I talked about Kanjani8’s For No.8 Phtobook and Best Album “8est” in a video that I made today!
The video itself was a brief overview of what I thought, so I will share some more detailed thoughts here!
For No.8 is Kanjani8’s first photo book. Well ….. not really. Its actually their 2nd, but the first was a “documentary” photo book so I guess you can actually say its their first.
The photo book is broken up into 5 parts. Sorry! In my video I said there were 4, but I went back and looked at it again after I recorded the video and realized that I missed a part of it.
Part 1 is a “Fashion” photo shoot where they are dressed very “fashionably” and take some high fashion-like photos.
Part 2 is a interview where each member goes to their favorite place and takes a few photos and talks about that place and reminisce on the past 8 years in Kanjani8.
Part 3 is where the members each have a camera and take photos for about a 2 or 3 month time period of their private lives or of different work that they did during that period. This photo period also covers their 8 year anniversary event “8chai matsuri”. This is my personal favorite of the photo book because like candid photos and seeing a little bit into each member’s personality and what it it like to be an idol. There are even a few comments that they make on some of the photos that are really cute too!
Part 4 was a photo shoot during a band rehearsal. They are all candid photos and are beautiful quality. Once again, because I like candid photos this is my 2nd favorite part of the photo book and I love when Kanjani8 are playing instruments.
Part 5 (which I did not mention in the video) is where they go through all of their live tours that they have had and comment on the set lists of each one. Its really cute to see some of their thoughts thinking back about each of the tours.
I really enjoyed this photo book and it was a great thing to give us fans because as part of their special 8th year. It was something that they had not done before, and this year seems to be about doing that a lot for them. I would change only 1 thing about the photo book and that would be to have a photo shoot at each member’s favorite place rather than 1 big photo and an interview. I would rather have some sort of cross talk for the part that they talk about the tour set lists because we have never had something like that before. We get lots of interview in the 8est tour pamphlet and the 8matsuri pamphlet, so it would be better if they brought something else to the table besides another interview talking about the past 8 years.
“8est: Eight x Eighter = Eightest!!” is Kanjani8’s 8 year anniversary best album. Normally, Johnnys groups have big anniversary best release around their 10 year anniversary, but Kanjani8 had it at their 8 year anniversary because they are Kanjani “8”.
This album covers all of their singles from their debut single “Naniwa iroha bushi” to “ER”, the single released this summer, but not “Aopanna” that was released at the beginning of September. It comes in 3 editions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and the Regular Edition. The Regular Edition comes with 7 more songs, which are the 3 Limited Edition Christmas singles “Gift ~ White” “Gift ~Red” and “Gift ~ Green” that were released on December 23, 24, and 25th, 2009. With that, the RE has every single release that Kanjani8 has had, as well as a new song “Crouton” that was written by Yokoyama and Yasuda, with the exception of “Aopanna” and the B-sides of each single.
The Limited Editions come with only the regular singles, not the special Christmas ones, but comes with almost 5 hours of DVD footage between the 2 of them. The DVD footage covers some 8 Matsuri Documentary footage and live performance footage, as well as a digest of the tournament that determined who would be the center of the song “Crouton” (mentioned above). It also has footage of the Crouton Music Video and the Making of the Music Video, footage of the Special event in Kyocera Dome on August 8th, 2012, as well as the “date” between the 2 members who lost the tournament (mentioned above).
The Songlist and contents of the Album are listed here at the Johnnys website:
I love this album! It shows all of Kanjani8’s singles and you can put it on play and listen it from beginning to end and see how the group has changed and hasn’t changed. Its good for new fans to hear everything in one place and its great for old fans to listen to everything and reminisce on the past. If you are a new fan, I recommend the Regular Edition because it gives every A side single that Kanjani8 has released, including the special Christmas songs. I believe a new fan can get a good feel about the group by listening to a compilation album in that way.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and watching my video and I will see you guys next time!