Brace Yourself for Shiori’s Solo Debut

I’ve been excited for this ever since ex-FRUITPOCHETTE pocket idol fury engine Azuma Shiori announced it, and this tweet sent my hype meter way past 13:

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Let’s Crowdfund Some Stuff

Did you know that Bitcoin, which is not actually money but nonetheless something that people have invested in, and which has skyrocketed in value faster than a Dutch tulip over the past couple of months (in particular), is currently continuing to skyrocket in value because it’s open to futures trading for the first time, and capitalism loves wild speculation even more than I do?

I bring this up not because I’m encouraging anybody to put money into cryptocurrencies (I am not!), but because you could use the money that you aren’t throwing into the void to fund some worthwhile idol-associated projects that will leave us, the fans, as the greatest beneficiaries after all.

First up! I mentioned the boans project a couple of weeks ago, and it still needs some cash:

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Shiori Will Sing On

And in Things You’re Not Good Enough For, Maniac, the beating heart of FRUITPOCHETTE (I am referring to a person named Azuma Shiori!) is still beating six month after the greatest lost opportunity I’ve ever seen, and she’s getting back into a singing on a solo career:

I have no idea if she’s going to do this as an idol. Frankly, it doesn’t matter. Shiori’s too damn good a singer, and too dynamic a performer, to not get more out of that while she still can. I’m really looking forward to following this.

Depending on Lots of Things, This Could Be an Amazing Performance

Just a couple of months ago, Fruitpochette‘s future looked to be in doubt; as of this tweet, I’m really excited about their future:

See, losing Teratani Mina and not replacing her basically immediately from among the Mad Magazine roster did not fill one with optimism; it didn’t necessarily mean that Fruitpochette was being left for dead, but it wasn’t an encouraging sign, even with new material being teased.

Now, if “they” are going to be at TIF this year … yes, it could be a big-stage farewell, but more likely it’s going to be a real-deal performance. I’d go so far as to peg it as when Fruitpochette 2.0 makes its debut.

And as we’ve seen, there’s potentially some really good results waiting for us.

The TIF roster for this year is already shaping up nicely; I never even mentioned that petit pas! are booked now, too.

Here’s What Fruitpochette and nanoCUNE Have Been Up To

When last we saw Fruitpochette, it was Teratani Mina’s farewell, leaving the future of the group in doubt. And when we last saw nanoCUNE … was never, actually, except in the context of Mad Magazine’s big blow-up earlier in the year.

Nonetheless, feet are being landed on, and we’re learning a little bit about where things go from here. Continue reading

Heavy: Fruitpochette’s PV Says Change and Permanence Are Both Constant

Mina is gone and exactly what comes next for Fruitpochette‘s composition is in doubt, but have absolutely no worries that their music will in any way fail to be heavy as hell:

Shiori isn’t taking this lying down; not only does she sound great on this track, she apparently wrote and directed the video, too. Oh, and “闇-Happiness-” sounds like sexy explosions and I like it very much.

While We’re on the Topic, Fruitpochette Seems to Have New Music Coming Anyway

As living proof that idol groups just keep on ploughing through, members be damned, Fruitpochette may be losing Teratani Mina, but they might also be releasing at least one new track in the near future. Continue reading

Fruitpochette

This is heavy.

Because I was an idiot who hadn’t yet gone deep into the bowels of idol metal, I LOL’ed about a Babymetal knockoff (I also am not a big nu-metal fan) and just kind of put it away.

Then:

See: Idiot, above.

Note: Teratani Mina’s personal info as a member has been pre-emptively “formered” on this profile just because I know that I’ll forget. She is currently still a member of Fruitpochette, but is graduating on March 26. See more.

I can’t remember which of these two songs made me give Fruitpochette a real chance, but I do know that “CleverDick” wound up being a regular in my rotation. I was a lot more mature (ha) in my idol appreciation by then, and I had to appreciate the fact that this was basically a jazz song rendered in metalcore tones.

You have to be an asshole to not like that.

I was also happy to learn that Fruitpochette isn’t just another kitsune-chasing flash in the pan; they’ve been at it since 2012, and they have the same competitive advantage as Babymetal in that they’re an agency group, with their sisters nanoCUNE and Himekyun Fruit Can likewise in this site’s wheelhouse.

So what’s Fruitpochette’s deal? Well, if you actually take some time to get through their full-length album (The Crest of Evil, released in 2015), there’s plenty of good in it. Honestly, one of the best things about them is that they’re a straight-up idol metal band, with no frills or pretense; they just kick ass. They also apparently tour constantly (which is kind of a thing in the underground), so there’s a lot of dues-paying there for you tr00 jagoffs.

I’d love to learn more about Fruitpochette, including just what their plans are going forward. Especially now, because Teratani Mina, half of the duo, is retiring from idoling for health reasons, but current indications are that Fruitpochette will continue in some configuration or another with the continued inclusion of Azuma Shiori.

What they sound like

A blend of metal styles sung by a big-voiced women with a top range just slightly lower than Ronnie James Dio’s.

You’ll like them if

Do you like metal? That’s pretty much it. Thrash-y, core-y, sometimes brutal, sometimes event dispensing with easy hooks. Unless you’re one of those weird people who only listen to obscure Eastern European grindcore bands, if you like anything from Sabbath to, I dunno, Behemoth to Mastodon, you’ll find something in Fruitpochette to like.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

The aforementioned (minus “Parasite,” which I am not that high on), plus:

There are a lot of good tracks in Fruitpochette’s catalog, but there’s just something a little extra nice to this one.

Members

Azuma Shiori
Azuma Shiori from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun
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Former members

Teratani Mina
Teratani Mina from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun
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Discography

“Burning” (single)
“Destruction” (single)
Shippujinrai (EP)
The Crest of Evil (album)