Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – August 17th, 2011

Ray’s Picks

Minarun Scandal – Drinking/Enjo Kousai – IXA Ready
The team captain of the newly formed Team 4 has been blogging about very questionable activity.

52-year-old arrested for breaking into apartment of Johnny’s president – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
Now if it was a 25 year old man instead of 52, that would’ve just been ordering room service.

What Did Depraved Oppas do to Girls’ Generation? Part 4 – The Grand Narrative
James continues his excellent translation of this fascinating article!

SNSD & Hallyu’s popularity reaches North Korea? – allkpop
It used to be Levis and rock & roll, now it’s hairstyles and “Genie”!

Goto Maki’s Pictures of Performance at “a-nation 10th Anniversary for Life Charge&Go! ウイダーinゼリー” – Chuu Sugoi Idol
Just look at the smile on her face! She seems so happy on stage.

Pocket Morning Weekly Q&A (week of 8/14/2011) – Chuu Sugoi Idol
Sayummys answer makes me think of an elaborate S&M dungeon and Riho in chains. But maybe that’s just me.

Top 10 Dir en grey Song Remakes – Cliffbuzz
Cliff looks at the recycle-y side of the venerable Jrock group.

Watanabe Mayu in My Shin Seiki Evangelion? – New School Kaidan
Dae Lee muses on the clashing of two fandoms he holds near and dear.

News: After School Will Promote with Hello Kitty – AfterSchool ❤
This is both adorable and sexy. No, just adorable. Calling it “sexy” just makes me sound creepy. (… It’s sexy.)

Hump Day Eye Candy Extravaganza – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
Langdimus can count!

Stop! Kyary Time! – The Groove Music Life
CJ compares the “Pon Pon Pon” singer to M.C. Hammer.

Berryz Kobo’s sales figures – Berryz Kobo International
Zush has some discouraging infographics that places Berryz’ sales in stark perspective.

Fresh Faces: DOMINO Release First Full Album – Pure Idol Heart
Gaki spotlights another indie idol group, this one going back ten years!

Twitter Update: Lizzy – AfterSchool ❤
I look at that face and think, “Of course it was creamy and salty. What did you expect?”

SDN48 3rd Single [MIN.MIN.MIN] 1st day sales – MELOS no Michi
Another loss of first place to JE, another ambiguous set of sales figures.

C-Pop in J-Pop – aramatheydidnt
For those looking to expand beyond the J and K, a helpful guide to Cpop artists in Japan.