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?
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.
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 →
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:
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:
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.