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Beginner First Day Sales

Yesterday David and I were talking about AKB and and releases they made this year when he mentioned that 2010 was hands down the best year AKB has seen, as far as singles go.  ‘Ponytail to Shushu’ and ‘Heavy Rotation’ were instant classics as far as we were concerned.  I …

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SKE48’s B-sides are Peculiar.

SKE’s 4th single had a great, lively, energetic PV.  Later I came to realize that they had created 3 other PVs for the accompanying B-side tracks as well.  As a whole, they are less impressive than ‘1, 2, 3, 4 Yoroshiku!’ but it’s really nothing to complain about as having …

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What Do I Know?

It was a topic on this weeks show as well as Dae’s most recent post. Beginner. How will it do? I expressed opinions that it wouldn’t do so well. Or at least not well as the last two singles did. But honestly, what do I know? Dae credited me as …

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Beginner Shows Ambition; But Will it Succeed?

‘Beginner’ is my favorite single of 2010 among the intense set of releases made this year from Akimoto Yasushi’s group, AKB48. Everything about it screams ambition; the unique multiple-center dance formations, unconventional single, controversial PV, a new concept for b-sides, and the recent news of 1,030,000 copies of ‘Beginner’ being …

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SDN48 is onto Something.

When SDN48 announced that their debut single was approaching, I was a little worried. SDN48, a sister group to AKB48, is a more mature and adult variation of the AKB format, consisting of members mostly in their twenties. Despite having been established over a year ago, they haven’t done much …

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I Guess I Should Have Known

While in Japan last month, I came about the topic of a singer that I didn’t know but I guess should have. I was playing Rhythm Tengoku for GBA with my girlfriend and the song above, Koi no Honey Sweet Angel, played. I mentioned that I really liked the song …

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Match Made in Heaven

Among the Nintendo DS titles I own, Professor Layton and Ace Attorney have to be my top two franchises. Someone up there must really like me, cause this just happened: Professor Layton vs. Gyakuten Saiban will be developed by both Capcom and Level-5 for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS. It is …

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