I Bet ayumikurikamaki’s Latest Is Great; If Only We Could See It

H/t to Phillter for pointing out that ayukuma released the video for their upcoming single today; thumbs down to whoever decided to publish the thing without availability in the United States or EU. But if you can see and hear, I bet it’s pretty good!

Somebody will have a torrent available later, I’m sure; I’ll add if/when I can

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This Thursday Hurtsday Is All about the Attitude

The thing about idols … look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Idols can do anything. And sometimes that means idoling on top of having a day job in a maid cafe — they go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s fine. And oftentimes said idoling while maid cafeing means that you’re idoling as an extension of said maid cafe, which means being all tradol and kawaii and stuff, which, okay, fine, it is what it is.

But then sometimes management goes “You know what we need? A friggin’ rock angle.”

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Sink into This Sakidori Hasshinkyoku Video for Your Tuesday WTF

The Papermaiden suggests that we take this sucker for a spin, and I couldn’t agree more! Ever since PIH shared it over the weekend, I’ve been somewhere between complete unbelief and total thankfulness that such a strange trip exists in my world — so accessible, but so astonishingly out there at the same time, like if some of Bellring Girls Heart’s material from last year were to be turned into high-energy kawaiidol madness.

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Excellent and Painful New Records on the Way

And while my nose is straight up my own butt with the Corenament, releases continue to be announced and excitement continues to be built. John on two releases that are sure to be loud and satisfying.

Well, looks like EiT PARK RECORDS/Disk Union is going to send a couple more releases our way. These are a couple I have been waiting for, since it has been a while for each group. First we have a mini-album from 偶想Drop entitled “Painfully violent”. I am sure most of you have seen it on […]

via New Releases From Guso Drop and Malcom Mask McLaren — Straight From Japan

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You Probably Didn’t See This Himekyun Fruit Can MV Coming

You guys! Why didn’t anybody tell me that there was new HKFC? Oh, right, I’ve been a little single-minded lately.

Well, let me rectify an entire week’s worth of missing out by bringing you to the MV for their new single, “Kokoro Tsunagaru.”


True story: I first read the romajization of the title as “Kokoro Tsundere” and was like, that’s brutal

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Okay, Great, and Now I Like WiLL Too

Don’t let the banner fool you; there’s some ‘tude to these idols. Which I didn’t know until Pure Idol Heart pinged me with this number yesterday, and my previous understanding of WiLL (Twitter) was upended.


And as is often the case in idol, the ambitions of the choreo outstrip the capabilities of the performers

“Let It Out” is WiLL’s first MV, and it’s the second A-side of what I believe is their debut single; they’ve been kicking around for a little while, and the rest of the songs on the thing line up with my previous experience from having seen them here and there online, doing stuff with other idols in our space, etc. Continue reading

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You Know It’s Release Season When Pikarin’s Got Something Coming

Thank goodness for friends; I don’t personally follow Pikarin closely enough to always know what’s up, but this well-timed bit courtesy of John at Straight from Japan is good to go.

As I am sure most of you know, everyone’s favorite demon princess, Pikarin, has not really been releasing music since 魔界心中 / MITSU TO BATSU back in May 2016 and the subsequent collapse of FORCE RECORDS. Yes, she did release a single, The Dogeza Road. exclusively through Village Vanguard, which most people don’t even know about. […]

via New Music From Pikarin? Coming Right Up! — Straight From Japan

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Just Indulge My Long Stupid Story before Reading about the New Desu.Rabbits Single

In one of the weirder experiences in my time following idols, I was sort of vaguely aware the other day that Desu.Rabbits was going to have something happening because of one of those “RT this so many times” tweets, but I didn’t follow up immediately and forgot about it AND THEN I saw the official account tweet out video, the still of which had Bucho looking all official and business-y.

Now, I’m an idiot, so I immediately pinged the Bunnies and the fan club to see what was happening, and that before I even tried the video itself, which was obviously many months old. Oops. So I corrected course, only for Bucho himself to respond to my original entreaty:

Oh wild! Okay! And in response, this happened:

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NEVE SLIDE DOWN Would Like for You To Pay Attention, Please

Well well well! There were a number of new videos that I thought might make their way out to the world this morning, but NEVE SLIDE DOWN’s “Mellow dawn” was not one of them. I just found out that the single even existed! But now here we are, and … yeah, considering that I first saw this as the first weak-ass rays of sunlight were entering my world, the whole “mellow” and “dawn” thing was a fittingly inaccurate tease.

You’re awake now

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Fukuoka Kanbe Girls Are Proof That Idols Can Promote Anything with Fire

Imagine that you work for a local tourism board, and shrinking budgets in addition to less travel is putting a hurting on your city’s economy. You need an attraction! Or, at the very least, a way to convince people from near and far to come and spend their hard-earned yen on your delicious local food and take in the spectacular local sights … HOLY CRAP YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED?! IDOLS!*

Just get a look at this (via @AshLikeSnow):

Well, and listen to it, too, as it’s perfectly cromulent idometal-meets-animetal. But holy hell, this is an idol unit that exists to talk about regional history and culture? Like Tengger Cavalry, but idols? I’m in. Continue reading

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