After last week’s quite eventful yet very mixed week in terms of Idol News, it doesn’t surprise me that this week was very slow in terms of interesting or exciting idol news the this weeks idol recap.
DEATH CASH releases promotional video
To start of this week’s idol news recap, TBS posted on July 4th, 2016 a new 3-minute long promotional which gives us so far the longest look at the upcoming horror drama DEATH CASH (死幣). The video showcases what I assume is the the beginning of the drama as well as showcasing future events in the drama and while it does look interesting still, I’m not too excited for this drama.
The synopsis for DEATH CASH states:
A number of strange deaths are connected to an urban legend, that there exists a cursed 10,000 yen bill, and whoever spends that 10,000 yen bill would die. SKE48 member Matsui Jurina plays university student Minami Yuka who can foresee the death of other people, and she will team-up with police detective (played by Totsugi Shigeyuki) to solve the mysterious “DEATH CASH” case.
DEATH CASH (死幣) will begin airing on July 13th, 2016.
Yumemiru Adolescence release new MV!
Following that, in Music Video idol news, Yumemiru Adolescence posted a new Music Video to their official YouTube Channel on July 4th, 2016 for their new song Leadership which is one of the coupling songs for their upcoming 5th single which they announced last week. The music video is quite interesting with it’s slanted perspective however do watch until the end in which they showcase how they actually made the music video which is very interesting to see.
AKB48Group members join Twitter!
Various new generation members of the AKB48Group have started to use the popular social media service around July 5th, 2016 with most of the accounts having been made at least several months ago. The full list of the members include:
- Fukuoka Seina: http://twitter.com/seina_fuku48
- Hiwatashi Yui: http://twitter.com/yui_hiwata430
- Ino Miyabi: http://twitter.com/miyabi_ichigo15
- Kawamoto Saya: http://twitter.com/sayaya_0388
- Kojima Mako: http://twitter.com/mak0_k0jima
- Kodama Haruka: https://twitter.com/haruka_kdm919
- Mogi Shinobu: http://twitter.com/mogi0_0216
- Mukaichi Mion: http://twitter.com/mionnn_48
- Murayama Yuiri: http://twitter.com/yuirii_murayama
- Nishino Miki: http://twitter.com/mikinishino4
- Owada Nana: http://twitter.com/Nana_Owada728
- Omori Miyu: http://twitter.com/omorimyu_pon
- Shinozaki Ayana: http://twitter.com/ayana18_48
- Takita Kayoko: http://twitter.com/kayoyon213
- Taniguchi Megu: http://twitter.com/o_megu1112
It should be noted however that out of all of these members, Kodama Haruka is the only one who hasn’t started using her Twitter account yet with it however being free to be followed.
NMB48 releases new short MVs!
In more Music Video Idol News, NMB48 posted 2 short version Music Videos to their official YouTube Channel on July 6th, 2016 for their new songs! The first is being the Music Video for their upcoming 15th single Boku wa Inai(僕はいない) which will act as Watanabe Miyuki‘s Graduation single as is very evident to see in the video considering Watanabe‘s the center figure of the video.
The second Music Video is for the common coupling song(meaning it’s included in all versions of the single) for the 15th single titled Ima Naraba(今ならば) which roughly translates to If now and is a duet song performed by Watanabe Miyuki & Yamamoto Sayaka. Additionally, Yamamoto wrote the song with Akimoto Yasushi providing the lyrics. It should however be noted that the actual Music Video will only be included in the Type-D release of the single.
I don’t know about you guys, but I cried some tears while watching both of these Music Videos… Boku wa Inai will be released on August 3rd, 2016.
Watanabe Miyuki‘s last stage LIVE has a date.
Watanabe Miyuki at her Graduation Concert.
To continue the sadness that was pact in the music videos, the official NMB48 blog posted on July 6th, 2016 that Watanabe Miyuki will be holding her Graduation Stage LIVE at the NMB48 Theater on August 9th, 2016. I wanna wish Watanabe all the luck in the world in her remaining month as an NMB48 member as well as in whatever she decides to pursue in the future! Thank you Milky!
CROW’S BLOOD releases graphic new trailer
In more Idol Drama News, Hulu Japan‘s official YouTube Channel posted on July 6th, 2016 a new trailer for their original horror drama CROW’S BLOOD. The trailer showcases new footage such as the death(?) of Miyawaki Sakura‘s character right at the very start which quite surprised me considering I did not expect this series to get as violent and graphic as that.
CROW’S BLOOD will be a 6-episode mini-series with Executive Producer Darren Lynn Bousman at the helm who’s most well known for being the director of the American horror film SAW II. The drama will star Watanabe Mayu & Miyawaki Sakura and will be available on Hulu Japan on July 23rd, 2016.
Wake Up, Girls to release new Character Songs!
Now in some 2 Dimensional Idol News, the most forgotten anime Idol Group, Wake Up, Girls announced through their official website on July 7th, 2016 that they’ll be releasing their 2nd Character Song Series on September 28th, 2016. However each of the 7 songs will be debuted at seven different live performances during their 3rd Tour as part of Tour’s “Princess” of each performance system. The schedule of each song’s debut is as follows:
- Miyu Okamoto Song 2: It’s amazing show time☆, July 17’s Live at Chiba.
- Mayu Shimada Song 2: Hashiri Dashita encore, July 24’s Live at Osaka.
- Kaya Kikuma Song 2: Into the Light, July 31’s Live at Niigata.
- Airi Hayashida Song 2: Hikari Kirari Milky Way, August 7’s Live at Sendai.
- Nanami Hisami Song 2: snuggery, August 14’s Live at Okinawa.
- Yoshino Nanase Song 2: Aoi Tsuki no Shangri-La, August 20’s Live at Fukuoka.
- Minami Katayama Song 2: Sore ike Otome, August 28’s Live at Tokyo.
For those surprised by the fact that Wake Up, Girls have a 3rd Tour as well as a new release or maybe even by the fact that they’re still around, don’t worry I as well.
SKE48‘s 20th single line-up revealed!
In further Idol News, the official SKE48 YouTube channel posted on July 8th, 2016 a video in which the line-up for the group’s upcoming 20th single Kin no Ai, Gin no Ai(金の愛、銀の愛) was revealed! The line-up is as follows:
- Azuma Rion
- Oya Masana
- Kitagawa Ryoha
- Futamura Haruka
- Matsui Jurina
- Ego Yuna
- Oba Mina
- Souda Sarina
- Takayanagi Akane
- Furuhata Nao
- Takeuchi Saki
- Hidaka Yuzuki
- Kimoto Kanon
- Kumazaki Haruka
- Goto Rara
- Saito Makiko
- Suda Akari
- Tani Marika
This most interesting thing about this line-up is that it’ll be Saito Makiko, Takeuchi Saki & Hidaka Yuzuki first times being the selected members for one of the group’s singles. Kin no Ai, Gin no Ai will be released on August 17th, 2016 and will act as the Theme Song for the upcoming drama DEATH CASH.
HKT48‘s Team H has a new captain!
New Team H Captain, Matsuoka Natsumi & Anai Chihiro at the HKT leaving AKB48 group? Referendum Concert
And now in some AKB48Group Team news, it was announced at the first day of HKT48‘s HKT leaving AKB48 group? Referendum Concert 2016 Summer Hall Tour which took place on July 11th, 2016 that Team H’s vice-captain Matsuoka Natsumi will be promoted to Team H’s Captain. Matsuoka will be taking over from Anai Chihiro who’s last live performance was on the same day as the announcement and will be officially leaving the group after the handshake event on July 30th, 2016.
NMB48‘s 15th single covers revealed!
The most interesting thing is that there aren’t any Limited Editions for this single’s release. Though collector’s will probably rejoice considering it’s less money they’ll need to dish out to get all different covers for the single.
Like I said at the beginning, this week was very slow in terms of interesting or exciting idol news. Honestly nothing really stood out to me outside of the Music Videos that were released this week as well as the covers for NMB‘s new single but who knows, maybe I missed some major idol news that just flew right over my radar. Let me know down below!