For years Yuko-rin’s iconic gravure stature has been pretty much all I knew of her career for the most part as she’s amassed a most impressive collection of both shashinshuu and DVD releases and it wasn’t until a little over three years ago that I became aware that this most adorable idol also dove into the world of J-pop as she’s released singles, albums and visual collections along the way =). Why three years ago you may ask, well a long standing tradition of idols and idol groups alike has been a post career release of a single definitive collection which traditionally goes under the title of “Perfect Best” and and you’ll see these CD releases, sometimes remastered too!….across many of the major record labels. So a little over three years ago in the summer of 2011 I came across a then upcoming release titled “Perfect Best” by Ogura Yuko and I had a OMG really she sings too?? moment to myself after which I quickly pre-ordered it =P!!
Needless to say with my suddenly peaked interest I opted to grab a few more of her music releases which I could find still in print which included a single, a rather beautifully packaged album and a video collection of hers ^^.
Now you’re probably wondering why the Beatles and bear reference in the title here or more likely you’re probably just thinking about how weird I am but in any case upon you watching her music videos here, one in particular will ‘answer all’ questions =D. But first let’s take a moment to ponder and then ponder some more about the rather interesting title to her DVD title I’ve got here (pictured above, left). Yup it’s not your imagination as it does indeed read “POPO-PORN” =o!!! PORN? huh really? Now before you freak! there isn’t anything porn-like about this DVD whew!!!! And when you see the katakana just below it appears that the whole “POPPOPO-N” received an ‘extra’ R in it giving the eye glance customer the instant notion that Yuko-rin had somehow turned naughty lol =O. And while Yuko-rin’s gravure visuals have been no doubt very sexy over the years she’s always remained this cute and cuddly and just really sweet idol~♥ =).
Okay now that we’ve gotten all of that bear and porn stuff out of the way….now there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d be typing today when I awoke =P, let’s enjoy some of her music!
Now don’t mind the randomly inserted gravure shots of Yuko-rin as I just thought why not sprinkle a bit of her iconic-idol side here to go along with her music =) however do note that Yuko-rin went all out idol~ing with her brand of J-pop and never once crossed over her gravure side into the picture so really her releases are truly 100% pure idol in nature ^^.
“Yume ga kanau youni ~ miirapoumakikireeche ~”
(Live from YUKO RING 2005)
As you’d imagine Yuko-rin’s vocals are very anime-character like~♥ and there’s a sweetly childlike aspect to the way she naturally sings and in coupling those together it’s just really so adorable and while her vocals may not be remarkable, hers captures the essence of an idol wholeheartedly and really for the pure idol fan isn’t that something remarkable in itself, to adore and love ^^.
I’m actually opening with Yuko-rin’s encore song from her secret live YUKO RING 2005 event and it’s just this song makes for the perfectly joyous tune to begin with and idols also tend to go more naturally with their wardrobe for their encores as they leave behind their much more costume like outfits which always has this much warmer feeling about it, not that there’s anything wrong with that as I so love fun wardrobes too ^^.
“Lovin’ You” (pv)
“Lovin’ You” has this really whimsical warmth about it and it actually took me a couple of listens to GET IT and the real hook lies in its chorus, oh yeah and then there’s the bear, huh talkin’ bear, ‘mysterious’ twist at the ending and there’s something really wonderful about the simplicity of the pv itself and the style in which it was filmed to appear as nostalgic itself ^^.
“Vitamin LOVE” (pv)
“Vitamin LOVE” has anime theme song written all over it and if by some chance it is an anime song I apologize for not knowing =P and well with the glittery gold background and Yuko-rin’s various colorful wardrobes including that red and white super hero looking one which indeed comes complete with a laser water gun blaster how could this not be an anime song =P!! Well “chances” =P are it’s not but still it gives you that same boost of pep and upbeat~ness which in some cases you can only get from a well done anime theme. Yuko-rin’s vocals are particularly in full child~like mode here….aww she sounds so cute ^^.
“Koi no jumon wa papapipupa”
(Live from YUKO RING 2005)
Right from the very first notes you’re sort of expecting to see Tom Jones come walking onto the stage right?! Ah wait you do know that song right……
..in any case any song with the lyrics “pa pa pi pu pe pa pe po…” has me at “pa” =D but seriously the brass is awesome here and this song has the cutest of melodies and rhythms ^^.
“Eien Raburin (∂▽<)/ “
Traditional yukata meets space age yukata~♥ =)! Yuko-rin’s most visually dynamic pv is well coupled with an overall solid J-pop song with an air of the 90’s about it ^^.
(Live from YUKO RING 2005)
And now we close this post with the opening song from Yuko-rin’s YUKO RING 2005 event because I’m slightly wacky that way =)….and while she may sound a bit nervous to begin, Yuko-rin’s confidence rises with the arrival of the very first chorus and as with all great songs the major hooks are always in the heart of the song and here with “Daijoubu” we’ve got more hooks than a tackle box ^^!