INT. A HYPOTHETICAL COMMUTER TRAIN IN WASHINGTON DC — EVENING
Stranger: I say old chap, what is that you’re watching?
Maniac: Oh, it’s just a music video from this J-pop thing that I like.
Stranger: By Jove, it looks like a horror movie!
Maniac: Yeah, and it’s this whole campy schlock thing, too. The song sounds like it would’ve cleaned up in 1965 as an unironic Halloween party theme song.
Stranger: /splutters in disbelief
Maniac: Look, the girls in the group, their whole thing is that they’re from outer space, and they’re also superheroes.
Given the raw enthusiasm of the response to them, I think it’s safe to say that Melon Batake a Go Go is certifiably one of the coolest things happening in idol right now. The dapper gentleman in the scene above, should he bear actual witness to Nakamura’s weird-ass art project, would no doubt pop out his monocle right into his soup! in overwrought shock. They’re that damn good. Continue reading