Recommended Reading: July 30th, 2012
Thennary Nak’s Picks
Fans banned from taking uchiwa to Tackey concerts? – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
If it’s true it won’t be the first uchiwa ban from Johnny’s but it points to more troubles for the upcoming T&T concerts.
Kanjani8 dress up for movie premiere in Tokyo and Osaka – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
Looking good in Tokyo in yukata and being more themselves as the Eito Rangers in Osaka.
KAT-TUN’s New Single. More importantly, a TANAKA KOKI SOLO PV. – aramatheydidnt
I am on board with each member getting their own solo PVs and eagerly await for Junno’s.
Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 01 Review – J-Everything
A look at the first episode of the drama featuring Matsumura Hokuto.
Sexy Zone to release first photo book ‘Sweetz’ – Tokyohive
Okay fans, if you wanna feel like a creep, and look like one, you just have to purchase this photobook, filled with underage male idols.
Kawashima Umika cosplays as Ayanami Rei from anime Neon Genesis Evangelion for photo exhibition – Tokyohive
What they failed to mention in the title is that the cute loli from 9nine is also cosplaying… Take a look at those photos! WHOO!
Hello! Project Site Renewed – Hello! SayuNii
Wow! Hello! Project really are renovating their image!
Hello! Project Tanjou 15th Anniversary Summer 2012 Concerts will be Available for Live View in Cinemas – Hello! SayuNii
UFA seem to be keeping up their game with promotion and being all around good at keeping the general public interested…
S/mileage “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki” HQ Covers Released – Hello! SayuNii
The fact that Rina has been given a spot at the front of one of the covers makes me so damn happy…
K.U.N.A PV History – NyNyOnline
A nice collection of video histories for the major avex divas.
Selective Hearing’s News Roundup – Selective Hearing
Greg does his own collating and commenting on the week in idol music.
Impressions: Natsuzora Hanabi – New School Kaidan
Anthony is liking the latest from PASSPO☆ more than Garry.
Boys on the run eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike finds Minami Akina to be the best part of this drama.
～高嶋香帆、腕白日曜。 – モーニングBerryz48
MB shares some very lovely Takashima Kaho eyecandy.
～ほしのあき、腕白日曜。 – モーニングBerryz48
Hoshino Aki looking ridiculously, fappaliciously incredible.
[SCANS] Perfume in ROCKIN’ON JAPAN September 2012 – aramatheydidnt
The Macy’s Santa is pretty freakin’ lucky to have such lovely helpers.
The Shounen Club 13 April 2003 review – Never Ending Music Power
While the setting is now familiar, the format is still not what Thennary’s used to.
“Moonfesta～ムーンフェスタ～” – Kalafina – Konno’s Story
An owl, a goat, and Kalafina? Sounds like an interesting joke.
Teaser Flick: Orange Caramel’s First Concept Image Released for Japanese Promotions – AfterSchool ❤
I like this. Especially the horns.
Hello! Review: Kikkawa Yuu “Koko Kara Hajimarunda!” – Hello! SayuNii
Another of the blog’s very complete reviews, covering every aspect of Yuu’s latest.
Kikkawa You – 2 Scheduled Appearances In Europe – Hello! SayuNii
She’s just getting more and more attention lately!
“Kikka Tab” Tablet Announced – Hello! SayuNii
Is it going to run on Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean?
Mano Erina Concert Tour 2012 ~Date~ DVD Announced – Hello! SayuNii
Part of the long, slow goodbye from Hello! Project?
The Predators “God Game” sounds a lot like Nirvana’s “In Bloom” – Neaux Clicked on It
What the heck, Nirvana ripped off Boston’s “More Than A Feeling”. This is just turnabout.
Vasallo Crab 75 At The 251 – Japan Live
Ken M reminisces to 13 years ago… When most of you probably hadn’t finished puberty. Or for that matter, started it.
This Week in Music 08.01.2012 – New School Kaidan
It’s only NO NAME this time around.
French Kiss 5th Single [Romance Privacy] 1st Week Sales + Review – MELOS no Michi
Another precipitous drop for an AKB act.
Forever my Chokubo, Forever my Honey Pie – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima is happy with the new color, light yellow. I mean, honey.
Tahiti or the Don’t’s of a Debut – seoulbeats
The best part has to be that box of pastries.
Welcome to ‘this is love’! – is this love
Kath of The Blogpower!!! has a new blog devoted to non-H!P music.
Special T-ara Section
T-ara’s Boram destroys Hwayoung’s umbrella? – allkpop
Fans are building up a narrative about bullying here…
Netizens share more incidents of T-ara’s Hwayoung supposedly being bullied – allkpop
… And here…
Fans demand T-ara’s Eunjung be kicked off ‘We Got Married’ and ‘Five Fingers’ – allkpop
… And are now demanding vengeance.
[BREAKING] CCM announces Hwayoung will leave T-ara – allkpop
I’m not sure what was going to happen, but I doubt this will be the end of it.
Read the full Press Release about Hwayoung’s Departure from T-ara – T-ara World
T-ara’s management tell their side of the story
Hwayoung’s sister, Hyoyoung, tweets in response to Kim Kwang Soo’s announcement – allkpop
Some social media blowback here…
Hwayoung strikes back on Twitter – allkpop
… And here.
CCM’s CEO Kim Kwang Soo interviewed regarding Hwayoung’s departure – allkpop
A lot of running around to get nowhere.
Hwayoung is leaving T-ara?!?!?!? – Konno’s Story
To quote: “It really is awkward already, but now it’s just going to be super awkward on stage.”
CCM’s CEO Interviewed About Hwayoung/T-ara – Konno’s Story
KonnoAsami calls out the CEO for his behavior.
T-ara to proceed with their August comeback as scheduled – allkpop
Pretending nothing is wrong, because that’s how you have to handle it.
Five Fingers to proceed with T-ara’s Eunjung still a member of the cast – allkpop
We’ll see if THAT sticks.
CCM’s Kim Kwang Soo speaks of a possibility for Hwayoung to rejoin T-ara – allkpop
… Um, yeah right.
T-ara’s Mask Begins to Fall – Plastic Candy
Alvy saw something like this coming, and goes over his thoughts on the controversy.
T-ara’s former back-up dancer claims Jiyeon once slapped Hwayoung – allkpop
More fuel for the fire.
Online café ‘T-Jinyo’ (We Demand the Truth from T-ara) gains more than 160,000 members – allkpop
Oh, dear. This definitely is not going away.
T-ara/Hwayoung Controversy: Cliff Notes Edition – allkpop
A helpful guide to all of allkpop’s links on this developing story.