Idols

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... read feature

Blow off photo
Blow off

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing


Mmmmm cicada
May 13
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? read
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
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... read
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
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Anna Konno


Remember what warmth was like?
Feb 20
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... read
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
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... read
Pottya photo
Pottya

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan


They ain't heavy, they're my idols!
Jan 22
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige


I can not get enough
Dec 05
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Halloween treats look so sweet
Nov 21
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei


Swagger
Nov 14
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako


Them eyes
Nov 07
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... read
Daily Dose photo
Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols


Let's Contribute!
Nov 03
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... read
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... read feature

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Ai love you
Oct 31
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... read
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... read feature

Morning Musume photo
Morning Musume

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday


Long tradition with new branding
Oct 04
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. read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima


AKB48 scores an A+
Sep 12
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... read
Smash Bros 3DS photo
Smash Bros 3DS

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt


48 New Challengers Appear!
Sep 08
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 ... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige


Good morning to you
Aug 22
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi


Enticing eyes
Aug 01
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 ... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako


She looks like a snacker
Jul 11
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? read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano


The queen of duckface!
Jul 04
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... read
AKB48 photo
AKB48

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend


I wouldn't want to do it
Jul 02
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki


Girl. how I've missed you
Jun 27
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... read
Perfume photo
Perfume

Perfume are finally coming to the US!


Am I dreaming?
Jun 25
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 ... read
Daily Dose photo
Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Especia


Cuts, cuts, and more cuts.
Jun 18
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. read
BABYMETAL photo
BABYMETAL

BABYMETAL is coming to LA


Prepare for scorched Earth and adorable dancing.
Jun 17
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... read
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


The return of the queen!
Jun 13
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,... read
WUG! photo
Let's hear it for Hiro, Yamakan and the Wake Up Girls!
Anime Central and Crunchyroll teamed up over the weekend and brought to the USA the anime-idol group Wake Up, Girls! I am more than excited to be able to cover them over the weekend and attend some of their events. Below... read feature

Morning Musume '14 photo
Morning Musume '14

Morning Musume '14 is coming to NY in October '14


Coming Fall '14
May 05
Idols, while a huge part of the music and marketing culture in Japan, is incredibly niche overseas, making it hard for even the biggest acts to justify coming stateside for concerts. Morning Musume, despite it's deep history ... read
Idol Girlfriend photo
Idol Girlfriend

Breakout idol Kanna Hashimoto now powers mobile game girlfriend


The cutest idol, now your girlfriend (beta)
May 01
The Japanese mobile game Girlfriend (Beta) has an all-star seiyuu cast and launched late last year. It accidentally fueled a meme earlier this year, when veteran voice actress Sakura Tange's French-named character crunched o... read
ACEN photo
ACEN

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central


And with Yamakan too!
Apr 14
Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres... read
Crimea photo
Crimea

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied


She seems to be taking it well
Mar 29
Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ... read
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2014 JSDF calendar will recruit you with cuteness


Maybe this will be even more successful than moe mascots
Mar 01
What's a better recruitment tool than cute girls? Japan's last recruitment tool, moe mascots for the JSDF, saw recruitment numbers rise by 20%, so why not try real girls? The 2014 JSDF calendar features models posing in unifo... read
Video Games photo
Video Games

Are you lady?! New Idolmaster: All For One details


Changing the world one song at a time
Feb 21
I'm a secret Idolmaster fan. Ok, maybe it's not so secret since I'm publishing that fact on the internet, but oh well. The reality is that I'm pretty excited for the new PS3 game, The Idolmaster: All For One. Players wil... read
Kana Hanazawa photo
Kana Hanazawa

Kana Hanazawa says 'no boys allowed' for meet & greet


Tokyo event to feature live shows and interviews
Feb 06
Sorry guys, you're going to have to sit this one out in the cold. Kana Hanazawa's next meet and greet event is going to be a girls-only affair. The event, dubbed Kana Matsuri, will feature a meet and greet, live performance, ... read
Utada Hikaru photo
Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru to tie the knot


I thought we had a thing going Hikki
Feb 04
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have your still beating hearts ripped directly from your chest. The lovely Utada Hikaru is soon to be off the market, again. Yesterday, Hikki took to her website and announced to her fans that... read
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance


Who said Beyond the Boundary was pointless?
Feb 01
Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that inciden... read
Wake Up, Girls! photo
Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls! PV clips show idols in the flesh


There is nothing meta about these videos
Jan 24
The seven girls of Wake Up, Girls! anime are an unusual representation of their real idol selves as the group Wake Up, Girls! It's got this interesting gap going when the anime and the idol group is made in twain, one based ... read
WUG photo
Yamakan saves idol anime
When critic and director Yutaka Yamamoto announced that his next work would involve an idol group made up of girls from the Tohoku region, it was easy to be skeptical and make a face; I know I did. Given his outspoken and oft... read feature







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