A thousand curses upon the idols who waited until the doors were inching closed on 2019 to start dropping the kinds of absolute bombs that we’d largely been missing from their musical landscape this year — which can be forgiven, as the Idol Membership Massacre of 2019 will go down as one of the scene’s most infamous runs — but I at least have felt like we really needed.
And so it is that, with a week to go before we stop giving out eligibility for our Best Of awards, along comes Gu-Gu LULU with their third single and frankly their best song to date dropped along with this fun little video:
Recent events have sucked! I tried to bring back some of the positive idol vibes a little bit yesterday, and that was an okay effort; we need better, though. If only there were a newer group from a well-established scene stable that happens to be just so perfectly situated to deliver exactly the emotional resonance needed at a time like this, to inject good feelings into a run of bad news.
Hey, how about Gu-Gu LULU, who would like for you to please enjoy this MV from this new single!
It took a little while to prep, but new Aqbi idols Gu-Gu LULU made their debut on Sunday. I was leery, I’ll admit; though Tanaka-san has a great track record with his projects, nobody bats 1.000, and some combination of the name and what I thought might be a draw toward that emerging weird-for-the-sake-of-it slice of idol had me backed off, expecting something potentially cool but also potentially off-putting.
Video from the debut was on the Internet faster than … well, very fast, and I was gratified to see that my fears were unfounded, and this is a group that’s going to be fun to follow:
A year ago, we were all still getting used to the post-Bellheart reality of There There Theres taking over the raven wings, MIGMA SHELTER just getting started with Kanra (re-christened YONEKO) in the lead, and Ayano setting off solo as CLOCK & BOTAN. It was pretty weird — Bellring Girls Heart had been one of those seminal chika scene entities, long-lived and possessing a singular, definitive set of look+sound. Of course even more tumult was to follow, but did anybody expect that the stable would continuously re-coalesce? I didn’t.
And yet, that’s what happened! Since Ayano’s new group project was announced, folks have waited for an idea of what was in store. We don’t know much yet, but now we do know (most of) the members. Thank you, Am I Bored?, for the note!