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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I Think We Need to Find a New Name for CY8ER

There was a nice little pop yesterday when CY8ER released this little member teaser video and people realized what they were seeing:


If you’re new, watch to the end …

… and if you still aren’t sure, I point you to this post from several months ago, which accidentally encompasses a similar feeling with the exact same person involved (and also reinforces the fact that you should never, ever listen to me).

But hey neat! The former BPM15Q continues to expand, Rinahamu looks increasingly like a human doll, the sound is all beats and synths and hip and cool and befitting a project called “CY8ER,” but I kept thinking about different kinds of epithets for Rina’s magnum opus. Continue reading

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What the Crap, You Guys? Marbles Broke Up

You all should just be thankful that I walked myself back from a “lost your Marbles” pun

This is dumb, bad news, you guys. Remember Marbles? Remember how it was like “oh neat, hardstyle idols, one of a kind!” and there was much praise? Well, on that original post, this happened:

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FRUITPOCHETTE Is Dead

This is awful.

TY, Phillter

Shiori and Kyuri are going to begin solo careers from here on, and the majesty of heavy metal idol from Ehime is no more. I imagine that official statements from the members will be forthcoming, but so far it’s just little apology tweets and ever-idol pledges to do their best. Continue reading

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