It’s just like me to offer to write a quick-take on a topic that really has a lot more going on than just a simplified quick-take!
The MV for Maison book girl‘s recent album’s closing track “Yumea” (Dream) entered public consciousness over the weekend, and it’s a beautiful piece of visual art. If you watched it on a pure surface level with no backstory about it’s intent, it’s still a gorgeous experience in the arena of sound and vision. I’m thinking it’s reasonably safe that the highly loyal Bukuga fans out there have already seen it, but I recommend a rewatch anyway, and if you haven’t, please take a moment. There won’t be a quiz or anything, but it’s important to understand what we’re discussing, and also, it’s a great song and you just really should…
The opening scenes are a questionnaire session leading into a sleep test in a medical facility. It’s then followed with a series of dreamy visuals of girls in headphones looking all introspective. Okay fine, so girls in headphones looking introspective on bus rides isn’t terribly groundbreaking, I’ll cede you that point, but those surreal images that pulsate in time with the odd flickering sound in the song, what’s that about? Well, the end of the video is kind enough to help explain that, and that’s where one realizes the true beauty of this MV. Continue reading →
That was “Semai Monogatari” from Maison book girl’s upcoming album, Yume.
In a time full of general idol weirdness you can always count on MBG to bring something that’s both a pleasant break from everything else, while also being artsy enough to make you go “Hmmmm”. I’m looking forward to hearing the deeper meanings and interpretations from certain fans because god knows I’m too dense to really think any deeper other than “Ooh, pretty!” Continue reading →
Just like there are “dog people” and “cat people”, there is a binary in the alternative idol fandom: Those who think Maison Book Girl’s sound is homogenous enough to believe it’s the same track on loop, and those who think “wow, this is such a new direction for them, I’m impressed” every time they have released a song since their major debut.
Obviously, this author is part of the second category and was once again in awe upon listening to “Okaeri Sayonara”. The music video was released today, along with the announcement of a new album, Yume, coming on November 21.
I have always associated Maison Book Girl with rain, and this MV validates that feeling. While the group has returned to light-colored costumes, the ominous feeling of the lyrics is reflected in the clear inspiration from hospital gowns. Continue reading →
Well, then. Imagine 2018 Kerrie telling naive “never attended an idol gig and probably never will” 2016 Kerrie that, not only did she get her UK tour, but she also got to have a chat with Maison Book Girl too!
It’s been two weeks since I attended the first leg of Maison Book Girl’s tour, at Birmingham’s Hare and Hounds. Hopefully, that was enough to process my feelings that wasn’t just “I would sell my soul for their smiles,” but really, it was such a wild ride. Arriving about four hours before showtime, I got to see the makings of an idol gig, somewhat. The soundchecks, the debates between the UK and Japanese staff, the occasional MBG popping in and out. As mundane as it probably would have seemed to a veteran, to me, it felt surreal and unforgettable. Up until now, I had only seen the public view of live shows.
I’m not too good at reviewing live shows, but I know that’s not really what you came for. Again, after witnessing the various test-runs beforehand, when I watched the final production come alive on stage, I was fascinated. Continue reading →
It’s summer. The days and the nights grow more humid every day, but it’s the suffocating temperature that can only be eased by the rain that makes the transition between seasons so difficult.
I woke up to the buzzing of a LINE notification. As I groggily grabbed my phone to silence it, my mood went from annoyed to elated when it wasn’t simply a photo, but an announcement from Maison Book Girl that they had a brand new MV out! This title, “Raincoat and the Bird Without a Neck”, per the official English translation, is on their single “Elude”, slated for a June 20 release. Notable from the LINE announcement was the collaboration with Japanese fashion brand ANREALAGE (Cococo was a fan, according to the interview we conducted a year ago), whose love for stark monochromatic pieces and geometric silhouettes goes hand-in-hand with the signature visuals of Maison Book Girl.
Official Homicidols.com United Kingdom Okay Really Just England Idol-meeting Correspondent Kerrie and I are working on firming up booking for a sit-down with MBG. How cool will that be? Continue reading →
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.