The Perils of Indie Idol: Namahamu to Yakiudon in Trouble

This is a sad story, regardless of how you feel about indie idol’s comedic dynamic duo.

You may have heard, but Nanahamu to Yakiudon were making a guest appearance at an event the other night. When they took the stage, it was tears and confessions and … well:

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Watch Bellring Girls Heart’s Last Live Right Now

It looks like the stream is over; there’ll hopefully be caps of it available soon.

Man, a guy goes to sleep expecting recordings, not to wake up to a live stream of the end of an era.

Embedding’s been disabled, so click here for the YouTube stream of the HELLO WORLD final performance of Bellring Girls Heart, going back through their huge catalog.

The stream will end; when that happens, it’ll hopefully have been archived, and I’ll update accordingly.

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Mugen Regina Goes Gentle into That Good Night

It’s official: After their third one-man the other night, Mugen Regina, Last Idol Standing from the Life Is Sweet Music / Luna Factory family, has suspended activities, with alumni and friends in attendance for one final go with the fans:

We knew about the suspension/hiatus/death going back a while, but now Maako (after 238 shows!) is officially retiring. And so ends one of the worst possible years an agency could have, with the rebooted group falling apart and the effective face of the company going solo and the other reboot kind of withering on the vine in painful slow motion. Continue reading

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The Homicidols Curse Strikes Again: The Death of Parallel

The Curse*: Is it real? Does it require that we allow a goat to attend a baseball game? Who knows! What we do know, though, is that we took a look at the ill-fated Parallel Japan just the other day, and now they’re at the very least taking a break:

Thanks, Caleb! Or, more appropriately, no thanks!

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The Hits Keep Coming: Aina the End out with Throat Surgery

Sure, world, why not just starting pissing directly into my breakfast?

So: Aina, she of the voice made of smoked honey wine, should probably stick to keeping the honey in her tea for a little while; like DEEP GIRL’s Mashiro, she needs surgery to have nodules removed from her vocal chords.

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At Least Mugen Regina’s Going to Go Somewhat out in Style

So just following up on Mugen Regina’s indeterminate hiatus situation, they’ve apparently decided that going gently into that good night is going to be a rager:

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Time May Be Running out on Mugen Regina

Usually, when you see tweets like this, you just up and expect the worst:

“Gee, I wonder what this news could be if it’s significant enough to warrant an actual message on the group’s actual website.” Never good! And yeah, according to that message, Mugen Regina, not all that long ago a legitimately interesting, forward-moving metal project, is officially going on hiatus. Continue reading

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Holy Shit, Bellring Girls Heart Is Losing Graduates and Taking a Break

Ayano and Mizuho are graduating, and, if I’m reading this right, Bellheart’s putting things on hold at the end of the year pending a reboot:

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My Heart (Pochicon) Breaks a Little, But All Wounds Will Heal

I missed it the other day, but my latest New Favorite Thing in Heart ni Pochicon (as I have been advised to call them) is in a bit of disarray: Fuyu (you may know her by her cigarette and bulldog expression) is heading to the hospital for some R&R.

Ordinarily, as examples like Yasui Yuuhi have taught us, when an idol goes on hiatus for health reasons, it’s often an elegant way of moving them out of the picture until they can be quietly graduated without fuss or muss. Fortunately: Continue reading

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Never Have Promise: 969 Going on Hiatus

I must have pissed off some god or something, because all of my favorite idolcore upstarts are having major issues all of a sudden. In just a few months, 969 went from being one of the most exciting new things on the block to … well, 969 management will speak for itself:

Their statement is available here. Might be back in a few months, might not.

Guess I should just shelf plans for that interview request, huh?

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