I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.
Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.
I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.
So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:
If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!
Happy Friday, ya jamokes! I should have shared this post a few days ago (indeed, it was drafted!), but stuff started to happen and then I bumped it twice and finally, here we are, it’s Friday and I’m talking about last weekend as if this one weren’t looming.
But! The focus last weekend was rightfully on the Tokyo Idol Festival, whereas even right in Tokyo there was plenty of other idol action happening.
Like This One Festival That Also Happened and Wasn’t TIF
Just mentally call it Maniac’s Favorite Festival. Look at this (slice of the) lineup:
Well, gang, Guso Drop may be on its last legs as a project, but the show was definitely still going on, at least in terms of their ZEPP Tokyo show last night. I was going to just let it ride on out into the sunset, but, looking through Twitter and YouTube, I also wanted to be able to memorialize it to some extent.
A ZEPP show is a big deal! Q’ulle, who legitimately tour internationally and have many many more followers than Guso Drop, have a tough time selling out ZEPP performances. They’re large venues, capacity in the low thousands, and they cost a lot to book and require a host of other incidental expenses (gear, etc.) that you, Idol Manager, might not face in other clubs, or at least not to the same extent.
Hello! Well, there’s so much going on, so lets get to something important first.
Necronomidol’s UK show is this coming Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited! I just want to thank everyone again for helping me get to the show. Those who donated or even just shared my Gofundme, my store or my commission posts. You’re awesome and I love you all so much!
Now, on to the main point: [MANIAC REDACTED!]
Now, after that public service announcement, here’s the best of last week!
Today’s Friday Fun is very, very similar to last week’s #WhatLuiIsThinking. What can I say, these idols are literally handing over these opportunities to us! This time it’s a special request from everyone’s favourite raspy-voiced idol boss, Rei!
It’s only fair. She not only tweeted the above image yesterday, but she was also one of the girls who brought attention to #YuraSmile to the Japanese side of the fandom by tweeting her response. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find that tweet now, but she was amused. So it’s only fair that we meme her up too!
Tweet your edits with #ReiSaysand#零ちゃん大喜利大会 and let’s see if the reception will be as entertaining as #YuraSmile!
Now, let me put this out there to start things off: “Malcolm Mask McLaren” here is Guso Drop, albeit in their compatriots’ gear, and yes, this appearance at a Village Vanguard store the other day is genuinely odd:
Hey team! As you know, Guso Drop’s latest (and maybe-greatest-but-definitely-grossest) officially drops in a couple of days — let’s show them the same level of love that we’ve shown BiS and PassCode and NECRONOMIDOL! Brian again is the mastermind, so get your instructions from the man himself:
For anybody who’s reading this, I have no doubt that just like me, you love this music, but, also like me, I suspect that participating in the fandom is a big reward as well. At times, I think that the fun of fan interaction and participation rivals the very subject matter that bonds all this […]
You know what’s really satisfying about having put together a few thousand posts about a few hundred idols? It feels like there’s always something to talk about, even something new. I started dedicating little content spots over the course of the week to regulate that a bit. Thursday Hurtsday, though, can be a little difficult to meet up with, to the point that I sometimes have to stretch the concept to make it work.
Fortunately, this week has a bunch of really loud stuff!
You know what I really love about Guso Drop’s Yurapiko? Every live, no matter what, she’s smiling. She’s got that big goofy grin that makes me smile too. No matter what, when she’s on stage, it’s there, impossible to wipe off. The smile is Yura.
For your average idol, a perma-grin like that is everything. “Smile more when you’re performing” is a criticism a lot of idols hear from their managers, so for any other idol group, Yura would look both adorable and professional.