[blog] fear and fangirling

Break-up or disbandment is one of the fears of group fans.

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24HRTV in yen, shirts and ratings

The numbers from this year’s 24HRTV are out. Source Total donations: 1,545,226,444 yen (US$16 million) This amount is just second to the 2011 drive (hosted by Kanjani 8) that collected 1,989,414, 252 yen. Obviously, that year was understandable because it was a few months after the Great East Japan earthquake. Last year’s event, also hosted…

Arashi and a lesson from SMAP

I’ve seen SMAP’s performance of their 50 hits  on SMAP x SMAP (to celebrate their 22nd year since their CD debut–thanks for pointing that out @FindAiba), which can be watched here. As I said on Twitter, something has to be said about the group’s agility (at their age) and longevity, all things considered. And as…

scandals in the idol world = fears of a fangirl

I wanted to write about this on Monday, when the “great reveal” is made; when we shall all know whether the extra wrinkles, sleepless nights and the paranoia were all for nothing or whether we should start preparing for our hiatus from the fandom world. But I had to get it out of my system.…

JE politics: Team I or Team J?

The original title of this post was: “Team S or Team A?” If you’re a JE fan or watcher, it won’t take long to guess what S and A stand for, or even the meaning behind Team I or Team J. But I didn’t want this to be a SMAP vs Arashi post, because while…

SMAP & Arashi: the senpai-kōhai system

I make no secret that among Arashi’s senpais, I love TOKIO the most. I suppose it’s a reaction to how some Johnnys fans, particularly SMAP fans, react whenever Arashi is touted as the group’s “heir” to whatever collective fame and success there is in Japan’s idoru world. Besides, I’ve seen more TOKIO x Arashi interactions…

Arashi boys are Japan’s CM kings

Anyone who hasn’t seen any Arashi CM is missing the fun of it. Their commercials are so them, obviously, the agencies have patterned those after their public image which is fun and natural. I suppose that’s their appeal, that’s why companies like JAL, au (mobile phone company), Nintendo and Kirin, just to mention a few…

Johnny Kitagawa: The Idolmaker

By Yasminka Lee in Bangkok Japanese impresario Johnny Kitagawa sets new Guinness World Records as the most prolific ‘idol band’ producer in the world If there is one person that fan girls of Japanese pop have to thank, it is Johnny Kitagawa. Without him, Japan wouldn’t have produced some of its most famous male idols…