Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – March 14th, 2012

Ray’s Picks

SMAP’s Takuya Kimura caught speeding twice – MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch
I joked about this with my wife, but she got all serious and wanted to know how fast he went and how long. So I guess it IS a big deal for Japanese citizens.

Introducing… The Yamashita Brothers – Never Ending Music Power
Thennary profiles these former Johnny’s Juniors and their career trajectory.

In the never ending fanfic known as Jin’s life – Japanese Entertainment Rumors
Nothing like impending fatherhood to change a person’s attitude.

Guess what? H!P’s company isn’t poor, it’s just cheap! – aramatheydidnt
Now fans don’t have to worry about H!P going under, just H!P downsizing for the sake of greater profit.

Shinoda Mariko Will Be a Seiyuu for Kami Usagi Rope Movie – MELOS no Michi
Because being a seiyuu for the AKB anime would be too obvious…

SDN48’s Final Single Reaches New Heights on Oricon Weekly Charts – aramatheydidnt
Good news even as the final bad news looms nearer.

After School releases first full Japanese album, “Playgirlz” – Koreaboo
I never got into their Japanese activities, but I’m still happy to see this.

Hump Day Eye Candy Extravaganza – Your Opinion Doesn’t Count
“Drill me” takes on a different connotation here.

Maybe I’m just a massive prude but… well one of… – Idols and Hollywood
A response to that candy-swapping kiss promo.

AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and Club Activities – MELOS no Michi
Next: homeroom assignments and detention.

Because You Were There for Me: Sashihara Rino – MELOS no Michi
She’s insulted by both Aki-P and her grandma in this article.

Anna Tsuchiya- “Is the Love?” clip – Neaux Clicked on It
She is looking so damn beautiful here! Wow!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu- “Candy Candy” PV – Neaux Clicked on It
In America, she’d be a postmodern installation artist at the SFMOMA. In Japan she’s a pop star.

Hallyu Hits Pyongyang – Seoulbeats
Shades of Nancy Sinatra!

Big Comic Spirits No.14 [2012] – Jappydolls
This is an all-Mayuyu file for you AKB fans out there!