All right everyone! I think I’m going to like this post a lot more than the last one just because I really like these sides of the calendar cards a lot more. I hope you all enjoy them too and let yourselves be taken in by Hey! Say! JUMP!
Okay, I remember turning Yamada’s card and seeing this picture. I was just like “…wow…” This picture is absolutely incredible from every angle possible so I guess I’ll start from the top and work my way down. His hair is looking friggin awesome, especially the color. I think that this picture really accentuates the colors and that adds to the cool side that the Hey! Say! 7 boys are portraying here. I know I bring this up a lot but I think it’s important. Look at his eyes and you can just feel something coming from them. Actually, I can see something very innocent and sweet in his eyes that I can really connect with. And I also like how his lips are slightly open. There’s just something very natural then works with the overall picture. That jacket is looking so cool that I want one for myself. I’m a big fan of purple so I’m really glad to see it there. Plus the jacket does a nice job of complimenting the white shirt. The chain is also a nice touch and draws your eyes for a moment. Well my Japanese isn’t strong enough yet to read what that says but I can make out some of the words: “tsurai toki wa…wo miagete” and then some more at the end. Well I’m sure whatever it says, it’s cute. So yeah, good job Yamada for owning this picture – it will be very hard to beat. He aced the other side too so he was just on his game that day.
Nakajima Yuto, who is the definition of love, is up next. Now after Yamada’s picture, it would be hard to stand out like that but that was no problem for Yuto! It looks like he’s channeling a sort of Mayonaka no Shadow Boy look with this picture and that was a good idea because he was looking great then (and now of course). I absolutely love his eyes here. They actually look a little bigger than usual and you can see so much life in them that they really stand out in the shot. As usual, Yuto is rocking the hair and it goes perfectly with the dark and cool concept of the shot. OMG, he”s wearing a tie!! You’ll have to excuse me because I have no idea where this sudden love for ties is coming from. First it was the blue ties from the other pictures and now Yuto is bringing it in black! Anyway, I just the tie just accentuates the whole look and adds to its sophistication. The color scheme is simple, just sticking to the black and white and honestly, that’s really all Yuto needs because he is looking hot in this picture. And let’s give a big thank you to Yuto for giving a message that I can message all by myself!! It says “365 hi, zutto boku no koto wo mitsumetete.” Score! I love reading Japanese so I’m glad that he gave easy kanji and stayed mostly in hiragana. So that’s Yuto’s picture and just like Yamada, he totally brought his best effort forward and it paid off. He also did a excellent job on the other side of the card so this is just an overall awesome card!
Up next is Chinen Yuri! Now one thing about Chii’s picture that I like after Yuto’s is that it takes the same dark atmosphere but moves it in a slightly different direction. It’s the blue tint to that makes it stand out and catch the audience’s eye so that was a well-played move. Going onto the picture itself, Chinen continues the trend of acing the shots because he looks very calm and cool here. His hair looks really good here. The bangs look good and I like that his hair is covering more of the right side of his face than the left. I don’t know why but there’s just something very likeable about his hairstyle in the picture. So I’m gonna have to bring it up in every picture but like both Yamada and Yuto before him, he’s giving it in the eyes, which makes for an intense look. You can see the light in them as well, which has a certain magic to it that makes you drawn to his eyes even more. And his lips look great too. The pinkness of them makes them stand out against the whole dark scene around him. Just like Yuto, simple colors work with Chinen and I’m loving the pattern of the shirt. It’s very stylish. And the little tie is a very nice touch – my eyes were drawn straight to it actually. Once again, thanks for giving me something I can understand in Japanese: “boku ga itsudemo soba ni iru yo.” It sounds like a song title or something, very sweet Chinen! So congrats Chinen for keeping up with the two boys ahead of you because that was no easy task.
Now we come to Ryutaro’s picture and although the other side of his card was kind of disappointing, he actually did a very good job on this side. There’s both an atmosphere of coolness and an atmosphere of innocence to this picture, which definitely stands out. It’s kind of as if someone just gave him a cool makeover and he’s just getting used to it, which is cute and really personable. The biggest point of innocence is really in his eyes, which look kinda big and sweet so don’t you just wanna give him a hug. His hair looks great too. Like some of it looks kinda messy, which adds to the coolness for sure. And also his skin is accentuated nicely as well, which is a true plus. Now I can’t tell if he’s wearing a hoodie or not but it looks kinda big so that’s what I’m guessing it is. Whatever it is, the jacket is hot and I totally want one for myself. I especially like the logo on the left hand side because it adds so much color to the outfit and it just looks cool. Assuming that is in fact a hoodie, I think it would have been nice to see the hood over his head. I just think it could have made a cool shot. Anyway, here’s what Ryutaro’s message says: “tsurai toki wa, boku wo omoide shite!” So it’s really similar to Yamada’s message since the first part is the same thing. So if “tsurai” means heartbreaking/painful, I’m not really getting the meaning of the message…like a painful time is thinking about me? Or something to that effct? Whatever. I’m just glad Ryutaro did such a good job with his shot and he should be proud!
Okay so if you look at Yamada’s, Yuto’s, Chinen’s and Ryutaro’s pictures and then look at Keito’s, don’t you just go “eh?” Now I was under the impression that the boys of Hey! Say! 7 were going for the cool route and the other four definitely aced that look. But apparently Keito didn’t get the message that they were gonna do cool because his picture sticks out like a sore thumb of the five. That being said, it’s still a nice picture but it would have been nice if he stuck to the style. His hair looks nice here…actually really nice. Okay now is it just me or does his face look a little chubbier here than usual. Maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me or something but I think it’s the angle of the picture because he doesn’t look like that in other pictures from the calendar. Well I do like the outfit, particularly the yellow on the inside of the jacket. It’s just so sunny and cute. The chain is a nice addition to the outfit too and it matches the whole color scheme. Okay…I’m not even gonna attempt and decipher that kanji…so…it has a nice and cute little music note at the end which only works perfectly with the cutness of the overall picture. Is it a good picture? Yeah, I guess. But does it match theme cool theme? No. And that’s what’s kind of annoying. I think he could have done something great with the cool look…and it doesn’t have to be dark to be cool. I mean just look at Yamda’s shot, which was both colorful and cool so…
So basically what I think they were trying to do was switch up Hey! Say! 7’s look and Hey! Say! BEST’s look. Like the younger boys went for a more mature look while the older boys went for more of a cute look. Now luckily, Yabu has the ability to look both sexy and cute so it’s no problem. Usually, I love Yabu’s hair but in this picture, it’s a little off for me. I don’t know…I think it would have looked nicer if it was straighter. It’s just a little too all over the place for me…But yeah, my problem with the picture has nothing to do with Yabu but how the shot was done. First, there’s no back setting. He’s just in front of a white background. I feel like the theme would be pushed better if he was like outside on a sunny day or something. I mean, anything happy would have sufficed. And you can’t really see any of his body in the picture. A pose can just make a picture all the better and you can’t see anything that he is doing. I’m assuming that he is crossing his arms. I actually don’t know why I thnk that but I have an overwhelming feeling that that’s the pose he’s doing. Well…from what you can see, it’s a great picture. I like the simplicity of the clothes and how they just look so natural. His smile looks so cute here and it’s really representative of the sweetness of the picture so score Yabu!!! And I appreciate his message just being in English: NO JUMP! NO LIFE! So basically, without Hey! Say! JUMP, there isn’t life!! Yabu is so dedicated to his group that it’s so cute!! Aww, Yabu cutie!!!
Hikaru is up next and he follows the cute theme from Yabu perfectly! Now I had to really think about if Hikaru was going to be able to bring cuteness like the other boys but I was pleasantly surprised. Look at this picture and say that you don’t think Hikaru-kun is cute. It’s a combination of the eyes and the smile that just makes the picture for me. There’s just such a great sweetness in his eyes, which look so inviting. It’s like he wants you to be his friend (aww kawaii!). It’s hard to describe just how nice Hikaru’s smile looks but it really does communicate the theme of the picture perfectly. As I’m sure you all know by now, I’ve had some issues with Hikaru’s hairstyle in the calendar but in this picture, it looks great. It just looks more controlled and they should have kept this style for the entire shooting of the calendar pictures. And even though you can’t see much of his outfit, I like it and think the black is a nice compliment to his hair. Again, what’s going on with Hey! Say! BEST’s background scenery? He’s just in front of a wall or something. Now so were some of the boys of Hey! Say! 7 but there’s supported the look (like Yuto and Chinen) so that’s a different case. I’m not gonna try and figure out his message but I can read the first word: “utsumukazu…” But yeah, good job Hikaru-kun for looking cute!
Continuing the trend of kawaii-ness is Takaki Yuya! I think he’s very good at giving the cute look and thinking about it, I remember when I first got into Hey! Say! JUMP, I thought he was always going to be the cool one. But it’s been evident that he’s a child at heart and that’s why this picture just works. Before I say anything else, can I just thank whoever is responsible for making backgrounds for giving Takaki one! After Yabu and Hikaru’s shots, I was beginning to think that they just weren’t gonna do any. So it makes me happy that he got one. His hair looks kinda feminine here…and I guess it usually looks like that so what makes it look different here? I think it’s accentuated by the pose. Speaking of the pose, it’s great and it makes him look very friendly and approachable. His smile is infectious and his teeth look so white, which is awesome! Now I have to give him a shout out for such a fashionable and pretty scarf. It matches his shirt so everything is just tied together perfectly by color. I think all of the boys got a chain or something and it always looks good so yay for that. I can’t make out the kanji in his message but I’m sure it’s something very sweet that would make me go “awww.” So score for Takaki bringing the cuteness to the max on his picture and following the theme without question.
The following boy is one of my favorites, Arioka Daiki! Now I think something happened with Keito’s and Daiki’s shots because if you look at Hey! Say! 7’s shots and Hey! Say! BEST’s shots, these two boys’ pictures look out of place. It looks like Keito belongs with Hey! Say! BEST and Daiki belongs with Hey! Say! 7. With that being said, I absolutely love Daiki’s picture. Seriously, this is the definition of a good picture from every angle. As usual, Daiki’s hair looks amazing and it matches the atmosphere of the picture very well. And his eyes…oh his eyes. I could just look into his eyes and like never look away. Like Chinen, you can see the light in his eyes and it makes the picture all the better. And also channeling Chinen, his lips really stand out. The pinkness catches my eye and don’t you just wanna kiss them! (hehehe). Anyway, his clothes look amazing and he looks very stylish. Again, I can’t tell if it’s a hoodie or not but I really want that jacket. I’m licking the black and white color scheme but there’s more of a pattern to the jacket so it doesn’t stay so simple. Ah, I can’t make out the kanji! But I’m sure Dai-chan’s message is absolutely adorable. So score, Daiki did an awesome job on his picture…just…wow…
Finally we have Inoo Kei! Now as I’ve said numerous times, Kei is extremely photogenic and it’s no problem for him to own his shots. Well, usually…now I like this picture and it has a background shot (so yay!) but there’s just one thing that bugs me. The right part of his hair just looks weird to me…and it’s not like horrible or anything but it’s just really distracting…seriously…it’s weird because the other part of his hair looks good so that’s not a problem…But his face looks good with a sweet smile and loving eyes. Clothes-wise, the picture is a win and they look very stylish so points for that. I like that he’s wearing red because the color spices up the shot and serves as a contrast to the brown and white of the background. I’m sorry but that hair is seriously distracting…it’s hard to really love the picture because my eyes just keep going to it, which sucks. Anyway, I like his chain and whatever is on the end of it has some color to it that nicely matches the jacket. Okay…his message is filled with kanji that I don’t understand so me understanding any of that is completely out of the question…but I would have really liked to know what he was saying. So I like his picture and I would have liked it sooo much more if the hair wasn’t so distracting. Damn you hairstylist! First Hikaru’s messed up hair in other calendar schots and now this! When will it end!!!!
Okay, we have the group shots left and I hope you enjoy them because it’s always cute to see the boys together. Chinen looks absolutely adorable with his hands in his pocket and his hair looks great too. I think he owned his shot. And Keito looks awesome too! He has his arm around Chinen and he looks like he’s going to protect him. I actually like that he’s not smiling because it gives that cool edge. Yamada, center-stage as usual, is looking great. Hands in his pockets and that look in his eyes that makes you go “woah!” Now I think Yuto kinda looks like Hikaru in this shot…I think it’s the hair…but he still looks great. And even Ryutaro looks absolutely adorable as well, which is a great way to round out the shot.
And the final picture of the calendar cards is the Hey! Say! BEST group shot. Now who’s shot is better: Hey! Say! 7’s or Hey! Say! BEST’s? Sorry guys but I’m gonna have to go with Hey! Say! 7’s. I just think it looks more together…if you get what I mean. But this is a good picture too! Takaki is looking particularly sweet and I like that his hand is on his stomach, I don’t really know why but it looks cute. Yabu looks like he’s going for the sexy look with his body stretched like that. Oh Yabu, of course you’re sexy. His face also matches the sexy element, particularly in his mouth. Hikaru looks a bit strange to me and I can’t put my finger on why but that’s just how it looks. I do like the black-and-white shirt though. OMG, Kei-chan!!!! Kei looks amazing! His smile is absolutely adorable and the outfit is complete win! Holy crap, he just looks so great!!! And Daiki looks like such a cutie-pie! His face is the definition of cute and even though his clothes look a little too big for him, I think it adds to the cuteness. Kinda like he’s wearing someone else’s clothes…but I’m not gonna say who…
First Place: Yamada Ryosuke, Nakajima Yuto and Arioka Daiki
Second Place: Morimoto Ryutaro
Third Place: Chinen Yuri
LOL at the three-way-tie for first place. It was a hard decision and I think overall, everyone did a very good job. These are definitely the better side of the cards and I wish there were like posters of these or something…
So the actual calendar pictures will be coming soon!!! They’re great so get excited!