Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: May 26, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Tacoyaki Rainbow – Genki Uri no Shoujo ~Naniwa Meika Gojyussen~ – J-Pop Idols
Hyadain composed and wrote this song, which should attract some attention.

Itsudemo! Kannon Smile #20 (2015.04.14) – Hello! Pro Radio
Zukki discusses make-up, dreams, gift giving, cats, and food this time around.

God Save Queen & Elizabeth – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat celebrates a friend’s birthday by looking at this AKB subunit featuring the Tomomis.

From Dawn to Dusk: palet Spend a Final Day by the Seaside in the MV for “Time to Change” – Tokyo Girls Update
I was hoping for a dropped mic or two at the end.

Randoseru! Sunglasses! Retro Rock! “Chame-Rock” Girls’ Group Maria Debut Single “Hurricane” Makes Landfall! – Tokyo Girls Update
The look of this group hits me where I live, dear Jesus, but the music makes me think of third-rate Kishidan.

Are You Ready? Location of NGT48 Theater Announced! The Stage Will Be Set In Bandai, Niigata-City! – Tokyo Girls Update
Now wota can get in line for tickets to the first show.

Seiko Oomori Announces New Single’s Release & Unveils Artwork Shot in Shinjuku! – Tokyo Girls Update
Looks like motherhood ain’t slowing her down.

This week in music 05.27.2015 – New School Kaidan
BiSH and Kiyoshi Ryujin 25 headline this week’s offerings, with some amusing comments from Garry on both.

Recommended Kpop Reading: May 26, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Eunjung talks about the T-ara bullying scandal on ‘4 Things Show’ + netizens backtracking – Asian Junkie
Looking back on the scandal that’s burdened the group for years now. But what about Little T-ara? When will we get to see them again?

Jang Dong-min, T-ara and when the misogyny of the Korean entertainment industry all gets too much – Beyond Hallyu
Speaking of which, a helpful reminder of the double standard at work in the Korean entertainment industry.

KARA’s Hara is releasing a solo album in July … uh … is it classical music? – Asian Junkie
I look forward to the music video, at least.

Hyosung coming back with boobs in “Into You”, which is basically a Spice Girls remake – Asian Junkie
So does that make Hyosung K-Spice?

Big Bang get gloriously emo for “Loser” and go on an acid trip with “Bae Bae” – Asian Junkie
The two videos are received favorably, the songs get a split decision.

Elsie (Eunjung) debuts with “I’m Good” feat. K.Will, and MBK trolls the life out of me – Asian Junkie
Disappointment when a body double is revealed.

Digipedi’s Videos as Social Commentary – the mind reels
A fantastic must-read article about the video production company and how they work within the strictures of the industry to still make strong critical points.

BIGBANG Are at Their Emotional and Sexual Peaks in New ‘Loser’ and ‘Bae Bae’ Videos – Billboard
The group is praised for showing maturity yet still holding onto their playful side.

[Review] Big Bang’s “Loser” is an exceedingly individual and isolated success – Asian Junkie
While the individual performances are strong, the video is criticized for a lack of group chemistry – or interaction, for that matter.

How YouTube drove the international K-pop boom: A timeline – Beyond Hallyu
Another must-read article, this one providing a timeline for how Kpop used YouTube cannily to expand its reach globally.

Tao cries (not out a window) at public event, answers questions but not the one we wanted – Asian Junkie
#OperationOpenWindow: Tao crying on Instagram, makes another confusing Weibo post – Asian Junkie
#OperationOpenWindow: Tao removes ‘EXO’ from Instagram, changes Weibo, is the best – Asian Junkie
#OperationOpenWindow: Tao leaves for America to study and to search for new windows – Asian Junkie
The drama just keeps ramping up.

Artsy Fartsy: A closer look at the “Loser” & “Bae Bae” MVs, which are maybe connected – Asian Junkie
A very compelling analysis of the two videos that sees a strong thematic connection between the two.

Big Bang Show Their Insecurities in “Loser” – seoulbeats
A different interpretation of one of the videos, which finds a more autobiographical bent to the suffering depicted.

A Pink’s Bomi and Eunji with phalluses in their mouths yet again – Asian Junkie
This makes me want to get a beef hot dog with mustard and onions. Lots of onions. Mm… Onions…

Crayon Pop release “What Are You Doing” + ‘The Show’ interview with subs & Monomola CF – Asian Junkie
I’d usually be delighted by a new Crayon Pop release, but this one not so much.

Big Bang Takes a Sex Trip in “Bae Bae” – seoulbeats
I like the Asian Junkie interpretation better.

BoA’s “Who Are You” features Gaeko & tries 2 trends, but falls a tad short of being a hit – Asian Junkie
At least the video is fun to watch.

Hyosung turns to rap, spits hot fiyah over her comeback track, “Into You” – Asian Junkie
What the heck is up with that outfit? The combination of tan and weird leather straps makes it a very seventies B&D get-up.

Sunye’s uncle fuels rumor of Sunmi joining Wonder Girls; JYPE issue non-denial – Asian Junkie
Well, let’s hold our collective breath and see if this pans out.

KARA is back to ruling Japan once again thanks to “Summergic” + SNSD war back on – Asian Junkie
The 4-nun Kara seems to have passed its test of fire. All of its tests of fire, actually.

Crayon Pop do “FM” choreo in delinquent outfits, so my death threats worked – Asian Junkie
We can all rest easy now.

Luna hints that f(x) is coming back soon … and they’re bringing Sulli – Asian Junkie
Good news for fans of the group.

BESTie’s “Excuse Me” is your flawless jam of the summer with the music video to match – Asian Junkie
Needz moar male gay orgy.

Ex-TRAX member No Min Woo sues SME over 17-year slave contract; case could set precedent – Asian Junkie
No Min Woo says he’s suing now due to his career being secretly disrupted – Asian Junkie
An interesting case with some wrinkles, most notably the extended timeline.

Hyosung’s “Into You” MV is Mother’s Day appropriate in raising boob awareness – Asian Junkie
Hyosung’s “Into You” BTS + praying she’s getting belly dance lessons for a stage – Asian Junkie
Will definitely get you into a summer mood.

Hyunseung Makes His Solo Debut with “You’re the First” – seoulbeats
The BEAST boy and male half of Troublemaker finally gets to strike out on his own.

Fan Account: After School contracts – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
Some reassurances as contracts are renewed by various members.

KPOP Highlight: GIRL’S DAY- “HELLO BUBBLE” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux respects the body roll.

BoA’s “Kiss My Lips” is amazing if she means the other lips – Asian Junkie
Another compelling interpretation from Asian Junkie.

Super Junior Is First Artist Announced for KCON 2015 – Billboard
Making good on a promise of a North American tour?

Boa Shows a New Side in “Kiss My Lips” – seoulbeats
BoA gets more sensual but manages to keep consistent in the lead track to her album.

BoA Makes a Stylish Return to Her K-Pop Throne on ‘Kiss My Lips': Track-by-Track Review – Billboard
Finding a great deal to praise in the soloist’s new album.

“Shattered”, “Green Light”, “Clockwork” highlight BoA’s ‘Kiss My Lips’ album – Asian Junkie
A chance to listen to the whole album.

10 of the best Korean music videos of the week feat. BoA, Sunggyu and more – Beyond Hallyu
A sampling of what’s out there in Kpop.

SHINee return with the infectious “View” & party with chicks and stuff in MV – Asian Junkie
Much love for the song, not so much for the video.

SME announces lawsuit against Luhan and 2 companies that used him for endorsements – Asian Junkie
Oh, why the heck not?

Shinee Makes The Most of a Kidnapping in “View” – seoulbeats
So maybe it’s about Stockholm Syndrome?

Info: KaEun will soon debut as a DJ – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
Expanding her career options, maybe?

Girls’ Day Get Colourful with “Hello Bubble” – seoulbeats
THe group are selling a product with their song, which helps explain some things.

Girls’ Generation Is First Act Confirmed for KCON New York: Exclusive – Billboard
The good news is it’s SNSD. The bad news is it’s in Newark. They should know better than to be bridge-and-tunnel.

Artsy Fartsy: K-Pop & Curation – What the heck is T.O.P doing, exactly? – Asian Junkie
I found the art history lesson pretty enjoyable.

AOA & Block B Added to KCON Los Angeles – Billboard
More good news for the West Coast.

Shinee Shows Vocal Growth and Maturity in ‘Odd’ – seoulbeats
A very positive review that finds the group working well together to set a new benchmark for their music.

CL’s “Doctor Pepper” is out, and the backstory hilariously destroys fandom delusions – Asian Junkie
Could be worse. Could have been a song about Fresca.

News: Seventeen is finally debuting on 29th – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
News: Seventeen unveils track list and teaser picture for first debut album ’17 CARAT’ – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
It’s finally happening! But will anyone care?

The Hallyu Wave: How Crisis Led to K-Pop – seoulbeats
An interesting look at how the government of South Korea played a key role in nurturing the hallyu wave.

KARA’s “Cupid” was good but not as great as I wanted it to be – Asian Junkie
The song’s pretty good, and I’m loving the pink urban cowboy look.

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: May 25, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

Lucky Sevens! Nana Yamada’s NMB48 Graduation Memorial Photobook “4+3=7″ in Stores Now! – Tokyo Girls Update
The best way to remember a 48G idol is in a tastesful state of undress.

宮本佳林 – Jurina48
宮本佳林 – Jurina48
宮本佳林 – Jurina48
Miyamoto Karin can still make me yell “H!P Jesus!” with glee.

SKE48 Mina Oba “Hope” on Young Animal Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A very solid, even bountiful, pictorial.

薮下柊 – Jurina48
薮下柊 – Jurina48
A couple of incredible shots featuring Yabashita Shu…

薮下柊 – Jurina48
薮下柊 – Jurina48
薮下柊 – Jurina48
And here she is in some fun pics.

永尾まりや – Jurina48
永尾まりや – Jurina48
永尾まりや – Jurina48
永尾まりや – Jurina48
永尾まりや – Jurina48
永尾まりや – Jurina48
Nagao Mariya looking incredibly sexy and tempestuous.

mayuwatanabe: Avail x Mayuyu part 2 of… – Jurina48
mayuwatanabe: Avail x Mayuyu part 1 of 2 – Jurina48
Some great fashion shots with the current AKB queen bee.

柏木由紀 – Jurina48
柏木由紀 – Jurina48
柏木由紀 – Jurina48
Kashiwagi Yuki looks especially incredible in that first pic.

宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
The many looks of Miyawaki Sakura. Or maybe the same look but with different bikinis and such.

shizukanakamurablog: 中村静香 – Jurina48
Nakamura Shizuka is a nurse for walls.

AKB48 Yuki Kashiwagi “You are my…” on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Yukirin tumbles around in bed.

川本紗矢  向井地美音 – Jurina48
Kawamoto Saya and Mukaichi Mion serve up sweets in style.

NMB48 Miyuki Watanabe “Milky” on Shonen Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Milky does a simple, sexy pictorial.

HKT48 Miku Tanaka and Nako Yabuki “Tanteidan no Kyujitsu” on Entame Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
There’s a slight Beautiful Creatures vibe to this duet pictorial…

高崎聖子 – Jurina48
高崎聖子 – Jurina48
高崎聖子 – Jurina48
高崎聖子 – Jurina48
Takasaki Shoko is sexiness personified in these posts.

NMB48 Miru SHiroma “Girl be good!” on Entame Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Striking a nifty balance between sexy and playful.

HKT48 Chihiro Anai and Aoi Motomura “Awase Kagami no Friends” on Bomb Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
How can such a colorful duet pictorial still be so vanilla?

西野七瀬 – Jurina48
西野七瀬 – Jurina48
西野七瀬 – Jurina48
Nishino Nanase gets stylish.

AKB48 Mayu Watanabe “Switch!” on The Television Colors Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
The queen bee does a playful red-and-white spread.

ヤングアニマル 2015 No.10 (宮脇咲良 兒玉遙) – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura and Kodama Haruka make for a fun pair to watch.

譜久村聖 – Jurina48
Fukumura Mizuki poolside is magnificent.

the-other-side-of-summer: 川口春奈 – Jurina48
Kawaguchi Haruna looks great in those boots.

NMB48 Sayaka Yamamoto “Win the Gold Medal” on WPB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Sayanee in another solid photo spread.

Yumi Sugimoto (杉本有美), Weekly Playboy, 2015, No.18 (#5/7) – Jurina48
upsettingshorts: Yumi Sugimoto (杉本有美), Weekly Playboy, 2015,… – Jurina48
Yumi Sugimoto (杉本有美), Weekly Playboy, 2015, No.18 (#7/7) – Jurina48
Yumi Sugimoto (杉本有美), Weekly Playboy, 2015, No.18 (#2/7) – Jurina48
Yumi hangs out in a hotel room and sometimes wears clothes.

木﨑ゆりあ – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria offers up her sweets.

横山由依 – Jurina48
As does Yokoyama Yui.

小池里奈 – Jurina48
小池里奈 – Jurina48
小池里奈 – Jurina48
小池里奈 – Jurina48
小池里奈 – Jurina48
Koike Rina gets about as nekkid as I’ve ever seen her, or at least that see-through sheet gives that impression.

ヤングチャンピオン 2015 No.11 宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
ヤングチャンピオン 2015 No.11 宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura shows us a mischievous smile.

ヤングマガジン 2015 No.24 島崎遥香 – Jurina48
Shimazaki Haruka in a powerful yet understated pictorial. She is truly at the top of her game lately.

向井地美音 – Jurina48
向井地美音 – Jurina48
My oshi Mukaichi Mion looking magnificent in a white bikini.

足立梨花 – Jurina48
足立梨花 – Jurina48
足立梨花 – Jurina48
Adachi Rika showing off her backside to excellent effect.

HKT48 Sae Kurihara “Hakko Hajimaru” on UTB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A nice, subtly dramatic pictorial.

鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
鈴木愛理 – Jurina48
Some very nice shots of Suzuki Airi.

sushikuine: 椎名もも – Jurina48
椎名もも – Jurina48
椎名もも – Jurina48
Momo Shiina looking pretty freakin’ incredible.

山本彩 – Jurina48
山本彩 – Jurina48
山本彩 – Jurina48
Yamamoto Sayaka vamps it up a little.

saltuaface: 宮脇咲良 Street Jack 2015/1月號 scan by weibo@… – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura hits the books.

武田玲奈 – Jurina48
武田玲奈 – Jurina48
武田玲奈 – Jurina48
武田玲奈 – Jurina48
Takeda Rena looks astounding in several of these shots. I gotta pay more attention to her.

I-Candy à la Nagasawa Marina – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima shares a whole lot of gravure goodness featuring the Houkago Princess idol.

I-Candy à la Mamitan – Okay! Musume Time
And if that wasn’t enough, Chiima then goes on to show off the gravure work of this buxom Station♪ idol! I’ll resist the train jokes for the moment…

Recommended Cpop Reading: May 25, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) MV… – Shanghai48s
Looks promising!

SNH48 2nd General Election PROMO VIDEO Members from Teams SII,… – Shanghai48s
Very dramatic.

SNH48 are the cover girls as well as main feature for the June… – Shanghai48s
I’m liking the second cover best.

SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) MV 24… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) MV… – Shanghai48s
This is the most 48G video they’ve made yet.

SNH48 in Saipan are featured in the new issue of Weekly Playboy… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 in Saipan featured in the newest issue of Weekly Playboy… – Shanghai48s
The best kind of promotion for a 48G idol group.

SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) from… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 Team SII – 自我主张 (胡桃とダイアローグ / Kurumi to Dialogue) from… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 Team NII – 亲吻进行式 (キスまでカウントダウン / Kiss made Countdown) from… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 Team HII – 眼神加速度 (快速と動体視力 / Kaisoku to Doutai… – Shanghai48s
Listen to the tracks!

SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) TOP 7… – Shanghai48s
SNH48 – 盛夏好声音 (真夏のSounds Good! / Manatsu no Sounds Good!) Dance… – Shanghai48s
Alternate versions of the music video.

We Will Not Fight! SNH48’s “Manatsu no Sounds Good” Also Looks Good! – Tokyo Girls Update
Considering how SNH fills in the bikini gap that AKB’s recent slugfest video left open.

Recommended Community Reading: May 25, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

International Japanese Music Events – Land of Rising Sound
Alex looks at those special events where Japan comes to you instead of vice-versa.

BMS: The Results Show – Act SP – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat writes a surprise bonus post sharing her thoughts on the current state of Hello! Project in light of the history of Berryz. A must-read for any H!P fan.

AKB48 2015 Election Contest – Selective Hearing
The annual contest to predict the sousenkyo’s outcome – or at least parts of it – comes with a prize.

Ask Boys Republic: Give us your questions – Beyond Hallyu
Your chance to grill this Kpop idol group!

The Worst Type Of Idol Fans – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer is deeply upset about a very particular kind of idol fan, and makes a plea to them.

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading – Part Two: May 24, 2015

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Ray’s Picks

CK in Japan Spring 2015 Part 8…P.A.R.M.S. & Other Indie Idols – Chuo Dori
CK in Japan Spring 2015…The Grub – Chuo Dori
CK tries out some new idol groups and benefits greatly from broadening his horizons. Also, he had some great eats along the way.

Let’s Take A Moment with Yuuka Ueno’s 5th si release, ‘Hoshitachi no Moment / Slow Motion’ [Review] – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima does a track-by-track review of the new single, finding the overall package exceeding her expectations.

Stand-Up! Heats at Japan Expo 2015 – J-Pop Idols
Another idol act that’s Paris-bound!

Hashimoto Kanna basically does a high school trick shot video for Cup Noodles – Asian Junkie
The out-takes actually make Hashimoto seem more adorable.

Mizuki Kimoto From palet Announced Her Graduation From The Group! – Tokyo Girls Update
She seems to be leaving due to illness, but plans to continue in show business.

Yufu Terashima Experiences her First Love in the MV for “Hatsukoi no Silhouette”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I must admit, it still surprises me that BiS led to one of the most poised traditional solo idols today.

Watch-ch-chi! Dream5 Released New Dance Lecture Video, “Youkai Taiso The 2nd Verse” – Tokyo Girls Update
Oh, Akira… What you give up in dignity, you make up for in the joy you bring.

This week in music 05.13.2015 – New School Kaidan
An album by Passpo, as well as singles from Q’ulle and Team Syachihoko, headline this week’s idol offerings.

What’s Behind the Word “Graduation”? The Difference between “Graduation” and “Withdrawal” in Japanese Idol Culture – Tokyo Girls Update
A fascinating article on the nuances between the two terms and the reaction of wota to such events.

9nine Show Covers for New Single “HAPPY 7 DAYS” and “9nine DREAM LIVE in BUDOKAN” DVD/Blu-ray! – Tokyo Girls Update
9nine – Happy 7 Days – J-Pop Idols
The single and DVD both come out June 17.

Q’ulle Jump into Summer With the Sunny Seaside MV for “HEARTBEAT”! – Tokyo Girls Update
Going for a lighter sound from their previous single.

Graduation of all members of Shizukaze & Kizuna – J-Pop Idols
Broken Bonds: Shizukaze & Kizuna Members Announce Graduation/Disbandment – Tokyo Girls Update
Apparently, the group had been growing apart as adults, so this was their chance to disband.

Team Syachihoko Roll Out the Red Carpet on the Live Video for “Ike Ike Hollywood”! – Tokyo Girls Update
Seeing an idol in a wheelchair trying to be as genki as possible stirs up some… odd feelings, I guess.

Shizukaze & Kizuna -Idol Rock Pioneers Call It A Day – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki pays tribute to the group, believing they had the potential to break out but never quite got there.

Q’ulle – Q’ & A ~Q’ulle & Answer~ – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first album.

Negicco x Sachiko Kobayashi Join Forces to Praise Their Hometown of Niigata! Will There be a Giant Leek? – Tokyo Girls Update
A nice corss-generational effort to promote their hometown.

Kiyoshi Ryujin 25- “Mr.PLAY BOY…♡” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Apparently, what happens in the VIP girl room doesn’t stay in the VIP girl room.

IDOL ROCK Unit DEEP GIRL Oricon Top 10 or Disband Debut Single Mission – Pure Idol Heart
Rock-Idol Unit, DEEP GIRL’s First Single Trailer Out And A Obstacle That They Have To Face – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m all for the mercenary impulse that fuels much of the idol world, but rarely does it get so blatant as this ultimatum and the bulk purchase benefits menu. I’m actually curious to see if they’ll live up to their word if they do indeed fail.

YuiKaori Live Hearty Party – J-Pop Idols
Details on the duo’s live DVD, including set list and videos.

Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 Adds Sakura Gakuin, Yumemiru Adolescence, Tokyo Performance Doll, and More! – Tokyo Girls Update
Here come the big guns…

Momoiro Clover Z Announces to Perform at ANIME EXPO 2015 in L.A. as Main Act! – Tokyo Girls Update
Momoiro Clover Z at Anime Expo 2015 in USA – J-Pop Idols
This is going to be incredible – especially with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons joining in!

Suu is a June Bride in Silent Siren’s First Wedding Song “Happy-Marry”? Who is the Mystery Man Who Stole her Heart? – Tokyo Girls Update
Wouldn’t it be great if she wound up marrying into Kiyoshi Ryujin 25?

Only for This Summer! Limited Time Unit “Anminran” Formed for @JAM EXPO 2015 – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s a supergroup formed from a member each of Tokyo Performance Doll, callme, and Cheeky Parade!

Ayumikurikamaki – Honey Honey Honey – J-Pop Idols
And all this time I thought a bear was a big, hairy, hunky man…

This week in music 05.20.2015 – New School Kaidan
So last week’s idol offerings were headlined with AKB48, Takoyaki Rainbow, and Terashima Yufu. Garry is caught off-guard by AKB’s seasonal switcheroo, which is amusing.

An Idols Mind Most Beautiful – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles an idol duo that combines singing with comedy skits.

Lucky 7? Kiyoshi Ryujin 25 Welcomes Yuuka Kiyoshi to the Family as Wife Number 7! – Tokyo Girls Update
Here’s a closer look at the new missus.

palet’s New 5th Single “Time to Change” Jacket Photo & Artist Photos Are Officially Released – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m liking the black outfits a lot…

大原櫻子「Happy~♡!!!!」 – モーニングBerryz48
MB gives us a pretty complete look at Ohara Sakurako’s latest, and it is quite the adorable package.

Lyrical School – SPOT Review – Selective Hearing
Greg is pretty enthusiastic about this new album from the idol rap group, finding it a huge step forward.

Ticket Sales of Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 for Oversea Residents Start! – Tokyo Girls Update
Get your tickets while you can!

The End is Near! Final Singles for Idoling!!! Announced! – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the last singles from both Idoling!!! and NEO from Idoling!!! If any of the members are looking for work after this, maybe they can join Kiyoshi Ryujin 25?

Fukuda Kanon to Graduate ANGERME and Hello! Project This Coming Fall!? – Okay! Musume Time
Count Chiima among those not surprised by the news.

Candy Zoo Welcomes A New Member! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
She’s the meerkat.

Suu (Silent Siren) Marries Middle-Aged Comedian in the Full-Length MV for “Happy Marry”? – Tokyo Girls Update
Well, why the hell not, I guess.

【Article directed to fanatics】 Morning Musume ・ Fukumura Mizuki’s abnormal 「Momochi love」 – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
What’s that I smell? Perhaps the aroma of boiled bunnies?

Met Judas Priest! BABYMETAL In ROCK ON THE RANGE 2015 & They Will Be Ready For Their Second Half Of The World Tour – Tokyo Girls Update
I look at the pic of them together and just keep chanting, “Breaking the law / breaking the law…”

JAV star Mana Sakura identifies herself as BABYMETAL fan, idol fans freak out hilariously – Asian Junkie
Wouldn’t it be great if she did a BABYMETAL tribute porn video?

Let’s Feel Happy and Energetic with Doll☆Elements’ ‘Kimi to Mirai Tsukuritai!’ Single! – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima does another track-by-track review of a single, as her appreciation for this group continues to grow.

AKB48 Makes Return Visit to New York City to Celebrate Japan Day at Central Park – Tokyo Girls Update
More photos from the event, for those of us who missed it and aren’t feeling too bitter.

It’s All Your Fault! “Yami-Kawaii” Idol Group Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Reveals Members! – Tokyo Girls Update
It`s All Your Fault! A new Type of Idol Rock Group – Pure Idol Heart
On the one hand, I can see how obviously manipulative this yami-kawaii thing is. On the other hand, it’s pretty much my kind of manipulative, and several of these girls are soooooo adorable. So I ain’t judging.

Seventh Announcement for Tokyo Idol Festival 2015! You Kikkawa, Luce Twinkle Wink☆, BiSH, and More! – Tokyo Girls Update
The list just keeps growing…

Kaguya is Returning to the Moon – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat is also not quite surprised by the news of Fukuda Kanon’s graduation.

Morning Musume Ranker – Morningtime
MT does the ranking thing and then considers his results.

Just before their last concert, the words conveyed to 「Berryz Kobo」 by Tsunku♂ who lost his voice were… – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Some very poignant words.

JKT48 10th Single Sousenkyo Results, Team J’s New Setlist, Handshake event announcements – AKB48WrapUp
Latest dispatches from the satellite franchise.

Debu, Miniskirts, Knee-Highs The Great Idol War – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki spins off on a rather interesting tangent.

Chris Jericho invited AKB48’s Kojima Haruna to WWE event, is a follower on Twitter – Asian Junkie
Now if Kojiharu can get Yokoyama Yui to actually wrestle at the event, that would be something.

H!P Profiles: SATOYAMA pt. 3 – Iroppoi Twilight Game
A look at more mix-and-match units and the PVs that made them forgettable.

10 Wonderful Things about Murashige Anna – AKB48WrapUp
A pitch for voting for the HKT48 idol.

A Fulfilling Single Filled to the Brim with Love… MACO’S ‘LOVE’, Single Review – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima reviews the single from the talented singer-songwriter, finding a great deal worth praising.