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Chief Producer of NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen explains reasons for dropping artistes

1 Dec

Last year, AKB48 Group had all 4 of their domestic groups appearing in the annual year end show. However, SKE48 and HKT48 were dropped from the lineup for this year. According to an interview with chief producer of the show, he explained “We came to this decision based on 3 factors – the results of this year’s activities, public opinion and performance concept.”

Momoiro Clover Z,also one of the idol groups dropped from this year’s lineup, has since announced their graduation from Kouhaku. “We will in our own way, walk our path with everyone.” They also promised a huge countdown live for this year.

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Reactions from dropped artistes

HKT48 Sashihara Rino on Twitter: “We cried. Just a bit, but it seems like next year will be fun!”
In a followup tweet, she said “It’s frustrating! It seems like fans will just tell us to work hard for next year, but pls don’t (laugh)”

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: “I didn’t make it into the lineup this year, but it’s not the time to be sad! I will work hard.

Nishiuchi Mariya, who had hopes of making her first appearance said: “I’m sorry, it’s frustrating! I had my expectations too high. I will write more songs and open a concert first.”

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SKE48 Oya Masana: “It’s regretful to be dropped, but SKE48 will restart from now.”
SKE48 Matsui Jurina: “I don’t want to SKE48 to shy away from this. Whatever difficulties we face, I want to overcome it with everyone.”

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I thought that NMB48 didn’t deserve to be in the lineup as well, but some reports are saying that they were given the spot thanks to Sayanee singing NHK’s asadora theme song.

 

Performances from Best Artist 2015 and KAT-TUN Taguchi’s shocking announcement

25 Nov

【実況・感想】ベストアーティスト2015

The biggest news of the night: Taguchi Junnosuke announces departure from KAT-TUN and Johnny’s Jimusho. Taguchi says he’s turning 30 soon and this decision was made for the sake of his future.


Taguchi’s announcement

I am just sad that this once-upon-million-selling-group is disintegrating in this manner. 


 

On to the performances…

Johnny’s Family


Hey!Say!JUMP – Kimi Attraction

Arashi – Sakura/Aozora no Shita, Kimi no tonari/ Ai wo Sakebe
Matsumoto is so dorky in this performance and as usual “Ai wo Sakebe” is a godly performance!


Kinki Kids – Yume wo mireba Kizutsuku koto mo aru

V6 – Wait for you/ 20th anniversary medley

Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 1
Kinki Kids 
– Ai no Katamari
Kanjani8 – Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku
Johnny’s WEST – All my love
Hey!Say!JUMP – AinoArika
Arashi – Love so sweet


Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 2
TOKIO – Love you only
KAT-TUN – Kiss Kiss Kiss
Tackey & Tsubasa – Ai ha Takaramono
NEWS – Ai Kotoba
V6 – Ai nanda
I saw Girlschannel users looking forward to NEWS’ “Ai Kotoba” and indeed it’s a GREAT song!


 

LDH Inc.

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness

E-girls – Dance dance dance


 

48/46 Group


AKB48 – 365nichi no Kami Hikouki / Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby
I prefer the Asa ga Kita song over Kuchibiru. Kuchibiru has a good tune, really colorful like what you’d find in a carnival but the lyrics are simpler than simple, and cutesy just doesn’t work for most members now. Quite honestly, i’m cringing whenever Takamina does the winks and pouts.

HKT48 – Shekarashika
NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Mae no Meri
AKB48 – Heavy Rotation


Nogizaka46 – Ima, Hanashitai dare ka ga iru

 

 

Netizens discover signs of Shimazaki Haruka interacting with Johnny’s Junior, Sashihara dating Kisumai Senga?

3 Oct

A couple of other english sites have already translated this…

AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka x Johnny’s Junior Yasui Kentaro interactions on Instagram

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Alleged Yasui Kentaro: Second shot. The height of cuteness
Paruru: I want a child
From Paruru or Yasui(?): No way..lol

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Paruru: Flirt
From Paruru or Yasui(?): I have work LOL


So apparently Johnny’s wotas are angry at Paruru for “fishing” while on medical leave and ousting Yasui’s account. She has since deleted all her posts and locked up her instagram account. Yasui Kentaro on the other hand, will probably suffer some consequences for using SNS.

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HKT48 Sashihara Rino’s couple items with Kis-My-Ft2 Senga sparks dating rumors

1. Pink Bulldog Smartphone Case
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Some questioned if the phone is really hers but she’s actually seen carrying the phone in a recent photo.

2. Kirimi Smartphone Case

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3. Rolex watch captured in Sashihara’s twitter pic(dated September), often seen on Senga.

4. Italian brand shirt

There are a few other allegations which didn’t look convincing enough so i didn’t post here. Netizen reactions in below links.

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[Updated]Performances from Music Station Ultra Fes 2015

24 Sep

Update: Most 48 videos gone but i’ve found alternative sources. Check them out quickly if you haven’t..

This is a special episode to celebrate Music Station’s 30th anniversary. Show was 10hours long and featured many major acts including X Japan, Ayumi Hamasaki, EXILE, 48Group, Johnny’s Family etc.


48/46 Group

Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka
Ikuta Erika wows with her piano solo and opera voice. What a talent wasted as an idol!

HKT48 – Melon Juice
SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald
NMB48 – Nagiichi

AKB48 – Ponytail to Shushu/ Everyday, Kachuusha / Koisuru Fortune Cookie (Kimutaku center)
The biggest winner from this performance is SMAP’s Kimutaku, who was forced into the KFC performance by Sashihara. Despite the annoyance on his face, he performed the full choreography perfectly, impressing netizens with his professionalism.In the end Kimutaku said “Music Station does things like this?”

Other members who attracted most attention tonight…

Many comments from GirlsChannel on Mayuyu’s growing beauty and how she’s shaken off the idol look.


Within 48 fandom, many gushed over cute Paruru’s healthy return to senbatsu. I have to say Paruru’s signature twintails are really cute! Many are calling Payuyu the strongest combi in AKB48.


Johnny’s Family

Johnny’s performances are quite fun this time around as we have live video footage of Arashi from their Miyagi concert, and medleys where the idols are grouped according to their generation. It is quite interesting to see for example, Nishikido Ryo standing next to NEWS, and KAT-TUN performing Real Face with just 4 members. *Heart pinch*

Which Johnny’s generation do you belong to? Mine is Ikemen Generation.


Masahiko Kondo – Gin Gira Gin ni Sarigenaku

Arashi – Hadashi no Mirai/Carnival Night part2/GUTS!


SMAP – Yozora no Mukou /Dear WOMAN / Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana

Boys Generation
Johnny’s WEST – Eejyanaika
A.B.C-Z – Za ABC~5stars~
Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone
Hey!Say!JUMP – Come on a my house

Ikemen Generation
KAT-TUN – Real Face
Kanjank8 –  Zukkoke Otokomichi
NEWS – Chankapana
Tackey & Tsubasa – Venus

Ojisan Generation
Kinki Kids –  Glass no Shounen
V6 – WA ni Natte Odorou
TOKIO – Love you only


LDH Inc.


GENERATIONS – Brave it out
E-girls – Follow me


EXILE – Choo Choo Train/Rising Sun


Sandaime J Soul Brothers – R.Y.U.S.E.I.


Other acts


Fukuyama Masaharu – HELLO / Sakurazaka


Nishino Kana – Darling

Morning Musume ’15 – Love Machine


X Japan – Kurenai / Forever Love
Beautiful performance though i’m not a fan..

L’Arc~en~Ciel – HONEY

Ayumi Hamasaki – A song is born

Fujita Nana becomes new 48Group Janken Queen, gets solo debut!

17 Sep

The 48Group 6th Janken Tournament took place today at Yokohama Arena and AKB48 Team K’s Fujita Nana(18) became the new winner, earning herself a solo debut.

Her final opponent was Nakanishi Chiyori, a member who was transferred from HKT48 to AKB48. They went through 6 rounds of “Scissors, paper, stone” game before Fujita won.

Receiving the trophy, she cried “I did something bad!” Worrying about the sales already, she pleaded “Please buy my CD!”

Besides the audience, her fellow 10th generation members also gave their blessings. Yokoyama Yui said “It’s cool of you to grab a chance like that. I’ll buy 3 copies!” Takahashi Minami said “I’ve never shivered for a long time. Janken is not rigged!”

As per traditions, the coupling song will be performed by No.2~No.16 members, with Nakanishi Chiyori as center.

Rest of members below:
Jonishi Kei(NMB48), Yokoyama Yui(AKB48),Kojima Natsuki(AKB48),Nishino Miki(AKB48), Nomura Ao(AKB48), Sato Kiara(AKB48),Kondo Moeri(AKB48), Fukuoka Seina(AKB48), Yokoshima Aeri(AKB48), Miyabi Lino(AKB48), Kizaki Yuria(AKB48), Abe Mei(AKB48), Aigasa Moe(AKB48), Watanabe Miyuki(NMB48).

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Please check out remaining parts from this uploader’s channel…

AKB48 Group 6th Janken Tournament details and streaming links

14 Sep

The 6th Janken Tournament for 48Group is happening on 16th September 2015 at Yokohama Arena. As usual, the regular members from all sister groups (including NGT48)  will join AKB48 in a game of “Scissors,paper,stone” to compete for a solo debut. If the winner happens to have already made her solo debut, she will have the additional bonus of holding a live concert.

Date: 16 September 2015
Time: 5.30pm ~ 9.30pm (Japan Time)
Streaming Links:

Credit to AKB48 Taiwan Fan Club

Showbiz professionals talk about HKT48 Sashihara Rino’s attitude problems

26 Aug

During the 17th August episode of “UTAGE!”, there were scenes of Watanabe Mayu, Yamamoto Sayaka and Sashihara Rino talking about their graduation plans. Sashihara Rino(22) in particular has also been revealing the same thoughts to various media.

In the 17th August publication of “AERA”, said mentioned “It’s about time. But it’s not a situation where i can easily quit. People who have public recognition are disappearing everyday. I believe i’m one of the recognised ones, so i can’t quit now.”

Sashihara is one member who has been receiving a “gorilla push” since 2009, from her agency Ohta Pro and overall group producer Akimoto Yasushi. However, it was her scandal in 2012 which was the biggest contribution to her fame. Her relationship with a fan in 2012 was exposed by tabloids and she took the responsibility by moving to HKT48. After that, she used the scandal as a stepping stone to getting more exposure in the media.

“The fact that she jokes about her scandal in variety, and its gap from AKB’s most popular position made the media interested. But within these couple of years, people around Sashihara have been voicing their complains,” says one reporter.

“After the Sousenkyo, she skipped an interview with a sports newspaper and went off. The reporter was troubled. But because it was Sashihara, her managers found it difficult to say anything,” says same reporter.

Her “ue kara” attitude applies for TV interviews as well. (“ue kara” ~ diva)

“During the period when AKB was selling well, Maeda Atsuko(24) and Oshima Yuko(26) also had attitude problems towards magazine interviews. However, when it came to TV interviews, both were still conscious of the fact that they were receiving an “opportunity” and responded properly. But Sashihara, as if fearing nothing in this world, showed zero enthusiasm at a certain recording, giving off short responses like ‘yeah’,’yes’ and finally adding a cynical remark ‘by the way, can this really go on air?’ while sniggering away.” – Wide Show Director

About her snobby attitude, the Wide Show Director says “She thinks she’s Akimoto Yasushi’s favorite. People around her probably feel envious?”

In the ending of AERA’s interview, Sashihara apparently mentioned “Actually, i want to test my skills by graduating.” But will she be able to say the same when Akimoto Yasushi and the management drops her from their “favourites” list?

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Meanwhile on GirlsChannel:

[+930] Please do (graduate)
[+1126] Please don’t.She’s ugly unlike the typical idol.
[+806] It’s fine if you quit.
[+791] As if nothing can be established without her. In a way, her way of thinking is sugoi.
[+738] Not everyone recognises you just because you ranked first. Some humility will be good.
[+582] Those who talk about quitting typically don’t.

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Performances from Tokyo Idol Festival 2015

5 Aug

Hailed as the world’s biggest idol festival, the “Tokyo Idol Festival 2015” took place in Odaiba, Tokyo from 1st-2nd August, with 154 idol groups and 51,000 fans in attendance.

There are heaps of performances but i’ll just post perfs from whom i think are popular at the moment…


SKE48
1. Escape
2. 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku!
3. SKE48
4. Hanabi wa Owaranai
5. Gomen ne Summer
6. Mae no Meri
7. Pareo wa Emerald
8. Oki Doki
9. Aishiterabu!
SKE48 performances are always so full of enthusiasm and energy, things that are lacking in AKB48 performances nowadays. I hope this group remains strong when Rena is gone =(


HKT48 
1. Sakura, minna de tabeta
2. Otona ressha
3. Ibiza Girl
4. Rock da yo, Jinsei wa
5. Only you
6. Melon Juice
HKT48’s performances are just duh…….the cover of NMB48’s Ibiza Girl was so lacking!


Super Girls
1. “Max! Otomegokoro / Happy Go Lucky! Hapi Raki de Go!”
2. Icchatte Yacchatte
3. Kira Pure Power
4. Gira gira revolution
I kinda like their new summer release Icchatte Yacchatte..


Denpagumi.Inc
1. Demparade Japan
2. Bali 3 Kyowakoku
3. Future Diver
4. Denden Passion
5. Otsukare Summer
I heard this group is popular globally but ARE YOU SERIOUS?!! O_O

 


Idoling!!! [Disbanding October 2015]
1. Cheering you!!!
2. Summer Lion


Passpo x Fudanjuku
1. Danso Revolution
2. Shoujo Hikou
3. Chenmen Paradise
4. La la love train
5. Taiyou na kimi ga suki

This group is kinda interesting..they are girls who dress like guys and sing from the guy’s point of view…

Performances from FNS Uta no Matsuri 2015

1 Aug

Yet another one of the summer music festivals….i’m tired of posting these since it’s always the same performances from the same people. If i had to pick the one highlight, it’d just be Ohara Sakurako’s “Kimi ga kureta Natsu” which is the theme song for Fuji TV’s drama “Koinaka”.


48/46 Group


AKB48 – Halloween Night


AKB48 – Everyday Kachuusha with exiting members Rena/Kawaei


HKT48 – 12Byou


SKE48 – Mae no Meri


NMB48 – Dorian Shonen


Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock


LDH Inc


EXILE – Rising Sun


EXILE – 24karats Gold Soul


Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness


Noriyuki Makihara x EXILE – Donna toki mo


E-Girls – Anniversary!!


Chisato Moritaka x FLOWER – Jyuunana sai


Johnny’s Family

V6 – Music for the people/Ai nanda
Kanjani8 – Gamushara Koushinkyouku


Kis-My-Ft2 – Kiss damashii


Busaiku – Yacchattta!!


Sexy Zone – Cha Cha Cha Champion


Arashi – Love so sweet


Arashi – Hoshi sora no shita, Kimi no tonari


Hey!Say!JUMP – Chau#


Others:


Leo Ieiri x Ohara Sakurako – Kimi ga Kureta Natsu


Morning Musume ’15 x Funasshi – Renai Revolution 21

Performances from The Music Day Ongaku wa Taiyou da

14 Jul

Yet another music festival! This was broadcasted on 4th July 2015 and lasted around 7 hours. My favourites this time gotta be Kanjani8’s “Wahaha” and Tackey & Tsubasa’s summer medley.


 

Johnny’s Family

Arashi – Love Rainbow/Monster/Ao sora no shita, kimi no tonari


Arashi – Troublemaker


Kinki Kids – Zenbu Dakishimete/Speak Low


KAT-TUN – Keep the faith/Kiss Kiss Kiss


Tackey & Tsubasa – Daki Natsu/Ho! Summer


V6 – Wa ni natte odorou/Music for the people/Darling/Ai nanda/Take me higher/Wait for you


NEWS – Kibou~Yell~/Chumu Chumu


Hey!Say!JUMP – Ride with me/Kira Kira Hikare


Johnny’s WEST – Very Happy


TOKIO – Ririkku/Sorafune


Kanjani8 – Mae Muki Scream/Wahaha


Johnny’s Family Medley


 

48/46 Group 


NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Coquettish Jyuutaichu
HKT48 – 12Byou
AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie


AKB48 – Halloween Night/Heavy Rotation/Aitakatta


Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock


LDH Inc


GENERATIONS – Evergreen


J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness/R.Y.U.S.E.I


EXILE – 24karats GOLD SOUL


EXILE – Rising Sun


E-Girls – Anniversary!!/Gomenasai no Kissing You


Crystal Kay & Flower – Koi ni ochitara


 

Others


Yuzu – Owaranai Uta


Mr Children – Starting Over