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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!


Mega Update #1

Posted in Berryz Koubou, C-ute, Hello!Project, Koharu Kusumi, Loot, V-u-den on January 12, 2009 by Pex

Well, funny how things turn out, isn’t it? Originally, I had planned to get the Tanpopo/Petitmoni Mega Best album toward the end, if not dead last, in my Mega Best Quest. Instead, because I found it cheap on eBay, I went ahead and bought it. It turns out that it arrived the same day as the Special and Shuffle Unit Mega Bests from YesAsia that I ordered earlier.

So basically, it’s three down and five to go. And those five, I’ll be getting for my birthday, along with the second V-u-den album. After that, I’ll probably want to get the fourth C-ute album, the Berryz Koubou Best album, and Kusumi’s Kirarin Best album. I like Best albums, apparently. In truth, I just like albums in general as they tend to be better value for money and often, when it comes to albums from the various groups, they also contain songs featuring the less-featured members of the groups, which is nice. The only downside to this is that the b-sides of the singles usually aren’t on the albums, to the best of my knowledge. If only H!P would do like Soul’d Out and release a collection of b-sides…

Anyway, at some point, I think I need to sit down and take stock of everything that’s currently available or coming soon that I want. It’ll be a while before I get most of them, but it would be good to know exactly how far behind I am. As G.I. Joe used to say, “knowing is half the battle…”

Yo-Yo Girl Cop (Sukeban Deka) Movie Review

Posted in Aya Matsuura, Hello!Project, V-u-den on August 3, 2008 by Pex

I have a bad habit. Several, really, but the one I’m talking about at the moment is my habit of buying movies and/or tv shows and then not watching them for months after I buy them. This is not good. Most stores have a return policy, but it’s usually a limited time deal, and by the time I try to watch what I’ve bought, it’s too late to take back if it should prove to be defective. Thankfully, that’s not a concern with Yo-Yo Girl Cop, which I’ve just watched tonight after having bought it…erm…well, I know it’s been quite a while now.

The first thing I should say is that this is a real movie. When Charmy first told me about this movie, I was slightly intrigued, but figured I might not actually get the movie. This was in my early stages of H!P fandom, before I was “bitten” by the collecting bug that influences one to buy as much merchandise of their chosen fandom as possible. It comes in many forms, this bug, but the H!P strain of the bug had yet to infect me. So after showing me a couple of interesting pics from the movie (including, yes, that shot of Rika’s confrontation with Aya), I mumbled something about I might have to get it someday. Well, Rika in fishnets has that effect on a person.

Before I watched it, I expected a so-so plot and a little bit of action. In other words, a half-hearted attempt at something serious, with a little bit of eyecandy. I could not have been more wrong.

The plot to me, is not about the main villain, “Romeo”, at all. Instead, to me the film is about loneliness and finding your place in the world. It’s odd that a film from Japan can zero in so effectively on the “school shooting” phenomenon that all too often plagues the US, but it does so quite effectively, through the plot device of “suicide bombing”. It’s very easy to understand the loneliness these people feel, even if we don’t understand quite how it leads them to take the actions they take. The film doesn’t dwell on the wrongness of such actions, because it’s obvious that such actions are wrong. Instead, it focuses on a popular cause of these events, bullies and loneliness.

Through Yui, we see such a person, pushed to the edge and beyond by her relentless tormentors. Through Aya’s character, we see how one friend can make all the difference in a person’s life. It’s more than a little moving, and I don’t think I’ll soon forget their characters.

But it’s not all drama, there’s quite a bit of action also. The action sequences are tense and very expertly performed, with all the professional power of a Hollywood action film. Saki and her “mentor” have an amusing partnership that really works well.

I would like to commend Aya, Yui, Erika and Rika on their performances in this movie. Rika can play a villainess with ease despite what she says on the “Making Of” to the contrary. Yui…I know V-u-den is disbanded now, and I never thought I’d say this, but I hope Yui becomes an actress. She’s very good at it, and I expect I would probably make an effort to find and watch more things with her in it. Erika has some very difficult scenes in this, and she’s captivating in her performance. As for Aya…she’s very feral in this, and I wish she too would make more films. Preferably more Sukeban Deka films. And I don’t know how many of my readers read X-Men comics, but Aya would be the perfect X-23. I’d pay darn good money to see that.

Overall, this is a great movie that really draws you into its fictional world, and I really enjoyed it, even without Rika in fishnets. I give it 8/10.

Oh, and from what I understand, there were three previous girls to play Sukeban Deka. After seeing this film, I’d very much like to see the others in action someday. I thought it was nice that they got the original actress to come back and film a cameo role. I love ties to the past, and that was a great touch.

PS, don’t watch this movie unless you have a yo-yo handy. I can’t find my old yo-yo, and it’s about to drive me crazy!