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

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

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?

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:


Brutal

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 Homicidols.com 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-

And we just learned a ton! Continue reading

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.

Depending on Lots of Things, This Could Be an Amazing Performance

Just a couple of months ago, Fruitpochette‘s future looked to be in doubt; as of this tweet, I’m really excited about their future:

See, losing Teratani Mina and not replacing her basically immediately from among the Mad Magazine roster did not fill one with optimism; it didn’t necessarily mean that Fruitpochette was being left for dead, but it wasn’t an encouraging sign, even with new material being teased.

Now, if “they” are going to be at TIF this year … yes, it could be a big-stage farewell, but more likely it’s going to be a real-deal performance. I’d go so far as to peg it as when Fruitpochette 2.0 makes its debut.

And as we’ve seen, there’s potentially some really good results waiting for us.

The TIF roster for this year is already shaping up nicely; I never even mentioned that petit pas! are booked now, too.

Here’s What Fruitpochette and nanoCUNE Have Been Up To

When last we saw Fruitpochette, it was Teratani Mina’s farewell, leaving the future of the group in doubt. And when we last saw nanoCUNE … was never, actually, except in the context of Mad Magazine’s big blow-up earlier in the year.

Nonetheless, feet are being landed on, and we’re learning a little bit about where things go from here. Continue reading

Shit-wreckers: The Corenament We Could’ve Had

If not for this whole past week being Babymetal Week®, I had wanted to play a little game to the side of the Corenament, a Homicidols NIT if you will. It never materialized because I didn’t have any time, but I did think we could have something fun to do while we reset for the final tomorrow. Hence: Shit-wreckers.

These are all songs that, had the opening round had a different result or some of the fan preferences shifted just a few nominations in one direction or another, could have been part of the Corenament.

Psybou Kanojo, “Most Violence”

I actually don’t know if that’s the right translation of the title of this song, and I don’t care. Listen to it:

Psybou Kanojo was actually voted into the Corenament as the representative of the solo idols, only to literally quit the day before. This was replaced by Guso Drop and a re-seeding took place, and then the Gusos disappointed and, seriously, we were robbed of what could have easily been a one-woman wrecking crew in the middle of the bracket. Oh well.

Ladybaby, “Renge Chance”

I bag on Ladybaby and have some general issues there (that, in fairness, could possibly be applied to others and I’m just not aware of it), but credit where it’s due: This is a tremendous song:

The irony is that this was released the day before the DEATH POP DEATHMATCH, but Deathrabbits won that in a walk in the very first instance of some suspicious voting patterns around them. Had Ladybaby advanced, this could have been theirs, and heaven help almost anybody else for having to deal with it.

Fruitpochette, “Paradox”

“CleverDick” won out over this song by a single vote in the nomination process, and while I personally consider “CleverDick” to be the most interesting thing that Fruitpochette‘s ever done, this is one epic bit of metal.

In the original bracket, Fruitpochette had one of the “easier” routes to the final. With this on their side, they could have walked off with the whole thing.

Osaka Shunkashuto, “Kill the King”

Here’s another one from a group that did enter the Corenament but probably not with their best material. Nominators chose “Let You Fly!!”, which is a fine and good song, but it’s not this:

The sicko inside me wishes that this could have been paired with Necronomidol‘s similarly styled “Lamina Maledictum” just to see what would happen. But Syukasyun (well, Maina and dancers) crush the hell out of that song. Ronnie James Dio would be proud if he weren’t dead.

Deep Girl, “I Kill”

Yeah, everybody got their yucks in at Deep Girls’ expense when debuted looking like an ill-informed stylist’s idea of an idol metal group, then failed to meet their sales objective. Nobody’s laughing anymore.


See the comments on that video for why the chorus actually works with the rest of that madness.

Deep Girl got a lot of early votes before fading and being passed by Kamen Joshi; otherwise, it’s likely that this would have been the #16 seed against Babymetal and “Megitsune.” Can you say with a straight face that you couldn’t see the possibility of history’s first victory of a 16-seed over a 1?

You’ll Melt More!, “id Idol”

My personal first Yurumerumo song, and genuinely one of their best. “Only You” may have technically been their best bet in the Corenament, but there’s so much … I dunno, alt-metal? in here that it would have stood a puncher’s chance against almost anybody.


I mean, “Suicide, sweet side”? Somebody get Judas Priest on the phone.

Idol’s version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl meets that hard-driving instrumental in a song that makes self-violence and death sound adorable, set in a video that features the director killing his own talent? What isn’t there to like?