One of the more enjoyable and exciting things in the bold new world of non-traditional idols is the continuing openness of personal self-expression nurtured into the performers. While there’s always been a creative streak within the scene even in it’s more “commercial” days, I really started to take notice of this new emergence of experimentation with the debut of Maison book girl in 2014…
Those first press photos of Koshouji Megumi’s post-BiS group, with their modernist fashion style and aesthetic, seized my attention immediately, and I’ve never gotten that impression out of my mind since. With MBG and other bold new groups taking the stage, the “alt” prefix started being applied to this emerging trend, but to me, I saw their efforts as being more about personal expression and a desire to take idol from a product market into high art. To this day, I refer to Maison book girl as an art project, and their genre as being “Art-Idol.” Continue reading
Man, maybe the worst thing about being out of commission for that little while was having to miss out on doing the 100 Days. Where have Tsuyame’s cats been? Is Komachi really on a different plane of existence from the rest of us? IS COCOCO STILL TRULY HUMAN?!
Fortunately, I got to step out of that annoying swirl of doubt and directly into a world where Not Secured, Loose Ends has painted the upcoming “Loud Asymmetry” in a deliciously terrifying light*:
Mon dieu! The members all got art updates along with that. Continue reading
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While I may be a disorganized Maniac these days, friends, I am nothing if not a man of my word, and it is technically still the evening of June 23 while I write this.
But let’s just get down to business. Folks made some serious efforts to impress, all for
pride in a job well done the sweet smell of victory and some cool Babymetal gear. Continue reading
Babymetal has millions of fans all over the world. Some of them travel thousands of miles to see the Dark Knights perform; some blow their entire bank account on collecting merchandise; some cover their bodies in tattoos; some make videos and other fan art (some, um, make websites).
But nobody deserves as much love as this guy: