Oh Cool, Up Up Girls (2) Did Something I Can Write About Now

The debut single from Up Up Girls (Kari)’s sister group/second generation/backup dancers came out yesterday, and to be honest, I was getting lazy in my Up Up Girls coverage, and after the music video for “Ninoashi DANCING” turned out to just be fairly standard idol fare, I banished it to the Weekender without giving it much thought. But here’s the most important thing to come from that:

But the music video for the second song,  “Sun!x3” just came out, and with it actually having a couple of guitars in there this time, I feel like I should at least give this one some coverage.

Pros: A very cute, upbeat pop-rock song in a similar vein to Buono!, a group that many of Up Up Girls’ followers probably miss.

Cons: Where’s the nose recorder? I feel like there needs to be someone playing the recorder with her nose in every one of these music videos by now! Continue reading

Did You Guys See the Latest Full Power Girls R?

Gee whiz, I thought I’d popped this out a couple of weeks ago, well before TIF, which is precisely when this was released and precisely why it was released, as Zenrokyu were at TIF and I think there’s even video of their performance. Anyway, this is a neat video for “Parallel Girl” that I should get on the record for when folks get to the point of finding things like Full Power Girls R for themselves:

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Are You Ready for the Most Prog Idol Song You’ve Ever Heard?

I first saw this sucker a few days ago, you guys, and I’m still not sure what I think of it, except that it’s Sunday and something that I think you might enjoy.

Say hello to Futari Opposite (Twitter):

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It Turns out That We Can Feel Pretty Good about the New ayukuma Single

Happiness is waking up to a notification from ayumikurikamaki’s VEVO, and the video actually plays in your country!

It’s the full, actual MV for “Kizuna Mix”, which we heard before and I was in the process of running down because I enjoy being spectacularly wrong about things. Continue reading

Did You Catch the Latest from WiLL?

It took me a minute to buy into WiLL back when they were getting a little hype a few months ago, but I did come around enough to be surprised that I’d almost forgotten that the poor things were out there, idoling away — specifically, I thought “oh, right, I didn’t see them on TIF or @JAM or anything rosters yet” — and genuinely a little stoked when Japanese Idol MV RTed this one yesterday:

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When I Said That I Wanted Beatdown Idols, NEVE SLIDE DOWN, This Isn’t Quite What I Had in Mind

I’m a friggin’ doofus and missed the latest from we-B’s surging up-and-comers NEVE SLIDE DOWN this morning until reminded by our good friend Pure Idol Heart, and of course then immediately had to get into a meeting and do actual day job work instead of something enjoyable like a new NEVE SLIDE DOWN video.

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The Time Has Come for Candye Syrup’s First MV

And in things that came way out of left field this morning:

You guys remember the origin of Candye Syrup, the functional mega-yume-kawaii idol group, from Candye Syrup, the hair salon of the same name, right? Results; idols have them. Continue reading

Yanamyu Is Just Unfair

Good lord. In the chat during the podcast the other day, I was (not alone!) extolling the incredible virtues of Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “Any” MV and how it was this perfect starter for their TIF sets, and I’d said upon its release that it’s high energy and almost bright look at the world was so refreshing. That’s great! However, Yanamyu’s best material is traipsing around in the dark, damp corners of angsty psyches, invoking the feel of rainy evenings in flannel. So, “AWAKE”:

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The Dots Game Continues to Be Elevated

I published Brian’s excellent behind-the-visor piece the other day, and it was good, but you may have noticed that things in Dotsworld move at a rate that’s hard to predict; this is one of their busy times. The other night, they were included on a shoegaze radio show, for instance. And now, a new MV:

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I Bet I Can Get You to Watch This REGiNA KiSS Video

You know what, you guys? I’m not going to chide you for never looking at REGiNA KiSS when they (for they are very prolific) release new video, nor will I chide you for not listening to them when they release new music. It seems like nobody does! And that’s actually pretty criminal, if you ask me.

This is Kanna. She’s one of the three members of REGiNA KiSS. She’s a full-suite kind of idol, doing music here and also a lot of modeling. And, fittingly, she’s a pretty good singer:

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