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Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Beach time!
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai ShinozakiBirthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!

Japanator Interviews: Cristina Vee

Jun 17 // Anthony Redgrave
Japanator - How many times do your friends pester you for impersonations of their favourite character? Cristina - My immediate friends don't really ask me for impersonations, but I usually force them on them anyway! The worst is actually at conventions; I've been asked multiple times at panels to give a sample of Riven or Homura Akemi and their response after the fact is sometimes "....pretty close", or "....that was okay". It's hard to maintain a voice after air travel and speaking all weekend, haha! Japanator - Out of all the characters you have played from anime and video games; which one had been the most interesting to get into the mind set of? Cristina - If you take a look at my resume, you might notice a trend. Many of my characters are emotionally damaged or just completely broken. It's awesome. I really loved voicing Homura Akemi in Madoka because of everything she goes through. I don't think I've seen a character as well developed as her in the last ten years of anime. That being said, I really enjoy completely throwing myself off the deep end. I voiced Four in Drakengard 3 and I had such a blast because she is completely nuts. She is past the point of redemption. Japanator - Veecaloid Pop is a game that was made for you Cristina, is this a rarity, or do you get a lot of fan made games? Cristina - I don't know of any other voice actors who have their own video game-- correct me if I'm wrong! I feel so lucky to have the amazing, talented friends who put me in this unique position. Adam Tierney, James Montangna, Lindsay Collins, and Andrew Lim are as passionate about games, art, and music as they come. Japanator - Will we see a duet between Cristina Veecaloid and Milky in the near future? Cristina - I think a duet might be crossing the streams a little too much! Milky's next single is coming along beautifully though. I'll give you one hint: it's about corgis. Japanator - Which one would you rather be in real life: a cosmic idol or a magical girl (sans contract of course!)?  Cristina - I think it's very telling about my personality that I became a voice actor. I don't really enjoy being in the limelight, but I love being part of a team and making an impact. I'm going to go with magical girl! I'm thinking more along the lines of Sailor Moon and not Madoka Magica. I'd love to save the world without the mental anguish, thank you very much!   How many times do your friends pester you for impersonations of their favourite character?
Cristina Vee Interview photo
Voice Idol, Game Star
Cristina Vee is becoming one of the most prolific voice actresses in the English dub anime industry. Her sweet vocals can be heard in K-On giving life to the scaredy cat bassist, or as the hot-tempered shrine maiden Sail...

Japanator Interviews: SCANDAL

May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura
SCANDAL interview photo
OMG it's Rina!
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi...


Blow off photo
Blow off

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing


Mmmmm cicada
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oshima Ryoka and Mogi Shinobu of AKB48  faced off during a new episode of AKBINGO! This time, it was their cheeks, lungs and taste for insects that was put to the test! Which gal was better at blowing! Who enjoys the crunch of flying protein?
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit t...
Omega Quintet photo
Omega Quintet

Omega Quintet's latest English trailer has dancing idols


A.k.a. Momoiro Clover Z the Video Game
Mar 26
// Salvador GRodiles
Alright, people; Spring's around the corner and it's time to look at Idea Factory International's most recent trailer for Omega Quintet, Compile Heart's PS4 title where you battle the forces of evil with an idol group. While...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Anna Konno


Remember what warmth was like?
Feb 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Anna Konno Birthdate: June 15, 1989 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 86/69/83 cm  Do you guys remember the legend of this thing called the sun? I heard it provided warmth to humans. I had even heard a sil...
Wota Senshi Center photo
Wota Senshi Center

Wota Senshi Center features an idol group-themed costumed hero


Tokusatsu is about to be revolutionized, people!
Feb 05
// Salvador GRodiles
I may not be a huge fan of idol groups around these parts, but I'm always interested in mediums that love to try something different. In this case, Garage Hero's Daryl Deloreyes is creating his own tokusatsu project called Wo...
Pottya photo
Pottya

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan


They ain't heavy, they're my idols!
Jan 22
// Josh Tolentino
Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P♡ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige


I can not get enough
Dec 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sayumi Michishige Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan Measurements: 87/58/86 cm  So the doe eyed beauty, Sayumi Michishige is Momusu no more. She finally graduated the band after having the longes...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Halloween treats look so sweet
Nov 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei


Swagger
Nov 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Miwako Kakei Birthdate: March, 6, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 89/60/60 cm  So snow is finally starting to fall in my current hometown of Chicago. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! What gives...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako


Them eyes
Nov 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sano Hinako Birthdate: October 13, 1994 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 84/51/87 cm  Gracing the pages of Japanator this week is fan favorite, Sano Hinako. The gorgeous and talented actress has some new photos...
Daily Dose photo
Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols


Let's Contribute!
Nov 03
// Josh Tolentino
Hey! Are you making a videogame or anime? Then you need idols! That's the hot stuff now, be it an idol character, an idol sequence, or a licensed song from some idols or done in idol style. Idols! And it doesn't matter if yo...

Morning Musume '14 in NYC

Nov 03 // Jeff Chuang
The nine girls of Morning Musume '14, however, are the centerpiece of the NYC show. The brisk afternoon air in the city did nothing to deter fans from lining up at the venue first thing in the morning. As a part of Sayumi Michishige's graduation tour, fans organized pink glowsticks and gave them to concert goers, making sure to blanket the typically lights-free American concert crowd in pink when the graduating idol steps up for her solo. The show started pretty much on time as Japanese pop acts tend to be. While the venue did not sell out, itt was packed and the merch table drew long lines. If anything, many of the fans in attendence are pretty hardcore and it's definitely a crowd that is ready for the show, launching straight into calls and all kinds of excited movements. The girls performed more or less continuously, showing off both the dancing and singing skills that represents one of Japan's foremost idol act. The dancing was compact and impactful, and with songs like "TIKI BUN" the opening sets were particularly memorable and brings up an up-to-date image of Morning Musume '14 compared to the same namesake so many years ago that probably lingers in the popular consciousness. Of course, Morning Musume '14 also busted out their updated versions of Morning Musume classics such as "Love Machine" and "Renai Revolution 21" that got the whole crowd going. The set was paced well, with a good mix of fast and slow songs that can both charm a group of fans as well as introduce the fresh faces of MM '14 to people who only find the group name (and perhaps Michishige) familiar. I have to mention the present of King Blades, because it just makes this live show that much more authentic Japanese. These color-changeable light sticks run on AAA batteries and they are ubiquitous in Japan's otaku lives. Idol lives necessarily mean doing calls (coordinated hand movements, dancing and yelling), and it's quite a sight to see much of the crowd armed with lights, on US soil, both Japanese fans and otherwise. The glowsticks are a key part of that idol otaku identity and this is probably the one US show that I've seen with the most of these, per capita. As someone who doesn't follow Japanese idol acts, seeing Morning Musume '14 is still like scratching an item off of my bucket list because they are ensconced in Japanese pop culture. It's extra special to be a part of their US tour and see the fan turn out.  You can see the set list below. 1. ONE TWO THREE2. Help me!!3. Wagamamaki no mama..MC4. TIKI BUN5. Wakuteka Take a Chance6. The Matenrou Show7. BrainstormingMC8. I Wish9. Lalala no Pipipi10. Shabondama11. Kimagure Princess12. Souda! We are Alive!13. LOVE Machine14. The Peace!15. Renai Revolution 2116. Password is 0MC17. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai18. What Is LOVE ?ENCORE19. Toki wo Koe Sora wo KoeMC20. Happy Daisakusen 1. ONE TWO THREE 2. Help me!! 3. Wagamamaki no mama.. MC 4. TIKI BUN 5. Wakuteka Take a Chance 6. The Matenrou Show 7. Brainstorming MC 8. I Wish 9. Lalala no Pipipi 10. Shabondama 11. Kimagure Princess 12. Souda! We are Alive! 13. Love Machine 14. The Peace! 15. Renai Revolution 21 16. Password is 0 MC 17. Kimi no Kawari wa 18. WHAT IS LOVE ? ENCORE 19. Toki wo koe Sora wo koe MC 20. HAPPY DAISAKUSEN
Morning Musume photo
East coast wotas and idols finally meet
At their show in New York City's Best Buy Theater earlier this month, Morning Musume '14 brought not only their glamorous selves to the Big Apple, but droves of fans all across America. There are even travelers from up Canada...

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Ai love you
Oct 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  When I haven't done Idol of the Week for a while I start to feel bad about depriving my dear friends of the lovely comp...
Morning Musume  photo
We have a final quick chat with the lovely Sayumi Michishige
After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have ab...

Morning Musume photo
Morning Musume

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday


Long tradition with new branding
Oct 04
// Jeff Chuang
Morning Musume changed their name this year into Morning Musume '14. I'm not 100% sure what that really means for the flagship idol group of Hello! Project, but they're having a concert in NYC's Best Buy Theater on Sunday, October 5th. You can get tickets here and partake their first live in New York. We'll be there to take a look.
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima


AKB48 scores an A+
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Haruna Kojima Birthdate: April 19th, 1988 Hometown: Saitama, Japan Measurements: 80/60/86 cm  There a few things that you can count on in life. Death, taxes, and that AKB48 will continue showcasing s...
Smash Bros 3DS photo
Smash Bros 3DS

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt


48 New Challengers Appear!
Sep 08
// Josh Tolentino
Nintendo's been ramping up the hype train for its next Super Smash Brothers game, and in Japan, that means getting AKB48 involved, naturally.  It's a good thing that one of the key features of the upcoming 3DS and ...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige


Good morning to you
Aug 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sayumi Michishige  Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan   Measurements: 87/58/86 cm   This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayu...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi


Enticing eyes
Aug 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Asuka Kishi Birthdate: November 4th, 1991 Hometown: Osaka, Japan Measurements: 90/58/88 cm  I actually know very little about this week's idol, Asuka Kishi. When I was looking online for the gal who ...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako


She looks like a snacker
Jul 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sano HinakoBirthdate: October 13, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, JapanMeasurements: 84/51/87 cm  This week's amazing idol is talented actress an model Sano Hinako. She's sporting a killer smile and lips that just don't quit. She's a super charming babe, that I would share a meal with anytime. However I just have to ask. What's with the knit hat in the tropical pictures? Is that a thing now?
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano


The queen of duckface!
Jul 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Tomomi Itano Birthdate: July 3, 1991 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 76/56/79 cm  While she may not be tearing up the stage as a member of AKB48 anymore, the always adorable Tomochin is enjoying a hugely su...
AKB48 photo
AKB48

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend


I wouldn't want to do it
Jul 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki


Girl. how I've missed you
Jun 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Risa Yoshiki Birthdate: July 27, 1987 Hometown: Chiba, Japan Measurements: 80/59/88 cm  Since we're only on our second week of seeing amazing gravure idols from Japan, I thin it's best that we visit with some of...
Perfume photo
Perfume

Perfume are finally coming to the US!


Am I dreaming?
Jun 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
I can't believe it. This year is freaking amazing for fans of Japanese pop music. First, we have the return of May'N at the J-Pop Festival in San Francisco. Next, we find out out the pint-sized head bangers of BABYMETAL are ...
Daily Dose photo
Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Especia


Cuts, cuts, and more cuts.
Jun 18
// Dae Lee
If you haven't noticed, the 80's is back in full swing in Japan -- whether the artists can effectively emulate the era or not. One pop group that is embracing the blown-out campiness of the era is Especia, as evidenced in this PV for No1 Sweeper.
BABYMETAL photo
BABYMETAL

BABYMETAL is coming to LA


Prepare for scorched Earth and adorable dancing.
Jun 17
// Dae Lee
When BABYMETAL announced its world tour this year, I was severely disappointed that the US was not listed in the schedule. But lo and behold, we just got breaking news tonight that BABYMETAL will be reigning its particular br...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


The return of the queen!
Jun 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm The fact that Ai Shinozaki has decided to show her adorable face as well as other assets around here can mean only one thing,...

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