Non Idols On

How about that for a title, huh? It actually undersells the whole, but I don’t know of very many people who don’t dig on ex-DEEP GIRLer Non. She’s back, in case you couldn’t tell, and not in the way that she tended to pop up here and there for her random jazz vocals and the like — no, she’s back, with a posse, doing something that I’ve legit never seen before.

This is the group:

Which I surprised to see when Trigger Warning shared it with me yesterday, and then it popped up in the group — I’ve been seeing Candye Syrup something-or-other for a long-ass time, which their Twitter profile confirms, seeing as they go back almost two year at this point, and have historically rubbed elbows with a lot of our idol mainstays because it’s a, uh, hair salon.

Anyway, this is a big ol’ step into the unknown. In addition to Non and her mouth piercings doing yume-kawaii, they’ve managed to take that whole image and not super-idol it the way Rinahamu’s various projects tend to; no, they took yume-kawaii and made it nasty:

Of course, they won’t exclusively do that and will dabble, but sweet holy moses, I love this juxtaposition of pastels and cotton candy and screaming. I love it mucho. Also trying to figure out how many of those members are people that I know from other things, because I swear that it’s more than just Non. OH WELL.

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Is This Curtains for Himekyun Fruit Can?

My eyebrows kind of did that high-arch thing when I first saw this in the Idolmetal group yesterday — Himekyun Fruit Can, that is, the forever queens of idol rock and I will brook no disagreement, are graduating all* of the members in October because reasons:

You can look at that story, or this one from Natalie.mu, but the facts are the facts. HKFC’s getting a reboot after a couple of concurrent tours and a festival and a best-of album and all that jazz. Continue reading

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Cure Got Themselves a New Member and a New Look

Hot damn, you guys, it was just a tiny while ago that I was not only confused about Cure’s going from five members to two in the blink of an eye, but what was really even going on with them. It appears that this is that what!

So: They’re three members now, kind of again because they were technically a three-piece for a long time when they were functionally a duo (indefinite hiatuses!), but here’s your newest member:

The world needs more idols who are into tattoos and piercings. I approve with my whole heart and suddenly want new ink.

As you might’ve guessed, coming with this kind of new member is a refreshed look for the group itself:

Oh, yeah: One-man. Or a series of one-mans? I can’t tell, and it doesn’t really matter because King Cobra is not a large venue, but I’m always glad when it looks like Cure is up to good things, because a lot of what even I try to pass off as idol metal just isn’t all that metal, but you’d better friggin’ believe that Cure is metal as steel.

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I Can Live with This Kind of Graduation

It’s been a real joy to see There There Theres — the continuation of the absolutely sublime Bellring Girls Heart — continue to develop and shine since their don’t-call-it-a-resurrection a few months ago. But legacies die hard, and TTTs/BRGH has always had a bit of a revolving door when it comes to members, and … well, it didn’t take long.

The first/latest is Saeki, one of the new-new members, who found that she wanted to freelance just a little too much for Tanaka’s liking.

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I Don’t Like When Idols I Like Go Away: MMM’s Nao Is Off

John on the case of a graduation announcement that gave me real-deal sads: Nao, who re-filled out Malcolm Mask McLaren when she joined about a year and a half ago is hanging ’em up. Reasons etc. on John’s site.

Why I liked Nao? Just something about how she looked when she stepped into the group way back when “ROX” was new. The punch she added to an already powerful duo. The somewhat awkward cool. I dunno. I liked her. And now I’ll miss her.

Last month we had what seemed like a mini exodus of idols from the scene, you all remember that podcast right? Last week was sort of the opposite, announcements of new members all over the place. Well, Malcolm Mask McLaren just couldn’t do things like everyone else. They had to wait to do their announcement.

via Malcolm Mask McLaren – Nao To Graduate — Straight From Japan

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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

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Oh Also a GANG PARADE Single

I got the weirdest sense of deja vu when I saw this little bit on the Internets yesterday; didn’t we just talk about this single? And a search turned up nothing! Ergo, it is news, and ergo, it fits neatly into this whole business with BiS, doesn’t it.

Anyway, John can explain it well enough for you.

I was never a big follower of GANG PARADE, at least until I watched the WACK AUDITIONS, which I followed pretty closely. There has always been an on going joke about the group being where idols go to die. Now this is absolutely wrong. The group puts out some pretty good tunes, as all the […]

via GANG PARADE – New Single Release Announced And More — Straight From Japan

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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

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BiS Gave Us New Video for a Not-new Song but Also Unveiled Their New Look

I actually almost popped when the announcement hit Twitter — NEW BIS MV OMG! — and was just the tiniest bit let down that the video wasn’t for the upcoming single release, but was actually for “Romeo’s Heart” off of the last album (which was good on the whole!). It’s still an indie release, so it’s published by Tsubasa and is, of course, region-blocked until some generous soul posts it to another service helpfully re-upped by a friend!


BiS-新生アイドル研究会 /「ロミオの心臓」[OFFiCiAL ViDEO… by idolvizion

I think “nice” is the exact word for it. Less nice, on the other hand: Continue reading

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Minami and Ayano are Up Up and Away from Up Up Girls

Well, this was a a surprise. A pretty gutwrenching surprise.

Official statements from management and the girls themselves right here:

So, Minami and Ayano are out of Up Up Girls, presumably some time in Summer. Minami has plans to become an actress, while Ayano will be retiring from entertainment. Continue reading

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