河西 智美「Mine」

河西 智美 「Mine」河西 智美 「Mine」

垂れ目がチャームポイントのとも~みちゃんこと河西智美です。

Kasai Tomomi Mine single with first press photo

Graduated too soon.

I know it’s selfish to say, but when a favorite whose even been top 16 (Senbatsu) since the general elections began decides to leave and at just 21 it just feels so premature and yes there’s always that inevitable feelings of loneliness which lingers afterwards when the graduation is official. Her graduation announcement too came in the early wake of her debut single’s announcement and the coincidental timing of it all even too feels a bit awkward to say the least. Still we’d known of this for nearly half a year prior and so with Kasai’s just 2nd solo single release titled “Mine” it’s definitely bitter~sweet taking it all in at once. And with Kasai graduating earlier this month on May 3rd fans did get a second chance post graduation to bid farewell once again as there was a event held for this second single’s release with event cards being included with this single.

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It would’ve felt even more somber had there been a teary ballad included but for Kasai’s final three songs as an AKB48 girl happily they’re much more in the vein of…. sweet~and~breezy here and rather than dwell in missing her and wondering why, these songs are ones to cherish and celebrate her time in the idol spotlight. For Kasai’s girly girl ways, for her seiyuu ready voice which rivals even Mayuyu’s and for just being so darn cuddly cute all the time, thank you♥. (Singles types B & C also includes the track “Enjoy Your Life!” which is fittingly performed alongside Sayaka who graduated on April 7th.)

Kasai Tomomi’s “Mine” single can be ordered @ cdjapan

Kasai Tomomi’s “Mine” single can be ordered @ HMV Japan

Kasai Tomomi’s “Mine” can be ordered @ YesAsia

Kasai Tomomi "Mine" Type A single jacket scan

Kasai Tomomi "Mine" Type A single jacket scan

Kasai Tomomi Mine

~Kasai Tomomi “Mine” (music video)~

The music video is mildly fun with a daydream sequence occurring throughout for Kasai although I was sooooo anticipating cute little kittens to appear out of nowhere at some point during this daydream albeit that would have been WEIRD!!! But weird good I think. In any case Kasai’s single jacket photos for type A lead me to believe that the Attack of the Kitties♥ would commence at some point for better or for weirdness~^^.

You know when you think about the history of idol group CD covers over the ages and maybe more so with solo idol acts, they have a knack for misleading imagery to say the least! Like on a CD cover the girls may be frolicking in a swimming pool complete with giant blow up Kimutaku love doll where everyone’s having a grand time together (doll included I insist) but then when you see the accompanying music video for that single not only is there no sight of a pool or love blow up doll…..but no water to speak of even =/!!! What gives?? It would be like seeing Yuko♥ dressed in hot denim shorts on her debut solo single’s jacket cover only to find out that she’s actually wearing (hot) corduroy pants instead in her music video =(!!!! Well actually Yuko♥’d make those corduroy pants look gooooooooood! (I insist) =D

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Kasai Tomomi "Mine" Type A single jacket scan

~Kasai Tomomi “Illumination” mp3~

Kasai Tomomi "Mine" Type A single jacket scan

~Kasai Tomomi “Boku no summertime blues” mp3~

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19 Responses to 河西 智美「Mine」

  1. hydeo says:

    i like her… dont liked much her grad anyway -.-

    i like her solo song… but stay thinking how far she can get with solo

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    • As much as I adore Kasai as an idol and maybe even more so for her adora~cute ♡ voice!…I’m not sure if she’d be successful continuing on a solo career although I’d surely support and cheer her on. I wonder if she too would have other aspirations post idol? No matter what though I’m surely going to miss her being in an idol group =(. And I think it may be safe to say that her shelved solo photo book may never see the light of day sadly.

      Love her solo songs too, I think this single’s even better than her solo debut….that voice!!

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      • hydeo says:

        well i think she get enought fans to continue supporting her on solo carrer
        but she go need make much more effort to this, hope she dont get lost on time and ppl forget her :\

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        • I thought that ex-AKB Maimai would have been much more successful as a soloist but it didn’t work out too well and after just three singles she’s faded in the music scene, but I agree that Kasai with a strong fan base could be much more successful with her solo career and with a voice like that I could listen to her sing all the time =).

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          • hydeo says:

            yah, i really dont get why maimai stoped too, if i remember she host a program with other 2 guys

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            • Her last single I think sold only a couple thousand copies =(… I bought her first solo single and posted it here back then and thought it was really done well.

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              • hydeo says:

                i liked all her releases, anyway, maybe she found that sing is not her way 😛
                only hope good things for her at least 😛

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                • Sadly I think the sales may have haulted her solo music career =(. Plus maybe too much pirating and not enough fans actually purchasing her releases as that sort of thing never helps any idol’s career. Again I thought her music was really done well ^^.

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  3. hydeo says:

    i think now she stay liking more to act a little 😛
    i dont watched the new dorame she has in, but look like fun… is romance comedy i think

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    • Haha wait i thought you didn’t like romantic shows?

      I even loved Acchan in Q10 thought that was such an imaginative and cute drama! Acchan’s such a talent!!

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      • hydeo says:

        romance comedy is not so melodramatic things like romance
        normaly romance comedy is about a couple where nothing get right and only strange things occours to they and this things aheahea

        they steal chobits idea 😡

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