I was listening to Kudo Haruka’s graduation single the other day…
Oddly enough the thing that made me feel a bit emotional about it, aside from the beautiful, light, airy tune, was the thought that we’re never going to hear this song in concert again (and of course, how that also means Kudo isn’t there anymore).
I mean, think about it. It was so very much centered on Kudo Haruka that there is even a ‘Duu’ (her nickname) call. They could still sing it, but that call without its namesake? Would there be a point?
I’m nitpicking a bit, I know. And I’m not saying that it would be bad to have a call out to an O.G.
I just don’t think it’s likely.
Continue reading “The Beauty of the Graduation Single”
Happy 33rd to my lovely birthday-mate, and favourite of all favourite idols, Yoshizawa Hitomi! ♡
And to me.
Have a beautiful day, everybody.
I think saying, “What a year!” is quite the understatement. There have been so many changes, it’s hard to know where to start. Even someone like me, who pretty much only follows Morning Musume, couldn’t help but take notice. I don’t think any group, except Tsubaki Factory is exempt from the relentless changes this year. Although they did unexpectedly get good.
Country Girls got split up and placed into other groups; Momoko finally graduated, but then Shige decided to return; Kobushi Factory got chopped from 8 to 5 without ceremony; Kuudo Harukins left us for acting; Some of the Eggs (they will always be Eggs to me) debuted with a fabulous, fabulous song.
There’s probably more, but let’s try and talk about one thing at a time, shall we? This is gonna be LONG.
(Unless otherwise stated, any gifs aren’t mine; random google searches)
Continue reading “In Which Isilie Reviews 2017~~”
I don’t think I can express to you what Momusu means to me. I haven’t been a fan since the beginning, of course. I don’t live in Japan, can barely speak/understand the language (workin’ on it!) and can only understand idol culture on a surface level. What I can do is come out of my long hiatus, full of writer’s block and lack of motivation, to tell you about what being a fan of Momusu for the last ten years has meant to me.
(Unless otherwise stated, all caps/gifs are from random google-searches/tumblrs – not mine!)
Continue reading “In Which it’s Been 20 Years of Momusu.”
I usually hate doing these list posts. I feel like I should have more to say about these girls, but since I really can’t think of anything, I can talk about the only thing I know about them: their singles.
One of the best things about C -ute is that when they pop up on the radar they give me something that takes over my life for a little bit, whether that’s an amazing bit of choreography that I can’t stop watching or a song that keeps playing endlessly in my head from the moment I hear it. If Momusu is my H!P home, then C-ute is my exciting vacation: they’re lovely for a time and then I head home feeling refreshed.
So, without further adieu: Isilie’s favourite C-ute pvs/singles!
(WARNING: Lots of youtube embeds. Look out!)
Continue reading “Dancing, Singing, Exciting C-uuuuuute!”
I can’t wait to see this event!!
Hope all your dreams come true!
Like being the
Prince Princess Ikemen of Christmas.
With a trophy.
And resentful onlookers.
Well…maybe not that last one…cute as it is.
Cheers everybody! Have a safe and happy Christmas!
Happy 31st to my lovely, Yoshizawa Hitomi!! My beautiful, bad-ass lovely is married and with child and I am
damn jealous of so curious about her husband! What sort of man could be good enough??
Anyway, it’s also my birthday today. Time to party!
Continue reading “Otanjoubi Omedetougozaimasu!!”
I know I didn’t post much this year…again. And I apologize for that. Real life took up a lot of time and a game series called Dynasty Warriors (full disclosure). Plus the excessive amount of triple-a-sides for every group, every release, overwhelmed me a little. There’s still a forth-coming post about Imasugu Tobikumo Yuuki…
Anyway, usually at the end of the year I post about everything that I liked , or interesting things I saw during the year around H!P. It’s an Itsumo Genki tradition and even if no one reads this anymore, I still feel I have to write one or the year can’t really end.
I’ve gotten more and more sick of my own format though. Especially since I don’t post as often anymore, it doesn’t make sense to really call it a review of the year. I can’t think of much of anything that I covered, except, of course, for Momusu. So, let’s keep the title, for old times sake.
Here is what I loved and didn’t love in 2015.
(Just a heads up: I have nothing to say about C-ute or Country Girls, for various reasons, none of which mean that I hate them. I didn’t invest much time in C-ute and Country Musume has yet to bleep my radar. Plus, Momo still frightens me.)
Continue reading “In Which Isilie Reviews 2015: Triple-A-Sides all around!”
So, as most people who are, or used to be, fans of H!P have already heard, Tsunku stepped down, or “graduated” from being a producer way back in 2014, after Momusu went to New York. We are only now hearing about it because (I think) of Tsunku’s book. He confesses that he’d quietly stepped down after that concert, no trademark mid-concert announcement or any sort of fanfare.
I suppose it’s been fairly obvious with the amount of non-tsunku songs lately and the lack of “produced by Tsunku” stamps on productions.
The reaction seems to be a resounding ‘meh’, at least from the blogs or discussions I’ve read. People don’t seem to care much because so many have rage-quit or lost interest in the past few years. While they are sorry about Tsunku’s suffering, they seem to feel it’s a good decision and a long time coming.
*sigh* I hate moments like this.
Continue reading “In Which the Inevitable Still Smarts.”