I’M MOVING!

July 8, 2012

I hate wordpress’s new formatting, so I’M MOVING TO BLOGGER.

Dammit.

Here’s my new blog!

Click Me!

Please come on over and continue to follow my posts!  Now that our big Summer Concert is over, I can get back to regular postings!  There isn’t much on the blog yet, but I’ll be posting more.  This blog will be a mix of my usual idol blogposts, local idols and artists, the KiraKira Moe Show, and geek/otaku life in general.  I hope you enjoy the new categories, and please leave me some feedback!

Wahoo!

Sistar is “Loving You”

June 28, 2012

Okay, so this is basically a Sistar Alo Hello smushed into three and a half minutes (but with less bikinis)….AND I LOVE IT!  OH MY GOD THEY’RE SO CUTE! ❤  And I like the sexy dancing in the sailor suits. The scenery in Hawaii is super beautiful, and I love how they wore outfits with lots of bright colors to complement the scenery.  The vocals from Sistar are always good, since the girls have very mature, silky voices.  They brightened up a bit for this cutesey song, but they didn’t change into completely different voices, so I’m happy with the song as well.

First Impressions aside, let’s go with the Pros and Cons of the video:

Pros:

*The clothes–again, SUPER CUTE.  They all were either island or nautical themed, so it fit well with the overal MV

*The activities–they are your usual touristy things that you do in Hawaii, but it does establish that this is their first time, and it makes one feel like they are taking a well deserved vacation.  Comparing it to Alo Hello again, they had all of the stuff that MM does when they’re in Hawaii.  Surfing, cooking, eating, swimming in a pool, playing in the waves, lounging on the beach…yup.  Very visually pleasing, and it looked like they were having a great time.  The roller skating element was a nice surprise.  ^–^

*The Underwater shots–SO COOL!  I always love underwater shots, they always look so dorky. XD  I kind of hope the girls took the underwater shots themselves. XDDD

Cons:

*The car scene–WE KNOW SISTAR IS SEXY.  YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOVE IT IN OUR FACES IN EVERY SINGLE MV.  Seriously.  Also, it didn’t fit in with the rest of the MV.  It was gratuitous fanservice.  Also, that car looked like it was gonna break, and those girls don’t even weigh that much.  Starship Entertainment, please don’t put your idols in danger.

*Wearing clothes over their swimsuits–I know that the video might get banned by the stupid censorship board if they didn’t, but wearing a shirt over a bikini in a pool in my opinion looks stupid.  And you’re ruining that shirt with all of the chlorine in the water.  Just put ’em in cute one pieces!

*The signs.  “Help Me” and “What Should I Do” aren’t going to attract the type of people you want to ride with.  I don’t think anybody would stop for the “What Should I Do” sign, and the “Help Me” would just attract creeps.  Come on now.  And WHY do they get on a school bus?

The whole package overall is very good, and I’m glad Sistar got to film somewhere fun.

Be sure to watch, and download the song on iTunes!

 

Crayon Pop–Bing Bing

June 24, 2012

 

So this is a new Kpop Girl Group called Crayon Pop.  I was a bit skeptical of checking them out, worried that they would sound the same as most girl groups out today.  But I was pleasantly surprised when this cool, jazzy sound hit my ears.  The girls all have pleasant voices, and are also cute.  The PV itself was very visually pleasing too.  It starts out with a clip of “When you Wish Upon a Star” with the girls posting pictures into a scrap book.  This PV is basically about the girls on vacation in Japan.  You see them eating good food, shopping, and dancing on top of a bus in Osaka.  You can see the Glico man in the background as well.  This PV is a good example of how to still have a fun, engaging PV on a low budget.  The PV ends as it starts with the clip of When You Wish Upon A Star, and this time, they close the scrapbook, as their vacation has ended.

Nothing too monumental, but it’s cute and refreshing.

I’ll do a full profile when I find out more about these girls, as they do look like a promising group.  ^–^

KiraKira Moe Show

June 11, 2012

OKAY.

So here is a post about a local idol group from Texas.

They have a very special place in my heart because, well…

THEY’RE MINE.

Yes!  I am the director of an idol group!

CRAZY, RIGHT!?

Today is our second anniversary so I decided it was a good time to tell y’all about it.  ^–^

So here’s a brief history of the group.

The KiraKira Moe Show started out in May of 2010 with five members.  Kaya (yours truly), Miyuki, Hotaru, TwoDee, and Hikaru.  We started out as a maid cafe because we thought that would be an easier way to get our foot in the door, since the maid cafe boom had started to hit the J-Fandom in the US.  Since I’m a theatre major, I’ve had some dance experience and had performed onstage before.  The other girls had not.  It was very nervewracking for them to just learn a few dances at this point in time, but watching them actually get out there and dance made me very proud.   Our first event was a 20 minute dance show at a 1 day anime convention sponsored by the Austin Public Library.  You can see TwoDee, Hotaru, and Kaya dancing Buono’s “Kokoro no Tamago” at that event below.

Our next event was Austin’s biggest anime convention, Ikkicon.  We had a full scale maid cafe this time, with food and everything.  We had also gained a few more members:  Aiko, Nami, Keiko, Natsume, Momo, and Rin.  Our member count was up to 11.

Since the original five had now done at least one stage performance, they were able to help the others to build up the courage to perform.  At the event, we were praised for being very polite and well organized, as well as being super cute!

You can see an original choreographed dance to the opening of Kaichou wa Maid-sama, “My Secret” from Ikkicon V below.

Two months later, we decided to venture where no idol has gone before:  A SCI-FI CONVENTION.  This convention is called All-Con, and it is held in Dallas Texas every march.  It has a little bit of everything, sci-fi, steampunk, comics, and just a sprinkle of anime.  No one at All-Con knew what in the hell an idol was, but we have a lot of sci fi fans in KKMS, so we decided to dive in head first.

No new members were added at this time, so we had more time together to bond and strengthen our performances.  To our surprise, the show at All-Con actually went quite well, and we were asked to return the following year.

Below you can see the All-Con 2011 team dancing to “Shinjin Meido wa Mune Mune Kyun.”  This was the first performance where I saw DRASTIC improvement in my girls.  Our timing with each other was so much better!

After All-Con, the cycle started again with our second Yomicon, and from there we gained our current Dance Captain, Mayu.  During our rehearsal process for Anime Overload III, we gained a few more members as well.  Chouko, Usagi, and our first boy, Takao!  Takao had been our webmaster since we started, but he wanted to try out hosting in the cafe.  Our female fans definitely appreciated it!

Our member count was then up to 14.

Anime Overload was a bit of a rollercoaster, since I was pulled out of the cafe for a day to judge the karaoke contest, so there is no dance footage.  But, after Anime Overload, we added even more members!  Sakura, Hazel, and Banni.  Member count was then 17.

We went through our Ikkicon with relative ease, and I started to feel that we were more cohesive as a group.  We were all working together to give the best shows, even though we were rehearsing in a cramped, dark room at my house.  After Ikkicon had passed, I decided to scout some more members.  During the spring scouting (which none of my girls knew about), I found six people.  I surprised my girls a la Tsunku via Facebook.  The new members were Ponnchi, Hina, Sachi, Mamoru, Takato, and Karasu.

Hina and Sachi participated in our First Full (1hour) dance concert at All-Con 2012, part one of which you can see below:

That made 23 members.  We now had four boys and 19 girls.

Although, with adding new members, some members must be dropped.

Miyuki announced her graduation to me in March, but I waited until a few weeks ago to announce it publicly.  She is focusing on her studies right now and is currently in France filming a documentary.  It saddened me that we couldn’t give her a proper sendoff with a graduation concert, but France was calling her.

We are now chugging along with 22 members and are getting ready for our next event!

This past Friday, we just finished our third Yomicon.  I’m still editing footage from the performance, but if you want to see a silly Vlog that Keiko and I did, please check out our YouTube Channel!

KiraKira Moe Show YouTube Channel!

This coming Friday, we will be going off to Houston to do a maid cafe and performance at Delta H Con, which is a video game convention!

I know this is a lot to swallow in one post, but I had been conflicted on whether to combine my wota and idol selves…BUT DAMMIT I DID IT.

I hope y’all will support me and the KiraKira Moe Show, and that you will get to know my girls, because they are all wonderful…and I’m sure they’re probably crazier than any other idols you’ve seen. XDDD

Keiko and I have decided that we’re the derpiest idols on the planet.

But that’s okay!  It makes us more down to earth, right?

ANYWAY, you can also find us on Facebook, Tumblr, and Deviantart.

Come be a Starshine, we have cookies! 8D (And cake and tea and omurice, etc.)

I’ll be profiling my girls on here one by one and I’ll get them all done eventually. XDDD

BUT I will still keep posting about other J and Kpop idols, since that’s what the main purpose of this blog is.

Also, if anyone would like to join me, I’ll be holding a special live tonight at 7pm CST on my BlogTV account celebrating our 2nd anniversary!  I’ll be talking about my thoughts on the AKB senbatsu, Delta H Con, The Tony Awards, and I’ll be singing some songs too!

Come see meeeeeee! ❤

Love y’all, and keep on wota-ing! ❤

EDIT:  OH MY GOD THIS IS MY 100TH POST!  HOW EFFIN PERFECT IS THAT?!

I’ll have to do a special picspam tomorrow to celebrate! 8D

Song for the Date Preview

May 31, 2012

Okay!  So a preview for Erina’s new single “Song for the Date” has been released!

The music itself is a lot of fun!  It has a good dance beat to it, and the song fits Erina’s vocal range well.  The instrumental almost has a trance feel to it, what with the building beats and electronic sounds.  Erina has done electronic in the past (Onegai Dakara), but it wasn’t as interesting as this song is.  This has a more complex arrangement, and her voice sounds like it has much more depth to it.

Now, this is called “Song for the Date.”  I can believe that from the song, but by looking at the video preview, whoever she’s on a date with has a pretty messed up idea of what a date is.  I mean seriously!  What the hell kind of date are you on when there’s creepy, dark, warehouses, burning posters of oneself, ripped up plastic and debris everywhere?  There are also a bunch of concrete ruins…it looks almost post apocalyptic.

The one scene in this preview that I think fits with the song is the scene with Erina on the beach, with the sunset behind her and feathers flying everywhere.  Very romantic.

So far, I love the song, but the video has me a bit confused.  If this were a darker song, I could understand the post apocalyptic set, but right now it’s not making sense.  But I won’t bitch about it too much since this is only the preview.  The storyline looks interesting anyway.

And hey!  They actually filmed on location this time!  I see this is a trend in Mano Erina videos, and it’s really great to see.  I hope we can see more things being filmed on location throughout H!P.

WAIT A MINUTE.  Are there supposed to be two of her in this PV?  In some parts she’s wearing a white dress, and in some parts she’s wearing a black dress, and they’re chasing each other.

Okay now I’m really confused.

I’mma sit here and wait for the full thing so hopefully this will all tie together well…

 

One Two Three

May 26, 2012

They had me at WOAH WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

SEXY LADIES ALL UP IN YO BUSINESS!

And I do believe everyone gets a solo, even though they may be small.

I can work with that.

I DIG IT.

I can’t make a coherent review right now I’m too busy FANGIRLING!

Y’all seriously need to watch this performance.  It’s the TOTAL PACKAGE!

WERK IT GUUUURLS.

Can’t wait to hear what the other A side of this single sounds like!

Well done ladies, well done.

You too Tsunku.

Photo of the Day!

May 24, 2012

Yuko and Acchan make the most adorable kitties!

Hello Venus Debut MV, Mini Album, and Stage

May 21, 2012

DISCLAIMER:  THIS POST IS GOING TO BE REALLY FUCKIN’ LONG.

Well Hello to you, ladies!

INSTABIAS!  This, ladies and gentlemen, is Lime.  I’ll talk more about how awesome she is later. She is the Main Rapper, Main Vocalist, and Main Dancer in the group.

I find it funny that two of the members are wearing sneakers.  It’s probably because they’re tall. XD

UGH so cute.  This is Yoo Ara.  She is the leader of Hello Venus.  I thought she was the Maknae. Leaders aren’t usually this FREAKIN’ CUTE.

Okay, so the whole premise of this video is that the girls of Hello Venus are like cupids, helping guys to get dates.  These poor guys have no idea what they’re doing.  XD

This is Alice! She is a lead vocalist of the group.  She is also the oldest in the group.  She has a very pleasant voice, but WHY COULDN’T THEY BLEACH HER ROOTS? It bothers me.

The awkward moment when one of your members is injured and part of your dance looks wonky.

The shoulder rolling and knee popping are my favorite parts of the dance. ^–^

Boddeh rubbin’

*DEAD*

I also like this dance move. ^–^

*DOUBLE DEAD*  This is Yoonjoo, she is a lead vocalist in the group.  Poor baby injured her foot before their debut so she could only be in the non-dancing parts of the MV and sings backstage at their stage performances.  She’s my 2nd fave. ❤  Love her nails too!

Aww.  Another guy without a date.

This part of the dance is so wonky and fun. XD

This is Nara.  She’s REALLY FUCKIN’ PRETTY. She is the face of the group, and a vocalist.  She reminds me of Kim Tae Hee.

UGH U SO CUTE.  Love her nails here too. XD

Y U SO PRECIOUS?  And omg all the great manicures in this MV…

Poor guy.  He doesn’t know how to talk to girls.

RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH!  GO GET A DATE! *I have no idea what the signs say*

MY HEART CAN’T TAKE THE CUTENESS.

New dance scene and new outfits!

My aegyo will help you get a date!

Leader Yoo Ara has a better plan.  Throw a Venus Party to get people together!

Nara gives an invitation to a creepy man in a car!

Aegyo AND invitations!

Alice protects the Ahjusshi.  UNCLE FANS REJOICE!

Creepy car man watches Nara walk away.

*DAT ASS*

YAAAY!  WE’RE GONNA GET GIRLS!

*TRIPLE DEAD*

Finally!  This is Yooyoung.  She’s the maknae of the group, a lead dancer, and a vocalist.  She’s also super cute! ❤

Werk dat terribly damaged hair Alice, WERK IT.

RAP TIME

*QUADRUPLE DEAD*

Sexy.

Yooyoung uses Aegyo!  It’s super effective!

AAAH!  Not only have they bleached her hair, but they teased it as well.  Poor girl.  Go get a deep conditioning treatment.

Yoo Ara is one of those really naturally pretty girls…

DON’T YOU FLIRT WITH ME FROM BEHIND THE BALLOON!  *DEAD TIMES FIVE*

Time for the Venus Party!  Party outfiiiiits!

And look!  NUES’T came!

Ahjusshi looks like he’s enjoying himself…

A couple is formed!

Mission Accomplished *nods*

I find it hard to believe that Po Pos would be jammin’ to this song…

End Pose!

PARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Watch the video:

Well that was fun!

On to the mini album!

1)  Hello-This track has a lot of rock influence to it.  It’s just over two minutes, so it serves as a good intro to the mini album.  I do believe that this track was put in to show off the range that the group has, since the title track is so cutesey.  The vocalists do a good job with what they are given, but the chorus is very monotonous to me and turns me off to the rest of the song since it comes up so much.  The highlight of this track is really Lime’s rap.  She sounds like such a badass here!  She has a rich, chocolatey voice when she raps, so it provides a good blend with the harder edged track.  Overall, this track is catchy, but it’s not something I would put on repeat.

3/5

2) Venus-This is the title track of the mini album.  The song itself is cavity inducing, but at this point in their careers, this is what the girls as a group do best.  The song may be similar to other songs on the market right now, but it is something simple that is done well.  There are other girl groups who do the same type of stuff, but their performances and/or vocals fall flat, so it’s forgettable.  Hello Venus has the right energy and vibe to pull the song off very well.  Also, it gets stuck in your head VERY EASILY.  The girls sing it very well and their voices blend well with one another.  Lime’s rap was put in well with the song, you could tell it was fit for her skills and for the song, not just stuck in there so the rapper could have their 15 seconds.

5/5

3) 설레임 (Excitement)- I never thought a track called Excitement would be a ballad.  That threw me off.  Despite that, this is a beautiful song.  It does sound like a ballad on an SNSD album, but I like those, so that doesn’t bother me much.  The girls’ voices are BEAUTIFUL on this track.  Not much else to say.  Nicely done ladies.

5/5

4) Love Appeal-I don’t get the title, but whatever.  This song is a CAR JAM.  It’s something upbeat, fun, but not so sweet that it’ll give you cavities.  The clapping bits in the chorus in it are cool, and it’s fun shouting “HEY BOY I’M NOT THAT KIND OF GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL” with the windows down.

Again, something simple done well.

5/5

This mini album was a good debut overall.  It showed the group’s range and capabilities, and it fits in nicely with the Kpop market at the moment.  I do hope that these girls do well.

Overall:  4.5/5

Order the album!

Now TO THE STAGE!

I’m using their debut stage on M Count Down.

The choreography was very polished and together, like most Kpop performances.  I was a bit worried on how they would do with singing live, since they are a rookie group, but for the most part, the actually did sing live, and it sounded really good!  Nara and Yooyoung did use back tracking, but they aren’t marketed as main vocalists so I’ll let it slide.  Yoo Ara, Alice, and Lime though, did wonderfully with their singing.

ESPECIALLY LIME.  SHE DID THE HIGH NOTES.

THE RAPPER SANG THE HIGH NOTES.

THE RAPPER SANG THE HIGH NOTES.

I’m floored.

Seriously.

Lime is AWESOME.

I’m glad that Pledis decided to not put their girls in boxes by their labels.  Yes, they do have labels like every other Kpop group, but they each got to show off their talents in their debut stage.  The only thing that would have made this better for me was if Yoonjoo got to participate.  Her profile says she’s a classically trained singer, so I wanted to hear how she handled singing onstage.  I guess I’ll have to wait until next time.

I’m very impressed with this group’s debut, and I can’t wait to see what they put out next!

Everyone, please support Hello Venus!

Also, if you made it to the end of this blog post, I SALUTE YOU.

Photo of the Day!

May 15, 2012

I know I posted the Airi and Chisato versions of this swimsuit, but I don’t remember if I’ve posted Nakky’s.

Either way, she looks fabulous!

Twinkle Twinkle

May 13, 2012

I’M ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

Life has been quite turbulent for the past month, but Finals are happening this week, and I’ve finally got a handle on things.

So I’m okay.

AND IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT THIS REALLY AWESOME MUSIC VIDEO!

WARNING:  I SCREENCAPPED THE SHIT OUT OF THIS VIDEO.

Can I get my license plate to say that?

DEM SHOES.  So sparkly. O_O

Taeyeon looking gorgeous as always.

Tiffany looking GORGEOUS.  SM-Y U PUT ADS ON YOUR OWN VIDEOS?

Seohyun side-eyeing SM for putting an ad on her solo shot.

UGH TIFFANYYYYYYYY.  *biased*

I love the dancing photographers.  Very musical theatre.

The “Twinkle” dance move.  I’ve been doing this a lot. XD

They’re making the same face. XDDDD And they’re both ADORABLE.

TAE YOU BIAS RUINER.

Tiff and her minions.  “Which do I choose?”

BOYS AND GIRLS BE AMBITIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Shoes.  Let’s get some shoes.

*dead*

LOL sorry about the skype thing.  I was multitasking.  Also, Tae’s Derpface.

I love her manicure.  I’mma try and replicate it soon. 8D

WHUT UP random EXO member?

Sexy dancin’ in lingerie time!

Tiffany knows how to fight off B.O.!

How to eyefuck the camera:  TaeTiSeo show you how.

Moar EXO! WHUT UP CROSS PROMOTION?

Our maknae is all grown up and werkin’ the camera. Sexy.

Taeyeon and I are firm believers of the “point your finger to sing higher” technique.  It totally works.

Am I the only one who thinks that Tiff looks like Buono-esque Miya here?

Who would win in a winking contest? Tiff or Reina?

BITCH PLEASE.  The gif of this shot has taken over tumblr.  I love it.

Yellow For Tae

And pink for Tiff!

DIVA RIFFING STARTS NOW.

I love long diagonal lines.  I don’t know why.

SEXEH BODEH RUBBIN’

Ooo.  Leggy.

MOVE ASIDE BITCHES, IT’S TAEYEON TIME.

Closing shot.

DAT PUPPY.

Hahahahahaha we sure got them!

I have never been so insulted.  *woof*

Oh Boooooooys!  Up here!

Okay, y’all can obviously tell I love the MV.  It’s really pretty and sparkly and girly, which is basically me. XD  The song on the other hand, is really sassy and funky, and that’s how I like my music!  These three fit really well together and their voices blend like CAKE.  They all have very warm, powerful voices, so the three of them together was a good choice on SM’s part.

I mean, no matter who they put together, they were gonna sell well, since SONEs are a force to be reckoned with!  But I’m glad they chose these three girls.  They are all fabulous performers and they pulled off the song and MV well.

FINALLY, a Kpop song that’s about SINGING instead of choreography.

I approve.