So I ended up going for 16 out of the 20 available AKB48 studio album recordings which released back on January 1st and while I’m still appreciating each in their own right as now I’ve got so many different stages and an assortment of the Teams performances to listen to, here I just wanted to share the bonus items which are their first press extras.
(note: some first press editions are still available in limited quantities while others are sold out).
It’s quite scary now to think that here sits over $600 worth (with shipping =O) of AKB48 all in a single purchase but just not ever having any of these before and then their availability at long last being offered in a regular online shop without the need to proxy for them and I it became obvious I needed to invest. Interestingly the studio album covers very much unlike any AKB48 commercially available releases are much more tame in manner and perhaps even a bit more artsy than expected, still inside there’s a glossy two sided insert with group images for each as well as a complete lyric booklet although the lyric booklets are no frills will only text on deep blue backgrounds.
Of course though these are here for the music♥!! And every album reaches into the upper echelons of eleven to eighteen songs per release with the majority being between the sixteen to eighteen song range which makes for a loooooot of great listening~♥!! In addition every album comes with a separate karaoke disc, you know in case you intend to take your AKB love from shower renditions to perhaps a YouTube performance of your very own. I made a conscious point to have something from each team available from A to K to B to H, with H being totally new to me….”Himawari~gumi?” seems I’ve not known of their versions prior so ended up with their first and second stages….also note that each Team has a representative color of their own with A = red/ K = green/ B= blue and H= yellow which helps make the collection much easier to organize and select from. I’m sure fans have their favorite stages known by heart and in some time I hope to at least have grown to know each of these songs and perhaps even know to identify Teams by their ensemble vocals, the latter of course being a most challenging feat I think…for now I’ll simply call Team B the cutesy vocalists of the bunch =).
In all twelve clear files were available with their inclusion being a random matter, I imagine that perhaps Cdjapan was being kind to me to not duplicate too many and have a complete set sent as only Mocchii, Kitarie, Takamina and Yuko♥ have duplicates. And this time while scanning clear files I made sure to insert a couple of sheets of white paper so that the back image wouldn’t bleed through,………something which occurred the last time (-∀-`)。
I would have been devastated had a Yuko file not been included!!!…and a duplicate here most welcome =).
(clear file backside scan)
Of course the aforementioned sentiment goes for Mayuyu too!
Just saw yesterday that Takamina’s getting her very first solo single release!
Yup and there’s that giant fuzzy B, it’s really the cutest thing and imagine if you had a ‘life’ sized one too in your home.
Now the first press member photos were much more suspenseful as they’re randomly inserted as each sit in their jewel cases’ backing hidden from sight. I was getting really worried while so many Mariko’s appeared (・д・`*)！！but luckily~* a single Yuko♥ saved the day ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ！～～～～！I also received Kitarie, Miichan, Yukirin, Sae, Mayuyu and Kasai and when the smoke had all cleared there stood eight out of the available twelve member photos, not too bad however still. Darn that Mariko (*≧∀≦)☆★ ↓ 、oh I’m kidding really it’s just that she’s never been a favorite of mine and now there are four of her here (・o・)。
This is the first time I’m noticing these ‘AKB48’ markings on the back of a photo and I wonder if it’s just for this collection? Or is it perhaps a way for them to make sure that fakes aren’t reproduced outside? ↓↓
It’s sort of funny that I’ve blown them up so much here as the actual photos are actually the standard 3 1/2” x 5”’s, is Yuko’s♥ pose giving you impure thoughts too? (。ーωー。)♪。
The Great Cookie Monster Conspiracy.
Oh and before I forget, you know that fuzzy AKB48 “B” which acts as a mascot here, well it immediately rang a bell with me like first it reminds me of Cookie Monster ＼(^o^)／ 、and ensued to bring back very fond memories of another such fuzzy blue being from years past!
Okay initially you’re thinking nah the SMAP “SU” mascot’s much more clay~mation~like than fuzzy.
↓↓ he also has a fuzzy form as well ＼(^o^)／ ↓↓
↑↑↑ And if you look back upwards ↑↑↑
(↑↑↑ go ahead scroll back upwards and follow the eyes ↑↑↑ )
..you’ll notice an interestingly little penis on SMAPS’s…(^q^)!
You see even the fuzzy one had a penis, or I just always assumed it was, hmm maybe it’s actually a ‘handle’ of some sort? Nah couldn’t be it’s surely a blue penis (。ーωー。)笑！
↑↑ \See here behind the wall above it’s the ‘life’ sized fuzzy version SMAP “SU”~♥ hanging with the boys/!! ↑↑
↓↓ (and he was once also packaged as SMAP brand sausages) ↓↓
And this is the very concert where Shingo~kun left Nakai~san out flapping in the wind all by himself…you can reminisce here =).
\just like in Fight Club you could flash this image in a single frame or two upon the screen/ \and the audience would wonder……was that a fuzzy blue SU penis that just went across/ the screeN?
AKB48’s blue thingy has two holes for its “B” shape. But then again they’re so innocent looking…or are they?