At long last*, the MV for Zenkimi’s latest single! True story: I started this post almost an hour ago, but a funny thing happens when you get onto Zenkimi’s YouTube channel, and that thing is that you get sucked into a very weird world and don’t necessarily have an easy way to navigate out. I was counting instances of the word “wazurai”, for goodness’s sake.
Oh right, the new MV!
Idols, take note of how to make an MV: Some normal action shots of the members doing their choreo thing in an acid-washed anime world is nice, but do intersperse them with short scenes telling the tale of four girls and their shrine, and the strange cyclopean** mutant who comes to visit and becomes their friend, only to face ugly hate and violence from the local bullies who must be chased away so that the girls and the mutant can have a slumber party moment together in the shrine!
It writes itself
Additional neat thing about going down a Zenkimi hole early in the morning? Because your brain is switched on to weirder things, you can really appreciate some of the little art touches in the visuals. I liked the highlighted weaponry, for instance!
Now they need to string a couple of these together. Codomomental isn’t a huge shop, and there are three killer idol projects to manage on top of milcboy and goodness knows what all else anymore, so leeway and perspective are important. It’s easy to get into a trap, not dissimilar to the one that BiSH (annoyingly) leads me into at the moment, in which musical choices heavy in the realm of familiar tropes (all aspects of Codomocore, really) become more off-putting than comfortable. The MV in that case can save the day! It’s also probably a sign that I need to get out more.
Anyway. You’re knockin’ ’em dead, Zenkimi. Godspeed to you and your repulsive friend.
*Not long at all! **I know that’s not the appropriate use of the word, but I loved it so much in the sentence that I decided to violate even more rules of language than usual
I was bored yesterday, and I was thinking about the title of the new Zenkimi single, and I thought about how their song titles, even when they probably actually make perfect sense, often look and sound like some combination of gibberish and the results of giving a gaijin one of those live translation apps. In other words, if you let Maniac title songs!
So I went a-digging through Zenkimi’s surprisingly deep discography and pulled out a list. Like all of the ranks, it is neither exhaustive nor even particularly comprehensive, but is merely a ranking of titles relative to one another. Continue reading →
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 →
More and more, because there’s an ever-increasing number of idol things to do and decreasing availability of ol’ Maniac when it comes to talking about them, I like to shunt announcements about singles and the like straight into the Weekender. There are exceptions, of course, based on either the general level of popularity of the project in question, or the importance of the release (so-and-so coming back! or final release! or something), but are announcements about new singles (and even most albums) really all that stupendous? They are not.
Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da is one of the regular exceptions. They aren’t the most popular of the idols that usually grace these pages, but they are fairly popular, and Codomomental as a company is probably the strong #2 in terms of chika-focused management companies. It’s a neat enough situation that, against all odds, the group who first caught attention by dropping a thunderous denpacore song on us and then graced it with an MV of human suffering and cannibalism has risen to the point that the things they do have real weight. Like, there are a handful of idols, period, who can count on their videos cracking the 100k boundary on the reg, and Zenkimi’s been doing that for a year.
Anyway, their sixth single is coming, and you should be aware of it for all of the right reasons, but knowing that also puts me into a contemplative mood. To whit:
What is this, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s 27th single in the past two years? (/checks) Oh, no, it’s only the fifth. I lose track!
So welcome to my ever-grinding conundrum, gang. I love Zenkimi with every little shred of my heart, but all of those releases eventually get wadded together in my brain, and I start to lose track of what’s what, and then I start to pay attention to the extremely bright video and wonder why each member’s signature weapon is animated into the thing, and it feels so familiar that I wonder why I’m enjoying it so much:
“Oh, all right, Zenkimi’s doing the announcement thing at the ass crack of dawn. Cool, cool. Maybe a song teaser? That’d be fun. … No, wait, that’s not the usual pattern for them, and they always say it’s a twitcast if it’s going to be a twitcast … OH GAWD NO, THIS IS IT, MASHIRO’S LEAVING, ISN’T SHE? THIS WAS HOW THEY TALKED ABOUT MENE. NO WAIT I BET IT’S YOTSU SHE WAS ALWAYS SO LAZY ABOUT IT.”
And then you remember that idol is the stupidest hobby in the world, easily the least rewarding, but also so fleetingly very rewarding: Continue reading →
Well, gang, the idol gods continue to smile upon us, and now it’s time to get our very first listen to the latest single from Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da. Previously untitled, it’s now “せきららららいおっと”, which I’m sure has a nice translation or at least a clean romanization, right? Anyway, enjoy.
For one day at least, idol is radiating heat and excitement and fun again. Even some of the most essential players in our corner of the game are meaningfully (for a Westerner, at least) active. Like: Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da! New single! Nameless!
Hey, have you ever wanted to know what would happen if you left Team Codomomental in charge of reimagining the “DEADMAN” video as a new exclusive for Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da? OF COURSE YOU HAVE. And now you can see it for yourself!
I particularly enjoy the break where Yotsu goes Full Yotsu and shows off the skills that she’s been slowly vampiring away from Shidare for the past several months. Next up? Milcboy. Continue reading →