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30+ Additional Items Listed for the International Wota Charity Auction

We’re back with another set of items to raise funds to help the Japan relief effort! Again, bids are limited to people from the USA and Canada.

This batch of items have been donated from MorningBerryz of モーニングBerryz48, Greg of Selective Hearing, Ron of Idol Eyes, Amy of International Wota and Ray of American Wota.

There are some gems in this set which will be highlighted in the upcoming days, and remember that 100% of proceeds are going to the American Red Cross for Japan. For now, check out the main auction page to see the listing of all items. The auctions end on Tuesday, April 26th at 9 pm Eastern time.

Happy bidding!!

Celebrating 10 years of Ayaya

A Decade of Matsuura Aya (Nights4Blogging)

April 11th marked the 10 year anniversary of Matsuura Aya’s debut release and Nights4Saturn celebrated it… with a tribute to the CRT TVs shown in the the Doki Doki Love Mail PV… In addition to that, he links to his post from last year when he celebrated Aya’s 9th anniversary, with a nice look at the PV and how even though Aya’s debut single isn’t his favourite, the PV has always made this song stand out in his mind.

As Nights4Saturn says, it really is amazing to see how much Aya has matured over the years. It’s crazy to think 10 years have passed already…. And another special 10 year anniversary is coming up this August too…

Shirow Gets Philosophical on Your Arse

Why Should We Care About Morning Musume? (Wotaku Now!)

Shirow’s in a bind here. He’s trying to figure out why, if there is a reason in the first place, should we, idol fans/wota/whatever the hell you want to call us, care about Morning Musume. I’m pretty sure for many of you, your interest in Morning Musume has been like his, a roller coaster, increasing and decreasing, with the change of members and musical styles. He talks about his own feelings regarding this and even ‘get[s] philosophical on your arse’, ending the post with a review of their latest PV. Can you handle (what he considers to be) the truth?

Celestia counts the most performed MM songs

Most Performed Morning Musume songs (Bikkuri Project)

Remember back in 2007 when Morning Musume was taking every possible inkling of a chance to perform Love Machine? Remember wanting to claw your ears out if you had to hear Nacchi shout “dancin all of the night” one more time? There’s a reason we all got so tired of that song. According to Celestia’s count in her latest post, Love Machine is the second-most performed Morning Musume song. So if Love Machine is only #2, can you guess which song made it to #1?

Another Set of Items Added to the Auction

We’ve got a 3rd set of items which have been added to the auction. This time, johpan of johpanOnline and CK of Chuo Dori have donated the items. If you’re a fan of Perfume, AKB48, Porno Graffiti or Morning Musume, there may be something here for you! So check out the central auction page for the full listing of auction items.

Also, it was brought to our attention that Canadian bidders have not been able to submit bids. We have fixed the issue, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. So Canadians, if there was something you tried to bid on and were unable to, try again! If you come across any issues, please send us an e-mail at admins[at] So far, all the auctions are limited to North America. We will only honour bids from Canada and the United States.

Just a reminder: the first batch of auction items will be ending today (April 1st) at 9 pm EDT.

New Items Added to the IW Charity Auction

Additional items have been added to the IW Charity auction, donated by Pata of Delicious Cake Project and Kimitsu of 無礼講⇒ナイト. A number of photobooks (Hello! Project, AKB, and other J-pop) and various merchandise from groups like AAA and w-inds are now up for auction. The auctions of items added today end on Apr 4th at 9pm EDT.

Check out the central auction page for the full listing of auction items.

Happy bidding!

New Release Dates for Postponed Releases

Hello! Project Delayed Releases (Pure Idol Heart)
SDN48:“Ai, Juseyo” Release Postponed

It looks like most of the releases which were set for March 23rd have been rescheduled for April 6th. Included in that bunch is the debut single for Morning Musume’s 9th generation and SDN48’s major debut single.

The other releases listed which had original release dates near the end of March and start of April have been rescheduled for release by April 27 at the latest.

Nostalgia Strikes Again

ANIMUSIC (Plastic Candy)

Ah, nostalgia. It can drive you to do crazy things. Like rewatching the whole series of Cardcaptor Sakura (aka Cardcaptors). Which is what Alzy did one summer (… as I have done once also. DON’T JUDGE ME). But there will always be a special place in my heart for anime theme music. After all, it is what made me a J-pop fan in the first place.

Idoling!!!’s “Yarakai Heart” Leaves Dae Looking for More

“Yarakai Heart”: The Heart-making Industry is Booming. (New School Kaidan)

Daw Lee is a fan of Idoling!!!’s variety show but finds their music lacking. With the announcement of their latest release “Yarakai Heart”, he held out hope that maybe this would be the release that would break his disappointment with their music. However, it looks like he’s been disappointed yet again.

I don’t follow Idoling!!! so I can’t make any observations comparing this release to their previous ones, but I can see where Dae is coming from in his complaints. From the song, to the camera shots to the choreography, while not terrible, he feels it’s missing something that could make it great. I wonder what other Idoling!!! fans out there think…

Also, please note that New School Kaidan was formerly Japancast Academy. Along with the name change, they’re at a new address, so if you’ve followed them in the past or want to start following them now, take note of their new url of

Maasa’s new movie is out!

Light Novel no Tanoshii Kakikata Released! (The Church of Maasa)

Normally I support the separation of Church and State (although I suppose that since International Wota is more of an oligarchy, that doesn’t matter). However, the favor of the Church of Maasa is never a bad thing to possess, so it is with a happy heart that I present this post. With their Goddess’s new movie coming out, the Church is understandably in a bit of a flutter. The movie was something of a success in Japan. Perhaps the Church will see a rise in membership soon? Time to dust off your ceremonial hapi, folks!

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