Weekend Livestream Spotlight: NaNoMoRaL, MANACLE, Canary, NECROMA, and HimeKyunFruitCan Turns 10

This is a three-day, holiday weekend in Japan with the observation of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday. I can’t think of a better way to show our great esteem for the elderly among us than with some chika idol livestreams. There are lots of options on The Calendar, but here are our top recommendations:

Two of the best units going, NaNoMoRaL and Shihatsu-machi Underground, start off the weekend with the latest installment of the beyond excellent Tribu .pre live series over on Twitcasting.tv.

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Blood in the Bathroom with NECRONOMIDOL

When NECRONOMIDOL teased this MV … good lord, was that just yesterday? yesterday, I was a tiny bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Long right in my personal tippy-top group of favorite things in music (let alone idol, but also and especially idol), Necroma felt almost inviolable, and so the big membership upheaval from earlier in the year was actually kind of hard to reckon with, and I feel like I’m still getting used to the idea. But, that being said, just as life turns to death and death to decay, all things must change, and that includes an idol group that personifies the living darkness! And so, when the thing dropped a little while ago, I held on and …

Oh hey, this is good! And of course so — Ricky didn’t suddenly stop knowing what to do when the last of the OGs left, of course the core concept and ability to meld talent to it are still there, so what the hell was I worried about? No, man, if you dig on Necroma, you’re going to dig on this. It’s just, like, a lot more gruesome than you might be used to! Continue reading

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Weekend Livestream Spotlight: MANACLE Debut, 2&, a NECROMA Birthday and Depression Fest

The latest trend in idol lives is to not announce livestreaming options until the in-person show is sold out. While I’m sure this makes good financial sense to manager-san, it creates nothing but headaches for fancy idol bloggers trying to put together a robust weekend livestream  preview. Luckily, there is also The Calendar which receives constant updates as last-minute livestream announcements come to light. In the meantime, here’s some notable shows we’re aware of that are coming your way this weekend via various streaming media platforms. 

ZOMBIE POWDER kick off the weekend, sharing the stage with the hardest working unit in chika idol, Dan te Lion and others in the 41st volume of the excellent Diffusion Φ Brightness taiban series.

If shoegaze and dreampop are more your style, the incomparable LiLii Kaona, cana÷biss and more are performing in a line up headlined by electro pop artist Mariko Takei.  Continue reading

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Weekend Livestream Spotlight: NECROMA + Cinema & Boy CQ, FruPoche, MANACLE, MELON BAT and a Birthday Bash

The weekend is supposed to be a time for relaxation, not uncertainty and difficult decision making. Unfortunately, there’s a fair share of both on The Calendar for this weekend.  We’re still awaiting ticketing details on a few promised shows while several A-listers are streaming lives head-to-head. I mean, it’s nice to have so many options but, a person should not be put in the position of having to choose between MANACLE, FRUITPOCHETTE and MELON BAT. That’s just cruel.

For a preview of the next few days of torment, here’s some of what’s being livestreamed from Japan this weekend: Continue reading

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Weekend Livestream Spotlight: BURST GIRL, NECRONOMIDOL & Gynou Fest

Since we launched The Calendar, the weekly livestream post got discontinued, but I thought there were a few events worth bringing folks attention to now that these notices are no longer hitting the front page.  As always, all dates and times listed are Japan Standard Time (JST) unless noted (Convert to your time here).

Kick the weekend off with a free live on YouTube by funk-and-groove flavored Nagoya standouts, FAREWELL MY, L.u.v.

BURST GIRL Continue the “BURST BIG BANG” tour to promote their Story EP. This installment sees them teaming up with DAI DAI DAI, Story collaborators THE STARBEMS and others. Streaming tickets are ¥1,800 via ZAIKO.

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Sheer Madness: NECRONOMIDOL Graduation Turns Into All-Star Reunion

My apologies for the lateness of this article, but I am still picking up the pieces of my shattered mind.

There was nothing to prepare us back in March when Rei, Michelle and Okaki, the last remaining original member of NECRONOMIDOL, announced their departure from the group. Just as there was nothing to prepare us for the blight that has since afflicted the entire world, driving us into our homes, delaying the three members’ graduation show and, meanwhile, wholly transforming the way idol lives are both performed and delivered. 

This past Saturday night, Rei Imaizumi, Kakizaki Rizaki and Michelle were finally able to hold their long-delayed graduation live to both an in-person and streaming audience. 

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NECRONOMIDOL’s New Members Debut in “TUPILAQ” MV

The new members of a resurrected NECRONOMIDOL make their first appearance in “TULIPAQ”, an MV released on the virtual eve of their no-audience livestream debut.

Sole surviving NECROMA member Himari is discovered by new disciples Shiki, Nana, and Roa who instruct her in the crafting of a tupilaq: a vengeful monster created by witchcraft, given life by ritualistic chants and then set loose into the sea to seek and destroy an enemy (thanks Wikipedia!).  Continue reading

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NECRONOMIDOL Awakens with Three New Members

Since mid-March, in his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu has been waiting and dreaming of the coming era when new dark disciples will emerge from the depths and spread madness to the far corners of the world once more.    

That wait is (almost) over. NECRONOMIDOL have announced they will be resuming activities in June  with three new members.

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce Multiple Graduations, Hiatus and Imminent Resurrection

NECRONOMIDOL have announced the immediate graduation of  Rei Imaizumi, Michelle and original member Risaki Kakizaki.  In addition, they have cancelled all events for the next two months including their upcoming one-man on March 23 where they were to introduce new members and costumes.  The group will be on hiatus until further notice.

The word itself from Manager-san.

Okaki, Rei and Michelle will be independently hosting their own graduation live on April 27th. Continue reading

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce New Member Selection

NECRONOMIDOL has given us one month’s time to prepare for an expansion of their ranks. The Darkness Girls will unveil both their new member(s) and new costumes at a free live on March 23.

With the massive number of graduations and disbandments in the past year,  the list of potential NECROMA recruits is tantalizing.

Did Ricky-San draw from this deep pool of known idols, or cast brand new talent?

Is it new member or members? Will we see a five, six or thirteen member formation?

Since the announced live has a school entrance ceremony theme, will the new costumes be an ultra-dark version of seifuku? 

Let the rampant speculation begin:

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