I Don’t Know Why You’d Need Any Other Reason to Buy Ishido Natsumi’s New Single

While we’re on a little run of less well-known idols doing great work, let’s pause for a second and take another look at Ishido Natsumi, who I will maintain is not only cool and good, but also one of the least appreciated vocalists in idol, period; this is a preview for her upcoming single, dropping tomorrow:

“Choice the Happiness” is just the latest. Everything she does is bad as hell. Continue reading

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I’m So Gleeful about This New BiS Track

Oh, you guys, how I have been hoping for this fun little corker to come out of the new BiS:

My girl Gozeela even wrote it. Holla. Continue reading

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Kamen Joshi’s Got a More Conventional Theme Now

Well, given that the last two releases from Kamen Joshi were a #2 single and a theme song for food, one could be forgiven for thinking that they’d go in just about any possible direction. This isn’t ridiculous, per se, but it is another theme song, albeit this time in a much more traditionally idol kind of way:


Thank you, Char T Saki!

The song is “Kasoku-suru Trial”; it’s for the anime CHEATING CRAFT. Continue reading

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I’m Breathing Easier Because of This BILLIE IDLE News

Man, was I glad to wake up to see this from BILLIE IDLE; in addition to just generally being awesome and on an absolute roll since last year’s membership difficulties, I admit again to having had trepidation on account of their most recent work being a Best Of / live double album. Such things are usually not harbingers of long stretches of continued growth and activity! One could be forgiven for thinking that they might disband!

But no, absolutely not, BILLIE IDLE will actually never die because no, they will not shut up.

Anyway, new single:

August 23. Promo tour starts about a month prior. Expect a July PV! Continue reading

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da on ‘Wagamama Shinsei Hominina’ Etc.

I got a treat for you guys; our man Phillter continues his triumphant translational return by covering this Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da interview from Natalie.mu. The subject? As with all things Zenkimi, a bunch of random stuff in addition to their new single!

This one’s legitimately great. Getting into a Zenkimi member’s head is like stepping into some weird, twisted, functional Candyland.

Specifically on the new release, “Wagamama Shinsei Hominina”:

Mashiro: We five are trying to announce ourselves through a very Zen Kimi-esque chaotic and loud pop number. “Rebirth” is also a part of the title, and it’s because we are bringing out a brand-new Zen Kimi I think. I’m so happy that I was able to sing this song with these five members.

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No, Actually, Now We Can Listen to the New Alloy

This was a fun thing to wake up to! After Alloy kind of head-faked folks the other day with a time-limited live video of their newest material, I was afraid that maybe we wouldn’t get to hear it save for actually going to Tokyo, but this worked out pretty well!

Here are the tracks from their upcoming first single:

This one’s actually from their debut album, but now re-recorded

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I’m Definitely Feeling Banmon!’s New Single

If Band ja Naimon! wants to keep cranking out this kind of energy, I’m going to keep trying to get people into them:

As with last time, I never fail to be energized by the sheer mania of denpa song; even when the actual BPM is somewhere within the realms of reason, the level of frenetic that this music can accomplish is really something else. It’s like what would would have happened had the punk desire to go simpler, faster and purer had instead been the province of early electronic composers. It’s just such a ridiculous good time. Continue reading

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The BiS ‘SOCiALiSM’ Video Has Arrived!

Oh man, you guys, we’re a little bit closer to BiS being BiS-like again!*


BiS-新生アイドル研究会 /「SOCiALiSM」[OFFiCiAL ViDEO… by idolvizion

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Idols Be Lewd!

John’s in the reviews game now, and I think you owe it to yourself to check out this look at … well, the fact that mistress just straight up includes (tastefully covered!) nudity in their artwork tells you pretty much all you need to know about where they’re coming from and where this is going.

As you all know, I am like a huge fan of mistress. So when I got my hands on their demo/single, 「Succubus」, a while ago I felt like the happiest boy in the park. Played it on repeat for a bit then ripped it to my hard drive so I could put my special treasure […]

via mistress – Succubus, (Now I Need A Cold Shower) — Straight From Japan

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Name and Music Doesn’t Always Go Together: Check out Cherish

I like when image clashes with substance. I really do. It’s easy as pie to be like, we do heavy music and will slather ourselves in fake blood like it’s Thanksgiving gravy, and quite another to look and dress like PassCode and tear apart a stage. And the effect can be subtle, too, just one factor leading to expectations that aren’t met by other factors.

To wit:


Now it’s time to raise your little hands!

This is Cherish (Twitter). This is their fifth single. It’s a lot of fun! Continue reading

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