All right, at this point, I don’t think that I need to set up the MV for Maison Book Girl’s “cotoeri,” but it’s kind of essential to the point of this whole thing, and perpetuity is as good a reason as anything to post stuff even after the fact, so:
How cryptic! And with no sound, I can’t possibly snark on any slight rewrites of otherwise-familiar xylophone melodies. In fact, I’ll have to rely on the opinions of my friends — which, for the sake of argument, is you people — and say, “Maniac, go ahead and throw two years of history right out the window and believe that this is the Maison Book Girl release that you, Homicidol Maniac, will support in full on the off chance that it is loud and/or angry, rather than how you, IRL Maniac-Who-Is-Not-Maniac, are a total Coshotan fanboy and secretly love plural MBG releases so much that you’re allowing yourself to break with your own manufactured brand identity!”
One of the more enjoyable and exciting things in the bold new world of non-traditional idols is the continuing openness of personal self-expression nurtured into the performers. While there’s always been a creative streak within the scene even in it’s more “commercial” days, I really started to take notice of this new emergence of experimentation with the debut of Maison book girl in 2014…
Those first press photos of Koshouji Megumi’s post-BiS group, with their modernist fashion style and aesthetic, seized my attention immediately, and I’ve never gotten that impression out of my mind since. With MBG and other bold new groups taking the stage, the “alt” prefix started being applied to this emerging trend, but to me, I saw their efforts as being more about personal expression and a desire to take idol from a product market into high art. To this day, I refer to Maison book girl as an art project, and their genre as being “Art-Idol.” Continue reading →
May the blessings of the gods of your choice be upon you people. I make a #hottake, and then we all get to chat about it like civilized human beings, and then gauntlets get thrown down not in the form of a duel to defend the object’s honor, but to one-up the very notion being discussed.
Considering what’s about to come out in a little while here, I didn’t necessarily want to drill down this particular shaft right now, but the timing is what it is, and, you’ve probably seen and heard the new Maison Book Girl, right?
Man, the reacts to this sucker sure were positive! For instance:
I’m not calling out our Papermaiden here — she’s just an example. The reality is that people in the altisphere were all like FUCK YEAH MAISON BOOK GIRL yesterday and are probably still giving each other high-fives across time and space. And I’m glad that you guys like it, and MBG is doing well. Continue reading →
This sucker has gotten posted around a little, but it didn’t seem to generate the normal level of buzz (because Saturday?), and I only saw that it existed because I stumbled over their Twitter while looking for something else.
But “sin morning”! It definitely sounds just like every other Maison Book Girl song; you big ol’ fans will no doubt embrace it anyway, and people like me who like MBG more as a theoretical thing will look at those lyrics and nod sagely, and people who make fun of them for releasing the same song over and over again … we can all be right, you know? Such is the power of Megumon.
In a year that’s seen just about everything, Maison Book Girl, who’d managed to avoid getting posted here from a combination of fit, priority and my own maniacal strategic vision, is now an official includee on Homicidols.com. I guess they became aware of their status on two of the ballot lines that we’ll start today and wanted to subliminally* boost their odds.
I am aggravated. First this show was definitely happening, and then “it didn’t,” and then the “IDLE IS DEAD” tour was announced and that’s cool, but: Look, that BiS reunion concert definitely happened (in December), and it looks like it was really great, and I’m going to try to hunt down some video to see just how great, but man alive, the perils of trying to follow things in another country through the fog of Google Translate and limited media in your own language.
I had heard months ago via TGU that all of the ex-BiS groups (and Tenten!) were getting together for a show in December, and TGU had speculated that Saki would return to POP on that date because, like, there wouldn’t be much of a point of including POP without her (well, the WACK connection, but still), and then the show never happened and Pure Idol Heart made it sound like it was sort of spur-of-the-moment. Continue reading →