I invite our resident Alice Project contingent to add commentary and context for these videos:
This one’s “Soul.” I know that one!
Good friend of the ol’ site Tara44DD dropped these into the comments the other day, but I wanted to give them their own space, especially for the large numbers of people who’ve been arriving via Babymetal things lately and aren’t getting good opportunities to see that, back in Japan, there’s a very vibrant market developing for heavy idols, and here’s Kamen Joshi putting on an enormous arena show of their own.
Basically, all of *this* stuff has only been happening for a shade over five years; there have been some genre mashups in the past, animetal, etc., but only since 2010 have idols been deliberately adopting metal and punk and hardcore and various combinations and inclusions thereof as a thing. Put against a typical-looking rock music chronology, we haven’t even reached Elvis yet (does that make Pour Lui Rosetta Tharpe?).
Basically, if you think good things are happening now, just wait until some of these projects fully mature and more young women who love loud, intense, rebellious music decide to get involved.