I've wanted for so long to get at least one of the independent releases that C-ute released before their commercial debut "Sakura chirari"…and finally I've found one and it's actually still sealed!…
…okay it's just one of the four but still I'm pretty excited about getting at least one. The accompanying photo for "Wakkyanai(Z)" even came protected in one of those thick plastic holders that usually are used for trading cards and interestingly it's marked "not for sale" as a promo item would be.
I'm rather surprised that someone was willing to part with this release as it's somewhat of a rarity but I'm very grateful that they did albeit it was quite expensive……..let's just say a little over $70 with shipping as the bidding got rather fierce towards the end!..now you know I'm an obsessed fan who needs help! 😛
UFA has just announced that C-ute's upcoming new single (to be released on July 30th) epce-5566 which is the limited edition will now include as a bonus 8 variations of the jacket's cover instead of the planned bonus DVD which had been listed just prior to today on order sites. The price has also dropped from 1600 yen to 1200 yen and the funny irony in this is that something possibly more desirable is going to cost fans less as H!P has recently kind of gone away from bonuses such as booklets, cards, photos, etc. and has been opting for an included DVD instead and from what I gather through other fans' comments is that many would rather have these types of special extras versus the DVDs which have taken over lately. So good news for fans of these types of collectibles! ^-^ An example of what to expect can be seen in a few previous H!P releases including…..
…first pressings of Berryz Koubou's 2nd album "Dai 2 seichouki", Momusu's single "Ambitious! yashinteki de iijan", and Berryz Koubou's "4th Ai no nanchara shisuu." The first two were released before I started this blog in late 2006 so I scanned the alternate jackets below. All of these alternate jackets are two sided with BK's "4th Ai no nanchara shisuu"'s jackets being the most well made out of these as they're printed on really thick stock paper which are also glossy. I can't wait to see what C-ute's alternate jacket photos look like!
Welcome back Makochan!!! ^-^
Reinachan's version is the actual original cover for this release as can be noted by the group name and song title printed on her photo.
Scans for the alternate jackets from BK's "4th ai no nanchara shisuu" can be found here in an older posting from 2007. Okay I really must be going to sleep now!..but before I go here are 2 live clips from…
…C-ute's "Live Tour 2007 Aki Houkago no essence" DVD which has a lot of great performances and one thing that this concert really shows is just how vocally balanced C-ute is!
I just love this song and performance so much! Maimai's feature song!..and everyone sounds so great here!
This is really one of the highlights from this concert for me as "Futari wa NS" is such a favorite of mine and having it performed with Okai Chisato who sings so well!…along with little Maimai who's always impressed me vocally and not just considering her age but she really has always sounded so good and of course c-ute! 😛 There's just something about her voice that really gets me! Here this pairing really shines on one of H!P's sweetest songs! I do love the original version with Kohachan and Maimai equally as much but this live version is just pure ♥! ^-^ Oyasumi!