Hiya! Two post in one day… say whaaa?! 😛
I couldn’t resist because this just arrived in the mail!
Okay, first off HAPPY AUGUST everyone! 🙂 (*** Just a little note*** I actually wrote this entry on August 1st, but got busy and didn’t get to finalize until now)
I can’t believe we already zoomed through 7 months of 2012! Craziness! August is my (Kelli) favorite month because it’s my birth month! Yay! I won’t tell you how old I am, just that I will be turning the age of awesome! Just kidding. 😉
Almost a year after releasing her 1st single, AKB 48’s Maeda Atsuko has released her 2nd single, “君は僕だ”(kimi wa boku da). There are 3 different versions that you can purchase this single on. All 3 “Acts” come with a CD and DVD. The CD of course has 君は僕だ,右肩, and a 3rd song that varies between the different Acts. The DVD has the promotion video for the single, the dramatic version of the promotion video, and a bonus clip that varies depending on which version you buy. I decided on Act 1 for myself. The 3rd single on Act 1 is 遠回り and the bonus clip on the DVD was the making for 君は僕だ.
The K-Pop idol group T-ARA just released their debut Japanese album on June 6, 2012. I had caught wind of this release and pre-ordered my limited edition copy on the CD Japan website.
I actually received my copy on my doorstep on the 7th, along with my Arashi, “Your Eyes” copy. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I definitely was not expecting what I received. I ordered the “Diamond” limited edition, as opposed to the “Sapphire” limited edition. I was thinking along the lines… Diamonds > Sapphire, so I will go with the Diamond Edition. I didn’t realize that the Diamond edition would come as an actual Jewelry box. Silly me, if I had only read the full description on the website. Oh well. I am sort of bummed that I didn’t get the Sapphire Edition instead, just because it would take up less space on my shelf and because I will never use the jewelry box.
The Diamond Edition comes with a DVD that has their Xmas performance in Osaka. One thing I really like about T-ARA is their performances. They are always so fun to watch, so the DVD was a treat. The CD had all their popular releases, but in Japanese instead of Korean. This is kind of where Annie and I differ in opinions. We both love K-Pop, but she would rather them just sing in Korean. I admittedly don’t mind hearing their songs translated into a Japanese version. Sometimes it’s almost helpful because I understand some of the translation. Annie is very good at picking up other languages and is big on pronunciation. Me, not so much… Japanese is not my first language and nor am I fluent enough to hear the difference between “foreign and local” singing accents in a language that is not my own.
Since I opened this, this CD has been playing in my car non-stop. People must look over at me when I’m driving around the Bay Area with strange looks. I’m stuck on “BoPeep BoPeep” and “Lovey Dovey”. 🙂
Here is the track listing for “Jewelry Box”. For all 3 editions (Diamond, Sapphire, and Pearl) the track listing is the same. The only thing that varies is whether or not it comes with a DVD (Pearl Edition does not come with a DVD) and if it does come with a DVD, which extra is included on the DVD.
|1.||“Bo Peep Bo Peep” (Japanese version)|
|2.||“Yayaya” (Japanese version)|
|3.||“Weironi” (Japanese version)|
|5.||“Apple is A” (Japanese version)|
|6.||“T.T.L ～Time to Love～” (Japanese version)|
|7.||“Roly-Poly” (Japanese version)|
|8.||“LOVE ME! ～Anata no Sei de Kurisou～” (Japanese version)|
|9.||“Kojinmaru～Uso～” (Japanese version)|
|10.||“Breaking Heart ～Watashi ga Totemo Itakute” (Japanese version)|
|11.||“Cry Cry” (Japanese version)|
|12.||“Lovey-Dovey” (Japanese version)|
|13.||“T-ARATiC MAGiC MUSiC”|
Overall, I pretty satisfied with this purchase. Since I opened this, this CD has been playing in my car non-stop. People must look get me strange looks when they seeing me singing along and doing the hand gestures of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” :P. My current obsession on this CD is, “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and “Lovey Dovey”. 🙂
Hugs & Kimchi,