Indie

HEY, LISTEN: BELLRING / ROOM 24-7

As jingling keys and the ticks of an antique clock underline this track, there is a powerful force pushing the song onward, not unlike time itself. It’s no secret that ROOM 24-7 (BELLRING Girls Heart), in both song and PV, conjures musings of melancholy and approaching mortality that many would …

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Showcase: September Top 10

I’ve gotten into a habit of catching a multitude of groups while in Japan. Some because of random chance while seeing other groups. Some because friends invite me to see their group. But after a Japan trip, I like to organize what I saw into a list that I can …

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Three Singles You Might Have Missed in 2014

Community member Matt Stress (@zasutoresu) shares some singles that he believes didn’t get enough love in 2014. As the idol boom floods the market with new releases, it’s no surprise that some singles by lesser-known acts get lost in the shuffle. At a time when so many idol fans are …

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Alice Project’s Newest Unit: Game Girls!

Game Girls

Mixing games and idols is a combination not seen often, but when it happens we get very excited! Today, Alice Project, home of niche idol groups/units such as Armor Girls, Steam Girls and also Alice Juban, made the grand announcement of their latest niche to hit the PARMS stage in …

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Backstage Pass

There are many maid cafes spread out between the hidden alleyways and main street of Akihabara Station’s Electric Town, but very few of them offer an experience such as the Tsunku co-owned Backstage Pass…

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Impressions: Tatoeba no Monster

Most of you have probably never heard of Himekyun Fruit Can. Well, their gimmick is that each of their members is assigned a different fruit and…..well, that’s pretty much it really. Himekyun have a habit of changing their sound and appearance a lot so you’re never really sure what you’re …

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A Closer Look At StylipS

  When one thinks of idol groups under UFA, Hello! Project is usually the one that draws the most attention. What most people don’t realize is that there are in fact many idols that fall under the Up-Front Group umbrella. Today we are going to take a look at an …

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