As the Unofficial “Personia” Suspense Event lingered on into its 10th month, fans of Kamen Joshi could rightfully have been wondering where the heck the promised MV for the year’s opening #2 single was. It had been promised for a delivery “in the spring”, and it’s only spring in the Southern Hemisphere now, ya goofs!
Or maybe I’m just mesmerized by the visuals.
Our old pal Char T Saki dropped this by the forums yesterday (yes, the forums are still a thing, that’s two references in three days), and while “Personia,” Kamen Joshi’s most recent single release, isn’t unknown to us, you may get as big a kick out of this live performance, which I will remind you is a live performance and not a CGI-heavy MV: Continue reading
I’m so sorry. This is just the dumbest thing ever. Not the video, not even the thing happening, just … I can absolutely see some kind of stunt involving idols and scorpions — like, the actual arthropods with the big claws and stingy tails — and I can’t stop laughing. Ridiculous.
Anyway! Remember that thing about some of Kamen Joshi heading to St. Petersburg for this festival thing? Well, Scorpions were, I think, basically the headliners of the concert stuff, and that led to this:
Thanks as always, PIH!
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Well, given that the last two releases from Kamen Joshi were a #2 single and a theme song for food, one could be forgiven for thinking that they’d go in just about any possible direction. This isn’t ridiculous, per se, but it is another theme song, albeit this time in a much more traditionally idol kind of way:
The song is “Kasoku-suru Trial”; it’s for the anime CHEATING CRAFT. Continue reading
The Alice Project’s Kamen Joshi, aka the Mask Girls, aka the Kamen Joshi in the same way that it’s not Ohio State but the Ohio State, don’t do the whole album thing so much, or even the whole single thing at a rate that would fit into more typical idol norms; no, Kamen Joshi, now that they’ve taken over all of the release responsibilities for the constituent elements of the group, are quite a bit too busy with daily stage shows and various endorsements to be doing such trite stuff as singles and albums and MVs (and when they go so far, they only release short versions!).
Now, it’s pretty normal for idols to do theme songs. What’s a little less normal is for idols to do theme songs for food:
Or, more specifically, the receipt and unboxing (so to speak) of “Personia / ISUMI,” which just barely failed to make #1 for the Mask Girls’ second consecutive chart-topper, but is still pretty good.
This is from Indonesian fan of the site Rino:
— Rino Nakagawa (@Rino_NKGW10) March 6, 2017
This is kind of a trip:
Japanesestuffchannel has posted a Kamen Joshi live performance video aimed at foreign audiences. Check it out! https://t.co/7VWVhuz0bH
— 仮面外人 – Kamen Gaijin (@KamenGaijin) February 14, 2017
In addition to the video, I want you to notice something else, too (at least, if you dig the Mask) — @KamenGaijin is an English-language account that provides various news and translations and stuff from the Alice Project; basically, that’s where you should start if you want to follow but don’t have your Japanese ready yet. Continue reading
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I usually kind of skip over Alice Project stuff that’s in my Facebook feed — no offense to the members, but a whole bunch of photos aren’t do all that much for me. Music, on the other hand, now we’re talking, and we’ve been wanting on the Kamen Joshi front even after their single release and MV because, sales aside, the song didn’t seem to work for too many people outside of their target audience.
This, though, this is pretty neat:
Last week, Kamen Joshi released their much(?)-anticipated single “Personia/ISUMI,” with a very clear goal of matching the success of 2015’s “Genkidane”: Reaching the weekly #1.
Here’s the short version of the MV; why it’s short, not even our friend Char T Saki understands.
— 仮面女子:公式ツイッター (@AliceProject_mb) January 3, 2017
Immediately upon release, though, the push for #1 began in earnest:
— 桜雪＠仮面女子 (@y_sakura_alice) January 3, 2017