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Chance no Junban PV: A Fresh Look

Chance no Junban was met with little enthusiasm within the New School Kaidan Academy team.  The song wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t much for us to grab onto when it came to our tastes.  Even if we weren’t crazy about the song, there was something else to look forward to: …

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“Nyuki Nyuki Nyuki?”: The Mystery.

With this many views, I assume most people have seen this video…. But then after asking around, quite a few people haven’t. I found it hilarious. You decide. But if you click on the video to see its youtube page, you’ll find something amiss—there are a number of odd things …

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Parade: Review

It’s becoming extremely popular these days in packed, urban communities to have a group of students and young professionals share small apartments to save money, often times illegally.  Such is the situation in ‘Parade’, a film by Isao Yukisada, based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida. A cramped, two-bedroom apartment …

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Kohaku Uta Gassen 2010 Participants Revealed

The music show of the year, Kohaku will pit the most popular male and female performers against each other as the White Team(males) and Red Team(females).  After much speculation, the Kohaku participants have been revealed! RED TEAM:   aiko Angela Aki Ikimonogakari Ishikawa Sayuri Uemura Kana AKB48 Kawanaka Miyuki Kumiko …

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It’s a Good Time to be an Idol

Idol groups are doing pretty well for themselves nowadays. Since AKB reignited the public’s interest in idols, it’s become mainstream again. Groups like Momoiro Clover, Smileage, and SKE48 have had huge growths in sales and popularity despite having only been around for about a year or less in the singles …

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I guess music industries are more internationally aware of each other than I thought. These girls called ‘Las Famosas Inalcanzables’, which roughly translates to ‘The Untouchable Superstars/Celebs’ performs a song called ‘Champú para Tus Ojos’, or ‘Shampoo for your Eyes’. This is easily the funniest thing I’ve seen all week: …

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AKB48 Documentary Film: Refreshing or Bland?

This film completely slipped my mind, but it’s back on my radar. I’m an absolute sucker for things like ‘Making-Of’s and anything that goes on behind the curtain that the general public doesn’t see. I purchase DVDs almost solely for the special features; if it doesn’t have enough content, I …

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It’s OK, ‘Cause Michishige Sayumi is Cute.

My #1 H!P and Morning Musume goddess Misshige has won 9th place among the most hated female celebrities by women readers of the ‘Shukan Bunshun’.  Most of the votes probably came from crying Arashi fans cause Sayumi criticized Matsumoto Jun’s fashion. She appears on television variety programs because of her …

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Let’s Get On Board

In my most recent trip to Japan, I was introduced to Ozawa Kenji, man largely responsible for bringing and popularizing soft rock in Japan. It’s funny how music like the Carpenters ended up finding it’s own home even in Japan. If you look at more Ozawa Kenji music, for instance …

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