Monday, 31 October 2016

The Tale of the Alluring Rain Princess - Color Pointe 'Rainy Princess' Music Video Review

On my many ventures in PV Hunting, I recently came across one of Color Pointe's video releases from September of this very year. Though I was aware of the groups existence since their debut, I admit that I have not paid close attention to them. Well, I'm a fool for doing so, because hot damn, Color Pointe are brilliant! O-O

So, long after viewing the video, I made the decision that, eventually, I would talk about it here, because I really feel like what Color Pointe have created is far too good to leave alone. Of course, I've shared it on one of my social media platforms, but talking about it here in a little more depth is, in my opinion, a lot more delightful... plus, I can relish in screen shots and spam you all with the pictures! Muahahaha!!!

So yes, this is what we're going to talk about today. Are you ready to be lured into this dank yet beautiful world?

Being a group made up of professional ballerinas, one would think that Color Pointe are a dainty, cute group without much substance, and that their videos and music would not pack much of a punch. I myself have never done ballet, nor have I cared to watch it, really. (more so due to lack of knowledge in where a ballet might be held, than anything) So when I first heard of Color Pointe, I did think they would be these cute little girls spinning on their tippy toes, and nothing more.

Well, more fool me, because I was fuckin' wrong. I am still in the learning process of never judging a book by its cover, it seems.

Anyway, this is a great Music Video; I fell in love with both the look and sound after watching it for the first time, and now I am completely hooked. There doesn't seem to be a day that goes by where I don't give this song or video some form of attention and love, and so, it feels right to talk about it. Plus, with it's dark but alluring vibe, it seems like a great video to talk about just before Halloween rolls around! Though really, this is more of a treat than it is a horrible trick.

So, grab your pointe shoes and get your tutu's ready, because we are heading into this ballerina's tale of allure and mist, to experience the tale of the Rainy Princess in all its glory. Are you prepared to become entranced?


Saturday, 29 October 2016

A Halloween Feat! The 48's 'Halloween Night' Music Video Comparison!

There are almost as many videos for AKB48's Halloween Night as there are sister units for Japan's #1 Super Group, and with the holiday this song and video celebrate just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to talk about it a little bit! But, of all versions available, which one should I choose to discuss on my own little blog...?

Considering there are currently about 14 staff' versions available (including both the regular AKB and JKT48 staff versions,the CyberAgent and Samantha Thavasa Staff versions in Japan, and another ten staff versions from various companies in Indonesia, alone), as well as the three official Music Videos from AKB48, JKT48 and the recently cut-off SNH48. There is also a Ladybeard versions floating around (unofficial), and a Dangdut version from JKT48, too.

Basically, there are a lot of Halloween Night's floating around the inter-webs, and whilst it would be a hoot (read: No way in Hell) to talk about every single damn video made for this sub-par song, I really don't have the time or energy for that kind of commitment. So instead, I will be focusing on the three main Music Videos from AKB, JKT and SNH, and pitch them all against one another in this comparison of the 48's Halloween PV's to find the most worthy of the Halloween title.

Sadly, there will be no pictures here (for the sake of not going OTT with this post), and of course it's all my opinion, though take what is said with a grain of salt; you don't have to believe what I say or feel inclined to think as I do. We are human, and we have our own ways of thinking and feeling, so decide for yourself what you prefer, and what you like.

And now... Have at the PV's! Arrr! (... Wait, I'm a Pirate now?)

Friday, 21 October 2016

[Updates in Blogging] October 2016

We're about halfway through October (or even further. I don't know), and whilst I might not have much in ways of Updates, I thought it best to keep y'all in the loop with my Blogging, as well as a few plans I might have along the way.

Sometimes, you just need to do an Update like this, and for a while, I've wanted to do it. So... Let's go!?

Okay! Musume Time

As I have no spiffy pics as of right now, I'm just going to sub-head everything, and get to the nitty gritty. For O!MT itself, I have a few things lined up that I want to get through for October mostly, but it may trickle into some of November, too. So, without any more blabbing, this what I current have planned;

  • Halloween Reviews
  • [PV Selection] September 2016... maybe
  • MV Reviews (in line with the Halloween themed review)
  • Okay! Musume Time 6th Anniversary Celebration Post
  • Single Reviews (Most likely Houpri?)
  • PV Reviews (Possibly C-ute)
  • Album Picks for 2016 So Far (Maybe. Might leave till the end of the Year, now)
Basically, from what you can see here, I am trying to get my PV Review count up; I have severely lacked in it recently, and it is one thing I want to get back into, after realising I am focusing more on music than anything, right now. So, it's something I want to get back into, and spam you all with talk of videos I enjoy, and the pictures that go along with it.

In terms of the [PV Selection] posts, I've come to realise these past two months that, truly, I do not enjoy it as much as I do the Music Selections. So, if I do not update with Septembers [PV Selection] Post this month, I am going to scrap it altogether. If I do update, however, I will eventually scrap it, but that will not happen until January of 2017. Realistically, I'm probably going to just not update with it at all, however, I would like to think I can keep it up until December / January time, but we will have to wait and see.

On that kind of note, though, whilst I will be scrapping the idea of [PV Selections] altogether, I am hoping to add in a [PV Highlights] section to my [Music Selection] posts, and add a few MV's of note to it with some comments. If it gets any bigger, I might do a separate post for the heck of it, but it may not happen monthly. I just sometimes don't have the desire or time to go on the look out for music videos. So, yeah. That's why, basically.

... Also, those posts lag. Like, laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag when I'm editing. It's a painful process.

November tis' the season of Cake Day, as you all know, and this year it will be O!MT's 6th Birthday. For my Friend Fries in good ol' 'MURICA, November is the month of Thanksgiving. For me in England, it's the Month of this Blog's Birth, and so I will celebrate accordingly with cake, or something.

... Maybe I should make it a turkey? Early Thanksgiving dinner, yo, all for my blurg!

Oh, and I should do a single review, or something. We need more of those here...

Selective Hearing

Selective Hearing hit its 10th anniversary this year, and this month - 11 days ago, actually - I hit my 5th Anniversary on the blog. And I've not written a post for it yet. Fuck.

Anyway, here's what I basically have to do this month or next for SH, because y'know... STUFF!
  • 5 Year Anniversary Editorial
  • Kobushi Factory Single Review (Hopefully, whilst drunk. It's the only way to get through it)
I only have two things to do, and they are fairly simple. Originally, I joked around and said for my 5th Anniversary Editorial, I would steal Michelle Obama's speech as a little parody, or, that I would probably just review Give Me Five!. But, really, I've just settled for the whole thankful spiel, and basically be my typical self; not at all modest, and cheesy as fuck. It's how I roll.

Also, that Kobushi Factory review... I kind of don't want to do it, but holy shit, if I'm drunk, I do! It's such a conflicting feeling, right now... Also, need to check how much Vodka I have. May need a lot to get through that shit storm.

JaME World

... I didn't do anything for September for JaME, and I've still not done the review I selected in September for October, either, which is a bit of a fuuuuuuck moment. I need to get on the review, fast, but bloody University and me being my social self... yeah. I'm doing shit at my Reviewing game right now. Whoops!

Anywhoo, here's what I need to do;
  • London Blue Album Review
  • Another Review... in general. Maybe HouPri?
Just. Review. Chiima! I need to stop procrastinating on my duties, and do shit. But when you have essays as well, and you're trying to keep your own blog alive... sometimes, you begin to wonder why you signed up for doing so much damn stuff?

Because I like to suffer, sometimes.

Hashire! Idol Manic

Okay, so I've not posted this month. No other people have posted this month, actually, though I am still looking for other people to write for it, whether its sporadically, or on a regular basis. I just want writers XD I need to look for more permanent writers, and to potentially get a staff going, but so far, it's decent... I have to update it myself sometimes, though, too!

I have a few ideas for what I'd like to do for Hashire throughout maybe October, and November, so here are the ideas;

  • Ima Shikanai - Now or Never - by Iwanagi Tsugumi
  • PAINT NIGHTMARE by Color Pointe
So far, these are the only two I feel a great desire to review, as I enjoyed both a decent amount, more-so the former. Both are good in their own ways, and I do want to talk about them a bit more, whether it is on Hashire! or even just here or SH. Anywhere is fine, if you ask me, as long as I get them done!!!

... And, I think that's it. Updates all done and dusted, and hopefully, I will get some posts out after this, soon enough. They will either be here, or there, or everywhere. Okay, maybe not everywhere, but one can wish, right? If I only I could procrastinate at work, and do my blogging there. Sadly, I cannot, and I can't when in class, either. Ah, welp!

Until the next Update or Review, please take care, guys! Love yo Idols, and keep smilin'!

Much Love and Health,

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Pastiche du Idol! Wa→Suta vs. The Industry, Let's Break 'The Perfect Idol' Concept! - 'Kanzen Naru Idol' MV Review!

In this big, wide world of Idols, what is the standard, and what makes an Idol perfect? It's time to question the industry in wa→suta's own little survey of "The Perfect Idol", and see if these girls can break away from the demands and constraints of the entertainment world! Are you ready to dive into a sweet yet bitter world that our dear Idols encompass?

As per the usual, all opinions are my own, no matter how you might damn them. Let me thrive in my fangirlish tendencies or bitter states, if I so wish to be such a way.

With their second music release finally upon us this year of 2016, The World Standard, more commonly known as wa→suta, yet again grace us with another visually intriguing but lyrically questionable piece, this time in the form of Kanzen Naru Idol, a song that hopes to invoke thoughts about what can be considered a 'perfect Idol' to those watching, whilst also allowing the members to vent their frustrations on the industry and break away from it. Also, they get to take the piss out of other Idol groups and their videos, because why the Hell not?

Taking on the form of Idol-Cats, the members of wa→suta live a seemingly nyanderful life in this bright world of music, fish, sweet treats and laying in bed. But, when the cat ears come off, who are they really, and what exactly makes a 'Perfect' Idol, when there are so many to choose from in this world already!? Let's head on into this crazy life, and find out! Nyan!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A 24 Hour Limit in Rome! Houkago Princess find Freedom in 'Himitsu no Tiara to Gelato's' Music Video! (Review!)

With October being the month of dress-up and spooks, I think its about high-time I did a few Halloween themed Music Video Reviews, focusing on the fun and costume heavy PV's that, for me, scream out 'Halloween and Dress Up'.  So, with those very themes in mind, who better to focus on for dress-up than the one and only Houkago Princess, the Idol worlds very own Dress-Up unit of the Fairy Tale variety!

As per the usual, my opinion is just as valid as yours, but of course you do not have to agree to it. These are my own words, and if you do not want them to, they will not hold any weight. That is all.

With a brand new generation to kick-start their second chapter, Houkago Princesses 4th major single - 11th overall - pays homage to the 1953 movie classic, Roman Holiday, whilst also celebrating 4th generation member Kizuki Saori's 25th birthday in style and grace. With so many things going on here, one would hope that the beautifully titled Himitsu no Tiara to Gelato will stand the test of time, much like the movie it is themed after. Of course, that does depend on who is viewing it - will you find it befitting of Audrey Hepburn's masterpiece from the early 50's, or see fault in what it tries to achieve?

With nine beautiful Princesses rushing towards the streets of La Vita to escape their mundane palace lives, will the members of Houkago Princess experience the lives of us mere common folk, and find a 24-hour romance in-between? In this colourful tale of Royalty feigning the life of regular girls, let's become enchanted by the delightful members of HouPri as they embark on their own little adventure, and discover the joys of Japan's very own little slice of Venice!

In a world where both Idols and Princesses can only experience love written in books and shown in movies, are you ready to flee these palace walls and experience what only 24-hours can allow? But, shhh! Let's keep these Royal identities a secret, and enjoy some gelato whilst we're at it!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Of Climaxes and Poltergeists and Idols, Oh My! - C-ute's 'Mugen Climax' MV Review!

I've been slacking off on my reviews here lately, so... guess who is going to do a Write-As-I-React Review? Me, because this is my answer to replacing my react videos, and because I have not done one of these in yeeeears!!!

As per the usual, all opinions are my own, and it is fine for you to disagree with me. Just don't go overboard and expect me to change what I think just to fit your values and ideals.

Honestly speaking, I don't know when I last wrote up a music video review; was it last June, when Seishun Mermaid was released, or was it around the time Zukki and Meimi graduated Hello! Project, leaving my life forever? Either way, it's been a hot minute or three since I last graced this blog with a pic spam, so by george, it's time to get to it and take some pictures! And, what better way to do it than with a React-As-I-Write piece?

Basically, I'm going in somewhat blind, and I am going to pic spam and comment as I go along, like I used to in the good-ol' days of blogging. It's been a few years since I've done something like this, so it will at least be somewhat refreshing to do it now, right? That, and honestly... I kind of miss it. I miss this, talking about Music Videos, reviewing them and basically doing what I used to do. Even I've noticed I do this less now than before, and there are a mixture of reasons for that, one being my Youtube Reactions, another being lack of interest lately. So... let's see if we can get back into it, shall we?

Sentimental ramblings aside, I figured it'd be fun to do this one with C-ute in their new (what I like to call) Crow-Slaughtering costumes, because dude, who doesn't love a handful of good-looking Idols wearing what looks like their latest kill for the Halloween season? Plus, this is meant to be a decent MV, so it should give me a few decent screenshots and some fun times ahead.

Oh, and it's C-ute; I kind of have high expectations for them, given their maturity and presence within Hello! Project. No shitty PV's for you, please and thank you.

Anywhoo, I am getting ahead of myself and being all rambly (cause I'm tired, which is no damn surprise), so we're going to shut me up and get on with this wonderful little pic spam, and see what the video's all about. Get out your guns, dear readers, cause we're off bird-hunting with C-ute! Are you ready to fall into their darkest world yet?

Let's read on, and take a peek!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

[Music Selection] September 2016

With my Month of Birth over and done with, I have to honestly say that September was one of the worst months for Japanese Idol Music, at least for me. I could find barely anything I wanted to listen to, and those that I did listen to, were the only ones I listened to. So, despite being a month I adore, it really was shockingly shit in what it turned out. Ah, well.

Also, now that October is here, I have started my 3rd and final year of University, and already I'm panicking. FUN TIMES!!!


Once again, welcome back to my Music Selection post, one and all! Here is where I talk to you all about the Music I have loved and enjoyed from the past month, whether it is from the month gone by, or from previous months to years ago! Whatever it may be, from Jpop to JRock, Chinese ballads to English Musical numbers, I will list it here, with the hopes that you will take a dive and find something new to enjoy, as well! Of course, I will not have listened to everything that has come out, so if there is something you enjoyed that has not been listed, don't get offended; I might not have taken the time to listen to it, or, I did, and was not so keen. It is how it goes.

If you have something you enjoyed and want to share it, too, then please do! Either comment here, or post your own lists on Facebook / your own blogs! Sharing is, after all, caring, and it could get us into some wonderful new music! Woohoo!

... And now it's time to move on! Let's get into this months Music Selection and listen to some music! Yahoi!