Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – July 17th, 2011

Ray’s Picks

Former X JAPAN’s TAIJI passes away – Shattered Tranquility
A huge tragedy in the world of Japanese music, made even more so by the history of X Japan.

X Japan’s Taiji Passed Away Today – Cliffbuzz
Cliff takes note of this passing.

Kikkawa Yuu-Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ preview – Janakya Mottainai 
Our Blogger of the Month isn’t really feeling the song, but still remains hopeful.

GP Basic celebrates “Jelly Pop” comeback with a cake – allkpop
Only afterwards were they told that the special cake they ate was made of Soylent Hannah.

[Review] “One More Chance” by CSJH-Dana & Sunday – allkpop
An excellent review that covers the group’s history and stature, as well as the influence of the SM sound on their comeback release.

30 Day Idol Challenge Day 22 – Happy Disco
Don’t worry, Serenyty, liking Yasai Sisters won’t be held against you around here. Liking Shining Musume, on the other hand, may.

Memory Lane – Special Generation vs. Ai no Dangan (part 2) – Berryz Kobo International
Berryz fans are always looking back to their early days. Perhaps because they were so much better when they were much more pedo…?

Afilia Saga East: A Must Watch Idol TV Experience ~ Pure Idol Heart – Pure Idol Heart
All Gaki’s talk of show-hijacking made me wish these idols flew the show to Cuba for political asylum.

Bekimasu – “Makeruna Wasshoi!” Concert Preview Released – Hello! SayuNii
That’s actually a pretty cool name for the all-H!P-groups-not-featuring-Takitty thing, and a very positive review of the song itself.

AKB48 24th Single Janken Tournament – NMB48 Preliminary Results – MELOS no Michi
Miss Moonlight attends the NMB48 event and shares her opinions on the outcome.

After School releases Japanese “Bang!” MV teaser – Koreaboo
Well, it LOOKS nice. It looks real nice. Yessir, it LOOKS really really nice…

Marks no Yama – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike saw perfection within reach, but this drama doesn’t quite make it.

Siggy’s Picks

MONKEY MAJIK donates nearly 13 million yen towards disaster relief – Tokyohive
MONKEY MAJIK wants to remind everyone Japan is still facing the hardships from the Great Touhoku Earthquake back in mid-March. So everyone, even if you can’t help out, don’t forget.

Korean Stars, popular choice to endorse convenience stores in Japan – Tokyohive
The Korean Wave is serious stuff, it’s even reached the shores of Japan’s konbinis.