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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French Kiss reveal their new single’s video! Konno Asami on the graduation of Kinoshita Yukiko! Tons of H!P radio translations! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: August 27, 2014

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Morning Dance Shaker Song Carnaval – Magi-Kat presents “Morning Meteora”
And as the season wanes, Kat riffs off something I wrote many years ago to explore the summer songs of Morning Musume.

H!P Profiles: SATOYAMA pt. 1 – Iroppoi Twilight Game
Looking at the various units spawned by the Satoyama project.

Riho-Deli #175 (2014.08.03) – Hello! Pro Radio
The best part for me was about Riho finally having dinner with Michishige Sayumi.

H!P Profiles: Cat’s♥Eye 7 – Iroppoi Twilight Game
Looking back at one of the stage-derived units.

Party Rockets – Kasabuta – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s fifth single.

Fresh Music: A Look at New JPop Idol Releases – Pure Idol Heart
Fresh Music: A Look at New JPop Idol Releases – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki continues to share the latest videos and songs from the indie idol scene.

French Kiss Reveals short MV for their Long-awaited New Single “Omoidasenai Hana” – Tokyo Girls Update
It’s like a feminine hygiene commercial.

Bzs1422 #107 (2014.08.03) – Hello! Pro Radio
Chinami and Yurina discuss a variety of topics, including summer fatigue, Yurina’s goals as she hits 21, and the private lives of Berryz.

H!P Ranking 2013- 2014 – Yume no Kawa
Kate looks at how her rankings have changed over the coarse of a year.

Hashimoto Nanami hospitalized – J-Pop Idols
We share in wishes for a quick recovery for the Nogizaka46 idol.

Abe Natsumi – Hikari e -Classical & Crossover- – J-Pop Idols
Details on her new album – and oh, she is as beautiful as ever.

E-girls Reveals MV for “Highschool ♡ love” based on the concept “Dokidoki Alumni Party” – Tokyo Girls Update
The group complete a trilogy with this single, which looks back fondly on high school.

A Reborn palet Declare “VICTORY” Over AKB48! – Tokyo Girls Update
It all depends on how one defines one’s terms, I guess.

Party Rockets finger dance in “Kasabuta” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux is hearing metal in this, but not quite Babymetal.

Ss1422 #81 (2014.08.03) – Hello! Pro Radio
Meimei and Kananan discuss summer fatigue and answer fan letters.

Kinoshita Yukiko (SKE48) To Graduate – Konno’s Story
Konno Asami considers the departure of a favorite SKE idol and how that makes him feel.

Morning Musume ’14 no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ #123 (2014.08.09) – Hello! Pro Radio
Discussions of Hug Day, Natsumi Abe, this year’s Mezamishi Live, and more.

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Kanjani8 announce dome tour and new label! Johnny’s and the ALS ice bucket challenge!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: August 27, 2014

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Kanjani8 Announces 5-Dome Tour and Moves to J-Storm’s New Label – JE fandom
The group expect to attract over half a million fans to their tours and start a new era for themselves with Infinity Records.

Johnny’s doing ALS Challenge – JE fandom
A fascinating explanation on why we’ll likely not see many Johnny’s pouring buckets of ice on their heads for a good cause.

The Shounen Club 11 February 2011 review – Never Ending Music Power
With mild trepidation, Thennary senses the start of Hey! Say! JUMP’s domination of the show.

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Orange Caramel and the Digipedi connection! Park Gyuri admits to bulimia! Reviews of Sistar’s “I Swear”! And more!

Recommended Kpop Reading: August 27, 2014

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Sugar or Spice, Kara’s “Mamma Mia” Is Still Nice – seoulbeats
Despite the concept clash in the video, the idols still come out looking good.

KPOP Highlight: SISTAR- “I Swear” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux is wowed by the girl and their end-of-summer activities.

SISTAR’s “I Swear” music video is a bombardment of bodies fit for summer – Asian Junkie
A definite improvement over “Touch My Body”.

G-Dragon says “my dear Kiko” on hidden Instagram vid, fans hate on Mizuhara Kiko again – Asian Junkie
Still more social media ugliness.

KARA’s Gyuri admits on “Quiz To Change The World” that she was bulimic – Asian Junkie
A surprising, even brave, admission by Park Gyuri. Relieved to hear she got over it.

The Orange Caramel – Digipedi Connection – the mind reels
Melissa looks at how much of the quirky successes by the trio comes from a duo behind the scenes.

[Review] SISTAR’s “I Swear” is SISTAR at their highest level of SISTAR – Asian Junkie
The Yellow Slug finds the group working to their strengths – and in doing so, elevating the song and video.

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More photos of SNH48 in Korea!

Recommended Cpop Reading: August 27, 2014

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2014-08-25 The 16 SNH48 members for ‘UZA’ eating… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Xu Jiaqi: “Language is… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team NII member Yi Jiaai: “Momo (Mo Han)… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII Captain Mo Han: “I want to eat… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Dai Meng: “Spent the… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi: “Changed the… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-26 SNH48 Team NII members Ju Jingyi & Gong Shiqi in… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-26 The 16 SNH48 members had a meeting for the 《呜吒》 (UZA)… – Shanghai48s
The movable feast continus, as the girls prepare to film the UZA music video. And, of course, eat.

2014-08-26 SNH48 Team SII member Xu Jiaqi: “My last day… – Shanghai48s
Paging Doctor Freud…

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Matsui Jurina goofs around! Yamamoto Sayaka! Miyawaki Sakura! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: August 27, 2014

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宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
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宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
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宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
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A lot more Miyawaki Sakura beauty.

吉田朱里   上西恵 – Jurina48
Yoshida Akari and Jonishi Kei share lollies.

Kudo Haruka’s 2nd photobook has a name! – Sakura Mankai
An interesting theme for her sophomore effort.

48Group Top 16 Photobook on Young Jump Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Nope, not yet tired of this.

Deep thoughts w/ Riccheanu…. – モーニングBerryz48
MB shares a whole lot of 48G goodness in this issue of Flash.

Photo – Jurina48
Kizaki Yuria in a flirtatious mood.

Photo – Jurina48
This one makes me smile and smile and smile.

山本彩 – Jurina48
Another astounding Yamamoto Sayaka pictorial.

【ヤングチャンピオン 2014 No.18】 山本彩 – Jurina48
【ヤングチャンピオン 2014 No.18】 山本彩 – Jurina48
【ヤングチャンピオン 2014 No.18】 山本彩 – Jurina48
And hey, why not more of Sayanee?

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Yamada Ryosuke in Assassination Classroom movie! New special with Matsuyama Kenichi! And more!

Recommended Drama Reading: August 27, 2014

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TBS Drama Special 2014 ~ Tooi Yakusoku ~ Hoshi ni Natta Kodomotachi – Jdrama Weblog
Details on the new special starring Matsuyama Kenichi.

Bits and Pieces 002 – JE fandom
Guest appearances and anniversaries.

Yamada Ryosuke to Star in “Assassination Classroom” Movie – JE fandom
Another plum role for the most luscious of young Johnnys.

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Team Syachioko hijack a ship! Koda Kumi starts international fan club! Tokoy Girls’ Style have a hardboiled night! And more!

Recommended Jpop♀ Reading: August 25, 2014

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Team Syachioko Hijacked a Ship for Celebrate Releasing Their 1st Album! – Tokyo Girls Update
Alas, no reports of actual raping and pillaging by the idols… Or anyone else, for that matter.

BiS’s Final Concert “BiS nari no Budokan” Recap Footage Unveiled – Tokyo Girls Update
The controversial group went out with a bang, and this BluRay is a document of that.

3 big incidents (TopYell+ 2014 H!P Great Dictionary) – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Some rather revealing answers that show us each idol’s priorities.

Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Koda Kumi opens up an international fan club? Why didn’t she do this ten years ago?

E-girls Colorful Pop Review – Selective Hearing
Greg has a lukewarm response to the middle-of-the-road music offered up by this supergroup.

Hardboiled Night – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
This would feel much moodier and darker if, you know, it wasn’t cute idol girls in trenchcoats. Still, love the idea!

Team Syachihoko – Himatsubushi – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s first album, including track lists and videos. No word if they’ll come to your home and claim it for themselves.

H!P Summer 2014 KOREZO: Share it if you like it (Part VI – 17 Aug) – Ice Cream & My Jiggly
Riho with that bath poster? Never grows old.

A First Look at the Outfits and Cover Art for LinQ’s 5th Single “Wessai!! Gassai!!” – Tokyo Girls Update
The look strikes me less as “adventure” than “they didn’t budget enough fabric for everyone”.

Hime Kyun Fruit Can – Paradigm – J-Pop Idols
Details on the group’s fourth major single, including track list and video.

Team Makenki- “Mugen, Fly High!” MV – Neaux Clicked on It
Neaux is impressed by this group effort from The Possible, Up Up Girls and Kikkawa Yuu.

9nine’s 1st Budokan Concert Was a Dream Come True! – Tokyo Girls Update
A great report on the concert, including setlist and a sweat incident.

Morning Musume’s Gold Audition news! – Sakura Mankai
Ikuta Kate is hoping for winners this time. As do we all.

This week in music 08.27.2014 – New School Kaidan
AKB48 and Negipecia headline this week’s idol offerings.

Kinoshita Yukiko and Kato Tomoko to graduate from SKE48 – J-Pop Idols
Two more idols leave the fold…

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Marty Friedman lives the dream! Summer songs on Shounen Club! And more!

Recommended Jpop♂ Reading: August 25, 2014

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Thennary’s Picks

Shounen Club 2014.08.13 Review – J-Everything
The theme is summer, but summer songs are hard to find in this episode.

VS Arashi 2014.07.17 Review – J-Everything
This episode brings us a new game for the show and guys in speedos.

Ray’s Picks

The Shounen Club 04 February 2011 review – Never Ending Music Power
With this episode, Thennary had finally gotten over her KAT-TUN fatigue.

That is one happy… – Jrocknyc
Doing a killer guitar solo while surrounded by Momoiro Clover Z… truly, Marty Friedman is living the dream.

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Hyosung makes her mark on SNL! The latest on After School!

Recommended Kpop Reading: August 25, 2014

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Hyosung’s SNL Korea appearance makes her the greatest human alive – Asian Junkie
There is much to love about this. And by much, I mean… well, never mind.

Fan account: Raina talking about After school’s comeback – AfterSchoolDaze ♥
Good to hear they’re keeping high standards, but the wait is kind of excruciating.

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SNH48 go to Korea! Third gen member leaves! And more!

Recommended Cpop Reading: August 25, 2014

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2014-08-23 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi: “We’ve… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-23 SNH48 Team NII member Gong Shiqi: “Arrived… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-23 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi: “Myeongdong… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-23 SNH48 Team SII members Qiu Xinyi, Zhao Jiamin &… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-23 SNH48 members in Korea: Day #1! – Shanghai48s
2014-08-23 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi: “Just now,… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 SNH48 members Ju Jingyi, Li Yitong, Zhao Jiamin, Qiu… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 The SNH48 members spent most of today eating in… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 SNH48 members Zhao Jiamin, Zhang Yuge, Qiu Xinyi, Li… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 SNH48 Team SII member Qiu Xinyi: “Eat eat eat… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 SNH48 Team NII member Ju Jingyi: “This… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 End of SNH48 day 2 in Korea! – Shanghai48s
2014-08-24 SNH48 Team SII member Zhang Yuge: “South Korea… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Li Yuqi: “Arrived safely… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team NII member Yi Jiaai: “We’ve… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 The remaining 10 SNH48 members flew to Korea today!… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Xu ChenChen: “Thank you… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Xu ChenChen: “Thank you… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Kong… – Shanghai48s
2014-08-25 SNH48 Team SII member Zhao Jiamin: “Korea is… – Shanghai48s
A small selection of the pictures the SNH idols have taken while traveling to Korea. The impression I got was that they did a little bit of shopping and a whole lot of eating, which is something I can certainly support. And what was that drugged-out cat doing in the middle of all those food pics?

2014-08-22 SNH48 3rd Generation members during a dance… – Shanghai48s
Somehow, I think the make-up class was more crucial.

2014-08-22 SNH48 3rd Generation member Li Yiwen has left… – Shanghai48s
That was fast.

SNH48 Team NII members Huang TingTing and He Xiaoyu at a water… – Shanghai48s
Love the outfits.

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Miyawaki Sakura! Yajima Maimi! Erina Mano photobook announced! And more!

Recommended Eyecandy+ Reading: August 25, 2014

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AKB48 Mariya Nagao “Peach John Bra” – HEBIROTE AKB48
More pics from that stunning pictorial. She may just become a favorite of mine now.

~Weekly Playboy no.33 August 18th, 2014 features Covergirl Kakei Miwako, Angel~Mayuyu off-shots & more Adachi Yumi erotica… – モーニングBerryz48
Talk about Wings of Desire…! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Mayuyu’s bikini angel outfit.

Juicy Double (remix*) | モーニングBerryz48…the morning after….. “Always wear protection before reading…(^q^).” – モーニングBerryz48
MB heaps praise on Rika Adachi’s tuchus.

ゆ♡金曜日 | モーニングBerryz48…the morning after….. “Always wear protection before reading…(^q^).” – モーニングBerryz48
And here’s Kashiwagi Yuki showing us that Longcat’s also got back.

Nmb48♡ フラッシュ スペシャル夏グラビアベスト – モーニングBerryz48
NMB48 idols are showing off a variety of looks… but mostly, you know, bikinis. Because that’s what they do.

小嶋陽菜 – Jurina48
Kojima Haruna is also doing her Peach John thing…

久住小春 – Jurina48
And here’s Koharu Kusumi, also doing some modeling for Peach John!

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
宮脇咲良 – Jurina48
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Is it suddenly Christmas? Because all this Miyawaki Sakura feels like a gift!

小嶋真子 – Jurina48
小嶋真子 – Jurina48
小嶋真子 – Jurina48
Kojima Mako shows off her winning smile.

Mano Erina – Zero (Photobook) – J-Pop Idols
Could the title be an indication of how many articles of clothing she’ll wear in this book?

渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
渡辺美優紀 – Jurina48
Watanabe Miyuki looking great.

矢島舞美 – Jurina48
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矢島舞美 Pure Eyes – Jurina48
矢島舞美 Pure Eyes – Jurina48
矢島舞美 Pure Eyes – Jurina48
More than enough Yajima Maimi to keep everyone happy.

ヤングマガジン 2014 No.39 ( 松岡菜摘 宮脇咲良) – Jurina48
Miyawaki Sakura does a fun duet pictorial with Matsuoka Natsumi.

AKB48 Haruka Shimazaki “Netemo Sametemo” on EX Taishu Magazine – HEBIROTE AKB48
Paruru in a mostly casual setting.

週刊プレイボーイ 電子版 2014 No.36 – Jurina48
The rulers of the AKB kingdom get together and, of course, where white bikinis for the occasion.

ヤングチャンピオン 2014 No.18 山本彩 – Jurina48
Yamamoto Sayaka is, as always, irresistible.

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Last Doctor! Suikyu Yankees! Oyaji no Senaka!

Recommended Drama Reading: August 25, 2014

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Oyaji no Senaka Eps 1-4 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike is delighted by the results of combining the best scriptwriters with the best actors in this collection of father-centric short stories.

Suikyu Yankees Episode 5 – JE fandom
An unexpected twist leaves Mikuchin upset and seeking answers from the past.

Last Doctor Eps 1-5 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds a good deal to like about the series but ultimately deems it generic.