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AKS Worth Watching, Apr 18th

140414 Tentoumu-Chu! no Sekai o Muchu ni Sasemasu Sengen! ep01

Check out what 48G programming Ben Quick thinks you should watch this week!

140412 AKB48 SHOW! ep25
140412 AKB48 SHOW! ep25 – Some really great performances (including SKE finally doing “Escape”) with a hilarious and entertaining backstage look at one of HKT’s recent concerts conducted by Team 4’s Iwatate Saho.

Rating: rating-four
SKE kicking butt with “Escape” and Saho chasing HKT girls around with bugs! Check it out!

140412 Mechaike SP (Yuko's graduation tour)
140412 Mechaike SP (Yuko’s graduation tour) – Of course Oshima Yuko can’t graduate without having her own special on Mechaike, right? And boy do they deliver. Ninety-nine put Yuko in some really strange situations and much hilarity ensues.

Rating: rating-five
If you’re a Yuko fan you have to watch this. And if you’re not a Yuko fan…first off, wtf are you doing here? And then secondly: you still have to watch this.

140413 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep130
140413 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep130 – This week it’s an Akimoto Manatsu special. The girls tell stories about her and she shows off her legs quite a bit.

Rating: rating-two
If you’re not a fan of Akimoto you’ll probably want to skip Doko this week, because it’s all about her.

140413 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 15 ep01
140413 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 15 ep01 – The return of Nemousu! Team 4 stars in this episode where Nishino Miki, Mogi Shinobu, Uchiyama Natsuki, Maeda Mitsuki, Takashima Yurina and Shinozaki Ayana learn how to do nail art from a pro, and have to find victims on the street to practice on!

Rating: rating-three
Pretty entertaining just for the fact that there’s some fresh faces showing up here.

140414 Tentoumu-Chu! no Sekai o Muchu ni Sasemasu Sengen! ep01
140414 Tentoumu-Chu! no Sekai o Muchu ni Sasemasu Sengen! ep01 – Tentoumu-chu has their own TV show! In case you weren’t aware, 48G’s latest sub-group consists of Tashima Meru, Tomonaga Mio, Kitagawa Ryoha, Shibuya Nagisa, Kojima Mako, Okada Nana and Nishino Miki. For their debut episode, the girls are part of a hidden camera prank where they’re shut in a room alone with a foreigner that doesn’t speak any Japanese. This of course leads to some pretty funny and awkward situations.

Rating: rating-four
If the rest of the run is as good as this debut episode, I’ll be looking forward to it every week, so much fun and I laughed so hard.

140415 AKBINGO! ep284
140415 AKBINGO! ep284 – The new girls are still trying to appeal to AKBingo’s oshi-less announcer, this time with some quiz games. Contains cute cosplay and dudes in toupees.

Rating: rating-four
Time to study up on AKB’s next gen girls!

140416 HKT48 no Odekake! ep63
140416 HKT48 no Odekake! ep63 – Our girls are still at the theater brushing up on their acting skills. Moriyasu Madoka and Ota Aika have some serious moments and Miyawaki Sakura impresses everyone with her acting skills.

Rating: rating-four
Sakura’s pretty great here…maybe a bit TOO good of an actor.

What shows did you enjoy this week? Leave a comment and let us know!

Osaka Shunkashuto: An idol group with a staff of one


The idol boom from the past couple years has made a staggering impact on how Japan promotes content. Idols have gone from catering to a small, focused fandom to becoming an effective medium in of itself to grab an audience of their own. But what interested me the most out of all this was how the shift in digital medium and importance of video gives such a broad level of accessibility for not only the consumers of idol content, but the creators as well.

It was only a matter of time until someone utilized all of the new and trendy avenues that exist on the internet today to promote a home-grown idol group with a minimal team — and that’s exactly what Soezima Shingo (known as Soezimax) accomplished with the idol group Osaka Shunkashuto. I had the pleasure of speaking with him a few weeks ago to talk about his background, Osaka Shunkashuto, and various thoughts as a videographer.

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