Mashiro Is out of DEEP GIRL

This wasn’t something I wanted to see:

It’s been a year since “I kill,” but the gods don’t like us enough to have sudden out-of-the-blue messages about important announcements be about new releases or tours or anything. And so it was:

Mashiro has withdrawn immediately; DEEP GIRL will keep doing what they do. Continue reading

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I Guess We’ll Just Have to Settle for Another New Zenkimi Member

Last night, during A-to-J’s podcast (that Terry was on on!), I tried to blurt into the chat the question of what the big announcement that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da had been teasing would turn out to be; it was Megumi’s birthday show, and I’ve been riding the Megumi’s-going-to-graduate-to-focus-on-business rail for months, so I stuck to my not-prediction while others suggested that maybe, given their other recent updates, the best bet would be a new member.

This is why you shouldn’t listen to me. Continue reading

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Under Beasty Just Did Something That I’ve Never Seen Before

They un-graduated a member:

Nobody suspected a thing:

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Life after Death for BRGH’s Mizuho

Not even a week ago, Bellring Girls Heart held their final appearance (as Bellring Girls Heart). Tears were shed. Two long-time members, Ayano and Mizuho, were graduating, Ayano to pursue a solo career (which should be interesting) and Mizuho to retire from entertainment; an idol and Bellheart member since she was 15, she felt it was time to move on with her life’s work. It was a bittersweet goodbye.

And then, in the most punk rock thing possible, Mizuho showed up yesterday as a member of wrestling/rock/idol/band thing Natsu no Mamono:

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969 Is Back, and a Big Bright Rainbow Is Shining on 2017 Already

Oh man, you guys who weren’t around during the spring and summer, also known as Maniac’s Period of Being Obsessed with 969, are in for a treat. Cuz 969 is back:

Thanks, Lee!

OH HELL YES. They’re so new! Only that last one even has other idols I know following her. Does anybody recognize any of these members from other projects? I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET THEM!

“But Maniac,” you ask, a little confused and possibly exasperated because why am I yelling anyway, “I don’t understand what’s the big deal. It’s not like they’re–”

Lemme stop you right there, Convenient Strawman. Do you want to know why 969 coming back to life excites me? Continue reading

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It’s Time to See the New Guso Drop in Action

Poor Saki’s Guso corpse is still warm, and Guso Drop’s out here with their new six-member configuration, blasting holes through the backs of people’s heads like it ain’t no thing at all.

Poor Terry got himself so excited about this one that he just plain forgot how to English

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The Coming Resurrection of Bellring Girls Heart

Or, as the case may be, NOT Bellring Girls Heart:

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Whoa, Too Young to Fall in Love Is Coming Back

File this one under Of All the Weird, Goofy Luck: The previously short-lived Koiwosuruniwa Wakasugiru (Koiwaka for short!) has apparently sprung back to life after several months on ice:

Three completely new members, but I hope not a new sound at all. I previously liked a lot of what I heard from them. Continue reading

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Meet the Newest Member of NECRONOMIDOL

The New Dark Age is impending, friends, and NECRONOMIDOL is preparing us. As you can see in the banner (and more clearly in their new artist photo), they’re back to a quintet and appear to be ready for some good ol’ fashioned sacrilege.

Japanese black metal darkwave idol group Necronomidol

And who might that rather elegant-looking mistress of the damned opposite Risaki be? Continue reading

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Yandoll Is on the Clock

Idols have shown that there are many ways to wish your fans a happy new year. Epic live video? Announce new releases? Rebrand? Threaten to disband!

Yeah, Yandoll, who seem to revel in being sick, gutter idols anyway, have taken up one of those obnoxious “we need to sell this many CDs or Bad Things” challenges (thanks, Pure Idol Heart). The details are here.

Specifically, it’s 5,000 CDs sold by April. If they make the goal, they’ll hold a free one-man; if they don’t, somebody’s going to get fired (and “somebody” will be determined by lots, which is pretty great actually). There are additional incentives to purchase, though, probably because seeing somebody get fired by dumb luck is more of a motivator not to buy than to participate in the gimmick. Continue reading

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