ysabelandrei: (Takeru with eyeglasses)

INKT
Trigger )
KAT-TUN
Giri giri de itsumo ikite itai kara~ )
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
PON PON WEI WEI WEI )
ONE OK ROCK
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side )
PERFUME
Chocolate Disco! )
TAGUCHI JUNNOSUKE
Hero )
TAKEI EMI
ohh baby baby baby~ )
ysabelandrei: (Yuka-chan)



The lovely ladies of Perfume starred in their first ever drama special episode, "Pensées" (pronounced as pan-see), last March 31st and April 1st. "Pensées" is a French word that means "reflection" or "thought". According to http://dictionary.com, "Pensées" is also a collection of notes, essays, etc. dealing with religious and philosophical matters by Blaise Pascal, published in 1670. This was also shown in the drama.

A-chan plays as Don-chan, an office lady; Yuka-chan as Okamido who helps her parents manage their grocery store and Nocchi as Noribu who works as a part-timer in a clothing shop.

"Pensées" revolves around three childhood friends who decided to buy a Western house for a very cheap price. However, there is one condition. They should take care of Rikimaru. Unknown to them, Rikimaru turns out to be a middle aged man not a dog!

We all know that Perfume members are new in this kind of thing so their acting is not par with known Japanese actors and actresses. However, I assure you that this is a very heart-warming Japanese drama! The show teaches about reconnecting with life and having a warm home. I love the part when Don-chan, Okamido and Noribu welcome Rikimaru back in their home. In all honesty, I was nearly in tears!

The drama script was provided by Kizushi Izumi who was also responsible for "Nobuta wo Produce" and "Q10". While, the theme entitled "Doushite konna ni kanashin darou" was written by Yoshida Takuro. Meanwhile, this show is also directed by Goto Yosuke.

You may download the drama from Nyaa torrents. While, you may get the English softsubtitles by Skeweds Studios from d-addicts.

You may also check out the drama's official website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/pensees/

Some screencaps from "Pensées":


Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.26.00 AM.png     Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.22.25 AM.png

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.22.36 AM.png     Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.23.01 AM.png

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.22.13 AM.png     Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.26.04 AM.png

   

   

     

     

     

      Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.26.14 AM.png

     


     

ysabelandrei: (ZOMG Kashiyuka)
When I learned that a local online shop here in the Philippines was offering pre-orders for Perfume's own perfume, I immediately inquired about it. Local online shop 392 Majokkomachi answered my inquiry as soon as possible. I was on top of the moon when I learned that they were indeed offering it since this is a very limited Perfume item. And, can you imagine that? Perfume has its own kind of perfume!



Since the item is fragile, 392 Majokkomachi packed it very securely. It has a bubble wrap at first.



Then, the box.



When I opened the box, this came out. Again, it's in bubble wrap.



Tada!!! PERFUME OF PERFUME!



The box has black and white triangles. Very very Perfume-ish!



According to 392 Majokkomachi, the perfume ingredients are ethanol, perfume, bergamot fruit oil, ylang ylang flower oil, odorious age oil, lemon peel oil, palmarosa oil, Roman chamomile flower oil.



The perfume itself! It comes in a clear 10 ml bottle.

Although the perfume contains flower based ingredients, it doesn't smell that sweet. Just like one Perfume fan pointed out, it smells sporty-ish. Comparing to Victoria's Secret perfumes (since I used Victoria's Secret before), it is not that strong and not that sweet. I would definitely recommend you to purchase this if you are a fan of not too strong perfumes.

If you are also into buying Japanese pop / rock merchandise, I would definitely recommend 392 Majokkomachi! Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/392majokkomachi/ They go to Japan to personally buy the goods. As you can see on the photos, they packed the item very securely as the item is fragile. Two thumbs up! They also answered my queries so fast. I had a smooth transaction with them and I will definitely buy from them again.

Overall, the perfume is so good!

Perfume of Perfume is still available in some Isetan, Tower Record and Loft stores in Japan. It is also available in Amuse Inc.'s webstore, Asmart but is only available for shipping within Japan.
ysabelandrei: (ZOMG Kashiyuka)


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:

























Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.45 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.50 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.54 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.28.28 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.28.34 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.31 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.45 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.50 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.27.54 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.28.28 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.28.34 PM.png





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.

iTunes Philippines

Spotify Philippines

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!

xoxo,

Ysa
ysabelandrei: (Koizora)


Perfume gif made by dochimin@tumblr

As many of my friends would know, I am a huge fan of Perfume. I came across their brilliant music in Music Station when it was still airing here in the Philippines in 2008. "Chocolate Disco" became my favorite. However, I only became a big follower in 2012 starting with “Spring of Life”.

WHY DO I LOVE PERFUME?

There are three wonderful reasons why I love Perfume.

  1. Perfume's dance choreography is one of a kind. - Perfume's dance choreography is by none other than Mikiko-sensei; the same choreographer of BABYMETAL and other Amuse artists. I've only seen such choreography in J-Pop. It's very different than choreography done in the West and in K-Pop. I also believe Perfume's dance is not easy. They're very difficult to learn. One example is "Spending all my time" as you can see in the many hand gestures needed to be done in just one dance. One more example is "Nee" with all the different footworks. According to Perfume, it takes them two to three hours to complete one dance choreography. I really admire them for that.

  2. Perfume's music fits my preference really well. - I both love Japanese and electronic pop music. Perfume is one package of both elements. Yes, their voices might not be that great but they’re very magical for me. Their whimsical voices plus Yasutaka Nakata’s music can make you groove to the beat! One example is "Communication". This is one of my most favorite Perfume tunes. Their very cute staccato voices in this certain song makes me want to dance!

  3. Perfume's performances always deliver. - It's not a fandom secret that Perfume does lip sync most of the time. Although they lip sync, their performances are always top notch! It's a mixture of dance, music and visuals. Perfume's efforts and their team's efforts are also ingredients in making one performance successful. One great example is their performance at the 2015 NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen. Their "Pick Me Up" performance in last year's Kouhaku was a blend of Mikiko-sensei's dance choreography, Rhizomatiks’ visuals and Yasutaka Nakata's music.

Here are the videos of the Perfume performances I've mentioned. Please do watch them so you could also get an idea what and who is Perfume! <3 I'd also love to show you the "Pick Me Up" performance of Perfume last year in Kouhaku but sadly, youtube deleted the upload so I chose "STORY" instead. It's kind of similar to their Kouhaku 2015 performance.

2015/06/27 Spending all my time at CDTV



2010 Nee at their Perfume Live @ Tokyo Dome: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11



2012/07/15 Communication at CDTV



2015/03/18 STORY at SXSW Festival in Texas, US



How about you? What made you love Perfume?

By the way, Perfume is promoting two products now, a toothpaste called "ORA2" and "UNIQLO HEATTECH". You could watch the commercials below. I hope we could also have the UNIQLO products here in the Philippines! We're also waiting for Perfume's new single to be announced and I barely can wait!

Head on here for the commercials! )
ysabelandrei: (Ysa)


(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:

  1. Navigate

  2. Cosmic Explorer

  3. Miracle Worker

  4. Next Stage with YOU

  5. STORY

  6. FLASH (Album-mix)

  7. Sweet Refrain (Album-mix)

  8. Baby Face

  9. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS (Album-mix)

  10. STAR TRAIN (Album-mix)

  11. Relax In The City

  12. Pick Me Up

  13. Cling Cling (Album-mix)

  14. Hold Your Hand

SPECIAL CD:

  1. FLASH

  2. FLASH -Original Instrumental-

  3. Perfume no tada tada radio ga suki dakara radio! 2

Out of the fourteen tracks of the album, my most favorite track is STORY. I first heard this striking track when Perfume performed this at SXSW Festival in Texas, USA. I fell in love with their performance right on the mark. Among the album mixes, my most favorite is STAR TRAIN (Album-mix). I love the taiko drums at the first few beats of the mix. Their new single tie-in for the film Chihayafuru, FLASH, is also wonderful!

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 / Limited Edition DVD (Not Available) / Regular Edition CD Only / Vinyl (Not Available)
CDJapan - Limited Edition Bluray / Limited Edition DVD / Regular Edition CD Only / Vinyl
HMV Japan - Limited Edition Bluray (Not Available) / Limited Edition DVD (Not Available) / Regular Edition CD Only / Vinyl
YesAsia - Limited Edition Bluray / Limited Edition DVD (Not Available) / Regular Edition CD Only (Not Available) / Vinyl



Limited Edition

(c) Perfume's official website



Regular Edition

(c) Perfume's official website

To get to know more about PERFUME, don't forget to check out their official:
Website
Facebook page
Twitter account
Youtube Channel


Here are some photos of the Cosmic Explorer album under the cut! )
ysabelandrei: (Default)
CngChytVUAAlqzy.jpg

(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! )


Subscribe

RSS Atom

Profile

ysabelandrei: (Default)
ysabelandrei

Let's chase them!

Welcome to Ysabel Andrei's land of dreams! Ysa wishes to inspire everyone to chase after their dreams.

You may contact her at ysabelandrei[at]gmail[dot]com


BLOGROLL


Dolly Kaye
From Manila to Tokyo
F**k! Yeah Takei Emi
Hello Crissey
Kira Kira Kat
L'essentiel
Little Miss Paintbrush
Marotesque Diaries
Naomi Nikola
Oh My Little Girl
The Dream Machine
The Pink Haired Zebra
Pyonstar
Rainbowholic
Tricia Will Go Places
Writing Riddles

LET'S GIVE OUR SUPPORT!




















THE PLACES TO GO FOR JAPANESE POP CULTURE GOODS:

Amazon Japan
Asmart
HMV Japan
YesAsia

1_General CDJapan

Tags