Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 23, 2015


Ray’s Picks

This week in music 04.22.2015 – New School Kaidan
HKT48 leaves Garry baffled and his mind blown.

Morning Musume。´15 Nationwide Simultaneous Handshake Events: Eripon in Nagasaki & Fukuoka – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Morning Musume。´15 Nationwide Simultaneous Handshake Events: RihoRiho in Hiroshima & Tokyo – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
More social media missives from the idol front lines.

“Notice me Senpai!” Deliver Devastating “Kabe Don” in Soft Drink Commercial! – Tokyo Girls Update
Bullet time crushes can be exciting.

Afilia Saga Member Laura Sucreine Prepares for a “Magical☆Express☆Journey”! Announces Graduation and Retirement From Entertainment Industry! – Tokyo Girls Update
Another idol moves back to the private sector.

Dorothy Little Happy Rock Out in the MV for “Tell me tell me!!” – Tokyo Girls Update
The group celebrate five years together – and wow, how they’ve grown!

Join the Idol Revolution: Dream Station Team Water Start an Idol Revolution – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles these survival-themed idols.

Kurihara You needs to declutter her room in “Arasa Land” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux has household advice for the idol.

MaaDuu interviews Maasa – Top Yell May 2013 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Maasa shares some interesting observations on her fellow idols.

Vanilla Beans in the TV program Shino × Vani – J-Pop Idols
Vintage meets retro! Nifty!

“Never Give Up Girls” Didn’t Give Up, Never! Negicco Shows Their Impressive Style During Tokyo Performance – Tokyo Girls Update
A report of the show, with a good selection of pictures.

Twilight After Raindrops Fell from a Youth’s Eyes – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Ça va ? What a Wonderful World – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat looks at the latest from Morning Musume and Juice=Juice.

Tochiotome 25 Invite You to a Unique Onsen Experience in the MV for “Yu”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I admire idols who’ll strip a man down or kidnap him from his bed.

E-Girls – Anniversary – J-Pop Idols
Information on their latest, including track lists, videos. and covers.

The Bland, The Ballad and The Basic; In A Nutshell, That is Morning Musume ’15’s 58th Single – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is not happy with this, as she explains in this track by track review.

Trouble in Paradise? Wife No. 5 Natsuki Kiyoshi Announces Hiatus From Kiyoshi Ryujin 25! – Tokyo Girls Update
You see, that’s the problem with keeping a harem… even a harem idol group…

Use the Force Paruru! AKB48 Reveal Epic Action-Packed MV for “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I have to admit, watching Paruru in action brought me chills. This is simply incredible.

Otome Shinto Dance With Kangaroos and Bungee Jump in the MV for “Kimi to Piikan NATSU☆Sengen!!!” Filmed in Australia! – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s like sightseeing but with idols constantly dancing in front of you!

It’s Over 9000! Momoiro Clover Z’s MV for “Z no Chikai” Explodes Like a Spirit Bomb! – Tokyo Girls Update
More idols in cosplay action! Definitely something worth geeking out over.

Idol College – Tokonatsu Joshi Kibou – J-Pop Idols
Details on the new single, including track lists, video, and covers.

Love Togheter! – Yume no Kawa
Berryz can still break hearts.

Video Pantsu: Yufu Terashima- “Fuhehehehehehehe Dai Sakusen” MV short – Neaux Clicked on It
Another song from the BiS diaspora.

Ah, the Transition Phase: Momusu 15’s Triple A-side is all Business – Itsumo Genki
Isilie does a great screencap review as she ponders the group in transition.

H!P Hidden Gems: Sono Deai no Tame ni – Yume no Kawa
Looking back on a song from Yossie herself, Yoshizawa Hitomi.

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 23, 2015


Ray’s Picks

EXO’s ‘Call Me Baby’ Lands on Canadian Hot 100 – Billboard
What a great achievement! Nothing can stop them now, right?

Lay is now actively trolling netizens, talks about workshop, Kris, and Luhan – Asian Junkie

[Update] SME confirms ongoing dispute with Tao & father, dad says Tao has agreed to leave – Asian Junkie
[Update] Tao has “agreed” to leave EXO, say reports + Tao to make statement soon – Asian Junkie
SM C&C producer tweets about Lay leaving after Tao, deletes Twitter – Asian Junkie
Wel… At least the group – or whoever remains of it – continues to soldier on in the face of major drama.

SNSD Change Direction in “Catch Me If You Can” – seoulbeats
A time of transition works to the group’s favor.

NC.A Grows Up – the mind reels
Melissa muses on the nuances of maturity for idols.

Vote for “delinquent school tracksuit” in Crayon Pop poll or I will murder you – Asian Junkie
Of course, I’m partial to the Sailor Moon outfits.

Dal Shabet’s “Joker” was banned cause they made another song about huge cocks – Asian Junkie
This is amusing.

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 23, 2015


Ray’s Picks

ヤングマガジン 2015 No.21 朝長美桜 兒玉遙 松岡菜摘 – Jurina48
Three of 48G’s loveliest – Tomonaga Mio, Kodama Haruka, and Matsuoka Natsumi.

細谷レナ – Jurina48
Hosoya Rena does a revealing pictorial.

白石麻衣 – Jurina48
Shiraishi Mai takes a seat.

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
The magnificent Miyawaki Sakura… though that last outfit is kinda YIKES!

渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
Queen bee Watanabe Mayu in a blue dress.

島崎遥香 – Jurina48
Future 48G queen Shimazaki Haruka in a white dress.

木本花音 – Jurina48
木本花音 – Jurina48
Kimoto Kanon looking positively, heartbreakingly spectacular.

AKB48 Asuka Kuramochi “Zekka Bijin” on Young Champion Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
One of the most statuesque of 48G idols in a stunning photo spread.

AKB48 Mion Mukaichi “Kiken na Hokago” on EX Taishu Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
I know I’ve seen these photos before, but all together it makes an even bigger impression.

田野優花 – Jurina48
Tano Yuuka rides the broom.

西野七瀬 – Jurina48
saltuaface: 西野七瀬 B.L.T. APRIL 2015 BY: ziyeshuijing – Jurina48
Nishino Nanase looking quite fashionable.

小嶋陽菜 – Jurina48
Kojima Haruna tries a bit too hard, but makes it work anyway.

Latest Purchases – Morningtime
An eyecatching selection of gorgeous H!P goods.

NMB48 Akari Yoshida “Gozen Reiji madeno Isshun” on Entame Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The lovely idol just lying around in bed.

ヤングジャンプ 2015 No.21-22 (柏木由紀) – Jurina48
ヤングジャンプ 2015 No.21-22 (柏木由紀) – Jurina48
ヤングジャンプ 2015 No.21-22 (柏木由紀) – Jurina48
ヤングジャンプ 2015 No.21-22 (柏木由紀) – Jurina48
Kashiwagi Yuki in a lovely selection of photos.

ヤングアニマル 2015 No.09 (久松かおり) – Jurina48
Hisamatsu Kaori looking pretty hot in this spread.

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 20, 2015


Ray’s Picks

lyrical school Release Laid-Back Animated MV for “Yume de Aitai ne” – Tokyo Girls Update
An adorable group portrait as well as more details on the single, including the track list.

Perfume Move into a Glass Room by the Seaside in the MV for “Relax In The City” – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the trio’s new single, including track lists,

PASSPO☆ Reveal a Full Menu For Their 5th Album “Beef or Chicken?”! – Tokyo Girls Update
Find out about their new album and what’s in store.

MaaDuu interviews Chii – Top Yell March 2013 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
The part about Maachan’s lost mastery of English is the most interesting part.

Juice=Juice reached first place in Oricon weekly! – Sakura Mankai
Congratulations to the group on their landmark achievement!

Ex-BiS Member Megumi Koshoji Becomes DJ MEGUMI and Mixes Nonstop BiS? – Tokyo Girls Update
The BiS diaspora continues to assert itself.

Anything is Possible! THE Possible Move to Up-Front Works & Will Release Triple A-Side Single! – Tokyo Girls Update
The prodigal idols return, sort of.

Previews of You Kikkawa’s Epic 17-Minute Single “Hana” Have Been Released! – Tokyo Girls Update
Is this the Don Johnson Heartbeat or G&R November Rain of Jpop videos? Not quite. Still, she looks great.

Odoru Tanuki Matsuri: Opening Day of “HKT48 Sashihara Rino Zachou Kouen” at Meiji-za (Part 3)! – Tokyo Girls Update
Great report with lots of wonderful, colorful pics! – Otsukare Summer – J-Pop Idols
Details on the new single, including track lists and cover.

Takano Yui to graduate from NMB48 – J-Pop Idols
Another idol departure for the wider shores of entertainment.

Misaki Iwasa Shows her Adult Side in the MV for “Hatsu-zake” – Tokyo Girls Update
Wasamin shows off turning legal by getting hammered in her new video! Okay, not really, but she’s always struck me as a more mature performer to start with.

AKB48 Releases Preview of “Set List Request Hour Best 1035 2015″ DVD/Blu-ray Box Set! – Tokyo Girls Update
There’s still time to sell a limb so you can afford this!

Silent Siren Release Live Clip of “Sweet Pop” From Upcoming Budokan DVD/Blu-ray! – Tokyo Girls Update
Along with the energetic preview clips, dates for their summer tour.

BILLIE IDLE® Want You to be Their Boy! Live Video of “be my boy” From La Foret Museum Released! – Tokyo Girls Update
More from the BiS diaspora.

Ready for New DIANNA☆SWEET? The 2nd One-Man Show “Renatus” Was the Concert to be Reborn – Tokyo Girls Update
A report of the group at a time of transition.

HKT48 Release Preview of their Taiwan and Hong Kong Live DVD/Blu-ray Box Set! – Tokyo Girls Update
This looks like a lot of fun. But if it didn’t, then it wouldn’t be doing its job, right?

Idols × Running! All the Members of SUPER☆GiRLS Run the Honolulu Half Marathon! – Tokyo Girls Update
Maybe this will be an annual tradition for the girls?

Too Cute for Words! Nanase Nishino Portrays Pizza Delivery Store Manager – Tokyo Girls Update
Maybe she’s just preparing for life after being an idol?

SunRisa – Overflowing With Talent! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer profiles a year-old indie idol group.

Cheerz – Morningtime
A great article on a mobile app where you get to encourage and cheer up-and-coming idols. I may just try it out myself…

Tsubasa Fly – Black & White – J-Pop Idols
Details on the first album, including track list, video, and cover.

Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 – J-Pop Idols
Here’s the line-up so far.

The Little Energy Girl : Takoyaki Rainbow’s New Song is So Disco and Colorful! – Tokyo Girls Update
The involvement of Hyadain should get idol fans interested in this single.

My Top Ten H!P Idols (and songs) – Morningtime
A very entertaining and essential pair of rankings, with plenty of eyecandy to keep you busy.

This Year’s Tokyo Idol Festival Invites Non-Japanese Fans for Free!! – Tokyo Girls Update
All you have to do is show up! Actually, there’s more than that, but showing up will likely be the tough part.

Otome Shinto – Kimi to Pecan Natsu Sengen – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s next single, which is a collaboration with the Spinns fashion brand.

Morning Musume。´15 Nationwide Simultaneous Handshake Events: Fuku-chan in Tokyo & Ishikawa – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A great social media report on the event.

Meow, What is Going on Here? Shoko Nakagawa Rides a Black Cat in a Commercial for Quiz RPG “Mahoutsukai to Kuroneko Wiz”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m sure she’s had frequent dreams like this.

Q’ulle – Heartbeat – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s third single, including track lists, video, and covers.

Former Morning Musume Member Konno Asami Dances “Youkai Taisou Daiichi”! – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s good to see her still active.

Why I love Yuugure wa Ameagari! – Yume no Kawa
The song goes straight to the heart.

H!P Hidden Gems: ONLY YOU – Yume no Kawa
Going back to 2009 with Zoku V-u-den.

BABYMETAL Joins Reading and Leeds Festivals 2015 in England & Message Video Released!!!! – Tokyo Girls Update
The global conquest continues.