Let’s Talk the Best Stuff This Year

So:

Okay.

I’ve known for a little while that I wanted to do something cool and fun and laden with opportunities to argue when it came to doing a rundown of all of the best stuff that happened in 2016, and I think I’ve finally cracked the nut for the best way to do it. Only took two weeks!

Essentially, I want to pit you against me: While democratizing the process of selecting the best of the best and giving community awards, I’m also going to butt in with my own stupid opinions; if it comes to it, we’ll go so far as to settle it like adults (that is, with violence and recrimination). And although there’s a lot of general community overlap at this point, we can and almost certainly will use this stuff to get into fantastic flame wars with other sites and groups and stuff.

Our first step? We need nominations. I have my own short lists for all of these categories, but I want yours, too. In the following categories, as many as you’re comfortable advancing nominees in, add your nominees, two per category, in the comments.

  • Album of the Year (includes actual EPs)
  • Single of the Year (includes maxi-singles)
  • Song of the Year
  • B-side of the Year
  • Video of the Year (MV/PV/long-form)
  • Collaboration of the Year
  • Idol/s of the Year (solo or groups)
  • Performer of the Year (individual, regardless of solo or group member)
  • Performance of the Year (single stage show)
  • Debut of the Year
  • Surprise of the Year (defined as you see fit)
  • Letdown of the Year (ditto!)

General ground rules:

  • There’s a question afoot about whether debut is that of the idol/group, or of their official debut release (see comment below for context). If you have an opinion on that, please do add it.
  • But as long as “it” happened in 2016, whatever “it” is, it’s eligible.
  • For music and video stuff definitely, and as applicable as you see fit for other categories, you do have to include links that everybody can access; let me know if something is geoblocked, and I can host it differently.
  • 2016 is indeed still going! Because this is additionally Phase II-related, I’ve added a thread in the forums where nominations can continue right up until it’s time to make decisions.
  • I did consider breaking some of these out in a finer sense around genre/style, but there ultimately wasn’t enough to have reasonable competition in each, so I’m keeping it general. If you disagree, please do say so in the thread.
  • Got questions? Go ahead and ask.
  • As far as inclusion goes, try to keep it to things that have appeared on this site, though we can entertain anything that meets the common interest.
  • If you can, please try to avoid duplication within categories; we want breadth and depth at this stage.

As far as how, where and whether we cap nominees in any particular category, I’ll leave that up to the us, so put your thoughts on the matter into the thread. That’s a place for logistics and whatnot to get discussed.

Also, feel free to (and please do) share this widely; input, it is good. I’m leaving this pinned through the weekend, but it’ll be effectively open until we move on to the next step.

The space is yours, friends. Have at it.

28 thoughts on “Let’s Talk the Best Stuff This Year

  1. Immediately my mind came to two things:

    Surprise of the year: BiS comeback
    Letdown of the year: SiS (specifically, their one-day lifespan)

    I’ll think of more eventually.

  2. Album of the Year : BiSH「KiLLER BiSH」; BELLRING少女ハート「BEYOND」
    Single of the Year : DEEP GIRL「I kill」; BiS「BiSBiS」
    Song of the Year : DEEP GIRL「I kill」; BiSH「Orchestra」
    B-side of the Year : Guso Drop「I do! I do!」; PassCode「TRACE」
    Video of the Year : m7kenji x NECRONOMIDOL「SKULLS IN THE STARS」; DEEP GIRL「I kill」
    Collaboration of the Year : Zenbu Kimi no Sei da featuring Shidare of Yukueshirezutsurezure「WORLD END CRISIS」; Zekkyosuru 60 Do With 6% Is Mine「Sakura Wa Nido Chiru, Soshite Nido Saku.」
    Idol/s of the Year : BABYMETAL ; BiSH
    Performer of the Year : Aina The End (BiSH) ; Shiina Pikarin
    Performance of the Year : BABYMETAL「DOOMSDAY Tour Final At Tokyo Dome」; BiSH「Less Than SEX Tour Final “Teiou Sekkai”」
    Debut of the Year : Yanakoto Sotto Mute ; NEVE SLIDE DOWN
    Surprise of the Year : The return of BiS ; The graduation announcement of Ayano & Mizuho from BRGH
    Letdown of the Year : The rise and fall of SiS ; The overhyped announcement of a live viewing at the end of BABYMETAL ‘s TOKYO DOME BLACK NIGHT

    *Side Note: Maniac and I talked a bit on Facebook about “debut album” and “artist debut”. I chose to keep the nominations at “Artist Debut” but for “Debut Album” I would have to nominate Hanako-san「Makka Na Toire」and Yukueshirezutsurezure「Antino未deology」

  3. I’ve got a lot to think about, not to mention some pressure to get up on things that I’ve been sleeping on until now 😛
    I know myself well enough to leave a spot on the throne for “bi bi bi bi bi.” And if “BiS 2” is as good as it should be (as it needs to be, post-Killer BiSH), then it might also be a contender for biggest surprise. And “Barely Last” probably won’t make big enough waves at this point. Is SiS the biggest surprise, debut, AND letdown of the year?
    Hey, boans, what about all the groups that AREN’T ex. BiS alumni? Uhh.. I’ll get back to you on that.

  4. Years not over, but I think Bellring’s upcoming QBK trilogy will have the Tokyo Dome City Hall show as “Performance Of The Year”.

    “Best Collaboration” Damn, that is another “upcoming thing”, as in my stuff doesn’t ship for another week, but the (m)otocompo x Kit Cat collaboration seems promising. I hope there’s some Ska tracks on it. KitCat started off entirely (ironically?) saccharine, but appearing at Extreme Idol Terror makes me think us westerners haven’t quite seen their dark side. Anybody have the lowdown on them?

    The “anticipation” thing seems fairly common in Idol, anyhow…

    Video Of The Year? NECRONOMIDOL’s – Skulls In The Stars.

    Single Of The Year? LADYBABY’s – Renge Chance !

    Album of the Year (includes actual EPs)? NEMESIS – and – from chaos born.

    Song Of The Year? Tough. Maison book girl’s – lost AGE . Haupthormonie’s – Kidnapper Blues. Cure. ゴミ箱の作り方/Gomibako no tsukurikata

  5. I agreed with Viz on most Topics so borrowed his Layout aha!

    Album of the Year : BiSH「KiLLER BiSH」; PassCode「Virtual」
    Single of the Year : Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da「Mudai Gassho」;
    Song of the Year : Yukueshirezutsurezure「Six Fall Roar」; BiSH「Honto Honki」
    B-side of the Year : Yukueshirezutsurezure「A Drama with Nietzsche」; PassCode「TRACE」
    Video of the Year : BiSH「Honto Honki」; DEEP GIRL「I kill」
    Collaboration of the Year : Zenbu Kimi no Sei da featuring Shidare of Yukueshirezutsurezure「WORLD END CRISIS」;
    Idol/s of the Year : PassCode ; BiSH , massive progress on both fronts.
    Performer of the Year : Aina The End (BiSH) ; Mashiro (Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da)
    Performance of the Year : BABYMETAL「DOOMSDAY Tour Final At Tokyo Dome」; BiSH「Less Than SEX Tour Final “Teiou Sekkai”」
    Debut of the Year : Yanakoto Sotto Mute ; NEVE SLIDE DOWN both very promising thats for sure.
    Surprise of the Year : That BiS resurrected again.
    Letdown of the Year : The overhyped announcement of a live viewing at the end of BABYMETAL ‘s TOKYO DOME BLACK NIGHT. agreed on that one.

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    • LOL my first choice for B-side was Yukueshirezutsurezure「A Drama with Nietzsche」too but I was thinking it was a split single「Six Fall Roar/A Drama with Nietzsche」and the B-side was「Promise, Lightly」. Maybe I’m just thinking too technical lol 😛

    • I say, nominate what you want to nominate (you’ll get no quarrel from me on those things being awesome, at least). Spoiler: Everybody will get a chance to motivate the candidacy of what they nominate, so to speak.

      • Alrighty then:

        ALBUM:
        1. Bellring Girls Heart: Beyond
        2. Especia: Carta

        SINGLE:
        1. Tentenko: Houkago Sympathy
        2. Yukueshirezupalooza: 6 Fall/Nietszche

        SONG:
        1. Tentenko: Houkago Sympathy
        2. Bellring Girls Heart: Manic Panic

        B-SIDE:
        1. PiGU: (Try Sometime) Do The Shake It!
        2. You’ll Melt More: Shiratama Disco

        VIDEO:
        1. Maneki Kecak: Joudan Janai Ne
        2. Tentenkoooooooooo: Houkago Banging Sympathy

        COLLABORATION:
        1. Natasha
        2. meh, can’t think of anything. How about that terrible Kai Bellheart and Beni Avandoned thing?

        IDOLS:
        1. You’ll Melt More!
        2. Bellring Girls Heart

        PERFORMER:
        1. Maina Shunkashuto
        2. Su-metal

        PERFORMANCE:
        1. SiS: heavy sick zero
        2. actually, I don’t watch many full performances.

        DEBUT:
        1. SiS
        2. Neve Slide Down

        SURPRISE:
        1. BiS 4.0
        2. Tentenko putting out a proper, non CD-R release

        LET DOWN:
        1. deSiSt
        2. You’ll Melt More! melting more

  6. – Album/EP of the Year:
    Abenddaemmerrung / bleich (Hauptharmonie), BEYOND (Bellring Shoujo Heart), KILLER BiSH (BiSH), Antinomideology (Yukueshirezutsurezure), sora tob sakana (sora tob sakana), Yume shi (Guso Drop), Tenkomori Mini Album (KOTO)
    – Single of the Year: Roku Ochi Sakebi / Nietzsche tono Gikyoku (Yukueshirezutsurezure), Nakisou Sunday (Billie Iddle), Mudai Gassho (Zenbu Kimi no Sei da), Mahou no Kotoba (sora tob sakana), i kill (DEEP GIRL)
    – B-side of the Year: Sunacchan Nappo (BELLRING Shoujo Heart)
    BiSH: Stairway to me, AM I FRENZY?, First Kitchen Life, Beautiful Sa
    Hauptharmonie: Fujou, Anne Hathaway’s Morning, yearning, Old Gaffer’s Confession
    Others: Yuutsu no Gloria (BELLRING Shoujo Heart), Atarashii Asa (sora tob sakana), I do! I do! (Guso Drop), No.18 (Guso Drop), The Battle of Identerror (Zenbu Kimi no Sei da)
    – Video of the Year: Shinjuku Cinema Connection (feat. Mashiro Megumi) (Yukueshirezutsurezure)
    Room 24-7 (Bellring Shoujo Heart), Hontou Honki (BiSH), Orchestra (BiSH), i kill (DEEP GIRL), Kidnapper Blues ~Hitosarai No Yuutsu~ (Hauptharmonie), too young (Oyasumi Hologram), Hamidashi PARADISE (You’ll Melt More!), Ueyueyuo – Hinekurenotari – (Zenbu Kimi no Sei da), Nietzsche tono Gikyoku (Yukueshirezutsurezure), Nakisou Sunday (Billie Iddle)
    – Performer of the Year: Kanra (BELLRING Shoujo Heart)
    Aina (BiSH), Mashiro (Zenbu Kimi no Sei da), SU METAL (BABYMETAL), Rei (Guso Drop), A (Yukueshirezutsurezure), Kanamiru (Oyasumi Hologram)
    – Debut of the Year: SiS :), yandoll, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, ICE CREAM SUICIDE, Bokura no Oyugi, Kuroneko no Yuutsu
    – Letdown of the Year: SiS 🙁

  7. Album of the Year : NECRONOMIDOL – NEMESIS
    Mini-album of the Year : You’ll Melt More! WE ARE A ROCK FESTIVAL
    Single of the Year : Yume shi
    Song of the Year: NECRONOMIDOL: Midnight Dominator
    Video of the Year : Death Rabbits: Usagi Stream 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1iYKB-Rrag
    Collaboration of the Year: Oyasumi Hologram × Maison book girl
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrXyyw97tck
    Idol/s of the Year : BABYMETAL
    Performer of the Year : Rei (GUSO DROP), Yuna (PassCode).
    Performance of the Year: Oyasumi Hologram – Second One-Man live Shibuya O-WEST
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbVToKD1Fjw
    Goho Lolita Syndrome -「epilogue」Last One man Live: (I Love its!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvBDZGD9t-0
    Debut of the Year: Ice Cream Suicide
    Surprise of the Year: BiS returnes.
    Letdown of the Year: Mizuho, Ayano Graduation
    Others highlights albums: Sora tob Sakana álbum, Himekyun: Tengoku Gimmick, Bellring: BEYOND, Hanako-san: Makka na Toilet, Jyu Jyu: Ikinie.

  8. Album:
    Babymetal / Metal Resistance

    Single:
    Babymetal / Karate

    Song:
    The Kamen Joshi / TRY!! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2hnoWGo5Dc
    The Kamen Joshi / KIZUNA NO CHIKARA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alFzFHI0Lms

    Video:
    The Kamen Joshi / CHIKYU NO OHESO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFupkoOJUM (preview teaser, longform released 4/20/16)
    Babymetal / The One

    Collaboration:
    The Kamen Joshi x Mikawa Kenichi / WOMEN OF SCORPIO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2YFt1t8wQQ

    Kamen Joshi x KOG Studios(Elsword) / JEWELS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCeZl-HUpok
    TVCM / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifJ1iDwp2-c

    Idols:
    The Kamen Joshi
    Babymetal

    Performer:
    Anna Tachibanna
    Suzuka Nakamoto

    Performance:
    Babymetal / Tokyo Dome
    Babymetal / Download

    Debut:
    Akiba Kamen / GO VOTE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuZjrgCuQho

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  10. Album of the Year (includes actual EPs)
    – Yukueshirezutsurezure – Antino Mi deology
    – PassCode – Virtual

    Single of the Year (includes maxi-singles)
    – PassCode – MISS UNLIMITED
    – Ladybaby – Renge Chance/C’est Si Bon Kibun

    Song of the Year
    – Zenbu Kimi No Sei Da – Ueyueyuo~Hinekurenotari
    – BABYMETAL – Syncopation

    B-side of the Year
    – PassCode – Cry Out (From MISS UNLIMITED)
    – GANG PARADE – Kore wa kitto aventure (From WE ARE the IDOL)

    Video of the Year (MV/PV/long-form)
    – Zenbu Kimi No Sei Da – Ueyueyuo~Hinekurenotari
    – Team Syachihoko – ULTRA CHO MIRACLE SUPER VERY POWER BALL

    Collaboration of the Year
    – NATASHA
    – Tsuyogari Sensation feat. Yuusuke – Sayonara Baby

    Idol/s of the Year (solo or groups)
    – You’ll Melt More
    – BiSH

    Performer of the Year (individual, regardless of solo or group member)
    – Maina (Shukashun)
    – Pikarin Shiina

    Performance of the Year (single stage show)
    – Bellring Girls Heart, TIF Smile Garden
    https://twitter.com/munekata/status/761528844549394432
    – BABYMETAL, FortaRock/Netherlands
    https://twitter.com/darkermusic/status/739500225887412224
    (Both out of personal experience.)

    Debut of the Year
    – Zenryoku Shojo R
    – Neve Slide Down

    Surprise of the Year (defined as you see fit)
    – Deep Girl – I kill
    – BiS reunion

    Letdown of the Year (ditto!)
    – GANG PARADE losing my two favorite members 🙁
    – BABYMETAL – The announcement of the century at Tokyo Dome

  11. I would really like to do this. But I can’t do only 2 “best albums” of the year.
    I mean, which one?

    sora tob sakana: http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/64673
    Bellring shoujo heart: http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/59750
    amiinA: http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/66872
    Shoujo Kakka no International http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/64025
    Hauptharmonie – Herz über Kopf (still not on ototoy, strange!)
    Fourteenth Generation Hanako-san of the Toilet
    Ladybaby

    And then there are things like
    High Touch Girls
    asimov.is.magician
    And a million Tentenko albums (for me at the moment the best: Aka to kuro)

    So, I can’t decide. And this is only from the top of my head. It was a very strong year.

    So, I give up.

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