…I did it again, didn’t I?

27 05 2013

Woops.  Looks like I went on another long hiatus unannounced?  At least this one wasn’t a year and a half long? I apologize, friends.  I know I disappointed a lot of people last time and I’m sure I did it again.  I was depressed and shit and blah blah whatever.

Hopefully I can get back into blogging here within the next few weeks.  Really, I just wanted to let you guys know about this research paper I’m working on.  I just transfered to the University of Colorado at Boulder and I’m taking one of those ridiculous 3-week courses.  On the plus side, though, the class is Japanese Pop Culture.  Man, I am learning so much.

But anyway.  My research paper.  I’m writing it on idols.  Particularly, AKB48 and Morning Musume.  Even more particularly, the marketing of these groups towards each male and female fans, both positively and negatively.  I’ve read just about all the scholarship on idols and idol culture at this point.  Seriously, I’ve just learned so much that has shed so much light on issues that I’ve seen us in the English-speaking wotasphere struggle with so long.  We’re taking our Western ideas out of context with a very, very Japanese ideal.  It’s made me reconsider a lot of the things that have sent us all up in arms over the years but seemingly not the Japanese wota.

To keep you interested, I am using Wota in Translation as a primary source.  My professor absolutely loves it.  Henkka, you will be sourced in my research paper.

Anyway again.  I can’t wait to share with you some of what I write (though not all if it unless somehow I get kicked out of school for plagiarizing myself–I’m definitely waiting until I get my final grade).  I know a lot of you will be like “WOAH.  THIS IS SO INTERESTING.”  as I was.  Also, I’m a great academic writer (better than this informal shit if you can believe it </sarcasm>).  I won’t be able to un-realize all that I’ve realized doing my research, either, so my blogging might have a fundamentally different outlook that it did before.

That said,  I still cannot fathom for the life of me either why Tanaka Reina was so popular or why she was considered the perfect Morning Musume member.

That is all friends.

I will see you soon.





I… what… why…?

3 12 2012

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U-Kiss, Stopping Teenage Girls’ Hearts

20 09 2012

U-Kiss has released the “Black&White ver.” of the title song of their new minialbum (out today), “Stop Girl”.  …Yay? Read the rest of this entry »





It’s Heresy, I Know

4 09 2012

A year ago I would have literally shot myself for saying what I’m about to say.  Let me disclaim this by saying I only would want this if Reina was already out of the picture (graduated from Morning Musume).

Guys.  Michishige Sayumi needs to go solo.

I know what you’re thinking: girl can’t sing.  The fuck are you thinking, Tsuki?  No, she can’t sing.  I agree.  But let me have you first listen to the radio rip of her solo song off of Morning Musume’s upcoming 13th album:

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How is this Sexy Love?

2 09 2012

Oh dear God.  What an atrocity to the good name of Kpop.  Guys, I’m going to save you a waste of five minutes of your life that you will never, ever be able to get back.  Don’t bother watching that PV for T-ara’s “Sexy Love.”  Just… don’t.  Read the rest of this entry »





AKB48 (and Friends) Team Shuffle

26 08 2012

At AKB48’s first day of a 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome, the manager of the Theater supposedly shocked everyone, including the members, by announcing the second AKB48 Team Shuffle.  Last time we had a shuffle, it really wasn’t such a huge deal because there weren’t any spin-off/sister groups, nor were there any graduations involved, nor were any of my favorites being shifted around.  I’m a bit grumpy about the changes we’re seeing.   Read the rest of this entry »





℃-ute Aitai Aitai Aitai na Review

16 08 2012

The PV for ℃-ute’s “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” is out!

These girls are like a good wine, they just keep getting better and better over time.  They’re no Berryz, but compared to a year or two ago, this is such a great improvement!  For the most part, I really love this PV!   Read the rest of this entry »








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