Let’s Talk about the XTEEN MV

So after XTEEN finally got some material out there for the world, they followed up with the release of their debut single and, naturally, an MV to accompany it. This is all about as surprising as rain falling in Seattle. You may have noticed that I’ve been a little distracted lately, so rather than make a big thing of it, I’ll just lean on John’s heavy lifting.
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And Thus Ends DISDOL

It happened so quietly that it wasn’t until Idolatry hit me up the other night that I had any idea that things were amiss:

Yup. DISDOL called it a wrap. Or, more specifically, called it an end to idol and the full transmogrification into bandhood. Continue reading

Didju View the New JyuJyu To-do?

Don’t do it, Maniac. Resist!

YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

Seriously though, did you get caught up on the latest from the cursed idols? They’ll never top the absolute reduction of disaster that was “Noroi Hajime”, but there is no better JyuJyu than menacing, otherworldly, possibly undead JyuJyu, and that’s exactly what we got!

Yes, the pitch-perfect choral melody and fantastic use of blue notes make this a JyuJyu song, but it’s one of the very best pieces yet released this year, a simultaneous MV and song rankings topper. I just wish that I understood how XiDEA approaches JyuJyu’s management, because this isn’t a new piece in the sense that it’s happening now or soon, but “new” in the sense that it was on the album that they released more than two months ago (which was already very well promoted!). Maybe it’s to promote their spring/summer schedule? Celebrate the big win in Tokyo Idol Queen?

I also don’t really care! Please just keep doing these only-you things, JyuJyu, and all cognitive challenges will be forgiven.

Well, BLACK NAZARENE Is Off to a Good Start

True story: This was the first post that I called “We Are All Incredibly Easy Marks” because I couldn’t believe how very little idol could get people (including yours truly) so excited. I decided to wait to see how it turned out. How the tables have turned now that there’s meat on the bone!

Much like with XTEEN, the arrival of BLACK NAZARENE (Instagram!) to the wotaing world was met with some nice buzz. There was even a teaser! However, also like with XTEEN (and other than the note described above), I wanted to see something pan out before jumping to too many conclusions. Name? Cool. Description? “THUG + kawaii.” Interest piqued, so what does having a name like a Swedish blackened death metal band and a self-brand that some might more align with, like, RHYMEBERRY or something, ultimately give us?


The teaser, for one thing

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Broken By The Scream Rips

They got smoked in the Corenament, but if I could give them an honorary award, I would. Broken By The Scream has very silently* climbed into a very unique position within metal-doing idols, in that they have both the best harsh vocals in the business** and are putting out music that isn’t just loud, but pretty dang good.

Also incredibly weirdly named! Here’s the latest, handily live-videoed for your ongoing enjoyment:


Hey, Ayame and Yae are here, too, you know!

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Being a Babymetal Fan Is Basically an Insult at This Point

By which, I don’t mean that “you’re a Babymetal fan” is an insult, but that living life as a Babymetal fan means constantly being insulted by Babymetal’s management.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Fox Day countdown was an announcement about the next phase of the Metal Resistance (going on quite a few years now, gang):

And something about seven new (dark!) spirits:

The smart money so far seems to be on the seven spirits being the band (fair enough), though some people are speculating about new members, new units, and so on. This is the stock in trade of Babymetal fans, in fact — if we ain’t speculatin’, we ain’t happy. Continue reading

Yuzuki Goes Way Beyond Q’ulle

So after that last little bit of Q’ulle, I was scrolling through their feed for an overview of what all they’ve been up to lately (besides owning so hard, that is), and my eyes caught something that’s what you would probably consider to be a little atypical for the elegant, fashion-line-owning dance idols:

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Living Dead I Dolls Will Rise Again

Ah, the heady days of mid-late 2016, when every new idol whatever was ripe for exaggerated excitement, a world of possibilities. Look, somewhat loud stuff! Also idols! Nothing could be better!

We have learned better since then. Though there are always exceptions, and we are incredibly easy marks for whatever poorly shined bauble is dangled in front of our ever-shortening attention spans, it takes more than just showing up to take the majority of fans from acknowledgement to acceptance to love.

But back in 2016, like a shout in the dark did Living Dead I Dolls enter the world. They were a short step up the quality ladder from most of the metal-oriented idol acts, and the members did solid work, and things went pretty well for about a year. Then poof! Like so many fleeting things in idol, fleeted and frittered away.

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Let’s Remember Some Idols: HALOPERI Doll

Welcome back, friends, to the wholly irregular and really-meant-to-fill-gaps-on-quiet-days feature known as Let’s Remember Some Idols! Today, we take a long look back to the halcyon days of 2016, when one of the most reliably loud and just as reliably unstable units in the game, HALOPERI Doll, called it quits.

This is what the world has been missing:


Clever dub

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Hanako-san, Please

Nobody, least of all the poor saps featured in the video below, is prepared for what Hanako-san (precisely, the 14th Generation Hanako of the Toilet!) is about to unleash upon the world.

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