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:
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.
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 →
Our friend Pukovnik Krv tipped me off last night that Twitter had suspended the accounts of pretty much every member of Kamen Joshi due to (tell me if this sounds familiar) “botspamming, botfollows and SEO hacking.”
I don’t know what it’s like where you live today, but it’s going to be a cool, gloomy and rainy day here at Maniac Mansion. This is usually a great time of year for being outside, stopping by the local orchard, making some yes-please apple cider donuts and a roast and reinforcing to Mrs. Maniac’s parents that I am in fact a competent provider thank you very much, but it’s going to be crappy outside and that means staying inside and gasp possibly needing to do something like cleaning out the basement. Ugh.
So while I’m doing that stuff, why don’t you take advantage of possibly having a great reason to stay in, and devote a little less than an hour to … remember this? Yep, here it is. Continue reading →
Once again, the Mask Girls become ambassadors for idol culture by drawing in a Western eye. Joanna Lumley, star of many things but people away from the Beeb’s orbit probably know best from AbFab, has a new BBC series on Japan, and for this episode did a stop-in at PARMS, where she (seems to have) enjoyed a night of Kamen Joshi and talking with performer and fan alike.
There’s some weird picture-in-picture situation with this video, but it’s the only freely available version that I could find after hearing about the show the other day; if you have something that can embed cleanly, please holler.
This is short notice (I’m sorry for missing it; all credit to Straight from Japan for the tip), but Alice Juban‘s anniversary concert will be broadcast live on Line beginning at 5:15 a.m. EDT; if you’re down with the Alice Project or wondering exactly what that’s all about, this is a good chance to check in. Continue reading →
Last week, Char T Saki tweeted at me a blog post made by a big Kamen Joshi fan on their experience at a Guso Drop show. I thought, that’s got to be interesting, so I asked for a translation (the thing was in Japanese!), and Saki was able to oblige.
If you’re new, or if you aren’t familiar with Kamen Joshi/Alice Project and/or Guso Drop, the reason that I found this interesting was in the clash of styles: Kamen Joshi trends toward big, melodic idol rock and idol metal, doing colorful daily shows in their own home theater and boasting a #1 single, etc.; Guso Drop are like the queens of the underground, doing gritty-ass hardcore and assorted un-idol performance down in the muck. Though both are technically independent and employ some similar visual elements on stage (weapons, basically), they’re very different.