We Have One Month Left Before FRUITPOCHETTE’s Final Blaze of Glory

ZUMA, the incomparable Shiori, has been holding the tiny, flickering candle for the remains of FRUITPOCHETTE ever since, a few months ago, it was announced that the project was going to come to an end (after five years though!). Mina had already left, Rum had unsuccessfully filled her shoes, Kyuri did an admirable job filling in but was going back to solo idoling … that was it. Shiori would soldier on alone until a final live, when a nice bow could be put on idol metal’s greatest also-ran.

Shiori shared this trailer for the final live this morning:

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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

The Corenament Has Reached Its Final Four: Who Lives to Fight Another Day?

Well, friends, the Corenament has reached its zenith — the Final Four are ready to square off. It wasn’t easy getting here, but a full month’s worth of pitting idols against idols gave us surprises, cheers and jeers, and plenty of head-scratching confusion.

Out of the wreckage of conference tournaments and the first four rounds of competition stand four elites as selected by you, the fans; literally nobody selected these as the Final Four, but that’s the neat thing about an ongoing war of attrition. Punk was almost completely wiped out by what you might call the three pillars of idol+metal, leaving only Guso Drop to defend hardcore’s honor. And, as an added bonus, the resultant matchups are tasty.

Yes, as the Corenament descends upon Akihabara, we have two of the great champions of the underground squaring off in a fists-and-elbows-vs.-Lovecraftian-horrors battle to the death (that they’d probably welcome!), plus a battle that many a smark fan of idol metal would love to see happen in real life.

While I expect the voting hordes to descend upon these final polls, I also expect the more thoughtful minds to have themselves some agonized decisions!

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Check out This FRUITPOCHETTE Interview — Kind of in English!

Will pinged this over on Friday, and I just had to give it a look based on the mere promise of the original description, and I was not displeased.

I’m actually uncertain as to whether this is a TV or radio performance in the end, or both!, but what’s important is that FRUITPOCHETTE got their rock on like very few can, then got into an interview segment that includes a bit of English:

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This Tuesday WTF Is the Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares

This Tuesday’s WTF is in fact purely speculative: What do you think BeardPochette would be like?

Thanks, Patrick!

All I’m going to say is, the Rum business showed what a harsh voice can add to Fruitpochette’s sound.

Happy Tuesday.

FRUITPOCHETTE’s Releasing a Tour Documentary, Too

Hot off the heels of announcing their collaboration recording as Full Machineguns (with SEX MACHINEGUNS), FRUITPOCHETTE’s now also releasing this documentary of the 2014 tour:

Obviously from the Mina era of the group, it’s only available by mail order or at live shows, but damn, that’s an idol DVD that I’d actually want to own.

FRUITPOCHETTE’s Collaborating with a Band, Like They Should

I like this little bit of news: FRUITPOCHETTE, who I seriously hope can get back the great momentum that it felt like they had just a little over a year ago, are going to take their relationship with SEX MACHINEGUNS* to the next level by not just performing together, but proverbially making a baby together and hitting the road to promote it:

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Get a Nice Little Surge Going with This Fruitpochette Live Video

Shiori’s like a little miracle in the first place, what with the singing and everything, but she’s also a great source for Fruitpochette’s music reaching far and wide when, well, see the discussion here. ZUMA may as well be her own promotional arm.

In this case:

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: Narasaki Yuri on Being Fruitpochette

Back in August, at TIF, Fruitpochette revealed the new partner for long-timer Zuma Shiori, who’d been performing solo or in impromptu formations since the health-mandated retirement of her partner, Teratani Mina. Rum was a dual vocalist, with passable cleans and very passable growls, and she added interesting, exciting depth to a new EP and, presumably, a fresh start for idol metal’s 1b.

A month later, Rum was out and Fruitpochette was in trouble.

But into the breach stepped a fellow performer with Mad Magazine, a solo idol known as Kyuri (say “Narasaki Yuri” really fast to see why) whose career had begun as a trainee for Fruitpochette. A friend of Shiori’s and a known talent, Kyuri was at least a fill-in solution, and she wasn’t shy about her intention to keep her solo career going either way.

With a lot of performance and now recording under her belt, Kyuri wrote on her Ameba blog about her impressions of where she was, how she got to where she is and maybe where she goes from here. The translation available in the Fruitpochette fan group on Facebook is something else. Continue reading

Mina’s Staying Loose, Just Waiting for the Bullpen Phone to Ring

I wondered if we’d get another chance to revisit the Greatest Conspiracy in Human History again before the year was over, and the Babymetal Illuminati allowed another sign of their intentions to slip through.

Via the Idolmetal group

See Mina’s previous connection to the conspiracy. Continue reading