Just when I thought I was out of the woods when I started to tip the iceberg of AKB48 knowledge, it seems there's a plethora of more epic female idol groups to sink my teeth into. Which is really startling news. Of course there's other female idol groups out their besides Hello!Project acts, AKB48 acts, and Perfume.(by the way Perfume is totally an idol group even if they don't really call themselves that.) But when you're like me who's completely obsessed with Hello!Project, it's hard to find time to fangirl any other group. I mean it took me 2 years of listening to H!P to discover Johnny's Entertainment, and 3 years to finally admit I actually loved AKB48. I really have been wearing Hello!Project covered glasses for the past 4 years. Well all of that is about to change! And why is that, you're wondering? It's pretty obvious, because there are so many amazing idol groups out there I didn't even know existed! And I definitely have to broaden my idol horizons.
Reason 1: Ogawa Mana
Reason 1: Ogawa Mana
I first encountered Mana about 6 months back on an idol blog. And it was literally love at first sight. Mana is incredibly adorable. I'm going to make a bold statement and say, she is one of the cutest idols out of all the female idol groups. That's right Ogawa Mana is up there with the top cutest female idols (in my opinion of course) Tsugunaga Momoko, Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda, Suzuki Airi, Watanabe Mayu, Kuramochi Asuka. Even though I first saw her roughly 6 months ago I literally just started to listen to her solo songs. And I gotta say I like what I hear. Not only is Mana absolutely adorable she has a great voice. It's like the perfect blend of cute and strong.
In retrospect I feel like such an idiot for not following NGP from the beginning. I mean, I was so amped for Canary Club when they first came out, because Tsunku made H!P and that was amazing so of course this had to be amazing too, right? Well not so much, at least not to me anyway. I wasn't really impressed with Sweet and Toughness at all when I first heard it, so I completely stopped following them and NGP. Their songs still aren't really my favorite Jpop songs, but I do really love Seishun Banzai. And I'll obviously start following them more since Mana is part of them. Though I do like MM Gakuen Gasshoubu about 100 times more. Their songs are instantly catchy.
Reason 2: Momoiro Clover
Of course Momoiro clover was going to be apart of this list. Idol fans and bloggers have been buzzing about them for a couple months. So naturally I gave them a listen, just to see what all the hype was about. And this is one of the few times when you can in fact believe the hype. I totally love Momoiro Clover's traditional Japanese clothing look. I think it sets them apart from the other female idol groups. Though their outs are half school girl half traditional Japanese, to keep the average wota happy/interested, I still think it's pretty fun and unique. I think they're songs are pretty cute and catchy. Their standard cutesy idol group music, but still good. Though Ikuze Kaitou Shoujo is easily their best song. And it should be considering it's their major debut song. Momoiro Clover is probably going to become popular soon. Mostly because of their young ages and overall wota appeal. I mean the Ikuze Kaitou Shoujo is pretty much geared solely to wota. They display pretty much ever wota fantasy: the school girl, the maid, glasses chick, nurse, tied up chick, and police officer/holding handcuffs in anyway. But stuff like this doesn't really bother me anymore, most idol groups are geared to wota. Though I do notice the blatant wota appeal in PVs and outfits I usually just ignore it. Oh and score that Momoiro Clover only has 3 singles. It's good that I can get into them pretty early in their career.
Reason 3: Idoling!!!
I've known about Idoling!!! for a while now but never got into them for the stupidest reason. And what reason was that? I though just because they had ABKIdoling!!! that they were a subgroup of AKB48. And because at the time I didn't like AKB48, I decided to never listen to them. I'm so stupid sometimes. ._. I really do like the feel of most Idoling!!! songs. Especially S.OW. and Chu Shitouze. And Puyo Puyo Idoling!!! is just pure win. And most of the girls being really adorable doesn't hurt either. And one of the girl's looks a lot like Ice Creamusume's Rei Rei!
Reason 4: YuiKaori
This group is causing a lot of controversy because of the racy photoshoots they've been doing. Which by the way I think is completely pointless. It's not like this is a new concept for Japan. Someone alert the presses older Japanese mean love to see underage girls in sexy, racy photoshoots. Oh no! I've even been hearing that they might also have an overly obsessive fetish with school girls. It's no big deal really. Honestly, you either love the pictures, or you do what I do, look at them and shrug. Because there's not much more you can do about it besides that.
Anyway, I think YuiKaori is instant win. They might become my favorite duo since W. (No one will ever surpass W for me. NO ONE) They're are both incredibly adorable, though Kaori, in my opinion, is a lot cuter. And Yui's voice is probably the squeakiest cutest voice ever. Even if it is borderline annoying, I love it. Overly cute idol voices are always my favorite. And I really love the song. It's got great music and is uber catchy.