Archive for November, 2010

No Sleeves’ First Album “No Sleeves” Bigger Album Covers
November 26, 2010

I’m in love with them now more than ever :cute::cute::cute: Must. Resist. Selling soul to Devil. To. Buy. All Editions. XD

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Happy 2nd Anniversary No Sleeves! ♥♥♥
November 26, 2010

Happy 2nd Anniversary No Sleeves! ❤ [party][party][party]

Although the group was technically announced on September 3rd 2008, 2 years ago today, on November 26th 2008, No Sleeves’ released their first single, “Relax!”. [party][party][party] Now, two years later, they already have starred in two dramas (Mendol and Kotodama no Onnatachi), have released 5 singles, and are expected to release their first album in January.

Haruna blogged about their anniversary today, and I’ve translated the entry here:

Anniversary (・v・)Kojima

November 26。。。ハート

Today is 2 years since No Sleeves debuted with “Relax!”ハートキラキラ(ピンク色)

It’s already been 2 years, huh。。(бвб)

I feel like we were always together before our debut, together every day, and now its 2 years later. (бвб)電球(点滅)

(Some I have omitted)アセアセ2 LOL

On January 1st
We’ll be releasing!!アセアセ2our much anticipated first album
Our 3rd year, more activities, I want to be active!!

I think(∵)

Takamina,
Miichan,
And to all of you who have supported us,

Thank you alwaysデレデレキラキラ(ピンク色)
From now on please treat us well!!

I love youハート

From Haruna(・v・)ノ

http://blog.oricon.co.jp/no3b/archive/2746/0

Chobi’s Note: I translated the title of the blog entry as “Anniversary” because the  Japanese title of the blog entry is いいふろのひ, which literally means “repeating day” (いいふるす means to say repeatedly). If anyone can think of a better translation let me know!

Anyway, Congratulations No Sleeves! ♥♥♥ The girls have been doing great these past two years, so here’s to wishing they continue to succeed for two more, and two after than, and two after that, and two after that ^^ がんばって ください!!! ♥♥♥

No Sleeves’ First Album Covers and Details!
November 26, 2010

More information has been revealed about No Sleeves’ self-titled first album, No Sleeves, which is going to be released on January 1st 2011!  ♥ I’m really excited for this release because not only is No Sleeves my favorite subgroup (c’mon, my top 3 AKB girls are in it!  ♥), but also because it’s a great way to ring in the new year. And as we’ve learned from previous years (*cough* Greatest Songs ~2006 – 1007~ *cough*), good things are certain to come when AKB48 or any of its subgroups snag a release date on the first day of a new year 🙂

But anyway, I’m blathering on – check out the gorgeous album covers!

The first is the normal edition cover, followed by the Limited CD+DVD cover, and then we have the three member version covers – Takamina’s, Kojiharu’s, and Miichan’s respectively. Personally, I absolutely adore all of the covers – I love the simple, girly look they’re going for, and the blue and the brown colors in the font look really nice against the white. My absolutely favorite covers though are the Limited Edition one and, of course, Takamina’s solo cover ♥ (Her HAIR and the BOW ♥♥♥ So. effing. CUTE! >u<)

In addition to the covers, there has also been some information going around about the tracklists. (Thanks to Jasey on Stage48 for sharing the news first)

Version A:
– Kojima Haruna Solo “Cloudy Sky”
– GirlsING “Uso desho? ~Shichirigahama no Nanafushigi” (Team Pigg Unit Song)

Version B:
– Takahashi Minami Solo “Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru”
– EYES “Next Heaven” (Team Pigg Unit Song) Theme Song for Anime “Idol Gattai Robo ~ Minaminaharu no Tatakai~

Version C:
– Minegishi Minami Solo “Watashi wa Watashi”
– Renai Unjoshodan “Shaku ga Hoshii” (Team Pigg Unit Song)

Limited/Regular:
– 3 Pigg Songs

I. am. freaking. STOKED! Let me just say that I’ve been wanted to hear all the Pigg songs since the titles were revealed, especially “Next Heaven” and “Uso Deshou?” (Natsuki! <3), so to hear that they are going to be on the album as solo songs is going to be great. I also feel like the girls’ original solo songs really match their personalities well ^^ News has also been going around since the album was originally announced that Junai no Crescendo and Bye Bye Bye would also be on there, so I’m having my fingers crossed for that ❤ In either event it seems as if we’re really going to have a packed album with No Sleeves’ singles, solo songs, Persona songs, old AKB songs, and hopefully some brand new group songs are well ♥♥♥

Hopefully the official tracklist will be revealed soon, but in the meantime what we have already is great too look forward to! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I might end up putting one of the editions on my Christmas list, but to be honest I love the Limited Edition and Takamina’s version covers so much that I might just buy them both (≧▽≦)

Remember, the album hits stores on January 1st, 2011, so preorder your copy today!

T♥T! Update (11/21/10)
November 21, 2010

Hey everyone! Here’s a brief T♥T! Update:

OMG. I feel so horrible for not updating in a while T__T. I seriously thought it was only a week since I last updated, but I just checked and it’s been like… two. I fail at life. I’ve been really busy with school, and the fact that Takamina has been blogging like a DEMON lately doesn’t help (but on the bright side, it’s great to see that she’s blogging so much! :D).

But I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive (just barely lol), and I wanted to apoligize for the lack of updates as of late. I would also just like to say that I have Thanksgiving break this week, which starts on Wednesday, so I’m going to be using this week to catch up on homework assignments (possibly get some done in advanced) and work on some blog entries and try to catch up on translating Takamina’s blog entries.

In the meantime stay tuned and just be patient a little while longer! ♥

This is Takahashi Minami☆ On a generous impulse this is the second post of the day (LOL) (2010-11-01)
November 5, 2010

It’s sunnyyyy
I thought, then it started rainingggg

I wonder how it is in Tokyo

That’s right…

Us in No Sleeves

went to the Gifu prefecture

Gifu was cool
We went on location

It was cold and the rain was falling so hard, but anyhow it was still fun
Particularly afterwards~

Speaking of which!

I also need to wake up early tomorrow
Good niiight~

http://blog.oricon.co.jp/no3b/archive/2645/0

Translator’s Note: I couldn’t figure out what the heck the blog title meant (something along the lines of “Second post of the day”? Not entirely sure…) so I’m leaving it in the Japanese for now until I figure it out ^^; Problem solved! As usual thanks goes to BORNTORUN for helping me correct some of the translation!

This is Takahashi Minami☆ Halloween☆ (2010-11-01)
November 5, 2010

Everybodyyyy~~ 

Happy Halloweenハロウィン

But Halloween was yesterday, huh
Yeah Yeah

That being said!
After No Sleeves performed at the Meidai Festival yesterday
At Acchan’s house
There was a Halloween Party

The guests were
Acchan, Mariko-sama, Nozofisu, No Sleeves, Norotan

And…

Shinobu-san
Making a total of 8 happy people

There was also a lavished meal
I ate Acchan’s mama’s delicious home-cooking
It was deliciousss

We also properly wore costumes
I dressed up as Snow White but…

I forgot to take a picture

I’m pretty sure you can see a copy of it on someone else’s blog (I leave it to them) , so please look forward to and search for it

Instead

Mine-chan and Norotan’s costumes are

Norochan Spongebob
Mine-chan Bee
Aren’t they cute

And finally
Nozofisu

What the heck she’s cosplaying is unclear
Maybe it’s the Cat Street store that’s opening in Harajuku soon!

Or maybe a woman president
With a skull cap and

a tote bag

Cute
These days it’s really popular to put together your own costume

And today

No Sleeves worked hard from early in the morning♪
On location~

I really liked that place!!!

Clear up weather!!!!!

http://blog.oricon.co.jp/no3b/archive/2643/0

This is Takahashi Minami☆ Meidai Festival! (2010-10-31)
November 3, 2010

Yeah Yeah 

Today No Sleeves went to the Meidai* Festival

It was the first time only the three of us in No Sleeves performed live and did this and that   

I experienced the Meidai Festival last year when AKB48 performed there, however since it was only the three of us I was really nervous~ 

But because everyone tried to be warm in the beginning, it was really fun

The set list went like this

M1 Relax!
 MC
M2  Tane
M3  Seishun no Komorebi
M4  Junai no Crescendo

 MC
M5  Girls talk
M6  Kiss no Ryuusei
M7 Bye Bye Bye
 MC
M8 Kimi Shika

Encore
M1  Bus Stop


 

 It’s been a while since we sang the FULL version of Junai no Crescendo

Then in the MC~

I talked too much. I guess I got a little carried away.
 

Aaah~

A school festival couldn’t be better~

By all means I do want to perform again next year.

http://blog.oricon.co.jp/no3b/archive/2641/0

*Translator’s NOTE: “Meidai” is short for Meiji Daigaku, or Meiji University. Thanks to BORNTORUN for helping me correct some of the translation!

Takahashi Minami Solo Calendar 2011 Pictures
November 2, 2010

My Takahashi Minami Solo 2011 Calendar arrived last week or so, but since I live on campus and I haven’t been home since September and I shipped the calendar to my house, I didn’t have the chance to take pictures of it. However, I went home for a little bit this weekend, and since I don’t remember any decent pictures of the calendar popping up I decided to take some shots of mine to share with everybody ^^

I don’t have a great scanner, and even if I did the calendar pages are far too large to actually scan, so I just took pictures of the pages with my digital camera. I hope this will suffice for now, and I hope that for anyone who hasn’t picked up the calendar yet that these previews will interest you buying it! ^^ So without further ado, check them out!

The calendar goes in the usual Japanese calendar style, with a sort of a ‘cover’ sheet, then each page thereafter featuring two months (leaving for a total of 6 calendar pages), and then a final picture sheet. Personally I always hang on to my favorite pages and the last sheets of my calendars because then I either cut then and use them as posters in my dorm room, or get my absolutely favorite framed to keep in my room at home. I’m going to have trouble deciding with ones from Takamina’s calendar are my favorites though… they’re all just so gorgeous! ❤ I have to admit I’m biased towards July/August, since August is my birth month and I absolutely adore the ribbon-adorned dress Takamina is wearing, but she looks absolutely lovely in all the pictures ^^ I’m probably most likely definitely going to save the last ‘bonus’ sheet though, since Takamina’s pose is awesome, and she manages to look so tsundere-cute and cool all at the same time ^_^ However knowing how I am with Takamina, I might just end up saving the whole darn calendar ^^;

Happy Halloween!
November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day on this holiday were everyone is encouraged to dress up in costumes and gorge on candy until their stomaches explode ^^ Unfortunately I had to work all day so I personally couldn’t enjoy Halloween as much as I hoped, but it totally made up when I got a text from a friend telling me how Takamina spent her day.

Are you ready for this? Drum roll please… dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka

Takamina dressed up as Snow White for Halloween!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ ^^ Check out pictures of her in her costume (courtesy of Shinoda Mariko’s and No Sleeves’ blogs)!

Doesn’t she make the most adorable Disney princess ever? ^u^♥♥♥♥♥ To be honest the thought of the AKB48 girls, let alone Takamina, dressing up for Halloween never crossed my mind (and I was half out of the holiday spirit because I had to work today and wasn’t able to partake in the fun of dressing up myself), so this was a really nice treat for me to come home to ^^

And in some more good news, after a rather lengthy abscence Takamina updated her blog twice today! It’s rather late where I am right now and I’m probably going to head to bed now since I have an early class tomorrow morning, but you can expect the translations very shortly, hopefully tomorrow! ♥