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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rocking Out! - Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School - Idol Spotlight




Update 1-26-2016: I originally released this article on August 31st, 2014. It was one of the first three I made and it showed. After about a year and a half, it is time to redo this article in my styling. I am including updated information and also actual member pictures.

Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School has got to be one of my favorite indie idols that I have enjoyed listening to in the past year or so.

Their music is so upbeat and energetic that it will cause you to have a dance contest.

So let us get into it.

A little backstory behind this group.

The group participated in the show Shibuara Nico Sei Idol Collection in early 2012 where they had to get 1000 copies of their single Hachamecha School Days pre-ordered in order to make their debut.

The groups currently hosts a segment on Uta Musume on TV Saitama and has since 2013.

Their fourth single was released back in March called, Starting Over, which was the opening song for the TV show Rank Oukoku, which airs on TBS

In June 2015, this independent artist got called up to the big leagues and signed with Universal Music Japans' label EMI Records.

Member Introduction

This group has had a few member graduations in the past couple of years and here are the reasons why.

In April of 2014 Yuuki Miho left the group due to poor personal health.

A few weeks later after Miho left, Muira Sena left to take a break.

In August of that same year, Yamada Rin graduated as well.

As a result of those three leaving the group, they held auditions for replacements and gained members Mochiduki Mirei, Narai Yume and Shiraishi Momo.

Now here is where things get a little hairy.

In September of 2014, it was discovered, unlike what the official announcements had stated, that Yuuki Miho (the one who graduated in April) and Muira Sena (the one that left shortly after) had actually been having love relationships.

-Enter Love Ban Rule Here-

The management agency demanded that the girls and their boyfriends pay damages that were caused to the group and fans.

All of that above was in just one year.

I have to admit, that is kind of rough.

In August 2015, Mochiduki Mirei graduated from the group.

The current members are:


Name: Sasaki Hitomi 
-Original Member-
Birthdate: January 27th, 1995
Twitter: @__hiinyanxxx__


Name: Imamura Misaki
-Original Member-
Birthdate: January 13th, 1992
Twitter: @miichaxn0113


Name; Sayama Shiho
-Original Member-
Birthdate: July 25th, 1994
Twitter: @shiomaru_mecha


Name: Saida Ayaka
-Original Member-
Birthdate: October 17th, 1995
Twitter: @saida_ap


Name; Narai Yume
Birthdate: November 19th, 1997
Twitter: @yume_narai


Name: Hoshizono Marin
Birthdate: June 4th, 1994
Twitter: @mecha_kyasarin


Name: Mizuhara Shirori
Birthdate: November 4th, 1997
Twitter: @mecha_olielu


Discography Information

As of this article releasing, the group has released six singles and one album.

I will place the links in the single title if you would like to purchase them from some great sites.

Singles


September 28th, 2012 - Hachamecha School Days
Currently Not On Sale At All


March 7th, 2013 - Mecha High


August 20th, 2013 - Summer Of Love


March 11, 2014 - Starting Over


January 6th, 2015 - Beyond The Darkness


June 24th, 2015 - Never Mind

Album


December 21st, 2013 - Destroy All Monsterz


Music Videos

Over the course of me displaying their videos, you can see the changes in the styling and how more grown up the original members have gotten.

So, enjoy!

I have not found their first music video so I will move on to the next one instead.

This video is from their second single and the title track Meccha High!!. 


Even though this song is one of their originals, I still love to listen to it every now and again. 

This next one is also from their second single, titled Sweets Paradise.


I absolutely love this song. It gets me so hyper and I can jam to it at work. I look like a nutcase but I don't care. I saw them perform this live when I visited Tokyo last year ( I will discuss that later).

The next video is from their third single titled Summer Of Love.


This video is also one of my favorites as well as the song. I most definitely like their outfits and the the dance scene. Also, their are some shenanigans taking place as well behind the scenes.

The fourth video in this sequence also happens to be from their fourth single and the title track Starting Over.


Apparently I seem to like all their songs because I enjoy this one as well. As you can see, their outfits constantly change single to single as you would expect but these ones are more colorful and they pop more. 

For the fifth single, they released a Star Wars based video for the title track Beyond The Darkness.



I got to see them perform this live as well and it is as good if not better, The rock tones in this song make you just want to fist pump and jam out for a while. I like the video because it showcases what they wanted to accomplish or try to conquer a fear. From sky diving to wrestling to haunted houses to building a house of cards, you have everything.

Finally, for the time being, you have their video from the sixth single titled Never Mind.


I am not sure if I saw them perform this live or not. What I do know is that this song is really good. I once again like the rock tones to it and how uptempo it is as well. The dance is catchy as well. I like their rock outfits, especially with the Union Jack on it. I may be American but boy do I love me some Union Jack. I also enjoy the fact that they are doing the wotagi dance in the street on a red light, on a train platform, near a temple, and nearby local businesses. 

Overall Group Review

I really love this group a lot. Seeing them perform live is like a whole new level of awesomeness. I watched them at the Solo x Solo x Solo Girls Storm Golden on May 1st, 2015. 

I noticed on the calendar that they were performing and went to see them.

I don't regret it one bit.

When they came out I was so pumped. My heart started beating faster and faster. 

They are also very pretty in person, no doubt about that.

It was kind of hard to pick a oshimen so I decided to oshi the whole group.

When they performed Sweets Paradise, I knew I was in for a show. 

As they were performing, the crowd and myself were jamming extremely hard (thus introducing myself to the wota life). 

During the song, I remember this very clearly, but the barricade between the stage and the crowd is not that far of a distance and I was on the front row. 

Anyways, as it went along, Sasaki Hitomi, reached over with one foot from the stage to the barricade next to me and I was shocked but was still rocking out awkwardly. 

I will not forget that moment. 

I loved their set they performed and was upset when it ended. 

TMI setup: I do not think I have ever sweated at a concert until then.

I was hoping to get to meet them afterwards but they weren't doing any signings whatsoever.

-Sad Face-

I always look forward to new videos and new material from this group.

They actually will be releasing a new single on March 9th, 2016. I will be hoping to get that when I visit Tokyo again and maybe see them perform as well. 

I can only hope.

If they get new outfits, which is very possible, I will change the header photo and their profile pictures accordingly. 

They will occasionally perform on their Showroom-Live account which is fantastic, link below.

Plus, they are involved with the idol cheering app, Cheerz. Link is below as well. 


Official Links


Official Website
Official Ameba Blog
Official Facebook
Official Twitter
Official YouTube
Official Showroom-Live
Official Shop
Official Cheerz

I really hope you enjoyed this article and support this group with all your might,

Purchase their cds or buy one of their shirts. Even attend a concert for Pete's Sake!

You can follow me on Twitter or feel free to leave a comment. I do not mind.

As Always, Wherever You Are, Have A Fantastic Day



Monday, January 25, 2016

48 Group Oshimen Introduction - NMB48 Yagura Fuuko



All photos courtesy: Yagura Fuuko Facebook Page


Since I like Japanese Pop a lot, I mean a lot, you start to follow multiple idol groups all the time.

I don't mind it but it can be a little hectic from time to time.

I have been a fan of the 48 groups for about two years now, give or take a couple of months.

I had my AKB/SKE kami-oshi Matsui Rena. Then she graduated. After graduation I changed it to just my AKB kami-oshi, which is Okada Nana.

As for HKT, I haven't decided yet but that will soon change.

For SKEs' sake in this situation, I really don't have one.

That would leave in terms of main 48 sister groups, NMB48.

I rarely knew of NMB except through Miyuki Watanabe and Yamamoto Sayaka.

I liked them but I never really chose a favorite until recently.

I saw this video in a Facebook group I am joined in and I had to find out who this member was.



雪にダイブッ⛄️ #憧れのダイブッ #この後びしょびしょ #さ〜む〜い
Posted by Yagura Fuuko - 矢倉楓子 NMB48 on Friday, November 27, 2015


Anyways, I had no idea who she was at that time and how my fandom would change.

I decided to research her (non-awkwardly) and found out some things about her.

You know her name. It is in the title.

Her birthdate is February 24th, 1997, which means as of this article, her bday be soon.

She is from Osaka, Japan, home to NMB48.

She joined NMB as a research student in May 2011 and got promoted to Team M in January 2012.

She has also held a concurrent position with AKB48 from April 23rd, 2013 - March 26th, 2015.

In the Senbatsu Elections she has ranked #44,41,40 accordingly, which is the Next Girls, so she is getting better.

Now in the Janken Tournament, she hasn't made it that far.

About a couple of weeks ago, I caved hard.

I knew that if I was liking her photos and non-stop talking about her to my co-workers, that I had to put her at the top.

So, I did, without any regrets.

I constantly look forward to new photos from her (again, not strange) or even videos.

I do plan on going to see NMB perform in their theater in Osaka on my trip there shortly.

I honestly hope to meet her as well, but I doubt that would be possible.

Here are some recent music videos she has been in.

First is from NMB48s' 13th single, Must Be Now. The song is titled, Good Bye, Guitar.



Also, from the 12th single Durian Shounen, is one of my favorite songs from the group, which is Boku Dake no Secret Time. 

I really like this song due to the Western cowboy essence to it.



With that said, I really hope she ranks higher this year in the election and she gains more fans.

If she graduated this year, which I don't think she would but who knows nowadays, I would be heart broken.

I will continue to support her with all the might that I can from here in Oklahoma.

Best Wishes, Fuuchan!!











Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Idol Recap - Week Of January 16th and January 22nd, 2016


Welcome back to your now weekly dose of idol news, I decided to do two weeks this week in order to technically catch y'all up on all the recent news that you may or may not have heard.

So, let's begin.

Court Ruling (Idol Relationship)

In recent news, like really recent as of Monday, January 21st, District Judge Katsuya Hara dismissed a court case involving a idol management company who sued one of their former talent for having a relationship while being in the idol group.

A little backstory on this: In about 2012, this young woman around the age of my guess 20-21 entered into a contract with the manager that stated that if they had a relationship with a fan while being in the group, they would be sued for damages.

In my opinion, I would have agreed and stayed away from relationships.

The following year in December 2013, this idol, who has yet to be named, started to have a relationship with a male fan.

Almost, six months later she decided to leave the group and didn't appear in anymore concerts that were scheduled for her to perform in.

Well this company (yet to be determined) decided to sue her for 9.9 million yen, which in the states that would be $82,500 for a breach of contract basically.

$82,500 is not a figure to blink at.

Anyways, the reason for dismissal was nothing short of amazing.

District Judge Hara acknowledged the reason behind the lawsuit stating that fans desire integrity in idols and prohibiting romantic relationships has a certain amount of rationality.

Even though he issued that statement, he also said that "The enrichment of one's life that comes from association with the opposite sex is covered under the right of self-determination and it is part of the pursuit of happiness. Even taken into the account the unique circumstances of being an idol, prohibiting such associations  is going too far."

Now if she would have had malicious intent in the whole circumstance, that would have been a different story is what was also said.

My reaction to this goes as follows: I am glad she was able to escape this lawsuit because I have written a article about this topic. For us fans, we would not like to see our oshis in a relationship with a man period but sometimes we would love to see them be in a loving relationship.

I was so glad to read this that I showed it to multiple friends and they were happy for her and her boyfriend but also to the fans.

I have seen comments of people wanting to go after certain idols because they are their favorite and they want to be with them.

I wander if those members would actually date fans. I really do.

We can wish, okay!



Changing the subject now...



Idol Photo Book Releases

A few days ago, Ikuta Erika of Nogizaka 46 released a photo book titled "Tencho" to rave reviews from her fans. I like Ikuchan a lot but she really isn't my cup of tea. I have seen most of the pictures and they look phenomenal.


Also, in other Nogizaka 46 photo book news, Ikoma Rina, will be releasing her first photo book as well, titled "Kimi no Ashiato".  Ikoma-chan is again not one of my top members but to me she is bearable. She can be cute in some moments, like when using Akita-ben. I really hope it gets good reviews and people go out and buy it. The book releases in late February.

You can pre-order it here: Ikoma Rina First Photo Book - CDJapan


Avex News

This was a big week for Avex in terms of multiplying and dividing.

For those of you who haven't heard, there is this group named BiSH (Brand New Idol Shit) and they have been around for a little bit.

They used to be under the name BiS but changed for a reason I can not recollect.

Anyways, BiSH has decided to join forces with avex trax to release their major debut single May 4th, 2016.

As they make this change, they will be removing the subtitle and keep the main group title.

I honestly have not listened to this group myself but I have heard great reviews of their music.

I might do a report on them in the future.

Watch this for more information about the group etc.


I like how it has a English narrator.

In other Avex news, they have a sort of separate unit, iDol Street right?

Well, three members of iDol Street will be taking a two year hiatus to study abroad in Los Angeles USA.

The announcement was made during the iDol Street Carnival 2016 on January 17th to the surprise of the fans.

The three members who will be going are:


Marin Yamamoto (Cheeky Parade)


Mariya Suzuki (Cheeky Parade)


Maaya Takeda (GEM)

It is sad to see them go on a hiatus, especially Maaya. I honestly wish them the best in their studies here in the states and I can't wait to see them back on the stage.

Their final appearance will be on June 25th, 2016.


New Music Videos/Discussion

The first music video and technically the only one I honestly really want to discuss is the new Deep Girl MV, titled I Kill.



I have a lot I want to say about this. 

First and foremost, I really love the song. It is another song that has given me the chills by listening to it.

I really am not into idol J-Rock but this one is out of this world. 

Next, is the MV itself. It is very dark to be honest.

The story of committing suicide at the beginning all the way to getting bullied by her "classmates." 

The tactics they used were rough. Dumping water on her in the bathroom stall to a swirly, beating her up outside of the school, plus trash talking and calling names. 

The way she harms herself due to being bullied is so heart breaking from wrist cutting to becoming a lady of the night. 

I do like at the end, how it all reverses to the jump point. Is it really worth the risk. Can you stand up for yourself?

Also, I really liked the lyrics on the screen and the vocals were amazing.

I have watched this MV countless times to just tune into the tone of it and get involved in the whole scenario surrounding it.

Take it as you may. 

I will be looking out for this group more in the future as I hope you do.

There most definitely will be a article about this group.


On a brighter note, my girls at Juice=Juice released a new music video as well.

As I have stated before, they are my top Hello Project group.


I thoroughly like it. 

The outfits look great as each of them has their usual flair.

You have the trumpets and the sort of funky groove which mix well with the vocals of the song,

Every member looks pretty as usual.

One thing to note is that Miyamoto Karin grew out her hair a little bit, so good for her,

Also, those close up shots though plus the usual dance break.

I look forward to showing off their main track MV if they release one. (I hope they do)

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New Single/Album Releases



Released January 20th, 2016


Releases January 27th, 2016


Releases January 27th, 2016


Releases January 27th, 2016


Released January 19th, 2016


Released January 20th, 2016


*All links will lead to CDJapan website for ordering purposes.

That is it for covering the past two weeks in news. I hope you enjoyed it and come back next time when who knows who I'll cover and what else will be waiting.

Sorry it kind of got sporadic. I apologize.

I hope you have a fantastic day!!!!













Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weekly Idol Recap! - Week Of January 9th, 2016



Welcome to the first ever Weekly Idol Recap where I will discuss any news that had occurred over the past week in idol news,

Well some good news to start this off before it takes a bad turn.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!!!

It is the Year Of The Monkey and we should all be going bananas this year.

Sorry, bad pun!

Anyways, here is your idol news!

Fukagawa Mai (Nogizaka46) Graduation Announcement!


Photo Courtesy: Nogizaka 46 Official Profile Page

At the time of this release it would be about a week (January 7th) when she announced her graduation.

I found out the news through one of the Facebook groups I am in and it really hit me hard.

Mai Mai has been one of my oshi for quite some time. Not only is she pretty but she can sing and also play the guitar.

I will truly miss her smile and some of her shy qualities. She also was born in the same year I was, so most of the young ladies her age are leaving which is becoming depressing to a point.

She almost became my kami-oshi before I made Mahiro Kawamura that title instead.

She announced that she will continue until after all the handshake events are done for the 14th single of Nogizaka46 which will be around June-ish?

During my next trip in Japan, I will have the chance to meet her for the first and probably final time.

I really hope that she will have a bright future ahead of her and I will be keeping track (in a non creepy manner) of her activities.

Ganbatte, Mai Mai!!!

Announcement: Fukagawa Mai Blog 01-07-2015


Iwata Karen (AKB48) Graduation Announcement


Photo Courtesy: Iwata Karen Official Twitter

This one happened on January 5th, 2016.

Iwata Karen of AKB48 announced her graduation to the astonishment of her team around her and some of the AKB48 fandom.

In my honest opinion, I really never was a fan of Karen to begin with. I really only knew her because she is very famous for being able to recite Attack On Titan manga scenes.

Like, she acts them out and goes pretty hardcore which makes it even funnier.

Karen had a variety role within the group especially on AKBingo!

Other than that, I really don't mind her graduation as I mind Fukagawa Mais'.

AKBzine English Translation of Karen Announcement


Amiina Situation

Photo Courtesy: @ai_fpf 

I became a fan of the indie idol group Amiina a while ago. Almost a year to my recollection.

Anyways, this is kind of old news but on December 22nd, 2015, Kawai Mina (The one on the right in the two shot picture)decided that she will leave the duet group.

I had no idea about this until I came home last week and listened to I'm Home by the group and within 10 seconds I had somehow burst into tears because the ambiance of the song made me really sad about something. Who knows?

I saw this news and had to read more about it.

She stated that she has loved being a part of the group and having the fans' love but she just wants to be a normal junior high school student.

I don't blame her at all for that because sometimes you have to decide what matters most.

Her and Ami Yamai have been friends since elementary school and decided to pursue this together.

I feel bad for Yamai but she will continue on with performing as the staff tries to generate a new group around her.

I sent a email to the staff explaining how I felt bad and that I hope the rest of the year goes great while they are dealing with this circumstance as I believe I am the only American fan of the group.

The graduation concert will take place sometime in February of this year.

Again, Ganbatte Kawai Mina!!!!

Kawai Graduation Announcement

So for the first week of this, that was pretty heartbreaking. I do wish them all the best in the future.

Stay Tuned Next Week For More Idol News!



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Not only is there a new URL but also, there is a new look,

Starting from the header down to the footer.

I have added a couple of pages to the new site including a About Me section and a Contact section.

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Research is going to be quite heavy but I can do it.

If possible, I would like to try videos out for a change but that is still a work in progress, so stay tuned.