Sunday Blog Roundup: Pengie’s Podcast, Pedolicious Posting, Pregnant Pause

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My favorite blog post of this week is a podcast! Which is odd, since I don’t find the idea of podcasts very compelling… but when it’s a blogger whose writing and point of view is already a favorite of mine, it’s just another dimension to a great experience. Anyways, pengie of unchained asked for input on whether she should try podcasting and gives it a try with what she thinks is mixed results. It’s nice to place an aural voice to the writing voice, and to find them equally pleasing and engaging. While pengie talks just a little too fast and is a little too self-aware of her process, she was also very entertaining and fun to listen to. The rough edges can be smoothed out in no time, and I’d personally want to see her cut down the songs to three and have more opinion and more commentary. You have at least one faithful listener here, pengie, so keep ’em coming!

My other favorite blog post this week is of the pedolicious variety: Kd of Iroiro Aru Sa! writes matter-of-factly about the whole pedolicious thing with U15 idols… and apparently caught some hell for it. Kd is, as usual, quite entertaining and articulate in her opinions, and positively fearless in the face of adversity. The sudden attention she received hasn’t seemed to discourage her, and it shouldn’t – if you piss off enough people, it means you’re doing something right. Also on the self-aware blogging front, Johnny of The Mind now goes by the name Mr. Jpop – or is it Captain Jpop? – though apparently it’s also gotten him some negative attention. His response shows that, as always, his heart is in the right place.

In exclusive calendar news, Thea of Made in Paradise points out AAA has one for their fan club while Gail of the impressive Himitsu reports a $55 calendar from SID. For that much, I assume the band fly to you and actually put it up on your wall? Gail also has her latest list of upcoming J-Pop releases. Rinoa of Channel-Ai has a well-balanced and thoughtful review of sifow’s first album, Clarity and does an equally good job with “Taiyo no Uta” by Sawajiri Erika as Amane Kaoru. Béné of Béné Blog has moved to a new site and renamed her blog Meganekko! It’s still primarily in French, with English afterwards, and still enjoyable to read.

The tag team of The Great Swifty Speaketh, Swifty and Justin, look at Koda Kumi’s career, while Swifty comes up with some nationalist slogans from Morning Musume songs – which seems only fair, since they did shill for the Self Defense Force during the group’s heyday. Justin also praises Donald Barthelme… hey, I like Theodore Dreiser and William Gibson, so it’s not like I’ll be throwing stones from my glass house. But he then takes a swipe at Vladimir Nabokov and Lolita! Never mind that I’m thinking of naming my baby after the greatest U15 heroine in literary history (right up there with Pokler’s daughter in Gravity’s Rainbow), I actually did laugh throughout most of Lolita a few months back, often out loud – and it was much more than I ever have in reading anything by Barthelme (though I only ever read Barthleme under academic duress, admittedly – and yeah, I can’t stand Vonnegut either). Calling Lolita “overwritten and obnoxious” seems to purposely misapprehend the distinctive lyricism and allusive density of the novel, as well as not take into account the difficulty in balancing the narrative voice of Humbert Humbert. But that’s just me, of course.

Moving away from lit-crit and back to Japanese music, jariten of HALCALI day by day has news of Halcali doing more TV appearances… dressed as pigs, perhaps. Well, it could be worse, right? They could be remaking a Michael Jackson video. Aural Candy posts news of Kagrra’s next single – with two limited editions. Go of jrockynyc does a great screencap review of Gilgamesh’s latest PV and observes yet another unfortunate use of English by a Japanese idol – this time, a T-shirt for Aikawa Nanase.

HANABI.1984 of J-Pop CD Cover Art has a trio of mihimaru GT album covers: mihimarhythm, mihimalife, and mihimagic. There are also recent releases on display, including Suzuki Ami’s “Alright!” and “Like a Love?”, hitomi’s “Ai no Kotoba”, and Every Little Thing’s Crispy Park (a name that always makes me hungry when I hear it). And at last! Channel-Ai newcomer Celsius005 writes a highly enjoyable review of SMAP’s “Dear Woman”. SMAP. baby! You gotta love them. Meanwhile, Santos of Idolizing St. Anna is excited that Bon Bon Blanco has a new single coming.

At Your Opinion Doesn’t Count, that magnificent bastard Langdon Alger celebrates Amuro Namie’s 29th birthday with some choice pictures of her younger days and makes a rather obvious observation on GAM. Langdon also chooses the J-Music Clip of the Week, the astoundingly amusing “Kibou no Kakera” from Kitade Nana and for Namie’s birthday includes her “Alarm” performance at the 2004 MTV Music Awards. And like Johnny of The Mind last week, Craig finds a reason to protect the planet.

Continuing on the H!P front, CJ Marsicano of Stuck in a Pagoda with Motoko Aoyama makes a rather astute observation on Morning Musume’s next album. H!P – Hello Non-Pro Hour with Jinryuichi is a new blog focusing on personal views towards Hello! Project. WEBmikey has reviews of Volume Three of the Musume Dokyu collection and Tamaki Nami’s Specialty DVD. Ikimasshoi has news of Berryz Koubo and Viyuden’s next singles, which is also picked up by Switch-On News! Also from Ikimasshoi, Gocchin is singing the closing theme for the new Galaxy Railways anime.

Also in anime / idol news, Pata of Irresponsible Pictures breaks that Irie Saaya – now just Saaya, apparently? – will be doing voice work for the new horror anime Jigoku Shoujo. Pata also looks at reading manga electronically – which gave me some horrible flashbacks of my ComicsOne days, but is an interesting and informative piece. usagi of the usagi incidents seems to have set aside anime for the moment, focusing on live action TV shows such as Sugar RUsh as well as esoterica such as Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. On the drama front, Akiramike of the mighty HampsapSukebe eagerly anticipates the final episode of Kekkon Dekinai Otoko and watches the episode without subs, giving him a great deal to think about. Meanwhile, JJ at MySpace looks at Densha Otoko.

At Tsuji no Uchi, Tsuji Eriku is pretty much head-over-heels in love with some cutie named Arigaki, transforming his site into a veritable shrine to her. I particularly recommend these swimsuit photos of her – even I’d admit to the fap-ibility of those shots. Also in the pretty idol front, Gail of Himitsu has lots of luscious boy eyecandy from Pati Pati, while Thea of Made in Paradise has some nice scans of AAA. Last but by no means least, Cute Cosplay Angels has Ran Monbu in airline cosplay.

On a more personal note, Gaki of Gaki.org is back from Japan and back to blogging and posts pictures of his trip to Japan. And closing on a personal note from me, I’m still waiting for Lolita Riefenstahl Mescallado to be born and brighten my life. Pretty soon, the question, “Who’s your daddy?” will take on a whole new dimension in my life!

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6 Responses to “Sunday Blog Roundup: Pengie’s Podcast, Pedolicious Posting, Pregnant Pause”
  1. Pata says:

    I just wanted to clarify — Saaya will be in the live-action Jigoku Shoujo based on the anime.

    As always, thanks for the linkage!

  2. Justin says:

    For me, tossing in a few elementary French phrases and some anagrams doesn’t amount to lyricism or density, it just amounts to ‘Penguin Classics gets to print an annotated edition and make more money out of college students’. 🙂

    Nah, I’m being too critical – Nabokov is a good writer, sometimes great (I really liked Pale Fire and his collected short stories). I enjoyed Lolita the first time I read it, but the second read through felt like he was showing off too much. I can understand why people really love it, though. Another good book with similar subject matter is Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s ‘Naomi’ (originally ‘Chishin no Ai’), published a good thirty years earlier but with similar themes of enslavement to a hot 15 year old.

    And anyone with the name ‘Lolita Riefenstahl Mescallado’ is guaranteed an interesting life…

  3. pengie says:

    I knew someone was going to get me on the “talking too fast” thing–when I know exactly what I want to say, I kind of just zone out and forget the rate at which I should be speaking. Doh. This is yet another reason for me to not do everything completely scripted.

    I think it’s crazy that everybody wants me to toss in more opinion, but I will indeed be cutting the songs back to three (intro, new single, and outro) and will probably choose a topic to talk about before or after the middle song. I really can’t believe I got such a positive reaction to something so rough! 🙂 Thanks a bunch

  4. Bene says:

    My new blog’s not open !! It was still in cnstruction XD ! But that’s not grave ! i’ll open it before !

    Thanx again for you Roundup ! Each monday I am impatient to read it !!

  5. steveo says:

    Morning Project has had a jpop discussion podcast for some time now.

    It’s at http://radio.gomorning.com

  6. jinryuichi says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog, even though it’s still new. This be my first comment after lurking for half a year…. hope to read more personal (category) posts from you.
    Keep up the good work, boss!

    Peace ^_^