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Old 13th March 2021, 11:44 AM
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The first time I listened to Haru yo koi on my way home from work and I was like "what is that?" just because it was so different from what I expected it to be after watching the preview last week. So I listened a lot more times to it and watched the music video and I am just happy with it Ayu looks beautiful and I personally really like the dancers and their dancing.
Everytime I listen or watch I have to smile and enjoy the song
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Old 13th March 2021, 11:48 AM
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The first time I listened to Haru yo koi on my way home from work and I was like "what is that?" just because it was so different from what I expected it to be after watching the preview last week. So I listened a lot more times to it and watched the music video and I am just happy with it Ayu looks beautiful and I personally really like the dancers and their dancing.
Everytime I listen or watch I have to smile and enjoy the song

Exactly. Her kimono costume in the music video was so beautiful. It reminds me of her wearing a beautiful red kimono costume in the Panasonic Lumix FX9 commercial.
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Old 13th March 2021, 12:01 PM
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Just saw this funny behind the scenes clip on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyoko_6221/statu...233370629?s=19
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Old 13th March 2021, 12:13 PM
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Sorry for the double post but Haru Yo, Koi is at #9 on the Oricon daily digital songs chart. For reference, the song at #3 sold 1,538 downloads.
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Old 13th March 2021, 12:38 PM
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So, I don't know if you guys remember, but back when I was in high-school there was an artist called "edwardgan" I think, who did Ayumi Collections in Anime/Manga-style. This is like 15 years ago and I don't know if he is still around, but even back then I wanted to do something like that and used his art as reference.

That said, I never really pursued the Anime style so I lack both confidence and knowledge when it comes to digital art. However, i thought A BALLADS 2 is a good starting point. The style is probably very similar, but not nearly as good. I did not look up his art again but you will probably still find it on deviantart.

The plan is to do one for every song on the album someday and to get in more practice. I "finished" the first one today, after I started it yesterday late. It has a lot of flaws, but I rather want to get in more practice before I revisit it and clean it up.

Feel free to critic me in any way. I'm more of a color-block artist, so my style is not as defined as some may like it when it comes to shading - but as said, I hope they get better.

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Old 13th March 2021, 01:22 PM
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^That's actually a very interesting style. I am not familiar with it, but the whole point of art is not similarity to an original, but emotion. I kind of like your depiction of Ayu's face expression, and the fluidity of the piece is lovely. Looking forward to see more in the future.
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:26 PM
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tracklist

No way to say
CAROLS
HEAVEN
Together When...
You were...
momentum
fated
BALLAD
Secret
MOON
Zutto...
forgiveness
Virgin Road
JEWEL
how beautiful you are
Ohia no ki
Days
beloved
Moments
walking proud
rainy day
Curtain call
Memorial address
Love song
aeternal
HOPE or PAIN
Life
untitled ~for her~
SAKURA
TODAY
Haruyo koi
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:29 PM
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^That's actually a very interesting style. I am not familiar with it, but the whole point of art is not similarity to an original, but emotion. I kind of like your depiction of Ayu's face expression, and the fluidity of the piece is lovely. Looking forward to see more in the future.
thanks! I will do the other HyK outfit next




Disc 4 now has all PVs btw

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Old 13th March 2021, 01:34 PM
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DVD(DISC-4)
01 No way to say (video clip)
02 CAROLS (video clip)
03 HEAVEN (video clip)
04 Together When... (video clip)
05 You were... (video clip)
06 momentum (video clip)
07 fated (video clip)
08 BALLAD (video clip)
09 MOON (video clip)
10 Zutto... (video clip)
11 forgiveness (video clip)
12 Virgin Road (video clip)
13 JEWEL (video clip)
14 how beautiful you are (video clip)
15 オヒアの木 (video clip)
16 Days (video clip)
17 beloved (video clip)
18 Moments (video clip)
19 walking proud (video clip)
20 rainy day (video clip)
21 Curtain call (video clip)
22 Love song (video clip)
23 春よ、来い (video clip)
24 momentum (ayumi hamasaki Special SHOWCASE ~Xmas Eve 2020~)
25 Together When... (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2018-2019 A(ロゴ) -TROUBLE-)
26 TODAY (TA LIMITED LIVE TOUR 2016)
27 Love song (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2018-2019 A(ロゴ) -TROUBLE-)
28 Moments (第55回NHK紅白歌合戦)
29 JEWEL (第57回NHK紅白歌合戦)
30 Virgin Road (第61回NHK紅白歌合戦)
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:42 PM
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So everything with a PV got one in the rare disc and Love song from CDL TROUBLE is on there along with Virgin Road Kouhaku perf?

Very nice tracklists so far!

I hope they put some making stuff on for Haru at least!
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:44 PM
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two videos with making from the news
https://yadi.sk/i/jQGFiOQ1zpNl7A
https://yadi.sk/i/r8Kbg9D2R-6obQ
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:46 PM
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^Thank you so much for sharing those!
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:47 PM
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Feel free to critic me in any way. I'm more of a color-block artist, so my style is not as defined as some may like it when it comes to shading - but as said, I hope they get better.

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I like it! It is not what I expected when you said anime/manga style, which is a good thing. I already feared it might be to clichť, like eyes way too big and cute. The only criticism I have would be that something is bothering me about the shape of her face, but maybe that's me. But other thab that, good work!
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Old 13th March 2021, 01:55 PM
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I’m late to the party but just listened to Haru yo koi. It’s simply amazing. I loved everything about the song and PV, it’s just pure perfection. I also love the singing technique she uses now, screaming finally went away (specially on i sounds that were painful to the ears). I don’t think A BALLADS 2 represents the idea she shared with us on TA at all (returning to Ayumi Hamasaki) but Haru yo koi definitely does. I really hope this marks the beginning of a new spring in Ayu’s career and we get to see more of it in the (not so far) future.

Track list wise, I think it flows pretty well, even though listening from beginning to end would be very tiresome for me, don’t think will ever happen. Also as much as I wanted to purchase the limited edition, the content is not worth it at all for me. Haru yo koi is awesome but not even a making of on the DVD is a shame... if only the content for the extra DVD would have been different it would make a purchase really worth it, she has tons of unreleased concerts, even a nations, that could have made the video content for the release really attractive. But PVs again... I already own all of them, and more than once lol So yeah, saving my $$$ and hopefully the next album comes sooner than expected.
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Old 13th March 2021, 02:00 PM
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It's possible they'll still announce it since we know that the footage exists. They're like piecemeal revealing new stuff every week, next week could be LE goods stuff?
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Old 13th March 2021, 02:01 PM
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okay, so no rearrangements confirmed! disappointed but oh well, they were never promised anyway.

I'm kind of glad that they decided to stuff the second BluRay/DVD with the corresponding video clips because that's definitely much better than just six clips of so-called ~rARe~ performances that everybody on this forum have seen before.

also I agree that the making-of for 春よ、来い should have been included. (in a future NEW ALBUM perhaps?)
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Old 13th March 2021, 02:06 PM
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It's possible they'll still announce it since we know that the footage exists. They're like piecemeal revealing new stuff every week, next week could be LE goods stuff?
Maybe! I though so too, since there are a few weeks left until the release.

don’t know if there’s is any Spanish fan who will recognize this, but this is literally me after watching the new PV https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iOE91sYIdG0
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Old 13th March 2021, 02:10 PM
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They also confirmed that the 30 older songs were remastered by Randy Merrill who had mastered Adele's 25 among a lot of other big name releases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Merrill

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Old 13th March 2021, 02:16 PM
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the tracklist makes so much sense now. The mood really flows
Though i would think HOPE or PAIN fits in part 1 better
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Old 13th March 2021, 02:28 PM
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They also confirmed that the 30 older songs were remastered by Randy Merrill who had mastered Adele's 25 among a lot of other big name releases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Merrill
thank you for this. I hope the remastering is good, especially for songs like forgiveness and śternal. the noise at the beginning is so annoying.

I just checked the old thread for the LOVEppears/appears 20th Anniversary and turns out it's not the same person:

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DISC 1 and 3
Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto


Shigeo Miyamoto has worked recently mastering Do As Infinity and Aikawa Nanase albums.
He previously worked with ayu on mastering MADE IN JAPAN, A ONE and sixxxxxx

DISC 2 and 4
Mastered by Rena Koyanagi (form THE MASTER)


This one is a typo should be from THE MASTER. She used to release a CD series for Avex under the name THE MASTER.
Rena Koyanagi masters mostly Ai Otsuka albums.
She previously worked with ayu on mastering the ayu-mi-x 7 series
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