Sunday Blog Roundup: Chinami, You Minx!

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The ground shook, the skies stormed… and no, I’m not talking about my weekend earthquake. Rather, it’s the news that one of the guys from KAT-TUN – the A apparently (a T would’ve been easier, don’t you think?) – is taking a hiatus from the group. As Santos of Idolizing St. Anna reports, rumor has it – and so far, it’s only rumor (I can’t stress that enough) – that it’s because of possible romantic involvement with Berryz Koubo’s Chinami. Ikimasshoi also covers the news and rumor but it’s Santos, in his own inimitable fashion, who takes a look at the broader picture and makes this observation:

Speaking of KAT-TUN, another popular member of this group, Kamenashi was covered a scandal with a 40-year-old woman in last spiring. If this rumor is true, they cover from 14 to 40…. KAT-TUN is originally named after the initials of members, but now A is going to move. KTTUN sounds weired, so I’d like to recommend Attack All Around as a new name of this group instead.

I love it! The idea of Chinami being this U15 femme fatale and destroying a Johnny’s group with her wiles and charms… That just makes me go all-tingly and happy inside. Talk about idol street cred! Who else in H!P can make this claim? Has Yuko ever been a threat to SMAP? Did Ayaya cause too much trouble for w-inds? KAT-TUN fans nishi and imolestjyanniz chime in with their own opinions, and nishi is quite quotable as well:

it shocks me more because i never would have thought jin would go for chinami. if he wanted to go for a girl in berryz, i automatically think it’d be yurina because she is undoubtedly the prettiest girl from h!k. or if he wants young and short, i’d see him liking momko (or airi from c-ute :x)…but chinami seems to be the least likely choice.

Ahh, but Chinami is the clever one, the mysterious one, and now – apparently – the precocious one. Sorry, Risako, but your first solo photobook (which I’m still waiting to get from my local bookstore) pales before this. And in sorta related news, Switch-On! News (what an appropriate name in this case) announces that Chinami will be in the next Hello Pro Hour – oh, what I wouldn’t give for this bit of gossip to be discussed on that show! But it’s as likely as Nacchi getting Playstation tips from Oikawa Nao… In other weird idol news that topped my week, Santos also reports further on Yukari’s departure from AAA while Thea of Made in Paradise reports how an idol boy was poisoned by a crazed fan. Don’t get any crazy ideas, Chinami! Your pheremonal allure seems to do damage enough!

Of course, it’s just a rumor. Probably not even true, though Chinami and this guy did exchange phone numbers apparently. But can you think of a better rumor than this one?

Aside from this Chinami-quake, there’s been a lot of H!P blogging this past week. There’s a handful of great opinion pieces on H!P and the directions it’s taking: Shaoran of Ikimasshoi sees the collective finally taking off after a long period of suckness,’s zush is alarmed at the newly sexualized image of H!P idols, while new contributor wu-san has a thoughtful debut entry comparing the early days of Momusu to the current one. Kd of Iroiro Aru Sa is so turned off by the upcoming Morning Musume single that she may not want to be a Momusu fan anymore and even Captain Jpop himself, Johnny of The Mind, has decided to cut down on his H!P fan time to pay more attention to other Jpop! All of these are great reads, and show a range of opinions on how overseas fans are reacting to H!P.

Reports of Ayaya’s recent medical problems with TMJ are covered by Ikimasshoi and Hello Non-Pro Hour, while Oricon of Ikimasshoi provides a look at H!P sales so far this year. The numbers for Momusu singles are a far cry from the group’s heyday but still top the lists, though GAM and Koharu’s anime solo work are definitely making a strong showing. Béné of Meganekko notices the starpower of Koharu and writes of her second single, as well as Risako’s solo photobook. Speaking of which, Tsuji Eriku and Langdon Alger – two of the magnificent bastards of Your Opinion Doesn’t Count – torture third YODC/MB Craig with footage from Risako’s photobook’s Making Of DVD. On his solo blog, Tsuji no Uchi, Tsuji swoons over the Wonderful Hearts Land performance of “Go Girl! Koi no Victory” by the H!P Kids, and in other Berryz news, Switch-On! has developments on Berryz’s first stage play!

JJ of MySpace does a review of the Wonderful Hearts Land DVD, not thrilled by the mixing of groups and feeling there wasn’t enough Momusu. WEBmikey is finally caught up with Musume Dokyu with the latest volume he reviews. Love his assessment of Koharu: “she’s amazingly relaxed and natural when she’s telling a story, but slightly crazy when she’s pushing the cute into overdrive”… ahh, that’s what makes her a natural idol. And over at Yossittelua, fanfic comic strip “This Love Continues to Grow” takes a turn for the decidedly melodramatic.

On the Avex Trax front, HEAVEN has a nice capsule review of Koda Kumi’s upcoming single(s), while Ikimasshoi announces something I’ve been waiting a long while for: a dream Memorial Best album with all the trimmings, including a DVD with all their PVs! Of course, my main interest is in 3-nin dream, but the entire package for the special edition looks qite promising.

In other pop news, Your Opinion Doesn’t Count’s Langdon Alger is in an Asian Kung Fu Generation mood, as he chooses this group for both the J-Music Clip of the Week with “Kaiga Kyoshitsu” and the the J-Music Clip of the Week Classic Edition with “Siren”. Justin of The Great Swifty Speaketh has a glowing profile on ZONE which bows a bit too much to the cultof authenticity for my taste – but in the case of ZONE, that impulse is certainly understood. Gail of the impressive Himitsu has her latest listing of J-pop Releases, while CJ Marsicano of Stuck in a Pagoda with Motoko Aoyama goes old-school Jpop with looks at The Peanuts and Amin – the poor guy is really, really missing W. Pata of Irresponsible Pictures has the best caption this week when he looks at Bon Bon Blanco’s Mako and her anime-based voice-acting / solo singing career. And how can we mention B3 without mentioning its biggest fan? Santos of Idolizing St. Anna has an unforgettable day in Shiga and listens as his namesake Anna discusses the nature of happiness.

On the rock front, Go of jrocknyc is pleasantly surprised by Angelo – well, it didn’t suck as much as he thought it would, at least – likes the new Moi Dix Mois, and is disappointed by the new Inoran. Go also takes note of that whirlwind of activity that we all know as Mister Heavy Metal San himself, Marty Friedman. Aural Candy is alarmed at a sudden design change for the upcoming Kaggra CD and at the waste of paper when goodies are shipped to her. Gail of Himitsu is excited at the return of Exile while Shay of SparkPlugged writes about indie group Sparta Locals.

On the eyecandy front, Aragaki Yui spurs a fight among the YODC bastards. On the anime front, provides a Fall 2006 anime guide, while the inexhaustible usagi of the usagi incidents looks at, among many other things, Death Note episodes one and two, as well as the intriguing Bartender. (Well, I find it intriguing, at least.) On the dorama front, Akiramike of the mighty Hamsap Sukebe looks at two different series, Central Ikegami Police and My Boss My Hero.

On the fashion front, Shay of SparkPlugged examines the BAPE phenomenon. On the reading front, WEBmikey takes a look at snazzy manga anthology Robot, usagi looks at the book that inspired the new Dexter series, and Justin of The Great Swifty Speaketh seems to be taking the same curriculum I did many years ago, as he takes a detailed look at John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, one of my favorite novels of all time. When you get around to William Vollmann’s The Royal Family, Justin, lemme know…

And on a personal note: Ikimasshoi reports that the Sukeban Deka movie will be playing at the Hawaiian Film Festival – and guess who’s got tickets? The show plays this Sunday, so I’ll get to see Ayaya and Charmy and an exploding Masae on a large screen along with (I assume) many other island-based fans. Barring acts of God and further tectonic shifts, that is.


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3 Responses to “Sunday Blog Roundup: Chinami, You Minx!”
  1. Harlan says:

    Also on a personal note: Not just island-based fans will be catching the Sukeban Deka movie this Sunday. I live in Los Angeles and am flying out to Hawaii for the weekend just to see the film! I bought movie and plane tickets the day after I read the Ikimasshoi article.

    ‘Tis pity, though, that I won’t be able to hang around longer and see the sights — but then again, can island beauty really compare to Ayaya and Charmy? I think not.

    Although it goes without saying, I’m very excited.

  2. Raiknii says:

    …And then Chinami gets suspended, and you won’t love it anymore, lol.

  3. Ray Mescallado says:

    The fact that Chinami wasn’t “caught” at the same time as the KAT TUN guy made me suspect the rumor was nothing but. I’d hate to see a Berryz caught in a scandal, but given human nature and the restrictions placed on pop idols, especially H!P girls… well, tick tock tick tock.