Recommended Reading: August 2nd, 2012
Thennary Nak’s Picks
Are polls really relevant? Netizens outraged over “ugly Johnnys” poll – aramatheydidnt
While the poll in question is eye roll worthy, there are some good facts to know about Japanese polling sites to be found.
Kisumai clubbing yo – aramatheydidnt
Or Johnny’s just didn’t want to have to pay for good lighting in this one.
Weekly Oricon Rankings (Ending 07-29) – J-Everything
A look at the rankings of the past week where Eight Rangers rock the charts.
S/mileage – “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.” MV Released – Hello! SayuNii
Ayuchii goes over the details of the video, finding it nice overall.
S/mileage looking awesome! SUKI YO!!!!! – Chuu! Sugoi! Idol
Princess Miyo likes the new musical style, the line distribution, and the dance.
All Hands on Legs… er, Deck for S/mileage’s ‘Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki’ PV! – Okay! Musume Time
Chiima finds the song and PV bland, but is nevertheless hopeful for S/mileage’s future.
T-ara’s Possible Bullying Scandal – Wota (in training)
Mina finds herself persuaded by the evidence.
T-ara to hold an arena tour in Japan next year – allkpop
Now THAT’S optimistic…
Idol groups scramble to avoid overlapping their comebacks with T-ara’s ‘Sexy Love’ comeback – allkpop
… And that’s just playing the realpolitik smartly.
On HwaYoung and T-ara – Shanimuni Paradise
Tsukiki thinks all of this is a publicity scam of some sort.
T-Jinyo to hold a protest in front of Core Contents Media this week – allkpop
The hounds have been loosed, and they won’t stop till they get blood.
♥ Kishidan / SUPER BOY FRIEND ♥ – aramatheydidnt
Not their best song by a long shot, but I like the use of glowsticks and the boys really shine at the end.
AKB48 to invite 30 viewers to a dinner party in 2013 – aramatheydidnt
Idols you can eat with?
Korean Sociological Image #72: Girl-group performances for the military – The Grand Narrative
A fascinating look at conscripts and their attitudes towards idols.
The Shounen Club 11 May 2003 review – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary highlights the wide range of performances this episode.
Selective Hearing’s Blogging Manual Part 5 – Talking to The Masses – Selective Hearing
Greg lays down the law HARD on commenting and building a community.
Pic of the Day – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
A very interesting Nakky silhouette.
Idols You Should Meet 019 – New School Kaidan
An SKE48 member gets the thumbs up this time around.
“Sexy, Free, and Single” and “Hot Summer” – Japanese Versions (Short Versions) – Konno’s Story
KonnoAsami doesn’t take too well to these Japanese efforts from SuJu and f(x)…
Looks Like I’m Just “Spending All My Time” Listening To Perfume~ – Konno’s Story
… But takes a definite shine to the new single from Perfume.
Lady Go!! – Pure Idol Heart
Shouldn’t there be five of them?
PUFFY’s Yoshimura Yumi gives birth to her first child, a boy – aramatheydidnt
Congratulations to the proud parents!
“WONDERFUL JOURNEY” Preview! – I ♥ Miyoshi Ayaka’s Idol Musings
Sakura Gakuin sing about the virtues of doing an around-the-world.