There are idol groups for every taste in Japan, but they all usually pump out pop music. Now, an underground idol unit is preparing to step out of the shadows of the underground and into the mainstream with its first major label release next month. Hit the jump to find out more about "Dots".
Niigata residents unite! Idol group NGT48 and manga artist Rumiko Takahashi (RIN-NE, Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2) have teamed up for a Japanese home video DVD & Bluray release featuring recordings of live concert performances that celebrate NGT48's first year as an idol group. Hit the jump to learn more.
Which anime boys would you like to see form an idol group? More than 150 Japanese fans answered that question, and we have their top ten choices here. How do they match up to yours? Hit the jump to find out!
Thursday, January 19th, through Sunday the 29th, film makers, critics, industry and fans are gathered in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah for the showcase of indie movies at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the films in competition in the World Cinema Documentary is Kyoko Miyake's examination of Japan's idol industry Tokyo Idols. Get a look after the jump.
Japan’s Akita prefecture has delivered something strange, terrifying, and totally delightful to help promote tourism to their area: an human-animal hybrid idol group made out of the region’s famed Akita Inu dogs! Enjoy the brain-busting English subtitled video after the jump!
Gekidol, aka the Actidol Project, has announced that their zombie survival stage play Alice in Deadly School - Paradox is being adapted into an anime entiteld Alice in Deadly School - The Animation. Hit the jump to learn more.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia is offering a unique virtual reality experience for visitors to the Odaiba YUME-TAIRIKU festival currently underway at the Fuji TV Headquarters in Odaiba: an immersive, 360 degree experience for the PlayStation VR entitled "Nogizaka46 Horror House". Hit the jump to learn more.
Kodansha is teaming up with Polygon Pictures to create Hop Step Sing!, an idol music project specifically designed to be experienced via virtual reality systems. Hit the jump to learn more.
After a run of some three and a half years, idol band Otome Shintō is disbanding after their live-performance scheduled for July 3, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Idol Shiina Pikarin is at it again with a new single, but this time around things are decidedly darker as she's singing about a double-suicide, essentially. That's nothing new for the creepy little pixie if you've seen any of her live shows or are familiar with her. Her latest song is no different! Hit the jump to hear it!
Grab a hockey mask and the weapon of your choice! Crunchyroll News brings you a breaking report on Japan’s latest underground idol sensation: Kamen Joshi, a wild pack of masked girls who will stop at nothing to entertain you. Enjoy an exclusive interview and live footage after the jump!
During AnimeJapan on Saturday, the cast members for the forthcoming stage play adaptation of the EnsembleStars mobile game joined developers Happy Elements to confirm a future anime adaptation. Hit the jump for the confirmation and details on a new stage play also set for June.