The best kind of birthday present is one that you give to yourself.
Japan K-Pop releases in early July just happened to have the best ever combination of groups releasing within days of each other, so I bundled them together into one delivery of awesome!
I buy my Japan K-Pop through HMV – not only do they have an extensive and thorough catalog, their shipping is SUPER fast and always supremely well packaged. I’ve never had a bent or damaged CD yet. They might be slightly more expensive than CD-Japan, however I earn a lot pf points with them that I redeem to cover the shipping of subsequent orders… This is how my never-ending stream of deliveries is justified… Japan is bankrupting me I swear!
So yes, I absolutely bought all versions of SHINee and Infinite and restricted myself to just one of VIXX (though I am now VERY tempted to add the group version to another order).
Apologies for the photos – it’s late at night and I’m working at the moment. Boo having to earn money to fund this addiction!
SHINee – Lucky Star – Standard Edition
Also known as the cutest single EVER!
The standard edition is a CD-sized album. It comes with a photocard (1 of 6 random) and postcard (1 of 6 random). I got Taemin and Onew!
Inside is a small photobooklet with 12 pages of images and lyrics – it’s head shots of all group members posing super cutely and some group shots as well. For those wondering – YES they are different to the Limited Edition.
The CD has the single ‘Lucky Star’ and B-side ‘Bounce’
SHINee – Lucky Star – First Press Limited Edition
This was seriously so adorable! The limited edition is a DVD sized release with a perspex slip cover (printed with stars – sooooo cute!). It also comes with a postcard (1 of 6 random) and photocard (1 of 6 random). I got Onew and Key! Inside is a 28pp photobooklet and case with a CD and DVD.
The CD has the single ‘Lucky Star” and B-side ‘Bounce’ and the DVD has the full PV (yay!!) as well as a super adorable ‘making of’ featurette. This is not subbed in English, but you don’t really need a translation!
VIXX – Darkest Angels – A Edition (N) – First Press Limited
This album has 7 versions! One for each member and a group version. So hard to choose OMG! In the end I went with my bias N 🙂
This is a square album – slightly larger than a standard CD. It has a clear perspex slip case, CD/DVD case and 52pp booklet that has images from several of their Korean photoshoots for previous albums. It also came with a group postcard as well as a photocard (1 of 6 random). The photocard is the larger ‘Japan-size’ which juuuuust squeezes into a photo holder.
This is a full album with 16 tracks and the DVD contains 10 MVs (all Korean versions). This is an album release purely for the Japanese market – VIXX have not re-recorded their songs in Japanese, so there’s nothing new here. This is really only worthwhile if you like collecting!
Infinite – Last Romeo -Kimi ga Ireba Ii (Standard Edition First Press)
The Infinite albums are all exceptionally presented! The standard edition has a slip cover that has foiling and also comes with a photocard (1 of 8 random) I got Hoya! Again these are the larger type photocards.
The photobook is the ethereal white outfits where they all look like their floating or ascending 🙂
The CD has the title track ‘Last Romeo’ as well as ‘僕という人’ (Boku toiu Hito) and Nothing’s Over (Japanese Version)
Infinite – Last Romeo -Kimi ga Ireba Ii (Type A First Press Limited)
Suuuuuper pretty!! It’s about the same size as a DVD and comes with a 16pp photobook as well as a CD / DVD combo. The photobook slides into the left hand side and is hidden.
These photos are of the Japan outfits from the MV remake!
The DVD has the PV as well as a making of featurette
Infinite – Last Romeo -Kimi ga Ireba Ii (Type B First Press Limited)
Edition B only has the single, but the 52pp photobook is absolutely gorgeous! This is from the same photoshoot as their second Korean album and it’s a very high quality print with lovely paper.