Happy (edit: LATE NIGHT!!!) Aloha~♥ Friday!!!!!!~!
I feel like Jimmy Fallon well minus the penis and widespread fandom =P….lol! Okay I don’t do these types of posts much lately due to you know getting it on with the Mr., watching toooo much Party of Five, According to Jim or the George Lopez Show lately…well you know Haa~? =D
So tonight’s post only took me a little over 22 hours to complete not including uploading time which got kind of wild in itself making this a now Late night Friday w/ me wacky posting (・д・`*)！！！and it was actually composed over three days prior free time with a gap of a few weeks in between said days of me being over obsessive…anal retentive if you will (*≧▽≦)！
That’ll make much more sense in a minute or so, but anyway I hope ~* it makes you smile or say ‘awwwww~♥…!’ Or give me a mercy like =D? So no pressure, really..okay let’s go ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ！Oh but(t) first, there ‘may’ be an abundance of odd/unnatural stuff going on below when you least expect it….just saying, as I wrote this late into my psyche’s allowance at times so Um yeah there will be ugly typos and the liiike (。ーωー。)笑。
So. I originally had this cap-attack creation you now see before you ‘finished’ =P a few weeks ago shortly after this year’s General Election however I soon after learned of an upcoming mook release which sounded like the perfect ~* compliment for AKB48’s latest single “Labrador Retriever”, so then I figured I’d put this cap-happy post on hold for a bit until that mook arrived so it could all become one gigantic browser nightmare (゜Д゜;)！！．．．just kidding (。ーωー。)笑！But it did turn out quite large I think (*´艸`)。So anyway first will be the original post which has been sitting in storage all this time where I’ll babble briefly about the “Labrador Retriever” singles (hopefully not too much) and as you can see just above there was no way I was resisting getting all four single types available minus the theater versions though which include types A, K, B & 4.
NOW if Paruru♥ here isn’t worthy of your wall cute….I cannot help you =(!
But more on that……..
Of course with each first pressing you’ll receive one randomly inserted photo inside each case with the addition of an external bonus photo if you had ordered through Cdjapan in a timely manner before they had run out…..and I think I did pretty well albeit I would have turned to Jello- and subsequently melted had I received…………..
…a Mayu-“Wan”♥ Kenobi photo ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！
And now it’s time for:
~Two Random Thoughts to Ponder Before Going Outside Today~
And speaking of dog sounds in Japanese (‘wan~wan♥!), as Japanese have vocal sounds for just about anything you can imagine…yup even for the sound of rain (za-za-za-za…), remember those talking/educational point the arrow and then pull the string toys we had when we were little for barnyard animals? And wouldn’t it be great if there were idol versions available? Well, until they build an AKB48 version of this toy this will have to do for now:
Click ~* to hear what Mayu “Wan” Kenobi says.
And what’s the deal with the ‘number lock’ key on your keyboard anyway?? Have you ever been typing away carefree~ly (not a real word is it? =D) when you then needed a number or a few of them and poof!!….your cursor teleports to another line in a seemingly random manner the instant you hit that first number key? So then you place the cursor back to where you’d like it to be and press on the ‘num lock’ key and everything in the typing universe is then restored to normal working order. I’ve never bothered to look up what purpose the number lock key serves as I guess I just don’t care that much to know =P and yet every time this occurs I think to myself what the heck is it for anyway(・c_・;)？、well, besides its obvious purpose of annoying you from time to time whenever you must’ve inadvertently hit it by accident and subsequently then tried to type a number (*≧▽≦)！
Oh but before we continue, here’s the mook photographed above which I was speaking of earlier, and I bet you can now understand why I put this cap-happy post on hold waiting for it to arrive. The mook is titled “AKB48 no inu kyoudai” and prepare yourself to uncontrollably say things such as “Awwww♥!!!”….. “W~aaah so cute♥!!!”….and “Ohhhhhh cutie doggy~♥!!!…”
~Labrador Retriever jacket scans~
~Single Type A~
~AKB48 “Labrador Retriever” (mv)~
Guam, bikinis, the beach, little doggies, big doggies, idols licking ice cream~*, doggies licking the same ice cream~*, idols licking other idols (okay I admit it only happens once =( ), frisbees, more doggies…what’s not to love!!
The title track’s definitely got that summertime walkin’ on sushine ~* vibe about it doesn’t it. And who couldn’t use a happy HAPPY jingle with the accompanying visuals which are perhaps just like an episode of Girls Gone Wild!~! Well minus the alcohol and wardrobe ‘malfunctions’ =P. So from what I can gather the mv’s like a dream sequence where Mayuyu’s apparently adopted??, owns a Labrador Retriever, has her Labrador Retriever run away however said doggie luckily is wearing a matching charm~* while fancying other idols when suddenly POOF!*~~* there are suddenly lots of doggies @ the beach. Isn’t it just like a dream to not make any sense at all =P? And just a couple of afterthoughts: 1) Paruru should wear her hair pinned back this way more often as it really allows her naturally gorgeous facial features to shine, and I know bangs are uber-adorable and yet Paruru just looks so cute this way….and 2) It’s amusing that Mayuyu is actually terrified of BIG doggies and while they may have edited out her moments of fear, luckily they still managed to include a tiny bit of Yukirin’s likewise fright of said BIG doggy 😀 . “Labrador Retriever” receives 3 1/2 paws out of 5.
~Today’s instant viral doggie pic!~
“Doggie Gone Wild” ooh my =O…
~Today’s instant viral doggie pic!~
~AKB48 “Kyou made no melody” (mv)~
Remember in Rocky (I forget which #……??) where he insisted on visiting all of those nostalgic places of his past where and when he met Adrian after her passing? Well this mv’s actually nothing like that at all =P but they do share ~* a deep nostalgia about them as Yuko♥ literally takes a pretty amazing walk down memory lane leading up to the actual mv itself~♥. This awesome clip runs nearly 15 (darn! you ‘num lock!!!’ xD you’ve done it to me yet again!; see previous rant if confused 😀 ) minutes as we take a tour from Yuko’s♥ yesteryears in AKB48, visiting a variety of the groups’ humble beginnings along the way and the girls taking the walk alongside her continuously grows and grows with the core of 1st Gen beside her with Takamina, Miichan & Kojiharu……then lending way to the younger generations of the group. You may find yourself getting so caught up in the reminiscing that those sweet Bruce Hornsby-esque piano notes may flutter by without you readily noticing @ first…..but then Yuko’s♥ wonderfully unique raspy vocals kick in carrying a lullaby of a verses which lead to a sweetest of a dreamy chorus, escalating in gentle waves of emotions~. And as it all concludes with dramatic nuance….there is poor Takamina in real tears, poor Takamina has seen way too many graduations for one heart to take =(. The song with the video’s emotions and often times poetic like editing and effects with notably the old-film effects serve to perfection ~* an everlasting tribute and memorial for Yuko♥ as an AKB girl (*´∀｀) うれしー♥♥♥！”Kyou made no melody” receives 5 out of 5 paws.
~AKB48 Team A “Kimi wa kimagure” (mv)~
Melody-wise, my most favorite track on this single!!!
It’s that undeniable 80’s J-Pop styling with the sweetest of ensemble vocals throughout with that whimsical orchestration backing and a chorus as yummy as Skittles…well if you’re into that sort of pure sugary heaven in notes ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！ やっほぃ♪
The mv’s absolutely oozing with an equally creative theme of the girls being an action figures set!..and somehow the insides of their boxes remind me of Apple products 😀 . Remember the Morning Musume figures of yore? (that word’s for you Philip♥ =D!) Well they actually had at least four sets which I’d collected three of way back when….
…anyway AkiP you should really consider creating very lifelike or caricature like figures of the AKB kingdom of yours, you know not those generically designed figures xD…do them right and collect them all I’m sure fans will!~!
“Kimi wa kimagure” receives 7 paws out of 5!! Wait that makes no sense =O…just says how much I loooooooooove this song!!! 😀 And who better than Paruru♥ to ‘say’ in body language….’you’re annoying me xD!!!…?’ ^^! So cute I wANT to play my bongos LOUD!!!! well, if only I had bongos….
~Single Type K~
~AKB48 Team K “Itoshiki Rival” (mv)~
The best dramatic mini-movie award goes to “Itoshiki Rival” with its pop/rock driven edge!
This song has an aura of urgency courtesy of the wall of strings throughout which act in escalating fashion alongside the guitars doubled harmonies and those dramatic footsteps of a piano….and Team K absolutely crushes it with a dynamic choreography dance and well….those amazing fantasy period wardrobes all in black! You know with that pretense of a medieval battle with giant sharpened blades galore looming large, it sort of turns into at one point that dance off (switchblade knife battle) like in Grease…or was it from James Dean’s iconic performance in Rebel Without a Cause?….or perhaps it was West Side Story?…?? Anyway from the leader’s dance off to that universal underlying message of ‘can’t we just get along….?’ and raise this flag together? it’s pretty cool when the Team K is revealed upon that flag at the ending =D. “Itoshiki Rival” receives 3 1/2 paws out of five.
~AKB48 Labrador Retriever making of (the Prequel)~
Funny the two making of clips are named as such with a ‘prequel’ and a latter ‘sequel’ version and so now you probably realize where the whole Star Wars theme arrived suddenly out of nowhere into my brain 😀 .
Truth be told though it was literally the opening here in the prequel with Mayuyu~♥’s emphatically pronounced ‘WAN!’ which made my heart shudder and then I in turn showed my Star Wars-Geeky side is all Σ(￣◇￣*)！Yup and if they ever sold that legendary Princess Leia in a b-cup I’d be the first to wear it, well that is if you promise to dress up as Jabba the Hut =). In all seriousness though here are just a tad bit of a hint (that was redundant….redundant….) of what’s inside of this wonderful and highly highly entertaining 17 seventeen minute + clip!!! =P
- Beautiful scenic Guam!
- Scantily clad idols inhabiting the beach!
- The opening performed by one Mayu-“Wan” ♥ Kenobi is easily worth the entire price of admission!
- Seeing Akarin~♥ pretend to be a dog…..priceless!
- Watching Mayuyu♥ freak out because of BIG dogs….priceless!
- A very special episode of Coconut vs. Idols♥! gone wild!
- Seeing Yukirin perform her very best Mayuyu♥ impression….also priceless!
~Single Type B~
~AKB48 Team B “B Garden” (mv)~
A~h remember that time (Yup I shamelessly begin my stories this way =P…) Mikitty was out sick from Hello!Morning and they had that awesome life sized cardboard stand-in, stand-in for her? 😀
Well it’s nothing like that actually as the girl’s just wearing a life-sized mask =D. Anyway Mayuyu’s♥ expression seeing that is so perfect (I’m heavily biased of course (*´艸`) ！）、and more importantly it’s Team B here, you know the baby-dolls of the AKB empire o(*´∀｀)o! And fittingly this song’s uber-adora-cutesy-♥ to the its very core! Let’s see, tennis court stage, simple and yet effectively eye alluring choreography, upbeat anthem….and YES a perfect most perfect way to brush up or actually learn from scratch all of Team B’s member’s adorable nicknames 😀 ! And the way each girl is presented with her nick is so entertaining and say it along with me…. ‘awwwww so cute!!!’ And alas the mask…the reason why you’re fawning over this mv♥ are revealed, well, we already knew the answer to the latter one didn’t we ^^. “B Garden” receives an A+ aka: Five out of Five paws…and that may actually be more about the mv♥ than the song itself =P.
~AKB48 Labrador Retriever making of (the sequel)~
And as promised, type B’s DVD includes the ‘sequel’ to AKB48’s “Labrador Retriever” project!
And while this clip opens with the same montage, after a few seconds the footage is all new =D with a running time of a bit over 17 minutes.
And as you can see from above YES! there is the promise of a beach sumo match between Sayanee & Ricchan ー(*￣Ｏ￣)ノ！Well there’s actually no ring to speak of so let’s just say that it’s indeed two girls groping each other along the shoreline…nothing to see here keep it moving no don’t rewind that wait what are you doing?? =P
Other ‘highlights’ (you know after witnessing that ↑↑↑) include:
Member comments on “Labrador Retriever”, Guam and the like!
Miichan cops a feel of Takamina =O!
Ricchan, Yui & Sayanee wiggle their moneymakers!
Oh who am I fooling??!, beach sumo it is 😀 !
~AKB48 Team4 “Heart no dasshutsu game” (mv)~
Team4’s version DVD includes an interactive game you can play along with in the form of a quiz and if you own this version you’ve also seen the included quiz sheet as well.
The mv acts as a movie in itself with both an opening mystery as well as a closing chance to solve the lock’s combination via an onscreen quiz. I adore Yuria♥ so much! And sandwiched between it all is quite a rambunctious and cute anthem in itself~♥!! I adore Yuria♥ so much! The goal here is to unlock the puzzle/lock and reveal the hidden video clip therein. “Heart no dasshutsu game” receives 4 1/2 out of 5 paws for both the song and the mv’s creativity and interactive challenge! The girls of Team4 are so sweet!!! And did I happen to mention how much I adore Yuria♥? =P
Just below are the interactive menus you’ll encounter:
And lastly the actual chance ~* to unlock the hidden video clip =D!
so have you solved it yet?
In any case I’ll let you cheat a bit
so here’s the hidden video clip just below =):
~AKB48 Team4 the reveal~
~Kizaki Yuria no Team4 MV Micchaku Report~
Yuria~♥ here acts as cameraman (funny we don’t say camerawoman all that much and in fact her title here is ‘cameraman’ =P) and for eighteen minutes we’re treated to a very CANDID behind the scenes all access look into the making of Team4’s music video \(^O^)/!!!
There’s even a surprise birthday cake being presented to Nishino Miki as well as an impromptu ‘bijin-test!’ which is actually quite amusing to say the least =D! And you so know that you’re going to be trying this on your friends right?
Remember how the behind the scenes of S/mileage used to be in the early days with the original member lineup? Take that and multiply by 1000, add a case of some sort of sugary energy drink and wall~ah! You now have “Kizaki Yuria no Team4 Micchaku Report” in a nutshell =D! Once Yuria gets into the lions den, it’s truly non-stop, no kidding…(^q^)!
~AKB48 no inu kyoudai mook~
So now we’ve at long last reached the aforementioned mook \(^O^)/!!!!! This mook is soft cover and digest sized and while Mayuyu got the obi it’s Paruru who’s covergirl~*!!
It’s AKB48 Doggy-Style
any sort of
adorable~♥ sounds as your heart so desires…..!
And here’s Paruru♥ @ her absolute cutest!!!
I double-dog-dare you to find Paruru♥ any more
~ ❤ !
And that’s a wrap…(whew! was it good 4 U 2?)