June 7, 2014


Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 2

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On to the top ranking idols and comments afterwards.


Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 1

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The big event is here and wota have a great deal to say about it!

May 25, 2014


Tweets On The AKB Handshake Incident

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Here are the first few hours of reactions from the Idolminded Tweetstream. It reflects the confusion, disbelief, anger, and sorrow that many felt upon hearing the news.

May 17, 2014



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Recommended Eyecandy+: Miyawaki Sakura Video

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A look at the rising AKB idol in action!


Recommended Tweets: May 17, 2014

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Two-shots, two-shots, two-shots! Aim tweets another H!P concert!


Trying Something New

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Hi there! We’re trying s new approach to the site. Thank you for being patient as we futz around with it.

May 16, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 16, 2014

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At the Babyraids show! Tomochin’s new album! Jpop idols to AV idols? What’s this about EXO?

May 15, 2014

Recommended Tweets: May 15, 2014

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Will you be seeing them in New York? Yabu gets a girlfriend! Looking back at Okada Yukiko.

May 14, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 14, 2014

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What’s going on with this group? Crests explores indie idol groups! Steve watches Japanese TV shows! Chiima steals chocolate!

May 13, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 13, 2014

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More fun with the Virgin Club! SNH48 eyecandy! Kalafina’s adorable shark-lover! Can you campaign too much for the AKB senbatsu?

May 12, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 12, 2014

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Oh No! Vanilla Beans on Vine! Aim tweets an H!P concert! Crest tweets a whole lot!

May 11, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 11, 2014

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Senbatsu election appeal videos! Arashi, those adorable idiots! How to get happi!

May 10, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 10, 2014

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Really, C-ute? Finishing the AKB game! Momusu’s twelfth gen auditions! The glue gun returns! Aim has an identity crisis!

May 9, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 9, 2014

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The 48G electioneering begins! Messages from Nino Jima! Aim watches a NEWS concert! And more!

May 8, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 8, 2014

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Playing the new AKB game app! Learning AKB abbreviations! Captain eyecandy!

May 3, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 3, 2014

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AKB48 two-shots! Crests watches Ooku!

May 2, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 2, 2014

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Living the life! A long dialogue on many things 48G! Baby talk! Gem!

May 1, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 1, 2014

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When idols feel each other up! Chiima and AimXAim have another round of uber-tweeting! How much respect do idols deserve?

April 30, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Anri Sugihara

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Skin them all!


Recommended Tweets: April 30, 2014

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Takahashi Minami announces her graduation plans! More tributes to Sayumi! BiS release their bikini video!

April 29, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Yumoto Misaki

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Smell em, knock on em…


Recommended Tweets: April 29, 2014

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Reactions to Sayumi’s graduation news continues to pour inn! Idolminded is watching you closely! And more!


Recommended Tweets: Michishige Sayumi Announces Graduation From Morning Musume

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Initial reactions on the popular idol’s departure from Morning Musume.


Utada Hikaru cover album announced! Berryz talk about their autumn tour! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 22, 2014

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Utada Hikaru cover album to be released in December – Land of Rising Sound
A great way to celebrate Hikki’s fifteenth anniversary as a recording artist.

Oomori Seiko unveils full details for new album「Brainwashing」 – Land of Rising Sound
Further information has been released, including cover art and tracklist.

Chu-Z in new duds – Morning Girls On The Run
THennary is hoping this means a new single is imminent.

Mariko Goto Reveals Bloodstained Trailer for New Album “Kowareta Hako ni Rinakkusu” – Tokyo Girls Update
Looking to Carrie for inspiration?

St. Bonapro School Closes – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer profiles a young group whose days are now numbered.

Sato Satomi – “Le Jour” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami discovers a new seiyuu / singer.

Afilia Saga to Release New Single “Japanesque × Romanesque” in November – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the group’s thirteenth single.

Captain and vice-captain talk about Berryz Kobo’s tour and last single – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Sounds like the Berryz are very determined to end on a strong note.

Trattoria Buono! #81 (2014.10.18) – Hello! Pro Radio
Momoko helps out a foreigner, and the group talk about sleep.

SS1422 #91 (2014.10.12) (with guest Fukumura Mizuki) – Hello! Pro Radio
Talking about the third generation members.

Team Syachihoko’s New Single “Shampoo Hat” Will Change Their Image? – Tokyo Girls Update
Never mind changing the group’s image, I could watch that cat for HOURS!

Cheeky Parade Meets Rock Royalty & WWF Champ in New York – Tokyo Girls Update
They should try to get the Hulkster to sing on their next single.

Dempagumi Inc. unveil covers for new single “Denpari Night” – Land of Rising Sound
Details on the group’s upcoming single, including some very striking cover art.

Happiness release “Seek A Light” MV, which somehow isn’t about cigs – Asian Junkie
Everybody loves a circus, apparently – especially the wardrobe people.


A closer look at Gackt’s app! appears reviews Yamapi! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: October 22, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Tomohisa Yamashita’s YOU – appears
A thoughtful consideration of Yamapi’s latest and how it fits into his career. A definite must-read, I just can’t get enough of Anna’s writing.

EXILE ATSUSHI Feat. P-CHO- “First Christmas” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Oh come on, we’re not even at Halloween yet!

FOR GACKT’S SAKE, GACKT! thx lej! – Jrocknyc
My panties are moist.

Rants & Raves : Look-alike and Junk Mails – JE fandom
Never mind America’s answer to Maysujun, where’s America’s answer to Nino?

Yamapi Apologizes to Fans during Fan Greeting Event – JE fandom
Not sure if this helps or hurts the situation he’s in.


2NE1 catch on in America with “I AM BEST”! Z:EA’s Lee Hoo goes on hiatus! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 22, 2014

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2NE1’s K-Pop Hit ‘I Am the Best’ Gains Spins at U.S. Radio Stations – Billboard
Should we thank Bill Gates?

[Update: Company Statement] Z:EA’s Lee Hoo cleanses his Twitter, announces he’s on hiatus – Asian Junkie
Crazy like a fox, then?

Strawberry Milk’s EP is Refreshingly Mature – seoulbeats
Lo was expecting more songs along the line of “OK” but found something more.

Ladies’ Code’s accident due to speeding, not vehicle defect, according to NISI – Asian Junkie
The announcement of some key findings.

The 30 worst K-pop album and single cover artworks ever – Beyond Hallyu
I found this a lot of fun.

Younha Delivers the Emotions in “What Does My Heart Become” – seoulbeats
Andy takes a close look at the song and the highly symbolic video.

Super Junior release MV for “This Is Love”, a track that didn’t come pre-ruined – Asian Junkie

Block B tell sasaengs to please get the fuck away from their dorm – Asian Junkie
Stick figures drawn on doors? How Blair Witch Project of them.

That EXO comeback rumor that people thought was BS probably was BS – Asian Junkie
Not like they have anything else on their minds right now…

Rookie girl group Purfles (yes, really) sets a new high bar for debuts with “1,2,3” MV – Asian Junkie
Will a strong debut be enough to set this trio apart from the ever-growing masses of nugu acts?


Shibuya Nagisa! Miyawaki Sakura! Suzuki Airi!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 22, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura, again breaking my heart oh-so-sweetly.

gotosleepmychild: Young Magazine 2014 No.34 Extra Cuts – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria in black and in white.

SKE48 Aya Shibata “Hitomi wo Tojite” on Manga Action Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
What lovely smile!

松井玲奈 ‏@renampme 19m19 minutes ago… – Jurina48
Boyz II Men cosplay?

alanosiris: UTB+22  2014.11 NMB48 渋谷凪咲 (full ver.) – Jurina48
Shibuya Nagisa in a mostly somber pictorial.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII members Lu Ting and Luo Lan – Shanghai48s
My favorite SNHer and friend.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII member Gong Shiqi – Shanghai48s
Working hard for the geek wota crowd.

ojigi30do: airi suzuki | 鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
Sweet dreams.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII member Zhang Xiyin – Shanghai48s
Hello there!


Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna! Subete ga F ni Naru! HamsapSukebe on Gomen ne Seishun!

Recommended Drama Reading: October 22, 2014

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Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the new drama starring Nakama Yukie!

Subete ga F ni Naru – Jdrama Weblog
Details on this academic murder drama starring Takei Emi.

Gomen ne Seishun! Eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike looks past Nishikido Ryo’s casting to enjoy this school comedy.


Selective Hearing reviews the Morning Musume New York show! Tsunku undergoes further surgery! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 20, 2014

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We are Juice=Juice #52 (2014.10.07) – Hello! Pro Radio
At first I thought they were going to talk about the kid from Leave It To Beaver, but they discuss a whole different kind of Lumpy instead.

We are Juice=Juice #53 (2014.10.14) – Hello! Pro Radio
H!P Jesus talks about spacing out while staring at her phone.

Gacharic Spin – Gachatto Best (2010-2014) – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first major album, including tracklists and a video.

Get ready for Michishige Sayumi’s Graduation – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate wants to enjoy Sayumi in her last days as a Musume.

Berryz Kobo busy with tours – Berryz Kobo International
Zush catches us up with the Berryz as the end draws nearer.

Sakura Gakuin – Heart no Hoshi – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s DVD single, including tracklist and video.

NMB48 – Rashikunai – J-Pop Idols
The list of the senbatsu, the tracklist, and videos.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Tsunku undergoes further surgery.

Twitter Tidbits #6 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Tsunku assures folks that he’s doing fine.o

Review: Morning Musume。’14 Live Concert in New York – Selective Hearing
Greg gives a detailed account of the event, along with some spectacular photos.

Akamaru Dash – Tabete, Waratte, Ikite Iku – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s major debut single, including tracklist and video.

Passpo’s Makita Sako on H!P – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
It’s always fun when idols show their own wota side. And who knows? Maybe Suzuki Airi will go meet her now.

C-ute’s 26th single got a name! – Sakura Mankai
I agree, it definitely sounds like a nod to Berryz’s imminent departure. Maybe they can add “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” as an extra track?

video pantsu: i☆Ris- “Miracle ☆ Paradise” MV short – Neaux Clicked on It
For those needing their daily super kawaii anime fix…

AKB48′s Haruna Kojima Makes Surprise Appearance at Nogizaka46 Concert to Debut “Kojizaka 46” Song! – Tokyo Girls Update
I think the rivalry will end not with a bang or whimper, but a slow osmotic blurping as Nogi merges into the 48G fold. Would a renumbering be out of the question for them?

Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou ~The message~ – J-Pop Idols
The actual tracklist for the much-anticipated album.

This week in music 10.22.2014 – New School Kaidan
Tochiotome25 headlines this week’s idol offerings, and Garry explains why.

i☆Ris – Miracle Paradise – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s new single, including tracklist and video.


Strawberry Milk promote their single! Boyfriend may turn you into a newt with Witch!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 20, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Strawberry Milk’s Debut Single Is “OK” – seoulbeats
Laura has an evenhanded review of the Crayon Pop subunit’s debut single and video.

Planner of concert that left 16 dead and 11 injured commits suicide – Asian Junkie
Tragedy begetting further tragedy.

Boyfriend Goes Theatrical in “Witch” – seoulbeats
Andy takes a close look at the group’s latest, as they try for a more mature image.

Strawberry Milk did their “OK” dance MV on a farm, handed out strawberry milk – Asian Junkie
At least they’re committing to the concept.

7 K-pop Idols Who Should Bounce – seoulbeats
I was expecting to see HyunA in the mix, and the argument for Orange Caramel is very compelling to me…


New episode of SNHello! Listen to SNH48’s UZA EP!

Recommended Cpop Reading: October 20, 2014

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2014-10-17SNH48 – SNHello! Episode 14 – Shanghai48s
The group tackle historical drama. Sorta.

SNH48 – 呜吒 (UZA) from SNH48’s 5th EP 《呜吒》 (UZA) – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 悬铃木 (鈴懸なんちゃら / Suzukake Nanchara)from SNH48’s 5th EP… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 第一只兔子 (ファースト・ラビット / First Rabbit)from SNH48’s 5th EP… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 错过奇迹 (奇跡は間に合わない / Kiseki wa Ma ni Awanai)from SNH48’s… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 夕阳下的约定 (夕陽を見ているか? / Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?)from SNH48’s… – Shanghai48s
A chance to listen to the tracks before buying them!

SNH48 《呜吒》 (UZA) MV – TOP 3 version – Shanghai48s
Still loving the swords!


Wada Ayaka! Yamamoto Sayaka! Mina Oba! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 20, 2014

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大島♡優子「脱ぎやがれ!」 – モーニングBerryz48
MB gives us a close, detailed look at Oshima Yuko’s new photobook. Yes, the one where she gets nekkid.

2014-10-17 SNH48 Team NII member Lu Ting – Shanghai48s
2014-10-17 SNH48 Team SII member Xu ChenChen – Shanghai48s
Two gorgeous Cpop idols.

HKT48 Madoka Moriyasu “Winds Blow Softly” on UTB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The first few photos made me think of Parappa the Rapper. “Kick! Punch! It’s all in your mind!”

山本彩 – Jurina48
A gorgeous Yamamoto Sayaka pictorial.

大場美奈 – Jurina48
Mina Oba having fun.

道重さゆみ – Jurina48
Michishige Sayumi looking dramatic.

上西恵 – Jurina48
上西恵 – Jurina48
Behind the scenes with Jonishi Kei at a photoshoot.

2014-10-18 SNH48 Team NII member Yi Jiaai – Shanghai48s
She could do better.

Wallpapers from the year 2009 & 2010 – Berryz Kobo International
More memories to refresh our imagination.

himuralight: 宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura in a pretty rose dress.

Photo – Jurina48
The full pictorial for the duo of Kitagwa Ryoha and Kumazaki Haruka.

Little Forest – KAKKO-II.COM
Wada Ayaka in a cute and sexy pictorial. A bit of a revelation, actually.

2014-10-20 1931 Team Red member Jiang JingJing – 1931
Love the hat, intrigued by the idol.

sol-sapphirus489: Matsui Rena – Nogizaka46 October II – Jurina48
Matsui Rena looking street.

2014-10-20 1931 Team Red member Li Ling – 1931
Wow. Oh, wow.

kumakuma-san: yic17: Shiraishi Mai & Nishino Nanase… – Jurina48
nogibaby: 乃木坂46 桜井玲香  西野七瀬  白石麻衣 Shiraishi Mai, Nishino Nanase,… – Jurina48
More of that tag team from Nogizaka46.

小島瑠璃子  佐野ひなこ – Jurina48
Here’s a surprising pair that actually makes a lot of sense: Kojima Ruriko and Sano Hinako!

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
A quick double shot of Miyawaki Sakura!

ken0727: Ikuta… – Jurina48
Going for that sexy Morticia Adams effect.

S/mileage “Smile Fantasy” images – the number 244
They do look quite adorable in these shots from the musical, with more of a Valentine than Halloween vibe.


JE fandom reviews Gomen ne Seishun! Details on Tsumatachi no Shinkansen!

Recommended Drama Reading: October 20, 2014

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NHK Drama Special 2014 ~ Tsumatachi no Shinkansen – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the special which features Mano Erina!

First Impressions on Gomen ne Seishun – JE fandom
Mikuchin enjoyed the first episode, finding a different take on classroom dramas with a strong performance by Nishikido Ryo.

First Impressions on Jigoku Sensei Nube – JE fandom
Not surprisingly, Mikuchin detects a strong shonen manga feel to this adaptation, which leads to a lukewarm reception at best.

Gugu datte Neko de Aru – Jdrama Weblog
That cat looks badass!


Repeated Countless Error leads to Land of Rising Sound! Okay! Musume Time answers questions!

Recommended Community Reading: October 20, 2014

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Me, My Blog & Idols Q&A (Vol. 3) – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima returns to blogging by answering a wide variety of reader questions!

8 months – Repeated Countless Error
Land of Rising Sound
Alex Shenmue has created a new website that will help newer fans better learn and understand the Japanese music scene. It’s a great, ambitious idea, and I’m excited to see where this goes.


Tsukamoto Mariko becomes a model! Rhymeberry release new video! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 17, 2014

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Stretching to be a Grown Up, My Life is Not Just for Show – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat finds an echo of old-school H!P as the group revisits familiar territory with their latest release.

DVDs of Momoclo’s Kokuritsu Swept 1st and 2nd on Oricon Weekly Chart!! – Tokyo Girls Update
Okay, so maybe they’re not yet on the same level as AKB and H!P – but with chart performances like this, I still maintain it’s just a matter of time.

DVD & Blu-Ray of Momoclo’s Acoustic Live Events “Momoiro Yobanashi” are Finally Released!! – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m sure this will do well for the group, as well.

Party Rockets – Triangle – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first album, including tracklist.

10/16: Tsunku’s “C-word” is in the “R word” – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat takes note of the good news regarding Tsunku’s condition.

Sakura Gakuin Reveals MV for their New Song “Heart no Hoshi” – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s like Narnia, The Patty Duke Show, and Where The Wild Things Are were placed in a wota-powered blender.

Yamada Nana to graduate NMB48 – Morning Girls On The Run
Oshi (2014) – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary Nak shares her thoughts on the announcement of Yamada’s upcoming exit. On a side note, I’ve been so out of the loop that I hadn’t realized Thennary had set up a new blog devoted to female Jpop idols, placing her related Youtube videos there as well. It’s a great blog, and among the new material I especially enjoyed the Oshi post as knowing someone’s favorites is always a good insight to a person’s fandom.

Rhymeberry Reveals the MV for 5th Single “IDOL ILLMATIC” – Tokyo Girls Update
3-nin Rhymeberry continue to prove themselves with their new video.

Oshima Yuko and me part 2 – New School Kaidan
David Chang again pays tribute to the idol who shares his birthday… as opposed to, say, Eminem and George Wendt.

Oha-Girl Fuwawa- “トロイメライライン” Dance MV – Neaux Clicked on It
If you want kawaii, you’ve got it.

AKB48 halts high-fives for fans after theater performances, does it shift dynamic? – Asian Junkie
More fallout from the handshake incident.

Tsukamoto Mariko (ex AKB48) became a model – J-Pop Idols
God has answered my prayers. Well, this one at least. The prayer about Miyawaki Sakura and a jar of peanut butter has yet to be answered.