I know it’s very early to say this, but “Kokoro no hane” is as of now my personal favorite♥ song~of~the~year.
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Okay although I was probably out somewhere playing or getting dirty or falling down and hurting myself (_´Д｀)ノ~~！@ that age when The Dream Team visited Barcelona en~route to total domination of everyone and everything in their path っo(*´∀｀)o～！！。。it’s impossible I think to not know of one Michael Jordan and while I’m not exactly sure which Team Dragon member would each best represent the female version of those amazing players, one thing is for sure….
..Yukorin♥ is surely the “Michael Jordan” of this special~* unit!….
..and you may wonder why Yukorin and not Acchan or Mayuyu or Yukirin, or Kojiharu, or Tomochin or Takamina??? Well you see, unlike most idols ↓↓↓．．．．
Adore my oshimen!Seriously, though Team Dragon is a total dream~*!!! It’d be difficult to pack in more senbatsu girls
without having a senbatsu overload and surely there’s nothing wrong with that ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！
So I ended up choosing out of the many many (11! :O!) available versions: versions Yuko, Mayuyu, Yukirin & version Team Dragon yes there was also a “Team Dragon” version and out of total curiosity I had to have this one too! For the most part each version is much the same as the CDs include the same tracks “Kokoro no hane” (“wings of the heart”) (ending theme song for “Dragon Ball Kai”) and “Sekaijuu no ame” and also the DVDs are quit similar with the inclusion of two music clips: the pv for “Kokoro no hane” and also a live version! For the individual “member” versions the differences lie in the third track on their DVDs as while there’s some mutual footage to be found on each alike, you’ll also find extended exclusive footage of that (version’s) member’s meeting with seiyuu for Dragon Ball Kai! as well as their documented challenge of performing as a seiyuu themselves with a live mic feed in studio!! And all of this after just a little time allotted to study the dialog and timing nuances to match the video feed!….seiyuu are amazing talents and it’s so much fun seeing Team Dragon take on this most difficult profession and just the reactions of the other members as they look on upon each others performance~! Each single version also includes a Team Dragon character card of the corresponding girl also above (photographed top left) I received Yukorin, Mayuyu, Yukirin and with the “Team Dragon version” single, a group photo card~. Each single also comes with a poster featuring all of the girls in Team Dragon gear (also pictured above, top left).
I am so in looooooooove!!! with this single (*´∀｀)♥！！！。。and I can’t say enough about how amazing~* the pv for “Kokoro no hane” is. To give a hint there are end credits which roll like a movie’s credits as it’s such a full production that was put into this project~….and hmm Sasshi’s name is in the credits but I’m yet to tell which scene(s) she’s in （さっしはどこにいるの？）。 Most importantly though the song! And it has a sweet heart~beat of a melody which is immediately catchy~♥ with as many hooks as any other great J~pop song!..no doubt that “Kokoro no hane” receives the Maochan awesome song ~seal of approval～～～＞=)! The melody will have you singing along in no time as this is J~Pop at it’s very best and it’s just a song which will make you feel happy~* with an uplifting spirit all its own~. Add in the production of a mini~movie and a look for AKB which goes from high~tech to purely angelic~* all in white with mesmerizing lighting effects..angles..shadows all set to the backdrop of an entire fantasy world edited in with the magic of blue screens all brought to life in intriguing/engaging fashion. The coupling with song “Sekaijuu no ame” (“rain throughout the world”) in its own right is nearly as awesome too with its sweetly dreamy~* pacing giving way to a folk arrangement which takes shape just in the pre~chorus sections of the song which then climaxes to chorus….a most beautiful and interesting arrangement~.
AKB48 Team Dragon “Sekaijuu no ame” mp3
Now before getting back to the seiyuu extras on the DVDs…Mayuyu likes “Goku” the best!!..and she even does the sound effects vocally she’s so cute♥!!
Now just what would get such an enthusiastic~* reaction from the girls??…well it’s all in the third track on each DVD where Team Dragon pays a most lucky visit to meet the famous seiyuu of Dragon Ball Kai and with it each member gets an opportunity to play seiyuu for a scene after just a brief opportunity to soak it all in with both dialog and emotion taking center stage for this challenge..oh and let’s not forget timing! Takamina’s notably so awesome throughout these clips as she takes the lead in representing the unit and just how well she carries herself both professionally all the while being most personable and respectful gave me such warmth~.
A~h kinchou!!..as you can just imagine how nerve wracking this was for all of the girls not only having to perform solo in front of the seiyuu but also in front of their fellow unit members! Okay from the three solo member versions I purchased and from being able to watch these complete clips…Yukorin was a bit overwhelmed but did well (and OMG! her dimples continue to mesmerize me..I’ll say again best dimples ever (*´∀｀)♥！！） l while Yukirin has a most cute scream~*! while voice acting although she had a little boo~boo (her reaction is sooo sooo adorable~♥!) but it’s Mayuyu~♥!!..I mean this was sooo sooo perfect for her with her interest in anime/manga and all as she really nailed her part as a seiyuu and she even garnered much notable praise from the professional seiyuu themselves along with awe inspired reactions from her unit members!!! Oh and in case you’re curious the “Team Dragon” version of this single includes a digest of everyone’s seiyuu performance as well as comments from each member albeit they’re edited down a bit which of course makes the solo member versions still the ones to get for each of your favorite members~.
To enter to win a newly sealed copy of Yukorin’s♥ “Yuko no arienai nichijou”, with the theme of “Dream Team” in mind please create your very own idol♥dream team including any seven girls from any idol groups mixed~and~matched anyway you’d like them as if you were acting as producer~. Depending on the number of entries (if only one person is interested I’ll give you the photo book) or with two entries or more a head to head style poll will pit each entry’s dream team~♥ against each other with the top vote getter for best “idol♥dream team” winning the photo book~. If there are at least 8 entries (an even number thereafter) a bracket style elimination head~to~head competition for best “dream♥idol group” will be held instead~. Deadline to enter is Monday August 23rd midnight (HST)…”23″ for Air♥Yukorin, I mean um Michael Jordan (*´∀｀)。