A Deep Mystery: KeePXOUT’s Sudden, Unexplained Demise

Something or another prompted me to look up KeePXOUT the other day. Maybe it was a reference to visual kei, or a photo, I don’t know. But an amazing thing, something that I was yet to experience, happened instead.

Look at the official Twitter. Or the company’s. Or the staff account. Nothing for well over a month now, and not a single notice as to a farewell live, graduation, spontaneous human combustion, anything. Instagram? Deleted. Website? Doesn’t exist. One of the members has disappeared from Twitter completely (or, rather, that account did), and the other has moved well beyond the group (and loves cats!). It’s like walking through an idol ghost town.

Being the intrepid not-journalist that I am, I decided to look into this. Continue reading

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Bye-bye, BUNNY KISS

This is a sad, if predictable, end to the whole situation we laid out a couple of weeks ago. Kanna, the active half of BUNNY KISS, tweeted this on Monday:

Go ahead and click through. Or, you know, just read the gist. Continue reading

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The WiLD TRUMPS Are Dead; All Hail … What?

Regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, THE WiLD TRUMPS had slated themselves for a Nov. 26 live demolition, which they billed as a death and rebirth. I thought, hey, this is a spin-off from Aoyama St. Hachamecha High School, it’ll probably get a refresh because the angle will be kind of stale after the election (and weird if Trump wins!), but I bet not much changes and …

Well.

They actually streamed a good portion of what turned out to be the group’s last live on Periscope:

Make sure to stick through to the end (or skip there, whatever wets your whistle). Continue reading

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You Dumb Jerks, Shibuya P.R. Is Breaking up Because They Weren’t Loved Enough

Just kidding about the jerks thing, btw. More or less.

But! As I am wont to do, I was looking at Good bye, Idol and saw a familiar name in the feed:

This had better be one of those “a member is graduating” things, is what I thought.

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My Girl Samitsu Misa Is Retiring and Taking Her Parade with Her

Well poop. I was legitimately excited about Misa and her out-there brand of idol+goth+metal stuff+alt-rock+pumpkins, and here she is hanging it up for good.


Happier times

Dokodemo Music is calling it an “indefinite hiatus,” but we know what that means. Continue reading

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Here’s the Final Video for Melancholy of the Black Cat

I’m very sad that Kuronkeo no Yuutsu has run me flat out of nine-lives puns, and also sad that their disbandment is imminent. They add a diffident coolness to an idol world that’s usually so earnest and deliberate, playing as what we used to call “alternative girls” way back when my neighbor’s older sister was smoking cloves in the woods and letting me borrow her Dead Milkmen shirts.

Their last PV is for a song called “Don’t Disappear” or something like that, and the whole shebang is just full of feels. Continue reading

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Next (small) Steps for petit pas!

JAM was the last hurrah for petit pas!, whose three-year odyssey to become the cutest idols in Tokyo led to a 2016 of triumph and tragedy, their performance at TIF setting off chatter that was confirmed after the festival closed: petit pas! was done.

I found myself searching high and low for their video from TIF and finally found it via a Chinese source that doesn’t care very much for things like iframes. You need Flash to see this.

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Tsubasa Fly Is Breaking up Literally Right Now So Let’s Remember Them Right

I won’t belabor the “we succeeded, now we’re out” situation that’s led to Tsubasa Fly calling it quits, and that final show happening while this is posting (no kidding, they might be on stage at this very moment). An independent to the end, they ground out a place of respect and, finally, a relative degree of commercial success in an ever-more-competitive scene.

Here are just a few of the songs that they graced us with:

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This Is Probably All the DiSPANiC You’ll Ever Hear

Hey guys! Have you ever heard of DiSPANiC? Probably not! And that’s okay, because you’re never going to hear of them again!

What we’re talking about is a duo formed back in the spring and just disbanded. That ordinarily wouldn’t warrant a mention — that kind of thing happens all the time — but I’ve been completely and stupidly in love with this bonkers sample and had just been waiting for some video or something before I DiSPANiCed you. Instead, this is all we got.

Almost all of their history is encompassed in that tweet! Continue reading

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New Deathrabbits Video Amid Absolute Chaos

You may remember this recent news that, due to financial malfeasance, the much-maligned Bucho — manager, male/death vocalist, stormtrooper — of Deathrabbits was being purged from the group’s rolls, and there was a possible last-ever live coming up and, well, some people were stoked and others were sad and others were puzzled because they had no idea what was going on. Being the responsible and respectful purveyor of idol news that I am, I did everything possible to stoke the fires of rampant speculation.

Things just keep getting weirder! First:

That’s from a week ago — if they got 200 retweets, they’d release a video that they were obviously already shooting, for a song called “Anger.” How curious! And, predictably, they got those 200 RTs in a hot minute because the Deathrabbits Army does not mess around. Continue reading

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