Posts Tagged 'Takahashi Ai'

~Single Daizenshuu~ the Epic: Part I

I don’t even know how many months it’s been, but this DVD was truly worth the wait.

I’m going to review this concert differently than usual. I will comment on each single as it is, the performance itself, then rate it. Normal ratings are based on the average of 1) vocal performance/unity and 2) dance performance/unity on a scale of 0-10. <– That’s the number listed on the last bullet point of each section. Originally I had included “expression of emotion,” however, I decided that it was too subjective after much contemplation. The original ratings chart with all three categories will still posted at the bottom for comparison purposes.

Just keep in mind that the charts don’t tell you anymore than whether or not it’s a good performance, so even the top rated performance may be the least enjoyable to you. Original and new performance ratings chart, plus medley ratings chart are all posted at the bottom of this entry.

Ready? Here goes the longest review I’ve ever written:

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There’s something about High-King…

Or perhaps there’s more than just something?

I questioned myself today: Why was I not as excited about this unit as I should have been? I do realize what great variety of members we have here: Leader Takahashi Ai (Morning Musume), Tanaka Reina (Morning Musume), Captain Shimizu Saki (Berryz Kobo), Leader Yajima Maimi (℃-ute), and Egg Maeda Yuuka. For those of us who are non-ReinAi haters, this is the dream team. We’ve got the big names of Wonderful Hearts all together on the same page.

So it must be first impressions, I thought, since the unit name didn’t help heighten my hype at all.

High-King, hiking, Lion King, Hong Kong? I’m not sure about you, but if I were a H!P unit and named High-King, I would probably… My level of expectation was fluctuating.

However, during the moment when I double-clicked to watch C\C’s PV, when its enticing, nearly addicting rhythm traveled to my ears – who knew? – I was completely blown away.
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キタ――――(゜∀゜)――――!!

Highlights of the week. Spoilers ahead.

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1. I do not know my own heart’s maximum capacity. orz.

To make the long story short, Niigaki Risa and Kamei Eri are now my current absolute top favorites in all of H!P.

Actually, a while ago when GAKIKAME started showing up everywhere and all during the same week, I had a feeling…just slightly, that they were both going to take over my world by doing something like…teaching me how to manage my money by securing their spots on the top of my list. (Do I have to go back and purchase all your past PBs? ^^;;

We’ll see how that turns out.

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救命啊啊。

100% Pure fangirling material

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The Voices of Morning Musume

Before I begin, please note that this post is completely spontaneous, and the couplings series will be continued soon. :] Just now, I decided to voice out some of my honest opinions about the current voices of Morning Musume.

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MM Brain Scan ’07: Takahashi Ai

Sigh, where to begin? I’ve been drafting the intro of this post on paper for nearly three weeks, and still I’ve been rewriting ever since. So I decided to start with a topic I touched on very lightly two posts back.

MM Over Everything

There’s a reason why I will always favor MM over every other J-Pop group or solo artist. MM is what changed my critical perspective on the J-Pop world into something completely different. I can no longer see idols as perfect, unreachable figures, but rather I see them as who they are, and MM is as girl-next-door as you can get. Girls who can sing well are great, girls who can dance well are great, and as for girls who can sing well and dance well? Even better. However, there’s nothing in these girls that is more attractive to my eyes than genuine, authentic personalities. It’s because I love them that I would naturally want to accept their shortcomings and poke fun at them; it’s because I love them that I would naturally feel disappointed if they get involved in a heavy scandal.

Ai is Love, Literally, and All of the Above

Usually, I have to get wordy when it comes to explaining my favorites, but I’m thinking you would probably hate to read a reiteration of the same exact stuff you have been reading on International Wota for the past few weeks, so I’m not going to make a list of reasons to love. I’m going to throw you an OPV that caught my attention right-on as soon as it began to play.

To tell you the truth, when I figured it was entirely composed of PB making-of clips, I didn’t expect much. But there was something about this OPV. She captured my undivided attention from the start. I wish I could deliver exactly how I was feeling as I was watching it, as I thought non-Ai fans would probably feel something different, or nothing at all, but I really don’t know how to start. I sensed a conglomeration of emotions gathering, slowly, and everything I feel about Ai-chan was coming together. It was like water being drained from the tub, with the last few liters immediately passing through the hole and making that sound, except in slow motion.

So I thought I could probably explain my feelings by answering my own question, “What is it about Ai-chan that makes you love her so much?”

…Then I realized that’s almost like trying to answer “what is it about your mom that makes you love her so much.” I just don’t know how to do it.

This is weird because I can answer that about Gaki-san and even Kame-chan (the next and final one in this blog series). I thought I might receive some inspiration by watching the OPV a couple of times, but all it did was leave me speechless. Sometimes I get a writer’s block, but I know this time that words just won’t do the deeds. Wu-san once wrote to me, “Sometimes, keep it simple.”

Perhaps I’m beginning to learn my lesson: Just leave it to that OPV up there! Nah, I didn’t mean that exactly…but what I’ve been meaning to say without sounding biased is, I love everything about her. I see her face, and it makes me look like an idiot smiling at my own monitor screen. It’s because I love her that I don’t mind her shortcomings – she admits them and tries hard. And what’s better than poking fun at bokeboke Ai? (poking fun at bokeboke AiEri, maybe)

The rare duo that is AiEri

I always fall for duos that seem rare but are actually pretty compatible, and AiEri is one of them. I’ve always been given the vibe that Eri is like little sister to Ai-chan (quote Sevii – a “spoiled” kid XD). Also, they both possess certain degrees of bokeboke-ness, though obviously Eri is more of a serious case… So without any further fangirling, I hope you’ll enjoy my first AiEri OPV: