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H!P Eggs: What Exactly do You do?

The new members of Morning Musume have been chosen, and I’m pleased for the most part. Four new girls have been added, the most that have been admitted since 2003. Of the audition group, three members made the cut: Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon. These three were my …

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Good Idea, Bad Execution.

AKB48 has taken some large strides towards making themselves accessible and known overseas.  There has been tons of overseas concerts and promotions, created “Super Epou” tickets for the AKB theater, opened a Youtube channel, and gave the official website english translations.  The next logical step forward would be to open …

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AKB48 Goodie Bags: Will You Take the Chance?

If the Chance no Junban single and the PSP game coming out wasn’t enough holiday cheer, maybe you’d like to test your luck with these special grab-bags, being sold at the official AKB Shop! There are three types available: 5000 yen(60 dollars), 10000 yen(120 dollars), and 20000 yen(240 dollars). The …

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New AKB Subunit in the Works?

There’s been talks about a new four-member subunit with Nakaya Sayaka, Nakata Chisato, Uchida Mayumi, and Tanabe Miku. While I’m in love with the prospect of Nakaya Sayaka being in a subgroup, I’m a little worried. Don’t get me wrong, I think these girls are long overdue for some attention …

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NMB48 Girls Wear Spiffy Ties

I’ve posted the roster for the girls that make up NMB48 before, but their site updated the member photos: It’s always fun seeing them when they start out—nearly all the girls are smiling just a little too hard and sporting jet black hair.  It’s only a matter of time before …

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Itano Tomomi’s Solo Single Sneak Peek

It was said that AKB’s fashion queen Itano Tomomi was having a solo single called ‘Dear J’ set for January 26, 2011. Being the only Itano fan among the writers here, I suppose I’ll come out and say I’m excited about this. It makes sense considering Itano’s incredibly popular status.  …

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Maeda Atsuko goes Big Screen

Maeda Atsuko’s had miscellaneous roles in several movies and was the protagonist of two dramas, but this ups the ante—she won a lead role for a feature film. The film is called “Moshidora”, short for an extremely long title meaning “If the girl manager of the highschool baseball club would …

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Watarirouka Hashiritai + 2?

‘Watarirouka Hashiritai’ is the most popular subgroup from AKB, having six singles and an album under their belt.  It originally started out as a four-member group with Watanabe Mayu, Ohta Aika, Hirajima Natsumi and Nakagawa Haruka, but in 2010 Kikuchi Ayaka was added as the fifth member. I really liked …

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Expensive Holiday Cheer

It’s been hard for me to grasp that it’s already a week into December.  ‘Chance no Junban’, one of the last few big singles finally released and everyone is wrapping up for winter break or looking forward to some days off for the holidays. A perfect time for the AKB48 …

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SKE48 Comes Full Circle: Welcome Team E!

It’s been a long time coming—maybe a little too long, but I’m psyched.  I read on TokyoGraph that SKE48 will finally form a Team E to complete the group!  It appears they already selected all the Team E members from their pool of 26 kenkyuusei(research students).  SKE will finally have …

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