Today is a weird day, friends. A lot of cool and good things have happened, but BiS (v. like 2.4) is gone, and while I’ll spare you all the soliloquy (also: kinda called it!) so as to let a little piece by Kerrie stand out instead, I do want to say that this brings things about as full circle as could be. There’s a weird sort of poetry in Babymetal having a fresh release in the same week as latter-day BiS disbanding; none of (/waves hands around) this exists without those two.
Oh and this was originally going to be a really, really solid Weekender, but my phone ate the notifications that I saved up between Tuesday and Thursday, so I had to recreate from memory, and that was not a raging success. Still pretty good though.
More to come today, obviously, and plenty on the horizon, no matter what all’s currently shaking out in WACKworld. Go play the Fun, and, if you happen to be at either the EU embassies’ open-house thing today or at the Who show in Virginia tonight, come say hi to the only dude at either in a NECRONOMIDOL shirt.
But Why Though?
RED ALERT! My new pals at Gerpfast Records asked that I let you know that this very limited edition is running its course, so get that DJ MARIKO tape while you still can!
So I don’t know where all of the good idol stuff went over the past several days*, you guys, but I’m kind of thankful for the moment’s peace. I told myself even yesterday that maybe I should just let the week ride itself out and only feel like I need to respond at all if something genuinely cool and big happens.**
Well, the best thing happened, and we finally got a look at the post-HAMIDASYSTEM project of the former members of HAMIDASYSTEM, who are not at all the new and current HAMIDASYSTEM, but are veterans of maybe the coolest, most creative, impossible-to-overrate multimedia art project to have ever struck idol. Specifically, we get music and some light visuals!
That was the fastest smashing of the Subscribe button in my over-enthusiastic history
You know you’ve been asleep at the wheel for a little while when you see something in your feed and then spend several minutes trying to figure out if it’s new, but if it’s new to you if it’s not new, period, and then if it’s not new to you but you were actually functionally aware of it. That was me as of about four minutes ago, staring at Twitter and trying like hell to remember if BURST GIRL, now into their second year as a self-managed chika idol bomb squad, had made the fact that they have a June album in the works known, and if the meme-producing website that’s endlessly supportive of them had made use of this information, and if so what next.
Well, we did know, thank goodness, but heck go read that and clear out your own personal cobwebs*, too, because RIOT could well wind up being the release that you need to make life go boom in that loud, satisfying kind of way:
Well that’s certainly a fun ride! I’ll admit that, seeing the video still, I had hoped for a full digest or even just a more substantive teaser. That’s okay, though. It’s not like we aren’t all fairly familiar with the material, or one of last year’s favorites at the very least.
Ah, friends, the day has arrived! With their official debut as part of Gyuno Fes (today!), my personal Idol of the Year for 2018 who like immediately afterwards announced a mass graduation and then a soft reboot with new members and I say soft because 3/4 of the old members just went on to a new project with the same management, so okay, HAMIDASYSTEM is back!
Go ahead and play the match-faces-with-names game!
Happy weekend! I’ll tell you guys, I desperately need these couple of days off — the past week was a monster, and the next will be too. It’d be great if I could just chill for a little while. It’s been almost two years since I could really do it this way, but I remember when Saturday in particular could very easily be a good ol’ fashioned day of nothing, and I’d catch up on things that I really wanted to, and at that point very literally just idol for hours. It was good stuff! And with it being a decidedly dreary day and most of my projects caught up, today would be a good candidate.
But no. No, a weekend visitor will soon descend upon Maniac Mansion, and entertainment and sustenance must be provided. Alas, my dream weekend will need to come at some other time! So let’s take what we can get from a pretty solid week of idol — I told you the season was heating up again! — and you should definitely play this week’s terrifying Fun if you have a minute.
May the Fourth Be With You
Yoneko is too good for us:
When we last left Candye Syrup, it was … wow, it was actually a little while ago. That’ll happen when you completely reboot your project, I guess. And of course there was already plenty of material for the group to work with, so no real hurry to absolutely get more songs out there. Take your time, build up the members, keep those fans engaged, and then hit ’em with your best shot.*
But it’s time! The first (digital-only, I think) single from the new Candye Syrup is here and appropriately titled and definitely worth the click:
I was so tired, you guys. Like you know when you reach a point where not even sleep seems like it’s going to get the job done, and what you really need is to remove any and all obligations from your schedule for a few days while you blissfully do absolutely nothing of import? That’s where I was yesterday! And I thought to myself, you know what, you still need to finish the week, but let’s keep the sideshows to a minimum and just chill when possible. No projects, no working out, no bringing the job home, no idol.
So of course on that last point I knew better immediately and thought out loud, “Right, and now watch BiSH or somebody drop another MV and then all your not-plans will be for naught.”
Silly, silly Maniac. If I’d been mindful in even the tiniest way, I’d have known that, yes, another BiSH release was looming, and with it likely something to talk about. They were pretty clear about the build for CARROTS and STiCKS — one EP each in April and May, and then the full album in June — and had already provided one MV as promo to prove it. Why was I sleeping on this?
Here we are, then. And can I admit that I had the most conflicted smash of the Play button of my entire life? The song title and general visual aesthetic put my mind right down the path of expecting yet another Kentacore ballad that would probably sound very cool and nice and possibly even powerful, like that style is at its best, but very much the same, and yeah, that blunts a lot of enthusiasm. On the other hand, their last lead song and MV were absolutely delicious and reinvigorated my old passion for the group, so I had to see where this landed one way or another, right?
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And in continuing the quick recent trend of things being announced and/or released on the final day of the Heisei Era, we have QUEENS, who are lots of fun anyway but capable of turning that all the way up to 12 just to spite your grumpiness you big, grumpy bear, who announced at their one-man the release of their first full album for June by dropping an MV that I just very loudly said on Twitter that I’d anticipated, which turned out to be for the wrong reasons by bear with me!
First, the MV that I urge you to take Dramamine before viewing:
First, disclosure: ZOC’s official Twitter gave me a full-on heart attack the other day when I was idly just trying to clear out the notifications and I saw … a blog post from Seiko without context! DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN. But naw, it was nothing, no graduation announcement or a “that was fun, what next” or anything, just words of praise and encouragement from the boss behind it all. Yes, the legend herself is still part of the group she founded.
And on that note, given that their first single released yesterday, it only made sense for ZOC to release an MV for the B-side!
Yesterday was a surprisingly full day of single releases. I guess that literal-end-of-an-era thing was a good reason!
Among this little glut of wins for people like us was uijin, who are wonderful and can do no wrong, and who I’d been watching a little closer lately after their little sister group did this just a couple of weeks ago, and who are in the midst of one of those consecutive-single-release things that all the kids are into these days … who gave us an MV for their latest single, “ignition”! End of weird paragraph!
I’m just the tiniest bit disappointed that the MV wasn’t a full-on commitment to what’s otherwise an energy-addled, aptly named song, but that’s fine because it turns out that they’re using to doubly promote their big one-man on Sunday. Not the choice that I’d make, but an acceptable one! It’s not like they released any video at all in conjunction with the March single’s release. When it’s uijin, you take what you can get!