Archive for December, 2010

Tottemo♥Takamina! News!: 10,000 Hits, AKB48 TopList, & More!
December 26, 2010

Hello everyone! Sorry to temporarily interrupt the splurge of awesome Takamina-filled posts, but I’m happy to announce that Tottemo♥Takamina! has recently passed the 10,000 hit mark with 10,458 hits!

When I first started this blog back towards the end of August, I was worried and reluctant at first. I’ve always wanted to start an idol blog, but I always held myself back, thinking “Who would want to read anything I write?” But then I realized that there really weren’t any Takamina fansites out there, so I wanted to create a blog to post Takamina, AKB48, and No Sleeves related news and unite fellow Takamina fans under a common roof. I’m glad I’ve been able to do so in these past 4 months :flower:

Once again I’d  like to thank all of the awesome Takamina fans and people who follow this blog – you guys pwn and are the reason for this entry [party] And of course thanks also goes out to Minami Takahashi, the idol who this blog is dedicated to. Because without Takamina, there would be no T♥T! 🙂  <3 <3 <3

Now onto the second announcement: Tottemo♥Takamina! has been added to the AKB48 TopList!

For those of you who are unfamilar with it, the AKB48 TopList is this cool site that lists various AKB48 blogs, and people are allowed to vote on their favorites to raise their favorite blog’s ranking. AKB48 Toplist can be found here, and you can vote for Tottemo♥Takamina! by clicking on the following button:

AKB48 Websites

Also if you would like to provide insight or recommendations to improve Tottemo♥Takamina! – what you would like to see more of, etc. – feel free to leave your feedback in a comment on this entry!

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Takamina and 15 other AKB48 members selected as new “image” of H.I.S. CM
December 26, 2010

It was recently revealed in a December 20th Mainichi.jp article that Takamina and 15 other AKB48 members have been selected to be the new “image” of H.I.S new CM. For those of you who are unfamiliar with H.I.S, H.I.S is a travel business group that features a wordwide network of travel agencies, hotels, and other companies such as holdings and insurance companies. I tried translating the news article since it was rather short, and while it may not be perfect you can read the translation here:

AKB48: Shinoda Mariko, Takamina led 16 member group, in the colorful CA appearance “Yes!” “H.I.S” new CM

Idol group AKB48 will appear in travel agency H.I.S’s “First Dream Fair” CM wearing colorful cabin attendant costumes, which will be revealed in 20 days. It will be broadcasted across the nation except in Kansai on the 27th.

In the CM, Shinoda Mariko, Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Yokoyama Yui, Kashiwagi Yuki, Sashihara Rino,  Miyazawa Sae and 16 total members will perform “Ikitakatta Ikitakatta Ikitakatta~YES!”, (I wanted to go, I wanted to go, I wanted to go~ YES!) a parody of AKB48’s big hit “Aitakatta”, and “go abroad” to convey that message.   

“First Dream Fair”, with H.I.S and AKB48, is a special commemorative item collaboration, such as 48 yen round trip hotels accommodations and transportation plans in Hawaii and Guam. (Translator’s Note: I couldn’t really make out the last sentence clearly, but I believe it was talking about how the company has expanded since its formation on January 3rd, 1999, the prices of its tours, and how popular spots include Seoul and Taiwan.)  (Mainichi Shinbun Digital)

http://mainichi.jp/select/biz/bizbuz/news/20101219dog00m020023000c.html

I am extremely excited to see this CM. Not only because Takamina is in it, but I find the fact that they’re going to do a parody of Aitakatta extremely hysterical ^^ I’ll post more news on the CM when the time comes and it is revealed, but until then enjoy some of the promotional images:

No Sleeves featured in Special Oricon Interview
December 26, 2010

Just like how Takamina was featured in a very lengthy, insightful, picture filled interview back when her 1st photobook was released, No Sleeves was recently featured in a Special Oricon Interview as well! It features interviews with the group as a whole, asks the members individual questions, and also include a lovely photo gallery. Check it out on the Oricon website over here, or just check out the images of Takamina and No Sleeves here:

I think what’s really interested is that the article does not only feature an interview, but also mini Q&A sessions and more interview questions in the days approaching the album’s release date.  Here’s a translation of Takamina interview on December 22nd, translated by Saya on Stage48.

Q. What kind of person do you (Takamina) see Kojiharu as?
【Takamina】Nyannyan is just as she looks, my paced. But there are times when I am saved by her my pace-ness.
Because I am the type who gets really really nervous, during those times she tells me “It’s alright.” It doesn’t have a base, but I am saved by that “It’s alright.”
【Kojiharu】 That’s because Takamina thinks about anything deeply~.
【Takamina】Thinking too much becomes really bad feeling.
【Kojiharu】 I am the type who doesn’t really think about stuff to deeply.

Q. What kind of person do you (Takamina) see Miichan as?
【Takamina】“The younger sister.” Even though I dislike it, I really think it would be nice to have this kind of little sister. She’s like a cat, like a free and selfish/willful tsundere. When she wants to be spoiled/fawned upon, she is, there are also times when she acts rude. (not sure about that last part)
【Miichan】 But when I go over, Takamina runs away!
【Takamina】 You’ve got it wrong. I am just waving about a little, sometimes being nice, it’s cute so it’s good.
【Miichan】That’s gross! (laugh)
【Takamina】You always hate that. (laugh)
【Miichan】 Takamina likes cats!, huh?
【Takamina】 Because I can’t keep cats, I am satisfied with Miichan!

http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/special/2010/no3b1222/index2.html

I thought both mini interviews were very cute, and it’s a great chance for the fans to read about how the girls interact. I also think Takamina described Kojiharu and Miichan perfectly. I remember in the 2010 Team A Visual Book Kojiharu was voted the “My Pace” King out of all the Team A members, so I thought about that and giggled to myself when I saw Takamina said that ^_^ Kojiharu also seems like that kind of cool, laid back kind of person. I also thought the banter between Miichan and Takamina was hysterical xD I also felt bad whenever I rewatch Takamina’s private video and she tells the fans about her cats, and then says that she’s allergic. It’s adorable to know that Miichan is like a little to Takamina, and I think that also makes Miichan’s cuteness level rise even further ^u^

Anyway the interviews seem really fun to read and check out, so keep frequenting the Oricon page as No Sleeves’ album release date approaches to read the other interviews! ❤ And remember – the album hits stores on January 1st, 2011, so preorder your copy today!

Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everybody!

 I hope everyone has a great day today ^^ As a present to all of you, here’s a mini Christmas Takamina picspam!

Merry ***ing Christmas indeed!

Team Ogi Matsuri Concert Gets Special DVD Boxset Release
December 18, 2010

So, do you guys remember the Team Ogi Matsuri Event that Takamina and No Sleeves participated in back in September on the 15th and 16th? Well if you don’t I suggest you revisit here and here and get to fangirling with me because our prayers have been answered – the Team Ogi Matsuri is getting a Special DVD Boxset release! ❤ 

 

Here’s some information about preordering and the release date:

Release date:
2011/1/20

Pre-order start:
2010/12/17 (Web/Mobile)
2010/12/18 (AKB48 Shop)

Price:
8,562 yen (Before tax)

Special Box Contents:
Disc 1 – 9/15 Concert
Disc 2 – 9/16 Concert
Disc 3 – Making
3 random trading cards (out of 13 total)

*Disc 1 & 2 are also sold separately for 3,800 yen each and include 1 trading card.

And here are the set lists:

Disk 1 (Day 1)

 01. overture (Team Ogi Ver.)
02. 3seconds (Persona [no3b])
03. Christmas Present (Persona [no3b])
04. Seishun no Flag (WH + BD: Komori, Iwasa, Matsubara, Nonaka)
05. Gyu (WH)
06. Kanpeki Guu no ne (Takahashi, Minegishi, Kojima, Urano, Matsubara)
07. Hatsukoi Dash (WH)
08. Lie (no3b + Itou Asako)
09. Kaze no Violin (Watanabe)
10. Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate (Nonaka, Oota, Hirajima)
11. Kataomoi no Taikakusen (Komori, Matsubara, Iwasa)
12. Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru (Takahashi)
13. Chuu Shiyouze! (Kojima, Minegishi, Takahashi, Matsubara, Kikuchi, Komori + Idoling!!!’s Yokoyama Rurika)
14. Tengoku Yarou (Urano, Nakagawa, Hirajima, Nonaka)
15. Relax (no3b)
16. Kimi Shika (no3b)
17. Tane (Watanabe, Oota, Iwasa)
18. Heart no Ondo (Nonaka, Hirajima, Matsubara)
19. Kiss no Ryuusei (Nakagawa, Komori, Kikuchi)
20. Girls’ talk
21. Bye Bye Bye
22. Aitakatta (All)
Encore
23. Bus Stop (All)
22. Te no hira (All)

Disk 2 (Day 2)

01. overture (Team Ogi Ver.)
02. Yaruki Hanabi (WH)
03. Junai no Crescendo (no3b)
04. Kiss no Ryuusei (no3b)
05. Kagami no Naka no Joan of Arc (Kikuchi, Matsubara, Urano, Komori, Nonaka)
06. Mugiwara de Dance (Urano, Oota, Hirajima + Ikuina Akiko)
07. Ajisai Bashi (Iwasa + Jounouchi Sanae)
08. Toki no Kawa wo Koete (no3b)
09. Gyu (WH)
10. Kanpeki Guu no ne (WH)
11. Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru (Takahashi)
12. Gyakuten Oujisama (Minegishi, Komori, Nonaka)
13. Hoshi no Mukougawa (Kojima, Oota, Iwasa, Matsubara)
14. Nantai Renai Kuragekko (Watanabe)
15. Kimishika (no3b)
16. Tane (no3b)
17. Seishun no Komorebi (no3b)
18. Hatsukoi Dash (Nonaka, Matsubara, Iwasa, Komori + Ikuina Akiko)
19. Gomennasai (WH)
20. Hashiritai GO! GO! GO! (WH)
21. Akkanbe Bashi (All)
22. Hikoukigumo (All)
Encore
23. Bus stop (All)
24. Te no hira (All)
I… am so excited for this release, you have no idea. My heart is about to explode :cute::cute::cute: OMFG I AM TOTALLY SPENDING WHATEVER CHRISTMAS MONEY I GET ON THIS [rock][rock][rock] I absolutely LOVED No Sleeves’ performance of Toki no Kawa wo Koete, so I’m really looking forward to seeing that, plus seeing Takamina in Kanpeki Guu no ne, and live performances of Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru and 3 seconds, and… gyah~!!! *melts into a puddle*
To be honest I’ve never really wanted to buy any AKB48 concert boxsets before (Except for Team A’s AKB48 Zenkoku Tour “AKB ga yattekita!!” DVD that just came out, which I NEED to have because A6 is like my favorite stage ever and I need to see Matenryou no Kyori live), so I really, really want to get my hands on this baby! ^^ Unfortunately I need to do some more Christmas shopping and pay off some charges for gifts I bought people, but thank god Christmas is around the corner, plus I’ll be working over break, so I should be able to order this in no time, fingers crossed! ^^
If you’re like me and are absolutely freaking out over this, you can order your copy of the DVD Boxset, or buy both DVDs seperately, from http://www.pre-cam.jp/akb48/ogi10/. Remember, the DVD goes on sale January 20th –  Snag your copies as soon as possible! 🙂

T♥T! Update: Tottemo♥Takamina! is back in action! (12/17/10)
December 17, 2010

Hello everybody! Here’s a quick T♥T! Update.

Again I would like to apoligize for the lack of updates in these past few weeks – I have been really busy with college, and this past week I had my final exams. HOWEVER, I am officially finally done with the semester, so expect the usual onslaught of blog translations, news posts, and reviews in the weeks to come!

Thanks to everyone for being so patient with me as I travelled from Hell and in these past months – here’s to more T♥T! in the weeks and New Year to come!

No Sleeves’ First Album “No Sleeves” Tracklists
December 1, 2010

The tracklists have finally been revealed for No Sleeves’ first album “No Sleeves”! (Source: Natalie.mu) Check them out!

Type-A: Kojima Haruna feature version

 

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. Cloudy sky [小嶋陽菜ソロ曲] (Kojima Haruna solo song)
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. 嘘でしょ?~七里ガ浜の七不思議~ [ガールズ・ING] (Usho desho? ~Shichirigahama no Nanafushigi~ [Girls・ING])

Type-B: Takahashi Minami feature version

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 奇跡は夜生まれる [高橋みなみソロ曲] (Kiseki wa Yoru Umareru [Takahashi Minami solo song])
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. Next heaven(アニメ「アイドル合体ロボ ~ミナミナハルの戦い~」 主題歌) [EYES] (Anime “Idol Gattai Robo ~Minaminaharu no Tatakai~ Opening Theme [EYES])

Type-C: Minegishi Minami feature version

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星 (Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 私は私 [峯岸みなみソロ曲] (Watashi wa Watashi [Minegishi Minami solo song])
07. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
08. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
09. Lie
10. タネ (Tane)
11. 尺が欲しい [恋愛運上昇団] (Shaku ga Hoshii [Renai un Joushoudan])

Normal versions (Limited CD+DVD and CD Only)

01. Relax!
02. キスの流星(Kiss no Ryuusei)
03. 3seconds Remix
04. ハート型ウイルス [no3b ver.] (Heart Gata Virus [no3b ver.])
05. Bye Bye Bye
06. 純愛のクレッシェンド (Junai no Crescendo)
07. クリスマスプレゼント Remix (Christmas Present Remix)
08. Lie
09. タネ (Tane)
10. Next heaven(アニメ「アイドル合体ロボ ~ミナミナハルの戦い~」 主題歌) [EYES] (Anime “Idol Gattai Robo ~Minaminaharu no Tatakai~ Opening Theme [EYES])
11. 尺が欲しい [恋愛運上昇団] (Shaku ga Hoshii [Renai un Joushoudan])
12. 嘘でしょ?~七里ガ浜の七不思議~ [ガールズ・ING] (Usho desho? ~Shichirigahama no Nanafushigi~ [Girls・ING])

… I predict that this album will sell a million copies. WITH TRACKLISTS LIKE THESE THEY HAVE TO. <3<3<3

I’m a little upset that we don’t have any new original group songs (Junai no Crescendo and Bye Bye are old AKB stage songs, the Pigg Events song are not no3b originals, etc.), but unf, the solo songs and no3b version of Heart Gata Virus totally make up for it!!!! <333333333333 To be honest after looking at the tracklist I’m surprise Renai Kinshi Jourei isn’t on there as well (If you took out Myao it was would have been No Sleeves singing it), but still – Heart Gata Virus (no3b ver.) DEFINITELY makes up for it :cute::cute::cute: I fucking love Heart Gata Virus, so that being on the tracklist totally made my day. That and the Takamina solo… ok, so we knew for months it was going to be on there, BUT STILL, UNF <33333

There are a couple of things I do dislike about the tracklist though. In addition to having no original new group songs I’m upset Kimi Shika isn’t included (It;s my favorite No Sleeves single <3<3<3). I’m also not too keen on the Persona remixes being on there (I’d prefer the originals), but it’s lovely seeing them on there ^_^ I’m also a tad confused about how the Pigg songs (Usho desho?, Next heaven, Shaku ga Hoshii) are going to work as well – I’m assuming they’re going to be No Sleeves versions of them, but still, it’s definitely interesting to see them on there.

Overall, despite some personal critiques I have with the tracklists, I am very impressed and even more excited about this release now. While I’d love to have all versions be apart of my collection, I will probably only buy / ask for Takamina’s version and the Limited CD+DVD version since I’m a poor college student xD

No news has been revealed yet about the DVD contents of the album, but if it’s anything like typical No Sleeves I predict that they’ll be a recording making of, a jacket shooting making of, and maybe some PVs thrown in there as well. In either event the tracklist has wet my appetite for now, and I’ll be even more stoked when the DVD content is revealed.

Can you tell that I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for this to come out? xD 2011 is going to start off epic [rock] [rock] [rock]