In all of my years of idol♥worship I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed an idol with such fashion sense and timing as with Itano Tomomi and even when word of her solo debut went viral on the web I still hadn’t anticipated her image and presentation here to be so so profoundly stated and in a sense even definitive of her personality. Tomochin…AKB48’s fashion princess?…..perhaps fashion goddess is even more appropriate and while her fashion sense has long been widely known and seen, “Dear J” has no doubt heightened that very unique appeal in which she brings to both AKB48 as a group and the idol~world alike~. And while she can seamlessly turn on or off the girly idol appeal, unlike some of her fellow AKB48 members Tomochin also carries a deep and true sensuality about her which also makes her so much a standout in the group.
Call it simply packaging/marketing genius on the part of King Records to include on each LE an exclusive song not found on any of the other editions as well as the allure of types A, B & C holding exclusive also an additional clip each, which includes special movies of a behind the scenes making of, a fashion collection as well as an extensive mock~type of interview. As a soloist Tomochin’s vocals are a bit reminiscent of 90’s pop artist Sasaki Yuko with a sweet~♥ overall tone and well controlled range suited perfectly to the sleek and mid~tempo styling of the r&b flavored tracks “Tunnel” (which I find to be the best track) and “Thank you” respectfully. Title track “Dear J” gives the listener the cuteness of electronic~pop with a nice cool kick about it and rounding out this release giving perhaps a true sense of versatility is the gentle~ballad “Stay by my side.”
And continuing in the grand tradition of select AKB releases “Dear J’s” first pressings each include a most beautiful photo extra~*! It also wouldn’t be a stretch for me to say that these are some of the most glamorous of Tomochin I’ve seen yet as they’re each representative of the single’s overall fashion~theme. I’m not quite sure of the sequence or how many are available if these are indeed randomly inserted photos for this single as the numbers in the corners don’t seem to be of a numbered sequence?…..or maybe I’m just confused?…lol that happens a lot :P. Neowing also is including a photo extra of their own and continuing with that tradition I’ve always received duplicates of the very same photo since they began including photos, so Mmm….just below are two of the same as I’ve included one of the photos from Neowing to be mailed with the AKB48 psp game for Mina =).
You really can’t overstate the level of style, elegance and just pure heat♥ in which Tomochin brings to this release in literally every aspect of it….I mean even the walls are designer bag~built ＾ ＾♥！！And in the case of the aforementioned type A’s coupling with track “TUNNEL”, for me it really comes out on top of this release as being the most powerful and impressionable and it’s so fittingly also presented as the fashion showcase in what can be seen as a catwalk fashion show/ pv♥ where Tomochin absolutely sells it*…..owns it* and performs it all with a most striking sensually~sexy* poise all done with complete class~. Her wardrobes are very much varied too from chic to casual and what I love too is that there isn’t anything way out in left~field~outer~space…..you know like when a designer one day stares @ a coffee table and a hula~hoop for what may be hours upon hours and then decides to make an evening dress out of it :O.
Type B’s extra clip is an extensive interview but it’s no ordinary interview as Tomochin is playing the part of a dare I say pop~diva??….lol it’s cute though as in the latter part of the clip they even included her NG’s :P! Who knew that being a pop~diva could be so difficult? xD
Type C’s DVD includes a special making of clip where all phases of the production are touched upon going from Tomochin’s on the spot catwalk/ strike a pose training to more behind the scenes footage of her “Dear J” music video shoot as well as interview portions~.
~Itano Tomomi “Dear J” mp3~
~Itano Tomomi “TUNNEL” mp3~
~Itano Tomomi “Stay by my side” mp3~
~Itano Tomomi “Thank you” mp3~
Itano Tomomi “Dear J” (pv)
Itano Tomomi “Tomomi Itano Collection –Special Movie-“ (featuring “TUNNEL”)
…Mmm there’s always something* so sexual about pearls and then you have the way Tomochin’s holding them here (*´艸`)．．．！So funny she was directed a bit on how to hold them…I think it was in the making of =).
Itano Tomomi “Tomomi Itano Interview –Special Movie-“
Itano Tomomi “Making of Tomomi Itano –Special Movie-“