The Never-Ending DOTS Evolution Prepares For Its Next Incarnation

Wow, it was a busy weekends for the dot-chans! First they had their (possibly) breakthrough moment performing at the Tokyo Idol Festival, basking in a quick brush with the mainstream at what’s the biggest idol event in Japan, but that wasn’t even all!

Not only did they perform at the big “corporate” idol event, they kept a foot firmly planted by their roots by showing up at the “Underground Idol Festival” (UTIF) and performed under that banner too! These girls and their management clearly understand where they come from and aren’t about to burn bridges with the chika circuit, and good for them.

And then, in addition to that, dot-chans then made another appearance, this time at Maker Faire Tokyo, where they rubbed elbows with another breed of artists: The technology-minded DIY creatives who enjoy tinkering with their own devices and inventions scratch built from one’s own hands. It was the perfect match for them, as the Dots utilized the fair to present their own forward-thinking efforts to develop new and innovative ways to connect idols with their fans. You may recall an article published here last here last year that showcased such new marvels as the “Five Senses Cheki” and the usage of heart monitors to enhance the bond between wota and their oshis.

The Dot-chans are still hard at work to raise the idol experience to the next level. Looking around Twitter, I found a few comments from attendees unfamiliar with the group expressing their newfound interest in the girl’s endeavors. Another success at bringing new faces into their fold!

Some photos from Maker Faire Tokyo…

And with all that flurry of activity, there was another equally important announcement that was revealed this week, perhaps one a bit more melancholy for some of their fans. Two of the chans are removing their visors and moving onto a new plane of existence, because Dot-chans do not graduate, but rather assume new forms in their own personal evolution. Continue reading

A Not-totally-last Song for Kimi to Boku, Tokidoki Melancholic

Go ahead and see if you can accurately tell me the last time that the much-more-easily-said-in-English Kimi to Boku, Tokidoki Melancholic got a singular, personal post on ye olde website. Like, without cheating. Because it’s been a while. Way back when, back when the group was first coming into being under an entirely different regime, I thought for a minute that they were either going to be this vanguard kind of act for really operatic goth metal lite, or some kind of mean joke.

And yet they persisted! I don’t know how many membership iterations they’ve been through, but the number is not one, nor do I believe that it is two. This, however, is the last for this round:

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Migma HELLter, Amirite?

Um, guys…

What?

So at last night’s AQBI DIG event, it was announced that Kotejun, Popopo Po Po Jr. and Amari will graduate from MIGMA SHELTER on July 8, the same time that the group’s official hiatus begins.

We all knew that there would be a membership shake-up once the hiatus ended, however, the initial announcement led many of us to believe that the current girls would at least be safe and that this would simply be an update to fill the gaps Yoneko and Seisei left behind, rather than an almost total do-over of the current system. So it looks like the situation might just be far more dire than expected. Right now, it brings to mind two situations: Continue reading

The Once and Future Alloy

This is a post that’s taken most of a week to come together, and I have a feeling that it’s still insufficient, so bear with me, don’t get mad if details are left out, and please do enjoy the tracks to follow.

So. Alloy. They’re pretty good! They’ve also dealt with their share of turnover, as one would expect in idol. Par for the course! Also, if you happen to be a fan of Alloy and/or specific members thereof, completely and irrevocably devastating. Why anybody likes idol, I will never understand.

Nonetheless, the whole point of this is that Momoko’s graduating, like imminently, and the group dropped a couple of tracks to commemorate. Last of the current regime: Continue reading

BiS’s Farewell to Pour Lui Is Available for Free

It’s time to start to say goodbye, apparently. BiS has placed both tracks from their re-major debut and final single with their founder, the grandest dame of them all and likely part of the string-pulling machinery at WACK, Pour Lui, out into the world for completely free listens:

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Tell Me If You Saw This One Coming: yandoll’s Getting a Major Debut

Thank you to Jul for the note on this one: yandoll, who you may recall struggled to fulfill their CD-selling challenge just last year despite being sort of uniquely good in the yanderu space (also uniquely in the yanderu space), and also are yanderu idols who often practically define what it means to be chika, are nonetheless making a major debut in the summer under Universal:

To do so, three members are getting the axe (or self-delivering the axe, it’s impossible to tell), and auditions for the replacements are beginning promptly. Farewell live forthcoming. Continue reading

Pour One Out for Her; The GOAT Finally Retires

I’d go ahead and blame Kerrie here, but the poor child has been so inundated with graduations lately that I don’t want to pile on and, in fact, this is the kind of development that does in fact suck but at least has the right reasons behind it. And we get to see if the greatest conspiracy of all is more true than we ever could have reckoned!

Natalie.mu has the in-depth goods, too. The very short version: With the major label release of “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” (yes), she realized that she doesn’t need BiS and BiS doesn’t need her, and it’s time to move on. And so, at the tour final (March 4), when Saki and Aya’s trade was set to be reversed anyway, Lui will graduate. Continue reading

The Cycle of Life in Aqbi Idols

Tanaka-san really has a penchant for the dramatic, doesn’t he? A year ago, 2016 closed with the death of Bellring Girls Heart and announced yet-to-be-detailed future projects for a number of the numbers; as 2017 had its too-well-earned death rattle, of course it was time for the Aqbi family to drop a few more surprises on us.

Last week, Karin announced that she was graduating, basically effective immediately. Fans did weep. Today/tonight, she graduated/s:

Stupid wraparound time …

There was speculation as to how long it would take to replace her, or for the notoriously graduation-heavy group to be overhauled. I had a take:

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PLIC PROCK Will Live On

PLIC PROCK’s long-awaited farewell one-man for Asumi happened the other day, but it took the media some minutes to work their way out of the Internet woodwork. I didn’t know that the Idols Formerly Known as Parallel Japan could draw so well, but this is a nice crowd:

Here’s Asumi’s final message:

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There’s Just One Thing Missing from PLIC PROCK

It’s the vocals! Which .. hey, placeholder synths can do a good job of illustrating what’s up, right?

This of course comes at a tremendously bittersweet time for ol’ PLIC PROCK, with Asumi on her way out the door and exactly what’s next for the group in doubt; the former Parallel Japan’s star-crossed existence getting yet another kick in the junk for no reason other than the universe being a cruel, meaningless place where joy itself has no greater worth than the synapses firing to create it. Continue reading