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These Girls Rock! Five Idol Groups That Go to 11

These Girls Rock! Five Idol Groups That Go to 11

PASSPO☆ Shiori Mori

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It seems like in the past few months there have been countless reports of Babymetal taking over the world with their brand of “kawaii metal” but, they are not the only group mixing the cuteness of idols with the sounds of distorted guitars and thundering drums. Even though there may be a stereotypical image of conventional idol music being saccharine sweet and adorned with frills, it has not always abided by those guidelines. Whether it was the pop-punk sounds of Morning Musume Otome Gumi’s “Yuujou ~ Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~ “ (2004), Momoiro Clover Z’s epic “Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyouku Dai 7 Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai’” (2012) featuring ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, or AKB48’s “Korogaru Ishi ni Nare” (2006), there has always been a place for idol fans to pump their fists and bang their heads. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and because we are only presenting 5 groups at this time, there will be another installment to introduce more groups later. As criteria for selection was limited to groups that are: 1) currently active and 2) not bands, groups like BiS, SCANDAL, Gacharic Spin, ZONE, MARIA, et al. were excluded. The groups are listed below in alphabetical order.

 


Babyraids

This 5 member group from the same agency as 9nine (LesPros) seek to invade and takeover other idol events, regularly appearing in Shibuya or outside other idol concerts to promote themselves by passing out flyers and tissue packets. Babyraids made their debut in 2012 with the help of Idoling!!! member Ami Kikuchi and perform weekly at Toranomon Dojo which is located in Pony Canyon’s headquarters. Members of Japanese rock bands like Sex Machineguns, Dragon Ash, Hawaiian 6, SOPHIA, and Snail Ramp have contributed to shaping Babyraids’ fist-pumping sound. Their biggest hit “Koyomi no ue de wa December” was featured on the NHK morning drama “Ama-chan” and got Babyraids a 5th place ranking on the Oricon.

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1st single “Babyraids” (September 26, 2012)
2nd single “Baby Revolution” (December 19, 2012)
3rd single “JUMP” (March 27, 2013)
4th single “Baby Ambitious” (July 21, 2013)
5th single “Koyomi no ue de wa December” (September 11, 2013)

Members
Rikako Oya (Rikopin) October 30, 1996
Erika Denya (Denchan) November 2, 1995 (Leader)
Manatsu Hayashi (Manatsu) July 14, 1995 (Center)
Nao Takami (Naosuke) November 28, 1996
Rio Watanabe (Rioton) March 8, 2000
Official site: http://babyraids.lespros.co.jp/
Twitter: twitter.com/babyraids

 


CAMOUFLAGE

This Nagoya-based group under Verus Entertainment was born from a selection of members working at several concept cafes (Moeri, Mai Leaf, A.i cafe, moe2sta, momochafe), but also includes members from outside as well. CAMOUFLAGE debuted with 9 members back in 2012 with 9 members, but currently have 7 members and are known to perform while wearing pink camouflage outfits and waving around toy guns. Fans of SKE48 might recognize former Team S member Moe Yamashita. CAMOUFLAGE is unusual in that they have a guitar player (Takasaki) and a DJ (Kamiya) which makes them sort of a hybrid between an idol group and a girls band.

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2nd single “Kataomoi WARS” (July 10, 2013)
3rd single “Real Ki ni Naru Girl” (October 23, 2013)
5th single “Ai Noh Aijou Odoryan” (July 6, 2014)

Members
Runa Kamiya (Runa-chan) DOB: October 7 (Sub-leader)
Mone Sakura (Monerin) DOB: November 9
Azusa Shiina (Azumero) DOB: July 13
Shoko Takasaki (Takasho) DOB: May 13, 1993
Asu Tatematsu (Asunsun) DOB: June 9 (Leader)
Moe Yamashita (Moe) DOB: October 27
Katsuki Sanjo (Kacchan) DOB: August 21

Official site: http://camofla.com/
Official blog: http://ameblo.jp/camouflage10-05/
Twitter: twitter.com/camouflage10_05

 


Hime Kyun Fruit Can

This Ehime-based idol unit was formed in 2010 and made their debut in 2011 with “Renai Energy Hoson no Housoku” which reached #1 on the Oricon Indies Charts. Each member of the group has been assigned a color and a fruit. If you like Hime Kyun Fruit Can, it might be worth checking out their sister groups nanoCUNE (more electronic sounding) or FRUITPOCHETTE (more metal sounding) as well. One thing is for sure, the audition in 2010 which was intended to revitalize Ehime prefecture has yielded quite a harvest of idols for the entire world to enjoy.

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From “Renai Miracle” (1st indies album) “Watashi Daiichi Kibou” (August 1, 2012)
7th indies single “Killer Tune” (January 23, 2013)
1st single “Adante” (August 7, 2013)
2nd single “Moratorium” (December 18, 2013)
3rd single “Harukanata” (April 16, 2014)

Members
Sakurako Tanio (Saku) DOB: April 27, 1992 (Leader) (Purple/Blueberry)
Honoka Kono (Honotan) DOB: February 3, 1995 (Yellow/Grapefruit)
Mayuri Okumura (Mayurin) DOB: February 5, 1996 (Orange/Apple Mango)
Mai Okamoto (Maimai) DOB: June 11, 1997 (Red/Strawberry)
Yuria Kikuhara (Yun) DOB: July 19, 1997 (Green/Green Apple)
Official site: http://himekyun.jp/pc/

 


Party Rockets

This Sendai-based idol unit was formed in 2012 and belongs to the same agency as Dorothy Little Happy (STEP ONE) and the members were selected from B♭. Party Rocket’s 2nd single “MIRAIE” was written and produced by Eric Martin, lead singer of the rock supergroup Mr. Big. They debuted in 2012 with “Hatsukoi Rocket” as a 6-member group but, currently have 3 members. Former member Koume Watanabe later joined SUPER☆GIRLS in 2014.

Contributor Wanted!!

1st single “Hatsukoi Rocket” (August 15, 2012)
2nd single “MIRAIE” (February 27, 2013)
3rd single “Setsuna Sora” (August 21, 2013)
4th single “Let’s Go!!” (April 9, 2014)

Current Members
Haruka Yoshiki (Haru-chan) DOB: July 1, 1998 (Leader)
Akari Fujita (Akarin) DOB: June 24, 1999
Fumika Kikuchi (Fumi) DOB: July 20, 1999

Official site: http://www.partyrockets.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Party_Rockets
Official blog: http://ameblo.jp/partyrockets

 


PASSPO☆

This 9-member group under Platinum Passport agency was formed in 2010 and features a theme of traveling and flying. Many of PASSPO☆’s outfits resemble those of flight attendants and they call their performances “flights” and fans “passengers”. PASSPO☆ made their major label debut in 2011 with “Shoujo Hikou” and received their first ever 1st place Oricon weekly ranking.

Contributor Wanted!!

Indies debut single “Let It Go!!” (March 31, 2010)
Major debut single “Shoujo Hikou” (May 4, 2011)
4th single “Next Flight” (June 13, 2012)
6th single “WING” (October 3, 2012)
9th single “Truly” (June 26, 2013)
12th single “Perfect Sky” (March 26, 2014)

Members
Ai Negishi (Aipon) DOB:September 27, 1992 Captain (Leader)
Yukimi Fujimoto (Yukkii) DOB: April 11, 1992 Chief Purser (Sub-leader)
Natsumi Iwamura (Nachu) DOB: July 29, 1991
Mio Masumi (Miomio) DOB: October 6, 1994
Makoto Okunaka (Makocchan) DOB: November 18, 1993
Naomi Anzai (Naomin) DOB: April 16, 1992
Shiori Mori (Morishi) DOB: November 8, 1992
Sako Makita (Sakoti) DOB: November 10, 1993
Anna Tamai (Annya) DOB: January 31, 1995

Official site: http://passpo.jp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/passpo_staff
Official blog: http://ameblo.jp/passpo-staff

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