Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 5, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Top Ten Funniest AKB48 Members – Derek Vasconi
Another fascinating list from Derek with some great analysis and fun video clips. I found his prediction for the number one choice to be especially intriguing.

Mukaichi Mion vs Miyawaki Sakura vs Owada Nana – Who is the most famous in Japan? – AKB48WrapUp
What matters is that I know who Mion is.

Bitter & Sweet: Bitter & Sweet/ Install – Strawberry LOVE
Glowing praise for the duo’s debut single.

LADYBABY Unleashes New Wave of Kawaii Metal – Pure Idol Heart
Watching the video, I have to admit that deep down inside I wish I was the guy in the girlie outfits singing with idols.

LoVendoЯ no LV-Я #71–#74 (2015.02) – Hello! Pro Radio
I like the story about the Korean coin, though I also appreciate the nostalgic asides.

pour lui – Minna no pour lui Review – Selective Hearing
Looking back at a solo release before she came to lead BiS.

Yui Ogura Is Sweetened With Honey? Check Out The MV for Her 5th Single “Honey♥Come!!” – Tokyo Girls Update
A very sweet song and video, solid traditional idol fare.

Recommended Kpop Reading: July 5, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

9Muses’ “Hurt Locker” is the Best of a Weak Summer, So Far – seoulbeats
Damning with faint praise in the title, but Gaya’s actual review is quite positive about what the group accomplished.

Nine Muses “Hurt Locker” dance practice, photobook glory, swimsuit promise – Asian Junkie
Speaking of which…

SB Mid-year Review, 2015: Dance’s Slim Pickings – seoulbeats
Some clear winners in this roundup of contributors.

The Ones That Got Away: Success After SM – seoulbeats
Mostly about Luhan and Yifan leaving EXO, but also exploring the larger dynamics involved and what it says about the industry.

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: July 5, 2015

kodama

Ray’s Picks

HKT48 Haruka Kodama “After The Dance” on Bubka Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A pretty stunning idol pictorial, she shines in each photo.

AKB48 to release Mizugi Surprise 2015 – 80 members who ranked in 2015 Sosenkyo will wear swimwear for the mag – AKB48WrapUp
I was taking this as a given.

Nogizaka46 Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto “Over Drive” on Spirits Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Another tasty Nogi duet spread.

NMB48 Miyuki Watanabe “Hanasahen” on BLT Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Milky and a whole lot of ugly wallpaper.

Sashihara Rino says her heart aches reading Miyawaki Sakura’s 1st photobook ‘Sakura’ – AKB48WrapUp
The current queen’s stamp of approval for the future queen’s book.

Recommended Drama Reading: July 5, 2015

sakura

Ray’s Picks

Parasyte: Part 1 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike is surprised at how much he enjoyed this live action adaptation.

Kimura Takuya’s HERO Movie Gets Universal Studios Japan Tie-Up – JE fandom
Doing everything they can to build up buzz.

Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48/AKB48) will be starring Majisuka Gakuen 5 – Playboy magazine accidentally leaked – AKB48WrapUp
The future senbatsu queen steps into the spotlight.

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 4, 2015

rino

Ray’s Picks

Country Girls: Ittoshikute Gomen Ne, Koi no Dorobu – Strawberry LOVE
Looking at the group’s debut single.

AKB48 Kawaei Rina joins Avex Vanguard, large talent agency, to pursue her acting career – AKB48WrapUp
An interesting move.

Team Syachihoko and Shimajiro Give Tips to Enjoy Summer in the MV for “Jirijiri Natsu-Katsu Iin-Kai”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I feel bad for whoever’s in the tiger costume, sweating his or her ass off in the steam cooker that is the mascot head, boiling ever hotter under the summer sun.

MaaDuu Returns: Sayu interview – Top Yell November 2014 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A fun interview between the three of them. I miss Sayu.

The Other Side of an Idol – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki tells us a personal story about an idol who cares for his well-being.

AKB48’s 41st Single “Halloween Night” first public performance at Music Day 2015 – AKB48WrapUp
At least the costumes are adorable on the idols.

Miyazawa Sae expresses what seems to be her opinion about her position in AKB48 41st single Halloween Night on 755 – AKB48WrapUp
I love Sae, but really? Idols are all about inequality, as is the entertainment world in general.

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: July 4, 2015

shonentachi

Ray’s Picks

The Shounen Club 13 May 2011 review – Never Ending Music Power
Friendship is the theme for this episode as things get back to usual.

NEWS – SUMMER TIME (9th single) – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary looks at a time when the group was going strong with six members.

SixTONES and Kansai Jrs Takes on Leading Roles in “Shounentachi” – JE fandom
The Juniors take on a revamped version of the classic Johnny’s stage play.