Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: March 4, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

[ALBUM REVIEW] Ayami Muto – I-POP – Land of Rising Sound
Alex Shenmue is very impressed by this album, finding the singer and her producers fulfilling their potential.

Save the Last Dance? Nana Yamada Takes Center Stage in the MV for NMB48′s “Don’t Look Back!” – Tokyo Girls Update
Yamada is leaving NMB in style.

PASSPO☆ Releases Digest Video of Their Epic New Year’s Day Concert! – Tokyo Girls Update
Very quick highlights from this epic performance.

Natsumi Yamagishi Announces Graduation From NMB48 to Pursue Dream of Becoming a Model – Tokyo Girls Update
Yamagishi Natsumi announced her graduation from NMB48 – J-Pop Idols
Stifle that yawn, now.

The Berryz Note – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
The idol group’s own Rosetta Stone.

Thank you Very Berry: The day – Yume no Kawa
Commemorating the event.

Berryz Koubou Final: Setlist – Yume no Kawa
Not just the list, but also screencaps from the show!

Beautiful Dreamer: Karin Maruyama’s “Eternal Summer” Shines Brightly – Tokyo Girls Update
A profile of the idol who battles cancer while pursuing her dream.

Farewell Berryz Koubou: One Last Top Eleven – Itsumo Genki
Isilie deals with the hiatus by listing her favorite singles. Wonderfully written and heartfelt, as is always the case with Isilie. She’s really grown into quite a writer over the years.

Rev. from DVL – Kimi ga Ite Boku ga Ita / Ai Girl – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s upcoming single, including tracklists and covers.

Shimizu Saki – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Saying goodbye to Captain.

The hottest Japanese music releases of March – Land of Rising Sound
Alex Shenmue guides us through the month’s highlights.

A farewell to Berryz Kobo – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary pays tribute to the group, looking at each member and explaining why they hold a special place in her heart.

Goodbye, Berryz Kobou… (An Open Letter to Berryz Kobou) – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is achingly honest about her feelings – as she has been about Berryz throughout the past couple weeks – as she wishes these idols a happy future.

Berryz Kobo, Final Live – the number 244
Sharing Tweets from the show. It’s a very very fun read.

Tsunku’s Sort of Appreciation Post About Berryz Koubou – The Casual Hello!Project Fan
It’s been a long while since Ash has done one of her fisking / commentary posts, and this one was especially funny in how it assessed the Berryz’s careers.

Interview with TsuShiMaMiRe – Selective Hearing
The musicians talk about Japan Nite and their plans.

“Girls Storm Festival” Photo Report : TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE’s Triumphant Return to Shibuya Glad – Tokyo Girls Update
Great photos from the multi-group event, which included TGS, DIANNA☆SWEET, and IDOL COLLEGE.

TsuriBit Become Cheerleaders in the MV for “Makenai Guts~ Itsuka Sekai wo Tsuri Agemasu~” – Tokyo Girls Update
Idols as cheerleaders? I’m mildly interested, at least.

Berryz Koubou Forever! – Yume no Kawa
The aftermath.

Member colors! – Yume no Kawa
Speculating on who gets what.

Sakura Gakuin Welcome an Ewok From Outer Space as a Transfer Student in the MV for “Aogeba Toutoshi ~ from Sakura Gakuin 2014~”! – Tokyo Girls Update
Where’s the part where they chop up the alien and serve it for dinner?

Berryz Kobo’s final address to the fans – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
I’m kinda disappointed that nobody dropped the mic.

Recommended Kpop Reading: March 4, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Junsu’s “Flower” MV is visually stunning, also conceptualized while high – Asian Junkie
The epic visuals are surprisingly matched by the song itself.

FIESTAR become League Of Legends characters, and if this doesn’t work, what will? – Asian Junkie
Well, they can always have a fancam vid of one of their members go viral.

FIESTAR returns and blesses us all with their “You’re Pitiful” music video – Asian Junkie
Teetering on the (chair) brink of greatness?

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: March 4, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

木﨑ゆりあ – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria being playful.

西野七瀬 – Jurina48
西野七瀬 – Jurina48
西野七瀬 – Jurina48
Nishino Nanase shows off some great range in these photos.

AKB48 Haruna Kojima New Photobook “Dosuru?” Preview – HEBIROTE AKB48
Looking absolutely stunning so far. But that’s not a surprise, is it?

Dave unboxes AKB48 Group Official Calendar 2015 – New School Kaidan
Another fun guide into the depths of an AKB eyecandy offering.

島崎遥香 – Jurina48
Shimazaki Haruka continues to go for kawaii.

松岡菜摘 – Jurina48
Matsuoka Natsumi shows off her long, lean frame.

A WALK ON THE Sayanee♥ SIDE – モーニングBerryz48
MB guides us through the NMB48 idol’s adventurous new photobook.

北川綾巴 – Jurina48
Kitagawa Ryoha in a serious pictorial.

AKB48 Mako Kojima “New Season New Life” on Manga Action Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Kojimako continues to shine with her fresh-faced sexiness.

Hani being her sexy self for March 2015 GEEK Magazine – Asian Junkie
Taking advantage of the limelight – and how!

2015-03-04 SNH48 Team HII member Xu Yang Yuzhuo – Shanghai48s
An idol and her mother.

2015-03-03 SNH48 Team NII member Li Xuan (with Team SII member… – Shanghai48s
Competition runs fierce between SNH idols.

2015-03-04 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi – Shanghai48s
2015-03-03 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi – Shanghai48s
SNH’s international superstar continues to take life in stride.

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: March 2, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Berryz Koubou Top 100! (Part 2 | 1-50) – Momo Musu
The second half of this epic list.

OS☆U – Gangan Dance / Kimi no Tame ni… – J-Pop Idols
The video’s first part was much better than what followed.

Natsuyaki Miyabi – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Sudou Maasa – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Tokunaga Chinami – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Tsugunaga Momoko – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima continues to have some funny, intriguing things to say about the Berryz.

GALETTe – Grooving Party – J-Pop Idols
Now with temporary Party Rocket!

Sunmyu – Hajimari no Melody – J-Pop Idols
Details on the new single, including editions, tracklists, videos, and covers.

Twitter Tidbits: Juice=Juice confess to Tsugunaga Momoko – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Twitter Tidbits: Juice=Juice confess to Shimizu Saki – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Twitter Tidbits: Juice=Juice confess to Berryz Kobo – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Finishing up the tributes to their senpai.

Flower – Hanadokei – J-Pop Idols
Deails on the group’s second album. The cover of ZONE’s Secret Base has me very intrigued.

Comments from members of Kobushi Factory on their group name – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
So, ladies, how much of the Kool Aid have you drunk? All of it, apparently.

BABYMETAL World Tour 2015′s Schedule Part2 Announced : France, Switzerland, and Italy Added! – Tokyo Girls Update
The global domination spreads.

Sakura Gakuin’s Close Encounters! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer updates us on the popular group.

More future plans – Berryz Kobo International
Zush goes over the post-hiatus decisions made by Miyabi and Maasa.

Last live before Grand Finale – Berryz Kobo International
The end rapidly approaches, the celebrations start to kick in.

[FEBRUARY 2015] Artist of the Month – Dempagumi.inc – Land of Rising Sound
Another great selection, with a solid explanation and profile by Alex Shenmue.

2015 Top Idol List: 10-1 – Luscious Idolicious!?
Krv concludes his list, and regular readers should not be surprised by his number one choice.

Karin Maruyama : The Eternal Idol on the Stairway of Dreams – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles this indie idol, who is battling cancer even as she pursues her dream.

Hashimoto Kanna wants you to buy Sharp products, is gonna make all the money – Asian Junkie
Proving she’s got the idol goods by selling office goods.

Yumemiru Adolescence Boldly Steps Forward With the MVs From Their Major Debut Single “Bye Bye My Days” – Tokyo Girls Update
They’re pulling out all the stops and looking incredible in these videos. I really need to pay more attention to this group.

Idol College Live True End Player – J-Pop Idols
Interview : Idol College – J-Pop Idols
A report on a live show by the group, including set list and photos, then an interview to help you know these idols better.

Morning Musume ’15 12ki Nikki! #8 (2015.02.22) – Hello! Pro Radio
Maria and Ogata discuss obsessions and granola, then answer fan mail.

Country Girls release MV preview for Itooshikutte Gomen ne! – Sakura Mankai
So is this the Berryz replacements that wota want, or the Berryz replacements that wota deserve?

Thank you Very Berry: The day before – Yume no Kawa
Cue the Sinatra.

Mikame Kana left Kenshuusei – Sakura Mankai
Jumping ship.

This week in music 03.04.2015 – New School Kaidan
This week’s highlights include AKB48 and Ayumikurikamaki – wonder which will sell better.

BZS1422 #137 (2015.03.01) (guest: Berryz Koubou) *FINAL EPISODE* – Hello! Pro Radio
Yurina and Chinami go out with a bang, as they grill the other Berryz for compliments, do a rap, and answer mail.

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: March 2, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

GACKT continues to shamelessly let fans sleep with him – Asian Junkie
Cozy Up in Bed with Gackt for his New Single – Shattered-Tranquility.net
So if you have the body pillow AND these sheets, you can have a three-way with Gackt and Gackt!

EXILE’s “DANCE INTO FANTASY” PV is a chance for the dancers to shine – Asian Junkie
It’s always good to shine the spotlight on the lesser known members of a group.

Arashi and Johnny’s WEST Big Win at The 29th Japan Gold Disc Award – JE fandom
Congratulationa to both the longtime veterans and the rising stars!