Posts tagged with "AKB48"

FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS Release New Single, Fxxk Boyz Get Money

FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS Release New Single, Fxxk Boyz Get Money
FEMM logo, designed by Yuzuru Namiki On 23rd July, a new compilation album entitled TWERK ‘EM ALL featuring FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS is due to arrive on international digital and domestic platforms. For those of you to whom FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS (FEMM for short) are unfamiliar, then like the rest of us presently, you must consider yourself to be somewhat in the dark. What is known about the group is that it is comprised of two members,... 

Documentary of AKB48: The time has come Due for Release in July

Documentary of AKB48: The time has come Due for Release in July
The yearly AKB48 documentaries—a sort of annual “this year, in AKB48!”’ promotional exercise—have become something of a familiar tradition by this point, and like so much in AKB48 fandom, can often be perceived with a sense of faint unease and anxiety. Following on from the previous three documentaries—to be continued (2011), Show must go on (2012), and No flower without rain (2013)—the recent announcement of Documentary of AKB48: The... 

The Global Music Market and the Japanese Approach to Digital Media

The Global Music Market and the Japanese Approach to Digital Media
Leafing through records in Camden Town or Shoreditch may not be quite the thing of the past we were led to believe it was a decade or so ago, yet despite the recent cultural resurgence of the LP, a BBC news report suggests that a decline in Japanese domestic market sales is harming the music industry on a global scale. With retail charts for both home grown talent and international imports, Japanese record companies have been somewhat slow when... 

Shooting Oshimen in the Face ~ Namco Bandai’s Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition

Shooting Oshimen in the Face ~ Namco Bandai’s Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition
Mayuyu drops. Takamina is next, falling uselessly in her gore stained uniform. Yet even as they fall, you can see Yukirin stumbling forward, arms outstretched. Your heart does not falter. Nor does your aim. You raise your gun—and heal them with a clever vaccine for zombification that also awards the chance of shooting your oshimen at point blank range. Such is the presence of Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition, a new cabinet from Namco Bandai due... 

MCM Buzz Attack on Titan Giveaway winners Announced!

MCM Buzz Attack on Titan Giveaway winners Announced!
With the MCM London Comic Con October now becoming a seemingly distant memory and with all of the entries having been received and the judges finished agonising over their decisions, MCM Buzz is proud to announce the winners of its five Attack on Titan Giveaway competitions. Each day produced a different type of competition that ranged from questions and captions to selfies! But who won and how? See below for details: Day One saw Kishi Kishi aka... 

Interview with George Wada, Ryoutarou Makihara, and Katsuhiko Kitada of WIT STUDIO

Interview with George Wada, Ryoutarou Makihara, and Katsuhiko Kitada of WIT STUDIO
From left to right: George Wada, Ryoutarou Makihara, and Katsuhiko Kitada of WIT STUDIO Sitting in a small corner of reception at the Novotel hotel near Custom House DLR station, George Wada, Ryoutarou Makihara, and Katsuhiko Kitada of WIT STUDIO sit quietly in the corner, checking email and drinking coffee, talking softly to one another as around them parents check in, children run back and forth towards the lift, and several cosplayers pass by... 

AKB48 32nd Single General Elections Result

AKB48 32nd Single General Elections Result
At 8:15am this morning, despite my having made predictions for AKB48‘s core senbatsu line up during the AKB48 32nd Single General Elections, everything I had previously surmised swiftly went directly out of the window shortly after the event began. Following the graduation of Atsuko Maeda last year and the previous election, it was all but assumed that from here on in, Maeda’s closest ‘rival’, Yuko Oshima would take over the... 

“Thoughtless and Immature”: Minami Minegishi and the Fall of the Roman Empire

“Thoughtless and Immature”: Minami Minegishi and the Fall of the Roman Empire
When Sonic Youth released Kill Yr Idols in 1983, it was more as a statement of humanity’s need to overcome the limitations set by admiration of those in a perceived higher place. It was also a call to commit deicide via the medium of “sonic death”. It could be argued that the need to improve by casting off and overcoming the previous status quo is the prime mover in human development and cultural change. To quote Gore Vidal, “It... 

Wreck-It Ralph Review

Wreck-It Ralph Review
Allow me for a moment dear reader, to remind you of The Phantom Menace. Remember the story of a plucky young kid living on the fringes of society, taken on by an unlikely mentor and revealing an innate ability to race machines constructed by his own hands at unimaginable speeds? Despite the unfavourable comments regarding Jake Lloyd’s performance as the young Anakin Skywalker, there is something that makes you want to root for this boy, something... 

Wish Live Performance at MCM Expo in London

Wish Live Performance at MCM Expo in London
Comprised of members, Hana, Alice and Beth, Wish are a recently formed dance YouTube group and were the final group of this year’s MCM Expo to take the Totally Cosplay stage. Presenting themselves with a level of self-awareness that sometimes bordered on awkwardness, there is also something very genuine in their approach to their roles as fledgling Net Idols.  This approach is more than evident in the manner in which the three girls appear... 
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