Here’s the Video for Sakohata Aya’s Second Solo Single

Sakohata Aya, ex of Splash!, has embarked on her solo career not so much as an idol per se anymore, but as a rock singer full stop. But once a cool rock idol, always a cool rock idol, I say, and this latest release from her sounds like fun:

Violent fun

The single, her second, drops in a month; her fans earned this release by giving her the ol’ 100 RT treatment on Twitter. As for her second one-man, that’s coming up in a couple of weeks … Continue reading


The Sweetness Will Make Your Teeth Ache

Update: I want to say that there’s no way this is true, but I bet it’s totally true. I have no reason to doubt our friend. Wild.

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to call on Pure Idol Heart for delivering on a good find, but this is just one example of why you should always pay attention:

Tell me that they aren’t rocking You’ll Melt More!’s look from last year

Meet Attain Music (Twitter), or maybe that’s not really their name because Attain Music is definitely the company, but the group doesn’t seem to have a name of its own? Anyway, as you can see, they’re cutting out any and all pretense and going straight for the darkest, blackest combination of all — kawaii rock. Maybe “Kawaii Rock Idol” is the name? Continue reading


I Think Maria May Be Judging Us a Little

Damn, it’s been a little while since we last saw Maria, huh? I was just minding my own business on Facebook yesterday, too, when I stumbled up this:

Oo, new song and video? Don’t mind if I do! Continue reading


Visionary Cuteness with Maboroshi Karen GeNE

So last week, when we were talking about ska idols (skadols!), Pukovnik Krv recommended that we have a look at … well, judging by the title of the post, if you weren’t thinking it was about Maboroshi Karen GeNE (Twitter), what were you thinking?

As luck would have it, they rolled out a new video like literally the next day. Judge for yourself:

Hm. I feel the energy, and some of that bouncing ska beat. So what’s their deal? Continue reading


They Dance Good and Stuff

This is your periodic reminder that not only did Osaka Shunkashuto begin their lives as a high school dance unit, they remain right in the top part of the pile in terms of what idols can do to interpret their music, not just make it:

Of course, they’re actually improving with age.

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I’m Breathing a Sigh of Q’ulle Relief

Updated: A Re:Start live of their own on Jan. 7, kind of doubling down on the band thing, and more references to a new label without saying what that is. Whatever. Q’ulle lives!

Today’s a light one, gang, because life doesn’t slow down just because you’d like it to (I am listening to Darkthrone, and I’d like for things to be quite slow indeed!). BUT I’d made a point to check up on Q’ulle’s Other Side of HOPE Asian tour finale that happened tonight, seeing as how there was some uncertainty as to just what would happen with Q’ulle at this point, new album aside.

And —

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Fine, I’m Including UP UP GIRLS Already

You people have been pushing me on UP UP GIRLS for a while, and I made a note to relent on of these days. I’m like, it’s Hump Day, and we could probably all use a pick-me-up, and OH LOOK they just so happened to have released a new video!

I’d give credit to somebody for drawing my attention here, but all of Twitter was about this video yesterday

Damn, there’s a lot happening in that song! Even without the video! Continue reading


I Really Do Love Everything about KeePXOUT

My favorite v-rock idol duo released this pro edit from a show a few weeks ago, and it pretty much sums them up — idol-ed up choruses, mixed harsh and clean vocals, ridiculous visuals.

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Just Three Weeks to Halloween; Let’s Get the Party Started Now

You may have noticed that it’s October, the finest month of the year — in addition to pro sports action out the wazoo, the weather’s actively turning over to autumn and, of course, Halloween is basically right around the corner.

Let me reiterate: The most fun holiday possible is mere weeks away.

Idols, who basically live in costume, are neither strangers to Halloween nor in any way averse to it. We’ll be thoroughly celebrating Halloween more as the time comes, but I thought it’d be fun to work some (additional) properly themed idols into the rotation. Continue reading


Yes, Friends, Idol and Ska Can and Do Mix

We’ve all heard idol groups mess around with ska before, from Hauptharmonie going hard with it to BiSH managing to sound almost like Operation Ivy for a second. So of course it there’s at least one legitimate ska idol project:

The idol’s name is Miyu, and the project is fittingly called … wait for it … SKA iDOL-PROJECT. Continue reading