Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hello! Café Decadent Desserts

Welcome to Hello! Café! Today we're sampling some decadent desserts.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mini Mari!

I would like to declare today, May 25, as Yaguchi Mari Day! You might ask, why May 25? Well, it's the 145th day of the year. One day for every centimeter of Mari's height! In celebration I've compiled a mini-album of Yaguchi solo songs. Enjoy!

Click here to download the mini-album.

Hyagu Pasento (ヒャグ パセント; 100 Yagu Percent)
Yaguchi Mari

1. Marine Sports! (マリーンスポーツ!)
2. Kaze wo Sagashite (風をさがして) / with Straw Hat
3. Sentimental Minamimuki (センチメンタル南向き)
4. Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (聖なる鐘がひびく夜)
5. Hitoribocchi no Heya (ひとりぼっちの部屋)
6. Chuuou Freeway (中央フリーウェイ) / with Melon Kinenbi
7. Seishun Boku (青春僕)

Track 1 is a fan-club-only single from 2001. Track 2 is Yaguchi's most recent single, and the 12th opening theme of the anime One Piece. Track 3 is Mari's solo track from Tanpopo's first album TANPOPO 1. Track 4 is the Mari solo version of Tanpopo's fourth single "Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru" released as a coupling track on the single. Tracks 5 and 6 are from the compilation album FS4 FOLK SONGS 4. Track 7 is Mari's debut solo single.

Note: this is not an official release but a fan-made compilation.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Math

The study of mathematics strengthens the foundation of a rational mind and a scientific education. I myself have found it to be an intriguing subject for as long as I can remember, and I liked it well enough to get a degree in it. The students at Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou can look forward to passionate instruction and a high standards in this department.

Now, don't be late to class! Look for the door marked 数学 (suugaku).

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Math

Friday, April 16, 2010

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou Special Edition: °C-ute's 12th major single "Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~"

The PV for °C-ute's 12th major single "Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~" was released today on the UP FRONT YouTube channel. The single will be released on April 28 and the Single V on May 12.

This is a really outstanding PV! Firstly, the girls are looking GREAT! Everyone looked so wan in the "SHOCK!" PV. Here everyone looks healthy and pretty and happy. Well, I'll do the regular break down.

The Outfits

So, for the dance and close-up shots we get the cover outfits:

And they're pretty rockin'. Especially those shoes! They're like a much more wearable version of the "SHOCK!" boots. They look sexy as hell, but they would be good for summer because they are so open. The rest of the the look is very cute. It fits their image well. I especially like the ties.

For the rest of the PV we get to see casual looks.

Maimi and Saki are looking sweet and feminine. I can't tell if Saki's got on a romper or a really short dress.

The second grouping is Airi, Mai, and Chisato. I think Airi's hair is a little ridiculous, and her outfit is definitely my least favorite. Mai and Chisato both look cute as BUTTONS. I don't think Chisato has ever looked that good before and Mai actually looks her age.

The Song

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the song. It reminds me a lot of "Ai no Suki Suki Shisuu Joushou Chuu," the opening track on Berryz Koubou's fourth album 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu. Obviously the "suki suki" hook is a big part of that. I'm just not a fan of this style of song, not even live. At least it's not another glorified solo for Airi?

The Dance

We don't get to see a lot of it, which is fine by me. The only part that really stuck out to me was during Maimi's "suki suki suki."

It's like she's saying, "I like you, but it's a secret ;)" Oh Maimi, I like you, too! Lets not keep it a secret...

The Rest

So like everyone else I will mention the iPod Touches that are so prominent.

Are iPods as ubiquitous in Japan as they are in the US? I don't know. But the image of girlfriends sharing songs on a portable music device isn't so strange to me.

What sticks out more to me is the softball. In the US softball is often associated with lesbians. Is that the case in Japan? Once again, I don't know. But Mai and Chisato were definitely paired in this video more than the other girls, and their looks are not as femmy.

And I hate to say this, because I feel like everyone else is in love with her, but I don't understand Nakajima Saki's appeal.

I find her mouth unsettling, like she might at any moment open it obscenely wide and eat a person whole. I think it's the fact that her teeth are big compared to the rest of her face. Her voice does seem to be improving though.

I'll let Maimi have the last word here.

"Call me, bitches."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hello! Café Sweet Shop

Welcome to Hello! Café! If you have a bit of sweet tooth then you've come to the right place.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Art

Here at Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou we want to cultivate the artistic tastes and talents of our youth. Art education improves students' performance in all areas because it exercises their brains' right hemispheres and delateralizes their thinking.

Now, don't be late to class! Look for the door marked 芸 (gei).

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Art

Friday, April 9, 2010

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Social Studies

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities in order to promote civic competence. At least, that's how the English wikipedia describes it. Here we're going to be studying Asian history, geography, and civics.

Now, don't be late to class! Look for the door marked 物理学 (shakaika).

Daburuyuu Joshi Koutou Gakkou: Social Studies