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Do You Know the Former AKB48 Member who Became a Successful Voice Actress?

With music as one of the top forms of entertainment in Japan, it’s no surprise to see several artists, musicians, and performers making their name on the world stage. The country is not just a powerhouse when it comes to creating animated shows and advancing technology. It has also become the home of some of…

Meet Japan’s Newest Idol Group Made Up of Company Employees

Have you heard about the latest mega-member idol unit in Japan? Higashi Ikebukuro 52 (東池袋52) is a group made up of 24 female employees who work for a credit card company! It is surprising that the idol unit is made up of amateurs in entertainment, and yet was able to produce a polished performance. How…

Check Out This Unique Japanese Pop Idol Group of Cute Dogs!

The topic of “concept” plays a large role in Japan when it comes to the idol industry. With hundreds of individual, duo, and group idols present today, each and every one of them is doing their best to make their name stand out in the charts. This may not be easy, especially for newer idols…

A J-Pop Group Made up of Chubby Girls? Find Out More About Them!

When you think of Japanese pop groups, you probably think of cute and sexy girls who are competing for fame. But did you know that a certain group in Japan called “Pottya (ぽっちゃ)” is shaking up the world with the weight of their chubby members? Yes, it’s true! This Japanese all-girl pop group doesn’t allow…

Take a Look at KAT-TUN’s Ten Years as a Johnny’s Idol Group!

KAT-TUN celebrated their 10th year debut anniversary last March 22, 2016. In spite of losing three members, the remaining members celebrated their anniversary by having a live concert called “KAT-TUN 10th Anniversary Live Tour ’10Ks!’” The word “10Ks” is a short term for “thanks.” KAT-TUN wanted to convey their heartfelt thanks to the “Hyphens,” their…

How Do Japanese Men React to Idol Singer Dating Bans? Find Out Here!

The music industry of Japan is widely distinct due to its variety of performers in both traditional and modern styles. Not only is their music different from the Western style, but also their musical performers. One of these is the ever-popular Japanese idol groups which consist of boys and girls who are supposed to have…

‘Love Live!’ Fan? The Aqours’ First Live Is Happening in February 2017!

In 2010, Sunrise, Lantis, and Dengeki G’s Magazine launched Love Live!, a project that focuses on school idols. After two anime seasons, an anime movie, a mobile game app, and numerous songs and concerts, Love Live! became a legendary household name. After the successful run of μ’s, the first school idol group from the series,…

Everything You Need to Know About AKB48’s Sister Group, SKE48!

A large segment of the entertainment industry in Japan consists of none other than what we call “idols.” Idols in Japan, whether performing by group or individually, gain attention and reaches out to fans from both inside the country and across the globe through their work which mostly focuses on music. Here in Japan, majority…

10 Japanese Anime Themes to Look Out for This 2016 and Beyond!

Just like how the popular Pokémon evolve to achieve a stronger, more powerful form, anime, as an industry, also has its own evolution cycle – something which involves a series of worldwide popularity to a year-long production decline, then back to the proliferation of short, original works. This rise and fall have brought varied opinions…

When Idol Scandals Aren’t Really Scandals: Hagiwara Mai of C-ute

We have heard about how the Japanese idol industry is quite strict with their policy of not allowing their idols to date. Idols who are caught dating might face the consequence of getting fired. Sometimes, just being seen with a person of the opposite gender can spell trouble for the idol. Back in April 2016,…
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