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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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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AKB alums return for Kibouteki Refrain! New singles from palet and Dempagumi! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 31, 2014

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Graduated Members Guest Star in MV for AKB48′s “Kibouteki Refrain”! – Tokyo Girls Update
I’ve always been a sucker for idols who consider their own histories, and this one does so in a very clever manner. It’s also a great reminder of just how many stars the 48G franchise have already created, with many more waiting in the wings.

UPUPGIRLS(KARI) Unveil Sparkly MV for “Beautiful Dreamer” – Tokyo Girls Update
I’m loving those costumes! Details on the new single, including tracklists and covers.

Scandal 「Hello World」 Details – J-POP GO
Further details on the album, including the tracklist.

Rätselsnacht H!P-mergence: Usa-chan’s Peace Before She’s Out – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
Kat reviews Sayumi’s final single with Morning Musume, finding mixed results but a satisfying offering overall.

12th gen introduction (Weekly Young Jump) – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Get to know your new Musumes better!

Byebye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: Asian Celebration – Yume no Kawa
Byebye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: Jiriri Kiteru – Yume no Kawa
Byebye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND – Yume no Kawa
Kaye answers questions for three more Berryz singles, including two that I hold very fond memories for.

Happy Idol Halloween! – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Indie idols celebrate the holiday!

Idol Live From the Underground: Death Rabbits and Pla2me – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki considers the live performances of two promising young indie idol groups.

Dempa Gumi Inc.- “Bari 3 Kyowakoku” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
“Full out anime bonkers” – oh, what a wonderful phrase Neaux has spun.

CAPSULE’s new song will be the main theme for a Christmas Illumination show – Land of Rising Sound
Any chance Nakata will be using sleigh bells in the song? Any?

palet Flutter Delicately in MV for 4th Single “SNOW DISTANCE” – Tokyo Girls Update
Details on the group’s new single, including video, covers, and tracklist.

All You Need Is Love: amorecarina – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Trailblazer does a brief profile of this group.

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Catching up with f(x)! Beyond Hallyu looks at BTS and masculinity! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 31, 2014

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f(x) Update: Sulli’s Back, Krystal Faints, and Victoria… – seoulbeats
The latest developments – and some recent history – on the activities of f(x)’s various members and what it could possibly mean for the group’s future.

Winner – 2014 S/S Review – Selective Hearing
Greg finds this album a good start for the boy band.

BTS, War of Hormone and the new aggressive hip hop idol masculinity – Beyond Hallyu
A fascinating essay that considers the depiction of masculinity in the new BTS video in the context of hallyu trends in general, as well as in the broader culture. It’s ambitious, inquisitive, and avoids rushing to judgment – a definite must-read.

Who were you again? 5 more K-Pop groups you may not remember – Beyond Hallyu
Another installment in the entertaining series looking at groups who came and went with barely a ripple. Just to remind yourselves how tough the idol world is to conquer.

Song Ji Eun: Growing Up Idol – the mind reels
Watching an idol as she matures in front of us. And no, I don’t mean it in the smutty way.

This supposed G-Dragon & Taeyang duo is gonna ruin Taeyang forever, huh? – Asian Junkie
I like the part about the flying pink dildo.

Music & Lyrics: Harry Potter Casts a Spell on K-pop – seoulbeats
An entertaining angle to look at Kpop songs, with some great close reading along the way.

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It’s an SNHalloween! Jolin Tsai returns! And more!

Recommended Cpop Reading: October 31, 2014

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Jolin Tsai Is Back – Konno’s Story
The singer returns after two years and Konno Asami is excited.

2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII members He Xiaoyu and Lu Ting – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Meng Yue and He Xiaoyu – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Feng Xinduo (with Lin… – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Xu Yanyu – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Gong Shiqi – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Li Xuan – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team NII member Zhao Yue – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team SII member Xu Jiaqi – Shanghai48s
2014-10-31 SNH48 Team HII member Xie Ni – Shanghai48s
2014-11-01 SNH48 Team NII member Huang TingTing – Shanghai48s
2014-11-01 SNH48 Team NII member Lin Siyi (with Team NII… – Shanghai48s
Some fantastic Halooween looks from the SNH idols! Xu Yanyu’s playing card/KISS face is especially impressive, though I was also partial to Huang Ting Ting’s bloody bride.

Happy Halloween! – Team White – 1931
Happy Halloween! – Team Red – 1931
Hello Nurse! More idols celebrating the season, going for more sexy than spooky.

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Niel, W Matsui, Iriyama Anna, and more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 31, 2014

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Niel – 141024 – Fyteentop
Niel gazes into the abyss long enough for it to gaze back into him. The same thing happens if you stare at his lips.

SNSD Marie Claire in White – SNSD Pics
An old photoshoot (from 2011) but still very pretty!

ヤングジャンプ 2014 No.48 – Jurina48
No justice for Nogizaka46 with this cover.

Ray’s Picks

北川綾巴 – Jurina48
Kitogawa Ryoha looking… wow. Seriously wow.

白間美瑠 – Jurina48
And Shiroma Miru does the same.

AKB48 Anna Iriyama “Hikari no Sasuhoue” on Flash Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
A gorgeous, sexy pictorial with the AKB idol.

This Is So Stupid: ‘Frozen’ is now even more out of hand – Asian Junkie
Oh, how this turns me on. Let it go, indeed!

SKE48 “Wonder 3″ on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Matsumura Kaori, Suda Akari, and Shibata Aya make a great group effort here.

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Idols take over Sanrio Puroland! Perfume cameo in new OK GO music video! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 29, 2014

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You are busted and new corner announcement – Yume no Kawa
Byebye Mata nee Berryz Koubou- Otakebi boy WAO!/ Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda – Yume no Kawa
Kate starts up a new blog series that will look at Berryz Koubou as they count down the days to their hiatus. First up is the first single she followed. A great way to kick this off!

Morning Musume 57th Single Tiki Bun Review – Momoiro Musume 48
NovaKayne looks at five aspects for each of the three songs on Sayumi’s last release.

Suzuki Kanon to get her own radio show – Sakura Mankai
A great chance for Kanon to get some more exposure. Beginning in December.

Ray’s Picks

mayuwatanabe: AKB48 38th (Kibouteki Refrain) Limited Editions… – Jurina48
mayuwatanabe: AKB48 38th (Kibouteki Refrain) Regular Editions… – Jurina48
The covers for the upcoming single are quite moving. Get it? Moving!

Perfume Makes Cameo Appearance in American band OK Go’s New MV! – Tokyo Girls Update
A quick head’s up…

Japanese Culture and Western Artists: When two worlds collide – Land of Rising Sound
… And a much more thoughtful consideration of the significance of that appearance, and the interaction of pop cultures in the wider sense. Definitely worth a read.

SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, GEM Take Over Sanrio Puroland for Halloween Event! – Tokyo Girls Update
Based on the pics and the report, this looks pretty damn magnificent.

Tell us something about yourself that doesn’t apply to any other H!P wota out there – Wota in Translation
36 and 42 made me laugh out loud. Ho-lee shit.

Afilia Saga – Japanesque × Romanesque – J-Pop Idols
Details on the single, including tracklists for the five different editions.

Dash feeling overflows! SCANDAL Revealed Lyric Video for New Song “Image” – Tokyo Girls Update
Watching the musicians hard at work was pretty kick-ass.

Katsuta Rina to wota: “Your singing is off-key. Please go take some voice training lessons.” – Wota in Translation
Wota like being scolded, apparently.

Cheeky Parade’s MV for “CANDY POP GALAXY BOMB!!” is Overflowing With Memories of New York – Tokyo Girls Update
Better than a postcard.

C-ute revealed the covers of their new single! – Sakura Mankai
I dunno, they seem kind of boring.

Sayumi’s graduation: I am worried – Yume no Kawa
Kate has a valid concern, but let’s be honest: some idols deserve a MUCH BIGGER send-off than others.

Byebye Mata nee Berryz Koubou: Dschinghis Khan – Yume no Kawa
Kate shares her experience with another Berryz single.

Hello! Station ep.90 – Morningtime
Tom Baker’s hawt, but Basil Rathbone oozes pure sexiness.

Q♥T Disbands – This Is Your Wake Up Call!
Another young indie idol group folds. Appreciate them while they’re still around!

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Ikuta Toma sets Aiba Masaki’s heart a-flutter! Tanaka Juri helps out a molested woman! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: October 29, 2014

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Aiba Masaki and Ikuta Toma for “MIRACLE” Movie World Premier – JE fandom
Aiba’s confession about Ikuta is just way too cute.

Johnny’s Jr. Tanaka Juri Helps Woman from Molester – JE fandom
Was it really him? Whatever the case, the man who assisted this woman should be praised.

Sexy Zone to Lead “Johnny’s World” 2015 – JE fandom
The big annual production looks as promising as ever.

Tamamori Yuta’s Silver Screen Debut Opposite of Nishiuchi Mariya – JE fandom
A big cinematic debut for the Kis-My-Ft2 idol.

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BAP cancel South American tour, go on hiatus! How will CL and Ailee do in America? And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 29, 2014

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BTS Wage a “War of Hormone” – seoulbeats
Lo defends the message of the song, finding it not so much misoygnistic as appreciative of the opposite sex.

SM’s Newest Male Soloist: Zhou Mi – seoulbeats
The Super Junior M member is finally given a chance to shine.

B.A.P Cancels South American Concerts, Goes On Hiatus – seoulbeats
So are we going conspiracy with B.A.P’s hiatus or believing TS Entertainment? – Asian Junkie
So why did this suddenly happen? Who should we believe? I guess it’s a matter of waiting and seeing if/when the group re-emerges.

CL & Ailee set sail for ‘Murica — is it all a waste of time? – Asian Junkie
Comparing the chances of the two soloists as they prepare to take on a Western audience.

Beast Presses Pause on Heartbreak in “12:30″ – seoulbeats
Kelsey finds this ballad and video a bit too familiar to truly stand out.

Top 9 English Covers by K-pop Artists – seoulbeats
An interesting list – and perhaps a way in for non-fans to take interest in Kpop artists?

Diplo, Girls’ Generation-TTS, 4Minute, CL & More Shine at 2014 Style Icon Awards – Billboard
4Minute’s presence is what caught my attention, and it’s good to see them being respectful of the tragedy earlier this month.

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A profile of Go Chic! More from SNH48s Team H debut!

Recommended Cpop Reading: October 29, 2014

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C-Pop Artist Of The Week (Oct. 27 – Nov. 2) – Go Chic – OneHallyu
Another entry in Hemlock’s series on the OneHallyu message board. This band is totally new to me and described as “raw, catchy, electro-pop” and it’s definitely something way different from what’s usually on this site. My intial reaction is that it doesn’t really resonate with me. However, the video to “Lights Out” is really interesting with lots of cool effects. I’m not sure anyone is going reading this is going to like this but try it out, you never know.

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SNH48 Team HII Introduction Promo Video – Shanghai48s
2014-10-24 SNH48 Team HII 《青春派对》 DEBUT – 3 songs + MC 00…. – Shanghai48s
Seeing more of what the new team has to offer.

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Michishige Sayumi! Sasaki Nozomi! Watanabe Mayu! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: October 29, 2014

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AKB48 “Kibouteki Kanojo” on WPB Magazine – Hebirote AKB48
Members from all of the Japanese sister groups are in this shoot!

[Pictures] 141028 SNSD Jessica – Apple Daily Photoshoot
‘Apple Daily’ Interviews Jessica About BLANC & ECLARE – Soshified
Photoshoot from an interview about her new ventures. Soshified has the translated interview.

宮脇咲良 渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
AKB48’s double centers for the next single are the double covers.

Shiraishi Mai – Jurina48

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佐々木希 – Jurina48
Nozomi Sasaki looking quite great here.

渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
Watanabe Mayu splits.

So the next HelloVenus single is about candy… – dotclue
Eyecandy would probably be a better move than just plain candy.

道重さゆみ – Jurina48
Michishige Sayumi, folks. Love her while you can.

渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
Mayuyu gets fashionable with these shots.

柏木由紀 ‏@Yukiriiiin__K 1m1 minute ago 全国ツアーin北海道!! 熱いLIVEでしたー… – Jurina48
Kashiwagi Yuki looks so colorful and sexy here.

宮脇咲良 渡辺麻友 – Jurina48
A dream duo of Miyawaki Sakura and Watanabe Mayu! Sure more is on the inside of the magazine.

松井玲奈  松井珠理奈 – Jurina48
Another Matsui and Matsui – Rena and Jurina – duet.

2014-10-29 SNH48 Team SII member Sun Rui – Shanghai48s
I’m not sure why I’ve never noticed her before, but I’m noticing her now.

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HamsapSukebe on Shinya Shokudo and Nobunaga Concerto!

Recommended Drama Reading: October 29, 2014

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Shinya Shokudo Season 3 Episode 1 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds feel-good comfort with the return of the series.

Shinya Shokudo Season 3 – Jdrama Weblog
A closer look at the drama which has Akiramike smiling.

Nobunaga Concerto Eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike has some issues with this anti-war timeslip drama starring Oguri Shun.

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Morning Musume’s twelfth gen talk about joining the group! BIG3 bring you more chubby idols! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: October 27, 2014

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Bzs1422 #113 (2014.09.14) – Hello! Pro Radio
It’s more Respect For The Aged and Chinami describes a fight she was in!

The voluptuous eroticism of Maro – Wota in Translation
Debating two H!P idols’ sexiness.

Nogizaka46 – “Nandome no Aozora ka?” – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami is not concerned about the song’s center, but is overall impressed by the new single and video.

Ss1422 #92 (2014.10.19) – Hello! Pro Radio
Meimi makes some interesting – and I’d say, wisely self-aware – observations on being a young idol who’s slowly maturing.

Flower – Akikaze no Answer – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s eighth single, including tracklists, video, and cover.

Aidoru vs. Audrey – THE Blogpower!!!
A great thought piece that uses one of cinema’s greatest actresses for insights on the appeal of idols.

Berryz Kobo – Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta – J-Pop Idols
Details on the last single, including tracklists and video.

[SINGLE REVIEW] Sakura Gakuin – Heart no Hoshi – Land of Rising Sound
A balanced review of the group’s first DVD single, which focuses on the cinematic side as much as the musical.

MM 12th gen in UTB – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
The new girls get to talk some!

Tanaka Reina: “It’s not like we’d say “ready, set, GO!” and then we’d all pee together” – Wota in Translation
It never quite devolves to water sports, but you can let your imagination roam.

Fukuda Kanon on ex-fans: “Oh, okay, so you just liked me because I was a little child.” (+1) – Wota in Translation
Truth! And for the record, I’ve stuck with my favorite loli idols well into adulthood.

Konya mo Usachan Peace #412 (2014.09.15) – Hello! Pro Radio
More talk about Hawaii – and what would it be like when Maachan became Morning Musume’s leader?

SS1422 #93 (2014.10.26) (with special guests Nakanishi Kana and Tamura Meimi) – Hello! Pro Radio
Looking forward to the future.

My Top 10 Favorite Morning Musume Songs – Konno’s Story
An interesting mix of singles, covering much of the group’s history.

Yurumerumo! – “Tabi no Shitaku” LIQUIDROOM live ver. MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux finds the live performance a little baffling and quite exhausting.

Will la BIG3 Drive Japan’s Chubby Culture Forward? – Tokyo Girls Update
This group is actually chubby, unlike Chubbiness!

Are you allowed to fall in love with an Idol, lol? – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki shares a special moment with an idol.

Bellring Girls Heart – EPEP EP – J-Pop Idols
Details from the group’s seventh single, as well as a year end tour.

Up Up Girls Kakko Kari- “Beautiful dreamer” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Dreams and bird eggs are the order for the day.

Berryz Kobo- “Romance wo Katatte” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux finds a seventy TV vibe with this video. Just so long as Cousin Oliver doesn’t show up, I’m fine with that.

Kaela Kimura announces new Album and 10th Anniversary Tour – Land of Rising Sound
Celebrating her decade in style.

Ange: Spread Their Wings And Fly – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki profiles an indie idol group that’s close to his heart.

Girls’ Beat!! suspends activities for now. – Sakura Mankai
Unfortunate news for Kago Ai’s new idol group.

This week in music 10.29.2014 – New School Kaidan
Kikkawa Yuu and Morning Musume headline this week’s idol offerings.

Curumi Chronicle to go on hiatus until next year – Land of Rising Sound
Seems like a wise choice for her.

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Take a listen to some After School ballads. Will MBLAQ stay together? Is ex-EXO Kris doing well in China? And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: October 27, 2014

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Singer Shin Hae Chul Passes Away – Soompi
Sad news. RIP.

Purfles – Kpopinfo114
A new group from Crescendo Music.

Sun-Daze #04 : Fall and Ballads – After School Daze
It may not be the group’s strength, but Sonda looks at a number of After School ballads/softer songs. Even though the A/V is out of sync in the embedded video, “Shanghai Romance” stands out for being so different from the original. I feel the same way about this this performance of Because of You. No one has been able to replace Bekah in the group, but Raina’s rap in an acoustic version of this song is the next best thing.

Ray’s Picks

MBLAQ may actually stay together as a group, despite differing agencies – Asian Junkie
I like how the broader implications of this move are explained. A very interesting read.

EXO fans harass poor fan because she got to touch Dear Leader Chanyeol – Asian Junkie
Yoo Se Yoon jokingly disses BTOB, is forced to apologize cause … fandom – Asian Junkie
Fandom of 15&’s Yerin is mad at her for being a human, are entitled, lazy morons – Asian Junkie
Fans – are they friends or enemies? I guess idols sometimes must ask themselves that.

Media says Kris is flopping in China, netizens rejoice, and both are delusional – Asian Junkie
Another example where reality and fan perceptions go their separate ways.