New Up Up Girls. Also, Technology Is Amazing!

Oh UUG, you’ve been keeping me so mercilessly busy as of late. Mere hours after I finished writing an article about their smartphone app/VR kissing simulator, they announced the winners of the Up Up Girls 2 Audition” and now I have to merge both articles! Wish me luck.

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The Broken by the Scream Saga Resolves Itself

The first thing, if you’ve been following BBTS on Twitter, it’s time to follow them on another account:

That’s because a now-former member got mad, seized control of the old official account and went on the idol equivalent of a rampage. Continue reading

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NEXT Shoujo Jiken Will Stab No More

I’m going to kick off Tuesday (Valentine’s Day!) with sad news for anybody who loves indies, metal, on-stage violence and merry chaos; the project known as NEXT Shoujo Jiken is wrapping up at its third-anniversary one-man* on March 20:

The group’s been Mai plus whichever of her good friends (like Yuri!) was able to join her on stage for a while, but Mai Jiken just put out an album a little while back, and I was hopeful that things could continue. Continue reading

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It’s Time to Meet the Rest of There There Theres

Ever since the announced re-launch of Bellring Girls Heart as There There Theres, the members not named Kai and Reina have been kept a little bit obscure; no acknowledged social accounts, no names, not even a complete confirmation that the black wings would, in fact, be back*.

But now here we go! All of those things in resplendent beauty:

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Welcome Back, Tokyo Rockets

Well look who’s getting a serious restart! Party Rockets GT sister group Tokyo Rockets, who once upon a time felt like they’d be part of the Next Wave of Heavy Idols(TM) but then kind of went kersplat, and the last meaningful blip from them was the old leader’s graduation.

Well, amigos, it’s looking like a new day is dawning in Tokyo Rockets ville.

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PoroPoro Baroque Is No More

Our helpful friend Pukovnik Krv let me know early yesterday that the original (and probably only!) Adopt-an-Idol, Poroporo Baroque, is calling it quits. So far, all the official account has done is post the remaining members’ statements:

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PiGU’s Rino Is Graduating

I’ve taken to sticking graduation announcements into the Weekender, the exception being cases where either I personally really like somebody, the group is fairly prominent, I am being paid etc. In this case, this is a very sad announcement!

In short: Coming up on March 20 will be a final one-man live for one of the PiGU old guard; it isn’t the end of PiGU, fortunately, but it’s still a farewell for a girl who stuck with her group through thick and thin. Continue reading

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I’m Down with This Kitakaze Impact Choque! Stuff

It helps to have friends in idol; I was chatting with Pure Idol Heart yesterday, and my dude shared these out of the blue: North Wind Impact Choque! going a little bit heavier and a little bit more mature:

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This Is Exactly the Cure I Need for Monday

What a terrible pun! So Cure, who recently expanded to five members to continue their dominance of the very loud Osaka underground scene, have a charming tendency to put their lives onto YouTube. Other than few short clips here and there, I haven’t seen the new lineup in action, nor some of the newer music that they’re rolling with, so this is as much a voyage of discovery for me as it is for you.

Say, Maniac, I thought you said there were five members now! Continue reading

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Mugen Regina’s Coming Back

Considering that they disbanded with a big ol’ alumni+ show back in December, I don’t know why I kept notifications turned on for Mugen Regina, but I did, and this tidbit sneaked by in the wee hours:

If you follow the link, and then click on the top news bit, there’s the info: They’re re-forming with completely new members, and auditions are on the way. Continue reading

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