Say Goodbye to PiGU

Frick and frack, you guys. I’ve largely been spared the personal worst of disbandments so far, but along comes the demise of one of my favorite Osaka groups. PiGU, one of the neatest of rock idols (regardless of the flavor they embraced at any moment), are being brought to an end by POP iD:

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The Power of PiGU Compels You

It seems like the time is right to come back around on the (incredibly hard to follow!) series of PiGU releases from the past month, as I am nothing if not devoted to getting more people to listen to PiGU and their (usually excellent!) music, regardless of style variations (currently doing 80s revival!), and consider getting out to Osaka when they’re visiting Japan to see what the POPiD cafe is all about.

I was just going to throw these two you-can-get-these-EPs-from-iTunes announcements into the Weekender, but let’s have a quick look in instead:

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You Keep Doing These Nice Things, PiGU

Oh for the love of Pete, PiGU, how long ago did you first start to show us “Bye Bye Honey”? And now you send us an MV? Diabolical.

That’s really nice though! I’ve enjoyed the song in all of its various by-membership iterations, and it sums up PiGU’s somewhat new neo-80s style very well (Roots Rock iDOL, they call it). Continue reading

Would You Like a Preview of PiGU’s New EP?

You should! PiGU has established themselves as nothing if not a solid good time, and like a miniature membership soap opera to boot. I’m quite literally shocked that they didn’t get even more love for one of the most twisted MVs of the year, at the very least. But heck, it’s been a tough one for Osaka’s cosplay cafe house idols — membership turmoil and the like limited their releases to a mere handful in 2017. And there’s still time to get in one more!

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Just a Little Taste of PiGU’s Future

Man, this one’s a few days old, but I wanted to do something with the video that’s actually below the jump, and that just invited the use of the draft that I started all the way back on Friday, so here you go.

Hey, look, it’s a PiGU preview!


Surprising darkness

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Never Miss Another Episode of Spiritwalker TV

While I do still fantasize about GWAR’s Slave Pit TV being real and occupying some of the useless channel space in my directory, I’ve never really had a whole lot of interest in idols’ live broadcasts of anything other than performances (and auditions, but whatever). They’re on at terrible times, very rarely involve anything important and chew up attention span that I need for more important things.

The answer is because I can’t Japanese

Nonetheless, YouTube as a venue has keeps getting smarter and better, and idols are catching on to all of the ways that the medium can be leveraged. Yes, it’s limited, but it beats the crap out of SHOWROOM and stuff, which are butt interfaces. I’ve caught a few Dotscasts on YouTube, for instance, which were inexplicable-but-not-a-total-waste-of-time.

This brings me to PiGU — or, more appropriately, the whole dang Spiritwalker / POPiD family — who launched their own live broadcast … about two hours ago. You can still watch, though! Continue reading

It’s a New and Fully Powered PiGU!

Hold on and indulge me for a moment, good people, because to explain exactly why what I’m about to show you fills me with absolute mirth will take a minute. If you’re not interested in context, just skip over the jump.

So way back when I first discovered and got into PiGU, I noted that the membership seemed … a little fluid. And then they re-charged, only to almost immediately un-recharge. For one hot minute, it was just Rino and Keikarin even! And then there was Rinka and that girl whose name I forgot, and then Rino was gone and also that other girl and PiGU has, kind of miraculously, managed to span several months’ time as but a wee duo, which is normally a placeholder era for many groups, but PiGU only managed to put out a Video of the Year candidate.

Now, a couple of Weekenders ago, I was pleased to share that there were new trainee members in the POP iD stable. What I hadn’t reckoned was that they’d see the stage so bloody fast: Continue reading

PiGU’s Dark Side Is Something Else

What a pleasant surprise! Well, let me draw that back a little bit — the fact that PiGU dropped a full-on MV for their new single is a pleasant surprise. And the song is really good! You don’t usually expect “heavy” for the PiGUs of the world, but anybody can add some extra drum kit or tune things down a little, stick to minor keys, etc., when the situation requires, and it’s not like PiGU hasn’t ever gone toward the dark side before.

That being said, what the heck is going on with “DAY”?


Rock

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Wow, PiGU Absolutely Crushed This One

I’ll admit it, I was getting kind of annoyed with Osaka’s favorite cosplay cafe pop punk idols lately — Rino graduates, Momokan graduates, a little bit of live video trickles onto YouTube, but very little of note gets out publicly and I start to get kind of concerned because PiGU used to be good for a fresh single at the very least every few months, with MVs coming along basically whenever, and I didn’t go and get myself all invested in such a project just to have it die a typical idol death! No I didn’t!

Well shut my big stupid mouth. This is friggin’ great:

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I’m Indulging in These PiGU Videos Because

Good morning team! I’m going to tell you a little story: Yesterday, I was to return to Maniac Mansion after a fairly long trip away. Business! No big deal. But when I got to the airport to fly back, my flight was super delayed, meaning that I’d miss my connection, meaning that I needed different flights, meaning that I wasn’t going to be on the original timetable at all, and also meaning that what originally felt like a pretty accomplishable Thursday ahead was going to be a whole bunch of butt instead. Boo!

Fortunately, I remembered that PiGU had put out some additional pro-shot live video of some stuff that we’ve experienced recently, so I decided to just make a post about that because it made me feel a little better about being stuck in an airport way past the time when any human being who isn’t a Tom Hanks character should be.

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