Shuukan Idol – Winter Graduations Edition

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In this week’s Shuukan Idol, we get to enjoy a handful of MVs from NMB48, EMPiRE, Niji no Conquistador, and Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da.

We also get a surprising amount of graduations from Kobushi Factory and Nijicon, a new album announcement from BAND-MAID, and more in our 7 highlights of the week!


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> NMB48 run a hotel in Doko ka de Kiss wo

NMB48 are still rolling out the MVs for their latest single and their most recent one is a treat. Taking place in a hotel run solely by idols, we get to see a thief get what he deserves as he makes his way from room to room. It’s weird, but it’s pretty entertaining!

> The Hello! Project Audition 2018 results are in …

Hello! Project is well known for being strict in who gets to join. Thankfully we got a unique look at the entire audition process with a surprising twist being revealed for the winner of the audition. What’s that twist? You’ll have to check it out above!

> EMPiRE finally debut with their MV for Akarui Mirai

It’s here. The long wait for EMPiRE’s debut song was full of teases and trolling from Watanabe but the time has finally come to enjoy their music … and it’s incredible. Gorilla inspired dances, plenty of shots featuring the members singing to the camera, and a skull with bunny ears, this MV has it all.

> Kobushi Factory’s Taguchi Natsumi is no longer with the group

Kobushi Factory has been going through a lot in the past year, and it seems like they’re unfortunately not done. Taguchi Natsumi is no longer a part of Kobushi Factory due to her contract being cancelled. Full details are available above.

> Niji no Conquistador have a winter sleepover in Futari no Spur

How do you celebrate winter? If you’re Nijicon you have a giant sleepover and you sing outside in the snow. Add in a random rap scene and you’ll have a good idea what to expect. It’s a must see for Nijicon fans!

> Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da get colorful and hyper in Sekirarararaiotto

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da are basically the Dempagumi.inc of the alternative idol world. Not convinced? Check out their latest MV which features random colorful effects, a slightly upbeat ballad sound, and that randomness we all know and love.

> Niji no Conquistador’s Suyama Emiri is graduating, will become a voice actress

It’s been at least 6 months since we last heard of Nijicon’s Emiri and unfortunately the recent break in silence did not come with good news. She’ll be leaving the group as a result of an unknown condition to become a voice actress. More tidbits are included in the article above, best of luck Emiri!

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Encore


This week we have Tsubomi and their wacky MV for Osaka ga Aru!

If you ever wished to go back to the simple days of idol where songs were simple and were incredibly upbeat then you are in luck. Tsubomi have you covered with their chiptune song featuring a wide variety of funny scenes.

Why is the MV full of comedy? Tsubomi is managed by Yoshimoto Creative, which is well known for managing the famous comedy duo Downtown. But, are they worth a look? Absolutely! The sound is fun and simple, and while it won’t win any awards it is a great video to check out. Not convinced? You’re already here, might as well give it a click below.

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If you are into their fun and simple sound make sure to check out their other releases below:

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That’s it for this week, we’ll see you in the next one!

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