Macho man idol group makes their debut in Shibuya

By Meg Murphy, RocketNews24

Those of you who were excited after hearing about the Macho Cafe opening in the Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo in April will be thrilled to hear about this new idol music group who just made their debut last week. The group is composed entirely of, you guessed it- macho men!

Can’t get enough of those rippling pectorals? Well there’s plenty for you here.

After the success of the Macho Cafe, which attracted so many people that numbered tickets had to start being assigned to avoid excessive lines, the organization that helped put the event together, Ohime-sama Dakko Kyoukai, has now teamed up with a group called Hai Corporation to establish a new macho-themed project. The idol group’s name? Macho29.

The group just held their debut event last Wednesday, June 10, in the event space on the 8th floor of Shibuya’s Marui department store. The group currently has 10 members (which is bound to increase knowing Japan’s fixation with excessively large idol groups), who have agreed to adhere to a set of six rules: 1. No consumption of alcohol, 2. No smoking, 3. No violence, 4. Inhale oxygen, 5. Drink protein, and 6. Muscle cell destruction… whatever that’s supposed to mean.

The man responsible for their debut song, “Viva Macho!”, is Shinji Tamura, who has produced for other highly famous idol groups like SMAP and SKE48. This is legit, folks! Macho-lovers, you’re in for something special.

We’ll leave you with a short video of the men in action.

Source: Kai-You via My Game News Flash

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I only do number four, guess I am out then.

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Oooh La la love those muscles and not just a few are really good looking.

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Shows that Japanese music is all about seeing rather than listening. But hey, it's entertainment and producers only make what the customers want.

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the Death of used to be Good Japanese Music Industry....

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The guys have their idols so give the ladies what they want. If they don't want it these guys will not be around this time next year.

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It's good to see Japanese men looking manly, as opposed to girly. Good on them.

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Happy to see manly looking and very handsome guys!

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They'd have more luck in Shinjuku ni cho me

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the Death of used to be Good Japanese Music Industry....

It just died now?

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It's good to see Japanese men looking manly

Sorry but this is overkill. They look like they are preparing for a mister universe contest.

If Japanese guys want to have a proper manly body, they should be looking at their Korean counterparts. 1 year in the army. Enough muscles and stamina, not overkill.

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it's sad that there is no new artists like Southern All Stars, Spitz, Utada Hikaru, etc...that we can look forward to.... thanks to AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and this new Macho Group...

Its funny the way they think that WOMEN have also need to go through all the bad taste in music as MEN did in this country...

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It's good to see Japanese men looking manly, as opposed to girly.

manly looking and very handsome guys!

Some may be quite handsome, I'll grant you (in the eyes of the beholder, and all that), but I don't see how all that beefcake is 'manly'. Seeing that it takes them way more time and effort doing stuff like body sculpting, dieting and posing in tiny briefs than your average herbivore spends on doing his hair & nails and choosing his wardrobe, I don't see that one is any less narcissistic than the other - they're just at opposite ends of the same spectrum.

A manly man is one who gets his (normal, not Mr. Universe overkill) muscles from gardening and/or DIY, lifting toddlers onto his shoulders and carrying heavy shopping bags for his lady/mother/neighbour. Not from busting a gut lifting weights for the sake of lifting weights. One who looks in the mirror to check that he hasn't got ketchup on his face, cat hairs on his clothes or baby food in his hair, not to check how beautiful he is or whether he's turned into the Magnificent Hulk yet.

And that shoulders-hunched-over to emphasise the bulging muscles - sorry, but that's a real turn-off.

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Bet they are all tealented singers. Their physiques tell the story.

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Macho-lovers?, they appear a tad constipated, oh well the eye of the beholder I guess...

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Well said "cleo" always a good read and well rounded comment you make .

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But these guys are not skinny and girly like most of the guys walking around Tokyo and most of the guy idol bands.

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Personally I'd settle for dadbod.

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I can hear "Exile" laughing very loud.

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Macho Japanese style. These guys aint big at all, still coming in under 75kg i guess. There are some Macho guys in Japan but non in these photos. Old boy bad member trying to relight a little fame. Sad

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I can hear "Exile" laughing very loud.

So why would a bunch of Japanese guys pretending to be African-American guys be laughing at a bunch of body builders pretending to be singers?

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Well... at least is not one more of those androgenic boy bands.... that are here in Japan (Johnny's Entertainment), as well as that one direction, the once famous back street boys and sort...

Some are criticizing the art and musical proficiency of this "band"... but, since when does this boy bands is about "music"??

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Wolpack, Exile is not Johnny's Entertainment, and they are the original group in Japan who shows off their muscles and body physique with actual talent. As far as them being called pretenders, they actually have at least 3 members in the organization who are African American. So I guess they don't have to pretend to do anything.

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These guys aint big at all, still coming in under 75kg i guess.

There are some below 75 and some above. A quick google search revealed some of their profiles. One guy is quite short (163cm, 65kg - similar build to Kid Yamamoto), while another is a bit tall (182cm, 85kg).

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I expect covers of Y.M.C.A., Relax, and I'm Too Sexy in the offing.

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Beefcake?those guys are tiny. Go to a real gym and see the weightlifters. I doubt one of them is over 65 kgs. Don't kill the messenger.

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there is a specific segment of women that find muscular men attractive

Never said there wasn't. Each to her own.

you don't get muscles from gardening or carrying heavy shopping bags

It gives you enough. We don't all go for the painful 'muscles burstin' out all over' look.

what makes you the arbiter of what constitutes a manly man?

Erm...the same thing that makes some people call non-beefcake types 'girly', 'herbivore' etc? Personal taste. I know wot I like, and it ain't great big bulging muscles and hunched-over caveman shoulders..

why frame your view of these people using the pejorative "narcissist"

Coz it strikes me you gotta be pretty narcissistic to spend all that time and energy forcing your body into that unnatural shape.

the benefits of being in shape are not just aesthetic

There's a difference between 'being in shape'. which does have aesthetic benefits, and developing muscles to a grotesque degree, which is far from being aesthetic, in the eyes of some of us at least.

Being 'in shape' has obvious health benefits; excessive body-building, on the other hand, can be dangerous and definitely not beneficial to the health. Lifting excessively heavy weights puts a strain on the heart and can cause a torn aorta; roughly a third of those lifting heavy weights as part of a body building regime who suffer a torn aorta, die as a result. Lifting heavy weights can also cause joint pain and tearing of a ligament or tendon. The 'supplements' some body builders use can cause damage to the liver or kidneys.

I was intrigued by your claim that body-building (you say 'being in shape', but I take it you mean having a body bulging with muscles) prolongs the lifespan, and I tried googling around to see if I could find any evidence of that. I couldn't. Some (apparently) renowned body-builders have lived to a ripe old age; others haven't.

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I can hear "Exile" laughing very loud.

@vernie. Good post. I don't really care for Exile, but their music career is far more promising than a bunch of talentless wannabes on steroids. Maybe this act could do better as male strippers. And tour Asia- kinda' like Aussie version of, "Thunder from down under".

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Tiny shirtless men with 0% body fat singing pre written cliche lyrics while doing choreographed dances is quite the opposite of macho.

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New self defense anthem, god this makes me laugh!

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