Okay, so maybe I exaggerated the title a little bit, but you go ahead and tell me who in this world has their primary advocate (in this case, a record label) basically disappear and drop your contract, leaving you homeless and possibly aimless … and then come out ahead through the storm.
If you raised your hand, good for you! And/or if you guessed Q’ulle, good for you for being able to read context clues! I of course jest, seeing as how I rarely have any other way of being, but the important thing is, hey look, a Q’ulle interview! This is from Natalie.mu at the time of the release of “DON’T STOP.”
So how did Q’ulle feel about that whole business?
Maamu: Of course we had nothing but a feeling of unease. At any rate, we had our heads full of making (last) summer’s tour a success. But even with that target, I ended up breaking a bone in the middle of the tour and had to stop participating in it. I was able to come back for the tour finale, but while I wasn’t able to get on stage I would think, like, “What should I do?”.
Happy Monday, amigos. Seeing as how quiet things had been lately in the idolverse, I had originally intended to make today a little introspective, a chance to look inward into the minds of the people who provide the entertainment that we all love so much. But now we can do that across a couple of days intead!
Today’s entry is none other than Kuromiya Rei, who was interviewed for IDOL AND READ a few months ago. Kayseur put together a very thorough translation for the piece, which runs the gamut from idle talk about relationships to her feelings about Ladybeard and her broad musical career, among a number of other topics.
On addressing her past
You can’t convey all of your feelings through text alone. Aren’t social networks nothing but a place to flatter your ego? Text isn’t enough, if you want to talk, you can just come meet me after our lives during the goodies sales, and if you can’t come, just call me out in the street! Judging people on looks alone isn’t very pretty. There are times when I talk a bit harshly and some where my tweets are a bit extreme, but I don’t want people to look at my words, I want people to look at the real me. I don’t want to be judged on my past, that’s why I deleted all of my tweets.
Whoops, I did it again; despite some doubts about whether delving back into the bowels of some favorite idols’ performance history was worth the trouble, the now-not-so-recent entry on BiSH’s Atsuko* got me thinking about other notables’ time as safe, normal idols, and I remembered Yuna’s time before PassCode.
Yes, the world’s tiniest harsh vocalist was, once upon a time, this:
Will pinged this over on Friday, and I just had to give it a look based on the mere promise of the original description, and I was not displeased.
I’m actually uncertain as to whether this is a TV or radio performance in the end, or both!, but what’s important is that FRUITPOCHETTE got their rock on like very few can, then got into an interview segment that includes a bit of English:
I was the recipient of a little poke the other night (the friendly kind, not the I’m-trying-to-bust-through-your-rib-cartilage-and-puncture-your-lung kind), and it was our old pal Kayseur with a newly translated IDOL AND READ interview from issue 007, this one featuring none other than one of idol’s more interesting personalities:
It’s slow out there, gang; there isn’t even all that much live stuff happening. It’ll pick up again soon! In the meantime, I happen to share the belief that downtime is the best time, because it’s when you can dive deeper into subject matter than you’d usually have time to, and so I’ve been looking around for older videos, interviews, etc., and this new bit of work by Plain Sugar Subs is worth a few minutes.
Pikarin! It’s an older interview, from IDOL AND READ 007, called “WAR DECLARATION FROM THE DEMON WORLD,” but it does get into the head of a young woman whose career has certainly seen some interesting developments over the years. Continue reading →
Hey gang! Our anonymous pal in Japan went right for the translation on the latest interview with Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, offering it up before I even had a chance to sheepishly ask for the favor. What a human. Source:
We are blessed, friends, blessed indeed, for there are those among us who are not only multilingual, but who are generous and willing to take content — lyrics, articles, interviews, etc. — and give it a little bit of a work so that it’s digestible for us, the English-addled masses. And over the past couple of days, we’ve gotten two very big gifts in the form of interviews with BiSH’s Ayuni D (in the ShuuPlay News) and Atsuko (IDOL and READ).
First up! Hashiyasume. As far as she goes, I actually think that Atsuko is now the only member of BiSH who I’ve never had occasion to feature via interview or other subject matter. And that’s not for want of her being cool in her way — she is! — it’s just a question of access and timing and things. And when Plain Sugar Subs tweeted out an Atsuko special from IDOL and READ, I was all over it.
I joined a different group but something feels not right, and I believe the same thing will happen to the group so, I decided to take on a hiatus until I found a group that is really suitable for me. I resumed my life as a part-timer for around a year, getting fatter from all the food given ( LOL ), and then I found out about … BiSH. I took the audition for the 1st generation because I believe that BiSH is my chance to be a star. I would probably become a total loser if i don’t make anything out of this, so seriously I was like; “This is my last chance.”
Cruising through the Japanese music media has its benefits. Yeah, you’ll be inundated with a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t idol (like bands!), but you’ll also be rewarded with things like this huge-ass feature on You’ll Melt More! that OTOTOY just put up.
Among the sales pitches for YMM’s big-ass catalog and live reports, though, there’s this interview. And while I can’t read it at all and you may not be able to, either, it’s worth running through Google or your translator of choice for cool little tidbits and, of course, a ton of awesome photography of Japan’s baddest alternagirls.