There’s Going to Be More Koutei Camera Something

I’m officially confused! Koutei Camera Girl Zwei died. Koutei Camera Gal lives and is fun. Koutei Camera Girl Drei was supposedly happening … so then where does that put us with Koutei Camera Actress?

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Start Your Day Right with HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI

Happy Monday, friends! I’m hoping that some of the pieces that hit over the weekend are a precursor to big things to come for this week, because it’s been slo-o-o-ow out there lately, to the point that a lot of the fresh blood isn’t even all that interesting.

Speaking of things to hit over the weekend, remember HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI, the latest project from the A-minor stable that brings us Guso Drop and Screaming Sixties et al? And remember that tremendously creepy-ass stalker song of theirs that put a whole new spin on “that sounds like tradol, Maniac, what’s the matter with you?”

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Mugen Regina Is Back

Here’s one that we’ve known was coming, but it’s finally real and I’m glad; fantasy/gothic idols Mugen Regina, who were disbanded at the end of last year and felt like a legitimate missed opportunity, were suddenly going to get a reboot, and that’s just aces.

Their last live was … yesterday? Two days ago? Here’s their little intro video:


Are any of these girls the trainees that were part of the project for like a week last year?

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Thursday Hurtsday Brings Bunnies, But Not What You Expect

Old pal Pure Idol Heart, who has the unique ability/privilege to basically live and breathe idols, shared out another new project the other day, and I immediately thought “Thursday.”

Friends, this is loud:

This is RABBITS Lab (Twitter), and I’ll be damned if I didn’t think for a second that I was listening to DOLL$BOXX. Continue reading

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This Is Promising: Say Hi to Woltanative

I noticed something recently: I used to really dig getting into debuts, but then got away from it because I have the attention span of a flea it’s more interesting to wait until music happens (this being a music website, after all, moreso than an idol one). And I’d be right on board with that approach here, too, but please indulge me just this one little bit because this is going to be a pretty awesome debut.

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Yannderu Ame and Their First Musical Teaser

Hi friends! You may have seen from John that Yannderu Watashi to Yamanai Ame (Twitter) exists. You may have also seen the information that I’ve lost track of, stuff on Facebook etc. that talked about their name and concept and stuff — the name’s like “I’m sickly watching the rain fall” but probably not as poetic as the “Tears in Rain” monologue but still pretty good — and the fact that they got Arisa from the ashes of the old Mugen Regina.

Anyway! The point here is not to tread back over stuff — it’s been covered, and with more genuine interest — but to hold up the shiny thing and get all excited about it. You know me. Continue reading

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I Find Things: It’s Time for Li-V-RAVE

Welcome to the world of stumbling over stuff on Twitter:

This is Li-V-RAVE (Twitter). They’re super brand new, like a month old, but I’m digging this limited stuff so far primarily because one of the members used to be a member of something else and was randomly in my Twitter feed and I don’t know who she is but that’s okay, now there’s Li-V-RAVE! Continue reading

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Sink into This Sakidori Hasshinkyoku Video for Your Tuesday WTF

The Papermaiden suggests that we take this sucker for a spin, and I couldn’t agree more! Ever since PIH shared it over the weekend, I’ve been somewhere between complete unbelief and total thankfulness that such a strange trip exists in my world — so accessible, but so astonishingly out there at the same time, like if some of Bellring Girls Heart’s material from last year were to be turned into high-energy kawaiidol madness.

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Of Course the New Member of the A-minor Family Will Be Good

Martin had actually spied this the other day, but now it’s official because they have music: Daichi will be adding a new member to the family that includes Guso Drop and Screaming Sixties, and we have every reason to be excited about that (TY Pukovnik Krv for the tip).

HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI is so new that I don’t think there are even members yet actually has members, the last five accounts in this list, but there are of course demo tracks up on Soundcloud (if you want to hear more of Daichi’s lilting voice):

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Not-Kanra’s New Group Has an Actual Name Now

Just a quick note building off of that bit from Friday about YONEKO: The formerly nameless artists whose identity I had completely wrong before are now going to be known as MIGMA SHELTER.

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