Hakuchumu Has Landed

While you go ahead and get yourself familiar with Hakuchumu, I’m going to get things warmed up a little bit. Last week, @Eyex1st pinged me about a new group. With new stuff. And a … eccentric producer. And, naturally, an entire Pringles tube full of interesting.

Just look at this series of teasers:

My very first thought was that this was a project up to something, whatever that might be. It was all in the service of setting up: Continue reading

Let’s Help Bakuon Dolls Syndrome 0 Make an Album

What the heck was I even doing yesterday when I took a swing past Bakuon Dolls Syndrome’s Twitter? I mean it — I can’t remember why I was looking. But, as luck would have it, I stumbled right into the middle of some big ol’ changes. For one, now they’re Bakuon Dolls Syndrome 0; for another, they want your help with crowdfunding a self-produced record:


That’s the live version, natch

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Go Get ’em Candy GO!GO!

I’ve already given away to whom I’m referring here, but let me just say that some casual what-are-they-doing Twitter cruising a little while back turned out a result that for one sweet second made me think that Hauptharmonie still lived, and that I might know true joy again.

Alas! It was Candy GO!GO! and the short-version PV for their new single!


I mean, it’s called “HONEY TRAP” ffs

This is their umpteenth single, releasing the day before this live DVD celebrating the group’s seventh(!) anniversary:

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Living Dead I Dolls Will Rise Again

Ah, the heady days of mid-late 2016, when every new idol whatever was ripe for exaggerated excitement, a world of possibilities. Look, somewhat loud stuff! Also idols! Nothing could be better!

We have learned better since then. Though there are always exceptions, and we are incredibly easy marks for whatever poorly shined bauble is dangled in front of our ever-shortening attention spans, it takes more than just showing up to take the majority of fans from acknowledgement to acceptance to love.

But back in 2016, like a shout in the dark did Living Dead I Dolls enter the world. They were a short step up the quality ladder from most of the metal-oriented idol acts, and the members did solid work, and things went pretty well for about a year. Then poof! Like so many fleeting things in idol, fleeted and frittered away.

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Make It a Very Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Kind of Day

Hey! It’s time for the rollout of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s sixth(!) single!

You know how this works. They say “it’s available for two hours” and everybody else says “yeah but HTML” and we all look around because nobody wants to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Continue reading

What’s New, Wagamama Rakia?

It’s been a nice refreshing breath lately for Wagamama Rakia, who’ve always been good but haven’t always been noticeable (despite this, they weren’t even considered for the Corenament!). On the strength of their good year so far, I started to follow them more closely, with payoff. New things are afoot!

To recap: They have themselves an anniversary live coming up in June, but are also embarking on a two-man tour (neat!) and … are adding a fourth member! And also continue to be loud and increasingly interesting. Let’s keep our eyes open.

This Is Going to Be a Great Zenkimi Single

I am very interested in the newest single coming from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, particularly because I want to see in which direction perhaps loudol’s greatest chameleons are going to go sound-wise after the settling-in of Kaqriyo Terror Architect and the return to form of Not Secured, Loose Ends. I bet you’d like to know, too! And good thing, because they dropped the teaser for said newest single this morning:

I wonder how Boss-san at Codomomental feels about these save-the-link-forever moments. I haven’t been blocked yet! Continue reading

I Want to Say That Wagamama Rakia’s New Single Is Pretty Good

You may know by now that “Trash?” is out, in stores, at venues, etc.:

I kept hoping that the release would coincide with an obligatory MV release; Wagamama’s starting to push up and out more, gaining followers and attaching to other notables in the chika world, so it made sense (to me) to make a bit more of the release, try to generate some buzz, etc. What they teased out today does not obviate a possible video for the A-side, and it’s a nice preview nonetheless! Continue reading

How Is Kaqriyo Terror Architect So Good?

Two hours, yada yada. You know that you can listen to this —

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I Checked in on CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL

I don’t know about anybody else, because I have this fancy-pants idol website, I often find myself looking up fairly random things from the past to see what else is happening with them. Like, Koisuru Beat, I used to look them up all the time.* In this case, though, it’s not that random, as Daichi may be the second-favorite manager of the wider Western chika idol community, un-retired as he may be. And CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL, in addition to having an incredible name, could wind up being the recipient of his creative largesse.

Fortunately, this particular check-in bore fruit!

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