Here’s Minna no Kodomo-chan: The Band in Action, Officially

This started off as a Weekender thing until I had that sudden sinking feeling that I hadn’t brought up 2018 Corenament champion and all-around great pair of people Minna no Kodomo-chan, and even then it was just going to be a throwaway post until — gasp! — I went back to read up on what the real hook should be and remembered that not only had Everybody’s Children promised to go full-idols-plus-band-entity, but that this might be the first time that was put to video, like, officially.

In overall context, that’s a big deal! I certainly thought so, a take apparently so hot that it’s still burning its way toward the earth’s molten core (where it belongs). Which is profoundly stupid, because a) everybody likes when idols play with bands and b) there’s nothing about the permanent inclusion of live musicians on a stage or in the studio that in any way obscures the experience of idols doing idol things, and certainly not so for the audience, and c) if you’re ostensibly a music fan, having more music in a performance is probably a good thing.

Anyway, seeing as how I come down very hard on the side of Minna No Kodomo-chan As A Band Is Going To Be A Good Thing, and also because I am a very rambunctious supporter of one of the low-key best acts in chika idol, here’s that good thing in action: Continue reading

Minna no Kodomo-chan: The Band Experience Is Pretty Great

“Man, slow idol morning,” he said to himself while doop-dee-dooping his way through Twitter. “Hellow, what’s this?”

Live clips, you say! I’ve been hoping to get a gander at how 2018 breakout candidates, Corenament winners Minna no Kodomo-chan were shaping up now that they’re a full-time band+idols performance unit. How–

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Minna no Kodomo-chan Is Doing the Band Thing Forever OMG

Things to never, ever tweet at me:

Like, this is important, you guys. You ask for takes, you get takes, and you know that my takes are never short takes and often are in fact quite long takes that the more cynical among us could construe as attempts to pad out the post length and insert extra keywords and stuff. HOW DARE YOU.

But the point is, as the title suggests, that Corenament winners and all-around solid kids doing dangerous music Minna no Kodomo-chan are no longer simply going to be an idol duo, but an idol duo fronting a band:

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Yuzuki’s Band Turn Continues to Be Very Loud

In the ongoing saga of Q’ulle’s Yuzuki having probably the most impressive overall up-stepping solo project in contemporary idol (YUZUKINGDOM!), the erstwhile dancer-turned-singer-turned-this continues her BLOOD STAIN CHILD collaboration with a new single that isn’t quite as throat-rippingly nasty as the first track, but isn’t exactly letting you off easy, either:


Somebody explain what “Roskill Lavender” means, please

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The Band Form of REGiNA KiSS Is Working Out

Ah, REGiNA KiSS, the idols that I can never get anybody to pay attention to half as much as they deserve to be paid attention to. I don’t get it! Of those who have looked, the reviews are almost always positive. “Yes, Maniac, you are right, they are good” is the stock reply, in fact. Granted, I hear that all the time because my taste is impeccable, but let’s not digress!

REGiNA KiSS, originally a more full-on, explicitly idol project, made the move a little while back to be one of those idol+band hybrids. That could have gone any of a number of ways, honestly; it’s like how throwing a pass in football has three potential outcomes, and only one of them is good. I think it’s safe to say that it worked out in this case:

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And Thus Ends DISDOL

It happened so quietly that it wasn’t until Idolatry hit me up the other night that I had any idea that things were amiss:

Yup. DISDOL called it a wrap. Or, more specifically, called it an end to idol and the full transmogrification into bandhood. Continue reading

Oh, REGiNA KiSS Is a Band Now?

I’ll just go ahead and admit that I didn’t see this one coming:

Huh. Well, okay, super-underappreciated former-idol-trio-turned-duo REGiNA KiSS, whose inability to garner even very many page views briefly made them my favorite idol thing to write about, are … well, they’re a band! Like, not Idols in Front of a Band, but, hell, are they even really idols anymore? Between the gravure and stuff, one might think so, but there are few guarantees in the underground anymore. They sometimes appear as the whole unit thing, or sometimes isn’t just the idols, but. Continue reading

Younapi Puts the Y in YMQ…

Our dearest Younapi of YOU’LL MELT MORE! is just a whirling dervish of activity! Aside from being a member of one of the most prolific oddball idol groups around, she’s consistently making the rounds as a soloist, DJ, artist, clothing designer, and now, because that just wasn’t enough to hold her attention, she’s got herself a new band project!

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Check out This Band Covering NSLE’s ‘A Drama with Nietzsche’

We’re pretty used to idols covering bands at this point, but what about when bands cover idols? Norem shared this video in the Idolmetal group yesterday …

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Say Hi to the New (& Improved?) Guso Drop

So the queens of underground idolcore, the inimitable Guso Drop, are on the verge of losing their leader. That’s sad. But they also have a fresh new release supported by a raucous video. That’s not sad at all! And they’re also taking the big positive steps toward their own sustainability by rolling out three new members to join in full once Saki transitions out:

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