Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – July 21st, 2011

Ray’s Picks

“Maru Maru Mori Mori!” reaches quarter million in sales – Tokyograph
So technically, does this count as a triumph of the U12 idol industry?

Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun to star in Ninagawa Yukio play “Aa, Kouya” – Tokyograph
Matsujun does boxing? Foxy boxing, maybe, since he’s a foxy kind of guy…

Don’t Think. Feel!! PV – Acchi Muite Pie!!!
Download!!! the Idoling!!! video here!!!

Jmovie review: Gantz – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike is impressed at how smartly the film makers use their limited resources.

Again Meisa releases Semi-Flawless but quite cheap and disappointing Single-Covers – aramatheydidnt
Amuro Namie could have pulled this off. Amuro Namie Lite, unfortunately, falls short of the mark.

‘Sweet’ August 2011 – Namie News Network
Namie does the bridal look very very well. And I bet she could do it with wires surrounding her, too.

Passpo-ViVi Natsu PV preview – Janakya Mottainai
Our Blogger of the Month thinks that most every idol group now does bikini PVs to keep up with AKB. I think she’s exactly right.

GP Basic makes their “Jelly Pop” comeback on M! Countdown – allkpop
Is Mui really a step up from Hannah? I’m not saying she’s not, but rather that the jury’s still out on that.

Pledis responds to accusations of AS Blue copying Fin.K.L. – allkpop
That fine line between homage and rip-off can be pretty tricky.

Avex, YG Entertainment unite for new YGEX label – Tokyograph
So now the Japanese hallyu craze has its own label!

30 Day Idol Challenge Day 23 – Happy Disco
Another Ayappe fan? You don’t see many of them nowadays! (She’s my all-time favorite Musume.)

Pic of the Day – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
Shokotan’s Ass. Zelda. I know which one I’d rather play with.

Acchan’s Drama Bombs Big Time – IXA Ready
Don’t know if Acchan is really to blame – I kinda doubt it really – but it certainly doesn’t bode well for her.

AKB48 for Dummies: The Merch – Wota (in training)
Another great entry in this series! Concise, well written, and best of all – easily comprehended by non-fans.

Siggy’s Picks

Buono! – “partenza~Lets Go!!!~” Preview Released – Hello! Sayunii
It looks like the Korean wave does not stop at Only you…

Where does time go – Wota Desu
I am rooting for oroboras to see Chisato in person after that episode of Intl After School.

Daesung reaches settlement with family of deceased motorcyclist – allkpop
One will continue their activities after a fatal car accident.

Hayami Kentaro to suspend all activities after causing fatal accident – tokyohive
The other will stop their activities. The entertainment world is balanced.

Brian’s Picks

2NE1 – I Am The Best – Selective Hearing
Greg reviews 2NE1’s latest single. My favorite part of it is the WWE belt from the video, except it’s that damned, ugly spinner belt.