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Drama Short: Zutto Mae Kara

Yep here we go with yet another akb48 post. Unfortunately, the dorama scene just hasn’t been compelling enough lately and due to real life issues such as studies, exams and practical work, I really haven’t had the time to go through and review full series’ worth. On the other hand, akb48 has been a nice source of episodic comedic relief and of course pretty faces (that’s pretty important, isn’t it?).

[Aidol]Zutto Mae Kara(Front).mp4_snapshot_01.29_[2011.05.12_23.18.16]

As I’m unable to understand moonspeak to any form of usable degree, I’ve been following groups that provide english subtitles for various akb48 shows which led to me stumbling upon this gem of a film. Credit goes to Aidol for all their hard work in subbing the videos and unleashing them upon the internets no holds barred. If you want to watch this with subs, go to the Aidol website and there’ll be links and a password there somewhere, otherwise the drama short without subs is probably available on youtube somewhere.

Zutto Mae Kara is a dorama short film that ties in with the single of the same name sung by a subgroup of akb48 called “French Kiss” (or Furenchu kissu if you like). This song was used in a particular baseball anime called Major as an ED and so it comes as no surprise that the dorama short uses baseball as a main theme. I opened up the video website fully expecting a slipshod mismash of random scenes designed to gratuitously show off the 3 girls that make up French Kiss but was instead pleasantly surprised by the production values, amazing soundtrack and the care that went into crafting it. Read more of this post


AKB48 YuruYuru Karaoke: Not a Lipsyncing Performance? BLASPHEMY!

Live performances are always interesting; you get to find out just how well your a celebrity can actually sing, perform, improvise and work together with their peers onstage (if any) and it’s usually quite obvious to the trained eye/ear if shenanigans such as lipsyncing go on. I find it particularly eye-opening to see live performances done by idols but so far AKB48’s lipsynced almost every. single. one. This is disappointing but not unsurprising either as it IS rather difficult to keep your voice steady while doing the kind of dance moves they do (admittedly the dance routines are simple and not technically challenging but there’s a fair bit of running around and vigorous movements).

cover_hThen I stumbled onto this gem of an event called the Tokyo Aki Matsuri which features numerous karaoke ‘acts’ performed solo or by combinations of the members. Best thing about it, as you’ve probably deduced from the post title is that they perform all of this sans-vocal backing track! This means we find out quite definitively who can and cannot sing and what the members’ voices sound like without postprocessing hocus pocus. Don’t know why but I enjoy digging up dirt like this on (actually all) performers that I’ve taken a liking to. Anyway, on to how the rest of this post is going to work: I’ll be linking youtube videos of select acts from the Yuruyuru Karaoke segment of the Tokyo Aki Matsuri and adding a few comments here and there. None of the videos were posted up by me because I have no money to get the DVD set (15,980yen…my wallet will create it’s own black hole and Australia will be no more if I buy it) and my monthly download quota will not allow me to Jack Sparrow a copy of the DVD box set either (33GB!!) so if the videos are down, I’m sorry. Also, I will be keeping in mind that all of these are amateur performances when assessing the participants. Read more of this post

A K Be evil–my journey down the rabbit hole that is AKB48

1No, I’m not crazy or delirious but I do believe I’ve been poisoned.

I’m pretty sure you’ve already decided you know what this post is about but WAIT!! This isn’t a fanboy post nor will it signify the conversion of rationaldoramareviews into irrationalakb48fandom. I’m just gonna talk about how I became aware of this phenomenon that is taking over/has taken over Japan, a rational discussion of their merits and why I’m continuing to watch the variety shows they produce.

Now WHAT IN THE WORLD is AKB48? Never heard of it? Well, that’s perfectly normal and understandable if you live where I do (down under) since there’s absolutely no public awareness about the many random generic pop groups that rise and fall in Japan. So lets slow walk through this and join me in my journey down the rabbit hole… Read more of this post