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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Thank You, PiGU, for Your New MV

Speak and they shall come! I’d openly and occasionally loudly wondered where my typically much more prolific girls in PiGUs were hiding themselves ever since Rino’s graduation a couple of months ago, and Official basically said, we’re working on stuff, wait and see you jerk, just not in so many words. Then there was their Idol Matsuri entry, and this, and now:

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PiGU’s Newest Song Is Gnarly as Hell

Okay. Guys. Raise your hand if you’re familiar with PiGU’s body of work to date. Good? Thanks. Pretty bouncy and fun overall, huh? Yeah, they mix it up a little bit, but they live up to their image. It’s a good time!

Now can a volunteer please explain this to me?

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It’s a Bonus WTF Because I Miss PiGU

No, no, PiGU isn’t going anywhere — from what their Twitter feed looks like, they’re still doing auditions. It’s been a little while since Rino’s graduation, which I failed to get anything together for because reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love Osaka’s resident cosplay cafe pop punk idols (and supporters of the Best of 2016!).

I have been sort of hovering over their Twitter lately in the hopes of spying something new; yes, you could argue that “live video of the trio members” would count, but they’re still doing the familiar songs and I was hoping for a chance to do something a little more unique. Fortunately, they delivered!

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I Felt Like PiGU This Morning, So Here You Go

The presence of the WTF every Tuesday has led to a bit of mid-early-week malaise on ol’ Maniac’s part, gang, and I felt like I could use something of a pick-me-up anyway, and do you know what tends to do the job? Well-composed idol pop punk!


And may the gods bless this YouTuber, too, for always recording PiGU lives and always uploading them in a heartbeat

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PiGU’s Rino Is Graduating

I’ve taken to sticking graduation announcements into the Weekender, the exception being cases where either I personally really like somebody, the group is fairly prominent, I am being paid etc. In this case, this is a very sad announcement!

In short: Coming up on March 20 will be a final one-man live for one of the PiGU old guard; it isn’t the end of PiGU, fortunately, but it’s still a farewell for a girl who stuck with her group through thick and thin. Continue reading

A Day at POP iD with PiGU

I had been sitting on this little video for about a week, and then was going to hold it longer for reasons explained below, but the other teenie pop punk idol news of the day is awful, and I thought, Who better to be the balm right now?

Have you ever wondered what shows at POP iD are like? Like, PiGU isn’t going to suddenly stop being extremely idol and performing for like 30 minutes max; there’s got to be other stuff going on.

Well, now we know some of it!


I had at least three moments where I stopped trying to understand

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the PiGU Live

Osaka’s pop punk darlings, PiGU, had themselves a live the other day. No big deal — they have lives all the time! — but … see, it’s wintertime. Bellring Girls Heart, for just one example, actually held a few of their final SHALLOW GRAVE appearances with members missing due to the flu (noboby was going to miss the finale). The point is, it happens. Idols are people. People get sick. Sick people sometimes can’t perform!

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Poor PiGU’s World Is Full of Malice, the Spirit of the 80s

I definitely didn’t expect to go tripping over a new PiGU MV while doing a quick run through Twitter yesterday, but it took off all over the place and I’m glad because PiGU is nice. Maybe you already saw it, maybe you didn’t; here it is anyway!

“The world is full of malice” is their latest single? EP? Maxi-single? (Let’s call it that.) It’s four songs, and it’s actually on Spotify if you want to take a cruise through the whole thing. Continue reading