Monday, March 28, 2011

Re: Maji Desu ka Ska. Oh, and the flame wars.


First off: Morning Musume's new single!



I'm personally looking forward to this single. I myself am more of a fan of the mature Musume image (with a few exceptions), but I think this song and PV strikes a nice balance, and it's a fairly solid debut for 9th gen.

The dance is the best choreography they've had since Kimagure Princess. All of last year's choreography sucked--it kind of ruined Lullaby Game for me, actually.

The PV is not high budget. But damn it, it was creative, and I actually watched the whole thing this time.

9th gen clearly needs a little more training (with the exception of Mizuki), but they did all right under the time constraints and massive pressure they must have been under from both their coaches and, as the below exhibit illustrates, their senpais.



Aika gets particularly strict in this clip...kinda makes me wish SHE'D become leader! Ok, I do wish she would become leader. Her vocals have grown immensely, and she's kind of a badass now. Plus, Risa needs to graduate. Seriously.

All that aside, it appears that the Kyuukies have amazing potential, though it's hard to tell with Erina right now...just sayin, yo :D



Now that we've gotten that out of the way, it's time for

RANT TIME!!!


The brilliance of commenters on Tokyohive has struck again. The article about the PV hasn't even been up for 24 hours, and there are already 4 pages of flamewar fuckery comments and counting. Most of it has devolved in to fan wars and comparisons to AKB48 and whether Heavy Rotation was slutty or not. No, seriously, that's still happening. (Just for clarification, no, it really wasn't, and you know you liked it.)

I'm not the biggest MM fan ever, nor am I happy with the way UFA has been doing things lately, BUT.

I'm not going to blah blah blah about the boring and shortbustastic "this PV sucks" and "I don't like the new Momosu" comments. That's their opinion, and they have every right to post it. It would be nice if they would post it in a nicer way with more correct punctuation and grammar and maybe the occasional smiley face, but whatevs, yo.

(I'm also not going to comment on infamous H!P hater floppy troll, JosephPujol, because that guy is preeeeeeettty much nothing but an annoying dicksmear. Oh wait...)

This flame war has gotten so out of hand, I feel an urge, no, an obligation, to give the first annual/monthly/weekly/whatever

TOKYOHIVE LEAKY DOUCHEBAG AWARDS!!!

2ND RUNNER UP: sammy


OK, ok, I kind of lied--this guy's not really a douche at all--in fact they're pretty damn smart, have a lot of good points and know how to use a comma and capitalize the beginning of a sentence. Their only problem is that they're feeding the trolls. Big time. There comes a time to stop, luv.

Prize: A hug, an apology for leading you to believe you were a douchebag. Mea culpa.

1ST RUNNER-UP: calibrate


"Another release for the hardcore wotas. UFA has been milking them for years now and no end is in sight. Several versions of the same crap. Separate Single V. Wow, I wonder how you fans could even afford such non sense. 40K for each single, That means less than 5,000 fans buying multiple copies. Do the math people. UFA is bleeding and wotas are stupid enough to prolong the agony. "

Completely unneccessary and venomous comment, bad math, needless insult of random people they don't know. Not cool.

Prize: 40,000 copies of Seishun Collection

AND THE WINNER IS....bo:

"i cant stand reina and he stupid "kawaii" looks. i just wish someone would punch her in the face." (sic)

This is completely and totally uncalled for. Advocating violence against someone is never okay, especially for something as stupid as this. Reina does NOT deserve to be flamed by some 12-year old on the internet, much less punched.

People like this are people who perpetuate violence against women. Believe it or not, the internet is not an inconsequential means of socializing people. It is completely integrated into our lives now, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately, stuff on the interwebs kind of does matter in people's lives now.

Just because you're completely anonymous does NOT give you the right to be an abusive fuckwad.


Prize: A one-way trip to a desert island; a bag containing a raft with a hole in it, a broken oar, some flint and tinder, a really old can of Spam and a copy of The Vagina Monologues; and your very own personal Dr. Phil. He'll be there the whole time. Have fun, asshole.

DISHONORABLE MENTION: eki134

For agreeing with above asshole.

That's a wrap, kids. I'm going to get my bitchy ass in bed so I can get up for work at 5 am. BOOO.

Friday, March 25, 2011

POLITICAL GRIPE!

Hooray for Canadian, Syrian, Yemeni, Libyan, Egyptian, Jordanian, Bahreini...etc....people being awesome and changing their circumstances for the better through social action and concerted effort. The world is going through an amazing transition right now. (Ask me about the Age of Aquarius :P)

So, I have one question: Why the hell can't we do that here in the States? Laziness? Fear? Ignorance? All of the above? I seriously wouldn't mind moving to a place where standing for human rights isn't considered socialcommunopinkodummoatheiofascism. Like Finland. Or France. Or Japan.

Oh yeah, and somewhere where "peacekeeping" doesn't mean

BOMBING THE FUCK OUT OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS.


I appreciate the freedoms we have in the States. But they're growing smaller and more limited every day. And the fact that I happen to live in the most right-wing state in the country really doesn't help my cynical perspective much at all.


On a lighter note, here's Akimoto Sayaka wearing a Supes shirt.





PEACE, BITCHES!!


No, seriously. Peace, you bitches. For reals.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Latest from Japan: links for your information, enjoyment, perspective, and DONATION!!


I hope you all are keeping up on things in Japan as much as you can, but if you've been out of the loop the past few days, I've collected a variety of links for you to look at, covering a variety of topics and moods.

I've also included places and organizations you can donate to. There are so many ways to support the people of Japan right now, and every little bit helps.



Current Events: BBC, March 15 & 16, 2011:

Stories of survival and rescue:


Celebrities lending a helping hand:

TOKYOHIVE


ALLKPOP


OTHER FUN FRIVOLITY:


IGNORANT THINGS TO LAUGH AT + GILBERT GOTTFRIED :

Places and ways to donate and help:

  • The Red Cross**, obviously. This link will take you directly to their webpage, where you can donate as much as you want. On the go? Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, which will appear on your next cell phone bill. You can do this multiple times, just like for Haiti (WHICH, GUYS, YOU CAN AND STILL SHOULD DONATE TO, BTW)
  • HOWEVS, as much as the Red Cross appears to be doing, I would more highly recommend donating to these other organizations, as **the Red Cross really likes to pamper its CEOs:
  • -Convoy of Hope
    -Give2Asia
    -Socks For Japan: Because it's cold, wet, humid over there right now, and over 500,000 people are out of permanent homes right now. And socks are cheap.
    -International Medical Corps
    -Shelter Box, who provide portable emergency shelter
    -"UNICEF" Or text JAPAN to 864233 to donate $10. *Also use sparingly.*
  • More on organizations to try and avoid donating to here.
    *DISCLAIMER*
    The title of this article is "Don’t donate money to Japan," and it is an opinion piece written by a really cynical, jaded person. However, he makes a couple of good points, and it is for this reason I've included it in this list. Feel free to let the title make you mad (I sure did), but let some of the content inform your donation decisions.
  • Mellow Monk Green Tea is a fantastic Japanese green tea import company based in the US. They buy their teas directly from sustainable, traditional growers in Japan, and everything they sell is amazing. Right now, 15% of all Mellow Monk's sales will be donated directly to the relief effort. SO: if you have a hankering for great green tea, want to donate to the relief effort AND support sustainable, independent tea growers in Japan, Mellow Monk is the place to go!
  • HEY ALL YOU FOODIES/VEGANS/PEOPLE WHO LIKE VEGAN FOOD OUT THERE!!!"Oh She Glows" vegan blogger/runner/foodie/self-made baker Angela is holding a big fundraiser for Japan. With your donation, you not only do some good in the world, but you win a chance to win a ton of her tasty Glo Bars. (You can also get more info about these tasty morsels on her blog) Don't live in Canada? No problem! Plenty of people from the US have already donated here! THIS ENDS TONIGHT AT 10 PM EST (that's 8 PM for those of you in my area). So get on it!
  • Calling all K-pop and J-pop fans (and whoever else) out there: Fantastic and fun 5-member Korean girl group, KARA, will be releasing their second ORIGINAL Japanese single, "Jet Coaster Love" soon. The release date was originally scheduled for 3/23, but has been postponed indefinitely. But whenever it comes out, KARA will be donating EVERY CENT of profit from this single to the relief effort. SO GO BUY IT! Buy the single at YesAsia or CDJAPAN.
    Watch and listen here:





Oh yeah, and vote in my poll...you'll make me feel happy inside :P

Friday, March 11, 2011

Recent events in Japan

As most of you probably know, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan near Sendai in Miyagi, causing massive damage and killing at least 300 people. Here's some info from the BBC:

"Japan's most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami.

Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude tremor, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo.

A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant, where pressure has exceeded normal levels.

Officials say 350 people are dead and about 500 missing, but it is feared the final death toll will be much higher.

In one ward alone in Sendai, a port city in Miyagi prefecture, 200 to 300 bodies were found.

In the centre of Tokyo many people are spending the night in their offices. But thousands, perhaps millions, chose to walk home. Train services were suspended.

Even after the most violent earthquake anyone could remember the crowds were orderly and calm. The devastation is further to the north, along the Pacific coast.

There a tsunami triggered by the quake reached 10km (six miles) inland in places carrying houses, buildings, boats and cars with it. In the city of Sendai the police found up to 300 bodies in a single ward. Outside the city in a built-up area a fire blazed across several kilometres.

Japan's ground self-defence forces have been deployed, and the government has asked the US military based in the country for help. The scale of destruction from the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan will become clear only at first light.

The quake was the fifth-largest in the world since 1900 and nearly 8,000 times stronger than the one which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, said scientists.

Thousands of people living near the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been ordered to evacuate.

Japanese nuclear officials said pressure inside a boiling water reactor at the plant was running much higher than normal after the cooling system failed.

Officials said they might need to deliberately release some radioactive steam to relieve pressure, but that there would be no health risk.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had earlier said the US Air Force had flown emergency coolant to the site.

But US officials later said no coolant had been handed over because the Japanese had decided to handle the situation themselves.

The UN's nuclear agency said four nuclear power plants had shut down safely.

Measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, it struck at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) at a depth of about 24km.

The tsunami rolled across the Pacific at 800km/h (500mph) - as fast as a jetliner - before hitting Hawaii and the US West Coast, but there were no reports of major damage from those regions."

[source]

Tokyohive is posting more information here on which people have confirmed their safety.

There is a rumor going around that pop cellist Wakeshima Kanon is missing, and I for one hope that isn't the case. SO NOT THE CASE--SHE'S OKAY!!! And so is Berryz Kobo, which is super lucky because they were very near Sendai getting ready for a concert at the time.

Peace be with everyone.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

So...how about that SDN48 video?




...yup



Now that I have your panting, throbbing, and hopefully undivided attention, let's talk SDN48!

The PV for SDN48's second single, "Ai, Juseyo," was released just a day ago, and already the fight for the title of Supreme Opinion of All the Intertubes And Also Your Mom has begun.


sounds like kpop

kpop sux

sexay gurls lol

OMG SLUTBOMBS AND DEAD KITTENS/JESUS

Why, sir, I think the naked have every right to be people!

yeah just people with nasty veeginies...

THAT'S MIGHTY VEEGINIE TO YOU!!?!one!!1
And also you're a manocentric maleocratic titmonger...er!


*fap* LEGS *fap* LEGS *fap* LEGS AND BUMGOODNESS *fap*

fake kpop for the slutz dood



....so on and so forth.

As much as I want to rip into so many of these commenters, I just can't bring myself to do it. Because no matter how juvenile, gynophobic or Puritanical they may be, they kinda...well...have a point. *thereisaiditnowgoaway*

(With backlit buttcrack like this, who needs music?)

SDN48 is meant to be sexy and adult. I'm totally down with that. Sexy women shaking their thangs is totally kosher with me, and damn it, they have a right to as much as anyone else. The song sounds pretty sexy, and I can't help but love it. But, as much as I love how the song sounds (with the exception of those painful high As), the PV tries waaaaaaaay too hard.

Hehe...hard.

This PV is to sexy as pizza without cheese is to tasting good. You might have a fantastic crust made lovingly by Italian chef-gods, and sauce that isn't pasteurized process tomato hork, but it was the fattening, guilt-inducing aged cow substance that made you buy the stupid pizza in the first place.*

(* ^This message was most assuredly not brought to you by pizza.)

It's not these ladies' fault their PV tried too hard--they're idols. They are powerless, controlled by male producers and wotas, and pressed to the point of exhaustion to keep their bodies, their youth and their innocence. But couldn't Akimoto at least come up with something better? Maybe he should stick to those cute pink bikini parties AKB48 is so fond of.

Loved the song. Buying the single. Think the PV should die in a fire. But these ladies are still HAWT, so dammit, we're looking anyway. Enjoy...ish!