Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – October 26th, 2011

Ray’s Picks

AKB48 – Kaze wa Fuiteiru 1st Day Sales – Another Million Seller!! – IXA Ready
Our pop overlords stamp their foot on the competition again.

NMB48 Sets Oricon Records – Pure Idol Heart
And the secondary troops show they’ve got muscle, too.

S/mileage – “Please Miniskirt Postwoman!” Single V Announced – Hello! SayuNii
It’s suddenly more important now that Yuuka’s leaving.

Mitsu no Aji eps 1+2 – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike writes amusingly of this eroge-sque series.

Taeyang assures fans that Big Bang is doing fine – Koreaboo
Assurances are good, but they can’t help but seem empty.

The New York Times reviews ‘SM TOWN in NYC’ concert – allkpop
The Paper Of Record looks at Kpop and deems it good.

Girls’ Generation Yuri shows off her beautiful legs – Koreaboo
Because she never ever shows off those legs under any condition. Ever.

12, Smart Review – idol love
I like the part about the cover best.

Jin to guest judge Kollaboration 11 – Never Ending Music Power
His ratings will be based on the loudness and length of each “chhyyeahhh”.

Brown Eyed Girls to promote fourth album repackage in November – Koreaboo
I’m hoping “their new sound has not yet been heard anywhere else in Korea” is a cappella klezmer…

X Japan cancels Beijing concert – Tokyograph
Well, it’s not like X Japan hasn’t cancelled shows before…

Shinsadong Tiger confesses he was embarrassed to produce “Bo Peep Bo Peep” – allkpop
“I wondered if it was okay because the words ‘bo peep bo peep’ were repeated so often.” You think?

Take Me to Sayumingland – Bikkuri Project
Celestia basks in the Sayummyness.

Hump Day Eye Candy Extravaganza – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
More Sayumingland goodness courtesy of Mister Prime.

Photo of the day! – Genki Almost Idol
And some great vintage Sayummyness for us to savor.

2NE1′s Minzy gives Dara a handmade scarf for her birthday – allkpop
Knitting FTW!

SNSD’s Jessica comments on her Japanese nickname, “Demon” – allkpop
It didn’t help when her head turned 360 degrees.

Interview Trans: Orange Caramel Discusses Fashion, Suicide and the ‘Happy Virus’ with Hankyung News – AfterSchool ❤
The suicide talk is odd, but this apparently took place right after another such tragedy happened.

Sex scandals, occasional bitchiness towards staff or interviewers (who do these people think they are anyway, why must idols be super nice to them?), sexual orientation, rudeness towards creepy fans, all these don’t matter when it comes to Arashi. It will only matter if their chumminess are fake and they secretly dislike each other. Can you share any proof that they’re not as close a group as their fans seem to believe? – Cho Scandalous
Who could ever doubt the fraternal Arashi love?