Here’s To Another Endless Summer…

I’ve been criticized before, sometimes rightly so, for being overly negative and extremely demanding of my media. Videos games, Idols, Music come under incredibly harsh scrutiny and few pass my exceptionally high standards.

I’ve come to accept this part of my personality as a two-headed beast, both making my opinions unique as well as incredibly frustrating. So I’m thankful for my friends who do their best to accommodate for my quirks. But even with those quirks, I still feel that I am pretty easily excitable. I’m passionate about my loves in life and none of them have stirred my excitement like J-Pop Idols have over the last year.

With August ending, it marks the end of summer and a year since I first joined Ayrton and Dae in person for AX, eventually leading to us doing weekly Idol shows. My friendship with those two, which began from just from a few casual conversations through AIM, developed into what’s now known as NSK. And though I was an Idol fan long before but it wasn’t until I met them that I really saw my fandom grow in ways I never could have imagined. As I see more people joining in “Idol” conversation, I realize that this hobby really is a social one. Like sports where people get together and talk about their favorite players or start friendly rivalries, Idols are best enjoyed with others.

While other parts of my life (job, family, relationship) have had their ups and downs, the energy and positivity from our genre of music has remained a powerful constant, something I hope we’ll be able to share with more others.

The last three months really did make up the greatest Idol Summer in history. New groups and established groups came together to create a summer that really seemed like it would never end. I want to save my look back and opinions for another post, but for now I want to say thanks to everyone who stopped by NSK this year and especially thanks to those who stayed around.

Here’s to many more great memories and friendships made,

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  1. I concur with this being the best idol summer.

    I’d say your standards are more sideways than high, and you are a beast of at least ten heads, but it’s all good. I LUV YOO MAN.

    At the end of the year we should do a completely self-serving retrospective show since it’ll be NSK’s first official year anniversary.

  2. The music really works with the post. I am going to share my thoughts as well.

    This summer was absolutely amazing. It has brought along of expected great releases (Itano’s solo music, Momoclo’s new album) along with some genuine surprises (Buono’s minialbum). I loved listening and watching the piles of new releases out.

    I had only got into idols this year. And what a great time to get into idols. I had liked Japanese music for years but only really followed groups and started learning members’ names this year. I am glad I chose such a packed time. Although I am behind (I just started watching Majisuka Gakuen 2 and Men*Doll and still have dozens of subtitled AKBINGO and Shukan eps I have not watched.), I am looking forward to put in more time in this newly discovered hobby.

    Idols always cheer me up and has made me a more positive person. You just can’t be sad while watching an idol play dodgeball or while reading lyrics to a song portraying a school girl’s feelings during a crush. As long as I can come home and rewatch an AKBINGO! episode, I can stay happy.

    Your points about the social aspect makes me a bit jealous. I have not met a fellow idol fan nor have I made one but I am hopeful for the future. I hope to meet someone in person with the same love for idols as I do wherever life takes me. But this site and podcast helps. Without it, I would have never known anyone else’s opinions on idols. I would have barely even known what idols were. Thanks.

    Anyways, great post. And I hope to continue sharing the idol experience with you guys! Let’s look forward to more great idol summers.

  3. Your Welcome David! T-T.

    The speech is so much powerful while listening to the video you have posted.

    NSK will always be my favorite idol station and i will always be supporting you guys. Please continue doing what you guys do best, and that is idols.


  4. Everyone’s feeling the love, awesome.

    I agree, this has been the best idol summer (although it’s only my second as an idol fan) ever and I really do hope that we can all come back and experience it again next year.

    Much love to everyone at NSK (both staff and fellow commenters). Without you guys I’d probably still be that guy with the long hair that only listens to metal and punk rock. It was nice to have my eyes opened to various other genres of music over the past year and a half or so.

    Here’s to many more years of idols and idol fandom.

  5. Damn, nice entry there. Wish the video wasn’t taken down.
    Here’s to another year of bonding via idols.

  6. Great post David, the choice of song is brilliant. I have only been an Idol fan for about a year and at first I thought there wasn’t anyone else to talk to about all the recent news and goings on in the Idol world but then I found NSK which meant I finally got to hear others opinions, and after that I spoke to my brother after a few months of not seeing each other and guess what? He had also became a fan of Idols in the time we had not spoken. The Idol world just keeps getting better and better, Keep up the good work NSK!

  7. endo-less, endo-less SUMMA! ♪

    Does the headline remind anyone else of Morning Musume’s Manatsu no Kousen? :D

    I really am impressed with how the quality of the site has improved in such a short amount of time. You’ve got a great variety of well-written articles with a humorous yet enlightening podcast that gives listeners an in-depth conversation about the most underrated aspect of Japanese culture, idols. Unfortunately, idol fandom is such a niche thing in my circle of friends. I tried to get them into japanese idols and they just don’t quite understand the hype for it. :[

    Oh well, give it some time and maybe they’ll turn around. Any who, here’s to NSK and the many more memories we’ll share! Keep up the great work guys!

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