As I was looking for Hirata Kaoru's virtual date clip a couple of days ago I came across an article covering Akiyama Nana's first shashinshuu titled "Pupil" in the very same issue of UTB! It's always a great surprise when I look at some of my older idol magazines and then recognize an idol whom I wasn't familiar with at all when I had first gotten the issue but now am a bit or a lot familiar with. My Akiyama Nana "infatuation" is still very brand new but seeing an article on her in UTB was nonetheless a wonderful sight!
Now that I've had awhile to listen to her entire catalog many many times I've decided on this to be one of my most favorite songs by her!! Hit play I think you'll like it too…it has a sort of happy walking on sunshine kind of feeling!! A song that'll brighten up any day no matter what mood you're in. It's really tough choosing though as I really think that all of her songs are great…and that's kind of rare even with someone as easy to please as me :P, to love every song by an artist.
The April 2006 issue of UTB was the first to feature their amazing DVD extra!!!…..and with Aichan gracing the cover you really couldn't ask for a better looking cover too! Both Hirata Kaoru's virtual date and Akiyama Nana's little feature covering the making of her debut shashinshuu "Pupil" are on this issue's DVD which has an impressive running time of 90 minutes!!! I uploaded her clip here, it's really cute and I love her speaking voice too!
A few days ago her pb collection also arrived from Amazon Japan but her "Pupil" shashinshuu seems to have suffered some sort of moisture damage although it was completely sealed and brand new. This is the first time that I've seen something like this and I hope it's not too difficult to get a replacement from them!
All 3 pbs are beautifully shot and with Nana's age difference in each being so noticeable despite their closeness in release dates each has a really unique look in terms of Nana's natural beauty.
"Pupil" and "Daydream" also come with randomly inserted trading cards and the two that I got from the latter is pictured above. If you turn the cards over they look to form a larger photo of Nanachan but as 6 are required to complete the photo one can only imagine how many copies of the pb you'd have to buy in order to complete the photo! :O "Pupil" has four different trading cards available.
I really have a hard time bringing myself to scan hardcover shashinshuus as you just know that with each scan you're damaging the book's spine! So I made just two…first one from…..
…her third shashinshuu "Light Bright" and next one from…………
…her second shashinshuu "Daydream." ^-^ Below is the complete Akiyama Nana article (haha okay it's more photos than words! :P) from the aforementioned issue of UTB…..isn't she so cute!
I love that photo of her sticking out her tongue! (^o^)
She's definitely my favorite gravure idol turned singer/performer!! Now if only she'd continue to release more music! Please!!!
More songs and thoughts on Akiyama Nana can be found here! ^-^