It Has to be Said…

10 10 2012

I’m sure at some point over the past several weeks you guys have seen the songs released by “AKB48 Team Surprise” which is a shuffle of the members for a new single each week.  I’m not sure how long it’s going on for, it reminds me of Koda Kumi’s 12 singles in 12 weeks back in 2005/2006, so maybe it’s for 12 weeks.  I forgot, to be honest.

It started off pretty well.  “Jyuryoku Sympathy” is pretty catchy.  Has Acchan.  Not a lot to complain about there.  Typical AKB48 and a nice way to ease us out of Acchan.   Read the rest of this entry »





°C-ute’s Done it Again

12 09 2012

With their last single, °C-ute proved that a (not so) little bit of good marketing can go a long way with sales figures.  Now with their latest single, Aitai Aitai Aitai na, they’ve proven that that and an above average song can go even further.  In their first week of sales, they’ve broken their own personal record again by selling 46,827 copies, placing 4th on the Oricon charts just below AKB48!! These first-week sales are more than Kimi wa Jitensha, Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku sold all together, making this single their all-time best-seller in one week.  Now I’m even more excited to see what °C-ute has coming for us.

And hey, I think Tsunku might finally be getting the hang of this producing thing for the first time since 2004 this year!  And maybe for the first time ever, UFA is learning how to manage and market! Whaaaaaaaat?!





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 »





AKB48’s “Yume no Kawa” MV

18 08 2012

Ah, it’s finally here…  Maeda Atsuko’s graduation.  In a little over a week, her last single with AKB48, Gingham Check, will  be released.  A PV for one of the songs on the single, “Yume no Kawa” (River of Dreams), has been released.

(Note: this version is slightly pitched up to avoid getting taken down.  It probably will be anyway, so check out the original full PV at Tokyohive.)   Read the rest of this entry »








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