February 24, 2012

Recent G+ Posts from Akimoto Yasushi

Even Akimoto Yasushi needs to vent once in a while.

Ever since joining g+, he has been posting a lot of extra information interjected with personal opinion, and followers almost always immediately hit the comment limit of 500.  Some offer praise, some question his decisions, and some leave rude comments that are uncalled for.

February 15, 2012

Nogizaka46 from Nikkei Entertainment, March 2012 / 乃木坂46 日経エンタテインメント 2012 3月号

The group that's been the center of everyone's attention has finally debuted!

Nogizaka46, the group that was branded as "Official Rival of AKB48", will release their first single "Guru Guru Curtain" on February 22, 2012.  A hot topic even before the debut, here we will show you their personalities.

February 7, 2012

Takahashi Minami's Mother Arrested?!

I came across these scans this afternoon by way of Twitter.  These are from the newest issue of Shukan Bunshun (週刊文春), which is a weekly magazine in Japan that reports "scoops you cannot see on the news."  Japanese Wikipedia article lists quite a few "controversial" articles this magazine has published in the past.  While Bunshun is not as low as the tabloids in US, it is probably not the most reliable source of news.  

But people (and AKB48 fans, for sure) are curious and want to know what happened.  So here is my translated version, originally posted on Everyday48.

Edit on February 8th, 2012 - unfortunately, this did happen.  Jiji Press confirmed this yesterday afternoon.

February 3, 2012

光宗 薫 週刊プレイボーイ 2012 No. 7 / Mitsumune Kaoru from Weekly Playboy 2012 No. 7

Credit goes to ryokoayublue

December 8th, 2011.  She took the stage for the first time as a 13th-generation trainee on the day marked the 6th anniversary of AKB48's theatrical debut.

Her name is Mitsumune Kaoru.

She was the subject of almost all discussions among fans that day.

"Who the hell is she?"

Her overwhelming beauty and sense of fashion are unparalleled - someone like this has never existed in the AKB48 line-up.

Just who is she?

Welcome to Bilingual 48

This is a blog where I put up 48-related translations that aren't suited for sites I'm already working with.

I'm a translator for Melos no Michi (news, special interviews) and ProjectSUB48 (TV shows).

My Oshis
AKB: Yukirin / Haachan / Akicha
SKE: Goma > Churi > Kuumin

Special mention goes to Shawako for "死ねばいい" and other Takarazuka outbursts.