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SCANDAL: The Wasted Potential

When I first heard of SCANDAL, I was really intrigued. Yeah, sure they were an all girl band all wearing school uniforms. It’s not an entirely new idea. But they had promise to become a talented band, one thing idol groups lack. To fuse looks and visuals with actual musical …

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the end

god knows A5 was my favorite akb stage.  they had their last performance this past thursday, on may 27th.  this marks the end of the old teams, the final nail in the coffin.  goodbye team A, you were the first team that i learned all the names of.  i still …

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ponytail to shushu sales

going into ponytail to shushu, i was a little worried about their sales numbers.  ‘river’ and ‘sakura no shiori’ held mass appeal; they were songs not typical to idol groups.  its mainstream sound and rigorous advertising proved successful, as ‘river’ sold 239,000 copies.  compared to ‘iiwake maybe’, it sold over …

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SHUKAN!

shukan akb; another weekly show where idols compete and suffer challenges. a lot like AKBingo, but because many events take place outside of a controlled studio environment, they’re usually a lot more elaborate and interesting; like bungie jumping, riding rollercoasters, scavenger hunts, etc. i was watching some of the recent …

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subway comparison

i’ve been living in manhattan for four years now, and i’ve become accustomed to how things work around here.  the way people shout across the street at each other, people power-walking through the crowded streets like a highway, the five sirens you hear inevitably everyday without fail no matter where …

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iron chef: idol another day

welcome to the fourth installment of cooking segments taken from previous episodes of AKBingo. beef stroganoff, a traditional russian dish, is the challenge.  the judges this time are five members of a male idol group (those exist?) called ‘shinsengumi rian’.  get ready for haruna’s vast knowledge of ingredients and english, …

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beto puri-zu part II

a clip from simpler times, when noro kayo and ohori megumi were the butt of ‘old hag’ jokes. members beat each other over the head with giant pillars while balancing precariously above a sheer 4 foot drop, prefaced by battle of trash talking.  so naturally, miho is participating.

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members confirmed for Anime Expo 2010

it seems that the AKB48 members flying overseas to perform at Anime Expo 2010 have been listed. maeda atsuko, takahashi minami, kojima haruna, takajyo aki, sashihara rino, maeda ami and kuramochi asuka from team A. akimoto sayaka, yuko oshima, miyazawa sae, minegishi minami, ono erena, itano tomomi, moeno nito and …

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Aya, The Way She Once Was

There was a time when Hirano Aya was the queen of the town. I don’t know what she’s become now. Honestly I stopped paying attention after a point, but those were some great days.

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