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AKB’s 2012 Request Hour Concert has Changes

The details were announced about the upcoming ‘Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012’ concert. If you’re not familiar with this lengthily named extravaganza, it’s AKB’s first big event of the year, where they perform a hundred songs over the course of four days, which includes songs from SKE and SDN(and …

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Idol Digest – AKBINGO! #149 (08.24.2011)

08.24.2011 – AKBINGO! #149 [Link] This week’s ‘AKBINGO!’ introduced a brand new segment, ‘Ikemen Gakuen’!  AKB members were dressed as different archetypes of preppy schoolboy “Ikemen”, which basically translates to “hot guys”.  The hosts will present questions, and the students of Ikemen Gakuen are to write down and present their …

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NSK060 – Lots to Talk About, Devastation

Recorded August 26th, 2011. This week on NSK… Ketchup Please Dae’s Mice & Netflix Tron’s Card Gambling Majisuka Pins Impressions AKB B-Sides PVs – Seishun to Kizukanai Mama – Dakishimecha Ikenai – Aisu no Kuchizuke Morning Musume single covers Morning Musume PV preview News H!P Ogawa Saki leaves S/mileage & …

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Ladies and Gentleman! Beat Sherlock!

Good afternoon ladies and gents. I thought it was about time that I formally introduce myself. In West Philadelphia born and raised…Nah man! As y’all know I’m Beat Sherlock. I hail from sunny Southern California. I’ve been into most things Japanese since 4th grade, have a background in Japanese language, …

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Lovin’ how they survive as rock

As I’ve developed my fandom for Scandal I’d really come to appreciate them as the all girl rock outfit. They were the exception to the rule, the rule that if you put a handful of Japanese girls together they would become bubble gum. Not only did they play their own …

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Idol Digest – Naniwa Nadeshiko #07 (08.23.2011)

08.24.2011 – Naniwa Nadeshiko #07 [Link] NMB’s variety show ‘Naniwa Nadeshiko’ finally pulled me in with one simple word: Dokkiri(prank). Pulling pranks is a long running pastime in Japanese television and it just doesn’t get old for me. Dokkiri is a great and entertaining way to get to know members …

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The Million Flying Get

So, the impossible happened today—something even hardcore fans didn’t predict with this single, and something I had written off as incredibly idealistic. And yet, there the number is, staring right back at me: 1,025,952. ‘Flying Get’ has sold over a million copies on its opening day. What a ridiculous feat. …

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Saki Says Goodbye to Smileage

Here’s some unprecedented news. It was announced on Smileage’s official page that Ogawa Saki will be graduating, saying that she had requested it as far back as May of this year. Knowing this, it’s now pretty clear why the Smileage auditions took place, as a three-member unit just wouldn’t work …

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‘Flying Get’: A Whole Lot of Something

AKB singles this year have been predictable so far. As early as 2009, AKB has been laying down a format and timetable for their single releases: a spring sakura-related single, a summer single, an election single, an autumn unorthodox single, and a winter janken single. They’ve been going down the …

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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 …

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