Tomorrow, It’s GANG PARADE’s DEATH PARADE

I almost let this sick, sick event slip under the radar! Remember the whole business with GANG PARADE doing not just one super marathon per WACK’s insane traditions, but a there-and-back 200km relay haul?

That’s gonna happen tomorrow.

You can follow the whole thing on Twitter using #ギャンパレ駅伝 (GANG PARADE LONG-ASS RUN). Or you can follow what I take to be the competing teams and the individual members’ twitcasting! Continue reading

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So What Does uBu Sound Like, Anyway?

The young BiSer known as Peri Ubu kept coming up on Twitter the other night, and I was forced to admit to a certain plan for an upcoming Monday Match Game, and it got me to thinking, Hey, what’s uBu even been up to since that whole terrifying episode with the members leveling up?

Leave it to the vital @sbsk_weekend to provide:

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Wanna See Some Notes from the Mind Behind Yukueshirezutsurezure’s “Post-Catastrophe”?

This is pretty amazing, even just run through a translator:

GESSHI writes the lyrics and stuff for Tsurezure’s psyche-shattering songs. This blog post on the Codomomental website isn’t the lyrics, but his thoughts on the lyrics and how the songs came together. Continue reading

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Yes, You Apparently Do Want a Virtual Reality Headset as a Gift

I’ll be honest: I think VR, until it’s scaled up to something more akin to the Holodeck, is kind of hokey. I also need less “virtual” and more “awesome” in my reality. For this, though, I’d make an exception.

I was looking through Dots’ manager’s Twitter feed (a completely normal thing to do!) and noticed a third video release. Not on YouTube, mind you, but on this 360Channel thing.

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Dots Has Approached the Threshold of Being the Most Interesting Thing in Idol

Or at least the weirdest!

In what I think is the largest collection of Dots on stage at any one time ever, here are the enigmatic shoegazers in “Noise Suite”:

DotsKaidan is the only logical conclusion to this project now. Continue reading

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Go Night Hiking with You’ll Melt More!, It’ll Make You Feel Better

Or maybe not! I’m not your dad. Still, give it a try. Here’s YMM doing “Night Hiking”:

If you weren’t sold yet, what if I told you that it includes snips of the members playing the instruments that they’ll be playing at their anniversary live? Including Kechon on drums which amuses me endlessly for some reason. Continue reading

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I Just Enjoy What Gokigen Teikoku Does

I find myself going toward this Gekijo-ban well a lot lately, and the fact is that they’re aggressive about getting their stuff in front of you and want it to be fun. No, they aren’t the hardest or heaviest or cursest or rebelest, but they’re gamely doing their thing on their terms and really just want to entertain while they do it. I like to do my part in kind.

You’ve probably seen this pop up on Twitter any one of the several times per day that it goes out:

It’s easier if you just submit

You should, because, as Pure Idol Heart describes them, there is something “visionary” about the way they do their business. Continue reading

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The Brief Life and Brutal Death of SiS: The Movie

OF COURSE THIS HAPPENED EVENTUALLY.

So the edited-up version of the BiS auditions airs tonight (or now, I guess, or tomorrow? Japanese dates confuse me), and it’s probably a good recap for those of us who watched pretty much the entire audition boot camp as if there were going to be any insights — hell, if you were paying attention, it was clear from early on who the winners were going to be, lending credence to the it-was-all-a-stunt-of-course-it-was-this-is-Watanabe-we’re-talking-about of it all.

For many, the most interesting outcome of the auditions wasn’t New BiS, but the spin-off sister/rival group SiS, the prototype of which stormed the stage at the New BiS debut and got people really excited and then had themselves a really cool debut live of their own and then … well.

While SiS is definitely in the running for a number of Best of 2016 categories, their life and death and GANG PARADEsurrection were still pretty great drama, so it’s fitting that this is happening:

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Pikarin Knows How to Celebrate a Birthday

Hikari Shiina, the belovedly infamous Pikarin, celebrated either her 22nd or 22,000th birthday this past week, depending on which account of her life you believe, and of course had to do it all Pikarin-y. All stuff originally derived via Patrick on the Facebook group.

椎名ぴかりん、生誕ワンマンライブを渋谷WWWにて開催!緊縛師・一鬼のこがこの日ためにインスタレーションを披露!

I really just included that article embed so you’d have something to click on to go look at more photos and read the report if you can Japanese. Continue reading

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Shallow Graves Often Mean That You Can See the Body

The other night, Bellring Girls Heart’s pre-hiatus tour, Shallow Grave, saw them join forces with their own new sister group, the literally perfect Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Because certain wota are great, video of the entire show is online:


Well, all of Bellheart and some of Yanamyu

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