An Introduction to JO1 | Group of the Month March 2020

Hey there, idol fans! This month's featured group as suggested by someone on Twitter (thanks, I was having a bit of a brain lapse, haha) is a group that's only just making their debut this month but are already causing a bit of a stir; it's JO1! If there are any groups you'd like to see featured in future months don't hesitate to let me know but as for right now, let's get started!


JO1 are an 11-member Jpop boy group that made their debut in March 2020. The group was formed thanks to the members all being the final contestants on PRODUCE JAPAN 101, a reality competition show that aired in 2019. Due to the show being a spin-off of the South Korean television series PRODUCE 101 X, the group is also quite well-known among Kpop fans.


The performance video of "La Pa Pa Pam", one of the bonus tracks from their debut single "PROTOSTAR".


Members

Mamehara Issei

Date of Birth: 2002.05.30

Place of Birth: Okayama Prefecture

  • He placed 1st overall in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • He loves GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE.
  • His hobby is dancing, especially to 90s hip-hop.

Tsurubo Shion

Date of Birth: 2000.12.11

Place of Birth: Shiga Prefecture

  • He placed 5th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN, and interestingly he also broke the "Produce 101 Curse". Based on all previous seasons of the show, it's been said that anyone who sits in the number 1 seat will not debut yet he has been the first to do so.
  • He was formerly a trainee under FNC Entertainment and can speak basic Korean.
  • He and Ruki both participated in the JUNON SUPERBOY contest in 2015. 

Kinjo Sukai

Date of Birth: 2000.05.06

Place of Birth: Osaka Prefecture

  • He placed 10th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • His special skills are karate and soccer. He also enjoys movies and music.
  • He said if he got into the top 11 on PRODUCE 101 JAPAN that he’d fly anywhere for the National Producers because he is the ‘sky’. This is a pun, as his name 'Sukai' sounds like the English word 'sky'.

Ohira Shosei

Date of Birth: 2000.04.13

Place of Birth: Kyoto

  • He placed 4th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • He graduated from the EXPG dance school in Kyoto.
  • His hobbies include watching movies, walking, editing videos, and beat making. He's also good at hand tricks. 

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for March 2020

Hey there, idol fans! Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of February 2020. Enjoy!

BREAK☆THROUGH"5D - Wild Side


Release: 2020.03.02

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

BANQUET - Rush Around


Release: 2020.03.04

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan


Contact+ - Eye Contact


Release: 2020.03.04

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

CUBERS - WOW


Release: 2020.03.04

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

JO1 - Protostar


Release: 2020.03.04

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan


MATSURI nine. - Teppen New Days


Release: 2020.03.04

Type: Single

The Three Times I Fell For Him | A Short Story About Meeting Your Idol Part 1

So...this is happening, haha. 

While I do also love writing this blog and nonfiction, writing fiction has always been my main passion. As a special Valentine's Day gift to all of you here is a silly little short story I've been working on. I had intended to have the whole thing finished by Valentine's Day but it ended up being way longer than I expected so here is just the first part. The second part should hopefully be out sometime next week. 

It's obviously a little different than the kind of thing I usually post here but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless and Happy Valentine's Day!




The Three Times I Fell For Him, Part 1

Alwyn Foster was perfect for Demi. They had so much in common. For starters, they were both huge nerds who loved video games and comic books. She loved to listen to his insight and mad conspiracy theories about the latest volume of whatever it was they were both reading at the time.

They had the same taste in music. It was difficult for Demi to find others who shared this particular passion, as while she did enjoy cheesy pop songs where the boys who sang them added 'girl' onto the end of every sentence she also had a taste for really obscure micro-genres like emo-pop-screamo-rap-metal. She would always look into the artists that Alwyn recommended and more often than not, end up loving them.

She and Alwyn shared the same sense of humor. It was lazy, cynical, and sarcastic and she often found herself giggling uncontrollably at the dry yet quick-witted comments he made.

Demi and Alwyn had even grown up in the same town. She still remembered the first time she'd met him, in a fast food restaurant of all places. Actually, the place didn't deserve to be called a restaurant, not really. It was a dingy little take-out place that housed only about two or three tables (that were in desperate need of a clean) and the place itself was only one health and safety check away from being shut down. Demi had been working there part-time mainly because her parents wanted her out the house and doing something they deemed useful.

Demi had been the only one working that day. She'd probably been cursing her no-good boss Mr. What's-His-Name for not bothering to show up when she clearly wasn't qualified to be running the shop by herself when Alwyn had stalked through the door. He was handsome, she'd noted but then so were a lot of guys. His lazy green eyes were barely open as he ordered a burger meal to go before slinking over to one of the tables. He made a face at the mess before taking a seat but Demi was too underpaid to care.

She slapped the meal together in a matter of minutes and placed it inside a brown bag on the counter. She called to him a few times but he didn't seem to hear her. He was facing the window with his head resting on one of his hands. She wondered if he'd fallen asleep. She came out from behind the counter and grabbed the take-out bag, intending to bring it to him but somewhere along the way she'd lost her footing and ended up on the floor. The sound of her body smacking against the cold, hard ground had been enough to pull the boy out of his daze and with a cheeky grin he'd turned to her and said,

"We only just met and you're already falling for me."

Demi's cheeks had been burning as he'd helped her to her feet but she couldn't help but laugh at the terrible pun. She was grateful that none of the food had spilled out of the bag at least. He took the bag from her, nodded his thanks, then left without another word. As she watched him go it was only then she'd realized he'd either forgotten to or deliberately decided not to pay but she just shrugged and return to her post behind the counter, deciding it wasn't her problem.

An Introduction to AXXX1S | Group of the Month February 2020

Hey there, idol fans! I'm back with our first featured group of 2020. Let's get started!



AXXX1S (pronounced 'axis') are a now 6-member male idol group that made their debut in 2015 under the name AMAZ (pronounced 'amaze'). In 2019 they underwent a major line-up change and thus changed their name to AXXX1S; Yuuto is the only of the original members left. Their first release as AXXX1S was the album "We Are AXXX1S".



Dance video for "Bakuretsu Hangover", the group's second single.


Members



 Matsushita Rikuto

Member Colour: Green

Date of Birth: 2001.08.12

  • His special skill is playing mobile games.
  • He took part in Danshi Kousei Mr. Con 2018, a kind of competition for high school-aged boys.
  • His hobby is binge-watching dramas on his days off.

 Murahashi Takumi

Member Colour: Red

Date of Birth: 1998.07.21
  • He's a former member of G-BOY'S, the trainee unit of G=AGE.
  • He's a regular model for the fashion magazine Popteen.
  • His hobbies include VOCALOID and utattemita.

 Okada Yuuki

Member Colour: Blue

Date of Birth: 1997.04.07

  • His hobby is watching YouTube videos.
  • His special skill is baseball.
  • Has appeared in the series "Triangle kara Hajimaru Koi".

Upcoming Jpop Boy Group Releases for February 2020

Here are all of the upcoming music releases by Jpop boy groups for the month of February 2020. 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!


ael - Hakugen 

 

Release: 2020.02.05

Type: Single

Am!station - Cho Zetsu Am!'s San

 

Release: 2020.02.05

Type: Single

Buy on CDJapan

AMEZARI -RED STARS- with BATTLE BOYS OSAKA - Impulse to the higher / Zubatto! Onomatope!


Release: 2020.02.12

Type: Single

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. 

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


GENERATIONS, THE RAMPAGE, FANTASTICS, and BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBE - BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~


Release: 2019.07.03

Type: Album

Buy on CDJapan


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.


Members

 

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


BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBE - BALLISTIK BOYZ


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.

Members




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


BANQUET - WELCOME TO BANQUET WORLD


Release: 2019.04.03

Type: Album

Buy on CDJapan


DISH// - Junkfood Junction


Release: 2019.04.03

Type: Album

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