I have not been too shy when it comes to discussing my general antipathy toward former partycore bear idols ayumikurikamaki ever since they were struck with a horrible curse (we can call it, Getting a Major Label Deal!) and being confined to human form, which seems to have sucked little fun from the members but a lot of the awesome out of their music. They partly righted the ship, and then did a nice job following up on that, but I desperately missed the idols who did “JET KUMA STAR” and, no matter how generally supportive I was of the look they were going for on this new album, I was skeptical. After all, in idol, the line between edgy and cringy is a thing one anymore.
I am so, so sorry for having had any doubts:
Thank you, Mr. Major
Listen to that dang song! It’s not the ayukuma that I wanted, but it’s definitely one that I’ll take. I didn’t know they were capable of getting so loud!
What I shared with you is a Google Drive file that Mr. Viz Major uploaded for the world’s enjoyment, as the YouTube Red racket has many a Japanese label and management company restricting access abroad. However, if you are able to view the thing on its proper home, you should do so.
All right, I know that I said that I might be kind of done with ol’ ayumikurikamaki, but then they largely redeemed themselves and I feel like it’s worth bringing up the fact that one of the single most fun projects in idol is releasing a second major album:
Nothing would excite me more right now than to put press Play and enjoy these lovable goofballs doing lovable goofball stuff right on my screen! And I bet the song is fun! If only it were actually something that I could watch at some point along the line of trying 12 different proxy services!
Apparently, everybody who isn’t Japanese needs a proxy
I wish there was some new music to talk about, but there isn’t, not really, and not in the case of three bear idols who are now people. Instead, ayukuma has big festival plans for the summer because of course they do, and we may as well get ourselves a kick out of it, same as them.
【出演決定！】 8月12日(土) ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017 ＠ 《茨城》国営ひたち海浜公園
I think all of us were pleased that the lovable ex-bears of ayumikurikamaki made a bit of a return to form for their “Goma slipper” single, from the sound to the fun attitude of the video. The release itself happened last Wednesday, but they put out this additional MV for the B-side, and yes, ayukuma, thank you:
I don’t always associate the bears with pop punk, but it’s basically tailor made for them. Continue reading →
If our favorite former bears are on their way to Budokan to return to bear glory, and this is part of the soundtrack of that journey, I’ll be pretty okay with it. This is the music that ayukuma should be making.
Happy Wednesday, and gird your loins for the first open matches of the Corenament!
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.