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10 best underrated songs of Hello!Project

Yes, finally another countdown. I really like those. Everybody’s busy making their Top of 2014 lists but I thought I’d do something a bit different (and probably do my Top of 2014 list later ==).

Hello!Project has many amazing songs that are rather too old or need a bit more time on one’s mp3 player to gain more acknowledgement among fans. I hope that you’ll find something nice for yourself or relive some good oldies you might have once listened to *sniff*.

The order is completely random.

Smile Bijin by S/mileage

It’s not so old but still there’s nearly not enough buzz around this great song. Lyrics are pretty random. The usual broken-hearted teenage angst. So what’s so ear-catching about it? The beginning. It makes you think of Yume miru 15, which was an EPIC song on its own. I highly recommend it!

subbed by amazing StillCrypticShadow8

I know by Matuura Aya

I’m not a huge Aya fan although I appreciate her amazing vocals and pure idol perfection. She’s just not my favourite. A bit too cheesy with earlier singles and a bit too mature with later ones. However, I know is so catchy that you just can’t help yourself with those Oh yeahs. I’d love to dance with her during a live performance.

Dekoboko Seventeen by W(double u)

Sighs. Aibon, my sweet Aibon. Lyrics combined with the very serious beat do not match at all but so what. I just love this seriousness. Very rare in idol songs. Their voices blend so well together. I’m always happy to watch any newer renditions of this song.

Kuchibiru Kara Ai wo Choudai by v-u-den

Those times when we all thought that v-u-den is the stupidest group name ever. Well, Tsunku likes to prove us wrong. But to get back to the song, again music doesn’t match the lyrics at all. But if you firget about the stupid meaning it’s an epic, aggressive song in which I forget how horrible all three of the vocalists sound.

Sweets →→→live by C-ute

I was never Kanna’s fan (were there any?) and Chisato needed more time to grow on me. Back then, with the LOVE escalation album, she was just a tomboy with a strange face and strong voice. The song was an instant favourite for me not because of the girls but purely because of the catchy melody. It’s really non-explainable.

Renaitte Nani? by Kago Ai

Well, with this one it’s a bit tricky. Aibon is my all time favourite and this might have biased my choice a tiny bit. Would I claim it’s a great song? Yes *coughmaybecough*. Would I claim that the lyrics are meaningful? Kinda *coughNOTcough*. Oh, just give it a try! Isn’t she the most adorable thing ever?!

Da Di Du De Do Da Di by Morning Musume

Don’t look at me like that! I know the title is ridiculous. I know the lyrics are random at best but it’s a really warm song designed for many idols to sing together and just hug and kiss a lot. Solo version of this sing just don’t work well for me. Even Aibon’s version is not so appealing to me. It’s nice but not great.

Do Don Ga Don Ondo by C-ute Erika Umeda (mainly)

*hands up* Don’t shoot! It’s not my fault this song is so unbelievably catchy. It’s silly, it’s nonsensical, it’s Erika Umeda’s disastrous vocals but I LOVE it. We need more of this song live. I bet Chisato would pull it off so well.

Zettai Tokeru Mondai X = ❤ by Matsuura Aya

This song gives me so much good energy. Just imagine yourself jumping with the crowd and chanting GO ON! GOING TO GO! Sheesh, this song is just plain stupid. But it’s pure win. There’s something very infectious about it that makes me smile and want to run and I swear to God I hate running.

with a surprise appearance at the end…

Love da*yo Darling by Kusumi Koharu

Another silly, over the top, nonsensical song for little girls that I really enjoy. It’s the perfect example of the famous Koharu’s spazz. She might be a lousy singer, a mediocre dancer but as an entertainer she’s the one you’re looking for. This is the spazztastic anime-mode-on Koharu that you either love or begrudgingly admit that even Momo is less annoying.

Anything you’d like to add? 🙂

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January 8, 2015 at 2:21 AM 4 comments

The battle of hairstyles – fresh Momusu edition

8th place and 7th place

A tie between Gaki-san and Eririn – why anybody would pair two worst hairstyle makeover for the same photo? Rivers of tears were shed upon Gaki’s new hairstyle. They really screwed it big time. She looks older and less attractive. With Erin it’s somewhat a different story. She looks amazing in her PB Hatachi but fails to looks good in most of her photos. She’s just not my type. But the hair.. oh the horrible hair makes it even worse. It’s really one of the haircuts that looks awful on every body.

6th place

Linlin– the sporty hairstyle isn’t suitable for an idol. It’s more like a volleyball player hairstyle. Not too flattering but absolutely comfortable. There are many ways to make a ponytail look nice. E.g.

BLAND. UGLY. YUUUUK. As opposed to…

Much better, MUCH better :*

5th place

Takitty – don’t get me wrong, the hairstyle isn’t really bad. It’s very nice but there are better ones in the photo. I like the fact that the bun is a bit flat. Let’s look at the examples of nice buns and bad buns 😀

A really bad bun. First of all I don’t think that ANY bun would suit her face. I love Aibon with all my heart but I hate her looking like this.

The infamous grandma look Aya presented in the PV for her single Kizuna should be a warning for all japanese idols. Look out for the bun! Done badly can be lethat D:

A GOOD BUN. Airi would probably manage all hairstyles but the bun suits her exceptionally well.

The best bun so far. Why? Because it isn’t perfectly styled. It seems casual and for me that’s the point of a good bun. Somewhat loose and done carelessly.

4th place

JunJun– the hairstyle itself is great. That’s why she ranked this high. But the thing is that I prefer the cool and slick JunJun rathe than the annoyingly cute JunJun. That’s reserved for Sayumi. I think that Sayu and JunJun should swap the hairstyles.

3rd place

Sayumi – As already mentioned before Sayu would look better in sweet curly pigtails. Tha plait is too thick. She could have left her hair straight. But overall it’s good old Sayu.

2nd place

Reina– I tried my best to overlook her face. She looks so fake when trying to pull off innocent. But her hair is just plain great. She looks good with her hair down NOT half down. The ponytails she wore were irritaing. This version seems like a great alternative between her old favourite hairstyle and a new one.

DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD:

1st place

Mittsi- sorry haters but you must admit that Aika looks so much better here than on her older photos. Her forehead isn’t gawking at anybody anymore. The hairstyle is cute, classy and works almost everytime. From the very begining of her career, Mittsi was regarded as the teddybear and only for Resonant Blue showed off her badass side – good for her! You can straigher this hairstyle a bit and we have the Resonant Blue look and than curl it for the teddybear session. Both thumbs up! 😄 Why the hell did she had to destroy it for Seishun Collection D:

An obligatory picspam for the winner!

Ladybird

Listening to: Berryz Koubou  “Joushi Basketball Club ~Asaren Atta Hi no Kamigata~”

July 12, 2010 at 3:43 PM 4 comments

The battle of hairstyles – stale Berryz Koubou edition

7th place

Saki – I’m sorry Captain. I adore you so much yet you fail big time with your early hair. Now I see why she wasn’t too popular then. Since nothing interesting happens with her hair, everybody’s eyes were on her gigantic eyebrows.

6th place

Chinami– good gracious! She looks like a plain, bland, boring pupil posing for her yearbook photo D: This hair makes her rectangular face look even more rectangular.

5th place

Momoko- she was supposed to be the quirky and fun one, right? So where is it?! P L A I N and not even pretty plain. Just boring plain. Really, they are supposed to look like idols. Wearing school uniforms should help them look cute and innocent and not boring.

4th place

Maasa – what else can I say about PLAIN?!!

3rd place

Yurina – the only consistent girl out of Berryz. It’s too sophisticated but it suits her. She’s almost there. Still a bit plain.

2nd place

Miyabi – well, that’s a surprise. Usually I hate her hairstyles. It seems that she likes to go to the extreme with her hair. There’s always too much of it. Either as a bird nest or as a Niagara of hair extensions. But those plaits are cute. She used this hairstyle in her PB and it really helped with her pointy chin. Just cut the fringe. Look at Risako.

1st place

Risako – It might seem that I’m a hardcore Risako-hater. Not true! I’m just a hardcore fat-screeching-line-whoring-Risako hater 😄 But she wasn’t like that all the time. I mentioned it before. She was fucking adorable when she was younger! The cuteness of  young Risako meets the level of Airi’s always present cuteness and that means a lot said by me 😀 Those curly pigtails and a perfect fringe. Yummy.

A picspam for the winner!



Ladybird

Listening to: Sayumi Michishige “It’s you”

July 8, 2010 at 7:59 PM 5 comments

The battle of hairstyles – fresh Berryz Koubou Edition

THE LATEST PHOTO

6th place

Miyabi – no problems here ladies and gentlemen. I know that they wanted to go for the rockish look but this is  a bit over the top.

Tsunku: Alright, girls. This time I want something more hardcore.

Momoko: No more plastic props and pink khaki?

Tsunku: Mhmm.., I save this for the next single. I still can’t decide. Maybe a mix? Pink sparkly costumes from cellophane, cardboard props and plastic microphones a’la Rainbow Pink…

Berryz Koubou : NOOOOOOO DDDDD:

Tsunku: We still have time. Now we gotta talk about this rock idea.

Chinami: We should stay cute and pretty but with this rockish edge. Just like Buono! Miya what do you think?

Miyabi: Fuck Buono! I’m sick of pop-rock. I want hardcore rock with a homeless person costume, an old rag covering my ugly forehead, sweaty armpits and smelly feet. I want to drink too much vodka and have a  blasting hangover and want to drink water straight from the toilet! Hell yeah!

Berryz Koubou – *facepalm*

Not a very good idea…. ==’

5th place

Maasa – Oh, give me a break! The fierce Maasa? The one with THE LOOK? The kickass badass the EVIL? In a motherfucking ponytail?!!!!! With her hair covered in lard and stuck to the side of her face? She looks like a bookworm! Argh…  She would look so awesome with a truly rock (but still PRETTY) hairstyle!

4th place

Risako – yeah, quite high I must admit. It’s just because HALF of her hairstyle is decent. But the fringe?! God, I want to straighten it sooo badly D: It’s too girly and doesn’t suit the rest. Plus it makes her big head look even bigger.

3rd place

Yurina – and that’s just because she looks nice with this hairstyle. It looks itsy bitsy edgy but still too bland.

2nd place

Saki – I don’t really dig the whole “shave a half of your scapl” hairstyle that is so trendy this days. Two people in my classroon already did it! It looks horrible on everybody. Saki’s head survived the attack of the razor but they pinned half of her hair back. Remember Hitomi’s hair from her graduation concert?

No, nope, nada, niet, NIEEEE. There is just ONE person on the world that can look like nearly scalped and still be beautiful. Just ONE.

Yeah…. :3

1st place

Chinami – I love her new hairstyle! It suits her well. A bit of baldness present but not so striking so I’ll survive 🙂 And the smokey eye?! I adore smokey eyes! She’s the only member of Berryz that managed to do the rock-and-cute hair. The winner needs some attention!!! Picspam!!! 😄

P.S. Momoko doesn’t count because she must have fired her hair stylist recently and forgot to do her hair on her own 😄

ladybird

Listening to: Tokito Ami “Sentimental Generation”

July 8, 2010 at 1:54 AM Leave a comment

Paul Thomas wants YOU to rank

In the field of rankings, Paul’s poll is one of those that simply can’t be skipped. It’s easy, and what’s most important, fun to do.  It felt like puzzles ^0^. Well, done Paul.  Here are my results. Those are a bit random cause I don’t have some particular feelings towards some of the members. But I tried my best to rank them all 😀

MEMBERS RANKING


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April 4, 2010 at 3:32 PM 5 comments

Celestia’s poll – my top 10 ever

Here —->Celestia’s Poll you can read all the information about the poll.  Celestia set a very challenging task. Choosing top ten H!P songs of all times is plain evil. I ranked the previous year’s songs and it took a lot of effort ( see top 5 songs to fight insomnia with , top 5 songs to torture old ladies with , top 5 songs to deflower hp virgins with , top 5 songs to reduce cellulite with , top 5 songs to lose your friends with ). There are so many categories, so many songs and periods in my life.   I had a period when I was obsessed with Lucky Cha Cha Cha by Mini Moni  and a period when I detested this song. I’m easily bored and after listening for the fifth time to a song I start to hate it. So how should I approach a ranking like that? Top 10 songs I used to be obsessed with or top 10 songs I like right now? I decided to balance it and give more credit to songs I used to listen to till my ears bled.

10. Buono ‘My Boy’

‘My Boy’ ranks high in most of my personal lists of favourites. The preview shook my world. With all it’s innovation, energy and angst this song seemed so out of place.  I couldn’t believe that it was H!P. This was actually meaningful for a change.

Yeah, it might have been wrong of me to not listen to your worries…
So of course, it’s OK if you can’t tell me about everything (source-http://projecthello.com/shugo/myboy.html)

The narrator is not one of those overly cute girls singing about popcorn love, everyday happiness and life being one time. She’s not the kind of girl who dies first in a slasher but the girl who laughs at somebody who dies first and than kicks the killer’s ass. A wind of fresh air in a pop genre, really. Miss Miura Yoshiko (the person behind the lyrics. Thanks Kirarin☆Snow for the right name :)) YOU rock. So why number 10? This song is fairly new and needs more time on my mp3 player to gain my respect 🙂 Right now it’s just a very good song I like to listen to.  I admire it but I don’t obsess over it.

9. Guardians 4 ‘Omakase Guardian’

Crazy as it seems (I don’t deny it) I love this song’s silly lyrics even more than I love ‘My Boy’s Kakkoiness 😀 You shouldn’t argue over tastes. Logic has nothing to do with it. I listened to this song far more than to number 10 and it’s a fact.  Nothing more to say 🙂 If I try to seek for reasons I get to the conclusion that it’s all about ‘makasete ne’ and ‘mamocchau’ 🙂 It’s so fun to sing it. The whole song screams positive and energetic. I really want to have a jump and do a V sign and I’m not ashamed of it (although my friends are absent when I dance to this song with a crazy grin plastered to my face).

8. Mini Moni ‘Mirakururun Grand Purin!’

To fully appreciate the beauty of this song, you must feel into the first lines sung by Tsuji. The way she delivers them is indescribable. She captured my heart immediately and holds to it to this very day. Mini Moni is the ultimate guilty pleasure. We all know it’s for the kids but who cares anyway. As long as it entertains me, it’s awwrite 😀 I even learnt the dance to Jankenpyon. One day I WILL meet Mari-chan and I’ll perform it in front of her. I just need to gather millions of hits on youtube with the videos of me staring at the camera.   Piece of cake =]

7. Morning Musume ‘Kanashimi Twilight’

Feministic badassness rulez!!! Look at them! Dare to say otherwise. They rock my socks. An they definitely rock their socks. I want a pair like that!  Tsunku should mix Shabondama drama with  Kanashimi Twilight’s badass attitude. Only Aika and Wonkyeyed don’t fit the picture. Reina misunderstood ‘sleazy’ for ‘easy’ while Aika is too young to understand anything. The key to success here are the guitar riff, great dance, great costumes and creative lyrics. It was definitely a step in a good direction.

6. Berryz Koubou ‘Happy Stand Up’

It’s monotonous but at the same time infectious. It has Risako but at the same time she strangely fits there. It has insane lyrics but at the same time goddamn amazing melody. Taking everything listed above into the account and at the same time ignoring it – I LIKE THIS SONG. Simple as that 🙂 Starting a concert with this song is a better idea than ‘Guru Guru Jump’, ‘JUMP’ or even worse ‘Lalala Shiawase’. Just skip the alien motif and it’ll be fine.

5.  C-ute ‘Tokkaiko Junjou’

This song is a milestone for C-ute. It has the greatest PV this far (I mean it).  I’m not ashamed in the least to listen to it with my friends and some of them even like it. The remarkable intro by Maimi, MaiMai’s lines, plot line, costumes I would like to wear on the daily basis, great hair – what’s more to crave? It’s the full package.  True life seek, my friends. True life seek 😄

4. Zoku Viyuden ‘ONLY YOU’

One of the recent songs ranked this far even with Risako’s vocals. How is it possible? It’s against all the rules of the universe! But it’s so damn amazing. It’s a song that lets you get fully into it without a break for ‘Ehhh? Why the hell do they sing about the president?!’ or ‘OMFG what’s that screech?!’ 🙂 This song sooo needs a PV. Mhmm… Sayumi dressed only in lace jumping on a bed with feathers flying all over the place , JunJun with her hair down and slightly curly playing an air guitar while headbanging on a table and Risako in the corner with a paper bag on her head. Yeah, that would be pure liquid win…

3.  Kusumi Koharu ‘Koi Kana’

One of those songs that gets in your head and doesn’t want to get out. I know the lyrics and can’t stop myself from singing out load every time I hear this song.  Kusumi established her trademark – puffy dress, simplistic setting, catchy melody and a dance on a platform. It works for me every single time. But of course all good things come to an end.

Taking the opportunity, I’d like to draw your attention to Laura Vanamo – Finnish fangirl who sang Koi Kana in Finnish Idol and made it 🙂 Later she made her own version of this song. It’s quite decent. Take a look.

Laura Vanamo ‘s version

Kusumi Koharu’s masterpiece

2. W ‘Dekoboko Seventeen’

My favourite H!P member is in here! I love you Aibon! >o< The song is remarkable. At first, the dance and the tune got me glued to the screen. When it comes to lyrics, one particular piece struck me as outstanding:

itsumade datte mo  anata ga suki
kotoba ga denai de  nakisou
imi naku  imi naku  utsumuichau
doushite?

http://projecthello.com/w/dekoboko.html <—— here you’ll find the translated lyrics.

Of course, I totally adore all W’s song. Matsu wa used to make me cry, Shiroi Iro Koibito melted my heart, Furimukanaide made me laugh and so on. But only Dekoboko Seventeen became a true obsession.

1. C-ute ‘Wakkyanai (Z)’

Isn’t it a weird choice for number one? A song from the times when Megumi was still the one with greatest vocals and personality while Airi still needed time to bloom. I don’t remember how it happened that I’ve seen this song performed during a Wonderful Hearts concert. I suppose it was when I typed Hello Project into the search engine on Youtube.  It wasn’t the first song that I’ve seen from H!P cafe but it was the first that I couldn’t get enough of. Maybe a part of its legend is the fact that at that time it was nearly impossible for me to have a mp3 version of this song. Computers weren’t very friendly, you know.  What’s more, I couldn’t find a translation. Fortunately, Hello!Fansubs proved helpful and now I can enjoy this song fully. Cute dance is something that we don’t see these days very often. Ooki na Ai de motenashite’s dance was repetitive and thus annoying. Sakura Chirari’s was just plain ugly while Lala Shiawase’s is out of the question. Wakkyanai (Z)’s dance manages to pull off cute without being boring or too simplistic. The same goes for the song itself.

Conclusion

It was extremely hard to decide on top 10 songs when so many factors counted. I discussed costumes, PVs, dances and members of the unit but in the end I took into account only the songs. I wonder about the results of Celestia’s poll. I recommend visiting her site and voting for YOUR favourites. Can’t wait 🙂

Ladybird

Listening to : all the songs mentioned above

January 25, 2010 at 8:18 PM 13 comments


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