So It Turns out That Pikarin Can Play Nicely with Others

Happy Saturday, gang! It’s not yet May, but we’re about to have our first 90-degree day of the year, and of course all that travel lately means that ol’ Maniac gets to celebrate said bullshit-hot day by going outside to do lots of yard work and stuff!

So we can all have something to enjoy, here’s live Pikarin that not all young women are at the mercy of Shiina when she performs — some of them even perform with her!


It doesn’t even involve any biting or groping!

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It’s Final Lolisyn’s Final Live, Finally

I took a little bit of a shot at PAC IDOL a couple of Weekenders ago, and the main reason for that is Gouhou Lolita Syndrome REBOOT — aka Lolisyn, aka 564 REBOOT — and what always looks to me like a terrible lack of commitment, ideas, attention, etc. for what was always in my experience a group that should have been killing it.

Anyway, a year after the last iteration of the original Lolisyn (Haru and Hiro) was disbanded, its quicky follow-up (REBOOT) was killed off, and the Lolisyn project itself declared closed. In the tradition of the Haru/Hiro version, here’s the final live shared to YouTube:

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You’d Hope that a Song So Titled Would Sound Nice Like This, Yes

Ever since it was announced, I’ve wanted the Lolisyn reboot (heretofore known as REBOOT because that’s its name) to succeed. I wanted them to take a pretty sweet musical package and put its members’ various talents to work into generating something cool and exciting and talk-about-able. That they haven’t done a whole lot is kind of disappointing, but they did give us this gig, and very recently this pretty cool moment.

A Lolisyn staple is “My Precious Life,” going back to the first generation. I can’t embed the Soundcloud file because reasons, I guess, so here’s a live original:

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This Probably Isn’t What You Expected from Candy||Stripe Neo

Tonight, PAC iDOL held a third anniversary party for Lolisyn*, and most of the current roster, including REBOOT, (plus some friends) 564’ed themselves up and hit the stage for a night of covers and coveralls. There’s a lot of info in this forum post by Jul.

This is all well and good, but it did create fantastic opportunities for idols to try out something different than the norm. For instance, Candy||Stripe Neo, who normally looks and sounds like this:

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Thinks Are Looking Pretty Good for the Lolisyn REBOOT

I’m particularly calling out this performance from the Sekigahara Idol Wars because it’s basically our first real good look at the rebooted Lolisyn, and because their sister group got the treatment yesterday, and because it was in high demand on Twitter and I am nothing if not a people pleaser:

Upon being pinged with a suggestion for more info, our good friend Jul also responded with this thread that includes a bunch of information on the new Lolisyn and the thoughts of fans of the group going back through its various iterations.

I Wouldn’t Be Mad if There Were More Killed in Sadness Online

Courtesy of Jul’s feed comes another in the PAC IDOL stable, less a successor in fact than one in spirit of the now-defunct-but-kind-of-resurrected Lolisyn (who are now 564 REBOOT — new people, are you even paying attention?).

Killed in Sadness (or KISS as they like to be called in private so as to avoid massive lawsuits) aren’t brand new, but new enough that this is about as good as the video gets. Along with 564 REBOOT, they represent the heavy side of the PAC roster, though (and Jul in particular, feel free to correct this) I think both KISS members are in Princess Garden, and that’s fantastically incongruous.

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Finish Waking up with the Lolisyn REBOOT’s Updated Trailer

Though the video’s been taken down, this was so great the first time out when the 564 REBOOT post-Lolisyn situation was first officially coming together. And, being that this is idol, of course there have been members departing and added even before anything really happened. This, I do believe, is the currentish final five:

I’m rooting really hard for this to get legs and succeed a bit. Somebody needs to make this kind of post-industrial bourgeois malaise brutal kink American Horror Story Season 5 fetish thing work out. For the children.

Would You Listen to This Goddamn Lolisyn Song?

Sorry, YouTubers — I enjoy prying through your old uploads to find things that I didn’t know well before. In this case, Anagram Hound has a lot of dark idol B-sides and the like, and this caught my eye. With 564 REBOOT coming along soon, I thought it topical and also, hell, Wednesday is stupid. So enjoy.

Lolisyn Reboot with Gekidol but Not Lyric Holic Thing Updates

Let’s all take a step back; for as fun as it would’ve been to snark it up and call them Gekiholic 564 or whatever until the end of time, it has not come to fruition (yet!), so we’ll just focus on what they tell us, and what they tell us is:


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Speculate Away! Mizuki Rin Coy about Relationship with 564 REBOOT

The Artist Formerly Known as Lynne Francoise of Lyric Holic would seem to have moved into a “normal” life, but for some recent tweets of, hm, dance activity with a certain member of 564 REBOOT.

And if you follow along the conversations that stem from that, you can see people asking the right questions and of course getting the non-committal answers.

“Naw,” you say, “they’re probably just friends hanging out. In a dance studio. While one is in an idol group that’s known to be seeking members and the other just left an idol group, and those two groups are historically friendly, and they’re wearing shirts that …” and you trail off because you realize that all good sense says to just accept the probability of Gekiholic 564.

I will never not be amused by idols.