Momoiro Clover Z’s first album is here!


I got this shiny beautiful album in my mailbox two days before it’s actual release (CDjapan I love you ♥o♥) and was surprised to find a wonderful little photo of ninja Momoclo added to the lot ^o^ Yay! The title of Momoclo’s first album is Battle and Romance which is just a cool bad-ass name if you ask me xD The cover is fantastic and as you can maybe see on the picture there’s shine on the paper too :O Cool huh? The design on the discs themselves are also a piece of art and I love how Kanako’s member color red clearly dominates the picture (well, she’s not the leader for nothing ^^). The booklet photos are really funny too and I liked how the pictures and lyrics were seperated (probably because there are so many tracks :P) Well,  I promised a review of Momoclo’s album and here it is! I’ve decided to only review the new songs or else this would take forever to finish (there are 19 tracks in total on this album! O_o) Yet again I’ve ended up nearly writing a novel, instead of a normal length post, but I hope you will read to the end anyway! ;3

Let’s begin:

Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ (Z伝説~終わりなき革命~)
This song is like taken out of a Ranger series, with the melody and the announcer who introduces the members while shouting their colors xD lol. Great stuff~ They really underline that they are Momoiro Clover Z now as Z is mentioned again and again throughout the song ;) I love when some of the members get to the high notes in this song, it sounds really good ♥ ^^ I’m glad this song was used as intro song, it really introduces Momoiro Clover Z in a throughout and crazy way in perfect Momoclo style~

CONTRADICTION
Whoah~ This song is so cool! The electric beat in the beginning is a killer choice and the deep voices of the girls are a nice fresh sound from Momoclo. I think the girls really shine in this song and the melody is very catchy (as all Momoclo songs are), especially the first instrumental after the first verses! I really like this song and it’s probably one of my many favorites of the new songs :D

Wani to Shampoo (ワニとシャンプー; Alligator and Shampoo)
I love Momoka’s lines in the beginning of the song, the voice she uses is just hilarious xD I really feel this is Momoka’s song, I don’t know why… Her voice sort of stands out :3 I keep wondering what they are singing about though – the title is Alligator and Shampoo – lol! It’s hard not to wonder. They keep singing “yabai, yabai”, which means something is bad. Hmm… I hope someone will translate that song one day ^^; But otherwise this is a funny little song, which I really feel would be even better if I knew what they are singing xD Haha

Kimi no Ato (キミノアト)
The first ballad on the album starts out with a beautiful verse sung by Kanako. Really her voice is just so pure and lovely – I love it! In the first part of the song the instrumental is only piano, which sounds really nice and then there are added more instruments as the song evolves. I really feel this is the best ballad I have heard from Momoclo yet. Now they haven’t made that many ballads (^^;) but this really brings out some beautiful tunes from all the members ♥ Now I’m already a sucker for idol ballads, but it’s probably just because I love how you can hear voices much better in calm and slow songs and then it’s also just a nice break from all those energetic songs Momoclo (and many other idol groups) usually do ;)

D’ no Junjou (D’の純情)
This song is just totally badass. I think it’s the violin and the melody – it really sounds like a villain’s theme and before watching the PV I was sure that was the idea of this song (as the other song was a heroine song). But then it turned out to be a ninja song and I was like “that’s even better!” xD Ninjas are so cool, but maybe they are “evil ninjas” in this song, because the melody very much indicates a villain’s theme to me ^^;  Heh and then I also love the “dash, dash, dash” parts of the song lyrics, really catchy ^o^ ♪

Ame no Tachikara wo (天手力男)
This song has a very different style as well and is probably the most original song on the whole album – it’s without a doubt also the catchiest. God I’ve had this song in my head forever since I heard it for my first time (it’s actually quite terrible) but then again it’s also a really great song, so I just keep listening to it again and again! Lol xD With this song I also wonder what they are singing about – the song title means something like “from us in the rain?” (According to google translate) so I’m not so sure about it… they also sing atsui a lot in the song, which means hot; could it be they are singing about the hot rainy weather?? Probably not (laughs) ^O^;;; But nevertheless this is a really good song (probably my favorite on this disc), which I just can’t wait to watch a live performance of! :D

Orange Note (オレンジノート)
I’m happy this song finally made it to the recording studios ^o^ It’s just one of the true/original Momoclo songs that have stuck with them since their debut and it’s a really fantastic song too ♥ Too bad Akari isn’t in this version, as I really love her rap in this song (even though I actually think Shiori did a good job at covering Akari’s part too) but I guess it can’t be helped as she’s probably never coming back and I have to get used to that fact :/ I’m just happy it got recorded though, I love love this song :3

Stardust Serenade (スターダストセレナーデ)
A calm and soothing song this is, it’s probably not the most noticeable song though, but I like it anyway xD (Yes I’m a sucker for calm songs and ballads…>_>;) I like when the girls go: “ah, ah~”, sounds nice ;) The bridge part is actually also very nice in this song and is definitely my favorite part of the song ^-^ I don’t know what else to say about this song that I think it’s cute and I’m sure it will grow on me J And btw, am I the only one thinking the word stardust in the title could be a possible reference to their agency? :P

Kono Uta (コノウタ; That Song)
Yay, another song where Kanako is the first person to sing (bonus!) xD Haha, I like the fast singing parts of this song and the rap parts ♥ Kanako’s voice is also really good in this song as they sing in really high notes sometimes for this song and Kanako’s amazing voice can reach those high notes like they were a piece of cake ;3 But then again this song is probably the least interesting of the new songs. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just a bit bland imo. What do you guys think? :O

MomoClo no Nippon Manzai! (ももクロのニッポン万歳!) (Bonus Track)
I had a smile on my face the whole time listening to this song, to me it sounds like they are mentioning as many cities and areas of Japan as possible; it’s really hilarious to listen to! ^o^ The girls also try on some really crazy dialects and funny expressions xD Love it! But the “hyoto, hyoto” parts drive one a little crazy too I guess (lol) >o<;; Otherwise, a really fun and original song too, I would very much like to read a translation of this song, like many of the other songs on this album > <;  *sigh*

Now to the solo songs! :D I think it’s so cool that each member got a solo song on their very first album (wow!) That’s probably a first in the history of debut albums in the idol world (lol) ^o^  and I really hope it’s a tradition they are going to keep *3*

Momota Kanako – Taiyou to Ekubo (太陽とえくぼ)
The intro is really sweet and cute, very fitting for the cute and adorable Kanako :3 I really love this song. It’s catchy and calming and brings me to think of summer and sun (which of course also is a bonus to me in the cold Denmark xD) ~ Kanako’s voice is good for all kinds of songs and this song is no exception. Even though it would have been cool to hear her in a song with a more challenging style, I really like this song and think it fits her very well ^^ It would be weird to hear Kanako sing a sad song or something, happy is more her style ;) With that said, I hope this is the first Kanako solo of many great to come in the future (^^)

Hayami Akari – fall into me
This is more to the gloomy side, but it’s also more to the cool side ^_~ Akari’s voice has also been good to rap parts and this song is mostly rap, but then she suddenly turn over to a more high note, which sounds totally amazing! The slow notes in this song is also really cool and the beat and rock tunes just makes this into a totally kickass song! xD Too bad it’s such a short song though (maybe the recording studio thought all this awesomeness in one song could be bad for the heart or something, so they decided to shorten it to make sure nobody would suffer a heart attack of over-excitement! Lol) xD Well, I wouldn’t mind a little too much excitement though ;P

Tamai Shiori – …Ai Desu ka? (…愛ですか?; …Love?’)
This is such an idol song in both body and soul ^o^; But nevertheless, Shiori’s loveliness shines bright in this song~ ☆ I have a feeling the lyrics must be very innocent, but then again, it suits Shiori. Shiori and the color yellow just has that feeling of innocence, am I not right? :P But yeah, it’s a cute song and good for the ears too, but it’s probably the least noticeable of the six soloes. (Sorry!) >-< But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great song, all the songs are! It’s just a bit more to the ordinary side xD If you get what I mean? ^^;

Sasaki Ayaka – Datte Aarin Nanda Moon☆(だって あーりんなんだもーん☆)
This is a song that’s far away from ordinary! (Haha) This solo song just screams A~rin in full force *U* Am I guessing right that this song is about cakes? (lol) Well I don’t have to ask; even the calendar page of A~rin in the Momoclo calendar had cakes all over it :P I loved how she squeezed in her “puni puni” trademark saying in the lyrics and it actually sounded great – yay! I think this is the funniest of the six solo songs and it’s probably also the catchiest one (can’t get the rin-rin-rin parts out of my head!) ^o^

Ariyasu Momoka – Arigatou no Present (ありがとうのプレゼント; Thank You Present)
This is a true ballad and a beautiful one too ♥ Gosh, I love Momoka’s voice; it has that hoarse quality, which just sounds great in songs and is a nice contrast to the light voices of for example those of Kanako and Shiori ^^ Momoka sings this song in a very heartfelt way and it wouldn’t surprise me if she broke out in tears when she sings this live. I’m happy she got a song like this.

Tagaki Reni – Koi wa Abare Ondekoza (恋は暴れ鬼太鼓; Love is a Raging Ondekoza)
Wow, an enka song? Well I guess that’s crazy Reni for you! ^o^; Haha! I actually like this song style and it really fits Reni’s voice imo. Again I wish this song was a little longer… When it stops I always just feel like “that’s it? I wanted more!” >_< Apart from that I’m interested to hear why Reni choose this type of song? It’s definitely a style that suits her ;)

Phew! I finally finished the song reviews, now to my overall opinion of the album: I think this is a strong debut album and it has a lot of energy. If anyone says he thought this album was boring, he must be lying. I really think MomocloZ has proved their ability to stand strong even after losing Akari as a member. I’m very glad to have bought this album and I hope it is first of many Momoclo albums, to be added to my music collection ^O^ Heh.

Btw, here’s a funny picture of Kanako I stumbled upon today! ;D

The beautiful bee queen! ♥ ^o^

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New members added to Sakura Gakuin

Two new members have been added to the idol group Sakura Gakuin. They were introduced to the public in an event who took place in Shibuya, July 23rd.

The names of the two new members are Taguchi Hana and Isono Rinon. I think both are really cute! ♥ I cant wait to watch them in new releases ^o^ I wonder if they will be part of Twinklestars as well? :O

Hana and Rinon

Some info:

Taguchi Hana: (田口華)

Born: March 4th, 2000
Origin: Nagano
Height: 140 cm
Favorite subject: P.E.
Favorite phrase: I go without hesitation. If you go be seen.
Message: I will do my best at singing and dancing so you will remember me soon!

Isono Rinon (磯野莉音)

Born: November 16th, 2000
Origin: Kanagawa
Height: 146 cm (Wow! she’s taller than a lot of her sempais! :O I’m sure she’s gonna catch up to Ayami in no time xD lol)
My boom: Playing cards
Favorite food: Cherries and apples
Message: I will do my best to be a part of Sakura Gakuin.

 

 

All members of Mini Pati has also been replaced:
Green: Nene -> Moa
Yellow: Marina -> Yui
Pink: Raura -> Hana

A tad odd I think, why did they do this?? Hmm… Well wasn’t that crazy about Mini Pati’s songs anyway, but I really liked Nene :/ It’s like Yui and Moa are everywhere! Now they are both in Mini Pati, Baby Metal and Twinklestars! :O They sure must be popular xD

Baby Metal also have a new song called Ijime Dame Zettai. Many people says it has a great impact. I can’t wait to hear it! :D

Then the last thing: Maybe Sakura Gakuin will release a new single called FRIENDS. I’m not completely sure yet (as I used Google Translate, which we all know isn’t that reliable >_>) But I really hope it’s true, as Sakura Gakuin haven’t released a single in nearly soon 8 months! >_< And I’m really starting to grow impatient… o_o

Well, that was all for now, tomorrow I’ll post a review of Momoclo’s first album, so look forward to it (^o^)/

Movies I would like to watch this summer

There are three movies coming out this summer I would especially like to watch.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2. Super 8
3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Now I actually already watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which was an absolutely terrific and stunning movie. But I just want to tell a little about my opinion of it :) I really felt this was how it was supposed to end and the final battle was just nerve-wracking and amazing at the same time xD I’ve read the seventh book two times and I really felt that David Yates was faithful to the book. I will also say that Daniel Radcliffe has really improved over the years as an actor. I’ve always thought he was truly great as Harry, but it really shines through in the last film just how much experience and skill he has learned over the last ten years :O Great job Dan! ^o^
I also really loved how they did the memory of Snape, beautifully done. The child actors were well picked and you could almost feel the pain of loss from Snape’s grief over Lily yourself, as a result of Alan Rickman’s scarily convincing performance >_< Rickman is just the man! (His acting is actually so convincing that Daniel told in an interview from the first movie of the series that whenever he was shooting a scene with Rickman, he had to remind himself that it wasn’t for real over and over again because Rickman was so scary and convincing in his acting! xD Lol.)

Ryan Turner (Hugo Weasley), Arthur Bowen (Albus Severus Potter), Will Dunn (James Sirius Potter) and Helena Barlow (Rose Weasley)

The epilogue scene with Harry, Hermione and Ron as grown-ups with kids was actually one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. I would actually like to watch the movie again, just to watch this scene ♥ The little scene between Albus Severus and Harry was just so cute! It was Harry as a kid all over again, afraid of ending up in Slytherin’s house :P Lovely and charming scene and oddly enough I didn’t find it weird to watch 21-year-old Daniel Radcliffe play a father, all I could think was “Wow, I would like to have Harry as a father!” xD I know, I know, no one could ever take my Dad’s place ;) But one could just feel that warm fatherly atmosphere ooze off Daniel.Was very heartwarming to watch ♥

Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Ryan Lee

So as you can hear I was very satisfied with my first movie experience this summer ;)
The reason why I want to watch Super 8 is because I’m a fan of Steven Spielberg as well as movies including cute kids as the main cast xD I love Dakota Fanning, so I’m very excited to watch her little sister’s performance in this movie. It seems like she’s just as talented as her big sister was when she was her age. Then there’s also Joel Courtney who plays the main character, he has a fresh new (cute) face as well, so there’s more to look forward too ^^ But I also want to watch this movie, because I like that the trailer doesn’t spoil the whole plot and leaves one with a mystery to solve, when going to the cinema. And then I’m just a sucker for kids movies in general, so there’s really nothing else to say, other than I’m going to watch this movie – no matter what.

It’s not like I’m a fan of The Planet of the Apes movies or anything, I just find it incredibly cool that two of the hottest actors ever are in the same movie: Tom Felton and James Franco ♥o♥ I know it’s stupid to only watch a movie because of the cast, but after watching the trailer, I’m convinced this is going to be an awesome movie! Andy Serkis acts as the CGI-character Caesar, a monkey which funnily enough moves around on four legs just as his previous role Gollum did. Poor Andy xD But I’m genuinely excited to watch how well the CGI-created monkeys come to life on the big screen and how convincing they are. I hope they are just as good as Gollum in LOTR ;D

But that was all for now, I will report back when I visit the cinema next time, because I’m sure Harry Potter isn’t the last movie I’ll watch this summer ^ ^