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.

 


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 meet her last 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 person the met, I think I froze for a bit. I just remember her talking to me, but nothing was coming to ears. I just continued to stare at her, for  bit. I was very nervous about meeting the group, she had a way of making you 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 I’ll be spending more time with school, well anyway you look at it. From here on their activities will be very limited, at least until future 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)._____________________________________________________________________________

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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).


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.


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

June 26, 2017

With NMB48 Kei Jonishi & AKB48 Haruna Kojima ranking for the last time last month, we get 2 new members here.

30. Ririka Sutou (NMB48 – Team N).

For this spot it was a tough one it was between 2 members, it was very close it could have gone either way. I choose NMB48 Ririka Sutou for no other reason than that I’m liking her just a little more than other member “RIGHT NOW!”.

I actually also considered not including her since she announced her graduation on June 17th, she’s getting married. She’s suppose to graduated just before she gets married, no date for either one yet. I actually find this kinda laughable not that she’s graduating, the whole thing and also they say she’s not pregnant. I don’t think we’ll ever know the whole truth or story about this, I’m a little suspicious of the whole thing. I think Aki-P is getting a little soft, he offered her to stay in the group as a married woman. That would have been very interesting, I think it had more to do with her agency who owns the NMB48 theater.

I’m very curious how this whole thing is going to turn out, down the road. From past experience what management and the member say right now, is usually all rubbish.29. Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).

She’s someone who I’ve wanted and considered ranking the last couple of months, I guess I started to really get into her early this year. I’ve been really into her big time the last few months, I just think she’s really gorgeous and really cute and all so sweet. I’ve known who she was for a year or so now, when it came to really noticing her I was very, very slow.28. Ranze Terada (Nogizaka46 – 2nd Generation).27. Rika Nakai (NGT48 – Team NII).26. Miori Ichikawa (NMB48 – Team N).25. Nao Furuhata (SKE48 – Team KII).

I just want to congratulate her for making senbatsu, in AKB48 9th senbatsu election. That was a big surprise for me.24. Sayuri Matsumura (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).23. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team KII).22. Yurina Hirate (Keyakizaka46 – 1st Generation.

June 25th, was her Birthday. Happy belated Sweet 16th Birthday, Yurina.21. Haruka Komiyama (AKB48 – Team 4).

She’s looking more and more like Rena Kato.20. Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team H Captain).

19. Nanase Nishino (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).18. Juri Takahashi (AKB48 – Team 4 Captain).

Bad, Bad Juri. I think she should have keep her mouth shut, about Ririka Sutou. I had my doubts, I guess she is captain material after all.17. Haruka Kodama (HKT48 – Team H and AKB48 – Team K).16. Saki Takeuchi (SKE48 – Team KII).15. Sumire Sato (SKE48 – Team E).14. Rena Kato (AKB48 – Team B).13. Yui Kojina  (HKT48 – Team H).12. Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 – Team S and AKB48 – Team 4).11. Rie Kitahara (NGT48 Captain – Team NIII).

June 24th, was her Birthday. Happy belated 26th Birthday, Kitarie.10. Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H and HKT48 Theater Manager and also STU48 Manager).9. Yuria Kizaki (AKB48 – Team B Captain).

She announced her graduation on April 12th, I think she’s going to graduate from the group in late September.8. Anna Iriyama (AKB48 – Team A).7. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48 – Team K).6. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48 – Team N Captain).5. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 – Team H Co-Captain and AKB48 – Team A).4. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B).

This really sucks for all Mayuyu fans, she announced her graduation on June 17th. My guess is she’ll graduated in December this year.

When she does leave I’ll surely miss her, very few members I enjoyed more than following than I did her.3. Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Team H).2. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46 – 1st Generation).1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 – Team B and NGT48 – Team NIII).

She been at number 2 for the longest time, since 2011. She finally made to number one.


AKB48 9th Senbatsu Election, Final Results.

June 20, 2017

AKB48 9th senbatsu election was held on June 17th, this is where fans got to vote on the members they want on their upcoming single 1-16 Senbatsu, 17-32 Under Girls, 33-48 Next Girls, 19-64 Future Girls, 65-80 Upcoming Girls. Several ways you could have voted to numerous for me to write, I had 3 votes. Which I got from their latest single “Negaigoto no Mochigusare”, as I bought 1 copy each of the regular edition. That single as 1 voting ballot on each CD.

I gave all my 3 votes to HKT48 Meru Tashima.

370 members participated in this election, from AKB48 (128), SKE48 (75), NMB48 (58), HKT48 (52), NGT48 (25), STU48 (31) and Rina Izuta who got transferred to BNK48 in April this year.

Before I get started congratulations to all the members that ranked, for those that didn’t. Just wait until next year.

 

Upcoming Girls (65-80) :

80. Hana Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team TII) 15,396 votes.

She was center for HKT48 “Saikou ka yo”, which was release in September last year. No relation to Natsumi Matsuoka.

79.  Aki Toyonaga (HKT48 – HKT48 Kenkyuusei) 15,598 votes..

She’s only been with HKT48 for less than a year, and she manage to ranked.

78. Yuki Takahata (SKE48 – Team E) 15,804 votes.

Don’t know who she is.

77. Yuria Kado (NGT48 – NGT48 Kenkyuusei) 15,990 votes.

She’s the first of what I think maybe a lot of NGT48 to get ranked, judging from the from the 1st Day Results.

76. Moe Goto (AKB48 – Team B) 16,097 votes.

It’s her first time ranking, although I though she had ranked before. I guess not.

75. Miyu Omori (AKB48 – Team 4) 16,162 votes.

She has ranked in the last 3 election , all as Upcoming Girls.

74. Shinobu Mogi (AKB48 – Team K) 16,393 votes.

She drop big time from last year election 27 spots.

73. Yui Hiwatashi (AKB48 – Team A) 16,492 votes.

I never knew she was a former member of karat, I like that group. She’s a cutie.

72. Yuna Obata (SKE48 – Team KII) 16,511 votes.

She’s so cute, she has change a lot since she first join SKE48. She’ll be center for SKE48 upcoming single “Igai ni Mango”, which will be release in July.

71. Minami Kato (NGT48 – NGT48 NII) 16,641 votes.

2 years in row ranking for her, she moves up 5 position from last year.

70. Aya Miyajima (NGT48 – NGT48 Kenkyuusei) 16,930 votes.

Don’t really know anything about her.

69. Nagisa Sakaguchi (AKB48 – Team 8) 17,303 votes.

I’m always happy when someone from Team 8 gets ranked, they’re all so cute. She ranked almost at the same spot from last year.

68. Sumire Sato (SKE48 – Team E) 17,320 votes.

I’d like to see her rank higher, as long as she gets ranked I’m happy.

67. Serika Nagano (AKB48 – Team 8) 17,662 votes.

Yes, another Team 8 member gets ranked.

66. Marika Tani (SKE48 – Team E) 17,744 votes.

3 years ago she was the highest member to rank, that wasn’t rank before. Since then she’s been dropping.

65. Nao Ota (AKB48 – Team 8) 17,757 votes.

She’ll be Upcoming girls Center, and it’s AKB48 Team 8 member.

Upcoming Girls.

 

Future Girls (49-64) :

64. Ryoha Kitagawa (SKE48 – Team S) 18,052 votes.

Since she join SKE48 she as been push like no other, still with no results. You just know that the heavy pushing will still continue, which is OK by me. I like her, I think she’s really pretty and so sweet. She has been stuck around this position the last 3 years.

63. Haruka Kumazaki (SKE48 – Team E) 18,299 votes.

She’s has ranked in the last 3 election, and as moved up each time.

62. Aoi Motomura (HKT48 – Team KIV) 18,363 votes.

In the last 4 election it’s been up, down, up, down for her. She’s pretty.

61. Miori Ichikawa (NMB48 – Team N) 18,814 votes.

Yes, Lemon managed to rank. Not really surprise I think she was kinda promoted a little bit just before the election started.

60. Nagisa Shibuya (NMB48 – Team M) 19,263 votes.

Future Girls the last 3 election, she really looks good in a bikini.

59. Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48 – Team H) 19,372 votes.

Dropped 13 spots from last year, still a good result for her.

58. Yuki Arai (SKE48 – Team KII) 19,467 votes.

First Time ranking.

57. Airi Tanigawa (NMB48 – Team N) 19,752 votes.

Don’t really know to much about her.

56. Saki Takeuchi (SKE48 – Team KII) 19,919 votes.

This sucks, I though this was the year Saki had a good chance of making senbatsu or at least come close to it. What happen she drop 25 spots, is she in a scandal I don’t know about. I just may have overestimated her.

55. Orin Muto (AKB48 – AKB48 Kenkyuusei) 20,356.

I’ve never herad of her, is she related to Tomu. This very high for AKB48 16th Generation (December 8, 2016) member to rank.

54. Nao Ueki (HKT48 – Team KIV) 20,640 votes.

I think I need to pay more attention to her.

53. Maho Yamaguchi (NGT48 – Team NIII) 20,816 votes.

Doesn’t she look like that member at #70 Aya Miyajima.

52. Haruka Komiyama (AKB48 – Team 4) 20,910 votes.

I wish she would have rank higher, she dropped 31 spots from last year. Last year she came out of nowhere to rank where she did, I didn’t expect a repeat or an improvement from last year. But, I didn’t think she would drop this much.

51. You Oguri (AKB48 – Team 8) 21,296 votes.

I’m always happy when a AKB48 Team 8 member gets rank, this girl is so cute. I’m surprise she hasn’t rank before. I’m just waiting to see her in a bikini, she’s gonna look so hot. She’s about at that age.

50. Natsumi Tanaka (HKT48 – Team H) 21,472 votes.

First time ranking. I think she looks like a particular member, who I can’t put my finger on right now.

49. Riko Sakaguchi (HKT48 – Team H) 21,643 votes.

She’ll be Future Girls Center.

Future Girls (Doesn’t Ryoha Kitagawa look so fine there).

 

Next Girls (33-48) :

48. Ayaka Okita (NMB48 – Team BII) 22,264 votes.

She drop from #25 last year.

47. Satone Kubo (AKB48 – Team K Draft Kenkyuusei) 22,895 votes.

She was drafted by Team K, 2 years ago. When she’ll join Team K I don’t know, I never realize how young she is. She won’t be 14 years old, til late this year. I guess no rush for her to join Team K.

46. Rara Goto (SKE48 – Team E) 23,225 votes.

Don’t know who she is.

45. Megu Taniguchi (AKB48 – Team A) 23,304 votes.

I’ll be honest she ranked last year, and she’s done a lot of stuff. I don’t know anything about her, or I just didn’t notice her. I’ve been pretty selective the last 2 years or so.

44. Natsuki Kamata (SKE48 – Team E) 24,108 votes.

She move up 30 spots from a year ago.

43. Yukari Sasaki (AKB48 – Team A) 24,276 votes.

I think she’s kinda cute.

42. Saho Iwata (AKB48 – Team 4) 24,303 votes.

She’s really cute.

41. Marina Nishigata (NGT48 – Team NIII).

I like her, I’m happy she manage to rank this high.

40. Meru Tashima (HKT48 – Team H) 24,458 votes.

She was like #82 on the 1st Day Results, after going this far without seeing her name. I was very worried, I would have been very sad is she didn’t ranked. Still I would really love to see her rank a lot higher, I’ll take this.

39. Sae Murase (NMB48 – Team BII) 24,585 votes.

I’ve seen her name a few a times, but I really don’t know to much about her.

38. Asuka Tomiyoshi (HKT48 – Team KIV) 24,996 votes.

Not much, but she did move up 4 spots from last year.

37. Nako Yabuki (HKT48 – Team H) 25,364 votes.

She’s a real cutie.

36. Yuna Ego (SKE48 – Team KII) 25,731 votes.

Drops 1 spot from a year ago, SKE48 sure has a lot cute members.

35. Mio Tomonaga (HKT48 – Team KIV) 25,733 votes.

I have nothing against her, I just don’t like that she almost always ranks higher than Meru Tashima.

34. Mai Fuchigami (HKT48 – Team KIV) 25,900 votes.

Her election results are fairly consistent the last 3 years, around 30-40.

33. Yuuka Kato (NMB48 – Team M) 25,988 votes.

She’ll be Next Girls Center.

Next Girls.

 

Under Girls (17-32) :

32. Seina Fukuoka (AKB48 – Team B) 26,444 votes.

Yes, I would say this a surprise.

31. Madoka Moriyasu (HKT48 – Team KIV) 27,384 votes.

Yes, this is more like it. She’s been dropping the last 2 election, after ranking pretty high before that. Might just be a coincidence, but why is it when she moves up, Natsumi Matsuoka moves down and vise versa. This year she moves up 19 spot and Natsumi Matsuoka drops 13 spots.

Just Look –

Madoka Moriyasu / Natsumi Matsuoka.

2017 (31) (+19) / (59) (-13).

2016 (50) (-7) / (46) (+5).

2015 (43) (-18) / (51) (+13).

30. Narumi Kuranoo (AKB48 – Team 8) 28,037 votes.

The highest ranking AKB48 Team 8 member for the second year in a row. Can’t wait to see in her a bikini, does Team 8 do any bikini shoots. I don’t think I’ve seen any yet.

29. Saya Kawamoto (AKB48 – Team 4) 28,118 votes.

She drops 2 spots, but a very good result for her.

28. Miku Tanaka (HKT48 – Team H) 28,555 votes.

I think she’s really cute.

27. Yuuri Ota (NMB48 – Team BII) 28,452 votes.

I really don’t anything about her.

26. Mina Oba (SKE48 – Team KII) 28,554 votes.

Ever since she got transferred to SKE48 she’s had great results in the election, in the 20’s.

25. Moeka Takakura (NGT48 – Team NIII) – 28,623 votes.

I don’t know why, but I think her name is kinda funny. She is really cute, though.

24. Mako Kojima (AKB48 – Team 4) 29,695 votes.

Drops 5 spots, still a very good result.

23. Rika Nakai (NGT48 – Team NIII) 29,903 votes.

The center of NGT48, at least for their 1st single.

22. Masana Oya (SKE48 – Team S) 30,236 votes.

A very popular SKE48 member, she failed to rank in the 1st election. Since then she has rank in every election all in the Top 30, except last year when she didn’t participate.

21. Rena Kato (AKB48 – Team B) 30,282 votes.

Cute Renacchi, slowly but as improve her ranking. Since ranking for the first time a few years ago.

20. Ririka Sutou (NMB48 – Team NIII) 31,779 votes.

She improve 24 spots from last year, I wonder if this has something to do with Sayaka Yamamoto not participating in this years election. Then again I thought she was going to ranked a lot higher last year.

19. Minami Minegishi (AKB48 – Team K) 34,668 votes.

Miichan continues to rank pretty high, she never really seems move up or down. Even when she had that scandal.

18. Kaori Matsumura (SKE48 – Team KII) 34,977 votes.

An SKE48 member who usually ranks fairly high.

17. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48 – Team A) 35,204 votes.

She drop 4 spots from last year and just failed to make senbatsu this year, those NGT48 members. At least she’s Under Girls Center, makimg senbatsu would have been better.

Under Girls.

 

Senbatsu (1-16) :

16. Akari Yoshida (NMB48 – Team M) 35,540 votes.

Who would have ever guest that Akari Yoshida would ever make senbatsu, she does look like Milky at least I think so. And the good news for NMB48 fans is that she’s not even the highest ranking NMB48 member.

15. Akane Takayanagi (SKE48 – Team KII) 38,576 votes.

She moves up 5 spots to get back to senbatsu for the 2nd time in the senbatsu election, otherwise she’s been Under Girls 6 times.

14. Nao Furuhata (SKE48 – Team KII) 40,202 votes.

I must admit this a surprise for me, I thought she’ll be close to making senbatsu. But making it, I didn’t think so. I shouldn’t be surprise she seems very popular and has quite a following. I think this is the reason that Ryoha Kitagawa is having trouble moving up (Don’t look too deeply into that).

13. Hinata Homma (NGT48 – Team NIII) 41,230 votes.

Don’t really know anything about her since NGT48 haven’t been around that long, I’ve just started checking out NGT48 a bit few months ago. I like what I’ve seen so far.

12. Miru Shiroma (NMB48 – Team M) 41,491 votes.

The highest ranking NMB48 member, last year she was the highest ranking NMB48 members (Outside of Sayaka Yamamoto who’s not participating this year).

And the year before that she was the highest ranking NMB48 member (Outside of Sayaka & Milky).

I like her she’s a sexpot, who seems to like to show a lot of skin. I used to enjoy fantasizing about her and Milky.

11. Juri Takahashi (AKB48 – Team 4) 42,663 votes.

She’s been moving up every year, since she first ranked 4 elections ago.

10. Rie Kitahara (NGT48 – Team NIII) 45,684 votes.

She’s been very close many times, but this is the 1st time she has ranked in the top 10 in the senbatsu election. I’m not going to bother checking, but I think she’s 1 of 5 members who has ranked in all 9 senbatsu election.

9. Nana Okada (AKB48 – Team 4) 48,143 votes.

Talk about someone moving up quickly in a short time, last year she made senbatsu. This years she makes the Top 10. She has moved significantly in the last 4 senbatsu election.

8. Sarina Souda (SKE48 – Team KII) 52,475 votes.

To me this a real big surprise, maybe even bigger than Akari Yoshida making senbatsu.

7. Yui Yokoyama (AKB48 – Team A) 58,314 votes.

Their was never any doubt she would make senbatsu, maybe even Top 10. I’m actually little surprise she ranked this high.

6. Akari Suda (SKE48 – Team E) 63,124 votes.

She moved up 1 spot from last year, I sill can’t understand why she’s so popular. I know a few that are really crazy about her.

5. Yuka Ogino (NGT48 – Team NIII) 73,368 votes.

The highest ranking NGT48 member, seeing her in the lead in the 1st day results with a big margin from the #2 member was a surprise. She’s the highest member to rank for the first in the senbatsu election, not just this year but all of them.

She’s one of my favorite NGT48 members, I’ve been checking her up a little bit the last couple of months. She’s a real cutie.

4. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 – Team KIV) 82,803 votes.

Moves up 2 spots from last year, Thanks to Sayaka Yamamoto & Yuki Kashiwagi.

3. Jurina Matsui (SKE48 – Team S) 113,615 votes.

Interesting she has almost the same amount of votes as she had last year.

2. Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 – Team B) 149,132 votes.

She’s the only member to ranked in the top 5 in all the 9 senbatsu election.

1.Rino Sashihara (HKT48 – Team H) 246,376 votes.

Congratulations to Sasshi for the center position.

This is 3 years in row that she has come up on Top and 4th overall in the senbatsu election, just like last year in wasn’t even close.

Senbatsu.