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Internet Cupid (Dance Cover) Trivia

March 6, 2017

– I think I’ve mentioned it before (probably multiple times?), but I didn’t really like Momo when I first got into Hello! Project. However, after seeing her in Buono! (and actually understanding her character), she became one of my favorites in all of H!P. I admire her very much and was happy to upload a dance on her birthday~.

– It took me forever to figure out how to get the pixel-y look for my outfit. I had a bunch of little squares of fabric cut out, but it was getting to be waaay too many pins to keep them in place, plus they didn’t want to stay lined up properly (with the corners meeting). Eventually, I had to pin only a couple of the large pieces of grouped squares on while using dress tape for all of the smaller squares.

– At one point, I considered pinning the squares to the pink belt/sash that I wore in my dance cover of “Sakura Mankai”… but that looked pretty terrible. 😄 orz

– Yes, I do have “pixels” going up my neck and on my arm and wrist. =)

– I wore the fabric choker not only for the look of it but to cover up the bug bite on my neck (this was filmed a day or so after I was bitten). (-__-*)

– The border was made in Paint and blue-screened in. 😄

… I think that’s it~! Thanks very much for watching and reading! =D

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 58~

February 24, 2017

Here’s what is (probably, most likely, not 100% but definitely up there) coming out in the next couple of weeks.

2/26 – Mind the Headphones Dance Challenge
2/28 – Surimuchan [Now] #16
3/3 – H!P Vlogs #9: How My Mom Remembers H!P Songs
3/6 – Internet Cupid (Dance Cover)
3/11 – Surimuchan’s Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions Pt. 2

I still need to film Surimuchan [Now] #16 and H!P Vlog #9, though. (^_^”)> It’s also possible that I will upload a video with the full Agent 36 series (just the “drama” clips) the following week, but I’m not sure about that one yet.

That’s all for this update~!

~ Surimu-chan

Outfit for Upcoming Internet Cupid Dance Cover

February 22, 2017

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internet-cupid-outfit

The 「Internet Cupid」 dance cover will be uploaded on March 6th. Not only is it Surimu Day (3/6), it’s also Momo’s birthday~! Her last birthday as a Hello! Project member… TT_TT I thought it was only fitting that I follow Momo’s part for a dance from a group that made me a big fan of her~. All of the songs from Buono!’s first album are super-amazing (and super-nostalgic) for me, but I remember 「Internet Cupid」 catching my attention early on. ^__^ Notice the Buono! member colors on my outfit! =D

Please look forward to the dance~!

~ Surimu-chan

~2016 Wrap-Up Post~

January 14, 2017

My year-end post is a little late. (^_^”) Here’s a quick breakdown (the split-screened and solo versions of “Magical Christmas” are considered two separate dances, and Up Up Girls (仮) is not considered H!P):

– I did a total of twenty-nine dances in 2016.
Three of these dances were original choreographies.
Five of these dances were MINI Clips.
Nine of these dances were non-Hello! Project dances.
Five of these dances were part of my “Agent 36” series.
– Of the twenty H!P dances, twelve of them were from singles/albums released in 2011 or earlier.
– Also, nine of the twenty H!P dances were album or coupling tracks (including “Iron Heart” for the °C-ute Dance Tribute).
One dance was one that had already been done previously.
– For each H!P group, I had the following number of dances – Morning Musume (any year) = 9; Berryz Koubou = 1; °C-ute = 2 (including the dance tribute); S/mileage/ANGERME = 2; Juice=Juice = 2; Country Girls = 1; misc. H!P (Buono!, Abe Natsumi, Mano Erina) = 3

Instead of giving a few comments for each video, I thought I’d just give a few general comments.
As far as my favorite dances, I was actually rather happy with the MINI Clips. They were each short and fun with something different (background, split screen…), so I still have fun watching them. The full dances though… orz Maybe I’m just being harder on myself than usual? I had had high hopes for “Shiroi Yuki no Princess wa” to maybe be another one of my “big” dance covers, but it didn’t do as well as I had hoped it would. (^_^”) I was pretty happy that I got a video uploaded on February 29th. 😄 “Daisuki Dakara Zettai ni Yurusanai” didn’t turn out too badly. I think I might have ended up liking the “Agent 36” episodes more than the dances that corresponded with them. 😄 orz “Party People Alien” was kind of fun. “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” and “Rival,” while okay were more of a relief to get done than anything, I think. (^_^”) I was super-excited with the warm reception for “Utakata Saturday Night!” ^__^ I feel a little bad about my °C-ute dance tribute; while I did work very hard to make everything work out and flow well, I can’t help but feel like it seems a bit rushed… because it kind of was. 😄 I only had, what, a couple of weeks or so to get it done in time for °C-uteの日. Just like with “Utakata Saturday Night!,” it was kind of exhilarating to be able to do a newer dance with “Oh my wish!” “Every Day Halloween” and “Magical Christmas” were fun dances to make because I got to be creative; “Every Day Halloween” will forever remind me of when I first got into watching wrestling because it has a bunch of references in the dance, and “Magical Christmas” was fun because I kind of love doing partially seated dances. =D I was proud of my improvement after I did “Kimagure Princess” again (ugh that first one… XD). And finally, “Kira Kira Fuyu no Shiny G” is a dance I had planned to do for Christmas for years, so it was nice to finally do it~.

So, basically… my MINI Clips were probably my favorites from my 2016 dances. I think I did more vlogs and “other” videos than I did dances (well, I definitely did), but that’s because I’ve been trying to upload at least once every week (which I have since the around the second week of October in 2015!!).

How about all of you? Which of my 2016 dances were your favorites? How about from my non-dance videos in 2016?

As far as 2016 in general… well, let’s just say I feel rather stupid about last year’s wrap-up post. 😄 What can I say… I was excited and hopeful, but then life just kind of slapped me upside the head. (^_^”) Thanks for continuing to put up with me~. =) (Also, it seems this is my 500th post on this blog~! =D)

~ Stephanie
“Surimuchan”

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! (Dance Cover) Trivia

April 26, 2016

– This is my 200th dance cover~!

– I’ve been meaning to do this dance forever, and that’s almost not an exaggeration! I like to make desktop wallpapers with a list of dances/videos that I want to do, and this one was on a wallpaper from June of 2010. O_O Also, if you go back to blog posts from that time (or somewhere around there), you’ll see that I was working on learning this dance and was actually really close to being done before I had to focus on the handful of requests I had gotten. IT’S FINALLY DONE~!!! =D

– This song is rather special to me, because it was the first Buono! song that came out after I started listening to them (though, to be fair, I think “Renai♥Rider” and their Café Buono! album has just been released not long before I started listening).

– This is the last Buono! single that has a dance shot version… but I refuse to stop dancing to Buono! … I’ll think of something!

– The outfit for this video took a lot of figuring out. At first, I was going to wear my navy blue blazer, but it’s such a dark shade that it actually looks like a lighter black color (that definitely does make sense; you’d know if you saw it XD). orz Then I considered wearing a black cardigan and adding white accents to make it look more like Momo’s outfit, but I decided against that because I wanted to keep the blue coloring in there. I thought about ditching Momo’s look altogether and just copying Airi’s outfit since I would have been able to match it better (kind of like how I wore something like Maimi’s outfit in my dance cover of “Momoiro Sparkling” even though I was following Airi’s part). In the end, I ended up using that blue vest that I love (… I just realized that I JUST wore that in “Party People Alien” XD) over a long sleeve white shirt (like Airi) with a grey-blue skirt and hot pink socks (like Momo). I also had a tie similar to Miyabi and Airi’s.

– I couldn’t help but wear a bunch of my buttons again because it fits Buono!’s punk rock look so well. The ones I wore were as follows: Rottara Rottara – Pink; Kagome; Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai; Brainstorming – Blue; ZIGG-ZAGG; Shugo Chara! Heart – Red; You Say “YES!”; and one that’s not up for sale yet, Kia Ora Gracias Arigato. =D

– I followed some of Momo’s advice for making movements cuter by bouncing more while taking steps and curving my fingers outward when bringing my hands together. 😄

– The most difficult thing about this dance was not so much a certain move but the order in which to do certain poses during the chorus. I actually wrote down “Momo’s Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Peace Pattern” on an index card: Both straight, right straight, both by face with left foot up, etc. O__O You can see a couple points in the dance where I take a split second to remember which pose is next. 😄 The real kicker is that I think they just did random poses that weren’t necessarily choreographed. (-_-“) 😄

– I have a habit of going “Ba! Ba! Ba!” when I do those arm swings (like the ones around 0:08). I tried to hold back when filming, but you can see that I did it a few times at least. 😄

– The hair tie on the pigtail on my right side was a bit loose, so my hair ended up looking a little uneven after a bunch of jumping around. (^_^”)

– This is the first time in a long time that I haven’t done any sort of practice filming before doing this dance. =D

– The crazy laugh at the end of the video was me being super-excited about finally getting this dance done. 😄

That’s all for this one~! I can’t believe I’ve done 200 dance covers! I was watching some of my older ones the other day, and I’m kind of proud of how far I’ve come. ^_^ … Speaking of which, I should really redo some of those dances someday; the old ones are pretty cringe-worthy. 😄 Thanks for watching and reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

~2014 Wrap-Up Post~

January 1, 2015

Well, it’s a bit late, but here’s my year-end post for 2014~. I had a very small number of dance covers this year, so I’ll just leave a quick comment about each one.

GO MY WAY!!
– I really do love doing iDOLM@STER dance covers~! They’re always so much fun! I really wish I would have picked a better outfit for this one, though; it’s much too similar to so many others that I’ve had. (^__^”)

What is LOVE?
– AAAAAHHHHH! This cover is very special to me, not only because of the crazy editing (that I’m rather proud of) but because this is the one that Haruna, Fuku-chan, and Sakura liked~. =D I still have the video of them watching and talking about it saved on my computer, and I watch it every once in a while when I’m not feeling too happy. ♥

Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta
– This is one of Berryz Koubou’s catchiest songs, in my opinion. As far as my video, I was rather happy with the desaturated look of it. I had hoped to do more split-screening for this one, but, sadly, it just wasn’t working out.

Gachinko de Ikou!
– One of the dances that I’ve had on my To Do List forever~!! I’m not 100% satisfied with my outfit, but… This was another one that I had wanted to do some split-screening in, but there wasn’t enough room to make it work. orz At least I got a chance to wear actual H!P merchandise in a dance! 😄

CRAZY ABOUT YOU
– This outfit was slightly outside my comfort zone, but the song was an early favorite, so I kind of wanted to do it justice~. Overall, I feel I could have done better on this one. (^__^”)

Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
– I was mostly pleased with this one, though I could have tightened up a few moves. I’m happy that I was able to show a more genuine happiness in this dance~.

SAMURAI GIRLS
– This was another one that had some complicated editing that I was (am!) really proud of. I’m actually quite fond of the outfits for this one (as well as the song and dance in general). This might be one of my favorites from 2014.

Ee Ka!?
– I was pleasantly surprised with the positive response this one got because I didn’t think it turned out very good at all. 😄 I suppose I kind of liked how the first half of the dance break turned out, and… that’s about all I have to say about this one. XDD

Berryz Koubou Dance Tribute ~ 10 Year Anniversary ~
– If you wanted to be super-nitpicky, I guess this would technically be my first attempt at choreography. It was quite a lot of fun going through all of their videos to find different moves to use. Thank goodness I did this before they announced their indefinite hiatus; I probably would have been crying through half the dance otherwise (well, maybe not quite). 😄

Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS
– I believe this one was also fairly well-received~. This is one of those rare videos of mine that I actually like. 😄 Again, slightly outside my comfort level, but I actually loved this outfit (along with the song and dance). Another favorite, I think.

Hajimete wo Keikenchuu
– This was my first outdoor HD dance… and that’s about all I can say about it. I found it rather forgettable, unfortunately. =( It was rather fun getting my viewers involved in choosing part of the outfit on my Facebook page, though! =D

Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni
– Love the song~. The outfit turned out rather well… My dancing could have been better at times. orz

Otsukimi Recital
– Love, love, loooove Fine & Tsurutei’s dances! I’m a bit sad that the two parts were slightly offset at times because of the super-slowdown on my split-screening computer, but I still really like how this one turned out~. ^__^

Happy Trap
– I’m actually not a big fan of this one. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that bugs me, but, the more I watched it, the less I cared for it. That’s pretty sad considering this was my birthday dance. T__T It probably had the most interesting background of my 2014 dances, though.

Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
– This was my silliest dance cover in a long time, and I love how it turned out! Some of the faces I make… 😄 Oddly enough, this was the dance that almost made me completely give up on making YouTube videos because I was in such great pain the first time I tried to record it. My rapid-fire failures that day led me to a short hiatus during which I seriously considered quitting. Luckily, I healed both physically and mentally and continued on my merry way~. When I finally finished this one, I was SO incredibly happy. It’s such an odd song to have so many deep emotions associated with it. 😄

-Winter Story-
– I hope I don’t sound too big-headed when I say that I am so incredibly proud of this one~. I didn’t spend as long as I thought I would creating a dance. I had tried making my own dance to a song a few years ago, but it was incredibly difficult; maybe my experience in writing tutorials made it easier and the fact that I’ve been expanding my dance repertoire probably didn’t hurt. This was another favorite~!

I guess that means “What is LOVE?,” “SAMURAI GIRLS,” “Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS,” “Otsukimi Recital,” and “-Winter Story-” were my top five this year, though “Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance” was high on the list, too~. How about you? Do you have a top ten? Five? One?

Thank you all, so much, for supporting me over the past year! I know I said I had a rough year in my 2013 Wrap-Up Post, but 2014 was even more brutal. Despite the terribly small number of videos I released in 2014, I continued getting comments, likes, and subscribers. Ah~, all of my lovely viewers~! If there was an official name for my splendid viewers, I would make a shirt that says, “I ♥ my (official name)!,” but there isn’t, so I’ll just stick with saying thank you~. 😄 I have big plans for 2015, but who knows what this year will actually bring? We’ll have to see~. I look forward to releasing fun, new videos for you this year, too!

~ Stephanie
– Surimu-chan

-Winter Story- (Original Choreography) Trivia

December 22, 2014

– As I’ve said a few times (I’m proud of it, okay?! XD), this is my first original choreography. I ran out of winter songs that had dances (at least clear dances), so I found a Christmas song that hadn’t been performed at all and decided to make a dance for it~.

– I started working on the choreography on October 30th and finished roughly two weeks later.

– To create the dance, I wrote out the moves I was doing as if I was writing a tutorial. I didn’t move straight through the song when coming up with dance moves; I created some moves to fit with the lyrics and others to fit with the beats. Once I got those ones done, I filled in the “in-between” parts to make the whole dance flow together.

– I believe the first move I came up with was making the Christmas tree shape during the chorus (during the line “Christmas for you”). From there, I had to figure out how to get my hands to the starting position for the tree shape, then I had to figure out where to go after I finished making the shape. (The very first move was determined very early on as well; it’s how I knew I wanted to do all three parts.)

– When making the dance, I worked on Momo’s part first, partially out of habit, but also because I had planned on having her part on the right side (left side of the screen), so a lot of the “waterfall” moves (first person moves, second does the same, third does the same) would start with her.

– The air guitar playing was decided rather early on because it seemed very Buono!-ish. 😄

– I originally had whomever wasn’t doing their solo moves during the dance break just kind of randomly dancing in place, but, after a practice filming, I found that to be too busy, so I went with posing instead.

– Did anyone notice that little nod I had to the dance for Morning Musume’s “Mikan” near the end of the song? =D

– I filmed them in order from left to right (from the camera’s point of view); that was also the order in which I made the “individual” dance moves (Momo, Airi, Miyabi).

– For Momo’s part’s outfit, I was going to wear a white beret and the silver scarf around my neck, but I didn’t think it looked enough like a Buono! outfit (they usually had a rather punk-rock look, at least while they were singing for Shugo Chara!), so I changed it up a bit by adding chains around the shoulder, fingerless gloves, and by wrapping the scarf around my belt and then pinning it up by my shoulder.

– This was the first dance in which I wore leggings. You can’t tell, but they’re black with white stars. I felt that, because you can’t really see the star pattern, the whole look was kind of ruined and out of place. orz

– The outfit for Airi’s part is my favorite. I added chains to the shoulder of my vest for that one, too.

– The look for Miyabi’s part gave me a bit of trouble at first, because I didn’t know what to do to set it apart. 😄 I had the red plaid scarf and the poinsettia (which is nearly invisible in this light/quality), but I didn’t know what else I could do to change it. I ended up cutting up and pinning a wide piece of black fabric around my waist to make it look like I had high-waisted shorts on. 😄 I actually rather like how it turned out~.

– I was happy with the little bit of “interaction” between Airi’s and Miyabi’s parts around 2:34. I always like to do that in my split screening if I have the chance~.

– I was panicking about finding a clip from one of the Christmas Douyou Pops songs for my ending video clip (because it’s been my tradition to use a short, instrumental clip from one of those songs for the end of my Christmas videos), because I couldn’t seem to find a clip that was long enough that didn’t have any singing. I ended up taking a small piece from the beginning of “Omedetou Christmas” and repeating it.

– The present at the end wasn’t even fulling wrapped; I only covered the top because I didn’t want to waste wrapping paper. (^__^”)>

– The wrapping paper was a matte silver background with shiny silver leaves/branches and sparkly red berries. It would have looked pretty, but the camera hadn’t focused completely, so the message at the end was blurry, which led me to desaturating the clip and adding a little film aging. I sharpened the picture at the very end so that it could be read more easily.

I think that’s it for this one~. ^_^

Well, everyone! it’s going to be an absolute circus for me for the next few weeks! More on that later~. Until then… an early and very Merry Christmas to you all~! Thank you for watching and reading!

~ Surimu-chan

ガチンコでいこう! (Dance Cover) Trivia

March 4, 2014

– I bought that teal beret (70% off!) specifically for this dance. I was kind of kicking myself for not buying one earlier, because there had been some pink ones, too. (^_^”)>

– You can hardly see it, but the pink pin I’m wearing on my vest is of the old H!P logo. A friend sent it to me last year along with a couple of Mano Erina pins~. =D

– My face is super-red because I had done the dance multiple times before I finally thought it was at least slightly satisfactory. … There are still mistakes, though… orz

– Because I was following Momo’s part, I decided to keep my pinky fingers up for a few different parts. 😄

– The “doki doki doki” part is one of my favorite parts of the song and dance; I always love fake trips and falls in dances. 😄

– For that same part, I had to stop in the middle of a take because, when I fell backwards, I fell a little harder than expected and slammed into the wall. I wasn’t hurt, but I started laughing, so I ruined the take. XDD

– I love the jumping~~~~! =D I also love the dance break with the random twirling and arm swinging (even though my mom said it makes her dizzy XD) and the tiny steps in a circle like I’m some sort of music box dancer. =)

– As I said in the video description, I had wanted to split screen a few parts in this dance (the individual moves during the dance break, “sou sou sou” and “doki doki doki,” and the spoken lines before each chorus), but I had the camera at the wrong angle/distance for split-screening, and I didn’t notice it until I had the video uploaded to my computer. By then I was too tired to attempt any more takes. orz

– It seems to me that I threw myself around too much for some of the moves because I was getting way too into the song. (^_^”)> Sorry for some sloppiness. m(_ _)m

– Not that it has anything to do with the dance, but I’ve been playing Bravely Default like a madwoman lately. 😄

That’s all for this one~. I hope everyone enjoyed it!! Thank you for watching and reading~. ^__^

~ Surimu-chan

~2013 Wrap-Up Post~

December 31, 2013

Here it is~! My year-end post! I only did twenty-two dances this year (not including tutorials, mirrored and/or slowed videos, and miscellaneous videos). Ah~… orz The following is just a few thoughts I had for each dance (listed in order of upload). I just wrote without really thinking, so it might be sort of… all over the place. 😄

1. MEGARE!
– I really love this song, and the dance is fun! Short dances always make me happy because… well, they’re short. I rather like the outfit for this one (except that the bow wouldn’t stay on straight and my shorts looked odd…). ^_^

2. Onegai Dakara…
– This is a fairly simple dance, but I love the song, so I’ve wanted to do this one for quite a while. Overall, I’m pleased with how this one turned out despite a few minor errors and some slight timing issues. The outfit was a little on the bland side. =/

3. Help me!!
– This was originally going to be an epic, split screened dance cover where I would have Riho’s part throughout while other parts would fade in and out (kind of like I did with my UP UP GIRLS dance covers except on a larger scale). That plan was abandoned when I realized I just didn’t have the time or energy to do it (which is sad because I had all of the outfits and split times/parts written out and ready). orz Anyway, this is a great dance, and I really love the song (it reminds me of Christmas, because I was learning the dance around Christmas time last year). The outfit wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t have too many options… (^_^”)>

4. Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.
– This wasn’t my most accurate, which is why I don’t really like watching it. That’s unfortunate, because this is probably one of my favorite outfits from this year’s dances. I really like this song and dance even though I messed up quite a bit… m(_ _)m

5. Be Genki <Naseba Naru!>
– I’m not sure if this one should really count for this year, because I actually filmed it last May (before I started working), but YouTube wouldn’t let me upload it until this year for whatever reason. (-_-“) The dance was super fun (yes, even the “directing traffic” arm movements during the chorus XD), and the song makes me really happy. And that outfit!! I have a cape~~!! I also really liked the bright primary colors combined with the mostly-black outfit.

6. Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama
– This was another dance that I’ve wanted to do for quite a long time (I can’t believe I had already started dancing when this song came out! WHAAAAAT…). Again, it’s a fun dance (that’s usually a prerequisite for me), and I especially love the dance break, but I feel like it would have looked better if I had been more stable on my feet. =( I suppose the boots do kind of make the outfit, though. Speaking of which, I suppose this was a nice outfit, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. Besides the boots, the new location for this dance cover got a lot of attention.

7. Brainstorming
– I love the dance battle and dance break for this dance! I was really happy with how the editing turned out for those parts. =D However, I am not happy with how flaily I was for parts of this dance. orz I also kind of wish I could have found red and blue outfits instead of black and white, because it seems like I’m always wearing black and white… That being said, I rather liked the outfit I had for Riho’s part. ^_^ The split screened sections for this dance are always fun to see, but, much like “Help me!!,” they were supposed to be more complicated and numerous. Lack of time boiled it down to a few seconds for each member’s part. orz

8. Asian Celebration
– I may go ahead and say that this was one of my favorite dances to learn this year. =D It’s just a really fun dance and an upbeat song, so I had a blast doing it. ^__^ The “vampire” move is probably still my favorite. 😄 I was mostly pleased with the outfit, though I wish the zebra print fringe would have been more pronounced.

9. Crazy Kanzen na Otona
– I was really, reeeaaallly wary about this dance, because some of the moves are a little more mature than I would like, but my love for the song and the rest of the dance eventually outweighed my discomfort at those few moves. As for the outfit… I rather like it, except for the fact that the shorts don’t look as purple on screen as they do in real life. (-_-*) How about that new location? Those of you who have been following me for a long time may remember this as the area I filmed my very first split screen attempt (super-short dance cover of “Sprinter!” which was only up for download). I’d like to try filming there more… as long as I can avoid the bees. 😄

10. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne
– Black and white again. 😄 There are a few hints of yellow, though, so I guess that helps a bit. I’m also wearing earrings, which is really rare for my videos. Overall, I was pleased with how this one turned out. I didn’t notice any super-glaring mistakes that will make me hate myself each time I hear the song (as is the problem with other dances I’ve done orz), so that’s a plus. The opening moves (not the immediate opening moves, but the ones just after those that are repeated later) are a lot of fun~.

11. Minimoni. Kazoe Uta ~Date Version~
– And here we have probably the best background of the year even though it was in my usual dancing spot. Whee~, a carnival! 😄 This was a cute one, but I always feel kind of silly watching it, because I can’t really pull off cute. 😄

12. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama
– This was one of my favorite outfits from this year’s dances. I’m a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to make a candy cane “microphone” for this, but at least I finally got this dance done! 😄 I’ve been meaning to do it ever since the song first came out. I rather like my energy for this one, and, of course, the tiny split-screened section.

13. LOVE Machine (Dance Collaboration)
– I always love watching collaborations I’ve done, because I think it’s so neat to watch someone who’s anywhere from hundreds to thousands of miles away dancing on screen with me. =D That being said, I’m very grateful to those who took part in this collaboration and very honored to have worked with them~. Thank you! ^_^ The dance itself, in my opinion, was fairly simple, so that left room for extra energy and, in some parts, creativity. As far as my outfits are concerned for this dance, they were all pretty generic, I guess. orz It was kind of fun to half-cosplay for that one part around 2:50 though. 😄

14. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai
– I… kind of love how the opening turned out (and all of the split-screened parts, actually). 😄 This dance took me forever to finish because there’s not much going on, so any mistakes I made would have been really obvious. orz I rather like how the black and yellow looked together for this outfit, but it was, again, pretty generic. Also, the chorus of this song is still one of my favorite things to sing~.

15. Ai no Gundan
– I was afraid that this outfit would look too much like the one I wore for “Asian Celebration,” but I guess the hat, boots, and jacket (as well as the lack of zebra print) make it different enough… As for the dance, I love doing the dance break for this one, but I didn’t do it well. orz I don’t like watching this one much, because I had really wanted to split screen at least part of it, but I didn’t have the time or energy to do so. There are a few obvious mistakes in this, too. m(_ _)m

16. Uppercut!
– This daaaaance~! I think this one has to be another of my favorite dances that I learned this year~. The outfit is probably one of the most boring, but I had so much fun with the dance, that I hardly notice. 😄 This has what is probably one of my absolute favorite dance breaks. =D I was also happy with the in-and-out split screening in this one; I had been wanting to do that for a while. ^_^

17. Barebare I LOVE YOU
– Whee~, all of the bright colors~! =D Again, I love this song and dance, and I was happy with how my dance cover turned out. I think the outfits and the split-screened sections were better for this one, while the dance might have been a little more interesting for “Uppercut!”

18. co.no.mi.chi
– I was really happy with the split-screened sections in this one; even though there were supposed to be more of them, I think it works out well with the amount I had here. The main outfit for this dance cover is another favorite for 2013. There were a few rough spots for my dancing, but it wasn’t anything too terrible. (^_^”)> I got a little nostalgic doing a Buono! dance cover again… ^_^

19. Tell Your World [Short Vers.]
– I think it needs to be said… this has to be my favorite outfit for this year, and it’s defiinitely one of my top five favorites for all of my dance outfits. ^__^ This dance cover as well… it has to be one of my favorites for this year. I love how the coloring turned out, the dancing wasn’t terrible (though I still spotted a mistake or two), and the length was perfect. 😄

20. CLAP HIP CHERRY
– This dance is really fun, and the song is adorable, so I’d say that it’s in my top ten favorite dances for this year, perhaps even top five (the dance itself at least). The outfit, while cute in a way, borders on my usual, boring choices. 😄 orz

21. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
– From this dance, I learned that I shouldn’t try to put my own spin on dances. orz I was rather proud of it when I filmed it (even without the split screening that I wanted), and I still love doing the dance break that comes just before the verses, but this one didn’t seem to be very well received, which makes me kind of dislike it, too. TT_TT The outfit at least looked kind of cool.

22. Wa~ MERRY PIN Xmas!
– The wintry background that I usually have for my Christmas dances was missing in this one, but at least I had a little bit of decoration. (^_^”)> To be honest, I was really happy learning this dance, because there wasn’t a dance shot to compare it to; that made it a little more difficult to figure out the moves, but also somewhat more relaxing. 😄 Maybe I should do more of the older dances/dances without dance shots to lower my stress levels. 😄 As with my Minimoni. dance cover, it was a bit strange for me to do this one, because I don’t pull off cutesy moves very well. The outfits weren’t Christmas-y in the least, but they went with the song’s theme, so… (^_^”)> While I liked the ending clip for this one, I think my favorite ending clip for a Christmas dance cover is probably the one after “Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru.”

Well, those are all the dance covers I did this year. I’ve kind of given up picking favorites anymore, because I have something that I like about all of my dances~. How about you? Do you have a top ten or five or three for the dances I’ve done this year? Is there one that you would have liked better in a different location or if it was split-screened? Please let me know~!!

Lastly, I would just like to thank everyone for sticking with me throughout 2013. I’ve had a pretty rough year, so the fact that you’re all still watching my videos and commenting on them (if YouTube lets you… (-_-*)) really makes me happy. (Speaking of comments, please check out the annotation that I added to my FAQ video in regards to comment replies.) Even after the long breaks between dances, even after I stopped making tutorials and taking requests, even after some sub-par videos, you’re still watching, and I can’t thank you enough for that~.

Though 2014 will probably bring some more changes to my channel and videos (some quite significant), I hope you’ll still continue to support me throughout the year~.

Thank you again, everyone, for all of your support, and I hope everyone has a great New Year~! ^__^

~ Stephanie
– Surimu-chan

co・no・mi・chi (Dance Cover) Trivia

October 15, 2013

– I can’t believe my last Buono! dance cover was a year-and-a-half ago! O__O

– See all those little stars on my outfits? (Well, maybe not, but they’re there.) Those were made out of white construction paper and colored with a silver Sharpie. I made forty-six stars total. I had originally wanted to use tin foil, but it crinkled way too easily (not that the paper ones didn’t get all crunched up… orz).

– The checkered fabric at the top of my socks for Momo’s part were simply wide strips of fabric tucked into my socks.

– The silver “belt” I have for Miyabi’s part is actually a scarf. Of course. 😄

– I had wanted to wear a different pair of boots for each part, but I quickly realized that those pair are the only ones that I can move in comfortably on carpet.

– I apologize for the somewhat strange timing during some of the split-screened parts, especially during the dance break. There wasn’t much room to work with for each part, so I had to try to stay in one place as much as possible. (^_^”)>

– I wasn’t entirely pleased with how the outfit for Miyabi’s part turned out (the mostly white one). I didn’t want any of them to have short sleeves, but I didn’t want to use the same jacket for more than one part, so I ended up just picking whatever. Meh.

– I’ve always been in love with any dance move that involves throwing an arm or leg back (I sure hope you know what I mean, otherwise I’ll just sound crazy XD). In this dance, it’s the arm swings in the beginning of the chorus when they say “kono michi.”

– I had to scrap one take because, for the move around 1:12, I would always hop from one side to the other instead of just bending my knees inward, so it looked rather sloppy. (^_^”)>

– I’m rather sad that the lighting got a bit messed up for Airi and Miyabi’s parts. orz

– It was impossible to avoid getting cut out at times for the split-screening. Airi’s part for the dance break was particularly difficult, because I had to stay in more or less one spot which just happened to be over both carpet and tile. I will admit that I fell over on a couple of takes when I tried to spin and ended up catching the edge. 😄

– Though I did brighten this video (twice) as usual, I didn’t increase the saturation this time.

– I think one of my favorite parts of the dance would have to be the part where all three of them point up and then put their hands in. I’ve always called it the “Three Musketeers” part. 😄

That’s about it for this one~. Once again… Happy Birthday, Mom~!! ^__^

~ Surimu-chan