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More Kanjanism Squealing

Here is what we know new song wise:

01 - EJ☆コースター (作詞:GAKU 作曲:GAKU 編曲:久米康嵩) 

GAKU = Dear Summer, 久米康嵩 = Dear Summer, King of Otoko and Karage.


02 - FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN (作詞:RYO-Z, ILMARI, PES and SU 作曲:DJ FUMIYA 編曲:DJ FUMIYA) 

OH HI RIP SLYME.


03 - 三十路少年 (作詞:前山田健一 作曲:前山田健一 編曲:大西省吾) 

前山田健一 = Takoyaki 8D (amongst other fun things)


05 - Masterpiece (作詞:SHIKATA 作曲:SHIKATA / GRP 編曲:SHIKATA / GRP)

SHIKATA = sorry sorry love


08 - ゆ (作詞:渋谷すばる 作曲:安田章大 編曲:高橋浩一郎) 

No idea who those two losers are.  No clue.  Never heard of them.  No idea. 高橋浩一郎 = Negai, ER, Kicyu


10 - おえかき (作詞:りょうちゃん 作曲:りょうちゃん 編曲:ももちゃん) 

Ehhhhhhhh XDa Ryo-chan and Momo-chan?  As in Nishikido Ryo and Peach? XDa


11 - ドヤ顔人生 (作詞:長瀬智也 作曲:長瀬智也 編曲:長瀬智也 ブラスアレンジ:YOKAN) 

FUCKING NAGASE TOMOYA YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS


12 - 象 (作詞:高橋優 作曲:高橋優 編曲:池窪浩一 / 高橋優) 

OH HI TAKAHASHI YU.

…….okay I actually can’t name any of his songs off the top of my head, I expect to be schooled by Riva later I suppose. XD; In any case, worries about label change = no guest artist, BUU BUUUUUU.  

13 - RAGE (作詞:笹原慎 作曲:笹原慎 編曲:Peach) 

Oh good, I wanted that available. XDa

01 - アイスクリーム <安田章大/錦戸亮> 
(作詞:安田章大 / 錦戸亮 作曲:安田章大 / 錦戸亮 編曲:野間康介) 

Yanmar, naturally. 野間康介 = TWL, Lion song, things on Juke Box I didn’t like as well XDa


02 - 『 愛 Love You 』 <村上信五 A.K.A KING> 
(作詞:Peach 作曲:Peach 編曲:Peach) 

Peach, naturally.  (For those not following my Peach kick, he’s a guitarist in their backup bad and responsible for West Side, arranging Rescue Rescue and Your Wurlitzer.)


03 - アダムとイヴ <横山裕/大倉忠義> 
(作詞:SHIKATA 作曲:SHIKATA / REO 編曲:SHIKATA / REO) 

See above Sorry Sorry Love.


04 - 道 <渋谷すばる/丸山隆平> 
(作詞:渋谷すばる / 丸山隆平 作曲:マシコタツロウ 編曲:大西省吾) 

マシコタツロウ = Sayonara wa Itsumo, My Last Train, cinematic

was not expecting that for a MaruBaru song XDa

大西省吾 = helped out on Topop, tte!!!!!!!, Takoyaki, Aoppana, Hesoetcetcetcetc

….wait how do those two things go together XDa

OMG I AM EXCITE SON~ 8D

Kanjanism

details: ….DO WANT 8D DO LIKE YES PLS THANK YOU HELLO

northenn:

The problem is that, on a daily basis, there’s almost none interaction between the two groups, except maybe Ohno and Maru - and Ohno simply doesn’t give a fuck. So, everytime they meet, they have to keep everything up by using the same, old topics.

And so we have Yoko starting…

…I have no idea what’s compelling me to butt in but: I agree that it’s tired and not that funny. But oh well - this is Japan, land of making celebrities out of comedians who literally only have a single gag. First and biggest rule of “comedy” in that market: beat the horse until it’s dead, then beat it some more. The mock fight isn’t unique to Kanjani - KAT-TUN had some running “animosity” joke toward MatsuJun on (wtf was the name of that show, Utawara Hot Hit??) and there was one gag for every episode of Arashi visiting Nakai on Utaba that they did over and over and over. Etc. I’d argue those were generally funnier but that’s comparing Utaban and the skill levels of Taka and Nakai to Shiyagare which seems to have a general “meh” fandom consensus anyway. But, likewise, I think Tokio is popular tv-wise because they’re not so much in that dead horse mold. Long story: agreed, with Tokio is better; Japanese tv *shrugs* what can you do. *crawls back into non-interaction hole*
Also, for your entertainment pleasure: Okura picking a wedgie.

Also, for your entertainment pleasure: Okura picking a wedgie.

Late to the party here, but&#8230;
In the ER2 making, this happens:
Yoko: Hurry up!
Maru: sh*BLEEEP*
Yoko: Hurry up!
Maru: sh*BLEEP*
&#8230;&#8230;what exactly got bleeped out there? XDa

Late to the party here, but…

In the ER2 making, this happens:

Yoko: Hurry up!

Maru: sh*BLEEEP*

Yoko: Hurry up!

Maru: sh*BLEEP*

……what exactly got bleeped out there? XDa

I’ve been super stressed out because of work lately.  

…then I remembered this existed.

:Da you don’t say…

So I’ve been pretty zen about the whole label change.  Partially just my personality and personal experience with music that I’m not terribly bothered by these kinds of things. (That isn’t to say I wasn’t at all because I did have a bit of a knee-jerk reaction immediately about the whole thing.)

One of the things I did worry about was retention of staff members.  But now that I think about it - in hindsight that was really silly of me.  See, my immediate concern was what happens to people like YOKAN or Peach, those relationships they’ve cultivated and started to develop with who have significantly contributed to the construction of this group.  

This is dumb because:

1) I was already very, very aware that most of the people doing Kanjani’s music on Teichiku were not in any way exclusive to Teichiku.  A lot of staff writers on those albums have done work for other J&A artists.*  

2) They took some of their backing people on NTV with them for The Music Day.  You get a backing band you like and trust for concerts (and tv), you generally want to keep them.

* This of course doesn’t apply to guest artists who have appeared, and that might actually be where we see the most change.  I doubt any label that’s specifically designed to keep more profits in-house is going to want to jump through the royalties hoops of guest publishing companies but…I don’t have a firm grasp on the Japanese recording industry’s policies and practices (doubt they’re that much different from everyone else, though).  It also doesn’t exclude the potential of going with more independent artists (not a bad thing necessarily…I think 山森大輔 ‘s last release was on a smaller label called OCTAVE [which actually might be owned by Avex]).  Larger point: who knows.

Anyway, now I feel pretty stoked seeing the credits for CloveR/言ったじゃないか.  

Who’s involved in the writing and arrangement?

大西省吾, 久米康嵩Peach, GAKU.

大西省吾 did arrangement for: Life, Ai Deshita, Crouton, 365, Baby Baby, Fly High, Takoyaki, and that double A side I never bother to remember the name of because YOUUUUUKOSO~ <— laziness at its finest, folks.

久米康嵩 did arrangement for: King of Otoko, ER2, Omoidama, Kokoro sora moyou, Kurage and Dear Summer.

Peach is their backing band guitarist in concert (probably had some session credits on Juke Box but those sleeve notes are way across my room 8|) and arranged Rescue Rescue, Your Wurlitzer and wrote West Side.

GAKU is almost solely responsible for Dear Summer and wrote ER2 (and a few bside things).

So - if you haven’t been digging the music as of late or those particular titles, that might be really bad news for you.

But it’s good news for me because I like most of the songs I just named and it indicates yes, people will be retained for use on the new label.  There’s a slight chance it’s a final obligation to use them on these new singles, but I highly doubt that.  I’ll be interested to see if YOKAN will continue to do brass for them or if those marching band b-sides on King were a final thank you present to him (nah, he has to stay HE HAS TO).

Not only are those songs generally ones I like, but Peach and GAKU especially haven’t been around that long relatively, which means there’s potential for them to develop alongside Kanjani.  Who knows, that might turn out for the worse if everyone stagnates - or it might be a really good relationship.  I look forward to seeing the next album. 8D<

In the meantime, I *like* both CloveR and 言ったじゃないか (and I get the feeling the general fandom ether maybe doesn’t? Who knows. I can’t say that I really care because I find the loudest opinions in fandom to be really bizarre sometimes and that’s why I mostly keep to myself XDa)

言ったじゃないか starts off really blase and kind of an uninspired blah garage band song, but gets better as it goes along, adding harmonies, a really catchy chorus - that I love the production on - and ends up a fun band song.  

CloveR I fucking love with a giant passion despite Maru’s lone solo line being in the key of MatsuJun for some reason. 8|;  I love band things and musical depth, but I love me some 80’s music like whoa (a side rant: people dismissing all 80’s music as fluff without recognizing the many well written songs and that there’s musical depth there too).  CloveR is all 80’stastic and …uses handbells and a few other instruments I wasn’t expecting. XD  

I’m not shaken to my core by any means, but I am pleased and this promises to stay in a vein I particularly like (while simultaneously feeding my need to have a nice mixture of things that satisfy my taste for more than a single genre).

Okay, fine.  I sort of wanted to support the change no matter what.  This makes it a lot easier.  *orders singles*  

Now, to see how terrifying the PVs might be since CloveR looked like Celtic Suspender pride and Maru’s sneak peak pic of Itta promises potentially scary puppets. 8|a

gkjs59:

Nishikido: If you could say something to 10 years ago Yasuda?
Since he wouldn’t listen to me anyway, I’ll say “It’s ok as it is”. Just in 10 years please have a normal look.

Yasuda: If you could say something to 10 years ago Murakami?
Thank you for taliking with the superiors…

kagamisky:

So I did a drawing meme.

Basically people gave me a) a subject, b) a random letter+number combination for a pose set, and c) a colour.

It was supposed to be a “quick” meme so I tried to spend less than an hour on the colours for each one. XD

DAS SCHUBEE~ <3

I swear I didn’t purposely pick the pose that involved the butt shot. XD

And that’s good to know.

There’s more to Sunshine than we all know. :|

…what that more is, I don’t know, maybe common memberships in some weird clubs - but indeed, MORE. 8|;

epicwaters:

diefleder-tey:

Yo fandom. 
Have some soothing tea with me.
Big, deep, calming breaths.
Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.
But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

I totally freaked for a few hours. I’m better now. X
*sips*

X3 I think freaking out a little bit is good.  Only to be expected with massive change.  But now&#8230;now we have chai party until further notice~ \8D/

epicwaters:

diefleder-tey:

Yo fandom. 

Have some soothing tea with me.

Big, deep, calming breaths.

Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.

But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

I totally freaked for a few hours. I’m better now. X

*sips*

X3 I think freaking out a little bit is good.  Only to be expected with massive change.  But now…now we have chai party until further notice~ \8D/

Yo fandom. 
Have some soothing tea with me.
Big, deep, calming breaths.
Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.
But don&#8217;t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

Yo fandom. 

Have some soothing tea with me.

Big, deep, calming breaths.

Embrace your feelings of shock and pain and anger.

But don’t let them push you into hyperventilating, k?

Adorable.
Tired. But adorable.

Adorable.

Tired. But adorable.

&#8230;I&#8217;m just going to put this out there.
Part of one&#8217;s sex appeal is keeping a little mystery, y&#8217;know. 8|;  Ahem.  (Your orgasm face comes out way too often Maru.)
Man work&#8217;s been killing me for months straight, I don&#8217;t think there&#8217;s any way I&#8217;ll get through my 24 revisit. :/  We&#8217;ll see, tomorrow is tomorrow.

…I’m just going to put this out there.

Part of one’s sex appeal is keeping a little mystery, y’know. 8|;  Ahem.  (Your orgasm face comes out way too often Maru.)

Man work’s been killing me for months straight, I don’t think there’s any way I’ll get through my 24 revisit. :/  We’ll see, tomorrow is tomorrow.

lamonstruazeta:

Results from the doodle meme. I ended up cannibalizing this drawing meme and had people pick blind options instead of relying on the gifs. I’m actually really pleased with the results!

The specifics are in the captions of each picture. Thanks to everyone for participating :3 

I’d like to think that “for Tey” is really all the explanation a person ever needs. <3 <3 <3 (God help you for tagging that accurately XD <3)