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It has been a while since I last profiled a group and introduced you guys to someone new, and with recent happenings on both Idolminded and Pure Idol Heart, I thought that it would be pretty good to take a look at a certain group who are certainly worth the mention.
I have a feeling that you already know who it is...~
Say hello to Starmarie! Created back in July 2008, this group has certainly been around for quite some time, however since their creation, the group itself has had a few changes in terms of members. Right now, however, the group seems to be going strong with just the three of them. With a concept of 'Fantasy' and 'Telling wondrous stories to their fans through songs', Starmarie have become a strong and capable unit with determination, and a pretty big goal they hope to achieve, too.
Like most Indies groups, there is only a little information on the group out there, however from what I do know these girls have been far from idle in the Idol realm. They have been performing since they began, have released seven singles, as well as two albums, and have also been a part of the Indies Idol collaboration group ALLOVER where Starmarie were a part of Team-α from April 2012 until March of this year. More recently, however, Starmarie have begun their expansion into the American market... actually, this expansion started back in 2012, but has recently started to develop further.
... Pretty damn cool, huh?
Then and Now
Since the groups expansion towards the English-speaking market, the group now have an English Facebook page, their official website caters to both English and Japanese speaking fans, and their youtube now caters to both Japanese and English fans. What's more, the group itself are also adding their new songs to iTunes for American fans, and are also performing at Anime Expo in Los Angeles! The girls are fast moving forward with their expansion into America, and it looks like they won't stop going forward with their goal!
Looking at Starmarie, the group itself really seems to be heading forward and making themselves known. They are a small group, but they have a certain determination and stamina that is extremely refreshing for an Idol unit; these girls, whilst they may not have a crazy amount of fans like other groups, certainly have something else about them that makes them stand out from the rest. Their driving force is great, too, and I really admire this about them... they intrigue me, that's for sure. If they didn't, then I certainly would not be profiling them right now, and hoping to get their name out at least a little bit more!
So, that all said and done, let's take a look at the members of Starmarie, shall we? Please be sure to tell me who your favourite is!
Name: Aoki ShioriD.O.B: May 1st, 1991
Age: 22Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture
Company: Tachibana Productions
Active Since: July 2008
Other: She was a model for Pichi Lemon.In the past, she was under Stardust Promotion as a part of Tambourine Artists.
She is from the original lineup of Starmarie.
She shares the same name as SKE48 Research Student Aoki Shiori.
Name: Kishita Nozomi
D.O.B: May 21st, 1990
Birthplace: Shizuoka Prefecture
Blood Type: B
Active Since: August 2008
Name: Takamori Shino
D.O.B: July 19th, 1992
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture
Blood Type: A
Active Since: November 2009
Name: Arai KaoriD.O.B: September 3rd, 1991
Company: Was a part of Em Office
Active From: July 2008 - November 1st, 2009
Other: Played Badmington, Volleyball and Rollerblades.
Name: Sekine Saaya
D.O.B: April 22nd, 1991
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture
Company: Was a part of Allure
Active From: July 2008 - July 4th, 2010
For a while now, Starmarie have been around. They have lost two members along the way, however the girls have been standing strong as a 3nin unit ever since 2010 and seem to continue growing in personality and talent. They seem to making their presence more and more known now, and really, who can blame these girls for breaking out and making themselves present, not only in Japan, but now America as well? They are a talented group of girls with charisma, personality and beauty, and they deserve to be known now!
Personally, this group has become more and more interesting to me now that I have researched and taken a good look at their history; they are different in a way, they have a certain impact and a charisma that I quite like. Some of the songs that I have listened to by them are also quite nice, and also... I love that they all look like beautiful dolls! This group is definitely one that everyone should look out for, because whilst they may still be unknown to some, these girls are Gems in the making, and it seems that their management really know how to promote and sell them... so please, be sure to check them out if you haven'y yet!
Have you yet to experience the talent and beauty of this group? Then be sure to check out any songs or PV's provided! Go on... you know you want to~
Mitsuboshi Restaurant Paul kara no Shoutaijou PV
Yume no Tobira Starmarie ver. (As a part of ALLOVER)
... My favourite song by them, so far~
Honda Kyoju no Daiingu Messeji PV Spot
Mitsuboshi Restaurant Paul kara no Shoutaijou Tower Records Performance
Shibuya Buttobi!! Garazu Matsuri Performance at Shibuya O-East
Mr. Chris no Present Performance
Loving this song quite a bit, too~ <3
Starmarie Official Website
Starmarie English Facebook Fan Page
Pure Idol Heart Starmarie Page
VIVID COLOR Records Official Youtube Page
Starmarie Japanese Wikipedia Page
M-Smile Official Website
Starmarie Generasia Page
Starmarie J-Pop Idols Page
Why Starmarie's American Debut Matters - Pure Idol Heart (Post by Gaki)
Starmarie's Road to Anime Expo - Pure Idol Heart (Post by Gaki)
Indie Idols And The Weight Of New Frontiers - Idolminded (Post by Ray)
Discovering Starmarie - Idolminded/Pure Idol Heart (Post by Serenyty)
When Beautiful Dolls go Bump In The Night (PV Review) - Idolminded/Pure Idol Heart (Post by Me/Chiima)
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