I don’t know what it’s like where you live today, but it’s going to be a cool, gloomy and rainy day here at Maniac Mansion. This is usually a great time of year for being outside, stopping by the local orchard, making some yes-please apple cider donuts and a roast and reinforcing to Mrs. Maniac’s parents that I am in fact a competent provider thank you very much, but it’s going to be crappy outside and that means staying inside and gasp possibly needing to do something like cleaning out the basement. Ugh.
Once again, the Mask Girls become ambassadors for idol culture by drawing in a Western eye. Joanna Lumley, star of many things but people away from the Beeb’s orbit probably know best from AbFab, has a new BBC series on Japan, and for this episode did a stop-in at PARMS, where she (seems to have) enjoyed a night of Kamen Joshi and talking with performer and fan alike.
There’s some weird picture-in-picture situation with this video, but it’s the only freely available version that I could find after hearing about the show the other day; if you have something that can embed cleanly, please holler.
Skip to like 14:20 or so
Last week, Char T Saki tweeted at me a blog post made by a big Kamen Joshi fan on their experience at a Guso Drop show. I thought, that’s got to be interesting, so I asked for a translation (the thing was in Japanese!), and Saki was able to oblige.
If you’re new, or if you aren’t familiar with Kamen Joshi/Alice Project and/or Guso Drop, the reason that I found this interesting was in the clash of styles: Kamen Joshi trends toward big, melodic idol rock and idol metal, doing colorful daily shows in their own home theater and boasting a #1 single, etc.; Guso Drop are like the queens of the underground, doing gritty-ass hardcore and assorted un-idol performance down in the muck. Though both are technically independent and employ some similar visual elements on stage (weapons, basically), they’re very different.
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Here’s the skinny:
Recently, leading tech engineers in the field of LED displays, gathered in Japan to unveil their latest advancements in stage design. A huge leap forward in technology now allows for LED embedded modular floor to ceiling walls,floating IMAX Ultra Light panels, as well as an LED embedded stage.To demonstrate their latest achievement,The Kamen Joshi was invited as special guests to put the new stage design through its paces. Recognized worldwide,and a favorite of Homicidols.com, as the most visually stunning artist leading the idol metal movement, the Mask Girls gave a one off performance to dazzle the “techies” who witnessed a match made in heaven.The aural assault to the ears and visual barrage of color and light left the onlookers speechless.A new level of live production has been achieved, the future is now.
Just having some lunch and looking through the stuff I was keeping in a “revisit me” list and hey, you guys, here’s an entire Kamen Joshi performance:
Or, I guess, a miniaturized version of Kamen Joshi. Or is it Alice Juban and the video’s just not labeled properly? Anyway, enjoy, and then go talk about how much you hate me in the very live Alice Project forum.
I invite our resident Alice Project contingent to add commentary and context for these videos:
This one’s “Soul.” I know that one!
The Power of Community™! Joint credit for putting this lots-of-things-in-a-blender brightness mugging of a song goes to Tara44DD and our Corenament MVP @char_tee_saki; clarification on Kamen Joshi whos and whats was provided by Jaxson. Enjoyment of the song is for the rest of us!
I’m opting for the live version specifically to highlight that this isn’t just your average run-of-the-mill performance.
Nope, still can’t believe that this is a video that exists and has been watched by me. Our 2016 Homicidols Corenament champions have decided to throw their influence into American presidential politics.
You know that thing that puppies do, where they cock their head to the side and it just keeps going until they’re basically horizontal? That’s literally how I feel here.
- Where did they get all of that stuff?
- Whose idea was it to get all of that stuff?
- Is this a real endorsement? Satire? An excuse to Genkidane?
Regardless, it’s basically impossible to not love the fact that somebody associated with Kamen Joshi (I’m looking in Anna’s direction) was sitting around and thought, “Yeah, I agree, let’s make America great again! The best way to do that is by a song-and-dance number that sends positive energy to a highly polarizing political candidate! There’s no way that our fans in Mexico would object to this!”
The U.S. Civil War pitted a nation against itself, brother against brother, father against son. I think it’s safe to say that the Corenament has been almost as difficult for fans of the hard side of idol.
After several grueling rounds, we’ve eliminated the wheat from the chaff, or at least discovered who has the most and most ardent fans who can read English. Yes, after weeks of trials and travails, our bracket looks like this:
Babymetal, the #1 seed, has breezed through from the beginning, but the other odds-on favorites have been swept away. Now it’s a competition from the middle and bottom of the bracket, with BiSH, Deathrabbits and Kamen Joshi running on the thrill of an underdog’s victory toward a chance at the ultimate prize: A poorly made web sticker! Continue reading
The Mask Girls, Kamen Joshi, are not only 2016 Homicidols Corenament Final Four participants; they’re becoming a bigger deal all the time. Topping the charts is one way to do that, but so is getting how this whole idol thing can work for you, being visually compelling and musically addictive. Reader Tara44DD has been loading up Kamen Joshi’s profile comments, so let’s share with everybody and see if they aren’t prevalent in even more places right now.