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ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~ (Dance Cover) Trivia

February 14, 2017

– I filmed this dance on January 22nd (I love getting videos done early)~.

– I wanted to dance to this ever since the song came out, so I was really sad (and/or irritated XD) that there wasn’t a dance shot for it. Luckily, I could see the dance well enough in the live performances and music video to piece it together.

– That outfit was ridiculously warm. O__O I was wearing three tops (a tank top, the red shirt, and the white sleeveless shirt on top) and three skirts (two red ones under the white one for added fluff).

– I added a red frill, a large red bow, some ribbon, and heart and diamond shapes to the outfit as well as a hair accessory in an attempt to match Manakan’s outfit. … I rather like how it turned out, actually.

– The background is made up of two blue sheets, two black, plastic tablecloths, construction paper stars and a moon, and two fold out cityscape backgrounds that I bought from the party section of a store. 😄 Again… I rather like how it turned out (cheap as it looks XD).

– I really felt like the video needed a little more red to tie into the outfit, so I added the “curtains” on the sides and in the intro/outro. I thought they looked kind of cute~. ^_^

– I couldn’t help but do Momo’s crisp stepping. 😄 That’s actually how my mom remembers this song: the one with “Momo’s walk.” 😄

– I pointed right at the moon around 2:24. … Pretty proud of myself. 😄

That’s all for this one~. Thanks for watching and reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day~!

~ Surimu-chan

Outfits for Upcoming ムキダシで向き合って and ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~ Dance Covers

January 27, 2017

As I said in the previous post, I’ll be posting outfit previews on here before I put them on my Facebook page from now on (or until I change my mind, at least XD). So, here are the outfits I will be wearing in my dance covers for Morning Musume。’16’s 「ムキダシで向き合って」 (Mukidashi de Mukiatte; officially translated as “Confront with Bare Nakedness,” but I think the projecthello.com translation of “Face It With Frankness” is better (^_^”)) and Country Girls’ ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~(Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Muchuu; “Ran Ra Run ~Crazy About You~”), respectively.

mukidashi-3

mukidashi-de-mukiatte-outfit

The 「ムキダシで向き合って」 dance cover will be uploaded on February 1st. I followed Eripon’s part for the dance.

ranrarun-14

ran-ra-run-anata-ni-muchuu-outfit

The ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~ will be uploaded for Valentine’s Day on February 14th. I mostly followed Manakan’s part for the dance. (Look! I even got Manakan’s pouting pose from the music video in one of my pictures! XD)

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 56~

January 25, 2017

What’s this?! An ~Update~ post?! The last time I made one of these was… over three-and-a-half years ago! O__O So, what the occasion? … Nothing really. 😄

That poll that I posted the other day had the results I expected (even though the turnout was pretty abysmal orz); it seems most people know about my new videos through YouTube (subscription notifications, I’m guessing?) as opposed to it being shared on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else. However, there were still votes for Facebook and Twitter, so it looks like my original plan (to stop using the two altogether) wouldn’t be the best idea. (^_^”)> I was a little sad to see that no one mentioned Instagram or this blog, because those were the two things that I was always going to keep. 😄

Anyway, you may have noticed that I made a few updates to the Surimu☆Channel blog. On the side bar, you can now search my blog for specific words (try typing in “cheese balls” or “botan” or “chipmunk”… can you believe they all have results on this blog? XD). I’ve also added my Twitter feed on the sidebar (though I usually only post links to my videos on Twitter… (^_^”)), and (I’m rather excited about this one) I changed the Archives to a drop-down menu~! SO much better~.

Well, since you have been kind enough to visit my blog (which holds a special place in my heart, because I had it long before my Facebook page or Twitter or Instagram or a Wiki page and before I was doing tutorials or vlogs… where was I? XD), I’ll let you in on a little something or two… I’ve already mentioned a couple of times that this blog is the first place that I post my dances after they’re uploaded (even before I officially make them public), but I’m also planning to make it the first place to find out what videos/dances are coming up next. =D That being said, here’s what you have to look forward to in the next few weeks:

– January 30th – Surimuchan [Now] #15
– February 1st – Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Dance Cover)
– February 14th – Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Dance Cover)

A few things to note: I’ll only mention upcoming dances that are already done being filmed. I just finished filming “Mukidashi de Mukiatte” a little over an hour ago, and I filmed “Ran Ra Run” super-early in the morning this past Sunday (the new header on this blog already shows the outfit and background for that one~). I’ll get full outfit preview pictures up on here for both dances before I put them up on Facebook.

I also plan to have something uploaded between the two dance covers, though I’m not sure what yet. I could do another Terrible Auto-Caption video or a Vlog Blooper video… maybe I’ll get another MINI Tutorial done by then… who knows? I may also eventually put the entire Agent 36 series into one video (just the “drama” parts); I’m debating as to whether or not I should do a commentary or just do a trivia post like usual… *shrug*

So! How’s that for an update? =D Thanks for reading~!

~ 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”

ためらいサマータイム (Dance Cover) Trivia

July 20, 2016

– This video was filmed on July 4th.

– This was not a flattering angle of sunlight for me; I didn’t realize how deep-set my eyes are. 😄 orz

– I didn’t lip-sync the whole song for a couple of reasons: 1) I didn’t know all of the lyrics 😄 (I didn’t listen to this song all that much until I started learning the dance; what was I thinking?!) and 2) the wind would occasionally pick up and drown out the music, which was always nerve-wracking; I couldn’t tell if I was still in time with the music. O__O

– I was going to wear the blue skirt that I wore for dance covers like “Shortcut” and “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!,” but I decided that the bright white would look nicer against the green background.

– I left in a little birdsong in the beginning and end~. ^_^

– You can see something fall in front of the camera around 1:18 (seemed too heavy to be a leaf… a bug?!).

– This was the first time those shoes were worn outside.

– Though it looks incredibly similar to my usual white skirt, it’s actually a brand new one~.

– For my “promo” pictures, I took over sixty pictures (including a whole bunch of jumping ones). Eighteen of these pictures will be available for download at the beginning of next month~.

– I’m totally not used to having so much space to dance in… and I’m used to knowing where my filming boundaries are. That’s why I kept moving further and further back… I thought I might be getting cut off in the video. Ahahaha… I guess not. orz 😄

– And now for the most interesting piece of trivia! First of all, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in, so I couldn’t see all that well. Well, after I finished dancing (while I was taking my “promo” pictures), my dad came outside near where I was dancing and said, “Look at this!,” so I put my glasses on and went over to where he was… to see a huge pile of guts on the ground. So I ran back over to my camera (gagging the entire time), and my dad threw the guts in the woods. He thinks it was probably what was left of a rabbit or something after an owl got done with it. I think the flies that were attacking me while I danced were probably hovering around that. It was only about TEN FEET to the left of the camera and I didn’t even notice because I was so focused on getting the dance done! XDD Professionalism! Or maybe inattentiveness! XDD

That’s all! I hope that last fact doesn’t spoil this song/dance for anyone.(^_^”) Thanks for watching and reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

~2015 Wrap-Up Post~

December 31, 2015

It’s time for my year-end post~! I got a few more done this year than last year; I was happy about that! Here’s a quick breakdown:

– I did a total of twenty-three dances this year.
Three of these dances were original choreographies.
Four of these dances were non-Hello! Project dances, two of which were my most popular uploads for this year.
Nine of these dances were done in the last four months of the year (after I had quit my job).
Five of these dances were Berryz Koubou covers, four of which were done in the first three months of the year due to their indefinite hiatus.
– Not counting original choreography, for dance covers with other H!P group songs, I had the following – Morning Musume (including ’14) = 4; °C-ute = 2; S/mileage/ANGERME = 1; Juice=Juice = 2; Country Girls = 1; misc. H!P (High-King) = 1.
Two of these dances were part of my “Agent 36” series.

So that’s how that worked out. =D Now I’d like to give a few comments for each video~.

Nijiiro Miracle
– I actually really enjoyed something about this one, though I’m not 100% what it is. Maybe the fact that this was the last video I did before I got braces? orz This is one of those dance covers that makes me miss my long hair because it was totally cooperating for this video. 😄 (Too bad most of my iDOLM@STER videos are still unavailable in the US. (-_-*))

Dschinghis Khan
– This was learned for the only collaboration I did this year, so that makes it special in one way, and it was also the first dance I did after I got braces. I remember not lip-syncing most of the song because I was having such a hard time getting used to the feel of the braces. orz 😄 Actually, this was also the first outfit that I took multiple pictures of after the video, but I never did post them because I was still reluctant to show off my braces. (^__^”)

Heroine ni Narou ka!
– I actually reeeaallly like the outfit for this one along with the weird, crimped sort of style of my hair (that’s called the “putting your wet hair in a braid and not taking it out for two days” hairstyle XD). This was the first dance voted for in the Berryz Dance Cover polls that I did in late 2014, so it reminds me of that, too, because I’ve always loved seeing the results for polls on this blog, though I don’t usually get many votes. 😄 (Also, I know I still have one more dance cover left from those polls… but it ended up being part of a project, which is why I’ve held off on doing it. ^_~)

Ooki na Ai de Motenashite
– Well, there’s a hairstyle I’ll probably never attempt again. 😄 I actually thought the overall video looked cute (no pun intended), but I was really worried about how it would be received, because I’m obviously no Sayu or Momo or… anyone else who worked the mega-cutesy angle. orz 😄

Towa no Uta
– AAARRRGH, the feels! TT_TT I did so much work on this one! I mean, I actually filmed everything in front of a green screen first, and then re-filmed everything when the green screen clips didn’t work out… and I didn’t even go into despair-mode like usual! 😄 Even more than my original choreographies or my most popular dance covers this year, I think this was my most ambitious video of 2015. I learned some of the dance backwards so that I could flip it and make the room look bigger! I did the entire dance for ALL SEVEN parts! The more I talk, the more egotistical it sounds… but I am honestly so proud of what I achieved with this video! If only I could have fixed the quality on some of the editing, it would have been almost perfect, but I still feel like putting this dance cover on my “Crowning Achievements” list. ♥

Shining Power
– I was surprised by how good a fully red outfit could look. 😄 This was always one of those dances where I was like, “Yeah, I’ll do that one… eventually.” I’m not sure when I would have actually gotten to it if it hadn’t been voted for. 😄 That being said, I actually really liked how it turned out! ^__^

Okochama Sensou
– Here’s one of the big ones! I think this has been my most popular dance cover since…  “What is LOVE?” maybe? It’s already overtaken “Spring Shower,” “galaxias!,” and “Hello/How Are You” in terms of views! =O I had a lot of fun tweaking this one and acting out the sibling rivalry in the dance, so I’m happy it’s doing so well~. ^__^

Renai WARS
– This has to be my favorite of my original choreographies this year~. I always love interaction being worked into dances, and this song was perfect for that, so I had a lot of fun fighting with/teasing myself in this dance. 😄 Also, you know, the fact that the songwriter tweeted my video (and retweeted my tweet linking to the video!) only helped its case. =D

10 Carat no Kirameki
– I couldn’t believe that this had never been performed live, but it worked out better for me, so I’m not complaining. 😄 I might actually go out on a limb here and say that this was my favorite outfit from this year, and, if not my #1 favorite, definitely top five. There are some points in the dance that I wish I could improve, but there were other points that actually really liked, so it all balances out~. =)

Black Butterfly
– The dance itself has a good balance of flowiness and snappiness, so that was a fun combination to attempt. This is one of those dance covers that I don’t know if I’d really be like, “I want to watch this one right now!,” but, if it happened to be on, I wouldn’t mind watching it. 😄 I kind of liked how this outfit turned out~.

Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
– I had wanted to do this one since it came out, but I had the same sort of feeling about this as I did with songs like “Nanchatte Renai” and “Sakura Mankai,” which is, “If I do badly on this video, I don’t know if I can forgive myself for ruining such a wonderful song.” 😄 Though it definitely wasn’t one of my stronger dance covers this year, at least I don’t feel like I ruined it. 😄 This was also the first dance cover I did after having my two baby teeth removed, so I remember trying really hard not to smile because I was embarrassed. (^__^”)

Chotto Ikashita PURE BOY
– The song itself has a lot of special memories associated with it (I even named my H!P blog after it~), but the dance hasn’t quite reached that level of sentiment yet. 😄 Although this video was rather complicated in terms of editing, the dance itself was rather simple, which was intentional, but also a bit disappointing. orz I feel like it wouldn’t look too bad with an actual group of eight people, but one person spaced out kind of sterilized the fun feeling a bit, in my opinion. =/

Shouganai Yume Oibito
– I finally got another one done from my “Surimuchan’s H!P Medley Challenge” list of videos! XDD This was another song that I didn’t want to wreck with a bad video. Again, I felt it wasn’t my best, but I don’t hate it. And I didn’t ruin the song for myself. 😄 I suppose this was a good dance to do for my last dance cover with super-long hair at least.

Shortcut
– I had this one planned for so long! =D I will admit to snickering quite a few times with this dance, not only while learning the dance and knowing what it was going to be used for, but also while reading the comments after I uploaded the video. The reactions… 😄 I thought this was a cute outfit, too. It’s something that I wish I had the confidence to wear outside of the house. 😄 You know, I don’t think I’ve ever worn any of my skirts outside of my dances. It’s kind of a shame…

The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~
– I love the technicality of °C-ute’s dances, which is why it’s so disappointing that they have so many dances with moves that I’m not comfortable with. TT_TT I find it funny that this was the first dance cover I did after quitting my job; some of the work-related gripes that are in the lyrics may or may not have applied to me… 😄

Romance no Tochuu
– The scavenger hunt video~! =D This was a song that I was on the fence about dancing to for the longest time because of some of the weird movements, but I got over it and really enjoyed doing the dance. ^__^ Still a little sad that I couldn’t do a three-person dance break due to lack of room, but that’s neither here nor there, I guess.

Cinderella\Complex
– Soooo happy to finally be able to do this one! Memoriiies~! 😄 I was still in school the year it came out, but, because it came out in the summer, I had a chance to watch the video and listen to the song a billion times… and learn just the arm movements during the chorus. 😄 I remember really loving the “rolling version” of the music video. As far as my dance cover, I really liked the outfit and was quite proud of how close I got it to the original. The dance itself made me feel so cool. =)

Twinkle
– I started watching this video to see if there was anything I wanted to mention for this one, but I ended up getting distracted and only watching the video; it’s already half over as I’m typing this! 😄 This song and dance is just so happy~! I will forever be in love with てぃ☆イン!’s choreographies~. As for my video, I really loved this outfit and was happy with the background and my dancing, so I’d say that’s a win! =D

Happy Halloween
– Heeere’s the other big one! I honestly have to wonder how popular this one would have been without all of the Ib references… but that doesn’t matter now! =D I love the headless mannequin. 😄 I was happy that it worked out as well as it did. This video was just all-over fun from the costumes, sets, and props, to hyping it on my Facebook page for the preceding week, to the dance itself. Good times!

Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne
– I actually thought this one turned out pretty cute, which is why I’m kind of sad that I uploaded it while H!P videos were still blocked in the US. I think it definitely hurt the stats for the video. =( I wanted everyone to see and love Old Lady Surimuchan! TT_TT … 😄 Okay, maybe not, but I still liked this dance cover~.

Password is 0
– Awww yeah, Agent 36 begins! =D Two things immediately came to mind with this dance cover: 1) how long it took me to learn the fast movements in the first twenty seconds of the dance and 2) the disappointment I felt after I realized that I wouldn’t be able to do it in my taller black boots because it hurt too much to jump in them. Oh wait, 3) how UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED I was when H!P videos were made available again~! (*^__^*) I was going to wait until I had all of the Agent 36 stuff filmed (like, EVERYTHING) to start uploading them, but I was so excited that day that I decided that I didn’t care about it being on a regular release schedule; I had a dance ready and I wanted it up to celebrate~!!

ThePeace!
– I didn’t realize just how weird the Agent 36 tie-ins would look until I did this dance cover. 😄 I have so many good memories with this song (along with the other “classic” MM songs), so it was great to do the dance for this even though it didn’t have a dance shot~. Not to mention the fact that I got to wear a costume that was a tad bit silly for it. 😄

Romance wo Katatte
– It didn’t hit me until just now that the first and last H!P dance covers I did this year were for Berryz songs. O_O I actually have the giant, $160, first press limited edition version of their last concert (a hugely surprising gift from a friend), but I haven’t watched it all the way through because I’m still in denial about their hiatus (or, let’s face it… graduation orz). 😄 Anyway, I was pleased with this dance cover: dancing, outfit, surprise ending, and all~. ^__^

I didn’t really choose any favorites, because there was something I liked about all of them~. How about you guys?

► Is there any dance cover that you particularly liked this year? Top five? Can you put them in order from least to most favorite? ◄

As always, thank you all so, so, SO much for your support for the past year~! I couldn’t do it without you~! I dealt with so many different things this year: getting braces, having surgery, putting on a scavenger hunt~, leaving my job, realizing the extent of my anxiety, making the decision to bring tutorials back, challenging myself to post on YouTube every week, losing H!P then getting it back… Lots of stuff~, and you were watching my videos the entire time~. Thank God for that, and thank God for you! Your support honestly means a lot to me. ♥ Aaaand now I’m crying. 😄

Going into 2016, I’m a lot like I was when I started my YouTube channel: no real direction with my real life, an almost empty bank account, and no clue how things will turn out… but I’m going to look at it as a fresh start. I’m going on an adventure~! It would mean a lot to me if you came along~! ♥

Thank you, and have a Happy New Year~!

~ Stephanie
– Surimu-chan

わかっているのにごめんね (Dance Cover) Trivia

November 19, 2015

– I’ve had this dance learned for… I don’t know how long… since late September at least. O__O

– The wedges I wore for Chisaki’s part were KILLER on my feet. Ugh. orz

– The Loki hoodie I’m wearing for Mai’s part was a birthday gift from last year~.

– I have that same skirt in at least half a dozen colors; it’s actually the same style of skirt I wore for my dance cover of “Twinkle” (with a different color, obviously XD).

– The white “belt” I have on is actually just a strip of white fabric pinned together. Of course. 😄

– The white belt I have for Risa’s part is actually my thin silver belt turned around.

– The dress I’m wearing for Momo’s part was originally going to be for Chisaki’s part, but I figured it would look better for the “old lady” part. 😄 Also the glasses for Momo’s part were fashion/non-prescription glasses I bought from the kids’ section of a store a long time ago. I knew I would use them eventually! 😄

– For the main part, I had to put some bobby pins in my hair to keep it out of my face. They slipped way down by the end of the dance. orz

– I had to put some foundation on one side of my neck and just above my right ankle to cover up some redness (I think it was a stress reaction on my neck; a particularly nasty bug bite was on my leg). =(

– This is the first dance cover that I’ve had to upload multiple versions of right away (regular and slowed). Thanks a lot, YouTube Red. (-__-*) Here is the link, in case you’ve missed them:
US viewers can watch this dance cover by going to Settings on the video, then changing the speed to 2. – https://youtu.be/pf3lM9hNvPo

That’s all for this one~. I hope everyone enjoys it (and is able to watch it somehow… orz).

~ Surimu-chan