June 7, 2014


Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 2

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On to the top ranking idols and comments afterwards.


Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 1

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The big event is here and wota have a great deal to say about it!

May 25, 2014


Tweets On The AKB Handshake Incident

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Here are the first few hours of reactions from the Idolminded Tweetstream. It reflects the confusion, disbelief, anger, and sorrow that many felt upon hearing the news.

May 17, 2014



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Recommended Eyecandy+: Miyawaki Sakura Video

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A look at the rising AKB idol in action!


Recommended Tweets: May 17, 2014

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Two-shots, two-shots, two-shots! Aim tweets another H!P concert!


Trying Something New

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Hi there! We’re trying s new approach to the site. Thank you for being patient as we futz around with it.

May 16, 2014


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At the Babyraids show! Tomochin’s new album! Jpop idols to AV idols? What’s this about EXO?

May 15, 2014

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Will you be seeing them in New York? Yabu gets a girlfriend! Looking back at Okada Yukiko.

May 14, 2014


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What’s going on with this group? Crests explores indie idol groups! Steve watches Japanese TV shows! Chiima steals chocolate!

May 13, 2014


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More fun with the Virgin Club! SNH48 eyecandy! Kalafina’s adorable shark-lover! Can you campaign too much for the AKB senbatsu?

May 12, 2014


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Oh No! Vanilla Beans on Vine! Aim tweets an H!P concert! Crest tweets a whole lot!

May 11, 2014


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Senbatsu election appeal videos! Arashi, those adorable idiots! How to get happi!

May 10, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 10, 2014

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Really, C-ute? Finishing the AKB game! Momusu’s twelfth gen auditions! The glue gun returns! Aim has an identity crisis!

May 9, 2014


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The 48G electioneering begins! Messages from Nino Jima! Aim watches a NEWS concert! And more!

May 8, 2014


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Playing the new AKB game app! Learning AKB abbreviations! Captain eyecandy!

May 3, 2014


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AKB48 two-shots! Crests watches Ooku!

May 2, 2014


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Living the life! A long dialogue on many things 48G! Baby talk! Gem!

May 1, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 1, 2014

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When idols feel each other up! Chiima and AimXAim have another round of uber-tweeting! How much respect do idols deserve?

April 30, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Anri Sugihara

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Skin them all!


Recommended Tweets: April 30, 2014

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Takahashi Minami announces her graduation plans! More tributes to Sayumi! BiS release their bikini video!

April 29, 2014


Today’s Haikucandy: Yumoto Misaki

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Smell em, knock on em…


Recommended Tweets: April 29, 2014

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Reactions to Sayumi’s graduation news continues to pour inn! Idolminded is watching you closely! And more!


Recommended Tweets: Michishige Sayumi Announces Graduation From Morning Musume

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Initial reactions on the popular idol’s departure from Morning Musume.


Further reactions to Michishige Sayumi’s graduation! Kikuchi Ami graduates from Idoling!!! Aither to disband! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: November 28, 2014

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At last! Michishige Sayumi has her way with Sayashi Riho’s lips at Yokohama Arena! (+Sayu picspam) – Wota in Translation
So now I’m thinking the real reason Sayu graduated is so she could pursue Riho with no restraint or perception of abuse of authority.

Ami Kikuchi Graduates Idoling!!! and “Will Do Her Best Not to Disappear from the Scene” – Tokyo Girls Update
Another significant idol graduation in the shadow of Sayu’s own.

Morning Musume ’14 released their new profile picture – Sakura Mankai
The inevitable happens.

Interview with Idol Rap Unit Rhymeberry : “We Might be ‘Idols’ but We Want people to Recognize Our Skills” (MIRI) - – Tokyo Girls Update
A fun and informative interview with the group – or at least two thirds of them.

Twitter Tidbits #8: Sayu grad edition – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Tsunku, Manoeri, Kikuchi Ami, and others comment! Even Tsunku is intrigued by the Sayu/Riho kiss!

S/mileage and the day after – Yume no Kawa
The third gen make their debut! I just hope they get to do their own photobook as a gen.

ByeBye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: Fighting Pose wa Date ja nai! – Yume no Kawa
ByeBye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: BERRY FIELDS – Yume no Kawa
Two more tracks from Berryz’s long discography are explored.

Looking back at the looking back beauty – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary writes her own tribute to Sayumi.

Tweets about Sayumi’s Graduation [live tweets] – the number 244
A very fun set of tweets with screencaps.

Sayumi Michishige – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami sends his thanks to Sayu.

CAPSULE unveil new album “WAVE RUNNER” – Land of Rising Sound
The duo are preparing for this February release, and here are the details so far.

H!P Kenshuusei Album details – Sakura Mankai
Here’s the tracklist and list of participants.

Trattoria Buono! #86 (2014.11.22) – Hello! Pro Radio
Some revealing conversations about fathers and mothers.

Country.Girls first group appearance – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary notes how the idols are beginning to look the part.

Aither Disbands – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Not exactly a surprise, but still saddening nonetheless.


Mr. Children return with a new single! Which Johnny’s are in Kohaku? And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: November 28, 2014

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Johnny’s in 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen – JE fandom
Several returning acts and one hard-earned debut.

Mr.Children’s new single!!! 「足音 ~Be Strong」 – モーニングBerryz48
MB is delighted with the band’s long-awaited single.

「Featured Post」~ARASHI 10~11 TOUR “Scene”~君と僕の見ている風景~ STADIUM – モーニングBerryz48
~嵐「Your Eyes」 – モーニングBerryz48
~嵐♥ (・_・)↓↓↓ – モーニングBerryz48
ARASHI 「Calling x Breathless」 – モーニングBerryz48
~Wild @ ♥ – モーニングBerryz48
~ARASHI’s “Lotus”, my next guilty pleasure♥ – モーニングBerryz48
~ARASHI LIVE TOUR Beautiful World – モーニングBerryz48
~ARASHI 「Troublemaker」 First 2X winner of The Maochan♥ award~ ー(* ̄O ̄)ノ – モーニングBerryz48
~A most beloved♥ performance…Arashi “Be with you.” – モーニングBerryz48
~What’s your Arashi♥ top 5? っo(*´∀`)o~ – モーニングBerryz48
MB revives a bevy of Arashi articles for a friend. It’s a great way to get A crash course on the group.


BAP sues TS Entertainment! VIXX at New York City! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: November 28, 2014

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VIXX Bewitch Fans at Debut NYC Showcase – Billboard
A great report of the boy band making it in the Big Apple.

Vacation? Nah, because B.A.P filed suit against TS Entertainment – Asian Junkie
B.A.P Files Lawsuit Against TS Entertainment – seoulbeats
Well, that made a whole lot more sense than the original announcement.

Meet the Members of Rookie Girl Group Sonamoo – seoulbeats
Maybe not the best time for TS Entertainment to debut a new girl group? Or is that timing the point?

MAMAMOO is Fabulous for “Piano Man” – seoulbeats
Andy is wowed by the group’s latest video and song.


Morning Musume! Shiraishi Mai! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: November 28, 2014

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松井珠理奈 – Jurina48
松井珠理奈 – Jurina48
Matsui Jurina in another of her patented, fresh, girl-next-door pictorials.

Photo – Jurina48
島崎遥香 – Jurina48
Shimazaki Haruka taking some interesting fashion risks.

Photos of AKB48 members shared by Shinobu will make you swoon – AKB48WrapUp
A huge dose of AKB goodness.

AKB48 Anna Iriyama and Yui Yokoyama “An Yui en” on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The rest of the duet pictorial that we’d seen a pic from earlier.

白石麻衣 – Jurina48
Shiraishi Mai looking absolutely heavenly.

Morning Musume in Weekly Shounen Sunday 11/05 – the number 244
Three of the current Musumes showing off in bikinis.

AKB48 Nana Okada “Watashi no Aka wo Sagashite” on UTB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A rather dramatic, even fascinating, pictorial.


Swifty celebrates ten years of blogging!

Recommended Community Reading: November 28, 2014

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Blog – Swifty, Writing
Edmund Yeo doesn’t get written up much here anymore, mostly because he doesn’t write about idols anymore. That said, he was one of the earliest blogs covered in the Intl Wota days, and I’ve always considered him a fellow traveler in the online world. Just as important, it’s been great watching his film career blossom and grow over the years, even if he’s decided to give up the nickname that’s in the blog title. So congratulations on a decade of blogging, Edmund! I’ll be nipping at your heels at the end of the year.


Michishige Sayumi graduates from Morning Musume! Kohaku line-up announced! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: November 26, 2014

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Artists for the 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen announced – Land of Rising Sound
The highlights: no H!P acts, lots of 48G, and Momoiro Clover Z. So more of the same, really.

Help Wanted: Morning Musume needs an MV Director – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Get your foot in the door!

Nemukyun from Dempagumi.inc becomes “Avatar of The Gimmes” in Yahoo Auction TVCM – Tokyo Girls Update
An idol representing the spirit of rampant consumerism? Why, that makes no sense!

Review: Petit Best 13 – Iroppoi Twilight Game
A solid installment in the long-running H!P series.

New Moon Rising: DIANNA☆SWEET’s First Solo Concert in Tokyo! – Tokyo Girls Update
A great report of the show with lots of pics.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #422 (2014.11.24) *FINAL EPISODE* – Hello! Pro Radio
The very last letter made me cry, I must admit, as was Sayumi’s tribute to the writer.

Michishige Sayumi: Mikaeri Bijin – Yume no Kawa
Kate shares her thought on this event and this departure. One thing she wrote rang especially true: it’s definitely the end of an era.

[A Week with Sayu] Michishige Sayumi – The Graduation Appreciation Post – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima writes an even-handed tribute to Sayumi, balancing her own fandom in assessing the idol’s growth over the years.

Michishige Sayumi in Yamaguchi Prefecture (Morning Musume 15th Anniversary PB Zero) – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A short interview with Sayumi.

Idol Thoughts: On Michishige Sayumi – Happy Disco
Serenyty considers how much Sayumi has changed, and compares this graduation to another one.

(Out) In The Country – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat considers the revived Country Musume – that is, Country Girls – and why it is notable

The Hidden Truth of Rino Sashihara to be Uncovered in HKT48′s First Documentary Film – Tokyo Girls Update
I’ll be surprised if it’s anything at all salacious or even interesting.

“Phantom of the truth” MV Revealed! Dempagumi.inc’s Amazing Cosplay! – Tokyo Girls Update
Dempagumi cosplays as characters in the video gme.

Morning Musume ’15’s leader and sub-leaders announced! – Sakura Mankai
Congratulations to the new regime!

Sayumi’s graduation part 1 – Yume no Kawa
Sayumi’s graduation part 2 – Yume no Kawa
Sayumi’s graduation part 3 – Yume no Kawa
Sayumi’s graduation part 4 – Yume no Kawa
Sayumi’s graduation part 5 – Yume no Kawa
Sayumi’s graduation part 6 – Yume no Kawa
A whole lot of screencaps from the big event.

A river of tears: Michishige Sayumi Thank you for everything – Yume no Kawa
Kate finds this a perfect ending to Sayumi’s idol career.

Michishige Sayumi has graduated from Morning Musume. – Sakura Mankai
Details on the encore.

Michishige Sayumi has Graduated from Morning Musume ’14 – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is overwhelmed by the event.

Tentenko (ex-BiS) Releases Totally Retro MV for “Good bye, Good girl”! – Tokyo Girls Update
The BiS diaspora continues to make its presence felt.

The End Times for Berryz Koubou Nears – Selective Hearing
Greg considers the post-Berryz careers of certain members.

[SINGLE REVIEW] Dempagumi.Inc – Denpari Night – Land of Rising Sound
A well detailed review of the group’s latest single.

Idol Hands Vol. 2 – New School Kaidan
Another great Q and A session, I especially appreciated the definition of idols.

Sayonara Sweet Sayumi – THE Blogpower!!!
A great career retrospective through picspam.


Which idols can inspire social change? Confusing development in Lovelyz scandal! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: November 26, 2014

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Idols who can Spearhead Social Change – seoulbeats
For the most part I like my idols amoral and unconcerned about reality, but this essay makes some great points worth considering.

Shannon Williams to Debut under CCM – seoulbeats
It’s the choice of management that makes me doubtful, not the talent.

Celebrity (BoA) talks about hardships, people use it to whine about their lives … rinse, repeat – Asian Junkie
Netizens love to complain. In other news, rain is wet.

From Many to One: SM Entertainment’s Increase of Soloists – seoulbeats
A look at the shifting sentiments and policies at the Big Three company.

Police give confusing update on the Lovelyz’s Seo Ji Soo investigation – Asian Junkie
Oh, this makes me feel so much better about justice being achieved.

CL Continues to Leave Hints of US Debut – seoulbeats
Everything is lining up right for her.

G-Dragon loves acolyte Taeyang so much more than mere associate T.O.P – Asian Junkie
The one thing that would have made this perfect is if GD offered Taeyang some Kool Aid.


Nishino Miki! Nakamura Shizuka! Miyawaki Sakura! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: November 26, 2014

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NMB48 Miru Shiroma “Sukini natte Mirumiru” on Manga Action Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A playful bit of bikini modeling from a rising idol.

mayuwatanabe: Kibouteki Refrain HQ photos c Hiro – Jurina48
Some nice pairings.

高柳明音 – Jurina48
Takayanagi akane in dramatic bikini shots, a nice contast to Shiroma’s.

Photo – Jurina48
Mukaichi Mion looking irresistible.

渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
Watanabe Mayu looking ready for the season.

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura looking similarly festive.

Photo – Jurina48
A very Shimazaki Haruka expression.

平田梨奈 – Jurina48
武藤十夢  平田梨奈 – Jurina48
Hirata Rina and Muto Tomu in a photo shoot that has my mouth watering.

AKB48 “Himitsu no Mayunyaon Jo” on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Watanabe Mayu, Mukaichi Mion, and Owada Nana do a spread together.

FLASH 電子版 2014 No.12.09 中村静香 – Jurina48
Nakamura Shizuka, looking as upbeat and statuesque as ever.

alanosiris: UTB.223 西野未姬 みきちゃん (full ver.) – Jurina48
Nishino Miki looking ridiculously adorable


Magi-Kat reaches a personal blogging landmark!

Recommended Community Reading: November 26, 2014

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Six months later… – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Returning to idol blogging, Kat set a goal for herself and has met it. (Congratulations!) That means she has to ask herself a very important question, though, and she addresses that as well.


Chiima reviews Sayumi’s last Morning Musume videos!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: November 24, 2014

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[A Week with Sayu] The Tale of A Looking Back Beauty – ‘Mikaeri Bijin’ PV Review – Okay! Musume Time
As part of her week-long celebration, Chiima does a fabulous screencap review of the last Morning Musume video to feature their fearless leader.

Trattoria Buono! #85 (2014.11.15) – Hello! Pro Radio
The trio give marriage advice to somebody with a deep, dark secret. Also, we find out Momoko never watched Toy Story.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #419 (2014.11.03) (guest: Suzuki Kanon) – Hello! Pro Radio
Sayumi records before a live audience, answers a couple of revealing questions, and brings in a special guest!

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
The Japan Record Awards nominations are out! Who do you think will win?

Quiz: Can You Guess The Titles Of The Songs These Costumes Are Designed For – AKB48WrapUp
I found this a whole lot of fun, even if I got a lousy score.

Tsuri Bit – Fishing Life – J-Pop Idols
Details on the fishing-centric group’s first album.

Total Randomness #28 – Berryz Kobo International
Zush again indulges in some silliness.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #420 (2014.11.10) – Hello! Pro Radio
Sayumi talks about her last Music Station appearance and Tamori himself.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #421 (2014.11.17) – Hello! Pro Radio
Sayumi talks about her final solo photobook as a Musume, which is her eleventh.

Quiz: AKB48 “Young Generation” Member Trivia – AKB48WrapUp
This quiz was a whole lot harder for me, but worth trying. I think I learned something.

Michishige Sayumi’s 2014 letter to Kamei Eri – Hello! Pro Radio
A sweet look back on a lasting idol friendship.

[A Week with Sayu] A Final Merci with Sayu’s Shaba-Daba-Toodle-oo! – ‘Shaba Daba Do~’ PV Review! – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima closes her tribute with a screencap PV review of this very pink valedictory video.

This week in music 11.26.2014 – New School Kaidan
It’s a full week of idol offerings with Afilia Saga, AKB48, Babyraids, and Dempagumi!


MB serves up an Arashi concert! Kis-My-Ft2 go BluRay! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: November 24, 2014

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Kis-My-High-Definition – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is happy about the new BluRay versions announced for the group’s concert DVDs.

~Tonight’s Concert… – モーニングBerryz48
It’s Arashi live and MB pulls out all the stops on this one!

The Best and Worst Skin in Johnny’s – JE fandom
I picture Johnny Kitagawa lowering a bucket to his idols and saying, “It puts the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose.”


GOT7 want to Stop Stop It! AOA put on kitty onesies! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: November 24, 2014

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Lovelyz’s “Girls’ Invasion” Is A Lukewarm Debut – seoulbeats
In the midst of scandal, the group’s album is released and Moni finds some gems in this rough start.

Got7 Face Ideals In “Stop Stop It” – seoulbeats
Lo finds the video saves the song from the group’s first album.

AOA do ‘Like A Cat’ dance in cat onesies, hopefully these never end – Asian Junkie
I know they’ve been doing lots of versions of the video, but this is the first one I really really enjoyed. I don’t know what that says about me.

Videos of the terrible drivers for K-pop groups emerge, are predictably horrible – Asian Junkie
Not for the faint of heart.

BH Playlist: Hallyu After Dark – Beyond Hallyu
Slowing down the tempo with this laid-back set of songs.

Rise of the Maknaes – seoulbeats
Looking at the junior member of several groups and how their careers stand.

MBLAQ Update: Album, Concert and Contract Discussions – seoulbeats
Some new developments, a lot of uncertainty, but what I want to know is: what’s up with that ellipse in the title of their new mini-album? Is it a dramatic pause? Or did someone have to struggle to remember the fourth season?

KPOP Highlight: T-ARA- “Little Apple” MV feat. Chopstick Brothers – Neaux Clicked on It
But T-ara were even funnier when they weren’t trying and just getting into scandals!