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NSK046 – Majisuka Gakuen Season 2 Special Part I

Recorded May 26h, 2011. NSK sits down this week to talk about the first six episodes of Majisuka Season 2. A discussion about character development, plotlines, and predictions. Subs can be found Here and Here. Opening: Yankee Soul – AKB48 Closing: Majijo Teppen Blues – AKB48 [download]  

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‘Ai no Dangan’: Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Following the mature ‘Heroine ni Narou Ka’, ‘Ai no Dangan’ is a nice addition. This time they go in a more rock direction, with more bite and a catchier melody that I would say is an improvement and a fine direction for Berryz Kobou. The chorus was was instantly embedded …

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Disgusting Bikinis

Expanding on an formula that AKB first capitalized on with Ponytail to Shu Shu, Everyday Katchusha releases this week with more girls, more Guam, and more Bikinis. When Ponytail was first released, I was a little put off by AKS parading around their girls in swimwear. I felt it would …

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NSK045 – Bow-Legged Sharks

Recorded May 22h, 2011. NSK sits down this week to talk about the new Morning Musume covers, Mano Erina’s new single, MM’s graduation concert, AKB’s newly promoted member, Kojima’s fainting spell, greedy fake camera men, talent in the idol industry, and more. Opening: Candy Pop – Kikkawa Yuu Closing: Chou …

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‘Everyday, Katchyusha’: A Step Forward, A Look Back

After the understated-but-powerful ‘Sakura no Ki ni Narou’, fans have been anticipating the upcoming summer single. Every major AKB release in the summer have been energetic blockbusters: ‘BINGO!’, ‘Namida Surprise’, and ‘Ponytail to Shushu’ were all great songs to kick off the season, and ‘Everyday Katchuusha’ is another first-rate addition …

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‘Kikkake wa YOU!’: Kikkake wa ME?!

It’s been a confusing journey up to Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single ‘Kikkake wa Yuu!’. There was the initial confusion between the single and a film of same name about a (fictional?) documentary of Kikkawa Yuu’s debut, and then the confusion I felt when I found out that she was a …

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East VS West: Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku coming to America is big news, but just how big is it? Around the same time this character was announced for a concert at Anime Expo, a Toyota car commercial appeared with a rather strange concept: I’m not sure exactly what their angle is. Even among people who …

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NSK044 – One Hot Mess

Recorded May 16h, 2011. This week NSK talks about Hatsune Miku coming to Anime Expo, impressions of Kikkawa Yuu’s first single, Morning Musume’s ‘Only You’, and Berryz’s ‘Ai no Dangan’, Atsuko in the Hana Kimi remake, Sashihara’s comments on AKB, SNSD’s Japanese album and more; it’s a hot mess. Opening: …

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