‘one Sexy Zone’ to rule them all

Yesterday I bought Sexy Zone’s very first album in the huge Tsutaya in Shibuya. Even before entering the store big Sexy Zone posters greeted me outside the entrance. The first thing I saw when I entered the store was the cd stand made for the Sexy Zone album with a screen showing Sexy Zone PVs. The next thing I noticed was the numerous Sexy Zone banners hanging from the cealing. Seriously, it was amazing! (wish my camera hadn’t gone out…) I had pre-ordered the anniversary box limited edition of the album and went to the second floor to receive it. When I came up to the second floor they were playing the Sexy Zone album in the speakers and I saw another cd stand with the albums lined up. So excited! I also noticed a cd stand with Fairies new single, White Angel, which had a screen showing the making of the PV.
Practically the whole store were filled with various single stands showing PVs or making ofs. I really liked it a lot, especially because you could listen to the songs before buying the single/album! And then also because they were so pretty with pictures and autographs attached. Almost pieces of art (haha).
When I received the album it came with 6 postcards and a special Sexy Zone themed Tsutaya bag. But I didn’t get to flash the baby, because they immediately packed it all up in a plain bag (you know Japanese people and their fear of getting embarrassed!). After having paid I didn’t feel like leaving yet, so I looked around a little longer and noticed there even was a cozy cafe as well on the second floor. Will definitely check that out when I come with a friend next time.
The first thing I did when I came back to my dorm was of course opening and listening to the album. Felt like I had waited forever to do this, even though it was only a month ago the release was announced (but you know!).

The anniversary box was so incredibly beautiful; a simple white cardboard box with the members on the cover in these classy clothes, their names written in gold on the sleeve and another group shot on the back. I think the subtle but beautiful style just blew me away. It got even better when I opened the case, which contained two discs and photobooks all in gold and white, whuaah! I totally didn’t expect such great design and style for Sexy Zone, but I’m so glad they cared to make the album timeless.
The photocards  were Christmas themed as promised and the photobook pictures so gorgeous! The black and white theme works so well for Sexy Zone, yay~

But now to the songs! Shall I start from the beginning?

1. Kanzen My Way
A very energetic song to start off the album. Even though this song is probably the only genetic and a tad boring song on the album I still love it, because I just can’t help love all Sexy Zone songs. It fits well for an intro song though and the instrumental reminds me a lot of a Buono song actually (haha).

 
2. Silver Moon
The intro to this song is so beautiful~ And then it’s even song by Shori! That fact alone is enough reason for me to like this song already. This song isn’t that great the first time listening to it though, but actually it grows surprisingly much on you, the more times listen to it. I love the chorus and melody and the name is kind of cool don’t you think?

 
3. Lady Diamond
I don’t know what it is with this song, but it’s just impossible to get tired of! The sound is energetic, the lyrics adorable, the PV magical and the song catchy as hell (lol). Oh and I must not forget to mention Shori’s haiku; so random and weirdly captivating, I can’t help loving it. No matter what, Lady Diamond just always make my day!

 
4. IF YOU WANNA DANCE
This song being on this album is just like the best Christmas present anyone could give me! Yes, I love this song to death. I really hope Sexy Zone will get more songs like this in the near future, especially if they are aiming for the “Michael Jackson style/sexiness” (or whatever they started out saying). The perfect harmony of the members’ light and deep voices and the catching melody is just killing me~ I also love Fuma’s rap part, so great! But I must also admit the live performance sort of raised the epicness bar with a major margin (lol). But my only complaint is they left out the cool intro part with drums, rock guitar, violin, quick breaths and breaking glass sound effects (that almost takes a minute!) in the beginning of the song… It was sort of part of that song imo (cries).

5. rouge
Fuma’s solo song really surprised! Of course I know he’s the best singer in Sexy Zone, but I just didn’t expect his solo to be so well-composed if you know what I mean? It’s almost in league with Justin Bieber imo. I’m also in love with Fuma’s rapping – he’s really talented! This is one of the really strong tracks on this album. Am impressed.

 
6. GAME
The “rivalry” theme in this song is so nice~ it also sort of has a latino sound to it with the guitar play, which I love in Johnny’s songs ♥ But my favourite part has to be Shori’s solo line. That particular solo line was the first one I ever heard Shori sing  as opposed to his mostly spoken parts like “sexy rose” and the Lady Diamond haiku. Otherwise this is just a cool and very likeable song!

 
7. Kimi to… Milky way
This song starts out all epic with beautiful piano play and then usually in Johnny’s songs that would change into a typical energetic beat and turn boring, but this doesn’t! Was truly impressed with this song all the way through. First – I didn’t know they could do this sort of ballad style – second – Shori’s solo parts OMG!  (dying) This song is just so beautiful I can’t express how much I love it. I know I have always been a sucker for ballad songs, but this is really something! Both Kento, Fuma and Shori’s solo parts really surprised me. Their voices have such a good chemistry, I’m just wow. This has turned into my new favourite Sexy Zone song and is without a doubt the best song on their first album imo.

 
8. Sexy Zone
Sexy Zone’s signature song following that amazing ballad just makes me love the album makers so much. Sexy Zone’s first single is such a fitting song for a first single. It has that natural “let’s do our best”  feel to it and is great for concerts. Well done Johnny-san!

9. Don’t Stop Sexy Boyz!
Wait a minute, when did Sexy Boyz actually turn sexy? This song is kind of kakkoii ikemen potential (haha). The only thing that ruins it is maybe the title and line “Don’t stop Sexy Boyz!”. It just sounds so comical I can’t help grinning when listening to this song. But otherwise I like this song. I’m looking forward to hear more from them. I’m only wondering when will we actually hear Marius and Sou in this unit? They are sort of the main members right?

 
10. Kimi wo hanasanai kimi wo hanarenai
This was rumored to be a Shori solo song, but unfortunately it’s not… It’s still a pretty nice song though. Maybe a bit typical as a Johnny’s song, but overall pretty catchy. It’s just not the best song on the album that’s all.

11. We can be one
This song is kind of Sexy Zone turning K-pop, but then again not really. It’s just some parts of it (especially when they sing “you know I want it”) has that feeling to them. I have a feeling this song has a connection to the album title “one Sexy Zone” and “We can be one”, but then I could be wrong. This song is sort of mysterious (haha), but I like it! Lol’ed so hard when Kento broke out in that “boku ga iru yo!” line though – almost over the top (haha).

 
12. Teleportation
This song really grows on you. At first it sounded kind of bland and typical, but with more listens it turned really catchy, wow! I think this type of song fits Kento’s style a lot and even I must admit he’s kind of sexy when performing this song ♥ (I’m not that much a fan of him).

 
13. Sexy Summer ni yuki ga furu
でたーThis song is so random and crazy it’s actually pretty cool. Who can pull of performing in Christmas costumes with Hawaiian style hibiscus flowers and sing about Christmas taking place in summer apart from these adorable guys? The whole idea of this song is just sort of intriguing to me (haha). Was it really Johnny-san who came up with the idea for this song or was it perhaps Sexy Zone themselves? Well, I’ll probably never know… As a song though, it doesn’t beat Lady Diamond in cuteness, but it’s very close! I still like it though (obsessed, I know).

14. Sukisugite
Yay another concert song included on the album! I’ve always liked this song when they performed it at concerts and Shokura, so was really glad to see it included on their album. The best part is definitely the chorus (tied with the cute dance moves of course lol) and then I also like the “I love you” individual member lines.

 
15. Kyou wa arigatou
Shori intro again (wee~). His voice is seriously way too cute for my health. It could turn a fangirl crazy okay? But I still want more~ Ehem! Well back to the song (lol). This is a nice ending track (I know it’s not officially the last track, but if we don’t count the bonus track it sort of is) and reminds me a bit of earlier HSJ ending tracks. Not anything in the league of  “Kimi to… Milky way”, but still pretty awesome.


16. Namae no nai omoi (bonus track)
This is a Kento and Fuma duet, kind of slow-paced (some would think boring perhaps), but I like relaxed songs like this once in a while as well. This track is actually only available on the limited edition of this album, so that makes it sort of special I guess. It’s not that amazing though. Still a nice relaxed ending to the album (am not fond of fast-paced ending songs) so it’s definitely approved by me~

 All in all I’m really satisfied with Sexy Zone’s first album. Heck, I’m practically just grateful we are already getting an album from them! I hope they will keep the releases coming (haha). But back to the album; I think the balance (if you can use that word) of the songs in this album is simply spot on. For example the number of happy and lively type of songs opposed to more cool/serious songs and ballads. From the new songs there appeared some real pearls as well, like “Kimi to… Milky way”, “Silver Moon” and “rouge”. Yes even the Sexy Boyz song was surprisingly good! Apart from the new songs, Sexy Zone already had tons of great songs to include on this album, so it wasn’t really possible for it to fail. My only complaints are probably the missing presence of Sou and Marius in the new songs. It was only Fuma, Kento and Shori who got solo lines and in a couple of songs I actually wondered if they were even present at all… I could also have done with a Shori solo, now they made me think he was going to have one and all! (cries) But putting that aside this is really a fantastic debut album, who has a lot to offer and which I’m sure will become a favourite album of mine in my Johnny’s collection. Let me finish with saying I have big expectations for you Sexy Zone and may you rule over them all~

Sexy Zone – Arena Concert 2012

Last week I received this jewel of a concert. Sexy Zone’s first concert and arena concert in Blu-ray!
As you can see on the picture the limited edition Blu-ray came with a bunch of nice extras; 5 gorgeous member postcards + 1 group postcard, a B2 concert poster, 32p booklet with beautiful concert photos and a tour documentary. But even with all these lovely extras I will have to say the best thing about this release was watching Sexy Zone perform in stunning Blu-ray quality ♥♥♥ It’s my first time to have purchased a Japanese BD concert (they are crazy expensive!), but I tell you it’s worth every last penny!

This release includes two concerts; Sexy Zone’s first concert and their arena concert performed back in March and April. The arena concert on the first disc is the longest lasting 112 min, while their first concert on the second disc only last 55 min. I think they cut parts out from their first concert – beats me why. But the second disc also has a tour documentary lasting 35 min.

Now to the review!!

Note: All concert pics were taken by a camera while the BD was playing on my flat screen (as I don’t have any BD drive on my PC)

I will start talking about their arena concert ~
If I have to describe my impression of this concert with only one word I would choose the word fresh. It felt so good to watch a Johnny’s concert with a group which I hadn’t watched before! Apart from Sexy Zone, a lot of Johnny’s Jr.’s performed as well. All so young it’s hard to understand! It was interesting to watch how Shori, Kento, Fuma, Sou and Marius acted in front of such a huge audience. Some of them seemed a bit overwhelmed and unsure, here I think of Marius of course, but at times also the other members showed signs of nervousness. But I don’t blame them, it’s their first time to perform a major arena concert – must have been tough! They did a tremendous job though~


The concert began and ended (way too soon) with a lot of memorable moments. They celebrated Marius’ 12th birthday, acted as cops and thieves, did a member introduction rap-song (much like Arashi’s La Tormenta!!), performed in traditional warrior styled clothing, played the taiko drums, guitar and piano, Fumaken got to perform and the famous “Kaze wo kitte hearts”  got to shine as well. Some of my favourite performances were probably Lady Diamond, IF YOU WANNA DANCE, Can do! Can go!, GAME, Yokubou Rain, Secret Agent Man, Knock! Knock! Knock! and Kaze wo kitte ♥
Their costumes were really nice as well~ They performed first in the white princes’ costumes, then (member coloured?) star-pinned vests with black shiny trousers, then the lady diamond costumes, then the gold-coloured outfits (my favourite!), then simple white clothes with (member coloured?) scarves, then traditional samurai-like clothes, then the black uniform clothes with yellow stripes and lastly white shirts with (member coloured?) patched vests and black trousers. That’s EIGHT costume changes! (wauw) And no embarrassing costumes like some past Johnny’s concert costumes (well don’t get me started haha).

All the Sexy Zone members really amazed me with their talents in this concert. Of course they have impressed me many times in Shokura and Johnny’s Jr. Land already, but a concert is still something else entirely. A concert takes a lot of stamina, a good memory, endless energy and simply just a lot of tough work!  Sexy Zone had it all~ Fuma and Kento really owned the scene with their Yokubou Rain performance. Their dance moves, singing and overpowering “sexiness” really impressed me ♥ Shori, Marius and Sou were cute as hell and simply wonderful performing Secret Agent Man, but also surprised me in their epic IF YOU WANNA DANCE performance – they’ve got the “sexy power” too! (Haha)

One of my favourite moments of the concert was member introduction rap. It was just so cute. Kento started out introducing Fuma and mentioned his love of rock and his pout lips, then Fuma introduced Kento and mentioned his never-ending glimmering smile. Afterwards Shori, Sou and Marius entered and sang their introductions.

Marius’ introduction of Shori was the best! He sang: “At the school marathon he’s no. 1 – He’s running solo, yeah! Crazy – Sweet – LOVE! His signature phrase is “Sexy Rose” ~the cool sweetheart~ ♪ This person is?” Shori:  “SATO SHORI!” (Kya~!)

Then Shori introduced Sou and sang things like Sou always smiles, has a cute way of dancing and mentioned when Sou’s in high spirits he starts speaking dialect ♥

And lastly Sou introduced Marius as the cool, sexy harufu ikemen who speaks German, English and Chinese (!)  fluently, and the natural airhead of the group(Eh, didn’t know that!) And then the famous play on words: “Sono ko ni ~ HAMARIUSU~!” (Let’s get into this kid~!) It’s a play on the verb “hamaru” (to be into something) and his name “Marius”.

Sorry for only going into depth with Shori, Sou and Marius – I just couldn’t understand most of what Fuma and Kento was singing… They were all really cute when rapping though. Especially because one could feel they wrote the lyrics themselves and put thought and work into them. But my description here doesn’t do it justice – you have to watch it yourself! It’s that great~

Other memorable performances was Kento playing the piano while the members sang Sexy Zone. It was such a different song in piano version, but really beautiful. And then there was Marius and Sou playing the taiko drums while Shori, Fuma and Kento were fighting in their traditional clothing with other juniors (so cool~). When they performed Kaze wo kitte there was wind blowing in their hair. Shori’s look into the camera with his bangs blowing away from his head was just mind-blowing! (Had to add a gif picture of it haha).

GAME was really nice as well. They performed in front of red hangings of cloth with their shadows showing on the red background. A clever effect which worked incredibly well. And then I just love that song because Shori has a solo line, which isn’t a whisper or a haiku lol.


The juniors got to perform a medley of 4 songs as well~ I was so happy to watch Jinguuji Yuta and Nakamura Reia (my two favourite juniors ♥) perform. They are not only cute but talented as well! I imagine Yuta will develop a really nice singing voice when he gets older. As for the other juniors, I especially noticed Takahashi Fuu and Haniuda Amu. Fuu’s dancing looked really pro and Amu just had such a cute nose and eyes I couldn’t help noticing him (haha). They must be special when I was able to notice them among a ton of other juniors performing! But seriously, I have great hope for the next generation of juniors who’s going to debut in the years to come~

Watch Jinguuji’s face! (lol) So cute ♥

The best performance of them all had to be IF YOU WANNA DANCE though. The gold outfits is perhaps half the reason, but for the most part I just love the song. My heart just went crazy when they sang “I’m gonna make you mine” and “Let’s dance until the morning” kya~. And then it must be one of those talented Swedish composers who wrote the music, because it’s hell of a catchy song. The lyrics and dance also went incredibly well together. It must the combination of epic song lyrics, sexy dance choreography and gold outfits! (Haha) Sort of reminds me of Michael Jackson actually – but hey – that’s whom Sexy Zone wanted to be like right? Well they sure made their goal in my book~ As a matter of fact their song I see the light reminds me really much of an old Jackson Five song! It will be interesting to see how far they will go with the Michael Jackson style.

The arena concert was like you can hear pure win. I’ve probably already watched most of it more than five times already, but I just can’t get enough! I’m really impressed with their first arena concert. To perform in front of so many thousand people while so young – that’s an amazing achievement if you ask me. I really have high hopes for Sexy Zone after having watched this concert.
But now to their first concert! How did their first attempt at holding a concert go? (this is going to be smaller – I promise! lol)

Sexy Zone’s first concert was a lot shorter and as I said earlier a cut version as well… I guess they cut out parts that where either too similar to the arena concert or maybe performances that went wrong? I think their first concert was only performed on 2 or 3 days, but I’m not sure. Anyways, there were still some great moments in those short 55 minutes~

They started out singing their debut song “Sexy Zone” followed by the other b-side songs. One thing I noticed immediately (as I had just watched the arena concert) was Shori’s hair. It was much longer in this concert! I’ve missed seeing that hairstyle on him. He looks much cuter with long hair, as for when it’s short it makes him look too serious and less adorable… I like this hairstyle on him better ♥

Right after the golden trio appeared. Shori, Sou and Marius! This was the one thing about their first concert I had looked forward to the most: Sexy Zone singing Arashi’s songs! Sou in front and the trio dancing the intro to Believe was just so epic. I’m a huge Arashi fan, so watching one of my favourite Johnny’s performing to Arashi was just like a gift sent from heaven. The medley included other songs (by whom I don’t know), but most importantly they sang Sakura sake. They were just the cutest things ever, trying to imitate their senpais and singing with their light voices – gaaa! ♥

And out of the blue this happened ↓↓↓

 

 

 

 

 

Shori hugging Sou!! I loved Sou’s look of surprise and happiness – just too cute omg!

The confession challenge was a lot of fun as well. I loved Marius’ direct and simple line “I love you so much”. He always seem older when he speaks English, doesn’t he? But cute nonetheless ♥


After the golden trio ended, Fumaken appeared. They performed Andalucia ni akogarete (Yearning for Andalucia); a song originally sung by The Blue Hearts guitarist Mashima Masatoshi (love that group!) and later covered by famous solo Johnny’s singer Kondō Masahiko aka. “Matchy” in ’89. (Well, not that important I know, but sometimes I just want to know for once whose songs they are singing to!) This song, the smoke effect and the roses – well do I have to say anything else? Just amazing~ And then just after this song they cut to Biri Biri Dance out of the blue. They were also suddenly wearing the gold outfits, which made it obvious that they had cut out some performances (I guess IF YOU WANNA DANCE was one of them – but who knows?). Just a damn shame if you ask me…

Then they got to the piano corner and once again Kento did a really fine job on the piano. When Fuma sang solo I got the chills. That boy has an incredible voice! Definitely the best voice of Sexy Zone, hands down. And once again I love Sexy Zone ~piano version~ The song already has a special place in my heart and hearing it to my favourite instrument just makes it even better ♥

They also performed GAME and Suki sugite before the encore. I have to say the intro of GAME gets me every time! Kento challenging Fuma to a duel is just so much fun to watch lol. I love Suki sugite’s choreography; the members look so adorable with their hand movements in front of their microphone stands and then it’s just a crazy cute song (that’s stuck in my head all the time lol).

As encore they performed the intro songs again: Sexy Zone, Knock! Knock! Knock! and With you. Funnily enough Sexy Zone’s first concert ended with the song With you and their arena concert started with that song as well. Like they were sort of connected~ Pretty cool (or is that just me again?) Anyway, when Sexy Zone came back for the encore, I loved how Shori shouted “SEXY ROSE!” at the beginning of the performance. It was just so unexpected, because he normally whispers it, but also really funny and cute too ♥ I hope Shori will do other nice improvisations like that (or hugging Sou) in future concerts!

This concert started and ended even faster than their arena concert, but it was still a lot of fun to watch~
The ending was so beautiful with the confetti and the fans shouting “Sexy Zone” with all their might (haha). The members looked so happy ♥

The disc also came with the tour documentary, which was a really nice bonus. Seriously, all artist should consider including tour documentaries with their concert releases. They give us much more insight into how much hard work and effort it took to complete a concert tour, and also shows us glimpses of the members behaviour and behind the camera personality. These boys really seem to have a lot of fun together. It’s lovely to watch how they tease each other and hang out. Noticed that Kento and Fuma often sang out loud while they were walking from one place to another. They must really like to sing huh? (Or maybe they just love to hear their own voices? Haha.)

This got way longer than anticipated, but I still hope some people will be willing to read it lol. I just want to round it all up by saying; I’m really happy I bought this concert and I will keep watching it until they release a new one for me to watch! Sexy Zone is pretty simply just a wonder group. Let’s wish for their career to take them far and that it’ll be a successful path ♥

Sou says thank you for reading!

(Note: All gifs were made by recordings made by my camera from my TV screen, so sorry for the low quality lol)

Sexy Zone: A new era has begun

Only 1102 copies made the difference! :O

Today these lovely boys set a new record on their own by being the youngest group ever – with an average age of 14.4 – to debut at number #1 on the weekly Oricon charts, wee~! I’m really happy they made it as it was a really close race between Sexy Zone and AKB sub-unit Not yet–>

So a big congratulations to Sexy Zone!! ^O^ I have actually attributed a little to this success story myself, as I bought a copy of their single (Limited version C) as well. Got a nice little photo book and a big beautiful B2 sized poster with it ~yay~ and then I also got the awesome C-side song Knock! Knock!! Knock!!! ^–^

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This song is just pure win as Marius has a lot of awfully cute English lines here and there throughout the song :D (will get back to it later in the post)
Listen for yourself to see what I mean ^^

I really think this is a great debut single. The main song Sexy Zone is a really catchy song overflowing with youthfulness which just makes my heart flutter and fills me with uplifting emotions ☼ ♪♪ ^o^ My favourite part is the beginning and ending of the song, where they sing: Sora ni kazashita te no hira (the palm I hold up against the sky) ~ It just sounds so epic – like they are able to do anything if they just do their best and don’t give up. I also love the part where Shori whispers Sexy Rose; sounds sexy~ ;P Then there are also parts where they sing: Sexy jidai wo tsukuridasu – Atarashii Age e – Kore kara hajimaru  Sexy Zone (let’s create a sexy era – to a new age – it begins from here, Sexy Zone). I think these lyrics is really fitting for this group as I’m convinced great things await them in the future :O The B-side With You is a lovely song as well and starts out with nice solo verses from Kento and Fuma soon followed by the cute, young voices of their kouhais; Shori, Sou and Marius~♥ This song has a more grown up feel to it and has a great bridge with Sou and Marius singing a solo verse together of nearly heavenly proportion x_x ~♥ xD You can understand what I mean by checking out the performance below ^^

The second C-side is called I See The Light ~Bokura no Stage~ and is a nice and calming ending track to this single. There are some really great harmonies in this song as well as a nice instrumental who makes an overall very enjoyable song. Maybe it’s not as catchy as the other three songs, but I like it because it is different in musical style and feel. A nice little surprise :3  Still I will have to admit that my favourite C-side is without a doubt Knock! Knock!! Knock!!!. It’s just such a hilarious and ridiculously catchy song with funny, failed English phrases like: Knock!! Knock!! Knock!! Who’s there? We are Sexy Zone! and Mirai wo Knock! Knock!! and so on xD As well as an 11-year-old boy singing come on! with possibly the cutest kid voice ever x__x ♥ Sigh~ (Yes I’m a big sucker for cute kids… ^   v^;) But otherwise the song reminds me of naff western kid’s music from early 2000 like this for example (a Danish boy band) xD Lol. So this single is a nice mix of cute, cool, fun, relax and weird :P A great mix indeed!

And now I would like to comment on the PV of Sexy Zone :)

Just in case the above video gets deleted or removed by the user, try this video instead:

[PV]Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone
I think they made a pretty nice PV for this song. It has all a Johnny’s PV needs: cute boys (check), bright colored clothes (check), a lot of Johnny’s Jr. back-up dancers (check), a handsome dance choreography (check), beautiful CGI background (check), red  roses (check) and Marius Yo … erh I meant a flying castle (check) xD  And I have to mention some of those back dancers are insane i.e. the guy spinning on his head like forever o_o and a lot of crazy stunt flips etc. I don’t understand how they do it! But apart from the back dancers I just love love the choreography and the whole rose thing going on. It’s both clique but at the same time really romantic and adorable ♥ And then the scene with them singing inside a glass cabinet is just gorgeous *o* Great work Johnny-san ;D

I will finish this blog post with picture spam of the members ^^

I LOVE SHORI AND MARIUS SO MUCH XoX ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ *dies*