Release Details on Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “BUBBLE”

This is just a quickie — I’ve seen folks sharing this in various places around the International Alt-Idol Internet Fandom Consortium Inc. (Kari) — but I wanted an excuse to do something with the perfect modern idols, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, and their release of these details around the upcoming BUBBLE album is perfect.

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Hauptharmonie und Tapferkeit Band Are Gonna Get Super Jazzy

This was a fun bit of news from yesterday that I wanted to save, and also because I had no idea what the original tweet was definitely saying until after the fact. But! It could have been predicted that Hauptharmonie would have a new release coming along at basically any moment, seeing as how they tend to put out something of substance at a rate that would even make Billie Idle blush, and it’d been … wow, many months since the release of the (very good) Herz ueber Kopf. So this, by itself, wasn’t tremendously shocking:

Presuming of course that the completely contextless tweet would be eventually be accompanied by some details in the form of news, that is! Good think that happened. Continue reading


Oh, Sweet, There’s uijin That I Haven’t Heard Yet

I was mostly minding my own business, as I do, and friend to us all Pure Idol Heart was like “hey bro, you gotta check this out,” and I was like, this is how you wind up addicted to painkillers in the after-school special, but I’ve learned by now that one should listen to one’s elders when delving into idol, especially when said elder is possibly not an elder but has been around this whole game for a while, so I complied, and oh look! New uijin video!

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Get Your Next Music from Tokyo Tickets Now!

We have the tour dates, and now the venues are confirmed and tickets are on sale for Yukueshirezutsurezure’s (and others!) tour dates in Canada:

  • May 19 Toronto @ The Rivoli (tickets)
  • May 20 Toronto @ Lee’s Palace (tickets)
  • May 22 Montreal @ Divan Orange (tickets)
  • May 24 Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret (tickets)

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Somebody Tell Us about Kindan no Tasuketsu

This is a perfect Sunday post; a little out of the site norm, but if anybody’s going to be able to help me out with cool J-music, it’s you guys.

Who, or what, is Kindan no Tasuketsu (Twitter)? And is that even the right way to write their name (禁断の多数決)? Are they even idol?

All I know is, this is great

I asked our buddy Brian, figuring that nothing in the wider world of J-pop escapes that man’s notice, but not even the Supreme Nothing himself had info! So help me out. Continue reading


No, *Now* You Can Watch the Live Debut of There There Theres

The anticipation was great, the moment dripping with potential as the former-and-reformed Bellring Girls Heart, now christened There There Theres, shared the link to the livestream of their debut stage performance. Hundreds in attendance, thousands watching all over the world as five raven-winged schoolgirls hit all the right notes, made the right steps and showed that, while the faces may change, the essence of BRGH would live on forever. Powerful.

The problem was that the only people who heard anything were the ones in the building.

Oh, and how the kinds of people who are fans of things like BRGH/TTTs not only took that in stride, but made it into a crucial part of the show. Many excellent jokes and many more excellent puns were made. Poor Tanaka had to come out and apologize:

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We Will See ayumikurikamaki as Bears Again

This is a terrible bit of video that ayukuma pushed out; not because it sucks in and of itself, or because I dislike the implications (quite the opposite!), but because Kuma-sama here is clearly giving three of my favorite idols the sads, and I’ll be damned if that’s okay.

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Come Watch the Live Debut of There There Theres

The re-somethinged Bellring Girls Heart is taking the stage for the first time right now. Get in on it!

Does the sound work yet?


There Was Actually a Tsurezure Song Preview, And There Still Is

Sorry about that, gang, but here’s a fun timeline:

  • 5:00 p.m. EST (yesterday): Maniac is added to an excruciatingly series of meetings for work
  • All evening: Maniac hates life
  • 12:00 a.m. EST: Maniac sees that Tsurezure will be doing something at 21:00 JST
  • 12:05 a.m. EST: Maniac messages Kerrie — “If I set this up, can you edit and publish it?”
  • 1:00 a.m. EST: Kerrie messages Maniac — “Yes, okay, sure, I’m kind and good”
  • 6:00 a.m. EST: Maniac departs for a day in hell
  • 7:05 a.m. EST: Maniac’s phone goes back into semi-hibernation
  • ~no idea what’s happening~
  • 11:00 a.m. EST: Maniac finally gets back to operation, sees message from Kerrie — “Everything was a botch because you, Maniac, failed”
  • 11:05 a.m. EST: Maniac looks at Tsurezure Twitter, sees that a preview happened, cries
  • 11:10 a.m. EST: Maniac gives up all hope of ever being able to do anything with the new Tsurezure
  • 3:00 p.m. EST: Maniac sees a message from Straight from Japan(!) with a link to the new Tsurezure song(!)
  • 3:05 p.m. EST: Maniac begins to write a long timeline with a terrible punchline

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I Got a Brand New One for Your Indie Idol Wednesday

Pure Idol Heart floated this one my way last night, you guys, and just in time, too, because I was worried that Indie Idol Wednesday was going to be more Okay Not Indie At All Idol Wednesday. But check out HAMIDASYSTEM (Twitter):

They’re just a few weeks old, and that’s fine video, but it’s just scratching the surface. Continue reading