This Thursday Throwback Is the Entire MADCREW in Pitched Battle

It dawned on me that, after last week’s kind of random addition of a #TBT for Fruitpochette, the Mad Magazine Records consortium of idols probably have a wealth of old stuff to plumb through, given that these are groups going back as much as six years.

So here’s a simple little treat for you:

Yes, I know it’s not the same as the real MADCREW; cut me some slack

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It’s a Late Throwback Thursday, But Here’s Some Old-school Fruitpochette

I thought you guys might enjoy this:

In case you missed it, Mina’s hard at work at her new career, and Shiori has a new partner after losing her first new partner.


Check out the New Fruitpochette in Action

Straight from the boss’s mouth, so to speak:

I am so happy that you just persist and persist, Fruitpochette. Please don’t ever stop.


Fruitpochette Full Circle? The End Is the Beginning Is the End

I invited Patrick Kirby, one of the admins of the Idolmetal/Alt-Idol Facebook group, to give his thoughts on Fruitpochette’s recent “Scream~Unlash” maxi single, and a little on the state of Fruitpochette itself. Ping the man here, and remember that you can snag the tunes on iTunes and Google Music.

Cover art for Japanese idol metal group Fruitpochette's 'Scream~Unlash' maxi single

FruitPochette released a new single last month to go along with debut of a new member at TIF 2016. The new member, Rum, would feature “desubo,” or “death growl.” The new single is titled “Zekkyou ~ Unlash”, “Zekkyou” meaning “Scream.” The single featured one more song with death growl, “Flying~In my dream.” Unfortunately for most of the metalhead FruitPochette fans, Desubo FruitPochette would only last a month.

Now that part is out of the way, I will say the screaming is more background than the feature. The mix has the screaming pushed to the background, and other than that, there is no back and forth. It is pretty much The Shiori Show. Shiori sings lead on every song, and she sounds amazing. Despite the difference of no back and forth singing, and the addition of desubo, this sounds like the same FruitPochette we all know from the previous releases.

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Fruitpochette’s ‘Scream~Unlash’ Is Available on U.S. iTunes

I mean, the headline says it all. And confirmed on a number of other countries’ iTunes, too. You can buy your very own only recordings to feature Rum, whose single month as a member of Fruitpochette nonetheless deserves to go down as kind of historic — the duo known for their power cleans got with the trends, hired a legit harsh vocalist … and then, well, she was gone.

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Rum Has Already Left Fruitpochette, Yet Hope Remains

Thanks to Jul again for the heads-up (I apparently owe this guy a Pepsi or something), but Fruitpochette, so laden with monster promise following Rum’s replacing Mina at TIF just a month ago, has already left the group.

You can read Shiori’s statement here. It sounds like there were some personal differences, maybe. And note how Shiori has changed her Twitter handle again. 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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Fruitpochette Teases Its Second Member, So Let’s Play a Game

First things first: Fruitpochette’s management released this teaser video last night:


A-ha! Now, some very smart people have commented that, if Shiori were to be receiving a new partner/s for Fruitpochette to be Fruitpochette, it would probably happen at TIF, and the announced EP lined up well with an expectation that TIF would be a big spot for the project. And here we are! Congratulate yourselves, smart people!

So who’s it gonna be? Our only real clue is that the other member also wears combat boots, and that they are larger combat boots than Shiori’s. That could immediately set off alarm bells about a certain somebody returning to action, but it’s worth pointing out that like 95 percent of the world’s population (probably) has larger feet than Shiori, who is a very small person.

Nonetheless, we here at are enormous fans of completely irresponsible rumor-mongering, so let’s just toss things at the wall and see what sticks: Continue reading


Fruitpochette Lives, and This Is How

Speculate no more for at least a few minutes! Discovered via the fan club on Facebook, Fruitpochette will be releasing a new single/sort-of EP “in early August,” and this is it:

The track list:

  1. 絶叫-Unlash-
  2. 瞑想-In your mind-
  3. 魂火-Devotion-
  4. 飛翔-Believe my dream-

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This Fruitpochette Performance Is Great and Well-timed

It recently came to my attention that not enough people are aware of Fruitpochette. I don’t believe that I’m making a controversial statement in giving them the 1B title in the idols-doing-metal rankings; The Crest of Evil is pretty much an all-timer for the type.

However, Fruitpochette hasn’t had a great few months, and though a TIF performance looms, exactly what the future holds is kind of a crapshoot. Like, go ahead and guess at what you think happens at TIF, or after TIF. The music is completely great, and the talent level has always been stupid-lousy high. Anything is possible.

For now, Fruitpochette is still just Shiori mostly performing solo, like she is in this video (via the Idolmetal Facebook group).

The girl can sing like the dickens. Appreciate that.