Predictably, Oyasumi Hologram Is Again Completely Wonderful

Time for a palate cleanser! Oyasumi Hologram, who will never get the credit or riches or fame that they deserve because the world is a cruel and unjust place, made the excellent, serendipitous choice to follow up their “the end of the world” MV release to promote 4 with “colors” and a full-band look:

The nicest thing about OyaHolo (other than their flexibility and diversity) is how incredibly mature their sound is. In an industry lousy with youth, and a scene that’s particularly emphatic in that lousiness, they could add dimensions of twee to their alt-rock takes (or even the less opportune tracks) and take the easy way out; instead, they constantly progress and grow their sound, rooted as always in that Halfway to Dreamscape foundation that sets them apart, but trying new moves here and there. It’s really lovely. Continue reading

Stop Everything Else Today and Pay Attention to Oyasumi Hologram

This should’ve been published yesterday, but I had precisely 18 minutes to both finish the Weekender and let everybody know about that whole business with Candye Syrup, so feh, that was all I was going to get to do. But!

You may have noticed that idol fan stuff slows down over the weekend. This is a natural consequence of people having more important things to do than to screw around at work, or to unwind before facing their ungrateful spawn, etc. Idol, however, doesn’t really care about the rhythms of life and will drop massive, epochal stuff when and how The Idol Gods deign, regardless of how random that may appear to your worthless mortal mind.

To whit, Oyasumi Hologram and a long-form MV that I pretty much don’t have adjectives for:

Continue reading

Please Listen to What Oyasumi Hologram Did

The only downside to Soundcloud is that some of the best things will fly under the radar there unless you’re really assiduous about following up.

There should be no barriers between Oyasumi Hologram and the people of the world who want to hear their music. None. Continue reading

It’s a Mother-centric Match Game Special Feature!

I’m so sorry. Fate is literally making me do this. And also honor. Honor compels me!

Continue reading

How Is It That People Aren’t Going Nuts about This Track from Kanamiru?

I swear it, at even my most apprehensive about the state of idol’s interesting, Oyasumi Hologram can almost always get me to perk up and realize that saviors do indeed walk among us.

In this case, it’s Kanamiru, who’s releasing a solo maxi single that, as far as this release onto Soundcloud would indicate, just plain goes full garage:

Continue reading

Let’s Talk About “Art-Idols”

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

I Love When Oyasumi Hologram Gets a Little Loud

This is so cool, you guys: So Oyasumi Hologram, who I can never believe only have the level of support that they do among Westerners, given that they’re incredibly great — at making their dreamy, ethereal, arty alt-whatever — have started a new project with a three-piece band (or potentially as a three-piece band, nuance is hard), and that project has a demo, and they’re promoting both of them with this out-of-nowhere MV for “machine song”:

Continue reading

Last Weekend Was Full of Non-TIF Action Too

Happy Friday, ya jamokes! I should have shared this post a few days ago (indeed, it was drafted!), but stuff started to happen and then I bumped it twice and finally, here we are, it’s Friday and I’m talking about last weekend as if this one weren’t looming.

But! The focus last weekend was rightfully on the Tokyo Idol Festival, whereas even right in Tokyo there was plenty of other idol action happening.

Like This One Festival That Also Happened and Wasn’t TIF

Just mentally call it Maniac’s Favorite Festival. Look at this (slice of the) lineup:

Continue reading

Fashion Fortnight Feature: We Need to Talk about This Dress

Hello! It’s Papermaiden again. Thank you for the warm welcome you gave me for the previous article. This time, it’s a feature rather than a flash: We’ll focus on one topic, in occurrence, the Love Letter One Piece by Galaxxxy, from their 2016 Spring/Summer collection.

A red sleeveless dress with lavender envelops printed all over. The armholes surrounded by frills and, just like the Peter Pan collar, are white.

This is the official stockphoto, so at least we can see the colors accurately at least once.

If this dress looks familiar, it’s probably because last year, we’ve seen it twice in very prominent positions — namely in the music videos for BPM15Q’s “Hakuchuumu” and Oyasumi Hologram’s “Neuromancer”.

When I first saw the dress, I just assumed it was from a cute, otome-like brand despite the flashy colours of the print. I went through two years of MILK look books from 2016 and 2015, nothing of the sort popped up. This obstacle fueled my ongoing frustration and convinced me to dedicate an entire article to the thing. Continue reading

Let’s Break Open Sunday With Some Blackened Alt-Idol

Good morning! It’s Sunday. It should be a day for laziness, not just because it’s the last day before the start of the 9-5 work week, but because the entire Abrahamic tradition flat-out says that there’s a day when you’re supposed to do absolutely nothing. I support that notion, but will not be doing nothing, because doing nothing is butt. Something is always better than nothing!

However, if you do opt for the more godly way, I encourage you to break into the mood with this clip of Oyasumi Hologram and VMO playing together. It’s not the raw spectacle of the last time I shared that happening, but it’s still pretty impressive.

Continue reading