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Posts about Hello! Project's heroines.


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Airii~n Deshou?! Monthly Wrap Up (June 2011 Edition)

Another month has come and gone so here's June's wrap-up post. As expected, I didn't break last month's Airii~n deshou?! post record, but I came much closer than I ever thought, especially considering I now have school to attend daily.

Both Kanon and Erina got solo let's-stare-into-the-camera DVDs and you can watch previews of them above.

Download and watch episodes 6-8 to see Sayu's home cooking, Maasa/Risako cosplaying, and Manoeri PB making of among other things.

Continuing the barrage of magazine/photobook pictures that we've see of Airi lately are some scans of the magazine Young Gangan. I also reached a pretty big milestone this month - 100k views.

The shocking announcement became even more surprising with an interview with Tsunku.

 There was a pretty epic Sayu appearance that Hyakupa subtitled into English. Watch as Sayu and staff plays a hilarious prank on an unsuspecting host.

Buono!'s Ice Mermaid preview + Natsu Dakara PV preview

First the B-side preview:

I like this song a lot better than Natsu Dakara. As one of the comments said, "Now this IS Buono!!"

This is a perfect example of why I never ignore b-sides. I don't really like Natsu Dakara, but it doesn't matter because Ice Mermaid is pretty cool. And as you'll see below, the Natsu Dakara PV is nice, which makes this single even stronger.

I'm glad that it has much more depth to it than just close ups and dancing. Of course, Buono! themselves are awesome and it shows in this less-than-normal (H!P) PV.

Ice Mermaid plus the Natsu Dakara PV has convinced me enough to buy this single and you can do the same at CDJapan!

EDIT: Oh and this single will be used to promote a MMORPG game. Nice!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Buono!'s Natsu Dakara preview

After one listen, I'm totally not feeling this one. I've absolutely had it with summery happy-go-lucky songs, even though this is only the second one this year. Normally I don't mind variety, but Buono! are rockers. They are at their best with songs like MY BOY, Kataomoi, etc.

I'll withhold complete judgement of this single until I see the PV, but as of right now this is my least favorite Buono! song.

If you like it, you can buy it from CDJapan!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Buono! - Zassou no Uta live 720p HD streaming + download link

A quick peek at what I'm working on:

That is the 720p version of Zassou no Uta live with Dolce. You can download this performance below to check out the quality for yourself and see if your PC is capable of playing 60fps 720p HD video.

Download link (168 MB): http://www.mediafire.com/?hwtdsoj0tvtnh3o

I finished watching the rest of the concert last night and I must say I was largely impressed. Definitely the best Buono! concert I've ever seen. I'll post my full thoughts when I post the full concert in HD (probably Thursday or Friday if all goes well - and it is) so I'll just leave it at that.

For now, enjoy Buono!'s awesomeness above

Miyabi, Yurina - STV What's New Cute (June, 23 2011) download link

A short Miya and Yurina appearance on a random show, to promote Ai no Dangan.

Download link (1 minute, 22 MB): http://www.mediafire.com/?amcfm5yfu3n4gob

Monday, June 27, 2011

Buono! - Re;Buono! concert SD download link (fixed!)

Here's Buono!'s newest concert!

Kitahara Sayaka - Yappa Seishun limited DVD download link

On the limited DVD is the ending theme of Inazua Eleven GO and the PV of Yappa Seishun.

Yappa Seishun anime ED download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?3wsi5dbd6w91st7

Yappa Seishun PV 60fps download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?6t6il8ya9r1csfn

Yappa Seishun PV 30fps download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?mz5sgpwc5wa000d

Morning Musume - Only you (Dance Shot Another Ver.) download link

In my previous Only you download post, I didn't encode this version because no one uploaded the ISO so here is my encode from my copy that came today.

60fps version: http://www.mediafire.com/?5v0enapbgd931ux

30fps version: http://www.mediafire.com/?tvj7l2afv0mgb7a

Another package!

And it's from CDJapan~

Only you - Limited C edition, Kitahara Sayaka's debut single Yappa Seishun limited edition, and Buono!'s Re;Buono! Blu-ray concert!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ai no Dangan making of gifs

The making of was awesome and filled with awesome moments. Therefore it's gif post time again~!

Berryz Koubou - Ai no Dangan single v download link

On this single v is the normal PV, another dance shot ver. (this time, with less zooming), and the making of.

Ai no Dangan 30 fps PV download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?117b2n3ihxxi16s

Ai no Dangan 60 fps PV download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?o1kcd542588nfnw

Saturday, June 25, 2011

[TPF] Sayumi, Reina - Oh! Doyagao Summit (subbed)

Sayu and Reina were on the TV show Oh! Doyagao Summit a couple of weeks ago talking about how to take better cellphone pictures of yourself.

It's a pretty funny short appearance that is also is informative.

Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?yjj4fcssv73pwv6

Or grab it on the tracker.

This is LoveSayumin's (also known as Vanilla here on my blog) first project with TPF so congrats!

Buying rare H!P goods and merchandise - a guide to online shopping part two

Last time I talked about a bunch of different websites where you can buy CDs, DVDs, and things like that. Today I'll be explaining how you can beef up your collection with tour goods like towels and member T-shirts and also how you can get your hands on rare and out-of-print items that normally would be impossible for a foreign fan to buy.

Photo courtesy of HelloStoreUSA

C-ute - Momoiro Sparkling Dance Shot Ver. download link

Yay, someone finally uploaded the DVDISO.

60fps download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?38tzaa0gpa0xsp1

30fps download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?twya5jpyql7hqhv

Friday, June 24, 2011

Aichan's last single has an impossibly long title

Well, it's finally happening. Morning Musume's 47th single will be Aichan's last. It's a double A-side titled Kono Chikyu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatteirun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai.

...yeah, I'm never going to remember that.

There are four normal versions (three limited DVD versions), which you can now pre-order at CDJapan. The first press regular edition comes with a trading card. There is also an Aichan graduation version where the second song is an Aichan solo. Now is as good as a time as ever to show your support for Morning Musume!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ai no Dangan contest

Today I'm starting my 4th contest! The prize is this:

The regular edition of Berryz Koubou's Ai no Dangan single - still brand new.

But wait, there's more:

Looking through some of my newer photo purchases revealed some duplicates. So, the second place winner will get three Miya/Maiha L-size photos!

This contest will be very similar to my first contest. You can do whatever you want whether it's singing, dancing, fanart, a fanfic or whatever. Just as long as it fits this contest's theme - Ai no Dangan. So, send in your Ai no Dangan fandubs/dance covers/fanfics or anything just as long as its Ai no Dangan related!

Entries are due by Friday July 1st 11:00 PM US Eastern Time. Post them here or email me at airiindeshou@gmail.com (remember to tell me your name too!).

Two Maasa + Risako TV appearances download link

Maasa and Risako were on two shows together on June 18th to promote Ai no Dangan.

These two appearances are both very brief and don't have much substance to them, but it's a chance to see Maasa and Risako nonetheless.

Maasa and Risako on Entertainment Samurai: http://www.mediafire.com/?evf6nc316vprzg0

Maasa and Risako on Momochi Hama DX Store: http://www.mediafire.com/?vxldy1pv15r35bp

It seems like these encodes were just downloaded off of Youtube, but the quality is good enough (both are 720p HD).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Berryz on Kuru Kuru Miracle download link

Captain, Chinami, and Momoko were guests on the TV show Kuru Kuru Miracle to promote Ai no Dangan last Friday. The promotion doesn't seem to end, does it? (Not that I'm complaining; good job UFA)

I think this appearance is above average - it's not your typical boring "hey go buy our single! kthnx" that happens on some shows. There were legitimate funny and awesome moments and I had a great time watching. I mostly credit Momo for that. Some people don't like her, but you can't deny that she makes TV appearances (and anything, really) interesting.

Berryz Koubou - Ai no Dangan (subbed) 720p HD

Finished this on the weekend but I've had a ton of tests this week so I didn't have time to post about it until now.

Thanks to risusaTEN for the translation.

I've been experimenting with softsubs so here are two download links. First, a normal hardsubbed .mp4 file and then a softsubbed 60fps .mkv file. Choose whichever you want.

Download link (30fps, 720p, mp4): http://www.mediafire.com/?15ti7w6eb31utu6

Download link (60fps, 720p, mkv): http://www.mediafire.com/?4bcmxx68qwxfdru

BTW this has nothing to do with TPF; this was just me subbing an awesome song because I had free time last weekend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

[TPF] Berryz on Music on Saturday 6/17/11 subbed download link

Oh hey, it's the first sub I've worked on since joining TPF! We're going to do all of Berryz's appearances on this show (there are still moar to come), so look forward to it!

Basically, it's 6 minutes of Berryz awesomeness, as you can see by Chinami's impersonation of Beat Takeshi above.

Download link (166 MB, 6 minutes, 720p HD): http://www.mediafire.com/?4x5t2arqy4gussp

If you want to help us out, we could really use translators among other talented people! Read more here.

DAWA and Kanon on Yaguchi Hitori 5/30/11 download link

S/mileage members DAWA and Kanyon on Yaguchi's show promoting the auditions.

Download link (not my encode, thanks to the original encoder): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SZ4N3A57

Encoding status 6/21

Might as well do another one of these.

Just in case you missed the post last time, this is just a brief update on what type of downloads to expect in the near future.

Currently working on/will be released soon-ish:

- H!P 2011 Winter Blu-ray

I already released the A-gana bonus footage last week and very soon I will be releasing the main concert. All three versions are done encoding. The 408p version is done uploading and I still have to upload some of the 720p version and all of the 1080p version. B-kkuri is put on hold because of the below video.

- Re;Buono Blu-ray concert

Both the normal DVD and the Blu-ray version releases tomorrow and my copy should be here sometime between Friday-Monday. When I get it, it will become priority #1.

- Cutie Land 5

Since I'm done with the A-gana concert, I'll focus on getting this done. I have one of three discs done and the other two should be done by tomorrow-ish but I don't know when I can upload them because the A-gana 720p and 1080p upload takes a while to complete.

- Ai no Dangan sub

Ai no Dangan is so awesome I had to sub it. It's 100% done and uploaded and I will blog about it later today.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ever wanted to be a fansubber? We could use your help!

Fansubbing group Twilight Paradise Fansubs (TPF for short) is looking for new members. I recently joined to help out, but right now it's just me and the group's leader, SFG.

We're currently working hard to bring you guys new subtitled goodies, but we can't do it alone! If you have experience doing any fansubbing job - translation, timing, typesetting, editing, encoding, whatever - then we could use you! Right now the plan is to just gather a bunch of talented individuals and continue on as a group from there.

Even if you don't have experience, you still have a chance to join. I have done virtually every fansubbing job listed above and have trained a handful of individuals to do those jobs. If you have a burning passion for H!P and some free time, then you probably still can help us out. Read on for more information.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kanna in a movie

Kanna + guns = instantly awesome

It releases next month.

Newest members of H!P Eggs

Three new Eggs have joined:


EDIT:  3 more Eggs were added - two of them should be familiar to you: Otsuka Aina, Mogi Minami (both MM 9th gen finalists) and Ogawa Rena.

HelloPro! Time Episodes 7 + 8 screenshots + download link

To make up for missing last week, here is a double episode post. Episode 7 features cameraman Maasa, Manoeri, and Suzuki Kanon.

It starts off with Maasa and Risako standing around in the rain near Akihabara Station.

Akihabara is like the nerd mecca. It's a district filled with nothing but nerdy Anime, video games, and electronic shops. What could Maasa and Risako be doing there?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

C-ute's live Youtube concert stream download link

I didn't record this myself because of some issues I was having, so thankfully someone else uploaded their recording. It even includes the bonus rehearsal footage that was aired a couple of hours before the concert!

80% of the time, the quality was much better than the USTREAM concert from a month ago, so although this is the exact same concert, I still advise you to watch this one as well!

This is a re-encode from the videos on the tracker so thanks to the original encoder.

Concert download link (2 hours, 614 MB): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XBG56UYI

Fixed rehearsal footage download link (9 minutes, 43 MB): http://www.mediafire.com/?b0q39e09iuab9fg

If there are any glitches or anything (besides the inevitable random freezes that a live recording will have), please let me know because I don't have time to QC these videos.

Buying H!P merchandise - a guide to online shopping part one

I've been meaning to do this post for a long time now so I'm glad that I'm finally taking time out to do it. This post is meant to inform anyone who wants to know how to support their favorite H!P group (or any Japanese artist).

Chances are that if you are reading this blog, you don't live in Japan, which means you probably can't simply walk into a store and buy what you want (must be nice!). Despite that setback, there are still many ways that you can fulfill your dreams of having a decked out room full of H!P goodies.

In this first part I will talk about how you can buy H!P media (CDs, DVDs, and stuff).

Before I begin, here is a quick list of the websites and companies that I will feature in these posts. I will talk about all of the major online retailers that serve foreigners, as well as some off of the beaten path.

For buying CDs, DVDs, and photobooks, there is CDJapan, Amazon Japan, HMV Japan, Yesasia, and Play-Asia. All of those websites are in English (Amazon Japan is mostly Japanese, but if you've ever used the English Amazon website, it's the exact same layout) and have a healthy stock of H!P media.

If actual goods (e.g. T-shirts, towels, photocards, etc) are what you're looking for, HelloStoreUSA is the only English website where you can officially buy those items.

Finally, there are a couple of alternative websites that you can turn to, to buy rare and hard to find H!P items. There's eBay, Yahoo Japan Auctions, e-LineUP, Mall City, Celga, and Noppin (among a couple of others).

1000yen off at CDJapan

CDJapan, my favorite online retailer for J-pop, right now has a sale where if you buy stuff worth at least 5000 yen via Paypal, then you get a 1000 yen coupon.

I've been shopping at CDJapan for years and I must say this is one of the best sales they've ever had.

Now would be the perfect time to catch up on some singles you missed, or pre-order things like Buono!'s new single.

Actually I am preparing a long, detailed blog post comparing and contrasting all of the major online J-pop stores that ships to foreigners. I've you've ever wondered where you should shop to get your H!P goods, then that post is for you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reminder: C-ute live on Youtube in less than 8 hours!

In about 7 and a half hours from now, C-ute staff will be broadcasting C-ute's concert today, live on Youtube.

You can watch here:

I'll be recording it and will upload it tomorrow for those of you who can't watch.

New Berryz vs C-ute concert!!

Berryz and C-ute's 2011 Fall concert tours will be done together - yep, it's another Berryz vs C-ute battle concert!!

Berryz and C-ute are my two favorite H!P groups so I'm really excited for this. Their 2008 battle concert (photobook pictured above) is one of my favorite concerts of all time so I know this will be nothing short of epic. Can't wait!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mano Erina's Hatachi no Hatsukoi making of screenshots + download link

Making of Manoeri's newest PB release.

This making of is extremely hot. See for yourself:

Momoiro Sparkling making of gifs part two

More gifs! This time with moar Chisato. As usual, this post will probably take a while to load so be patient.

Morning Musume - Only you limited DVDs download link

Here is the Dance Shot Ver. and the Close Up Ver. I have yet to buy this single so I can't encode the other version ("Another Dance Shot Ver.") until someone uploads the ISO.

Morning Musume - Only you Close Up Ver. download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?259cfnccf3o5598

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Momoiro Sparkling making of gifs part one

Here are a bunch of gifs from the Momoiro Sparkling making of. I made over 30 gifs (talk about going gif crazy!) so I'll post the rest of them in a separate post later so that this doesn't take forever to load.

Morning Musume on Happy Music 6/11/11 720p download link

A couple of days ago, Morning Musume were guests on Happy Music and performed Only you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The differences between DVDs and Blu-ray

Whenever I do Blu-ray encodes I always like to compare the resulting BDRIP with the normal DVD check out any differences. For H!P's 2011 Winter Concert (A-gana version), I did exactly that and decided to share the results. This should help anyone who is on the fence about the powers of Blu-ray.

C-ute - Momoiro Sparkling Single V download link

The single v contains the normal PV, close-up another ver., and the jacket + PV making of.

Momoiro Sparkling normal PV download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?y5kend51j9av3xu

[Blu-ray] H!P 2011 Winter A-gana bonus

I'm laaaaaaaaate. I know, I know. Things got in the way. And this for three different versions and then having to upload them took up a good chunk of time. But, here is the A-gana concert. The bonus performances anyway. I have 480p version of the actual concert done and 720p and 1080p won't be too far behind so look for another A-gana blu-ray post soon-ish.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ai no Dangan Dance Shot gifs

I saw too many hot scenes to not make a ton of gifs from the dance shot. There were a bunch of close ups (WHYYYYYYYYYY), so almost all of the members has a solo gif here. Oh and it goes without saying that this post could take a while to load if your internet sucks

Let's start with some Risako touching shall we?

Butt dance part one

Ai no Dangan limited DVDs

Since my copies came in, here are my encodes of Ai no Dangan's Dance Shot Ver. and Close-up Ver.

If you want to actually own these DVDs, you can buy the single!

Ai no Dangan GET x3

My CDJapan package finally came!

Ikuta Erina's e-Hello solo DVD preview

Titled Greeting ~Ikuta Erina~