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.

(Please jump over the break)

Where Chiima Decides to Close the Digest

Recently I came to a decision which, I must admit, is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life in terms of blogging so far;

I am going to end my Digest series, with #93 being the final post I make.

I know I'm close to 100, and originally I intended to actually stop my Digest then, but after recently becoming so busy with my everyday life thanks to University plans and work, I've had to kind of bring the idea of closing my Digest down permanently forward. Admittedly, it's not just my life getting in the way that has made me want to close my Digest either.

I've actually felt like closing down my Digest for a while now, but it never happened because I always found a reason to want to continue doing it, like it keeps my blog updated at least once a week, or I'm doing it to help others keep updated with news that they can't find every day because of being far too busy or something like that, however recently the feelings of wanting to update have just dwindled greatly, and now that my own life is becoming busier each week, I can no longer find a reason to update my Digest, or at least not as quickly as I would like to.

There are also other reasons behind the sudden closure of the Digest, such as the fact that I feel like I don't cater enough in terms of Idols to everyone, or that I don't update as often as I should. I've found that recently I also feel useless when writing a Digest, because I am not spending as much time on it as I should, or updating it daily before I can post it like I used to - the fact that it is no longer one of my top priorities in my blogging life made me realise that I can't really handle it well any more, and that maybe I should stop whilst I still can, before I start to really dislike it altogether. I know this way of thinking is very negative, but these are really the things I have been thinking as I did my Digests recently; I feel like I am a bad writer for leaving it so close to the deadline, and that they are no longer an important role in my blogging life. That is, sadly, the truth of this matter.

I have done my Digests for almost 2 years now, and I have enjoyed doing it greatly, I really have - when people commented that it was a good idea, I really felt like I had created something worthwhile and helpful to others, but lately it has just been harder, and there are so many more great blogs out there updating you on news that are better and much more reliable that my own Digest. You guys deserve someone reliable to update you, not someone who will wait two days after her supposed deadline to give you a weekly post. It is unfair to you, and I don't want to keep up the pretence that I can do it, because I know I can't.

I'm sorry, but I will be ending my Weekly Digest. Personal life issues are far too important now, and I just don't have the time. I feel bad for ending it now, but there are other things that are far more important to me than my Digest.

Tomorrow will be my last post for this series. I'm sorry that it had to end so suddenly, but I have truly enjoyed doing it these past two years. Thank you all for reading, and thank you for being a part of it all and allowing me to continue my Digest up until this point. It is sad to say, but the time has come for this serial to close.

Until tomorrow though, I will bid you adieu. Ja ne, tata and farewell.

Chiima~

Sunday, 30 March 2014

And BOOM went the Galaxy - Morning Musume '14s 'Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe' PV Review!

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions within this group are my own and no one elses. What I may think about a group, their song or their PV is entirely up to me. Don't like what I have to say? SIMPLE!!! You don't have to read it. If you want to read, do so, but if you get butthurt over whatever someone else says and you have a problem with it, either leave or tell me you have a problem with me; just don't whine to other people about some evil little blogger with no soul. THANKS!!!

You would think that Hello! Project would get sick of the freakin' space or 'out of Earth' theme by now... and to that they say NOPE!!!



To be honest, I think that one genre of Music videos that Hello! Project does rather well (and rather frequently, might I add) is their Sci-Fi themed genres. Seriously, most (if not all) videos based around the theme of 'Outer Earth' or Space are generally aesthetically pleasing to the eye when it comes the Hello! Project video collection - they are fun to watch, creative and generally cross the same path as other videos created under the same theme. You have your similarities, sure, but they never really look the same. They always seem fresh and different from the previous video, and I guess no matter how old this theme may get, we'll never tire of it because space can always be perceived in various ways depending on the designer or the CGI used.

That said... seriously, what is with Tsunku and his Earth/Space fetish? I bet nearly every H!P group aside from Juice=Juice has at least featured Earth in their videos at some point in their track list, let alone Space or Outer Earth! I know Mano has, and MoMusu have extensively, so have S/mileage... C-ute, too! Like, seriously! The list goes on!

Fuck it, I'm making a list! I could make a drinking game out of this, too!

Earth/Space/Aliens fetish out of the way (Tsunku is a hardcore Trekky me thinks), today I will be looking at Hello! Projects latest outer-space themed music video in the form of Morning Musume '14's newest PV, Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe. With all the hype surrounding it, will it be as out of this world as people claim it is, or will this space ship fall flat and deflate the Earth as we know it? There is only one way to find out!

Beam me up, Tsunky! It's time to fly into Outer Space! I wonder what we shall experience this time?


Is that the Earth? Is it a Moon? Who knows! Either way, I'm not on it and neither are you! Wheeeee~


Jesus, look at them ripple effects! Its as if the girls are in tune with nature, slowly causing an imbalance in the World and its inner workings, one strand at a time...


Shige: "Tsunku, how could you announce auditions? I want to hang myself..."

Draw or photoshop a rope around her pretty little neck and put the rest of it in her hand, and we have a game of Hang Man right here!


'Here, lets put balloons around the set to make it look like there are planets. What, we have to paint them? Naaah, the budget can't handle poster paint, leave 'em blank, the fans won't notice I'm sure!"


Jesus, Dayumi and Dayashi are plotting to blow up Earth! That ball of light between them can only mean one thing...

Super Saiyan powers combined!!!


Dayumi: "High five!!!"
Dayashi: "... I was aiming for your face, but whatever..."


... Holy shit, there is some serious Voodoo Witchcraft Magic going on here o-O Quick, BURN THE WITCH(ES)!!!


... Space just imploded, BOOOOM we are no more...

In all seriousness though, that is a very pretty piece of imagery there.


Today it has been proven; Celestial Beings, Heavenly Maidens if you will, do indeed exist! Michishige Sayumi is the first Human to come out as being 'Celestial' and 'Heavenly'. More to report on later...


Apparently, Christmas/present bows are in fashion as hair accessories now.


... One second, I think I just had a momentary lapse of shock...

Is Haruka not wearing a HAT!? Be still, my heart, it's the truth! Haruka doesn't have a hat! HOLY CHRIST ON A BIKE!!!


Do the Funky Chicken!!!


Masakins: "I'm so... cold..."

Lookit little Buddha Masakins there, being all adorable and sweet. I just wanna hug her!


I love that H!P finally know what to do with Sakura's hair. It's nice to see her look good <3

Now, just for wardrobe to learn how to never give her collars...


Dayashi si damn stunning in this, I just want to go DAYUMN every time I see that little face and that bountiful abundance of hair.


"Beam me up, Scotty!"

Lookit Riho looking all Holy and Jesus-like again. Karin will not be happy.


Is it just me who wants them to start punching the balloons about a bit for the fun of it all? No, just me? Okay...


Looks like someone found the Ring! O-O Harunana is an LOTR fan!!!


Harunan: "Precious one..."

But damn, Haruna is so gorgeous in this. She is gorgeous errday, actually


... Eripon lookos sweet, what is this trickery!? WHERE IS MY MACHO MAN???


... Oh damn, Haruna, don't give me that sultry look, or I might just nosebleed everywhere!!!

Now where's that damn tissue so I can stuff my nostrils in case of a blood flood?


Mizuki is very pretty in this, her boring nature suits the tone of this video and song really well.

Bland face for a slow song, sounds 'bout right!


Masakins, in the centre where she belongs! Rise, Buddha, rise!!!

Eripon: "Grrr, I'ma gonna get that girl and take her place. ONE DAY!!!"
Zuk: "If only there was a knife in my hand, I could wedge it right in her little back..."
Ayumi: "Okay Sakuranbo, lets take bets to see who'll get rid of Masaki first; Zukki or Eripon, GO!"

I love background activity, it can become so amusing!


Damn, this scenery and these shots are pretty... God, I love Camera work <3


... Jesus Christ, Haruka, why are you so pretty!? Seriously, you actually look female in this, it's rather scary yet alluring o-O


Masakins: "... Bow to me, peasent."

Serious Masakins is a rather scary yet beautiful side of this typically hyperactive kid. Who knows what is going on in her little head with that expression? Death, beatings... the odd hug or two?


Oh, look! A Zukki! FINALLY!!! Now, lemme relish this feeling of seei---


FOR CRYIGN OUT LOUD, THE SCENE CHANGED!  AkldnmklasnmcfknwsvkjensdjfikngjikehsuiH|ujHJIXDhjaskjko!!!


"I don't shine... I Sparkle!!!"

Oh Jesus Fucking Christ, Edward Cullen bit Sayu! QUICK, STAKE HER BEFORE SHE BREEDS!!!!


Isn't it weird how out of place those damn balloons look, yet how fitting they are, too? It's strange... xD


Blimey, you are pretty... when did you grow up and actually become appealing to me!?


Bore-chan looks so damn pretty in all of her bland glory, ahhhh, the Princess, I finally understand your simplistic beauty and air... <3


Sakura is also damn pretty in this, though I still hate that collar on her, not that we can see it Thank God


... Oooooh, you know what? Those costumes remind me of Berryz Kobo's Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi, except these ones are blue and velvety looking... and blue.

Either way, they remind of Celestial clothing and the Berryz costumes.


Speaking of Celestial beings and perfection in a human form... >o>

Haurnan: "... Take me to space, S/mileage..."


One look and we're all goners, I swear.


Masakins: "Do you love me?"

Straight to the heart!!! This girl is too cute!


Ayumi in the centre, where she belongs! Bring on the Dancing Queen!!!


"L'Oreal..."


"Because I'm worth it!"


Lord Jesus, Moses and Buddha all rolled into one, Zukki si freakin' BEAUTIFUL!!!!


... Okay, who gave Haruka the Maturity pills? Isn't she supposed to be a Lolita for the rest of her life? It's in the contract!!!


Harunan: "One day I will be reborn... and I will be beautiful..."

For some reason seeing this scene of Haruna made me think of how the Sailor Senshi were trapped in bubbles and transported to Earth to be reborn when the Moon Kingdom went KABOOM!!!

... In short, Haruna is a Sailor Senshi.


... Yeah, this image is flawless.


Dayumi: "The fuck you lookin' at?"

Oh crap, the Predator in Ayumi has returned! HIDE!!!


... Daaaaaaaaamn...


That horrible collar makes Sakura look like Sherlock Holmes, just without the peak cap. And no, I am not kidding.


Savin' the best for last, I see? Well, why isn't Zukki there then!?


... Oh Christ, they're using the overlay-solo-shot-onto-awesome-background-whilst-they-move-slowly-hair-blowin'-too sequence! NOOOOOOO, that's like, a cliché in video editing! Don't doooooo iiiiit!!!


... But continue doing this shot! Humana humana, legs!!! <3


Masakins: "... I question your sanity, sometimes."

Don't worry love, I question my sanity daily!


... Wait wait wait, I've seen this scene in another Galaxy-fied MoMusu PV somewhere before, now where is it...?


AH HA!!! Hiiiiii Ai-butt!!! Miss you... not


... HOLY!!! -spits out drink- RIHO!?


Me likey this Telescope effect. And Harunan in the middle of said effect.


Do you know how difficult it is to try and get decent screencaps of Zukki during impossibly fast-paced sequences where they change the girls every millisecond, especially the ones they consider less important? Yeah, difficulty level Hard Mode.

But it's worth it!


... Buddha is fantastic, and she owns this scene.

In fact, I think this is how I will view Masaki every time I think of her now. This is how everyone should view her, actually.


Now, Ayumi, be careful with that mystical ring, it is very very precious and kind of needed for some Quest a few hobbits yourself included must undertake, okay...?


Ayumi: "Poof..."

GOD DAMNIT, AYUMI!!!


... Are you seriously only 14!?


Holy crap, a Zukki shot that lasts for more than half a second! Quick, screen cap, Chiima! CAPTION FOR ALL YOU ARE WORTH!!!


Good Lord, you are beautiful... I want to marry you.


The staircase to Heaven; Morning Musume edition. Climb up a member to get to your destination!


Fukuhime: "Sigh, why am I so pretty...?"

Dude, seriously, how are you so beautiful!? I swear, this song brings out the best in you in terms of gorgeousness and beauty. It's almost criminal!


Riho, basking in the light of her popularity. It calms her sometimes.


... Holy shit, is it just me or is Eripon almost smiling?

If she keeps this up, I may just have a heart attack.


Sayumi: "Where are my diamonds? I deserve beautiful diamonds..."

Sayumi is contemplating marriage it seems, or possibly why no man has put a ring on it...


Oh dear, the Celestial Musume's are doing their weird Voodoo dance and changing the course of time. The Earth might just implode at this rate...


No clue who this is, but damn, twirl girl! Twiiiirl!!!


Riho is from Mars, Humans are from Venus. Something along those lines...


Oh dear me, are they doing a rain dance of some kind? Either way, they're upsetting the balance of time and space with their trickery...


What did I tell ya!? Voodoo Magic tricks!


HAAAAAAAAAAA...!!!


And BOOM went the Dinosaurs.


Harunan: "Oh shit, what did we do?"
Shige: "Now Earth will not know the sadness of living without me~"
Zukki; "Zzzz..."


Shige: "This is why you shouldn't piss Sayumi off, kids! It results in blowing up THE Earth!"

You blew Earth up because Tsunku announced auditions again, didn't you?


Seriously though, I am loving this blue tint to the PV for some reason. It makes it feel like they've done something to the world around them. Basically; they fucked shit UP!!!


Ayumi: "... Do you want to die?"

I swear, that girl... she wants to kill me with her expressions... >____>

Too bad I can't be killed... muehehe...~


Mizuki: "Hail!!!"

... Are you girls saluting to anything specific, or...?


I took this screenshot because of Zukki and Eripon's beautiful head of hair, duh.

Also, some Dayumi butt is in there too. Sadly its covered by a dress. Well damn!


Holy shit, the sky changed!!! OH MY GOD!!!

Yes, I was legit excited by it when I first saw it. So sue me


Dayashi: "Give me your soul..."

Here, take it. Not like I need it anyway... -vacuums soul out-

Also, it seriously looks like Eripon's trying to take a peek up someone's skirt in this shot, doesn't it?


Why do they look like they're creeping around the girls in the centre? Are they crawlers or Heartless/Nobodies or something?


So Riho is Earth, then? Because that's all I'm getting from this image!

Still, that's a really nice scene there.


ERIPON!!! Look at her, looking Like Hercules in the sky when his image becomes a constellation with the stars and everything ;w; That's my boy!!!


... Holy Heck, SAYU!!!

At least, I think you're Sayu? o-O


Damn, Haruka's taller than I thought she was o-O Look at her, towering over Sakuranbo there!


Good Lord, look at all those legs and all that perfection... there is so much of it all in one place! I might just cry... -sniff-


I always laugh at these scenes with Riho, she really looks awkward trying to be all 'I am doing my little solo haaaa's'. It's hilarious to watch XD


Zukki: "Where, oh where, is my time to shine...?"

Zukki wonders if she will ever get the spotlight she aims for.

Don't worry Zuk, I wonder too. I wonder so damn much... ;_____;


... Holy. Fuck. She SMILED!!! THE MONA ERINA SMILED, PEOPLE! IT'S A MIRACLE!!! Quick, I need to call someone, SHE FINALLY SMILED, HALLELUJAH PRAISE KARIN!!!


Haruka: "Humans are so simple-minded and easily amused..."

Shurrup, Haruka, Eriman barely smiles in MV's now, this is pretty much a breakthrough!!!


Riho: "Am I talented yet?"

In singing, nope. Dancing... Always!


... That little side smile-smirk is so damn cute! Harunan, I love you!!! <3


Masakins: "Buddha does not approve of your loving Harunan. You must love ONLY Buddha!!! Buddha Buddha BUDDHA!!!"

Oooooh stop throwing a tantrum! I love you too, Buddha, you are amazing!


I see a bit of ballet in there! Snazzy, but what's with the voodoo arms going on there?

Shige: "I put a spell on you..."
Fukuhime: "And now you're mine..."
Masakins: "Looooove Buuudhaaaa..."


Next... PLANET S/MILEAGE!!! We conquer one, we conquer them ALL! Nyahaha!!!

... So, when will the next space themed PV come along? I have a feeling it'll be Juice=Juice next, if anyone. What about you guys, who do you think'll be next? Place your bets, place your bets!!!

*ahem*

Honestly, one of the hardest parts about reviewing a PV right after one massive picture spam (96 captions, I believe? Damn...) is trying to find the right words to start off my views and thoughts on the PV; I swear, it gets harder each time I make a new post... and yet I troop on, somehow! That said and done, let's take talk about the PV and music itself from Morning Musume's latest piece of work, Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe, shall we?

Honestly speaking, I do think that Morning Musume have once again broughtout another stunning PV for the fans to watch; as of late most of their videos have something about them that is eye-catching, whether its the graphics used or the use of camera angles - one way or another, the PV's as of late have simply been fun to watch and amazing to look at, and this one is no exception to that rule right now.

The video is breath-taking, with gorgeous graphics used for the backdrop and entertaining effects that keep us watching for little quirks in the video that we may not have noticed before. For instance, when I first watched the music video I really didn't notice that during the solo shots, there were translucent swirls or or shapes flowing in the background as the girls performed. The same goes for when the sky changes to show off a swirling, milky way like effect rather than keeping the theme of the moon or Earth behind them - it is little changes like this that make the video all the more fun to watch again and again, and I'm sure I still have more to pick up on when I watch it again, but so far just these simple changes have truly made this video a lot more beautiful and endearing to watch.

It's safe to say that I really do like this video, and really, what is there not to like about it? It's very mystical in look, with the girls looking Celestial and otherworldly thanks to how the clothes look and how well they flow with the video. From the style to the dance itself, as well as the effects used, I find that the entire video looks and feels like its set apart from the Universe we know, creating a calm yet beautiful atmosphere for Morning Musume. Watching this video, its as if I am viewing another species creating magic through the use of dance, upsetting the balance of time and space, yet they are still creating something beautiful, too.

I would say that the only thing I dislike about the entire video would be the use of close-up shots with a galaxy background - the one with Haruka just made me think of cheesy, outdated 80's music videos, back when the space theme really was 'out of this world' as to speak. It's so overdone and just so bad, and for me it really put a bit of a dampner on the PV and made it look tacky and cheap. That said, the rest of the PV was wonderful... it was just those bits.

Urgh, please... no!!!
As a whole, this PV is mesmerising to look and a pleasure to watch. I find the gorgeous use of graphics fun and, of course, otherworldly, and the effects used aren't too much or too little. I really like this music video and what it has to offer, and it really shows a more docile, sincere approach from Morning Musume that we haven't seen in a while. It flows, it looks magical, and visually it is breathtaking.

Moving onto the song briefly, I'm going to admit that it did take a while to grow on me when I first heard it; I really couldn't stand to listen to this song more than 10 times before I had to shut it off, it was far too... well, high. It was also quite dull too, though it made great background noise! The soft sound is appealing, I won't deny that, but there is something about Morning Musume and singing high songs that just does not sit well, and sadly, the studio edit of this song is very high.

I actually feared that this song would translate badly in concert because of how high the vocals are in the studio track; yes, it has a ballad-like feel to it with some EDM backing the instrumental, but vocally the girls sound like they are singing about fifty pitches higher than what they can typically handle, especially girls like Erina, Ayumi and Riho. But, and thank goodness for this, I was proven wrong - this is a perfect concert song, sounding far better live than it does once it has been toyed around with in terms of effects and reverb, because the girls actually sing at a pitch suited to them, rather than the pitch they sing at in the version we hear in the video.

Regarding the song now, I do like it a lot better than when I had first heard it - I used the song as my background music for my Morning Musume '14 Auditions post that I wrote to help inspire me, so I've grown used to it and quite like the sound of it, but honestly I preferred the live snippet of the song that I heard on a JIJIPRESS video; it sounds a lot more appealing, and it just works better. I'm not hating, but the finalised studio track is not the best when it comes to their vocals, no matter how pretty it may seem. It just does not sit with me well, but that's my problem.

Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe is a beautiful PV that befits Morning Musume '14, showing a shyer, yet more graceful, side to the group that we really have not been blessed with beforehand. The girls look gorgeous, the dance flows beautifully and each member will surely capture your attention with their demure and sweet looks. The song, whilst not my favourite, is done well and makes for a nice change of pace in Morning Musume's discography. Soft and gentle, here we see and hear a new side of Morning Musume '14, and I really like this side of them. What about you?


Are you ready to travel the Galaxy and beyond with Morning Musume '14? It will be magical!

Chiima~

Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 / Morning Musume. '14     Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 / Morning Musume. '14     Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 / Morning Musume. '14

You can buy Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 at CDJapan now!