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Get your idols-and-murder fix with AKB48's Hulu horror show

If your life has been lacking in sugar sweet pop idols, as well as chilling doses of horror and/or murder, a recent announcement by Hulu might be the one magic bullet to take down both your problems. Indeed, the streaming service has p...

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Alodia and AKB48 jam in Manila's Cool Japan Festival 2015

Last November 7 and 8, Team 8 of popular Japanese idol group AKB48 visited Manila, Philippines to perform in Cool Japan Festival 2015. Joining them is idol group AkiShibu along with popular Japanese pop culture-related personalities such a...

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AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing

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 ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

It's back to the dance-floor for ex-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano. The amazingly catchy tune definitely has some K-Pop vibes going on, but still manages to features Tomo-chin's cute energy and inexplicable presence. The message is clear in thi...

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A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48 Team Surprise

After the last few line-up changes, my interest in AKB48 really took a nose dive. Once the ladies who I grew to love moved on, my interest in the super ground slowly dropped off. Well, to my surprise, the AKB48 sub group, AKB48 Team Surpri...

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Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima

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 some of the most...

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Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

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 Wii U game is t...

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AKB48's Tomomi Itano joins San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

If for some reason you've had second thought about attending next week's J-Pop Summit in San Francisco next week, this should push you over the edge. The former AKB48 duck-face diva and mega pop-star Tomomi Itano now joins the line-up, whi...

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Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

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 successful solo c...

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AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

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 to deal with ove...

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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 and chocolate fr...

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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 Edition. Yep, you...

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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 Itano at times. H...

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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 importantly three'...

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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, my privilege ha...

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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 solid. When I ...

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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 and Tomomi Itano ...

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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 floored yet by the ...

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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 parody the hardest-...


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 Affair". To be fair,...


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 about. Naturally, ...


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. Or rather, an ...


Atsuko Maeda gets terrorized in The Complex

Former AKB48 leader, Atsuko Maeda returns to the big screen with the upcoming horror flick, The Complex. The new teaser doesn't tell us too much, but from what I know the story revolves around Acchan's character, Asuka moving into a haunte...


Idol of the Week: Mayu Watanabe

Name: Mayu WatanabeBirthdate: March 26, 1994Hometown: Saitama, JapanMeasurements: 71/55/82 cm  Did you get what you wanted from Santa this year? Perhaps you actually wanted Santa for Christmas? I think we'd all say that was true if San...


A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48

AKB48 are back, and this time we have a winner! There seems to always be plenty of AKB48 videos to wade through, but every once in a while, a fantastic video makes it through. It's official Yuko Oshima, is the new capta...


20: BINGO movie trailer features Don and AKB48's Sakiko

As silly as it sounds to make a movie based off the game of Bingo, the BINGO movie takes the basic concept of Bingo and uses it as a means to execute prisoners. In order to make these deaths interesting, the families of the prisoners are t...


Take that, Hollywood: AKB48 performs Wreck-It-Ralph theme

Now here's a bit of a weird, or at least uncommon occurrence. Idol horde AKB48, a group I figured only otaku would know of in North America, has been tapped to perform a song for the Hollywood movie Wreck-It-Ralph, which frankly is no otaku...


Acchan adds star power to the new Toyota Doraemon ad

The Toyota ads featuring real world actors as famous Doraemon characters, has just added another superstar to their line-up. Former AKB48 front woman, Atsuko Maeda takes on the role of Jaiko, alongside Naoya Ogwa and Jean Re...


It's All Over: AKB0048 getting a game version

This is it, people. If there was ever a sign that human civilization was approaching some kind of cultural singularity, past which everything just implodes onto itself, this is one of them. AKB0048 is getting a game, the hilariously ti...


Wot(a) time: Google+, YouTube stream Acchan's graduation

It may only be August, but for Wota, it's graduation time! Unfortunately for some, the "graduation" in question isn't so much "graduating" from idol obsession, but a celebration of an idol's going solo. The celebrant? Atsuko Maeda -also kno...


A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48

It's so hard to say goodbye... The time has finally come for Atsuko Maeda to graduate from the J-Pop supergroup, AKB48. Acchan has always been such a focal point of the group, however I'm sure she will prosper in her already blooming ...


AKB0048 graced with second season in 2013

AKB0048 is one of the kind of ridiculous concept you'd hear of in the 80s, like fusing Gem with G.I. Joe. Fans of thinly veiled propaganda anime will be pleased to know that a second season is in the works, as announced by the above image s...


Well, this AKB48 game is just sad

Really, Nintendo and Kadokawa Games? This is the best you can do for AKB48? And to think that way back at the beginning of the season I was worried that the AKB48 anime would end up a cheap cash-in. Seems that judgment falls to this 3DS-bou...


A Winner Is Yu(ko): Yuko Oshima wins AKB48 Election

Rejoice, Yuko wotaku! Your queen has returned to the throne! That is, it would be a throne if monarchies were democracies. Perhaps it's more apropos to say that Yuko "Yuuko" Oshima of Team K has carried the vote, taking the top spot in the ...


Election Year: Google+ to broadcast AKB48 Election Live

Want to watch some nerd event that's NOT somehow related to E3 this week? Are you an idol fan (or planning to become one)? Japan and Google have just the thing for you! This Wednesday, June 6th, they'll be livestreaming the 4th AKB48 Genera...


Idol of the Week: Mariko Shinoda

Name: Mariko Shinoda Birthdate: March 11, 1986 Hometown: Fukuoka Japan Measurements: 83/57/86 cm AKB48 superstar, and super sexy diva, Mariko Shinoda is back with a hot new pictorial. Besides being my favorite member of team A, she has...


First Impressions: AKB0048

It took me three episodes of watching, but I think I finally have a proper handle on how to approach AKB0048, and for a viewer in my position, I've found that it's best not to see this as what it is: an animated, kitchen-sink sales pitch fo...


Candy ad comes under fire for controversial AKB48 kiss

A recent ad for Pucchu candy featuring AKB48 has caught the eye of the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization, a Japanese broadcasting standards group. They claim the ad, which depicts members of AKB48 passing a piece of c...


A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48

What? Where have I been? Don't worry about that! How about a hot new AKB48 video to distract that thought! This time the video for Manatsu no Sounds Good! features a whopping 36 girl line-up! An AKB48 record! All teams report! The video is...


A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

AkB48's sexy siren and Queen of the duckface us back with her newest video, Clone. It's a fun track with plenty of sexy shots of Tomochin. She even gets to flex her special brand od funky English. There is also what looks to be like a lot o...


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