I’ll Stop Fanning These Flames When They Stop Fanning Themselves

We’ve seen the hidden symbols. We’ve seen the changes in the members’ behavior. And we’ve ever seen a small glimpse of how one former rival has been subtly rehearsing for a role that she must for some reason believe could be available to her soon.

Yes, Teratani Mina, ex of Fruitpochette, has a message for the world: She’s ready to Babymetal when Babymetal doesn’t anymore. Continue reading


Teratani Mina Reveals Her Big Post-Fruitpochette Move

Seeing Mina go down and leave Fruitpochette due to lingering health issues was a bummer, and fans have wondered ever since just what exactly she’s going to wind up doing. There’s been some idoling for sure, getting her back into music, and some modeling and the like, but somebody of Mina’s outsized talent had to be working on something pretty big, right?


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Here’s What Fruitpochette and nanoCUNE Have Been Up To

When last we saw Fruitpochette, it was Teratani Mina’s farewell, leaving the future of the group in doubt. And when we last saw nanoCUNE … was never, actually, except in the context of Mad Magazine’s big blow-up earlier in the year.

Nonetheless, feet are being landed on, and we’re learning a little bit about where things go from here. Continue reading


Fruitpochette’s Teratani Mina Says Farewell

We’ve known for a while that Mina was leaving Fruitpochette not because of an organizational shake-up and not because she wanted to, but because her actual ability to live mattered. Yesterday was her final performance, and there some really great photos via the Facebook fan group. Continue reading


While We’re on the Topic, Fruitpochette Seems to Have New Music Coming Anyway

As living proof that idol groups just keep on ploughing through, members be damned, Fruitpochette may be losing Teratani Mina, but they might also be releasing at least one new track in the near future. Continue reading


Further Clarity on the Mad Magazine Situation

Finding out earlier this week that the whole Himekyun Fruit Can structure represented by Mad Magazine records was basically being blown up (except for Himekyun Fruit Can themselves, who released an album and are doing quite well, thank you) set off kind of a tizzy. People just plain had more questions than answers. At the moment, we have a another answer. Continue reading


Teratani Mina Is in Fact Retiring

Building on the post from earlier about one half of Fruitpochette graduating along with a whole passel of down-roster talent at Mad Magazine, it turns out that Teratani Mina is leaving not due to a disagreement with management, as I had suggested, but due to actual real-deal health issues.

From her blog today (translations via Google): Continue reading



This is heavy.

Because I was an idiot who hadn’t yet gone deep into the bowels of idol metal, I LOL’ed about a Babymetal knockoff (I also am not a big nu-metal fan) and just kind of put it away.


See: Idiot, above.

Note: Teratani Mina’s personal info as a member has been pre-emptively “formered” on this profile just because I know that I’ll forget. She is currently still a member of Fruitpochette, but is graduating on March 26. See more.

I can’t remember which of these two songs made me give Fruitpochette a real chance, but I do know that “CleverDick” wound up being a regular in my rotation. I was a lot more mature (ha) in my idol appreciation by then, and I had to appreciate the fact that this was basically a jazz song rendered in metalcore tones.

You have to be an asshole to not like that.

I was also happy to learn that Fruitpochette isn’t just another kitsune-chasing flash in the pan; they’ve been at it since 2012, and they have the same competitive advantage as Babymetal in that they’re an agency group, with their sisters nanoCUNE and Himekyun Fruit Can likewise in this site’s wheelhouse.

So what’s Fruitpochette’s deal? Well, if you actually take some time to get through their full-length album (The Crest of Evil, released in 2015), there’s plenty of good in it. Honestly, one of the best things about them is that they’re a straight-up idol metal band, with no frills or pretense; they just kick ass. They also apparently tour constantly (which is kind of a thing in the underground), so there’s a lot of dues-paying there for you tr00 jagoffs.

I’d love to learn more about Fruitpochette, including just what their plans are going forward. Especially now, because Teratani Mina, half of the duo, is retiring from idoling for health reasons, but current indications are that Fruitpochette will continue in some configuration or another with the continued inclusion of Azuma Shiori.

What they sound like

A blend of metal styles sung by a big-voiced women with a top range just slightly lower than Ronnie James Dio’s.

You’ll like them if

Do you like metal? That’s pretty much it. Thrash-y, core-y, sometimes brutal, sometimes event dispensing with easy hooks. Unless you’re one of those weird people who only listen to obscure Eastern European grindcore bands, if you like anything from Sabbath to, I dunno, Behemoth to Mastodon, you’ll find something in Fruitpochette to like.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

The aforementioned (minus “Parasite,” which I am not that high on), plus:

There are a lot of good tracks in Fruitpochette’s catalog, but there’s just something a little extra nice to this one.


Azuma Shiori
Azuma Shiori from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun

Former members

Teratani Mina
Teratani Mina from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun


“Burning” (single)
“Destruction” (single)
Shippujinrai (EP)
The Crest of Evil (album)