If you’ve been following the ongoing idol soap opera that is WACK this past year, you’re probably aware of CARRY LOOSE (formerly known as “Curry Rouxz” and “Oh god yet another group to add to YUiNA’s ongoing chain”). The group formed shortly after the disbandment of second-generation BiS, with its former members Pan Luna Leafy, YUiNA EMPiRE, and a kid from WACK’s “WAgg” trainee group, Uruu Ru. At the start of the month, ex-Idol Renaissance Yumeka also joined the party, and a self-titled debut album was scheduled for next month, of which its first track, Yasashii Sekai, dropped for free on dropbox and soundcloud today! Is this going to be another BiS-esque weekly thing? Who knows, but for now, just listen to it.
We’re almost through the Catching Up series! Just in case you hadn’t noticed that there was kind of a Catching Up series!
Today’s entry, and alas the only one I’m going to be able to manage, concerns the delightfully variable pop rock of Devil ANTHEM, who released a new single just the other day, and who of course had the original promo content for that out ahead of time, and I’m talking last week, when an MV was dropped and I caught it and queued it and then — record scratch! — today they went ahead and released an “audio” video for the B-side that’s frankly basically an MV in its own right and wowzers, I actually really enjoyed the hell out of it (the B side is the best side, after all), so I’m end-running my original Devil ANTHEM post to bring you the whole single in one shot, and in reverse order!
Oh yes! Continue reading
It’s been about a week since the first full recordings were available online, right? And then the MV dropped a couple of days later and I made my eager face and watched and waited and waited and watched and … like, PassCode usually has an international version of their videos available after a brief interval, so I’m not crazy to have done this. But maybe because it’s being used in this commercial, we filthy gaijin don’t get the full version?
So okay, no MV for us, but the song exists, so first listen to it if you need to:
So deep was I into enjoying not doing anything last week that I didn’t even see this latest little bit from Melon Batake a go go until a little bird said on Saturday morning that I should put them on the look-up list. And oh neat, there’s a new single coming what’s now a month from today, plus other stuff!
『FINAL GAME -Idol of The Phantasm-』
10/17(木) ZeppDiverCity TOKYO
チケット 3500円(+1D) 発売中!!
— めろん畑a go go@10/17 ZeppDCワンマン (@MELONBATAKEAGO2) September 14, 2019
Oh, and an MV out really early to sell it: Continue reading
Twitter has unwisely solicited the wrath of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San. This weekend, after having solved all other pressing matters plaguing the platform, Twitter suspended Hanako-san’s accounts. They now have only themselves to blame if employees suddenly go missing during visits to the fourth floor restroom at Twitter headquarters.
For a 444-year-old youkai like Hanako-san, saying, “I’m going to bathe in a sea of your blood” is simply her way of saying, “Hello.” Yet Twitter has apparently frozen her accounts for expressing her innocuous intent to kill us all.
— 十四代目トイレの花子さん (@14Hanako_san) September 15, 2019
She has since opened a new account, so please subscribe to @14Hanako_san.
There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.
So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!
Is the new Toricago MV coming in a later post or was it missed
— Andrew [Church of Kai][コマチ&ヨネコforミスiD2020] (@Eyex1st) September 14, 2019
— motterbach (@motterbach69) September 15, 2019
Look, does anybody here really think that I’d deliberately miss out of one of my favorite groups?
Come on! Toricago was part of the reason why I felt like I should try to catch up on the week as opposed to just nod at it and move on with my life. Let’s look at it together! Continue reading
All right, let’s get the first couple of these suckers out of the way. I pre-warn you — I’m not even going to pretend to be contributing meaningful thoughts to any of these posts, just quick observations; the important thing is the music.
So, IVOLVE! It’s been a while, and probably for a good reason, as they were also hewing closer to normal idol fare even in their more interesting options, but they’re part of idol’s enduring it’s-actually-like-half-a-degree-of-separation legacy, and I have a legit soft spot for them. There are two new tracks from them in my Soundcloud feed, and this first one had me thinking Weekender —
Good morning! As I was putting together this Weekender, the fact that I had a few days off (and I mean, like, completely out of contact) really hit home. A hell of a lot happened! And yeah, I get to use this space to make up some of that, but I’m also going to drop a whole butt-ton of posts to compensate. I’ve been a lousy Maniac lately, and I feel like I should rectify a little bit.
Also reconnect. That’s important too.
Anyway, we’ve another great Fun to play, and look, it’s the last weekend of Official Summer, so do get the heck outside. I have a date with a winery!
You Say These Things Like We Care
In case you missed NECRONOMIDOL’s interview in the Hammer:
＊今月発売の「issue 327」になります https://t.co/DXCAieqOUd
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) September 12, 2019
Hi everyone! It’s been a while. Truth be told, I’ve been having computer troubles at home, so I’ve ended up having to significantly reduce how much content I’ve been able to write until further notice (which I’m sure all of you are very happy about!).
Thankfully, the rest of the team have been doing a fantastic job without me, with last week’s Friday Fun by Brian being one of the most successful ones yet!
— Brian Walker (@supreme_nothing) September 6, 2019
— fig 🌼 (@FigMeisai) September 6, 2019
— Justin (@Netjack2112) September 7, 2019
Now, with how much fun last week’s challenging fun was, I wanted to do another fun that makes all of you think, laugh and go “god damn it, why didn’t I think of that?”. I wasn’t sure what to do though, until I saw this video appear in my YouTube recommendations.
Thanks Barshens! (And RIP)
Now, this shamelessly-copied fun takes a few steps:
- Dig through your collection of idol photos and find two photos of different idols
- Go onto morph thing (or any other site that lets you morph faces into one, if there is one) and morph your two idols into one beauty! (Or monstrosity?)
- Post your brand-new idol onto twitter, with the hashtag #Idolstein
- Wait and see who guesses correctly!
Here’s an example I made earlier this week to start with.
Wow, that new BiS member sure is a stunner alright!
But can you guess who her parents are? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dNg7XHBvnL
— Kerrie🐈ケリー (@weeaboowoman) September 9, 2019