March 7, 2014
Three becomes five?
S/mileage navels! BABYMETAL goes global! Debate on Jpop versus Kpop!
The things we do for love! And an epic discussion on BABYMETAL, aesthetic judgment, and objectivity!
Twitter reacts to the sad news.
Glue gun! Nino’s wardrobe choices! BABYMETAL! Momoko!
Tanaka Reina! SNH48! BABYMETAL! Wota behavior!
That GuanHi look! Berryz tenth anniversary! Idoling!!! cards!
More Socko than you can shake a stick at! Lots of Acchan too! And some Nino!
Sailor Moon lingerie! Nino being Nino! Did I mention Sailor Moon lingerie?
Riho! GuanHi! Acchan X Kojiharu X Yuko!
Socko! Shuffle assignments refused! Spanish flavor Hello! Project!
More thoughts on the shuffle! BABYMETAL release their album! The problem with double A-sides!
Cats! More shuffle reactions! A debate over Morning Musume (sorta)!
The preview and aftermath of today’s AKB shuffles! SNSD release new mini-album!
The grand reformation was live-tweeted, as were the fan reactions to the announcements. Not for the faint of heart.
Acchan in Milan! Pre-reformation jitters! Sailor Moon lingerie!
Kyary lands in Chicago! Reviews of Tokyo Girls’ Style and BABYMETAL! And more!
Tokyo Girls’ Style – Partition Love Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds more of the same for the group, but in a good way.
Tsunku♂’s message to Berryz Kobo on their 10th anniversary – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A playful – one may even say trolling (asking if the audience skipped work? really?) – message for the group.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s second North American tour has started in Chicago! – Tokyo Girls Update
Kyary continues to spread her particular brand of Jpop across the continent.
I wasn’t able to tell Eripon I love her… – Wota in Translation
Henkka’s comment – as it often does – made me laugh out loud.
Like a Sweet Chocolate! YumeAdo’s Karin Ogino acts as “School Girl in Love” – Tokyo Girls Update
Idols and chocolate, two great tastes that go great together.
Babymetal Album Review – J-POP GO
An enjoyable, very well written review of the album.
Nakagawa Shoko at Japan Expo – J-Pop Idols
Will Shokotan cherchez les chats while in Paris?
Idols, a history – New School Kaidan
Not quite a history of idols per se, but good capsule histories of the rise of three of the biggest girl groups around right now: Morning Musume, AKB48, and Momoiro Clover Z. This is apparently the groundwork for a larger project about pushing less popular members of idol groups, so I’m interested to see how it goes.
°C-ute no Challenge TV – J-Pop Idols
Is there a Special Idols Making Out With Each Other corner in every episode? No? Then I’m not watching.
Watanabe Miyuki pictorial! Birthday GIFs for Matsui Jurina! And more!
NMB48 Miyuki Watanabe “Hatachi no Milky” on Manga Action Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
She does such a great job with gravure, and this is no exception.
akb48gifs: Happy birthday, Jurina! – WEN48
She looks gorgeous even when holding a plushie turd.
TV Asahi Drama Special 2014 ~ Specialist 2 – Jdrama Weblog
Info on the new drama starring SMAP’s Kusanaga Tsuyoshi, a crime thriller centering around stickers. I’ll be disappointed if purikura doesn’t factor into an episode.
Arashi meet a figure skater! Watch L’Arc en Ciel in America!
Arashi ni Shiyagare 2014.02.15 Review – J-Everything
Arashi hang out with an award winning figure skater and of course eat food.
Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.05.13 Review – J-Everything
The Juniors take vocal lessons to try their hand at voice acting.
See L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE in America!… ish – Shattered-Tranquility.net
Well, it’s not like you can bring popcorn to a mosh pit.
Orange Caramel under wraps in new video! 2NE1′s CL in Muslim controversy! And more!
T-ARA – “Lead They Way/ LA’BooN” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami is thrown off by these two songs, which veer from the T-ara formula in very different ways.
YGE goes JYPE, plans to open “YG Land” in Orange County – Asian Junkie
I think they’re smart to have a North American base of operations, especially given the in-roads their best-known acts have made.
Orange Caramel’s “Catallena” MV teaser released; SLAY QUEENS KWEENS SLAYAGE OMG – Asian Junkie
It manages to be both adorably funny and highly disturbing at the same time.
CL’s “MTBD” deemed offensive to Muslims, but reaction more disturbing than action – Asian Junkie
A great article that describes the issue – and response – in a fair-minded manner.
Momoiro Clover Z get a new member! AKB48 is looking for a new member of a certain age! BABYMETAL astounds the world! And more!
Momochi celebrates her 22nd Bday, Graduation confirmed! – Chuu! Sugoi! Idol
Princess Miyo shares her good wishes, and expresses pride for the idol despite not being much of a Momoko fan.
Hello! Station Ep57 – Morningtime
A great screencap review with lots of great jokes – though what captured my attention was the take-down of Berryz, which was pretty amazing.
Words by Tsugunaga Momoko – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
This comes from Berryz’s seventh anniversary but it’s astonishingly mature for an eighteen year old. I especially enjoyed how she described being an idol as “work” and draws a strict distinction between that life and school.
Rev. from DVL – Love -Arigatou- – J-Pop Idols
Details on the major debut from the group.
AKB48 35th Single [Mae Shika Mukanee] First Week Sales – MELOS no Michi
Another solid million-seller, if not quite living up to recent singles.
Kitagawa Keiko is the newest Momoiro Clover Z member … why – Asian Junkie
Some dismay at the news, but Momoclo is definitely raising their visibility – and working with a Sailor Scout, to boot!
Oda Sakura learns Tanaka Reina’s vocal technique – Wota in Translation
Wow, my respect for Sakura shot up a huge amount after reading this.
AKB48 Looking for Members Aged 30+ – MELOS no Michi
It’s actually only one member, and it’s to promote ice cream… But at least it isn’t a comedic duo made of chocolate or anything like that… I hope?
Exaggerated-Girls Dance Their Asses Off To RYDEEN – Sora to Kujira
Abraham seems impressed enough with this bunch of try-hards.
Who are BABYMETAL? – New School Kaidan
A great profile for those unfamiliar with the trio.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I give up. This shit rocks! – KAKKO-II.COM
Zush shares some YouTube comments in response to their latest video. The chaos and confusion they’re causing is very, very metal.
2NE1 and SNSD’s rivalry goes to the Billboard charts! Actress Soyoung on being an ex-After School idol!
Release Date Rivalry – seoulbeats
An enjoyable look at Kpop rivalries – as well as a major Jpop rivalry! – and why they happen.
Girls’ Generation Hits the Billboard 200 – Billboard
2NE1 Sets New U.S. Record for Highest-Charting, Best-Selling K-Pop Album With ‘Crush’ – Billboard
Apparently, the rivalry for these two girl groups has paid off well enough for both of them.
Trans: “Idol turned actress” Yoo Soyoung “The ‘After School’ label”, and “Worries about distinguishing herself from AS” – 140209 – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
She hasn’t been in After School in a long while, but apparently Soyoung still gets defined by that. Actually, so does Kahi and Bekah. I guess that says something about the group’s popularity.
Fun with Yuko and Takamina! MB serves up the latest Weekly Playboy! And more!
~Weekly Playboy no.11 March 17th, 2014 features Covergirl Fukakyon～♡!!!, Yanagi Yurina & Tentoumu Chu’s♥ Naachan – モーニングBerryz48
“Lolita and Boing”. I must repeat: “Lolita and Boing”.
Halp. This is too cute. Halp – WEN48
Ahh, earlier, simpler times.
dopplerrific: Google+ 峯岸みなみこのメンツは落ち着くなぁ。 思い出ぽろぽろ；＿； – WEN48
dopplerrific: Google+ 高橋みなみオフショット笑(・∀・) – WEN48
Yuko and Takamina at play! And for some reason, I find that one shot of the ladies waiting for the bars to go down on their ride to be positively mesmerizing.
What are the different roles in creating a song? Happy Disco tells us what she’s been up to!
Your Thoughts: Idol Demographics – Happy Disco
Serenyty responds to Steve and Skoban about that girl idols issue of Anan and what it could mean.
Idol Thoughts: What I’ve Been Up to.. – Happy Disco
Serenyty fills us in on something absolutely wonderful she’s done, and why she’s done it. And I think we’re not all that far away from what she wants. It’s just a matter of time.
Music production & songwriting credits explained or: Why the ‘true artist’ label is dumb – Asian Junkie
A helpful guide for those of us who aren’t as informed about the music world as we could be, as well as some hard truths about how credit works.
The Hello! Project mastermind makes an announcement regarding his health, and fans react to the news.
The news broke early this morning that Tsunku, the mastermind who created Hello! Project and is responsible for most of its best-known songs, has been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. H!P fans reacted quickly with heartfelt concern and hopes for a speedy recovery, showing just how beloved Tsunku is, and how important he is for the way many fans appreciate idol music.
You can check out the Recommended Tweets responding to the news. Below are some initial reactions from bloggers:
A report from Tsunku♂ to everyone – blog!project
A translation of Tsunku’s official statement. Special thanks to Skoban for this.
Tsunku Diagnosed with Laryngeal Cancer – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is shocked by the news, and ponders how a man we don’t know personally can have such a profound impact.
Tsunku’s Shocking Announcement. – The Casual Hello!Project Fan
Reaction and tribute to the “genius troll”.
Tsunku has been Diagnosed with Cancer – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate hopes Tsunku will be healthy again soon.
Updates from Wota in Translation and Selective Hearing!
Letter From The Editor March 2014 – Selective Hearing
Greg fills us in on what’s coming up for the site, including plans for the next trip to Japan.
Important announcement about Wota in Translation – Wota in Translation
Henkka explains how some possible changes at 2ch will impact his blog.
Momoko celebrates Berryz’s tenth, her twenty-second birthday, and graduating from college! MB reviews AKB48′s latest single! And more!
Some more 10th anniversary news – Berryz Kobo International
Some great pics from the event.
Akb48「前しか向かねえ」 – モーニングBerryz48
Another super-comprehensive review from MB, covering the single that she deems the perfect send-off for Oshima Yuko.
Tsuri Bit – Tabidachi Kirari – J-Pop Idols
This single is a tie-in to a a convenience store franchise, which maybe could mean a convenience store themed video? One can only hope.
SNH48 will release their 4th single, Heart Eleki (& more SNH48 news) – AKB48WrapUp
I like the photos for the single, even if none eof them seem comfy with their respective instruments.
H!P members say the darndest things about sexuality (3 threads) – Wota in Translation
As a parent, Riho’s statement is especially amusing.
【Event Report】University graduation confirmed, Berryz Kobo・ Tsugunaga Momoko、「My Momochi Musubi won’t be graduated！」 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Congratulations to Momoko – AND happy birthday! Also: Good Lord, I’m feeling old.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Single “Family Party” to be Theme Song for New ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ Movie! – Tokyo Girls Update
Cartoon meets cartoon.
UNDERFACE: The Electro / Sci-Fi Idol Group – Sora to Kujira
I dunno… That picture of the girl shooting up is a real turn-off to me, though Lord knows why. I think I’ll pass on this.
E-Girls finally go with mature concept for “Dance All Night”; results mixed but it’s progress – Asian Junkie
Praise for the experimentation in this group’s latest release.
S/mileage’s new single got a title! – Sakura Mankai
This sounds mature and somewhat promising.
JKT48 5th Single [Flying Get] Released – MELOS no Michi
Details on the group’s latest release and how they’ll be using the general election senbatsu system.
Rainbow Blaxx’s Hyunyoung! Yumemiru Adolescence’s Shida Yuumi! And more!
Whole MAXIM pictorial for Rainbow Blaxx’s Hyunyoung for March 2014′s issue – Asian Junkie
Wow. Didn’t know who she was until now, but suddenly I’m very interested.
AKB48 Mariya Nagao “K3″ on Young Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A great pictorial from one of the more gifted gravure artists in the AKB stable.
鈴木愛理～♡ デジタフォトブック Vol.115 – モーニングBerryz48
More Suzuki Airi offshots.
ゆうみん～♡！！ – モーニングBerryz48
Shida Yuumi of Yumemiru Adolescence has a fun, exciting pictorial.
Nino’s fashion sense strikes again! Sexy Zone goes climbing! And more!
VS Arashi 2014.02.13 Review – J-Everything
Nino’s questionable fashion taste steals the show in this episode.
Sexy Zone Channel 2014.02.26 Review - J-Everything
The show starts off strong as the boys go climbing.
The Shounen Club 2 April 2010 review – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary kicks in a new season, whose opening episode is devoted to friendship.
After School explain what “dressed to kill” means! Crayon Pop’s Soyul recovering from eye infection! And more!
Thankful for BESTie’s “Thank U Very Much” MV – seoulbeats
A straightforward video about a positive, feel-good sentiment. Not unusual, but Lindsay finds it encouraging and praiseworthy.
2NE1 Wants You To “Come Back Home” And Be “Happy” – seoulbeats
Laverne looks at the two songs and videos, and comes to the same conclusions most everyone else has.
Trans: AFTERSCHOOL Talking About 2nd Japanese Album on KanFun Interview – 140303 – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
Nana explains what “dressed to kill” means. I still can’t believe this was so hotly debated.
Soyul reveals Crayon Pop’s pirate comeback concept – Asian Junkie
Best wishes to the Crayon Popper for a speedy recovery!
BABYMETAL set a Budokan record and announce European concerts! Bloggers continue to celebrate Berryz’s tenth anniversary! And more!
Aso Natsuko to Release 3rd Album “My Starlit Point” Tomorrow! – Tokyo Girls’ Update
Nacchan’s albums are excellent, so I can’t wait to receive my copy!
Underappreciated Idol Power Rankings Mar 2014 – New School Kaidan
A solid list of idols that are growing in popularity. Though I don’t know if I’d say underappreciated; rising stars is more accurate.
What do you suppose Kumai-chan gets up to when she’s at home by herself? – Wota in Translation
I laughed really hard at #4.
BABYMETAL Breaks the Youngest Budokan Performance Record and Announces Europe Concert – Tokyo Girls Update
Congratulations to Babymetal, and why aren’t you coming to perform in the US.
BABYMETAL comes to Europe – KAKKO-II.COM
Zush, one of our favorite Europeans, makes some educated guesses on where the group will appear, including the possibility of his own hometown.
Happy 10th Anniversary Berryz Kobo – Konno’s Story
A rather personal and deeply heartfelt tribute to the group.
Between Two Walls and Two Worlds – HKT48 ‘Sakura, Minna de Tabeta’ – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima’s sure lovin’ the jailbait recently… but in this case, who can blame her. A very heavily screencapped review, with all the insights and jokes one expects.
Round-up for NMB upcoming DVDs releases (March & April 2014) – AKB48WrapUp
That’s a whole lot of NMB48 to dish up.
Berryz Kobo、 10th year anniversary with implementation of BKB “Hi～a” collaboration – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A great article that details what happened at their show.
Hamasaki Ayumi now officially hitched to Mr. Clean – Asian Junkie
Congratulations to Ayu and may this last… um… longer than the previous guy, at least.
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