Monday, December 30, 2019

My JPop year 2019

2019 was overall a great year for me and music definitly played a big part in it, I have to admit though that I listend to a lot of other music besides jpop. Most of my playlist is still japanese music but a lot of english, some korean, some chinese and some thai music found it's way on my playlist and there were some I badly love and played on repeat for weeks. Let's go in detail with what I liked best this year when it comes to japanese music. The start is a list of the songs I absolutly loved that have been released this year.


Battle Boys Fukuoka - 1000 km (this is by far my favorite Battle Boys song ever)
Amezari Red Stars - Be Alright (couldn't find it online)
SIRUP - Eien (towa) ni (sadly I couldn't find this online but if you have the chance please listen to it, it's so freakin' good, much better then the originial!!)

Of course these are not the only songs I loved the most this year, there have been a few albums I enjoyed pretty much all songs of, so I listed them extra. I did write a little about the album but I didn't link every single song but I did add a spotify link to the albums.



HARUMI - MAKE A DIFFERENCE


I wrote about this album before. I really love all the song on this so freakin' much. Her voice is super powerful and strong and she delivers the emotions in some of the songs so well. My absolute favorites are "Don't Break My Heart" and "DARE ME" but all the songs are so good. For only 5 songs this 'mini' album also has a good mix of songs. Absolutly recommended!!



_PRIZMAX_ - FRNKSTN


DANCE was the first song of this album that got uploaded to youtube. I loved it right away, thought now it's my least favorite song on the album. I honestly didn't knew what to expect of this album with the new members. I was so supprised that this is such a good album. All the songs are freakin' amazing up beat songs fully sung in english. By the way my absolute favorite of them is "WHO".



Mukai Taichi - 27; Mukai Taichi - Savage


I am a huge fan of Mukai Taichi. Not only is his voice really beautiful but I tend to really enjoy the style of his music. As you can see he released two albums this year. I would consider '27' to be a mini album since it has only 7 songs, thought Savage has only 11 songs as well. However what is most important is the music and guys you have to listen to this if you liked any of his music before. 
I recommend all of the songs but it seems like I listend to ICBU and I very much recommend I Like it, thought honestly if you have some time do listen to all of his music, maybe you will love it as much as I do.



Sakudara Dori - Sakura da Festa BEST


Whenever I think about listening to this album I am like, naaahh this wasn't that good but then I listen to it and I love it so much each time. I don't know why I always think this way, maybe because Sakurada Dori will always be more of an actor then a singer to me or maybe a little bit because this cover looks so not like an album cover. However that doesn't matter because the songs on this album are amazing and I love that the style of music is very versatile. You will get everything from a slow songs, to a rock songs, to a song that gives happy summer vibes, to a badass song and more. I can't even name a favorite this time, I love the songs equally. 



Super Dragon - 2nd Emotion


This is probably the album I listened to the most this year. After I went to two of their concerts of the Emotions tour back in March, I couldn't stop replaying this album for a long time. The songs on this album are seriously so good. My number one being 'Paya Paya' also because I love the dance but all the others are so damn good too. I even love the remixes and I uselly don't like remixes a lot. If you haven't listend to it, you should do it soon.



AKLO - REGULAR


I was so excited when AKLO announced to finally release a new album this year. I dig his three albums he released before as well as the collaboration album with Jay'ed so much. To be honest it took me a little to fully appreciate this album but I do now and if you like Rap you will love this as well, thought I would always recommend his older work more over this one. It's a great album anyway. My favorites are definitly 'Addicted' and 'WFN'.



INTERSECTION - INTERSECTION


I love these guys music since they released their debut song 'Heart of Gold'. They have the typical boy group sound, with some nice voices and addicting beats. I love singing along to their songs. When this got released I didn't expect to like all the songs on the album but I was so wrong. Each and every song on this got me so bad. All songs have this super addicting part that makes you want to sing along so bad and you will get them stuck in your head many times. Absolutly recommended!



Chanmina - Never Grow Up


If you like her music and style you will most likely love this album too. I especially love 'Call', 'Never Grow Up' and 'Like This'. To be fair I don't love all the songs on this album but most of them are really good so I decided to post it under the albums too. 



DEVIL NO ID - Devillmatic


This album is so different to what I usually listen to. This whole album feels so messy but it works so well as a whole and even though all the songs have their specific sound it doesn't feel like one is sticking out more then the others. I don't know how to explain the music these three girls created. I just now I very much enjoy it! Give it a try if you haven't listend to any of their songs and if you might not like a song try out another one because they are quite different from each other. By the way I do love all the songs on this album.


Besides the new songs my new discovery of this year is "Official Hige Dandizumu". They are an indie rock group and their music is amazing. I bought three of their albums on itunes and so far I do enjoy them a lot. Another group I discoverd is "Novelbright", gosh they are awesome too, they are also an indie rock group. Besides these two I got very much into the group "NORD". I don't like all of their music, some is just too messy for me but I love some of their songs badly, especially the song 'Mirai'. Then I got more into the music of "CUBERS", I don't think the songs are super outstanding but they are really nice listening to and whenever a song of them get's played when I use the shuffle mode, I am very plesantly supprised to see it's on of their songs.

What are your favorites of 2019? Did you discover any groups you didn't knew before?

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Genin wa Jibun ni Aru (Genjibu) member profiles


Today I wanna share some information about the group "Genin wa Jibun ni Aru", short Genjibu. First of this is not my own information. I found some awesome thread on twitter and asked the person who wrote it if I can post it on my blog and that's what I am doing now. So here is the link to the official thread. *klick here* (Thanks so much for allowing me to repost this here!)


First of some basic information. The members of Genjibu have all been trainees of EBiDAN and were part of the project Battle Boys. In August 2018 a collaboration project between HMV (japanese cd store) and Tahara-san (manager of Super Dragon) started. It was called Battle Street and had the goal to debut a new group. A sample of the new song has been played in the HMV stores and fans were able to vote, for who they think would perform the song the best.

picture taken from the same twitter thread

As a little extra here is also their debut music video.


And now finally here are the member profiles of Genjibu. Once again this is not my work, the lovely Sa wrote all of this on her Twitter-account and I am just sharing it here, in hope more people will get to know Genjibu better. Let's start.



Mutou Jun (武藤潤) 
Birthday : August 18th, 2001 
From Tokyo 
Height : 176.5 cm 
Member Color : Red 
Position : Main vocal
 - Joined Stardust through audition 
- Actor - The moodmaker 
- Admires Mizuki (M!LK) and Takumi (DISH//) 
- A walking meme 
- LOVES MARVEL 
- Actually a crybaby



Yoshizawa Kaname (吉澤要人) 
Birthday : July 12th, 2003 
From Tokyo
Height : 178.1 cm 
Member color : Purple 
Position : Rap 
- An elegant and rich prince 
- Loves musical, classical music, ghibli movies 
- Loves fishing 
- ALWAYS writes about blue sky 
- Loves poems
- He made a tea with tea bag and a mug during photoshoot why don't you just drink water kaname 
- Ponkotsu trio 2/3



Mokudai Kazuto (杢代和人) 
Birthday : May 20th, 2004 
From Tokyo 
Height : 171.4 cm 
Member color : Green 
Position : dance, vocal 
- Narcissist 
- Takes selfies only to admire his own face 
- Talks a lot 
- Also yells a lot 
- Loves to cook 
- Always tries to be sexy 
- Ponkotsu trio 3/3
- Because he just joined Stardust in January 2018, that's why he's the member with the shortest duration for being a trainee



Koizumi Kousaku (小泉光咲) 
Birthday : March 11th, 2003 
From Miyagi 
Height : 172.9 cm 
Member color : White 
Position : Vocal, dance 
- A BABY 
- Innocent 
- Doesn't know how to blow up a balloon 
- I need to be reminded 24/7 that he is already in high school 
- Ponkotsu trio 1/3



Sakuragi Masaya (桜木雅哉) 
Birthday : March 19, 2006
 From Tokyo 
Height : 168 cm 
Member color : Pink 
Position : dance, vocal 
- A cinnamon roll, let's protect him 
- A sunshine 
- Plays game everywhere 
- Ryouchin's no.1 fan 
- Not good at reading kanji 
- Admires DISH//



Nagano Ryouta (長野凌大) 
Birthday : July 16th, 2003 
From Shizuoka 
Height : 164 cm 
Member color : Blue 
Position : Main vocal 
- Smol 
- Center 
- Often called as leader too 
- Ambitious, hates to lose 
- "I was scared of Ryouta when we first met." said by many members
- Actually he's not that scary once you get close, he laughs a lot and is very cute
- He said he's very shy and can't go to a store by himself 
- He even practiced how to talk with the shop assistant



Ookura Takato (大倉空人) 
Birthday : April 12th, 2002 
From Kanagawa 
Height : 174 cm 
Member color : Yellow 
Position : Rap 
- Scouted 
- Oniichan type 
- The moodmaker (2) 
- Admires Jean and Tsuyoshi (Super Dragon) 
- Claimed to be the loudest 
- Nicola model

That's it! If you want to know more about them either write a comment or go in twitter and ask "Sa", Here is the link to her profile once again. *klick here* I hope this helps you to get to know them better. I personally love them a lot, especially Takato and Ryota. Please support them.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

BATTLE BOYS OKINAWA profiles


The next BATTLE BOYS region is Okinawa. The group has only 4 members right now, the 5th one on this picture is Joshua (2nd from left side), he is a BATTLE KiDS member and therfor not featured in this post but most of the time he performs together with the BATTLE BOYS OKINAWA members. 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Setsura graduated from BMK


On July 7th Kitagawa Setsura graduated from Boys And Men Kenkyusei. It was a very sudden announcement that has been done on an fan event, leaving many fans in shock. It seems he wants to keep doing music just in a different way. More hasn't been announced.
It makes me really sad seeing him leaving the group since he was a very important part of it (like each member is). It feels like a part of them is missing now. However I do support him no matter what and I hope that he will achiev his goal, whatever that may be. 
As for BMK I still love them lot's and even though I will miss Setusra, my support for the group won't get less. I honestly hope that they will debut in the near future. All five of them deserve it so much! At least here is the new 5 member profile picture of BMK.


On a side note I have to mention that I love Sotas new hairstyle, the streight-side-cut looks so good on him!


Friday, September 13, 2019

Starmen KiDS to release 3rd mini album


EBiDAN group "StarmenKiDS" announced to release their third mini album on November 26th. The album will be titled "Sutachu~" and once again there will be three diffirent version of the album. So far there is no information about the tracklist and we still have to wait for the covers to be shown. However they did upload a little teaser of the main track "Chugakusei nau" already. Check it out.


I love the song once again and I am very much looking forward to this third album since so far I liked their releases a lot all the time. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

BATTLE BOYS FUKUOKA profiles


Next part is Fukuoka. They are still pretty small but gaining more and more popularity. Their most popular member is Sakutaro but all the other members are lovable too. Definitly check them out.


Check out EBiDANs new song "New Day! New Wave!"



At the EBiDAN The Live 2019 they introduced a new EBiDAN song to the audience. Today they uploaded a video of the live performance. I like the song, it's again a very uplifting song with a great message and I love seeing all my favorite groups performing this together. Another plus for me is that I actually went to this years EBiDAN The Live and watching this gets me all excited once again.
The best thing however is that it's now availible on itunes and spotify as well because in the beginning they only released it on HMV music.

What do you guys think about the new song?

BATTLE BOYS SENDAI profiles


With this post we are half through with the Battle Boys region groups. Sendai is one of the more popular region groups, which might be thanks to former members Ryubi, who is a member of M!LK, and Kousaku, who is a member of "Genin wa Jibun ni Aru". However the still undebuted members of Sendai are not less popular. In the Battle Boys ranking both Haruma and Shuto always rank very high. Check out their profiles.