April 17, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Yajima Maimi

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Idols idols uber alles.

April 16, 2014

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Hello! Project Tweets

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Chiima, AimxAim, Kiana, and others have some bird-brained fun with their idols. And then they got peckish…

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Today’s Haikucandy: Matsui Rena

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Streets ahead.

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Taking selfies to a whole new level! First day sales for Morning Musume’s new single Another 48G idol to graduate!

April 15, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Moga Mogami

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No pocky for kitty.

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Recommended Tweets: April 15, 2014

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Nino’s intense focus! Aim’s Hey! Say! JUMP calendar arrives! H!P advertisements!

April 14, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Hoshina Mizuki

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Sploosh.

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Recommended Tweets: April 14, 2014

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Does Nino ever age? What OG really stands for! Alice Project! 9nine! Casual Hello! Project Fan celebrates one year!

April 13, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Dan Mitsu

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Disappointment.

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Recommended Tweets: April 13, 2014

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Matsui Rena debuts with Nogizaka46! Kikuchi Ayaka announces her graduation from AKB48!

April 12, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Anna Konno

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Flowery dress,

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Recommended Tweets: April 12, 2014

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AKB48 get a facelift! Nino in a box! Idoling!!! get buggy!

April 11, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: An Tsujimoto

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Resistance.

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C-ute work the poles like pros! Takamina’s cake!

April 10, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Watanabe Miyuki

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Sheer can.

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Recommended Tweets: April 10, 2014

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Sailor Zombies! AimxAim turns 22! Tanaka Masahiro’s Momoclo song!

April 9, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Matsui Rena

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Scary stories.

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Recommended Tweets: April 9, 2014

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Aim finishes the Morning Musume special (and moves on to Johnny’s)! Iwata Karen penguin statue! Kojimako in kindergarten!

April 8, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Ikeda Yuko

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Bear down.

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Recommended Tweets: April 8, 2014

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Aim watches the Morning Musume singles special! More Takamina birthday eyecandy! A table made of Johnny’s idols!

April 7, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Nagao Mariya

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Sweets for the sweet.

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Takahashi Minami’s birthday! How important are lyrics? Who isn’t running for the senbatsu election?

April 6, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Miwako Kakei

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Silent but deadly.

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Recommended Tweets: April 6, 2014

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I’ll have what he’s having. Also, the Request Hour Concert is live-tweeted! Live-tweeted to within an inch of its life!

April 5, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Furuhata Nao

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riverrun, baby!

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Recommended Tweets: April 5, 2014

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Cause of existential crisis! Lots of Nino! Lots of GuanHi!

April 4, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Chocolat Ikeda

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Hiss and hers.

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Recommended Tweets: April 4, 2014

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What is Nakky thinking? The difficulties of being a Lovendor fan! It’s Ishikawa Rika day!

April 3, 2014

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Today’s Haikucandy: Mai Miyagi

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The Full Edie.

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Recommended Tweets: April 3, 2014

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Socko turns twenty and lets it go! Ichii Sayaka on preferring AKB!

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Nino speaks up for husbands! (Sorta.) Are Bakanishi and Koki forming a new group? And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: April 17, 2014

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Thennary’s Picks

Shounen Club 2014.04.09 Review - J-Everything
New segments and the return of an old one, but still light on actual Junior participation.

Sexy Zone Channel 2014.04.09 Review – J-Everything
The group takes on double-dutch to see if they can work it into their performances.

Gamushara J’s Party 2014.04.12 Review – J-Everything
This seems to be the program to tune into if you want to see the Juniors.

Ray’s Picks

Fan Status 2014: Arashi & Tackey & Tsubasa – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is that rare species, a JE fan who doesn’t care much for Arashi.

Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya: “Women who condemn goukon parties? What’s up with that?” – aramatheydidnt
Nino speaks his mind on an important topic.

Akanishi and Tanaka Rumored To Form A New Unit – aramatheydidnt
This sounds like a great idea to me. Though really, Johnny’s would do everything in their power to cockblock such a duo at every turn.

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Secret’s Hyosung announces solo debut! The LA Kpop Festival reviewed! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 17, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

LA K-pop Festival: A Celebration of Culture – seoulbeats
A great overview of the show and its performances, including the big mystery of why so many left before the closing acts.

KBS saves Korea from Akdong Musician’s evils and Samsung promotion – Asian Junkie
Seriously? Another stupid chain of non-reasoning.

Hyoshisus/Hyosung revealed to be making solo debut & I’ve got the concept for her – Asian Junkie
Based on the pics in this article, I’m very excited to see how this turns out.

Sewol ferry tragedy halts everything + real heroes emerge/fuck the captain + ways to help? – Asian Junkie
This national tragedy is recounted here for all its salient details, as well as its impact on the Korean entertainment industry.

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Negishi Ai pictorial! Kimoto Kanon pictorial! Yamada Yu announces pregnancy! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 17, 2014

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SKE48 Kanon Kimoto “Mirai” on Bubka Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A very solid pictorial

Negishi Ai (Weekly Young Jump No. 39 2013) – the number 244
Wow. Wow wow wow.

Yamada Yu, Wife of Oguri Shun Found Out to be Three Months Pregnant – aramatheydidnt
Congratulations to the couple! As for whether Shun will stop his wandering ways, well, let’s wait and see.

Photo – WEN48
Kojiharu on her travels, enjoying Instagram (at least that’s what the filter-y shots feel like).

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Thennary makes predictions for Kis-My-Ft2! An upbeat cover of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: April 16, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Electric Eel Shock covers Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” – SparkPlugged
I found this oddly enjoyable and feel-good – it definitely creates a different reaction from the original. Also, special kudos to the drummer, who seems to be having the most fun.

Kis-My-Predictions – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary is sensing a shift in the release schedule for the group and explains why this is the case.

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Luscious Idoliciius on life after Beat Laments the World! Asian Junkie on vocal techniques and production! And more!

Recommended Community Reading: April 16, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

It’s Been Five Years: A Few Brief Thoughts on a Post-Beat Laments the World Luscious Idolicious – Luscious Idolicious!?
Krv takes stock of what he’s going to do as a solo blogger. And on a related note, Beat Laments The World will remain on Intl Wota for as long as there’s an Intl Wota. Which should be well into the foreseeable future.

Summer Lac Event – J-POP GO
Some initial details for the London event.

Vocal Technique & Vocal Production: Or Why You Don’t Sound Like An Idol – Asian Junkie
A very illuminating – and easily understandable! – guide to the intricacies of modern vocal production. For somebody lacking a musical education such as myself, this was deeply enjoyable and not at all overly snarky or condescending. A must-read for those who need to learn more about the technical side of music.

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SUPER☆GiRLS run the Honolulu Half Marathon! Morning Musume show strong first day sales for their new single! Akazawa Hono graduates from NMB48!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 16, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

SUPER☆GiRLS Fully Ran 21.0975km in Honolulu Half Marathon! – Tokyo Girls Update
Wow, I especially love how their fans got involved as well. But will this rejuvenation translate to stronger sales? One can only hope.

Morning Musume ’14 is at Number 1!! – Sakura Mankai
All the effort is paying off! Congratulations to the group?

Change H!P song titles to show discontent towards your company and the people you work with – Wota in Translation
I was reading parts of this to my wife, who provided her own translation of the Japanese but didn’t find it at all funny. Meanwhile, I couldn’t stop laughing over the ones whose song titles I recognized.

Kanako challenges an improvisation theater with a big shot! – Tokyo Girls Update
What a wonderful opportunity for her!

Akazawa Hono graduated from NMB48 – J-Pop Idols
Na na na na, na an na na, hey hey hey… This is getting tiresome again.

Toobin #3- Hello! Station 62, The Girls Live 13 – the number 244
Another great collection of Twitter comments!

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Akari Yoshida pictorial! A lot of AKB bikini goodness! A review of Nino’s baseball drama! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 16, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

You have been naughty boy! – Berryz Kobo International
But is Paris going to welcome Japanese idols cosplaying Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS?

Friday in Hawaii – モーニングBerryz48
Friday x Oshima Yuko – モーニングBerryz48
~Weekly Playboy no.15 April 14th, 2014 features Kojiyuu~♡, Nogizaka46 & more AKB48 in Hawaii =)! – モーニングBerryz48
Girl on FIRE~*~~* – モーニングBerryz48
AKB48 ♥’s Hawaii – モーニングBerryz48
大島優子♡ 卒業新聞 – モーニングBerryz48
MB catches up on a whole lot of gravure magazines, mostly 48G related, most of that bikini focused. Oshima Yuko fans should pay special attention to the second and last links.

Yowakutemo Katemasu Episode 1 – Dorama Doll
A well detailed screencap review of the episode, with some interesting closing observations. I found it immensely entertaining, enough to consider trying the actual show.

NMB48 Akari Yoshida “atelier” on Entame Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
I’m liking this one a lot.

girls48: Kissing Monster just loves to kiss everyone… – WEN48
Kissing monster strikes!

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The mysterious new member of Team Syachihoko! The Big Bang and its significance to wotadom! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 15, 2014

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Serenyty’s Picks

A Strange Member Join? Team Syachihoko Reveals Jacket Covers for New Single “Iikurashi” – Tokyo Girls Update
You have no idea how much I love these covers, and how Team Syachihoko dealt with Haruna’s absence.

Ray’s Picks

YuiKaori – Intro Situation – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s next single.

Morning Musume。 ’14 interview with Oricon Style for ‘Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0′ – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
A very fun interview with half the Musumes.

So if everything was one at the moment of the Big Bang… – Wota in Translation
This manages to be both sublime and creepy.

Kamei Eri’s funny anecdotes and amazing life advice – Wota in Translation
Kamei tells a story about her family.

Team Syachihoko – Iikurashi – J-Pop Idols
More details on the single and its release.

Morning Musume ’14 “Password is 0″ – the number 244
A thoughtful engaging review of the song and the video.

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2PM’s Wooyoung spotted at Ice Cube concert! Beyond Haallyu on the end of SNSD! the mind reels on Mr. Chu! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 15, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

12 K-pop Producers and Composers You Should Know – Beyond Hallyu
Lizzie serves up information on a dozen influential behind-the-scenes creators, including Sweetune, JYP, Brave Brothers, and Shinsadong Tiger.

Lady Gaga Joining Psy, 2NE1 at Summer Music Festival in Seoul – Billboard
Maybe she’s hunting for more opening acts? Maybe Crayon Pop will perform with her? I wonder what she’d look like in a brightly colored tracksuit and helmet.

2PM’s Wooyoung seen repping thug lyfe at Ice Cube event – Asian Junkie
Words fail me.

Video: KaEun, Hellovenus’s Lime and Besties Uji in New Champ(뉴챔프) _ YAHAGE(야하게) (feat. Kyebumzu) MV – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
I want an all Ka Eun version of this video. Also, I absolutely love all the reaction shots from New Champ, the poor bastard.

Is this the end for Girls’ Generation? – Beyond Hallyu
A great thought piece from Sophie about the breakdown of SNSD’s image and what that means for them – and for Kpop girl groups in general.

Music Video Lessons: New Champ uses debut to promote micro-penis acceptance – Asian Junkie
A very funny, very snarky analysis of the insecurities being parodied (I hope) in the music video.

The Inscrutable Mr. Chu – the mind reels
Melissa unravels the mystery.

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AV idol Yuma Asami speaks about her cancer! Nagisa Shibuya pictorial The latest week in Eripon!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 15, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

NMB48 Nagisa Shibuya “Shibuya de Date” on WPB Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A remarkably… efficient pictorial.

This Week In Eripon (07.04.2014-14.04.2014) – the number 244
The pic with Maa-chan was my favorite.

Yuma Asami is apparently busy beating cancer instead of penis – Asian Junkie
It’s good to hear she’s doing much better now, and promoting her book. Makes me want to go back and watch some of her old DVDs again.

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Iwasa Misaki throws out the first pitch at Mazda Stadium! Another AKB graduation announced! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 14, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Chuo Dori
Wasamin gets to throw the opening pitch at Mazda Starium in Hiroshima, and CK shares the highlights.

SCANDAL to Sing Theme Song for New Pokemon Film – Tokyo Girls Update
I love the enthusiasm from the Scandal members. I’m guessing they know their way around a Pokeball.

How Tsunku♂ Sees Current Members of Juice=Juice – Tokyo Girls Update
Some very interesting observations from Tsunku. The comments on Yuya were especially striking.

YANAKIKU releases high-energy MV for “FIJUIYAMA DISCO” – Tokyo Girls Update
So should we call them tourist idols or something?

Nogizaka46′s Rina Ikoma Makes Debut as a Member of AKB48 Team B! – Tokyo Girls Update
Some lovely pictures of the event.

makomikinana: Katayama Haruka Announced Her Graduation in… – WEN48
I dunno, doesn’t etiquette demand that you give a little more time after somebody else’s 48G graduation announcement before you make your own?

Let’s think of realistic ways that would allow us to legally touch Sayu’s boobs (+2 other Sayu threads from 2005) – Wota in Translation
Reading the post made me think of wota as a whole army of Wile E Coyotes making absurdly elaborate blueprints to finally catch the Roadrunner of Sayumi’s boobs. And this thread was back in 2005, by the way – imagine the possibilities now!

Your unpopular opinions on H!P that you keep secret from everyone – Wota in Translation
I dunno, none of these seem particularly groundbreaking…

Giving Tsunku his Due – Itsumo Genki
The must-read for the day, as Isilie tries to frame Tsunku’s current role and sizable legacy in Hello! Project. If you’ve ever doubted what he’s achieved, this is a great place to reconsider.

Osaka Shunkashuto: An idol group with a staff of one – New School Kaidan
So the dream of having your very own idol group to promote as you see fit IS possible! A fascinating and encouraging profile who became the creative mastermind for a local idol dance group.

AKB48 Katayama Haruka Announces Graduation – MELOS no Michi
Here’s Haruka’s statement. I also like how she points out she never was a center in AKB but will be a center on the musical stage – just the right touch of bitterness there.

AKB48 Two Tentative Kenkyuusei Promoted to Kenkyuusei – MELOS no Michi
More grist for the mill.

LoVendoЯ Finally Unveils the Long-Awaited Music Videos for their Original Songs! – Tokyo Girls Update
All I want is video of Maac-han terrorizing the group, set to the group’s music. That would make me a fan. Of Maa-chan. Which I already am. But it could help Lovendor, too.

Single Review: Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is Riho – Sora to Kujira
Abraham remains firmly split on the single and wonders what that means for Tsunku’s future contributions to the group.

This Week in Music 04.16.2014 – New School Kaidan
Morning Musume’s single finally comes out, as does Negicco’s latest.

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G.NA comes back with Pretty Lingerie! Block B release new video!

Recommended Kpop Reading: April 14, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

KPOP Highlight: Block B hits the “Jackpot” in new MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux finds the video a “colorful mess” – well, that’s half-positive!

G.NA’s coming back with “Pretty Lingerie” so this should be good for SOMETHING – Asian Junkie
I guess “Gratuitous Nudity While Frolicking In A Tub of Lime Jello” was too much to ask for.

Block B’s “Jackpot” is like a K-pop version of “Addams Groove” with “Alice In Wonderland” – Asian Junkie
Oh MC Hammer, your legacy will never die. Dammit.

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Akimoto Sayaka models Speedo! Akiramike on Black President!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 14, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Black President Ep 1 – HamsapSukebe
On the strength of the writing, Akiramike finds this business drama starring Kuroki Meisa a must-watch.

twintower-love: Twitter 2014.04.14Sayaka: (retweeted by… – WEN48
Akimoto Sayaka and Speedo – a wonderful match! And extra points to Sae for asking about Sayaka’s boobs.

White Lab ~ Keishichou Tokubetsu Kagaku Sousahan – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the drama featuring Hey! Say! Jump’s Yabu Kota.

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Kikuchi Ayaka announces graduation from AKB48! Maa-chan terrorizes LovendoR! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: April 13, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

Onigokko’s Album And Graduation News – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
It’s a good news / bad news situation, as the album announcement is balanced by the graduation of three members.

SKE48′s Matsui Rena debuted with Nogizaka46 – J-Pop Idols
She looks great in the Nogi uniform! But I’m thinking she looks great in anything.

Dream5 – Break Out / Youkai Taisou Daiichi – J-Pop Idols
Details on their twelfth single, as well as the music videos!

Maa-chan to members of LoVendoЯ: “Fattie!” “Will you be in your thirties soon, auntie?” – Wota in Translation

Kikuchi Ayaka to graduate from AKB48 – J-Pop Idols
Another one bites the dust. Though, you know, she may come back again.

My Favourite Box: Riho & Captain – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Interesting choices for the two H!P idols’ favorite CD.

AKB48 Kikuchi Ayaka Announces Graduation – MELOS no Michi
Here is Ayaka’s Google+ post.

Japan 2014 Part The Second: A Journey To The Underground – Luscious Idolicious!?
Settle in for the long haul because this is a very long post – but definitely an entertaining and informative one, as well. Krv meets up with blogging godhead Henkka in this installment, as well as sees a whole bunch of indie idol groups include Alice Juban, Lolisyn, Next Shoujo Jiken, and others. The best part may well be when Mai of Next Shoujo Jiken told Krv where she’d want to perform in the UK. So this is definitely worth your time, a wonderfully written travelogue and idol account that’s as good as CK’s – but a lot more idol-stabbier, as it were.

S/mileage Jump On The Formation Dance Success Train – Sora to Kujira
Another split-decision on a double A-side.

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Matsui Rena pictorial! Nino’s new baseball drama! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: April 13, 2014

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Ray’s Picks

SKE48 Rena Matsui “Anatae” on Young Gangan Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
I am so close to declaring her my oshi…

Mozu season 1 Ep 1 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike likes the setup in this episode but is waiting for the follow-through.

Yowakutemo, Katemasu ~ Aoshi-sensei to Heppoko Koukoukyuuji no Yabou – Jdrama Weblog
Details on Nino’s baseball drama.

Photo – WEN48
A Sayanee gif!

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