The Rules Aren’t the Problem; The Fans Are

Update, the official statements:

Original:

I had to readdress this point a few times because I couldn’t think of a way to write about this without being guaranteed to piss off at least a few people, though I think I managed to settle into minimum offense.

First, the particulars:

The story is actually fairly clear if you use Google’s translator, so give it a go, but the important thing is this: Sakura Yuki, the Snow-chan of Kamen Joshi and Joanna Lumley fame, was recently the subject of death threats by an obviously deranged wota. The person has been arrested, and Yuki is safe, and that’s what matters, though there’s more in the details if you care to read.

Aside from the obvious concern for the well-being of a well-known personality, there’s a lot to take away from this story. Continue reading

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There Are Actual Kamen Joshi Graduations

Fans of the Mask can feel a little sadness, as a pair of long-time members of the Alice Project’s top units are out.

screen cap from the Idolmetal group on Facebook on the graduation of two Kamen Joshi members

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Twitter Threw a Gosh-darn Hammer at the Alice Project

And they’re back! A couple of days in the cooler and no harm done. Does anybody know if the notables had to sacrifice followers or anything? Nope, gone again.

I was originally going to show off this bonkers-ass video of Kamen Joshi at ROBOT RESTAURANT that’s been making the rounds over the last few days, and in fact am using the exact same piece of HTML to completely change the script, because this is a much more interesting story.

Our friend Pukovnik Krv tipped me off last night that Twitter had suspended the accounts of pretty much every member of Kamen Joshi due to (tell me if this sounds familiar) “botspamming, botfollows and SEO hacking.”

Basically, according to Twitter, the tens of thousands of followers (and the almost automatic follow-backs in many cases) were nothing but a lie and in contravention of the terms of use. As of the minute that I’m pressing the Publish button, searching Twitter for Tachibana Anna or Kamiya Erina or Tsukino Moa or any other notable turns up nothing but mentions, no accounts. Continue reading

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Can Kamen Joshi Do It Again?

First picked up here, and it’s official — the Mask Girls are releasing another single:

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It’s Time to Watch Kamen Joshi’s Schoolgirl Gang Fight Movie Thing

I don’t know what it’s like where you live today, but it’s going to be a cool, gloomy and rainy day here at Maniac Mansion. This is usually a great time of year for being outside, stopping by the local orchard, making some yes-please apple cider donuts and a roast and reinforcing to Mrs. Maniac’s parents that I am in fact a competent provider thank you very much, but it’s going to be crappy outside and that means staying inside and gasp possibly needing to do something like cleaning out the basement. Ugh.

So while I’m doing that stuff, why don’t you take advantage of possibly having a great reason to stay in, and devote a little less than an hour to … remember this? Yep, here it is. Continue reading

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Absolutely Fabulous: Joanna Lumley Takes in Kamen Joshi

Once again, the Mask Girls become ambassadors for idol culture by drawing in a Western eye. Joanna Lumley, star of many things but people away from the Beeb’s orbit probably know best from AbFab, has a new BBC series on Japan, and for this episode did a stop-in at PARMS, where she (seems to have) enjoyed a night of Kamen Joshi and talking with performer and fan alike.

There’s some weird picture-in-picture situation with this video, but it’s the only freely available version that I could find after hearing about the show the other day; if you have something that can embed cleanly, please holler.


Skip to like 14:20 or so

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Check out This Line Live of Alice Juban’s Anniversary Show

This is short notice (I’m sorry for missing it; all credit to Straight from Japan for the tip), but Alice Juban‘s anniversary concert will be broadcast live on Line beginning at 5:15 a.m. EDT; if you’re down with the Alice Project or wondering exactly what that’s all about, this is a good chance to check in. Continue reading

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Holy Crap, Would You Look at This Kamen Joshi Stage?

Courtesy of Tara44DD in the Alice Project forum comes this genuinely next-gen visual component:

Here’s the skinny:

Recently, leading tech engineers in the field of LED displays, gathered in Japan to unveil their latest advancements in stage design. A huge leap forward in technology now allows for LED embedded modular floor to ceiling walls,floating IMAX Ultra Light panels, as well as an LED embedded stage.To demonstrate their latest achievement,The Kamen Joshi was invited as special guests to put the new stage design through its paces. Recognized worldwide,and a favorite of Homicidols.com, as the most visually stunning artist leading the idol metal movement, the Mask Girls gave a one off performance to dazzle the “techies” who witnessed a match made in heaven.The aural assault to the ears and visual barrage of color and light left the onlookers speechless.A new level of live production has been achieved, the future is now.

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Anybody up for a 40-minute Mask Girls Show?

Just having some lunch and looking through the stuff I was keeping in a “revisit me” list and hey, you guys, here’s an entire Kamen Joshi performance:

Or, I guess, a miniaturized version of Kamen Joshi. Or is it Alice Juban and the video’s just not labeled properly? Anyway, enjoy, and then go talk about how much you hate me in the very live Alice Project forum.

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It Feels So Weird to Call an Alice Juban Track ‘Nice’

And here we are, courtesy of Tara44DD, Alice #10’s newest release, a nice little rock ballad:

“Hanabira Hitohira” isn’t half as manic or intense as a lot of what we’ve had grace our ears lately, and that’s okay. Go ahead and give that a spin and try to deny the way the chorus bores into your brain! The truth is, ballads of various stripes have a long relationship with the Alice Project; “Genkidane” isn’t exactly a simple song, but it’s pretty much a ballad at heart.

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