Another week, another recap of Idol news! This weeks recap comes from not only the third dimension, but the second as well!
Kodama Haruka will release her first Photobook!
The official HKT48 blog posted on June 21st, 2016 that the release date has been decided for Kodama Haruka‘s very first photobook. It will be released on July 27th, 2016 and will cost 1,800 yen (+tax). According to the book’s listings on sites like Amazon Japan & CDJapan the pictures for the book were taken in Guam. Additionally the book will also come with a randomly selected post card with there being 4 varieties in total.
Symphogear Live 2016 DVD release date has been decided!
The official Symphogear GX website posted on June 20th, 2016 that the DVD & Blu-rays of the Symphogear Live 2016 event will finally be released on August 24th, 2016. The release will include the concerts that took place on February 27th & 28th earlier this year at which they announced that a 4th & 5th season for the Symphogear franchise has been green-lit as well as the production of a mobile game.
Symphogear is an Action, Sci-Fi, Music series with it’s main appeal being the all-star cast that sing all of the phenomenal insert songs that the series is most well known for. This all-star cast includes Yuuki Aoi, Mizuki Nana, Takagaki Ayahi, Hikasa Yoko, Kayano Ai, Nanjo Yoshino & Iguchi Yuka with the third season bringing in Minase Inori as the season’s main antagonist.
Macross Delta‘s Walküre will release their first album!
The official Flying Dog YouTube channel posted on June 18th, 2016 a video that revealed that the idol group for the currently airing Macross Delta Walküre will be releasing their First Album titled Walküre Attack! on July 6th, 2016. There will be both a regular & limited edition for the album, both will come with a A5-sized clear folder however the limited edition will come with a DVD which has the full MV for the show’s Opening theme song Ichido dake no koi nara where as the regular edition will only come with the CD.
Fukagawa Mai closes her blog
The official Nogizaka46 website posted on the June 21st, 2016 that their recently graduated member Fukagawa Mai will be closing her blog on July 1st, 2016. Fukagawa joined the group when it originally formed back in August, 2011 as part of the group’s First Generation members. Both members & fans loved her so much that she eventually was given the nickname The Holy Mother because of her personality and the fact she was one of the oldest members. She announced her graduation on January 7th, 2016 with her graduation concert having been held earlier this month on the 16th.
Even though I personally only knew Fukagawa for a short time as a Nogizaka46 member, I will surely miss Maimai and I wish her all the luck with whatever she decides to pursue in the near future!
AKB48 45th single update!
The KING RECORDS official website posted on June 23rd, 2016 an update regarding AKB48‘s 45th single. The update states that all the different Types & Editions for the single release will include the theme song for the upcoming TV drama adaption of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo/The Girl Who Leapt Through Time with the title having yet to be announced, the song for the wedding magazine Zexy‘s new Commercial which will be titled Shiawase wo Wakenasai (しあわせを分けなさい), as well as the cheer song for ABC Summer High School Baseball which will also act as the theme song for the Japanese high school baseball TV program Nettoh Koshien which is titled Hikari to Kage no Hibi (光と影の日々).
Additionally, the MV for Hikari to Kage no Hibi was posted on the official Asahi Broadcasting Corporation YouTube channel on June 23rd, 2016 and I personally really like the song, so we at least have 1 good song for the 45th single! Let’s hope the rest are good as well!
Ayumikurikamaki will be performing at the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2016
It was revealed through Ayumikurikamaki‘s official twitter & LINE Blog that the group’s gonna be performing at this year’s ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL. The group will be performing on Saturday August 13th, 2016 with the rest of the event’s performers being listed on the events official website. Ayumikurikamaki are most well known for providing the Ending theme song for last year’s Punch Line.
Majisuka Gakuen Stage Play cast change
It was announced through the official HKT48 website that due to AKB48 Team K member Shinozaki Ayana having been diagnosed with Graves’ disease as reported last week, Shinozaki has to temporarily cease all stage LIVE performances which means she can’t perform in the upcoming Majisuka Gakuen ~ Lost In The SuperMarket ~ stage play. AKB48 Team B member, Fukuoka Seina will be replacing Shinozaki in the upcoming stage play making this updated cast line-up now include the following members:
- Kashiwagi Yuki
- Oshima Ryoka
- Okada Nana
- Oda Erina
- Kojima Mako
- Goto Moe
- Komiyama Haruka
- Sasaki Yukari
- Fukuoka Seina
- Takahashi Juri
- Tano Yuka
- Nakanishi Chiyori
- Nishino Miki
- Nomura Nao
- Mogi Shinobu
- Yumoto Ami
The stage play will take place at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo from July 25th, 2016 to August 5th, 2016 with rehearsals already having begun.
Shibata Aya announces her Graduation
SKE48 Team E Member Shibata Aya announced June 24th, 2016 during a niconico livestream that she will be graduating from the group by the end of August, 2016. Shibata explained that the reason for her graduation is that she wants to pursue her goal of solo talent. She continued by saying that she finds that she has done what she believes she’s able to do within SKE48, she thinks it’s too indulgent of her herself to stay in SKE48 and wants to leave before she makes any mistakes. Additionally, Shibata also said that she will continue her studies. Shibata will still be participating in SKE48‘s 20th single which make it the last single she’ll be a part of.
Shibata joined SKE48 back in August, 2010 as part of the group´s 4th Generation members. Even though I personally didn’t know of Shibata prior to this news, I still wish Shibata all the luck with her journey to become a solo talent as well as in her studies.
HKT48 to perform at the Inazuma Rock Festival 2016
It has been announced that HKT48 will be performing at this year’s Inazuma Rock Festival. The event will be held at the Karasumaru Peninsula Plaza, Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture on September 17th & 18th, 2016 with HKT48 performing on the 18th.
Higurashi When They Cry Answer Arc to air in November
The TV Drama adaptation of 07th Expansion‘s popular visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi When They Cry) starring the members of NGT48 has come to an end with it’s 6th episode having aired on June 24th, 2016. However in Higurashi fashion, we’re first presented with the questions before we’re given the answers so it was announced that the sequel, the Answer Arc will start airing in November 2016 consisting of 4 episodes which will make this TV Drama adaptation in total 10 episodes long.
Personally I’ve only skimmed through the very first episode of this drama adaptation of this iconic visual novel but as someone who’s not a big fan of horror to begin with, I have to admit that they perfectly captured the feel of Higurashi in this adaptation by terrifying me.
NGT48 Kenkyuusei Performance to happen this Summer
It was announced at the NGT48 Theater on June 19th, 2016 that the NGT48 Kenkyuusei(Research Students/Trainee Members) will be getting their very own LIVE performance in the summer. Additionally, on June 25th, 2016 it was revealed that the title for the performance will be Natsu no Nijikai PARTY(NGT48研究生公演 夏の二次会PARTY) and will premiere on August 9th, 2016.
New Team 8 Members!
Noda will be replacing Yamamoto Ai as Team 8‘s Mie prefecture representative, Terada will be replacing Iwasaki Moeka as Team 8‘s Nagasaki prefecture representative and Utada will be replacing Fujimura Natsuki as Team 8‘s Aichi prefecture representative.
In addition to the new members making their debut it was also announced that Team 8 will be having a new event titled Eight no hi(エイトの日) on August 8th, 2016 as well as that their National Tour will be adding a new LIVE which will take place in Fukushima on September 10th, 2016.
Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka? Trailer
The official TV Tokyo YouTube channel posted on June 25th, 2016 the first trailer for the upcoming TV Drama Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka? (Who killed Tokuyama Daigoro?) which will be starting the members of Keyakizaka46. The trailer showcases the drama’s premise in which the Members of Keyakizaka46 need to figure out who killed their teacher Tokuyama Daigoro while also trying to hide the body to make sure nobody finds out about their teacher’s murder.
Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka? will start airing on July 16th, 2016 (00:20 JST) and will feature Keyakizaka46‘s 2nd single Sekai ni wa Ai shika nai as it’s theme song with the single being released on August 10th, 2016.
Komiya Arisa finally joins Twitter!
If you remember my Voices behind Aqours article you’ll know that I mentioned the fact that Komiya Arisa, the voice of Kurosawa Dia in the upcoming Love Live Sunshine TV anime was unfortunately the only Aqours member that didn’t have a Twitter account. However that changed yesterday one June 26th, 2016 when she finally joined her fellow Aqours members on Twitter completing the Aqours Twitter set!
2nd AKB48Group Dai Undokai announced!
During the handshake event on June 26th, 2016 it was announced that AKB48 will be holding their 2nd AKB48G Dai Undokai (Sports Festival) on August 6th, 2016! The Dai Undokai was an event that was held last year to see which Team within the AKB48Group was the most athletic with Team 8 winning last year and Team B coming last place which resulted in them having to clean up the venue.
Additionally, it was also announced that they will be holding the AKB48 General Election 1st Party “Fans Thanksgiving Festival” the following the day on August 7th, 2016 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Keyakizaka46 2nd Single line-up announced!
During June 27th, 2016’s episode of Keyakitte, Kakenai?, Keyakizaka46‘s variety TV show, the line-up for Keyakizaka46‘s 2nd single Sekai ni wa Ai shika nai was revealed.
The line-up is as follows:
21. Ishimori Nijika
20. Sato Shiori
19. Yonetani Nanami
18. Ozeki Rika
17. Koike Minami
16. Nagasawa Nanako
15. Uemura Rina
14. Harada Aoi
13. Saito Fuyuuka
12. Oda Nana
11. Kobayashi Yui
10. Suzumoto Miyu
09. Moriya Akane
08. Sugai Yuuka
07. Nagahama Neru
06. Habu Mizuho
05. Imaizumi Yui
04. Watanabe Risa
03. Hirate Yurina (CENTER)
02. Watanabe Rika
01. Shida Manaka
It’s interesting to see Hirate still be the Center of the group but it does make sense from a marketing point of view. Additionally to the line-up, it was also announced during the episode that Hiragana Keyaki46 member Nagahama Neru will have a concurrent position on the group’s main Kanji Keyakizaka46.
Keyakizaka46 to perform at SUMMER STATION
Keyakizaka46 will be participating in the TV Asahi Roppongi Hills SUMMER STATION music festival which will be held towards the end of August this year. Keyakizaka46 will be performing at the Coca Cola Summer Station LIVE Arena on August 20th, 2016 which will be located in Roppongi Hills Arena around Keyakizaka. Additionally, it will be the Keyakizaka46 1st anniversary eve because the Keyakizaka46 first generation members were announced on August 21st, 2015.
Watanabe Miyuki’s Graduation Concert title revealed
The official NMB48 website revealed on June 27th, 2016 the title for the upcoming Graduation Concert for NMB48 member Watanabe Miyuki. The title will be Saigo made Warukii de Gomennasai which translates to At the end I am still Warukii, Sorry. Warukki is one of Watanabe‘s nickname as it’s a combination of her most common nickname Mirukki (pronounced Milky) and the japanese word for bad “Warui”. The use of this nickname can also be seen in the promotional image for the concert because of the fact that we see what is assumed to be a silhouette of Watanabe wearing a devil cosplay outfit.
Watanabe Miyuki will be holding her Graduation Concert on July 3rd and 4th, 2016 at the Kobe World Kinen Hall.
I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite pieces of news this week was Kodama Haruka getting a Photobook and Komiya Arisa finally being allowed to join her fellow Aqours members on twitter! Though the fact that AKB48 is gonna be holding a 2nd Dai Undokai is gonna be interesting, maybe this’ll be another annual event like the Senbatsu Sousenkyo or the Janken Taikai (Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament).