Girls' Generation are making an attempt to crack the lucrative but extremely tough American market. After SM's attempt with their cash cow BoA only managed to appeal to club goers and those already indoctrinated into K-Pop/J-Pop they have tweaked their approach with their mega selling girl group.

On September 30th Takahashi Ai graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project ending a 10 year odyssey that saw her go from incredibly talented (yet awkward) 5th generation member to one of the most accomplished members and leader of Hello! Project.

This is a follow up to the article about the Mecha Mecha Iketeru idol competition episode. A lot of people have had some rather overboard reactions and I figured I’d just throw my half a cent in on that aspect of the discussion.

There was a clip from a recent Mecha Mecha Iketeru special pitting various idol groups against each other in various athletic, sports festival-like challenges and it compiles the so-called "abuse" that Tsugunaga Momoko (from Berryz Koubou) takes during the episode.