Berryz Koubou’s Indefinite Hiatus

It has been announced that Berryz Koubou will go on an indefinite hiatus at the start of spring 2015. Tsunku states that it has been something that has thoroughly been discussed with the members and this is the outcome. Anyone who has frequented my blog knows that Berryz Koubou is my favorite Hello! Project group, as well as the artist that truly introduced me to Asian pop 8 years ago.

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Having Fun Now Forbidden in Korea (Only Dictated by Westerners)

I have to–no, I MUST–blow the dust off my keyboard to knock some sense into the fools of the internet who insist that K-pop is the holy grail of all music and that Psy is some Illuminati warrior set out to destroy their blissful ideals of how K-pop is “supposed” to be.

As you can probably already tell, I’m fuming.

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Hiatus

I’m sure any of you that visit my blog fairly often have noticed that it’s been quite empty around here, and I’m well aware.

Quite honestly, I haven’t been up to writing at all for a while now. I have barely kept up with any news or releases. I haven’t seen Morning Musume’s newest release, I have no clue what C-ute or Juice=Juice or S/mileage are up to, I’ve barely been paying attention to any Korean releases, and I don’t know a goddamn thing about what’s going on with AKB48. The only things I know about what’s going on is that Berryz’s new song is horribly strange and Kris is leaving SM Entertainment. Oh, and U-KISS has got a new member. And let’s not forget Sayumi leaving MoMusu this year.

I’ve been feeling a slight twinge of failure lately when it comes to my blog. Visiting it gives me a sudden rush of sadness. Any article ideas I think up soon start to bore me. I’ve hit a wall.

I hoped that I could get over my writer’s block as soon as possible. But, it just didn’t happen. Truthfully, I was considering closing down my blog as a whole, but I didn’t want to make any rash decisions. So, I have come to the decision of going on hiatus for a little while. Instead of leaving any readers hanging, I could create some closure for those people and myself.

I don’t know if I’ll be back writing about idols, or even writing at all. But whatever I decide to do, you’ll all be the first to know.

Mata ne.

I’m still available on Skype and through my e-mail at any time.

 

The K-pop Round Up: January & February 2014

Wait, what month is it? Oh yeah, April. Honestly, January and February were filled with some really… mentionable releases. Whether they were really good or really bad, almost every song on this list had to be mentioned for one reason or another. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and let 2014’s start K-pop music fly by! Enjoy the joint January and February edition of The K-pop Round Up!

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C-ute Continues Their Lackluster Stage As Tsunku Trolls Hard

Oh, man. 2014 has yet to show any promise when it comes to Hello! Project… and my blogging. Everything other than those two has interested me so far this year. I don’t know guys, this is looking like a bad sign. Anyway, just recently, C-ute released their latest(yep, another double a-side), Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemeta / Love take it all, this past Wednesday. From the snippets I’ve already seen, looks like more of a snoozefest…

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Fans Can Be Scary…

I recently read the article on arama about Utada and her fiance releasing statements about their marriage. I was near tears towards the end. I can’t mention enough how happy I am to see another human being so in love and ready to start another chapter in her life. To me, it’s a beautiful thing to watch something so precious manifest to someone I’ve admired for so long.

I’m still a bit worried about something, though.

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Sexy, Sleazy, or… Something Else?

Ever since the turn of the year, there has been an uproar among the K-pop net-fandom(as there always is). A plethora of girl groups have deemed it fit to comeback with overly suggestive and sexual manifestations. Skin-tight black outfits are now the trend, my friend. But, the question(s) here is(are), what’s so wrong about it? If it’s just a trend, is the internet just being overly sensitive about it or is there really a problem here?

Well…

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Too Much Weed

What could possibly be another explanation for Berryz Koubou’s choreography for the past, like, year?

To commemorate(or, possibly, shame…) today’s release(in Japan) of Berryz Koubou’s latest double A-side, Otona na no yo! / 1-oku 3-senman Sou Diet Oukoku, let’s take a moment to dissect this interesting single.

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Hikki gets hickeys?

Yeah, I thought that spelling was wrong at first, too, but according to Google Chrome, it isn’t.

Anyway.

Sometimes, I forget that our idols, singers, and musicians are sexual beings. I sometimes forget that they’re all meant to fall in love, get married, and start a family. I got whiplash when our favorite AKB predator announced her pregnancy. And now, my neck is broken by the fact that Hikaru Utada is set to get married.

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