Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – July 19th, 2011

Ray’s Picks

Towa Tei’s “Alpha” pole dancing – Neaux Clicked On It
A beautiful, fluid, engagingly artistic performance! I mean the pole dancer, of course – the song itself kinda sucks.

AKB48 for Dummies: Sub-Groups, Concerts, and Events – Wota (in training)
More useful information from Mina☆, building on the previous post.

Mina’s 30 Day Idol Challenge: Favorite Idol – Wota (in training)
Mina☆ also started out her own 30 Day Idol Challenge with one excellent pick…

Mina’s 30 Day Idol Challenge: An Idol I Dislike – Wota (in training)
…And followed it up with another. Wotasphere fist-bump, y’all!

Yajima Maimi – “a foggy doll” Preview Released – Hello! SayuNii
Actually, the whole video will just be her dancing to that one song, from that fixed shot, over and over and over.

Younha comes up short beside A Pink – allkpop
Don’t worry, Younha, fans don’t care about height… they care about breast size!

Pic of the Day – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
See what I mean, Younha?

Futsumen Paradise suffers sharp decline for episode 2 – aramatheydidnt
Wow, the comparisons to Hamada are uncanny!

Kana Yume AV Debut – Jappydolls
Another idol stretches her wings… among other things.

After School subgroups release MV teasers – Koreaboo
All I want is Nana in that promo shot black dress, moving very slowly and lasciviously, for five or six minutes.

On Fake Glasses in Japan – Neojaponisme
An interesting trend is discussed in detail; especially interesting is how this differs from Western standards of beauty.

Kanjani8 to act together in “24 Hour Television” drama special – Tokyograph
I’m kind of surprised that they didn’t go with a comedy. Or is it a comedy and we just don’t know it yet?

What songs did Nadeshiko Japan pump themselves up with before the match? – aramatheydidnt
Some love for Mr Children and Amuro Namie, and a couple of diehard Arashi fans!

GACKT builds walls around niche, taunts dimensions as he cosplays as himself – aramatheydidnt
Congratulations to Mister Magnum on setting a new record!

x japan grieves over taiji’s death – aramatheydidnt
Comments from Taiji’s compatriots on their great loss.

Daesung reaches settlement with family of deceased motorcyclist – allkpop
Hopefully this will bring the closure everyone is seeking.