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~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. XD “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. XD 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. XD 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. XD 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”

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パーリーピーポーエイリアン (Dance Cover) Trivia

April 9, 2016

– Actually, it didn’t take me too long to learn this dance. It was the same situation that I had when I learned “Happy Synthesizer”; I loved the song and dance so much that I didn’t mind practicing it incessantly until I finished learning it.

– As I mentioned in the video description, I did this dance as well as the video editing with my right pupil dilated. Though there was slight improvement in the inflammation in my eye, I need to continue using the drops to fix it completely, and I need to use some other drops to keep my pupil dilated, which means the vision in my right eye stays blurry.

– I spent three days trying to film this, but it never worked out on the first two days. A couple of takes were particularly upsetting because the camera had shut off less than a minute into the dance, but I didn’t notice (because I couldn’t see that far) so I did the entire five minute dance before I realized it wasn’t filming. TT_TT I also had problems with the tripod moving slightly and messing up the split screening. orz Finally, today, after lots of re-figuring and praying, I was able to finish filming. ^__^

– I had originally planned on having most of the dance split screened with a handful of triple split screens, but it just wasn’t working in my favor, so I had to go the “Uppercut!” route and have less split screening.

– I was hoping that my socks would allow me to do the moonwalk-type move a little better, but the carpet was just too rough for me to move as far as I needed to with that move (when I did it in “Bad Apple!!,” I didn’t need to move as far or as quickly) , so I had to just sort of step instead. =(

– I didn’t realize it until I went to change into a different outfit, but I was wearing one of my yellow socks inside out for Akari’s part. XD (Also, ARGH, Movie Maker turned the yellow into gold again! orz)

– I didn’t have any red socks, so I took some hot pink ones and Sharpied “(仮)” on them in red. … Not that you can see it in the video… XD orz

– The (仮) sunglasses I have are actually just regular sunglasses with “(仮)” stickers on the lens. XD Because there were stickers directly on the lenses, that meant that my range of vision was even MORE limited; it was almost like a blindfolded dance challenge. XD orz

-I wanted to do something different for the “Make some noise!” line, so… yeah. That’s what I came up with. It’s certainly different… XDD

– I was wearing buttons from my Etsy shop for all of the parts~. They were corresponding colors (though I only had one orange and one purple, so I had to wear some black buttons, too).

– For some reason, I don’t find the alien pose as ridiculous as the “Renai Hunter” pose even though they’re pretty similar. XD

That’s all for this one~! Thanks for watching and reading~! ^__^

~ Surimu-chan

サバイバルガールズ (Dance Cover) Trivia

March 29, 2016

– This is my first UP UP GIRLS (仮) dance cover in almost two years, which is insane because I love their dances so much. O__O

– I filmed this March 12th into March 13th.

– After filming all of the parts, I was devastated to see that the main part was slightly blurry. I tried filming it again the next day, but sore legs (that chorus is killer XD) and the fact that my left ear was constantly popping (sinuses/allergies?) made it too difficult for me to do over. orz Instead of refilming the dance, I ended up taking a few pictures to explain my problem; those pictures were compiled into one silly explanation picture that actually got a lot of attention on my Facebook page. Maybe I should take pictures of scary-faced Surimuchan threatening to throw tables more often… XDD

– It drives me insane that the ticking in the beginning starts on the second tick, and the ticking at the end ends two ticks before I thought it should. That’s in the actual dance! ARGH. … I should have just changed it…

– I had wanted to do more split-screening during different parts of the song, but I ended up staying with just the chorus, because that was not only the easiest part of the dance (so I wouldn’t need to learn a bunch of new parts) but it was easy to stay in one spot to accommodate the split line. Still wish I could have done more with this though…

– At first, I regretted following Konatsu’s part because I didn’t think the pigtails would tie in well with Agent 36’s character. However, I added that little part to Episode 5 to incorporate the hairstyle, and that ended up being probably my favorite part of the episode. XD

– The wristbands from my “Uppercut!” dance cover are back~!

– My sweet (36) hoodie? Yeah, that was paper taped onto a plain black hoodie. XD The design was inspired by UP UP GIRLS (仮)’s “(仮)” jackets.

– I hadn’t wanted to do this dance for a while, because a couple of the moves weren’t really to my liking (the head twirl while on my knees and the move near the beginning of the dance break just after I stop stepping in place), but I got over it because there are other moves that I really like (the foot sliding, the rest of the dance break, and especially the leg kicks before the chorus).

– During the choruses, the part furthest to the right on the screen looks faded because I was super-close to one of my lights.

– When I went down on my knees for the head twirl, I just dropped instead of lowering one knee at a time like they did because I preferred it to be on that single beat. That ended up leaving black and blue marks on the inside of both knees the next day. (^_^”)

– I’m not 100% sure why I felt like rushing the camera at the end was a good idea… but I kind of liked how it looked. XD

That’s all for this one~! I need to rest my eyes now (or at least the one, because I have white blood cells leaking from the iris of my right eye O___O). 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! XD

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. XD 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). XD

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. XD 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… XD 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. XD

-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~. XD 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

SAMURAI GIRLS (Dance Cover) Trivia

May 11, 2014

– I loved this song/dance from the get-go. =D I saved the LASER version dance video to my computer the day after it came out~. My mom had actually hoped I could get it done for her birthday, but I had been working on a handful of others at the time, so I wasn’t able to do so. (^_^”)>

– I had gone with Akari for the main part because she was the only one that didn’t do the strange, hip-thrust kind of move during the second verse. It wasn’t until quite a while later that I realized just how much she sings and, consequently, stands in place. XD I eventually figured I would have to cut a couple of her parts from the dance completely (for example, near the beginning with the robotic movements, she was mostly standing there because she had a solo); however, for the second verse, I just incorporated most of the others’ moves into her part so that I had something to do. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t doing much for the first twenty seconds or so of the dance. orz

– I love the “puppet master” moves during the opening and closing dance sections. =D

– As per usual, my outfit accents are strips of fabric that are pinned to my tank top. XD

– I was originally going to just have the scarf pinned around my neckline and then partially woven through my belt loops, but I figured the pinned fabric strips would look better. (^_^”)>

– You can’t see them for the most part, but I have a second tank top on under the black one for each part’s respective color (except I had to use white for purple; apparently, of the billion tank tops I own, I don’t have a purple one).

– I couldn’t find the lyrics for this song anywhere, but, luckily, I got my copy of UP UP GIRLS (仮)’s second album (which includes this song) a few days before Mother’s Day. ^__^ I spent some time figuring out the romaji for the solo lines during the choruses, but that’s all. (^_^”)> Any other time I lip-sync is mostly guessing. XD

– My favorite part of the song is probably Azusa’s solo just before the second chorus (around 2:35). I find that part getting stuck in my head randomly quite often.

– I actually practiced parts of this dance with a sword, but I didn’t have enough room to swing it very freely, and I didn’t really want to encourage potentially dangerous dancing, so I left it out completely. (^_^”)>

– I began filming the parts for this dance at around 3:45 AM on Friday and completely finished editing around 3:45 PM. Except for a short trip into town around eleven o’clock, I was working on the video the whole time. By the time I went to sleep, I had been up for about twenty-two hours. O__O

– I hardcore, super-love the sound effects at the end of the song! =D

That’s all for this one! 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. XD

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. XD 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. XD

10. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne
– Black and white again. XD 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! XD This was a cute one, but I always feel kind of silly watching it, because I can’t really pull off cute. XD

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! XD 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. XD

14. Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai
– I… kind of love how the opening turned out (and all of the split-screened parts, actually). XD 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. XD 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. XD

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. XD 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. XD Maybe I should do more of the older dances/dances without dance shots to lower my stress levels. XD 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

バレバレ I LOVE YOU (Dance Cover) Trivia

October 14, 2013

– This was the first song from UP UP GIRLS (仮) that I really wanted to do a dance cover for. When it first came out, I was really excited about all of the kicking and jumping. XD It took me a while to finally get their album, though… (^_^”)>

– This was the first UUG dance that I chose a part for. I was determined to learn Azusa’s part because of the pretty, slower part of the song and the “CHUU♪” at the end (which felt as embarrassing as it looked). XD

– When I first edited this video together, my Vista Movie Maker would change the color of all of Azusa’s part’s solo clips; the orange would turn into a bright red. O___O To remedy this, I had to save the entire solo dance as a .wmv file on my old computer and then re-edit the dance cover to use the color-fixed clips.

– I had more split-screened parts planned, but they wouldn’t fit in well with the already-filmed full dance, so I had to leave a few of them out.

– One part that I had to film quite a few times was actually the “trip” just before the “CHUU♪” near the end of the song. I wanted it to look like I was sort of falling out of the wall, but most of the takes looked to flaily. orz I also tried putting one foot on the wall and launching myself off, but I always ended up too close to the camera. XD

– I was originally going to leave my hair down for all seven parts (because I thought the color change was enough), but I ended up changing my hairstyle each time, too.

– I’ve had this dance cover done for a little over a week, but I wanted to wait until now to upload it, because, as I said in the video description, this is an early birthday present for my mother. =D I’ll be uploading another dance tomorrow for her birthday~.

– A few days after I filmed this, I found out that I got the promotion that I had interviewed for at work~. ^__^

That’s all I can think of for this one at the moment~. I hope everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for watching and reading!

~ Surimu-chan

アッパーカット! (Dance Cover) Trivia

September 16, 2013

– I originally wanted to do a week long UP UP GIRLS (仮) dance cover marathon, but I haven’t had time to learn all of them, and I didn’t want to wait forever to upload them. (^_^”)>

– I had also originally wanted to do “Going My ↑” first, because there is a reference to it in the lyrics for “Uppercut!,” but I decided to record and upload this one first, because I just really love it. XD

– The jump-roping, head-swinging, punch-sliding dance break is one of my absolute favorite dance breaks. The uppercut move is also an awful lot of fun to do! =D

– It was always my intention to include all of the members at one point or another for any UP UP GIRLS (仮) dance cover I do. Let’s hope I can keep to that!

– Besides the wristbands, I changed my hairstyle for each member’s part. Otherwise, I didn’t change anything about my outfit.

– I wanted to wait until I had all of the lyrics memorized, but, because my schedule is going to be pretty busy over the next few weeks, I decided to get it done while I still had time. ^_^

– Whatever that blue dot on the wall is, I want it gone! I know it’s not really noticeable unless you’re looking for it, but whenever I move past that area of the room it goes right in front of my face. (-_-“) I’m not sure if it’s from something in the room, or if it’s my camera… orz

– As usual, this was a bit of a pain to edit because of the short length of the clips that were added in. (^_^”)> The timing still seems a bit off at times, but, after rendering it eight times, I decided to call it good. orz

– It seems I didn’t turn my left fist each time I pulled it in (during the dance break), which is funny because I always thought I did during practices… ah, well. XD

– This is the first dance cover in quite a while that doesn’t have a fade in from black or white (not for lack of trying… it just didn’t want to work (-_-*)).

– If you like this song, please check out UP UP GIRLS (仮) official channel (and subscribe because it’s honestly a travesty that I have more subscribers than they do O_O): http://www.youtube.com/user/upupgirlsofficial.

– I filed this under both “Misc. H!P Songs” and “Non-H!P Songs” because UUG members used to be H!P Eggs, but now they’re just part of Up Front… (^_^”)>

I can’t think of any more for now, and I need to be to work at 4 AM, so good niiight!

~ Surimu-chan