The 5-member vocal and dance group “Da-iCE” (pronounced “dice”) will be making their overseas debut at FanimeCon 2016 this May. The group consists of Yudai Ohno (vocal), Sota Hanamura (vocal), Taiki Kudo (performer), Toru Iwaoka (performer), and Hayate Wada (performer). Together they have scored multiple chart-topping hits in Japan, becoming a pop music sensation for their multi-octave range, modern dance style, handsome looks, and sophisticated fashions. Their concert at FanimeCon will be the first chance for American fans to see the group’s energetic stage show that has sold out concerts across Japan.
Their appearance at the convention will not only include the concert itself, but also a Q&A panel and two autograph sessions. The San Jose concert (the group’s first live show outside of Japan) will feature a full showcase of songs and dancing, matching the power of their recent tours. Da-iCE will also bring limited quantities of official merchandise from Japan (available at the Kinokuniya booth) — CDs, DVD, T-shirts, towels, mini-poster + ID card sets (first release of these items will be at FanimeCon), tote bags, iPhone Cases — and there will be a rare and limited-admission Da-iCE photo session for fans who purchase a special goods package at the event.
Da-iCE’s Schedule at FanimeCon 2016:
Saturday, May 28 – Autograph Session (11:30 am)
Saturday, May 28 – Concert Showcase (Doors 6:15 pm || Start time: 7:00 pm)
Sunday, May 29 – Q&A Panel (2:00pm)
Sunday, May 29 – Autograph Session (3:30pm)
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With Yudai’s background as a lead vocalist in an a cappella group and Sota’s solo vocalist work, the pair met Taiki, Toru, and Hayate , who were working as dancers, in 2011. This meeting marked the beginning of Da-iCE’s conception as the unique vocal group that they have become today. Having trained hard with world famous dancers to mix in the best choreography with superb vocals, which has created their own standard of performance and energy they are known for.
This led them to be able to open for AAA's tour in 2012 to much acclaim. They then received a flood of offers to perform many large-scale music festivals, fashion events, and magazines. In December of the same year their 1st mini album “Da-iCE” achieved a ranking of 15 on the Oricon Daily Ranking Chart. With this continuous energy and their rising popularity, Da-iCE has gained even more recognition and popularity, with more hits on the Oricon chart.
Da-iCE has just released their 8th single “WATCH OUT” (from their second major-label album "EVERY SEASON") and third live DVD “Da-iCE Live House Tour 2015-2016 -PHASE 4 HELLO-” on April 6. The group will embark upon their first nationwide large-venue tour of Japan in July.
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Personally, Hug Me was my favorite member, and it's sad to see her go. She added a lot of character to the group and had a fantastic singing voice to boot. I'm sure a lot of fans will also miss her porn magazine column. Hug Me has stated in the past that she felt useless in BiSH, and that she was considering leaving as far back as last year. We wish good luck to Hug Me in her future endeavors, and to her replacement who has MASSIVE shoes to fill. Hell, Hug Me even has a whole SONG named after her!
BiSH perform "HUG ME"
"Happy Friday the 13th" probably isn't a phrase you're used to. Apologies, then, for this month's Featured Idol Friday. Digging through the depths of the most intense and rebellious anti-idols out there, it was hard to decide who would get the honor of being this month's terrifying poster group for underground idols. You may remember that last month we had DEEP GIRL gracing our front page, which disqualifies them for this month of course. It's too bad, since they would have fit in nicely. Instead we made the decision to give a handful of groups the spotlight, groups who we found were horror-themed, creepy, or just plain unsettling.
It's hard to mention idols on Friday the 13th without bringing up the masked idols Kamen Joshi. Performing a mix of cutesy idol pop and heavy metal, these idols wear hockey masks at all times. Their bright colors and cheery music is known for taking dark turns down the path of hardcore underground music. While they bear many similarities to mainstream groups like BABYMETAL, it's their aesthetic which sets them apart and gives them a place in this article.
If their name alone isn't a horror story for our English-speaking audience, then maybe their debut MV will be. This group hangs heavily in the "unsettling" side of the spectrum, making sickeningly dark "yami-kawaii" music which gives you the chills even through the sweetly innocent vocals. When they break down in chaotic fury, it's one of the most surprising musical moments in recent memory. They were set to release their debut mini-album this week, but unfortunately had to postpone it due to losing a member. Instead, it's expected to be out at the end of the month.
Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da.
You can't mention Yukueshirezutsurezure without their sister-group Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, and vice-versa. This denpa-influenced idol group takes seriously dark turns into some of the most uncomfortable topics imaginable. Their recent couple of videos deal with depression, self-harm, and suicide in various ways. The first is tasteful and emotional, the second is wild and in-your-face. Enjoy!
We don't have a lot of information regarding this new idol group, but they're as dark and heavy as it gets. Aiming to be the most hardcore group around, they actively encourage stage-diving and crowd-lifting and mosh pits... All in an attempt to prove they're more hardcore than BiSH. I think they made their point quite clearly.
These groups don't really fit the theme, but deserve a mention due to their connection to the dark side of idol music. Whether it be their music or their image, something about each of these groups breaks the mold of the common idol. (only includes currently active idols!)
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