I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying


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Pull No Punches with This Friday Fun

I’m sorry? I can’t hear you over the sound of my own screaming in anticipation of the biggest party in the UK.

Well, that’s one thing I’m definitely looking forward to, but you know what I’m not looking forward to? Continue reading

The New Future for BiS Is Terrifying and Confusing, Video Confirms

Guess what? I definitely wasn’t ready for what BiS was going to look like sans the Progenitor of Progenitors (Pour Lui, you goofs), nor for a whole mess of other things, and definitely not at 7:00 a.m. But hey, the “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MV has arrived and, aside from confirming that is has nothing to do with Zeppelin, it threw me for a whole writhing cascade of loops:

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BiS’s Farewell to Pour Lui Is Available for Free

It’s time to start to say goodbye, apparently. BiS has placed both tracks from their re-major debut and final single with their founder, the grandest dame of them all and likely part of the string-pulling machinery at WACK, Pour Lui, out into the world for completely free listens:

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Pour One Out for Her; The GOAT Finally Retires

I’d go ahead and blame Kerrie here, but the poor child has been so inundated with graduations lately that I don’t want to pile on and, in fact, this is the kind of development that does in fact suck but at least has the right reasons behind it. And we get to see if the greatest conspiracy of all is more true than we ever could have reckoned!

Natalie.mu has the in-depth goods, too. The very short version: With the major label release of “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” (yes), she realized that she doesn’t need BiS and BiS doesn’t need her, and it’s time to move on. And so, at the tour final (March 4), when Saki and Aya’s trade was set to be reversed anyway, Lui will graduate. Continue reading

Has Anybody Cracked the BiS Code?

This was a cryptic and mysterious message!

If you follow along to the post in question, you get instructions for downloading a song — a new song! — by Watanabe and Pour Lui. It’s called “BEST FRiEND FREED“*. Continue reading

Like Being John Malkovich, Except Really Pour Lui? The Friday Fun

Hi everyone, how’s the week been? I actually had to check back on last week’s Friday Fun entries because I’m half-asleep right now (thanks heatwave) and forgot! For shame! Last week’s #BadIdolNames certainly brought some good (or should I say terrible) suggestions.

I want Tentenkocococococokoto to be real.

I was stuck for ideas for this week’s Friday Fun. I had a few in the bag to be chosen, I just didn’t know which to go for.
But then like she was reading my mind, Pour Lui went and tweeted this an hour ago (as of writing):

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Idols Fangirl as Hard as We Do

All apologies to the author (our friend @weeaboowitch), but I, Maniac, am going to intervene just a little bit and write an extra intro.

Kerrie’s piece is on Pour Lui’s enormous musical crush on one of the most idol things to ever idol, Morning Musume, and somewhat additionally on Oomori Seiko, who you either know and love or are about to meet. Given additional context, Michishige Sayumi, a long-time member of Morning Musume and one of the group’s former leaders, blogged today for the first time in two years, and idol Twitter lost its collective shit. Sayumi is even a big focus of the below. I hold this up for you to look at if you’re not as acquainted with idol culture — this is idol culture, and it’s hard to avoid in Japan even if you want to; it’s so pervasive that it even sucks in people dedicated to annihilating idol culture, as Kerrie point out. Plus, there’s a lot of mutual love on our side of the fence; Ai from Malcolm Mask McLaren, for instance, loves PassCode and PIIIIIIIN and Fruitpochette so much that she lists them in her Twitter bio. /Manic

For Pour Lui fans out there, Henkka at kuomi.org lovingly translated an interview with her and sort-of anti-idol singer-songwriter Oomori Seiko from the Hello! Project COMPLETE SINGLE BOOK that came out around 2013. Continue reading

BiSituation: The Drama Builds

Edited for clarity on Pour Lui’s statement

After last week’s bombshell, there were predictably a lot of questions from fans of Japanese music, period. A lot of really good questions, in fact, like the nature of the new BiS, Pour Lui’s group’s relationship with BiSH (which had been created to fill the void in a BiS-less world), how and where and what and on and on.

Watanabe Junnosuke, the former manager of BiS turned creator of BiSH presumably also returning now to BiS, seems to have heard the various scuttlebutt around how BiS’s phoenix move would affect the hard-charging heirs currently building their own legacy, and he tweeted this: Continue reading

Late to the Party: Brand-new Idle Society Tour

I had heard months ago via TGU that all of the ex-BiS groups (and Tenten!) were getting together for a show in December, and TGU had speculated that Saki would return to POP on that date because, like, there wouldn’t be much of a point of including POP without her (well, the WACK connection, but still), and then the show never happened and Pure Idol Heart made it sound like it was sort of spur-of-the-moment. Continue reading