December 5, 2013
Feeling Dewey down there.
SNSD wins Best Video at the Youtube Music Awards and some people just can’t understand how.
Allkpop posts explicit photos of Ailee. The fallout and more.
Pool the strings! Pool the strings! Chiima takes a close look at this puppet themed idol video from a rising Indie act.
Chiima makes an important decision about her blogging life.
Janakya Mottainai catches up on the idol world! Chiima reviews the new Houkago Princess video! And more!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Uses ALOOK Glasses For Her Baaaad Eyesight – aramatheydidnt
The goat is the best part.
Idol Video Focus: SRAM, Meguriai, CoverGirls, Aither, Bandjanaimon – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki continues to share clips being posted on PIH’s Facebook page.
The Summer within the Winter in Houkago Princesses ‘Atsu wa Natsui!’ PV! – Okay! Musume Time
HouPri do something, um, innovative with their best seasonal songs, and Chiima is delighted with the results. The best (punch-)line: “November is the month of bitterness.”
Aya Ueto to host the Japan Record Awards, her first time together onstage with her husband HIRO – aramatheydidnt
I hear that she’s practicing Patsy Cline songs for the occasion.
What I’ve missed, how I feel, and what’s to come – Janakya Mottainai
AimXAim fills us in on her current feelings towards various aspect of the idol world, including Morning Musume, Johnny’s, the 48 family… And Dream5? The best line, though, is about the Koki scandal: “Who cares if Eggplant, dead fish eyes, poison tongue, and smoke stacks left or where fired from their groups.” Oh, how I missed you, Aim…
Berryz工房ノスタルジア – モーニングBerryz48
Longtime Berryz fan MB decides to count down her 23 favorite songs by the group, with a lot of fun detours along the way. Lots of clips and videos, lots of wackiness, but if you’re a Berryz fan it’s worth taking an hour to settle down with a hot tea or cocoa and take in this truly epic post.
Okay! Musume Digest #80 – Okay! Musume Time
Hello, sailor! Sure, you can continue on and read all the idol news, but my favorite part this time is definitely the Pic of the Week. Wowza!
Idol Profile: NA-NA – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Here’s another great indie idol profile to inform and entertain.
Kahi does Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar! Zush gives us the real Momoko! And more!
Instagram Update: Kahi dressed as Crayon Pop – 131202 – AfterSchool ❤
I find it amusing that this is what makes me interested in Kahi again.
Video: Fancam Kahi dancing to Bar Bar Bar – AfterSchool ❤
She should have paid attention to the advice of a Page Hamilton and strapped it on.
A sweet tinge of real Momoko – Berryz Kobo International
Zush shares some seasonal Momoko pics to start Christmas just right.
JFF 2013: The Devil’s Path / Kyouaku – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike is conflicted over this film, delivering something different from his expectations.
JFF 2013: Orpheus’ Lyre / Sakura Futatabi no Kanako – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike has issues with the ending of this domestic tragedy starring Inagaki Goro and Hirosue Ryoko, but enjoyed it overall.
JFF 2013: The Ravine of Goodbye / Sayonara Keikoku – HamsapSukebe
Important information on Maki Yoko’s breasts are conveyed before Akiramike moves on to the rest of the review.
Janakya Mottainai makes a triumphant return to idol blogging! Chiima looks back on her younger days and Pepsi Music Chart 2003! Momo Musu shares results from her first round of H!P surveys!
That’s My Jam: Pepsi Chart 2003 – Selective Hearing
Chiima reminisces about music from her childhood, way back when. Let’s see, in 2003 I was newly married and looking for steady employment. Thanks for making me feel ancient, Chiima!
Preliminary Round 1 Complete – Addressing the Full H!P Survey – Momo Musu
Momo not only gets into the early poll results, but also the task of polling itself as well as some helpful suggestions from readers.
A wild Aim appears – Janakya Mottainai
AimXAim returns to idol blogging and you can count me among the delighted fans of her comeback. Longtime IW/IM readers know I’ve had a special respect for Aim’s blog, for its intelligence and humor and strong opinions. She brings all of that in this post, explaining her blogging downtime and why she decided to return. And now we can all look forward to much more!
A look back at the 2002 Hello! Project Sports Festival! Ex-NMB48 idol makes comedy stage debut! And more!
NMB48: Midnight Comedy (Riichan + Momoka) — Spring is not in Full Bloomers – We’re Namba 1!
The girls and a group of comedians search for lost bloomers.
Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Ex-NMB48 Fukumoto Aina’s comedy stage debut is the most interesting news for me, as the 48 family diaspora continues to grow.
Review Monday: NMB48 Team N – Koko ni datte Tenshi wa Iru – Happy Disco
Serenyty dives in deep as she covers every song of NMB48′s new stage. NMB48 fans will have a great time reading this, along with watching the embedded videos.
Hello! Project Sports Festival 2002 – madara_blog
Madara goes back to a time when H!P was still huge and they could do things like this festival for a mainstream audience. Also, I’m pretty sure videos of the complete event were available and are probably residing in some older fans’ hard drives.
Berryz Kobo Budokan news roundup part 2 – Berryz Kobo International
Zush shares more links and more great images from the show.
Band jyanaimon!- “Yukifuru Yoru ni Kiss Shite” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Nothing says Christmas like cute girls standing around in their underwear.
Vivivid- “Love2Move” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
A new group is always worth paying attention to, even if you forget them a minute later.
S/mileage “Ee Ka!?” – the number 244
This fun screencapped review tries to figure out what makes this PV work. I’m thinking it’s Dracula-chan looling sooooo damn sexy.
NEWS’ Tegoshi brings on the hawtness! Johnny’s calendars now available to order! And more!
Tegoshi Yuuko continues on to put a shame on the female population – aramatheydidnt
By now I would not be surprised if Tegoshi cross-dressed in his own free time as well.
Aiba Manabu 2013.11.03 to 11.17 Review – J-Everything
About a month’s worth of Aiba learning something new.
Johnny’s 2014-2015 calendars ready for pre-order – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary looks at what’s being offered this year and explains her preferences.
l’arc~en~ciel’s heart (1998) made back when they… – Jrocknyc
Go gives us a look at the band on the cusp of superstardom.
Stardust’s 3B acts release a group single! Angela Aki to go on indefinite hiatus! BiS release new video! And more!
New Single and Best Album from 3B Junior with Momoclo, Ebichu and Syachihoko! – Tokyo Girls’ Update
Good news for Stardust fans! The PV is very reminiscent of H!P All Stars.
C-ute – Queen of JPop Review – Selective Hearing.
Greg from Seelective Hearing takes a look at C-ute’s Queen of JPop album and finds it to be an enjoyable enough experience
Where is Berryz 2014 calendar? – Berryz Kobo International
Zush is noticing something quite amiss with H!P calendars…
Angela Aki to Go on Indefinite Hiatus in 2014 to Study in U.S. – aramatheydidnt
Yet another case of a Jpop artist leaving the stage to focus on her studies. Except this one is a married adult going to an American university.
This Week in Music 04.12.2013 – New School Kaidan
Juice=Juice are the only big release this week, though there’s also the Super☆Girls subunits to consider.
BiS- “STUPiG” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
My penchant for calling BiS “The GWAR of Jpop / Idols” has just gotten a lot more meaningful…
Chinen Yuri turns twenty! Wipe yourself off with an Arashi towel! And more!
An Exclusive Japan Giveaway “Arashi” Towel – aramatheydidnt
Heading to Japan in December? Then you can bring one of these home with you.
Chinen Yuri Receives Birthday Surprise from his Co-Stars – aramatheydidnt
And with this all members of Hey! Say! JUMP are legal adults.
TOKIO’s Taichi Kokubun to become the face of TBS’ mornings from spring 2014 - マジで!? MAJI DE!?
Johnny’s seems to be slowly taking over MC jobs across Japanese TV.
Jin Akanishi on SMAPxSMAP for 47 RONIN - マジで!? MAJI DE!?
Surprised that this was not nearly as awkward as one would think it would be.
The Shounen Club 6 September 2009 review – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is excited as the show returns to the regular Juniors and she anticipates familiar units taking shape.
SNSD release new album in Japan and announce Japanese tour! Further thoughts on B-Free and BTS! And more!
B-Free to BTS: Can prejudice make us lose sight of the music? – Beyond Hallyu
An excellent lesson on planks and motes, written with great sincerity and eloquence.
Shoujo Jidai to Release Third Japanese Album ‘LOVE&PEACE’ on December 11th – aramatheydidnt
One of the hallyu’s strongest players in Japan wants to continue their streak…
Shoujo Jidai Announces Third Japan Tour – aramatheydidnt
… And here’s proof that they’re not taking it lightly.
K-pop/J-pop Reviews – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami covers mostly Kpop, including Davichi, TOP, and Hyorin.
A look at the Morning Musume fifteenth anniversary photobook! HamsapSukebe reviews two movies! And more!
Morning Musume 15th Anniversary Photobook Zero – the number 244
A nice look at the group photobook. And while I don’t often think of trains when Sayumi is mentioned…
[new] super random cool j-pop pic spam No.1 – helloprojectXtreme
You had me at Maeda Yuuki.
JFF 2013: The Apology King and Shield of Straw – HamsapSukebe
Two movies reviewed here, one featuring Inoue Mao and one directed by Miike Takashi.
Berryz make it to Budokan! More reviews of S/mileage’s double A-side! And more!
Gorgeous MV for Flower’s 6th single 「Shirayukihime」 – aramatheydidnt
A beautiful video and good song, but I know this still won’t make me a fan. I’m not sure what it is about this crop of Avex idols that doesn’t click for me, though I’m guessing it’s me more than them.
List Friday: Team Syachihoko Song Ranking – Happy Disco
Serenyty indulges with a heavy heaping of her favorite group’s best. No sloppy leftovers here!
Berryz Kobo Budokan news roundup – Berryz Kobo International
Zush provides helpful links and some absolutely wonderful photographs of this event.
Be a Nice Guy, Got It? – Love’s Spell
Kioku gives S/mileage’s latest a chance, in the hopes that it will get her out of a Hello! Project doldrums. Does it succeed?
Hey! Say! JUMP perform their new song! Love’s Spell examines the rivalry between Arashi and AKB48! And more!
Hey! Say! JUMP 1st Performance of Ride with Me – Best Artist 2013 – aramatheydidnt
HSJ return to a more mature sound for this single and I am just so glad to have them releasing something new.
NEWS’ SEVEN COLORS and Tegoshi stars in a Drama SP – aramatheydidnt
And hopefully NEWS will have a new release soon too.
Kiss My Fake 2013.10.24 and 10.31 Review - J-Everything
Tyler checks out Kis-My-Ft’s latest variety show and finds it promising so far.
The Shounen Club 9 August 2009 review – Never Ending Music Power
It’s the second Osaka episode of the season, and Thennary is having fun watching the Kanjuu in action.
Arashi Outsell AKB48 – Love’s Spell
Kioku has a fun and very informative article here, comparing the two behemoths of the idol industry and where their rivalry stands. That said, it’s amazing how Momoiro Clover Z has become a dominant force in such a short time! Watch out, Kitagawa and Akimoto!
Bloggers pit the two tracks of S/mileage’s double A-side against each other! Perfume and C-ute’s new albums reviewed! And more!
Perfume – Level3 Review – Selective Hearing
Nia finds this dance-oriented release the most cohesive album for the trio since GAME.
Reader’s Voice: Perfume and Homophobia – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima pulls together comments she’s received on this debate, adding insights as she goes along.
Kohaku and Morning Musume – Love’s Spell
Ikkoku makes a very good case for why the group deserved to be in the line-up this year, and remains hopeful for next.
C-ute – Queen of JPop Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds some minor problems with this album, but enjoys it overall.
A-side 1 vs A-side 2; Ee ka!?/”Ii Yatsu” – Momo Musu
Momo compares the two tracks for this double A-side and winds up with a split decision for the winner.
S/mileage video battle- “Eeka!?” vs “Iiyatsu” MVs – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux also pits the two tracks together and also comes up with a balanced result,
Chiima launches a Houkago Princcess fan site! Zush has holds a poll for the best of Berryz! And more!
Best of 2013 – Berryz Kobo song on a single – Berryz Kobo International
Another great end-of-year poll that Hello! Project fans can take!
Houkago Princess LOVE! ~Houkago Princess Fansite~ – Okay! Musume Time
As if she didn’t already have enough on her blogging plate, Chiima’s love for the indie idol group has led her to create this fan site. She explains how she came to this decision, including her previous HouPri blog, and what she will offer with this new site. It’s always great to see a love for idols motivate fans to spread the love, and sites like this help a great deal in that respect.
Sistar’s Hyorin makes her official solo debut! Underground rappers versus idols! And more!
BH Discuss: B Free, BTS and the relationship between Korean hip hop and K-pop – Beyond Hallyu
It’s the next generation of the rockist versus popist argument! (Which is kind of funny, since hip hop used to fall on the popist side.) An entertaining read, though the debate seems kind of quaint and amusing.
SISTAR’s Hyorin Makes Solo Debut With ‘One Way Love’ & ‘Lonely’ – Billboard
A fair minded review that sees the freshly minted soloist making strategic decisions for her career.
English in K-pop: Helping or Hurting? – seoulbeats
Another entertaining read, this time on the problems when Kpop stars throw some English into their lyrics. And personally, I would read “I’m addict” in a much more vulgar manner than others would.
Happy Disco on Morning Musume and Kohaku! A profile of Aither from This Is Your Wake Up Call! And more!
Girls showing their Budokan goods – Berryz Kobo International
Alas, that was not a euphemism – the Berryz ARE showing Budokan goods.
Idol Thoughts: Kohaku Uta Gassen 2013 – Happy Disco
Serenyty looks at idol groups debuting this year, as well as one noticeable absence, Morning Musume. Though really, I think this was a building year for the new line-up and they’ll make it next year – hope springing eternal and all.
The Story Of Aither – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
An interesting profile of a new group forming from ex-members of Party Rockets.
Your Thoughts: On Perfume, Homophobia, and the Reactions – Happy Disco
The debate continues, with a very thoughtful comment and response to said comment from Serenyty. I’m not sure if we’ve gotten to the “agree to disagree” stage of this debate, though I have to say the thoughtfulness and balance of most of the posts I’ve read has been wonderful and affirming.
Okay! Musume Digest #79 – Okay! Musume Time
And here’s a bounty of idol news to digest on this Thanksgiving Day. I’m always thankful for Chiima.
Shibata Ayumi announces solo career! SKE48 sales still going strong! And more!
H!P Profiles: Ongaku Gatas – Iroppoi Twilight Game
Gatas is one of the later units that I fondly remember… And weren’t they once beaten by draam’s futsal team? That’s about as much sports trivia as I can offer.
Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
The big takeaway here is Shibata Ayumi’s solo career. For the life of me, I can’t remember if she did any solo work during the extensive Melon Kinenbi hiatus or post-breakup, but I’m interested in seeing where this goes.
SKE48 13th Single [Sansei Kawaii] First Week Sales – MELOS no Michi
A relatively weak showing for this group is still a humongous showing for idol girl groups – and Jpop – in general.
Video Pantsu: Kamen Rider Girls- “E-X-A” MV short – Neaux Clicked on It
From the way Neaux described it, I was expecting the idols to be kicking the shit out of each other – but alas, that was not the case.
JKT48 [Manatsu no Sounds Good- Musim Panas Sounds Good] Is Released! – MELOS no Michi
Our Jpop overlords continue to build their support overseas.