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NMB48 Debut Blows Up Oricon

After over a year of this I should stop being surprised at everything, but here I go again. After all the criticism, doubt and “why would anyone bother with another 48 group” spilling out of my mouth, it goes off and sells 131,654 copies of their debut single on the …

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NSK054 – So Many New Releases

Recorded July 14th, 2011. After an off week, we’re back talking about fan made Idol merchandise, the end of Majisuka 2, the new Hana Kimi, a boat load of new Idol releases, and predictions of the future of specific Idol groups. *UPDATE* Here is the link to boykun’s AKB T-shirts. …

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NSK053 – Danny Choo: The Interview

Recorded June 30th, 2011. NSK was fortunate enough to grab some time with Danny Choo on Thursday, June 30th, one day before the convention started. For those who don’t know, Danny Choo is an icon among those who follow Japanese entertainment and culture, who’s genuinely humble attitude and inspiring determination …

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Discovering Music: Ota Hiromi

This is the stuff I love. I always liked Momen no Hankerchief. From the first time I heard it as a Ikimonogakari B-side, there was something about it’s sweetness and the way Yoshioka sang it. I didn’t know what the lyrics meant, but I could pick out bits and pieces …

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AKB’s Lost Stages Will Finally Be Let Free

Hana, a helpful administrator of Nihongogo forums has informed us AKB fans that the wait is nearly over. For those who do not know, AKB’s theater stages A4, K4, B3, and Himawari Gumi 1 & 2 have been locked away in the AKS vault, making the heart grow ever fonder …

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‘Limited Addiction’: Sophisticated Undertaking

As Tokyo Girls’ Style continues to battle lackluster sales, AVEX hasn’t given up on them yet. In fact, despite being among the lowest selling idol groups on the map, they’ve delivered quality songs and PVs time and time again, even exceeding the quality of some more well known idols out …

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‘Natsu Dakara!’: A Spirited Summer Song

‘Buono!’ will always have a special place in my heart.  I recall looking at groups outside AKB48 to expand my idol horizons over a year ago, and no H!P group made an impression on me like Buono.  I loved that their releases have been dynamic and positive, made better by …

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NSK053 – AX & AM2 Part II

Recorded July 5th, 2011. The show recorded after the SCANDAL concert summing up the July 4th weekend.  Discussion of all SCANDAL related events as well as an overview of our weekend experience at both AM2 and Anime Expo. Opening: SCANDAL – Shoujo S Closing: SCANDAL – Haruka     [download] …

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NSK053 – AX & AM2 Part I

Recorded July 2nd, 2011. The show recorded after the Hatsune Miku concert on Saturday with special guest Ari Schlager.  Discussing the Hatsune Miku concert as well as impressions of the conventions so far.  Listen to the second part of this podcast here. Opening: Hatsune Miku – Medore ~Icchatte~ Closing: Kagamine …

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