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New releases you should be listening to! Part 1

23 Feb

It’s been a while since I posted a bunch of new release news, but there’s so much good stuff coming out soon or have just had PVs released that you, as idol fans, should know about!

bump.y’s 3rd single finally has a preview! The song is titled “Sotsugyo Madeni…” 『卒業までに・・・』 and will be released on the 2nd of March in three editions, Limited A/B and regular. The bside is called “Tomodachi” (friends) and as usual with bump.y’s releases, the regular edition will have a “Sotsygyo Madeni…” narration track.  I’m sure I’d had this site linked to me before (I think it was on msn actually) but I have a terrible memory and forgot all about it. Voice is a new bump.y fansite which you should definitely check out if you’re a fan of the group, or just interested in knowing more about them. It even has blog translations! I’ll be sure to add Voice to my blogroll and links page for easy access ;D

Finally, it’s a new single from YGA! The PV was brought to my attention by the wonderful Aya, and I have to say I love the song! I’m not a big fan of the outfits though, why are they playing soccer in those heels!? I can barely walk in heels myself so this is just. mind blowing xD; HOW DO IDOLS DO IT? The song is called Renai Sutoraikā (恋愛ストライカー) and was released on the 9th of this month. Oh and the bside is called “Dengeki Shoujo”.

This brings us onto my favourite news. Fudanjuku. They don’t only have their first live DVD and photobook coming out, no, they also have another original album! The photobook, titled “Fu are you?” was released on the 17th of this month, and the DVD and album won’t be released until the 23rd of March, but damn I am excited. I currently own most of Fudanjuku’s discography (not including different versions of singles) so I definitely want to buy either the album or the DVD if I have the money. The album will feature 5 new tracks and new versions of “Fu Fu 724” and “Go! Fight! Fujoshi Sisters” and will be released in two versions, A and B. I’m just speculating here, but odds are high that this could be A for Fudanjuku cover and B for a Fujoshi Sisters cover (or vice versa) given the mix of songs from both groups in the tracklist on HMV. ;D

More releases to be covered in part 2!

No, not Yoga Google. It’s YGA.

14 Nov

Yet another group from the Tokyo Idol Festival (I’ll cover them all! …maybe.) This post has been a while in the making for a couple of reasons, the first being that I got distracted by other things, and the second is that finding information on YGA is damn hard xD; I can probably find info on the current YGA, but it’s the old YGA that I like best. So until I can find anything more substantial, time to talk about what I do know.

Bin-KAN.Vanilla PV

YGA stands for Yoshimoto Gravure Agency and is a part of Yoshomoto Agency, which is a well known for the comedy acts it produces. As far as I can tell, YGA was formed in 2008 and if the PV above is any indication, they were quirky and full of fanservice ;D Yes, that is a man with the pink thigh-highs Anna. I do feel for the larger girl in there, Nancy, though. She was most likely added for the comedic factor, but from what I’ve seen in PVs, she doesn’t get treated any differently to any of the other members so. GOOD WORK YGA. For their debut single, YGA had 9 members including Nancy and Anna, while their next single featured a total of 16 members. Their next two releases, Virgin Beat and Ganbare Hero were only released as DVDs.

Fighting Girl Live

Now, YGA is more a typical idol group, which is how I was introduced to them in the TIF2010. Looking back at their old PVs, I miss that quirkiness they had ;-; I’m not sure if any of the current 8 or 9 members (there are 9 shown with official blogs, but I can only find performances with 8 members) have been with the group since they began since I can’t find names for all the members, and if I could it wouldn’t be in Romaji for me to compare, plus just from looking at the covers they seem to have gone through a few member changes which makes thing even more difficult xD; If I do find any more information, I will definitely edit this post and add it in. It doesn’t help they only have a group blog and not an official website, plus their page on the Yoshimoto site is incomplete, but oh well. Like always, members, discography and links are below~

Edit: Thanks to Aya’s links, profiles for ten former members are now up! I’ll be updating the post more as I try to make sense of Google’s translation of the YGA wiki page xD;

Stage 1 Members – Hara Makiko, Suzuki Nana, Hoshino Rika, Miyanowaki Kaori, Meguro Saori, Yukari Minato, Nancy, Anna

Stage 2 Members – Ashida Ayumi, Kakuda, Mika, Matsumoto Miho, Shinti Rie, Yanagawa Mana, Yasuda Yuki Nana

Phase 3 – Kimura Mami

School Students – Azusa, Aimi Toshi Yuu, Uchida

Phase 4 – Sakurai Rika, Hinata Sayoko

5th – Kasuga Sayaka, Miwasa Kana, Omizo Shiina

Period 6 – Wasaki Nanami

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