New From Old:18

18
Lately, it seems like thrifting has been the latest thing. With this group, they certainly have caught onto the trend. Yet, far from second hand is what they want to be known as.

The “secondhand clothing” idol group 18 formed in 2011 with 6 passing members. The name was meant to stand for the pun and motto “Jinsei ichi ka bachi ka” or “Life is either sink or swim”. At their label’s, Turtle Entertainment, first anniversary event in early 2012, they made their debut. On April 6, 2012, their first nationwide release, a mini album titled “18 Taisaku Ikusa!” came out on sale. Now, with a total member line-up of 18, they’re determined to make their lives 100% cute sparkling entertainment through exceeding vigor!

As said before, 18 is made up of 18 members, with one member graduation. The members, from left to right and top to bottom in the above picture (Position in brackets to right of name), are:
Current:

Ueda Pyonkichi (植田 ぴょん吉) – 1st Gen (1,1)
Birthdate: April 26
Nickname: Pyonkichi (ぴょんきち)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Hyougo
Talents: Breaststroke, freedom

Anchi (あんち) – 1st Gen (1,2)
Birthdate: December 17
Nickname: Anchi (あんち)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Tokyo
Talents: Making miracles

Kamei Naoki (亀井 直生) – 1st Gen (1,3)
Birthdate: July 20
Nickname: Naoki (なおき)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Osaka
Talents: Clarinet, solo intro

Shizuki Karen (柴月 華練) – 1st Gen (1,4)
Birthdate: January 24
Nickname: Karen (かれん)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Miyagi
Talents: Calligraphy

Sakura Maki (桜 まき) – 1st Gen (1,5)
Birthdate: August 13
Nickname: Maki (まき)
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Chiba
Talents: Softball, piano

Muranaka Yuka (村中 友香) – 1st Gen (1,6)
Birthdate: July 12
Nickname: Mu (むぅ)
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Hyougo
Talents: Softball

Suzuki Mai (鈴木 まい) – 2nd Gen (2,1)
Birthdate: April 7
Nickname: Maimai (まいまい)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Tokyo
Talents: Piano, softball

Ito Satsuki (伊東 さつき) – 3rd Gen (2,2)
Birthdate: June 26
Nickname: Sacchan (さっちゃん)
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Shizuoka
Talents: Making sweets

Tanaka Misato (田仲 美里) – 3rd Gen (2,3)
Birthdate: May 18
Nickname: Misamisa (みさみさ)
Blood Type: O
Birthplace: Tokyo
Talents: Calligraphy, art

Tsuji Akubi (辻 あくび) – 3rd Gen (2,4)
Birthdate: April 5
Nickname: Akubi (あくび)
Blood Type: AB
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Talents: Making cookies

Teshigawara Rina (勅使川原 莉奈) – 3rd Gen (2,5)
Birthdate: July 2
Nickname: Tesshii (てっしー)
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Gunma
Talents: Basketball, cooking

Noro Ayana (野呂 絢奈) – 3rd Gen (2,6)
Birthdate: May 28
Nickname: Noro-chan (のろちゃん)
Blood Type: O
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Talents: Song impersonations

Hoshi Mahiro (星 まひろ) – 3rd Gen (3,1)
Birthdate: March 8
Nickname: Hosshii (ほっしー)
Blood Type: O
Birthplace: Tokyo
Talents: Sleeping a lot

Miura Yuko (三浦 裕子) – 3rd Gen (3,2)
Birthdate: December 21
Nickname: Yuuko (ゆうこ)
Blood Type: O
Birthplace: Chiba
Talents: Electric guitar, tea ceremony

Yayoi Akari (弥生 朱莉) – 3rd Gen (3,3)
Birthdate: March 27
Nickname: Ringo (りんご)
Blood Type: AB
Birthplace: Kumamoto
Talents: Badminton, digging for sweet potatoes

Yoshioka Konomi (吉岡 このみ) – 3rd Gen (3,4)
Birthdate: July 21
Nickname: Minmin (みんみん)
Blood Type: O
Birthplace: Saitama
Talents: “Walking” while in zen position (seated with legs crossed)

Watanabe Orie (渡辺 織衣) – 3rd Gen (3,5)
Birthdate: February 22
Nickname: Orie (おりえ)
Blood Type: N/A
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Talents: Drums, percussion

Ashley Chiho (アシュリー 千帆) – 4th Gen (3,6)
Birthdate: October 28
Nickname: Ashu (あしゅ)
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: New York, America
Talents: Piano, soccer

Former:
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Nihira Yuki (仁平 有紀) – 3rd Gen
Birthdate: May 26
Nickname: Yukkii (ゆっきー), Yucchi (ゆっち), Nihira (にひら)
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Tokyo
Talents: Ballet, piano

When I first saw them, their fashion stood out immediately. It wasn’t as if their outfits were picked out by a stylist or something. As suggested above, each of their personalities shines through these outfits. But what made me so interested in this group, besides their unique fashion, is their performance value. Honestly, when I first delved into one of their videos, I thought they were gonna be the most annoying people to watch. They just looked so in your face and show-off-y. However, in actually trying to watch their video, I was able to see their spirit. With all the effort they put into making their show the best, they’ve really shown off their charm very well. Through their energetic movements in their dances, their thought-out dialogue in their MCs, and glowing faces throughout, you can see just how passionate they are about being idols. This can be the one thing that an idol needs to capture people’s hearts, and they have a pleasant overload of it. They really have made fresh clothes from the old ones that they had bought. (Haha, sorry for the lame metaphor) 😛

Unfortunately, I can’t find that amazing first video that I watched which led me to this group, but hopefully these other videos will show you just how refreshing they are!

Friends PV

18 no Theme – Live

Full Live

Links

Official Site
Official Blog