Category Archives: Essay

Idol Matsuri Event Report

Idol Matsuri

From June 20th through June 22nd, I had the distinct pleasure of attending Idol Matsuri, which was geared at being the United States’ first idol convention. I was interested in the event when it was first announced quite some time ago, but when the guests were announced I knew I…

The Handshake Incident and its Future Impact

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At a recent handshake event, two members of AKB48 were attacked and injured. I won’t go into the details too much here; there is plenty of coverage, with news HERE and HERE. I’ve covered my own thoughts on the incident HERE, if you’re interested in reading on that. Before everything, I…

Idoling!!!: Recent News & Reviews

Idoling!!! - Shout!

Mega Idol group Idoling!!! has been on a roll with their releases lately. It hasn’t been long since they released their last single, Summer Lion. The group is back with their 21st single Shout! I’m extremely impressed with what I see. Idoling!!! jumps all over the place. They don’t have…

Local Idols – A National Trend?

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Every year, I cover indie idols with posts profiling all the acts at the Tokyo Idol Festival. It’s a really fun way to get to know the acts, big and small, that show up. This is part of how I noticed that a lot of groups, it seems, have a…

The Fashion of Idols: Part 1

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This is a post that I have been wanting to do for a while! When PIH was on blogspot, I posted a poll in preparation for this post. I usually only do reviews, so this time, I wanted to do change it up and do an article-like piece on a…

When Beautiful Dolls go Bump In The Night with Starmarie’s ‘Mitsuboshi Restaurant Paul kara no Shoutaijou’ PV!

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[This review is cross-posted from Idolminded.] Now here is a spiffy new group that I have never talked about before, though I have a feeling I have seen them once or twice but never gave my time to take a proper look at them… But today I will be giving…

Discovering Starmarie

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[This article is cross-posted from Idolminded. With the indie idol group preparing for their American debut at Anime Expo, Serenyty was tasked with finding out more about Starmarie. Here she shares what she’s learned.] When I first heard that Starmarie was coming to Anime Expo, I didn’t know much about…

Back To Basics: Defining Indie Idols

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When Gaki first asked me to contribute to Pure Idol Heart, I was taken by surprise. I had been working behind the scenes with the blog as its de facto webmaster, but that is a far cry from actually contributing content. More to the point, my knowledge of indepedent idols…