Wasn’t the first round fun? Also educational? I got pinged a few times by people excited to be learning about new idols to follow — that’s the whole idea!
The actual Round 2 post will go live at 0:00 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23. This preview is to give everybody a chance to consider the match-ups and make some BOLD PREDICTIONS.
#1 Babymetal, “Megitsune” vs. #8 Screaming Sixties, “Only Place We Can Cry”
I’m pretty sure that every person on this site knows “Megitsune,” from gorgeous chorus to knife-pull to windmill headbang. And of course — it’s a great song by maybe the standard bearer of idols in metal. But how well do you know “Only Place We Can Cry”? If you like punk, it’s a great song; if you like rock, it’s a great song; if you have a soul, it’s a great song. Babymetal ran out of easy competition in the first round; can Screaming Sixties score the upset of the Corenament?
Prediction: Babymetal 60%-Screaming Sixties 40%
#5 Party Rockets GT, “Kasabuta” vs. #13 Kamen Joshi, “Soul”
This will sound like damning with faint praise, but it’s meant sincerely: Kamen Joshi got ahead in the metal conference tournament and then won out in Round 1 thanks to well-organized fan support, the same support that advanced a mature, metallic pop song in a runaway route. Party Rockets GT, on the other hand, were locked in a neck-and-neck battle with a sleeper favorite and seemed to earn it the old-fashioned way. There’s a great clash of styles here, loaded up with a ton of pro songwriting and well-trained performance.
Prediction: Party Rockets GT 48%-Kamen Joshi 52%
BOLDER PREDICTION: If Party Rockets GT wins here, they win it all.
#2 The Spunky, “Rock ‘n’ Roll and Idol and I” vs. #7 Deathrabbits, “Koisuru Kisetsu”
While they weren’t the biggest upset, Deathrabbits were definitely the biggest surprise of the first round. Their fans traveled well and supported them against a sentimental favorite playing on emotion. Those advantages won’t be there against The Spunky, who have committed fans of their own. Despite by far being the youngest matchup in the bracket, here is a real test of wills, perpetual sunny fun against tongue-in-cheek death pop. We may set a voting record between these two.
Prediction: The Spunky 53%-Deathrabbits 47%
This could have easily been our final, but the conference finals and seeding system cursed both of these heavy-hitters with tough paths just to get to the Final Four (“Final Core”? Not even I am that ridiculous.). And now they meet, idolcore #1 vs. idolcore #2, “Club Kids” ready for a thousand remixes and “Hoshi ga …” setting a hard punk standard. If the fans know what’s good for them, they won’t miss a second of this match.
Prediction: PassCode 43%-BiSH 57%
Am I crazy? Drunk? Just plain wrong? We’ll know for sure in a few days. In the meantime, how do you see this round shaking out? Give your best guess in the comments — the reader with the best total prediction wins … A FIRM PAT ON THE BACK!
Based on the above, here’s our Final Four:
- Babymetal, “Megitsune” vs. Kamen Joshi, “Soul”
- The Spunky, “Rock ‘n’ Roll and Idol and I” vs. BiSH, “BiSH – Hoshi ga Matataku Yoru ni”
Babymetal def. Kamen Joshi
BiSH def. The Spunky
Corenament Final: Babymetal def. BiSH
You’re not going to let the #1 seed win, are you?