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Birthday Eve

Posted in Ai Takahashi, Country Musume, Eri Kamei, Hello!Project, Kumi Koda, Loot, Melon Kinenbi, Misc, Natsumi Abe, V-u-den, Yuko Nakazawa on February 14, 2009 by Pex

Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, as well as being my birthday.  Ever since I first saw the PV for it, I have a little pre-birthday ritual that I like to do.  Namely, to watch Kumi Koda’s Birthday Eve PV on the night before my birthday.  So here it is, for your enjoyment, and you can watch along with me if you like!

My family also threw me a surprise party and gave me the following presents:

  • Yuko Nakazawa Mega Best CD
  • Natsumi Abe Mega Best CD
  • Country Musume Mega Best CD
  • Melon Kinenbi Mega Best CD
  • Taiyo to Cisco Moon Mega Best CD
  • V-u-den Single Best 9 Vol. 1 Omaketsuki CD
  • Silverhawks Volume 1 DVD
  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Box Set Volume 2
  • Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 1 DVD (from my aunt)

My best friend, Trey Krimsin, gave me the following:

  • Green Lantern/Green Arrow Volume 1 TPB
  • Green Lantern/Green Arrow Volume 2 TPB
  • Y-The Last Man Volume 3 TPB

Also, I received four photobooks this year for my birthday.

  • Eri Kamei – Maple
  • Ai Takahashi – 19
  • Mari Yaguchi – Love Hello! Yaguchi Mari Shashinshu
  • Mari Yaguchi – Off

The Eri and Ai photobooks were from my brother, and the two Mari photobooks were from Charmy Risuzu of Renai Project.

Although it’s not technically my birthday yet, I already feel as if I’ve had a pretty good one.  Here’s hoping my next 32 years are as good as the last 32!

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Best of the (Mega) Best?

Posted in Country Musume, Hangry & Angry, Hello!Project, Melon Kinenbi, Morning Musume, Natsumi Abe, Yuko Nakazawa on November 15, 2008 by Pex

Like many of you, I’m quite looking forward to the eight Mega Best Albums being released by Hello!Project next month.  Okay, I think Nacchi’s album is not technically a “Mega Best” album, just a “Best of” album, but it’s coming out at around the same time and will, like the others, be vying for a spot in my collection as soon as possible.

Decisions, decisions.  Which should I try to buy first?  I’m currently rather behind on my TV-on-DVD and Doctor Who audio drama collections, so those will have first priority, but when I can again turn my attention to the world of H!P, where should I focus my energies?  Let’s have a look…

Nakazawa Yuko – I like her voice, but I don’t know many of her songs.  The only one I’d really say I knew is Danna Sama.

Tanpopo/Pucchi Moni – I like Baby Koi ni Knockout and Pittari Shitai X-Mas, but I already have Pucchi Moni’s album containing these two songs.  I know nothing about Tanpopo’s music.

Taiyou to Cisco Moon (T&C Bomber) – Haven’t heard anything by them, or if I have, I don’t remember doing so.  Not a high priority at all, I’m afraid.

Country Musume – I know I’ve heard the “Honey Pie” song, but beyond that, I don’t know them that well.  Again, low on the priority list.

Melon Kinenbi – I love Charisma Carpenter Kirei, and like Yuko, I’d like to hear more from them.

Shuffle UnitsChu Natsu Party, Summer Reggae Rainbow, Dancing Natsu Matsuri, Get Up Rapper, Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no, I love all of the above songs, and while I have the singles containing the first two, I’d really like to get the others.

Special Units – Like the Shuffles, I have a couple of these songs already, namely the Hawaiian Single Medley and Bokura ga Ikiru My Asia, but the chance to add Shall We Love?, Thanks, Shouri no Big Wave, and Cinderella Complex to my playlist is just too good a chance to pass up.  A strong contender for top pick, this one is.

Abe Natsumi – The lack of Screen is annoying, but it is going to have both Koi no Hana and Iki wo Kasanemashou, not to mention Nacchi’s solo rendition of Furusato.  A surprising contender, but a worthy one.

So where does that leave me?  Specials is clearly in the lead as far as the pure number of songs I want to have goes, followed by Shuffles and Nacchi in joint-second place, Yuko and Melon tied at third, and the rest in a big pile of “meh” in fourth place.  I think, therefore, that I will purchase them in the following order (assuming I only get one at a time, that is):

  • Specials
  • Shuffles
  • Nacchi
  • Yuko
  • Melon Kinenbi
  • Tanpopo/Pucchi Moni
  • Taiyou to Cisco Moon (T&C Bomber)
  • Country Musume

Having said that, I do want to mention that I like Yuko a lot, so depending on my mood, she may jump ahead unexpectedly.

Mind you, my next H!P music purchases will be none of these, as I intend to get Morning Musume’s Cover You album and then probably Hangry & Angry’s album (gotta support those U.S. releases, y’know!), but it’s good to know I have a general sort of plan to go on…