There’s two of them. They are Yunipi (pink) and Zousui (purple). They’re from Aomori prefecture, right up on the northern tip of Japan’s main island. And that, readers, is all I know. Not much to fill an article with but – hah! – they are called HUSH HUSH after all!
I rarely get personal here, primarily because I figure folks visit because they’re interested in idols and artistry and music and not the intimate travails of Daemon: idol blogger. And don’t worry, because I’m not going to get personal now except to say that, yesterday, I had a really bad day. I only bring it up because the things that most helped me get through it were: 1. Ditching work for the afternoon; 2. A chat/venting session with Papermaiden; and 3. This infectious new single by fishbowl.
Idol heals. Let’s begin the treatment:
Yanakoto Sotto Mute will be holding their final one-man live this weekend before disbanding the current line-up. The band-set is taking place this Sunday evening (Japan time) and will be livestreamed via Zaiko.
6/26 (日)OPEN 16:00 / START 17:00
『YSM SIX TOUR FINAL』 CLUB CITTA'
ヤなことそっとミュート (BAND SET)
— ヤなことそっとミュート (@YanakotoSM) June 24, 2022
It has been about a year since Miho emerged as a solo idol and she has had our attention pretty much from the start. At first with her exuberant lives and then with her exceptional debut single, “Doubt”, the Idol Underworld-produced artist quickly established a unique presence with her signature smoky voice, leather jacket and focus on yasashii (kindness). We were very excited to be provided a preview copy of Miho’s first full-length album , LIFE, which will be released this Saturday, June 25th.
Monday was NECRONOMIDOL-day as our favorite ultradark unit filled the morning with one significant news drop after another. Perhaps the biggest piece of information was the unveiling of NECROMA’s newest member at their “never to die” two-man live with XTEEN.
The new Darkness Girl to be joining Himari, Malin and Meica is Hisui Kurogane.
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) June 20, 2022
Let’s talk numbers!
1 – WACK Train currently circling Tokyo on the Yamanote line.
3 – Number of units that Toda Roa has now graduated from.
10 – Year Anniversary celebrated by Especia last night with a reunion livestream.
14 – Days unit the dissolution of LiLii Kaona.
50 – Years since the release of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
217 – Days until PLANCK STARS London gig.
245 – Days until PLANCK STARS plays Los Angeles.
300 – Number of Weekenders we’ll hit in nine short weeks. That’s a lot of Weekenders. Here’s this one:
When Kerrie spread word of the WACK train, I had to say, I was intrigued.
Did WACK make their own version of Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari?
Yurapico launched her career as a solo idol just days ago and it’s already off to a fantastic start. The current member of APOKALIPPPS and former member of Guso Drop and BURST GIRL dropped the announcement of her solo project on Monday and has since held her introductory live and released two singles and two MVs.
PLANK STARS, our favorite bohemian bad kids from Hiroshima, posted a few tweets about a week-and-a-half ago asking for fans from various countries to respond. While it seemed that, perhaps, they were tentatively sounding out support for overseas visits, plans may have already been in the works. Yesterday, PLANK STARS announced dates for a six-country world tour including overseas stops in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, the UK and the United States.
— プランクスターズ | official (@planckstars) June 12, 2022
There are few things more exciting than a vibrant new music scene exploding into life, and it has been a real joy to see the Korean jihadol or “live idol” scene thrive in the time since Homicidols last stopped by for a proper visit. So on that note, I’m delighted to welcome you back to the continuation of this series covering both the established and upcoming stars of the scene.
For my first article there was one group that immediately sprang to mind, the trailblazing two-member idol unit who go by the full name of Ne, Kitteru? (“Hey, are you listening?”), but are better known to the world as NEKIRU, the longest-running and almost certainly most influential group so far.