June 7, 2014

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Tweets On The AKB Election – Part 2

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On to the top ranking idols and comments afterwards.

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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

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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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Ch-ch-ch-changes.

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Recommended Eyecandy+: Miyawaki Sakura Video

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A look at the rising AKB idol in action!

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Recommended Tweets: May 17, 2014

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Recommended Tweets: May 11, 2014

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

May 10, 2014

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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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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

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Recommended Tweets: 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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Recommended Tweets: May 3, 2014

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AKB48 two-shots! Crests watches Ooku!

May 2, 2014

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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

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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

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Today’s Haikucandy: Anri Sugihara

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Skin them all!

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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

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Today’s Haikucandy: Yumoto Misaki

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Smell em, knock on em…

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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!

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Recommended Tweets: Michishige Sayumi Announces Graduation From Morning Musume

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

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the number 244 on Tokyo Girls’ Style at the J-Pop Summit! Babymetal in Los Angeles! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: July 28, 2014

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OSAKA★SHUNKASHUTO: Dawn of Something Wonderful – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles this crowdfunded idol group.

Kojimako Interview (BOMB) – AKBlogs
I love how this interview begins with an exclamation of how old she is. Beyond that, it’s a solid interview of her current status and activities.

Fairies – Fairies Review – Selective Hearing
Greg is not all that impressed by what amounts to a compilation album from the group’s first two years.

Idol Renaissance – 17 Sai – J-Pop Idols
This is the group’s first single.

The Possible – Zenryoku Banzai! My Movie! – J-Pop Idols
Not a movie but a music video compilation with some extras.

S/mileage releases the covers for their 17th single! – Sakura Mankai
I’m not sure if I like any of the covers that much, but Limited B is probably the best of the lot.

Dempagumi.inc – World Wide Dempa Tour 2014 in Nippon Budokan – Yume de Owaranyo! - – J-Pop Idols
Details and a setlist for the upcoming DVD release.

Bitter & Sweet to (finally) release their second dvd single – Sakura Mankai
Possible new song for H!P Kenshuusei! – Sakura Mankai
Some very encouraging news from the fringes of Hello! Project.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Greg provides news highlights and videos.

J-Pop Summit- Tokyo Girls Style [live] – the number 244
An excellent report of TGS’s Stateside activities, with plenty of photos and videos.

YANAKIKU wins fans at J-Pop Summit – Selective Hearing
Another report from the event, this one focused on the lesser known vocal duo.

Palet – Victory – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s next single, the first with their new member.

H!P Summer 2014 KOREZO: Share it if you like it – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Members of H!P take photos and share them with fans.

H!P kenshuusei preformed another new song! – Sakura Mankai
More good news for the Eggs.

Caramel Ribbon – First Secret – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s next single, coming out tomorrow!

Rev. from DVL – Do my Best – J-Pop Idols
The latest from Hashimoto Kanna and some other girls.

PASSPO☆ Reveals the Short MV for their New Single “Himawari” – Tokyo Girls Update
I dunno, the costume – and everything else – feels like more of the same from this group. Which is not a bad thing if that’s what you like.

palet to release Music Cards for “VICTORY” in 20 Different Types including Bikini Shots! – Tokyo Girls Update
Bikini shots? Now I’m interested!

Terashima Yufu – Campanula no Yuuutsu – J-Pop Idols
Details on the ex-BiS idol’s second solo single.

Idol Metal Next Wave: NEXT SHOJO JIKEN – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles another metal idol group with videos a-plenty.

BABYMETAL Debut USA Live First Look – Pure Idol Heart
Babymetal takes on La La Land and Gaki has the videos of their big show.

Berikyu in Paris, Part 3: 2nd Signing – madara_blog
Madara shares a whole lot more photos from the event, including some of a very dapper older gentleman.

Nogizaka46 : Talk show at Japan Expo (part 2) – J-Pop Idols
Eight of the members speak to an audience of fans.

Tacoyaki Rainbow- “Zesshō! Naniwa de umareta shōjo-tachi” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Charo? Well, that at least got me interested.

Possible Member of BABYMETAL Goes to Hospital – Pure Idol Heart
Hopefully there were no serious injuries and everyone is fine.

Dempa Gumi Inc.- “Lemon Iro” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
The idols slow it down a notch or two in their new video.

This week in music 07.30.2014 – New School Kaidan
There’s a whole lot of idol releases this week, including Juice=Juice and Momoiro Clover Z.

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Looking back at six-member SMAP! Equality in Kis-My-Ft2! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: July 28, 2014

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HSJ’s Weekender – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is on the fence about getting this new single from Hey! Say! JUMP, sharing the details of the release.

The Shounen Club 3 December 2010 review – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary finds this episode manages to get plenty of Juniors to perform, which is a good thing.

SMAP to Release New Album + 5 Dome Tour – JE fandom
Great news for SMAP fans!

No more Disparity among Kis-My-Ft2 – JE fandom
Finally, they’re on equal footing! I guess thanks are due to Nakai?

Mori Katsuyuki’s Letter Bring Tears to SMAP – JE fandom
I dunno, the letter seems kind of odd to me but apparently it hits all the right notes among old friends.

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HyunA reveals new single and video! SM reveals new girl group Red Velvet! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: July 28, 2014

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Top 10 K-pop Groups/Soloists/Duos – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami shares this personal top ten, which isn’t at all surprising for regular readers but has fascinating write-ups for each choice.

Taetiseo could get a reality show, and hopefully we’ll get entertainment gold – Asian Junkie
Yeah, the potential for drama is pretty huge with two-thirds of this trio.

Sistar Supplies Songs for the Summer with “Touch & Move” – seoulbeats
Laura reviews the album track by track, finding an enjoyable summery effort from the group.

SM Girl Group Red Velvet to debut with “Happiness” – seoulbeats
SM decides not to tease for too long, and quickly introduces their new group.

KPOP Highlight: HYUNA- “RED” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux considers HyunA out-diva-ing some better known singers with this crazy video.

SME’s new girl group is called Red Velvet & their “Happiness” MV teaser is … a thing – Asian Junkie
The profile pics make me think they’re promoting a line of muumuus.

HyunA’s music video for “Red” delivers entertainment and gloriousness – Asian Junkie
A whole lot of love is directed on HyunA’s latest, especially its take on a certain children’s song. I also like the defense of HyunA as a Kpop idol, it makes a whole lot of sense to me.

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The SNH48 election event and concert! Also, meet the third gen!

Recommended Cpop Reading: July 28, 2014

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SNH48 1st General Election Results: – Shanghai48s
Congratulations to the senbatsu! Or do they use a Chinese term instead?

2014-07-26 SNH48 election concert photos – Part 1/5 – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 election concert photos – Part 2/5 – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 election concert photos – Part 3/5 – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 election concert photos – Part 4/5 – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 election concert photos – Part 5/5 – Shanghai48s
A great selection of photos. The idols look especially good in the red outfits.

2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Yang Yinyu: “Today… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Wang Lu: “Hi~ Hello… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Wang Baishuo: “Hello… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Li Xuan: “Nervous!… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Liu Jiongran: “Hello… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Zhang Xin: “Hello :P… – Shanghai48s
Most of these introductions are boiler plate idol talk. And then there’s these…

2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Liang Huiwen: “Hello… – Shanghai48s
L’Oreal? I guess it’s a commercial reference?

2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Xu Yiren: “I have a… – Shanghai48s
Pocky? I don’t get it.

2014-07-26 SNH48 3rd Gen member Li Qingyang: “3rd… – Shanghai48s
Legit!

SNH48 election event results – Part 1/5
SNH48 election event results – Part 2/5
SNH48 election event results – Part 3/5
SNH48 election event results – Part 4/5
SNH48 election event results – Part 5/5
More great photos of this epic event.

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It;s Matsui and Matsui in the Senbatsu Trap! Also, Lu Ting! Kizaki Yuria! Sashihara Rino! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: July 28, 2014

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AKB48 Yuria Kizaki “Boku no Great na Kanojo” on WPB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Subtly smoldering, undeniably adorable.

2014-07-25 SNH48 Team SII member Li Yuqi: (Miyazawa Sae &… – Shanghai48s
Sleeping idols always strike me as so attractive… and vulnerable…

vita308: AKB48 Theater 2014.June – Jurina48
At first, Jurina’s outfit looks cool and eclectic. Then I stare at it and it feels like a hot mess.

Kikkawa You – Yuuwaku (Photobook) – J-Pop Idols
Still loving that cover!

This Week In Eripon (2014.07.13-2014.07.19) – the number 244
This Week In Eripon (2014.07.20-2-014.07.16) – the number 244
Lots of fun guest appearances in these rounds of photos.

松井珠理奈 Shared publicly  -  6:48… – Jurina48
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松井珠理奈 Shared publicly  -  5:23… – Jurina48
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The two lovely Matsuis, Rena and Jurina!

松井玲奈  松井珠理奈  須田亜香里 – Jurina48
The Matsuis and non-Matsui Suda Akari. If she changed her name to Matsui, they could have a Ramones or Donnas thing going.

itsumono: 道重さゆみオフィシャルブログ「サユミンランドール」Powered by Ameba – Jurina48
Even the shape of Michishige Sayumi’s face is gorgeous.

2014-07-27 SNH48 Team NII member Lu Ting – Shanghai48s
2014-07-27 SNH48 Team SII member Chen Guanhui – Shanghai48s
2014-07-27 SNH48 Team NII member Huang TingTing (with Chen… – Shanghai48s
2014-07-28 SNH48 Team NII member Huang TingTing – Shanghai48s
2014-07-28 SNH48 Team SII member Chen Guanhui – Shanghai48s
Three of my favorite SNH48 idols.

松井玲奈 – Jurina48
Because you can never get enough Matsui Rena, here’s a pictorial featuring just her.

2014-07-27 SNH48 Team SII member Kong Xiaoyin – Shanghai48s
She can be my Pooh bear anytime.

2014-07-28 SNH48 Team NII member Lin Siyi – Shanghai48s
The boss.

HKT48 Rino Sashihara “AKB55 Gravure Sousenkyo #1″ on Shukan Gendai – HEBIROTE AKB48
Sasshi seems to get all the raciest spreads. For instance, this one.

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HamsapSukebe on Yoshiwara Uradoushin and Mama ga Ikita Akashi!

Recommended Drama Reading: July 28, 2014

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Mama ga Ikita Akashi – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike tries out this fatal disease drama based on the strength of the cast, which includes Mano Erina.

Yoshiwara Uradoushin Eps 1-5 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds this drama about an Edo-era red light district one of his favorites for the season.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

Recommended Drama Reading: July 25, 2014

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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.