Like a lot of you, I originally got wrapped into this whole idol business though the all-consuming, all-powerful multi-media conglomerate we call Hello! Project. Once I saw the MV for Morning Musume‘s “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari”, I was essentially on a path of no return and life has never been quite the same, and I’m okay with that!
But in time, chika idols entered my world, and by then, the pre-fabricated environment of H!P just wasn’t hooking me like it used to. Sure, I’d check in every so often and see what was new, but for the most part, it’s been a cherished but yet distant part of my fandom past. But very recently, an all-new new H!P unit has appeared that’s really gotten my interest. They’ve got that classic charm and sense of fun that made me a Hello! idol fan in the first place. I’m sure you know that I must be talking about the newest H!P sensation, BEYOOOOONDS! (That’s five “O”s, I had to count them.)
Okay, so BEYOOOOONDS are a blast, but as with a few other of my personal idol interests, they’re largely on another continent from the Homicidols mission, so I was never really planning on doing anything with them aside from maybe suggesting them for the weekender. And then, just as if by a divine scheme, these upstart H!P wonders have unleashed their first multi-A-side single, including this absolute bop of an uplifting pumped-up pop-tune: You’ve probably heard it by now…
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 →
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
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 →