Here’s a Bunch of Stuff from the SELL NU IDOL Thing

You guys might be aware of EXTREME IDOL TERROR, the fairly regular get-together of … I don’t need to explain that, do I? There are particulars, but they’re not tremendously important in this context. What is important is that EIT and SELL NU IDOL?, another semi-regular showcase that also needs very little explanation, had a joint show recently, and I figured that the Corenament being upon us would be a good enough reason to share some sets from it.

So here’s Sugartrap!

And Cure!

And of course Guso Drop!

Imagine the agonizing choices that lay before you, amigos!


This Monday Match Game Will Make You Feel Better

Happy Monday, you goofs! As a brief programming note before we dive into the goods, this will be the last Monday Match Game for a little while; I’ll be publishing a Corenament primer later in the week, and then next week will kick us off to get our final field set. SO EXCITING!

The last Monday Match Game pitted the darkness idols, NECRONOMIDOL, against The Cult in a bid to determine who whose kvlt was more trve, and Necroma smashed those swag rock pretenders on their way to a sickeningly good album release and MV, plus the delirious fun that was #Deathless4Necroma.

This week, it’s not about kvlt, but about cures; specifically, what’ll cure what ails you? Is it pants-soilingly intense idols or innovative alt-rock legends? Tiny doll-like girls bellowing hateful lyrics or bad-haired English men singing about how they hate themselves? Yes, friends, neither of these things should have much association with actual cures, but both can be palliative and soothing in their own way.

The trick is, depending on where you are right now — happy, sad, hopeful, heartbroken — which Cure is going to make it all better? Continue reading


This Is Exactly the Cure I Need for Monday

What a terrible pun! So Cure, who recently expanded to five members to continue their dominance of the very loud Osaka underground scene, have a charming tendency to put their lives onto YouTube. Other than few short clips here and there, I haven’t seen the new lineup in action, nor some of the newer music that they’re rolling with, so this is as much a voyage of discovery for me as it is for you.

Say, Maniac, I thought you said there were five members now! Continue reading


Cure Is No Longer the Most Intense Duo in Idol

As of yesterday’s Cure Fes, they’re the most intense quintet in idol:

Didn’t see five coming!

Here are the new members:

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Cure Is Officially Down to Two Members

File this under The Most Random News Imaginable But Maniac Wanted an Excuse to Post Cure Again.

If you’re familiar with Osaka’s Cure, you know them as a powerful duo who really don’t look the part of shred-throated, darkness-powered metal idols, but there you go. If you’ve looked into them, though, you may have noticed that they have long listed a third member who, for almost all of 2016, has been on hiatus for health reasons.

Well, she’s officially out.

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It’s Always Nice When Cure Uploads a Bunch of Video

I don’t even know how to frame this in a way that it doesn’t frame itself. The setting: Some little venue. The performers: Cure. The atmosphere: Hype. The music: Good. Kokeshichan: Terrifying.

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Cure Uploaded Their Full Set, Bless Them

I had a version of this post all drafted before first the MV release this morning and then that “where were you when” news of some sort from a little while ago, and it’s funny to look back on this now, when it felt like possibly the best thing to be available in what has otherwise been a fairly dull week.

Anyway, the point that I was originally trying to make is that it’s good to be reminded that there are and always will be idols doing metal on little stages for their most stalwart of fans. Cure, for instance, is a-okay.

These videos are from the most recent Cure Fest, held on Sunday. That venue … honestly, every time I see one of these, or some of the really early Babymetal stuff, I want to drag some tr00 metalhead dipshit by their bad hair over to look. “See, asshat? Get a clue.”

I am a very kind person.


Who’s Down for like 90 Seconds of Cure?

And I’d been wondering what all they’ve been up to lately.

That’s a lot of oomph!

Their festival is coming up in a couple of weeks, too:

This has been our monthly check-in on Cure.


Score Me One of These

You lucky ducks in Japan, if you happen by Cure’s next show:

I’ll even pay for it!


This Cure Song Is Pure Hotness

Via Pure Idol Heart, sweet holy shit:

Also, this isn’t my first time listening to Cure, but I had absolutely no idea that totes adorbz Kokeshi-chan could belt like that. Good lord, child.


Ed: I had to clean this up. It was weird and not right.