Dear Citizens of the Universe,
How have you all been? It’s been a while since the last news digest so let’s close out the year with some more news!
- Abe Natsumi has announced her engagement to a stage actor. Source: Hello! SayuNii, Hello! Project Fanpage.
- May-May’s inspiration, ANGERME member Tamura Meimi, has announced her graduation. (Just in time for Christmas!) She plans to go into stage acting and her departure is set for Spring 2016. Source: Hello! News Service, Kimi-Kame, Sakura Mankai, Okay! Musume Time, Hello! SayuNii.
- Niigaki Risa will be playing in a musical. Source: Hello! SayuNii.
- H!P videos are now unblocked on YouTube! This is great news as this was a source of anxiety for me (and other American fans). Sadly, Juice=Juice’s venture as fictional idols are still behind the Red Curtain. Source: Up-Front Link.
- Morning Musume ’16 will be heading to America for the third time! They will perform at Anime Matsuri in February in Houston, TX. Get your tickets ready! Source: Kimi-Kame, Sakura Mankai, Hello! News Service, Up-Front Link, Hello! Project Fanpage, Pure Idol Heart Facebook Page.
- Juice=Juice’s NEXT U’s newest single has been annonced. Source: Kimi-Kame.
- Tsubaki Factory will finally have their second single! Source: Sakura Mankai.
- Speaking of which, the One Punch Girls’ major sophomore single has been announced for this February. Source: Hello! Project Fanpage.
- Sakurai Takamasa, a close supporter and cultural diplomat to the J-idol scene, passed away after falling off a platform and being hit by a train. Even Suzuki Airi is feeling the loss. Source: Hello! Project Fanpage, UP-FRONT Link.
- Chiima is holding a fan-vote for the top idols of 2015. You can find the details on the corresponding post. Be sure to hurry, the poll closes around the year-end with results being announced then!
- The 60th single for the Mothership Connection has had its title (Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only) and MVs unvieled. Review coming soon! Sources: Hello! Project Fanpage, YouTube.
Until the next one!
P.S. If there’s any news I missed, be sure to let me know in the comments below~!