I eye AYEAYE. Aye, I like them verrry much.

All over Japan there are young women doing idol performances for enthusiastic local wota, however we here in the wider world rarely get to hear of the acts outside of the Tokyo and Osaka scenes. Unless they decide to make an MV to show the world what they are all about.

So welcome Sapporo’s AYEAYE (Website | Twitter), a thirteen (or possibly even seventeen?) strong idol group whose Twitter has been around since 2014 but have only just released their first single. It may disappoint some to know that they are not a pirate-themed unit performing sea-shanty influenced metal or something – my guess is that they are named after the perpetually surprised-looking lemur species – but there’s a lot to love about this catchy little tune, driven by dark, brooding guitar with alternately smiling and glowering young ladies chanting over the top of it.

Aye aye aye my life until I die.

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Yanakoto Sotto Mute Drop Three PVs to Devastate Your Mid-Week Productivity

The perfect modern idols have released three PVs in coordination with their announcement of a May, 1 DVD release. THE GATE Live at ZeppDiverCity  was filmed at their January 2019 one-man where Yanakoto Sotto Mute performed with the backing of a full live band.

The PVs include two songs from their recent Humoresque EP trilogy as well as and their signature hit, “Lily”, from the now-classic Bubble album.  Continue reading

Yanakoto Sotto Mute Release Stain MV and I Will Never Be Clean Enough To Deserve This

Dropping with the delicacy of a pure snowflake carrying all the weight of a blood red brick, Yanamute’s new MV for Stain lands hard and leaves a mark.

Uh, guys? I think Rena needs an ambulance.

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Everything Is Right in GANG PARADE’s Latest, Which Is Like an April Fools’ Day Prank Unto Itself

I really didn’t want to bury the lede here, though the lede in any other context would have been “dang, who the hell crossed things up and gave that BiS material to GANG PARADE” and kind of sort of a joke that way, too, but in more of a funny one as opposed to feeling more than a little bit punked by this.

What is it? A dang masterpiece, that’s what:

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You Ain’t Scene Nothing Yet!

Hands up who wants to see a new video of a pair of idols getting chased around by a pink hippo and playing cardboard instruments to an upbeat thrashy punk tune which then segues into something like listening to nursery rhymes on flu medication? Well, put your hands down again because this isn’t a “new video”, it came out six weeks ago and if you’re cooler than me, perhaps you may have already seen it.

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Can Anyone Be Ready for this BiS?

The people have spoken(?) and Watanabe has reaggregated BiS as a nine-member unit. Not one to do things halfway or with subtly, the infamous adult patient neglecter has endowed the group with their own “Bohemian Rapsody”, which is a whopping 11 minutes and 47 seconds.

Grab your coffee or tea and sit comfortably to take in this grandiose venture:

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Making an Idol Monster: We Talk to the Creative Team behind Monster of Dolls

Just a few months ago, Homicidols published a profile of fans-turned-promoters bringing alternative idols to the Western World.  Looking back now, the article is a bit embarrassingly anglo-centric. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a group of Italian-speaking fans were putting the finishing touches on their own considerable efforts to launch an alt-idol festival in Italy. When the final lineup for the event was revealed in mid-February, it was clear that there was a new and significant player in the business of importing underground Japanese idol to the West.

https://twitter.com/monster_dolls/status/1096753534014578688

Seemingly overnight, the hardol diaspora had grown another tendril.

On May 11th in Bologna, Italy, Monster of Dolls will play host to alt-idol A-listers LADYBABY, the Western debut of JyuJyu, and an appearance by the legendary Sari of NECRONOMIDOL fame. The event’s biggest coup, however, is scoring the first ever overseas live for perhaps the hottest chika idol act in Tokyo: Melon Batake a go go.

The appearance of this top-tier alt-idol festival, seemingly out of nowhere, was the most pleasant of surprises. Our curiosity was piqued, not just about the cost of plane tickets to Italy, but also about the festival itself, the brains behind it, and about the Italian-speaking fandom whose presence we had been totally ignorant of until now. So we reached out to our new Italian allies in the quest to bring alt-idol to the West in the hopes that we could learn all we could.

We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Maison Book Girl : Automata

Maison Book girl will soon be releasing their new album SOUP, and we are therefore graced with a music video for the song Kujira Kōjō (Whale Factory).

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The return of Merry Merli

Far too often, an idol act comes along, releases some stuff, tries to get the world’s attention, and fails, and melts away and is forgotten, sometimes in merely a matter of months.  Usually this is because there was nothing particularly remarkable about them but, frustratingly, sometimes it’s because, despite being objectively sublime, there is seemingly something about them which causes the world to fold its arms and look the other way and say “No! No, I shall not listen!”, no matter how much you point and shout and whoop and holler . And then they’re gone, never to return. Except sometimes, just sometimes – if you’ve been a good little wota and the idol gods notice you – they do!
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Atarashii Gakkou No Leaders Leap to the Front of the Class

Attention students!! Leaders just dropped the early front-runner for album of the year.

Atarashii Gakkou No Leaders has never been the most accessible of units from a Western perspective. Their MVs often sit behind region blocks and paywalls, while their music makes artsy references to social concerns that may require cultural translation. In short, exploring the group’s music requires a bit more proactive labor than just clicking “play” on YouTube and rockin’ your socks off. However, with the release of their stunning second album, Wakage Ga Itaru, now is the time to put in that extra effort.

(Short Ver.)MV’s are a Crime. REPORTED!!

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