Love takes them all – the curious case of Takagi Sayuki

To be fair, this scandal happened quite some time ago: Bunshun published the article about upcoming singer Yuuri being in a relationship with Juice=Juice's Takagi Sayuki on February 11. Long story short: Takagi left Juice=Juice the next day, the group postponed their upcoming single for a month (now to be released on April 28), her … Love takes them all – the curious case of Takagi Sayuki weiterlesen

(Hello!) Dream Big: Is it time for a new Hello! Project unit?

While most of us are still trying to digest the news of the upcoming joint Juice=Juice/Tsubaki Factory audition, there's also another thing to look forward to: The Hello Pro Kenshuusei. Currently consisting of 18 young girls with big dreams to debut in the idol world, the Kenshuusei (shortened to KSS) are the trainees of Hello! … (Hello!) Dream Big: Is it time for a new Hello! Project unit? weiterlesen

Two for the price of one: Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory hold an audition – together

Many people were surprised, shocked even, when the HaroSute of January 20 announced the news: A joint audition for Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory is coming. https://www.youtube.com/embed/xT1DKs1sWOs?start=4 Yamagishi Riko of Tsubaki Factory (left) and Kanazawa Tomoko of Juice=Juice (right) break the news. There have been Hello! Project auditions for potential future projects, announcing that the winners … Two for the price of one: Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory hold an audition – together weiterlesen

Modern idol scandals: Social Media, forever a problem.

Back when I started following idols in the 2000s, the main source for spicy scandals were newspapers and magazines, with Bunshun and Friday being the most popular outlets. This was such a common thing that the term "getting Friday'd" became somewhat of a meme among English speaking fan groups. Friday, for example, was responsible for … Modern idol scandals: Social Media, forever a problem. weiterlesen

Hello! Project and love – are H!P members forbidden to date?

The announcement of the upcoming disbandment of Kobushi Factory was a shock to a lot of us - even more to those who saw a certain instagram post making the rounds just a day earlier: In this, unfortunately public, post a person celebrated the one year anniversary with his girlfriend. That's very cute. However, users … Hello! Project and love – are H!P members forbidden to date? weiterlesen