Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: January 28, 2015


Ray’s Picks

Momoiro Clover Z – “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” PV – the number 244
A great review of the song and video, though personally I found the Momoclo-to-KISS ratio acceptable. The everything-else-to-Gene’s-tongue ratio, however, was definitely out of control.

The Prehistory of J-pop: Shizuko Kasagi – madara blog
I’ve been meaning to get the book that Madara discusses in this profile of the postwar singer, and what he shares of it certainly furthered my interest.

Yamamoto Sayaka Interview (Bubka) – AKBlogs
A short interview, but Sayanee at least promises not to graduate this year.

I Made a New Video… Took My Time, Didn’t I? – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima returns to videos with reactions to music videos this time around.

Don’t Let Flower’s Heartbreaking MV for “Sayonara Alice” Slip Through Your Fingers! – Tokyo Girls Update
The legendary Ninagawa Mika directs this melancholy video.

Unboxing: AKB48 – “Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!” – Konno’s Story
Going through the gorgeous packaging of this much-anticipated release.

AKB48 announced their new single! – Sakura Mankai
Kojima Haruna and Kashiwagi Yuki will be the centers for this song, and it’s the first main song for Longcat to do so.

Idol Renaissance’s Debut CD! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
It will be an EP of cover songs.

Matsuoka Natsumi Interview (BOMB) – AKBlogs
Looking back as an idol, forward as a student.

Bitter&Sweet opened their own Youtube account! – Sakura Mankai
Watch out, PSY!

Morning Musume ’15 12ki Nikki! #4 (2015.01.25) – Hello! Pro Radio
Akane and Maria work as a duo, discussing their first Hello! Project concert tour.

Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu – Musume no hoshi
Vimppu reviews both tracks and videos, with a surprising assessment at the end.

What is Appeal of Momoiro Clover Z? A Story of Momoclo’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2014 – Tokyo Girls Update
A wonderful look behind the scenes, which reinforces how solid and unified the group is.

Chu-Z bring the good stuff for “Brand Boy” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux finds the video funky and fun.

Perfume, moumoon, and Additional Japanese Artists to Perform at SXSW 2015 Music Festival in Texas, USA! – Tokyo Girls Update
Perfume definitely raises the bar a good deal for this year.

[SINGLE REVIEW] Momoiro Clover Z vs. KISS – Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina – Land of Rising Sound
Alex Shenmue finds mission accomplished as the sounds of KISS and Momoclo are perfectly fused.

Itsudemo! Kannon Smile #8 (2015.01.20) – Hello! Pro Radio
Kanon continues to recover but still manages to answer a question about manga romances as well as an invitation to Mie prefecture.

Doll Elements – Kimi ni Sakura Hirari to Mau – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s fifth single, including tracklist and video.

Valentine’s Day is Coming and Doll☆NEO Gives out Chocolate in the MV for “Chocolat☆Romantic” – Tokyo Girls Update
Doll☆NEO: New Idol Super Group – Pure Idol Heart
Mmm… chocolate. Also, mmm… idol supergroup.

Nishino Nanase, Sakurai Reika & Wakatsuki Yumi Interview (BOMB) – AKBlogs
The three Nogizaka46 members talk about their first album and becoming adults.

Amuro Namie wants to be next Asian artist to ruin her career in America – Asian Junkie
I’m actually pretty optimistic for her chances, just so long as it’s about challenging herself instead of, you know, actually doing real well in the States.

[MUSIC VIDEO] Ayami Muto – Parallel World – Land of Rising Sound
Alex finds this a promising sign for her upcoming album.

AKB48’s Dear Leader expands company to Niigata, wants Olympics and Phillipines next – Asian Junkie
So would that be MNL48?

Recommended Kpop Reading: January 28, 2015


Ray’s Picks

Introducing: SPICA – Musume no hoshi
Vimppu profiles this often-underrated group.

Crayon Pop sort of cover “Up & Down”, “Touch My Body”, “I’m Your Girl” – Asian Junkie
Mostly I just liked looking at the pics and videos of these lovely young ladies.

CL Joins Black Eyed Peas For Upcoming Album – seoulbeats
CL continues to stir up interest with her Stateside collaborations, real and rumored.

Vixx, Miss A and Exo Comeback Early This Year – seoulbeats
Starting off the year with a focus on music? That’s a novel idea.

Way opened Instagram, one of her first posts has “motherfucker gonna hang … maang” – Asian Junkie
It’s the maang part that gets me.

News: “Hyungdon and Daejun’s Hitmaker” Girl Group to Release Cute Hip Hop Song – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
I’m not sure if “considerable skills in aegyo” should delight or scare me.

BH Podcast 2: 2015 – Will it be a hit or a miss? – Beyond Hallyu
Lizzie and Sasha serve up another round of thoughtful discussion.

Quick Take: Davichi’s Davichi Hug – the mind reels
An interesting look at the notion of faceless groups and whether or not they are tenable.

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: January 28, 2015


Ray’s Picks

2015-01-26 SNH48 Team HII member Liu Jiongran – Shanghai48s
Fun with Doraemon.

2015-01-26 SNH48 Team NII member Chen Wenyan – Shanghai48s
Apparently photos from some kind of solo music event?

入山杏奈 – Jurina48
武藤十夢 – Jurina48
Iriyama Anna and Tomu Muto looking sexy and sophisticated in black leather.

小嶋真子 – Jurina48
川本紗矢 – Jurina48
Kojima Mako and Kawamoto Saya go the opposite tack, opting for sweetness and light.

2015-01-26 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi – Shanghai48s
Going for a megane chic.

2015-01-27 SNH48 Team SII member Qian Beiting – Shanghai48s
Love that first face.

Sayashi Riho will release her 4th photobook +6th solo Dvd/Blu-ray! – Sakura Mankai
She’s become the current Momusu queen of gravure… though she still pales to the H!P Kids.

松井玲奈 – Jurina48
松井玲奈 – Jurina48
Matsui Rena in a couple of different outfits.

矢島舞美 – Jurina48
矢島舞美 – Jurina48
Yajima Maimi on the beach.

松井珠理奈   松井玲奈 渡辺美優紀   宮澤佐江 – Jurina48
Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Watanabe Miyuki, Miyazawa Sae pose for a mini-calendar.

白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
A whole lot of Shiraishi Mai. I’m assuming much of this is from her new photobook.

SNH48 Team SII / SKE48 Team S Captain Miyazawa Sae is the cover… – Shanghai48s
Sae shows off her body to excellent effect in this spread.

AKB48 Nana Owada “Suishodama Tantei Naanya” on UTB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A nicely dramatic pictorial.

西野七瀬  生駒里奈 – Jurina48
Nishino Nanase and Ikoma Rina have a fun, cuddly duet pictorial.

渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
Watanabe Miyuki once again oozes sex appeal. Good Lord, does she ever.

須田亜香里 – Jurina48
Suda Akari gives Milky a run for her money, though.

柏木由紀 – Jurina48
柏木由紀 – Jurina48
柏木由紀 – Jurina48
And Kashiwagi Yuki doesn’t fare too badly, either.

Makino Maria to get her first solo Blu-ray! – Sakura Mankai
This looks like a promising start for Morning Musume’s new gen.

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: January 26, 2015


Ray’s Picks

AKB48 – “Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!” Album Review – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami does a track-by-track review, finding about half the songs suiting him.

Messages from Members to Yokoyama Yui (BOMB) – AKBlogs
The AKB idols share their impressions on their future General Director.

Country Girls going major! – Morning Girls On The Run
Country Girls announced their Major Debut! – Sakura Mankai
Wow. That was pretty fast. But it’s a good omen of how promising the group is, right? Thennary and Kate think so – and with Momoko leading the way, I’m tempted to think the same.

FuuMiru Interview (ENTAME) – AKBlogs
The double centers Shiroma Miru and Yagura Fuuko share their experiences.

An Introduction to the Fairies who Make You Melt! Let’s Meet: efloat! – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima profiles this idol trio – previously a quartet – with member information, videos, and her own personal comments.

Sakura Mankai 2007 – Berryz Kobo International
Zush again takes us back to a younger, simpler time for the Berryz.

JKT48 Team T Formed!!! – AKB48WrapUp
The satellite franchise expands.

E-girls – E.G. Time Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds what he expects to find and decides this album is good if what you’re looking for is what they dish up.

Things Heat Up on the 4th Day of AKB48 Set List Request Hour Best 1035 2015! – Tokyo Girls Update
AKB48 Request Hour 2015 Ends in a “Green Flash”! NGT48 Announced! – Tokyo Girls Update
A great round-up of the event’s closing days and the huge news that closed the show.

Creation of NGT48 – J-Pop Idols
The theater opens in October, which should be enough time for a couple requisite scandals.

Interview : Manaminorisa – J-Pop Idols
Get to know this idol trio with the interview and some music videos.

Angerme- “A Girl’s Counterattack” MV is frightening – Neaux Clicked on It
Two thumbs-up from Neaux is a good sign indeed.

This week in music 01.28.2015 – New School Kaidan
This week’s highlights are Momoiro Clover Z’s collaboration with KISS and Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku.

Little Glee Monster – Hokago High Five iTunes single – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary enjoys the emphasis on original songs over covers, showing the group’s ability.

Idol Exclusive E-Magazine Issue 8 – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki shares the latest issue.

The modernization of Hello! Project (part 3) – KAKKO-II.COM
Zush praises ANGERME – perhaps he’s found a replacement for the soon-to-be-defunct Berryz?

ANGERME- Otome no Gyakushuu – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate does a screencap review of the video, finding it beautiful and amazing.

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: January 26, 2015


Ray’s Picks

Kanjani8 – Kanjanism RE album review – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is divided on this album but finds potential for the group.

Spring Just Got Sexier in NEWS’ ‘KAGUYA’ Music Video! – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima does a very fun, very sexy screencap review of the quartet’s latest video.

PLAYZONE Bids Farewell to Aoyama Theater – JE fandom
The end of a tradition.

Shibutani Subaru “Big Man from Japan” in Rotterdam – JE fandom
Getting some international love for his movie performance.

D’espairsRay Hizumi in Kansas –
Carry on, my VK son.

Rumor Round-Up Digest 017 – JE fandom
Looking at the status of education in the Johnny’s collective.