April 23, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Ishida Karen

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Intensive Karen.


Recommended Tweets: April 23, 2014

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Hail the queen of the weeaboos! Is Buono! dead? Morning Musume gets older! AKB’s pennant race!

April 22, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Yamamoto Sayaka

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Thought jacker.


Recommended Tweets: April 22, 2014

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First reactions to the new AKB video and single covers! Milan answers questions about AKB and the idol industry! Aiba’s shoe steals the show!

April 21, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Sano Hinako

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Jungle love.


Recommended Tweets: April 21, 2014

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Koharu shows off! bump.y disbands! Henkka is Finnish?!?!

April 20, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Anri Sugihara

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Drive shaft.


Recommended Tweets: April 20, 2014

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Aanya attack! Which Hashimoto? Which Ikuta? Morning Musume on Music Station!

April 19, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Hoshina Mizuki

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Recommended Tweets: April 19, 2014

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More tweeting of the Arafes DVD! Tweeting of a Team Syachihoko concert! Idol T-shirts! Return of the glue gun!

April 18, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Shiina Hikari

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Deep research.


Recommended Tweets: April 18, 2014

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Idol zombie selfies? Arashi’s new music video! A Ring-like dream about Kodama Haruka! Ohno tries to run away with 48G?

April 17, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Yajima Maimi

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Idols idols uber alles.


Recommended Tweets: April 17, 2014

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Tweeting (part of) Arafes! Hashimoto Kanna and rev. from DVL!

April 16, 2014


Hello! Project Tweets

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Chiima, AimxAim, Kiana, and others have some bird-brained fun with their idols. And then they got peckish…


Today’s Haikucandy: Matsui Rena

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Streets ahead.


Recommended Tweets: April 16, 2014

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Taking selfies to a whole new level! First day sales for Morning Musume’s new single Another 48G idol to graduate!

April 15, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Moga Mogami

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No pocky for kitty.


Recommended Tweets: April 15, 2014

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Nino’s intense focus! Aim’s Hey! Say! JUMP calendar arrives! H!P advertisements!

April 14, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Hoshina Mizuki

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Recommended Tweets: April 14, 2014

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Does Nino ever age? What OG really stands for! Alice Project! 9nine! Casual Hello! Project Fan celebrates one year!

April 13, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Dan Mitsu

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Recommended Tweets: April 13, 2014

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Matsui Rena debuts with Nogizaka46! Kikuchi Ayaka announces her graduation from AKB48!

April 12, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Anna Konno

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Flowery dress,


Recommended Tweets: April 12, 2014

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AKB48 get a facelift! Nino in a box! Idoling!!! get buggy!

April 11, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: An Tsujimoto

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Recommended Tweets: April 11, 2014

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C-ute work the poles like pros! Takamina’s cake!

April 10, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Watanabe Miyuki

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Sheer can.


Recommended Tweets: April 10, 2014

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Sailor Zombies! AimxAim turns 22! Tanaka Masahiro’s Momoclo song!

April 9, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Matsui Rena

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Scary stories.


Covers and video for AKB48′s next single are revealed! How good was Matsuura Aya? And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 22, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Endo Mai Graduation Live – J-Pop Idols
Details on the BluRay release, including the track list.

Review of Morning Musume, Itano Tomomi, Maeda Atsuko’s Recent Singles – Wota (in training)
Mina looks at the most recent singles from several idol heavy-hitters.

Suga Shikao: “Matsuura Aya is not only a good singer; she has real persuasive power. I want you to listen to her music without dismissing her as just another idol.” – Wota in Translation
A fascinating discussion of Ayaya and her career.

AKB48 36th Single “Labrador Retriever” CD covers and PV digest made public! – AKB48WrapUp
Foot fetishists rejoice!

Tsunku♂ Commentary for S/mileage “Mystery Night! / Eighteen Emotion” – Tokyo Girls Update
The most interesting part here is Tsunku’s admission that growing up an idol means the S/mileage ladies may have a different view of the age of eighteen than others.

The Hello! Project Voices I Can’t Stand – Sora to Kujira
Abraham takes issue with some H!P singing abilities and choices.

Win 300 “Likes” To Be On Jacket Cover, Idoling!!! Faces A Challenge – Tokyo Girls Update
A new variation of the idol as popularity contest! Once again, social media giveth, social media taketh away.

MM.’14 Wins 1st of Oricon Weekly Ranking 5 Consecutive times, Breaking Their Own Record – Tokyo Girls Update
Sayumi comments on this shining achievement for the reconstituted Morning Musume.


Crayon Pop show off their skills! N.CA releases follow-up single and video! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 22, 2014

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Crayon Pop on ‘Weekly Idol’ with English subs; Gummi has … oral talent – Asian Junkie
Some fun with the girls from Crayon Pop. Watching Way eat fried chicken was the definite highlight for me. Talk about finger lickin’ good…

Nothing’s Different With NC.A’s “I’m Different” – seoulbeats
Alolika finds a mediocre song ruined by an overly cute video. I think that’s a pretty generous assessment.

G-Dragon unfollows everybody on Instagram, fans go nuts on Mizuhara Kiko – Asian Junkie
Once again, social media giveth and social media taketh away… aaaannnnnddd, fans go apeshit.

JYP Moment 2 – who is sulli?
Brian knows the real star of K-pop Star.


More bikini/uniform pairings! Fun at the Labrador Retriever video shoot! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 22, 2014

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48Group “Daredemo Seifuku Mizugi de 26nin vol.2″ on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
I would enjoy a whole book of these pairings. A whole encyclopedia series, actually.

[Review]Alice no Toge Episode 2 – Dorama Doll
Mikuchin finds this episode darker and more sinister, which is a good thing in this case.

Yuko and her fear of balloons – WEN48
As appallingly cute as this is, it still does not compare to Ishikawa Rika’s fear of chickens.

callmeawota: marikosamadaisuki: looks like Miorin was afraid… – WEN48
Wow, those two really do look like mother-daughter.

48shadesofgay: takatomo-cuties: wen48: 48shadesofgay: wen48: … – WEN48
Matching the dogs to their idols?

Black President – Jdrama Weblog
A summary of the new drama starring Kuroki Meisa.

Gravure model Konno Anna bathes with younger brother … yup; BOMB.TV shoot + candids – Asian Junkie
I’ve heard of method acting, but method gravure?


bump.y to disband! Madara reviews Morning Musume’s Fall 2013 concert DVD! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 21, 2014

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bump.y to “Graduate” from the Group, To Make Their Ways Independently - Tokyo Girls Update
This is a bit of a disappointing move, but an understandable one. While bump.y was always a really good group, the goal for all the girls was to become actresses. I wish them all the best!

Bump.y to Disband this June, Time for the Feels to set in… (Grab the tissues for me ;w;) – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is understandably disappointed about Bump.y disbanding, and shares her thoughts on the group.

A Vending Machine that lets you Dance with your Favorite Idol! In Collaboration with Ayami Muto – Tokyo Girls Update
You get to virtually dance with Ayami AND you get ice cream? I want to go to there!

Ray’s Picks

Sato Masaki tries to bring members snow from Hokkaido; snow melts – Wota in Translation
Lines 144 and 155 made me laugh out loud.

Morning Musume Concert Tour Fall 2013~CHANCE!~ – madara_blog
Another screencap extravaganza from madara, as he finds a rejuvenated Morning Musume give an energetic show.

Nakashima Mika & Kato Miriya to collaborate in song included in 2014 World Cup’s official album – aramatheydidnt
The longtime friends finally get to collaborate…

Mika Nakashima x Miliyah Kato – Fighter – aramatheydidnt
… And the results sound pretty damn good.

H!P Profiles: S/mileage – Iroppoi Twilight Game
A look at the rather tumultuous history of the group. Has it been over two years since Yuuka left? Oh, how I still miss her.

Karat – Dot Aozora – J-Pop Idols
Apparently, the group is now old enough to feel love.

JK21 – Mya / Recipe – J-Pop Idols
The fourth single from this group is a double A-side.

Hello! Project 2014 Summer – J-Pop Idols
If you can’t make it, at least there’s the inevitable DVD…

JINTANA & EMERALDS- “Honey” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
The molasses-slow tempo of the song makes me think Neaux’s use of the word “stoner-fied” seems quite appropriate. Very pretty, too.

Nagoya Besed Idol, Team Syachihoko Unveils MV for New Single “Ii Kurashi”! – Tokyo Girls Update
A very fun video and song, definitely worth giving a try. Team Syachihoko are pretty high on my “get to know better” list, and this just pushes them further.

BABYMETAL – BABYMETAL Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds a great deal to enjoy here, though he also knows some metal purists are probably having seizures.

On the recent offerings brought to us by Momusu… – Luscious Idolicious!?
Krv catches up with the current era of Morning Musume, with rather mixed results.

This week in music 04.23.2014 – New School Kaidan
It’s subunit versus subunits as Not Yet and Satoyama headline this week’s offerings.


Sora to Kujira reviews After School’s album! New duo Billionaire go their own way! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 21, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Album Review: AFTERSCHOOL – Dress to bore – Sora to Kujira
Abraham finds highlights on this album, but the monotony soon takes over.

Why do we hold onto idols for so long? – NyNyOnline
NyNy considers a few reasons fans keep hanging on.

No Company, No Problem: Billionaire Debut with “That Night” – seoulbeats
This male duo are trying to make a name for themselves without a company backing them. It’ll be interesting to see how far they go.


A Sailor Moon reunion! Kojiharu has a Sailor Moon cosplay party! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 21, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

48Group Daredemo “Seifuku Mizugi de 26nin” vol.1 on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Best of both worlds with bikini and uniform!

[Review] Bitter Blood Episode 1 – Dorama Doll
After Border, a surprisingly good detective drama debut.

Sailor Moon Live Action Cast Reunites 10 Years Later – aramatheydidnt
The years have been very kind to them, they all remain so lovely.

jigsoo: Kojima Haruna (nyanchan22) 04.21.2014: 1st… – WEN48
It’s tempting to try to interpret the meaning of the gifts Kojiharu received on her birthday, but to what effect?

Umomeru – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds a good deal to enjoy about this drama, which won the WOWOW screenplay competition.

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Kojima Haruna’s Sailormoon Birthday Party 1) – WEN48
Photo – WEN48
They should make a whole DVD of this…

G.NA is sultry for First Look + more underwear shots from Nylon’s April 2014 issue – Asian Junkie
Sultry is a good word for this. Fap heaven would be two more words.

Mogami Moga in Young Jump No. 19 2014 – the number 244
Moga Mogami never fails to take my breath away with her pictorials.


HKT48 and SKE48 hold a joint handshake event! May’n returns to Los Angeles! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 20, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

May’n returns to Los Angeles for special show at Musicians Institute – Tokyo Girls Update
The show is in July, tickets go on sale starting tomorrow.

A Vending Machine that lets you Dance with your Favorite Idol! In collaboration with Ayami Muto. – Tokyo Girls Update
Well, this is assuming that your favorite idol is Muto Ayami. Still, it’s a pretty nifty idea and it’s great news that she got to do this.

SKE48 & HKT48 hold a Joint Handshake Event in Nagoya Dome – Tokyo Girls Update
This sounds like a great idea and that everyone had a great time. And I definitely agree, it would be great to see more interactions between the 48G franchises.

AKB48 – Mae Shika Mukanee Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds the energetic lead track a fitting swan song for Oshima Yuko.


Kojiharu celebrates her birthday! The hip swings of AKB graduates! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 20, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Kansai Collection 2014 S/S – Matsui Rena Closed-door… – WEN48
Matsui Rena grows closer and closer to my heart.

48Group “Daredemo Mizugi 50nin Best8″ on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Ahh, loving the AKB swimsuit season.

The Long Goodbye – Jdrama Weblog
This is fascinating, as it’s an adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel.

jigsoo: Shinoda Mariko (maricollet3) IG 04.20.2014: 1st pic:… – WEN48
jigsoo: Kojima Haruna (nyanchan22) IG 04.20.2014: 1st pic:… – WEN48
Kojiharu has a birthday party, AKB style!

Border eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike has some issues with the series, but finds it watchable.

Photo – WEN48
Photo – WEN48
In the case of Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka, hips definitely don’t lie.

This Week In Eripon (15.04.2014-19.04.2014) – the number 244
Eripon brings in some guest stars for her selfies, including one mystery person.


Before Johnny’s West, there was BAD! SMAP are Universal Studios ambassadors! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: April 20, 2014

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Thennary’s Picks

SMAP Becomes Ambassador of Universal Studios Japan – JE Fandom
I think I am most impressed they all somehow ended up being Gryffindors.

Nakajima Kento to Host a Special Program featuring “Ebiken” – JE Fandom
I would like to see if Nakaken could pull off some of those dance moves.

VS Arashi 2014.04.10 Review – J-Everything
Arashi against a younger generation of talents.

Gamushara 2014.04.13 Review – J-Everything
This new Junior program has the Juniors taking of challenges.

Ray’s Picks

The Shounen Club 7 May 2010 review – Never Ending Music Power
The rise of Johnny’s West makes this episode’s debut of BAD take on new significance for Thennary.


Tsugunaga Momoko defends herself against rumors! Steve of Selective Hearing looks at the history of vocal production in idol music! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 19, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Vocal Production in Idol Music: Past and Present – Selective Hearing
Steve provides an illuminating history of idol music in terms of vocal production, covering the start of the industry to the present. Paired with the Asian Junkie article on vocal production techniques several days back, readers can gain a deeper appreciation of the more musical concerns of the idol industry.

Momochi on ‘Uwasa ha Gohou ka Shinjitsu ka Gase Dema Collection’ – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
While her defense against the rumors is amusing, the underlying issue of an idol dealing with a poor background is quite striking. It also makes me wonder if the image Momoko projects speaks of a deeper concern of her place as an idol and a desire to maintain that status.

Hashimoto Kanna and Rev. from DVL in their 1st CM – J-Pop Idols
Real estate idols! I wouldn’t mind holding their escrow, eh?

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Interesting tidbits on Kuraki Mai and Bonnie Pink.


Kojiharu takes a seat! Fukuhime pictorial! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 19, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Mozu season 1 Episode 2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike points out the pros and cons of the drama so far.

[4/?] Favorite Performance: Kojima Haruna – Yuuwaku no Garter – WEN48
A magnificent way for an idol to take a seat.

Fukumura Mizuki in Young Gangan 2014 No. 9 – the number 244
Fukuhime looking quite lovely. As in

Shinigami-kun – Jdrama Weblog
Details on Ohno Satoshi’s new drama.


Okay! Musume Time celebrates a landmark! Swifty pays tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez!

Recommended Community Reading: April 19, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

You Guys Read A Lot… – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima celebrates a major blogging landmark with all the enthusiasm and love we come to expect from her.

Rest in peace, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Swifty, Writing
Swifty pays tribute to the recently diseased author, describing how Marquez’s work changed his life. Marquez was also one of my favorite authors in my younger days, especially loving One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. This is definitely the passing of a legend.


Oshima Yuko’s last words to her Team K! Watanabe Mayu does Pokemon! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 18, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Butterfly Effect – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s sixth major single.

Babyraids Shows Funny Devil Make-Up in the MV for “Bucchake Rock’n Hacchake Roll” – Tokyo Girls Update
I love the tiger giving direction. A very fun, charged-up video.

Yuko’s Last Words towards the Members of Oshima Team K – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s the end of an era and Yuko pays tribute to her team mates, acknowledging criticisms against her Team K along the way.

Denpagumi Inc. – World Wide Dempa review – Luscious Idolicious!?
Krv has a very positive track-by-track review of the album, digging into the ways the music (and idols) dazzle and surprise.

Team Syachihoko’s Vegetables Exercise Brings you A Healthy Life! – Tokyo Girls Update
The team are “fairies of health and well-being” for this CM tie-in.

BABYMETAL takes the world by storm – KAKKO-II.COM
Zush takes note of how BABYMETAL-mania continues to grow.

37-year-old mum joins AKB48! – Tokyo Girls Update
Some more details on the selection of Tsukamoto Mariko, including what the AKB idols wanted in their new member.

Japanese boy Kudo Haru buys two copies of latest magazine featuring Fukumura Mizuki! – Wota in Translation
Based on the photos, I wouldn’t blame this handsome young man for fapping his brains out.

Watanabe Mayu × Pokemon – J-Pop Idols
I choose you, Mayuyu! My daughter’s loving Pokemon right now, maybe this will be a way to make her a Mayuyu fan as well?

Momochi denies rumours of ‘Washing herself at a river’ – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Does boy Haruka know about this?

Lets Stop Having Idols Dress Up Other Idols – Sora to Kujira
Abraham is disappointed in Fukuda Kanon’s wardrobe choices for Momusu. Maybe it was an act of intramural sabotage between the units?

Okay! Musume Digest #95 – Okay! Musume Time
Once again Chiima dives in with the week in idol news, and some Demi Lovato too!


Billboard profiles B.A.P.! Beyond Hallyu examines Akdong Musician’s “Melted”!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 18, 2014

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B.A.P Discusses Stateside Love, Busy Schedule at World Tour Kickoff – Billboard
A solid profile of the boy band, who’s giving as much love to America as they’re getting.

Hope, tragedy, and han in Akdong Musician’s Melted – Beyond Hallyu
Kay does a very nice job analyzing this emotionally charged video and its meaning.


Hyuna cosplays! Not yet pictorial! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 18, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Not Yet “Issho ni Otona no Jikan” on Friday Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The AKB subunit are looking great here.

BORDER Episode 1 – Dorama Doll
A strong screencap review of the first episode, which doesn’t engage Mikuchin enough to assure a viewing of the second episode.

New issue of AKB Newspaper – Takahashi Minami + Watanabe Mayu – WEN48
The once and future queens of AKB?

jeffyer: Sleeping goddess Sleeping Sayaka – WEN48
This shouldnt’t be as sexy as it is, but I guess that’s Akimoto Sayaka for you.

HyunA cosplays and stuff for ‘Mystic Fighter’ – Asian Junkie
I don’t know what she’s promoting and don’t really care. She’s looking gorgeous here.

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