Arama They Didn't

11:51 pm - 02/04/2012

Arama Original: Japanese Idol Timeline/Infographic

80s Idol Medley + AKB48 80s Medley

Here's a timeline/compilation of debuted Japanese idols. It's not all the idols, there's some I know I missed and some that haven't even picked up on the radar. But it's an approximate total of 482 idols. I tried to include their disbandment/retirement dates. But it's understood that most female groups before Morning Musume have since disbanded. And the same for male idol groups before SMAP. Soloists were tricky as they never had a set date of graduating out of being an idol.

I counted approximately 4 deceased idols. Two from sickness, one from suicide (jumping off a building), and one in a car accident. It's really sad to read about it since those girls died so young.

Please enjoy this post. Also warning, large pictures.

Other version (Imo, it's a better version):

01, 02, 03, 04, 05,
06, 07, 08, 09, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14 15,
16, 17, 18 19, 20

Now here's the breakdown



MALES: 102

Notable Idols

Pink Lady (Had a streak of nine number one hits from 1976 to 1978, with five being multi million selling)
Onyanko Club (First idol group to rotate members and have sub-groups)
Morning Musume (Long running female idol group, popular in early 2000s)
Nakagawa Shoko (The Blog Queen)
AKB48 (Guinness World Record winner of largest pop group)
Kinki Kids (Guinness World Record winner of most number of consecutive number-one singles since their debut single)
SMAP (Longest running idol group in history, having been created in 1991)

The company with the most female idols:
Hello! Project – Morning Musume.

The company with the most male idols:
Johnnys & Associates – SMAP, Arashi

AKS has AKB48, OJS48, HKT48, SKE48 and SDN48. Sister group, NMB48, belongs to a separate company.

Many of the AKB48 girls solo activities are not run by AKS. They are these various companies:

Ogi Production (1978 - )
Watanabe Entertainment (2000 - )
Mousa (2007 - )
Ohta Production (1963 - )
flos two (2008 - )
Itoh Company (1990 - )
Artist-house Pyramid (1987 - )
Horipro (1963 - )
SOMEDAY (1995 - )
DRESS CODE (2008 - )
Some of older companies like Ohta Production, Visionfactory and Horipro have a history of signing idol groups.

SMAP 32,730,000
Namie Amuro 30,410,000
Seiko Matsuda 29,530,000
Akina NakamoriI 25,340,000

Kinki Kids 25,210,000
Arashi 21,590,000

SPEED 19,540,000
Morning Musume 16,860,000

Momoe Yamaguchi 16,220,000
Hiromi Go 15, 700,000
Miho Nakayama 14,970,000
Shizuka Kudo 14,870,000
Kyoko Koizumi 14, 260,000

Pink Lady 13,330,000
AKB48 13,280,000

Masahiko Kondo 12,670,000
Hikaru GENJI 12,220,000
V6 12,210,000

Chisato Moritaka 11,650,000
KAT-TUN 8,450,000
MAX 8,270,000
Wink 7,490,000

source, 1, 2, 3, 4

Should never do so much for a post again...So Arama, who are your favorite idols, past and present.
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sashwizzled 5th-Feb-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Nothing but respect for you right now. NOTHING BUT RESPECT. Also, the first images don't work for me unless I open them in a new tab, so maybe include them as links?

Edit: Wait, they're not working at all now.

Edited at 2012-02-05 03:57 am (UTC)
liime_arix 5th-Feb-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I tried replacing them. Are they okay now?
roomgirl 5th-Feb-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Aww, no amU?

I miss them. :(
roomgirl 5th-Feb-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
But you did include my new faves, so. ♥

Amazing job, OP~
goto 5th-Feb-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
mirei_22 5th-Feb-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
has been stalking Nakagawa Shoko lately. My favorite otaku <3

captxfizz 5th-Feb-2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Ahhh she sang my favourite Sailor Moon song (and sang it damn well!) <3 SO MUCH LOVE FOR HER!!
statr 5th-Feb-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
great post~!
I still hope that someday H!P will reign in the female idols category again.
kanbisenshi 5th-Feb-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
this post is FLAWLESS.

favorite current idols: V6, AKB, SKE, momusu, s/mileage
favorite past idols: onyanko, wink, speed, rakutenshi, pink lady, UCHIDA YUKI and candies
matchafrapucino 5th-Feb-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting this together! Its awesome!
nyappnyappcafe 5th-Feb-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Bless this post.

As for faves:
liime_arix 5th-Feb-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
I see pigg in the background =D
anduril_narsil 5th-Feb-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
I thought EE Jump can be considered as mixed idols? Kinda like AAA?

I believe D-Date can be included in the idols list? And the other one, the half-naked male idols, gosh, I can't remember their name now.

But wow, good job in compiling all these!
liime_arix 5th-Feb-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Ah that's my mistake with EE JUMP. They were listed under female idol group when I went looking for them.

Ah, I think you mean Naked Boyz. Did they ever put out a single?
amenooto 5th-Feb-2012 04:14 am (UTC)

the bon bon blanco lead singer could blow!

is buzy on this list? sad they didn't get famous.
uncieloazul 5th-Feb-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Bon Bon Blanco!! I remember them because of that one Get Backers ending :3

zomboid 5th-Feb-2012 04:15 am (UTC)

My favorite idol in the world. ;o; I wish she'd make a come back but I'm glad she's happily married.
enneagram_four 5th-Feb-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
who is she?
baka_tenshi 5th-Feb-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
omg chloe that's so many. @_@;; but ARGH PINK LADYYYY ♥
liime_arix 5th-Feb-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
When I started it on Wednesday, I was determined to finish it ;A; Now I can rest in peace and listen to M.I.A.
dearmisterecho 5th-Feb-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Great post, good job!

I find it interesting looking at the comparison between male/female idol groups, how especially in the 21st century how there are far fewer male groups, and then a metric fuck ton of female artists. And most of the male groups are fairly well-known/successful, while I can recognize only a handful of the female idol groups.

Are female idol groups viewed as being just that disposable or am I missing something here? I'm not really into idols so I don't know much about the industry/history :x
zomboid 5th-Feb-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
Aoyagi Hiroshi (a scholar on pop idols in Japan) actually wrote a lot about this issue! If you want to learn more about the music industry and pop idols in particular, she is a great place to start.
This one focuses on SMAP and their success but it also talks about gender construction.

If you want a western view on the market, Brian Cogan and Gina Cogan wrote a great article about it called "Gender and Authenticity in Japanese Popular Music: 1980–2000"

I think I just outed myself as a super nerd
kozumifan 5th-Feb-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Been waiting for this! Great job!
peachevening 5th-Feb-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
We need more stuff about 80's idols in arama XD. Any other 80's idols fans or Akina fans out there?
apneatic_melody 5th-Feb-2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Akina is forever my goddess. <3
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