help out
  • Poke Pelago is also a new feature where your boxed Pokemon can have adventures and level up and such (makes them being in a box less depressing).
  • Megas return, but for right now it doesn’t seem that there’ll be new Megas this time around, at least the feature will still be around right?
  • A new Kahuna was announced in Olivia who is Akala Island’s lead.  She uses Rock types (like Nosepass and Lycanrok).
  • Another trial captain was announced in Ilima who uses Normal types (strange how HE was not announced along with the 4 a couple months back because Ilima is the first trial captain of the game.

Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne


So we start off the announcements from the trailer released on the 4th and it mostly retained more information on features and the upcoming demo, but it did kick off with the middle evolutions of our starters.  While nothing too worthy to not came out of it, I do think they look really well and funny enough supporting the Chinese leak even further (especially the features that look like it’ll be placed upon the the final evolutions.



So when they announced the demo, they also told us that we will be able to transfer a special Greninja (with a special ability, Battle Bond) where once it defeats an opponent it’ll turn into this Form.  While its profile did say it’ll be faster, there’s not much information about it otherwise.  Now where will AZ’s Floette land?

Alolan Grimer, Alolan Muk


Then we get into our Corocoro leaks which technically opened with Alolan Grimer being announced (with Muk being announced a couple days later).  As they are both now Poison / Dark, Grimer and Muk went through mostly color changes than shape changes.  I do like that Muk actually has its color move down its body (a little bit of an acid trip if you ask me).  Though Grimer is a bit off with the yellow lip balm going on there.  Either way, unexpected, but I’m sure there’ll be some uses (especially since both Drapion and Skuntank had good uses as they are the same typing).

Hakamo-o, Kommo-o


Next up was also another sort-a surprise with the reveal of Jangmo-o’s line.  Personally, I could’ve left off the hyphens on both and given them stronger names, but still.  After Jangmo-o, it seems to gain a typing which turns it into the only line currently with the dual type of Dragon / Fighting.  Kommo-o though comes with a new move called Clanging Scales where it’s a strong attack, but it lowers defense (like Close Combar).  I like the designs and it’s looking to be the pseudo, Dragon legendaries of the generation (surprised that it was even revealed, so there might be a chance there’s another pseudo out there!



So last month’s Corocoro hinted about Type:Null actually having an evolution and they didn’t let us down with introducing Silvally which continues to be the same Normal type.  Though with the helmet broken off, it does get a different ability called AKS System (Arceus much?).  With this ability whichever item it’s holding (something like Arceus’ plates), it’ll change it’s typing and its signature move, Multi-Attack (sounds like Arceus’ move Judgment).  Yeah, there’s definitely some apparent similarities going here aren’t there…

Steenee, Tsareena


Luckily today’s trailer didn’t disappoint as they revealed the English names for all the Pokemon released on Corocoro and gave us some other new Pokemon as well!  If you didn’t know, Bounsweet actually evolves into this Pokemon (which are pretty feminine as things go, so I assume they could be female-only.  While they don’t change types (stuck as a pure Grass type), Tsareena has a new ability called Queenly Majesty which stops priority moves (like Bruxish’s new ability, which has a different name xD).  On top of that, it has the new move Trop Kick which can lower an opponent’s Attack stat.



So in the last post, I had mentioned that what was an evolution to Cutiefly was shown (albeit very briefly in the JPN trailer).  Though it’s nice to see it confirmed officially as Ribombee.  Nothing to really note here though, the scarf is so cuuute!  I might have to catch one of these!



Up Up Girls – !!!!!!!!/Kimi to Iu Kasetsu October 14, 2016

Filed under: Up Up Girls — solarblade @ 4:50 am


Track Listing

  1. !!!!!!!!
  2. Kimi to Iu Kasetsu
  3. YOLO (Regular A only)
  4. Future&Past! (Regular B only)
  5. Ran Ran Ran (Limited only)
  6. Abyssal Drop (Akari Saho Vocal Ver.) (Limited only)
  7. Party People Alien (DJ WILDPARTY Remix) (Limited only)
  8. Barebare I LOVE YOU ∞ Remix (Limited only)
  9. !!!!!!!! (Instrumental)
  10. Kimi to Iu Kasetsu (Instrumental)
  11. YOLO (Instrumental)
  12. Future&Past! (Instrumental)
  13. Ran Ran Ran (Instrumental)

1. !!!!!!!!

Titled as Ban Ban Ban as well, our first track opens with a pleasant solo from Akari with some light acoustic guitar which was surprising which carries a lot through the song.  Though after the introduction, the track really takes off as more of a pop/rock track and while Akari is still lead vocalist, it’s a pretty cool song that just is fun and rocks out!  Really though, the song is energetic and a goo way to kick things off for the single!

2. Kimi to Iu Kasetsu

The other A-side of the single, is a bit more lighter in sound taking in a mix of some oriental strings and some EDM, but a much poppier side to it.  Unlike “!!!!!!!!”, it feels like this song has a bit more equality in line distribution amongst the 7.  I also am really liking the voices in the song and they’ve grown a LOT since debut.  There’s a bit of some sentimentality about this song as it sounds really happy, but grateful too maybe?  It could just be the PV it got.  It’s a decent song that’s for sure!


As the first track that was performed from the single, why am I surprised by the title lol.  Also, it’s going to be a bit bumpy because different editions include different tracks.  Regular A got YOLO of course while B got “Future&Past!”.  While it’s not as silly fun as “!!!!!!!!”, I do like the more down to earth lyrics and mix of pop/rock here.  Though I can also see why it was merely a B-side because it doesn’t quite stand out as much as the other songs from the single.

4. Future&Past!

The other song (found on Regular B editions) is a bit harder of a listen IMO.  At first, the arrangement was pretty smooth with the EDM (reminded me of stuff like “Cyalume” and “Beautiful Days” with the more ethereal flow of the track.  Then it kind of goes into this breakdown which ruined a bit of the song for me personally…it was a bit much of a shift.  Not exactly my favorite from the single…

5. Ran Ran Ran

I think most fans will end up getting the Limited edition because there’s a lot more songs in it than any of the regular editions.  Not to be confused by the leading A-side, Ran Ran Ran is probably my favorite track off the single because it’s catchy and the arrangement is really cool and the members sound great.  It’s a little more progressive in its EDM feels and I think it’s a style that works well with them.  An actual club-banger!

6. Abyssal Drop (Akari Saho Vocal Ver.)

So the story behind this is that Abyssal Drop is actually a fu_mou song that Akari participated in the PV for so interestingly enough, she got to cover the song for the single.  I have to say, I really love the arrangement from fu_mou as it has a stronger electro beat and futuristic vibe to it.  While I don’t think Akari is the best singer in UUG, she managed to handle this song quite well!  A great inclusion to the single!

7. Party People Alien (DJ WILDPARTY Remix)

So we get a remix for Party People Alien (one of the A-side of their last single) and I actually had to go back and listen to the original lol!  The remix itself strips a lot of the originals arrangement out for a more club sound and honestly it doesn’t do much for me as it becomes more annoying and rough sticking to the vocal melody too.  It just was a poor remix for me.

8. Barebare I LOVE YOU ∞ Remix

So the last song from the single is another remix, this time of their 2nd single they released as a group.  What a stretch of time to be now putting out a remix for such a song.  The remix does begin with the original opening which is one of the coolest intros!  Though it cuts out for this remix which is steady and cool (and every member getting a line).  Though when the remix only consists of ~barebare i love you, sokubare want you~ for a good 6:30…that’s not a good sign, but I mostly like the track due to its PV.  Goofy and funy as hell!



It feels like its been forever since UUG released a single (though I had been accustomed to the 8 singles a year thing xD).  This was actually a pretty heavy single and I quite liked that about since most of the songs here were decent.  The best ones were definitely Ran Ran Ran, Kimi to Iu Kasetsu, Abyssal Drop, and !!!!!!!!.  Those 4 tracks were pretty good showcasing the group in a great way.  Though I think YOLO & Future&Past! could’ve been left behind as they were a bit messy or forgetful.  The other two tracks (the remixes) were eh…I think Barebare I LOVE YOU’s remix only works in the form of its PV.  Still, overall a good single, but I hope an album is sometime soon!


ANGERME – Umaku Ienai/Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen/Wasurete Ageru October 10, 2016

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 3:17 pm


Track Listing

  1. Umaku Ienai
  2. Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen
  3. Wasurete Ageru
  4. Umaku Ienai (Instrumental)
  5. Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen (Instrumental)
  6. Wasurete Ageru (Instrumental)

1. Umaku Ienai

As the first A-side of the single, Umaku Ienai is pretty interesting of a song as its done by Takui Nakajima (same guy who did “Taikibansei”).  So it’s no surprise that the song is just as funky and full of sass.  Actually it is pretty catchy for the first half and brings back the same unbridled energy that the aforementioned song brought.  HOWEVER, once the 2nd verses start, the song move into a very weird position with a totally different arrangement and melody which throws me off and doesn’t make too much sense.  I do like all the members got a line in that part, but it’s still such an awkward inclusion.  It does clean itself up for the final run through the chorus (where there’s a great Rinapuu high note).  Still most of the song is great, it’s just that middle section that I’m not so sure about…

2. Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen

Probably the longest H!P title yet, what was initially the leading track became the 2nd A-side of the single.  I can see it was chosen to lead first since this is the introduction to new member, Momona Kasahara.  The song itself sticks itself to the recent EDM style that ANGERME had adopted and the song and lyrics come off pretty futuristic.  These kind of songs really catch me eye and it’s just a pretty cool song.  As for Momona, she had the first lines and she handled them well but there’s something missing in her voice whereas Kamiko really powered through.  Great A-side!

3. Wasurete Ageru

Rounding the single out, we have Wasurete Ageru and at first listen, it reminded me of “Itoshima Distance” with less saxes.  I don’t know what it is with this group in particular, but with 9 members, I find it great that they get to showcase all the members in some fashion, even the newer members!  I’m actually surprised with how much Rina is in this song (and for the rest of the single at that).  I do like the song, maybe not quite as much as the previous two tracks, but it sticks out.



Wow, I still am kind of surprised ANGERME had added another new member after Moe with Momona (to take up the space that Meimi left behind).  For the most part, Umaku Ienai/Ai no Tame…/Wasurete Ageru is a pretty strong single for the group and I would say better than “Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku/Itoshima Distance/Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru” just from how catchy all three songs were.  I do think Umaku Ienai was good, but that middle section was a bit absurd to me.  Luckily Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite  Kita Ningen came in and brought us some strong EDM and Wasurete Ageru was a nice serious sounding song…Overall a great single!


LADYBABY – ONE YEAR BEST 2015-2016 October 9, 2016

Filed under: LADYBABY — solarblade @ 2:45 am


Track Listing

  2. Nippon Manju
  3. Renge Chance!
  4. C’est si bon Kibun
  6. Beard-chan Robot
  8. Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~


Opening this mini-album, we have an introductory track!  I really do like that it opens like some traditional Japanese folk track, but it sounds like it could lead into a battle or something.  It is a bit random to say the least considering the trio are heavier as a unit in sound.  Interesting way to kick the album off…

2. Nippon Manju

As majority of the release is older releases, it’s no shock that the first full track is LADYBABY’s debut song!  As I said. LADYBABY is quite well-known for their mesh of metal and idol pop so Nippon Manju is a prime example of the general style they were going.  Both Rei and Rie sound cute and had a lot of shouting, but the focus was purely placed on Ladybeard who is quite aggressive and a bit scary with his death growls and power in his vocals.  I do like the song a lot (it’s what got me to review them in the first place) and a good song to really get this album going.

3. Renge Chance!

Then we move into their 3rd single (and last before this release), Renge Chance! was a strange A-side to have come out due to its strange lyrics (although their songs have been odd lyrically as it is).  Of the three A-sides though, Renge Chance! seems to be the heaviest of them with the emphasis on the metal arrangement.  Though stripping that back, it does come off a bit like the previous track with the two girls yelling lyrics and Ladybeard doing his death growls.  I was surprised by the short pre-chorus as it changes to a ballad for a couple seconds.  Like I said, it’s unique, but it does fit the sound LADYBABY were going for.

4. C’est si bon Kibun

The next 3 tracks were actually B-sides to their three singles they released!  This one, from “Renge Chance!” was definitely the more interesting of the two tracks as it focused a little more of the idol side of things and the two girls aren’t yelling out their lyrics.  Ladybeard does have his moments to say the least, but I actually liked Rie/Rei a bit more from their performance here.  Pretty decent B-side overall!


Then we move to the B-side from their debut and I remembered this one due to Ladybeard actually singing with the girls.  For once it felt like a cohesive unit (and slightly less of a gimmick of a group).  It definitely is the poppiest of the songs here, but it stuck out on ONE YEAR BEST as the idol track that brought the group into a cohesive unit (even if Ladybeard himself was a little strange singing).

6. Beard-chan Robot

Then we get into the B-side from “Age-Age Money” and it’s back to the more darker and edgier atmosphere.  Actually it is the darkest of the tracks which favors more for Ladybeard as he takes a lot of the lines and the chorus (while lighter than majority of the song).  I actually dug the song being more metal than what I was expecting, but didn’t have the catchy factor than most of their songs do.


We did get ONE actual new track in this release (despite them having a lot more unreleased stuff >.>).  It does start of nice and sweet with Rei & Rie with a lighthearted arrangement, but then the song switches gears and Ladybeard fires away with his normal shtick.  The song’s arrangement isn’t quite as metal as one might hope and actually makes me think of Red Hot Chili Peppers for some strange reason.  It’s an OK song, but there could be much more to it.

8. Age-Age Money ~Ochingin Daisakusen~

Ending the album is the group’s second A-side funny enough.  I do think it may be the group’s best single as it has the best of both worlds and just is a memorable song since it took “Nippon Manju” and amped it up by quite a margin from catchy Ladybeard parts and both Rei & Rie sounds so much more confident!  It’s a very decent way to close the album!



Huh?  A best-of mini-album of just a span of a year?  That’s a bit absurd in normal standards but there’s a reason why this is coming out and that’s because Ladybeard is leaving the group (focusing on other things).  Since the lifeblood and sheer reason why LADYBABY grew a fanbase as fast as it did was because of the gimmick that there were a two-girl unit with a bulky male screamer.  Now with the screamer gone, I’m not sure where the girls will end up, though currently they’re going by “The artist formerly known as LADYBABY”…hopefully that’s a temporary name…As for the album?  It’s a good collection of their songs so far, but maybe a bit unusual to release this…


AAA – Namida no Nai Sekai October 7, 2016

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 5:52 am


Track Listing

  1. Namida no Nai Sekai
  2. Yell
  3. Jewel
  4. Namida no Nai Sekai (Instrumental)
  5. Yell (Instrumental)
  6. Jewel (Instrumental)

1. Namida no Nai Sekai

The single opens with the leading song and no surprise that it’s a ballad.  After the last couple of A-sides that were ballads, Namida no Nai Sekai had some shoes to fill which wasn’t too much to bargain for as a lot of them didn’t really stand out.  At first, I was surprised that I heard very little of Misako and Chiaki (only appearing during the bridge of the song) so the rest is mostly from Nissy, Urata, Shinji, and Shuta (with a little rap section for Hidaka).  Honestly, it’s nothing to exciting and curious to why a mostly guy-led song was an A-side.

2. Yell

Initially released back in July as a digital single, I was surprised to see this appearing on their single.  It’s hard to say where this song falls, but it moves lot nicer and has a poppier feel than “Namida no Nai Sekai”.  It does feel like an album song though because while it has everyone involved, the tune has a ending quality to it and it doesn’t feel quite strong to hold itself as a leading song (good as a B-side though).  It feels like a song that could’ve been on one of their later albums, but still it’s a decent song.

3. Jewel

If “Namida no Nai Sekai” was the boys-only song, then Jewel is the all-female track (makes sense because this song also got a PV).  It does carry some of their more EDM-ish sound but it’s also like bubblegum in a way.  I really like that the verses are sung in a lower range and then they get higher.  Definitely the best track of the single, but there’s still something missing to it that really seals the deal for me and usually Misako/Chiaki songs are on point!



AAA releases their 2nd single of the era with Namida no Nai Sekai and I’m just kind of shrugging a little bit.  The leading song is a bit boring and with just having the guys on it was a bit of a letdown but was made even with Jewel which was the best of the single.  Yell falls into the middle, but considering its been out for 2 months just doesn’t make up for the other two tracks.