Monday Match Game: A Question of Style

Now that all of our other work is behind us, friends, and we’re firmly into 2017, it’s time to bring back the Monday Match Game. This one is … a little different.

Kawaii. It’s the foundation of the idol look, no matter how it manifests; it can be cool, creepy, goth, brutal, adorable and so on. Really, the only limits on how to express kawaii are the limits on the human imagination. And, as something of a culture unto itself, kawaii has its own subcultures, some of which become fashion-forward trends that manifest on the idol stage.

In this corner, the kawaii of illness and addiction, pale and pastel, self-loathing and society rejection; in the other, fantasies that are just a little bit off, like a dreamscape filled with wonders that melt every time you try to touch them. Two definitive trends in idol enter, but only one will survive! Continue reading

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Here’s a Good Example of Why People Love Party Rockets GT

UPDATE: As it turns out, they’re actually releasing a video a day until the album is released their one-man live on April 17 [apologies to the Party Rocketeers; I had this confused with something else] [also, can we please use that name for Party Rockets fans from now on?].

Follow their YouTube as a morning thing!

Also, bias: My first song of theirs, albeit here performed by the current lineup (i.e., why they’re GT).


You can’t hear the backing track well, but it’s pretty damn heavy.

I love the fact that the latest Party Rockets generation goes out in those pretty white dresses. “Oh, look at the idols, how cute!” #droptuned And I’d actually never want them to change. What they’re doing is great on its own.

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Explainer: Kawaii Metal

You can show this to your friends.

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