The idols known as Not Secured, Loose Ends, who hit Canada like a ton of terrifyingly elegant nightmare bricks over the past week, have headed back to the cozy confines of Nippon. But they had the nicest exchange on the way out:
ゆくえしれずつれづれ / Not Securd,Loose Ends カナダツアー全行程が終了しました！本日は一日主催者スティーブンの優しさでバンクーバーの景色や食べ物を楽しむ事も出来ました！本当に最高の感謝を。初の海外でのLIVEツアー最高なものになりました！ #NSLEpic.twitter.com/2lsgU10u4u
I thought I’d finally go back to some of the other bits of video of lesser-known idols to flesh out today’s offerings, gang, so: Remember HAMIDASYSTEM? I don’t want to oversell their heaviness or anything, but we had some fun with them last time, and they put out this little bit of video recently. I felt like maybe it’d be a good idea to visit with them again!
It is with a bittersweet heart that I join the rest of North America in bidding Yukueshirezutsurezure adieu here at the end of their tour across Canada. In a week’s time, they no doubt made a massive impression, and good for them, because in a world in which even the altier side of idol has become oversaturated with derivative and copycat acts, Not Secured, Loose Ends remains a unique little light that deserves to be fed until it’s a raging inferno that engulfs all that comes across it.
Ahem. Did you catch them in Vancouver?
Today's ゆくえしれずつれづれ / Not Secured,Loose Ends are live at the Canadian Tour Last Show @ Biltmore (Vanc)! The turn is 11: 20〜! #NSLEpic.twitter.com/3QWFcehoQa
The Canadian adventures of Yukueshirezutsurezure Core Hate (I kind of love that) continue apace, though not for much longer, as their free headliner is now just a week away, and you’ll be able to see the members looking ahead to business yet to be done back home.
However, I want to continue to reflect on the outrageous honor of getting to interview NSLE in Toronto, and the tremendous job that Ariane did in chatting up the members and management, and in apparently becoming best friends in the process. I figured that it would be a popular item, given how well our overall community regards the Codomomental acts in general, but I didn’t expect that friggin’ waves of traffic that hit have been hitting the interview. It’s pretty great! And then I found a primary reason why:
We must be slipping or something, you guys; this live clip of Dots doing the appropriately titled “NOISE” isn’t like so brandy new that nobody could have possibly seen it before I stumbled across it yesterday (good ol’ YouTube). That ain’t right! All things Dots should be immediately lifted up and celebrated for the … something that it is.
It’s been a real joy to see There There Theres — the continuation of the absolutely sublime Bellring Girls Heart — continue to develop and shine since their don’t-call-it-a-resurrection a few months ago. But legacies die hard, and TTTs/BRGH has always had a bit of a revolving door when it comes to members, and … well, it didn’t take long.
The first/latest is Saeki, one of the new-new members, who found that she wanted to freelance just a little too much for Tanaka’s liking.
Now, if you recall, NSLE’s Canadian itinerary as part of Next Music from Tokyo took them to Toronto for two days, then Montreal, and Vancouver coming up next. Yesterday was Montreal, which would be immediately cleared up just from the sightseeing:
I alluded to this in yesterday’s 100 Days of Tsurezure post; ol’ Maniac here ultimately had to cancel his plans to see Not Secured, Loosed Ends in Toronto, but Papermaiden had previously volunteered to provide translation help, and she did a great job with this. And it’s the first interview we’ve done! Pretty cool.
A few notes to get started: This interview has been edited for clarity. Most of the words are the members, transcribed from their sentences written live using PC translation. Most of the answers were kind of brainstormed by the members as a group, piecing up sentences. Unless otherwise specified, you can assume the answer is the group’s and not a particular member. Shidare, as the great leader she is, often guided the discussion and prompted members to see if they would like to add anything. Imamura-san, the founder of Codomomental, was also present and sometimes helped the girls answer questions about the essence and concept. Much of the interview was conducted textually. Imamurasan suggested to use Google Translate to facilitate the interview in case the Japanese-English language barrier got too dense*. For now, enjoy what might be the first official idol interview conducted in person through Google Translate. Continue reading →
This is one that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, gang, but I’m really glad that I finally did.
A little while back, Pure Idol Heart shared this one with me for I think like the third time, I guess possibly a little annoyed that I hadn’t responded before. But don’t blame me! There’s a lot of idol and only so much stuff to take in at once. However, what it was was Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders, 新しい学校のリーダーズ, Leaders of the New School (Twitter), and it was really interesting and I bookmarked everything that they had and then … nada, because while I’m more than willing to share new stuff with you guys via proxy if it’s from a known entity (like BiS!), I felt like I was doing everybody a disservice by relying on dumb ol’ YouTube and its region blocking.