Who Did It Best? BiS or BiS? Against the Pain!

Ah, friends, we once again are presented with the latest release from the unevenly two-headed monster that is BiS, a single called “Against the Pain” that both 1st and 2nd have versions of. Rather than be purely reductive and blogtastic and be all This Is What Maniac Thinks about it, I leave it up to you, the viewers at home, to render the decision. Yes, it’s Monday, but no, we shan’t go with the Match Game format. Just take in these MVs and render your verdict: Continue reading

Tentenko – I Don’t Want the World, I Just Want Your Cat

Tentenko doesn’t always get a lot of mentions here since she, technically, is a former idol and not a current one. What she is, though, is one of the more quietly productive and increasingly significant voices in the Japanese indie music scene and, when she does perform, it is typically alongside the more prominent names in chika idol.

Recently, however, Tentenko has seen a string of buzzworthy events that may indicate the BiS alumna’s first steps towards global conquest and warrant a mention outside of The Weekender.  First was her interview and profile in the mainstream Western media. Sure it was in Vice , and, sure, they played the “weird” card while profiling a Japanese artist, but it was still a substantive and well-researched piece that focused on her music cred.

That article was in the lead up to her first Western album release: a self-titled LP on pink vinyl courtesy of Toothpaste Records.

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Homicidols Archives: The Idol Suicides #02

Welcome to Homicidols Archives, an attempt to capture and document the ephemeral and ever-changing entity that is Idol.

Here is the reprint of the second instalment of The Idol Suicides, a column originally written for now-defunct 20hz magazine by Sokichi Osada, the producer of legend-worthy disbanded group Girls Excellency International and currently the producer of Cinema and Boy CQ (Den’ei to Shounen CQ), movie soundtrackers duo extraordinaire.
The Idol Suicides #02 was originally published in May 2016, in the third issue of 20hz.
For an introduction to the series, click here. For the other installments, it’s this way.

The text of the article is untouched and as Osada-san sent it to me. However, considering the original layout of the article had images and video content to supplement documentary appartés. I was linked to all idols videos, they are presented as they were. All other hyperlinks have been added by the contributor posting this.

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If You’re Following That BiS League Thing, Now’s Apparently the Time to Vote

A few years ago, if you’d told me that I’d ever be in a position to neither understand nor have strong feelings about a thing that BiS was doing, I’d raise an eyebrow poorly because that’s not a skill that I possess, and then I’d laugh at the notion because BiS died in 2014, friend, and you’d remind me that actually Pour Lui raised a new version in 2016 and I’d be like, oh right, and now she’s in BILLIE IDLE and the thing she made has become some weird 48g product with warring teams or something, I almost forgot about that!

Anyway, BiS League is that warring teams thing, and whichever members get the most love from fans will be in BiS 1st, and the rest cast into the detritus pile that will be BiS 2nd. Like I said, I don’t totally get it, but that’s fine; the same statement could be made about half of the things in idol. If you’re interested in participating in the straw poll, you can here now:

Definitely never thought I’d see BiS land here. The most recent single was pretty solid, though.

Team Zeela all the way.

WACK Wins by Having Nothing to Apologize For

All of my reactions to WACK news lately seems to be along the lines of “well, that happened.”

It all started on Friday, with this foreboding billboard atop Shibuya’s famous 109 building:

“We haven’t done anything yet, but we apologize in advance?”

Well, that’s ominous. Granted, I can think of many things WACK should apologize for, but this is now. Well, the future. Eyebrows were raised. Questions were asked. Just what exactly is this future scandal WACK have had to apologize in advance for? It got even worse when Watanabe tweeted out the words many a WACK fan dread; “Announcement at 24:00.” There was panic, theorizing (mostly from me) when eventually, the fateful moment came. Continue reading

Who Did It Best? BiS or BiS? Don’t Miss It!

That’s the worst title you’ve ever written, guy

Oh man, I dang near forgot about BiS! The original Maidens* of Mayhem have gone through a lot of changes over the past few months, not the least of which being this dual lineup business and the (I am so tired) BiS LEAGUE.** There have been plenty of questions about how that was going to work. Same songs? Same MVs? Apparently!

Here’s BiS 1st:

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This Is What BiS Looks Like Now

First things first: I am way too tired to try to do much of anything with the new BiS lineups, so let’s all thank John for handling that adroitly. The new members have names! The all members have a new look! My girl Zeela is starting to weird me out a little bit! It’s fine!

Second things second: This is all predicated on the BiS League results and the first post-Pour Lui single, which … I guess is for both groups? Is one secretly like the A team and the other the B? Will there eventually be an all-star game? Again, way too tired.

Last thing last: I feel like I know why Lui jumped ship.

I have kind of been waiting for this announcement, it always find it interesting what names idols will be given. Is that weird? Anyway, BiS 1st and BiS 2nd have announced their full lineups and I want you all to have the information.

via BiS 1st And BiS 2nd Lineups Announced — Straight From Japan

The MOMOLAND Saga Ends in Withdrawal

For the last couple of days, folks around the Idolsphere have been quite concerned regarding the whereabouts of BiS member Momo, who had disappeared from public view after apparently being seen getting on an airplane. Because it’s BiS and therefore WACK, and because it’s potentially serious business, I wasn’t going to immediately suspend justifiable disbelief and run with it, but it turns out that Momo did in fact go AWOL, and has in fact withdrawn from the group:

Fatigue. Understandable. Good luck to you, Momo!

Adventures in Pour Lui’s YouTube Dungeon #2

Previously on Pour Lui’s YouTube Dungeon:
BYS totally isn’t an April Fools joke.
First Summer Uika forms a bitch alliance with her former captor and Michibayashi Rio to seduce their rivals.
Where’s Kamiya Saki? Hell if I know.
Nobody can escape the YouTube Dungeon, especially not Koshouji Megumi.

Or at least, that’s my interpretation. If you hadn’t guessed from the previous trainwreck, this whole column is just me watching the BYS vlogs with my very limited Japanese and trying to form some kind of coherent story behind them. And failing. But hey, you don’t have to read this! On with the continuation of this gripping tale:

Episode 9: A Very Special Blossom

In a rare bout of kindness, Pour Lui takes her captives Megumi and Tentenko out to see the cherry blossoms. Oh wait, looks like she was just using them as her hapless servants to leech food from the unsuspecting public! Screw grocery shopping, am I right? Continue reading

The WACK Expo Fallout: We Are All Incredibly Easy Marks

I didn’t watch the WACK Expo. After the thing had been announced, and the overall shape of the auditions made, it was pretty obvious how the whole shebang would be conducted and concluded, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I allowed myself to selectively enjoy the auditions from extra-afar, taking it all in via Twitter and the occasional side conversation; once my girl Trivago was finally, mercifully euthanized, I didn’t care enough to even do that.

When I woke up today, the event was all in the past. Things had been done, reactions had, tears shed, etc. Was Twitter buzzing? It sure was! Were the takes flying? They sure were!

And all according to plan. Like any good wota, this is our moment to MIX, to respond to the ainote, to play our part in the interactive ritual that is being an idol fan. We happily separate ourselves from our money to experience closely controlled environments of put-on cruelty and manicured triumphs. We call out the things that are bad or stupid, and hand over cash, attention and appearances of generalized support in exchange. We are all incredibly easy marks.

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