Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – January 1st, 2012

Chiima’s Picks

Nia’s Hopes and Dreams for 2012 – Nia’s Wonderland!
Nia makes a list of what she hopes for 2012, with some hopes that I really agree with *coughEriponcough*. The post is well thought out, and a very good read.

Multiple Kikka’s + Sock Puppets = Amazing – Nia’s Wonderland!
Nia is impressed with Kikka’s latest song, and has created a fun post about why she likes it. I also love the little dig at Mano Erina in there, mwahaha!

A magnitude 7 .0 earthquake hits eastern Japan, no danger of a tsunami – aramatheydidnt
It’s sad that Japan’s New Year started this way, however, our prayers and thoughts are with Japan.

NYC – Wonderful Cupid PV/Garasu no Mahou – aramatheydidnt
Watching this, I couldn’t help but wonder ‘When will Ryosuke take his shirt off in a PV…?’ – No joke.

Ray’s Picks

Inoue Mao sheds tears for the victory of Red team on Kohaku – aramatheydidnt
Of course Red won – it’s AKB48’s 2011 and everything went their way.

TVXQ places 1st on ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’s popularity poll – allkpop
Apparently, not everyone received the anti-hallyu movement memo.

Music Is Like Oxygen
CJ of The Groove Music Life is promising an album review every day on his new blog, starting with Whiteberry.

Tatoe Donna ni… – Gold Hikari
Die has a very positive review of this single from Nishino Kana.

[IV]Yuri Hamada ~ Koi Shoujo H – Jappydolls
Not a big favorite, but she’s definitely got talent.

Some Johnny’s Countdown 2011-2012 thoughts – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary Nak covers highlights from the annual idol sausagefest.

Plastic Selection: 2011 in J-Pop – Plastic Candy
Alvy looks back at the year and finds Goto Maki topping several categories.

Plastic Selection: 2011 in K-Pop – Plastic Candy
Alvy looks at the hallyu wavw in detail as well.

FNS Music Festival: Highlights, Pt. 1 – Madara Blog
Madara goes over highlights from this huge early December show, including AKB, EXILE, and Dream Morning Musume

S/mileage New Profile Pictures in their Website!! – Chuu Sugoi Idol
It’s official-official, Maeda is out.

Ueto Aya, HIRO to marry this spring? – Tokyograph
Good lord that HIRO is a lucky fucking bastard.

BoA’s New Year’s resolution is to fall in love – Koreaboo
Why hello, there, BoA!

Gatas Brilhantes Futsal Renews Website & Adds 4 New Members – Hello! SayuNii
Oh wow, I didn’t even realize Gatas were still around. Shows how closely I pay attention…