Category Archive: Japanese Idols

Jan 27 2018

Tokyo Idols (Film Review)


Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone [originally published on Drama-MAX] Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually …

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Jan 24 2018

Tomomi Itano finds her way back in new photobook and single


Tomomi Itano will release two projects in February, her latest photobook Wanderer and a new maxi-single “Just As I Am”. Itano says she’s been thinking a lot about self-awareness and acceptance, and she created the two projects to complement each other and express the full scope of her feelings. Wanderer, shot by photographer ND Chow …

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Jan 23 2018

Sayaka Yamamoto announces 2017 identity Live Tour BD/DVD


Sayaka Yamamoto will release her second concert video Sayaka Yamamoto LIVE TOUR 2017 -identity-, recorded November 19, 2017 at NHK Hall in Tokyo. Fans can grab the 20-track Blu-ray or DVD on February 16.

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Jan 20 2018

NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2017


Check out NekoPOP′s best J-Pop album/single jackets for 2017, chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Nhu Nguyen, Todd Nelson, and John Winner. Click here to view the full list, including LiSA, Koda Kumi, BiSH, AKB48, YUZU, NECRONOMIDOL, Daoko, and many more!

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Jan 18 2018

PassCode teases new album Locus


PassCode has released a teaser video for their “Early Works Reconstruction Album” Locus, which will showcase the group’s hits re-recorded in their new four-member incarnation.

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Jan 13 2018

The World Standard (Wa-Suta) wraps national tour at Asakasa Blitz


The World Standard (Wa-Suta) completed their second nationwide tour “Wasuta LIVE TOUR 2017 Paradox World” at Akasaka Blitz on Jan. 8th, 2018. The 9-city tour took Wasuta through 18 shows across Japan for over 5000 fans. At the tour’s final show, the group premiered their new single “Welcome to Dream”. Group leader Nanase Hirokawa said, …

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Jan 13 2018

SURIJIE announces first single and upcoming one-man live


Kamen Joshi’s new idol spinoff group SURIJIE (Cerisier) has announced their first single release, the self-titled song “SURIJIE~Cerisier~”, coming February 21. The single include new tracks “You Are No. 1″ and “Start Line”. The young group has also set the date for their first one-man live show to be held on November 23 at Zepp …

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Jan 10 2018

The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby Memorial CD coming in March


The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby has used up 2 of its (hopefully) 9 lives with the departures of first Ladybeard and now Rei Kuromiya, but the group will live on with remaining performer Rie Kaneko and possibly some new members after the recently-announced auditions. Time will tell what the future brings for TIFKA Ladybaby …

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Jan 08 2018

PassCode – ZENITH Tour 2017 Final at Shibuya O-East (Gallery)


PassCode – ZENITH Tour 2017 Final at Shibuya O-East Photos by Shumpei Kato

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Dec 23 2017

NECRONOMIDOL – Interview (2017)


NECRONOMIDOL Interview by John Winner (Straight From Japan) December 23, 2017 Do you ever feel you get more attention from western fans than from fans in Japan? Is there a different way they show their support? Sari: “Idol” as a concept is already kind of made in Japan, so the path to becoming popular as …

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