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Itano Tomomi’s Solo Single Sneak Peek

It was said that AKB’s fashion queen Itano Tomomi was having a solo single called ‘Dear J’ set for January 26, 2011. Being the only Itano fan among the writers here, I suppose I’ll come out and say I’m excited about this. It makes sense considering Itano’s incredibly popular status.  …

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Maeda Atsuko goes Big Screen

Maeda Atsuko’s had miscellaneous roles in several movies and was the protagonist of two dramas, but this ups the ante—she won a lead role for a feature film. The film is called “Moshidora”, short for an extremely long title meaning “If the girl manager of the highschool baseball club would …

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Korea shows ‘Wota-isms’

Atron’s been taken with this Korean artist ‘IU’ (pronounced ‘Aiyoo’) and showed me this video. IU released a new mini-album called ‘REAL’, and performed her song ‘Good Day’. What’s interesting about this performance is that the audience seems to be more organized than usual with their cheering. It’s not uncommon …

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PRETTY.

What a pretty set. With pretty lights. With pretty girls. Pretty music. Pretty everything. Dae

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Watarirouka Hashiritai + 2?

‘Watarirouka Hashiritai’ is the most popular subgroup from AKB, having six singles and an album under their belt.  It originally started out as a four-member group with Watanabe Mayu, Ohta Aika, Hirajima Natsumi and Nakagawa Haruka, but in 2010 Kikuchi Ayaka was added as the fifth member. I really liked …

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Christmas has officially arrived

Rejoice! We can finally celebrate Christmas the right way. Koyote has returned after a 2 year Hiatus with a remake of Turbo’s Christmas dance hit “White Love”. I am a sucker for Christmas music and White Love is high up on that list. Its a blend Korean dance pop and Christmas melodies that makes the Christmas …

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AKB48 Gets a Sizable Upgrade

There’s some crazy happenings going on around here during Christmas fever.  Not to be outshined by SKE’s recent upsizing, AKB management’s heart must have grown three sizes that day because it was announced that all 9th generation research students are promoted! Oba Mina, Shimazaki Haruka, Shimada Haruka, Takeuchi Miyu, Nagao …

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Expensive Holiday Cheer

It’s been hard for me to grasp that it’s already a week into December.  ‘Chance no Junban’, one of the last few big singles finally released and everyone is wrapping up for winter break or looking forward to some days off for the holidays. A perfect time for the AKB48 …

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The Streets are No Longer Safe

It’s been a long time coming but I finally did it. I took my driving test and passed on my first try! Everyone who’s been listening to the podcast knows I’ve had on-and-off driving practice for the past month or so with mixed results, and have been dreading going to …

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SKE48 Comes Full Circle: Welcome Team E!

It’s been a long time coming—maybe a little too long, but I’m psyched.  I read on TokyoGraph that SKE48 will finally form a Team E to complete the group!  It appears they already selected all the Team E members from their pool of 26 kenkyuusei(research students).  SKE will finally have …

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