My Top 30 Favorite Members In The AKB48 Family, August 2017.

August 30, 2017

30. Ririka Sutou (NMB48 – Team N).29. Ranze Terada (Nogizaka46 – 2nd Generation).28. Miori Ichikawa (NMB48 – Team N).27. Sayuri Matsumura (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

On August 27th, it was her Birthday. Happy belated 25th Birthday, Sayuri.

26. Nao Furuhata (SKE48 – Team KII).25. Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

Way back on August 10th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 19th Birthday, Asuka.

24. Rika Nakai (NGT48 – Team NIII).

On August 23rd, was her Birthday. Happy belated 20th Birthday, Rika.23. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team KII).22. Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team H Captain).

Way back on August 8th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 21st Birthday, Natsu.

21. Haruka Komiyama (AKB48 – Team 4).20. Yurina Hirate (Keyakizaka46 – 1st Generation).19. Nanase Nishino (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).18. Haruka Kodama (HKT48 – Team H and AKB48 – Team K).17. Juri Takahashi (AKB48 – Team 4 Captain).16. Sumire Sato (SKE48 – Team E).15. Saki Takeuchi (SKE48 – Team KII).14. Rena Kato (AKB48 – Team B).13. Yui Kojina (HKT48 – Team H).

12. Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 – Team S Leader).11. Rie Kitahara (NGT48 Captain – Team NIII).

She announced her graduation on August 21st, her gradation is suppose to be in Spring nest year.10. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H, HKT48 Theater Manager and STU48 Manager).9. Yuria Kizaki (AKB48 – Team B Captain).

I’m still not sure when she’s graduating from AKB48, I’ve read somewhere that it will be September. That’s next month, it wasn’t official so I don’t really know. Anyways, she had her last handshake event on August 13th.8. Anna Iriyama (AKB48 – Team A).7. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48 – Team K).6. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 – Team KIV Co-Captain and AKB48 – Team A).5. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N).

Ever since she started to grow her hair long again, I’ve been really taking an interest and been really paying attention to her. I like her so much better with long hair, I hope she keeps it this way. Yes, my interest in her right now is very high.4. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B).

It seems like she announced graduation a long, long time ago. But, it was only a little more than 2 months ago.3. Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Team H).

She been getting some photo shoots lately, one in particular that looks really good. I just got to get.2. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

I wish people will stop talking about her graduating, I’ve been seeing it quite a bit lately. Too much for my liking, if you ask me she’s the Haruna Kojima of Nogizaka46.

August 20th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 25th Birthday, Maiyan.1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B and NGT48 – Team NIII).

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Oricon Top 10 Singles and Top 10 Albums, Week 35, 2017.

August 26, 2017

Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 35, August 28, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Family Song – Gen Hoshino (08/16/2017) (191,811).

* Gen Hoshino 1st number one single.2. Aa, Yume Mikoshi – Matsuri nine (08/16/2017) (100,627).3. Nigemizu – Nogizaka46 (08/09/2017) (51,736) (931,754).

4. Bokutachi ga Yarimashita – DISH// (08/16/2017) (36,815).5. Eiyu Unmei no Uta – Egoist (08/16/2017) (21,709).6. Genjitsu Kara Nigeru Kara Genjitsu ga Tsurainda – X21 (08/16/2017) (16,224).7. Yoake Mae, Niji ga Sasu – Lovely Doll (08/15/2017) (12,632).8. Hikari no Symphony – Lovely Doll (08/15/2017) (12,405).9. Uchiage Hanabi – Daoko (08/16/2017) (10,743).10. Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ Character Song 6 – Shirabe Tsukiyomi (Yoshino Nanjo) (08/16/2017) (10,692)._______________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

13. SunSunSunrise / Yurutopia – 9nine (08/16/2017) (6,240).19. Kaiun! Shofuku! Entenka – Earth Star Dream (08/16/2017) (3,738).23. Kizuna Hero – Pile (08/16/2017) (2,964).24. Kimi to Shiru / Kung Fu Otome – Fullfull Pocket (08/16/2017) (2,920).35.  Sun! x3 / Ninoashi Dancing – Up Up Girls (2) – 08/15/2017) (1,680).36. 100% Motivation – Kapushiki Gaisha Hyper Motivation (08/15/2017) (1,583).40. Donnani… / Have A Good Day! – Ayaka Segawa (08/18/2017) (1,300).194. Stamp EP – Yanakoto Sotto Mute (08/16/2017) (226).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 35, August 28, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. New Kids : Begin – iKON (08/16/2017) (34,998).

* IKON 1st number one album.2. Black Train – Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi (08/16/2017) (31,510).3. The Ones – V6 (08/19/2017) (11,141) (139,845).4. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Tv Soundtrack – Various Artist (08/16/2017) (6,957).5. Love to Pop ~Sukidatta Hito wo Omoidasu Uta ga Aru~ Mixed by DJ Kazu – DJ Kazu (08/09/2017) (6,661) (12,541).6. Cycle Hit 1991-2017 Spitz Complete Single Collection ~30th Anniversary Box~ – Spitz (07/05/2017) (6,471) (226,611).7. Tycoon – UVERworld (08/02/2017) (6,176) (99,837).8. Hey! Say! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O – Hey! Say! JUMP (07/26/2017) (5,949) (338,177).9. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (5,880) (336,822).

10. Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto~ – NMB48 (08/02/2017) (5,681) (170,034).


Nogizaka46 18th Single “Nigemizu”, First Week Sales.

August 20, 2017

Nogizaka46 18th single “Nigemizu”, which was release on August 9th. Sold 880,018 in it’s first week of released, to rank number one on the weekly oricon singles chart. It’s Nogizaka46 highest first week sales so far, just a bit more than their last single “Influencer”. Momoko Ozono and Yuki Yoda are centers for this single, it’s the first for both members being centers for a Nogizaka46 single. They’re both 3rd Generations Nogizaka46 members, so it’s almost a year since they debuted with Nogizaka46.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrRz1XymgL0 .

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Limited Edition Type C Cover.

Limited Edition Type D Cover.

Regular Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 34, August 21, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Nigemizu – Nogizaka46 (08/09/2017) (880,018).

* It’s Nogizaka46 17th number one single.

2. Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series Volume 2 Knights (Article Of Faith) – Knights (08/09/2017) (32,735).3. 10% Roll, 100% Romance – Unison Square Garden (08/09/2017) (27,431).4. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 12 Inochi Moyashite Koiseyo Otome – Kaede Takagaki (Saori Hayami), Shin Sato (Yumiri Hanamori), Miyu Mifune (Sayaka Harada), Nana Abe (Marie Miyake, Sanae Katagiri (Azumi Waki) (08/09/2017) (25,032).5. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Master Seasons Summer! – Various Artist (08/09/2017) (23,418).6. Call Me Now – SudannaYuzuYully (08/09/2017) (17,144).

* Happiness members Anna Suda & Yurino, and Yuzuna Takebe. They’re also all with E-girls.7. Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series Volume 1 Ryuseitai (SUPER NOVA REVOLU5TAR) – Ryuseitai (08/09/2017) (16,028).8. My Favorite Jewel – Sakurako Ohara (08/09/2017) (13,667).9. Hyakka Ryouran – Kalafina (08/09/2017) (13,374).10. Igai ni Mango – SKE48 (07/19/2017) (12,289) (304,228).

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Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

12. Aimaimoko – Inori Minase (08/09/2017) (10,803).13. Shamrock – The Hoopers (08/09/2017) (9,986).14. Parade wa Tsuzuku Sunset – MAGiCAL PUNCHLiNE (08/09/2017) (8,801).

* I didn’t bother with them at all, until I found out former “Idoling!!!” member Rena Sato was in the group.18. One In a Billion – Wake Up, May’n (08/09/2017) (4,450).

* Wake Up, Girls! and May’n, May’n will be at J-Pop summit in San Francisco in about 3 weeks. She was also there in 2014, she wasn’t suppose to perform just to promote and upcoming concert. She did perform that was bonus, and Wake Up, Girls! came to Los Angeles for Anime Expo in early July this year. I didn’t go to that one, 2 cross country trips in a couple of months I thought was too much for me to do. Wake Up, Girls! also was at Anime Central in Chicago in 2014, I remember this at this time I was desperate just too see anything that J-Pop related. It was almost 2 years since I saw Berryz Koubou, which was the last J-Pop thing I attended. I really considered going and “Wake Up, Girls” was one reason, the only one actually. I didn’t go I think going to the J-Pop Summit in a couple months for the first time, may had something to do with my decision not to go.23. Nagisa no Dance Party – Shojotai (08/08/2017) (3,199).

27. Maybe The Next Waltz – Mikako Komatsu (08/09/2017) (2,972).28. One Time – callme (08/09/2017) (2,945).53. Caste Room – ZAQ (08/09/2017) (976).

69. Hokutoshichisei – Anly (08/09/2017) (732).

90. Loud Asymmetry – Yukueshirezu Tsurezure (08/09/2017) (553).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 34, August 21, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. The Ones – V6 (08/09/2017) (128,704).

* V6 12th number one album.2. Voyage – Jang Keun Suk (08/09/2017) (33,912).3. Summer Calling – Jung Yong Hwa (from CNBLUE) (08/09/2017) (21,310).4. “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” Ultimate Best – Various Artist (08/09/2017) (13,501).5. Tycoon – UVERworld (08/02/2017) (11,508) (93,661).6. “GIGS” Case Of Boowy ~The Original~ – Boowy (08/07/2017) (10,017) (21,686).7. Hey! Say! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O – Hey! Say! JUMP (08/07/2017) (10,017) (332,228).8. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (9,835) (330,942).

9. The Idolmaster SideM Original Pieces 06 – Toma Amagase (Takuma Terashima), Haruna Wakazato (Yusuke Shirai), Seiji Shingen (Takuya Masumoto), Suzaku Akai (Takeaki Masuyama), Michiru Enjoji (Daiki Hamano), Sora Kitamura (Fumiyoshi Shioyani) (08/09/2017) (9,328).10. Come Along 3 – Tatsuro Yamashita (08/02/2017) (9,000) (37,382)._______________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

18. Holiday Nights – Girls’ Generation (08/09/2017) (4,786).

* Korean release mini album.30. Maegami ga Yureru – Idol Renaissance (08/09/2017) (2,323).120. My Decade – Jessica (08/14/2017) (476).

* Korean release mini album from the former of Girls’ Generation.288. Weme – Weki Meki (08/14/2017) (221).

* Korean release mini album.

If your into K-Pop a group to look into, not that it really matters. They belong in the same agency as Hello Venus.

 


HKT48 10th Single “Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Drshouka” and NMB48 3rd Album “Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto”, First Week Sales.

August 12, 2017

HKT48 10th single “Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka”, which was release on August 2nd. Sold 199,504 copies in it’s first week of release, to ranked number one on the weekly oricon singles charts. It’s their first single to sell less than 200,000 copies in it’s week of release, just missed it by about 500 copies. Hana Mstsuoka is center for this single, I thought this was her first. It’s her second I forgot that she was also center for the single “Saikou ka yo”, glad to see Meru Tashima back has senbatsu.

A very good single overall.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkDyX5S37rE .

Type A Cover.

Type B Cover.

Type C Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 33, August 14, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka – HKT48 (199,504).

* HKT48 10th number one single.

2. Ho wo Agero! – Boys And Men (08/02/2017) (165,305).3. Blast! Momoiro Clover Z (08/02/2017) (50,012).4. “Love Live! Sunshine” Duo Trio Cpllection CD Volume One : Summer Vacation – Aqours (08/02/2017) (26,277).5. Easy Love – SF9 (08/02/2017) (25,023).6. Himawari – Mr. Children (07/26/2017) (16,962) (138,241).7. Datte Atashi no Hero – LiSA (08/02/2017) (15,399).8. U – Daichi Miura (08/02/2017) (12,430).9. Egao no Orchestra! – Hello, My World (08/02/2017) (11,126).10. The Idolmaster Million Theater Generation 01 Brand New Theater! – 765 Million Allstars (07/26/2017) (10,564) (81,171).________________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

11. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! / Wadachi – Ciao Bella Cinquetti (08/02/2017) (9,701).15. Futurism – Ayahi Takagaki (08/02/2017) (7,176).16. Dry Ai – Q’ulle (08/02/2017) (6,603).

* Manako is so cute, I don’t know why I don’t check up on her at all, I may need to change that.17. Maru Maru Maru Maru Maru – Babyraids JAPAN (08/02/2017) (5,961).

* In about a month I’ll be in San Francisco for J-Pop Summit, to see Babyraids Japan among others. I’m especially excited in seeing and hopefully meeting Rio Watanabe, for those interested former AKB48 member Misaki Iwasa will also be there.23. Sukatto Samaraba – Tsubomi (08/02/2017) (3,926).24. Oshiete Darwin – Purely Monster (08/02/2017) (3,582).29. You & I – Ayaka Ohashi (08/02/2017) (2,327).52. Ningen no Tochi – Lovely Summer Chan (08/02/2017) (1,055).58. Jikan wa Mado no Mukogawa – yanaginagi (08/02/2017) (1,018).

76. Kimi wa Rock wo Kikanai – Aimyon (08/02/2017) (748).

170. Love & Sweet – Celeina Ann (08/02/2017) (234).

172. Kibou no Kakera – Now On Air (08/02/2017) (228).

195. Innocent Angel – Amatsuka (08/02/2017) (182).

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NMB48 3rd album “Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto, which was release on August 2nd. Sold 159,387 copies in it’s first week of release, to ranked number one on the weeklr oricon album charts. When it comes to new materials I thought Keyakizaka46 album was bad (I double check it, it wasn’t that Bad), this one is even worse. This one is really bad it has only 3 new songs on all versions combine, 4 if you include the Theater Edition.

Limited Edition Type N Cover.

Limited Edition Type M Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Regular Edition Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 33, August 14, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto~ – NMB48 (08/02/2017) (159,387).

* NMB48 3rd number one album.

2. Tycoon – UVERworld (08/02/2017) (82,153).3. 360 ChamberZ – PKCZ(R) (08/02/2017) (42,004).4. Come Along 3 – Tatsuro Yamashita (08/02/2017) (28,382).5. Hey! Say! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O (07/26/2017) (25,126) (322,267).6. This Love – Mamoru Miyano (08/02/2017) (18,708).7. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (13,781) (321,107).

8. “GIGS” Case Of Boowy ~The Original~ – Boowy (08/07/2017) (11,699).9. #Twice – Twice (06/28/2017) (11,486) (219,376).10. Come Along 2 – Tatsuro Yamashita (08/02/2017) (10,541).________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

20. Zenith – PassCode (08/02/2017) (3,881).30. Seishun Wasshoi! – Seishun Gakuen (08/01/2017) (2,399).66. Why Doll – Why Doll (08/01/2017) (904).104. Bestiem – Bestiem (08/02/2017) (562).105. Parallel – G-Friend (08/03/2017) (562).

* Korean release mini album, I think they’re suppose to be releasing a Japanese single later this year. Another great release from them, the first K-Pop Girl Group I saw in concert.152. Ryuto Geigi – RYUTist (08/01/2017) (410).170. Seishun Bitansan – Let’s Poco Poco (08/02/2017) (373).

222. Canvas – Yunchi (08/02/2017) (303).249. Kirameki ~Best~ – Hime Kyun Fruit Can (08/02/2017) (262).

265. Prequel – Dream Catcher (08/01/2017) (248).

* Korean release mini album.


Oricon Top 10 Singles And Top 10 Albums, Week 32, 2017.

August 8, 2017

Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 32, August 7, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Himawari – Mr. Children (07/26/2017) (121,279).

* Mr. Children 32nd number one single.2. My Buddy – Choutokkyuu (07/26/2017) (86,981).3. The Idolmaster Theater Generation  01 Brand New Theater! – 765 Million Allstars (07/26/2017) (70,607).

4. Love Queen – E-girls (07/26/2017) (69,810).5. Shuukatsu Sensation / Waratte / Hanamoyou – Tsubaki Factory (07/26/2017) (34,744).6. Niji / Simple – Yu Takahashi (07/26/2017) (16,131).7. Girls – Kana Nishino (07/26/2017) (15,363).8. Irodori – Sora Amamiya (07/26/2017) (14,187).9. Motto Go! Go! – APink (07/25/2017) (13,465).10. Igai na Mango – SKE48 (07/19/2017) (11,140) (284,012).

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Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

11. Beyond The Mountain – Gang Parade (07/25/2017) (10,684).13. Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ Character Song Series 4 – Chris Yukine (Ayahi Takagaki) (07/26/2017) (9,439).14. Zutto, Futari de – Leo Ieiri (07/26/2017) (8,538).15. Go To Fes – Fes Tive (07/26/2017) (5,981).19. World’s End – 7th Sisters (07/26/2017) (4,986).21. “BanG Dream (Anime)” Character Song : Su, Suki Nanka Ja Nai! – Arisa Ichigaya (Ayasa Ito) (07/26/2017) (4,119).22. “BanG Dream! (Anime)’ Character Song : Tooi Ongaku ~Heartbeat~ – Saaya Yamabuki (Ayaka Ohashi) (07/26/2017) (4,103).24. Mugen Houyou / Never End – Yuigadokuson (07/26/2017) (3,797).25. Step By Step Up – fourfolium (07/26/2017) (3,699).26. DiVE to GiG-K-AiM – Eri Kitamura (07/26/2017) (3,541).27. Jumpin’ Jump Up!!!! – fourfolium (07/26/2017) (3,386).30. Hoshi no Kizuna / Melody Ring – Shinjugamine Jogakuen Hoshimori Class / f f (07/26/2017) (3,104).31. Namida – Sonoko Inoue (07/26/2017) (3,040).49. “Tenshi no 3P! (Anime) Intro Main Theme Song : Habataki no Birthday – Baby’s Breath (07/26/2017) (1,470).

* The only reason I check this single out was because of Yurika Endo glad I did, anyways the second track is ” Blue Tears. Which I love, I just can’t stop playing it. I didn’t know it was a cover version of “Judy and Mary” 1993 single, until I check the song out.52. Summer Lover Time / Nakamakana?! – ANNA S (07/25/2017) (1,332).

74. Edelweiss – Asaka (07/26/2017) (841).

84. Butterfly Effector – True (07/26/2017) (784).

125. Kiseki Rush – GIRLFRIEND (07/26/2017) (401).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 32, August 7, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Hey! Say! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O – Hey! Say! JUMP (07/26/2017) (297,141).

* Hey! Say! JUMP 6th number one album.2. 2017 S/S – Junho (From 2PM) (07/26/2017) (34,111).3. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (28,333) (307,326).

4. Yuri!!! on ICE (Yutora!!!) Original Soundtrack – Soundtrack (07/28/2017) (22,416).5. Cherry Passport – Yui Ogura (07/26/2017) (14,818).6. Cycle Hit 1991-2017 Spitz Complete Single Collection ~30th Anniversary Box~ – Spitz (07/05/2017) (12,765) (204,795).7. 55 – C&K (07/26/2017) (12,604).8. They Go, Where? – Oldcodex (07/26/2017) (10,705).9. Kamisama, Boku wa Kizuiteshimatta – Kamisana, Boku wa Kizuteshimatta (07/26/2017) (9,727).10. #Twice – Twice (06/28/2017) (7,872) (207,890).____________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

16. Namida – Kiyono Yasuno (07/26/2017) (5,697).39. Idol Time PriPara Song Collection ~Yumepeko~ – Yui Yumekawa (Arisa Date), Laala Manaka (Himika Akaneya), Nino Nijiiro (Yo Taichi), Michiru Kouda (Yuina Yamada) (07/26/2017) (1,859).98. Note 4 – Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen (07/25/2017) (762).101. I Am Only – Monari Wakita (07/26/2017) (748).125. Gift – Kaori Oda (07/26/2017) (600).

 


My Favorite Top 25 J-Pop Idols and Top 20 J-Pop Artist, July 2017.

August 2, 2017

I do this twice a year in January and July, Ok 1t’s the 2nd day of August. Wasn’t fast enough to get this done before August came, so you know I rush this a little bit. I just hope I didn’t overlook anyone. I don’t think I did it, although I rush this. I did check my list about 3 times to make sure who I wanted here, was here.

This will be very interesting to do since 4 of the Top 12 from the last time I did this ranking, have graduated from their respective groups. Also I had a very tough time on ranking the last 5 position, there were about 12 candidates for that position. I’m satisfied with whom I choose and where I ranked them.

25. Sakura Oda (Morning Musume).

I just can’t get enough of looking at her, she’s so sweet and nice. I don’t anyone that didn’t melted after meeting her, I did.24. Sakura Seta (Batten Show Jo Tai).

I’ve like her from the first time I heard about “Batten Show Jo Tai”, it was just a matter of time when she got ranked here.

23. Moe Kamikokuryo (Angerme).

Another very sweet girl, she’s the reason that I’m back to remotely being interested in Angerme (S/milage) again. Actually make that her and Rikako Sasaki.22. Mizuki Fukumura (Morning Musume).

The Leader of Morning Musume, before I met her in Houston last year. I wasn’t interested or even took notice of her. I probably wouldn’t even recognize her, after meeting her that all change. I guess she’s one of those you got to see very close in a person, to appreciate just how beautiful she is. She was the first member that I met, I think I froze for a bit. I just remember her talking to me, but wasn’t hearing anything. I just continued to stare at her, for a bit. I was very nervous about meeting the group, she had a way of making you feel more relax. Which help when I got to the other members.

Anyways after meeting her I started to really follow her and check her up quite a lot, I still do check up on her quite a bit.21. Rei Inoue (Kobushi Factory).

She’s been my favorite Kobushi Factory member right from the beginning, although earlier this year (even as soon as a couple of weeks ago) it look like Ayano Hamaura may dethrone her. But recently she has widened the gap little by little by day.

I have to say this I find her sexually appealing, always have.

A couple of weeks ago July 17th, was her Birthday. Happy Sweet 16th Belated Birthday, Rei.20. Kyouka (Yumemiru Adolescence).

She’s not as hot as Yuumi Shida, or I think as cute as Karin Ogino. She does it for me.

I rarely buy Photo Books, Buy for some reason I bough hers.19. Honoka Akimoto (Team Syachihoko).

For some reason I’m starting to get back into her, actually it’s been long a while now. I actually forgot just how pretty I thought she was.18. Misato Misaki (drop).

She seems unusual and weird, but I love her and think she’s really cute.17. Mai Ozeki (Country Girls).

She’s just getting prettier and prettier by the day.16. Rio Watanabe (Babyraids JAPAN).

My interest in her and Babyraids Japan had been declining a little bit, til I found out they’re coming to J-Pop Summit this year. I’m excited right now, just thinking about seeing and meeting her.15. Risa Yamaki (Country Girls).

I’m a little confused and a little concern with what’s going on with Country Girls right now, especially members Risa and Mai Ozeki. It seems like that Country Girls activities is going to become very limited.14. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48).

She has announced her graduation, I’d still like to know what’s become of her sole single. That they mention a long, long time ago.13. Kanako Momota (Momoiro Clover Z).

July 12th, was her Birthday. Happy Belated 23rd Birthday, Kanako.

She still brings a smile to face.12. Nao Sakura (Team Syachihoko).

She’s definitely the kind of girl I want to Hangout with and has have as a companion.

11. Seira Jonishi (Tokyo Performance Doll).

It was just over a year ago, I met her at the J-Pop Summit last year. I’m feeling a little excited just thinking about it.

In about a couple of weeks August 14th, it’s her Birthday. Happy 21st Birthday in advance, Jonishi.10. Kanna Hashimoto (Rev. from DVL).

Her and Rev. From DVL have been pretty quiet this year so far, although she was in movie earlier this year.9. Meru Tashima (HKT48).

She just open a twitter account in June, just like her Goggle+ account she’s always updating it. And posting cool interesting pictures, in a way you could say she’s probably the only one I’m checking up on a regular basis. I’ve been checking her Google+ account almost everyday for about 2 years now, and now her Twitter also. I always check it before a I start work, it just makes me feel so much better.8. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46).

I really like to know just how popular she is Japan now or even before, I remember several years ago reading she was by far the most popular Nogizaka46 member in Japan. But it didn’t seem like it, now it doesn’t even seem like she’s in the Top 3. Maybe her fans are just very quiet like me.7. Asami Watanabe (Cheeky Parade)

My wife has been looking pretty Hot, very sexy lately.6. Ai Negishi (PASSPO).

I’m having a very difficult time finding any new news on her, her Birthday is on the same day as Asami Watanabe.5. Miki Shimomura (Fairies).

She cut her hair short very early this year, and she looks really cute with it. But I hope she grows it long again.4. Maria Makino (Morning Musume).

Maria is releasing a Photo Book really soon, pre ordered it already. She’s been doing a lot of bikini shoots the last year or so, so I’m happy really happy about that. I just can’t get enough of this girl.3. Haruna Iikubo (Morning Musume).

Talking about photobooks, I bought hers earlier this year. I had a very bad experience buying it, it came to the point. I just wanted to say screw it and not get it, if it was any other idol I may have. I just had to get this.2. Hitomi Arai (Tokyo Girls’ Style).

For fans of her that don’t check her Twitter, I recommend you should. She’s always updating it, and she usually post some good pictures.1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48).

For those of you who thought this was expected, it wasn’t. I actually considered ranking Hitomi Arai number one, yes I like Hitomi Arai that much. As for Yuki Kashiwagi I really like her just as much as always, it’s just that she’s not in the news as much as before. It shouldn’t matter, but I think it does. Hitomi Arai is not really in the news that much either, or ever was. But that’s another story._____________________________________________________________________________________

My Top 20 J-Pop Artist :

20. There There Theres.

The idol group formerly know as “BELLING Girls Heart”, I’ve been a fan of BELLING Girls Heart for a few years. Anyways 3 members graduated at the end of last year, then on February of this year added 2 new members and renamed the group to it’s current name. I’m still warming up to the new members, they lost a couple of members who I really like a lot. They’re still unusual and entertaining as ever.19. Niji no Conquistador.

Fun and entertaining group, can’t wait for their summer single to come. I wasn’t into her before, I’ve getting into Nagi Nemoto the last few months. She’s hot.18. Babyraids JAPAN.

They’ll be coming to J-Pop Summit in San Francisco later on this year, I’m getting very excited about this. For the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been requesting them to invite them and Fairies over, very few idol groups I’d like to see perform more than Babyraids. Honestly I’m looking forward to seeing Rio Watanabe more than anything.17. Keyakizaka46.

Honestly, just like most people I’m also surprise how fast they’ve come to where they are now. And I like that they seem a little different than Nogizaka46, they’re like a “Dark Nogizaka46”. Unlike the 48 groups, I think this was what NMB48 was meant to be. But they got lost in their direction (or Chicken out), and just screwed it all up.16. Tokyo Girls’ Style.

Ever since they decided to makes changes almost 2 years ago, I found them kinda boring. That’s nothing new for a few years when I started to get into them, I found them boring. But I like them, especially my sweetheart “Hitomi Arai”. When you added it all up, only about 15 months I didn’t find them boring. I’m exaggerating and making an inside joke, It’s not as I make it sound to be.15. Kobushi Factory.

July was not a good month for Kobushi Factory as Rio Fijii left the group on July 6th, she’s the first member to leave the group since they formed in January 2015. On July 15th Rena Ogawa when on hiatus for health reasons, her hiatus will only be for about a month.14. NMB48.

I found them hard to follow ever since Milky left, and when Kei Jonishi graduated it got a lot worse. But they still have a few members I still really like, and check on now and then.13. Fairies.

Sora Nomoto has been looking pretty hot and sexy lately.12. SKE48.

With some few new members, I think future is looking good as ever.11. Country Girls.

I’m a little worried and concern about their future, in June Momoko Tsugunaga graduated from Country Girls and Hello! Project. And also 3 members would become concurrent members with other Hello! Project groups.

Chisaki Morito will become a concurrent member with Morning Musume, I think just like Morning Musume even more.

Morning Musume with Chisaki Morito, she’s at the front in the middle.

Nanami Yanagawa will become  a concurrent member with Juice=Juice, I can’t picture this. We’ll see I guess.

Juice=Juice with Nanami Yanagawa, 3rd from the left. The one with light blue top.

Musubu Funaki will become a concurrent member with Angerme, She looks like she fits in, kind of. Hey, it’s Angerme.

Angerme with Musubu Funaki, 2nd from the left at the front. The smallest one.

As for Risa Yamaki and Mai Ozeki they say will be spending more time with school, well anyway you look at it. From here on their activities will be very limited, at least until further notice.10. Nogizaka46.

Thanks to Asuka Saito, my interest in Nogizaka46 has been rejuvenated. Not that I was losing interest in them, it’s just that I haven’t been feeling this way about Nogizaka46 since I started following them. Seems like she just brought some freshness in my interest in Nogizaka46.9. Tokyo Performance Doll.

They will be releasing a single next month, it looks like a good one. I wish my J-Pop Idol ranking was a Top 30, they had a few members I wanted to included, like Nana Takahashi. She can speak english, I had very short chat with her at J-Pop Summit last year. It was very short, but enough to make a memory.8. PASSPO.

I think a lot of activities, as for any mew news that you can talk about. Hard to find.7. HKT48.

From what I’m reading and hearing, they’re future doesn’t look good.6. Yumemiru Adolescence.

Rei Kobayashi has come from her hiatus in June, unfortunately Akari Yamada officially left the group in March. I liked her too.5. Cheeky Parade.

Cheeky Parade Seran Mizorogi & Momoka Kodakari left the group on June 9th, I like those 2 a lot. I kinda expected this from Seran Mizorogi for a long while now it was just a matter of when, as for Momoka Kodakari it was a complete surprise. This really sucks, it really does.

Marin Yamamoto & Mariya Suzki are still on hiatus in Los Angeles, USA. They should be coming back next year, til then Cheeky Parade will a 5 member group.4.  Momoiro Clover Z.

I still like them a lot and still find them very entertaining, but I’m not having as much fun as I was following them.3. SUPER GiRLS.

My interest in them was rejuvenated over a year ago, it’s probably at an all time now. With no signs of falling in the near future, Nana Asakawa may have something to do with this. They did lose Ami Maeshima who graduated in March, whom I really like a lot.

2. AKB48.

The AKB48 now is definitely not the same AKB48 in 2011, when I started to get into them. They’re still fun to follow, theirs quantity if not quality.1. Morning Musume.

Still not sure what to think about the 13th Generation members Kaede Kaga & Reina Yokoyama, haven’t warmed up to them yet. Then theirs the 14th Generation Member (concurrent member from Country Girls) Chisaki Morito. She really looks good as a Morning Musume, you know what “I think she’ll become Morning Musume center”.

 


SKE48 21st Single “Igai ni Mango”, First Week Sales. Also Keyakizaka46 1st Album “Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru”, First Week Sales.

July 29, 2017

SKE48 21st single “Igai ni Mango”, which was release on July 19th. Sold 272,872 copies in it’s first week of release to ranked number one, on the weekly oricon singles chart. Cute little Yuna Obata is center for this single, it’s her first time being center for an SKE48 single. I believe this will be Masana Oya final SKE48 single, who announced her graduation about a month ago. When she’ll actually graduated from the group, I don’t know.

I like this single a lot.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV5eehoSWC0 .

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

Regular Edition Type A Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Regular Edition Type B Cover.

Limited Edition Type C Cover.

Regular Edition Type C Cover.

Limited Edition Type D Cover.

Regular Edition Type D Cover.

Theater Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 31, July 31, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Igai ni Mango – SKE48 (07/19/2017) (272,872).

* SKE48 17th number one single.

2. Testament – Nana Mizuki (07/19/2017) (32,986).3. Destiny’s Prelude – Nana Mizuki (07/19/2017) (31,243).4. Taiyou no Tsuki – 10-Feet (07/19/2017) (24,692).5. Dirty Disco – The Rampage from Exile Tribe (07/19/2017) (23,286).6. Mr. Fake / Tsunageru – Amatsuki (07/19/2017) (15,855).7. Without U – Romeo (07/19/2017) (14,434).8. Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ Character Song Series 3 (Gekka Bijin) – Tsubasa Kazanari (Nana Mizuki) (07/19/2017) (12,676).9. Sayonara Duarena – Houkago Princess (07/19/2017) (11,707).10. Hajimari no Yokan – Ketsumeishi (07/19/2017) (10,130)._____________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

12. La La La La Life – Yumemiru Adolescence (07/19/2017) (9,448).

* Rei Kobayashi 1st single since she went on hiatus last year, unfortunately Akari Yamada left the group a few months ago. I like her so that really suck, regardless “Yumemiru Adolescence” is still one of favorite groups. With or without her.14. Natsuyasumi no Baby – Lyrical School (07/18/2017) (4,958).

* 1st single since Ami, Ayaka & Mei graduation, and 1st with new members Hinako, Risano & Yuu. With the lost of Ayaka whatever interest I had in this group, may have just been lost.15. Let It Flow – Flower Notes (07/19/2017) (4,697).19. Radio Time Predator – Sakura to Shitai Oonishi (07/20/2017) (3,983).20. Daydreaming / Choose Me – Band-Maid (07/19/2017) (3,861).

* They’ll be appearing at the J-Pop Summit in San Francisco this year, looking forward to that.33. 412 – Maison Book Girl (07/19/2017) (1,728).281. Q-pitch de Go!! – Q-pitch (07/19/2017) (245).

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Keyakizaka46 1st Album “Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru”, First Week Sales.Keyakizaka46 1st album ” Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru”, which was release on July 19th. Sold 279,093 copies in it’s first week of release to ranked number one, on the weekly oricon album chart. I must admit I’m very surprise how much they sold.

My only complaint about this album is for the amount of tracks it has from all the versions, which is a lot. Only a handful, and I mean very few are new songs.

Limited Edition A Cover.

Limited Edition B Cover.

Regular Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 31, July 31, 2017.

1. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (279,093).

* Keyakizaka46 1st number one album.

2. Flame Of Love – Taemin (SHINee) (07/18/2017) (50,418).3. Cycle Hit 1991-2017 Spitz Complete Single Collection ~30th Anniversary Box~ – Spitz (07/05/2017) (21,840) (192,030).4. MYNAME is – MYNAME (07/19/2017) (20,575).5. S Kyu Paradise Black – B-Project (07/19/2017) (16,399).6. All Lead Tracks – My First Story (07/19/2017) (15,935).7. S Kyu Paradise White – B-Project (07/19/2017) (15,058).8. Baton – Hideaki Tokunaga (07/19/2017) (14,167).9. #Twice – Twice (06/28/2017) (13,051) (200,018).10. Ken Hirai Singles Collection Utabaka 2 – Ken Hirai (07/12/2017) (12,455) (53,224).________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

18. Love Your Best – Aki Toyosaki (07/18/2017) (4,645).21. Negicco 2011-2017 Best 2 – Negicco (07/20/2017) (3,783).31. Nitta Emi Best Album “Trace Of EMUSIC” – Emi Nitta (07/19/2017) (2,428).