My Blog on my Wota life


As of 1st January 2012, I revamped my otaku blog and changed it's address to http://wotaokuno.blogspot.com/ and name to 'ー::ヲタク おくの::ー'. It will have similar template to my main blog, 'ー::おくの の 毎日::ー', and my posts relating to the '48' project, idols, and my life as an wota would be posted there from 2012 onwards.
And thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Blogging on Android & Today

Been pretty long since I last blogged. Was too busy with this and that, especially since wearing the green uniform. It was really hard to find time to type out a blog post on my PC while I was required to stay-in in the various camps. (Too much animes and dramas to catch up with when I get to book out during weekends!!)

Been using SNS like Facebook and Twitter to so called 'micro-blog' but recently starting to feel that using an actual blog is still much better due to various factors like, length of posts, trackability of posts (tags in blog posts), the feel of recording down as a diary - where on SNS it feels more like sharing 'randomly' instead of reflection, and the worry of spamming the home pages of friends. Am pretty lazy to create an Instagram anyways and since I already have a blog, I thought of using the Blogger app on Android to create both short posts and long reflections of the day, etc. Shall see how it goes!

Ah! Today I went to Kinokuniya to get some magazines (as usual) and got myself a new wallet! Looks pretty nice.. doesn't it?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pasir Ris Beach Park

Finally! Been very long since I last went for a walk in a park or nature reserves. Walking through natural vegetation, enjoying the morning sun at the beach and the sea wind (there wasn't much wind today though) are just the perfect way to relax and temporarily escape from city life.

Walked a couple of rounds in the mangrove in Pasir Ris Park with my family before heading off to the beach.








Friday, December 30, 2011

Maeshima Ami to release her first solo photobook!


前島亜美 (Maeshima Ami) comes from an idol group called SUPER☆GiRLS, and it was recently announced that she would be releasing a solo photobook in 27th January, titled 'あみた' ('Amita'). This is not only the first time Amita (Maeshima's nickname) would be releasing a aolo photobook and is also the first time a member of SUPER☆GiRLS would be releasing a photobook! Am so excited about this!

The photobook will consist photos that were shot in Miyakojima, secret private shots of Maeshima Ami as a SUPER☆GiRLS member, and as a model of “Pichi Lemon”. There would also be a interview section. Amita herself would making an appearance at Fukuya bookstore (Shinjuku Subnade) during the day of the release.

I started to like SUPER☆GiRLS and following them when I came across their second single song, 'MAX!乙女心' ('MAX! Otome Gokoro'). I did have the impression of hearing their debut single 'がんばって 青春' ('Ganbatte Seishun') then but I don't really know why I gave the group a pass that time. Maybe due to my fandom in AKB48 being amplified to enormous proportions when AKB48 released their 18th single 'Beginner' and 19th single 'Chance no Junban'.

I only started to make Amita my favourite among the 12-member idol group when they released their third single '女子力←パラダイス' ('Joshiryoku←Paradise'). I did take note of her in the PV of 'MAX! Otome Gokoro' quite often initially, but it was this single's PV that make me come to the conclusion, 'This is it! Amita is my favourite in SUPER☆GiRLS!'. She is just so irresistibly cute, especially her voice! ♥

Congratulations to Amita for her first solo photobook! おめでとう!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

No Sleeves 8th Single - 'ペディキュアday' ('Pedicure Day')


Seems that I forgot to blog on the announcements of no3b (ノースリーブス - No Sleeves) 8th Single release. The single was released today and the track lists and album arts are as shown below.

Type A (CD + DVD)
1. [CD] ペディキュアday [Pedicure Day]
2. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない [Jessica wa Door o Knock Shinai]
3. [CD] 微睡み [小嶋陽菜ソロ] [Madoromi/Kojima Haruna]
4. [CD] ペディキュアday -Instrumental-
5. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない -Instrumental-
6. [CD] 微睡み -Instrumental- MADOROMI
7. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオ [Pedicure Day music video]
8. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオメイキング [Pedicure Day music video making]
9. [DVD] 特典映像1 Type-A ver. [Bonus Video 1 Type A]
10. [DVD] 特典映像2 Type-A ver. [Bonus Video 2 Type A]
CDJapan
HMV Online

Type B (CD + DVD)
1. [CD] ペディキュアday [Pedicure Day]
2. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない [Jessica wa Door o Knock Shinai]
3. [CD] Still [高橋みなみソロ] [Still/Takahashi Minami]
4. [CD] ペディキュアday -Instrumental-
5. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない -Instrumental-
6. [CD] Still -Instrumental-
7. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオ [Pedicure Day music video]
8. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオメイキング [Pedicure Day music video making]
9. [DVD] 特典映像1 Type-B Ver. [Bonus Video 1 Type B]
10. [DVD] 特典映像2 Type-B Ver. [Bonus Video 2 Type B]
CDJapan
HMV Online

Type C (CD + DVD)
1. [CD] ペディキュアday {Pedicure Day]
2. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない [Jessica wa Door o Knock Shinai]
3. [CD] 半分こ [峯岸みなみソロ] [Hanbunko/Minegishi Minami]
4. [CD] ペディキュアday -Instrumental-
5. [CD] ジェシカはドアをノックしない -Instrumental-
6. [CD] 微睡み -Instrumental-
7. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオ [Pedicure Day music video]
8. [DVD] 「ペディキュアday」 ミュージック・ビデオメイキング [Pedicure Day music video making]
9. [DVD] 特典映像1 Type-C ver. [Bonus Video 1 Type C]
10. [DVD] 特典映像2 Type-C ver. [Bonus Video 2 Type C]
CDJapan
HMV Online

Regular (CD only)
1. ペディキュアday [Pedicure Day]
2. ジェシカはドアをノックしない [Jessica wa Door o Knock Shinai]
3. ペディキュアday (French Pop Mix) [Pedicure Day (French Pop Mix)]
4. ペディキュアday -Instrumental-
5. ジェシカはドアをノックしない -Instrumental-
6. ペディキュアday (French Pop Mix) -Instrumental-
CDJapan
HMV Online

Pedicure is a real nice song I must say. The PV is also kind of interesting. Wasn't able to view the PV through Sony Music Network Youtube as it was 'not made available to my country'.

Video is flipped and the pitch is increased by this uploader

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NHK’s 62nd ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen‘ Performance Order


Blogged earlier regarding the NHK's 62nd 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' line up, the performance order and titles were revealed!

[First Half]
1. Hamasaki Ayumi – progress
2. NYC – “100% Yuuki NYC”
3. Angela Aki – “One Family”
4. flumpool – “Akashi”
5. AKB48 – “Kohaku 2011 AKB48 Special MIX ~Ganbarou Nihon!~”
Red/White Duet: Ashida Mana & Suzuki Fuku – “Maru Maru Mori Mori!”
6. FUNKY MONKEY BABYS – “Soredemo Shinjiteru”
7. Nishino Kana – “Tatoe Donna ni…”
8. AAA – “CALL”
9. Kawanaka Miyuki – “Nirinso”
10. Hirai Ken – “Itoshiki Hibi yo”
11. Fuji Ayako – “Ayako no Okuni Jiman dayo ~Ganbarona Tohoku!! Kohaku Special~”
12. Hosokawa Takashi – “Nebuta”
13. Mizuki Nana – “POP MASTER”
14. Porno Graffitti – “One More Time”
15. Inawashirokos – “I love you & I need you Fukushima”
16. Godai Natsuko – “Kinmokusei”
17. L’Arc~en~Ciel – “CHASE”
18. Mizumori Kaori – “Shounai Heiya Kazeno Naka”
19. Mori Shinichi – “Minato Machi Blues”
20. Shiina Ringo – “Carnation – Akagumi nara Dare Demo”
Red/White Duet: Natsukawa Rimi & Akikawa Masafumi – “Asu to Iu Hi ga”

[Second Half]
21. KARA – “KARA 2011 Special Medley”
22. Tokunaga Hideaki – “Jidai”
23. Perfume – “Laser Beam”
24. TOKIO – “Miageta Ryusei”
25. Shoujo Jidai – “GENIE”
26. Gou Hiromi – “Go Smile Japan”
27. aiko – “Koi no Superball”
28. Yuzu – “Hey Wa”
29. Koda Kumi – “Ai wo Tomenaide”
30. Tohoshinki – “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)”
31. Hirahara Ayaka – “Ohisama ~Taisetsu na Anata e”
32. Sen Masao – “Kita Guni no Haru”
33. Kobayashi Sachiko – “Onna no Sakaba”
34. Nishida Toshiyuki – “Ano Machi ni Umarete”
35. ayaka – “Minna Sora no Shita”
36. Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi – “Hitotsu”
37. Wada Akiko – “Ano Kane wo Narasu no wa Anata”
38. Arashi – “2011 Kohaku Special Medley”
39. Ikimonogakari – “Aruite Ikou”
40. Itsuki Hiroshi – “Furusato”
41. Matsuda Seiko & Kanda Sayaka – “Ue wo Muite Arukou”
42. Hikawa Kiyoshi – “Jounetsu no Mariachi”
43. Sakamoto Fuyumi – “Yozakura Oshichi”
44. Fukuyama Masaharu – “Kazoku ni Narou yo”
45. Matsutouya Yumi – “(Minna no) Haru yo, Koi”
46. EXILE – “Rising Sun”
47. Tendou Yoshimi – “Ai Sansan”
48. Kitajima Saburou – “Kaero Kana”
49. Ishikawa Sayuri – “Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki”
50. SMAP – “SMAP AID Kohaku SP”

Looks really awesome! Can't wait to watch it =D

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sashihara Rino to star in a drama for the first time!


It was announced that Sashihara Rino, from AKB48 and sub-unit 'Not Yet', will be starring in a new NTV drama titled 'ミューズの鏡' ("Muse no Kagami') which will be aired confined in the Kanto region.

It would be the first time Sasshi would be starring in a drama and will be playing as a girl who seems to have nothing to recommend her, but after being discovered by an formerly great actor 'Okita Ryu', she starts growing, and awaking as an actress. (tokyohive/natalie)

The drama would start airing on January 14th (every Saturday at 1:55 am ~ 2:10 am).

Hope I am able to watch this drama. Really anticipating to watch Sasshi's acting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Iwasa Misaki solo debut - '無人駅' ('Mujin Eki')


As posted earlier this month, Iwasa Misaki (Wasamin) would be debuting as a solo enka singer on the 1st of February 2012.

The title was revealed to be '無人駅' ('Mujin Eki') and that there would be a cover of 'ヘビーローテーション' ('Heavy Rotation') in Enka version. The DVD would contain the PV for 'Mujin Eki', the making of the PV, a short movie featuring the history of Wasamin, and a celebratory message from other AKB48 members.

Track lists are yet to be announced.

Limited Edition
1. [CD] 無人駅 [MUJIN EKI]
2. [CD] ヘビーローテーション〈演歌バージョン〉 [HEAVY ROTATION]
3. [CD] 翼をください [TSUBASA WO KUDASAI]
4. [CD] 瀬戸の花嫁 [SETO NO HANAYOME]
5. [CD] 無人駅(カラオケ) [MUJIN EKI (off vocal)]
6. [CD] ヘビーローテーション〈演歌バージョン〉(カラオケ) [HEAVY ROTATION (off vocal)]
7. [CD] 翼をください(カラオケ) [TSUBASA WO KUDASAI (off vocal)]
8. [CD] 瀬戸の花嫁(カラオケ) [SETO NO HANAYOME (off vocal)]
9. [DVD] 「無人駅」MUSIC VIDEO [MUJIN EKI music video]
10. [DVD] 岩佐美咲HISTORY MOVIE [IWASA MISAKI HISTORY MOVIE]
11. [DVD] 無人駅MAKING VIDEO [MUJIN EKI music video making]
12. [DVD] 岩佐美咲CDデビューお祝いコメント from AKB48 [IWASA MISAKI CD DEBUT OIWAI COMMENT FROM AKB48]
CDJapan
HMV Online

Regular Edition
1. 無人駅 [MUJIN EKI]
2. 帰郷〈岩佐美咲バージョン〉 [KIKYOU]
3. 瀬戸の花嫁 [SETO NO HANAYOME]
4. 無人駅(カラオケ)
5. 帰郷〈岩佐美咲バージョン〉(カラオケ)
6. 瀬戸の花嫁(カラオケ)
CDJapan
HMV Online

Photos from natalie

UPDATE (17th January 2012):
Track lists and covers released

Monday, December 19, 2011

Watanabe Mayu to make a solo debut in February


It was announced that Mayuyu (Watanabe Mayu) would be making her solo debut on 29th of February 2012 with the single, 'シンクロときめき' ('Synchro Tokimeki'). She would be the fourth AKB48 member to debut as a solo singer after Itano Tomomi, Maeda Atsuko, and Iwasa Misaki.

Her solo debut song would be used as the theme song for a new drama on TV Tokyo (title yet to be released), which Mayuyu would be starring in for the first time. The drama would start airing on the 13th of Jannuary 2012.

From: tokyohive|Sanspo






UPDATE (5th January):

Preview of the drama, 'Saba-dol'

AKB48 monopolized Oricon's top 5 ranking of Yearly Singles for 2011


Blogged previously, AKB48's 24th single, '上からマリコ' ('Ue kara Mariko'), sold a total of 1,199,000 copies and topped many charts. It was recently announced on Oricon even more records that AKB48 made and broke!

From Oricon/tokyohive,
Oricon revealed that idol group AKB48 monopolized the TOP 5 of yearly single ranking for 2011. AKB48’s total sales for CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays during 2011 reached 8,911,000 copies, and for the first time since they debuted 6 years ago, AKB48 received the “Total sales by artist” honor which is given to the artist who has the most total annual sales during the year which for them was 16,280,000,000 yen. Moreover, they topped 7 out of 16 categories in “The 44th Yearly Ranking 2011” proving that 2011 was the year for AKB48.
AKB48 released 5 singles this year, and all 5 sold over a million copies. Though three groups; Pink Lady in 1978, Hikaru GENJI in 1988, and Arashi in 2009, have monopolized TOP3 of Oricon’s yearly single ranking in the past, this is the first time for any artist to monopolize the TOP5. Selling over a million copies for 5 singles in one year is also a new record broken by AKB48 for the first time in 16 years when B’z and Mr. Children made the record with 4 singles in 1995.
Team A Captain, Takahashi Minami, who was present to receive a trophy for the “Total sales by artist”, commented surprisingly at the records they made, “Thank you for letting us have this wonderful prize. This makes me feel that we are accepted by people for a little bit, and also makes me really happy“.
Oshima Yuko also said, “It was a big surprise. When AKB48 started 6 years ago, it was like ‘the future is a closed book’ for us, and I never expected that AKB48 would be able to become the group to make these records. I’m honored“. Shinoda Mariko also stated that she wants to aim for more next year.
Below are the 7 categories in “The 44th Yearly Ranking 2011″ topped by AKB48:

  • “Total sales, by artist” – 16,280,000,000 yen (*new record for a female group)
  • “Number of copies sold for singles, by work” – “Flying Get” 1,587,000 copies (*new record for a female group)
  • “Sum of sales for singles, by work” – “Everyday, Kachuusha” 2,150,000,000 yen
  • “Sum of sales for singles, by artist” – 9,590,000,000 yen
  • “Number of copies sold for music blu-ray discs (BDs), by work” – “AKB ga Ippai” 148,000 copies
  • “Sum of sales for music BDs, by work” – “AKB ga Ippai” 1,010,000,000 yen
  • “Sum of sales for music BDs, by artist” – 1,010,000,000 yen



<2011 Oricon Yearly ranking TOP 50 : Singles>
01 – “Flying Get” – AKB48 : (1,587,229)
02 – “Everyday, Kachuusha” – AKB48 : (1,586,840)
03 – “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” – AKB48 : (1,418,888)
04 – “Ue Kara Mariko” – AKB48 : (1,198,864)
05 – “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” – AKB48 : (1,079,460)
06 – “Lotus” – Arashi : (625,935)
07 – “Meikyu Love Song” – Arashi : (614,131)
08 – “Maru-Maru-Mori -Mori” – Kaoru to Tomoki, Tama ni Mook. : (498,920)
09 – “Pareo wa Emerald” – SKE48 : (466,037)
10 – “Everybody Go” – Kis-My-Ft2 : (441,680)
11 – “Okie Dokie” – SKE48 : (434,307)
12 – “Let’s try again” – Team Amuse!! : (312,666)
13 – “Oh My God!” – NMB48 : (309,846)
14 – “Rising Sun/Itsuka Kitto…” – EXILE/EXILE ATSUSHI : (305,001)
15 – “OVER” – Hey! Say! JUMP : (297,781)
16 – “Why?(Keep Your Head Down)” – Tohoshinki : (285,051)
17 – “Banzai Venus” – SKE48 : (274,973)
18 – “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo” – NMB48 : (263,187)
19 – “T.W.L/Yellow Pansy Street” – Kanjani8 : (257,932)
20 – “Kazoku ni Narou Yo/fighting pose” – Fukuyama Masaharu : (255,572)
21 – “Magic Power” – Hey! Say! JUMP : (254,171)
22 – “Shuumatsu Not yet” – Not yet : (246,129)
23 – “Eternal” – Akanishi Jin : (241,630)
24 – “Zero” – BUMP OF CHICKEN : (238,656)
25 – “GO GO Summer!” – KARA : (230,082)
26 – “Jet Coaster Lover” – KARA : (225,175)
27 – “Dear J” – Itano Tomomi : (216,781)
28 – “Don’t Wanna Lie” – B’z : (216,239)
29 – “Let me cry” – Jang Geun Suk : (215,714)
30 – “Sexy Zone” – Sexy Zone : (211,908)
31 – “ULTIMATE WHEELS” – KAT-TUN : (210,749)
32 – “BIRTH” – KAT-TUN : (209,871)
33 – “Flower” – Maeda Atsuko : (209,781)
34 – “Naminori Kakigoori” – Not yet : (205,645)
35 – “Pera Pera Perao” – Not yet : (196,660)
36 – “My Home” – Kanjani8 : (190,942)
37 – “Greatest The Hits 2011~2011″ – Maximum the Hormone : (189,659)
38 – “‘Arigatou’~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~” – Hey! Say! JUMP : (188,555)
39 – “Tsubasa Ni Koi” – Kanjani8 : (186,571)
40 – “365 Nichi Kazoku” – Kanjani8 : (185,395)
41 – “Superstar” – Tohoshinki : (184,317)
42 – “Ano Ko to Nogiku to Watashibune” – Hikawa Kiyoshi : (183,300)
43 – “RUN FOR YOU” – KAT-TUN : (179,296)
44 – “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” – B’z : (177,180)
45 – “WHITE” – KAT-TUN : (174,332)
46 – “MR.TAXI/Run Devil Run” – Shoujo Jidai : (172,205)
47 – “Time” – KinKi Kids : (171,068)
48 – “Yume Tamago” – NYC : (151,056)
49 – “Saisho no Mail” – French Kiss : (145,163)
50 – “Anata e/Ooo Baby” – EXILE/EXILE ATSUSHI : (142,927)

Congratulations to AKB48 again!! 2011 is indeed the year for AKB48!