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SummonerXI 17th August 2016 02:01 PM

Question about LOVEppears
 
I have a couple questions regarding the cover.

1. Did Ayu ever give any reasoning or deeper meaning behind the reason to go topless for the cover?

2. What was the public reaction at the time for her decision to do so?

Aderianu 17th August 2016 02:34 PM

about first question

Quote:

Originally Posted by tenshi no hane (Post 3144666)
Q: The album cover is also surpising.

“That was my idea. We were discussing what I should wear this time and I thought about simply wearing nothing. There’s no intention behind it. It’s simply me as a product. I simply felt it would be cute.”


Evan Odinson 17th August 2016 03:55 PM

"It’s simply me as a product. " kinda sad, that's how she felt back then.

About the second question, it was a controversy, Japanese people are pretty conservative, especially when it comes to female artists, also Ayu was really young back then, so it was like a shock to everybody, I read somewhere that the cover received "bad reviews" but that it didn't affect the album sales.

SummonerXI 17th August 2016 04:21 PM

Okay, thanks a lot!

pedronekoi 17th August 2016 04:26 PM

What about the "appears" cover? Any reason why she's black in that cover?

SummonerXI 17th August 2016 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by pedronekoi (Post 3211426)
What about the "appears" cover? Any reason why she's black in that cover?

It was supposed to be "white ayu" vs "black ayu." That much I knew

attractive nausea 17th August 2016 06:03 PM

Queen of going against japanese expectations of women

LOVEppears and appears were released on the same day, maybe this explains why the covers are so similiar except for her skin color and some details, maybe it was just a way to distinguish the two

Evan Odinson 17th August 2016 07:02 PM

^^ Yeah, that makes sense, she looks good in both covers

EndOfTheWorld 17th August 2016 09:56 PM

Things online say that the topless cover was controversial but I don't think I have ever seen someone have a problem with it or say anything bad about it.
I believe the appears cover was supposed to be a light vs dark Ayu. I can't remember where exactly I read/heard that sadly.
When hitomi released her album Love Life and was also topless it caused slight backlash because it was similar to Loveppears, which was relased only a year before.

Party_King 17th August 2016 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by attractive nausea (Post 3211447)
LOVEppears and appears were released on the same day, maybe this explains why the covers are so similiar except for her skin color and some details, maybe it was just a way to distinguish the two

I think the same goes for SURREAL and Duty...

visionfactory 19th August 2016 04:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aderianu (Post 3211408)
about first question

Whoa. Thanks!!

Aga-chan 30th August 2017 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EndOfTheWorld (Post 3211479)
Things online say that the topless cover was controversial but I don't think I have ever seen someone have a problem with it or say anything bad about it.

It strikes me as weird indeed. We're talking about a country with a quite shady idol culture and gravure magazines being sold in convenience stores, not to mention otaku culture. Compared to some photobooks of other female singers and actresses the LOVEppears and appears covers are really tame. There's actually nothing really sexual about them, because her pose and everything is neutral.
Wasn't Ayu also the first female artist who released a photobook without her being half-naked? I think I read something like that back then.
I'd say the Sunrise/Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ covers are more controversial. LOL

Quote:

Originally Posted by EndOfTheWorld (Post 3211479)
I believe the appears cover was supposed to be a light vs dark Ayu. I can't remember where exactly I read/heard that sadly.

When she was on that one TV show she said that she had a complex because of her pale skin, so she decided to go with a darkskinned look or something.

On a sidenote, I've also read that she considered the Duty look for LOVEppears at first or something along those lines.

rusuke 29th March 2018 09:19 AM

I really like that album art than her too-much-pouting lips, I-am-so-cute covers. hehe


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