PERFUME's newest single, "TOKYO GIRL", was just released last 15th of February. This is a tie-up song for fellow Amuse Inc. agency mate, Yoshitaka Yuriko's starring drama "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". The said single also contains a B-side entitled "Houseki no Ame" and instrumentals for each songs. "Houseki no Ame" was used as a theme for the commercial of ORA2 toothpaste.
The limited edition includes a DVD of the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL", a "making of" of the music video and a teaser trailer for "COSMIC EXPLORER" Bluray and DVD.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SONG "TOKYO GIRL"?
Although many Perfume fans think that this song is not good, I would say that this is a lovely song. Yasutaka Nakata's music for Perfume is evolving and Perfume is now maturing into fine women. So, it's not puzzling to hear a different sound from their earliest songs. I honestly couldn't sleep early for days when a radio rip of "TOKYO GIRL" came out since I was looping the song all night!
HOW ABOUT "HOUSEKI NO AME"?
The coupling song, "Houseki no Ame", received more love from fans than "TOKYO GIRL". I also love this song because of its playful tunes. It reminds me of "Communication".
DID YOU LIKE THE MUSIC VIDEO OF "TOKYO GIRL"?
Absolutely yes! I was still up later in the evening when the short version of the music video came out. I immediately loved it! The fact that Yuririn (Yoshitaka Yuriko) was also part of the production made me beyond happy. She's one of my favorite Japanese actresses. One Perfume fan pointed out that she shouldn't be at the music video at all. I beg to differ since we got a different product this time. "TOKYO GIRL" is a tie-up between a Japanese drama and Yuririn also belongs to Amuse Inc. so this is obviously a tie-up between agency mates too. Also, the concept of having stories in music videos in Japan are nothing unusual. Some J-Pop artists and idols have this kind of music videos too. Collaborations between J-Pop artists and Japanese actors and actresses are also a trend in J-Pop culture. Although, I can understand that Perfume fans are thirsty for more Perfume exposure since the dance included in the music video is too short. Dance routines are one of Perfume's magical elements.
Here are some screenshots of the music video:
You may watch the full version of the music video of "TOKYO GIRL" below:
While, you may watch the ORA2 CM featuring "Houseki no Ame" here:
Here are some screenshots from the "making of" called "Perfume View":
I really love seeing the girls behind the scenes! They were jumpy and just having fun!
If you love Japanese pop music or just plain curious, please do support and give this a listen! You may actually purchase the two songs from Philippine iTunes and stream the single on Spotify Philippines. The single costs 90 Php in iTunes while you may listen to the songs for free in Spotify if you're connected to wi-fi. Just download the applications.
If you're interested in getting the physical copies of the single, you may still buy from the following online stores:
Amazon Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition
Asmart: Limited edition / Regular edition
CDJapan: Limited edition / Regular edition
HMV Japan: Limited edition / Regular edition
Play-asia: Limited edition / Regular edition
YesAsia: Limited edition / Regular edition
ALSO! Perfume will release a BLURAY and DVD of their COSMIC EXPLORER tour! You may watch the teaser trailer below:
The limited edition for both Bluray and DVD costs so much this time since they included so many features for this live Bluray/DVD concert! Both the limited and regular editions will contain two kinds of "COSMIC EXPLORER" live concerts particularly the dome edition and standing edition. They will also include an Ultra Digest of the USA TOUR and two more video features for the limited edition! For more information, please head here to their website.
You may pre-order from the following online stores:
Amazon Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
Asmart: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
CDJapan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
HMV Japan: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
YesAsia: Bluray Limited Edition / Bluray Regular Edition / DVD Limited Edition / DVD Regular Edition
Perfume, by the way, had a live streaming on Valentine's day! They performed "TOKYO GIRL" and "Chocolate Disco". You may watch it below:
Please also support Yoshitaka Yuriko's drama, "Tokyo Tarareba Musume". A-chan voice acts for this drama too! You may download from JDramacity.
LET'S KEEP ON LOVING PERFUME!
Takei Emi released a single under Universal Music Japan in December 2011. The title track, "Koisuru Kimochi", was especially written by GLAY's TAKURO as requested by the recording company. It is a ballad that is perfect for winter season. It was also revealed that Emi is also a huge fan of GLAY.
- Koisuru Kimochi
- Ashita he
- Koisuru Kimochi (Instrumental)
- Ashita he (Instrumental)
If you love the single, please support Emi by purchasing "Koisuru Kimochi" from HMV Japan:
Limited Edition A
KOISURU KIMOCHI PERFORMANCES
2011/12/09 Emi's Koisuru Kimochi performance in Music Station - download ✫HERE✫
2011/12/18 Emi's Koisuru Kimochi performance in Music Japan - download ✫HERE✫
2011/12/24 Emi's Koisuru Kimochi performance in Happy Music - download ✫HERE✫
Note: All the videos were downloaded from JPopsuki.
During the first day of Best of Anime, I already saw Koki and INKT! They were eating as I was on my way to the restroom. Koki was laughing the time I saw him. His laugh and smile were so precious. It seemed like he was being bullied by his co-members. According to friends who already met INKT before Best of Anime, Koki is a bullied person in the group. (LOL) My friends were just beside them so they invited me to eat with them. I can't stay for so long in the area since I had to man the booth of Amuse PH. But, that encounter was so precious! I was about to say hi and shake their hands but I saw that they were being guarded by huge bouncers. I freaked out! haha! I saw them again when Uchuusentai Noiz was already performing. I had a glimpse of Kei's magnificent face! He was such an ikemen! <3
( Read more about Haruna Luna and INKT! <3 )
( Read more about Haruna Luna and INKT! <3 )
(c) Perfume's official facebook page
Just last April 6, Perfume released their latest album COSMIC EXPLORER. It's already been three months since the release so I'm very much sure every Perfume has listened to it! I recently received my copy and I found the packaging really nice. It's quite similar to the packaging of Cling Cling deluxe box set. What's more, this certain album includes two CDs and one DVD. I got the DVD edition. Another version includes one Bluray. One CD specifically for the album tracks, one special CD for FLASH single and a DVD featuring their FLASH music video, Hold Your Hand music video, their Cling Cling performance in Harajuku Astro Hall and backstage of their Pick Me Up live performance in NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen. You could also find a lyric booklet featuring all the lyrics of the album and a very nice art of Perfume. On top of that, they also included three postcards featuring A-chan, Yuka-chan and Nocchi! I so much love the packaging! Cosmic Explorer also includes a poster however, I did not receive mine due to shipping mishaps.
Here is the complete tracklist of Cosmic Explorer:
- Cosmic Explorer
- Miracle Worker
- Next Stage with YOU
- FLASH (Album-mix)
- Sweet Refrain (Album-mix)
- Baby Face
- TOKIMEKI LIGHTS (Album-mix)
- STAR TRAIN (Album-mix)
- Relax In The City
- Pick Me Up
- Cling Cling (Album-mix)
- Hold Your Hand
- FLASH -Original Instrumental-
- Perfume no tada tada radio ga suki dakara radio! 2
STORY at SXSW Festival in Texas, USA
STAR TRAIN (Album-mix)
I'm also happy they included a DVD featuring two of their music videos, FLASH and Hold Your Hand. I was also glad when I re-watched their performance of Cling Cling in Harajuku Astro Hall. I was able to watch it first hand when they streamed it online. Also, their amazing performance of Pick Me Up in NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen is included. I find their performance there magnificent! It was beyond majestic!
FLASH Music Video
Hold Your Hand Music Video
Cling Cling at Harajuku Astro Hall
If you're into electronic dance music or EDM, you absolutely shouldn't miss this album!
By the way, I ordered my copy from Eien Arimasen Shop, a local online store that caters to Filipino J-Pop fans. Head here to their facebook page.
Cosmic Explorer is still available in some online stores. You may still purchase this J-Pop album from:
Asmart - Limited Edition Bluray /
CDJapan - Limited Edition Bluray / Limited Edition DVD / Regular Edition CD Only / Vinyl
HMV Japan -
YesAsia - Limited Edition Bluray /
(c) Perfume's official website
(c) Perfume's official website
To get to know more about PERFUME, don't forget to check out their official:
( Here are some photos of the Cosmic Explorer album under the cut! )
(c) Perfume's official twitter account
Not too long ago, a friend suggested that I make a list of my favorite Perfume songs so I’m doing it right now to spread the Perfume love. Choosing my top 5 is hard since there are so many, so many great Perfume songs out there! This is a personal list so my apologies if your favorite is not on the list. You could do yours too to spread the Perfume love more! <3
Just a little bit of a background on how did I become a Perfume fan:
When Animax Philippines was still airing Music Station way back in 2008, I saw Perfume performing Polyrhythm. However, I didn’t become a follower yet then. When 2010 came during a roadtrip, I had two of their albums on repeat (GAME and Complete Best). That was the time I fell in love with their music but only in 2012, I became an active fan and follower.
So here’s my top 5 favorite Perfume songs:
1. Chocolate Disco
Chocolate Disco will be forever one of my favorite Perfume songs. When I went to a roadtrip to Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines in 2010, I had Perfume’s GAME album on repeat. I fell in love with their song Chocolate Disco at that time. This song is about women giving chocolates on Valentine’s day in Japan. I find it really unique since we don’t have that practice here in the Philippines. I also love the repetitive lyrics “Chocolate Disco! Chocolate Disco!” and when A-chan screams “Chocolate Disco” during their live performances.
( Read more about my top 5 favorite Perfume songs! )
FLOW live in Manila
BEFORE THE CONCERT
Just last April 16, one of the popular Amuse Incorporated’s artists, FLOW, finally landed in Manila, Philippines through Ozine Fest! This was their first time in Manila and also my first time in seeing them live. However, before finally having their concert, there were some technical difficulties. The fans were withheld for a couple of hours before the show. We were supposed to be lined up according to our pass but it wasn’t followed since Amuse Inc. revised the seating arrangement. Up to the last minute, we were forced into a hall without any airconditioner and they decided to fix the line there. The fans were already confused as to what was happening, then the organizers announced that there was some mishap with their supplier. In the end, the issue was solved and the concert went on!
Also before the concert, FLOW PHILIPPINES (https://www.facebook.com/groups/
DURING THE CONCERT
To be honest, I’m only familiar with a no. of FLOW songs but I greatly enjoyed their full live concert! Since it wasn’t allowed to be jumping inside the hall, the fans were only swaying their hands, singing with FLOW and screaming. There were times the hall was shaking so some fans got afraid and chose to remain seated. But, the concert turned out to be so well and enjoyable! FLOW members apologized that the concert was a little delayed. We were still so happy even so. My most favorite part was when Take, their lead guitarist, went out with led lights on his clothing and sang Voltes V’s theme! That was so fun! With the difficulties before the concert, I think the concert still turned out to be good because of FLOW’s liveliness during the concert! Keigo is also such an eyecandy! <3 I wish to get to know more about them and see them again once they land here in the Philippines again. Just right after the final song, we were able to hand them the banner.
FLOW and the audience after the concert! <3
Goto holding our banner <3
(c) Photos were from FLOW's official facebook page
Thanks to Ozine Fest and to Amuse Inc. Asia for making this possible! <3