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

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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

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A New Fruitpochette Single Is Coming Soon!

Hot diggity dog! Right after sort of pining for Fruitpochette to keep moving forward, they announce this:

“Akatsuki-Crisis” will be out Dec. 23, with a deluxe, limited photobook edition to boot. I’m not much of one for photobooks, but the Zumakyuri bromance* may prove to be irresistible. Continue reading

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Get Fired up for Sunday with Fruitpochette

Our man in Japan, Phillter (Remember Phillter? He remembers you!), passed on this heart-rendingly good live compilation of Fruitpochette covering some of their favorites, as posted to Shiori’s personal YouTube channel, which you should follow if you have any sense, ya goofs:

Fruitpochette had a terrible first 2/3 of 2016. Like, just terrible. But where they are now, with Zuma and Kyuri playing well together and obviously having a blast, I hope this is the beginning of a big leap forward. The talent is obvious, the quality is right on par, their sound is distinct … Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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.

Now for my track by track take on the EP. Continue reading

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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.

Go here and buy it. Continue reading

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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

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