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    Japanese Female Idols

    I'm a fan of female idol groups from Japan. I became a fan in Spring 2009, and started listening to the mainstream groups from Hello Project, plus Tokyo Girls' Style, Momoiro Clover and so on. Eventually I watched Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 and discovered all kinds of groups that I never knew existed. Sakura Gakuin became my new favorite, along with indie groups such as Caramel Ribbon, NA-NA, Candy Kiss, and tons more. I'm not going to pretend I know everything about idols, but I am very familiar with many groups. If linking my website and blog is okay with the admins., I will let you read what I wrote and get an idea of what I like. I'll also link a couple videos.

    http://sensational-idols.weebly.com

    http://this-is-your-wake-up-call.blogspot.com/?m=1

    https://m.facebook.com/YoungIdolSingers

    https://youtu.be/PJDfg90d_oo

    https://youtu.be/GUdtx0lipL4
    Last edited by Cardcaptor Jim; July 2nd, 2018, 09:53 PM.

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    I haven't really found any idol music that I like that much. I have listened to some AKB48 but the music is kind of boring and same-y and the vocals are a bit lackluster. My knowledge of Japanese is very limited to begin with and listening to it sung makes it even harder for me so I'm not that concerned with lyrics. I'm more concerned with how the singer's voice sounds and their style. I generally like a singer with a strong, clear voice that can carry a song based just on the vocal performance. See my thread in this subforum for the singers I like. I also like singers with cute/sweet voices like Rieko Ito from Round Table feat Nino. What would you suggest?
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    "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it." Thomas Sowell

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      #3
      I have to agree with you on your opinion of AKB48 and all the other groups in the 48/46 franchise. They are pretty generic. But they are also very popular so this seems to be what the average fan wants. I also have a limited understanding of the Japanese language. Cute and sweet vocals are very pleasant to me as well. A lot of cute and sweet idol songs are sung by kids and girls in their early teens. If this is fine with you I will share some videos of cute songs by the younger idols. Maybe I'll link the Youtube videos right this time! On second thought I don't know how.

      A group a friend tipped me off to this group, Theme park Girl. Their most recent song is titled "White" and it's a ballad. I don't know much about them.

      https://youtu.be/4o-3TFb33f0

      Next up is another kids group called Si Stella. They were originally St.BONAPRO SCHOOL, but decided to reorganize under a new name. Rico Sakurai is the main focus here, and for a good reason. She's the one who can sing better than all of them. The other girls are fine, but I'm into this group for Rico's singing.

      https://youtu.be/14et5Yo4hG0

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        #4
        A group I like a lot is SunRisa. They formed in 2014 and had up to nine members. They streamlined down to two and the current lineup consists of Manaka Imamori and Yume Kada. I think Manaka has the best voice in the Japanese idol genre right now.
         

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          #5
          Originally posted by Cardcaptor Jim View Post
          A group a friend tipped me off to this group, Theme park Girl. Their most recent song is titled "White" and it's a ballad. I don't know much about them.

          https://youtu.be/4o-3TFb33f0
          A little drowsy for my taste but not bad.

          Originally posted by Cardcaptor Jim View Post
          Next up is another kids group called Si Stella. They were originally St.BONAPRO SCHOOL, but decided to reorganize under a new name. Rico Sakurai is the main focus here, and for a good reason. She's the one who can sing better than all of them. The other girls are fine, but I'm into this group for Rico's singing.

          https://youtu.be/14et5Yo4hG0
          That may be laying it on a little too thick.

          Originally posted by Cardcaptor Jim View Post
          A group I like a lot is SunRisa. They formed in 2014 and had up to nine members. They streamlined down to two and the current lineup consists of Manaka Imamori and Yume Kada. I think Manaka has the best voice in the Japanese idol genre right now.
          I like it but the video is kind of blah. I don't really care about videos though since I listen in the car on long drives.
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            #6
            Here is a sister duo, Mizuki and Mikuru Ishihara. Both girls are former members of the groups Little Blossom and Comet. Their two younger sisters are current members of Little Blossom. Here the Ishihara girls are covering a Sailor Moon song heavy metal style.

            Oops! This is actually Milly from Comet wearing the Sailor Moon costume and Riara the leader of Little Blossom wearing Chibi-Moon's costume. Sorry for the mix-up!
             
            Last edited by Cardcaptor Jim; August 6th, 2018, 02:47 PM.

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              #7
              Menkoi girls are a group with kids and young adults in it. "NASU -Eggplant-" is my favorite song from them. Some of the girls in this video have now left. There are currently 12 members. They sometimes incorporate calligraphy, so I'll look for another video with this as well.

               

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                #8
                Here's Menkoi girls' cover of "Honey Flash" for an anime song contest.
                 

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                  #9
                  Maybe idol bands just aren't my thing.
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                    #10
                    Fair enough. I was hoping this topic would interest a few more people but I guess not. Thanks for watching the videos and giving this music a chance.

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                      #11
                      This just isn't a very big forum and this subforum doesn't have much traffic. By J-pop recommendation thread has twenty views and zero replies.

                      Babymetal counts as an idol band, doesn't it? I like them.


                      I like Momoiro Clover Z


                      Morning Musume's stuff is good for listening to in the car.


                      I can't stand Perfume. That autotuned robot squirrel thing they do drives me up the wall. I listened to a little Nogizaka46. It just sounded like AKB48 take 2. It's not surprising since AKB48 is so successful but it's same blah, boring music and meh vocals. I guess that Deadlift Lolita is the buzz thing now (maybe) but that just look beyond stupid to me.
                      Last edited by old hat; July 23rd, 2018, 07:19 PM.
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                        #12
                        Babymetal counts as an idol group as far as I'm concerned. They were spun off from Sakura Gakuin. My favorites from Sakura Gakuin have now left the group, as this group has a revolving door type of membership. If you want to look them up on my Sensational Idols website linked in the first post my favorite members are Ayaka Miyoshi, Mariri Sugimoto, Hinata Sato and Marina Horiuchi, among a few others.

                        I linked two videos in that post before I learned how to include the thumbnails. The first video is "Love Romancer" by Candy Kiss, which is a song I've played hundreds of times. I have all of the CDs by this group. The second video is "Re:born" by monogatari. Originally they were named Millennium Girls then Harajuku Monogatari. I only have "#Noisy Girl" by Millennium Girls on CD. Their CDs are hard to get outside of Japan.

                        Here is a group called Oh! My Kitty which I just recently came across. It looks as if two girls are American but they have Japanese names. The ages of the girls are from 11 to 17.


                         

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                          #13
                          An idol group named amorecarina formed in Osaka in 2014. In April 2015 it was announced that amorecarina would be expanding with groups in three cities, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Several girls left these groups and joined either Hello Project, AKB48, Equal Love and Chou Cream Rockets. The Tokyo group broke up in March of this year but the other groups are still active. All three groups have YouTube channels with mostly live videos. A spin-off of the Osaka group was created this year named Bear in Mind. Yuka Yano is the leader and she has left amorecarina Osaka. Akari Kai (who has the shortest haircut) is leaving both groups on August 11. That leaves Yuna Nagayoshi as the only girl who will be active in both groups after this date. Here is the only full length studio video on YouTube from the amorecarina franchise, "Mirai e no Shunkan" by Bear in Mind.

                           

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