Sunday Blog Roundup: A Surprising Pic, Cop Show Love, and H!P Disappointment

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My favorite post for this week is a lesson in the hazards of group blogging. I direct your attention to Your Opinion Doesn’t Count, where Tsuji Eriku writes about some cute model… but the first picture is of somebody much much more attractive. It caught me by surprise and made me wonder what the heck was going on. Then I read the comments… and started laughing. This isn’t the only Jpop goodness coming from these fine bloggers, either: there’s also a sorta-related entry about the whole underage idol thing and this week’s J-Music Clip of the Week, Matsuura Aya’s latest single.

Wapiko of Musings of a Fangirl discusses her love of cop shows and how it ties into the Jdorama Unfair. (And while Wapiko’s fond of Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay, I must confess my own attachment to Kathryn Erbe of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Oz.) In another post, she talks about how Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories influenced her frame of mind while driving. What the heck, when I began driving again after ten years of not doing so, I was playing a lot of Burnout 2 and the temptation was strong to try out a real-life Crash Mode. Which now that I think of it, is why I stopped driving for so long…

Also on the jdorama front, Deepest Thought’s Miki is in the thrall of Byakuyakou. Akiramike of HamsapSukebe gives us a tasty look at the second episode of 2nd House, then provides a Isoyama Sayaka photo set – with Kawamura Yukie for Sabra Magazine – to pass the time between episodes. And to help Jdorama fans along, Idols Unlimited also have their own Sayaka goodness this week. Meanwhile, Cute Cosplay Angels has photos from Kuriyama Chiaki’s first photobook and Barely 18 Movies has a McDonald’s ad from Japan.

At 28hundred hours, crs provides a fascinating interactive review of Bi’s “Sad Tango”, looking at the different factors in this crossover success. Over at Channel Ai, spellcheck gives a very thoughtful review of BoA’s latest single, “Everlasting”. J-Pop CD Cover Art’s HANABI.1984 has the cover to this, along with two older Koda Kumi covers, “Love & Honey” and “Hands”. Of course, we all look forward to more of Ku-chan’s 12-week round-the-world singles… Speaking of which: at ikimasshoi, we not only have the latest news on Hello! Project’s upcoming releases – including the next Berryz single – we discover that Koda Kumi has a fondness for Matsuura Aya!

Madara of Madara Blog is disappointed with his latest Hello! Project viewings – a concert and a couple episodes of Hello! Morning. It makes me nostalgic, actually – the first time I realized that Morning Musume could actually (sometimes) suck. Jarret of I’m bad at naming things writes about finding street bands in Kobe. He also discusses his fondness for Aiko’s music and getting a homestay for this semester. At the usagi incidents, there are some nice short reviews of Jpop are mixed in with the anime and TV reviews, including releases from Tokyo Jihen, SNoW, and Nakashima Mika.

At Idolizing St. Anna, Santos looks at Hinoi Team and Koriki’s recent appearance on Utaban as well as AAA’s concert at Shibuya AX – with an interesting anecdote from afterwards. HALCALI day by day’s jariten continues to whip up anticipation for the duo’s next single with a shot of the CD cover and news about the PV clip. Apparently, it’ll be closer to Halcali’s pre-hiatus sound, which is great news. At Made in Paradise, our recently-certified Thea looks at the history and future of boy band Flame. Coming back from hibernation is the dream’s box blog with a great entry on Hasebe Yu’s recent activities.

And now for something completely weird: Go of jrocknyc provides a rivetingly odd look at the Bible. Go also provides news of Marty Friedman and the prospect of a second season of Heavy Metal San! If Kumada Yoko returns – or even if Marty gets to flirt with his favorite enka singers – then I’m looking forward to screencap summaries from Go again.

Last but not least, there’s a couple of new blogs you may want to check out. kelvintan73 has a very interesting LiveJournal that discusses Hello! Project on occassion, such as this recent short review of Goto Maki’s recent concert DVD. I actually find his non-H!P entries interesting as well, discussing politics of various stripes – national, international, identity… On a lighter note, music by maya pulls together YouTube videos of Asian music, including this entry devoted to Morning Musume (except one of the videos is Country Musume and another is Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, but I’m not going to be too picky about this).

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  1. acetonic says:

    Much of my recen H!P dissapointment has been forgotten with the news of the return of (the real) Petit Moni, at least in concert form. 🙂
    http://www.sanspo.com/geino/top/gt200601/gt2006013003.html