~Thank you for the memories and music~
Today we’ll be taking a look into the definitive/ all inclusive collection from Watarirouka Hashiritai(7) which just released on Christmas Day of last year coinciding with the disbandment of the group. This amazing box set comes housed in an outer slip case and includes 3 CDs containing their complete discography of single and album tracks, 2 DVDs containing every music video they’ve released in addition to dance shot versions and a wealth of visual extras, a beautiful full color 52 page photo booklet, lyrics booklet and first press editions also come with a randomly selected member photo (here I received Wasamin’s)! Here I’ve intermingled the booklet’s scans (all 50) along with their original pv collection with a few of their singles music videos and songs being explored a bit further via past writings. And note with the Winter game Olympics just days away from their start, here WH’s booklet features the theme of medals which is most awesome!
Watarirouka Hashiritai are:
~WH “Hatsukoi Dash” (music video)~
~WH “Yaruki Hanabi” (music video)~
~WH “Kanpeki gu~no ne” (music video)~
Watarirouka Hashiritai’s 4th single release which topped the Oricon Charts ＼(^o^)／☆ during its initial week of release and back then I’d learned about not only the reasons for their style of music but also their direct link to J~Pop 80’s past~.
Anise & Cloves first mentioned to me how an Onyanko Club sub group named “Ushirogami Hikaretai” which debuted back in the latter 80’s was fronted by well known pop artist Kudo Shizuka and while this group was a trio…the newly resurrected “Watariouka Hashiritai” is a 4nin sub group (then grown to a 5nin♥ sub group with the addition of cutie~♥ Kikuchi Ayaka!). The mastermind behind it all is Akimoto Yasushi as he has managed to bridge a gap between J~Pop styling-s of yesteryear to today’s modern sound.
Most notable to begin with would be the third track from this single~* as favorite♥ member Mayuyu sings solo here on “Yasashiku sasete”….as this track so much replicates the 80’s era of J~pop down to its very core of songwriting and overall style~! This by far is my most favorite♥♥♥ song on this single release~* as not only is Mayuyu’s performance so sweet and endearing here with her tone but the song itself resonates so much nostalgia with catchy~ness at it’s very best!!
And it’s with these style of songs that have Watarirouka Hashiritai resurrecting their predecessor Ushirogami Hikaretai so much!!! Such a cool idea to emulate a part of Akimoto~san’s past history with music with a direct link to one of today’s most popular groups~*!
And with that “Yasashiku sasete” surely receives the Maochan♥ awesome song seal of approval~*!
The second coupling with track “Wakage no Italian” also captures an 80’s essence right down to the electric guitar’s tone~* …it’s rock with a touch of folk~.
As seen in the top photo there’s also symbolism with the appearance of each disc resembling vinyl records which is a nice touch and while idol♥ groups have become so accustomed to releasing multiple versions for their single I was once again tempted beyond my better judgment perhaps (・д・`*)。。！as I ended up ordering all three LE’s A, B & C along with the most necessary pv DVD and thank you so much~* to AKB48 for releasing their pvs♥ on the very same day as their accompanying singles, really makes the entire experience of a new release’s arrival so so much better ＾ ＾♥。
I think it’s with the first press editions?…but each release of “Akkanbe Bashi” you order comes with a wonderful~* release poster which is pretty large sized only funny thing is that now I have four of them..the very same posters (人∀`*)。。。so if anyone would like one of those extra posters to put upon your wall you can send me a sturdy poster tube with a return address and I’ll be sure to send it back to you~* o(*´∀｀)o゛。
To the left are the instructional dance posters which are included with each release~*…and here are the front and backs of them and they’re really cute~♥ with the members themselves posing for all you’ll need to learn in order to dance away to the title track “Akkanbe Bashi” to your heart’s♥ content~ っo(*´∀｀)o！
And just in case you feel the urge to start learning right away and perhaps before your single(s) arrive~*…I’ve scanned both sides of the poster just below…
Each edition also includes an randomly inserted photo card….and I really had it in the “cards” to receive lots of Rabutan ~♥~!!! as three out of the four cards I received are of Rabutan whom has one of the most awesome nicknames ever in idol♥ history I think…just so cute~* o(*´∀｀)o゛！！！。。I also received one Harugon card..she’s most adorable~* too!
The backs of the photo cards have cute doodles and some with printed signatures…if you happen to be reading and you’ve received one or more of Mayuyu♥ I’ll be most jealous~ (人∀`*)！！
~While LE Type A and B include bonus DVDs with a document of the group as well as a extensive interview with new member Kikuchi Ayaka, LE Type C includes arguably the best collectible~* as the jacket sleeve also serves as full color photo booklet with lots of cute~* photos of the members…and now with 5nin there’s even more to adore (*´∀｀*)♥！。。complete photo scans from the booklet are just below…..
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Akkanbe bashi” (music video)~
~The title track “Akkanbe bashi” has a really cute title!!!..as “Akkanbe” refers to a gesture often times seen in anime where a character pulls down a bit underneath one eye while sticking out their tongue in amusing fashion (。ーωー。)。。。the word “bashi” which undergoes a bit of a pronunciation change from “hashi” is written here as “bridge” and what it all amounts to is yet again AKB48 raising the bar on music videos♥ so much as it’s a full blown production with tons of fans as extras~* standing in as dance partners for the “Akkanbe” dance festivities as played out in a school’s gym~! The act of “Akkanbe” is in full swing making countless appearances throughout the dance and with so many participating you do catch fun glimpses during the making of where members of Watarirouka Hashiritai receive much adoration from the fans present for the filming as waves and warm~* acknowledgment are exchanged♥!
The song itself is a cute~* whimsical folk dance composition with a classic tone* and a waltz like movement and also included on the pv DVD single are a dance version ↓↓↓。。。。
。。a special “spin off movie” version which shows much extra footage surrounding the main pv♥ as well as a most welcome “making of” clip….just love the fan interaction even when this is technically work and if you feel at any moment like you’d want to bust a move or the entire folk dance there’s always those two~sided instructional posters which I’ve scanned above…(^q^)!
~Seishun no flag~
AKB’s mini unit Watarirouka Hashiritai now new and improved~* with 5 members! scored their best selling single yet with “Seishun no flag” @ 40,000 units! I can’t say enough about how much I so love this unit and this song is pretty much my #1!! The girls are all so perfect together here and all of their songs leading up to this point have been so awesome too!
I opted for single types A & C along with their DVD single (released on the same day) and with the first press editions you’ll receive a randomly inserted trading card, bonus DVDs with types A & B as well as an extensive photo booklet with type C! Also a poster is included with each edition ordered so….um now I have three copies of the same cute poster you see to the left😛.
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Seishun no flag” (music video)~
“Seishun no flag” immediately jingles~* with the catchiest of melodies♪～ and it’s yet again so deeply reminiscent of the golden J~Pop era of the 80’s, here the very staple of AkiP’s musical direction has never resonated so infectiously and so poignantly you can’t help but move to this one~♥! As music should make you happy, “Seishun no flag” has all of the ingredients for turning that most trying day around or perhaps it’s one to awake to I think. The song itself is written to be inspirational and the pv carries the visual to do the rest~! The girls all have such cute vocals and we’re treated to quite a few solo lines spread around, still Mayuyu’s voice is my favorite and she must have struck a chord with the producer back then as she’s again happily given a solo song for this single yay~! (“Nantai renai kurage musume”) In all there are three tracks total each also with karaoke versions for you to sing along too ♪♪。While I’ve included the original pv version above there’s also an extended movie~like version of this music video titled “special version” which is available on the DVD release which is most awesome too….more on the DVD a bit later. If you’ve also watched J~Pop groups of yesteryear you’ll also notice how even the dance choreography is very much in tune with the style of back then and I so love how seifuku♥ now isn’t just for wearing as seen here it can also double as a flag holder っo(*´∀｀)o．．．and not just symbolically coinciding with the title, as they add so much to the dance itself.
In addition to the original version of the title track’s pv, both singles types A & B’s bonus DVD includes a “let’s make a bento…” segment where you’ll see each girl’s ideal bento go from drawing board (literally!) to shopping for the ingredients……
…plus there’s individual self shot camera footage from each girl shot during the making of the pv, the only catch is that type A includes the footage from Lovetan, Harugon & Nacchan while type B includes the footage from Mayuyu & Ayarin…..so cute as Mayuyu places a kiss♥ on Lovetan o(*´∀｀)o゛↓↓↓
As aforementioned, release type C includes a cute~♥ photo book! I’ve scanned the entire book just below….
“Seishun no flag”‘s DVD is definitely a must have!! First there’s the “special version” (the movie~styled pv), multiple dance shot versions and the dance versions are quite special!!!!!!!
A most ingenious feature has been placed in both the “4 angle” and “3 angle” versions where the viewer can simply click on the screen on any of the numbers which represent different camera angles as the pvs play~! The response time is quite quick too as the camera angles switch smoothly and it’s all at your fingertips….um well your mouse’s click~*.
The four angle dance version includes the entire group while……
..the three angle versions are solo versions and there’s one for each member!!
..but wait!, as there’s also step by step dance lessons for “Seishun no flag” complete with flag positions as well as “making of” footage also on the DVD release~. But what I really hope is for the multi angle pvs to become a regular feature, they’re such a wonderful idea and with so many YouTube dance stars uploading their fan videos I’m sure these multi angle versions will be most helpful ＾ ＾。
Harugon, Nacchan, Rabutan, Ayarin & Mayuyu continue to be the cutest~* of units and while I so adore Mayuyu’s vocals and we’ve had plenty till now with her solo songs~♥, but the more I heard Rabutan’s voice the more she’d grown into becoming my favorite vocal in the group (okay I’ll officially call it a tie with Mayuyu & Rabutan =)……and while watching the making of she just sounded so anime~like saying “gyu♥!” each time, like the cutest cutest cutest character you can imagine っo(*´∀｀)o！！
While both coupling with tracks are most addictive and “Gomen nasai” being the hyper~fun one!…”Tenohira” I think is the best overall melody~wise with that oh~so~sweet♥ chorus and yet, this single is surely all about the “Gyu♥!”
Watarirouka Hashiritai- “Tenohira” mp3
Watarirouka Hashiritai- “Gomen nasai” mp3
Getting LE types A, B & C meant in addition to the extra DVDs and photo booklet a chance at some trading cards~♥ and I ended up receiving Rabutan, Ayarin and yay~* Mayuyu♥ =)! Just below are scans of the bonus photo book which is included with LE type C oh how they tempt you with getting every version :P…..
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Gyu” (music video)~
Bouncy~cute and irresistible and with lots of “gyu♥!” occurring in this pv and “gyu♥” is well sort of not an actual word or rather a bit odd to translate as it’s somewhat of a feeling of holding/squeezing tightly as in “gyutto dakishimete” (embrace me tightly♥) and “gyu♥” is a shortened form of “gyuugyuu” which has the same meaning, I hope that makes sense😛. On each bonus DVD you’ll be treated to fun and candid footage in “Oshigoto tankentai” featuring each member working solo with a camcorder and some of the best extra footage can be seen in the “making of” and I just cracked up so much seeing Rabutan being directed in the now possibly infamous slap~scene :P!!
And speaking of the slap~scene…..
..and what exactly are these balloon like people shapes supposed to represent? They’re like that AOL figure and especially the yellow one =). So I’m thinking men of course as they’re being depicted in relationships throughout the pv and yet they seem so odd…I mean like the ideal man to want to gyu♥ in your arms is a nondescript and not talkative being who doesn’t share his feelings with you very much or in this case of these balloon men, not at all😛. lol okay overanalyzing the balloon men here and actually I think they’re most interesting looking and yes~! most huggable I now want one of my own to hug nightly toooooo ………(゜∀゜)………。。。。。。！！So…..
..one may gyu♥ their boyfriend/girlfriend and even their favorite plushy(s). And upon awaking each morning we dream~* about being near to you always…
…..so if you’re suddenly gazed~* at from afar only to be attacked I mean um tackled….no hugged♥. Don’t be alarmed (・д・`*)！！！
And having that intimate conversation alone is also most important from time to time no actually as often as possible just to make sure we know where our relationship~♥ is going =). (note how balloon man is backed up against the wall and looks speechless, that reaction may be 100% normal (^q^)!）
Hmm…not sure what man is teaching us here but he must really want us to take a look at them…..them? Them*? Oh no he’s saying ‘the spot’ like maybe an inexperienced guy may not know where it* is….lol wait I thought this was sex ed sorry (*´艸`)！
And affection in public can show your confidence in us, well as long as things don’t go too far….hey you two get a room…(^q^)!
And just one more Rabutan slap (・o・)。。。
..but when you know it’s true love,
..we’ll surely kiss♥ and make up because you know it’s just eating us up inside to be apart for very long..
..my one and only♥.
Let’s go home now…..I love you o(*´∀｀)o゛♥。
As aforementioned this is really where it all began for me with falling in love with AKB (*´∀｀*) ♪♪、。。 Watarirouka♥Hashiritai! Therefore I was so anticipating their very first album release and it sooo soooo delivers! Well if you collect single releases you’ll of course come across familiar tracks throughout your listening, but it’s just those additional album only gems that great albums inevitably produce =).
With an album like Watarirouka Hashiritai’s “Rouka wa hashiruna!” it may be the best remedy~* for feeling blue …(u_u*), as there’s simply not a track to be missed on this album!! You may already be familiar with the awesomeness of “Akkanbe bashi” or “Yaruki hanabi” (love~!~love♥~!~love~♥!) , “Gyu”~♥~♥~♥!, or the most catchy~* “Seishun no flag” which closes the album but the theme throughout is definitely genki~*! genki~~*! genki~~*~~*! I don’t know if you could find a collection of songs any more genki~* elsewhere and I so sooo have to highlight my most favorite track on the album which is Mayuyu’s♥ solo song so cutely titled with her name “Mayu no tame ni!!!!” She’s so adorable with her vocals~♥ and this melody oh~my~is pure ~♥~!!!!! “Doji” is wonderfully 80’s~* and “Aoi mirai”, “Kanpeki guu no ne”, “Hatsukoi dashi” so addictive too!
A~h! “Rouka wa hashiruna!” surely receives the…..
..Maochan~♥ awesome music seal of approval for the entire album ＼(^o^)／☆ ！！！
Just take one tablespoon of these songs, any of them or even better all of them and you’ll feel much better in the morning o(*´∀｀)o゛。
The first pressings include a randomly inserted photo trading card and to my orgasmic~♥ surprise I received both Mayuyu and Rabutan (*´∀｀) うれしー♥♥♥！
LE type’s A & B feature different photos in their booklets albeit subtle in an off~shot kind of way, but I scanned them both as you can never have enough Watarirouka Hashiritai love~♥ =) Mmm..so if you desire any brightening~*up of your day kiite ne~* every track so genki~* =)!…..
And be sure to check out all of the extras on the two bonus DVDs ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ。。。。
~LE type A booklet~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 01 猫だまし (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 02 初恋ダッシュ (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 03 完璧ぐ～のね (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 04 ドジ (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 05 近い未来 (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 06 アッカンベー橋 (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 07 骨折ロマンス (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 08 麻友のために (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 09 ギュッ (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 10 やる気花火 (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 11 柊の通学路 (mp3)~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai 12 青春のフラッグ (mp3)~
~LE type B booklet~
I’m thinking that the idol~gods were smiling down on me as they sent me Mayuyu♥ x 2…as in two first press trading cards of my second most favorite member in AKB48 =). The first press editions each include a randomly inserted trading card and now with 7 members and you know with Watarirouka Hashiritai powering up~* making them officially one of the cutest idol units ever, make that uber~cute♥ ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！．．although actually the “7” are based on their radio program (thank you~* CK =) ) so while this is idol~utopia♥ for the moment back then I did wonder if the “7” would become permanent going forward into the future or was this to be a one shot single for them? Happily the 7 stayed and the rest as they say is history, and really literally now. New members Wasamin and Mikapon join the “5” and just think how this unit just kept growing!! And the groups’ vocals always sooooooo adorable with one Mayuyu♥ the most cute and capable (me biased of course =P)!! I mean Watarirouka has always been most cute in this sense but now, think “Gyu” or “Seishun no flag” on happy~candy x a million :P!!!! Each single also includes a poster~♥ extra…..but I forgot to photograph them here😛.
Watarirouka Hashiritai’s “Valentine Kiss” can be ordered here @ Cdjapan. (note first press singles w/ trading cards are out of print).
Of course it’s not all about Mayuyu♥ although part of my heart says yes it is!!! Just check out her solo performance of “Yuuhi no ijiwaru” which is vintage~vintage Music Station in every way♥!!! And I mean right down to the introduction credits given as each performance begins and just how the entire stage is set up with the bleachers aside for the audience/other stars/ hosts and actually it’s very much 80’s retro just as the song is right to its very core……think Matsuda Seiko/ Music Station/ 80’s complete with stage props depicting season. The play on words is for “Yoru mo hit parade” but it’s soooooo much Music Station and Mayuyu owns it♥. The transition is cute too as she goes from home viewer to mega~star in her pv♥ and take note of how much was put into the overall sets’ styling, her wardrobe, the old school J~Pop choreography and just everything as even with her “room”….it’s so so retro~perfect to a tee in the intro! “Yuuhi no ijiwaru continues to impress in the vein of highlighting and bringing back the nostalgic age of J~pop’s golden age……simply nostalgic! And you gotta love how they even extend into the post production after her performance as the set is being quickly changed for the “next” performer….=).
~Watanabe Mayuyu “Yuuhi no ijiwaru” (pv)~
And you really have to take your hats off to how Watarirouka~7 didn’t in any way take away from the original members or anything really in terms of individual attention/ spotlight aspects for any of the girls, and I so love the groupings used for the coupling with tracks which will entice fans by being one exclusive song per single version or lol once again call it marketing genius which translates into separating us from our $ xD……single type A includes the exclusive audio track “Hatsu koi yo konnichi wa” featuring Mayuyu, Lovetan, Nacchan & Wasamin, single type B includes the exclusive audio track “Pajama Drive” featuring Mayuyu, Harugon, Ayarin (whom I still can’t believe was once dismissed from being a Team girl) & Mikapon while the RE includes the exclusive audio track “Yuuhi no ijiwaru”……the Mayuyu♥ solo which is a must have!!!! The common coupling track for all 3 editions is “Somisomirashira”, kiite kudasai:
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Somisomirashira” mp3~
~”Hatsukoi yo konnichi wa” mp3~
~”Pajama Drive” mp3~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Valentine Kiss” (pv)~
Love the old school choreography and there’s even the incorporation of the legendary “chicken~wing” move here, a staple for many many years ahhh (*´∀｀*) ♪～！If you’re in any way a fan or student of J~Pop Watarirouka is so much the essence of it all and it’s pretty much in everything they do and present, even more so than even AKB48 as a unit whom also wholeheartedly represents the resurgence of this highly addictive and catchy movement. The choco~factory set is nothing short of amazing as well as you know they could have easily have resorted to the utilization of blue screens instead to cut costs but not with AkiP he’s most awesome in bringing it…..and lol @ Mayuyu’s initial reaction to the choco~factory set!!! She’s sooooo adorable!!!!…and attentive to detail YES =)!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Valentine Kiss” (Dance Shot Version pv)~
And now let’s embrace the “Yuko” in all of us, or well at least here let’s embrace the “Yuko” in Mayuyu~♥…..so cute as she yes! has a tendency to kiss♥~kiss♥ her fellow members and with Valentine’s on your mind who could resist ~♥~ o(*´∀｀)o゛。Mmm…wouldn’t you kiss them all too ne~?…if the opportunity presented itself? I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not that my favorite two AKB girls are the kissing~* type lol ＾ ＾♥。
…..ahhh~♥ the heart box is adorable beyond words too! The type B single includes an exclusive 12 minute making of clip~♥….now if only the heart~box weren’t meant to be filled with chocolates 〜(´。・д・。)．、but with you know what instead (。ーωー。)笑～♥。
And a most Happy Birthday~*～～＊～♥！！！wish to Lovetan who’s celebration coincided with the filming of “Valentine Kiss”…..what could be more fitting!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai7 “Hetappi Wink”~
And I bet you’re wondering how in the world can ramen and music be adjacent with one another on any parallel distinction? Let’s see how about:
スープ (soup) = musical genre/style
麺 (men/ noodles) = vocals, harmonies
具 (gu/ ingredients) = instrumentation, arrangement, choreography
Maximum ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 star scale)
Anyone else suddenly hungry for ramen too? =D
~Watarirouka Hashiritai7 “Hetappi Wink” (pv)~
スープ: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
What a funny concept tie~in for a mascara CM where Mayuyu ‘isn’t able to’ wink ;D! And the song itself? Uber-cute of course!!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai7 “Kibou Sanmyaku~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai7 “Kibou Sanmyaku” (pv)~
“Kibou Sanmyaku” captures in packaging, choreography, song, set and wardrobe the early 60’s, really cool like a movie set built to detail and who couldn’t use a bit of early Japanese folk~pop to cheer up.
~WH7 “Shounen yo uso wo tsuke!” (music video)~
~The DVD Extras~
In addition to WH’s complete song discography on 3 CDS along with their complete music video collection with dance shot versions spread across 2 DVDs, the WH love in no way ends there!! as both DVD discs 1 & 2 includes an impressive visual collection of extras to speak of!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai Valentine Campaign CM
If only our 7Eleven sponsorships would include such cute ambassadors for our Valentine’s day celebrations!! In this brief 5 or so minute clip each girl is featured in her filming of the CM along with a few comments with Harugon and Mayuyu’s voice itself being so adorably yummy here that it even had the usually calculating and face eating Hannibal Lecter quite quite excited!!..
~The “Hetappi Wink” Event~
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Hetappi Wink” release
And while Mr. Lecter most likely didn’t make time to attend Watarirouka Hashiritai’s release event for their single release “Hettapi Wink” (shame on him) many many adoring fans did!! Held on August 3rd, 2011 this twenty five minute gem is now officially released featuring an opening with one of my most favorite WH songs in “Seishun no flag” as well as lots of MCs in between with additional complete performances of “Hatsukoi Dash”, Valentine Kiss” and of course the song of honor “Hetappi Wink” and more!! Also note the ultra cool CGs all around!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Kaisan no shinsou wo
Over the years no doubt the ‘art’ of idol…
..mis-directions can be at times most elaborate in production, here in layers of rehearsed conversation it culminates in your (I’m taking liberties here =P) most favorite breaking down =(….ah~it’s mischievous no doubt, you’ll just have to watch =P.
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “Kaisan no shinsou wo
And here we reach the climatic ending where an actual/acted physical break out occurs between Mayuyu and Rabutan and what’s interesting throughout is that while everyone else is on script, here we witness an honest reaction from Mayuyu as she actually loses it and breaks down after declaring that Watarirouka Hashiritai should break up and subsequently a few of her fellow members agree and begin to walk off. And getting back to that bit of Mayuyu-rage =P here, if only they hadn’t restrained her I wonder what she actually would have done to Rabutan =O in the process =O?? Awhile back here on this blog I posted a bit of fun with Idol Fights on a couple of Saturdays but surely those were in a game format so just once maybe in a odd fantasy dream ~* there’d be Mayuyu vs. Rabutan in an idol cage match =P! And on a final note, yup idol producers can be quite creatively cruel at times…no kidding!
~Watanabe Mayuyu “asobo”~
A set of 3 mini dramas featuring Mayuyu, Rabutan and Ayarin and here I chose to include both Mayuyu’s and Ayarin’s mini movies and here with Mayuyu’s I’m always the sucker for a haunted story filled with flashbacks and creepiness complete with Japan’s answer to ol’ Chucky and the need for a brush!! =P….all leading to a revelation of course!
~Kikuchi Ayaka “Joshuu 708 gou hitode”~
With Ayarin’s awesome mini movie let’s just say that it doesn’t get much better than an idol going all ‘Azumi’ on the underground’s butt and just the image of Ayarin with katana is enough to get the juices flowing I believe!! Yup from machine gun to katana to even a utensil fight as sometimes you gotta go with whatever is convenient whether it be fork, spoon or dinner knife =O. NOT TO BE MISSED!
In hindsight of this posting I’m thinking that I probably would have included Rabutan’s drama too, if only it had turned out a bit more like Groundhog Day…yup and a Bill Murray cameo wouldn’t have hurt either =P.
~Nakagawa ga Jakarta de sugoi koto ni natteru to
kiitanode itte mita!~
This next extra features an inside look into Harugon’s popularity and success since joining JKT48’s Team J a little over a year ago and includes wonderful behind the scenes footage and also her direct fan interaction in projects and at events. One thing’s for sure, the fans in Indonesia are most most passionate about their 48 group and as with all 48 fan events, the interactions are most close up and intimate. Also great to see a digest of performances including such classics as “Baby! Baby! Baby!” and “RIVER” along with the new classic “koi suru fortune cookie!” But alas have the tissues handy as the footage also includes the dreaded graduation announcement which inevitably always seems to occur in the midst of a joyous live event =(. And last but not least, although brief right at the beginning of the clip, I’ve never gotten to see Harugon’s audition footage and although only a few seconds long omg! she’s so adorable even from the beginning =D!
~Watarirouka Hashiritai “WH no
kiseki~arinomama de irareru basho?”~
The final DVD extra perhaps saves one of the very best for last as this thirty minute clip takes us from Watarirouka Hashiritai’s very humble beginnings as a four member unit through their entire history via single releases, fan events and an ongoing newly recorded member commentary as the girls candidly dish on their relationships, the music , the unit itself and their growth and changes including the harsh emotions of Group/ Team changes, departures, election rankings along the way, solo releases and the introduction of new members. In particular the scandal and then resignation of Hirajima Natsumi which is covered here brings back a lot of sadness and reminds us poignantly just how fragile the idol life can be and how much more we should love and appreciate their careers and all of the joys they give to us. In closing this clip provides a retrospective view from each member looking forward post WH(7) and this clip also really provides a heart warming closure to the ending of Watarirouka Hashiritai, and for me personally as I had logged my AKB48 journey here from the very beginning, it was Watarirouka Hashiritai whom were one of the very first 48 purchases that I’d made back then so they’ve been extra special ~* for me…thank you for the music & memories~.