Three years ago, the music video for "Nippon Manju" by Ladybaby introduced us to one of the strangest music genre combinations, a cross between heavy metal and J-Pop, not to mention a scary-looking dude in school girl outfit:
Nothing was more oddly satisfying than listening to up-and-coming idols Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya's kawaii vocals blend with wrestler-slash-crossdresser Ladybeard's terrifying growls—watching them pull off the adorable choreography was the next best thing. Since then, Ladybeard and Rei Kuromiya have been replaced by Nana Ikeda, Emily Arima, and Fuka Karasawa in Ladybaby.
Recently, a Reddit user pointed out that Rie Kaneko, the lone remaining member of the original trio in the group, visited Cebu for a photo shoot. Apparently, the 20-year-old Japanese performer is also of Filipino descent, owing to her Fil-Spanish mother.
According to the original poster, Rie was in town to shoot for her photo book titled, Ambiguous. In a report by Model Press, this was her second gravure work whose concept is "Rie Kaneko who never saw anyone," whatever the hell that means. Shot by Taguchi Maki and set in her hometown's tourist spots (Oslob), the local layouts feature swimsuit and lingerie cuts of Rie in her element.
As much as we're saddened by the loss of Ladybaby's two founders, the new lineup, led by the charming part-Pinay, will surely make up for their patented kawaiicore goodness. Rie herself is enough to send hearts racing, with her uncanny mix of metal and pop sensibilities.
Click here to see some of her dreamy gravure shots for Ambiguous