Category Archives: JPOP
Name: Honoka Yahagi
Birth Date: March 7, 1996
Origin: Chiba, Japan
Notable Show(s): “Itazura na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo~”, “Itazaura na Kiss 2 ~Love In Tokyo~ Read the rest of this entry
Name: Tsugunaga Momoko
Birth Date: March 6, 1992
Origin: Chiba, Japan
Group: Country Girls
Position: Playing Manager
Entertainment Company: Up-Front Promotion
Notable Song(s): “Otomodachi Densetsu”, “Kia Ora Gracias Arigatou”, “Momochi! Yurushite Nyan Taisou”
Here are my favourite KPOP and JPOP releases from last month! Read the rest of this entry
Name: Ahn Hyo Jin
Birth date: 10/12/91 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Chungcheong, South Korea
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
EXID is one of my favorite KPOP rookie groups and I never noticed how talented LE is until the release of their song I Feel Good. I recently found out she was an underground rapper under the name of Elly. I’m now beginning to gain special interest in her 🙂
Name: Michishige Sayumi
Birth date: 13/07/89 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Yamaguchi, Japan
Group: Morning Musume
I love the charisma and cuteness this girl has! She is a good leader- not my favorite- but she is good otherwise.
Name: Kwon Ji Yong
Birth date: 18/08/88 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Group: Big Bang
I love GD for his individuality, uniqueness and great talents! He is an excellent rapper and performer. He is also one of the most fashionable idols in my opinion. I believe that he personifies greatness and is the ideal person to help make a positive impact on the Hallyu Wave and the introduction of KPOP in international waters. His skills have been proven with the latest release of the music video One of a Kind!
In performances and even on their Ustream shows you can see Haruka’s charisma and maturity. I often forget that she is the youngest member of Morning Musume! I believe that these great strong qualities that she possesses will make her an effective leader.
Erippon has greatly improved! I am very proud to see how far she has come and I am very curious to see how further she will go. Her improvement, growing maturity and determination will make her a great leader.
I love Akari and her cool aura! She puts on a bright smile and has such an inviting personality. She is also good at what she does. Her wonderful personality will be a great feature as a leader because I believe she will channel her personality to something positive that will encourage and guide those members she may lead in the future.
Meimi has such an adorable character. She also displays a high level of professionalism on camera and when performing. This is an important attribute not only for a leader but for an idol overall and though she may not be my favorite Hello Project member I do respect her for hard work.
Riho may not be the best singer but it is certain that she is improving. She has been already been given a lead role as the main vocalist of Morning Musume and through this main role I believe that she is gaining a lot of experience in which she will be able to relay to future members.
S/mileage released their 11th single Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki and I must say it was a complete 180° turn from their last single Dot Bikini. There wasn’t only a change in concept and melody but also in line distribution. I was overjoyed to hear Rina’s beautiful voice and it made me wonder why she didn’t get many lines in the first place.
The melody of a song was much more mature than their previous singles and it was great to hear something different than their usual happy and bubbly songs. I have been asking Tsunku (mentally) to let S/mileage release a single like this since last year and I finally got my wish!
The song has an electronic and upbeat melody that depicts a serious atmosphere. It sounds like a typical Hello Project song but it is a concept and tune not visited by S/mileage quite often making it an interesting release by this group. The solemn atmosphere, low lighting in the main setting and the non-smiling expressions of the girls almost personify the lyrics of the girls describing their rebellious love of their crush and the sacrifices they make for him.
Can we all see how greatly Kana improved? I bet we can all recall the difficulties she faced learning the choreography for their 9th single Please Miniskirt Postwoman. In this video, no flaws can be found as she dances. Her singing has also greatly improved. It was nice to hear her voice as well.
Can I make a comment and state how I love S/mileage’s concept when it comes to the outfits for each single? With each outfit, they wear you can see the S/mileage signature of the short skirts and S/mileage logo. I love how the colours of their clothes and the typical elements of their outfits blended well with the video setting. I’m excited to see what they will wear for their next single.
S/mileage has highly impressed me for this single by displaying their mature side. Hopefully, I will enjoy the next single just as much. Who knows, maybe they will release a ballad?
Check out concise reviews of PSY’s Gangnam Style and Berryz Koubou’s Loving You Too Much on my other blog!
Featured idols of the week!
Name: Ryu Hwayoung
Birth date: 22/04/93
Origin: Gwangju, South Korea
Group: Former member of T-ara
I love Hwayoung and she was my favorite member of T-ara. It’s sad to see her contract terminated and being in the middle of a scandal. This is why I chose her to be this week’s female KPOP featured artist. Amidst all the pressure, FIGHTING HWAYOUNG!
Name: Yong Jun Hyung
Birth date: 19/12/89
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Blood type: O
Position: Main Rapper
He’s not my favorite member of B2ST but I do respect him and his skills. I also respect the fact that he dated someone as hot as Goo Hara!
Name: Ito Chiaki
Birth date: 10/01/87
Origin: Aichi, Japan
Blood type: B
I love Chiaki! I really like her soft voice which is a stark contrast to Misako’s more power and louder voice.