|IDOL KENKYUUJO (Temporary name)|
Idol Kenkyuujo (Kari) (アイドル研究所(仮); Idol Institute (Temporary Name)) is an upcoming idol group formed and produced by Pour Lui. They will debut some time in 2020.
The group's theme will be "More Emo Than Moe".
- Pour Lui (Leader, producer)
Former Members Edit
- Unknown (Withdrew February 29th, 2020, before her name or face was revealed)
On January 6th, 2020, Pour Lui announced on twitter that she was going to celebrate her tenth year of being an idol by founding her own company, PourPourLand, and producing a new unit that she would also be a member of. WACK CEO Watanabe Junnosuke would also invest in the group's formation.
Audition interviews took place at WACK's headquarters on February 2nd for women aged 18 to 29. During the audition process, Pour Lui kept a daily vlog on her personal YouTube channel where she talked about her progress in forming the group. On February 29th, auditions were opened again after one of the audition winners quit before debut due to family issues.
The group was scheduled to record their debut music video on March 3rd, and invited fans to participate in the filming. However, this was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing government-imposed limits on public events. When most of Japan began self-isolating from the outbreak in early April, Pour Lui revealed on twitter that she and the other members of the group were living together. She also gave fans their first glimpse of the new unit; a photo of the members in an apartment, with their backs to the camera and heads hastily-censored.