Thoughts about Kanjani8 on LIVE MONSTER 4/21/2013

Kanjani8 appeared on LIVE MONSTER on April 21st! This was my first time seeing this TV show and also my first time ever hearing about this show as well!

The performed 3 songs, all band style:

-LIFE 〜目の前の向こうへ〜 (LIFE Me no Mae no mukou e)

-Their new single being released today, 4/24/2013: ここにしかない景色 (ko ko ni shikanai keshiki). This is a double A side single with へそ曲がり. This particular song is for Nishikido Ryo’s new movie that comes out at the end of May, 県庁おもてなし課 (Kencho Omotenashi Ka)

-ローリング・コースター (Rolling Coaster)

I really liked this program! Kanjani8 played band style, which is something that is my favorite part about Kanjani8. You could tell that their newest song had some mishaps because they hadn’t played it as much as the other 2 songs, though. The other two songs are fan favorites that they play at the concerts and tend to play on other music shows, when they do play band style.

There was also a talk portion of the program that gave a little bit of history about the group and showed some very cute pictures of them when they were younger! I love the talk parts of music shows because the viewers are able to see the group members interacting with each other and see the dynamic of the group. There is always something new when a group appears on a music show and its never the same thing that they talk about. I like music shows better than the regular group variety shows that Johnnys tend to host a lot, like Kanjani8’s Janiben.

Did you guys watch Kanjani8 on LIVE MONSTER? Tell me what you guys thought about it if you did!

Favorite Johnnys Releases of 2012!

Hey Everyone! I am here to wrap up 2012 with my Johnnys Favorites of 2012!

I hope you guys will enjoy and please comment on your favorite Johnnys Releases of 2012! I would love to hear your responses!

Tour DVD
KAT-TUN: Live Tour 2012 Chain in Tokyo Dome
Tegomassu: Tegomassu no Mahou

Kanjani8: 8EST

Kanjani8 Aopanna
Kanjani8 ER
Arashi: Wild at Heart
NEWS: Chankapana
NEWS: World Quest/ Ponpekyora
Yamashita Tomohisa: Love Chase
KisMyFt2: Shake it up/ Wannabe

Japan Favorites October 2012

Hi everyone!

I am bringing you my Monthly Japan favorites video! This month is October!



A company under the same company that owns UNIQLO! They have some awesome sweaters during the fall and winter, thus I like GU this month! They offer Women’s and Men’s clothes, so be sure to check them out!

Kanjani8 For No.8 Photo book and 8est Album

I already made a blog post and a vlog about it, so you are interested, please go to my blog post by the link below!

Kanjani8 For No.8 Photobook and 8est Album Thoughts

Meji – Melty Kiss Chocolate

Melty Kiss is one of my favorite chocolates in Japan and it only comes out in Fall and Winter! It comes in Strawberry, Green Tea, and Milk Chocolate flavors! Costs 250 Yen for 1 box.

Hanamaru Udon

This is an Udon restaurant chain that I have been to in Shinsaibashi, Osaka and Shibuya, Tokyo. It offers some delicious Udon for a really cheap price, around 300 yen for the basic udon. You can also choose some fried sides to enjoy as well! I normally get the Kitsune Udon (Udon with Friend Tofu on top)

Nakau Restaurant 

This is a Japanese fast food restaurant that offers Katsudon, Gyudon, Udon, and more! Check out the website below to see what they offer! I love their Udon and Karage (Fried Chicken Breast pieces)

Dominos Pizza Japan

The Domin’s Branch in Japan! It has an english website to order Pizza, Pasta, hot subs and more! Check out the website below to see what they offer. I personally love their pepperoni and cheese pizza!

I hope you enjoyed this video and you can check some of these things out if you come to Japan!

Kanjani8 For No.8 Photobook and 8est Album Thoughts

Hello Everyone!

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

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.

Final Thoughts

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 Album

“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:

Final Thoughts

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!

Vlog – Johnnys Concert Tips and Manners

Hello everyone!

There are a lot of Johnnys tours going on right now or about to start, like NEWS, Kanjani8, TOKIO and Arashi. I decided to make this video in order to help some of you foreign fans that might not have been to Johnnys concerts before understand some of the manners that I thought were different from what I was used to. I also threw in a few tips that I have learned from going to Johnnys concerts over the past few years!

I hope you guys enjoy! Leave a comment below or on Youtube and tell me if these were helpful or even if you are going to any of these concerts! I hope this video was helpful and that the foreign fans coming to Japan for the concerts have an awesome time!

Vlog: Japan Favorites August 2012

Hey Everyone!

Today I have a video for you all! Its been over a month since I have done one! I decided that since I have moved to Japan, I would tell everyone my favorite things here each month! Its like the favorites video that everyone does, but only Japanese things! I thought that it would be interesting to you viewers to see what my favorite things are here to see what Japan has to offer!!

The things that I mentioned in this video are:

I am settling here now in Japan and in the next few days I should have my apartment mostly sorted out! This month is my only break until graduate school starts, so I am gonna make the best of it! I will be updating my blog and video blog more often so I hope you guys will enjoy!


Kanjani8 – Eito Ranger Movie

It was announced today that Kanjani8 will be releasing an Eito Ranger Movie!

According to this article, the movie starts filming on the 6th and will be released at the end of July. This is another one of Kanjani8’s releases in their 8 year anniversary line up.

The plot revolves around a legendary hero called “Captian Silver”, who is said to be played by Tachi Hiroshi, and the director is  Tsutsumi Yukihiko (who’s directed BECK, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Stand Up!! and SPEC and many others). That is all that is known about the movie at this point, but I will be looking forward to more updates once they are known!

My Thoughts

I am so excited for this release! Kanjani8 said that the eito rangers would come back during their 8th year anniversary, but I never expected a movie! I expected just another eito ranger skit when they toured this year. Kanjani8 always manages to blow me away and top everything they have done before. Eighters have been wanting the eito rangers to come back since the last time they were seen in the Puzzle tour (though they were briefly seen during the 2009-2010 countdown when they did Arashi’s “One Love”). They came back 2 years later during this past year’s 2011-2012 countdown and that is when it was promised that the eito rangers would be back this year. Everyone was excited and this movie is what we get from it! I can say that I am proud to be an eighter and that Kanjani8 listens to the fans and manages to top what even the fans want somehow. Good Luck Kanjani8!


Picture: chiroru_22@twitter