Idol Rewind | My Top 5 Jpop Boy Group Releases of 2019

So yeah, I did this for 2018 so I thought it would be fun to do it for 2019 as well. Admittedly I was a bit AWOL for the latter half of 2019... I had my debut idol performance in August and around that time I moved into my own place as well. Plus the fact that September would mark the beginning of my first year of no longer being a college student so having to start properly looking into finding work and figuring out what I actually want to do has been...interesting to say the least but anyway, even if I wasn't posting I was always there, always lurking. Certain idols I like to stalk online can probably attest to this. So anyway, without further ado, here is my slightly biased top 5 list of Jpop boy group releases from 2019!

1. SUPER★DRAGON - 2nd Emotion

SUPER★DRAGON takes the first spot on this list for the second year in a row! I stand by everything I've said about them in the past; they're just a group that knows no boundaries and is always surprising us with the interesting concepts they come out with and this year they of course didn't disappoint. "2nd Emotion" was their second album and not only did we get two tracks with music videos from it but also a dance version of the main track, not to mention the abundance of extras you got if you bought the disk. There wasn't a single song on this album that I didn't like and it's just good, man. So good.

2. BUZZ-ER. - #BFF

A group of new faces takes the second place spot, and this is also a group that has managed to creep their way into my top 5 male idol groups list this year too. Welcome BUZZ-ER.! BUZZ-ER. actually released 2 albums and a single this year but I chose this particular album because it contains all of the songs from all their other releases as well. Most of BUZZ-ER.'s releases this year have had such a fun dasa-kakkoi (goofy-cool) vibe to them that I absolutely love and all the songs have been so catchy I've been looping them on Spotify for months. 

3. SUPER★DRAGON - 3rd Identity

SUPER★DRAGON are dominating the list again this year. Yes, "3rd Identity" is in third place. No, that wasn't intentional. Guys. GUYS. If I thought SUPER★DRAGON were spoiling us with "2nd Emotion" then I really wasn't prepared for "3rd Identity". Two albums in one year? Yes please! The only reason this one isn't higher on the list is because I wasn't as fond of the songs on this album as I was of the ones on "2nd Emotion" but they were all of course still insanely good. What I did absolutely love about this album was the kind of "get to know the individual members" campaign they had going on alongside of it, where each member of the group got their own music video that focused on them and they all began to gradually open up their own social media accounts for fans to follow them on leading up to the album's release.

4. MAG!C☆PRINCE - Try Again

A twinge of sadness attached this one as it was the first single the group released after my favourite member, Kengo graduated. Still though, I think this is my favourite MAG!C☆PRINCE song in a while and it shows promise for their future releases without Kengo. I also really like the coupling song "No One Way".

5. SONAR POCKET with Gfriend - Oh difficult

I...just really like this song. There isn't much else I have to say about it. It's just hella catchy and another one I've had on repeat for months. It's also interesting to see a boy group do a collab with a girl group and something I'd love to see more of in the future.

What were your favourite Jpop releases in 2019? Let me know in the comments!

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for July 2019

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of July 2019. To have all of the latest releases and news sent straight to your inbox once a month be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl e-mail newsletter


Release: 2019.07.03

Type: Album

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Sonar Pocket x GFRIEND - Oh difficult

Release: 2019.07.03

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

Super Break Dawn - SUMMER DELIGHT / Senko Hanabi

Release: 2019.07.09

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

Fure Fure Danshi - Ouen Ganen

Release: 2019.07.17

Type: Single

An Introduction to Fure Fure Danshi | Group of the Month June 2019

Hey there, idol fans! You may have noticed that the blog was pretty quiet over the month of May. It was a pretty busy month for me so I decided to take a bit of a break. You see, not only was it my birthday month but the blog also turned 2 years old as well! There are a few little things I've been working on that I'll hopefully be able to share with you all soon. But anyway, let's get on to talking about this month's featured group!

June's Group of the Month is none other than Fure Fure Danshi, a 5-member (formerly 6-member) male idol group who's aim is to support you. Their mission is to cheer on anyone who is doing their best and most of all they want to support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The group made their debut in 2017 and released their first self-titled single the following year. They will be making their overseas debut at Japan Expo in Paris next month after winning this year's Tokyo Candoll -BOYS- competition.

The music video for "Fure Fure Danshi", the main song from the group's debut single.



Akisawa Ibuki

Membor Colour: Green

Date of Birth: 1998.08.24

Place of Birth: Kanagawa Prefecture
  • His hobbies include bike-riding and visiting secondhand clothing stores.
  • His skills are breakdance and beat-boxing.
  • He is Level 2 on the English Language Proficiency Test.  

Higuchi Daiki

Member Colour: Red

Date of Birth: 1997.09.22

Place of Birth: Saga Prefecture
  • He is skilled at breakdancing, particularly doing headspins.
  • His hobbies are using a camera and penny-boarding.
  • His blood type is B.

Sanpei Kouta

Member Colour: Blue

Date of Birth: 1995.04.08

Place of Birth: Chiba Prefecture
  • He enjoys watching sports and playing games.
  • His special skill is calligraphy.
  • His blood type is O.

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for June 2019

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of June 2019. To have all of the latest releases and news sent straight to your inbox once a month be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl e-mail newsletter!

MAG!C☆PRINCE - Gomen, Hanashitakunai 

Release: 2019.06.04

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

ENVii GABRIELLA - Goka Nee-san

Release: 2019.06.05

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

First place - L.D.Love

Release: 2019.06.05

Type: Mini Album

Buy on CDJapan

IVVY - Light on fire

Release: 2019.06.05

Type: Single

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for May 2019

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of May 2019. To have all of the latest releases and news sent straight to your inbox once a month be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl e-mail newsletter!

ONE N' ONLY - Dark Knight 

Release: 2019.05.08

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

SparQlew - Shori no Uta

Release: 2019.05.08

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan


WAVE - Baby Star / Kimi to no Kioku 

Release: 2019.05.08

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

JUNRETSU - JUNRETSU no Happy Birthday

Release: 2019.05.15

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan


Release: 2019.05.22

Type: Album

Voice Actors, Wota Life, and Crossdressing | 5 Types of Male Idol Groups I'd Like To See

Hey there, idol fans! As you probably already know, there is an idol group for pretty much everything (does the Happy Science cult idol group still exist?). Any specific, bizarre interest you have, there is probably an idol group that caters to it. However, there doesn't seem to be as many male idol groups with quirky concepts out there as there are female groups. Here's a list of a few concepts I'd like to see in the world of male idols in the future. Here's hoping a male idol agency will hire me someday so I can make some of these happen, haha.

1. A group with rotating members

When you think of female idol groups, outfits such as AKB48 and Morning Musume. tend to spring to mind. These groups have been around for a long time but have managed to stay somewhat relevant partially due to their 'rotating member system'. Basically a member will graduate (be it to move onto the next stage of their life, they're 'let go' because of a scandal, or they just simply reach a certain age) and every so often an audition will be held to replace the member(s) that have left. This concept doesn't seem to exist in the world of male idols. With male idol groups, the line-up seems to be more-or-less set in stone once they have their debut. If a member does leave they most likely won't be replaced. I'd love to see a male idol group with a concept more reminiscent of these kinds of female groups, where members graduate and auditions are held regularly. Fans can get to know the new auditionees through social media or TV shows and maybe even get to vote for their favourites. (Pictured: JUNON SUPERBOY ANOTHERS)

2. An 'idol otaku' group

I think pretty much every idol has at least some amount of appreciation for fellow idols, and there are some idols (e.g. Nishioka Kengo) who are not ashamed to admit that their love of idols was a big part of what influenced them to become idols themselves. However, I'd love to see an entire group with this concept! Imagine an idol who has a genuine love and support for other idols. Imagine being able to gush about your favourite idols to one of your favourite idols who also loves idols. Lots of idols. Idolception. (Pictured: Nishioka Kengo from MAG!C☆PRINCE)

3. A group that's part anime and part real life

There are a couple of groups that already kind of meet this concept but what I'm talking about is something like a male equivalent to "Wake Up, Girls!". In this franchise, the girls in the anime all share names and other characteristics with the voice actresses who play them and the voice actresses are active in a kind of 'real life version' of the anime's idol group. We do already have virtual male idol groups such as Hi!Superb, but I'd love to see an actual male idol group with a whole anime franchise formed around it as well. (Pictured: Hi!Superb)

An Introduction to CoLoN: | Group of the Month April 2019

Hey there, idol fans! This month's featured group is "genderless" group CoLoN:. Check out last month's group, HANDSIGN here and to be the first to know when next month's group is announced be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl newsletter. If there are any groups you'd like to see featured in future months feel free to let me to know. Anyway, let's get started!

CoLoN: (formerly Duckling-B) is a 9-member boy group under BACS Entertainment, an agency that produces underground male idol units. They're described as a "genderless" group, with their concepts and costumes often having an obvious feminine touch to them as well as their songs telling stories from a more female perspective. Unfortunately though, being an indie group their CDs currently aren't available at ordinary stores so you can only really buy them at BACS' official online store. The group was formed in 2016 but they made their debut in 2018 with the single "MagicalCoLoN:".

The music video for "Snatch Cat", the main song from the group's 3rd single.


Goto Nozumu

Member Colour: Red

Date of Birth: 1998.06.20

Place of Birth: Kanagawa Prefecture 

Height: 175cm

  • His hobbies include watching anime and making crafts.
  • He appeared in the stage play "DamePri: Dame Ouji vs. Misemono Ouji"
  • His specialties include tennis, badminton, and dance.

 Kurosawa Kengo

Date of Birth: 1998.04.03

Place of Birth: Tokyo

Height: 165cm

  • He plays soccer.
  • It was his birthday when I was writing this post lol.
  • His blood type is O.

Ishibashi Takumi

Member Colour: Blue

Date of Birth: 1998.01.24

Place of Birth: Fukuoka Prefecture

Height: 165cm

  • He's skilled at using the camera.
  • His hobbies include attending film festivals and making crafts.
  • He loves ball games; particularly baseball, softball, and volleyball. 

Kimura Rita

Member Colour: Light Blue

Date of Birth: 1996.09.03

Place of Birth: Yamanashi Prefecture

Height: 168cm

  • He likes playing soccer.
  • He loves Disney.
  • He likes sweet foods.

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for April 2019

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of April 2019. To have all of the latest releases and news sent straight to your inbox once a month be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl e-mail newsletter!

 Hi☆Five - We are Hi☆Five

Release: 2019.04.02

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

 Super Break Dawn - Blood in Chains

Release: 2019.04.02

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan


Release: 2019.04.03

Type: Album

Buy on CDJapan

DISH// - Junkfood Junction

Release: 2019.04.03

Type: Album

An Emotional Time Capsule | Thoughts on M!LK and SUPER★DRAGON's Second Albums

Last month -- on the 6th and and the 27th respectively -- EBiDAN Next High groups M!LK and SUPER★DRAGON released their second albums. M!LK's is titled "Time Capsule" and marks their second release since the member change (Original member Yamazaki Haruki left the group last year and new members Ryubi, Sono Shunta, and Yamanaka Juutaro were then added from BATTLE BOYS), while SUPER★DRAGON's is titled "2nd Emotion". Let's take a look at all of the songs on these albums (both new and old) and the albums as a whole.

Time Capsule

M!LK's second album "Time Capsule" features 14 tracks including 9 new songs and 5 previously-released ones (one of which is a re-recorded version). It was released in two versions; the regular CD-only edition and the limited edition that comes with a Blu-ray that features clips from a concert the group held back in November at Toyosu PIT. The album is also available to purchase on iTunes and listen to on Spotify along with all of M!LK's previous releases. Up until recently, only "Bokura Nari Revolution" was available to us international fans so thank you for thinking of us EBiDAN!

Let's start off with the previously-released songs. The only previously-released song that received a re-recording for this album was "Bokura Nari Revolution" as this one was originally recorded prior to the group's member change. The rest are all just the same as they appeared on the "Over The Storm" single. Even though I wasn't too keen on EBiDAN's decision to add the three new members to M!LK I actually ended up really liking "Over The Storm". The music video isn't much to write home about but the song itself is really catchy and I like the choreography and outfits.

Next we have this album's main song, "My Treasure". I wasn't very fond of this one when the music video came out; I thought it was kinda boring if I'm honest. But its cuteness did kind of grow on me though it still isn't my all-time favourite song or video by them. "Goin' Down" didn't really stand out to me much but it's cute. I got a similar vibe from "It's only LOVE".

Now "Thoroughbred Onzoushi City Boy". That title's a fun one to type out. The first time I heard this one was when they performed it at MEN'S PANIC, a male idol festival in Japan I attended last year. I had no idea what it was called at the time but fell in love with it instantly and was full-on dancing in the audience, haha. I think it's probably my favourite out of the new songs from this album. "Jungle Rhythm" is very catchy and fun and is another one of my favourites.

An Introduction to HANDSIGN | Group of the Month March 2019

Hey there, idol fans! March's featured group is a rather unusual one but they have a lovely concept and they're definitely worth a look. Let's get to know "sign language dance" group HANDSIGN!

HANGSIGN is a Japanese boy group originally formed in 2005. Though the members themselves are hearing, the group is based around Deaf culture and their aim is to increase awareness of deafness and knowledge of sign language in Japan through dance. Their music videos often tell touching stories focusing on those living with deafness and their dance routines incorporate parts of Japanese Sign Language. They made their major debut in 2017 with the single "Boku ga Kimi no Mimi ni Naru".

The music video for "Boku ga Kimi no Mimi ni Naru" (I'll Become Your Ears).




The leader and founder of the group. From Kanagawa prefecture.

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for March 2019

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of March 2019. To have all of the latest releases and news sent straight to your inbox once a month be sure to subscribe to the Dansei Idol Girl e-mail newsletter!

 CLOWN'S CROWN - Aetari Shinai Kedo

Release: 2019.03.06

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

SAMURAI TUNES - Samurai Tracks

Release: 2019.03.13

Type: Album

Buy on CDJapan

BATTLE BOYS - ebidence

Release: 2019.03.20

Type: Single

A Look at LGBT+ (Male) Jpop Idols | LGBT History Month

Idols often can't even be open about something as simple as being in a romantic relationship, so I'm sure you can imagine how difficult it would be for an idol to come out as being LGBT+. Honestly there are lots of idols who I'd be willing to bet money on the fact that they're gay (or otherwise not straight) but obviously can't admit to it for fear of it negatively impacting their career and/or other's opinions of them.

While it's not an extremely common thing, there are a handful of male idols who are out and proud and even some groups that use being LGBT+ as a large part of their concept, making it their mission to raise awareness about LGBT+ issues around Japan. Let's take a look at some of these idols in this post. Also fun fact: I didn't actually know that February was LGBT History Month when I planned to do this post, haha.

It has been hinted at by other members of the group and their producer KEN. alike that KOHEY -- member of this month's featured group BUZZ-ER. -- is bisexual. This concept was explored in a series of short videos they did in conjunction with their second single "Waltz", where KOHEY is portrayed as having feelings for fellow member SHALF while the latter is oblivious to it and is in a relationship with a girl. While KOHEY himself has never outright said he's bisexual, here's a quote from him that heavily suggests as such:

"If I like a person, I will like them for who they are NOT what they are. If they're a good and kind person, then I don't mind falling in love with that person." 

Source: Jpop Amino

Next on the list is a group which has now unfortunately disbanded but are still very much worth mentioning. SECRET GUYZ was a 3-member male idol group from Stardust Promotion. The twist however, was that all three of the members were FTM transgender. They performed at many Pride events and their aim was to increase knowledge and acceptance of transgender people in Japan.

Another 3-member group, ENVii GABRIELLA are an independent unit made up solely of gay men. All of the members previously worked as soloist in other areas.

An Introduction to BUZZ-ER. | Group of the Month February 2019

Hey there, idol fans! February's featured group is a somewhat underground group that has caught my attention recently and that group is BUZZ-ER.! Let's take a look at this buzzing rookie group. Sorry/not sorry for the pun.

BUZZ-ER. is a 7-member Japanese male idol group that made their debut in 2017 with the indie single "CAN U FEEL IT?". The group is produced by solo artist KEN. and they seem to already have relationships with other quite significant boy groups (such as Da-iCE and X4), mainly due to KEN. being well-connected in the industry. The group's name was chosen because they wanted to create a "buzz" in the world of Jpop.

 "Waltz", the first music video the group released.





Date of Birth: 1997.11.14

  • He is actually fully Vietnamese.
  • He's a former member of G-EYE, a sub-unit of G=AGE.
  • Very precious and loves all the members dearly.


Date of Birth: 1996.07.19

  • He is a former member of Team Dot (KEN.'s backup dancers).
  • He is also a model.
  • It has actually been hinted at by members of the group as well as KEN. that's he's bisexual but it's never been officially confirmed.


Date of Birth: 1996.04.18

  • One of the main vocalists within the group.
  • He loves fashion and wants to be a model.
  • Loves food and likes to try all different kinds of exotic foods.

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