Despite absolutely no desire to hide my complete infatuation with Yanakoto Sotto Mute, given that they are perfect and their album is also perfect and by the way nothing is better than them, I had been deliberately quiet about them lately because, well, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. What has happened, though, was that they held their anniversary live over the weekend, and of course it was a show of other things that are almost as perfect as YSM:
Good morning! When was the last time that we got to visit with Under Beasty? Technically April! That’s kind of wild; for a while last year, I was happily sharing new stuff and updates from them at what felt like a month basis. Then they went and joined up with Candy GO!GO!’s agency and started to change up their sound and they weren’t quite the same Under Beasty anymore, and literally when you consider the membership thing, but that’s neither here nor there.
What is here or there is this new song that they rolled out yesterday:
Okay, this is just a really random throw-together of stuff, but hear me about: YAMIAME was tweeting out lyrics to their songs a little while back, and I was like, oh, that might be a nice thing to collect and have available for the time that .25 people anywhere ever become very curious about untranslated lyrics of an underground idol group. Makes perfect sense! And I thought, “maybe it’ll be good to run on a rainy day.”
Rainy. Like the song title they have. LIKE THE NAME OF THE GROUP.
My eyebrows kind of did that high-arch thing when I first saw this in the Idolmetal group yesterday — Himekyun Fruit Can, that is, the forever queens of idol rock and I will brook no disagreement, are graduating all* of the members in October because reasons:
You can look at that story, or this one from Natalie.mu, but the facts are the facts. HKFC’s getting a reboot after a couple of concurrent tours and a festival and a best-of album and all that jazz. Continue reading →
It was basically just the other day that I was clapping REGiNA KiSS on the back for being good and better than they were going to get credit for (and I was right, because like nobody looked at that post, which should be punishable by having one’s eyes gouged out, but I guess there were new, slightly different photos of Sari or Pikarin or something for you to look at instead), and then this happened:
“CANDY” will be their third(?) major single, which isn’t bad considering, but is also kind of amazing when you look at their entire body of work (going back to 2010!) and persistent growth as a thing.
Also, where did like 40 percent of the members go? Being outlandishly large was always one of my favorite things about the group. But, skipping an obvious tie-in joke while saying so, Rin is still in charge and remains one of the more interesting people to have in your Twitter feed.
Have I ever mentioned the Japanese Idol MV Twitter account? While I do like to rely on friends and a few notable denizens of the underground when I’m looking for new and/or interesting things, the criminally underappreciated Japanese Idol MV account manages to find and then pass out to the wider world all kinds of stuff. Yeah, a good bit of it’s from idols who left their homi at home, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff, period.
Folks who follow Homicidols on Facebook have probably come across Andy Edge, who in addition to being a cool person is also a musician in his own right and a big-time idol fan. Dude was in Japan recently, caught BiS’s big BAD SOCiAL show (nbd) among others, including Idol Koushien in April, which included:
I was thinking about what would be right for Tuesday WTF; this is perfect
What, you thought there was only room for one wrestling-themed idol unit?
It rarely feels like a week ago that the original buff idols, Up Up Girls (Kari), added new members. Probably because so far they’ve just been designated to back-up dancer and Showroom personality roles, but with the impending double-graduation of Minami and Ayano, five new girls just isn’t enough, it seems? Or maybe Up Up Girls 2 just aren’t matching up to their notably muscular seniors, because this time they’re teaming up with Japan’s DDT Wrestling Promotion and specifically looking for pro-wrestlers to join. Continue reading →