Monday, April 26, 2010

My AKB48 Top Five!

As evidenced by my recent post fangirling over their latest kick-ass B side, AKB48 is probably my number one J-Pop group at the moment. I don't know the name of every girl in every stage yet (here's a hint: there are at least 48), and I don't know how I feel about the show choir aspects of watching stages (if I did it would be Stage K, fyi), but the singles have been, as of late, way better than the tired shit Hello! Project is regurgitating. Also, wow, these girls are exceptionally fun and cute! So without further ado or parenthesis: かわいい!!!

5. Erena Ono

Why? Her presence. Could be her smooshy little lolibait face, could be the fact she makes you feel like a complete pedophile for admiring her dancing, but when I watch an AKB48 video I always am drawn to whatever Erena's not doing.

4. Minami Minegishi

Why? She's the stellar superstar dancer of AKB48! And despite looking about all of 15 years old, in a recent interview with the other members they named her "charm points" as being rebellious and thighs. Ahem.

3. Sae Miyazawa

Why? This is a picture of Sae after her parents were killed and her house was burned to the ground. Maybe. I don't know what must happen in her life, but she is so goddamn happy that I want to bottle her essence and use it in place of my Lithium.

2. Sayaka Akimoto

Why? Because I think that her and I could spend the rest of our lives together in a little house near a lake with two cats in the yard and Erena Ono as our adoptive daughter and we would be so happy with this arrangement that gay marriage would be legalized just by the evidence of our happiness. Also, she's the best singer in AKB48 (imho, haters).

1. Tomomi Kasai

Why? I've read that her "droopy eyes" always make her look "emo". I've read that her voice is so high and annoying it can set off car alarms. I've read that she may or may not be able to read and her ability to divide two digit numbers might be lacking. However, she is my number one. I love that she loves her cat "Naa-chan". I love that she seems sort of demented and insane in a lovable, darling way. I think she's a fine dancer, singer and presence. Mostly I think her "droopy eyes" make me fixate on the kind of physical discrepancies (for lack of a better phrase)that I find absolutely delicious. That's right. She beat out Sayaka for having droopy eyes. And goodnight.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rika Ishikawa's Ipod

This picture was totally posted on her blog the other day when she was showing off her decoden (phone decorating) skills. While she's pretty good at sparkles, what caught my eye is what she was listening to when she took the picture.

If you're old and can't read the screen it says RADIOHEAD - IDIOTEQUE

Turns out Yossy's dream girl and I have something in common.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Asian "Urban" Pop You Should Listen To.

Despite evidence (my blog) to the contrary, there is actually non bubblegum or ballad Asian pop in existence. While there is quite a bit of pretty laughable A-HipHop/Rap out there, there are a few gems in the interpretation of "urban music" (a term I sort of deplore, but can't find a replacement for) in Asian culture. Taiwan and S. Korea do an especially good job of coming out with fresh rhythms and decent concepts.

The elements are all similar to late 80s/early 90s Western pop/hip hop really. Typically you have a female soloist for the refrain, a male lead, the subject matter is ultimately pretty light, and the style of the PV is a bit like the opening of Fresh Prince, with some exceptions of course. Here are a few of my favorites, that to me at least, demonstrate that while there may not be a terrible amount of substance behind most J/C or K Hip Hop, the creativity level is still far surpassing a lot of Western Top 40 hits.


Heartsdales feat. Soul'd Out: Candy Pop!



E.via: Hey! (E.via is banned from Korean radio due to her inclination to rap about fucking, so enjoy it here!)

F{x}: Chocolate Love (electro pop vers.) (I know f{x} isn't technically k-urban, but I have to love on Amber, for being the cutest androgynous Korean rapper I've ever seen)


Elva Hsiao: Biao Bai

Free Style: Y (Please Tell Me Why)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AKB48 - Majisuka Rock'n Roll (PV)

AKB48's single "Majisuka Rock'n Roll" screen captures and my thoughts, because this is my new favorite PV!

The story starts with Acchan who I won't bother to screencap here, because I find her so offensively dull, as a little Willow like nerd attending some bad-ass yakuza high school where everyone looks ridiculously hot.

First up:
I will call this "bad girl" look the "ethereal bad girl who has a name like Heaven or Misty or something who makes you feel sexually confused by in middle school". Tomo is working her shit out here. Look at that stare. Haruna on the left and whoever on the right seem to be working their Garland swag as well.

I couldn't forget about my lovely Sayaka on the left working my favorite high school bad girl look: "I'm sullen and I don't want to be here". The pout asks for a pony, but the hair asks only for a healthy amount of conditioner.

I hate to say that Yuko is clearly going for the sexy-dyke bad girl look in this PV, but check out that eighties curl and contemptuous smirk. She's totally drawing me in. I also dig her spaced teeth and the way she looks like she's about to kick someone in the balls.

I wish there had been kabuki bad girls in my high school. That's it, really.

This scene is clearly the most awesome scene on the PV. Badass goth loli girls. A personal favorite. There's actually quite a lot of fighting in this PV. Goth loli's come in by smiling sadistically, then kicking over another girl who sprawls over the classroom floor. Cinematic win!

The final fight with Acchan. I love Mariko in the hideous fur coat. I wanted to get a decent cap of her closeup this PV, but when her mouth is open it really ruins the effect.

SULLEN LOVE ACCHAN. This is the only time I have ever cared for this idol, but when a girl takes off her glasses and stares at me listlessly I suddenly find her very relevant. Unfortunately, this will probably be the only time I find her compelling. Ever.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hello Project Live!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thing to stare at this week: SNSD Oh!

My votes are on the girl with pigtails and a green flannel shirt with the bedroom eyes. Ahem.


I can't believe how much it snowed today. If you were here I would ask you if this was the most snow you'd ever seen in Texas knowing that you'd probably talk about the Winter of '89. I remember that winter, you know? I got stuck outside with one glove missing and cried. But if you were home now I'd ask you anyways and tell you not to go to the office even though you'd probably try to go anyways once the snow melted off a bit. Today would have been your 66th birthday and it will be snowy just like the day you died. I wonder if it means something? You didn't like the cold. You left Michigan, because it was too cold. I didn't visit you today. Work was too busy. You told me once that there was a job you had in New York where you had to program computers for 60 hours a week seven days a week and how it made you feel so tired. You'd think this snow was neat though. The branches of the trees across the street touch the ground, they're so heavy. I miss you calling me "kid" and I miss you in general. Just the other day I told Lee that secretly Whiskers is my favorite pet even though he's the most anti-social. The truth is he reminds me a bit of you, because he gets through all day and then looks at me when I get home, eats his dinner, and then sits quietly next to me on the couch. Did it ever snow this much? It's a lot of snow, I mean the bushes out front have fallen down and your car is covered in white.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

2009 In Fandoms: Part One.

So I know I haven't updated in a long time (hello, real life!), but I miss writing things down and there's all sorts of geeky shit that I haven't even gotten to force upon you. All of this stuff is already so last year, but here's a recap, for my own records if nothing else, about what I was into/no longer into/over or pulling out the vibrator to celebrate in 2009. Three things at a time.


Don't worry about learning the names of these grown ass women. They've all been let go.

In other words: Now the average age of Hello Project has to be about 15. The first concert I see in Japan will probably end with me talking to Chris Hansen.

The loss of Elder Club was a big fangirl tearjerker for me. They had what current Morning Musume has very little of at the moment: personality. Not everyone was a carbon copy of everyone else. It was also nice to be able to show non-fans clips of Elder Club performances and not have the question, "wait, how old are these girls?" arise in some sort an awkward pause where I have to find the oldest girl in the group and say something like WELL MAIMI IS EIGHTEEN. Elder club was (mostly) older than me and now my Hello!Project fandom is running out of legit, non-creepy excuses.

The other downside of the graduation was Yossy's hair. Why the fuck did they give her that Madonna color and cut? I hate her hair up and I hate it blonde, but I guess it doesn't really matter, because by 2009 she was so thin I couldn't really find her onstage anyways.

2) New fandom obsession: Xena.
Can you believe that, as a card carrying, fantasy following, complete social retard lesbian, I never watched an entire episode of Xena before this year? Me neither. I remember seeing parts of episodes as a kid, but I don't think I was old enough to really figure out what was going on. What is going on, ladies and gentlemen, is some very well written camp goodness that makes me look up embarrassing search terms on Google such as "Xena Gabrielle bdsm uberfic". Hint: if you use this search term you will find some GREAT SHIT. I want to write more about this (and hurt/comfort fic!), but it deserves it's own entry so I'll only give it a brief mention here.

3) Oh, H!P also fired graduated this girl:
Excuse my uncontrollable sobbing.

Hello!Online: Erika Umeda Will Graduate from C-ute!
Entire Internet Community: Great! She was fucking ugly!

Seriously, this is exactly how it went down. I'd like to write something really insightful about how as a feminist and a wota I have such a problem with the inherent worth of women in Japanese entertainment being solely judged by their "kawaii" factor, but instead I'd just like to say: WHAT THE FUCK. LOOK AT HOW FUCKING HOT SHE IS. YOU ARE ALL HATERS AND PROBABLY PEDOPHILES.