Here’s a Wonder Lander Interview … en français!

I’m clearly not the only person in the West who likes idols and also likes to write about idols and who also wishes more people would get into Wonder Lander — Passion Idol, from the francophonie, is right there with me. Yeah, it’s in French, but that’s way easier to read via machine translation than Japanese. Also, give Gru! a follow!

Taper ce titre me fait l’effet d’une consécration. Maintenant que c’est dit, passons au reste, au plus conventionnel : bonjour à tous, je suis très heureuse de vous retrouver pour un nouvel article ! Celui-ci, bien plus que les autres, est assez spécial puisqu’il s’agit d’une Interview, format jusqu’alors inconnu au bataillon. C’est un petit […]

via Interview : Wonder Lander — PASSION IDOL

Also, because I will start breaking arms if more of you all don’t get behind Wonder Lander, I’m going to force-feed you this awesome playlist:

They’re great, okay!


Is This a New Yurimaru Track?

Update: Jordan with the info!

You guys who are bigger fans of Hirano* Yuri than me (Jordan, I’m looking in your direction), help me out. She added this rocking little corker to Soundcloud last night, and I don’t recall having heard it before, but that apparently doesn’t mean anything because I miss lots of stuff:

I mean, I don’t even have an analog for that much bounce. Supergrass, but with the singer from Letters to Cleo? No idea. Continue reading


You Should Listen to This Amazing-ass Dots Series

It seems like we can’t go a day or two without something else amazing from the Dots well, nor can we go a day or two without Viz Major finding something in the darkest crevasses of the Idolverse and shining on it the kind of light that only Westerners with excellent-albeit-unconventional musical tastes can provide. In this case, an unreleased track from the enigmatic nameless collective of idol singularities:

Now, listen to that song, but I want you to do something else. And yes, it’s good and it’ll be a reward for trusting me even though you very correctly swore to never do that again. Continue reading


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Your Homicidols Weekender #36

This was a busy week, gang, and it was also a bad one. Guso Drop. DEEP GIRL (though anybody could have seen that coming). Losing Kerrie to “Splatoon.” I’d just as soon never do it again! We inevitably will, though; idol idols on, and I think just about everybody likes video games.

Anyway, good stuff! PassCode MVs. A really neat look at Dots and their creative process coming up in a little while (plus the look behind the curtain). The Friday Fun, which is hugely ambitious and may also reveal how you really feel about idols. QUEEN OF THE SCENE, for which nominations close today, you bunch of weirdos — get your input in before I start making idols do virtual ladder matches next week!

What Were Things That Happened, Maniac?

Screaming Sixties was on TV again. Their fans performed the greatest Wall of Death of all time:

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MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR MV: Alloy May Never Run out of Demos, and I’m Okay with That

Most important update from the original: Hey look, new MV short!

Maybe this can take some of that sting away.

I remember when petit pas! was getting ready to release their (only) album last year, and they’d tease out a track every week, usually on Monday, and it was a really cool journey that, frankly, masked the fact that Refrain was ultimately kind of so-so, which is good marketing. So, fittingly, Alloy (same company) is employing not dissimilar tactics in making their catalog something to connect with.

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AIBECK Added a Fresh Track

So AIBECK, potentially exciting and fairly busy new idol project and home to the … I actually can’t quite place exactly why I like An’z-don, but An’z! went ahead and added a new song to Soundcloud last night, a song that I almost definitely would have missed if I hadn’t been on Soundcloud for entirely different reasons:

All right, for real, come on. Continue reading


All Right, Here Are More Reasons to Love Shuuengo Buppan

Viz Major has been relentless in his pursuit of my sharing more from that thing that I kind of immediately fell in love with, so let’s go ahead and get caught up with Shuuengo Buppan.

Hey look, their debut live!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #35

Hey gang! I’m still reeling from this week. In the end, I got a better-performing website out of the deal, and a nice shot of vigor. I feel badly, though, because it was a pretty good week for idol and I was sitting there with my thumb up my ass while jerks jerked all over this thing of mine. Happy ending, though!

Meanwhile, it’s Saturday, not a day of rest for everybody but still a high point. If you get a chance, do check out the interview with NECRONOMIDOL that was the final straw to my old site host treating like a dog (plus Krv’s great show report), and of course play the Fun if you’re so inclined. Otherwise:


We may need to create a Tweet of the Year category for things like this:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #34

So you’ve probably encountered that whole Tokyo Girls thing from the BBC by now. It took me a while to watch it, and it took me a while to want to even really respond to it, and by then the takes were as many as they were diverse, but almost completely united around “seriously, another fucking hit piece?” So I’m not going to add anything to that, and I’d just as soon let the film go down the memory hole (at least this one approached the subject with a quasi-insider’s eye), so: No additional clicky stuff for that. In the meantime, though, I will repeat what I’ve said before, which is that idol fans need to police idol fans around the worst behaviors, which can also be applied to just about everything that has fans, because fans of things can be horrible people, but there’s nothing wrong with being a fan. Protect what you say you love, in other words.

Anyway. It was a pretty cool week in general!

This Format Is Getting Boring, Maniac

Dots in black:


Hoshina Fumimi, who is cool and good, is ready for you to show up to buy her EP:

Still at it:

More You’ll Melt More!

C-Style uploaded this promo video the other day; it’s incredible:

This is a hell of a script thing from You’ll Melt More!:

Thanks, Caleb, for introducing me to NATASHA’s producer and also for the fact that there’s going to be a NATASHA announcement soon:

Tenten released this trailer for her latest CD … R:


sora tob sakana!



Idols and cats:

I couldn’t in good conscience make this STARMARIE MV its own post, but you might like it anyway if you like STARMARIE:

The award for Art Design in Idol Merch and Also Logos needs to go to Wagamama Rakia:

Next week, PiGU does this for real:

But without Momokan:

Manatsu …

Great outfits, or greatest outfits?

Enjoy your weekend!


I’m Ready to Love Again: Meet Shuuengo Buppan

This is what I woke up to:

It does sound cool! Very cool! Like we’re-already-booked-at-TIF-and-haven’t-even-debuted-yet cool.

The dentist beckons, and John has very helpfully already handled the rest of the intro, so take it away!

Earlier this evening I was looking at the new posts in the Alt Idol Facebook group and came across a post by Viz about a new group called 終演後物販 (Shuuengo Buppan). He describes them as melocore, and after listening to them I would agree. Lets take a first, but brief look at Shuuengo Buppan.

via That Is New To Me: Shuuengo Buppan — Straight From Japan