Good News About Koakuma Ageha
For all of my fellow gyaru lovers, I have great news for you. It was recently announced that Koakuma Ageha (Little Demon Ageha) would return to the shelves. Koakuma Ageha is back with a vegence! Ageha is a gyaru lifestyle and fashion magazine. While gyaru is a hugely popular subculture, it focused on age jou (young miss) fashion. And targeted young women in their late teens to early 20s while also relating back to hostess culture.
Ageha at one point was one of the best selling magazines if not gyaru magazines around. It used to report high sales and their models were hugely popular. So much so that they appeared on various variety shows like Himitsu no Arashi-chan. However that came to a stop last year. The publisher of the magazine Inforest, went bankrupt and last May, Koakuma Ageha came to an abrupt halt. They were just one of the many gyaru magazines that went defunct or the past couple years. Nearly a year after, going under, the magazine is back.
On April 18th, the first issue of the renewed Koakuma Ageha will hit the shelves at 680 yen (USD $5.60). Dunnery Deluxe and Neko Publishing will be in charging of the magazine’s production and distribution respectively. They going with the belief, “if you put effort, anyone can be beautiful”. Which I whole-heartedly support.
It feels like Koakuma is coming back with a vengence. Where they are trying to revive and bring back a spark to gyaru culture. Personally, I welcome this with open arms. Though Ageha, wasn’t a magazine that I’ve followed closely, I always admired their models and the brands featured. Last year the brought out a special memorial book that had me wishing they would make a full come back.
I can’t wait to see what the produce and I’ll be sure to try and cover that first issue.