Hmm, Babymetal’s All Over Media Right Now

What you’re about to see was all just destined for the Weekender because, like, Babymetal’s cool and fun, but they’re also in this weird kind of cruise control (by big idol standards), which isn’t exactly rare for them, but here we are, almost 18 full months since Metal Resistance, and they’re basically just doing their usual load of live appearances.

I am not in this case going all conspiracy-theory (been there, done that, had fun), but the inveterate gambler in me is starting to wonder if a significant announcement isn’t on the way.

You may have seen this fun video of Head from Korn going full Kami Band during one of the two bands’ dates not long ago:

Aw, they’re metal friends! That’s cool. Old me and current me love the hell out of that! But the most shocking thing of all … well, don’t say that I didn’t warn you: Continue reading

Who’s Even Left for Babymetal to Make Friends With?

This is a true story: Last night, I drove a long-ass way so as to finally see Rammstein play live. It wasn’t a bad decision at all! And the venue at Jones Beach and the atmosphere and the sheer monstrous volume and fire and fire and German of it all had me wondering a few times how cool it might be to have certain idols — for instance, Babymetal — perform there. And, hell, given that Babymetal’s latest thing is to do on-stage collaborations with the acts that host them on tour, what would it look like for them to do something with the loudest and metallest of them all?

I drove home last as hell (hence why the first post of the day is quite late!) and was settling in when my question was at least partly answered:

You just know that my love of portmanteau is screaming for the opportunity to call this ‘Kornymetal’ and open the floodgates of hell

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REDRUM SI FTW YADSEUT SIHT

I love this so much, you guys. And fitting, isn’t it, that the project that first made so many of us slack our jaws in disbelief (and then immediately begin week-long binges into the deepest, darkest recesses of idoldom) would inadvertently wind up being the subject of enough fan art to at least once wind up being one of the most bizarre things you’ve ever seen?

I’m trying to imagine a world in which Babymetal actually turned out something so Lynchian on purpose; people complained enough about “From Dusk Til Dawn” (but not, thank heavens, “Tales of the Destinies”). Continue reading

Babymetal’s Having a Big Ol’ Fox Festival

I’m sorry, folks, I halfway missed this big announcement by Babymetal from the other day (it sort of lead ballooned in my feed) and am just now getting around to this update about their next big (Japanese) performances:

Newswire has the details spelled out nicely: Two days each at Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo area, obvs) and Osaka-jo Hall (Osaka, even more obvs), coming up in the fall. Continue reading

None Can Resist the Power of the Fox God: Red Hot Chili Peppers & Babymetal

I am so stupid happy to bring this to you guys.

Well, unless you’ve seen it elsewhere. But! Dave K. bopped the link to this over email this morning, and I felt like I was duty-bound to bring you Babymetal blending chocolate and chili peppers, a combination that I’ve never found as tasty in execution as one might hope, but is pretty fun when turned into a live musical performance:

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Happy Easter! Here Are Things to Enjoy

It’s Easter Sunday for the Christian world, and much of the world that connects to the Christian world, and even for lots of people who aren’t Christian at all but like to have an excuse to have candy, and while we could celebrate the happy re-birthday of Jesus of Nazareth with a little Living Dead I Dolls, I’ll aim instead for the more pagan/secular side of the celebration.

First up! MOAR RABBITS LAB, which has been out for a few days but I was sitting on because, come on, Easter:

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The Corenament Final Is Perfect

Have you seen? It’s time for the Homicidols Fund Drive! Consider bribing your favorite idols to victory!

The Corenament has been great. While last year got weird and I had a fit, this year’s edition featured plenty of the same weirdness … but we embraced it! And the result has incidentally gotten us a real storybook finale.

Our Final Four has had none of the drama of the real one; instead, Guso Drop rode out a healthy early lead against their good friends in NECRONOMIDOL, and Babymetal made mincemeat out of the surprising FRUITPOCHETTE.

The result is that we get #1 against #1, Shinjuku against Harajuku, the top two overall Corenament seeds playing it out like it was scripted, and with all the narrative possible to back it up.

Yes, friends, it’s time to decide. It’s the true queens of the underground against the stars of the international stage, true idols who swim in a world of blood and spit against idols who’ve transcended type and made their own.

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Corenament Week 2: Aftermath, and Our Final Four

Well, friends, despite some hiccups, we got here; the first two weeks of the Corenament are in the books, and we’re down to our Final Four. Just like in real life! And while we didn’t quite have the drama of UNC-Kentucky, we did have … well, idol-level drama. It all seems to have worked out, though, because now we’re just doing triple-digit voting for everybody. May the most dedicated bunch of bots and shut-ins win!

I kid, really. I’ve seen folks talking about X’s fans in Y country getting on board; I’ve seen the shares on Facebook and Twitter myself. The site randomly got some pings from what I think is a Chinese blog? Basically, while last year’s Corenament became the Kamen Joshi show because people like Kamiya Erina asked their followers to vote, this thing grew legs and went some places. Neato!

And now here we are, with a Final Four that I don’t think too many people would complain about. Go look at the Elite Eight results if you want; most of the surprising names therein have been purged on the strength of PURE IDOLCORE POWER. And also Babymetal.

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Babymetal Added a Show in LA and No I Don’t Know

So. Babymetal’s touring with Red Hot Chili Peppers this spring, and Korn and friends during the summer, and now they’re doing a date of their own in Los Angeles:

Epic art

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Get Your Con on … Twice! More Daemon at Con Nichiwa

This is exciting; our pal DaeMetal was already going to be running as brutal an idol panel as has ever existed at Con Nichiwa in Tucson, and now he’s adding another:

That’s the Babymetal version; I won’t spoil some of what he told me about it, but suffice it to say that it sounds like a big ol’ space.
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