Man, do you guys remember Spark Roadshow? I was trying to remember where and why I knew of them, and then I remember their whole “marathon” business and nodded solemnly while giving “X-WOMEN” here another spin:
So the other day, I noticed a fresh post in the forums; given that most of what happens there is random Polish-language stuff, I just kind of ignored it … but then there was a reply, and things got interesting.
Go have a look at the request, for a film called Moonquake, asking where to find this piece that featured none other than former BiS and current Billie Idle and forever obsession of Homicidols.com renegade idol First Summer Uika. Char T Saki found it!
I am in no way exaggerating that I had other plans for this week’s look at the weird and violent and weirdly violent things that surround the hard side of idol, and then I got this tweet and thought “Stop everything.” I didn’t take the whole two hours to stop to make this post, and I’ll admit that the oddly porny music playing while the two guys were fighting and one had a baseball bat, that was kind of a weird thing to skip ahead to at one point, but … look, are you interested yet, or not?
Here’s the pitch: At a few different moments, I’ve thought about posting something about Rev. from DVL (for instance, their most recent single), but they’ve never quite crossed the right threshold for me as a group. However, their center, Hashimoto Kanna, being an idol, is also an actor, and this starring spot of hers is called Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation.
I was very randomly poking around YouTube and thought, “Hey, I could go for another watch of the WHO KiLLED IDOL? trailer, seeing people get their dreams crushed repeatedly is pretty great when there’s still a happy ending for a few of them,” so I did a usual search for “SiS” and … well, I haven’t seen this one before.
So the edited-up version of the BiS auditions airs tonight (or now, I guess, or tomorrow? Japanese dates confuse me), and it’s probably a good recap for those of us who watched pretty much the entire audition boot camp as if there were going to be any insights — hell, if you were paying attention, it was clear from early on who the winners were going to be, lending credence to the it-was-all-a-stunt-of-course-it-was-this-is-Watanabe-we’re-talking-about of it all.
For many, the most interesting outcome of the auditions wasn’t New BiS, but the spin-off sister/rival group SiS, the prototype of which stormed the stage at the New BiS debut and got people really excited and then had themselves a really cool debut live of their own and then … well.
While SiS is definitely in the running for a number of Best of 2016 categories, their life and death and GANG PARADEsurrection were still pretty great drama, so it’s fitting that this is happening:
I know, I know, you all aren’t as WOO THEY’RE SO WEIRD AND AMAZING as I am, but this is a unique opportunity to crowdfund (independently of other action, btw) a translation of Bellring Girls Heart’s Sixth Dimension film. The subtitles become a free download in the end, and knowing where/how to get the film requires only a small amount of poking, and then, well, you get to enjoy the results in full.
Here’s the trailer, just to give you an idea of what you’re looking at: