Natsumi Hirajima and Rumi Yonezawa leaving the group.

January 28, 2012

It’s a bit much for me to write about and my heart is not in it sorry, just don’t have the time to write about it. Just google it, if interested. Yonechan and Nacchan have resigned from AKB48, due to a scandal. Nacchan has also resign from Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, I’m very sad right now.

I’m very sad about this Yonechan a member I like alot and Nacchan being a 1st Generation member, it may take a while for me to get over this. Since I became an AKB48 fan about a year ago, I think it’s the biggest AKB48 scandal. I don’t know what to think or say, but both girls should have known better. Yonechan writing about breaking up with a boyfriend after 4 years, and looking for a new boyfriend,and a  possible sex friend as well, what was she thinking. Anyways I wish both the Best of Luck. Nacchan has been with AKB48 for more than 6 years, and Yonechan for more than 5 years. I think they’ll miss AKB48, and they’ll be missed.

Nacchan.

Yonechan.

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NMB48 introduces new Team M members.

January 27, 2012

NMB48 new team, Team M.

On January 26, AKB48’s sister group NMB48 which is based in Namba, Osaka. Held a press conference to announced the formation of a new team ‘Team M’, 16 members were chosen from NMB48 Research Students. 14 of 16 new members attended the press conference, Momoka Kinoshita and Keira Yogi couldn’t attend they were sick. It was also announced that Rena Shimada will be Captain for the new team. Team M is NMB48 second team, Team N was formed in March 2011. Surprise it took them this long to form this team.

NMB48 Team M.


AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2012.

January 23, 2012

This is becoming an annual thing, they first did this in 2008. Have done it every year since then, this is a 4 day concert at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Suidobashi. Fans got to vote for the songs they wanted, voting ticket for this was included in there 23rd Single ‘Kaze wa Fuiteiru’. Since I bought each version of the single, I had 2 voting ballots available. I wasn’t able to cast my vote on what song I wanted, it was my fault. I should have check the due date for this or should have voted right away when I got the CD single.

For new AKB48 fans who may not know B5 is Team B 5th stage, A1 Team A 1st stage, S3 is SKE48 Team S 3rd stage, Kll2 SKE48 Team 4 2nd stage, H1 is Himawari gumi 1st stage, etc. Hope that helps.

First Day – January 19, 2012. (100-76).

Opening Act – Nogizaka46 – Kuru kuru Curtin.

100. Theater no Megami (B5)

99. Pajama Drive (B5)

98. Dakishimeraretara (K1)

97. Dear My Teacher (A1)

96. Anata ga ite Kureta Kara (From the Album – SET LIST ~Greatest Songs Kanzenban~)

95. AKB Sanjou! (A5)

94. Higurashi no Koi (H1)

93. Wasshoi E! (E1).

92. High School Days (From the Album – Koko ni Ita Koto (Team Kenkyuusei))

91. Kataomoi no Taikakusen (B4)

90. Seifuku Resistance (K6)

89. To Be Continued (K5)

88. 16 nin Shimai no Uta (K4)

87. Seventeen (from the Album – SET LIST ~Greatest Songs Kanzenban)

86. Nakeru Basho (From the Beginner single, performed by DiVA)

85. Ice no Kuchizuke (From Flying Get single)

84. Hikkoshimashita (K6)

83. First Love (From Namida Surprise single perform by Rena Kato)

82. Iikagenno Susume (From the Album Koko ni Ita Koto)

81. Kimi ni Tsuite (From Beginner single)

80. Blue Rose (K2)

79. Sougen no Kiseki (K3)

78. Nagisa Cherry (A2)

77. Overtake (from the album Koko ni Ita Koto)

76. Koi wo Kataru Shijin ni Narenakute (S3)

Encore :

Lost the Way – DiVA

Mujin-eki – Misaki Iwasa

Flying Get – All Members

Second Day – January 20, 2012. (75-51)

75. 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! (SKE48 4th single)

74. Wagamama Collection (From the Album Koko ni Ita Koto)

73. Tenshi no Shippo (B3)

72. Gomen ne, SUMMER (SKE48 3rd Single)

71. Himawari (H1)

70. Tsundere! (A5)

69. Saishuu Bell ga Naru (K4)

68. Locker Room Boy (B5)

67. Sasae (K5)

66. Kimi no Senaka (From Kaze wa Fuiteiru single)

65. Arashi no Yoru ni wa (B5)

64.Yankee Soul (From Everyday, Kachuusha single)

63. Banzai Venus (SKE48 5th Single)

62. Kanojo ni Naremasuka? (K6)

61. Honest Man (B5)

60. UUHHO UHOHO (K6)

59. RESET (K)

58. Namida Surprise (AKB48 12th Single)

57. Seishun to Kizukanai mama (From Flying Get single)

56. Only Today (A4)

55. Korogaru Ishi ni Nare (K2)

54. RIVER (AKB48 14th Single)

53. Kurumi to Dialogue (From Chance no Junban single – Team A)

52. Chance no Junban (AKB48 19th Single)

51. End Roll (K5)

Encore:

Synchro Tokimeki – Mayu Watanabe.

Kataomoi Finally – SKE48.

Aitakatta (Indonesian Version) – JKT48.

Heavy Rotation – All Members.

Day 3 – January 21, 2012. (50-26)

50. Mammoth (K4)

49. Omoide Ijou (S3)

48. Zannen Shoujo (B4)

47. Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate (B4)

46. Gyakuten Ouji-sama (K6)

45. Ookami to Pride (S3)

44. MARIA (K3)

43. 10nen Zakura (AKB48 11th Single)

42. Dareka no Tame ni ~What can I do for someone?~ (A3)

41. Kuroi Tenshi (A5)

40. Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? (AKB48 6th Single)

39. Pioneer (A6)

38. Temodemo no Namida (B3)

37. Enjou Rosen (A6)

36. Enkyori Poster (From Sakura no Shiori single – Team PB)

35. Shoujotachi yo (from the Album Koko ni Ita Koto)

34. Itoshisa no Accel (A6)

33. Oogoe Diamond (AKB48 10th Single)

32. Candy (B5)

31. Choose me! (From Sakura no Shiori single)

30. Sakura no Ki ni Narou (AKB48 20th Single)

29. Oki Doki (SKE48 7th Single)

28. Junai no Crescendo (A4)

27. Kimi to Boku no Kankei (From the Album Koko ni Ita Koto)

26. Shonichi (B3)

Encore:

Soredemo Suki da yo – Rino Sashihara.

Junjou U-19 – NMB48.

First Rabbit (Title song for “Documentary of AKB48 – Show must go on”).

Everyday, Kachuusha – All Members.

Day 4 – January 22, 2012. (25-1)

25. Ponytail to Shushu (AKB48 16th Single)

24. Kiseki wa maniaeanai (K6)

23. Seishun no Lap Time (From the NMB48 single Zetsumetsu Kurokami)

22. Zetsumetsu Kurokami (NMB48 1st Single)

21. Omatase Set List (Kll3)

20. Mushi no Ballad (K5)

19. Oh my God! (NMB48 2nd Single)

18. Beginner (AKB48 18th Single)

17. Kareha no Station (S3 – Rena Matsui)

16. Pareo wa Emerald (SKE48 6th Single)

15. Heart gata virus (A5)

14. Kuru Kuru paa (K3)

13. Bird (A3)

12. Kimi no koto ga suki dakara (From the AKB48 single RIVER)

11. Iiwake Maybe (AKB48 13th Single)

10. Yokaze no shiwaza (B5)

9. Naki nagara hohoende (K3)

8. Dakishimecha ikenai (From the AKB48 single Flying Get)

7. Kaze wa Fuiteiru (AKB48 23 Single)

6. Itoshiki Natasha (B4)

5. Team B Oshi (B5)

4. Flying Get (AKB48 22nd Single)

3. Kodoku na runner (From the SDN48 single GaGaGa)

2. Everyday, Kachuusha (AKB48 21st Single)

1. Heavy Rotation (AKB48 17th Single). – 2 years in row.

Encore:

GIVE ME FIVE (This is AKB48 25th Single, haven’t seen it. Not sure what this is about, they’re suppose to be playing instruments)

Aitakatta – AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, SDN48.


My Favorite J-pop Idols and J-pop Group.

January 22, 2012

I’m doing this for no apparent reason, except for my own personal records. Something I can look back at, I’ll probably do this twice a year. Now and maybe, at the half way point of the year.

My Top 10 J-pop Idols.

I wasn’t going to add any AKB48 members here, if I did that I would have trouble listing ten names. The ones at number 9 and 10 aren’t really my favorite No. 9 and 10, since I like several AKB48 members more than them. I’m only adding them for variety purposes, let’s just they’re my next favorite non-AKB48 members.

10. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N (Captain)).

I fell in love with her, the first time I saw her.

9. Rena Matsui (SKE48 – Team S).

There was a time when the only reason I like Rena, was because I hated Jurina (about the first 2 months). I like Jurina now in fact I like her alot, the more I like Jurina the more I’m liking Rena. I don’t think she has anything special, but just something about her. That attracts me to her.

8. Miyabi Natsuyaki (Berryz Koubou).

As far as I’m concern one of the prettiest, if not the prettiest J-pop Idol there is.

7. Atsuko Maeda (AKB48 – Team A).

6. Yuuka Maeda (S/mileage).

She just graduated from S/mileage and Hello! Project on December 31, 2011. To concentrate more on school, which sucks to me, since she was my favorite member in S/mileage. This might be the end of her J-pop Idol career.

5. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B).

4. Yurina Kumai (Berryz Koubou).

I didn’t really pay too much attention, or cared too much about her. Until about 2 months ago, since then I’ve been head over heels about her. I can’t wait to see her in June.

3. Momoka Ariyasu (Momoiro Clover Z).

I don’t know why I have her rank this high, yes I do think she’s very cute. That shouldn’t be enough for me to rank her this high. I guess she’s the exception to this rule.

2. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B (Captain)).

1. Haruna Kojima (AKB48 – Team A).

Was their any doubt who be number one, not for me.

Top 12 Favorite J-pop Groups.

I wasn’t going to include any sub-units or sub-groups here, since I like some them. I will.

12. Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.

AKB48 sub-unit, they’re the reason why this is a Top 12 and not a Top 10. Had to include them here,since they never disappoint me.

11. PASSPO.

I like their concept.

10. SUPER GIRLS.

AKB48 wannabe. I probably would like them better if didn’t try to be like AKB48, then again that could be the reason. I like them.

9. NMB48.

In a way I like them more than SKE48, I do follow them a bit more. Which isn’t saying alot, since I don’t really follow SKE48.

8. SKE48.

The only reason they’re rank ahead of NMB48, is they’ve been around longer. I don’t follow SKE48, but I’m trying to get to know some of the main members. It took me about 4 or 5 months to get to know all the AKB48 members (Yes, I did take my time), I’m not gonna go through that again.

7. No Sleeves.

An AKB48 sub-unit, also known as No3b.

6. C-ute.

I don’t like them as much as before, In fact I’m liking them less and less. I don’t know why, at one point last year. They were challenging for that number 2 spot.

5. S/mileage.

Now that Yuuka Maeda is gone, I don’t know if I’ll lose interest in them. They do have some cute new members and Kanon Fukuda is still there, only time will tell.

The original line up until changes started around September, 2011.

4. Buono!.

They’re known as a group I think they’re more of a Hello Project sub-group, they’re a trio with 2 members from Berryz Koubou and one from C-ute. They were my second favorite J-pop group in the beginning, until I found out they really weren’t a group or at least didn’t I think so.

3. Momoiro Clover Z.

Here’s a group I realy like in the beginning, they were the second J-pop group I got really excited about. For a few days I was all Momoiro Clover, around that time I found out Akari Hayami who was my favorite member in group at that time was leaving. I’d kinda loss interest in them in fact I actually completely forgot about them, around September I started to get back into them. When I started to get back into them (by this time they we’re known as Momoiro Clover Z),  It was like all Momoiro Clover again at least for about a week.

2. Berryz Koubou.

For the most part of 2011 they were my second favorite J-pop group, they’ll be coming to animeNEXT 2012 in New Jeresy. I’ll be there can’t wait, I’m really looking forward to this.

1. AKB48.

AKB48 is the only J-pop group I follow (or anything for that matter), and I do mean I follow them big time. I’m actually losing sleep over them, it’s not as bad as it was in the beginning.

Like I said AKB48 is the only J-pop group I follow, although I do check up on Berryz Koubou and Momoiro Clover Z now and then.


1st Anniversary being an AKB48 fan.

January 17, 2012

It was about one year ago today (Give or take a day or 2), that I became an AKB48 fan. When I first heard ‘Heavy Rotation’, I like that song, but it was ‘Lucky Seven’ that did it. When I heard that song I had to check out the video, so I search it on the net. It was a live performance of it I first check, that’s when Tomomi Itano caught my eye. Like I’ve said before I was more of an Tomomi Itano fan than AKB48 fan, at least for the first 2 weeks.

Here’s that video –  http://xiyou.cntv.cn/v-209bdc9c-fbc9-11e0-89a1-001e0bd5b3ca.html . or http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/lPCIsyP3ees/.


My Top 30 Favorite AKB48 Members, January 2012.

January 9, 2012

30. Rina Izuta (Team Kenkyuusei).

The last week or 2, I’ve started to follow her abit closely. A joy to watch, she always has a smile on her face.

29. Rena Kato (Team Kenkyuusei).

The last couple of months I’ve highly considered including her in my favorite rankings, decide not to in the last minute. Mainly because she’s a Reasearch Student, when I first started my favorite rankings. I ‘ve said I wasn’t going to included any Research Students or Team 4 members for that matter, I’ve change my mind now. Since there’s two of them here, this month.

28. Ayaka Kikuchi (Team K).

I’ve always though she’s was hot, But always found faults about her. Used it as an excuse not to like her as much as I should, I’m over that. Good chance she could move up my rankings, how high. Only time will tell.

27. Misato Nonaka (Team K).

I rarely see her, makes me wonder if she’s still with the group.

26. Shihori Suzuki (Team B).

I wish they show more of her, cause I want to see more of her.

25. Ayaka Umeda (Team K).

24. Rie Kitahara (Team B).

 

23. Rumi Yonezawa (Team K).

If she had just a little push, she would be rank higher.

22. Aki Takajo (Team A).

21. Haruka Katayama (Team A).

20. Ami Maeda (Team A).

19. Asuka Kuramochi (Team A).

18. Haruka Ishida (Team B).

I can’t remember the last time I saw her, I’m even having trouble spotting her on the latest Team B video. Of their latest single.

17. Rino Sashihara (Team A).

I’m back on the Sasshi bandwagon.

16. Miho Miyazaki (Team B).

What happen she was once a fairly big push member.

15. Haruka Nakagawa (Team A).

A kinda popular member, who doesn’t get the kind of push she deserves.

14. Minami Takahashi (Team A – Captain).

The member in AKB48, I respect the most.

13. Mika Komori (Tean B).

An On and Off again, Push Member.

12. Sumrie Sato (Team B).

The last couple of months, she’s been getting a big push. I like her, the more I see her the better.

11. Tomomi Nakatsuka (Team K).

I wish she had some pushing, it would make it eaiser for me to move her up. It makes it hard for me to rank her ahead of Yuko, when I rarely see her. I’m in love with this girl.

10. Yuko Oshima (Team K).

9. Aika Oota (Team A).

We all need more lovetan.

8. Amina Sato (Team B).

7. Minami Minegishi (Team K).

6. Mariko Shinoda (Team A).

5. Tomomi Itano (Team K).

4. Atsuko Maeda (Team A).

3. Mayu Watanabe (Team B).

2. Yuki Kashiwagi (Team B – Captain).

1. Haruna Kojima (Team A).

Number one for a 12th straight month.


SDN48 4th Single ‘Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban’ Duet with Monta Mino and No Sleeves 8th Single ‘Pedicure Day’, First Week Sales.

January 7, 2012

SDN48 4th single ‘Kudokinagara Azabu Juuban’ Duet with Monta Mino, which was release on December 28. Sold 67,018 copies in it’s first week of release to rank number 3 in the oricon weekly singles chart. What happen this single sold 57,067 copies on it’s first day, to rank number one daily. This single was release in 2 versions.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/embed/-ffEQeD7-Yg.

Type A Cover.

Type B Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

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AKB48 sub-unit No Sleeves 8th single ‘Pedicure Day, which was release on December 28. Sold 85,660 copies in it’s first week of release, to rank number 2 in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. This single was release in 4 versions, No3b being my favorite AKB48 sub-unit, had to buy all 4 versions. These are 3 fairly popular and push AKB48 members, I don’t know why their singles don’t sell more.Video – http://www.wat.tv/video/no-sleeves-

Regular CD Cover.

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Limited Edition A Cover.
Limited Edition B Cover.
Limited Edition C Cover.

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Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 1, January 9, 2012.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Seasons – Jin Akanishi (12/28) (97,148).2. Pedicure Day – No Sleeves (12/28) (85,660).

3. Kudoki nagara Azabu Juuban – SDN48 Duet with Monta Mino. (12/28) (67,018).

4. Wonderful Cupid / Glass no Mahou – NYC / Yuma Nakayama (01/04/2112) (38,936)5. Please Miniskirt Postwoman! – S/mileage (12/28) (34,132).6. Fuyu no Bench – SID (12/28) (25,206).7. Celebration! – E-Girls (12/28) (18,720).8. Boku no Hanbun – SMAP (12/21) (16,499) (146,689).9. CHASE – L’Arc~en~Ciel (12/21) (11,570) (83,464).10. All My Love / You are The Reason – YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz (12/28) (11,348).