As the Unofficial “Personia” Suspense Event lingered on into its 10th month, fans of Kamen Joshi could rightfully have been wondering where the heck the promised MV for the year’s opening #2 single was. It had been promised for a delivery “in the spring”, and it’s only spring in the Southern Hemisphere now, ya goofs!
Good morning! I feel just the tiniest bit badly about not posting at all yesterday — it’s not that there wasn’t anything, it’s that I had some other things to do, intermittently, and frankly didn’t have the energy … to … type? in the in-between. I regret nothing, though, because it gave me more time to get things together coherently.
For instance, our pal Char T Saki, Alice Project source extraordinaire, had been referring me to fresh summertime tracks from the three entities that comprise Kamen Joshi. Here are —
Alice Juban, “2die4”:
Or maybe I’m just mesmerized by the visuals.
Our old pal Char T Saki dropped this by the forums yesterday (yes, the forums are still a thing, that’s two references in three days), and while “Personia,” Kamen Joshi’s most recent single release, isn’t unknown to us, you may get as big a kick out of this live performance, which I will remind you is a live performance and not a CGI-heavy MV: Continue reading
I’m so sorry. This is just the dumbest thing ever. Not the video, not even the thing happening, just … I can absolutely see some kind of stunt involving idols and scorpions — like, the actual arthropods with the big claws and stingy tails — and I can’t stop laughing. Ridiculous.
Anyway! Remember that thing about some of Kamen Joshi heading to St. Petersburg for this festival thing? Well, Scorpions were, I think, basically the headliners of the concert stuff, and that led to this:
Thanks as always, PIH!
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This is kind of neat; I wish the timing were better so I could have done more with it.
But check it out! A selection of Alice Project / Kamen Joshi members will be appearing at this massive festival in St. Petersburg over the weekend, presumably to perform in some capacity:
— 仮面女子:公式ツイッター (@AliceProject_mb) July 2, 2017
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Well, given that the last two releases from Kamen Joshi were a #2 single and a theme song for food, one could be forgiven for thinking that they’d go in just about any possible direction. This isn’t ridiculous, per se, but it is another theme song, albeit this time in a much more traditionally idol kind of way:
The song is “Kasoku-suru Trial”; it’s for the anime CHEATING CRAFT. Continue reading
The Alice Project’s Kamen Joshi, aka the Mask Girls, aka the Kamen Joshi in the same way that it’s not Ohio State but the Ohio State, don’t do the whole album thing so much, or even the whole single thing at a rate that would fit into more typical idol norms; no, Kamen Joshi, now that they’ve taken over all of the release responsibilities for the constituent elements of the group, are quite a bit too busy with daily stage shows and various endorsements to be doing such trite stuff as singles and albums and MVs (and when they go so far, they only release short versions!).
Now, it’s pretty normal for idols to do theme songs. What’s a little less normal is for idols to do theme songs for food:
Last week, Kamen Joshi released their much(?)-anticipated single “Personia/ISUMI,” with a very clear goal of matching the success of 2015’s “Genkidane”: Reaching the weekly #1.
Here’s the short version of the MV; why it’s short, not even our friend Char T Saki understands.
— 仮面女子:公式ツイッター (@AliceProject_mb) January 3, 2017
Immediately upon release, though, the push for #1 began in earnest:
— 桜雪＠仮面女子 (@y_sakura_alice) January 3, 2017
Update, the official statements:
I had to readdress this point a few times because I couldn’t think of a way to write about this without being guaranteed to piss off at least a few people, though I think I managed to settle into minimum offense.
First, the particulars:
— PureIdolHeart (@Pureidolheart) November 26, 2016
The story is actually fairly clear if you use Google’s translator, so give it a go, but the important thing is this: Sakura Yuki, the Snow-chan of Kamen Joshi and Joanna Lumley fame, was recently the subject of death threats by an obviously deranged wota. The person has been arrested, and Yuki is safe, and that’s what matters, though there’s more in the details if you care to read.
Aside from the obvious concern for the well-being of a well-known personality, there’s a lot to take away from this story. Continue reading