Monday, 21 April 2014

Bump.y to Disband this June, Time for the Feels to set in... (Grab the tissues for me ;w;)

Bump.y are set to disband this June... and now I am going to be listening to their songs on a loop.

My feels ;_______;


So it was decided that, due to their individual activities as actresses and the commitment they have to growing in that specific field, the girls would all graduate from the group and Bump.y would formally disband in late June. The decision was made by the staff, and for me, this is totally understandable, but also very obvious.

In a way, somewhere in the back of my mind, I guess I have always had a feeling that one day Bump.y would disband eventually, because I was always aware of the fact that their activities as actresses were a higher priority than their endeavours as Idols. That I completely understand, and it is a notion I fully support, because the girls of Bump.y are lovely actresses.

It doesn't mean I am any less sad, however. I am rather upset by this sudden turn of events, but also relieved; I would rather they did what they loved, just like any other fan. I think what has cushioned this blow however is the fact that I was expecting something like this to happen eventually - that realisation that their acting was more important has become a reality, so I am glad I had that feeling rather than the sudden, surprising announcement that could have ensued if it was another group, like say HouPri suddenly disbanding oh Christ, that would KILL ME or Fudanjuku losing another member I would be in bed with tissues, chocolate and possibly alcohol but with Bump.y, it was just... obvious. It was very obvious where their duties and preferences laid for a long time, and I can't blame them for wanting to do one activity over the other.


Of course, Bump.y are very important to me; I've been into this group just as long as I have Morning Musume, and introduced to them around the time I was introduced to Fudanjuku, so I'm going to feel surprised and saddened by this announcement regardless, because I hold Bump.y on such a high pedestal. There is no doubt I will grieve the decision, because I'm doing so now and wondering what my life will be like without the magic of Bump.y and what could have been wonderful future songs for the group. No matter what, no matter how much I understand and accept this decision, I am still going to feel at a loss for what will happen in late June.

It really feels just like yesterday that I was introduced to the group, which was back in 2010, yet even then I didn't really get into them until 2011 (2010 was the year of my introduction to Idols groups I supposed, because even then I was on the edge of the fence with H!P) but I found love for the group and their music, which seemed to have taken a bit of a step-back into the 80's with a K-pop flare at that point. It was then and there that I really delved into their music and started to follow them, eagerly anticipating what they would produce. I found a passion for Bump.y, and it became fun to watch this fresh and endearing young group grow in both their sound and their image.

And despite how much I had to wait, I don't think I ever gave up on Bump.y; I would always just wait it out, hoping for more news to come along soon, even if it did take a year or so for something to come up about them.

That wait was always worth it, though.


With every article that came out about a member and their latest acting gig, or if a new song and video came out, I was happy - it meant they were still there and still active, and knowing that was enough for me. Sure, it felt like I had to wait long periods of time for something small to pop up, but seeing that article had always been worth it; if my Digests are anything to go by, you will know how happy I am to just see that one of these girls is acting in or something, even if it's a small role - it makes me feel giddy knowing they are furthering their careers. Yes, it takes a long time to hear word about just one of these girls, let alone the group as a whole, but hearing that news was always always worth it in the end - Bump.y were worth it, and they still are, because no matter what they would impress me, and I knew that when I would eventually see a new video or song from this group I liked so much, there would be growth in there somewhere, and I would be impressed one way or another.

Bump.y are, and always were, the group that I would happily wait for when it came to news. Patience is not my virtue, however for some reason it felt natural to wait for Bump.y, even if I became worried at some points. It just felt like the longer I waited, the better the outcome no matter what. Yes, there would be something I wasn't over the moon with, but there would be something that would stun me and give me that urge to continue following them, and to further my desire to just wait for what they produced next.

They made me smile, I enjoyed their music, and I wanted to continue following them as a fan of their music and videos. They have always been able to pull me back, and I am glad that they were created, because it has truly been wonderful following and waiting for them.



This group was strong and impressive, full of life and just so wonderful to follow. I love them, I will for a long time, and whilst I am sure I won't get over the fact they are disbanding soon, I know that they are doing it with the intention of furthering and bettering their careers in the TV/Film industry, and honestly, I would rather they continue as actresses than Idols, because that is how they began, and that is what they are good at.

Their activities as Idols are ending, sure, but as Kira on Twitter informed me, they aren't leaving me or the fans; they are still here, and that does make me happy to know that.

From hopeful young actress-Idols to fully-fledged actresses, Bump.y will soon fly the nest, and whilst I will miss Bump.y as a whole greatly, I will continue to watch these girls as much as I can. Until that fateful day however, I want to continue supporting Bump.y, a group who can make me feel excited, happy and impressed no matter what.



Chiima~

Saturday, 19 April 2014

You Guys Read A Lot...

It's currently 4:04am here in Britain and I am tired, yet writing a blog post... oh Jesus Karin, whhhhy!?

SO! The reason I am writing this post is because, first and foremost, I had the exciting breakthrough of a new PC 300,000 page views!!! HOLY HE------

PARURU BE WITH YOU ;W;


Seriously though, 300,000 pageviews!? I'm kind of shocked (and overwhelmed) but incredibly happy, too! I mean, I already broke that milestone of 250,000 pageviews Jesus guys, you read a lot!!! but HOLY HECK!!!! THIS IS AH-MAY-ZIIIING!!!!!!

... I'm still feeling a little flustered, you know? -fans self dramatically-

To be honest, I probably cried when I saw my view count. Given I'm an emotional wreck most of the time anyway, the chances of me crying is as high as the chance of rain in Britain. BUT THEY WERE HAPPY TEARS, REST ASSURED!!!

Of course I highly doubt I would have gotten this far without the giant push Ray of Idolminded and Greg of Selective Hearing have given me by allowing me to write on their sites I must get back to that now that life is a bit slower again... so to those two, the father of the Wota world (Hiii Ray!) and my Boss Man (Greg, Boss Man!!!) thank you so much for helping me get to this point as a blogger, and for helping me in my writing and love of Idols!

And of course I thank all of you, those who read this weird, stupid, possibly boring borderline freakish blog that I created! You make me happy, you make me smile and, of course, you make me the writer I am today!

For once, Chiima posts a short (for her) thank you post... YIKES!!!!
...

Aside from reading a lot though, I guess you watch a lot too?


HELLO, EVERYONE! Guess what I returned to!?

Happy 300,000 views! You are all wonderful! MWAH! <3

Chiima~

Friday, 18 April 2014

Okay! Musume Digest #95

DISCLAIMER:
This Digest may not contain an Idol group that you like, or that you follow. If this post does not contain an Idol group you yourself actively follow, then my deepest apologies, but I cannot follow each and every Idol group on the planet. I am one person, and whilst I do post about groups that I like as well as groups that I barely even follow (read: BABYMETAL) that does not mean I will also actively look for news on the Idols you may follow. If I do not have the resources, I will not be able to post much or anything about them. Please respect this, as I don't have the time to go scouring across the internet for Idols that I know next to nothing about, or that I have little to no resources to. Again, I am ONE person; if I had a team behind me it would be a lot easier, however this is something that I do for me, in my own free time, because I want to. I could just as easily not do this, however I do it because I want to, and I find it fun. Thank you.

This week, in Idol News...

That Vampire Play's Flyer! BK and C-ute to go to Japan Expo in PARIS!!! Music Station + MoMusu = Many Happy Fans! Yossie FINALLY opens up a damn blog! Another one Bites the Duest from NMB! Get Out, AKB members are leaving! AKB's Obaasan member has been chosen! Meet Ange☆Reve! HECK YEAH, BABYRAIDS! Two Voice actress confirmed for the newest Ghibli movie, AND MORE! Are you ready to Digest?

Friday, 11 April 2014

Okay! Musume Digest #94 ~Ultra Late Edition~

DISCLAIMER:
This Digest may not contain an Idol group that you like, or that you follow. If this post does not contain an Idol group you yourself actively follow, then my deepest apologies, but I cannot follow each and every Idol group on the planet. I am one person, and whilst I do post about groups that I like as well as groups that I barely even follow (read: BABYMETAL) that does not mean I will also actively look for news on the Idols you may follow. If I do not have the resources, I will not be able to post much or anything about them. Please respect this, as I don't have the time to go scouring across the internet for Idols that I know next to nothing about, or that I have little to no resources to. Again, I am ONE person; if I had a team behind me it would be a lot easier, however this is something that I do for me, in my own free time, because I want to. I could just as easily not do this, however I do it because I want to, and I find it fun. Thank you.

This Week, in Idol News...

Loads of Singles are being released on June 4th! Hello! Project Vampires!? Yajima Maimi is gorgeous! Awkward S/mileage! Kikkawa Yuu is sexy! (What's New?) TIF reveal Artist Lineups! Graduations and Withdrawals!? BABYMETAL to come to the UK, and MORE! Are you ready for some Digestin'?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Okay! Musume Digest #93

DISCLAIMER:
This Digest may not contain an Idol group that you like, or that you follow. If this post does not contain an Idol group you yourself actively follow, then my deepest apologies, but I cannot follow each and every Idol group on the planet. I am one person, and whilst I do post about groups that I like as well as groups that I barely even follow (read: BABYMETAL) that does not mean I will also actively look for news on the Idols you may follow. If I do not have the resources, I will not be able to post much or anything about them. Please respect this, as I don't have the time to go scouring across the internet for Idols that I know next to nothing about, or that I have little to no resources to. Again, I am ONE person; if I had a team behind me it would be a lot easier, however this is something that I do for me, in my own free time, because I want to. I could just as easily not do this, however I do it because I want to, and I find it fun. Thank you.

This Week, in Idol News...

FC Bus Tours! Cover for Airi's newest photobook revealed! Sayumi to MC the MTV VMAJ Awards! Yuko's graduation is on hold!? AKB48 sing about Labradors? Country Musume Auditions to be extended! Oha Girl Chu! Chu! Chu! have graduated! Predia introduces a new member! AND MORE!!! Are you ready to Digest?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

50 Shades of Awkward and about 20 Shades of Ew in S/mileage's 'Mystery Night'

As always, my thoughts and opinions are totally my own. I do not expect everyone to agree with me, nor do I voice the opinions of others and expect you to think it is right or wrong. I will think and say what I feel, and I hope you do the same for yourselves. Do not let others obscure your views or believe that you should keep what you feel hidden; our opinions form us for the better, they make us who we are. Who is to say that you should keep quiet because they disagree with you?

Jesus Christ... I think I may need alcohol to get me through this. Now, where's that bottle I stashed away...?


Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit on the whole alcohol thing, but in all honesty I am a little scared to watch this MV. Why? Er, because it's S/mileage. In clothing suited more for a Lady of the Night, not a group of toddlers who shriek down a microphone. Yes yes, most are over the age of 15, I get it, but they look (and generally act) like kids, so I'm going to call them children because hey! That's how we view them, and that is how they genuinely look.

... Ooooh I am rather frightened to see this MV. If only I had alcohol to prepare myself for the Nightmare that may ensue...

If you haven't guessed, I have yet to actually watch this PV. In fact, this review will be the first time viewing it, meaning that this is a Caption then Review sorta post. I watch it, caption, state my horrors/fears, and then move on to caption all over again. Kinda like reacting to a video via camera, except it is via words and screen caps. You get the general gist of it all (I hope).

Anyway, it's time to stop stalling and finally take a look at the PV I have been dreading to view since the full version was uploaded - this is the video you either like or hate with a passion, and a video that truly has me wondering if I will ever see S/mileage the same way again. It is a mystery, but hey! I gotta watch it at some point, so why not tonight? Yes, it is time for Mystery Night!

... Please hold me ; A;


Oh geebus, I'm already quivering in my boots (er... shoes) and it's only the opening credits! So ominous, so eerie!


ARGH! HOOKERS!!!



Judging by her neck-piece, Dawa is the Submissive in this PV, yes?


... Or is it Nyon? Though she looks more like a Dominatrix more than anything...


Kanananananananana has had lip injections just for this PV, I see.


Take-sama is the Lady of the Manor, riding crop in hand, boot on a Servant's head and cuffs in the other palm. I can just see it now!

Fuck


Camera-san: "Quick, let's unfocus the lens so that no one sees her! Yeah, that'll work!"
Director-san: "Nice work there, Cameraman, she finally looks appealing!"
Rinapuu Fans: *Crying* "WHY DO THEY HATE MY RINAPUU!?!?!?"


Vampire: "Help me... they're trying to... to age me..." -sobs-

Jesus, MeiMei looks uncomfortable o-o


Oh look, a flailing arm shot... now, where I have seen this before...?


What a flail on the Chreographers behalf, ayyyye?


An Unwanted Cleavage shot attacks! ARRRRRGH!!! -pours bleach into my eyes-


The amount of uninterest in their faces is rather high. Also, what the fuck is up with this dance move? It's like a drunk Irish jig mixed with a bit of Egyptian dancing...

Meimi: "Eew, dog shit on my shoe..."
Kanananana: "I feel like Cleopatra."



Dawa: "Just a few dozen spritzes of this Chanel No. 5 ought to do it! Ahhh, I can barely smell the air, just how I like it!!!"

Dawa could totally pull of the whole 'Lady of the Manor' vibe too. Where is her Red Room of Pain?


Take-sama: "I look at their asses instead."

SLUT DROP!!!


... Meimei, they aren't the good men, I assure you. They only have one thing on their mind, and it ain't to play My Little Pony or watch some Disney with you.


Is it bad that I anticipate some bedraggled, lust-driven man to come lumbering out of that door, a lady of the night soon following and taking the money off him?


Covetous; inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy; eagerly desirous

... The location of this entire PV looks rather seedy and rather, er... fitting of the clothing they wear, if you ask me.


Oh Jesus Christ, Take-sama, put some clothes on!


... That ain't holding he's going to be wanting tonight, Dawa.


WAIT, is this reading the way I think its reading? I don't know!!!


Awkward silhouettes, but HEY! At least I don't have to look at them trying (key word: trying) to act sexy!


Ooookay, this just got fucking weird... o-O

Dawa: "I like it from behind, Rinapuu."



Nyon: "The fuck are you saying, Rinapuu!?"

Oh dear LORD, I want to cry at these lyrics! And not because they're beautiful or whatever, either!!!


Meimei: "... Please save me..."

That girls looks like she's permanently crying in this video. I wonder why...


... I hate to say it, but sadly, Take-sama is the only one who suits this look. WHY!? WHY GOD, WHY!?


Oh look, a decent shot of Rinapuu! -PrtSc-


... Are you fucking kidding me? -head to desk... HARD-


Ew ew ew ew ew STOP THAT!!!



Love making 'love' or Heart-felt, pure love? I go with the former for this song, dear.


It's like an awkward Charlie's Angels scenario...


Lesbian Love-fest!!!


Oh my... Dawa, stop trying to sexy, it's not gonna happen. Don't try and make sexy happen!


Meimei: "Oh God oh God oh God, ew ew ew ew ewwww lady parts, ewwwww!!!"

Well, this is awkward...


... I'm kind of questioning if this is reality or just some sordid wet dream of a S/mileage fan made into a video via photoshop, some dancers and super-imposed faces of the members.

... I have no words...


... Please don't dance like this all night. Or ever again, for that matter.


Look at that boredom on Kanananananana and Dawa's faces. So invested. So enjoy. Yeah.


I love you and all, Kananananana, but NO!


Meimei: "Erm, Nyon... er, can you like, er, stop touching me and unzipping my dress?"
Nyon: "Shut-up Meimi, Senapi's concentrating here!"


Praying ain't gonna save you from this awkward mess, S/mileage.


... It's ended? Oh, thank God! Now I can go back to bleaching my eyes out!

Okay, this video... what can I say about this video upon viewing, other than, er... awkward? And with lyrics that actually fit the clothes they wear? And also, awkward? Have I mentioned that this video is slightly awkward?

The fact that it makes me feel just as uncomfortable as Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss did kinda sums up my feelings towards this video right now, with a little bit of 'ew ew ewwwwwww' thrown in there when I think about that, er, interesting dance sequence that was choreographed for this charming little PV. So yeah... feelin' kinda weirded out right now, especially considering it's S/mileage. Juice=Juice I can kinda handle, as they were given a mature (but still innocent) image from the get-go, and Hadaka no x3 Kiss was still moderate in comparison to what this is, but... well, what am I supposed to feel towards this other than a slight sense of disgust!?

I mean, it's not the clothes or the lyrics (okay, a little of the lyrics) that creep me out or anything, it's more that dance! The clothes I can handle, in fact they're quite cute in a sense if a little far too fitting for the song and its lyrics, but the choreography itself!? This isn't something that S/mileage (especially S/mileage) should be doing! C-ute, yes, but S/mileage? Okay, I can't say they shouldn't do it, because it's up to whomever is directing the video to see how it is created, but as a group... well, they're barely capable of pulling it off, aren't they? It just screams 'awkward' and out of place. For a long time they have been a group about cuteness and smiles and sweet, fluffy weirdness.

And now they're... well, I don't what direction they're going in, but it's definitely a direction that freaks me out a little, and makes me question whatever Tsunku or whoever is directing their style in music and image is thinking.

Again, it's mostly all about the choreography in this sense, because (in my opinion entirely) it looks rather tasteless, uncomfortable for the girls and too awkward and out of character. I mean, we've always seen S/mileage under this innocent light until Ee ka!? I guess, and even then Ee ka!? kept that bouncy cuteness going on around the group to keep the fans under the influence that they were still this sweet, lovely group who would never grow up and stay mad and fluffy forever more. Even Atarashii Watashi ni Nare had elements to it that kept it in line with the whole 'sweet and funny' image that S/mileage totes, despite the mature look and feel of the song, so to suddenly throw out a really awkward, 'sexy' video that tries to portray a grown-up, adulterous version of S/mileage is a bit too sudden, and rather weird to say the least. In a way, for me, it is unwanted. I can't say much for anyone else, because for all I know this could be a God-Send to many people, or Hell on Earth to others. Who knows?

Well okay, I know people are half-and-half on the matter concerning this video; some people find that fans are fussing too much and don't think it's as bad as others think, whilst other people are finding it a tad too much, just like me. If we had (somehow) been weaned into the idea of a sexier S/mileage, without the funky Dinosaur hand-jive or the bouncy cuteness in Ee ka!?, then I think the process of getting us into a sexier, adulterous S/mileage would have been more effective and a lot more welcomed - but it wasn't, because this video doesn't include the cuteness we're used to seeing with the 'sexier' side to it, we were just thrown right into the deep end with Mystery Night, whilst being trowled a plateful of awkward to boot. This isn't C-ute or, and dare I say it, Berryz (oh Lord), so you can't just suddenly up and force a new image onto a group that already has a strong look to them that is not flirty, not sexy or mature, but instead cute and weird and fun - it does not work like that. Groups like C-ute or Berryz, who have proven to be flexible in how they look (mostly C-ute) and the vibe they can pull off are fine interchanging their image, but S/mileage are not. They are too adorable and too in-your-face to try this sort of thing, and now that it has clearly happened (mores the pity) it just seems off and out of place.

The video, in all respect, is well made and I like the solo shots and the costumes themselves, but the dance and the idea behind the lyrics if the awkward part of Mystery Night. I see that S/mileage are trying to be sold in a more serious, mature light because the other groups all have their thing going on right about now, but it simply does not work for this group specifically; yes, they are at an age where they can sing or dance in such a way, but it doesn't mean it suits them or that they should continue doing it; that's kind of like me dressing the way I do normally one day and then suddenly coming downstairs in leather boots, a bustier and spandex hot-pants the next as my new 'image' whilst expecting no one to question it or expecting them to say it suits me when in reality, it is nothing like me. It's the same with S/mileage; this is not their typical image, and it's a big shock to see them go from bouncy, flouncy cute girls to, well... whatever they are now.

It's weird, and it will take some getting used to, but other than the dance I don't mind the video for Mystery Night, however it looks uncomfortable for all the girls and just plain awkward. Meimei does not suit this environment at all, in fact I swear she looks like she wants to burst into tears every time I see her on-screen, and Dawa seems a bit out of it, but yeah... it's okay, but it's definitely not the style I can see S/mileage continuing to pursue as an image... or at least, I hope they don't.

As for the song, I like it. It sounds very much like what Morning Musume would do as opposed to S/mileage, but I do enjoy it more than I do the video itself. The mixers just need to learn to give the better singers the lines and give Dawa one or two lines alongside Kanananananana and Rinapuu. But yeah, it's good and I can see myself listening to it more and more... it's quite addictive!

... Yeah, I'm done.



I wish I had drunk that alcohol now... -head desks-

Chiima~

MYSTERY NIGHT!/EIGHTEEN EMOTION / S/mileage     MYSTERY NIGHT!/EIGHTEEN EMOTION / S/mileage

You can buy S/mileage's Mystery Night / Eighteen Emotion on CDJapan now!

Further Information Regarding the Closure of the Digest

Further regarding the decision to close my Digest, I would like to apologise for the sudden post on such an important matter. I realise that I haven't taken your feelings into consideration, and I sincerely apologise for choosing to close the Digest so suddenly. However, this is my final decision and I want to stick by it - it is simply for the best, for both the blog and myself.

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