AKB48 Group Unit Janken (Paper, Scissors & Rock) Tournament 2017.

October 1, 2017

This was held on September 24th, at Nippon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Japan. I’m a week late, at that time I just got back from a long vacation and didn’t have the time to this this. Til now.

I was going to pass on this post it looks a little confusing at first, it’s a little different this year. Members can form group or units either alone or with other members, I don’t think their is a limit on the amount of members you can have on a unit.

As for the Tournament itself it’s divided up into 4 Blocks with 12 units in each Block , with the winner in each Block advancing to the Final Four.

Let The Fun Begin!!

A Block :

1st Round :

nyamm (Yuki Azuma, Narumi Koga, Mao Mita, Momoka Hayashi, Airi Tanigawa) vs. Rupurenon (Mau Takahashi, Nanako Ishimura, Yuria Kado). Winner – nyamn.

Genghis Cats (Aina Kusakabe, Reina Seiji, Fuka Murakumo) vs. HIMEPARTY (Mami Ozaki, Yui Kuroiwa, Aoi Hyodo). Winner – HIMEPARTY.

Arinon (Arisa Mineyoshi, Nonoka Shintai) vs. 16 enpi Chu! (Nanami Asai, Kaori Inagaki, Izumi Umemoto, Haruka Kurosu, Minami Sato, Nagisa Shoji, Kurumi Suzuki, Manaka Taguchi, Misaki Taya, Ayami Nagatomo, Nanami Harima, Mai Homma, Ayaka Maeda, Saki Michieda, Orin Mutou, Kana Yasuda, Mizuki Yamauchi, Suzuha Yamane). Winner – 16 enpi Chu!.

Okapers (Nao Furuhata, Tomu Muto, Nana Fujita) vs. Kokeshi Sisters (Moeka Takakura, Miori Ichikawa, Vivian Murakawa). Winner – Kokenshi Sisters.

Quarter Finals :

nyamm vs. Otsuyoi (Yuna Ego, Narumi Ichino, Makiko Saito, Mikoto Uchiyama, Nao Fukushi). Winner – nyamm.

HIMEPARTY vs. MariAnnin (Anna Iriyama, Maria Abe) * I’m cheering for these gals, I never knew Anna & Maria where that good of friends. Winner – HIMEPARTY.

16 enpi Chu! vs. Kotono Shirai (SKE48). Winner – Kotono Shirai.

Kokeshi Sisters vs. Dancing Cats (Manami Ichikawa, Ami Yumoto, Yuka Tano). Winner – Kokeshi Sisters.

Semi Finals :

nyamm vs. HIMEPARTY. Winner – nyamm.

Kotono Shirai vs. Kokeshi Sisters. Winner – Kotono Shirai.

A Block Finals:

nyamm vs. Kotono Shirai.

 

B Block :

1st Round :

Hannari Shimai (Anna Ijiri, Mirai Mizokawa) vs. Renattsun (Natsuki Kojima, Rena Kato). Winner – Hannari Shimai.

FLERI (Shino Iwahana, Moe Goto) vs. (peace) (Yuuka Kato, Chihiro Kawakami). Winner – FLERI.

Unit mei wa Nashi, Nakushi no Mama (Ayaka Morita, Megumi Matsumura, Rina Yamao) vs. IsoSari (Sarina Souda, Kanae Iso). Winner – IsoSari.

WMion (Mion Mukaichi, Mion Nakagawa) vs. Houou Masako (Kayoko Takita, Miyabi Iino, Rio Okawa, Makiho Tatsuya). Winner – Houou Masako.

Quarter Finals :

Hannari Shimai vs. Nikoichi (Asana Inuzuka, Rika Tsuzuki). Winner – Hannari Shimai.

FLERI vs. fairy w!nk (Misaki Aramaki, Hirona Unjo). Winner – fairy w!nk.

IsoSari vs. Chou (Sae Kurihara, Emiri Yamashita, Hinata Matsumoto, Sono Miyazaki, Madoka Moriyasu, Natsumi Matsuoka). Winner – IsoSari.

Houou Masako vs. Nikoniko (Satone Kubo, Ayaka Yamamoto, Hana Matsuoka, Yuna Obata). Winner – Nikoniko.

Semi Finals :

Hanna Shimai vs. fairy w!nk. Winner – fairy w!nk.

IsoSari vs. Nikoniko. Winner – IsoSaori.

B Block Finals :

fairy w!nk vs. IsoSari. Winner – fairy w!nk.

 

C Block :

1st Round :

Ueno to Shimono (Haruka Ueno, Yuki Shimono) vs. Namba Setouchi Kaizoku-dan (Maiha Morishita, Yuzuha Hongou). Winner – Namba Setouchi Kaizoku-dan.

Santarou (Mina Oba, Akane Takayanagi, Kaori Matsumura) vs. AyuKani-chan (Ayaka Tano, Ayaka Nakamura). Winner – AyuKani-chan.

Sankon (Rino Sashihara, Minami Minegishi, Yuki Kashiwagi) vs. Amarimono Senbatsu (Chiyori Nakanishi, Anna Murashige, Natsumi Tanaka, Yuka Akiyoshi). Winner – Sankon.

melody Twins (Nene Jitoue, Otoha Machi) vs. Yokonegapyon (Yoshino Kitagawa, Negai Fukai). Winner – melody Twins.

Quarter Finals :

Namba Setouchi Kaizoku-dan vs. Shinhakunan (Minami Kato, Miru Shiroma, Nako Yabuki). Winner – Namba Setouchi Kaizoku-dan.

AyuKani-chan vs. FuuSae (Sae Murase, Fuuko Yagura). Winner – FuuSae.

Sankon vs. KadoIshiIshi (Chiho Ishida, Minami Ishida, Miyuna Kadowaki). Winner – Sankon.

melody Twins vs. Song’s (Natsuko Akashi, Reina Nakano, Suzu Yamada, Rika Shimizu). Winner – Song’s.

Semi Finals :

Namba Setouchi Kaizoku-dan vs. FuuSae. Winner – FuuSae.

Sankon vs. Song’s. Winner – Sankob.

C Block Finals :

FuuSae vs. Sankon. Winner – FuuSae.

 

D Block :

1st Round :

Nagifuu (Nagisa Shibuya, Fu Yabushita) vs. HiMaCho Panda (Yui Hiwatashi, Chia-Ling Ma, Orie Cho). Winner – HiMaCho Panda).

Sakae 6 Kisei (Shiori Aoki, Reona Ida, Natsuki Kamata, Ryoha Kitagawa, Ruka Kitano, Haruka Kumazaki, Saki Takeuchi, Yuzuki Hidaka, Juna Yamada) vs. Fall in LOVE (Rinka Oshiba, Izumi Nakamura, Erina Ando, Karin Kojima). Winner – Sakae 6 Kisei.

HanTanNee (Yui Yokoyama, Sayaka Yamamoto, Sakura Miyawaki) vs. LIL (Kaho Sato, Riko Morihira). winner – LIL.

Neru Mae ni Hitsuji Kazoe Tai (Erii Chiba, Rei Nishikawa, Kokoa Kai) vs. Sakuramboo no Yousei (Riko Sugahara). Winner – Sakurambo no Yousei.

Quarter Finals :

HiMaCho Panda vs. Fluffy (Ayaha Atsumi, Marin Sakamoto). Winner – HiMaCho Panda.

Sakae 6 Kisei vs. Shika vs. Kuma (Shion Hori vs. Mizuki Uno). Winner – Sakae 6 Kisei.

LIL vs. Seiuchi (Kouko Tanaka, Yuri Torobu, Mitsuki Imamura, Marina Otani, Honoka Yano, Saki Sugahara, Seina Fukuoka0. Winner – LIL

Sakurambo no Yousei vs. Kiss no Tempura (Rie Kitahara, Miho Miyazaki, Shizuka Oya). Winner – Kiss no Tempura.

Semi Finals :

HiMaCho Panda vs. Sakae 6 Kisei. Winner – Sakae 6 Kisei.

LIL vs. Kiss no Tempura. Winner – Kiss no Tempura.

D Block Finals :

Sakae 6 Kisei vs. Kiss no Tempura. Winner – Kiss no Tempura.

 

Final Four :

Kotono Shirai vs. fairy w!nk (Misaki Aramaki, Hirona Unjo). Winner – fairy w!nk.

FuuSae (Sae Murase, Fuuko Yagura) vs. Kiss no Tempura (Rie Kitahara, Miho Miyazaki, Shizuka Oya). Winner – FuuSae.

 

Finals :

fairy w!nk (Misaki Aramaki, Hirona Unjo) vs. FuuSae (Sae Murase, Fuuko Yagura).

 

Wiiner :

fairy w!nk (Misaki Aramaki & Hirona Unjo).

Congratulations to fairy w!nk.

HKT48 Misaki Aramaki.

HKT48 Hirona Unjo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Final Four – Kotono Shiari (SKE48), FuuSae (NMB48 Sae Murase & Fuuko Yagura), Kiss no Tempura (AKB48 Shizuka Oya & Miho Miyazaki, NGT48 Rie Kitahara).
Front – fairy w!nk (HKT48 Misaki Aramaki & Hirona Unjo).

The Finals.

And The Winner is…..fairy w!nk.

AKB48 2017 Janken Champions.

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My Top 30 Favorite Members In The AKB48, September 2017.

September 30, 2017

30. Ririka Sutou, NMB48 (Team N).

She graduated last month on August 30th, since it was at the end of the month. I’ll rank her this month. I like her, I’ll miss her, I wish her “The Best Of Luck”.

I know a lot of fans are pissed off about her scandal, no one needed to know. Blamed the Japanese tabloids, she’s not the first idol and won’t be the last idol to go out like this. As for her breaking the rules and not being very idol like or garbage like that, don’t tell me your that naïve about the J-Pop Idol world. She got caught, blamed the Japanese tabloids. Damned those Japanese tabloids.

I kinda wish I was Japanese Idol fan born and raised in Japan, then maybe I have better understanding of this.29. Ranze Terada (Nogizaka46 – 2nd Generation).

About a week ago, Sepember 23rd was her birthday. Happy belated 19th birthday, Ranran (that’s a funny, if not cute nickname).28. Sayuri Matsumura (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

27. Miori Ichikawa (NMB48 – Team N).

The last few months I’ve been seeing and hearing about her quite a bit, or at least the most it’s been in about 2 or 3 years. This makes me happy, she makes me happy.26. Nao Furuhata (SKE48 – Team KII).

It’s about time, she’s finally starting to get treated in SKE48 the way she deserves. She shouldn’t be second fiddle to anyone, and I’m not just talking about Ryoha Kitagawa (But, mainly).

A couple of weeks ago, on September 15th. It was her 21st birthday, happy belated birthday. Nao.25. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team KII).24. Rika Nakai (NGT48 – Team NIII).23. Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

She’ll be center for Nogizaka46 upcoming single, along with Nanase Nishino.22. Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team H Captain).21. Haruka Komiyama (AKb48 – Team 4).

I think my infatuation with her has ended, I still think she’s really cute and sexy.

September 12th, it was her birthday. Happy belated 19th birthday, Komiharu.20. Nanase Nishino (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been really taking an interest in her for some reason. Just as much if not more than Asuka Saito, I think it will be short lived. Talking about Asuka Saito, her and Ashurin will be center for Nogizaka46 upcoming single.19. Yurina Hirate (Keyakizaka46 – 1st Generation).

It just might be me, I think they’re trying to give her some sex appeal or trying to do something with her. You either have sex appeal or you don’t, I don’t think she has it. I’m not saying I don’t find her attractive, because I do find her very, very attractive. Just not in a sexually kind of way.18. Haruka Kodama (HKT48 Team H and AKB48 – Team K).

September 19th, it was her birthday. Happy belated 21st birthday, Haruppi. Wow, time does really by.17. Juri Takahashi (AKB48 – Team 4 Captain).

On October 3rd, it’ll be her birthday. Happy 20th birthday in advance, Juri. Talking about time flying, I can still remember when she was only 14 years old.16. Sumire Sato (SKE48 – Team E).15. Saki Takeuchi (SKE48 – Team KII).14. Rena Kato (AKB48 – Team B).13. Yui Kojina (HKT48 – Team H).

She has beautiful hair, I may have mention this before I can’t remember. I rank it up there with Anna Iriyama hair.12. Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 – Team S Leader and AKB48 – Team 4).

On October 9th, it will be her birthday. Happy 19th birthday in advance, Ryoha.11. Rie Kitahara (NGT48 Captain – Team NII).

Although she won’t be graduating from NGT48 til spring next year, I’m feeling a little depress about her graduating. I was just thinking about her time in AKB48, I actually forgot that she was also a SKE48 concurrent member for a time.10. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H, HKT48 Theater Manager and STU48 Manager).

I just love Sasshi, I can’t hate her. Even if I wanted to.9. Yuria Kizaki (AKB48 – Team B Captain).

She did her SKE48 Graduation Theater Performance on September 28th, and will do her AKB48 Graduation Theater Performance today September 30th. I need to watch that, where ?. Will start in a couple of hours, by the time I get this post done it will be a lot less. They just announced both of those dates about a couple of weeks ago, I was on vacation for the 1st 3 weeks of September. so I didn’t find out about this til very recently.

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. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B).

4. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N Captain).3. Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Team H).

She’s been looking very good lately.2. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B and NGT48 – Team NII).


Oricon Top 10 Singles and Top 10 Albums, Week 39, 2017.

September 25, 2017

Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 39, September 25, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Seiiki – Masaharu Fukuyama (09/13/2017) (57,695).

* Masaharu Fukuyama 18th number one single.2. Ashita e – Little Glee Monster (09/13/2017) (19,934).3. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 13 Sweet Witches night ~6 Ninme wa Dare~ – Kanako Mimura (Yuka Otsubo), Airi Totoki (Hitomi Harada), Nono Morikubo (Karin Takahashi), Noriko Shiina (Chiyo Tomaru), Shizuku Oikawa (Yuri Noguchi) (09/13/2017) (17,763).4. Kiseki no Hito – Kanjani8 (09/06/2017) (16,177) (268,586).5. Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka – HKT48 (08/02/2017) (8,966) (225,667).

6. Reborn – Tatsuro Yamashita (09/13/2017) (8,865).7. Shiori – ClariS (09/13/2017) (8,327).8. Ready To Kiss – Ready To Kiss (09/13/2017) (8,063).9. Hikari wo / Tic Tac Anniversary – Nobuhiko Okamoto x Trignal (09/13/2017) (8,008).10. Mr. Kaito / Ricerca – Sukima Switch (09/13/2017) (7,173).______________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

24. Bring Me!! – SiAM & POPTUNe (09/13/2017) (2,148).26. Daisuki x Ja Nai – Pyxis (09/13/2017) (2,094).28. Monogatari – Harajuku Monogatari (09/12/2017) (2,006).106. Chichi Pappa – JK21R (09/12/2017) (346).

195. Momoiro Fantasy – Chiroru Hoshino (09/12/2017) (173).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 39, September 25, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Garakuta – Keisuke Kuwata (08/23/2017) (13,340) (240,066).

* 2nd week at number one.

I’m not sure, I think this might be the lowest sales for a number one album of the week on the oricon charts. I remember a couple of years ago an album sold about 16,000 or 17,000, I remember reading that was the lowest.2. Icecream Girl – Aya Uchida (7,889).3. Concrete And Gold – Foo Fighters (09/15/2017) (7,446).4. D’Erlanger Tribute Album ~Stairway to Heaven~ – Various Artist (09/13/2017) (6,773).5. Fukyoyo Best – ReVision Of Sence (09/13/2017) (6,419).6. Love to Pop ~Sukidatta Hito wo Omoidasu Uta ga Aru ~Mixed By DJ Kazu – DJ Kazu (08/09/2017) (5,729) (38,145).7. Bizarre Carnival – Glim Spanky (09/13/2017) (5,385).8. The Moonlight Cats Radio Show Vol. 1 – Shogo Hamada & The J.S Inspirations (09/06/2017) (5,290) (27,839).9. The Moonlight Cats Radio Show Vol. 2 – Shogo Hamada & The J.S. Inspirations (09/06/2017) (5,157) (27,613).10. Summer Glitter – Tokyo Performance Doll (09/13/2017) (4,817)._____________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

26. Seishun no Excitement – Aimyon (09/13/2017) (2,189).43. Mimi Meme MIMI Best Album ~Bon! Voyage!~ – Mimi Meme MIMI (09/13/2017) (1,294).

 


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).


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.


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”.

 


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

July 25, 2017

30. Ririka Sutou (NMB48 – Team N).

She’ll be graduating from the group, I think in late August.

29. Ranze Terada (Nogizaka46 – 2nd Generation).28. Miori Ichikawa (NMB48 – Team N).

This is good, lately I’ve been hearing and seeing her quite a bit. The most in about couple of years.

27. Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).26. Rika Nakai (NGT48 – Team NIII).25. Nao Furuhata (SKE48 – Team KII).24. Sayuri Matsumura (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).23. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team KII).22. Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team H Captain).

21. Yurina Hirate (Keyakizaka46 – 1st Generation).20. Haruka Komiyama (AKB48 – Team 4).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).

About a couple of weeks ago July 10th, it was her Birthday. Happy belated 20th Birthday, Renacchi.13. Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 – Team S and AKB48 – Team 4).12. Yui Kojina (HKT48 – Team H).11. Rie Kitahara (NGT48 Captain – Team NIII).10. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H, HKT48 Theater Manager and STU48 Manager).9. Yuria Kizaki (AKB48 – Team B Captain).8. Anna Iriyama (AKB48 – Team A).7. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N Captain).

July 14th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 24th Birthday, Sayaka.6. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48 – Team K).5. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 – Team KIV Co-Captain and AKB48 – Team A).4. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B).3. Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Team H).

Happy to see that she’s back as senbatsu for HKT48 up coming single.

2. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B and NGT48 – Team NIII).

July 15th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 26th Birthday, Yukirin.