Last week, I made the unwise decision to notification-follow Watanabe on Twitter. At first, I was really just looking for new stuff about the BiSathon (so we could do our own!), but that wasn’t panning out and I was bored, but then came one of the ominous “something will happen at 22:00!” tweets, and … well, given that BiSH was the only part of the company that he hadn’t molested in a while, let’s just say that a quick RT from that group’s account had me convinced that the Captain herself was graduating immediately and had set the rest of the roster on fire.
This is no way invalidates that fear!
It feels like everybody and their mother has announced a new release for the next couple of months, and the only WACK act that doesn’t have something coming relatively soon was GANG PARADE. Until yesterday. Then they said this was happening.
Kerrie time! We originally had different plans for today, and we’ll get to them, but yesterday’s announcement got folks all up in a froth, and this seemed like a much cooler idea.
Happy Friday, everyone! Last week, Hanako-san destroyed things, and it was violent as expected. Lets have a look back at her trail of destruction.
Speaking of things we’d like Hanako-san to destroy, Watanabe has only gone and pissed off the fanbase (and very likely BiS themselves) with his latest stunt, in which he merged all the horrible things he’s inflicted onto his idols over the course of his career into one big human rights violation lawsuit waiting to happen. And the fandom (myself included tbh) are furious. Continue reading
We have already trod this ground to an extent with the awkward business with the “Winter Song” free download that wasn’t but the pretty okay Soundcloud experience. That was the B-side to GANG PARADE’s upcoming single re-release of “Plastic 2 Mercy”*; this is the real McCoy:
Hey, and maybe the download link works this time! (It does!) Or, given how they didn’t even bother to correct it the last time (unless I missed that), I guess that epic prankster Watanabe was just getting another one over on us! What a commentary on the human condition and his own oft-frustrating idol project!
Anyway. There are going to be several cohorts of reaction to this reproduction of the Pla2me classic, and I’d love for unfiltered thoughts from people who fit any of these categories: Continue reading
Almost missed it! Judging from the source, this is either the or a B-side off of the re-released “Plastic 2 Mercy,” due out right after Christmas and smack in the middle of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and hell, Orthodox Christmas is still like a week+ away at that point, so I guess it’d still make a nice gift for the Kamiya Saki fans in your life.
Very appropriately named!
Gee whiz, you guys, with a name like DEATH PARADE, you’d think that GANG PARADE’s epic 200km team relay marathon doodad would’ve delivered a little more in the DEATH department than just in the PARADE.
Instead, I am pleased (/kicks can) to report that not only was the race successfully completed, and not only did nobody actually die, but it looks like it all went down without much in the way of incident at all!
The reward, a bouquet of onions; does Negicco know about this
I can’t believe I’m encouraging this, and you shouldn’t believe that you’ll almost definitely spend longer than you ever thought you would watching this happen, but I’ll cop to morbid curiosity about exactly what GANG PARADE is being subjected to, and why, and what the outcome’s going to be.
ALL WEEKEND LONG (probably), check in here for:
- Live video from the road!
- Commentary, screen captures and goodness knows what on Twitter!
- Ever-declining faith in humanity!
Yes! Continue reading
I almost let this sick, sick event slip under the radar! Remember the whole business with GANG PARADE doing not just one super marathon per WACK’s insane traditions, but a there-and-back 200km relay haul?
That’s gonna happen tomorrow.
You can follow the whole thing on Twitter using #ギャンパレ駅伝 (GANG PARADE LONG-ASS RUN). Or you can follow what I take to be the competing teams and the individual members’ twitcasting! Continue reading
I really thought I was going to review Billie Idle’s bi bi bi bi bi by now, and then I didn’t and now what would be the point, really, so I was going to turn my attention to GANG PARADE and Barely Last, but a certain someone named Garry WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW LIKE A JERK took care of it for us.
And thank goodness! We’ve already heard all of the songs and been snarky about the lineup stuff — galore! — and I’ve made mini-reviews of most of it, so did you really want to read me? You did not.
Garry, on the other hand, pinky-swore upon the holy book of your choice that he was listening with completely open ears, so the perspective from IdolIsShit.com is an impeccable one. Continue reading
GANG PARADE, whose various epithets I am now officially retiring because it makes sense to until they go through another few months like the last few, held their tour finale tonight to celebrate the release of Barely Last and officially step forward as the new GANG PARADE that now has seven members, three of whom were part of this thing and one of whom is new and only three of which are from the original group that was called POP but was a continuation of Pla2me.
Okay, retiring after this post. I can’t help myself sometimes.
It looks nice!
Garry was there and will undoubtedly run a full report from his epic time in Tokyo, but I’m going to crib from this portion of his future post and tell you that he said the show was good! These are the insights that keep you coming back, folks!
You’ll note, though, that new members and a new era for GANG PARADE mean a new look for GANG PARADE, too, as is typical for WACK groups:
As is Watanabe inserting himself because Watanabe
Hm. Muted colors, sort of earthy, even militant … and those IDOL is DEAD-era tattoo sleeves … oh no. Continue reading