Yajima Maimi Blu-ray “Ways” Review

Maimi’s latest Blu-ray has now been released. Maimi is an incredibly charming and beautiful idol so who wouldn’t want to spend one hour and seventeen minutes (approx) in her company?

Okay one place I wouldn’t be too keen to share her company is on a plane. Not because she’s sleeping but because the sight of a grown wota gripping the seat while shaking back and forth and suddenly finding religion isn’t the impression I’d want to leave. But at least Maimi seems to find flying a peaceful experience…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.00.11_[2015.01.16_15.37.22]

But if she needs meeting at the airport and driving somewhere I’m your wota!

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.00.47_[2015.01.16_15.38.18] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.03.23_[2015.01.16_15.38.57]

There’s a fairly lengthy section on the coach with Maimi talking direct to camera. It’s clear that even though this Blu-ray fits the “image release” type of description it isn’t going to be all silent (unlike Maimai’s last one for instance).

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.05.57_[2015.01.16_15.39.21]

Once we reach our destination there’s the usual Maimi walking around to instrumental music thing…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.07.36_[2015.01.16_15.39.39] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.08.58_[2015.01.16_15.40.14] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.08.59_[2015.01.16_15.40.19] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.10.52_[2015.01.16_15.40.29]

Albeit with a distraction courtesy of these cats that Maimi stops and talks to. A woman surrounded by lots of cats, happily talking to them…I’m sure usually the woman is a lot older although also single…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.13.27_[2015.01.16_15.41.01]

Eventually Maimi wanders off into the distance. Where to next? Why the beach of course…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.13.39_[2015.01.16_15.41.21] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.35_[2015.01.16_15.41.49] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.43_[2015.01.16_15.42.01] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.45_[2015.01.16_15.42.07] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.47_[2015.01.16_15.42.14] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.49_[2015.01.16_15.42.20] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.14.51_[2015.01.16_15.42.26] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.15.10_[2015.01.16_15.42.51]

The traditional stripping to a bikini shot. Sensual and breathtaking and not at all slightly pervy. Well okay maybe a bit pervy but at least it’s in a good way. I mean man or woman, straight, gay or bi, you can admire the beauty. And when it comes to beauty not many idols can compete.

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.16.03_[2015.01.16_15.43.17] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.16.48_[2015.01.16_15.43.32]

Following the beach it’s back into the coach…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.24.08_[2015.01.16_15.46.34]

Maimi needs to eat something. Looking at her abs I’m guessing she’s really careful about what she eats…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.24.28_[2015.01.16_15.57.24] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.24.29_[2015.01.16_15.57.30]

So that’s probably a ham and cheese bagel and not just a big hamburger. Right? Hmm…it sure looks a bit hamburgerish. I bet Maimi is so awesome she can just eat anything and still keep that figure. Just what you’d expect from Tsunku’s genetically-modified super-idol. Well that and the fact she must work-out a lot.

Time for another of those long slow-mo musical image bits. This time Maimi attempts to look captivating while wearing an odd hat. It’s like crossing a wedding hat with a fruit picker hat…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.26.26_[2015.01.16_16.02.05] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.31.37_[2015.01.16_16.02.26] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.33.33_[2015.01.16_16.02.50]

Up next is another bikini image section. It’s big. It’s long. And yes I am talking about the length of the section thank you very much! And by “section” I am talking about the Blu-ray chapter! Tsk!

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.36.42_[2015.01.16_16.05.35] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.37.14_[2015.01.16_16.05.45] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.37.52_[2015.01.16_16.06.10] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.37.57_[2015.01.16_16.06.19] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.38.00_[2015.01.16_16.06.26] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.39.30_[2015.01.16_16.06.33] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.40.45_[2015.01.16_16.06.40] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.42.23_[2015.01.16_16.06.53] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.42.51_[2015.01.16_16.07.00] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.46.31_[2015.01.16_16.07.25]

On the one hand, as I remarked in my Momusu Alo-Hello 7 review, I do feel silent image DVDs are a waste of all the personality the idol has. The soft focus slo-mo also gives a feel that this is almost softcore porn. Yet this Blu-ray does have a lot of talking sections too which helps give a better, more balanced feel to the release. Plus Maimi is someone who you can just watch for a very long time with a feeling of mesmerised awestruck reverence. Watching her walk around, lie in the water or just stretch out on some rocks feels like a very soothing experience. Sort of like a more uplifting version of those DVDs you used to see advertised that were an hour of fish swimming around a big fishtank. Remember them? “Can’t have fish of your own? Need to relax? Turn your tv into a fishtank!” Maimi is a bit like that only with added spirituality given by the fact you are watching an angel walking amongst us. Plus when watching you also can’t escape the knowledge you already have of the idol. She may not be saying anything in these segments but we already know all about her personality. We know she’s this happy, athletic, funny, sometimes a little absent-minded, talented and caring person. I think that knowledge also removes any porn feelings about these sections. I don’t think many non-fans will come across this release. I’m sure anyone just wanting some titillation would find far more fan-service for their needs in any number of actual porn releases. So I do feel that criticisms about the intention or affect of these segments isn’t entirely accurate. Yes the idol isn’t talking but crucially we know who she is. We know what her personality is like. Plus she’s talking a lot elsewhere on this release. I’d rather have more action, more activity, however just watching her lazing around is a beautiful and peaceful experience. I can only feel positivity from it. So maybe I’m a little too harsh with the criticisms of these releases sometimes. Although I’d still rather see her interacting with people and actually doing stuff.

Anyway if you do find the sight of Maimi lying around in a bikini all too much then you may need a cold shower…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.49.27_[2015.01.16_16.22.51] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.49.36_[2015.01.16_16.23.25] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.49.45_[2015.01.16_16.23.49]

Although the chances are that segment probably didn’t help you then.

In which case maybe a walk and a chat will take your mind off…things

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.50.39_[2015.01.16_16.24.02] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.51.57_[2015.01.16_16.24.34]

After which it’s time to go indoors for a little while then later on a walk through the grass…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.54.24_[2015.01.16_16.26.46] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_00.54.51_[2015.01.16_16.26.54] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.01.20_[2015.01.16_16.28.09] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.02.19_[2015.01.16_16.28.32]

Later still, as the sun starts to set, it’s time to wear a bikini in the colours of your favourite C-ute member and head back to the sea…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.04.28_[2015.01.16_16.29.55] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.05.04_[2015.01.16_16.30.19] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.08.19_[2015.01.16_16.31.02] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.10.36_[2015.01.16_16.31.15] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.13.52_[2015.01.16_16.31.35]

Then Maimi has another chat…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.14.40_[2015.01.16_16.33.33] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.15.15_[2015.01.16_16.33.41]

Before it’s time for the end credits. They last a few minutes but frankly you could have made this section into a whole chapter of it’s own. Just watching Maimi sit on the bed surfing the net (maybe reading Maimi/Nacky fanfics and wondering what fans would think if they knew how accurate they were) is somehow very captivating. This is probably what an evening in the Yajima household is like. Maimi kicking back after writing another seven million words blog entry, maybe texting Chinami to talk about potatoes or Toy Story and then texting Nacky to talk about Buzz Lightyear or other special toys hey use. Err…sorry I may be going off-topic. Anyway the end credits sure are nice…

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.15.35_[2015.01.16_16.34.45] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.15.49_[2015.01.16_16.35.05] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.17.15_[2015.01.16_16.39.29]

And then Nacky did what to me?

Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.17.25_[2015.01.16_16.39.49] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.17.31_[2015.01.16_16.40.00] Yajima maimi Blu-ray Ways' Digest (e-LineUP!) 720P.mp4_snapshot_01.17.36_[2015.01.16_16.40.12]

Overall I can’t bring myself to say anything negative about a release that features one of the most beautiful, hard-working and inspirational idols I’ve seen and which gives such good feelings. Often I criticise the instrumental nature of these releases but happily with this, although it still does much the same thing as previous similar releases, it has a lot of talking too. The extended run time has been used well. What you ultimately come away with is a feeling of peace and beauty and that”s priceless. Although Nacky is my favourite idol Maimi is the most beautiful looking idol to me. She also has a personality that’s utterly charming, laid back and cool. Watching this release is definitely time well spent.

Although Maimi is a popular idol I still wish more people knew about her. She really is a super-idol. One day people will discover Tsunku’s secret genetics lab and then you’ll all believe me! Maimi is made of special stuff. Enjoy her while she’s still an idol because I reckon it’ll be another year or so and then C-ute will go the way of Berryz. So grab this release and enjoy an hour and seventeen minutes of pure idol heaven. In terms of the format of these releases I don’t think it’s perfect but as for the idol herself and the feeling you come away with, I give both 10 ‘s out of 10.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Advertisements

10 responses to “Yajima Maimi Blu-ray “Ways” Review

  1. Did you show this release in your language course? They might have enjoyed it as much as you did 😀 Those image DVDs are a weird experience for me. I do appreciate the beauty but the “date” thing is just kinda weird. My dates don’t have this amount of eye contact. But maybe it’s just me 😀 Overall, she is a perfection incarnated so I guess I can just focus on that and forget about the constant staring and slo mo 😀

    Like

    • Hmm…show it in my language course…well it’d liven it up. Plus it’d be better than the weird Finnish songs the teacher sometimes plays.
      I understand about the weird date thing,. If a date makes that much eye contact while not saying anything I think most people would run a mile. Unless the date looked like Maimi in which case maybe it’d be worth taking the chance and staying.
      I think these releases could be better but even so Maimi is damn captivating. I know it could be better but I can’t criticise too much either. It’s better than a DVD of some fish (and no I don’t mean Nacky!)

      Like

  2. Oh, Maimi. ♥ Just like you, she’s not my number one in C-ute, but I think she’s fantastic. I fully agree with your opinion on her.

    I know I’ve said this before, but it’s not very often I feel like watching an action-packed idol DVD. After a long tiring day at work, slow image DVDs are far more relaxing and enjoyable. I can just sit back and relax (I liked your fish tank comparison!) without having to focus on what’s going on and what they are speaking about. The latter is still a bit of a struggle for me if there are no subs. Of course, I have watched several DVDs like this and felt bored. In that case though, it’s the idol who is boring, not the director. I don’t see them as a waste of idol talent, but rather something that really shows the talent of an idol – or the lack of it. It’s a photobook in action, so the idol has to capture the attention of the viewer with your movements and expressions. Such subtle talent, where a lazy idol will fail. Although sometimes I think that the DVDs are a little too long.

    “If a date makes that much eye contact while not saying anything I think most people would run a mile.” But… that’s pretty much what it’s like with you… I never ran away, did I. 😀 Talking is fun sometimes, but it’s overrated.

    Like

    • “It’s a photobook in action, so the idol has to capture the attention of the viewer with your movements and expressions” > HER movements and expressions. Why can’t we edit these ><

      Like

    • I can understand the relaxing aspect of the DVD. I just prefer maybe more talking. Like some of the early Alo-Hello’s weren’t necessarily action-packed but gave the idol a chance to show off her personality and such. Konkon’s “bambi” moment was so cute for instance. Her whole DVD was lovely without it being full of action. It was also easy to watch even without subtitles. You got an impression of her personality even if you didnt know what she was saying.

      Did we make that much eye-contact? I don’t remember. I think its because I felt so self-aware wearing that bikini…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, there is a difference between watching an idol DVD and real-life communication. XD Still if you’re nice to look at and keep making funny or cute expressions, I don’t mind watching you for a full hour or longer. I’m talking about the DVDs now! 😛

        Like

  3. I really agree with your opinion about Maimi but I have to say that I got bored with these kinds of DVDs a while ago. I’d much rather spend a few minutes reading through a screen-cap post like this one than actually watch the whole video. Besides, I always appreciate your commentary anyway.

    Like

    • Thanks. 🙂

      Yeah I can understand if people don’t have the patience for them. It really is a case of having to totally switch off your mind for a while. I tend to find even if I like them I can’t watch one all the way through in one sitting. I do think with more talking in this than in previous ones that it is an improvement though. They are heading back in the right direction.

      Like

  4. Pingback: Maimi Yajima Blu-Ray “Ways” – Takadoshi Kutomiku·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s