The latest issue of UTB has somewhat taken a small leap back to some of this idol publication's roots and considering the recent makeover that UTB has undergone the result is somewhat of a mix between old and new making for a promising "new" format. The previous issue which was the first since the new look was presented had me a bit worried about where this magazine was heading in terms of content. UTB has always been a most informative publication and to along with all of the wonderful photography of your favorite idols there were always the other little features which covered every thing from J-Pop new releases, general idol news, new dramas featuring idols, games, idol "chain" letters, new face features, etc…but the previous issue which showcased a new design for the magazine didn't have any such features and while the sheer number of idols presented was an amazing collection to see, I really did prefer the other misc. articles that UTB used to feature regularly and would miss them dearly if they indeed had gone away for good. But the great news here is that UTB is back to some of its roots and while that may not mean the return of one of my favorite features: "Let's Invade (insert idol's name here) Room"…because admit it!…you also want to know what's in your favorite idol's rooms and just how every thing is set up so that you can make your room look similar! :P…a few new features have been added along with some older favorites! Still with a slight price reduction on the publication I really couldn't hope for the return of trading cards, clear files, fold out posters, or the very much missed DVD features, however the well presented sleek design and glossy appearance happily remains intact. UTB has always had great looking covers too which really adds to the collectible aspect of this publication and while it's been quite awhile since any H!P girl has graced its cover (at one point in the past H!P ruled the covers of UTB with an iron fist…appearing on nearly every single issue in a row for a very long stretch!) the new cutting edge design is as impressive and beautiful as ever! And since Wani Books publishes UTB and a large number of H!P shashinshuus the girls of H!P are regularly featured in its pages which always makes for a great issue and something to look forward to every other month (interestingly UTB used to be published every month instead of bi-monthly).
Manoeri makes her adorable debut in UTB this month and I can't wait to receive my "Manopiano" single which is somewhere over the sea headed this way as I type this!
Simply stated, idols just don't get any more cute than this!!! Manoeri really is the complete package of personality, looks, and extreme charisma! She's just so beautiful in this photo shoot!
And above is my favorite Manoeri photo from this article…now say it along with me…"♥kawaii!♥"
The transformation of Manoeri from Ongaku Gatas to this point is nothing short of perfection in idol grooming and development…and of course there was never any doubt!
The live event for Buono!'s latest single "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!" is covered in a two page article here….can Buono! do any wrong?…I don't think so! ^-^ J-Pop utopia!
3 perfect members + great "true" J-Pop songwriting = Buono!
Milky way also has a two page article this month and the Eggs are really on a roll here as every "new" Egg presented in a group recently has been impressive beyond any expectations or words. Word is that Amp Energy drink, Monster, and Red Bull are currently in a bidding war over whom gets to sponsor Kohachan's lively and always adorable personality! 😛 I actually don't believe that she needs any energy drinks….^-^
I thought this was an interesting analysis of the connection of idol singers through the recent decades and the evolution of it all which is covered in the accompanying article. I got a kick out of seeing Moritaka Chisato's direct connection to H!P in this chart.
I admit to keeping some distance from "The Possible" but only for the sole reason that I'm just now sure if I can handle falling for another idol group right now…there's just so many I already collect and listen to! 😛 But through UTB I at least know what their names are now!
I have to admit though that Canaria Club pulled me in before I knew what was happening….and I now own a mini album, 2 singles, and a pv DVD single of theirs which was all that I could find commercially available when I checked. 😛
And being that Wani Books will be publishing Kohachan's upcoming shashinshuu which will be out on July 25th, here's an advertisement which can also be found in this issue. The shashinshuu merry-go-round never ends! :O
And what can I say about Airiin!! It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was looking at her first pb and it seemed perhaps too early for such a release…but now I think these off shots from her latest pb tell quite a different story in terms of her maturity looks wise. I mean doesn't she look so much more mature and in her own element here?
Wait…I think her new shashinshuu just arrived along with a few other friends. (goes to check…)