Creative Reflections on Zenkimi’s ‘Sophomore Sick Sacrifice’

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s latest single was pretty great, wasn’t it? Their small-but-talented creative team keeps popping out unique material, and the reward is this constant forward trajectory of growth.

We’ve look at some of the liner notes (more like, post-creative musings) around Zenkimi’s sisters in Yukueshirezutsurezure before, plus reflections on how Zenkimi themselves came to be, and it’s always cool to get inside the heads of the people who make this stuff go.

So when our Anonymous Translator friend (unfortunately eliminated from the Corenament!) offered up the latest notes from GESSHI’s own brain, I would’ve been even dumber than usual to refuse. Continue reading

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This Is Promising: Say Hi to Woltanative

I noticed something recently: I used to really dig getting into debuts, but then got away from it because I have the attention span of a flea it’s more interesting to wait until music happens (this being a music website, after all, moreso than an idol one). And I’d be right on board with that approach here, too, but please indulge me just this one little bit because this is going to be a pretty awesome debut.

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A Funny Thing Happened During Last Night’s WACK Auditions

Despite my reservations (and desire to do anything but idol for an evening), I let Kerrie talk me into watching the all-group WACK audition marathon that began last night, and I let Garry talk me into joining the chat, and I have no agency of my own apparently because I’m blaming others for my choices.

That being acknowledged, thanks guys. You only get so many chances in life to hear Aina the End “audition” with GANG PARADE/Pla2me’s “Plastic 2 Mercy”:

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This Is How You Do a Birthday Celebration

Quick note on this post: I love when you guys tell me about stuff! Sometimes it’s a bit of news, or sometimes it’s a performance to share; whatever it is, if it’s cool and good, I’m going to want to amplify it so more people can see more idol stuff.

Take for example Hoshina Fumimi, a member of Daichi’s A-minor crew and the kind of solo idol that I can personally really get behind — she’s doing it for the love, and she’s doing it because she’s good, and people should support that.

Pukovnik Krv is probably as big a fan as anybody in the West of Daichi’s merry band of misfits, and you know that he contributes a lot of material and insights around Guso Drop and family. In this case, it’s Fumimi’s birthday live, which has some story to it.

Part 1!

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So BiSH Promised the Star Right to a New (Mini) Album

That’s literally the worst headline I’ve ever written; you’re welcome

With the Makuhari Messe show announced, you knew it would only be a matter of time for BiSH, now officially existing to shovel money into Avex’s gaping maw, to announce a new record to build on the steady success of “DEADMAN” and KiLLER BiSH and now “Promise the Star” and continue their inexorable rise to being big enough, but not staid enough, for Budokan.

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Yannderu Ame and Their First Musical Teaser

Hi friends! You may have seen from John that Yannderu Watashi to Yamanai Ame (Twitter) exists. You may have also seen the information that I’ve lost track of, stuff on Facebook etc. that talked about their name and concept and stuff — the name’s like “I’m sickly watching the rain fall” but probably not as poetic as the “Tears in Rain” monologue but still pretty good — and the fact that they got Arisa from the ashes of the old Mugen Regina.

Anyway! The point here is not to tread back over stuff — it’s been covered, and with more genuine interest — but to hold up the shiny thing and get all excited about it. You know me. Continue reading

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Zenkimi’s Just Rolling ‘Em out Now, with Friends!

Well, we’ve had Mashiro solo and what might be the #1 track from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s upcoming release (I’m not calling it a single anymore), and it’s already time for another track!

Welcome to the party, Komachi!

“Come here”. All right! Continue reading

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I Find Things: It’s Time for Li-V-RAVE

Welcome to the world of stumbling over stuff on Twitter:

This is Li-V-RAVE (Twitter). They’re super brand new, like a month old, but I’m digging this limited stuff so far primarily because one of the members used to be a member of something else and was randomly in my Twitter feed and I don’t know who she is but that’s okay, now there’s Li-V-RAVE! Continue reading

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I Bet ayumikurikamaki’s Latest Is Great; If Only We Could See It

H/t to Phillter for pointing out that ayukuma released the video for their upcoming single today; thumbs down to whoever decided to publish the thing without availability in the United States or EU. But if you can see and hear, I bet it’s pretty good!

Somebody will have a torrent available later, I’m sure; I’ll add if/when I can; you can also view on Facebook

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Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s Lead Track from Their New Single Is Available

The other day, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da surprised us with a solo song by Mashiro (accompanied by Yotsu, but still); today, we get another song; at least, I think it’s the lead track:

It’s on the usual two-hour restriction, so you know what to do. Continue reading

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