So deep was I into enjoying not doing anything last week that I didn’t even see this latest little bit from Melon Batake a go go until a little bird said on Saturday morning that I should put them on the look-up list. And oh neat, there’s a new single coming what’s now a month from today, plus other stuff!
There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.
So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!
Man, a lot of things crawled out of the idol woodwork over the past couple of days, quite a few of them fun, even. Notable among them is this clip from Marionet, in honor of their first one-man on Sunday, this energetic little romp with a neat-concepted MV that exists mostly as a tease:
— マリオネッ。【公式】7/14 1stワンマンライブ開催 (@marionet_staff) July 9, 2019
Hey, that’s really cool! But do you know what would be even cooler? Hearing the rest of the dang song and seeing the rest of the dang video! I guess we have to wait until Sunday? Or is it that we won’t get it unless they win this contest thing for the main stage at TIF?
I hate this recent feeling out of touch business. Even when I’m relatively on top of things, I’m behind or a half-step off or kind of distracted and/or forgetful. It’s dumb! I include in this just the regular maintenance activities of keeping up with idol favorites and not needing all of the various technical mechanisms available to meet a minimum threshold of awareness and support, at which I am currently a miserable failure. Alas.
I bring this up because I, without checking, felt completely blindsided when WILL-O’, who have the best in-name punctuation of all idols ever, announced details for a new single (their first, which, how) out … like in a week. And then there’s a trailer, for which I definitely recommend looking at the description, which lays out the multitude of versions available for this single, and also you are now warned that this “single” trailer runs well over 2:00 without dedicating more than a few seconds to any one track:
And speaking of things that I noted in passing and then set aside so that I could focus on much more holiday weekend-appropriate things, you guys simply must check out the latest MV from former Dots consipirators / Homicidols Dot Com 2018 award winners tipToe., who with a name like that and an image even more like (points at them) somehow manage to be one of the most regularly impressive rock-oriented groups in idol. It’s amazing what a touch of art, a touch of class and a good budget can do!
After several days of puzzling over tweets and off-handedly remarking things like “oh, I should remember to put that in the Weekender” and “wow, they’ve really come a long way in a short time,” ol’ Maniac here finally pieced together some stuff about everybody’s favorite Idol Formerly Known as Alloy Which Ah Forget It and, oh look, it’s kind of a big deal for them!
So last month, WILL-O’ released some “new” music, which was in fact an old petit pas! song re-updated with the most recent membership of the group that’s as close to a direct descendant of that group as it gets without having the same name, and it was cool and good. They stayed busy, though, as it was just the next round in a series (I love these) of monthly releases that incorporate not just new music, but sort of a soft reboot of the group, still called WILL-O’ but in this guise known as “O’currence”, which was rolled out yesterday at their company’s (Perfect Music) PERFECT SUMMIT.
Please allow me to apologize to one of my low-key favorite things in idol, going all the way back to when random YouTube dives were all you really had to compare to the handful of English-language resources for chika idol: UNDER BEASTY, I done you wrong, and I’m here today to make it right. We need to catch up!
Gah, where to begin. Well, probably with the fact that they’re about to release their … fifth? Fifth single:
One of the big surprises of the Best Of was how Wagamama Rakia, who through a series of events emerged as a Unit to Follow after a good long while as a Unit That the Really Dedicated Follow, never even came up in nomination discussions. Not for Surprise or Debut (Layna), even, and that after I’d thought earlier in the year that they would be on the IOTY short list. Them’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes, I guess!
Nonplussed and no doubt completely unaware of the fact that any such awards thing was unfolding before them, Wagamama wanted to get everybody sufficiently hype for their one-man that … um, that’s today, actually. Like right now. Oops! Nice job, Maniac!
Look, the point is, they’re having a one-man, and it’s a band set, and they’re filming the whole thing, and they got these tracks out into the world ahead of time for you to enjoy and spend money on them:
And speaking of Soundcloud being where a lot of idol is happening anymore, along comes IVOLVE with a couple of tracks in addition to their fine previous work in that regard. And you know, partly for its regularity and partly for its potential, it’s a notification that I’m glad to see, when they post anew — a lot of the groups that still exist from when this site got started are legacy projects, living on inertia or with essentially a fixed membership, whereas groups like IVOLVE, which are themselves somewhat established and boast membership from that earlier era and still have a bright future ahead, they feel like a bridge between eras. And idol eras, as we’ve learned, aren’t exactly long-term things!
Anyway, you’re here for the stuff, not the Maniac:
Ah, mishmash, the kind of pun-ready, merry-marking idol group that I’d have to invent from the innate substance of the universe if they didn’t already exist, so perfectly they fit into their niche as they do. Yes, one of 2018’s top debutantes, and one yet to fail to make good on that reputation with any release. Bully on them, then, to keep clips of tracks flowing onto Soundcloud, which has inexplicably emerged as the best resource for new idol stuff short of an international CD service. The latest entry: