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INTERVIEW: Brian Ashcraft

We had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Ashcraft, a journalist and editor of the massively read gaming site Kotaku, and author of Arcade Mania and Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential. Originally from Texas, he resides in Osaka, Japan with his wife and two children. He was kind enough make some time to …

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My Venture Back into K-Pop

As I’ve mentioned before, K-Pop was the gateway for me into music that wasn’t in English. FinKL and S.E.S broke down barriers and led me into other groups like H.O.T and Clon. Eventually that would bleed into Japanese music and introduced Idols and J-Rock. I’ve long since left the K-Pop …

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Opening New Doors

It’s always been a great feeling for me to be able to find music through another means. Some of my favorite Japanese bands I discovered through anime openings like Naruto and Bleach. Others I found out through video games like Ouendan and Rhythm Tengoku. With the recently release Minna no …

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A Touch of Old School

Each of us has that one minor group that we follow. Even though we know they’re not quite the same level as the top Idol groups in terms of popularity, we appreciate them for something else. One of the groups I’ve always partially rooted for is bump.y. I thought it …

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Idol Digest – AKBINGO! #146 (08.03.2011)

08.03.2011 – AKBINGO! #146 [Link] With a rather musical opening, AKBINGO Dodgeball is back; this time with Uchida Mayumi and Iwasa Misaki thrown into the mix, who are participating for the first time! The red team consists of Iwasa Misaki, Uchida Mayumi, Oba Mina, Kasai Tomomi, Kobayashi Kana, Suzuki Mariya, …

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Idol Digest: IDOLING!!! #772 (07.28.2011)

07.28.2011 – IDOLING!!! On Demand – #722 [Link] The show starts off with a medley performance with a live band that’s pretty good except that the outfits are horrible. They look like polka dot potato sacks. Other then that, I really liked the performance. It’s another great example of why …

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My Daughter Will Be Named ERI

I decided that if I ever have a daughter, I’m going to name her Eri/Ellie. That is unless I marry someone by that name. In that case I’ll revert to one of the back up names I have circulating. But anyways, the reasoning behind this? I’ve come across enough instances …

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