Death to Cult of Pop

Filed in Cult Of Pop 2.0

The year of kaisans has taken its toll on me. This is the last post I’ll be making on Cult of Pop.

Put simply, the blog’s been more miss than hit for me in the past couple months. I’ve been enjoying it less, and the sense of obligation was slowly overwhelming the sense of fun. I found I was creating a massive backlog of potential posts but not making myself sit down and actually write them. The posts I did complete became more scattershot and less what I wanted them to be, growing more and more distant from my personal vision of the Jpop blog I want to nurture.

Beyond that, I need to simplify the online part of my life as outside concerns take up more of my time: mostly, freelance writing is picking up for me and little Haruna will be arriving in two months. (Chinami is now out for the baby name, Haruna and Nozomi are in. Unfortunately, my attempt to name the child Eydie Ameen Mescallado has been torpedoed.)

Realizing all this earlier this week, I thought long and hard about what I should do next, and ending Cult of Pop seemed the best answer.

I think this blog had an excellent run in Version 2.0, and I’m proud of many entries that I’ve written for the past eleven months. The Favorite 2005 PVs series comes to mind, as does the H!P Science entries (especially the one for Berryz, when I finally learned to love them), the first “Momoko O Momoko” (before I beat it into the ground with extra cantos), and the U15 Battle Royale Generator.

Since blogging is about community, I want to thank everyone involved. First and foremost, I thank you regular readers for supporting my opinions and views on Japanese pop music. It wouldn’t be worth it without an intelligent, active audience, and you were certainly that. I also thank profusely my co-bloggers Ian Hirokawa and Sami, and apologize about that position being something akin to drumming for Spinal Tap.

And last but by no means least, I thank all the Jpop bloggers and other sites who’ve shown their support to Cult of Pop by links and mentions . Extra special thanks to Zush of Kakko-ii, CJ Marsicano of Stuck in a Pagoda with Motoko Aoyama, Johnny of The Mind, Thea of Made in Paradise, Santos of Idolizing St. Anna, HANABI.1984 at J-Pop CD Cover Art, and the crews at group blogs Channel-Ai,, and Your Opinion Doesn’t Count.

So. That’s it. Cult of Pop is dead. See you at my new Jpop blog!


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30 Responses to “Death to Cult of Pop”
  1. Johnny says:

    Say it ain’t so!

    You’ve done a great job, Ray. I wish you all the best, both personally and professionally.

    On a more personal note, if it wasn’t for Cult Of Pop, I wouldn’t have liked J-Pop as much as I do now.

    So many thanks for that.

    I look forward to your new J-Pop blog.

    Have a good one, Ray, and thanks again.

  2. Craig says:

    It’s sad šŸ™ Goodbye Cult of Pop.

  3. bbc says:

    I began reading cult of pop about a month and it became my favourite blog about jpop or in fact HP. I hope I can follow your new blog (but how?) and thank you so much for this lovely blog.

  4. Chuck says:

    Aww, that’s too bad. This and Idolizing St. Anna are the only blogs I actually dedicate any time to reading these days (no offense to the other bloggers here ā€” I just ain’t got a lot of time). If you ever do decide to make another blog, post about it here and make that your last post. You’ve had some very interesting posts and I’ve learned about some interesting music I wouldn’t have bothered with otherwise (e.g., the also-defunct Zone).

    Anyway, thanks for the good reading, and good luck with the whole being-a-father thing!

  5. eyn says:

    I’m really sad to hear that, but I assume American Wota will take over what you left here. šŸ™‚

    Thanks for adding and mentioning Channel-Ai to Feed of Pop and Cult of Pop when we first started, it really motivate us to bring better materials to our readers.

    Also, I would have left more comments if I knew more about H!P, unfortunately my knowledge’s still very shallow despite those wonderful introductory articles written by Lainay. -.-

  6. On behalf of the entire YODC crew, I just wanted to thank you for your continuing support of our dysfunctional blog and best of luck to you and all your future endeavors…

  7. itasi says:

    At first i thought this was a joke. :C I enjoyed reading your blog for a couple months now.

    Where is your new blog?

  8. HANABI.1984 says:

    I love CoP! Sad to see it go. T_T

    Good luck with everything and with AW.

  9. Mark says:

    This is truly sad, indeed. Cult of Pop was a very good H!P blog, always interesting. We all are in debt with you and the awesome Feed of Pop. So much to thank you that you deserve all šŸ™‚ I hope to hear more from you anytime soon! And I wish you the best in your nearest future.

  10. Garamond says:

    I’m really sad to see this blog end, it’s been the most interesting jpop blog I’ve read so far.
    Thanks Ray and good luck with everything, and thanks for making me aware of H!P (i.e. Berryz Koubou) which you did with this blog:

    Hope to see more of you in the blogosphere in a not too distant future. šŸ™‚

  11. Freya says:

    Bye bye!!! It was a great run, thank you so much.
    Without this blog, I probably never would’ve gotten into SweetS or Hinoi Team or many other non-H!P groups.

    If you create a new blog, do let us now,w ill you?

  12. Thanks for all the well wishes, folks! Just to clarify that last line in the post, Cult of Pop is dead but I’m still blogging about Jpop at The last post here was accompanied with the first post there.

  13. CJ Marsicano says:

    End of an era… damn. Not what I wanted to wake up to. Gonna miss this version. šŸ™

    But thanks for the shoutout. šŸ˜‰

  14. CJ Marsicano says:

    A salute to the end of CoP and the beginning of AW, because there would be no Stuck In A Pagoda With Motoko Aoyama without CoP:

  15. kagofeet says:

    Sayonara o wise one of Jpop! Kiotsuketene! Mata

    !!!!!!!!!!CULT OF POP ICHIBAN DESU!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Steve/Japonaliya says:

    OH GOD!! You are kidding…right. I have never read a better blog in my life!
    I know personal things sometimes get in the way, but I am not even over SweetS yet, and now this !!!
    Ray, I wish you all the best, but I think I must commit seppuku now….Sayonara….

  17. Beth says:


    Well, good luck with whatever you are doing now or in the near future.

    I find it kinda sad that I’m more upset over the death of cult of pop than of the breakup of SweetS… :X

  18. Willy says:

    I am really enjoy reading your blogs from about 1 year ago. The kaisan of CoP will surely be missed.

  19. reedf says:

    i’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, but this is my first time posting– just wanted to say you’ve done a great job. i’ll miss this, i’d check for updates everyday T_T. but best of luck you and your new family.

  20. niji says:



    Seriously though, that’s just disappointing. Well, what can you do, right? Life gets in the way of Jpop blogging all the time. Anyway, good luck with your other future online endeavours.

  21. Kevin says:

    Are you serious? I visit this site every week.. say it ain’t so!

    Anyways, I hope you’re happy with your decision and wish you the best in your future endeavours!

  22. Shay says:

    I am sad to hear that. But, likewise i do understand the circumstances. I wish you the best of luck with any future endeavors, and life. ^_^

  23. Pious says:

    Why does everything I love about H!P fade out infront of me T_T.

    This is like the Kago thing all over again.
    *hides under his bed to be EMO*

  24. Holly says:

    I haven’t commented much, but I’ve been reading your blog for about a year, I think. Your perspective on J-Pop idols was interesting, and I’ll miss reading this blog. I guess I’ll read your new blog though!

  25. Julia says:

    Oh man…not what I was expecting to come home from vacation to. Kuso, I don’t know where to go for H!P news now….omg…no, I can’t die over this. I’ll find a new favorite website. (This became my favorite website.) I’ll miss Cult of Pop, but good luck with everything else you’re up to.

  26. Garamond says:

    To those of you who writes “Oh no, I’m really gonna miss this! Guess I’ll have to kill myself” a.s.o. Did you read what Ray wrote in a comment, a bit up on this page?

    [b]Just to clarify that last line in the post, Cult of Pop is dead but Iā€™m still blogging about Jpop at The last post here was accompanied with the first post there.[/b]
    End quote.

    Here’s the link:


  27. Chuck says:

    Man wish you would’ve told me that before I killed myself.

  28. Tiny says:

    I would like to thank you for your coverage on one of the best JPop groups to ever hit Japan…ZONE. The depression that you had gone through when the group split was something that I related to; I went through the exact same thing when I had found out about the split (and continued to go through my depression after the split had taken form.) Even though ZONE is no more, they continue to breathe life (in my home) when their singles are played. It’s hard to say good bye when they DO continue to breathe life in my home, but sometimes, saying good bye is for the best.

    Thank you, Ray Mescallado, for everything (informational and personal.) May you continue to raise the bar in whatever you choose to pursue…and please, continue to “believe in ZONE,” as I have struggled, continually, to do.


  29. thea says:

    eh where is your new jpop blog? :O

    honestly if obligations come in the way of something like a hobby it becomes really less fun šŸ™ i felt that with MiP before i came back. now im more casual i think lol

    hope u figure out whats best for u on your next blog anyways šŸ˜€ and post your link here or something šŸ™‚ [btw thanks also for great blogging! i dont comment much but i still read your material xD]