Of Sakurako~chan♡, Glorious Songs & the BBQ Master~!~!

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (1)Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (2)Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (3)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou single types A & B with photo booklet

From fan! (yes! I’ve purchased each and every one of her singles so far…) To Fanatical! As with the release of Ohara Sakurako~♥’s now third single release which is her very first to offer up multiple Limited Editions I didn’t hesitate to go after both LE w/DVD types ^^!

Just released on July 22nd, Ohara Sakurako’s~♥ new single release sure flew over the Pacific quite quickly reaching me just yesterday via my very good friends the Postal Service =) ….and it didn’t take long to get totally hooked on her latest musical offerings I kid you not! Already on high rotation on the iPod are three YES three new songs and here’s the real allure in getting both LE versions as it’s the only way to receive all of the music videos and extras, those clever record companies always seem to get you that way or at least they totally get me (。ーωー。)笑!

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou RE

Just above is her RE cover and I have to say it’s the cutest of the bunch!! ….however still I had to go with the LE’s and here’s the basic DVD breakdown: With LE type A you’ll receive the music videos for both “Glorious Morning” and the title track “Manatsu no Taiyou” along with a most extensive “making of” clip which covers both mvs! And with LE type B you’ll receive the music video for “My Way” YES it’s like a triple A~side!!! ….along with a live performance of “Glorious Morning!!” =) So you see you CLEARLY have got to get both LE’s without question!~!

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~Ohara Sakurako’s “Manatsu no Taiyou” singles can be ordered @ CdJapan~

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Ohara Sakurako in Glorious Morning.. (1)Ohara Sakurako in Glorious Morning.. (2)Ohara Sakurako in Glorious Morning.. (3)Ohara Sakurako in Glorious Morning.. (4)

~Ohara Sakurako “Glorious Morning” (mv)~

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You may have noticed that the title track “Manatsu no Taiyou” isn’t listed first on type A’s DVD as it plays second to “Glorious Morning”, the reason being and this is quite cool and quite unique I think as I can’t remember seeing two music videos running back to back on a single where they actually “link” together as one storyline as they do here. So fittingly Sakurako~chan begins her day with “Glorious Morning” and where that mv ends “Manatsu no Taiyou” picks up literally from the former’s last frame =). Okay so as you click ~* play just above are you too realizing Sakurako~chan’s musical brand really setting in. I mean both her genre of folk/rock~pop as well as her vocals itself which always pierce strongly through the waves of melodies have really grown to be hers and not some imitation of artists prior …okay so you may be thinking now that truly most music these days has got to be an emulation/inspiration of someone else’s, transcending from musical generation to generation, and yet with Sakurako~chan’s sound, style and musical nuances a song could pop up on the radio or something and I’d readily know it’s hers~♥. So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s rather her delivery and style which are so uniquely recognizable versus a musical genre’s uniqueness. And about her piercing vocals, I mean that in the most beautiful of ways of how her vocals just shine through and above all of the instrumentation never ever feeling overwhelmed as she sings so brightly always ^^.  And like so many time prior, you’ll definitely be feeling that “walking on sunshine ~*” feeling of a vibe with “Glorious Morning” just as the title suggests ….uplifting and cheery~eyed you’re so gonna love this song I promise っo(*´∀`)o!

ps. You may also come to realize just what may create such delays when your girlfriend/wife/lover?? =P hasn’t shown up on time (。ーωー。)笑!Just watching Sakurako~chan fiddle with her wardrobe choices is so adorable and in real life totally true at times, however guys the important thing to remember is that we’re totally having a difficult time choosing our wardrobe for the day just for YOU~♥ as we so wanna look good for YOU~♥ ^^!

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Ohara Sakurako in Manatsu no Taiyou.. (1)Ohara Sakurako in Manatsu no Taiyou.. (2)Ohara Sakurako in Manatsu no Taiyou.. (3)Ohara Sakurako in Manatsu no Taiyou.. (4)

~Ohara Sakurako “Manatsu no Taiyou” (mv)~

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See as the final frame of “Glorious Morning” ends we pick up the storyline or rather I guess the lateness of Sakurako~chan to her planned meeting up with friends (・д・`*)!!And if you thought that the musical~happiness couldn’t possibly get any happier just hold on to your whatever it is* that you hold onto while most happy ….no not that! This is “totally” a G-Rated blog haha (*≧∀≦)☆★ ↓!From its flowing verses to that amazing foot stomping pre~chorus “Manatsu no Taiyou” gets pretty close to euphoria I think or was that just me?? Nah I think you’ve felt that thing too right! =) The guy she’s gradually flirting with until the playful moment with the sparklers is pretty cute too! Always a + of course! And if you thought that seeing Sakurako~chan ride a bicycle in a total mindset of hurry~up! complete with a piece of toast in her mouth (see prior mv) was cute, then you haven’t seen the best of her adorableness just quite yet! note: Be on the lookout for one of the cutest pouts ever to grace a mv and much more of course ^^.

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Ohara Sakurako in mv making.. (1)Ohara Sakurako in mv making.. (2)Ohara Sakurako in mv making.. (3)Ohara Sakurako in mv making.. (4)

~Ohara Sakurako “making” clip~

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Now I’ve watched my fair share of making of clips up until now and yet I can’t remember one being so hilariously fun!~! And this clip is quite monster~ous as it’s a whopping 25 minutes in length =)!~!

Okay so remember that whole BBQ get together and tent building which went on during the previous “Manatsu no Taiyou”’s mv? Well it turns out that the guy you see jump in and help the gals and guys out is also quite the comedian!! I mean I have no idea if he’s actually a comedian in real life but I’d totally believe it whether true or not! It begins with the prepping for the great outdoors and exactly what goes into putting together a rather large tent and continues into a height of comedic climaxes during the whole BBQ prepping time, I mean this BBQ Master is quick with his humor and very very candid which is always the best kind of humor…(^q^)! And you realize that is wasn’t just the staff prepping all of the necessary elements of the mv as this one guy has it all under control REALLY! He’s great!! A~h who knew? BBQ Master + Comedian = great tent builder and wilderness preparedness guide! =)!~! Hibachi’s are great! and even better with a heavy dose of good humor! ps. Also note that oh~so~cool Rolling Stones T-shirt being worn by Mr. Director ^^!

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(sorry I don’t actually have a concession stand however dancing snacks are no less fun!) =)

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Another reason to purchase the LE type A single is that it includes in addition to its already awesome DVD …..a very cute photo booklet! And it all comes housed in an outer slip case which I forgot to mention earlier =P!

So the style here is that of a scrapbook, here I’ve scanned the entirely of her cute lil’ booklet ^^:

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (4)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (5)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (6)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (7)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (8)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (9)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (10).

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (11)

Ohara Sakurako Manatsu no Taiyou (12)

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Ohara Sakurako My Way (1)Ohara Sakurako My Way (2)Ohara Sakurako My Way (3)Ohara Sakurako My Way (4)

~Ohara Sakurako “My Way” (mv)~

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You were so thinking this very same thing too weren’t you!! Ol’ Blue Eyes ….. the legendary song “My Way!” I love Frank Sinatra’s music, I can listen for hours literally as I own quite a few of his albums and collections which I’ve collected over the years mostly while I was working at a record store here and in that environment you hear EVERYTHING and it really helps broaden your musical tastes and horizons which is always a very good thing ^^!

Sadly though it didn’t turn out to be that “My Way” song (;´□`)、...okay it’s not really a sad thing as for just an instance I truly wondered could it be (・c_・;)??

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Okay so while it didn’t turn out to be that “My Way” this “My Way” is a total rockin’ good time!~! And easily equal to any of its coupling with songs here. “My Way” is the first of two clips which appear exclusively on LE single type B.

You’ll also love that this music video is a live collage of goodness where you can further witness just how much of a ball of endless energy Sakurako~chan is on stage as it’s truly being in her element and her tambourine plays a perfect stage-partner as her dance choreography whether prior rehearsed or not is most adorable as she grooves with it in particular moments of this song ….and I’m positive you’ll readily know which moments I mean ^^.

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Ohara Sakurako Glorious Morning (live) (1)Ohara Sakurako Glorious Morning (live) (2)Ohara Sakurako Glorious Morning (live) (3)Ohara Sakurako Glorious Morning (live) (4)

~Ohara Sakurako “Glorious Morning” (Live Ver.)~

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And now we’ve reached your nightcap of Ohara Sakurako~chan~♡ genki~ness Σ( ̄◇ ̄*)!!!

The final DVD clip and the second on the LE type B single is an awesome live performance of “Glorious Morning” ….aka: the song which is now firmly in both your head & heart right? =)!

Sakurako~chan’s wonderful tambourine is back =D! But more notable is just how truly strong and wonderful her voice is as you can hear her perform live and note how easily she commands the stage despite her still most youthful music career which shows a huge promise of growing and growing further as I so hope it does!~!

ps, And a special note at that! …would be just how adorable her “yelps!” are which can be heard throughout this live performance all hitting on cue at the most perfect of moments of course you know when a girl has gotta just YELP! it up for the audience! So cute! ^^

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OH and one final encore ps. =P!

Ohara Sakurako~chan’s first concert Blu-ray also arrived in the same parcel!

And now it’s time to prepare dinner,

have a wonderful evening~!!!!

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Ohara Sakurako LIVE Blu-Ray First Tour 2015 Spring CHERRYYYY BLOSSOOOOM!!!!

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16 Responses to Of Sakurako~chan♡, Glorious Songs & the BBQ Master~!~!

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    She sounds/looks great.

    PS: How did you find an image hot dog being splattered by both mustard and ketchup? Every one I ever see is censored by pixels.
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  2. philipleslie says:

    Such catchy songs. Perhaps her catchiest single yet? Both songs are A-sides, aren’t they, and the videos are just lovely. I was vaguely reminded of Tanimura Yumi getting up in the morning; but she had a kitten and burnt her toast! I loved the accents being in the ‘wrong’ place in ‘glorious morning’ (on the ‘us’ and ‘ing’), which often happens in Jpop when English words are set. Momusu’s “How do you like this Japan” springs to mind, where both syllables in ‘Japan’ are accented, but it’s not wrong, just catchier and memorable. ‘Glorious morning’ is very catchy too. Any idea where the seaside is? I looked in vain for a road sign. The packaging is so must-have, isn’t it. I’m very tempted to bump this up my ‘to get’ list before it disappears. Thank you for posting!

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    • For myself it may be a bit of a toss-up between “Hitomi”, “Happy Days” and “Glorious Morning here …with special emphasis on “Hitomi” as it’s just one of the very best ballads ever I think! =) Un and we’re seeing so many more double A-sides these days aren’t we and then C-ute even did a triple A-side just recently which really ups the ante for idol groups and their singles. What I thought was great is they even produced albeit a live clip mv, but they included one for the third song “My Way” as well which surprised me in a very nice way. I love how your musical mind readily recognizes such intricacies, and I haven’t listened to that Momusu song in ages, I really should re-watch their concerts more often as there are so many memorable great ones!~! During the making of I was listening to hear if they would mention the locale but either I missed it or they didn’t reveal their location then.Un with the little scrap book style pb it’s definitely worth getting the LE of A for sure! Oh how quickly Sakurako~chan♥ has become such a favorite artist and again it’s totally thanks to you♥ and your sharing of new discoveries!! ^^

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      • philipleslie says:

        I forgot to ask: have you ever seen her act yet. There are two dramas and two movies. ‘Water Polo Yankees’ looks great fun. Have you seen this compilation of her advertising work?

        I love the loud ‘gulp’ noise that’s added every time the tea-based product is swigged from the bottle!

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        • I’m hearing one of ARASHI’s finest songs in “Love so Sweet” !!!!!! I’ve watched some clips from her starring role in “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru” where she’s a musician in a band and they actually released real singles too back then featuring her, although that’s actually a movie and not a drama series =). First time seeing her in a CM here though and she even has one of her songs featured in one of them too which is way cool! I remember thinking “Water Polo Yankees” sounds like a most interesting title when I first heard of it back when you turned me onto her “Sankyu” single but I’ve not searched it out just yet but as my fandom of her grows you never know! Today I had her music cranked up in the car on the way to and from work ….it’s pretty amusing when you get a few strange looks at times as you go by =).Haha the gulp sound seems to work in all cultures alike, so funny how it’s the most audible thing at that very moment when in reality it normally wouldn’t be =P!

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    • Philip you can meet me in the tea room now, yours is second from the top when you’re scrolling =).

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      • philipleslie says:

        Thank you for listening and enjoying! Yes, I think it was my most Jpop effort yet, although the limitations of GarageBand meant that it didn’t sound as AKB-ish as I’d have liked. It would be great to write a proper song, with words and actual singers. I did consider doing a post on ‘Taiyou Knock’ and may attempt to when the other versions arrive. You’ve set an impossible high standard for reviews, though, and mine would seem very dull! One of the bonus movies on type A is a neat and fun little song for Akimoto Manatsu and Nanase that starts out being sung by two old ladies (possibly their older selves, because later you see them wearing the same seifuku) in a karaoke bar. I’ve become very lazy with blogging this year. I’ve several unfinished ones for Blogspot, mainly Street View adventures, and really ought to finish those at some point…

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        • Un but I thought the instrumentation worked really well and with synths you can achieve a retro feeling in songs much like how some J-Pop does at times. A lot of your melodies sounds as if they’d readily lead to lyrics although I know that lyrics are truly an art form and not easy at all to create well. Oh no my posts are just a fan going I LOVE THIS VERY MUCH IN SO MANY WORDS AND IMAGES xD, nothing special in the slightest =P! I don’t think I’m capable of writing a proper review as I just don’t know how to really and I have a lot more fun just rambling on about stuff that turns me on Σ( ̄◇ ̄*)!!! You should write them! You have your unique fan perspective to share and you collect a lot of singles I don’t so I’d love to hear your thoughts on them ^^.

          When Kitarie’s group gets going with releases I’m sure to check them out! And with HKT48 I’m this close to collecting them as well =).

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          • philipleslie says:

            HKT are a must-have. Saying that, I neglected to buy the latest single (what kind of fan am I!), diverting my money into a different release. I’ll get it eventually, though. There’s a fun bonus on the last (or last but one?) release, in which the members are on board a ship playing cards and suchlike with the passengers. Sasshi (aka Sassy) is a natural with the microphone. The songs are nicely upbeat, the videos sometimes dreamlike, though not as intensely dreamlike as some SKE48 ones. While the songs are catchy and fun, there hasn’t really been a mega-memorable single yet (when you hit the replay button, and hit it again and again until the CD player overheats and explodes, as it did with Gingham Check or Pareo wa emerald), which is a shame, as there’s such a lot of talent in the group. But I certainly don’t think you’ll be disappointed by your HKT collection.

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            • I received your message and photo today and I was surprised that they’ve released just four/five singles so far? That’s actually good news in the sense of finances LOL as I can attest to the dangers of falling in love with an artist/group whom has an extensive catalog already released on quite a few occasions where I then end up purchasing them all in a single purchase! =P Ohhh YES I know exactly what you mean when it comes to “Gingham Check!!!” And honestly it wasn’t only the Yuko~factor♥ REALLY as that song is sooooooo addictive to your ears!!!! Not to mention its mv which is I think one of Family48’s very best in terms of creativity, choreography and styling!~! Verse, choruses ….just so so so GREAT!!

              Well I already have at least three favorite members in HKT48 so that’s definitely a beginning, oh and other mega-catchy Family48 songs for me off the top of my head would be: “Oogoe Diamond”, “RIVER”, “Wimbledon e Tsuretette” (for it’s 80’s inspired glory!!), “Te wo Tsunaginagara” (I used to play this song over and over and then over again….) “Boku no taiyou” and it really does go on and on and on…..! ^^

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              • philipleslie says:

                Ah yes, Oogoe Diamond and RIVER: definitely two of the most mega-catchy ones. Then, for me, there’s ‘Kimi no koto ga suki dakara’, which has a really lovely sing-a-long chorus、Iiwake Maybe, Ponytail to shushu… There’s something about those early songs that’s perhaps missing from some of the recent A-sides (not counting Green Flash, which is totally wonderful). I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe it’s in the mixing of the songs, which is different now. If you compare some of the newer ones with Oogoe Diamond and RIVER etc, they’re perhaps more ‘synthier’, if that’s a word. But it’s not something that’s going to stop me from buying new releases: they’re vastly preferable to so many Western pop releases, which seem bland and unimaginative by comparison.

                Yes, just five HKT48 singles so far, which means hopefully you’ll be able to acquire those without hurting your wallet too much! Do you have many Nogizaka46 singles, btw? I’d highly recommend those too, not only for the amazing songs, but also for the bonus features, which are surprising and very entertaining.

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                • Sorry for my blog delinquency =(! Oh it’s totally the production of their music and how it has definitely changed over the years, I would do a similar comparison to Tackey & Tsubasa’s music catalog which changed quite a lot since their debut and all of that can be attributed to their changes in producers most notable coming from their “Hatachi” album which remains so unique in their discography. Un “Oogoe Diamond” is one of those “trap” songs which can readily create a fan out of nowhere for AKB I believe, it’s just that GREAT!

                  I haven’t gotten into Nogizaka46 just yet aside from a few of their songs but that also could soon be changing I think, but for now it’s onto HKT48 full steam ahead!!~!! =)

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                  • philipleslie says:

                    You’ll love HKT for sure. The bonus feature I mentioned when the members are on a boat playing cards and bingo with the passenger fans is on ‘Hikaeme I Love You’ type C. I watched it again the other day. It’s definitely one of those ‘I have loved to have been there’ events. Sasshi is great as a bingo caller. All the members are very elegantly dressed, but Sakura looks especially stunning. As for Nogi, you will definitely be bowled over by the releases! After a so-so start, they quickly developed into an amazing unit. The songs create a real emotional bond with the listener. For me, Matsui Rena was just too distinctive and always seemed like a visitor, rather than part of the team. A very welcome visitor, but she really belonged in SKE. I’d recommend starting with ‘Seifuku no mannequin’ and working forwards and backwards from there. Happy purchasing!

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                    • Thank you for the song advice as first impressions can mean so much without question! It may be awhile before I venture into Nogizaka46 though as Family48 already stretches the fund so much =). I’m looking forward to all of the HKT extras and our family used to play Bingo during some get togethers as we’d have secretly wrapped prizes which everyone provided with a spending limit on them! Sounds fitting that Sasshi be the caller and just looking at their single covers, Sakura readily stands out or perhaps my eyes are already biased =)!

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