Jump to content


Ian905

Member Since 26 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active May 01 2020 09:42 PM

Topics I've Started

Seishun Youth Academy

16 February 2020 - 04:54 AM

Attached File  DdxjCoBV0AA2nxR.jpg   51.39K   7 downloads

Homepage / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram / Patreon / Spotify / SHOWROOM
Seishun Youth Academy is an idol group based in Vancouver, Canada. They are the first international sister group to Japanese idol group SeiSHUN Gakuen (青SHUN学園) and are supported by the same agency (NoMake) and producer (rock artist SHUN).

Seishun Youth Academy was formed in 2018 when twin sisters Ally and Sally left SeiSHUN Gakuen to return to Canada and were given permission to start a Canadian sister group. They had joined SeiSHUN Gakuen in 2017 and were members for a year, they're featured on the Seishun Wasshoi! album. I became a fan of them back in 2012 when they posted YouTube dance covers under the name Moetwinstyle. Later they were members of the net idol group Oishii! Project which was produced by Beckii Cruel and participated in their Gametime EP. Afterwords but prior to joining SeiSHUN Gakuen they performed under the name Ally&Sally at cons, on SHOWROOM and occasionally in Japan at live houses.

 

 

Since their formation Seishun Youth Academy has been quite active on the music scene in Vancouver, and they've also performed at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles and @ JAM EXPO 2019 in Yokohama. They mostly perform English covers of SeiSHUN Gakuen songs but recorded the original song "World's Friend" which was the OP Theme for the TSK Program "Yahho!". Their first single "Message." (which is an English cover of Tegami. by their sister group SeiSHUN Gakuen) was released on December 6, 2019.

Members

 

Attached File  ally-tile.jpg   38.11K   9 downloads

Ally
Member Colour: Healing Blue
Birth Date: February 22nd
Birth Place: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 5'6"
Languages: English, Japanese
Hobbies: Playing visual novels
Favourite Food: Butter Chicken

Attached File  sally-tile.jpg   39.24K   4 downloads

Sally

Member Colour: Passion Red
Birth Date: February 22nd
Birth Place: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 5'5"
Languages: English, Japanese
Hobbies: Researching Japanese idols
Favourite Food: Hong Kong Beef noodles
Trivia:
- Ally is the older twin.

- Sally is Seishun Youth Academy's "Class Representative" (Leader).
- They love eroge and used to run a blog about it.
- They're big fans of idols like Denpagumi inc. and DearStage groups and older idols like Onyanko Club and Lemon Angel.
- They're Irish/Swedish, not Japanese, but they've been learning the language for 10+ years.

Twitter/Instagram

 

Attached File  jessica-tile.jpg   40.69K   3 downloads

Jessica
Member Colour: Electric Orange
Birth Date: November 29th
Birth Place: Toronto, Canada
Height: 5'2"
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Hobbies: Dancing, baking, arts and crafts. Go on adventures in the city!
Favourite Food: Injeolmi Toast, Ovaltine
Trivia:
- From Hong Kong.
- Changes her hair colour a lot.
- Can play piano and Chinese zither (guzheng)
Instagram

 

Attached File  stella-tile.jpg   37.46K   4 downloads

Stella
Member Colour: Mystic Purple
Birth Date: April 18th
Birth Place: Korea
Height: 5'2"
Languages: English, Korean, Japanese
Hobbies: Playing PC/console games
Favourite Food: Soba noodles
Trivia:
- Favorite game genres: FPS, TPS
- Loves the game Overwatch and idol groups Q'ulle and BiSH.
- Hates bees.
Instagram

 

Attached File  emily-tile.jpg   39.47K   5 downloads

Emily
Member Colour: Princess Pink
Birth Date: July 7th
Birth Place: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 5'5"
Languages: English, French
Hobbies: Baking, drawing, collecting hair accessories
Favourite Food: Strawberries
Trivia:
- likes looking for bunnies in forests
- dislikes things that explode (fire crackers, balloons)
- secret talent: high kick
Instagram

 

Former Members

 

Attached File  Dj431MfVAAENc1c.jpg   109.97K   6 downloads

Yayoi
Active: August 5, 2018 - August 10, 2019
Member Colour: Sunshine Yellow
Birth Place: Tochigi, Japan
Languages: English and Japanese
Favourite food: Pizza
Hobbies: Collecting earrings, taking walks
Instagram

 

Attached File  bjcpndljhbojwoy.jpg   108.05K   7 downloads

Vivi
Active: March 2, 2019 - August 14, 2019
- A trainee member, Vivi never received an official member colour, profile or social media account.


Ringo Musume (りんご娘)

31 October 2011 - 01:24 AM

Posted Image
Posted Image
Left Ringo Musume, right Morning Musume. Both about 2001.

After seeing topics for AKB rip-off groups, I realized there was a gap of information about H!P rip-off groups. There is plenty of them out there, but I'm going to talk about my favorite, Ringo Musume.

Ringo Musume formed in 2000, at the height of Morning Musume's fame. This was the time when Tsunku could sell just about any idol group by tacking "Musume" on the end, and Ringo Musume was obviously hoping they could cash in on that.

To be clear; Tsunku, Hello!Project, and UFA are in no way involved with this group.

The group is formed with girls based in Hirosaki, and it's theme is "cool & country". The then five member group debuted with the single "LOVE&SOLDIER", which is now incredibly rare. I haven't heard the original and have never seen an album cover bigger than 100x100 px. (You can see the current line up performing a cover of the song here)

The group slumped in activity until 2002 when they introduced a second generation (the group number was still the same, a girl left the group in 2001 and they replaced her) the group then released their second single "YOU", which was an even bigger flop then their debut. (You can hear the 2006 line up perform the song here.)

Following that there was a half-hiatus in Ringo Musume's career. They were still TECHNICALLY a group, but they weren't recording any new material and their public appearances were few and far between. Coconuts Musume did the same thing after Lehua left, to give H!P fans a reference to relate too.

In 2005 EVERY member of Ringo Musume took part in a mass graduation.They were now referred to as "Phase 1'. The new generation "Phase 2" consisted of only three girls, instead of five. They released their first album "Aomori Ringo", which had all the singles they had released up until then plus some new original songs. They also performed a concert to promote their new album.

Posted Image

Unfortunately one of the members left the group shortly, after bringing the trio down to a duet. Undeterred, they released their first EP "Kare no Keitora ni Notte" later that same year. The title track was a smash hit by Ringo Musume standards, the first to actually land on the charts too. Granted, it was near the bottom but it was better than nothing. (You can watch the PV here, yep that's right, this song got a PV. And a damn good one too.)

In 2006 they released their single "Ringo Kimochi", which sadly didn't do as well as their previous EP.

In 2007 they released their single "Diet", which had a lower budget than some of their previous works but adorably so. (PV here.)

Once again, the group took a mini hiatus for unknown reasons. Like before, this was followed by a mass graduation in 2010. The two members from Phase Two were graduated and replaces a girl from Phase 3, 4, and 5. For some reason each girl was assigned a Phase. The girl from Phase 4 graduated so she was replaced with two girls who became Phase 6. The two girls were from Maiden Alps.

Sidenote: Just to make things more confusing, Ringo Musume has their own version of H!P Eggs which they call Maiden Alps. Maiden Alps dance back up at live shows like Eggs do, with the hopes of one day joining the band. Not much information is available about Maiden Alps.

This new line up is the current line up of Ringo Musume (seen at the top of the post), which brings us to present day. In 2010 the new line up released their single "Train". Sadly, no PV was made but they perform the song often. (Here is a link to a live performance featuring the Maiden Alps dancing back up.)

Today, Ringo Musume is heavily involved with Earthquake relief efforts, as well as performances at nurseries and old age homes. Their newer songs are all available on iTunes and Amazon.

Buying their music is in this case not only a good idea because you support a struggling idol group, but also a good idea because you won't find any torrents of their stuff online. Trust me, I've looked. <_< If you're short on cash or just cheap you can find some Mp3's on YouTube, but not very many and not the highest quality in some cases.

Along that note, there isn't very many non-Japanese Ringo fans out there. Hell, there isn't that many JAPANESE Ringo fans out there. So if you're looking for information on them in English, you'll have to settle for less. The majority of this post was written with the aid of the Japanese Wikipedia and Google Translate.

The Current Line-Up:

Posted Image

Name:Redgold ( ジョナゴールド lit. translation: Jonagold)
Date Of Birth: February 4, 1992
Blood Type: A
Hobbies: Watching DVD's, Korean dramas.
Her Official Blog

Posted Image

Name:Jonagold (レットゴールド lit. translation: Let Gold)
DOB: July 7, 1990
Blood Type: B-
Hobbies: Agriculture (?)
Her Official Blog

Posted Image

Name:Kinsei (金星 lit. translation: Venus)
DOB: July 4, 1995
Blood Type:?
Hobbies Studying characters (?), being positive, sushi, candy
She does not have a blog.

Posted Image

Name:Toki (とき lit. translation: Ibis)
DOB: July 21, 1998
Blood Type: ?
Hobbies: Smiling, talking.
She does not have a blog.


Links:

Aside from the links in the article, you can find more Ringo goodness at their official website:

http://ringomusic.heteml.jp/jcms1/

Their official YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.c.../ringomusumecom

Or their official blog:

http://rm.livedoor.biz/