Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – January 8th, 2012

Ray’s Picks

The Dream Team Strikes: Dream Morning Musume Releases Shining Butterfly PV – Not Another K-Blog!!!
The mystery of Takahashi Ai’s cameo is solved in this nicely detailed examination.

Dream Morning Musume- Shining Butterfly PV – Chuu Sugoi Idol
Nekomimi likes the line distribution and how Rika doesn’t completely overshadow the others.

Dream Morning Musume’s Shining Butterfly (PV) – The Blogpower!!!
Kath shares her reactions second-by-second as she watches the video.

Dream Morning Musume- “Shining Butterfly” Full PV Released – Hello! SayuNii
ladylibra92 goes over the different versions of the PV and what they offer viewers.

Nogizaka46 Debut Single Senbatsu Announced – MELOS no Michi
I should be excited, but I don’t really know these girls. It’s like AKB all over again.

The Nogizaka46 Senbatsu That Was – New School Kaidan
Garry does an excellent job of explaining how some of this line-up came about from the TV show.

Fantaken Flicks: After School Performing – 2011 MBC Gayo Daejun Part 2 [Jung Ah + Nana ♥] – AfterSchool ❤
I dunno what Jungah whispered to Nana, but it was enough to make her smile.

Top H!p Songs of 2011 Fan Poll: RESULTS! – Bikkuri Project
Celestia not only shares one of her wonderful videos, but the full results of the poll.

Johnny’s Black Sheep, Akanishi Jin – Never Ending Music Power
Mister Eggplant gets the spotlight with this latest entry in NEMP’s History of Johnny’s.

Superman – Gold Hikari
Die loves the A-side and hates the B-side. I’m wondering why Crystal Kay is in her undies for the cover.

Sashihara Rino Solo Debut Announced – MELOS no Michi
Oh man, she’s my favorite member of Momusu’s ninth gen! I can’t wait to hear this!

The Omnipotence of Orange Caramel – Seoulbeats
Not an essay about how Raina once turned water into wine, but of the lost opportunities in OC’s Pan-Asian concept.

Jmovie review: Scabbard Samurai – HamsapSukebe
Akiramike is charmed by this comedy and its premise.

MTV Iggy interviews Hyde about L’Arc~en~Ciel’s 20 years – aramatheydidnt
Hyde says a couple interesting things here, when you get past the rock star boilerplate.

Kikkawa Yuu – “Early Snow” PV Released – Hello! SayuNii
I bet you can run together all of her solo PVs and they’ll just blur into a montage of pleasant pleasantness.

Piggy Dolls releases “What is Love” featuring Simon D – allkpop
I’m not sure if I really care about them anymore, but it’s nice to see they’re still hanging on.