Wow, top tier.
I was skeptical of DiVA when they first formed because at the time I didn’t know who Yuka or Umeda were, and except for Sae they’re all pretty much UG.
They kinda sorta just a little COMPLETELY won me over by making all their performances live voiced. And it’s so good that until Umeda sings, I can’t tell if it’s live. Seriously, Masuda Yuka is so ace.
She comes from Osaka. Coincidence? (Also Okaro is half-Filipino. I should have more pride in that than in Osaka, lol.)
I also was pretty anti-Sae because she seemed like a genki attention-whore (pardon my expression) but her image in DiVA is perfect. On top of that, she improved her vocals tremendously. Big difference between her DiVA stuff and say, Blue Rose. Heck, there’s a big difference between her Tsuki no Uragawa and Cry live performances.
The new song sounds kinda like a Gundam Seed opening, although I guess that’s appropriate since it’s the theme song for the Ultraman movie, the trailer of which I saw a billion times while watching the Genki Desu Ka!! MMA event. The music video is pretty slick too, and I feel like it’s very late 90’s early 2000’s from an Amrrrrican point of view. The choreography is pretty solid too. I kinda bought into the hype that K-Pop choreography is so much better, and while that may be true on the guys side, on the girls side I think it’s definitely about equal when I think about it, and DiVA isn’t slouching on that either.
The single seems like a definite buy to me, and I can’t wait for the live performances on the shows.
This has nothing to do with DiVA or AKS, but I found out the song because I subscribe to Avex on Youtube. Today they posted a new Issa x Soulja song and it’s freakin awesome! Check it out!
Speaking of live performances, I was pretty moved by AKB playing Give Me Five! completely live at Request Hour. I bought into the theme that wow, they can do anything with a lot of effort, they learned instruments, and all those other things.
Well, they decided to appear on music shows and do everything lipsynched and air instruments.
Wow. Way to throw my expectations in the trash. It was amazingly disappointing.
I’ve actually just become aware that I can read 2ch decently, and most of the fans there are disappointed as well. Usually I think of 2ch as pretty scummy based on the Yamamoto Sayaka “NEET no Shushoku” incident, but the majority was pretty level headed about this. Many fans (including me) expected them to use the Request Hour as a stepping stone to improve on their ONE song, that they’d get better… but things like this make me feel embarrassed to be a fan.
I’m used to them lip synching, which is still kinda sad, but when you market yourselves as working hard to learn to play instruments and you don’t even play them, that’s a bit deceiving, don’t you think? To anybody watching it doesn’t look like they played it at all, and that’s pretty embarrassing if you ask me. And this
decepticon deception continues right up until they actually play, as seen in the Coming Soon! performance when they were shown tuning and testing their instruments.
The song is pretty decent, but when I listen to it, I do get that bad feeling that I was simply being used. I don’t know if I can really get behind this one now.