PassCode’s ‘bite the bullet’ Is Partway Here

We heard the trailer for “bite the bullet” last week, and, in addition to being more than ready to hear PassCode’s second major label single, I was also nervous that region blocking would kind of ruin the party for those of us in North America (we weren’t able to pre-order, for instance).

No such problems with the video’s short version!


Slick

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If You Wanted a Preview of PassCode’s ‘bite the bullet,’ Now’s the Time

I don’t want to say too much about it because I’m sure that the video’s impending (and possibly even available in all countries right away this time!), but definitely check this out:

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One Man’s Trip to See PassCode in Taipei and Are You Jealous Yet?

The idol experience isn’t something that a lot of us get to enjoy — due to distance, finance and other pressures, we resign ourselves to YouTube and Twitter and fan communities, and we hope against hope that maybe someday the performers we love the most will wind up within easy travel distance of our homes. But it’s kind of lame!

What we do like is to live vicariously through others, whether it’s fans in Japan, fans who go to Japan or the really lucky ducks who do get to see idols close to home. Like, we all enjoyed Garry’s reports from Tokyo, and Phillter’s, because they gave us a look in on a world that seems so close and so far away all at the same time.

Our pal Rain got to live the dream just a few days ago, when PassCode hit Taipei, and he shared his experience on his own website. Continue reading

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Before They Were Homicidol: Imada Yuna and the Wages of Sloth

Whoops, I did it again; despite some doubts about whether delving back into the bowels of some favorite idols’ performance history was worth the trouble, the now-not-so-recent entry on BiSH’s Atsuko* got me thinking about other notables’ time as safe, normal idols, and I remembered Yuna’s time before PassCode.

Yes, the world’s tiniest harsh vocalist was, once upon a time, this:


She’s in there if you look very closely!

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Start Your Hype Train for PassCode’s Next Single

And I was just starting to wonder when they’d make their next move; it turns out that the answer is “in a month”:

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PassCode’s Taking the Next Step to World Domination

No, you goofballs, they aren’t coming to Europe or the Americas … yet. But they’re going to Taiwan!

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You Guys Want to See This PassCode Set?

Just before we begin, can I ask that we take a moment to appreciate how legitimately cool it is to see PassCode somewhat back on a tiny stage, in a smaller environment, being incredibly raw with just a back track and absolutely zero effects?

I feel like this is the quietest that PassCode stuff has been in forever, since about a year ago, when they were promoting VIRTUAL ahead of the release that would take them from cult favorite to a major release. I wasn’t ever bothered to look up sales figures for “MISS UNLIMITED,” but I’m presuming that it did well overall, and this time they’re taking now is mostly preparatory for the next record.

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: PassCode’s Yuna on Being PassCode’s Yuna

There I was yesterday, minding my own business when:

And what is that you would like me to retweet, friend?

Why, I love translated interviews! Especially related to PassCode! Of course, of course. But we can do a lot better than a simple RT, can’t we? Continue reading

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And How Did You React to PassCode the First Time You Heard Them?

Good job, John. Our pal John “Straight from Japan” Winner very honorably and not at all pushily convinced YouTube Reaction Industry participant Mac Ryan Mac to take in and, you know, react to PassCode:


“This is such a great combination of idol music and rock.” Yes it is.

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The Awesome PassCode Documentary Series Continues

Man, remember the last thing we had from PassCode on Future Standard? Phillter isn’t going to be translating a transcription of this one, I don’t think (but anybody who wants to should feel free!), thought I think the story kind of tells itself, as good documentary will:

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