Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: August 25, 2015


Ray’s Picks

French Kiss – 1st and last album – J-Pop Idols
Details on the trio’s swan song.

No Berryz, No Life ? – Berryz Kobo International
Berryz forever!

The Blinkered Biased Corporation – Morningtime
This must-read piece takes issue with the BBC’s views on Japanese idol culture.

Idols Learning Marketing Lecture 3rd Session : Make People Realize Your Charm! What is an Effective Approach? – Tokyo Girls Update
Once again, I am absolutely LOVING these diagrams!

Sugaya Risako: Berryz Kobo Last Maruwakari Special (H!P Maruwakari Winter 2015 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
The youngest Berryz shares her thoughts.

Skirt? Ah, Sukatto my Heart! – Itsumo Genki
A great screencap review as Isilie shares her love of the video. And the tummeh.

Petit PASSPO☆ Display Their Fresh Fighting Spirit in the MV for “Samurai Girl”! – Tokyo Girls Update
This looks like a lot of fun. Hooray youth! Speaking of which…

PASSPO☆ Reveal New Visuals and Announce Attention Points for Autumn Tour! – Tokyo Girls Update
Catching up with the old timers.

Finally Boys Could Watch It! Trailer of Momoclo’s Girls Only Live Concert “Ristorante da MCZ” Released! – Tokyo Girls Update
They should have called this Where The Boys Aren’t. Just because.

The Call of “Rena-chan” Don’t Stop Resounding in Her Last Handshake Event – Tokyo Girls Update
Rena thanks her fans.

BABYMETAL’s Spectacular Stage In Summer Sonic 2015! On Their Last Spurt Of Their World Tour In Europe And Japan – Tokyo Girls Update
The titans of idol metal continue their quest for world domination.

Morning Musume ’15 – “Oh My Wish!” [PV] – the number 244
Finding similarities to earlier Musume videos in this screencap review.

The Underwater Conductivity – 黒い雪 -The Nocturnal Black Snow-
Appreciating all the wet friendliness in AKB48’s Next Girls’ Mizu no Naka no Dendouritsu video.

Country Girls – Wakatte Iru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summertime – J-Pop Idols
Details on the second single from Momoko and company – including track lists, videos, and covers.

Momoiro Clover Z at Anime Expo 2015 – New School Kaidan
Never too late for an account of this monumental event – with lots of great photos!

This week in music 08.26.2015 – New School Kaidan
Afilia Saga and AKB48 top this week’s idol offerings.

AKB48 Halloween Nigh “Trick or Treat” on WPB and Songs Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A magazine spread featuring the music video and who’s cosplaying as what.

Q&A with Kumai Yurina by Yahoo – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
The way she talks about it, you’d think she was Manute Bol.

Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 Platinum Passport Photo Collection: 3min., PASSPO☆, predia, palet – Tokyo Girls Update
Can’t get enough pics of this idol event!

The Revenge of Gakkyoku-ha Idols! The Past Meets The Future! – Tokyo Girls Update
An interesting lesson on idol fans who focus on the music and the music alone. Personally, I don’t get it – I loves me the eyecandy. But this is definitely an illuminating read.

Ganbare! Victory Clear the Benches in the MV for “Rarirarira”! – Tokyo Girls Update
The baseball idols are up at bat once more.

LinQ – LinQuest ~Yagate Densetsu e… – J-Pop Idols
Details on the rising group’s new single, including track lists, videos, and covers.

La PomPon Sing For Detective Conan – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles this idol group and their new single, which will be the opening theme for the Detective Conan anime.

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: August 25, 2015


Ray’s Picks

Takizawa Kabuki Kicks-off in Singapore – JE fandom
Bringing the seasons for the tenth anniversary of this event.

NEWS – NEWS BEST (1st compilation album) – Never Ending Music Power
Looking at the 2012 release as NEWS narrowed down to four members.

~ 「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays (Volume 82) – モーニングBerryz48
MB goes all the way back to 1997 as she explores an issue of Kindai magazine.

Rants & Raves : Handshake – JE fandom
Catching up with the latest news, including a SMAP handshake event!

Kinpuri vs. SixTONES and debut – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary considers the possibilities for the next Johnny’s debut.

The annual tradition is back.

Kisumai GAME 23 June 2015 episode review – Never Ending Music Power
The drones are back!

Recommended Kpop Reading: August 25, 2015


Ray’s Picks

INFINITE to stop in London, Paris, Warsaw and Berlin for their World Tour – Beyond Hallyu
Doing the continent.

Photo – the mind reels
I like HyunA’s self-awareness here, though I also have to say I prefer her when she’s being funny-and-sexy as opposed to just plain sexy.

SNSD Goes Classy And Retro in “Lion Heart” MV – seoulbeats
The group experiments with their sound by jumping on the retro bandwagon.

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: August 25, 2015


Ray’s Picks

AKB48 Saya Kawamoto “Tenshi ga Umareru Basho” on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Looking sexy in the bales of hay.

AKB48 Mako Kojima “Kojimako 18sai no Chizu” on Bomb Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Kojimako is a beam of sunshine in each and every shot.

Natsumi Matsuoka From HKT48 Reveals Everything in her First Photobook! – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the photobook and how it came about.

HKT48 Yui Kojina “Kagami no Naka no Jiina” on Flash SP Gravure Bset Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Very sexy and very dramatic, with some interesting choices along the way.

Happy 23rd Miyabi – Berryz Kobo International
A stylish photo to celebrate.

Recommended Drama Reading: August 25, 2015


Ray’s Picks

More thoughts on Zainin No Uso Episode 1 – HamsapSukebe
Finding more reasons to enjoy the show.

NTV Drama Special 2015 ~ Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the special starring the luscious Yamada Ryosuke.

Mother Game – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds this game is a bland one to play.

Keisei Saimin no Otoko ~ Takahashi Korekiyo – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the drama starring Odagiri Joe and Dan Mitsu.

Soup : Umarekawari no Monogatari – HamsapSukebe
A great cast doesn’t make this movie about reincarnation particularly memorable.