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The Hunger Games VS Battle Royale

I’ve just watched The Hunger Games and can’t help to compare it to a cult Japanese movie, Battle Royale, like many people do. Both movies are about a game/competition requiring the participants to kill each other until only one person is left. My first thought is that to people who have watched and are actually enjoying Battle Royale, The Hunger Games is just a child’s play.

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Ayumi Hamasaki ~addict~

Ayumi Hamasaki is one of my favorite Japanese singers…or should I call her diva.

Check out this playlist I made and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her like I do…^^


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Music Playlist at MixPod.com

Track List

  1. Part of Me [lyrics]
  2. Rainbow [lyrics] found in the album A Ballad
  3. SURREAL ~evolution~ (live in Taipei) [SURREAL lyrics, evolution lyrics] SURREAL found in the album Duty, evolution found in the album I am…
  4. Endless Sorrow [lyrics] found in the album I am…
  5. Mirrorcle World [lyrics] found in the album NEXT LEVEL
  6. Real Me [lyrics] found in the album Rainbow
  7. Ourselves [lyrics] found in the album Memorial Address
  8. Marionette [lyrics] found in the album GUILTY
  9. Ladies Night [lyrics] found in the album miss(understood)
  10. Startin’ [lyrics] found in the album Secret
  11. STEP you [lyrics] found in the album miss(understood)
  12. Rule [lyrics] found in the album NEXT LEVEL
  13. Momentum [lyrics] found in the album Secret

My Review on…

Part of Me

The video is very beautiful. Ayumi wears two types of kimono which looks really epic to me. The story of the MV is about a girl who was sacrificed, and then she gets reincarnated. The song gives me chills whenever I hear it.

Rainbow

Ayumi looks very cute in this video. She wears some kind of coat and mini skirt which change colors during the MV (first she wears pink, then it changes into red, orange, and lastly white). The concept of the MV itself is quite cool. Firstly, Ayumi is being stalked…and then there’s this (really cool) scene where she splits herself into two and she chases this other self.

SURREAL ~evolution~

This live performance is great; the choreography is cool and energetic, the outfit is also cool. Ayumi wears a gold dress which makes her ‘shine’, plus her wavy blond hair she looks really beautiful.

Endless Sorrow

We won’t see much of Ayumi in this MV. The story is about a boy who lives in a town where speaking is forbidden. One day he finds a white feather fall from above, and he decides to climb a tower in order to find the origin of the feather. The MV is very touching and heart-warming.

Mirrorcle World

Ah…I don’t have much to say about this one. The MV takes place in Paris, and there are these Caucasian men in black attire which look like secret agents. They seem to ‘hunt’ Ayumi. Ayumi wears several outfits here, starting with a (grey?) trench coat, black corset, red gorgeous dress, and white dress.

Real Me

Set in a future dance factory. You can anticipate a lot of dancing in this MV. It’s really futuristic. Ayumi’s make up is so glittery. Near the end of the MV, we will see Ayumi leading a group of girls dancing in colorful dresses. This looks really nice though the choreography is not too energetic.

Ourselves

Ayumi gets into her car and she’s suddenly warped into another place where there are these creepy looking people who have no expression on their faces–and their faces look similar. I like this MV because it gives off a creepy psychotic aura…

Marionette

Ayumi and her male dancers act as marionette dolls in this MV. They dance around (the choreography is really cool) on a caroussel while their hands get attached to strings. Ayumi wears a cute white dress, contrast to the male dancers’ black tuxedos.

Ladies Night

Another creepy MV where Ayumi wanders down the corridor of a hotel, trying to get into a room. Beyond each room is different kind of creepy scene. In the end, Ayumi meets her other self which has no face. She freaks out and runs into the elevator, having no idea that once she gets inside, the ceiling starts to crush down on her. In this MV Ayumi wears a cute mini dress of pink and blue. She also wears a blue leg warmers and she brings a white cat doll–talk about cute overload!

Startin’

There are two young men chatting in a record store, and behind them the TV is airing a music program featuring Ayumi Hamasaki. But all of a sudden, the real Ayumi goes through a wall of the store, shocking the two young men. In this MV Ayumi wears a butterfly-shaped pink shades that looks a bit funny (I think) but it suits her fine. She also wears a yellow biker outfit that looks like the one Uma Thurman wears in the movie Kill Bill vol.1.

STEP you

We will find 4 versions of Ayumi in this MV. Each one represents different woman’s personality: glamorous, girly, cute, and bitchy (sorry, that’s just my way of saying it because I don’t know a more appropriate term). I really like the outfit for the cute one…it’s an adorable white dress..I wish I have one like it! ^^ There’s no dancing in this MV, but the concept is nice and you won’t get bored watching it.

Rule

Awright…this is the soundtrack of Dragonball Evolution. The song is full of energy, and so is the MV. All of Ayumi’s male dancers get involved in this MV.

Momentum

I intentionally put this MV last because the story is so sad. It’s about a girl who stands alone outside, in the middle of snow, when everyone is inside their own houses. We will be thinking “Why does nobody care about her?” during the MV, but in the end…it turns out that the girl has passed away, and only her spirit still lingers.