The Tragedy and Triumph of Kuromiya Rei

This is something that people need to take in.

今日は誕生日でした〜〜( ; ; ) 自分の誕生日はあまり好きじゃないし大勢に祝われるのも好きじゃないけど、心の底からうれしかった こうやってまたみんなとライブができる幸せを一人一人が見せてくれる表情も言葉も感情も汚い部分をクソ愛してると思った、私はジュニアアイドルというジャンルの中にいてロボットみたいに感情を殺していた。世間一般からしたらアウトだしアンチだって多いし誰にも世間からも受け入れられない事を分かってる。でもそれを理由にファンの人が気を使ったり人気がない理由にしたくなかった、比べられてもいいし自分のこと別に可愛いとか思ってないですからね、そもそも^それでも昔のことを後悔していないし、隠す気もない、勝手にみんなが他人の過去を気にしてるだけでしょ〜〜( ; ; ) 自分の人生も真っ当に生きれない人たちが自分より弱い人をみて自分より無能だわって勝手に思って安心してるだけだね^^その人たちからすれば私はクソだし無能ですね。正直しにて〜〜まじで死ぬ絶対死んでやるから!!!死ぬ!って思って生きてる!秘密ね!笑 まあ世間という小さい世界では受け入れられない(受け入れて欲しくない)クソですけど、それを受け入れてくれた君が一人一人がクソ好き。 しかもメジャーデビューって…ヤバすぎだね( ; ; ) なんかあんまりこういうこと書くとアイドル感あるし清楚感出るからめっちゃ嫌なんであんまり書かないですけど、感情が爆発寸前なので書いた( ; ; ) 正直、忘れられたくないのに絶対忘れられちゃう気がして怖い、忘れられるのは死ぬことと同じだからね〜〜、まあとりあえず16歳になって今まで以上に自分のことを考えてくれる人や関わってくれる人が増えて嬉しいです〜〜( ; ; )少しでも返せるように精一杯生きます〜〜ありがとう〜〜( ; ; )

If you can’t Japanese, Viz Major provided a translation (with extra clarification in the comments). This is important stuff.

The girl in the picture is Kuromiya Rei, mostly known for her work in Ladybaby but also of Miss iD and Brats fame. She shared this photo as a celebration of her 16th birthday. The image belies real emotional damage being worked out by a young woman who’s been an object of sexploitation since she started modeling at an age in the single digits. Her history has been covered here and extensively gone over all over the J-music world. It in no way should be considered an indictment of Rei, but of the adults who exploited and failed her.

There’s a lot of pain in her message, and the emotional and psychological damage are written plainly on her face, but she also shows hope and happiness with where she is now. Her story is working toward a much happier ending than I’m sure she sometimes feels. Continue reading

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Check out Gokigen Teikoku’s Important Notice

Remember when Gekijo-ban was doing that thing with 100 fans so they could make an MV? I definitely did not understand what that was about, but no worries, the actual end product is upon us.

Feast your eyes upon the smart-trolly-ly titled “Important Notice”!


s/o to the dude in the DISDOL shirt

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A Deep Mystery: KeePXOUT’s Sudden, Unexplained Demise

Something or another prompted me to look up KeePXOUT the other day. Maybe it was a reference to visual kei, or a photo, I don’t know. But an amazing thing, something that I was yet to experience, happened instead.

Look at the official Twitter. Or the company’s. Or the staff account. Nothing for well over a month now, and not a single notice as to a farewell live, graduation, spontaneous human combustion, anything. Instagram? Deleted. Website? Doesn’t exist. One of the members has disappeared from Twitter completely (or, rather, that account did), and the other has moved well beyond the group (and loves cats!). It’s like walking through an idol ghost town.

Being the intrepid not-journalist that I am, I decided to look into this. Continue reading

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Bye-bye, BUNNY KISS

This is a sad, if predictable, end to the whole situation we laid out a couple of weeks ago. Kanna, the active half of BUNNY KISS, tweeted this on Monday:

Go ahead and click through. Or, you know, just read the gist. Continue reading

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Alloy Picks up Where petit pas! Left Off

I feel like I was right to get excited about Alloy! Fans of petit pas!, you may find their sound … somewhat familiar:

In this case, very familiar

They’ve actually spent the past week trickling tracks out onto Soundcloud (very much like Nozomi’s former group did prior to the release of Refrain), with very nice hard idol rock and stuff going on: Continue reading

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PIIIIIIIN’s Putting Its New Member Decision Process into Your Hands

So PIIIIIIIN, fun teen rock idols and someone who I wish I were following more closely and then never do, somewhat recently had a graduation. That wouldn’t be a problem for most idol groups, but, see, it’s PIIIIIIIN, not PIIIIIIN, so they need a seventh member, and they’re going to listen to the Voice of the People to select her.

That’s … honestly, that’s kind of cool. So how does one take part? Continue reading

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Come Together: An Idorock Stable Takes Shape

Pure Idol Heart, who’s great to chat with about idol stuff at all hours, has been tipping me off on lots of new stuff lately, but this is one that genuinely has me excited.

First up: Candy GO!GO! Like, the living embodiments of idorock. Their last single was a lot of fun, their major debut is coming out at the end of the year, and they’re just out there doing like they always do, which is put on swaggy stage shows and dominate Twitter. Candy GO!GO! is managed by One-to-One Agency, and that name used to make a lot of sense because, to my knowledge, they only had themselves one client (being Candy GO!GO!).

Not anymore! And if you’re reading this on the home page, please allow me to clickbait you by saying and you won’t believe who they’ve signed (but you’ll probably be happy for who it was): Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | “Sealing EP”


It’s not a secret that I’m super-duper excited about the launch of Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Grunge idols from the people who brought us Bellring Girls Heart! That’s pretty much guaranteed to be right up Maniac’s alley. And their first EP, 8CM EP, proved that this was a project way the hell on the right track; hard alt-rock with well-matched vocals and members who put on as elegant and artistic a stage show as you’ll see in idol.

Their big sisters are going on hiatus, and Yanamyu are being featured in the farewell tour. With the opportunity to share a big stage in front of a big audience, can they take a big step up after just a few months of existence and become a player in the alt-idolverse? Can their second EP (available for free until the 26th!) follow up on the promise shown in the first and equip the group for what’s to come?

Guess you’ll have to read the whole thing. Continue reading

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Oh, You Guys, There’s New Dots and It’s Lovely

Dots, the enigmatic shoegaze idol newcomers, have become an object of fascination for some in our little community. Well, like me and Brian and Justin and probably a few less vocal proponents. But still! Full of mystery as to who they are, what they’re about and even where they come from, they’re hard to not pay attention to.

They post video constantly, but very little of that video is of performance; see the other side of the jump for some of the typical video that shows up on their channel. Whoever’s in charge has a wicked sense of humor and ginning up interest. But when you see a stage and Dots members on it, you should probably pay attention.


Oh, that’s just cruel

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You Dumb Jerks, Shibuya P.R. Is Breaking up Because They Weren’t Loved Enough

Just kidding about the jerks thing, btw. More or less.

But! As I am wont to do, I was looking at Good bye, Idol and saw a familiar name in the feed:

This had better be one of those “a member is graduating” things, is what I thought.

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