Kerrie’s Adventures of Loss and Discovery at HYPER JAPAN

How do you people do it? I only went to Hyper Japan for one day, not even for the whole event, and I slept for 12 hours and I lost a quarter of the skin on my feet! How you people manage to go for three days and not die is amazing.

My intentions for Hyper Japan were kind of thwarted; I applied for a press pass a long time ago with the intention of interviewing DEADLIFT LOLITA, but when I didn’t hear back from them within a week I figured “well, no harm in going normally,” bought my tickets, only for them to respond just a couple of days before the event with my pass. “Is a chat with Deadlift at least still on?” I asked. “Nope” they replied. But you know what my press pass did entitle me to at least? Special VIP access to the very front of the stage for photography purposes and by gum am I going to take advantage of that!

Prepare for lots of photos! Continue reading

This Is SPARK SPEAKER at a Very High Top of Their Game

I feel increasingly like SPARK SPEAKER is becoming this undeniable force. Chika, yes, for all that entails, and hard-working street performers on top of that, but please take a look at this live video and tell me that you aren’t immensely jealous of the people who got to experience it in-the-flesh live:

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Another A.N.otheЯ Has Arrived!

You can’t keep me from punning the hell out of this

Once upon a time, when literal flesh-eating zombie unit A.N.otheЯ was announced, it was im and explicit that there would eventually be more members than just Luna, the original one. The concept, see, was that this shambling Romero-derived corpse would, uh, shamble through Tokyo, biting the living. Yes, to feast upon their warm vitality, that’s important, but also because her bite would turn each victim in turn into a new member of A.N.otheЯ.

It beats auditions, I’m sure! /rimshot

Anyway, that finally got us somewhere, and now there are two zombie idols! Continue reading

Yeah New BURST GIRL Song Woo

In which our hero continues to share the things despite lacking energy to share the things like usual

New BURST GIRL song! Written by Yurapiko! This makes me happy in several ways, all of which are being subsumed by the awesome wall of humanity and shared passions that is sucking up all of my time and attention and life this week. And it’s only Tuesday!

Anyway, I have to ask: #YuraSmile wrote the lyrics, but who wrote the music? I ask because I want to know exactly how indie Guso Drop BURST GIRL is these days, and to what extent they’ve embraced DIY. It’s a simple spectrum, ranging from Hatsune Miku at the one extreme and Beni making her own zines on the other. Yes, this is what keeps me up at night.

This Is More of YUZUKINGDOM Doing Their Live Thing

Go ahead. Go ahead and pretend like you thought that Yuzuki did her own live harsh vocals. It’ll be fun!

Hold the phone, is this two posts in one day that are just there to let the material speak for itself? You bet. Also I’m at a conference and while nothing would please me more to write endless not-run-on-because-the-grammar-is-actually-perfect sentence, I just plain don’t have the gumption. Just enjoy that TIF post and go about your business.

This Is A Whole Mess of Live Video from TIF

Who else remembers that glorious first TIF that we all spent together, in 2016? Ah, those were the days, when streams were free and people could rip video right from their DVRs, or industrious gaijin wota would use screen capture apps to capture everything that Nico Nico could throw at them. Terry had nabbed something like 15 videos that all lasted just long enough for TIP to notify YouTube, and then came the copyright hammer. We probably lost more vital idol-enjoying content in that one fell wave than at any one point up until then, and arguably since. Good times!

Last year’s TIF emerged practically video-less, and maybe TIP learned their lesson, because there’s actually a decent amount of good stuff left over from the Greatest Weekend of the Year. I have way more to do than clog the world with unnecessary HTML, so here’s just a big ol’ glut of stuff.

The biggest glut is the let’s-take-over-Saturday thing that all of the WACK idols did, covering each other’s material and doing solo spots and all: Continue reading

Minna no Kodomo-chan: The Band Experience Is Pretty Great

“Man, slow idol morning,” he said to himself while doop-dee-dooping his way through Twitter. “Hellow, what’s this?”

Live clips, you say! I’ve been hoping to get a gander at how 2018 breakout candidates, Corenament winners Minna no Kodomo-chan were shaping up now that they’re a full-time band+idols performance unit. How–

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Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me about This SPARK SPEAKER MV?

Do you guys follow the SPARK SPEAKER news account on Twitter? And if you do, do you know who’s behind it? Like, manager-san or one of the members or just some English-fluent wota with the right idea? Anyway, go follow it now if you aren’t.

This is the kind of thing that happens when you do follow SPARK SPEAKER news and go through the feed to see if you’ve missed anything because you happened to be looking for something else in your post history and see a reference to the group in question and hey, what are they up to, it’s been a few months:

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Damn It All, We’re Losing Babyraids

This is the worst news:

To those who reached out: You are bad friends and I demand that you retract the existence of this. Continue reading

I Am Incredibly Happy about Bury

Like, the song that they shared out yesterday is the reason why, which I hope you enjoy as much as I did:

Why is this such a rich year for new and newer idols, when last year was basically just one long slog of bad graduations and me wondering if this whole rock business had crested? Bury’s just doing right things, and every new song that sounds good as hell, every hi-res live photo, every accessibility-enabling development fills me with glee about their prospects. Continue reading