Cruising through the Japanese music media has its benefits. Yeah, you’ll be inundated with a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t idol (like bands!), but you’ll also be rewarded with things like this huge-ass feature on You’ll Melt More! that OTOTOY just put up.
Among the sales pitches for YMM’s big-ass catalog and live reports, though, there’s this interview. And while I can’t read it at all and you may not be able to, either, it’s worth running through Google or your translator of choice for cool little tidbits and, of course, a ton of awesome photography of Japan’s baddest alternagirls.
Back in August, at TIF, Fruitpochette revealed the new partner for long-timer Zuma Shiori, who’d been performing solo or in impromptu formations since the health-mandated retirement of her partner, Teratani Mina. Rum was a dual vocalist, with passable cleans and very passable growls, and she added interesting, exciting depth to a new EP and, presumably, a fresh start for idol metal’s 1b.
But into the breach stepped a fellow performer with Mad Magazine, a solo idol known as Kyuri (say “Narasaki Yuri” really fast to see why) whose career had begun as a trainee for Fruitpochette. A friend of Shiori’s and a known talent, Kyuri was at least a fill-in solution, and she wasn’t shy about her intention to keep her solo career going either way.
Saving maybe not the best for last, but definitely the cruelest — most of the tears openly cried during the Zenkimi Incident were on Aza’s behalf, and she’s to date the only member to make her withdrawal.
This has been a pretty good series! Not all of the commentaries were tremendously insightful (Yotsu: I’m messy but Gomochi cleans my place), but they all did give a look in at the people behind one of many Western fans’ favorite groups. For reference’s sake, here’s Megumi, Yotsu, Mashiro and Gomochi.
As for Aza, what is her real disposition? What makes her go? And what does she really see in Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da? As always, you could go read the whole thing, or you could follow the jump for the translation. Continue reading →
Our look in at the thought processes of the current, past and soon-to-be-past members of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da continues with the soon-to-be getting her moment in the sun — it may be our last chance to hear from Gomochi, one of the tiniest adult-aged idols I’ve ever seen but as suitably twisted a little whirlwind as you’ll find out there. Gonna miss her!
If you’re new to the series, these interviews with the members of Zenkimi were conducted beginning several months ago, wherein they’d publish one per month. Our anonymous friend who provides a close look in at the world of Codomomental fans and activities very generously translated these without so much as a request — they’re literally a gift to us. You can see the previous entries on Mashiro, Yotsu and Megumi.
So what’s up with Gomochi? What does she think about idoling and growing within it? What about her own career? Might there be foreshadowing related to that recent unpleasantness? Read the whole thing, or take the jump to the translation. Continue reading →
Super late start today, gang, and sorry about that; it seems that ol’ Maniac got a little ill during the holiday-inspired good times last night, and it’s been a struggle just to stay awake.
Nonetheless, the show must go on! Our series of translated Zenkimi interviews continues with the white enigma, victor of the Mashiro Wars … Mashiro. (I’m so sorry.) You can see the Yotsu and Megumi entries from earlier in the week, too.
Like I mentioned yesterday, our anonymous benefactor (who I will not threaten to begin to refer to as Rodney Anonymous should he not reveal his true identity) translated the full run of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da PowerPush interviews, as published by Natalie.mu.
We did Megumi, in a very ex-post-bittersweet kind of way, yesterday; today is maybe the least known member of the group, the green-clad Barbara Eden cosplayer known as Yotsu.
So what is it that a person like Yotsu even likes? How does she interact with the other members? And why idol, of all things? You can read the whole thing or take the jump for the translation. Continue reading →
Friends, our anonymous benefactor has struck again, this time by providing translations for the series of five interviews with the members of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da that were published by Natalie.mu’s PowerPush segment a little while back. They originally ran one per month; we’ll run one each day this week, starting with their putative leader, Kisaragi Megumi.
What motivates her? How does she view the other members? Taking her somewhat unique position in the group into account, what do her goals feel like in context?
You can read the whole thing (in Japanese) and use this as a guide, or you can just skip that step and enjoy the fact that somebody in Japan loves you and wants you to be happy. Continue reading →
You-know-who has struck again, friends, and again we are the happy beneficiaries of his largesse. Tsurezure gave this interview to Natalie.mu, published last week on the occasion of the release of Post-Catastrophe, and the English translation is ours to enjoy.
Make sure to thank our benefactor, you guys. I have a review of the album coming, but that’s not going to be half as interesting as what we’re able to read thanks to the Anonymous One’s generosity. It all lives after the jump. Continue reading →
They’re constantly pumping out video content, so I’m sure that I’m timing it wrong again on the enigmatic Dots (or ………, as they prefer to be called), but I’m completely in love with all of this.
First, they kind of have a physical release!
That’s a CD that comes (I think; the listing is weird) with the latest issue of what would probably be my favorite magazine in the world if I could get it, Trash-Up!!, the publication of the promotion company / indie label that launches a lot of really cool idol projects. They’re even kind of helping to launch Dots! Think about buying it! Actually, see below in the comments, this is how you buy that disk, and it is pretty darn loaded!