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


Recommended Tweets: 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

Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: 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


Recommended Tweets: May 8, 2014

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

May 3, 2014


Recommended Tweets: May 3, 2014

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AKB48 two-shots! Crests watches Ooku!

May 2, 2014


Recommended Tweets: 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.


BABYMETAL win the Heavy Metal World Cup! Pony Canyon announces Debt Repayment Idol group! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 25, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

岸谷 香「Romantic Warriors」 – モーニングBerryz48
Kishitani Kaori of Princess Princess has released a single that’s gotten MB very excited.

Niimo – Zenryoku Koi Moyou – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s fourth single.

Which do you like best? Check Out SKE48′s 5 New Songs! – Tokyo Girls Update
A chance to try out the new single’s various tracks.

BABYMETAL win Metal Hammer’s ‘Heavy Metal World Cup’, metal fans mad and pathetic – Asian Junkie
Fans are rejoicing, haters are hating – but still, congratulations for their continued conquering of the world!

Full version of AKB48′s 37th Single – Kokoro no Placard broadcasted on All Night Nippon, Kawaei Rina passes her Medicinal Cooking Coordinator course! – AKB48WrapUp
Looks like Rina is moving forward, which is great.

Open Your Hearts (and Wallets) For an Idol Group Like You’ve Never Seen Before! – Tokyo Girls Update
On the one hand, this concept does point out a hard truth about the idol industry. On the other, this just seems so primed to fail and probably lose money for a lot of people.

Video Pantsu: Aoyama Thelma- “SMILE AGAIN” MV short – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux enjoys the flow of the soloist’s latest.

Cute Plus-sized Girls Group “Chubbiness” Opens Their Second Branch Restaurant! – Tokyo Girls Update
So do they want to be Kenny Rogers big in music or Kenny Rogers big in restaurants?

FEMM have released “Girls Night Out” MV, their follow-up to “Fuck Boyz Get Money” – Asian Junkie
Another girl positive song!

Berikyu in Paris, Part 2: Q&A – madara_blog
A whole lot of pics and videos from the event.


Gamushara visits a haunted house! Did a Junior make a girl get an abortion? And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: July 25, 2014

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Thennary’s Picks

Shounen Club 2014.07.09 Review – J-Everything
The show really could use a little less Sexy Zone at this point.

Gamushara 2014.06.29 Review – J-Everything
One of the teams visit a haunted house, because reasons…

VS Arashi 2014.06.19 Review – J-Everything
Arashi go against a movie cast, which includes their kouhai and Ohno-fanboy Chinen Yuri.

Rants & Raves : It’s all Good – JE Fandom
Lots to love in this installment.

Johnny’s-Watcher Rumor Round-Up (Digest 010) – JE Fandom
The most recent batch of rumors that have been floating around.


Crayon Pop finish their time with Lady Gaga! Sulli goes on hiatus from f(x)! Taemin of SHINee announces solo debut! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: July 25, 2014

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Park Bom leaves “Roommate” due to controversy, thus rendering reality TV pointless – Asian Junkie
The irony is overwhelming. And it’s kind of amazing to me how this continues to be an issue.

Crayon Pop end their successful Lady Gaga experience + hold Los Angeles fanmeet – Asian Junkie
Lady Gaga in the helmet makes it all so worthwhile.

Happy 5th Anniversary, 4Minute! K-Pop Girl Group’s Top 5 Music Videos – Billboard
A very nice countdownn of the group’s best.

f(x)’s Sulli to take a hiatus – seoulbeats
Another idol laid low by scandal?

f(x) end “Red Light” promotions, Sulli wishes to take break … oh boy – Asian Junkie
Yeah, this probably is just the start…

CSJH’s Lina to marry actor Jang Seung Jo, which is great, but this is now a CSJH post – Asian Junkie
I also miss The Grace – but hey, congratulations on the nuptials!

SM Announces Taemin’s Solo Debut – seoulbeats
Gaya has some interesting thoughts on this announcement.


SNH48 prepares for the election concert!

Recommended Cpop Reading: July 25, 2014

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2014-07-26 SNH48’s 《一心向前》 election concert will be LIVE… – Shanghai48s
The excitement and anticipation builds…

2014-07-25 SNH48 members rehearsing today for their election… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-25 SNH48 members were rehearsing all day for their big… – Shanghai48s
And here’s a whole lot of pics!

2014-07-24 SNH48 members practicing hard for their upcoming… – Shanghai48s
A look at some of the wardrobe and news of four new songs!


Shiraishi Mai! Yamamoto Sayaka! Miyawaki Sakura! Takayanagi Ayane! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: July 25, 2014

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NMB48 Sayaka Yamamoto “HBD21″ on Big Comic Spirits Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
山本彩 – Jurina48
Yamamoto Sayaka in a variety of bikinis. That pretty much sums up all her pictorials.

松井珠理奈 Shared publicly  -  7:29… – Jurina48
Miyazawa Sae and Matsui Jurina are showing hot love to a humongous pole.

ヤングアニマル 2014 No.15 橋本環奈 – Jurina48
Hashimoto Kanna shows us why she’s considered a thousand year idol.

2014-07-24 SNH48 Team NII member Huang TingTing – Shanghai48s
2014-07-24 SNH48 member Sun Rui and Lu Ting – Shanghai48s
My favorite SNH idols in casual moments.

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura is so close to becoming my top idol right now…

高柳明音 – Jurina48
Takayanagi Ayane in a very nice pictorial.

松井珠理奈 – Jurina48
Candy WHAT? Count me in!

白石麻衣 – Jurina48
白石麻衣 – Jurina48
Shiraishi Mai in a fashionable mood.

2014-07-25 SNH48 Team NII member Huang TingTing – Shanghai48s
Huang TingTing gets all flowery.

松井玲奈 – Jurina48
Not the greatest Matsui Rena set, but still… Rena!


Thennary on Kamen Teacher! Mikuchin on Suikyu Yankees! Tsui no Sumika!

Recommended Drama Reading: July 25, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Kamen Teacher mid-season impressions – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary finds this show a great breath of fresh air for the “teacher and delinquent class” genre.

Tsui no Sumika – Jdrama Weblog
Information on the drama starring Miritani Kirei.

Suikyu Yankees Episode 2 – JE fandom
Mikuchin enjoyed this episode of the water polo drama and is looking forward to plot developments in the next one.


Goto Maki gets married! Alice Project idol given gift with a GPS! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 23, 2014

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Random Idol Thoughts and Fresh Idol Music – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki muses on six years of idol blogging and developments in the idol world during that time.

Perfume Releases The Full Version Lyric Video for “Hold Your Hand” – Tokyo Girls Update
I just felt like I got facepalmed by all of Perfume fandom.

Tokyo Idol Festival 2014 – Part 3 – Happy Disco
Serenyty resumes her profiles of idol acts at the festival!

Shoko Nakagawa Interview at Japan Expo 15th – Tokyo Girls Update
Shokotan is a wonderfully articulate spokesperson for both idol and otaku culture. Definitely watch this and be proud of your fandom.

Watanabe Miyuki Interview (BOMB) – AKBlogs
Milky fills readers in on her current status in the franchise.

REPORT : The Cutting Edge Japanese Culture Fes in U.S., “J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2014″ – Tokyo Girls Update
A report on highlights of this year’s event.

The Links To Shamrock – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer profiles two groups.

AKB48 Team 8 – 47 no Suteki na Machi e – J-Pop Idols
The team with one member from each prefecture finally get to show their stuff.

Goto Maki is apparently getting married to an ex-boyfriend, #RIPNudes – Asian Junkie
Goto Maki has officially announced that she’s married … #RIPNudes – Asian Junkie
I wouldn’t be so positive that married life will prevent her from posing nude again. At any rate, congratulations to Gocchin on getting hitched!

oldtypenewtype: Legendary Idol Eriko was a T.V. show that was… – the mind reels
A quick history lesson.

Kalafina’s Album sales for “THE BEST Red” & “THE BEST Blue” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami is delighted by the strong sales for the trio’s two albums.

Check Out the New Sensation Samurai Drama MV for Dempagumi.inc’s new song “Chururi Chururira” – Tokyo Girls Update
A whole lot of silliness and fun. This is what Flying Get should have been like.

The New Tsugunaga Constitution: Articles 1 – 10 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A new constitution? Was there a coup?

Shizukaze & Kizuna – Wonder Parade – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first single in over a year.

Check it out! “9nine” Uki Satake makes her debut as “DJ QT”! – Tokyo Girls Update
Hopefully she will keep her day job.

Idol Metal Next Wave: Under Beasty and Death Rabbits – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki continues this series on other idol metal groups for those looking beyond BABYMETAL.

If the official currency of Japan was changed from yen to Kamei Eri’s panties (+4) – Wota in Translation
A lot of threads on H!P panties, and one thread on peeing in the shower.

Alice Project Idol Receives Gift with Hidden GPS Unit. – Pure Idol Heart
A pretty horrible turn of events, and so soon after the AKB handshake tragedy. The new idol age is now clearly about caution.

SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, and GEM gathered at Sekigahara, the Battlefield of IDOLS! – Tokyo Girls Update
Alas, no actual battles were recreated. Not even knife fights.

Alice Juban received a gift from fans that included a hidden GPS tracker – Asian Junkie
Some begrudging respect for the sheer creepiness of this?

Girls Beat!! to release second single in september! – Sakura Mankai
Counting on momentum?

Ito Momoka – Poker Face – J-Pop Idols
Details on the first solo single from this Fairies idol.


Block B and a freakin’ ostrich! Wonder Girl Yenny to make solo debut! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: July 23, 2014

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SISTAR Serves Sax-Saturated Summer Single ‘Touch My Body’: Watch – Billboard
A glowing review of the horny – in more than one sense – single.

SM To Debut 4-Member Girl Group – seoulbeats
Rumors abound, and the fourth member has not been confirmed.

SM Rookies Irene, Seulgi, Wendy to be a part of new 4-member girl group – Asian Junkie
An interesting angle to consider: how will other SME girl group fandoms react?

[Review] SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” brings fantastic simmering summer heat – Asian Junkie
A positive review whose main misgiving is that butt move. Love the turtle head idea.

The K-pop Oblivion: Co-Ed Edition – seoulbeats
Another useful look at groups that didn’t make it.

Wonder Girls’ Ye-eun (Yenny) to Have Solo Debut – seoulbeats
With Sunye on hiatus and Sohee gone, this is the natural route for the remaining Wonder Girls to take.

Lip Service are making a comeback, apparently with a new member – Asian Junkie
Oh dear.

Kpop Highlight: Block B – “Her” Mv – Neaux Clicked on It
An ostrich!

Block B release “H.E.R” music video. It has an ostrich. An ostrich. – Asian Junkie
A freaking ostrich! How cool is that?

Yenny (HA:TFELT) gets naked and wet for her solo debut, “Me?” – Asian Junkie
Noticing a key part of the promotion.


Hoshina Mizuki! Miyawaki Sakura! Okawa Ai! Matsui Jurina! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: July 23, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

SKE48 Nao Furuhata “New Summer” on Young Gangan Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Nao going about a day in school.

木﨑ゆりあ – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria, gorgeous and evocative.

週刊プレイボーイ 電子版 2014 No.31 宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura looking positively breathtaking.

白石麻衣 – Jurina48
Shiraishi Mai sharing some classic looks.

Photo – Jurina48
Hoshina Mizuki, probably my favorite gravure idol at the moment.

SKE48 Jurina Matsui “Juri Natsu” on Young Champion Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Jurina cools down for the summer.

renmb: 宮本佳林 植村あかり – Jurina48
Juice=Juice’s finest get fruity and juicy.

大川藍 – Jurina48
Okawa Ai again shares her bountiful cleavage.


HERO 2014 reviewed! Akiramike attempts to watch Carnation! And more!

Recommended Drama Reading: July 23, 2014

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Carnation eps 1-48 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike tries out this asadora about a woman who makes Western clothing, but does not think he can last the whole run.

Production Announcement for “Hissatsu Shigotonin 2014″ – JE fandom
I lik Chinen, but Higashiyama is the one I’d scream for.

First Impressions on HERO 2014 – JE fandom
Mikuchin finds strong nostalgia for the 2001 original run, and decides the series is quite watchable.


Team Syachihoko release single on vinyl! Meet Pink Babies! Reviews of Kyary and C-ute! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 21, 2014

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Music Video of “MOON PRIDE” arrived from Momoclo!! – Tokyo Girls Update
Alas, it’s just more of the opening theme footage – gorgeous as it is, and even emotionally stirring – with no Momoclo in sight.

Idol’s Guide to Surviving Tests – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Pinky of Dempagumi struggles. She should’ve rolled a critical hit and made things easier.

Adult AKB48 member Mariko Tsukamoto Makes her Theater Debut – Tokyo Girls Update
A detailed report and some very lovely photos of this event.

It’ summer but I’m back from Paris & vacation – Berryz Kobo International
Zush reports back on the Japan Expo.

Pink And Proud Of It! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
A very informative profile of Pink Babies, the sister idol group of Pink Lady – and who apparently only do covers of Pink Lady songs.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Greg catches us up on major news, releases, and recent videos.

Digest Weekly #105 – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima serves up all the idol news you could possibly want, and a Picture of the Week that will make your dreams moist.

C-ute – “The Power/Kanashiki Heaven” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami has a definite preference between these two A-sides.

Mark your calendars for SUPER☆GiRLS’ 2nd big announcement! – Tokyo Girls Update
Unless it’s mass gender reassignment surgery, I’m not sure how the group can live up to the hype they’re generating.

[REVIEW] Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pika Pika Fantajin – Repeated Countless Error
Alex finds only half a good album here, and explains why in this excellent essay.

9nine 2013 Live Be! Be! Be! -Kimi to Mukou e- – J-Pop Idols
Details on the concert DVD, including setlist.

Jewel♡Kiss Producer Talks Wotas, Idols and MIX History – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki gives us a wota history lesson.

Kashiyuka praising Sayashi – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A nice reminder that idols are themselves inspired by other idols.

Did you know that Morning Musume has a member that you can only see if you’re not a virgin? – Wota in Translation
A strange but amusing thread.

hy4_4yh – Tickeee on the Beach – J-Pop Idols
Details about this triple A-side release.

Matsui Jurina Interview (BOMB) – AKBlogs
Jurina sees herself carrying on the spirit of Yuko.

Perfume- “Hold Your Hand” Lyric video – Neaux Clicked on It
Sincerity wins out in this new video from the trio.

Natsumi Abe- “Furusato” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
The originl Momusu ace is looking lovelier than ever, her singing of the song is incredible, though the instrumentation for this version is a bit too melodramatic for me.

Babymetal Live In London – J-POP GO
A solid report of their London show.

Team Syachihoko’s “Ii Kurashi” to be released in Analog Edition! The Official Bootleg Spreads All Over The World! – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s an interesting move that seems intent on gaining new audiences.

Girls Beat!!- Sekai Seifuku preview – Sakura Mankai
Kago is front and center, which shouldn’t be surprising.

This week in music 07.23.2014 – New School Kaidan
Afilia Saga, Ayumikurikamaki, Girls Beat!!, and Negicco head up this big week of indie idols.

Birds of Paradise with Cherry Ice Cream Smiles… – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Duran Duran was the first group I developed a fandom for, and the first concert I ever attended (back when most of you weren’t even alive). Having Kat draw a connection between that group and Hello! Project was both eerie and deeply satisfying.


Yoshiki to perform at Otakon! Tsubasa Imai to make kabuki debut! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: July 21, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Arashi’s “Pika☆nchi” Expands Screening to Four Cities – JE fandom
Tickets sold out right away, leading to this expansion.

Sakurai Sho and Horikita Maki in a Secret Relationship? – JE fandom
I have to agree with Mikuchin – pics would go a long way to confirm this. But maybe that shows just how adept Sho is, that he hasn’t allowed any to surface?

Yoshiki to Perform at Otakon 2014 – Shattered-Tranquility.net
The VK legend promises something special for this show. I’m thinking harpsichord solos…

The Shounen Club 12 November 2010 review – Never Ending Music Power
This episode has loads of guest performances, but balances it out with the Juniors.

Tsubasa Imai to have Kabuki Debut – JE fandom
Apparently, he was chosen for his flamenco skills.