Here Are Two Fresh Wonder Lander Tracks

What a weird day in chika idol; the YAMIAME thing happens, and Wonder Lander, who insists that they have four members despite still only doing anything with two of them, drops a pair of songs on Soundcloud

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Prepare for #WorldDotmination

We’re just a few days away from our #WorldDotmination effort, friends, and it really could not be easier to take part. You can also invite your friends to take part — after all, even the Darkness Girls are in love with Dots:

“But Maniac,” you say, “what if I have any of several frequently asked questions that will allow you to fill column inches to better justify creating a whole new post on this topic in such a way as to manipulate more participation in the latest fan effort?”

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Yanakoto Sotto Mute Continues to Pump out New Music

It kind of isn’t fair that the perfect modern idols, who are even more perfect 10 months on than I ever could have guessed, take every new milestone (a great EP! another gorgeous video!) like it’s a challenge and immediately start to work new material into their lives. This is “Holy Grail”:


TY Viz Major!

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Task Have Fun Is Very Aptly Named

It was only a matter of time before I finally (finally!) got around to one of idol’s most infectious guilty pleasures. I of course refer to Task Have Fun (Twitter); let’s begin our journey with a certain little video that had a very hot minute a few months ago:


I mean, it’s a legit Video of the Year candidate

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Did You Guys See the Latest Full Power Girls R?

Gee whiz, I thought I’d popped this out a couple of weeks ago, well before TIF, which is precisely when this was released and precisely why it was released, as Zenrokyu were at TIF and I think there’s even video of their performance. Anyway, this is a neat video for “Parallel Girl” that I should get on the record for when folks get to the point of finding things like Full Power Girls R for themselves:

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Are You Ready for the Most Prog Idol Song You’ve Ever Heard?

I first saw this sucker a few days ago, you guys, and I’m still not sure what I think of it, except that it’s Sunday and something that I think you might enjoy.

Say hello to Futari Opposite (Twitter):

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Did You Catch the Latest from WiLL?

It took me a minute to buy into WiLL back when they were getting a little hype a few months ago, but I did come around enough to be surprised that I’d almost forgotten that the poor things were out there, idoling away — specifically, I thought “oh, right, I didn’t see them on TIF or @JAM or anything rosters yet” — and genuinely a little stoked when Japanese Idol MV RTed this one yesterday:

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Hurry up and Get in on NATASHA’s ‘VOLCANO’

In case you missed it live over the weekend or just really want to hear the latest from the Avex idols’ supergroup, they added it to Soundcloud just now … for 24 hours. I’ll have to back it up later. In the meantime, enjoy:

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And Here’s Harajuku Monogatari

Among the various goodies to come out of TIF this year, as happens every year, was (at least for me) Harajuku Monogatari (Twitter), who our good friend Mr. Viz Major added to the Megathread, only for that video to be stricken from existence by the copyright gods. But for the brief time that it was posted and alive, I took advantage and thought, oh yeah, this is the good stuff.

So instead of the Viz’s contribution, here’s a different nice clip:

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Yanamyu Is Just Unfair

Good lord. In the chat during the podcast the other day, I was (not alone!) extolling the incredible virtues of Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “Any” MV and how it was this perfect starter for their TIF sets, and I’d said upon its release that it’s high energy and almost bright look at the world was so refreshing. That’s great! However, Yanamyu’s best material is traipsing around in the dark, damp corners of angsty psyches, invoking the feel of rainy evenings in flannel. So, “AWAKE”:

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