Sooooo… this is me and Yuki attempting to write about Useless News while Reika is out having a life. Uh, so… let’s give this a go and see what happens.
Here’s what we decided: each of us would write about something useless in Reika’s absense. Yes, I know, it’s not quite the same, is it? Hopefully our regularly scheduled program will continue again next week. Sorry for the inconvenience folks!
Useless News, according to Jerry
While I don’t quite have the … “panache” that a certian-someone-else does, but here’s my try at describing whatever qualifies as “useless news” these days.
As you know, I really, really like the AKB 1/149 Renai Sousenkyo video game. I guess I am just nostalgic about older times, what with the slew of graduations lately. I’m evening debating a “Throwback Thursday” type of series for this site, but am still thinking about it.
My useless contribution today is: looking back at old times. There are two things I’ve been thinking about lately.
First: Shimazaki Haruka. I must admit that I really like her (though I wouldn’t consider her my oshimen). I came across this picture of her from waaaaaaaay back:
Good god, she was quite a cutie back then.
Speaking of things from the past, I sometimes wonder about members who seemed primed as “ace” for the next generation, but kind of fell by the way side.
Case in point? Miyazaki Miho. Here’s a photo of Miho and Sasshi together on AKBingo:
Miyazaki Miho was already part of Team A while Sashihara was still a “research understudy” (kenkyuusei)! But seeing them together is now relatively rare nowadays.
It’s funny how things change, isn’t it?
Useless News, according to Yuki
I would not consider myself the biggest idol fan here, but it is certainly an interest that has some overlap with my general interest in Japanese pop culture. While what I consider “useless news” may not fall under the general theme of this site’s Useless News series, here is what I’ve got for you.
As you know, my most recent contributions to this site center around direct translations of curated 2chan threads. I try to pick threads which I feel are worthwhile to translate but, as is often the case with internet threads, some are a bit raunchy and downright silly!
One such thread is: are there girls [in the 48-groups] who have stinky breath? If that does not qualify as useless, I am not sure what does! A summary of some of the comments are as follows, for the undeniably curious:
- Matsumura Kaori
- The smell of old man otaku’s drowns out any stinky breath
- Stinky breath is a treat!
- Girls who drink coffee have bad breath
- Takajo Aki
Take this all with a grain of salt of course, but hopefully this passes the rigorous qualification of “Useless News”?!
Edit: Don’t worry about Reika. She is fine, just busy with other things. Don’t mean to make anyone worry. Thanks guys!
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