From Death Springs New Life: The Aftermath of Lyric Holic’s Demise

Every now and again, it’s worth following up on idols you particularly enjoyed. Sometimes, the hint you get is about as subtle as an explosion; other times, it’s just a little blip on the Twittersphere that says that maybe there’s something worth looking into.

Yesterday, a little bit of us kicked off following Lyric Holic official’s announcement that the group is inexplicably rebooting after dying:

“How peculiar,” I thought, largely because I always thought that Lyric Holic was effectively self-managed. “I wonder what the old members are up to in this case?” Continue reading

My Response to Rei Leaving Ladybaby May Surprise Many

As it turns out, Kuromiya Rei’s taking a break from Ladybaby performance due to throat issues was a more ominous development than anybody reckoned; for that and other reasons, she’s withdrawing, and the whole Ladybabyverse is in an absolute tizzy:

Rei: Out immediately. Rie: Wait and see. Ladybaby: On hiatus, but effectively done. Continue reading

And Now Even Lyric Holic Has Bitten the Dust

At least I can stop complaining about idol being boring this year; the death toll alone is incredible. Lyric Holic, at times the most viciously loud thing in idol but also capable of real-deal beauty (because Tama), had their final one-man later today*. Maybe it means something that I wouldn’t have even known it if not for randomly seeing a tweet from a member of another (friendly) group** wishing them well:

Idol English, man

I’d point you to stuff directly from the official account, but it appears to have simply given up. Instead, we tell a story with the members themselves! Continue reading

Would You Like to Meet the New Himekyun Fruit Can?

All right, confession time: Who out there (raise your hands) thought that the plan to have all of Himekyun Fruit Can — unofficially but kind of really the longest-running hard rock idol unit in the business — graduate following a long farewell run-down, and then replace them with totally new and fresh members, was going to be run about as well as just about everything else from that company over the past couple of years, and we’d get a reboot roughly on par with … I was going to give an example, but I have too much respect for the people in question, so let’s just say, a reboot that would not be well-executed.

My hand is up!

Well, let’s all just maybe lower those suckers and look, because Mad Magazine may have gotten this one right:

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What Now, PLIC PROCK?

If you follow the story of Parallel / PLIC PROCK at all, you know that they’ve never had an easy time with this whole idol thing. Minus a silo explosion*, they’re basically idol’s Frank Grimes**

But on Dec. 12, they’re having themselves a one-man. That’s great! Less great is that Asumi will be withdrawing from the group at that show:

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It’s a New and Fully Powered PiGU!

Hold on and indulge me for a moment, good people, because to explain exactly why what I’m about to show you fills me with absolute mirth will take a minute. If you’re not interested in context, just skip over the jump.

So way back when I first discovered and got into PiGU, I noted that the membership seemed … a little fluid. And then they re-charged, only to almost immediately un-recharge. For one hot minute, it was just Rino and Keikarin even! And then there was Rinka and that girl whose name I forgot, and then Rino was gone and also that other girl and PiGU has, kind of miraculously, managed to span several months’ time as but a wee duo, which is normally a placeholder era for many groups, but PiGU only managed to put out a Video of the Year candidate.

Now, a couple of Weekenders ago, I was pleased to share that there were new trainee members in the POP iD stable. What I hadn’t reckoned was that they’d see the stage so bloody fast: Continue reading

Love Is Pointless: NEVE SLIDE DOWN to Disband

I was in a mood even before the tweet from Viz Major:

The real link is here. There’s no explanation yet, just the obligatory apology. Continue reading

I Feel Okay about DISDOL’s Next Generation

So yeah, somehow the least upsetting last live of the past week was the best attended:

I had been bullish on DISDOL’s reboot basically from the jump, simply because they’d been trending down as a project for a year and had been dropping members of prominence for almost as long, so I assumed that there were bigger institutional problems etc. Maybe that’s true, maybe not, it doesn’t matter; after they released that transitional video, I would’ve been content to write off the whole thing.

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What Manner of Evil Is This?

Hey, did you know that NECRONOMIDOL was almost a different thing? There were lots more members at one point! John’s got this neat feature on the earliest of early iterations of the blackest idols in the game.

You get what I’m saying, though, right? There were girls who were evil enough to want to be part of Necroma, but intimidated away by how evil the eventual fixed membership was. Amazing.

A lot of you may not be aware of this but before I got into idols I was very much into history (I still am). I was very passionate about research and finding the little stories behind the stories. I have now started to apply the skills I have acquired to my interest in idol […]

via NECRONOMIDOL: Members That Almost Were — Straight From Japan

The Masks Are Off; Now It’s Time to See What EMPiRE Can Do

I guess Watanabe got bored with waiting for the magical 15,000-follower-per-member threshold to be met, or he changed the rules on the fly again, or Avex ran out of patience, or something, because here’s your EMPiRE, unmasked:

COUNT THE GIRLS YOU KNOW

I saw Midoriko first and wondered if how she was photographed would be indicative of what the group’s overall look would be like:

But I guess not. I’m sure that we’ll see soon enough. Continue reading