D-Frontier Are Very Mysterious Indeed

This is another one of those “this thing needs more love, so follow them!” kind of articles.

To start this off, are you prepared for another Hello! Project ramble? No, don’t go yet, I swear I’m getting somewhere with this.

So, if you follow my Twitter, you know I love, love, love Kago Ai, and her former unit, W, with Tsuji Nozomi. Now, last week, Kago returned to the Hello! Project stage for the first time in about 12 years, after getting fired and pretty much erased from existence in official Hello! Project lore for a good part of a decade. It was a pretty huge deal for the Hello! Project fandom. And now she’s no longer dead to the company, there’s been a discussion of a potential W reunion both from the fans and from Kago and Tsuji themselves.

“Kerrie, stop it, W isn’t rock or alt at all,” you say. Yeah, I know. But that’s where I divert your attention to Kago’s comeback show itself. Specifically, these two attendees: Continue reading

Fine, I’m Including UP UP GIRLS Already

You people have been pushing me on UP UP GIRLS for a while, and I made a note to relent on of these days. I’m like, it’s Hump Day, and we could probably all use a pick-me-up, and OH LOOK they just so happened to have released a new video!


I’d give credit to somebody for drawing my attention here, but all of Twitter was about this video yesterday

Damn, there’s a lot happening in that song! Even without the video! Continue reading

Idols Fangirl as Hard as We Do

All apologies to the author (our friend @weeaboowitch), but I, Maniac, am going to intervene just a little bit and write an extra intro.

Kerrie’s piece is on Pour Lui’s enormous musical crush on one of the most idol things to ever idol, Morning Musume, and somewhat additionally on Oomori Seiko, who you either know and love or are about to meet. Given additional context, Michishige Sayumi, a long-time member of Morning Musume and one of the group’s former leaders, blogged today for the first time in two years, and idol Twitter lost its collective shit. Sayumi is even a big focus of the below. I hold this up for you to look at if you’re not as acquainted with idol culture — this is idol culture, and it’s hard to avoid in Japan even if you want to; it’s so pervasive that it even sucks in people dedicated to annihilating idol culture, as Kerrie point out. Plus, there’s a lot of mutual love on our side of the fence; Ai from Malcolm Mask McLaren, for instance, loves PassCode and PIIIIIIIN and Fruitpochette so much that she lists them in her Twitter bio. /Manic

For Pour Lui fans out there, Henkka at kuomi.org lovingly translated an interview with her and sort-of anti-idol singer-songwriter Oomori Seiko from the Hello! Project COMPLETE SINGLE BOOK that came out around 2013. Continue reading