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Andrew on: November 14, 2007, 08:38:53 PM

So which Puffy member is your favorite? If they broke up as a group (gasp) and only one continued as a singer, who would you want it to be?

Hard pick for me. One of my favorite solos is Yumifs Cameland. But if I had to pick I think Ifd have to go with Ami.


Cerahbes on: November 14, 2007, 10:06:23 PM

is this personal favorite, or best chance of solo career hehe? I think Ami sings the best even though I love Yumi to death <3


Jeff on: November 15, 2007, 07:33:45 AM

It's hard to choose. In Puffy solos, I like Yumi's voice better - but only because of the kind of music they sing as Puffy. If they were to go solo at this point, I'm sure Ami would go totally punk, whereas Yumi would probably be kind of all over the place. So I'd probably prefer Ami's music... though Yumi is a little more engaging live.

Same deal with having a "favorite" in general - I like them both at different times for different reasons. Yumi's a party girl and she doesn't often seem to open up; she keeps her deepest thoughts to herself. Ami's more open publicly and seems more thoughtful because of it. She puts herself out there. Yumi's more mysterious to me, which can be interesting too.

And as far as how they look, I think they're both beautiful, but one or the other can look better on any given day or in any given photo. Yumi might be more my style, though.


Puffy Love on: November 21, 2007, 01:56:43 PM

In watching all the Puffy video stuff online (mostly YouTube) one can actually start to think they know the girls pretty well. I may be totally wrong but I get the impression that Ami is more of the 'artist' type than Yumi, seems to be more 'intellectual' whereas Yumi is more extroverted and more 'take-charge' and more spontaneous.............EXCEPT in English-speaking environments. I think Ami has a better grasp of English than Yumi and Yumi seems a little self-conscious about it and crawls into her shell............notice who did most of the talking on the Jimmy Kimmell Show?

I think that Yumi is more of the tom-boy than Ami, although Ami seems to have kicked everyone's ass that every played DDR against her! Grin

There are times when Yumi seems to me to be the most beautiful woman in the world............her eyes are otherworldly! And then there are times when Ami looks drop-dead gorgeous.................her video of "Honey"...............I really like Ami's hair now, with the sweeping bangs. But doesn't Yumi look totally kawai in the Teen Titans video?

Ah, it's a toss-up!

Finally, the video that shows Yumi singing the old Blue Hearts song...............she proves that she is one of the best rock singers in the business!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78TDI3W93lc

Owaranai Uta!!!!!


Jeff on: November 21, 2007, 08:10:30 PM

I agree with all of that. And I've seen tons more than just the videos on YouTube.

Both Ami and Yumi are total gamers, though (there are plenty of photos of both of them playing games both together and separately), so I think Yumi purposely lets Ami win at DDR Smiley

One thing is I think Yumi's a little more of an actress than Ami (and I don't just mean in actual films) - some of the way she acts in public is definitely shtick. And part of her shtick is acting like a klutz, especially when she's with Ami.


DoAsPuffy on: November 21, 2007, 08:51:08 PM

Of course I love both of them, but I've always been able to relate to Ami more musically/vocally. She's just so great Smiley


Mode7 on: November 21, 2007, 11:06:53 PM

Quote from: Jeff on November 21, 2007, 08:10:30 PM
Both Ami and Yumi are total gamers, though (there are plenty of photos of both of them playing games both together and separately), so I think Yumi purposely lets Ami win at DDR Smiley

I recall seeing your icon on the Kotaku comments section one day. I thought, "There's no way someone can just have an icon of 'boom boom beat' and NOT be a Puffy fan." I had to investigate.

Then I read that one post on your personal blog about the "energy drink."

Then I found your Puffy blog and I swear, I must've stayed up for two hours reading through the archives.

Ami is my girl and always has been my girl. She's just too sweet. Yumi, on the other hand, is too GARsome for me and more likely to flip out and pull some crazy stunt on me.

Ami, mai uaifu :3


Jeff on: November 22, 2007, 06:46:04 AM

Thread hijack alert!

Quote from: Mode7 on November 21, 2007, 11:06:53 PM
I recall seeing your icon on the Kotaku comments section one day. I thought, "There's no way someone can just have an icon of 'boom boom beat' and NOT be a Puffy fan." I had to investigate.

Oops. I'm kind of an ass on kotaku sometimes Smiley

Pretty much the nature of that site, though. I don't know how I've avoided the banhammer.

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Then I read that one post on your personal blog about the "energy drink."

I'm stumped. The beer?

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Then I found your Puffy blog and I swear, I must've stayed up for two hours reading through the archives.

And I've only really been at it for four months! (I have a few posts from before that, but they were originally on the other blog.)


Mode7 on: November 22, 2007, 07:01:35 AM

Jeff.
I was referring to the Rockstar post. (The gaming company, not the energy drink company. I referred to it that way because I'm not sure you wanted it known, but I figure if you didn't catch on just yet...)

As to you not being smote by the banhammer --- I figure you keep your cool more than others do on the comments. There are some genuine jerks there.

EVERYONE,
I have a confession to make: I still can't tell Ami and Yumi apart. Cry


Anthony on: November 22, 2007, 09:27:30 AM

Quote from: Mode7 on November 22, 2007, 07:01:35 AM
EVERYONE,
I have a confession to make: I still can't tell Ami and Yumi apart. Cry

Easy. Yumi's on the left, Ami's on the right. Tongue

Ami used to be my clear favorite, but that's not the case now. It's rather a cop-out to say, but I like them both.


hardmodskin on: November 22, 2007, 02:38:55 PM

when i first got into them i thought, initially, that Yumi was prettier. but after watching their videos and exploring their music, more and more, ami began to stand out, especially impressing me that she wrote a lot more often than yumi (even co-writing with one of my faves, Stephen Duffy of UK band The Lilac Time). anyway, ami bacame my fave around the "fever fever" era...and man..once "security blanket" hit my ears, it was cemented forever. ami all the way.

PS met them on two occasions and they are both sweet, but ami does come across as friendlier. or that could just be my love-blinded eyes fooling me at this point! ha ha..


Cerahbes on: November 22, 2007, 02:46:58 PM

Yumi has a much better stage presense in my opinion after seeing them 5 times. Ami is kinda boring - but don't get me wrong, I think she's a much better singer than Yumi hehe.


TofuUnion on: November 22, 2007, 05:05:45 PM

In Japan people love the personality of Ami. She writes quite a lot in her blog and essay, draws well, and writes songs like " Destruction Pancake ". And she is full of humor. Ami feels Yumi like her baby sister.
And Ami insists " I am the leader of Puffy " (in her blog).

People believe Yumi is good looking. http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~puffyumi/
Remind of The Hit Parade album jacket. She is an actress too.

As for singing ability it's difficult to judge which sings better. When I compare Ami Solo (Honey, Destruction Pancake, Security Blanket) with Yumi Solo (Nagaiki Shitene, Vacation, Cameland) I might probably say Ami sings slightly better. But I rather prefer the voice of Yumi.

If they broke up as a group Ami would be the person who continue as the singer of Puffy. I remember the days of end 1996 when Ami performed as Puffy without Yumi because she had had a bicycle accident and broken her leg. But without one of them you felt something missing about Puffy.


Anthony on: November 23, 2007, 05:16:29 AM

Quote from: Cerahbes on November 22, 2007, 02:46:58 PM
Yumi has a much better stage presense in my opinion after seeing them 5 times. Ami is kinda boring - but don't get me wrong, I think she's a much better singer than Yumi hehe.

This is something that intrigues me a little bit, because Ami used to have a much livelier stage presence back in the old days (from watching the old concert DVDs). Why has she become more subdued? Or am I only imagining things?

And vocally, I think I really used to underrate Yumi's singing ability until I actually saw Puffy in concert, especially how she carries the harmonies.


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 07:35:02 AM

Quote from: Anthony on November 23, 2007, 05:16:29 AM
This is something that intrigues me a little bit, because Ami used to have a much livelier stage presence back in the old days (from watching the old concert DVDs). Why has she become more subdued? Or am I only imagining things?

I think it's equal parts Ami becoming more subdued and Yumi becoming a lot more comfortable and active. So relative to each other, they seem to have switched roles when playing live.

I don't know why Ami has become more laid back, but I have some theories that I won't repeat here Smiley

As for Yumi, in the early shows I've seen, she seems nervous almost all the time. And she's pretty serious. But over the past 4-5 years, she's really broken out. She smiles a lot more, she moves around a lot more, she tries to connect with the crowd a lot more.

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And vocally, I think I really used to underrate Yumi's singing ability until I actually saw Puffy in concert, especially how she carries the harmonies.

Yeah, I was surprised the first time I saw one of their concert DVD's and noticed that Yumi almost always sings the high harmonies despite her much lower speaking voice. And she's rarely ever off-key live, at least these days. She sings the old songs better live now than she did originally on the early albums, which is really unusual. She's definitely got greater range than Ami does. Ami's probably really only got one or at most two octaves she can sing with.

Favorite Puffy: Ami or Yumi? - Page Two

Mode7 on: November 23, 2007, 09:45:20 AM

Quote from: Jeff on November 23, 2007, 07:35:02 AM
I don't know why Ami has become more laid back, but I have some theories that I won't repeat here Smiley

Great, now you have me thinking. I can only surmise something like drugs or possibly something to do with a relationship she had/has.. but eh, I've no leads! You really know how to bait interest with such cliffhangers like that. Cry


Puffy Love on: November 23, 2007, 02:49:50 PM

This is turning into a fun thread, in where a bunch of obsessed people (I admit that I am one) post what they THINK two people in Japan are like without really knowing them!

Watching the various episodes of PaPaPaPa Puffy on YouTube! is a great exercise in seeing how they grew comfortable with being famous celebrities. From what I gather, the first episodes were within the first year of Asia No Junshin and ran until after Spike............so it covers the first half of their career pretty much. Overall, the impression I get is that they are two of the funniest, wittiest, most easy-going rockstar/girls/babes/celebrities that anyone would want to know.

Mode7 said "I have a confession to make: I still can't tell Ami and Yumi apart." Well, besides the fact that Yumi is always on the left, she has even teeth wheras Ami's has the pronounced "rabbit teeth." Ami has a longer face, Yumi's is more round. Yumi has two star tattoos on her left wrist. She's two inches taller than Ami. And she has the most beautiful eyes! See, I'm not obsessed, am I?

As far as which is prettier, I think early on that Yumi was more beautiful, but Ami is/was VERY beautiful too. Lately, Ami's been wearing her hair long and with sweeping bangs and I think it makes her look very hot. I have seen a few photos that seem to show their current age, particularly a lot of the photos from the just concluded tour. I think they will age well and will still be very attractive into their forties and beyond.

And I was surprised to hear Yumi singing such high harmonies above Ami.............the recently posted Destruction Pancake video shows that..............considering that she does have a lower voice.

Hardmodskin wrote "PS met them on two occasions and they are both sweet, but ami does come across as friendlier." Well, I still contend that Yumi is very shy around English-speakers. When I meet her (one of these days!) I plan on impressing her with my mastery of The Twenty Most Common Japanese Phrases such as "watashi wa Yumi ga suki desu!"


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 05:16:08 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 02:49:50 PM
This is turning into a fun thread, in where a bunch of obsessed people (I admit that I am one) post what they THINK two people in Japan are like without really knowing them!

Well, that's the weird thing with any celebrity and their fans. A celebrity without fans is a nobody, but those fans are going to talk amongst themselves about the celebrity. So at some point, they either accept it or they step out of public life. Given how much of themselves Ami and Yumi still put out there, I think they'd have had to come to terms with all that being a celebrity entails a long time ago. Obviously they still also have their private lives too, which none of us know about (nor should we).

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Watching the various episodes of PaPaPaPa Puffy on YouTube! is a great exercise in seeing how they grew comfortable with being famous celebrities. Overall, the impression I get is that they are two of the funniest, wittiest, most easy-going rockstar/girls/babes/celebrities that anyone would want to know.

I remember reading something when this show was on about how it was hosted by "two of the most bored-looking j-pop chicks", then I saw an episode and I was like "what the hell is he talking about?" They're both great hosts, and that's not the only hosting gig they've had, either separately or together. A lot of their humor I think is lost on non-Japanese speakers because they both play "straight men" - they deadpan a lot of it. I remember one episode with Gackt, at the beginning as Ami is introducing him, she turns to Yumi out of the blue and says totally without humor, "Now Yumi, please do an impression of Gackt." And Yumi immediately deadpans back, "No." And then they just keep going as if the whole exchange never happened.

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Hardmodskin wrote "PS met them on two occasions and they are both sweet, but ami does come across as friendlier." Well, I still contend that Yumi is very shy around English-speakers.

Yumi does seem a little more distant than Ami even in Japanese, though. She was the one, for example, who complained on Japanese TV about Americans going around hugging them all the time. She hates it. One of the TV hosts actually showed her a trick to turn a hug into a handshake; it was pretty funny Smiley

I actually get the impression that Yumi favors greater formality and tradition in all things than Ami does. She spent about 10 minutes when I saw them in 2005 just correcting the pronunciations of various Japanese words we have in English (she even corrected Ami's pronunciation of "Pokemon"!) She always seems amazed at the social freedoms Americans have but she never says she actually prefers it to the Japanese system; the way she talks about it is like when an American goes to somewhere like Germany and comes back and says "boy, they really do love their beer over there!" It doesn't actually sound like admiration, more like amusement.

So it wouldn't surprise me if Yumi was less immediately accessible when met for the first time. It may not be shyness or coldness, she may just be more a product of her culture than Ami is. Ami seems more laid back to me.


Anthony on: November 23, 2007, 05:59:53 PM

Quote from: Puffy Love on November 23, 2007, 02:49:50 PM
Mode7 said "I have a confession to make: I still can't tell Ami and Yumi apart." Well, besides the fact that Yumi is always on the left, she has even teeth wheras Ami's has the pronounced "rabbit teeth." Ami has a longer face, Yumi's is more round. Yumi has two star tattoos on her left wrist. She's two inches taller than Ami. And she has the most beautiful eyes! See, I'm not obsessed, am I?

Also, Yumi's eyes - and they are beautiful - aren't level. Her left eye sits higher on her face than the right.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you - it's just an observation.

Yumi also has a tattoo above her right ankle.


TBB on: November 23, 2007, 07:33:50 PM
I'm personally more of a Yumi fan. I agree that she has a better vocal range than Ami. I think possibly the reason that Ami dosn't act as "wild" as she used to is maybe because shes married and has a daughter so that would probably affect the way she acts nowdays.
Im curious how wealthy do you guys think Ami and Yumi are?


Jeff on: November 23, 2007, 11:42:00 PM

Quote from: TBB on November 23, 2007, 07:33:50 PM
Im curious how wealthy do you guys think Ami and Yumi are?

Good question. Both of them were signed originally in their teens (don't believe their site bio; believe what they say in the "Puffy Bible", as someone here who I can't remember called it - the Ayumi 10th Anniversary book). And they were total unknowns at the time with little experience. They were considered "employees" of Sony. For several years they both collected paychecks without doing anything at all, and I would almost guarantee that whatever that paycheck was was the same whether they were working or not working. So it probably wasn't very much.

So the question is when that deal ran out or if they renegotiated it. I'm sure one of those things happened at some point. But I'll bet it wasn't until after "Puffy Mania" was basically over. So I don't know how good a deal they could have gotten.

I'm sure they're not wanting for money. Both of them seem smart enough to not pull an MC Hammer and spend every cent as soon as they make it. But I also kinda doubt that they're as filthy rich as they should be.

Quote Also, Yumi
's eyes - and they are beautiful - aren't level. Her left eye sits higher on her face than the right.

Kinda think she just keeps one open a little wider a lot of the time. She doesn't always, though, so I think it's just habit more than anything. I sort of have the same thing, which grew out of me doing the Spock one-raised-eyebrow thing too much when I was younger until it was practically a permanent expression on my face.


Anthony on: November 24, 2007, 05:46:05 AM

Quote from: Jeff on November 23, 2007, 11:42:00 PM
Kinda think she just keeps one open a little wider a lot of the time. She doesn't always, though, so I think it's just habit more than anything. I sort of have the same thing, which grew out of me doing the Spock one-raised-eyebrow thing too much when I was younger until it was practically a permanent expression on my face.

Perhaps, but there's also this picture from the Fever*Fever booklet where her eyes are closed, and they're still not level. Note that Ami's eyes are pretty much parallel with her lip line, while Yumi's are not.

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