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  • Jay 7:48 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello!Project News Roundup 

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    Seems like the release dates just keep on coming don’t they? Can anyone else hear their bank accounts wailing in agony yet?

    Saki Shimizu of Berryz Koubou revealed on her blog today that she’ll be getting her first PB and Solo DVD in January. I know a lot of Berryz Koubou fans have been asking for a photobook of Captain for a long time and their finally getting their wish granted! I’ve never purchased a photobook myself because of the price but I definitely won’t complain about the great shots contained within these books!

    Recent nominees for Best New Artist, S/mileage will be releasing their fourth — currently untitled — single on February 9th, 2011! I’ve quite enjoyed S/mileages releases and have enjoyed the fact that at least one group in Hello!Project has been getting some decent promotion. Now take a hint UFA and promote all of the groups in H!P equally. I can’t wait for their upcoming first album. The upcoming single will be released in five different versions.

    Erina Mano will also be release her 9th single (also currently untitled) on January 26th, 2011. I hope that this new single will continue down the path of her recent single Genkimono de Ikou! as I believe that a rock/pop sound would be the perfect sound for her. I heard great improvement in her voice in this single so I’m excited to see how much she’s progressed since this last single was released.

    • 亚当 7:50 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply

      Not been a round-up on here for a while, nice work! Really good post! :)

      • jaydesummers 10:46 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply

        Well Saki is the last of the remaining Hello Project Kids to get a PB and I really like S/mileage so it seemed like a good time. ^^

        Manoeri… I keep waiting for her to really impress me.

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  • TH!P 12:07 pm on 2010-09-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Mano Erina 2nd Album (2010-11-24) 

    Mano Erina will release her 2nd album in two versions this November. The sales of her first album were really pretty low and I can’t see this one doing much better without some really good promotion.

    More details to follow.

  • Michi 1:08 pm on 2009-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Mano Erina’s Second Photobook 

    Today it was announced that Mano Erina will be releasing her second Photobook on 2010-01-20 titled 天国のドア(Tengoku no Doa, Heaven’s Door). No cover has been revealed yet but it should be upcoming along with some previews of the Photobook.

  • Michi 10:22 am on 2009-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

    New releases for next year 

    To start things off, Morning Musume‘s 42nd single has been revealed along with a release date, keep in mind that both are still subject to change before the date. The single is titled 女が目立って なぜイケナイ (Onna ga Medatte naze Ikenai, What’s wrong with woman standing out?) and will (for now) be released on 2010-02-10 in four different versions. This will be the first Morning Musume single to not feature Koharu as she graduates in just a few short days, on December 6.

    I just recieved my newsmail from cdjapan today and it featured a new release for AKB48 due out a week later, 2010-02-17. So far the single remains Untitled but according to the description, it will feature a graduation song and both versions of the single(from what I’ve seen as of now) are CD+DVD editions, both featuring different Music Videos.

    Also on E-hon’s page it was revealed that Mano Erina will be releasing a new Image DVD titled Mano Guide in Yakushima which release date is on 2010-01-27. We can assume that there might be an upcoming Photobook announcement a few days before the DVD release date as it has been the custom with the most recent Hello!Project Photobook releases as of late.

    Guardians 4 also have a single announced for next year, the title being ‘Going on!’ which will be going on sale on 2010-01-27 with the Single V coming out the week after on 2010-02-03.

    And Mano Erina also has a new single announced for next year, due out on 2010-02-24 and so far the title has been revealed to be 春の嵐 (Haru no Arashi) and it will be released in two limited editions along with one regular edition.

    And lastly, Tsunku has finally announced that S/mileage will be graduating from Hello! Project Eggs status and having their official debut under the Hello! Project umbrella during spring of next year. Something which I’m really looking forward to since I’ve enjoyed all of their indies releases.

    Seems next year will be full of Hello! Project releases. Which is a very good thing in my book. ^^

    • Fiendish 3:57 pm on 2009-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the update ^.^
      Looking forward to hear and see these singles

  • TH!P 9:44 am on 2009-08-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Mano Erina 4th Single – “Kono Mune no Tokimeko wo” Radio Preview 

    Mano’s new singles are always previewed so early! Her newest single, この胸のときめきを、Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo was played last night on BayFM and I have to say I do prefer it to her last single, sure it’s a ballad but it’s a bit different and not a rehash of her last two singles.

    The single is released 2009-09-30!

    • rasune7 11:56 am on 2009-08-14 Permalink | Reply

      it is different but i dunno, i think i liked her last single better. i don’t think this’ll convert the anti-mano ppl. but i still can’t wait to see the PV!!!! XD

  • TH!P 12:04 am on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

    Are you a fan of Mano Erina? (Poll) 

    Mano Erina (June 2006)

    • T!MM!! 12:26 am on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      definitely a fan!

    • Aru 12:34 am on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a fan of her, not so much a fan of her music ^^”

    • anonymous 2:21 am on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      i like her but they should really market her like how they did with ayaya. she may not have the voice, but since she’s tech the only soloist with so-so sales, they need to think of something else fast… H!P is losing my interest music wise (go akb48!) but i’m still interested with their projects of course.

    • Usa-chan 3:37 pm on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t chose- I both think she’s a talentless bore, and I’d prefer a different soloist!

    • Michi 4:23 pm on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a fan of her and her Music, but it’d be nice to hear her with a different style; hopefully, a Album would appease that.
      But she really needs a variation in her Music, since her vocals are starting to remain the same skill. She’s improving, yes, but not as quick as she should be–not as a Soloist. But she does have a unique voice, so I’m starting to doubt the type of skill she can make out of it… >,>

      And I’d also like H!P to have another [few] EGGS become Soloist (this is preferred, over current members such as Airi, etc.!). Lots of them have stronger vocals than ManoEri, but I’m guessing nowhere near as many fans (even a fraction of her’s might be twice as much? XD). Plus, it’d be nice to have at least a couple more Soloists, compared to one [that gets original music]. =3

      And, as I’ve said before, her lack of variation in Music is halting her vocal progress. I, personally, think she’s quite talented. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t reached the best of her abilities, or even half-way. (I can’t really be sure, because of her unique voice, though… I’m used to voices that are more common. XD)
      Uh… >,>
      Basically, to put it simple: If her Music is given more Variation, I think it will both improve her vocals, as well as get more Fans (or just people less “aggressive” towards her).

      • Michi 3:17 pm on 2009-08-09 Permalink | Reply

        If she were a “talentless bore”, I wonder how she could’ve gotten chosen as an EGG [amd then debut as a Soloist]~ XD

        She ain’t a “Shining Star”, or whatever you’d call them, but she certainly is an entertainer (Idol; Singer, Actress, and Radio Host).
        Though, I guess most people don’t like a different style of voice (since her’s is a unique-one), than the average-ones, or it’s her Style [of Music]. >,>

        *adds comment after 2 days-whatever*

        • kiokuchan 10:52 pm on 2009-08-12 Permalink

          Tsunku never makes the best decision, now does he? Koharu Kusumi over Suma Ai?? “Talentless bore” is definitely the best decription of her I’ve heard yet XD

    • 亜田夢 5:56 pm on 2009-08-07 Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I always wanted Noto Arisa to debut solo~

    • Dahisuke 3:45 am on 2009-08-08 Permalink | Reply

      I love Manoeri, she is very charismatic, funny and tries hard. Although her voice is not the best, I like acting, is always enjoyed and sincere, respectful, courageous and many other things that are missing though other soloists who have a vow Wow if you have no heart to the fans, and other non wotas are nothing.

      Sopport Mano Erina.

    • Kishiko 1:22 pm on 2009-08-09 Permalink | Reply

      3rd option all the way.

    • bill 4:06 pm on 2009-08-09 Permalink | Reply

      Lol she’s so bad and boring.
      But I think she’s a wota’s dream girl. A legal girl who looks 10 years old.

    • rasune7 8:25 pm on 2009-08-09 Permalink | Reply

      whatever, you guys are just being haters. thats right i used the word “haters”. She pretty much has the same amount of talent as any other girl in H!P. and since when has it been a bad or new thing for H!P to employ a pretty girl who can’t sing (they’ve been doing it for years now) just because she is a soloist now doesn’t mean you should start pointing out how talentless she is. how about why does risako get so many solo lines in Berryz? because she just does, thats whats been decided. why is mano erina a soloist? because she just is, they are trying to do something new with her. and frankly i don’t think her voice sounds bad.

      • bill 7:14 am on 2009-08-10 Permalink | Reply

        So its okay for her to be bad at singing since someone else is ?
        Also when you become an entertainer you open yourself to criticism.

        • rasune7 11:48 pm on 2009-08-10 Permalink

          yeah in H!P standards i guess so. and obviously if someone is criticizing soneone i like i would voice my opinion on the matter. it’s my opinion, just like how it was in my opinion that Kanna wasn’t as great so i don’t miss her at all.

    • royalpalmtree 10:36 am on 2009-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      Talentless bore, definitely. I honestly don’t see her appeal personality or looks-wise, and she’s definitely among the least-talented members in H!P, and she doesn’t seem to be improving at all. She’s actually replaced Koharu as my least favorite H!P member. And for me, that’s really saying something. XD

      As for being a “hater,” if, in my personal opinion, Mano’s a below-average singer, a just-barely-average dancer, has a personality that doesn’t appeal to me even a little, releases music that puts me to sleep (and I’m female so I couldn’t care less about her looks), what do I have to like about her? Nothing. Yes, there are plenty of members who can’t sing well, or dance well, or who are boring or even a bit irritating to me, but they make up for their shortcomings in other ways, so I don’t dislike them (maybe they can’t sing but have an interesting/funny/likable personality, for example, or their personality is boring or unappealing but they have a great voice, etc…). Mano *doesn’t* make up for her shortcomings, so she remains generally unlikable to me. I have legitimate reasons for not liking her (which are my personal opinions and views that I don’t expect everyone to share). I don’t think that makes me a hater.

    • 亜田夢 7:12 pm on 2009-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      I think the term “hater” is stupid and for someone to genuinely hate an idol they need to have some serious free time.

      As some long-time readers may or may not know I’ve always had an issue with Kusumi Koharu, namely her role as a key member of Momusu, but I think you need to give an idol her dues when she does well (Kusumi = Balalaika).

      Mano’s 4th single is actually pretty cute and her voice sounds more gentle, less yelpy.

      • rasune7 12:07 am on 2009-08-11 Permalink | Reply

        lol i had no idea which other word to use, thats why i put it in quotes. anyways i agree and i think idols should be givin a chance, they eventually do something good anyways. besieds overly critical ppl are annoying. tho i don’t think there would be much dues to pay to kanna so i still won’t miss her, mainly because she didn’t do anything.

    • 亜田夢 5:33 pm on 2009-08-13 Permalink | Reply

      ^ Same, Kanna did nothing for me because she was given nothing to do :P

  • TH!P 3:47 pm on 2009-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

    Disappointing Sales for Mano’s latest single 

    Mano Erina (June 2006)

    Mano Erina’s 3rd Major Single, Sekai wa Summer Party, has charted at No.10 in the Oricon Weekly Charts with sales of 14,111 – almost 10,000 copies than the first week sales of her last two singles.

    While this seems pretty disappointing it may be that UFA has decided to spread release events over two weeks instead of one and perhaps she’ll have a decent second week, hopefully achieving sales of at least 20,000 copies.

    I like Mano Erina but I feel her major releases have been far too formulaic with a piano opening followed by some cutesy pop number, I’d like to hear her do something else and while I realize that the piano is her gimmick and her voice isn’t all that strong she has enough character to pull off something a little more satisfying.

    • rasune7 11:52 am on 2009-08-05 Permalink | Reply

      I so totally agree with you, they need to make her try something different, maybe something alittle more mature or modern then that’ll really get ppl on her side lol

    • Kishiko 12:54 pm on 2009-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      Extremely boring “idol”, low sales. They should have foreseen that.

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