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BEYOOOOONDS – Megane no Otoko no Ko/Nippon no D・N・A!/Go Waist July 17, 2019

Filed under: BEYOOOOONDS — solarblade @ 4:26 am

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Track Listing

  1. Megane no Otoko no Ko
  2. Nippon no DNA!
  3. Go Waist
  4. GIRL ZONE (Regular A only)
  5. Bunkasai Jikkou Iinchou no Koi (Regular B only)
  6. Toei Oedo-sen no Roppongi Eki de Dakishimete (Regular C only)
  7. Megane no Otoko no Ko (Instrumental)
  8. Nippon no DNA! (Instrumental)
  9. Go Waist (Instrumental)
  10. GIRL ZONE (Instrumental)
  11. Bunkasai Jikkou Iinchou no Koi (Instrumental)
  12. Toei Oedo-sen no Roppongi Eki de Dakishimete (Instrumental)

1. Megane no Otoko no Ko

OMG, Finally we have the debut for BEYOOOOONDS to review!  Megane no Otoko no Ko was the first song they’ve performed originally as a group (although originally without Miyo, Honoka, and Utano).  The tune does open with a pretty long dialogue set between most of the members of the group, with Momohime kicking things off!  After the intro, the tune kicks off with an upbeat EDM sound and a kind of cuteness side to it.  Just about all of the girls get some decent lines in it, especially Yuhane, Shiori, Kurumi, and Momohime for sure.  I really liked its chorus too, it’s surprisingly bubbly but hits hard too.  Honestly a great debut song!

2. Nippon no DNA!

I wasn’t expecting new songs to enter the fray after the group themselves had two other songs as BEYOOOOONDS (“Bunkasai Jikkou Iinchou no Koi” and “Atsui!”) but it seems we get two more new songs to listen to.  This one opens with Miyo shouting an intro and I’m just like damn!  Unlike the wild “Megane no Otoko no Ko”, Nippon no DNA! is more kind of like 90’s Eurodance and I’m kind of digging it (mixed in with a little of a feeling similar to DA PUMP’s big hit last year, “U.S.A.”.  The verses are pretty cool and the sections where Minami and Kokoro scream is cool, but I think the weak link is the chorus oddly enough.  It’s catchy, but it doesn’t really pop out for me.  Also is that a Honoka solo with the synths in the bridge?  Regardless, a lot of it is good, it’s just the chorus that comes off a smidge repetitive for me.

3. Go Waist

So their 3rd A-side is actually a parody cover of a 1979 song from The Village People, “Go West”.  Interesting choice of song to get from but this one is an oddball with use of autotuned for portions of the verses.  Add on the fact it’s a synthy dance track as well makes it seem a bit less interesting but there’s raps too!  I don’t hear a lot of solos except the middle with Shiori, Reina, Saya, and Yuhane (mostly Saya as she has a BIG portion of the bridge).  What a bizarre section though and it just somehow works its way back to the main melody and finishes off with a Honorin piano solo at the end..  Funny song overall!

4. GIRL ZONE

GIRL ZONE is actually the first song done by Ame no Mori Kawa Umi (to which I’m still confused if it’s really its own thing or a sub-unit) but it does feature Kurumi, Momohime, Kokoro, Yuhane, and Minami and for a group that focused a little more on theatrics, this song is pretty rockin’ otherwise!  It’s got loud guitars and the group is just pretty much doing some vocal flips too.  It was a surprise to hear, but for some reason the chorus kind of disappoints me, it just doesn’t have that fire that the verses had oddly enough.  I still think it’s ok though.

5. Bunkasai Jikkou Iinchou no Koi

One of the B-sides is a 4th BEYOOOOONDS track and like “Megane no Otoko no Ko” it opens with a pretty lengthy intro from Kurumi & Saya before the song actually kicks off!  The tune is more a bit more funkier and has a bit more sass behind it which is pretty cool and I’m hearing a lot more solos here which is pretty awesome too!  The song itself though does give me some old Buono! vibes and definitely sticks out on the single too!  I will say that it’s fairly giving me B-side vibes and not so much a leading song…but it’s still a decent tune.

6. Toei Oedo-sen no Roppongi Eki de Dakishimete

Last but not least, we have the other song for the other unit (or sub-unit), CHICA#TETSU (Reina, Saya, Shiori, and Rika).  I wasn’t expecting this group to get a sparkly genki song that kind of reminds me of old Aya Matsuura songs here.  That said, I wasn’t sure how to feel because it really didn’t click much with me and the cuteness I don’t know made the song feel completely random on the single.  I mean it is nice to hear these four since they all kind of do the cute well and the echo filter added wasn’t a bad touch either!  That said, the song doesn’t quite stand out like the others from the single for me.

 

 

For a debut single, this was pretty jam-packed and well deserved considering how long it took for the group to actually get itself going (two years?).  As their debut single, I feel like BEYOOOOONDS has a pretty good start especially with 4 strong songs to back them up!  I will say I’m curious to where CHICA#TETSU and Ame no Mori Kawa Umi end up in the next year, but it’s a decent start too, although I hope CHICA#TETSU doesn’t really push for the cutesy stuff since Toei Oedo-sen wasn’t all that great to me.  I also hope to see more of Miyo, Honoka, and Utano in the future since this single didn’t really shine too much on them versus the other nine BEYOOOOONDS members.  Also maybe it’s just a pet peeve I got from this single, but I could live without the dialoguing all over the single.  Overall, it was still a great way to kick things off!

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Let’s Talk About Pokemon Gen 8: E3 & July update July 9, 2019

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 8:27 pm

Yup it’s finally time to talk about all the happenings that passed during E3 and the recent July video update (will mostly likely update again after Corocoro comes out!)

  • So the leak that happened prior to E3 has been more or less confirmed to be true with a few things left to confirm!
  • Nessa was confirmed as a Gym Leader; as well as Bea & Allister (though those two are version exclusive gym leaders)
  • Gigantamaxing  was announced as a kind of Mega Evolution-type of change where certain Pokémon will change in design and are much stronger with unique moves (don’t know if there’s more differences to Dynamaxing, but it’s a thing
  • We did start getting some version exclusives (the Hydreigon & Kommo-o lines in Sword and the Tyranitar & Goodra line in Shield)

That out of the way, let’s talk about the new Pokémon!

Yamper

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The first up from E3 is Yamper who is an Electric-type Corgi and boy it’s super adorable!  I really found myself enjoying it’s cuteness and it has a new ability in Ball Fetch in where it’ll catch a Pokeball if it fails to catch (but just the first one).  I think it will evolve and it’ll be even cooler I’m sure!  Awesome!

Impidimp

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The other introduced at E3 is Impadimp who has the unique typing for Dark/Fairy and while there’s not much information on it, it’s sort of freaky and cute.  Can’t wait to see what else is going on with this one and I hope it does evolve too!

Alcremie

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So moving onto July’s update, Alcremie was our first shown off and wow did this cater to the sweets crowd (honestly it reminds me of Slurpuff).  As a pure Fairy type, I’m not sure how well it’ll be in the meta, but knowing it has a Gigamax form is quite interesting!

Rolycoly

rolycoly

I’m not sure what to think of the next Pokémon, Rolycoly who is our Rock-type Pokémon and from it’s explanation it moves around like a wheel and that’s pretty interesting since it’s based off of coal.  Would like to see more of it and curious to see if it has evolutions too and also a new ability in Steam Engine (Speed is raised if it’s hit with a Fire or Water move).

Duraludon

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Last, but not least, we got our Steel/Dragon Pokémon, Duraludon to talk about and from what I’ve seen so far, it makes me wonder if Duraludon is our pseudo-legendary of Galar here.  It looks super shiny and yet powerful too!  Even so far as to have a new move (JP Name: Exhaustive Beam) where it fires a powerful beam but in return it loses half its life points.  Not sure how I’ll like it, but so far it’s interesting.

Gigamax Forms

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So this is the answer to the Mega Evolutions from the 6th Gen games?  I guess this works especially so far with making Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw into something a bit more wild and fierce.  I can only wonder how this stacks up in the meta, but I’m liking them so far!

 

NEXT TIME, COROCORO!