Sunday, 9 April 2017

[Music Selection] March '17

I am always late to the ball... however am I supposed to meet Prince Charming like that!? Well, luckily I don't want a Prince or Princess Charming in my life right now, but when it comes to blogging... Yeeeah, I am always late, for one reason or another. My excuse, this time?

Anxiety and essays and last Uni days, oh my! Because good grief, life is getting busy, and I am not prepared for this onslaught of deadlines and paranoia. But life don't care about whether or not I'm ready, so, yeah.

When life comes a knockin', I gotta focus on it. So until I can make time for blogging in the wee hours of the night, writing about Idols has to wait. Ah, well~

For the sounds of March, let's march on, and find out what's been listend, and ponder on what hasn't! Let's go~

As per the damn usual, all singles, songs, tracks and album loves posted here are based on my own desires and love in terms of music and sound. If there is something on here that you hate, then dear, it is a matter of taste, and we can't help that. This is a one-woman show, and I don't ever aim to bow down to the whims and fancies of anyone but myself! Whatever I think of a song now, is my own business. I simply share what is here because I want to show you all the songs that have entertained me in the months gone by, in the hopes that you listen and potentially find a track, group or solo singer you like, too! And if our opinions and likes happen to align, well... that is purely coincidental, but awesome! YAY!

We love what we love, and we cannot change our tastes. Simply enjoy the fact that music is so universal, and that we are all unique in every way! And of course, share your love of Idol music, and spread its joy all around!

And with that said and done, it's time to march into March's music, and listen to some of the happiness (and sadness!) it has brought me, from the past, the future, and more importantly, the future! Are you ready to fill your ears with the joys of song?

Press... PLAY!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

BONJOUR! I've Uploaded A Video! Whaaaat!?

This is only a quick update, with barely any words! But, whenever I happen to actually get my butt into gear and start up my videos again, I like to let you readers know, in case you like what I do or think it's a fun time to watch some idiot wota get excited on camera XD

So, yeah... I have a new video up, though it's pretty much just me saying 'Bonjour!' and letting people know I am off to France to see C-ute perform, LIVE! Ermagerd!!!

I am currently unsure when I will fully get back into making videos, but right now, I am a lot more at peace with myself, and my workload is less. That is SUPER helpful, y'all, and it means that if I go back to making videos, I will have more time, and less things to worry over. ...

There's always something to worry over, of course, but shh!

I really don't have much else to say, because whatever was needed to be said, has been. For all you readers who follow my updates, you are aware of what I'm up to. But for those who have watched my videos previously and enjoyed them, hopefully, this will satisfy you somewhat! YAY!

Until next time, guys, take care~ Love you <3

Much Love,

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bring on The Brand New Era! It's Time for A New Generation to Begin in Morning Musume 17's 'BRAND NEW MORNING'! [MV Review]

With a new generation in tow and a startling new sound, Morning Musume '17 are looking pretty damn impressive in their latest release. In both sound and look, BRAND NEW MORNING might just be able to stand the test of time. Aggressive, assertive, and downright powerful, this is one debut that has left people impressed since its preview days.

It's the dawn of a brand new era, so let's get excited!

Standing as the 63rd single from Morning Musume overall, as well as the first for former Kenshuusei members, Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina, BRAND NEW MORNING is one heck of a surprise attack from Hello! Project's flagship group. With its confident sound and mesmirising MV, it feels similar a phoenix reborn in the flames after so many other releases that lacked oomph and drive. It's a welcome change, something many of us have been waiting for, and I'm happy to say that it seems this one is a majority favourite! Woohoo!

I mean, who wouldn't like it? It's fun, kick-ass, entertaining, easy to sing along with, and it makes you want to dance! It feels like one of those rare, flawless debut releases for H!P's latest power duo. In general, it just feels like a memorable debut, period. The only thing that would probably stop most people from loving this is, of course, the fact that Masaki's kind of void, here.

Thing is, you can't help that - she was on hiatus before production even began, and it would be highly unfair and downright cruel to expect her to come back just to do work, for our gratification. I am just thankful that she's feeling better and has the strength to work again.

Despite the lack of Masaki, however, I still believe this is a solid release. Morning Musume look and sound better than ever, and throughout, they are fierce and present. What more could you want? It is truly the dawn of a brand new era, and I can't wait for the 13th gen to show just what they are made of beyond their debut. But for now, let's take a look into the promising new stars of Morning Musume '17, and look at what they can bring to the group as they are now.

Let's dive in, and see what this new generation is all about!


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Get Ready, A Brand New Morning Begins! Bring on Morning Musume '17's [BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy]! (Single Review)

With two new faces and a brand new era ready to begin, Morning Musume '17 are ready to show off their group power in their latest release, BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy, a double A-side release complete with coupling tracks! The first of its kind in a long-while, the groups 63rd single release seems to promise something more than what previous singles have offered. Whether or not it lives up to its promise, is another thing entirely.

Is this era going to be a flop just like the last one, or will we see power return to Morning Musume as they currently stand? Let's listen, and find out.

*Many thanks to the Anonymous user who requested my thoughts on this single. You requested the Tsubaki debut, and now the 13th gen debut! Hopefully, you enjoy, and everyone else who happens to come upon this piece, too! :D

I was excited for this debut. Since the horrible introduction of 12th generation (in sound; visually, it was great), I was... apprehensive, but filled with anticipation, because whilst I do like 12ki and find that they are growing nicely into the group as of late, I can't deny that 13th gen are a far better fit for the group. Both Kaede and Reina, as they are now, seem pretty confident in how they present themselves towards the camera, and both look great with the current lineup! Reina has a very cheeky, cute look that fits well with members like Masaki, Duu, Maria, Akane and Harunan, whilst Kaede's cool, mature vibe fits well with Eriman, Ayumi and Ogata. They are a balanced generation in how they look and feel, but they both seem really determined to impress, as well.

I feel like, as a generation, these two could go pretty far, and prove to be a little bit of competition for the existing senior members. At least, they could, if only management let them. We shall see...

Hopefully their future releases will prove as promising as this one, but for now, it is BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy that we will focus on. The future will come along soon enough, but until that time comes, let's enjoy the dawn of a new era, and enjoy all that the 13th generation and a twelve thirteen member Morning Musume brings us...
Are you ready to press PLAY and begin a new chapter?

Monday, 20 March 2017

[PV Selection] February 2017

I would say "Kick me, this is so late!", but I have reasons. University reasons. It's getting harder, yo, and whilst I lovee Idol blogging, I know when I need to focus on life over hobbies. This was one of those times, hence the majorly late PV Selection post. But it's still March, and that means I still have the time to post this! Huzzah!

For the PV's from a month ago, let's take a look at the ones that stood out for me as a viewer in February 2017! Will there be anything on the list that you enjoyed, too?

As per the usual, all PV's listed here are the videos that I have enjoyed myself over the course of the past month. Though there are a lot of great PV's out there, I can't like all of them. This is a one woman show, guys, and if there is a video here you might have hated with all your being, or a video you adored is missing, chances are, I either didn't see it, or I didn't like it. It is how taste works.

Of course, I do want there to be something on here that you like, whether it is from a group you have previously adored, or one you have just recently been introduced to. As long as there's one video on here that peaks your intrigue... well, that's my job in sharing the wonders of Idols done!

If there is a video that you would like me to view, whether it is for the first time or again, then don't hesitate to tell me about! I might prefer something upon second viewing, or find myself a diamond in the rough I had not known existed before! It happens.

... And with that all said and done, let's get into the nitty gritty, and check out some PV's! Are ya ready, kids?


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Updates In Everything

Early 2017 is proving to be a busy time of the year for me, and with recent goings-ons, I thought it was about time I updated my blog about what is happening, why I am so slow at updating and posting, and in general letting you know whatever it is I am meant to be doing in life, blogging and anything else that might warrant an explanation.

Here we go~

First and foremost, blogging. I have not done a lot of it, and not just here. On Selective Hearing, JaME and Hashire! Idol Manic, I have been lacking in my posts. I haven't touched Hashire! Idol Manic since December, and I missed February's post for Selective Hearing. This is mostly because of University pre-occupying my mind, because I have some big things going on right now. I will get to that more later, but I did want to let you know that it's not just here that is suffering a lack of posts. It's everywhere. I pretty much have less time than usual, and it is a crucial point of my University life that I am in. So, yeah.

Friday, 10 March 2017

[Music Selection] February 2017

As per usual, I am fashionably late. Well, annoyingly late might be a little more accurate, but, that's how I am; an annoyingly late blogger, who sets herself dates to stick to, that she never manages to post on. Oh, who would I be, without failing to meet a deadline, hm~

Well, it's that time of the month again, regardless of how late I am! The time where I share with all you lovely readers the music I have enjoyed from the month gone by, as well as the up-coming releases that have me all excited for March 2017! Will there be any sounds in here you have liked as well, or something new for you to try out? The only way to find out is if you read on...~

There are a number of reasons as to why this post is late, and I could list them here... but I may save it all for a post on things that have happened in life, or in blogging. We shall see. I need to update you all either way, so, when it comes, you will find out why I've been lacking. For now, however, let's summarise it to Chiima being Chiima; she just never gets things done, ya see.

Anywhoo, I won't keep you for too long. We have a post to get into, so, as per the usual, these are my thoughts, and this is my blog, meaning that everything here is in regards to my opinion, and no one else's. Don't get offended by what I enjoy, ta.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Let's Try Something Beautiful This First Sunrise! 'Hatsukoi Sunrise / Just Try! / Uruwashi no Camellia' Single Review!

This Major Debut Review was requested by an Anonymous reader and commenter! This one is for you, so please, enjoy~

I am not keeping up with the current lineup of Hello! Pro newbies. Heck, I'm having a hard enough time remembering that Juice=Juice are still around, so... yeah, me and H!P are still on rocky terms. MM are getting appealing again, C-ute are going soon (sniffsniff), Country Girls are fine so far, and Juice=Juice are forgettable. I'm still not interested in what Kobushi have to offer of the two Factory productions, and Tsubaki...

Well, Tsubaki has potential.

From the get-go, I was a little more interested in this group than Kobushi. They're a lot less polished, the girls are not immediate stars, and they were still finding their sound. Unlike Kobushi, who were thrown a bone right away because of their gem encrusted lineup, Tsubaki actually had some time to season and find their footing in concerts and sound, which is what I like to see in a newly produced group. So of course, they are sitting well with me, already.

I get sour when groups aren't given time to grow. It happened with Juice=Juice, and look at where they stand with me, now; I forget they bloody exist.

Moving on... Tsubaki intrigue me. I like the look of the lineup. I liked how bored a few of them looked in their early videos. I was intrigued by their mature sound, and how well it suited them in their testing period. Also, they are all darned cute. Yumeno is especially eye catching, Asakura Kiki is a very deserving centre with a shark-like smile that rivals Ishida Ayumi's,and Niinuma Kisora is seriously calling to me. She's a refreshing little bud of joy.

I don't know all of the members yet, but some I can definitely pin-point, with the above three being the ones I like most, and then the Knock-off Yanagawa Nanami kid (Akiyama Mao), and Budget Hamaura Ayano (Ogata Risa). The rest, I am currently unsure of, but I'm sure I'll learn their names... eventually.

One step ahead of Kobushi, that's for sure! I think the minor interest helps, too~

Hopefully after taking in their major debut and digesting it a little, I'll be able to figure out whether or not I want to keep up with them. So, that's what I will do today. We're going to give the latest Hello! Pro group a try, and see just how much they tickle my taste buds! Will these sweet Camellia's keep up with my interests, or fall as flat as the Kobushi lot have in charisma, style and vocals?

It's time to test the Major Debut! Are you ready to try the first in a line of up-coming beautiful major releases? Plug in your headphones, and give it a go! Music START~!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

My One and Only! Houkago Princess Transform into Your Ideal Princess for their First Major Album Release!

Today on February 19th, Houkago Princess and Universal Music Japan unveiled the groups latest promotional artwork, and announced the release of Houkago Princesses first album release!

Titled My Princess, the album is set to release on March 22nd, and will come in two editions. The theme behind the album is 'Your Only Princess', where the members turn into your ideal Princess, instead of historical or fictional figures like before. The artwork depicts the members in ball gowns fitting of their title, creating an elegant look and feel for the up-coming release.

Houkago Princess has also announced the long overdue release of their indies best-of album, Indies Best ~Memories~, which will be released on the same day.

Included in the groups first feature-length album, My Princess, will be twelve tracks. Two of these tracks will be new additions, whilst the third will be a 2017 recording of a previously released song, featuring the current lineup of Princesses.

It will also be available in Regular and Limited editions, with both types containing the same tracks. The Limited version will, however, come with a sleeve case and a mini-photobook containing 40 pages of imagery. It has not yet been revealed whether there will be an accompanying music video, or if they will release solo cover versions for the members.

The covers for the album have also been released.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Updates From The Royal Court! Gravure, Announcements and More!

WARNING: This post contains Swimsuit Gravure! Read on at your own risk! This has been your NSFW Warning!

It's time to reveal all that has been going on within the World of HouPri for the past month or two! Announcements galore, and some Gravure to add a bit of spice, it's time to see just what the members of Houkago Princess have been getting up to, and any future ventures members are taking. Are you ready to fill yourself up with HouPri news?

Because some announcements are never big enough to fill one entire post, I find it a little easier to put together one big hoard of announcements that have gone on with HouPri in so many months. Becuase January and February saw quite a few changes and announcements happening, this post is probably a little earlier than even I anticipated. Still, it's nice to see things happening for HouPri, especially when they seem to be pretty big announcements for the group!

As a fan, it seriously delights me, and just makes me realise how lucky I am to be following them right now. I'm also happy that I can share these great HouPri ventures with you! Hopefully, you will also find delight in this news~

As a forewarning for this post, there is a medium amount of swimsuit Gravure posted after the break! For that reason, this post may be classed as NSFW, and should be viewed with caution when in a public place!

If you are in a safe place, or just don't care what people think, then read on! It's time to Update with some HouPri goodness, and see what you have missed in the news from these past two months~

Let's GO!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

[PV Selection] January 2017

I'm a little late in posting this, but honestly, when have I ever been on-schedule with whatever I do here in O!MT land? With a combination of life and a little bit of laziness, I've put my focus elsewhere, mostly in work and classes. February's proving to be a busy month, but I will try to not lot that deter me from my blogging and writing! I will work hard, and do my best! Hoi~

All excuses aside, let's begin our very first PV Selection for the year 2017! Much like the Music Selection series, this post is dedicated to the music videos I have enjoyed from Idols, artists and groups galore in the J-pop world! Everything posted is, of course, subject to what I enjoy, so if you feel I have neglected to post what you enjoy, I'm sorry, but... I probably thought it was sub-par, boring, or simply OK at best.

This is a one woman show, and if y'all don't like it... well, then that just sucks.

Hopefully there will be something here you like, of course, because this series is not only here to show off what I liked and enjoyed in terms of style, sound and look, but to also share with you all new and unique groups, or fun Music Videos you might have overlooked when searching for something to watch. If I don't succeed in getting you into at least one video here, or at least intriguing you a little, then I am a shite blogger, and my job is clearly not done. Kuso!

Also, if there is a video that you really enjoyed, and think I should watch (either again, or for the first time), just let me know, in any way you can! I may have skipped over it (I do that, too XD), or maybe I just need to give it a second watch to truly appreciate it. Who knows? If you think I should definitely watch a beloved MV of yours, don't hesitate to tell me 'Oi! Chii! Watch this PV! NOW!!" :D

And with all of that lovely stuff said and done, let's get to the main event! Are you ready for some Music and Visual happiness, or do you want to see something a little darker, or even exotic from your Idols? Let's watch on, and find out!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Matsuno Rina of Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku Passes Away (08/02/2017)

I don't like posting these kinds of things, and I especially don't like posting them right away. I don't want to feel like a mindless news reporter, stating the news like it's any other day, any other occurrence. So, if I never immediately post something like this, it's because I want the right words, and because I hope to seem respectful to those that have passed. This is not just 'news' to me, and it isn't just 'news' to you.

Idols are people we care about, and these are the kinds of post I don't want to simply publish and brush over. I am not a disconnected news outlet. I am an Idol fan, like everyone else.

Today, in the early hours of the morning, Matsuno Rina passed away. She was 18 years old, and many of you knew her as a member of Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku. The cause of her death is undetermined as of right now, but nothing will lessen the sadness and pain that her friends, family, fellow group members, management and fans are feeling at this sudden news.

I know a lot of you are heartbroken. Even those who don't follow Ebichu are in mourning. Even when it is an Idol we know little about, or do not cheer on as we do others, the passing of a beloved Idol is hard for all of us, because we are all fans, and we bear the same feelings and hope for the Idols we do cheer on. So, we feel your pain, and we grieve with you.

I do not follow Ebichu, but when I heard the news, all I could do was cry. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and loss Rina's family and fellow group mates are feeling right now, or how saddened and stricken with grief her fans are. It's an unimaginable feeling, and I am so sorry that you are all going through this pain right now.

Right now, I am sad and I am mad. I am sad, because a young girl has died so suddenly in her youth and without warning. I am sad because all those who have loved her, from near or afar, are grief stricken and at a loss for what to do. I am sad because someone's sunshine has been covered by nothing but dismal grey and burning rain, and I am sad because her smile will no longer be present in many of your lives.

And I am mad because there are people out there who dare to say 'I wonder how long it will take Ebichu to disband'. I am mad because people think her Idol career lead her to this point. I am mad because she was so young, and was taken so quickly. I am mad that life can be so cruel.

I want to cry, and I want to hug people. I want to punch a wall and throw a tantrum. I want to make sure the people I know, the ones that loved her, are okay.

I don't want to post this post. But, I want to reach out and say to everyone 'I am sorry' and let you know that Matsuno Rina, even though I did not know or follow her or Ebichu, are in my heart and mind this sad, lonely day.

The Idols we adore and follow, though we do expect them to leave our lives at some point, this is not the way we want to see them go. We hope to see a grand graduation, and to see them lead their lives happily after graduation. We want to know they are fine, and to hear that they are still meeting their fellow members at concerts and dinner dates, or to see them perform again in a new group, or watch as they walk down a new career path.

We never expect to see our Idol one last time. Their smile promises a return, an everlasting ray of sunshine that will warm your heart, and swear to you that they will always be there. You never expect that ray of sunshine to stop shining down on you, so when something as sudden as Rina's passing happens - even when it isn't sudden - the world becomes colder than it already is.

Today is a sad day in the Idol World, and I hope you keep Matsuno Rina, her family, friends, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, all of 3B Junior, Stardust Promotions and the fans in your thoughts and heart today. Today, the industry has lost a sweet girl to the perils of nature, and no matter what or who caused it, February 8th, 2017 is a sad and lonely day, and we should pay our respects as best we can to this Idol who has left our lives in the saddest way possible.

But please, even in this time of grief and pain, don't forget the happiness she has brought you. Even when an Idol is gone, never let their smile fade from your memories.

Rest In Peace, Matsuno Rina. You are in my thoughts, like all the other fans out there who loved and adored you.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

[Music Selection] January 2017

It's the second month of the New Year, which means that my Monthly Selection posts begin again! For the month that once was, it's time to take a look back, list the music I have listened to and enjoyed, and share with you all my favourites in sound from January 2017! I wonder, will there be a lot here, or a select few that I feel out-rank the rest? Let's find out~

We are officially back with the Monthly Selections, and I have split the posts in two, yet again! One post for Music, one for PV's, because there is just so much choice, and not enough space to fill them efficiently! So for today, you will receive my Music picks for January 2017, and another day, the PV Selection will follow, with my favourites in vision. Doesn't that sound nice?

Of course, these [Music Selection] posts are made up of songs I myself enjoy. As an individual, I cannot listen to or even enjoy everything that comes my way, so of course, the songs listed here will be the ones I think are good, great, or amazing. This does not necessarily mean you will think so, as well, because our tastes are completely different, and what I like, you might hate, and vice versa. So, if there is something on here that disgusts you, or I am missing a song you loved, well... Not really my issue. This is my list, and I choose what's put on here. This is how my blog runs, and I'm not gonna lie through my teeth and say I like or hate something when that really is not the case.

That said, I do hope there will be something on this list you will enjoy, as well as a group or two that pique your interest and make you smile! If not, well... that's too bad, but be sure to tune into next month's Selection to see if there is something new on there you agree with! Not every month can be a winner, but I sure can try next time~

Spiel finished, let's get into the post. It's Music Time!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Chasing Nightmares and Lullabies - Dreamcatcher's 'Chase Me' [MV Review]

When you go to sleep at night, a pretty dream catcher hanging so nicely above your bed, you only look forward to a night of peaceful dreams and happiness. But what if the dream catcher's power was reversed, and only nightmares were fed into your now restless slumber?

Don't let your nightmares consume you, dear reader...

My Yankee Angel introduced me to this video, and honestly, I was absolutely taken by it. Upon first seeing the video that is Chase Me by Dreamcatcher, I couldn't help that think it felt a little reminiscent of The Shining (1980), directed by Stanley Kubrick. I hadn't actually seen the film at that point - I have now, however, and GAWD IT'S GORGEOUS! - but I could definitely see a few similarities. Above all, though, I was taken by how beautiful this video was, how captivating it is, and how it makes me feel as a viewer, too.

From what I know, this is the first release from Dreamcatcher, in name and lineup. Previously known as Minx, the group changed their name and made their re-debut this January, and had added two brand new members in November 2016. Chase Me is the lead song in their Nightmare single-album release, and honestly, it's glorious. Ever since my dear Angel sent it to me, I told myself that I would review it, no matter what.

It's been a month or less since I first saw it, and now that predia week is over and done with, and I am free as a bird until essays throw themselves at me... It's about damn time I finally sat down to review it! I am totally ready for this sweet nightmare to begin!

The question is, are you?

You might want to sleep with one eye open tonight...

Saturday, 28 January 2017

[predia week] The Bitter Tears of Despair Upon Tattered Hearts... - 'BOROBORO ~Kono Ai wa Boroboro ni Naru Unmei na no ka~' [MV Review]

predia week is now at its end, and for our final post, we will look at one final music video before I cast my verdict. For our final song and dance, what do you expect to see, and what do you think the outcome of my decision will be?

For spending a week with me and predia, I thank you all! I hope that in these past 7 reviews, you have found much to enjoy, as well as new music and Idols to love! Before we say goodbye, however, you must prepare yourselves to bow down to one final review, and prepare your final farewells...

It's been a fun seven days in predia week, dear readers, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sitting through this journey with me. Whether you are a current, former or even new fan of the group that is predia, it has been fun to share my experience with you all in their music, aesthetic and styles, and to find out the joys and woes of this wonderful group. Of course, the week would not have happened if I hadn't have approached my dear Ashley, who has continuously encouraged and cheered me on during this writing and creation process.

So, my dearest Ashley, thank you for creating the list, aiding me with obtaining the music and videos, and for being there with me every step of the way! Your excitement became my excitement, and I really did find myself falling into this new world happily and readily. Without your enthusiasm or the joy you expressed whenever one of these came out, I don't think that I would have gotten to the end. So, thank you! ♡

And to all you readers who have kept up with the reviews, as well as those who waited patiently when I didn't bring a new one out when I should have, you have my deepest gratitude. I hope that after this week, you have come to find some wonder in predia, and want to listen out for them yourselves in the future. Maybe now, we will all be fans, and keep our eyes on the most mature and womanly group Japan has to offer, right now.

With my Thank You's and all that stuff out of the way now, I think it's about time to get into this review, before I babble on further. So, for the final review of predia week, we're going to fall into a world of despair and tattered hearts. Before we say goodbye, is there any way we can repair what has been broken...?

Friday, 27 January 2017

[predia week] The Colour That Comes After the Grey - 'Utsukushiki Kodoku Tachi' [MV Review]

Well, that day off wasn't planned. I apologise profusely for that, because I really did want to do this post. Thing is, life; it gets in the way sometimes, and it only serves to interrupt all the nice things in life, you know? In this instance, work related things came up, and that only ended in me having a wonderful headache. So, I slept. And slept... and didn't write. I'm kicking myself for it, however, illness and work is something we can never avoid, so if it creeps up, you just have to let the course of whatever is happening flow, and get on with life once you've recovered.

Well, I'm recovered, and I'm ready to review! It's the penultimate post in predia week, and tonight, we're going to revel in even more loveliness. Are you ready to be daring, or will you surrender to the bitter sweetness?

Okay, so from my first few viewings of this video, I can honestly say I'm not its biggest fan. At least, not for the first half. It gets better, Really, though, don't let my own ideas of what is good and bad affect your opinions on how you feel about the video. It's not that bad... it's just not my cup of tea is all, and if you like it, I'm glad!

So yeah, Utsukushiki Kodoku Tachi... Seventh single overall, the second for the groups major releases, and the song that my darling Ashley put down three times in her original list for my predia week reviews. Damn, my darling must love this song, but i would honestly find reviewing it three times to be a bit overkill, for both myself and this blog. Repetition is okay, but in small doses.

So, it's time to return to the world of predia, and see just what they have in store for us today. Will we become enthralled by their mere presence, or cringe at their attempts to be sexy and desirable once again? It's up to you to decide, dear viewer, as we take a look at Utsukushiki Kobodu Tachi. Are you ready?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

[predia week] A Harem Awaits! predia Will Sate Your Desire in 'Setsuna no Yoru no Naka de' (Music Video Review)

predia week took a days break, mostly because I've become really busy, really quickly, and without warning. I'm actually unsure as to whether or not I will even be able to get the final three reviews out in the next three days, because I'm so busy; I have University and work things to do, and honestly, I'm already tearing my hair out about it, mostly because I'm so unprepared for it. I'm typically a very organised person, but this week, everything went under the radar, and I'm paying for it.

I really just want to scream, cry, then sleep... but I can't. And just think, I still have blog posts here, on Selective Hearing and Hashire! Idol Manic! to write out! I. Am. Done. URGH!

Okay, enough ranting, we're gonna get on with predia week, and head into our next review. It's time to look at music videos, everyone~

We're finally walking into Chiima territory with predia's music videos, a place where I can enjoy camera angles, glorious shots, and look upon the beauties of predia with adoration and delight. It's about time, too, because whilst I've been listening to the singles, albums and mini-albums my dear Ashley has provided me with for this mini series of reviews, predia has simply been a faceless entity. Yes, I have watched the accompanying music videos to certain songs, and yes, I know what the members look like; I just haven't paid attention.

Until I truly watch a music video and give it my undivided attention, the group is 'faceless', if you will, and is simply all about the voice and song. When the video comes into play, however, I begin to take notice of the wonderful world of predia in full. I wonder, just what will I think about the group now that I've taken interest in their aesthetic...?

With a focus on predia's music video for Setsuna no Yoru no Naka de, let's finally delve into a world of class and womanly wiles, and see just what predia are made of in image and style. After hearing their music and finding love with their voices, are you ready to see just how much they can give in image as they have sound?

Let's take a look, and see just how much they can seduce you~

Monday, 23 January 2017

[predia week] The Promise of predia's Debut - 'Kowarete Ai no Hate ni' (Single Review)

predia week meets its fourth day, where we take a look back at the groups major debut single, Kowareta Ai no Hate ni! Though the members of predia might sing about a broken love, let's enjoy this single release as much as we have in previous reviews, and cherish the beauty of their song.

Even when our eyes are filled with tears and mirrored fragments settle by our feet, let's find a beauty that lurks deep within this sadness and regret...

Okay, so I have technically reviewed Kowareta Ai no Hate ni already; I checked the song out on day one of my predia week reviews, because it was #11 on the Dahlia album, and yeah, I liked it then and there. Thing is, listening to a song on an album feels different to listening to it alone, because on an album, a song is swamped by the others - you hear so many, and one little ditty can get lost in the fray - yet in a single, it can stand out. So, there's a difference there... sorta.

That's how I see it, and that's my opinion. I'm sticking to it, no matter how weird it might sound. Ha.

I guess I could have easily switched this song out, like I did with Utsukushiki Kodoku Tachi when I saw I was going to be reviewing it three times, however I wanted to give this one a go, because, you never know; I could begin to like it a lot more in its single form, plus, I can give it more a little more focus than I did in the album review.

... Looking back, however, I kind of gave that song a great amount of focus. Still, though, this single has a b-side attached to it I hadn't heard yet, and that very b-side contains the word Cinderella in its title. I will review it, damnit, for the sake of potential fairy tale antics and happiness! Roar!

So, following the list my dear Ashley sent me with some dedication, today we take a look at the major debut single from predia for predia week! It's time to experience the start of the predia we know today. I wonder, will they disappoint, or only allow me to fall further in love with them after this review is over...?

Sunday, 22 January 2017

[predia week] The Viola's Trance - 'Byakuya no Viola ni Idakarete' (Mini-Album Review)

The week dedicated to much that is predia continues, with our third day dedicated to one of the groups two mini-albums! Though this post was originally supposed to be dedicated to another single, I requested a change from the list given to me by my dear Ashley, whom this series is dedicated towards, because the song in question would have been used three times, max, in up-coming reviews. I kind of didn't want that, because it lacks in diversity, and just feels repetitive.

Still, I'm guessing it's a favourite of hers, which isn't a bad thing; it's just that for a blog, it's nice to throw in something else every now and again. I doubt y'all wanna see repeats every few days. This isn't cable TV!

So, with the change made and a mini-album now in my list of reviews for predia week, let's get into the review, and check out even more predia! Have you strapped those headphones on nice and tight?

I'm surprised that, when creating the list for predia week, my dearest Ashley didn't add predia's latest mini-album, Byakuya no Viola ni Idakarate on there, before I queried her about it. I mean, I love mini-albums, for one; they're a lot easier to sit through than a full-length album, and just as charming as any other release. Plus, she likes this mini-album, too, but honestly, I don't fault her~ She is a busy bee, and when I suggested I review this instead, Ashley was quite pleased by the decision. So, it's resolved, and today, this is the review of choice!

... Well, the one choice I do get in this list of reviews. And boy, am I glad I spoke up! This is a cracking mini-album!

Returning for another day into a world of elegance and maturity, it's time to be transported into a sound that is so distinctly predia, filled with wonderful vocals and beautiful music! I'm ready to dive right in, and hopefully, you are, too! For our third day of predia week, let's check out Byakuya no Viola ni Idakarete, and fall further in love! Are you prepared to fill your ears with such divine tunes?

Saturday, 21 January 2017

[predia week] These Sweet Tones of Seduction - 'Mitashite Amore' (Single Review)

predia week continues! With a list of songs and videos to review, all written up and provided by my dear Ashley, I will be dedicating my time and reviews to a week of predia! By the time this small challenge comes to an end, will I love and adore them as much as Ashley seems to, or I will I simply pass them over as I have done, in years gone by? Well, until we come to that bridge and cross it, who knows?

Today, in our second Review dedicated to all that is predia, we take a look at the romantic side to this mature, womanly group. After listening to the tracks provided, will I be feeling a bit of sweet amore?

After introducing myself to predia with one of their albums, Koko no Dahlia ni Kuchizuke wo, it's nice that now I can just relax, and listen to something a little less heavy. I'm not really an album listener, per say, though I have a few I enjoy and think highly of. Really, though, I'm more of a music video / single person, because it's easier for me to sit and listen to, plus, it takes a lot less time to figure out just how much I enjoy or dislike what has been released. With an album, I must take everything into account, and see just how well songs flow and fit together. Sometimes, albums do this exceptionally well, other times, it's just jarring.

Luckily, predia entered the former category with their last release, but it was not subject to its meh songs, either, though you are free to disagree on my this, of course.

Still, it's nice that I'm taking a step back and going on to something a little lighter, but still fun and energetic in all it delivers. I actively look forward to reviewing this single, because, honestly... it's awesome. I won't reveal much more on the matter until I get into the songs a bit more, because this is a review, not an overview.

Before I dare talk any more, and get myself into a little bit of a tangent, it's time to get into the single that is Mitashite Amore! Perfect for Valentine's and any day filled with love, it's time to seduce your ears with the sweet tones of predia.

Are you prepared for this sultry side of predia to dominate your day?

Friday, 20 January 2017

[predia week] The Sounds of predia: An Introduction - 'Koko no Dahlia ni Kuchizuke wo' (Album Review)

One of the greatest things about the Idol fandom is sharing a group you enjoy with other people. As a blogger of this very fandom, I am able to share with you all my thoughts and feelings on the groups I enjoy most, and any music or videos that happen to pique my interest. Thing is, I almost always focus on the groups I find at random, and not the ones suggested to me. I really need to change that, because I love sharing, but I want to love what is shared with me, too.

Hence why I am doing this very post, and all that will subsequently follow thereafter. Because, why the heck not?

With the help of my darling friend Ashley, as well as a list she has created for me with what she considers the best of predia, here begins a seven-day venture into the world of Elegant Women, where we will discover the maturity and joys of one of Japan's most refined Idol groups.

Welcome to predia week, everyone. I hope you enjoy your stay~

Discovering groups is an amazing thing, and sharing them with others is just as wonderful. We all share this feeling, right? That idea of how awesome it is to know someone else likes a group you introduced them too, and falling in love with them as you did, no matter how new or old the group may be. It's a delightful feeling, to see someone else discovering the songs and videos of a group we like, with fresh eyes and ears. Knowing that they are steadily falling in love with them, just like you did way back when, is fulfilling. Being a fan who watches another fan grow is nice, and it confirms just how great the group or singer is for you all over again.

Throughout 2016, my darling, sweet friend Ashley (lovingly) poked me about checking out predia, a group I have known about since their debut, but one I have not really taken a closer look at since... well, since their debut single, Dia Love. Ashley is, in the best way possibly, nuts about this group, and every time she mentions them, she speaks very highly of their music. They are to her what HouPri is to me, I believe, and so, after all her wonderful praise and adoration for the group, I thought it's about high-time I took a look at them.

So of course, I asked Ashley to piece together a list of seven predia releases, the singles, albums and PV's she thought were the cream of the crop, with the promise that I would look at them all and review them, too, dedicating an entire week to predia here on my little blog. Needless to say, she was happy with this decision; I'm finally checking out her beloved's, after all. Honestly speaking, I am excited about this - I really do love posts that create a series, however small it may be. Plus, it allows me to get out of my writing funk, and check out a group I have previously overlooked because of a variety of reasons, from being busy, to life, or simply because I have been focusing far too long on other groups and singers.

With that said, for one week I will dedicate my time, as well as some of yours, to looking at the group that is predia, and sharing with you all the songs and videos my dear Ashley has bestowed upon me. With seven articles to write and review, I wonder how my views will change, and what my overall opinion of predia will be once the week comes to its end.

Are you ready to discover the joys of another group? Let's go~

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Passengers Beware, You're In For A Scare! Zombie's Board PASSPO☆ Airline's in The 'PlayGround' Music Video!

It's not even Halloween, and yet we're already been given a music video worthy of the Horror genre! Tonight, in this wonderful playground of Zombies and fear, let's enjoy a cinematic experience, and enjoy a wonderful fright-fest!

For the first Review of the year, let's take a seat, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the on-coming onslaught of J-pop music videos...


After doing such a post-heavy month like December, January usually feels pretty slow. It's a little weird to go back to having no series or plans for my reviews, and honestly, it's one of the more frustrating things. Writers block doesn't help, either, and my desire to blog has waned a little because of the heavy schedule December usually brings, what with essay deadlines, Christmas Posts, and also work and anything else I might need to do.

Of course, I do all these things because I love them, and also, because I want to. I like the challenge, and having so many things to write and look forward to.

In general, though, January is a bit of a slow months in terms of Music Videos. I don't really expect anything amazing to come out of the Idol groups until a bit later on (Though last year, DEEP GIRL was the eye-opening exception to the usual expectations), aside from one or two decent music videos. So far, I've not been bowled over, which is another reason why the month has been slow for me in terms of blogging, but there are some videos that have made me chuckle and nod my approval, with PlayGround being one of them.

Who doesn't love a good Zombie Horror every now and again, aye?

It's time for a cinema experience, so grab your popcorn, candy boxes and soda pops, and get ready to enjoy the first Review of 2017, courtesy of PASSPO☆ Airlines! It's time to board and take your seats, and be sure to fasten your seat belts, because this is going to be a bumpy ride...

Passengers Beware: Zombies just might be on-board tonight's flight, so have please your weapons ready~

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year, New Members! Princess Training Begins for these Duo Houkago Princess Candidates!

A New Year, new news! It's 2017, and I hope that so far, everyone has been enjoying their time in this new chapter of their lives! Hopefully, for the New Year, you had a fun time, did the count down with your family, and drank a little bit of happiness. Hopefully, you were all safe, too, because I don't want anything happening to y'all. You're my buddies, so please, stay safe, otherwise it's not as fun of a New Year as one would hope.

And now, for the first post of the year! Of course it has to be HouPri, so... let the news commence!

On December 27th, 2016, it was revealed through Cute Black's Twitter that Nozomi Ota and Tanaka Asami of Heart x Strings affiliation would be leaving the group, in order to joined Houkago Princess as Apprentice / Candidate members. From January 1st, 2017, the duo have since been transferred, and are set to make their debut appearance as official HouPri Apprentice members come January 4th!

The two members join Morishita Rina - who has since been bestowed with the member colour, yellow-green - as one of HouPri's latest additions to the unit, as well as Horii Nina, who has been with the group since January 2016. Both have joined the group with aims to eventually debut as Regular members, where they will become full-fledged Princesses, and dress up in beautiful gowns and re-enact stories of old that we all know and love.

Both members have been active within Heart x Strings since its beginnings in Summer 2015, however Nozomi Ota has had a career prior to that, with one interesting resume to boot. Asami is a little less known, however, that matters very little, especially in this world of Idols. Still, it's interesting to find a few things out!

So, in order to get to know these two new Candidates for the HouPri Throne, let's delve into their profiles, and check out just who they are, in order for you to pick out your favourites! Let's go~