So It Turns out That Pikarin Can Play Nicely with Others

Happy Saturday, gang! It’s not yet May, but we’re about to have our first 90-degree day of the year, and of course all that travel lately means that ol’ Maniac gets to celebrate said bullshit-hot day by going outside to do lots of yard work and stuff!

So we can all have something to enjoy, here’s live Pikarin that not all young women are at the mercy of Shiina when she performs — some of them even perform with her!


It doesn’t even involve any biting or groping!

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Minami and Ayano are Up Up and Away from Up Up Girls

Well, this was a a surprise. A pretty gutwrenching surprise.

Official statements from management and the girls themselves right here:

So, Minami and Ayano are out of Up Up Girls, presumably some time in Summer. Minami has plans to become an actress, while Ayano will be retiring from entertainment. Continue reading

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If You Like Your Idol Very Idol, Have Some New Diamondollfy

Definitely not how I expected to start off Friday, but why the heck not? The whole Blue Forest family does their thing, and they do it well, and you know exactly what you’re going to get, and that what is goes sparkly-idols-meet-Stryper, and that’s fine if that’s what something you can dig:


Thanks, PIH

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Oh Yeah, There Was Also New uijin Yesterday, Too

My bad! But give me a break, I’m away for work and paying approximately ~35 percent attention to everything.

In this case, Terry popped this live video into the Alt-Idol Facebook group, and I knew that I’d need to come back to it at some point.

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There’s a Lot Going on in the New Party Rockets GT

Such is the travail of business travel that you sometimes see cool things and then can’t do anything about it. Take for example this new video from Party Rockets GT, their eighth single, “START”:

PRGT has better songs, but I don’t know if they have one that so totally covers what they’re all about — the melody is extremely familiarly theirs, there’s this chugging guitar and driving beat overlaid with some of the sparkliest idol vocals you’ll ever hear. And, of course, their dance game is actively simple, and their outfits are winners (though I prefer their blacks), and … look, why aren’t more of you people behind Party Rockets? Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | ‘BUBBLE’

I look back on when I first heard Yanakoto Sotto Mute. It was months before Bellring Girls Heart was announcing its kind-of end, and a sister unit coming into being felt like a nice move; give Bellheart a sidecar, and oh look they do grunge and stuff, that’s appropriate and … damn, that one girl there can sing like the dickens, huh? And these songs are pretty powerful!

Two EPs and about a year later, there’s a distinct feeling of change around the whole thing. BRGH took a break and got a new name and a bunch of new members, and it may be that the student has become the master. Or is the Yanamyu thing really just a bunch of hype? On to the review!
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If You’ve Wondered about Chemical Reaction Lately, Here’s What’s Happening

Happy Monday, you goofs! I hope you had a good weekend; I began a very long bit of time away from home for a very important conference for Day Job’s line of work, and there’s a good chance that you’ll see this at about the time that I’ll be making a fairly significant presentation. It’s been on my mind a lot! But idol doesn’t sleep, and I’d frankly rather be listening to music and making fart jokes on the Internet than worrying about impressing a bunch of Leaders in the Field, so here I am with stuff for you!

In this case: Chemical Reaction! I was curious as to why hits from search were occasionally including “chemicari” lately; knowing that to be the shorthand for Chemical Reaction, I figured that they either had more fans that I reckoned (for the record: they should have lots of fans), or something was afoot and I should probably check in on them. It only took a couple of weeks!

As it turns out, the What isn’t something new, but little releases from a record they put out as a venue-only release a couple of months ago:

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Let’s Have Ourselves a Look at Mikicco

It was literally months ago when one of the routine Twitter conversations with Pure Idol Heart got me to pop open a few video snips in my browser at work … whereupon I basically forgot about them for a while. But I needed to clean up my whole business there this week, so I took some time to stick around after hours and account for things, either just Xing it out for being not terribly interesting or setting reminders for myself, and this is the result of one of those reminders.

This is Mikicco (Twitter), aka Mikitsuko Mikikko, and her profile lists her as being less than 4 cm tall and 4 kg in weight, so she must be very small indeed. No really. Also something with shellfish, loving and hating it. Weird girl! Continue reading

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It’s Friday, So We May as Well Enjoy More STARMARIE

I swear it, while I may occasionally look in on STARMARIE’s YouTube channel to see if/when/what they have in terms of new stuff (it’s often a lot!), I don’t deliberately have this thing for them on Friday or over the weekend; things just kind of work out that way.

In this case, just kind of building on the last (and recent) bit of video, this is “Galaxies visible from the rooftop”:

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Lets Go For A Run With Up Up Girls (Kari) In Their New MV!

If you’re wondering why it’s always me who does these reports on Up Up Girls (Kari)  and not Maniac, it’s because they’re very much on the lighter scale of the Homicidols spectrum. As in I was actually pretty suprised when Maniac finally caved to fan demand and added them to the Homicidols roster. But also delighted, because if there’s a group on this site that I could call “sunshine personified”, it’s Up Up Girls (Kari).

You want an example? Well, in their newest music video, “FOREVER YOUNG”, they make running a marathon look way more fun than WACK could ever manage.

But hey, that’s not the only music video they released this week. After going on that jog, what feels better than relaxing with a nice bath? If you’re able to deal with curious child perverts and your bath time inexplicably turning into a disco party, anyway. Continue reading

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