Holy Crapsicles!

1 Oct

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The above is today’s statistics graph. As you can see I’ve had 34,738 all-time views O_O

That is only 10,000 less people than makes up the population of my home town!

It’s a pity I can’t have any sort of ads on here. You know, to compensate for my addiction xD;;

I believe I am addicted >_>

6 May

In the last six months I’ve spent ¥44,268 (or $544AUD) on Junior Idol goods ._.

**I should make a correction. That was only in the last couple months. I’m even more addicted than I thought :S**

I have spent more over the years, but I believe this is the most in a six month period I have ever spent… And I plan on spending more, and sooner rather than later (you really have to buy something you see as soon as you see it, or usually within a month, otherwise you risk it being pulled from Amazon due to stock etc… meaning if you want it you’ll have to jump through hoops of fire to get it) xD;;

It’s not a bad addiction, for sure, but addicted I truly am… And to tell the truth I wouldn’t have it any other way ^_^

じゃね~

My Latest Gets [003]

6 Apr

Firstly, I had to use my mobile camera this time as my proper camera is on vacation and hasn’t left an itinerary :/

I haven’t gotten anything Junior related of late… That is until Amazon got Miyuu Sasaki’s photobook back in stock, I discovered Ayaka Otani and fell for Ayana Nishinaga thanks to Minisuka.tv =3 The Shiina Momo photobook has been in stock ever since it was released so it’s just been sitting in my cart waiting. Upon finding the Miyuu PB in stock I immediately added the long awaited PB and three DVD’s I’d been eyeing off into my cart and parted with a hellish amount of money for five items ;__; Why you be so expencive??

Any who, you may be saying “You only have two DVD’s there buddy o_O” to which I would answer “I also ordered CHAMA-22, Miyuu’s new four hour release =3 But I had to wait for more stock so Amazon could fullfil my pre-order” See, makes sence now :P

So, the two photobooks are: もも日和 (Shiina Momo) and miyuu (Miyuu Sasaki)  and the two DVD’s are: DJKA-007 (Ayaka Otani) and GJOS-027 (Ayana Nishinaga). If you would like to buy them, or anything else, then please head over to Kawaii15 and use their shop links (located at the top of the forum. You don’t even need to be registered to use them ;)). It gives them a little money if you buy something and makes you feel doubley warm all over ^_^

IMOY-002

6 Apr
  • Title: Shiina Momo
  • Actress: Shiina Momo ( 椎名もも )
  • Company: Imouto.tv / アイマックス
  • Runtime: 1h 6mn
  • Catalogue Code: IMOY-002


IMOY-002
IMOY-002 - Inside Cover

Overall Findings:

She’s an absolute cutie! I’m not entirely sure how I discovered her, most probable surfing Kawaii15. But I’m glad I have her in my life =) There are an over-abundance of swimsuits (which is my usual comment), as per usual for a junior idol production. It doesn’t detract from her cuteness, but some more normal clothing (and by that I mean clothing a girl of her age would be wearing, or could conceivably wear) thrown in would have been nice. And as usual in her releases she comes off as basically a little girl, which is so spectacular to see.

Something else you will notice is how delightful her giggle is. The off-shot parts are adorable, seeing her answer questions (and quite frequently give hilarious answers, you can hear the crew laugh) and interact with the crew is rather nice.

Soundtrack:

It’s the typical Junior Idol soundtrack. But with a little, tiny bit of zest.

Pic Spam & Review:

So the opener is a green bikini with red/pink straps and ties. She stands and walks around a small backyard before taking her place in front of a door and sitting on the steps. In said bikini you can see she’s so dainty it’s adorable. She makes you want to pick her up and spin her around XD She also has a cute butt and the most delicious of smiles & dimples ^-^

She would make a terrible break and enter expert XD

The cutest little yellow sandal heels.

Then someone finds a packet of balloons, or equivalent, and she’s ever so happy. Though she can’t quite blow it up, she does try. And try. And try XD She throws them around, plays with them, even riding one for a little XD

Happy balloon-type-thing time!

Random member of the crew poking her with a pink balloon XD The little princess playing balloon baseball.

Giddy up!  So cute. So proud ^_^

Next up is a one-piece blue sports swimsuit (my favourite style ^-^ It’s much more becoming to the younger figure). She stands, and swings from, an open door. The wind whips up a bit and plays with her bangs. She moves onto the shower area(?) and plays around with the shower head, getting all wet (and a little bit soapy) in the process:

The little princess playing balloon baseball.
So charming, so adorable, so beautiful =)

Next we have her in the cutest pig tails, while she’s wearing a very unflattering swimsuit.

So this has been in my drafts folder since August 2011. I figure I’ll release it into the wild now and if I ever get the need to finish it I will ._.

2011 in review

5 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

When there isn’t protection and slippage occurs, OR The Non-Existant Safety Panties

7 Nov

If you’re a fan of Junior Idols, and I assume you are, then you may know of the piece of clothing aptly named “Safety Shorts”. They are objects of clothing that protect the Jr. Idols modesty, as well as allowing longer crotch shots it seems.

They also allow girls in Idol groups (Idoling!!!, AKB48, Hello!Project) to perform crazy performances without needing to worry about flashing their pretty whites to the fans. In that case they are indeed shorts, and you become rather disappointed quite often.

The type of Safety Shorts I’m referring to in reference to Junior Idols could be labelled as “Safety Panties” as they are made to be invisible with clear plastic straps and are worn underneath those cute bikini bottoms, thus hiding from view things that shouldn’t be seen. I’ve seen tonnes of them and understand their use and the need for them. I’ve never not seen them on my favourite Juniors, except for this one occasion.

I downloaded the following title, from Kawaii15:

It stars Misuzu Tanaka (田中美鈴) who I found by randow trolling of the forums. She’s one hell of a gorgeous, tomboy-ish girl =) Except she’s not wearing any protection:

First time in my entier life I’ve seen that. To say I was gobsmacked is an understatment.

And here’s the non-red circled version:

I was dumbfounded when I saw it. I didn’t actually believe I saw what I thought I saw until I went back and saw that it was indeed the pubic hair of Misuzu-chan peeking up out of her swimmers. I’m quite surprised in made the final cut.

Junior Idol Resources – Know before you buy….. then buy!

9 Oct

If you’re like me and like Junior Idols AND owning the merchandise associated with it then you like buying DVD’s, Photobook’s and random junk off Japanese auction sites.

But quite often we, as foreigners living outside the holy land that is Japan, can’t walk down to the corner store and pick up our latest cutie (well, catch a train into Akihabara and walk to the goodie shops :P) whenever we want. This conundrum means we have to either buy on the spot without really knowing what it may turn out to be OR do some research. I do the later (and the former sometimes).

I use Kawaii 15 (sometimes, if I’m desperate, Akiba-Online — It’s not the nicest of places. Kinda creepy at times), Amazon Japan, GoogleYahoo! Japan Auctions (along with a host buyer, such as Ohta), Global Rakuten, HMV Japan and YesAsia to locate new items I want and to purchase them (Might I just say that you can go to Kawaii 15 and click on their ad links at the top of the forum to YesAsia and Amazon.co.jp. This gives them some support when you buy items). To start I’m going to show you some of the useful features of Kawaii 15’s forums. Below you will see two images with red rectangles around sub-forums:

I have highlighted the Media Reviews, Junior Idol (Online) Shops and Video Downloads (Direct Downloads) forums as these are the ones I frequently use when deciding on my next unknown purchase (as in getting a new girl I’ve never seen/heard of before).

In general the Video Downloads (Direct Downloads) forum will have some gems you may not be able to locate through normal channels, but most of the time you can find exactly the title you want (or never knew you needed until then). The uploaders are top notch and usually give you the catalogue code (something like CPSKY-213. Sometimes in brackets), runtime and the name of the DVD and the girl(s) starring in it, in both English and Japanese characters (the names in Japanese is important as the sites I link to either prefer it or won’t work without them), as well as the DVD cover and screenshots from the title:

If you’re still not sure give it a download to see if it is something that you want to part your money with. Sometimes the cover isn’t great or there isn’t one. In this case use Google and search for the catalogue number in the normal web search and in the Image search. I say to search the normal web interface because it’ll bring up sites like Oimoya-Shop which is useful as it has cover images and sometimes preview videos you can watch (It’s also a physical shop that you can visit in Japan ;) ) and U-15 天堂, which has a big collection of Jr. items on the site, including magazines, with lots of screencaps (I also use this site to find new items I would like to purchase ;) ). Sometimes you will come across a magnificent cover image in the Google Image results, but the site hosting it will be blocking non-Japanese IP’s from accessing it. In that case use http://japanweb.info/ and you’ll be laughing.

The Media Reviews section hosts members reviews of content they have bought or downloaded. It is something you may want to take with a grain of salt, and they can be rather old, but in general having someone else’s opinion does help. On a few occasions it’s helped me get things that I now absolutely love (the same thing goes for the Video Downloads section. I found both Miyuu Sasaki and Aikawa Seina from Kawaii 15 :D)

The last forum is  Junior Idol (Online) Shops and it’s invaluable! It lists known usable online shops for Junior Idol goods and how to use them, if they are a little complicated to use. The guides that currently work are always in pink and are a sticky at the top of the forum:

As new places are found and verified as allowing foreign purchase they are added by members to the forum. The forum is also filled with the remnants of former gaijin-friendly sites, which is sad that it’s dwindle to only a handful. There use to be a site called Catalogue 55 that had EVERYTHING you could want. It went out of business last year unfortunately and nothing has taken its place yet, nor does it look like there is going to be.

The only places I regularly purchase Jr. Idol items from are Amazon Japan, HMV, YesAsia (sometimes. They don’t have the largest Jr. Idol catalogue), and Global Rakuten. Amazon Japan is the only place that has a reasonable sized collection of Jr. goods. They carry DVD’s and Photobooks (if you’re lucky) and are a breeze to buy from as they have the site in both Japanese and English (though using Japanese for searches works best ;) ). The only annoying part of Amazon Japan is that they don’t reference item’s catalogue codes, you can search using them but items don’t display what it is. HMV and YesAsia are quite good and can sometimes turn up little beauties of finds. They are in English and can be searched in both English and Japanese. Again, they don’t have the largest of Jr. collections, but they generally stock the more known idols. I got most of my Yukari Nakai DVD’s and Photobook from HMV and most of my Suzuka Morita ones from YesAsia .

Global Rakuten is my latest find. It’s in English, searchable in Japanese, and can ship direct from the marketplace to you without a middle host buyer. If you find this banner on a shops page:

then the store can communicate with you in English, and accept foreign forms of payment as well as ship outside of Japan. Not all places have it but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy from them, it just may mean communication is a little difficult. When searching you can either look for items that can be shipped direct to you (in my case Australia) or through the Tenso.com forwarding service:

The forwarding service is VERY useful for items you must have. It is going to be more expensive as you have to pay middle-man fees on top of the item, as well as both shipping fees (in Japan + overseas shipping).

The same is true for Ohta and his business SmileTrade:

I use his services for Yahoo! Japan Auctions. I started using him for Hello!Project and Idoling!!! goods, but he can get anything for you (but keep in mind to keep what you ask him to get clean, as in not risqué items). To get an item from an auction site, or indeed from the Amazon Japan marketplace or any other Japanese only site, email him with the URL of the item you want, along with the  maximum price you are will to pay, if it’s an auction. He will do his calculations (commission etc…), you PayPal him the money and he will bid on the item on your behalf up to your limit (keep a watch on the item yourself and if it is in danger of going over what you told him let him know you would like to increase your limit). If he is unsuccessful he gives the money back, if the item is won for you and at a cheaper price than your maximum then the excess is refunded or used in shipping etc… Go to his website for up-to-date instructions and commission levels. He can also get concert tickets ;)

To search Yahoo! Japan Auctions just type in your search term, in Japanese (the title of the item or the Juniors name, for example), in the top search field and then press the search button to the right (don’t worry about changing categories because you don’t need to):

You will be given a list of all items available matching your search query. Find something you like, if you’re using Google Chrome then click the translate button (I highly recommend Chrome for Jr. Idol work ;) ) and find out what information the seller has on the item such as whether it’s new or used etc… then head on over to Ohta =) Simple, right? Just be prepared for the final cost, as well as none of the money being paid will reach the production company nor the idol, it’s mainly for out-of-print items and merchandise otherwise out of our reach as foreigners.

Not sure if this has be useful at all, but I’ll hopefully keep updating this with future things I use and ironing out any bad bits.

Minisuka.tv – Stage 1!

9 Oct

Well I’m now a Stage 1 member of Minisuka.tv!! I didn’t really know what that meant until today xD I was contemplating cancelling my subscription to the site as I couldn’t see any real benefits anymore and I’m saving for a Japan trip next year. That is until I spotted this sitting on the left sidebar: Once you click the image you are taken to the Stage 1 members area:

The Update List (image above, right sidebar) has all the newly released Stage 1 content listed and you get a new menu (image in the middle, below) with links to the new galleries you can now access. They include – Secret Gallery (image on the left, below), Dream Gallery (image on the right, below) and a whole new Archives Gallery (image below) to look at. There are two Archives, Special and Regular:

The image sets in Stage 1 seem to be of an older age (as in the girls) and the older sets are somewhat more “risqué” as they are no longer under the title of Junior Idol (so expect panty/bra removal, side breast and nude butts):

 

And here is a video from the Stage 1 Dream Galley (Mio Ayame):



In the Secret Gallery you can find extra and “secret” photo and video sets from normally released sets, such as the following examples of a Fuuka Nishihama and Mayumi Yamanaka secret set:

And here is a video of Yuri Kobayashi (16) and some photos of Kiyori Takami (16) from the Stage 1 Regular Archive Gallery:


All in all it’s a glorious place to be! I hope that you endeavour to find your way there sometime soon. If I make it the Stage 2 then expect another post on what I find there!

To sign up head over to Minisuka.tv and click the big pink “Join” button up the top (I would also recommend using Google Chrome to do this as it has built-in translation ;D). You pretty much just need to follow your nose as it’s not overly difficult.

The membership rates are as follows:

  • Every 30 days \ ¥2,000
  • Every 60 days \¥ 3,800
  • Every 90 days \ ¥5,400

The loveliness of Minisuka.tv

5 Aug

I frequently check the Online Store forum of Kawaii 15, hoping to find a new source of material. When I saw a claim that Minisuka.tv had in fact opened their arms to us foreigners I was sceptical, at best (as these sort of companies seem to have closed ranks on us for some time now):

The added claim of Imouto.tv being open also raised my skepticism levels. I was quite happy with the claim though, as the poster was Australian! I decided the only option was to test it myself and report the outcome, which just so happened to be that it had opened to none Japanese IP addresses and Credit Cards (they use a service called zeroweb.co.jp which seems to be the standard for these sites. Girlz High uses it, but rejects non-Japanese cards :/) and that it’s totally worth it!

The image sets are spectacular, the images themselves being not too large as to make getting them impossible on slow connections yet big enough to show all the splendour and joy these girls show.

Along with the image sets you will also find videos in the form of sub-10 minute clips collected from the shooting of the image sets. The video quality is OK, nothing HD which is a disappointment.

They also sometimes have Video Diary clips, which seem to be sub-15 minutes deals where the girls are the center of the cameras attention, outside of shooting image sets:

You get access to a small collection of ever changing wallpapers featuring your favourite Junior Idols (well, those that model for Minisuka.tv anyway). They come in two sizes: 1280 x 800 and 1280 x 1024.

You don’t have access to the older sets, only the newly produced and released ones (unless they decide to do a “Revival” release which involves opening a set that is “old” for a certain amount of time), that is until you earn enough points.

To get points you need to log into the site every day which nets you a single point. Every month you subscribe you also get 200 points when they bill you (alternatively if you sign up with one of the other billing periods you get more points).

To sign up head over to Minisuka.tv and click the big pink “Join” button up the top (I would also recommend using Google Chrome to do this as it has built-in translation ;D). You pretty much just need to follow your nose as it’s not overly difficult.

The membership rates are as follows:

  • Every 30 days \ ¥2,000
  • Every 60 days \¥ 3,800
  • Every 90 days \ ¥5,400

My Latest Gets [002]

3 Aug

Sorry about the blurry image, my camera is getting long in the tooth xD

This time we have an assortment of Miyuu Sasaki, who I’ve just discovered and immediately adored. The magazine and DVD (CHAMA-08) are from Amazon.co.jp and the other two DVDs (SSEB-001 & TOKYO-009) are from a Rakuten Global Market store called Surugaya-a-too. Amazon cancelled my order on TOKYO-009 and deleted it off the site (I’m figuring they couldn’t get stock) and I plain couldn’t find SSEB-001 at any of the usual stores.

I discovered Rakuten partially through the Kawaii 15 Online Store forum, though before I posted about the Global Market I wasn’t sure it was useful to foreigners, which in general it most certainly is! The store I bought off was very fast, got it within 4-5 days and was well packed (same way HMV sends stuff).

I’m still working on the reviews, takes me a while (read:forever) to get them the way I like.

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