Friday, April 17, 2015

SunRisa - Overflowing With Talent!


SunRisa is a four member Kansai-based idol group created by SPROUT Entertainment and Dream Girls fashion magazine.  The group debuted on April 13, 2014 with five members.  The name of the group is a play on the Spanish word "sonrisa" which means "smile". While I am not sure about this, I believe the two oldest former members, Kozai Sakura and Kumada Rena were brought in to help the younger members to learn how to dance.  They seem to be working primarily as teen fashion models now.  Imamori Manaka was originally a candidate and then promoted a full member on August 22, 2014.    

When SunRisa performed at an event known as Fanfare on April 4, 2015, the group released two singles.  Live performances of these singles with both former and current members (some of them fan videos) have been on YouTube for a while now.  Today SunRisa released their first studio video for the song "OVER FLOW".  This is the song that caught my attention a few months ago and it sounds pretty good with the current lineup.  I do miss Sakura and Rena, but I am very supportive of all the members!

"OVER FLOW" 


"Fashionable" (live) 


All links go to their official SPROUT Entertainment profiles. 

Current Members: 
Matsuo Fuka - Born on June 24, 2001; 144 cm  
Shimada Mayuka - Born on September 30, 2002; 146 cm 
Imamori Manaka - Born on July 1, 2003; 140 cm  
Okamura Minami - Born on October 20, 2004; 135 cm 

Candidates: 
Morigami Aiko - Born on August 9, 2003; 135 cm  
Hiura Nao - Born on October 15, 2003; 134 cm 
Maia - Born on January 30, 2005  

Former Members: 
Kozai Sakura - Born on April 24, 1999; 155 cm  
Kumada Rena - Born on May 24, 2000; 150 cm  
Kawasaki Sakura 

Fuka's Twitter (Protected) 


     

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Si☆Stella's First DVD!

Si☆Stella are releasing their first DVD on May 3, 2015.  Fans of these cute young idols will certainly want to get a copy.  


You might also want to pick up "Japan Idol File 2", which features the CD debut of the song "St. Bonapro School" by the group of the same name.  Si☆Stella, of course, are the reorganized version of St. Bonapro School with four former members of that group.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Candy Kiss Release Their Debut Album!



Yesterday on April 12, 2015 Candy Kiss members Sakurai Maya (the leader of the group) and Shimoda Kaede graduated.  The report of this event along with several photos can be found in the last article of Candy Kiss's blog.  No, this does mean the group is breaking up.  It simply means that the group is starting their next chapter as a trio with an all-new blog!  The Candy Kiss Facebook page changed their header and profile photo to reflect the current lineup.  If this isn't enough, just 40 minutes ago from the time I am typing this now the Candy Kiss YouTube channel uploaded a new promo video for their upcoming first album, titled "Parfait"!


According to the info in the description for the video, the album will have thirteen tracks, none of which have been released before!  Even if you have the four singles they have already released you will still be getting an album of all-new songs.  Yes, these include all the songs that Candy Kiss have been performing live for over a year now.  Four tracks are labeled "Interlude-1" to "Interlude-4", and I'm not sure what these might be.  The album will be released on July 29, 2015, so save up your money and be sure to support these girls!  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Even More Bad News

It seems like my blog is nothing but a compilation of reports on idol graduations lately.  What's worse is I have discovered something that has really angered me too, which I'll also discuss.

I completely overlooked in my previous articles on Japanese idol graduations the fact that the entire Smile Gakuen project has been disbanded.  I heard back on February 22, 2015 that the four current (and remaining) Smile Gakuen members would graduate.  There was the question of whether or not the "Tryout Members" would form a new Smile Gakuen, but as it turned out, they were also graduated by the management.  This was confirmed on the Smile Gakuen Facebook Page on March 23.

I first took an interest in this group last year when I went to Idol Matsuri in Silverdale, Washington. My friend Chibineko was selling some CDs he didn't want, including a couple by Smile Gakuen.   Eventually he decided to give away for free a few of them and I picked up the first two Smile Gakuen singles from 2011.  Since then I was trying to catch up with the group, only to discover that there were many lineup changes and subunits formed.  Of all the songs I heard from this group, the subunit Smile Kiss Gumi had the best song.

    

Peekaboo is one of those idol groups really off most fans' radar, although I listed their song "Kosoku Ihan" as one of my favorite idol songs of 2014.  March 31, 2015 was the graduation concert for two members, the single-named Momoka and Kikuchi Reina.  Here is the official video for the retro-rock "Kosoku Ihan". 

 

Today I learned of the sad news of three graduations from the group Sakuran Bom Bom, alerted to me by Chibineko.  Miu, Rio and Kii will all graduate on April 26, 2015.  I have been a fan of Sakuran Bom Bom since around January 2014 and I was the first to bring them to the attention of many idol fans outside of Japan.  I have always liked these three girls, and I consider Kii to be one of the best singers in the group.  All three will be sorely missed.  

When I became a fan of Sakuran Bom Bom there were nine members.  Ami, who went "on hiatus" last year to study to be a voice actress, still has not returned.  At this point I doubt she will.  I guess what makes this tough for me personally is that the group will be reduced to four members from now on.  Here is a video edited by Chibineko for the song "Bom Bom World☆".          


Finally, I would like to get something off my chest regarding idol blogging and article writing for idol websites.  I have discovered three examples in a little more than a week of fan-created idol websites, blogs and Facebook pages that have copied and pasted various things I written in my blog.  Actually, this is not the first time I have discovered such examples of plagiarism.  I have been plagiarized for at least four years now by a variety of people, including former friends.  I know I am not the only idol blogger being plagiarized either, because I came across a foreign website that had six of my articles copied and pasted on it as well as several articles about idols written in a variety of other languages!  (I tried to find the website again, but I can't for some reason.  It's possible it's been deleted since I made a complaint against it.)  Now all of the Facebook pages and groups that have copied and pasted what I wrote in the past few years aren't any more "official" than my blog, but if you are going to use information taken from my blogs (I have two currently on the internet), my website Sensational Idols or my Facebook page Young Idol Singers, how about giving me some credit?  I think those people who are doing this are very young and naive and probably don't have a clue what the word "plagiarize" means.  Perhaps some of them are foreigners who have English as a second language and can't write very well in English.  This still does not give you the right to copy and paste me or anyone else.  Real writing involves coming up with your own words and ideas.  If you do not have the intelligence or skills to do this, please stop pretending you are a writer right now.  Apologize to those whose hard work you stole and then delete your website, blog or Facebook page or group.  If you feel the need to say something there are always forums, other people's Facebook groups and YouTube videos that offer places for your comments.  Something tells me, though, that none of the people who are plagiarizing me or other legitimate writers will ever confess that they have done anything wrong.  I have never gotten a sincere apology from anyone who copied my words.         



     

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More Graduations...And A Return!

I guess I should get used to all these graduation announcements as they seem to happen every other day.  So I'll just take it like a man and move on, keeping my support for these groups despite the changes.

Two members of the group Hypericum will graduate this month, as reported in the Noir Kids blog. Ando Chiami will be graduating in order to focus on her modeling career.  Tanaka Ayano will be leaving in order to focus on her high school life.  Hypericum is an idol group created in 2013 by Office Noir Modeling and Management, the same company that gave us SpringBell feat. MIKA.  I have always wanted to write about them in my blog, but couldn't find the time or some important news to discuss.  Hypericum have one venue-only single to date and no official music videos.   There are currently seventeen members and two trainees in the group, although this will change after the graduation event.  Tonogawa Haruka, formerly a member of SpringBell, is a member of Hypericum.


                 Ando Chiami                                                        Tanaka Ayano 

Two members of amorecarina have already graduated on March 31, 2015.  Mouri Aimi left in order to focus on high school.  Abe Sara left amorecarina, but will stay with Good Choice Entertainment as an actress and model.  


                   Mouri Aimi                                                                      Abe Sara 


And for those of you who have not heard yet, Kimura Karin has returned to NA-NA!  Karin has completed her high school exams and can now focus on both being a student and an idol.  Which is fantastic news for this NA-NA fan!