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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Utada Hikaru cover album announced! Berryz talk about their autumn tour! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 22, 2014

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Utada Hikaru cover album to be released in December – Land of Rising Sound
A great way to celebrate Hikki’s fifteenth anniversary as a recording artist.

Oomori Seiko unveils full details for new album「Brainwashing」 – Land of Rising Sound
Further information has been released, including cover art and tracklist.

Chu-Z in new duds – Morning Girls On The Run
THennary is hoping this means a new single is imminent.

Mariko Goto Reveals Bloodstained Trailer for New Album “Kowareta Hako ni Rinakkusu” – Tokyo Girls Update
Looking to Carrie for inspiration?

St. Bonapro School Closes – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer profiles a young group whose days are now numbered.

Sato Satomi – “Le Jour” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami discovers a new seiyuu / singer.

Afilia Saga to Release New Single “Japanesque × Romanesque” in November – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the group’s thirteenth single.

Captain and vice-captain talk about Berryz Kobo’s tour and last single – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Sounds like the Berryz are very determined to end on a strong note.

Trattoria Buono! #81 (2014.10.18) – Hello! Pro Radio
Momoko helps out a foreigner, and the group talk about sleep.

SS1422 #91 (2014.10.12) (with guest Fukumura Mizuki) – Hello! Pro Radio
Talking about the third generation members.

Team Syachihoko’s New Single “Shampoo Hat” Will Change Their Image? – Tokyo Girls Update
Never mind changing the group’s image, I could watch that cat for HOURS!

Cheeky Parade Meets Rock Royalty & WWF Champ in New York – Tokyo Girls Update
They should try to get the Hulkster to sing on their next single.

Dempagumi Inc. unveil covers for new single “Denpari Night” – Land of Rising Sound
Details on the group’s upcoming single, including some very striking cover art.

Happiness release “Seek A Light” MV, which somehow isn’t about cigs – Asian Junkie
Everybody loves a circus, apparently – especially the wardrobe people.

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A closer look at Gackt’s app! appears reviews Yamapi! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: October 22, 2014

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Tomohisa Yamashita’s YOU – appears
A thoughtful consideration of Yamapi’s latest and how it fits into his career. A definite must-read, I just can’t get enough of Anna’s writing.

EXILE ATSUSHI Feat. P-CHO- “First Christmas” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Oh come on, we’re not even at Halloween yet!

FOR GACKT’S SAKE, GACKT! thx lej! – Jrocknyc
My panties are moist.

Rants & Raves : Look-alike and Junk Mails – JE fandom
Never mind America’s answer to Maysujun, where’s America’s answer to Nino?

Yamapi Apologizes to Fans during Fan Greeting Event – JE fandom
Not sure if this helps or hurts the situation he’s in.

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2NE1 catch on in America with “I AM BEST”! Z:EA’s Lee Hoo goes on hiatus! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 22, 2014

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2NE1’s K-Pop Hit ‘I Am the Best’ Gains Spins at U.S. Radio Stations – Billboard
Should we thank Bill Gates?

[Update: Company Statement] Z:EA’s Lee Hoo cleanses his Twitter, announces he’s on hiatus – Asian Junkie
Crazy like a fox, then?

Strawberry Milk’s EP is Refreshingly Mature – seoulbeats
Lo was expecting more songs along the line of “OK” but found something more.

Ladies’ Code’s accident due to speeding, not vehicle defect, according to NISI – Asian Junkie
The announcement of some key findings.

The 30 worst K-pop album and single cover artworks ever – Beyond Hallyu
I found this a lot of fun.

Younha Delivers the Emotions in “What Does My Heart Become” – seoulbeats
Andy takes a close look at the song and the highly symbolic video.

Super Junior release MV for “This Is Love”, a track that didn’t come pre-ruined – Asian Junkie

Block B tell sasaengs to please get the fuck away from their dorm – Asian Junkie
Stick figures drawn on doors? How Blair Witch Project of them.

That EXO comeback rumor that people thought was BS probably was BS – Asian Junkie
Not like they have anything else on their minds right now…

Rookie girl group Purfles (yes, really) sets a new high bar for debuts with “1,2,3” MV – Asian Junkie
Will a strong debut be enough to set this trio apart from the ever-growing masses of nugu acts?

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Shibuya Nagisa! Miyawaki Sakura! Suzuki Airi!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 22, 2014

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宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura, again breaking my heart oh-so-sweetly.

gotosleepmychild: Young Magazine 2014 No.34 Extra Cuts – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria in black and in white.

SKE48 Aya Shibata “Hitomi wo Tojite” on Manga Action Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
What lovely smile!

松井玲奈 ‏@renampme 19m19 minutes ago… – Jurina48
Boyz II Men cosplay?

alanosiris: UTB+22  2014.11 NMB48 渋谷凪咲 (full ver.) – Jurina48
Shibuya Nagisa in a mostly somber pictorial.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII members Lu Ting and Luo Lan – Shanghai48s
My favorite SNHer and friend.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII member Gong Shiqi – Shanghai48s
Working hard for the geek wota crowd.

ojigi30do: airi suzuki | 鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
Sweet dreams.

2014-10-21 SNH48 Team NII member Zhang Xiyin – Shanghai48s
Hello there!

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Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna! Subete ga F ni Naru! HamsapSukebe on Gomen ne Seishun!

Recommended Drama Reading: October 22, 2014

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Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the new drama starring Nakama Yukie!

Subete ga F ni Naru – Jdrama Weblog
Details on this academic murder drama starring Takei Emi.

Gomen ne Seishun! Eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike looks past Nishikido Ryo’s casting to enjoy this school comedy.

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Selective Hearing reviews the Morning Musume New York show! Tsunku undergoes further surgery! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 20, 2014

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We are Juice=Juice #52 (2014.10.07) – Hello! Pro Radio
At first I thought they were going to talk about the kid from Leave It To Beaver, but they discuss a whole different kind of Lumpy instead.

We are Juice=Juice #53 (2014.10.14) – Hello! Pro Radio
H!P Jesus talks about spacing out while staring at her phone.

Gacharic Spin – Gachatto Best (2010-2014) – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first major album, including tracklists and a video.

Get ready for Michishige Sayumi’s Graduation – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate wants to enjoy Sayumi in her last days as a Musume.

Berryz Kobo busy with tours – Berryz Kobo International
Zush catches us up with the Berryz as the end draws nearer.

Sakura Gakuin – Heart no Hoshi – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s DVD single, including tracklist and video.

NMB48 – Rashikunai – J-Pop Idols
The list of the senbatsu, the tracklist, and videos.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Tsunku undergoes further surgery.

Twitter Tidbits #6 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Tsunku assures folks that he’s doing fine.o

Review: Morning Musume。’14 Live Concert in New York – Selective Hearing
Greg gives a detailed account of the event, along with some spectacular photos.

Akamaru Dash – Tabete, Waratte, Ikite Iku – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s major debut single, including tracklist and video.

Passpo’s Makita Sako on H!P – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
It’s always fun when idols show their own wota side. And who knows? Maybe Suzuki Airi will go meet her now.

C-ute’s 26th single got a name! – Sakura Mankai
I agree, it definitely sounds like a nod to Berryz’s imminent departure. Maybe they can add “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” as an extra track?

video pantsu: i☆Ris- “Miracle ☆ Paradise” MV short – Neaux Clicked on It
For those needing their daily super kawaii anime fix…

AKB48′s Haruna Kojima Makes Surprise Appearance at Nogizaka46 Concert to Debut “Kojizaka 46” Song! – Tokyo Girls Update
I think the rivalry will end not with a bang or whimper, but a slow osmotic blurping as Nogi merges into the 48G fold. Would a renumbering be out of the question for them?

Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou ~The message~ – J-Pop Idols
The actual tracklist for the much-anticipated album.

This week in music 10.22.2014 – New School Kaidan
Tochiotome25 headlines this week’s idol offerings, and Garry explains why.

i☆Ris – Miracle Paradise – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s new single, including tracklist and video.

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Strawberry Milk promote their single! Boyfriend may turn you into a newt with Witch!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 20, 2014

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Strawberry Milk’s Debut Single Is “OK” – seoulbeats
Laura has an evenhanded review of the Crayon Pop subunit’s debut single and video.

Planner of concert that left 16 dead and 11 injured commits suicide – Asian Junkie
Tragedy begetting further tragedy.

Boyfriend Goes Theatrical in “Witch” – seoulbeats
Andy takes a close look at the group’s latest, as they try for a more mature image.

Strawberry Milk did their “OK” dance MV on a farm, handed out strawberry milk – Asian Junkie
At least they’re committing to the concept.

7 K-pop Idols Who Should Bounce – seoulbeats
I was expecting to see HyunA in the mix, and the argument for Orange Caramel is very compelling to me…

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New episode of SNHello! Listen to SNH48’s UZA EP!

Recommended Cpop Reading: October 20, 2014

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2014-10-17SNH48 – SNHello! Episode 14 – Shanghai48s
The group tackle historical drama. Sorta.

SNH48 – 呜吒 (UZA) from SNH48’s 5th EP 《呜吒》 (UZA) – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 悬铃木 (鈴懸なんちゃら / Suzukake Nanchara)from SNH48’s 5th EP… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 第一只兔子 (ファースト・ラビット / First Rabbit)from SNH48’s 5th EP… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 错过奇迹 (奇跡は間に合わない / Kiseki wa Ma ni Awanai)from SNH48’s… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 夕阳下的约定 (夕陽を見ているか? / Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?)from SNH48’s… – Shanghai48s
A chance to listen to the tracks before buying them!

SNH48 《呜吒》 (UZA) MV – TOP 3 version – Shanghai48s
Still loving the swords!

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Wada Ayaka! Yamamoto Sayaka! Mina Oba! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 20, 2014

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大島♡優子「脱ぎやがれ!」 – モーニングBerryz48
MB gives us a close, detailed look at Oshima Yuko’s new photobook. Yes, the one where she gets nekkid.

2014-10-17 SNH48 Team NII member Lu Ting – Shanghai48s
2014-10-17 SNH48 Team SII member Xu ChenChen – Shanghai48s
Two gorgeous Cpop idols.

HKT48 Madoka Moriyasu “Winds Blow Softly” on UTB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The first few photos made me think of Parappa the Rapper. “Kick! Punch! It’s all in your mind!”

山本彩 – Jurina48
A gorgeous Yamamoto Sayaka pictorial.

大場美奈 – Jurina48
Mina Oba having fun.

道重さゆみ – Jurina48
Michishige Sayumi looking dramatic.

上西恵 – Jurina48
上西恵 – Jurina48
Behind the scenes with Jonishi Kei at a photoshoot.

2014-10-18 SNH48 Team NII member Yi Jiaai – Shanghai48s
She could do better.

Wallpapers from the year 2009 & 2010 – Berryz Kobo International
More memories to refresh our imagination.

himuralight: 宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura in a pretty rose dress.

Photo – Jurina48
The full pictorial for the duo of Kitagwa Ryoha and Kumazaki Haruka.

Little Forest – KAKKO-II.COM
Wada Ayaka in a cute and sexy pictorial. A bit of a revelation, actually.

2014-10-20 1931 Team Red member Jiang JingJing – 1931
Love the hat, intrigued by the idol.

sol-sapphirus489: Matsui Rena – Nogizaka46 October II – Jurina48
Matsui Rena looking street.

2014-10-20 1931 Team Red member Li Ling – 1931
Wow. Oh, wow.

kumakuma-san: yic17: Shiraishi Mai & Nishino Nanase… – Jurina48
nogibaby: 乃木坂46 桜井玲香  西野七瀬  白石麻衣 Shiraishi Mai, Nishino Nanase,… – Jurina48
More of that tag team from Nogizaka46.

小島瑠璃子  佐野ひなこ – Jurina48
Here’s a surprising pair that actually makes a lot of sense: Kojima Ruriko and Sano Hinako!

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
A quick double shot of Miyawaki Sakura!

ken0727: Ikuta… – Jurina48
Going for that sexy Morticia Adams effect.

S/mileage “Smile Fantasy” images – the number 244
They do look quite adorable in these shots from the musical, with more of a Valentine than Halloween vibe.

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JE fandom reviews Gomen ne Seishun! Details on Tsumatachi no Shinkansen!

Recommended Drama Reading: October 20, 2014

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NHK Drama Special 2014 ~ Tsumatachi no Shinkansen – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the special which features Mano Erina!

First Impressions on Gomen ne Seishun – JE fandom
Mikuchin enjoyed the first episode, finding a different take on classroom dramas with a strong performance by Nishikido Ryo.

First Impressions on Jigoku Sensei Nube – JE fandom
Not surprisingly, Mikuchin detects a strong shonen manga feel to this adaptation, which leads to a lukewarm reception at best.

Gugu datte Neko de Aru – Jdrama Weblog
That cat looks badass!

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Repeated Countless Error leads to Land of Rising Sound! Okay! Musume Time answers questions!

Recommended Community Reading: October 20, 2014

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Me, My Blog & Idols Q&A (Vol. 3) – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima returns to blogging by answering a wide variety of reader questions!

8 months – Repeated Countless Error
Land of Rising Sound
Alex Shenmue has created a new website that will help newer fans better learn and understand the Japanese music scene. It’s a great, ambitious idea, and I’m excited to see where this goes.

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Tsukamoto Mariko becomes a model! Rhymeberry release new video! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 17, 2014

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Stretching to be a Grown Up, My Life is Not Just for Show – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat finds an echo of old-school H!P as the group revisits familiar territory with their latest release.

DVDs of Momoclo’s Kokuritsu Swept 1st and 2nd on Oricon Weekly Chart!! – Tokyo Girls Update
Okay, so maybe they’re not yet on the same level as AKB and H!P – but with chart performances like this, I still maintain it’s just a matter of time.

DVD & Blu-Ray of Momoclo’s Acoustic Live Events “Momoiro Yobanashi” are Finally Released!! – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m sure this will do well for the group, as well.

Party Rockets – Triangle – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first album, including tracklist.

10/16: Tsunku’s “C-word” is in the “R word” – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat takes note of the good news regarding Tsunku’s condition.

Sakura Gakuin Reveals MV for their New Song “Heart no Hoshi” – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s like Narnia, The Patty Duke Show, and Where The Wild Things Are were placed in a wota-powered blender.

Yamada Nana to graduate NMB48 – Morning Girls On The Run
Oshi (2014) – Morning Girls On The Run
Thennary Nak shares her thoughts on the announcement of Yamada’s upcoming exit. On a side note, I’ve been so out of the loop that I hadn’t realized Thennary had set up a new blog devoted to female Jpop idols, placing her related Youtube videos there as well. It’s a great blog, and among the new material I especially enjoyed the Oshi post as knowing someone’s favorites is always a good insight to a person’s fandom.

Rhymeberry Reveals the MV for 5th Single “IDOL ILLMATIC” – Tokyo Girls Update
3-nin Rhymeberry continue to prove themselves with their new video.

Oshima Yuko and me part 2 – New School Kaidan
David Chang again pays tribute to the idol who shares his birthday… as opposed to, say, Eminem and George Wendt.

Oha-Girl Fuwawa- “トロイメライライン” Dance MV – Neaux Clicked on It
If you want kawaii, you’ve got it.

AKB48 halts high-fives for fans after theater performances, does it shift dynamic? – Asian Junkie
More fallout from the handshake incident.

Tsukamoto Mariko (ex AKB48) became a model – J-Pop Idols
God has answered my prayers. Well, this one at least. The prayer about Miyawaki Sakura and a jar of peanut butter has yet to be answered.