Recommended Reading: June 20th, 2012
Thennary Nak’s Picks
Yuya Tegoshi wants to be the best – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
Love how he manages to turn everything around to be about soccer and his love for it.
Some Jin Akanishi rumours – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
Hard to tell if this movie role offer is a helping hand or a slap in the face, but at least Jin wouldn’t have a hard time with the part.
Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou Ep 10 Review – J-Everything
Again a mainly spoiler free review of this drama’s latest episode.
Weekly Oricon Rankings (Ending 06-17) – J-Everything
Some strong sales but also some weak ones.
Ohno Satoshi Semi-Nude “an an” Cover to Appeal to Gays? – Musings of Delilah
Oh Japanese media, sometimes you make me judge you so hard.
How J-Pop Stars Gain From the West’s Obsession With ‘Weird’ Japan - The Atlantic
Possibly one of the best articles about JPop by Western media I’ve seen, featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Momoiro Clover Z!
Oricon Reveals First Half Rankings for 2012 – aramatheydidnt
As expected the top singles are all from the 48 groups or from Johnny’s.
Momoiro Clover Z: RISE UP – Pure Idol Heart
Speculation on the future of Momoiro Clover Z as a major force among idol groups.
Idols You Should Meet 013 - New School Kaidan
Profile on a very cute member of the still relatively unknown HKT48!
Impressions: Kimi wa Boku da - New School Kaidan
Great review of Maeda Atsuko’s newest single/PV
Sex muffins and Douchebaggery – PON-dering
Mamba gives a thorough, well-sourced piece on Sashihara Rino’s scandal and punishment, and is not a happy Pon.
Morning Musume – “One • Two • Three” Single V Cover Released – Hello! SayuNii
Ayuchii says that the cover is eye-catching, but let’s agree to disagree, shall we?
Tokunaga Chinami & Kumai Yurina New Radio Show Announced – Hello! SayuNii
Great news for two of Berryz loveliest!
Tokunaga Chinami & Sudou Maasa Casual Dinner Shows Announced – Hello! SayuNii
More Chinami, and more Maasa! I just wish I could go see them at their dinner shows!
Okay! Musume Digest! #4 – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima looks at a whole bunch of idol news and shares her opinions on them.
f(x)’s Krystal throws impressive opening pitch for recent baseball game – allkpop
The family name is redeemed!
Oricon rankings for the first half of 2012 – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary shares her take on the developments of her favorite acts.
After School achieves an all-kill on real time charts with “Flashback” – allkpop
I usually hate the term “all-kill” but it seems to fit, what with UEE’s gun and all.
So Sasshi is now a member of HTK48, Is it weird that I really… – Idols and Hollywood
Feeling meh about the news.
Clip of the Day – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
Shinozaki Ai cosplays as a CA, I think, which explains the flotation devices she wears.
Berryz Koubou performance at AnimeNEXT 2012 – Selective Hearing
Photos from the event, comments from the idols, and more.
Mayumi Yamanaka ~ Minisuka.tv Premium Gallery 6 – Jappydolls
Not to be outdone by her little sister…
Hamsapsukebe awards 2011 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finally feels ready to assess the year that was in dramas.
The Pressure Is Getting To Sasshi – IXA Ready
Sasshi isn’t doing too well, as fans and colleagues grow concerned.
Maeda Atsuko 2nd Single [Kimi wa Boku da] First Day Sales – MELOS no Michi
That precipitous drop from her debut single hopefully isn’t a sign of what’s to come.
Cho HAPPY SONG to #2 – Berryz Kobo International
Meanwhile, maybe this relatively strong showing will lead to further C-ute / Berryz collaborations?