Last weekend, I had a great time in LA seeing the US debut of CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL. It was a great show and they put it all on stage through two performances. Even with kids and obachans in the audience, they performed some of the hardest core stuff. There were also a couple buppan session so there was a chance to get to know the members a bit. It turns out that Ruko is practically fluent in English so we were able to chat. She told me that she had actually read the Homicidols piece I wrote about them. She didn’t say whether or not she liked it, but she did read it, and that was enough to make my week.
Here’s my best pics of @CHICKEN__IDOL at LaLaLa Matsuri today. They were awesome. Come back to the US soon! pic.twitter.com/OYYREVZuSa
— Daemon 🖤 Aimless (@DaeMetal) May 15, 2023
Chikeblo weren’t the only unit traveling overseas this week. THE DEVILS KILLING MERRY-GO-ROUND made their international debut in Sweden at Kodachicon.
Time for today’s main performance at Kodachicon in Sweden! @devilskillingM on their first overseas tour! 🇯🇵👏👏🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/ajweKwITLK
— Swedish-Japanese Performers Association (@swejpnpa) May 19, 2023
In future overseas live news, Isiliel announced her tour dates.
＼✨#moonbowrising Tour Dates✨／
We are proud to announce the initial dates for Isiliel’s 1st World Tour!
7/1-4 Anime Expo, LA🇺🇸
More dates/details coming soon! pic.twitter.com/Y3BLGfz4es
— Isiliel (@Isiliel_jp) May 17, 2023
For the rest of what happened this week, let’s start with Cinder-ella who, I think, put out the best new song this week. The single officially drops on Monday.
It’s NEO JAPONISM in “Idols vs. Guns.” (Spoiler: Idols win.)
We do not deserve RAY.
MAD JAMIE’s new tunes are hitting streaming services.
❤️🔥MAD JAMIE 3曲連続デジタルリリース決定❤️🔥
👑5.17 Over the moonhttps://t.co/AIEQidA3kX
👑5.22 show morehttps://t.co/eKpkhHPPus
👑5.27 NO TIME TO DIEhttps://t.co/pwxxgS4scr#MADJAMIE最高 pic.twitter.com/iIT38Dbo8B
— MAD JAMIE -Kawaii is Fxxk- (@madjamie_tokyo) May 16, 2023
ATARASHII GAKKO! had a HUUUGE week! First they went viral on TikTok and even Twice got in on it with a dance cover of “Otana Blue”. Then Suzuka went viral again after trading glasses with Yama-chan on a TV show. Finally, and of most importance to us, it was revealed that their latest single was composed by WACK’s former house maestro, Kenta Matsukuma.
CYCLONISTA are on fire.
CYCLONISTA – "FLAME FLAME"https://t.co/iG449cpP4B
— CYCLONISTA(サイクロニスタ)【公式】 (@CYCLONISTA_jp) May 19, 2023
This is interesting: Over on the Homicidols Discord server, Ziensa made us aware of this new units called BR!OT which is short for Brat Riot Girls. They have released two songs so far and they are both in English.
I can watch NELN sing in their living room all day.
TOKYO Tefutefu released their 4th single.
— TOKYOてふてふ (@tokyotftf) May 16, 2023
This new unit, AFTERS has been teasing us for a few weeks now. They debut next month but I may die of curiosity before then.
I could have sworn BiSH was going to break up at some point but they’re still going and going.
Over on the Homicidols Discord server, Carrythezero shared this discovery: Taiwanese live idol unit, Proof of Existence NO FACE NO REaLiTY.
For another overseas idol entry, here’s a Sweet Zombie song about from Thailand’s 39Party.
meme tokyo. collaborate with vocaloid producer STEAKA for their latest.
Hebiichigo Snake Strawberry always look like bushels of fun.
MAD MED released a lyric MV to support their latest album.
Meet .LiNIXLiNE. who say they are where dots and lines intersect. That’s about all I know about them except that this is a nice tune.
Non¬Fiction released a new album,
たくさん聞いてください🎧𓈒 𓂂𓏸#のんふぃく #サブスク配信 pic.twitter.com/q5GPZh5gPW
— のんふぃく！ (@Nonfic_official) May 18, 2023
On the treat Super Season is ending their current system in August.
On the treat Super Season現体制終了のご報告。https://t.co/T3VasWuOm1 pic.twitter.com/MBBBgFGTzm
— On the treat Super Season (@oss_antvox) May 17, 2023
Juri Momogui has been suspended from Saihate no hairaito until their performance improves.
— 最果てのハイライト (@saihate_idol) May 19, 2023
Yukino Aizawa is leaving her support role with Zessei no Imperial Collection.
— 絶世のインペリアルコレクション (@mybnplove) May 12, 2023
Meet oshifound supergroup NARLOW consisting of Pan Luna Leafy (ex. BiS, CARRY LOOSE, and HO6LA), Yamashita Umi (ex. PIGGS, HO6LA and PM3:58), Ikeda Nana (ex. LADYBABY), Muro Hanako (ex. BiS), Kawano Nanaho (ex. NMB48),
Noi Rico (ex. Dolly Kiss), and Enshu Ritsu (ex. Kuso no Idea).
関係者やメンバーはもちろん、オーディションへのご応募や最終合宿にご参加くださった全ての皆様への感謝を忘れずKT Zepp Yokohamaのデビューライブまで駆け抜けます。
NARLOWども、行くぞ。 #NARLOW https://t.co/pvkL5osvZb pic.twitter.com/UY1YDfUzYL
— ANCHOR / Hiroki Suzuki (@anchor_suzuki) May 15, 2023
Runachi Suzuki (ex. MAD JAMIE) has joined Caress Van End for a limited time.
◤速報‼︎鈴木ルナチ Caress Van Endに期間限定加入します‼︎◢
先程の配信にて発表の通り、鈴木ルナチの #カレバン に期間限定加入が大決定‼︎
— Caress Van End -official- (@CaressVanEnd) May 19, 2023