My cynicism meter must be cranked all the way up this morning, because as soon as I saw that Watanabe’s Big Message was for yet another live training camp/audition thing, and that dun-dun-duuuuunnnn Aina was going to be a participant, all I could think was: WACK has run completely out of ideas, and this isn’t even remotely fun anymore. The Bring Me to Life BiS auditions were an event; last year’s pre-WACK Fes audition thing, while derivative, still had that element of anticipation; this just feels tired.
But then I bothered to read the stupid article:
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) March 6, 2018
So Aina (and Pan Luna and Peritan and Maika) are participating, and many new/ish faces will be put through their paces, and the event will last an entire week, and it will all be streamed 24/7, and at the end will be an all-WACK expo (again!), and … well, it’s pretty explicit that there’s going to be another project coming out of this, not dissimilarly to how EMPiRE got their start last year. And does anybody else read that participant list and get the feeling that ahem some additional member shuffling and possibly leadership updates are going to be made? That has to be the most interesting angle to the whole bit.
You have to give Watanabe a ton of credit: The dude’s managed to turn even predetermined set pieces into high wota drama that no doubt makes a ton of money for everybody* involved.
*Probably not the idols, though