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Spring 2009 Drama Preview
March 31, 2009, 4:58 pm
Filed under: Dorama, Television

Made it in time for April 1st! 😀 Winter season was good, here’s hoping the momentum carries on this season.

So my “recommendations” for watchable dramas has sucked consistently – but just look, one of these days I’ll correctly predict the good dramas. For the new shows this season, I’ll be keeping an eye out on Atashinchi no Danshi, Quiz Show, and Meitantei no Okite.

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23:30 lyrics
March 30, 2009, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Lyrics, Perfume

I hadn’t liked the B-side “23:30” to Perfume’s “One Room Disco” single when I first heard it, saying that it was looped and uninventive. …well, a lot can change when you listen to this lounge-like, mellow song for twenty times on repeat when pulling an all nighter! A google search didn’t turn up lyrics for me again ): so I attempted it myself, again.

Like before, if you see some mistake with my romaji or English translation (very likely), please drop me a comment.

Japanese, Romaji, and English all under the cut.

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Utada at Sephora Hollywood Report
March 24, 2009, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Utada Hikaru

I attended Utada’s Sephora Listening Party at Hollywood, so here’s my short report on the event.

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Utada Listening Parties at Sephora
March 11, 2009, 5:34 pm
Filed under: Utada Hikaru

Utada will be holding listening parties for her new English album “This is the One” in three Sephora Beauty locations in the United States: Hollywood on March 25th, New York on March 26th, and Miami on March 27th.

All the location and time information is on the Sephora site, but just some to clear one thing up:

You do NOT need to call to make an appointment. (No need to wait on hold endlessly, paranoid that spots are filling up, like I did for twenty minutes.) The Hollywood branch receptionist confirmed that the appointment is only for if you want to book a makeup artist during that time – Utada is supposed to just be there, and the store remains open to the public.

(And please: if you’re going to go, be respectful to everyone – and I mean everyone! I know I sound condescendingly elitist, but take a lesson from the few fangirls who screamed and mobbed at the NY Comicon for Sakurai Sho and ended up making everyone there collectively look like idiots: this is not a concert, it’s a public appearance at a public event, so reign your enthusiasm in and don’t turn into a mob of crazed fans!)

One Room Disco Lyrics
March 10, 2009, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Lyrics, Perfume

Some other (aka better) translation is probably floating around the internet somewhere, but since I finished it anyways for my own sake: Perfume “One Room Disco” lyrics.

If you see some mistake with my romaji or English translation (very like), please drop me a comment.

Kanji, Romaji, and English all under the cut.

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Perfume – One Room Disco
March 10, 2009, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Jpop, Perfume

Perfume’s “One Room Disco” will be released on March 25th. The song has been described as a danceable spring song.The B-side is a song called “23:00.”

With a song that has disco in the name, the first thing that comes to mind is of course “Chocolate Disco” – the old sleeper single on “Fan Service Sweet” that became a huge hit after Perfume got famous.Some were ecstatic about a possible similarity to “Chocolate Disco,” some were critical that Perfume was going in a backwards direction. But what about the actual song?

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Congrats to Arashi!
March 4, 2009, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Arashi, Johnny's Entertainment, Jpop

On just it’s first day of release, Arashi’s “Believe/Kumori Nochi, Kaisei” single sold 214,618 copies.

No, I did not type that wrong.

200,000+ copies. In a day. And only from the record stores that submit their sales daily. It’s currently the fourth best selling single of 2009 with just one day of sales.

And it’s a fairly reasonable 3 version release too – just a double A-side with great songs, great PVs, and smart tie-ins.

I knew Arashi is still extremely popular in Japan – but I could never have predicted sales of this level!

This single looks like it has the ability to overtake the tremendous success “truth/Kaze no Mukou e”. For the third year in a row, Arashi looks to have an amazingly successful year.

UPDATE: “Believe/Kumori Nochi, Kaisei” easily became the number one single with just two days of sales. Its first week sales were an astonishing 502,000 copies – easily placing it as the number one single of 2009 as well as the highest first week sales of the year.