Japanese websites this week lit up with pictures of Fukuoka-based idol Kanna Hashimoto. After images including the one at left broke on message boards, idol fans across the nation tipped Hashimoto as their choice for the next superstar called her “seriously, an angel” and admitting “I hate idols, but she’s cute…”
Hashimoto performs with the multi-girl idol group Rev. from DVL out of the Hakata region of Fukuoka.
As the video shows, even as a part of this regional group Hashimoto positively shone, being the only member who doesn’t require a microphone to perform.
Once the above photo and other images were released, netizens scrambled to learn more about the performer. Many commented that it’s no surprise she should come out of Fukuoka, a prefecture notorious for producing cute girls prompting the creation of its very own “Cute Ward.”
Also, a video surfaced in which Kanna Hashimoto recommended the surprisingly darkly themed novel "The Incite Mill" by Honobu Yonezawa, which tells the story of a group of people competing for a dream job by trying to murder each other in a futuristic dungeon.
Most netizens remain firm in Hashimoto’s potential to reach for the stars in the idol circuit saying she’s “AKB48 caliber.” Others go as far as saying she’s even beyond being a mere idol and should break out on her own into stardom.
In case you’re still wondering: The name Rev. from DVL has two parts. “Rev.” is both an abbreviation for “revolution” and a homophone for rêve, french for “dream” and accredited to the country of Haiti for some reason. “DVL” is an acronym for Dance Vocal Lesson, the Hakata studio that they come out of.
Sources: Active Hakata, Rokkaku Talent News, Naver Matome
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