Oh yeah, today’s post is about the good covers and the well not-so-good covers!
BEST ART COVERS
The pretty ones that almost made the list!
Since CANDY GIRL, Watashi Iro/Bokura Style, tsukihana, Shiroi Tsuki, and MATERIAL WORLD didn’t make the list, it doesn’t mean they’re bad. There’s just others that were better xD Still pretty awesome covers right?
THE TOP 10! WHOOOHOOO!
10. Ayaka Hirahara – akane
Who knew a re-cut single would have a good art cover. Ayaka H’s cover for akane is just a really pretty setting for her. It just feels real natural and the scarf thing (while strangely colored) fits the mood quite nicely. Even the thing she’s holding gives it a vibrant color like the rest of the picture.
9. Meisa Kuroki – SHOCK -Unmei-
Even though the single was a failure, SHOCK -Unmei-‘s covers are quite awesome if you ask me. We all know Meisa’s a hottie and that shows quite nicely with the scarlet dress she’s wearing. Add in the fact this this particular cover has her sitting upside-down on the ceiling next to a chandelier. Very interesting cover and looks so much better than both “hellcat” and “ATTITUDE”.
8. Akiko Shikata – Katayoku no Tori
Wow, what a spiritual looking cover right? Katayoku no Tori’s cover right from the start captured my attention and look at it as a whole. I mean the girl in the window was really mysterious looking, the one wing the branches out from the title and the light blue hue on the roses were just amazing. Very pretty cover if you ask me.
7. Perfume – One Room Disco
In honesty, One Room Disco has a pretty vibrant cover as well. It could be from girl’s pastel looking dresses to the red, white, and blue areas behind that stood out more than its other cover. Plus I love how Kashiyuka looks like she’s advertising her dress too, it’s just too funny.
6. angela – Alternative
Maybe I like weird cover arts and angela’s Alternative definitely fits that bill and I love it. The black and white stripes mixed with that ONE lone red stripe and running through both atsuko and KATSU is a really cool look. Even though the cover might make you dizzy, I still love it either way.
5. Mix Speaker’s, Inc. – Yuuwakusei Rhythm
Continuing on with weird covers, Mix Speaker’s, Inc.’s cover for Yuuwakusei Rhythm just made me stare in awe at how colorful and random the entire cover is. Even right down to the members it’s just WHOA. I mean who would’ve thought the sun has huge lips? I wouldn’t! Love this cover!
4. Kalafina – storia
Kalafina also has some of the most interesting covers. storia is one of them because it’s actually set outside like “fairytale’s” was. Except this time instead of the enchanting blue forest with snow, we get a cloudy day, tents, grass, and cool outfits for the girls. It’s a rather great opposite cover to “fairytale” and while “Hikari no Senritsu” borrows a bit from this cover, I thought it was pretty.
3. GACKT – Setsugekka -The end of silence-/ZAN
It is so hard to decide on which cover was better. Both are beautfiul covers showing so much awesomeness. Let’s talk about the regular edition (top one). I love the dark setting with the moon and clouds up above. It gives such a surreal feeling and that was what made it such an awesome cover. Even the snow falling in that cover looked great…I thought it was stardust at first. Now the Dears limited (bottom one) was just as good because instead of the night setting it’s daylight and you see snow falling more and then you see a river and a forest in the background with a tree losing its leaves. It’s just this whole picture is great.
2. ALI PROJECT – Jigoku no Mon
I love traditional covers, but ALIPRO is anything but, I’ve always been impressed by their covers and they did a doozy this year with Jigoku no Mon. While, I’m not sure that is ACTUALLY Arika here, but damn welcome the empress of radical fashion XD It might be the gold throne that brought me with its dragons. Then again, the peacock fan was really cool too. It’s just one of ALIPRO’s best cover arts.
1. school food punishment – futuristic imagination, butterfly swimmer, sea-through communication, light prayer
Really do we even need to bother with who won this year’s best art covers? Yeah it might not even be random or fancy, but these covers while simple were just artistic enough to be so out there and original. I love how futuristic imagination and butterfly swimmer seemingly fit since the first one is the warping (ala Portal) and the moving through the warp in butterfly swimmer. Maybe sea-through communication was the pullback and being that light prayer was the position of being stuck in the middle. I don’t I’m just hypothesizing this, but still these are amazing covers and since the album is next, I hope that blows me away!
WORST ART COVERS
The almost crappy covers
Yep, these covers were THIS close to entering the icky 10. daily-daily Dream, Kono Mune wo Tokimeki wo, It’s all Love!, Aka no Kakera, and Stand by U were pretty bad covers for sure, but they arent as horrendous as these
Hide your children, these 10 covers might frighten them!
10. Ayaka Hirahara – MIO AMORE!
Girl, there is just nothing appealing about this cover. I mean Ayaka in white, smiling and she looks poofy in them clothes too. The sparkling water was a nice try but the text over it just killed that in one fall swoop. MAMMA MIA….
9. Ayumi Hamasaki – Sunrise/Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~
Wow…this cover made me wanna cry when I first saw it. Maybe it’s the way Ayu is depicted in the facial area that freaked me out. She looks so weird with that pose of hers. Besides that, the island background was a nice setting even though Anna Tsuchiya did a shot like this earlier in the year so seeing this was a big ick. (I almost picked Rule/Sparkle, but this was a bigger offender).
8. Chihiro Onitsuka – X/Last Melody
Honestly, Chihiro looked butt-fuckin ugly on this glorious cover for X/Last Melody. She just looks greasy and hasn’t slept ANY for a long time and she just looks like pure crap. Maybe going au naturalle was a bad idea in the case of Chihiro.
7. High Speed Boyz – CHILDHOOD’S END
I guess this kid is pretty ugly when compared to that last cover so it’s obviously worse. Broken glasses, case of lazy eye, smoking a pipe and trying to be a bigger knockoff at a 50’s Harry Potter, CHILDHOOD’S END’s cover was just fugtastic and still is if you ask me…
6. Yui Sakakibara – Happy⇔Lucky X’mas♪
Oh boy…Not only was this looking like a few other LOVE singles she’s done previous, the cover is just wrong! I mean who sprays a christmas tree. I guess I know now huh? Though the thing that really killed the cover was Yui’s pissed off look on the cover. I mean with a title like Happy⇔Lucky X’mas♪, you’d think she’d be happy be she is definitely not in the mood here….AWKWARD
5. alan – BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~
Bad A&B-sides and an equally bad cover? Oh bad news! The cover just messes up on everything that made alan covers so great. It just seems way to plain for alan. From the lone teardrop coming from her eyes is just weird (the other cover is just as bad) and the weird bubble thing at the top was just too weird and useless to make any connection. Just BADDDD!
4. ALI PROJECT – Rara Eve Shinseiki
I know I’ve said ALIPRO has great covers, but they do have their stinkers as well. Rara Eve Shinseiki’s covers were trying to be futuristic in a way, but PINK of all colors had to be used? Even then Arika doesn’t look too comfortable in that body armor contraption thing she’s wearing. Sorry but pretty ugly covers/color
3. Masami Okui – Starting Over
If you look in a dictionary and look up boring, this cover will definitely be on that page. I know Masami doesn’t have too many exciting covers, but this one was way too plain and just too ugly to make it work. I thought it was fan-made, but seeing it on her website made me cry. This cover sucks!
2. GACKT – Faraway ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~
Pink again?!? While the other cover is passable, this version of Faraway’s cover is just frightening. I mean I don’t think I wanna see GACKT’s band’s asses BUT THERE THEY ARE! It’s just so frightenning and just makes me blush to know that the positions of the guys jumps are rather girlish too….oh boy…it’s terrifying, but who’s No. 1?
1. Yuzu – Ichigo
HOLY MOTHER FUCKING GOD, WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED HERE! Yuzu is good for a laugh or two since their covers are rather lulzy, but this one, THIS ONE just made me barf a little on the inside (and outside). I mean farm animals is ok, mountains, cool, giant ass…wait, I’m pretty sure everyone is starting at that at first sight and that just made me cry since the cover is basically all gravitating for that GIANT ASS!!!!
Tomorrow, will be the last entry for the singles, which is best and worst overall!!!