Gekijo-ban, Live, Because Why Not, and Also This Interview

Happy Sunday, you goofballs. Do you know what time the Super Bowl is?* It doesn’t matter! Instead, let’s just enjoy the fact that Gokigen Teikoku decided that being all super indie in Tokyo was well and good, but to take their show on the road would be even better. Hence, they headed off to Nagoya and graced us with this bit of their live:

There really isn’t much that lines up well with a Gekijo-ban show, is there? Continue reading

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Monday Match Game: Bootstrap Idols

Friends, we have a lot of fun with the Monday Match Game. Sometimes it’s punny, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s always, always … sunny? I ran out of rhymes.

Anyway! Last week, yami-kawaii obliterated yume-kawaii despite Tiffany’s protestations that they’re basically the same thing, thereby confirming that we’d rather contemplate mortality than have a heaven filled with fallen angels. Good times!

This week, the Match Game takes on a decidedly germane flavor. We’ve been talking a lot about indie idols, the kind that do it all themselves and make their own success on their own merits. There’s not a silver spoon or institutional advantage (well, probably some kawaii) in sight when these self-driven performers step into the limelight.

In this corner, throwback heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll idols whose success is so palpable that they even drag their own ex-members back into the fold; in the other corner, goofball stage antics and a musical smorgasbord from idols who actually fired their manager to take over their own affairs themselves.

Two darlings of the underground enter, but only one … well.* Continue reading

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Gekijo-ban Had a Nice-looking New Year’s Party

The professional goofballs in Gokigen Teikoku had their first one-man over the weekend. It looks like it was a pretty fun time!

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Let’s All Download Gekijo-ban’s Single

I keep forgetting that you can download Gokigen Teikoku’s debut “Important Notice” single:

Until Jan. 13, that is. Then you’ll have to pay for it! Continue reading

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This Might Be My Favorite Show I’ll Never Go To

You all know that I can’t Japanese, like at all. I can recognize names, and occasionally phrases that I’ve seen written a bunch of times and I know what they sound like and mean in English, but that’s “reading” in the sense that making Pop Tarts is “cooking.”

Nonetheless, just as Pop Tarts are delicious, so too is the ability to recognize that several idols are tweeting about the same thing, and having the good sense to look into it:

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Check out Gokigen Teikoku’s Important Notice

Remember when Gekijo-ban was doing that thing with 100 fans so they could make an MV? I definitely did not understand what that was about, but no worries, the actual end product is upon us.

Feast your eyes upon the smart-trolly-ly titled “Important Notice”!


s/o to the dude in the DISDOL shirt

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I Just Enjoy What Gokigen Teikoku Does

I find myself going toward this Gekijo-ban well a lot lately, and the fact is that they’re aggressive about getting their stuff in front of you and want it to be fun. No, they aren’t the hardest or heaviest or cursest or rebelest, but they’re gamely doing their thing on their terms and really just want to entertain while they do it. I like to do my part in kind.

You’ve probably seen this pop up on Twitter any one of the several times per day that it goes out:

It’s easier if you just submit

You should, because, as Pure Idol Heart describes them, there is something “visionary” about the way they do their business. Continue reading

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Start Friday Right with These Weirdos

Overall, very few idols put on as gangbusters a live performance as the ultra-indie Gokigen Teikoku. Folks have had a few rough days, so how about we raise some spirits?


The horse has its own Twitter account

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This Is Like Watching ‘Hamlet’ Kind Of

Start your Sunday with a trip through the most meta thing you’ll see today.

The Indies So Indie They Bailed on Their Indie Management to Go Super-Indie, aka Gokigen Teikoku, filmed a video (their first!) the other day, with some of their biggest fans in attendance as de facto extras. And, uh, they also filmed themselves being filmed.

That’s a pretty fun clip! Continue reading

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Gokigen Teikoku Just Increased Their Coolness Quotient

There’s a lot of general excitement in the idolsphere when it comes to The Artists Formerly Known as Ultimate Future Weapons mofu, or Gokigen Teikoku (Twitter), as they like to be called.

  • They went indie and changed their name
  • They tweet extensively in very good English and like to interact with fans in a plethora of languages
  • They clearly do whatever the hell they feel like

I’d been waiting for a good chunk of live video or, heaven forbid, an actual MV before touting them too extensively here, but then they went and forced my hand. Continue reading

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