Nevermind, Ayuni D Has the Best BiSH Solo Project

Did I know that former gas station attendant Ayuni D was being hooked up with a solo project? And, unlike Chitti and Aina, it’s a standalone EP? (/checks notes) I did not! It’s a total surprise! And yet, here we are, and the dang record drops tomorrow and oh my goodness where the hell has this song been?


Also, I didn’t know that she could play the bass better than me

You know, I spent all this time thinking that Aina’s various solo projects, and then Chitti’s getting one of the most legitimately nice songs that I’ve heard in a while, that these were harbingers of big changes. Hell, when Ayuni D joined BiSH two years ago, I said in some conversation elsewhere that those two were probably going to be the next to go, to seek greener pastures than idol stages, and that BiSH would be “Atsuko and Ayuni D’s group in a couple of years.” (Yeah, I remember that but I can’t remember … Anyway.) Continue reading

Dang, Chitti, You Crushed It

Lo and behold, the first MV from that double A-side split solo single by (captain) Chitti and (center) Aina from BiSH has arrived! I felt good from the preview; the whole song and nice narrative video kind of makes me feel like I should be doing more with my life:

Does anybody else ever watch these moments in films and the like and think, there’s no way that’s real, nobody actually does that, also be careful because those sparks could probably burn a hole in your head, while also thinking, man, I’d really like to be doing that too? Asking for a friend. Continue reading

Let’s Just Call It the Boss Single

In case it hasn’t been obvious, I’ve become a little bit of a BiSH skeptic over the past year or so — even my original support for the last single waned in retrospect. It grieves me, actually; my all-time idol top 10, regardless of whether it’s song-album-video-person-whatever, has BiSH all over it, and I remain an ardent supporter of the idea of BiSH and the incredible barrier-breaking potential that I think they have. This is why, even almost two years into a long run of mostly being disappointed by them, I get the giddies when they spin off new stuff, especially new stuff that appeals directly to my own biases!

That’s a split solo single for Aina — nothing new there — and the Captain herself. Continue reading

Let’s All Agree to Only Let BiSH Do Sneaky Releases

BiSH seems to thrive on stealth releases — folks were tweeting about a mystery CD single that popped up in record stores early today (Japan time):

Which for some reason I could only find a really recent photo

What could it be! Would there be an official announcement or anything? Several hours later, yes, of course, but also an MV! Continue reading

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

Great, BiSH Is Boring Now

That is the lukewarmest of takes, amigos, and it’s just about all the GAF that I can muster; and speaking of muster, when the most exorcised about “HiDE the BLUE” that I could get for the Weekender was to acknowledge that, yes, they’re just making “Orchestra” on loop until people make them stop, you know that I’m pretty much out of GAF.

Also case in point: This happened yesterday, and seeing it filled me with zero urgency.

Well that’s nice. It is! It’s a very nice, easy ballad, with a heartwarming MV. It’s also disappointing and — sadly, I know this because I tried to get through it plural times to convince myself that this was worth the time, and gave up in the middle of the second attempt — boring! Continue reading

Oh Look, Another Sneaky BiSH Release

I don’t know, did I miss something? It did seem like the queens of all media were making more noise than usual, what with “PAiNT it BLACK” and the Aina butt video still fairly fresh in mind; if they were to announce a new record, it would be for a little while away, right?

Try next week:

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BiSH Have Become the Queens of All Media

I sometimes wonder about what really goes on in Watanabe’s head. The person he portrays is a callous, free-wheeling imp who functions largely through a Hegelian series of resolutions of superego and id, but I think it’s pretty clear that the Watanabe who traps girls on islands and makes people go on morning fun runs just to prove their mettle, who forces idol icons to sleep in a car and eat nothing but rice, is in many ways an idol himself; Watanabe (just like Homicidol Maniac!) is a persona more than a person, and so the very essence of what he puts on is not in fact the rotten-egg target posing as manager of BiS and BiSH and EMPiRE and GANG PARADE, but at the very least a calculating, deliberate mind*. Anybody who’s ever read or seen Hamlet knows that playing the fool frees one to expose so many more truths, after all.

Now, I don’t think that Watanabe is quite up to Shakespearean standards, but he is a performance artist in his own right, with human emotion and maybe even an entire industry** as his media. The thing about artists, though, is that they still need to get paid, and getting paid can get complicated, so you wind up with situations like BiSH’s song to promote something called KIRIN LEMON:

There of course can be discussion around whether the SCRAMBLES sound, or the WACK approach in general, has in fact entered freely into the mainstream, and how it obviates the very notion of the “alt” edifice that they largely created, but that’s not this moment. No, right now it’s about the various things that BiSH in particular is doing to make some lucre. Continue reading

Better, BiSH

“Yes it is” said the mirror back to me when I, a-readying for slumber, saw the Thing Happening Then warning tweet and asked aloud, “It’s another dang MV, isn’t it?” not even to myself, but really just the universe, which apparently does not like me very much.

How very prescient of you, Mirror Maniac!

Note: I really wanted to be cute and meme-tastic and just write “Pour Lui didn’t die for this” and walk away, but I didn’t, mostly because that would’ve been a pointlessly hot and misguided and vapid take! Continue reading

At Last, Corenament Clarity and a Path to the Championship

Did you think I was kidding when I said that yesterday’s Final Four action was going to be brutal? Fans of BiSH and Kaqriyo Terror Architect got into some kind of vote war (well over 200 in the span of a few hours), with the Codomomental upstart coming out on top and guaranteeing themselves a place in the final; and, with the very thorough support of management, Minna no Kodomo-chan absolutely wiped the floor with Hanako-san, who frankly didn’t seem all that interested:

Of course, she shortly thereafter followed that message with:

Well, Hanako-san, if you don’t want to be part of the game — even though you’re technically still alive! — it certainly makes things easier to have you out. Godspeed Good luck! I’d hate for this to all be some sort of convenient ruse!

That does leave us with one final match to see who needs to be in the final against Kakuriyo, though. Continue reading