~女優美学で、あっちゃん

女優美学II

Okay that’s not Acchan on the cover but I did promise a follow up to Mizayaki Aoi’s photo feature from this same issue a few days ago.

But before I get to those photos I must say just how excited I am that AKB48 is releasing and I believe for the very first time commercially?…their latest mega~live aka “Request Hour Setlist Best 100!!! In the past you’d have to either have a friend living in Japan order these for you from their official website store and then have them mailed to you or go the extremely expensive route of getting a proxy in Japan to do this bit of shopping for you where it’d cost an arm and a leg (if you’re a chicken that’d be a wing and a thigh)!!! But I can promise you that these concerts which run over four consecutive days are more than worth even the highest of proxy costs and it’s just pretty amazing and innovate (yes!) as I don’t think any other idol group till now has allowed fans to vote in their favorite songs overall and then have them tallied with the top 100 ‘winning’ songs performed for you via one of the finest idol spectacles on earth.

Awhile ago at the urging of CK I did manage to afford the cost of one wing and one thigh in order to get their 2010 box extravaganza and it was worth every single feather!! 5 fabulous concert discs each beautifully picture labeled w/ lots of extras and commentary all meticulously packaged with a huge photo book with the best live AKB48 photos you can get anywhere (cool too that all of the live shots are in a matching chronological order matching their top 100 song countdown which is just amazing to flip through giving a complete overview of groups, members outfits and songs all inclusive of the entirety of the four days of festivities), a nicely designed gatefold style five disc holder with a complete song table of contents per each disc as well as five random member photos….I think those are first pressings only?..not sure though. Getting to the large outer slip case which holds it all as well as the theme held throughout I think all of these releases were offered in a variety of styles each…like each designed box set (with the same contents inside) features a particular song which is equated to the outfits worn for that release and these are done wholeheartedly in package design as you can see with the “Iiwake Maybe” version I chose for their 2010 box set….

AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2010 LIVE at SHIBUYA-AX (Iiwake Maybe version)

..and even though the “Iiwake…” look isn’t dated much I still find this one particular look to be most iconic for AKB48 as a whole. They’re not only very stylish and eye~catching but just with the color red for power and all of the little intricate details put into this wardrobe and the seifuku♥ factor galore with plaid, they’re just the best and I just find them so definitive of the very aura of idol♥.

So how much did this set cost? It’s sold for 20,300 yen and with today’s weak dollar that equates to about $250 plus add in any additional proxy costs and shipping….yep a wing and a thigh for sure!

I was so astonished by the random photos I received too back then as they include a good number of my favorites and Tomochin did rank higher in my ♥ too back then so just ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。!!And that pretty much sums up my happy meter on that day.

AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2010 LIVE at SHIBUYA-AX (Iiwake Maybe version) 5 photo extras

I’m not even sure of how many of the member photos were possible to receive but with just five there’s Tomochin, Mayuyu, Takamina and Sae!…all top ten then and still 3 are top ten now for me and that’s out of a lot of girls if in fact they created photos for everyone..?

AKB48’s design is perfect!!!..and now with their latest 2012 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 sets set to be released in a much more accessible and international fan friendly way I think it’s an absolute win for everyone who loves AKB♥.

As per their predecessors this mega~live is being offered in three distinctly different aesthetic packages as well as with individual “day” releases if you want to purchase a particular day by itself…but behold the complete box sets and although they’ll cost you a wing and a thigh these three chosen looks (attire) certainly entice and add in the extras with an expected giant color live booklet correspondence, extra making of disc and five random member photos (suspense! suspense!) and I think even the chicken…he’d go with one of those for sure =). Also must mention the clarity and overall video team production for these sets…superb! as the only thing better would be to be in attendance and have Yuko♥ sweat all over you into the front row (that would also be superb)!

You know you want one♥:

AKB-D2112
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Special DVD-BOX Heavy Rotation Ver. [Limited Edition]  DVD
19333 yen US$234/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 100 songs selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL from January 19 to 22, 2012. Comes with 5 photos randomly selected from 20 kinds, BEST100 Countdown Book (Size: B5 / 148 pages), and a bonus DVD with making-of. Cover photo features “Heavy Rotation” costume (subject to change).
External Bonus:a postcard randomly selected from 20 kinds
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2112
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AKB-D2113
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Special DVD-BOX Everyday, Katyusha Ver. [Limited Edition]  DVD
19333 yen US$234/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 100 songs selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL from January 19 to 22, 2012. Comes with 5 photos randomly selected from 20 kinds, BEST100 Countdown Book (Size: B5 / 148 pages), and a bonus DVD with making-of. Cover photo features “Everyday, Katyusha” costume (subject to change).
External Bonus:a postcard randomly selected from 20 kinds
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2113
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AKB-D2114
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Special DVD-BOX Kodoku na Runner Ver. [Limited Edition]  DVD
19333 yen US$234/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 100 songs selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL from January 19 to 22, 2012. Comes with 5 photos randomly selected from 20 kinds, BEST100 Countdown Book (Size: B5 / 148 pages), and a bonus DVD with making-of. Cover photo features “Kodoku na Runner” costume (subject to change).
External Bonus:a postcard randomly selected from 20 kinds
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2114
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AKB-D2115
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 20124DAYS BOX [Regular Edition]  DVD
16000 yen US$194/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 100 songs selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL from January 19 to 22, 2012. Comes with a bonus DVD with making-of.
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2115
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AKB-D2116
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Day 1 [Regular Edition]  DVD
4752 yen US$58/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 25 songs (top 76-100 songs) selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the first day of the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 19, 2012.
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2116
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AKB-D2117
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Day 2 [Regular Edition]  DVD
4752 yen US$58/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 25 songs (top 51-75 songs) selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the second day of the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 20, 2012.
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2117
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AKB-D2118
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Day 3 [Regular Edition]  DVD
4752 yen US$58/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 25 songs (top 26-50 songs) selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the third day of the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 21, 2012.
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2118
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AKB-D2119
AKB48/AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012Day 4 [Regular Edition]  DVD
4752 yen US$58/82.5  Release Date:2012/06/13
Description:DVD release from AKB48 featuring 25 songs (top 1-25 songs) selected from 421 songs sung by AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48, which were performed at the fourth day of the event “Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 22, 2012.
URL – http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/d.html?KEY=AKB-D2119
You probably already know which version I went with? The “Heavy Rotation” version without a second more of thought upon seeing it….it’s Yuko’s♥ senbatsu =). I think it’s going to be a most sexy~♥ package motif!

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Now just for fun and getting to the top songs elected here and remember this was back during their 2010 fan event my votes for the very top of songs would have included “Oogoe Diamond”(exhibit of idol music perfection in my humble opinion), RIVER (eoimpimho), “Shonichi” (eoimpimho) and for my #1 back in 2010 it would have to have been without a doubt and also an (eoimpimho)……

~???~

Like “Oogoe Diamond”, “RIVER” and “Shonichi” this song♥ embodies everything that made the golden era of idols in the late 80’s into the 90’s so magnetic. The songwriting was perhaps even more important than the idol in a sense as vocal talent was very much a scrutiny and just being cute wasn’t then a premium enough to make the cut as there’s a lot of cute out there always without doubt and admittedly a lot has evolved/ changed depending how you look at it but it’s undeniable that the quality of songwriting in this era took precedence over everything else…the cute/hot factor was the cherry on top in a switcheroo to today..albeit a planet sized cherry, like I mean the size of Uranus (jk couldn’t help myself but whomever named Uranus was really sly and funny about it unless of course his/her name was “Uranus” like with something like Haley’s Comet where you discover it and then name it after yourself…………………………………..then there are no words really (・_・)...) so I adjacently argue for both aspects in a sense but just like with American music in general…you can definitely say that as a whole a whole lot more was being put into those melodies, harmonies, instrumentation, musical nuances and vocals in our yesteryears compositions/releases.

~Acchan~

Very much like the photos of Miyazaki Aoi previously posted from this same issue, these of AKB48’s #1 girl are done in a wonderfully warm and artistic fashion..less the moody side though and very much different from an idol media photo shoot plus there’s her interview too enjoy =).

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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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