The HAMIDASYSTEM Epic’s Fourth Installment Is Glory

Monday is bad. Monday is especially bad when you really want to keep sleeping until Tuesday. Alas, we must all of us rise and get down to business. The very least the universe could do is help out a little bit with something pure and magical and good, you know?

What do you mean, HAMIDASYSTEM released the final leg of their multimedia art project? Blessed be!

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The HAMIDASYSTEM Saga Continues Its Singularly Beautiful Trek

What a thing to wake up to. After the first and then the second installments in HAMIDASYSTEM’s ambitious multimedia concept project, we were all aware of the depths of truth and beauty that were being laid before us. Today’s the day for the third installment, BEET’s turn to deliver her part of the story, and it’s putting me in some kind of mood:


Just one of these left to go, alas

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Would You Like a Free Wagamama Rakia Song?

In keeping with this Tuesday’s short-lived and likely-never-to-be-revisited tradition of posting about selfish idols, Wagamama Rakia, The Original Wagamama, have made available a re-recorded version of their “There is surely tomorrow” song, now with all four current members:

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Shame on Me, I’ve Been Sleeping on Bury

I feel so badly about this one. It’s been an entire week since Jim, one of the greatest, bestest-taste-having idol fans in existence in addition to being kind of a big deal when it comes to that whole punk business, very excitedly shared that Bury, as stripped-down a chika unit as any chika unit has any right to be, has in fact de-stripped-down operations by en-sleekening their look and opening up their very own Bandcamp.*

The reason? Why, the release of their first single, naturally:

Which is actually now two full weeks old. My bad! If you wanted to listen, though, said Bandcamp can provide:

Now that you’ve listened to those songs, you’re going to buy them, right? At about $.50, there isn’t a better bargain. And then you’re going to follow Bury and become a devoted gaijin fan and encourage this unexpectedly promising punk project (p-p-p!) to succeed!

*Given how many bands turn to Bandcamp, I’m literally amazed that nobody named Bury had claimed a domain yet

EMPiRE Really Might Happen

Context for the title of the post! I had this weird feeling that EMPiRE’s major debut album release, teased a couple of days ago, was going to settle the follow-or-not question. Yes, even after that thing with the giant sentient butt, I was skeptical that EMPiRE would come out the other end of the chute as genuinely interesting. I was all geared up for it: They’re going to try to make EMPiRE happen no matter what, aren’t they?

And then the album trailer!

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It’s Not Too Late to Download There There Theres’ ‘SOIL’

I’m so sorry for missing this one yesterday, but the powers that be at Aqbi are giving us all a chance at a free OTOTOY download of the latest single, or I guess just the A-side because that’s all that OTOTOY will let me download. Regardless!

That new logo though

Yes, it’s available for sale, and with all of the rest of the record as well, on Friday, so you might want to grab this track now. And by “might,” I mean “yes.” Continue reading

Nor Have I Said Anything about the New HAMIDASYSTEM

This is a really bad one, you guys, and I’m sorry, but in addition to just plain missing the best chance to share this (Sunday, or HAMIDASYSTEM Day in Japan, as the cool kids now it), I almost forgot about it. It’s just a lyric video, but I’ll be gosh-damned if it isn’t just further confirmation that HAMIDASYSTEM is in that rarefied territory of being legitimately better than, oh, 98 percent of other things in idol, and that they’re inversely well-appreciated by the gibbering masses who don’t so much exist as much as I need a handy strawman to make my point so there:

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GANG PARADE Broke the Ability to Metaphor

Ages ago, back when I was planning out how I wanted to do this idiotic project, I wrote out a series of topics that I thought were worth discussing. It’s worth noting that said editorial outline ultimately turned into nothing because I had grossly underestimated the size and complexity of just this little corner of the Idolverse, and I wasn’t ever going to have time to make a lot of those pieces happen. Noting that, however, I can still say that I had wanted to do a pre-most-WACK-things post on the general career arc of one Watanabe Junnosuke, questioning whether it was skill or luck that had gotten him through (at the time) OG BiS, OG BiSH and OG Pla2POP.

So! GANG PARADE made “BREAKING THE ROAD” official today:

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BiS’s Farewell to Pour Lui Is Available for Free

It’s time to start to say goodbye, apparently. BiS has placed both tracks from their re-major debut and final single with their founder, the grandest dame of them all and likely part of the string-pulling machinery at WACK, Pour Lui, out into the world for completely free listens:

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You Have 11 Days to Download What Might Be the Loudest Album This Year

The big honkin’ 2018 begins in earnest!

Christmas either came super early or super late for ol’ Maniac, you guys. First, new Necroma; then, BBTS melting faces; now Minna no Kodomo-chan making available what they promised was going to come:

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