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“Banzai Venus”: Infectious Parade

The PV for Banzai Venus has arrived and it’s hard to ignore: A virus has taken over the town; an inexplicable, contagious disease taking the physical form of SKE48, transforming normal citizens into a mass frenzy of synchronized dance. The entire PV looks like an exercise in expert execution and …

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“Guuzen no Juujiro”: Comfort Food

While a good number of AKB singles have been experimenting with different sounds, we could always count on the Undergirls’ b-sides to provide their staple idol sound we know and love. Simple and safe but catchy and impossible to hate, Undergirls songs have been my idol comfort food since ‘Kimi …

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Woman, Seriously…Look At Yourself

Yesterday, a female friend of mine came rushing to me over internet screaming bloody murder. I thought maybe something happened to her family. Maybe her brother. Or at least her dog. But instead I was sent the picture above. Then I was send the picture below. For those of you …

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What in God’s Name…

What in God’s Name are they doing to my Kitahara? This is the B Version packaging for the new Not Yet Single. I was originally slightly confused and interested at what direction they would be taking the group’s identity. But now after seeing the covers, I’m completely baffled. Here’s the …

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Coolest Hobby In The World

I want to be this guy/girl when I grow up… I love the sound design for this video. It’s all quiet except for some crinkling of packages, filling of liquids, and scraping of utensils. Also, this stuff is edible. It’s like gummy candy. Thanks Nolon for the link, David

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Get Ready to Love Them, SKE48

SKE48 is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite Idols groups. And while I love AKB, SKE has carved it’s own special place with their upbeat songs and choreography. They got unique members and that underdog alternative niche. Plus it’s like the whole 48 Process all over again. So …

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Why Hello There, Didn’t Notice You.

December of 2010 was a hectic one, and it seems that I’ve overlooked a debut release.  It’s another idol group that came out this year called “Sakura Gakuin”, with ten members.  It looks like the group is in it for the long haul, as their ages range from 11-14. Their …

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Song of the Week: Monday 2/7

Song: AIDORU Nante Yobanaide (Don’t Call Me An Idol) Discography: Team Himawari 1st Stage [Boku no Taiyou] aka [H1] Original Performers: Maeda Atsuko, Kasai Tomomi, Minegishi Minami, Ono Erena Performance Notes: Location: 2009 Request Set List Best (Shibuya AX) Original Unit: Yes Ah the memories. When I went to the …

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The Power of Crowds.

A PV preview of SKE48’s new single, “Banzai Venus”, came out and it’s looking good: I have some reservations about having SKE reuse the “large crowd” spectacle so soon, right after “1, 2, 3, 4, Yoroshiku”; Yoroshiku was great because a mass spectacle with that scale was never seen before …

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