Brainstorming and Kimi Sae…etc.


Fabulous gifs by Sakura Mankai! Thank you for making these! XD

I had a whole big post planned based on how many times I’ve watched the Brainstorming dance-shot, even though I swore I wouldn’t watch it as many times as I watched One.Two.Three. Ever since I’ve put it on my phone, I’ve been watching it on the bus and thinking about many things, when I wasn’t rocking out.

I seriously love that song. Then the other one came out.

So I had to do a bit of a re-write.

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Alo Hello Week: Final Day

vlcsnap-2013-03-01-08h04m22s7And so we come to our final day in the lovely Alo Hello Week. I thought I’d end off with my favourite of all the alo-hellos (that I’ve seen so far anyway): Morning Musume’s Alo Hello 2. If I could, I would just set up this whole dvd for you to watch, because it’s that good. At first it’s the usual pool party, water-slide nonsense fun (and there are so many moments from there you need to see), but then the second day turns into a cross Hawaii adventure.

As you well know, Yoshizawa Hitomi is my favourite Musume and Niigaki Risa became very dear to me – so when they were paired up for this dvd, I had no choice but to love it and cap the hell out of it.

Their mission is just to get back to ‘base’ before the other teams do. On the way, there are landmarks they need to visit and they need to buy the obligatory souvenirs. Each team is driven to an undisclosed location and given an envelope with clues, shoddy-looking maps and other info they might need. Fujimoto Miki acts as the ‘base’ and stays in communication with everybody so they don’t get too lost.

The staff isn’t allowed to help them here. They have to rely on each other and their terrible English skills to get them home. They have a camera, $150 and a time limit.

Epic-ness ensues.

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Alo-Hello Week: Day Five

vlcsnap-2013-03-01-04h20m08s128On day five, let’s go to the odd-ball alo-hello dvd: Otome and Sakura Gumi in Hawaii. This one was so scripted and weird that it really took some getting used to the first time I watched it. I know that most if not all of the interactions on these dvds are scripted to some extent, but in this case I mean WOW. Most of it is bizarre daydreams or silly jokes.

But, it’s a lot of fun anyway.

The entire dvd is based on the concept of “showing off Hawaii”. The groups spend a lot of time wandering around trying to decide what to do next. This leads to a lot of rejected notions accompanied by those bizarre daydreams. There were a lot to choose from.

Remember Niigaki had a nickname when she joined?

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