Here is a group that I recently found out about when I was looking at the JPHiP Random Idol Postwhore Thread, a section where people can place their finds on Idol groups that aren't as well known as others in the world of the Idols.
Station♪ is interesting for me because of their background - they are managed by the indies label Jolly Roger, the former label that created the popular air-hostess themed group, PASSPO☆. So, it's no wonder that Station♪ are actually a themed group, but this time in the form of train conductors.
The group currently consist of four members, aged between 17-14 years old. Their first single, titled Susume, was released on February 1st, 2012, and their 2nd single will be released in March on the 14th, titled' Let's Go Tetsudo Idol. For an indies group, I think that they're moving pretty fast with their singles - but that's a good sign. Hopefully, these girls will be able to manage an official debut soon.
Their aim is to 'Protect Railway Manners'.
Name: Kinjou Narumi
DOB: 22nd November, 1994 (17)
Blood Type: O
Hobby: Baseball, dance, guitar
Name: Katou Ichika
DOB: February 14th, 1995 (17)
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture
Blood Type: AB
Hobby: Singing, listening to music, taking pictures, drawing
Favourite Food: Strawberries, walnuts
Favourite Colour: Orange
Favourite word: Ai (Love)
Name: Mie Ayaka
DOB: May 9th, 1994 (17)
Hometown: Hyogo Prefecture
Blood Type: A
Hobby: Walking, cooking, talking
Favourite Food: Soba, Ramen
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Word: Arigatou (Thanks)
Name: Minami Nene
DOB: 27th May, 1997 (14)
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture
Blood Type: O
Hobby: To move the body (?)
Favourite Food: Strawberries
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Word: I become something! (?)
Station♪ is not an easy group to actually research, because there is currently so little on the girls - however, there have been press releases involving the girls and their indies debut to promote them, and the group has an ameblo blog which fans can follow so that they know what the girls are doing and how well they are getting on in the Idol business. You can find their blog HERE
As I also mentioned, Station♪ have had press releases and a few news articles talking about the girls and their debut. There is actually footage of the press conference available on youtube that is split into 4 parts.
Part 1 consists of the girls performing their newest single's A-side, Let's Go Tetsudo Idol and their debut Indies single, Susume.
Part 2 is a Q&A, where the girls also introduce themselves to the press.
Part 3 is a continuation of the press conference, as well as a photo session for the press
Part 4 is the final part, and includes shots of the girls holding their debut CD
You can also find a Yahoo! News article HERE and the LiveDoor article HERE. There is also a small article on the press release from Kyodo News HERE. Sadly, I can't make heads or tails of what is said in either article, however I am pretty sure that both are introduction the group to the Idol world, but if you understand some Japanese, then please check out the articles.
From a rather weak translation (thanks, Google!) of the Kyodo News article, the girls aim to 'Stand on the top of the world as Idols' and possible want to become better than S/mileage and Momoiro Clover Z.
Here are a few more pictures from the press conference:
Be sure to keep an eye out for this group! They seem extremely cute~