And Now Even Lyric Holic Has Bitten the Dust

At least I can stop complaining about idol being boring this year; the death toll alone is incredible. Lyric Holic, at times the most viciously loud thing in idol but also capable of real-deal beauty (because Tama), had their final one-man later today*. Maybe it means something that I wouldn’t have even known it if not for randomly seeing a tweet from a member of another (friendly) group** wishing them well:

Idol English, man

I’d point you to stuff directly from the official account, but it appears to have simply given up. Instead, we tell a story with the members themselves! Continue reading

Love Is Pointless: NEVE SLIDE DOWN to Disband

I was in a mood even before the tweet from Viz Major:

The real link is here. There’s no explanation yet, just the obligatory apology. Continue reading

The End of Guso Drop

Sigh.

We’ve been waiting for it for a while now, but the end of the Heaviest Idol in the World, Guso Drop, finally came. I wanted to post something appropriate yesterday, but there wasn’t any video up yet when I had time to look; major sleuth Viz Major came to the rescue:


Just pretend like it isn’t real!

And in a lot of ways, at least from my vantage point, thus ends an era. Continue reading

What the Flippin’ Heck, DISDOL?

Doop-dee-doop, strollin’ through Twitter … hello, what’s this?

Well shut the front door! Continue reading

I Interview Idol (Managers): Daichi

I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.

Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.

I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.

So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:

If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!

Read the whole thing! Continue reading

Stick a Fork in DEEP GIRL, They’re Done

In a bit of news that honestly shouldn’t surprise anybody, even though it’s perfectly acceptable to be a little sad about it, formerly Potentially the Coolest Thing in Idol and No for Real I’m Still Shaking, It’s That Good, DEEP GIRL, is finally, mercifully being put to bed:

That’s the nice version of the post title, by the way

Yeah, there’s a final live to be held, but come on. Continue reading

Holy Shit, Guso Drop’s Breaking Up

What the hell is happening this morning?

Details are scant, but Natalie.mu has a tiny bit. Continue reading

This Is the End of KIRAKIRA GERIRA

Here’s a completely different kind of item for Thursday Hurtsday; cool and exciting idolcore unit KIRAKIRA GERIRA is hanging ’em up.

That announcement on their website covers it: There’s some kind of dispute about the future of the group, so the whole shebang is going to end, with a final live a month from today. Continue reading

PIIIIIIIN’s Farewell Looks Like It Must Have Been Pretty Fun

Ah, PIIIIIIIN, one of my favorite could-have-beens in idol. I had only just started to come around on them about a year ago, and thoroughly enjoyed their whole sound during my reluctant embrace of loud idols who weren’t necessarily heavy idols.

And then poof! Shortly after announcing that the fans would get to select the update to the membership, they announced instead that the group was disbanding.

I’m still hunting for video and will add if I find any, but at least here’s some awesome merch and photos and stuff. Continue reading

Start Monday Right with Kitakaze Impact Choque’s Last Live

Good morning! I thought it might be fun to really drive home how unfortunate it is to return to the regular ol’ grind after a pretty nice weekend by sharing a literal final performance:


You may have noticed that they’re down a member

That’s Kitakaze Impact Choque!, who had done some nice things over the last couple of years but were always “just” idol — that is, they did idol gigs and activities, but never really broke out and possibly never aimed to (RIZE IDOL is a much bigger entity than Kitakaze). Instead, they had a nice little niche in the underground and made some noise that we could appreciate.

Late last week, they held their final live as a second anniversary celebration. Continue reading