Oricon Top 10 Singles and Top 10 Albums, Week 8, 2018.

February 18, 2018

Oricon Top 10 Singles, Week 8, February 19, 2018.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Candy Pop – Twice (02/07/2018) (265,758).

* Twice 2nd number one single.2. Do You Remember – B1A4 (02/07/2018) (12,754).3. Life Is A Game / My Soul (Gekiya Version) – Pimm’s (02/07/2018) (8,272).4. Kurayami – STU48 (01/31/2018) (7,651) (144,107).5. Warota People – NMB48 (12/27/2017) (7,292) (313,168).6. Calypso Musume ni Hanataba wo – Negicco (02/06/2018) (6,764).7. Monster! – Super Dragon (01/31/2018) (6,683) (50,387).8. Ore Mata Yacchimatta – Vipera (02/07/2018) (6,533).9. The Idolmaster Stella Master 01 Vertex Meister – Various Artist (02/07/2018) (5,740).10. The Idolmaster Million Theater Generation 04 Princess Stars – Princess Stars (01/31/2018) (5,659) (29,737)._________________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

15. Haru ni Aisareru Hito ni Watashi wa Naritai – Kana Hanazawa (02/07/2018) (3,727).17. I Don’t Pu Wanna Go Back – Wareraga Puwapuwapu Wapuwa (02/06/2018) (3,683).21. You – May’n (02/07/2018) (2,883).24. Sleepland – Reina Ueda (02/07/2018) (2,715).25. Puzzle – Leola (02/07/2018) (2,684).94. Soil – There There Theres (02/10/2018) (441).

* Karin Chokura Graduated on December 31st, and Asakura Mizuho join them the same day exactly one year ago when she graduated from “Belling Girls Heart”. Asakura was an original member of Belling Girls Heart and graduated just before they change their name to “There There There’s”.

107. Session High – Irodorimidori (02/07/2018) (352).

166. Song For You – Chelip (02/07/2018) (186).176. Moirai – Aphrodite (02/07/2018).

187. Hashire! Mirai no Boku – Tsubutsubu Doll (02/07/2018) (157).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 8, February 19, 2018.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Hatachi no Morning Musume – Morning Musume (02/07/2018) (47,607).

* Morning Musume 4th number one album.2. Seventeen Special Album : Director’s Cut – Seventeen (02/07/2018) (21,015).3. Bonbai – Brahman (02/07/2018) (17,388).4. Uta no Prince Sama Shining Masterpiece Show Torowa ~Ken to Kizuna no Monogatari~ – Camus (Tomoaki Maeno), Sho Kurusu (Hiro Shimono), Ai Mikaze (Shota Aoi) (02/07/2018) (16,475).5. Our Twenty For – Winner (02/07/2018) (12,578).6. Finally – Namie Amuro (11/08/2017) (9,317) (2,108,838).7. The Idolmaster Million Live! Master Sparkle 06 – Julia (Aimi Terakawa), Nao Yokoyama (Yui Watanabe), Chizuru Nikaido (Kanako Nomura), Ayumu Maihama (Megumi Toda), Noriko Fukuda (Nana Hamasaki) (02/07/2018) (9,234).8. Everybody!! – Wanima (01/17/2018) (8,325) (179,455).9. Blueprint – Pandora (02/07/2018) (6,122).10. Countdown – EXO (01/31/2018) (5,864) (95,289)._________________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

33. Dance Founder (Re Vocal Version) – Dance For Philosophy (02/07/2018) (1,772).69. Petbottliteracy – Mashinomi (02/07/2018) (806).103. Lucky – Lucie, Too (02/07/2018) (521).125. Innocence – Nozomi Kawaoto (Idol College) (02/10/2018) (405).217. Orange Chocolate House Made no Michinori – Hitsuji Bungaku (02/07/2018) (241).231. iDOL Can Dye Sick Rock!! – Candye Syrup (02/07/2018) (227).264. “Take Me Out” On Dec 16 – Lyrical School (02/14/2018) (192).

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

February 15, 2018

I do this twice a year in January and July, I wasn’t able to do this one in January. I went on a holiday in the last week of January, I wanted to do it before I went on holidays wasn’t ready to. A bit busy when I got back, so wasn’t able to do it til now.

Top 25 J-Pop Idols :

25. Haruka Koizumi (Tokimeki Sendenbu).

Not to be confuse with the one in “Doll Elements”.

When I first got into “Tokimeki Sendenbu”, their were 2 members that I really like Hitoka Sakai and Haruka Koizumi. In the beginning Hitoka Sakai probably had the edge, I think she has more natural beauty. Whereas Haruka Koizumi I think is kinda funny looking but really, really cute looking. The last several months Haruka Koizumi has been pulling away, at least for now. I’m sure in the not to distance future, they’ll be fairly even again.24. Nana Takashima (Tokyo Performance Doll).

The leader of Tokyo Performance doll. I still remember when I first met her in September 2016, in San Francisco. First of all I was really surprise that she could speak English, I talk to her a little bit outside not to long after TPD open the J-Pop summit event. She was really nice and took the time to answer me, when I was talking to her I never felt the sense that she wanted me to stop talking and get lost. Like a stuck up J-Pop bitch.

I probably would rank this as one of my most memorable J-Pop experience right up there with meeting “Cheeky Parade” in New York City.23. Sakura Seta (Batten Show Jo Tai).

I’m just fascinated by her, It’s just one of those things I really can’t explain. Every time I see her I get that feeling, it’s always been this was way since the first time I heard about “Batten Show Jo Tai”. She’s the one that always catches my eye. Yes, I do think she’s really, really cute.

On February 2nd, it was her Birthday. Happy belated sweet 16th Birthday, Sakura.22. Sakura Oda (Morning Musume).

She just release her 2nd photo book a couple months ago, I like seeing that. It means there’s demand for solo stuff from her, and not just with what she does with Morning Musume.21. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48).

She join AKB48 as 15th Generation Kenkyuusei on June 2013, got promoted to Team 4 on April 2014. Which isn’t really that long ago, I’ve been following her fairly regularly since maybe late summer of 2013. So, to me it seems like she been with AKB48 a lot longer.20. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48).

Cute little Sakura, actually she’s not little anymore. I think she dyed her hair to light brown or reddish or something, I don’t like it. I’m not sure how she has it now, I like her with dark hair even dark brown. And Sakura don’t cut your hair too short.19. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48).

It’s been a long time now, she’s keeping a low profile. I’m not following her nearly as closely has before, is there something she’s doing I don’t know about.18. Chisaki Morito (Country Girls / Morning Musume).

A 14th Generation Morning Musume Member, she’s also member of ” Country Girls” who are limited to digital releases only since June 2017. I really like her, she’s cute.

On February 19th, it’s her Birthday. Happy 18th Birthday in Advance, Chii.17. Rena Sato (MAGiCAL PUNCHLiNE).

The Former Idoling!!! member, I didn’t really think much of her when she was with Idoling!!!. It wasn’t until I heard of “MAGiCAL PUNCHLiNE”, I started to get into her, at first I didn’t realize that she was in the group. I think she’s really sexy, HOT!!!!!16. Rikako Sasaki (Angerme).

This is way long overdue, she’s someone who I’ve considered and wanted to include here. Since I first saw and fell in love with her, it was love at first sight. Way back in early 2015.15. Nana Asakawa (SUPER GiRLS).

Who would have imagine 3 even 2 years ago, that she would turn out like this. You can tell she’s been working out the last year or so, her body looks really fine. Her 2nd photo book which will be release next month, was shot in Los Angeles, USA. This looks like a good one, if it’s anything like her 1st photo book. Then it will definitely be a good one.I’d like to know when she was in Santa Monica, I was there in September last year. Why don’t they announce this kind of stuff.14. Kanako Momota (Momoiro Clover Z).

If anyone knows where I can get or buy her “Birthday Book 23”, let me know. I just can’t get enough at looking at her cute dimples.13. Nao Sakura (Team Syachihoko).

I find it very frustrating that I can’t find any new or current news of significant on her, like for a couple of years now. Maybe not that long it just seems like it, cause I’m always checking. And I can never find anything of significant.

She seems like the idol I would like to hangout the most with.12. Rio Watanabe (Babyraids JAPAN).

I met her in September in San Francisco at the J-Pop Summit, now my life is complete. You won’t believe how much I fantasize about her, and how long it’s been. But, I’m not going to get into that.11. Mai Ozeki (Country Girls).

I really hate how Hello! Project is treating her and Risa Yamaki, they say it’s about concentrating on their studies more. I wasn’t going to include her in this ranking, cause “Country Girls” is limited to digital releases only. She’s just way too cute, and I like her way too much not too.

On February 10th, it was her Birthday. Happy belated sweet 16th Birthday, Mai.10. Seira Jonishi (Tokyo Performance Doll).

A cousin of Former NMB48 member Kei Jonishi and current NMB48 member Rei Jonishi, Kei sister. Before 2017 I’ve never seen a picture with her and Kei Jonishi together before, the last year or so it seems like they have seen each other a lot. Kei graduated from NMB48 in April 2017, I guess Keicchi has more free time now.9. Ai Negishi (PASSPO).

She release 2 photo books 2013 & 2014, they were both pretty good. I’ve been waiting for a 3rd one for a long time now, what’s going on. She really looks good when she shows a lot of skin.8. Meru Tashima (HKT48).

I’m glad about this, she’s become of significant and of importance again. Now I’m just waiting for a photo book from her, all those magazine photo shoots she’s been doing lately are great. But, I also want a photo book.7. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46).

It may not seem like it cause she’s everywhere, to me it seems like she’s been keeping a low profile inside Nogizaka46.

And what’s this garbage I hear a lot of people trying to speculate when she’ll graduated, “What The Fuck” who wants her graduate. Not me.

She’s the Haruna Kojima of Nogizaka46.6. Asami Watanabe (Cheeky Parade).

My wife is looking fine. She’s always changing her hair style, that’s Ok. Regardless of her hairstyle she always looks good.5. Miki Shimomura (Fairies).

A few months ago she release a photo book, of course I had to get it. Not just her all the fairies members did, I never thought I would ever see her in a bikini. It could have been better, but it’s a start. I’ve been dying to see her in bikini, I hope theirs more to come.

The last few days maybe a week,  I’ve been really getting into her and checking her out a lot. I do this with Miki quite often, it’s just matter of how long this one will last. It may last a while she’s been looking very fine lately.4. Maria Makino (Morning Musume).

She just release another photo book this month, getting it. She’s been everywhere for more than a year now. I was going to complain of  overexposure. But, no such thing as too much Maria Makino. Especially seeing her in a bikini.

On February 2nd, it was her Birthday. Happy belated 17th Birthday, Maria.3. Haruna Iikubo (Morning Musume).

I like her a lot she’s my favorite Morning Musume member, always has been since I really got into them in the Summer of 2012. I hope she will remain my favorite Morning Musume member until she graduates, I’m worried. I don’t know why, Maria Makino is coming behind her very fast. Although I can’t see her overtaking Haruna Iikubo, at least not in the near future.2. Hitomi Arai (Tokyo Girls’ Style).

I had a dream about her a couple of weeks ago when I was on holidays, the dream was actually about “Twice” she just made a cameo appearance. I was in a restaurant with friends and families to watch Twice perform, can you imagine Twice performing in a restaurant. Anyways across where we were sitting I see Hitomi Arai walking to go somewhere, so I just yelled out her name really loud. I thought and expected her to ignore and pretend not to her me, like a stuck up J-Pop Idol bitch. Instead she came over to where I sitting and lean down and look at me in the face making eye contact, I was surprise by this and froze and was speechless for a bit. Then I said I saw you in San Francisco, I can’t remember what she said she was basically thanking me. She was so nice and her smile was so sweet just like how I would imagine it to be. Then she walk away then  few J-Pop Idol groups appeared Houkago Princess, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, Koubou Berryz plus a few more that I don’t remember. Then Twice did their performance.1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 / NGT48).

You don’t really see or hear about her that much anymore, I guess just enough to keep you satisfied. Also she still does a fair amount photo shoots to keep you happy._____________________________________________________________________________________________________

My Top 20 J-Pop Artist :

20. Let’s Poco Poco!.

A sister group of Yurumerumo! (You’ll Melt More!), so I thought they would be worth checking out. I’ll be honest I didn’t think I would like them, they surprise me. I like them better than Yurumerumo!, at least musically. A lot more idol like than Yurumerumo!.19. Tsubaki Factory.

It took me a little while to get into them. They have a few members who I really like, and think are really cute. Yumeno Kishimoto is my favorite member.18. Kobushi Factory.

What’s going on with them they had 3 members who left in the last half of 2017, they’re down to 5 members now. At least the members that I like are still there, Risa Yamaki and Mai Ozeki are looking for a group to join. Honestly I don’t know what the future holds for them, I like them. I hope everything works out OK.17. Keyakizaka46.

To the general public I think they’re way more popular and more like than Nogizaka46.16. Tokyo Girls’ Style.

My only complain about them is lack of activities, and how far in-between they are. They’re releasing a single in a couple of weeks, it looks like a good one.

I’m glad that their management or agency, or whoever does these kind of things final gave them very good cell phones. For the longest time the cell phones they had before was really shit.15. NMB48.

Nothing against Miru Shiroma she’s pretty popular, when she’s your main selling point it’s not a good thing.14. Fairies.

Ok, Momoka Ito release a photo book a couple of years ago with some nice pictures in a bikini. Anyways, each member release a photo book last year. I only got Miki Shimomura, this was group I never expected to do anything like this. They will also release a single in a couple of weeks, pre-ordered the Miki Shimomura version cover already. I know when it comes to Fairies all I talk about is Miki, But I like “Rikako Inoue” a lot also.13. SKE48.

I like the current line-up of SKE48, I’m probably having the most fun following SKE48 now than ever before. With Ryoha Kitagawa, Nao Furuhata, Saki Takeuchi and few others, just wait til Jurina Matsui graduates. I was only being funny I like to bash Jurina, I always do when the opportunity arises, I really do like Jurina a lot.12. Nogizaka46.

It’s pretty amazing when you really think about it, especially with a group this large. Since the release of their 1st single in February 2012, they had very few members of any significant who have graduated. Nanami Hashimoto being the most significant, now Rina Ikoma the center for Nogizaka46 1st 5 single announced her graduation on January 31st. When she’ll leave Nogizaka46, not sure.11. HKT48.

All I’m going to say is I’m happy that Meru Tashima is back to being a significant member again.10. PASSPO.

My interest in them is diminishing, mainly because of lack of activities. I remember a couples of years ago when they were probably the busiest idol group their was.9. Country Girls.

I wasn’t going to include them, because they’re limited to digital releases only. They did release 3 digital singles since June last year, it’s not like 1 or 2 a year. We’ll see what happens in the future. I really don’t know why they did this to Country Girls their sales was pretty good.

And I really don’t like the way they’re treating Risa Yamaki and Mai Ozeki, seems like they are being punish for something. And saying so they can focus on school, maybe for Mai. But Risa, I don’t think so. I’m not saying they’re not doing any activities or have any projects with Hello! Project (solo or otherwise), cause they do. I just want to know why they place 3 of the members in other Hello! Project groups, and not these two. Maybe, school is the real reason.

For Mai I think I may know why, as for Risa apart from just wanting to get rid of her. I really don’t know.8. Tokyo Performance Doll.

They will release a single next month, that’s good to know. Also Anyu Kobayashi has been on hiatus since November.

I would love a threesome with Nana and Seira, a request.

Tokyo Performance Doll with Seira Jonishi Cousin. Formber NMB48 Member Kei Jonishi.

7. Yumemiru Adolescence.

Wow, I didn’t think this would ever happen. Recently they just added 3 new members Hanon Yamagucchi, Saya Yamashita, Yuki Minase. I like the way this group looks, will be releasing a single next month.6. Momoiro Clover Z.

They’re down to 4 members as Momoka Ariyasu graduated on Janaury 18th, it just won’t be the same without her. She was a big part of the group.5. Cheeky Parade.

Marin Yamamoto and Mariya Suzuki should be back from their 2 year hiatus around the summer of this year, they went on to hiatus on June 2016. To study english in Los Angeles, USA. Hope when they rejoin the group it brings new life to them, and pick up their activities.4. SUPER GiRLS.

If SUPER GiRLS can do bikini photo shoots, why can’t Cheeky Parade, GEM, Wa-Suta do it also.

Sad to say Runa Ozawa just graduated on January 31st.3. Babyraids JAPAN.

Ever since seeing them in September last year in San Francisco, at the J-Pop Summit my interest in them has been rejuvenated big time. I don’t even know why it even decline in the first place they’re so much fun to follow. I think it stared declining when they change their name, which was around the same time Manatsu Hayashi became blonde. Talking about Manatsu being blonde I though she was less attractive I didn’t like her as a blonde it didn’t suit her, my feelings didn’t change until I saw her at the J-Pop Summit. Seeing her up close and in person, I don’t know. It did something to me, I could have just stared at her face for all eternity.

I can’t say for sure, looking back. I think Manatsu Hayashi becoming blonde had a lot to do with me losing interest in them, add the name change I think that did it. It definitely wasn’t because of Rio Watanabe.2. AKB48.

Yeah, AKB48 is definitely hard to follow. And what is AKB48 are they a whole bunch of groups in a group, You got Team A, K, B, 4, and Team 8. In reality Team 8 is like it’s on own separate group, that has really has nothing to with AKB48. Then theirs the Research Students (Kenkyuusei), and also you have the senbatsu members and whatever else their is.

Some members of Team 4.

1. Morning Musume.

Chisaki Morito is a 14th Generation Morning Musume member so she’s and official and full time member. I may have mention this before, I can’t remember. If I didn’t Haruka Kudo graduated on December 11th.

I found this very surprising not including their first year 1997, only once 2008 they had no changes in members joining or graduating. Although in 2015 Riho Sayashi graduated in the final day of the year


Oricon Top 100 Singles 2017.

December 26, 2017

Oricon Top 100 Singles Of 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Negaigoto no Mochigusare – AKB48 (05/31/2017) (1,391,691).

2. #SukiNanda – AKB48 (08/30/2017) (1,124,444).

3. 11 Gatsu no Anklet – AKB48 (11/22/2017) (1,113,868).

4. Shoot Sign – AKB48 (03/15/2017) (1,086,412).

5. Nigemizu – Nogizaka46 (08/09/2017) (1,035,502).

6. Influencer – Nogizaka46 03/22/2017) (1,028,173).

7. Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru – Nogizaka46 (10/11/2017) (961,276).

8. Fukyouwaon – Keyakizaka46 (04/05/2017) (768,141).

9. Kaze ni Fukaretemo – Keyakizaka46 (10/25/2017) (723,517).

10. Doors ~Yuki no Kiseki~ – Arashi (11/08/2017) (625,707).

11. I’ll Be There – Arashi (04/19/2017) (438,466).

12. Tsunagu – Arashi (06/28/2017) (434,722).

13. MIC Drop / DNA / Crystal Snow – BTS (12/06/2017) (365,096).

14. Igai ni Mango – SKE48 (07/19/2017) (341,517).

15. Boku Igai no Dareka – NMB48 (12/28/2016) (319,748).

16. Nagurigaki BEAT – Kangani8 (01/25/2017) (310,220).

17. Over The Top – Hey! Say! JUMP ( 02/22/2017) (300,034).

18. Precious Girl / Are You There? – Hey! Say! JUMP / A.Y.T. (07/05/2017) (285,409).

19. Give Me Love – Hey! Say! JUMP (12/14/2016) (282,652).

20. Kiseki no Hito – Kanjani8 (09/06/2017) (282,351).

21. Bagutte Iijan – HKT48 (02/15/2017) (274,545).

22. Chi, Ase, Namida – BTS (05/10/2017) (264,512).

23. Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka? – HKT48 (08/02/2017) (264,512).

24. One More Time – Twice (10/18/2017) (238,972).

25. Outou Seyo – Kanjani8 (11/15/2017) (234,060).

26. Family Song – Gen Hoshino (08/16/2017) (232,350).

27. Inter Tonight / Kimi no Iru Sekai / Seven Wishes) – Kis-My-Ft2 (03/01/2017) (226,966).

28. Senaka Goshi no Chance – Kame to YamaP (Kazuya Kamenashi & Tomohisa Yamashita) (05/17/2017) (220,589).

29. The Red Light – KinKi Kids (07/12/2017) (217,471).

30. Seishun Dokei – NGT48 (04/12/2017) (207,626).

31. Pick It Up – Kis-My-FT2 (06/07/2017) (199,605).

32. Akai Kajitsu – Kis-My-Ft2 (11/29/2017) (194,427).

33. Michishirube – Busaiku (01/04/2017) (181,940).

34. Ho wo Agero! – Boys And Men (08/02/2017) (169,992).

35. Emma – NEWS (02/08/2017) (165,034).

36. Himawari – Mr. Children (07/26/2017) (162,415).

37. Hikari no Atelier – Mr. Children (01/11/2017) (161,749).

38. Seimei / Still Alive – B’z (06/14/2017) (158,519).

39. Osaka Ai Eye Ai / Ya! Hot! Hot! – Johnny’s WEST (06/21/2017) (155,167).

40. Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora Nanoka” – NGT48 (12/06/2017) (148,442).

41. Rock Tha Town – Sexy Zone (03/29/2017) (145,227).

42. Futari Saison – Keyakizaka46 (11/30/2016) (140,746).

43. Can’t Get Enough / Hana Hirake – V6 (03/15/2017) (139,244).

44. Gyutto – Sexy Zone (10/04/2017) (138,692).

45. God’s S.T.A.R. – Quartet Night (12/21/2016) (137,068).

46. Bokura Kyou mo Ikiteiru / Kangaeru na, Moero!! – Johnny’s WEST (11/22/2017) (136,475).

47. Otoko no Zesshou – Kiyoshi Hikawa (03/07/2017) (128,919).

48. Koi – Gen Hoshino (10/05/2016) (121,648).

49. Jamashinaide Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakaindash! – Morning Musume (10/04/2017) (116,651).

50. Happy – Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe (03/08/2017) (110,033).

51. Aa, Yume Mikoshi – Matsuri nine (08/16/2017) (104,770).

52. Colors / Taiyou to Tsuki no Kodomotachi – V6 (05/03/2017) (99,798).

53. Big City Rodeo – Generations from Exile Tribe (10/25/2017) (99,072).

54. The Idolmaster Million Theater Generation 01 Brand New Theater! – 765 Million Allstars (07/26/2017) (96,461).

55. The Idolmaster SideM Animation Project 01 “Reason!!” – 315 Stars (Dramatic Stars, Beit, S.E.M, High x Joker, W, Jupiter) (11/15/2017) (96,429).

56. Winter Wonderland – SHINee (12/21/2016) (96,412).

57. Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana – SMAP (03/05/2003) (94,011).

58. Shori no Gaika – Token Danshi Formation Of Mihotose (09/27/2017) (92,162).

59. My Buddy – Choutokkyuu (07/26/2017) (91,345).

60. Brand New Morning / Jealousy Jealousy – Morning Musume (03/08/2017) (89,618).

61. Green Boys – Green Boys (01/24/2017) (88,870).

62. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls little Star! Kira! Mankai Smile – Uzuki Shimamura (Ay,aka Ohashi), Miho Kohinata (Minami Tsuda), Mayu Sakuma (Yui Makino), Momoka Sakurai (Haruka Teru), Anzu Futaba (Hiromi Igarashi) (04/26/2017) (85,866).

63. Rain – Sekai no Owari (07/05/2017) (82,017).

64. Sing Along Sing A Song – Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (11/08/2017) (81,320).

65. Lightning – The Rampage from Exile Tribe (01/25/2017) (80,361).

66. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 09 Love Letter – Uzuki Shimamura (Ayaka Ohashi), Miho Kohinata (Minami Tsuda), Kyoko Igarashi (Atsumi Tanezaki) (03/01/2017) (80,109).

67. Mirai no Bokura wa Shitteiru yo – Aqours (10/25/2017) (79,178).

68. Ai ga Shinjirarenai Nara – Keisuke Yamauchi (03/29/2017) (77,976).

69. Love Quenn – E-girls (07/26/2017) (77,107).

70. Peace Sign – Kenshi Yonezu (06/21/2017) (74,625).

71. Chou Nebagiba Dance – Choutokkyuu (04/26/2017) (73,902).

72. Togetsukyou ~Kimi Omofu~ – Mai Kuraki (04/12/2017) (72,414).

73. Seiiki – Masaharu Fukuyama (09/13/2017) (72,184).

74. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution Yes! Party Time!! – Uzuki Shimamura (Ayaka Ohashi), Rin Shibuya (Ayaka Fukuhara), Mio Honda (Sayuri Hara), Miria Akagi (Tomoyo Kurosawa), Nana Abe (Marie Miyake) (01/25/2017) (71,446).

75. Happy Party Train – Aqours (04/05/2017) (70,998).

76. To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Final Curtain – C-ute (03/29/2017) (69,730).

77. Gotta Go!! – Wanima (05/17/2017) (67,194).

78. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master Evermore – Mika Jougasaki (Haruka Yoshimura), Miku Maekawa (Natsumi Takamori), Shiki Ichinose (Kotomi Aihara), Ranko Kanzaki (Maaya Uchida), Asuka Ninomiya (Shiki Aoki) (02/08/2017) (67,046).

79. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Little Stars! Etude wa 1 Kyoku Dake – Rin Shibuya (Ayaka Fukuhara), Haruna Kamijo (Mina Nagajima), Nao Kamiya (Eriko Matsui), Ranko Kanzak (Maaya Uchida), Miyu Mifune (Sayaka Harada) (05/24/2017) (66,874).

80. Tsuki Makura – Hiroshi Takeshima (01/25/2017) (65,898).

81. Taiyou no Elegy – Flower (08/23/2017) (65,516).

82. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 10 Jet To The Future – Riina Tada (Ruriko Aoki), Natsuki Kimura (Kiyono Yasuno) (04/19/2017) (65,338).

83. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 08 Beyond The Starlight – Rika Jougasaki (Nozomi Yamamoto), Chieri Ogata (Naomi Oozora), Karen Hojo (Mai Fuchigami), Mizuki (Nao Toyama), Yui Ohtsuki (Nanami Yamashita) (02/02/2017) (65,326).

84. Tokyo Girl – Perfume (02/15/2017) (64,706).

85. Itteki no Eikyou – UVERworld (02/01/2017) (64,247).

86. Hayatomo no Seto – Kaori Mizumori (05/02/2017) (63,365).

87. Yume no Melody / Dreamland – MAG!C PRINCE (10/18/2017) (63,119).

88. Dodonko Don’t Worry – Boys And Men Kenkyusei (12/21/2016)

89. Kokoro – Kobukuro (05/24/2017) (61,696).

90. Sayonara no Imi – Nogizaka46 (11/09/2016) (61,219).

91. Catch The Moment – LiSA (02/15/2017) (60,692).

92. Reboot!!! – A.B.C-Z (02/01/2017) (58,999).

93. Ryudoutai ni Tsuite – Kenji Ozawa (02/22/2017) (58,859).

94. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Master 11 Ankira?! Kyousou Kyoku – Anzu Futaba (Hiromi Igarahi), Kiraro Moroboshi (05/31/2017) (58,659).

95. The Idolmaster Cinderella Master Treasure – Uzuki Shimamura (Ayaka Ohashi), Rin Shibuya (Ayaka Fukuhara), Mika Jougasaki (Haruka Yoshimura), Mio Honda (Sayuri Hara), Rina Tada (Ruriko Aoki) (03/22/2017) (58,378).

96. If You Wanna – Perfume (08/30/2017) (58,349).

97. Kamen Tairiku ~Personia~ / ISUMI ~Shikisai no Machi de~ – Kamen Joshi (01/03/2017) (57,781).

98. Silent Majority – Keyakizaka46 (04/06/2016) (56,715).

99. Blast! – Momoiro Clover Z (08/02/2017) (56,629).

100. Yume Hitotsu – Token Danshi Team Shinsen Gumi with Hachisuka Kotetsu (03/29/2017) (55,367).


Oricon Top 100 Albums Of 2017.

December 26, 2017

Oricon Top 100 Albums of 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Finally – Namie Amuro (11/08/2017) (1,777,850).

2. SMAP 25 Years – SMAP (12/21/2016)  (1,174,338).

3. [untitled] – Arashi (10/18/2017) (774,993).

4. Thumbnail – AKB48 (01/25/2017) (632,615).

5. Encore – back number (12/28/2016) (555,480).

6. The JSB World – Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe (03/29/2017) (467,005).

7. Umarete Kara Hajimete Mita Yume – Nogizaka46 (05/24/2017) (411,625).

8. Jam – Kanjani8 (06/28/2017) (375,219).

9. Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017) (366,525).

10. Hey! Say! JMUP 2007-2017 – Hey! Say! JUMP (07/26/2017) (355,491).

11. Ambitions – One Ok Rock (01/11/2017) (347,476).

12. Yuzu Iroha 1997-2017 – Yuzu (04/26/2017) (337,484).

13. Garakuta – Keisuke Kuwata (08/23/2017) (286,573).

14. Cycle Hit 1991-2017 Spitz Complete Single Collection ~30th Anniversary Box~ – Spitz (07/05/2017) (258,942).

15. #Twice – Twice (06/28/2017) (256,282).

16. Music Colosseum – Kis-My-Ft2 (05/03/2017) (244,758).

17. Bootleg – Kenshi Yonezu (11/01/2017) (241,754).

18. Dinosaur – B’z (11/29/2017) (228,643).

19. Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto~ – NMB48 (08/02/2017) (203,089).

20. The Gift – Hi-Standard (10/04/2017) (176,009).

21. The BEST – KinKi Kids (12/06/2017) (173,870).

22. The Ones – V6 (08/09/2017) (165,559).

23. The Kids – Suchmos (01/25/2017) (160,609).

24. Ballad Selection – KinKi Kids (01/06/2017) (158,931).

25. ALL SINGLeeeeS ~& New Beginning~ – GReeeeN (01/24/2017) (157,742).

26. Fine Collection ~Begin Again~ – Tohoshinki (TVXQ) (10/25/2017) (156,072).

27. Neverland – NEWS (03/22/2017) (141,777).

28. Way Of Glory – AAA (02/22/2017) (136,273).

29. E.G. Crazy – E-girls (01/18/2017) (134,885).

30. Namida wo Nagasenai Pierrot wa Taiyou mo Tsuki mo Nai Sora wo Miageta – Generations from Exile Tribe (07/05/2017) (128,752).

31. Kakumei no Oka – SKE48 (02/22/2017) (126,720).

32. MADE – BIGBANG (02/15/2017) (122,628).

33. The Dream Quest – Dreams Come True (10/10/2017) (117,921).

34. Fantome – Hikaru Utada (09/28/2016) (117,259).

35. Love to Pop ~Sukidatta Hito wo Omoidasu Uta ga Aru ~Mixed By DJ Kazu – DJ Kazu (08/09/2017) (116,962).

36. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (11/18/2016) (114,169).

37. Love It – Kana Nishino (11/15/2017) (113,770).

38. Tycoon – UVERworld (08/02/2017) (112,408).

39. All Time Best Hata Motohiro – Motohiro Hata (06/14/2017) (111,980).

40. Divide – Ed Sheeran (03/03/2017) (102,836).

41. La La Land ~Original Soundtrack~ – Soundtrack (02/17/2017) (101,980).

42. Superfly 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits “Love, Peace & Fire” = Superfly (04/04/2017) (95,262).

43. Mankai Kaika Segen – A3ders! (02/15/2017) (02/15/2017) (88,898).

44. Ashitairo World End – Mafumafu (10/18/2017) (85,961).

45. The Yellow Monkey Is Here, New Best – The Yellow Monkey (05/21/2017) (82,713).

46. Koichi Domoto “Endless Shock” Original Soundtrack 2 – Koichi Domoto (04/19/2017) (81,525).

47. Chubby Groove – Inaba / Salas – Chubby Groove (01/18/2017)(81,319).

48. Love Yourself ‘Her’ – BTS (09/18/2017) (81,244).

49. The Fate Of The Furious : The Album – Soundtrack (04/14/2017) (80,710).

50. Born To Be Wild – Exile The Second (03/01/2017) (80,455).51. Ken Hirai Singles Collection Utabaka 2 – Ken Hirai (07/12/2017) (79,902).

52. Oh! Sutetora!!! Yuri!!! on ICE / Original Skate Song Collection (12/21/2016) (76,968).

53. Five – SHINee (02/22/2017) (76,709).

54. Kimi no Na wa – Radwimps (08/24/2016) (76,709).

55. Ambitions (Insternational Version) – One Ok Rock (01/13/2017) (75,149).

56. Shikisai – Wagakki Band (03/22/2017) (74,465).

57. Fate / Grand Oeder Original Soundtrack 1 – Soundtrack (03/01/2017) (74,374).

58. Summerdelics – Glay (07/12/2017) (71,372).

59. Best Selection “Blanc” – Aimer (05/03/2017) (68,397).

60. Ningen Kaika – Radwimps (11/23/2017) (11/23/2016) (66,560).

61. Best Selection “Noir” – Aimer (05/13/2017) (66,075).

62. Neogene Creation – Nana Mizuki (12/21/2016) (64,493).

63. Al1 – Seventeen (05/24/2017) (64,369).

64. Joyful Monster – Little Glee Monster (01/06/2017) (64,279).

65. Girls – EXO-CBX (05/24/2017) (62,577).

66. NieR:AutomataOriginal Soundtrack – Soundtrack (03/29/2017) (59,347).

67. Blackpink – Blackpink (08/30/2017) (58,332).

68. The Best – Ariana Grande (09/27/2017) (58,257).

69. Acid Blood Cherry – Acid Black Cherry (06/21/2017) (58,184).

70. All Time Best Album The Fighting Man – The Elephant Kashimashi (03/21/2017) (56,975).

71. One More Light – Linkin Park (05/19/2017) (56,945).

72. Recreation 4 – Acid Black Cherry (01/25/2017) (56,592).

73. Reputation – Taylor Swift (11/10/2017) (56,209).

74. Fin – 10-Feet (11/01/2017) (55,907).

75. 360 ChamberZ – PKCZ(R) (08/02/2017) (54,611).

76. Come Along 3 – Tatsuro Yamashita (08/02/2017) (54,335).

77. Nando Datte, Suki ~Kokuhaku Jikko Iinkai~ – HoneyWorks (02/22/2017) (54,237).

78. Kiseki Best Collection – Wagakki Band (11/29/2017) (54,064).

79. “Persona 5” Original Soundtrack – Soundtrack (01/17/2017) (53,842).

80. #1 2nd Mixed By DJ Fumi Yeah! – DJ Fumi Yeah! (04/26/2017) (53,838).

81. Ebicracy – Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (05/31/2017) (53,826).

82. Teen, Age – Seventeen (11/08/2017) (53,570).

83. Flame Of Love – Taemin (SHINee) (07/18/2017) (52,472).

84. I’m Home – Yutaro Miura (07/05/2017) (52,055).

85. D-Day – D-Lite (from BIGBANG) (04/12/2017) (51,724).

86. Mabataki – YUKI (03/15/2017) (51,168).

87. “We Are X” Original Soundtrack – X Japan (03/03/2017) (50,856).

88. Next Phase – Da-iCE (01/25/2017) (50,757).

89. Kuraki Mai x Meitantei Conan Collaboration Best 21 ~Shinjitsu wa Itsumo Uta ni Aru~ – Mai Kuraki (10/25/2017) (50,684).

90. The Best Of BTS ~Korean Edition~ – BTS (01/06/2017) (50,228).

91. Reimport Volume 2 – Ringo Shiina (12/06/2017) (48,974).

92. Yellow Dancer – Gen Hoshino (12/02/2015) (48,762).

93. Memories… Do Not Open – The Chainsmokers (04/07/2017) (48,055).

94. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th Anniversary Edition) – The Beatles (05/26/2017) (47,717).

95. A3! First Summer EP – Various Artist (05/24/2017) (47,352).

96. TWICEcoaster – Twice (10/26/2016) (47,094).

97. Sing ~Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Soundtrack (03/15/2017) (46,976).

98. 2017 S/S – Junho (from 2PM) (07/26/2017) (46,224).

99. New Kids : Begin – iKON (08/16/2017) (45,907).

100. Ifu Dodo ~B.M.C.A.~ – Boys And Men (12/14/2016) (45,783).


NGT48 2nd Single “Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka?”, First Week Sales.

December 18, 2017

NGT48 2nd single “Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka?”, which was released on December 6th. Sold 148,442 copies in it’s first week of release to ranked number 2, on the weekly oricon singles chart. Yuka Ogino is center for this single.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGBvujY6bjg .

Limited Edition Type A Cover.

Limited Edition Type B Cover.

Limited Edition Type C Cover.

Regular Edition Cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oricon Top 10 Single, Week 51, December 18, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. MIC Drop / DNA / Crystal Snow – BTS (12/06/2017) (365,096).

* BTS 3rd number one single.

I’m not sure, but I think this might be the highest first week sales in the oricon singles chart. By a Korean act.2. Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka? – NGT48 (12/06/2017) (148,442).3. Bokura no Seifuku Christmas – =Love (12/06/2017) (40,255).4. Kitakaze to Taiyou – E-Girls (12/06/2017) (35,931).5. The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Little Stars! Akimeite Ding Dong Dang! – Anastasia (Sumire Uesaka) , Chie Sasaki (Asaka Imai), Kanade Hayami (Yuuko Iida), Karen Hojo (Mai Fuchigami) , Minami Nitta (Aya Suzaki) (12/06/2017) (16,713).6. Ensemble Stars! Unit Song CD 3rd Series Volume 10 Trickstar – Trickstar (12/06/2017) (14,290).7. Ensemble Stars! Unit Song 3rd Series Volume 9 Switch – Switch (12/06/2017) (10,885).8. Nijiiro Sunshine / Kira Kira Namida – Kirameki Anforent (12/06/2017) (10,674).9. Akai Kajitsu – Kis-My-Ft2 (11/29/2017) (9,766) (194,427).10. Megrry Go Round – Batten Showjo Tai (12/06/2017) (9,460).____________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

13. Aitai Kimochi / Nanana – lol (12/06/2017) (8,659).18. Hit Chart De Suki Ni Shite! – Chu Oh! Dolly (12/05/2017) (5,780).19. Hanko Seimei – Ayumikurikamaki (12/06/2017) (5,146).25. &Peace – Kiss Bee (12/05/2017) (3,712).32. Hana Kotoba / Yuusha Tachi no Lullaby – Sanshu Chuugaku Yuushabu (Haruka Terui, Suzuko Mimori, Yumi Uchiyama, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Juri Nagatsuma, Kana Hanazawa) (12/06/2017) (2,782).43. Kyoumen no Nami – YURiKA (12/06/2017) (1,530).

48. Happy Merry2 X’mas – Flap Girl’s School (12/05/2017) (1,447).

* They’re down to 4 members from 6, since their last single.103. Girl’s Hour – Mellow Mellow (12/06/2017) (572).

112. Gekijyo Blue Future – RumBlue from LiveRevolt (12/06/2017) (520).

178. Aonami Grand Journey – Ogon Jidai (12/06/2017) (253).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 51, December 18, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. The BEST – KinKi Kids (12/06/2017) (173,870).

* KinKi Kids 20th number one album.2. Finally – Namie Amuro (11/08/2017) (90,030) (1,777,850).3. Reimport Volume 2 – Ringo Shiina (12/06/2017) (48,974).4. 15  Thank You, Too – Morning Musume (12/06/2017) (29,852).

* I’d like to wish Haruka Kudo “The Best Of Luck”, who graduated on December 11th.

5. Dinosaur – B’z (11/29/2017) (27,285) (228,643).6. All The Time Memories – Exile Takahiro (12/06/2017) (16,012).7. Montage ~Japan Edition~ – Block B (12/06/2017) (13,835).8. Teen, Age – Seventeen (11/08/2017) (11,804) (53,570).

* Korean release album.9. Kiseki Best Collection – Wagakki Band (11/29/2017) (11,468) (54,064).10. The Idolmaster Million Live! Master Sparkle 04 – Umi Kosaka (Reina Ueda), Akane Nonohara (Saki Ogasawara), Roko (Atsuki Nakamura), Anna Mochizuki (Shiina Natsukawa), Kana Yabuki (Ibuki Kido) (12/06/2017) (10,656).________________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

15. Wack & Scrambles Works – Variours Artist (12/06/2017) (6,204).

* Features BiS, BiSH, Gang Parade and a new group “EMPiRE”. This is actually a pretty good album.23. “Is The Order a Rabbit?” Duet Song Album – Various Artist (12/06/2017) (4,454).26. Juke Box – Sonoko Inoue (12/06/2017) (3,759).77. Vani Best II – Vanilla Beans (12/06/2017) (985).99. Kara Full – Fullfull Pocket (12/05/2017) (768).117. Innocent Emotion – Mai Yajima (12/06/2017) (668).208. Kyoumen no Nami – YURiKA (12/06/2017) (369).


Nogizaka46 19th Single “Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru”, First Week Sales.

October 19, 2017

Nogizaka46 19th single “Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru”, which was released on October 11th. Sold 850,824 copies in it’s first week of released to ranked number one, on the weekly oricon singles chart. Asuka Saito & Nanase Nishino are center for this single.

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDQ2yQ_gsw .

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 43, October 23, 2017.

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru – Nogizaka46 (10/11/2017) (850,824).

* Nogizaka46 18th number one single.

2. One / Hana no Uta / Rokutousei no Yoru (Magic Blur Version) – Aimer (10/11/2017) (27,644).3. Kamisama Connection – Hiroshi Kamiya (10/11/2017) (15,092).4. Egao no Kimi e – Suzuko Mimori (10/11/2017) (12,552).5. Fly – U-KISS (10/11/2017) (12,444).6. Just Meet – Silent Siren (10/11/2017) (12,243).7. U / Back Again – KNK (10/11/2017) (10,771).8. Gyutto – Sexy Zone (10/04/2017) (9,629) (128,241).9. Kokoro ni, Ame – Dreaming Monster (10/11/2017) (4,851).10. Jama Shinaide Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakaindashi! – Morning Musume (10/04/2017) (4,436) (115,485).

* Whoo, I can’t remember sales this low at No. 10 on the weekly oricon singles chart. At least it puts “Morning Musume” in the Top 10.___________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

13. Uchouten Traveler – Haruka Tomatsu (10/11/2017) (3,399).16. Night Terror – Rie Murakawa (10/11/2017) (3,131).23. Q.Jinsei Sore de Iinoka? – Band Ja Naimon! (10/11/2017) (2,244).33. Meramera Jumpin’ – Puti Passpo (10/11/2017) (1,291).52. “Space Battleship Yamato 2202 : Warriors Of Love (Anime)” Theme Song Single : Tsuki no Kagami – Teresa (Sayaka Kanda) (10/11/2017) (706).

129. Ticktack – edda (10/11/2017) (265).

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Oricon Top 10 Albums, Week 43, October 23, 2017.

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. The Dream Quest – Dreams Come True (10/10/2017) (69,579).

* Dreams Come True 18th number one album.2. Mada Boku wa… – Wooyoung (From 2PM) (10/11/2017) (27,040).3. The Gift – Hi-Standard (10/04/2017) (23,031) (144,893).4. Kokoro no Oto – Momoka Ariyasu (Momoiro Clover Z) (10/11/2017) (21,798).5. Kingdom – Spyair (10/11/2017) (20,166).6. Lucky & Haven – The Cro-magnons (10/11/2017) (16,041).7. 0 (Zero) – Shota Aoi (10/11/2017) (11,877).8. Fateless – coldrain (10/11/2017) (10,736).9. The Best – Ariana Grande (09/27/2017) (6,738) (40,683).10. Love to Pop ~Sukidatta Hito wo Omoidasu Uta ga Aru~ Mixed By DJ Kazu – DJ Kazu (08/09/2017) (5,483) (59,340).___________________________________________________________________________________

Of Interest To Me Only (New Releases Only) :

18. Utazaimon ~All Time Best~ – Yo Hitoto (10/11/2017) (3,676).23. Suisai ~Aquaveil~ – Miku Ito (10/11/2017) (2,855).


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”.