One of the things that I really want to do is to expand my idol-interest horizons. While working on my Tokyo Idol Festival posts, I realized that there really is a lot of great groups out there that I just don’t follow. Even more, there are groups I’ve only really scratched the surface with, and that I don’t know if I’ve given a fair amount of time to.
So, I’ve decided to start a new series of reviews, in which I give my opinions on an idol album for a group that I don’t normally follow very much. Groups, major debut and indie, that for whatever reason I haven’t spent a lot of time following. This review might not make me change my mind about them, but hopefully I can give a relatively unbiased opinion on said group and possibly gain a new appreciation.
That being said, I’d like the help of the readers in suggesting albums I should do. If you think I should do a different album by one of the groups, tell me, and I can change it. If you have a group I completely forgot about, please tell me, and I can do it.
The groups that I’m excluding from this are:
Anything 48 groups (including subunits) (includes Nogizaka46)
Anything from Stardust Promotions (MomoClo Z, Ebichu, etc.)
Anything from Hello!Project/UFA/TNX/etc.
Sakura Gakuin (and related groups, i.e. Babymetal), MMJ, or Station
Classic idols (i.e. Matsuda Seiko, Pink Lady, Onyanko Club)
Korean pop groups (focusing on Japanese idols right now, even though KPop groups have gotten Japanese debuts)
There are other indie idol groups I follow, but they’ve either not released an album that I can get a hold of or I still don’t follow them enough to disqualify them.
Some of the albums I’m planning on reviewing:
Super*Girls: Everybody JUMP
Tokyo Girls’ Style: Limited Addiction (I can’t decide between this or Kodou no Himitsu; thoughts?)
Passpo: CHECK-IN (or their newest album)
LinQ: Love in Qushu ~LinQ dai ichi gakushou~
Fudanjuku: Friends or OTOKO
Tomato n’Pine: PS4U
Vanilla Beans: Vanilla Beans II or III
JK21: JK21 Yanen
So if you have suggestions, please tell me, and I’m going to try to have a first review up in a couple of weeks!