VIDEO: Meet Japan's Cosplay Idol Group, panache!

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To make any kind of impact in the crowded j-pop idol game, you’ve gotta have a gimmick and the people behind the group panache! must have had the “chocolate + peanut butter” moment of the century when they decided to push a cosplaying idol group on stage...

 

 

The gimmick worked (how could it not?) and panache! are now signed to Sony / DefSTAR Records and the release of their second major label single “Sky View” is set for February.

 

 

The comment video below (helpfully subbed in English by Kawaii girl Japan) tells you most of what you need to know about color-coordinated be-wigged members Akira Itsuki (green), Enako (pink), and Kuroneko (blue), including the fact that they design their own cosplay outfits and have real cred in the international cosplay scene. 

  

 

Hopefully, a razzle dazzle PV, or even just a good song,  is in the cards for panache! real soon. But in the meantime, you can poke around in their admittedly pretty cool photo album on their official facebook page where the following pics were respectufully ganked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News. He also runs the Japanese Fashion Inferno tumblr blog. Follow him on twitter at @Patrick_Macias.

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