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2:00 PM on 02.19.2014

The Dose: Atsuko Maeda

Are you bellies full of Valentine's Day candy? Even if that special someone didn't confess their heart to you this year, there's still plenty of love in the in air. All in the form of buying very cheap, marked down candies a...

Hiroko Yamamura


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7:00 PM on 02.08.2014

Shoot zombified AKB48 in new arcade game

Well, this is certainly different. When you think of "AKB48" and "arcade," you'll usually envision some sort of dancing or ParaPara-style machine. Well, you've got the musical portion right with Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Ed...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 PM on 01.20.2014

The Dose: Tomomi Itano

The best things come to those that wait, right? Those who are braving the late night with me are in for a real late night treat with this edition of The Dose. In the past I've been quite critical of Ex-AKB48 member Tomomi It...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 09.11.2013

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

This week we're treated to some fantastic new commercials, courtesy of our friend JPCMHD! Everything is quite upbeat, with party music booming in the air. There's some Perfume, Paris Hilton, and even a cooking bear! Most imp...

Hiroko Yamamura

6:00 PM on 07.12.2013

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

Name: Tomomi ItanoBirthdate: July 3, 1991Hometown: Kanagawa, JapanMeasurements: 76/56/79 cm Hiroko's busy with some unexpected business, so she has left me in charge of Idol of the Week again. In a random occurrence of fate, ...

Salvador G Rodiles

10:00 AM on 06.25.2013

A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

I totally forgot to enter the contest to be in this new video. Oh well, you don't want me upstaging Tomo-chin after all. It looks like things are moving ahead with Tomomi Itano's graduation from AKB48, and things are looking...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 06.17.2013

Can you dance your way onto Tomomi Itano's new video?

Now that Obachaaan have kicked AKB48 out of the top spot as top idol group, there seems to be less and less reasons to like them. In all seriousness though, given the recent scandals, as well as top members Mariko Shinoda an...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:25 AM on 03.20.2013

A Daily Dose of Music: Minami Takahashi

It's your Daily Dose of Music, everyone, and today we have for you Minami "Takamina" Takahashi, striking out on her own for the first time in her debut single, "Jane Doe". To be perfectly frank I haven't been completely floo...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 03.01.2013

I called it: AKB rage video a hoax

Remember when that one AKB48 fan seemed to go a little bit crazy in video format at the news of Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi's alleged indiscretions? Back in that post, I wrote that I "sincerely hope that this an attempt to paro...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 02.09.2013

I really hope this Wota's reaction to AKB48 is a joke

Unsurprisingly, the rain of "scandals" continues to pour on AKB48, this time due to Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi having the temerity to attend a group party with *gasp* men in it, just days after the now-infamous "Mii-chan Affai...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 02.03.2013

AKB48's manager responds to Minami Minegishi scandal

An eventful week for idol megagroup AKB48 continues. In case you haven't been following, Minami "Mii-chan" Minegishi was humiliated in rather medieval fashion for reasons that no one should ever have cause to feel ashamed abo...

Josh Tolentino





4:00 PM on 02.01.2013

AKB's Minami Minegishi humiliated for being a human being

[Update: The apology video has been removed following an official response by AKB management. An English-translated transcript of Minegishi's statement is available at the bottom of this post.] Ah, an "Oh, Japan" moment. ...

Josh Tolentino