There Shall Be No Further Mockery of Death Vocals in Ladybaby

So, Ladybaby, as you recall, began life with the Beard himself adding growls and screams and the like to what was usually otherwise a jangly mess of sounds from a drunken night in Akihabara. Sometimes a delight! Following his departure, though, the mechanical add-on harsh vocals seemed like some kind of rude joke; they got the point across, but with none of the pizzazz unless you’re very easily impressed.

When the group underwent its complete re-tool following the falling-out etc. between Rie and Rei*, one could be forgiven for thinking that the old way of doing things was going to be politely left aside. The piped-in death growls were kind of ha-ha cheesy at first, only to become just-plain cheesy in short order, to the point of ridiculousness, so songs that just skipped that whole bit and instead tried to actually be good songs, they were way more enjoyable; I mean, I know that people loved the hell out of “Pelo”, but I’m still overly partial to “LADY BABY BLUE”, which is as far a departure from “Nippon Manju” as you’ll find this side of a Negicco ballad.

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Yes, Ladybaby Will Live

They teased us a little bit a few days ago, but now it’s official:


One of you kids who’s a big Ladybaby followers, please and thanks with the explanation for the dates

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The Darkness of the Idol World … with Desu.Rabbits!

When last we saw Desu.Rabbits, they were planning a new single with some very interesting art. Yesterday, the MV landed … or should I say MVs! There are two of them! It’s … the title is really long but about the very title of this post, coming at you in two versions!

Dark version:

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Ladybaby Will Live(?)

Color me somewhat surprised — after Rei unceremoniously split and Rie started up on her solo project, I was among those who thought that Ladybaby, of whatever iteration, was as good as dead. Yes, this is idol, and humans are interchangeable parts, and Ladybaby management has been pretty cutthroat about personnel in the past, but still.

So then imagine how hard the coffee shot out of my face when I read this:

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Hey, You Guys Want a Surprise Ladybaby Song?

Look this thing just kind of happened!

It’s a limited delivery! It’s available for download! If you want it, go and get it!

Did You Want to See Desu.Rabbits’ One-man?

Of course you did!

I thought I’d take a look at what all Desu.Rabbits were up to after doing that other bunny thing, and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been slowly releasing tidbits of their first one-man. It’s a live digest, but hell, it’s in four parts, that’s enough video to be many idols’ entire performance month:

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Did You See the (Yet Another) New DEADLIFT LOLITA MV?

And speaking of having a lot of crap to bust out, here’s one that’s relatively new. It’s called “Muscle Cocktail”!

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It’s a Desu.Rabbits Beach Party!

This is really fun, and perfect for you Sunday start-up — Desu.Rabbits, who continue to wheedle their way into my fickle heartbleed, had themselves a fun little beach party that was just all over Twitter:


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DEADLIFT LOLITA’s Latest Is So Campy, It Hurts

“Oh look!” said I. “It’s another DEADLIFT LOLITA video! I wonder what this one’s like!”

/hits play

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Familiar Faces in Unexpected Places for This Tuesday WTF

Good morning, fellow disciples of the cute and disturbed! It’s Papermaiden, back for a second punctual post before I finally am on top of my things and starting my own column every fortnight or so.

This week, we’re doing something a little different, graciously sponsored by The Ender Partner talent at finding really dubious stuff on the Internet.

So Partner the End drags my overworked ass in front of the TV, asking me for 25 minutes of my time to show me something he refuses to disclose anything about. Here we are, watching a guy (King Lionel) trying to become an Internet celebrity. His whole act is based on parodying either pop songs or remixing children traditional songs to make them sound like club anthems. He managed to land a deal for a show sponsored by the Ontario French Television network on the web and their cable network. In this episode, he was invited by a Japanese management company who just wanted to meet him and he uses this trip to make himself known to the general public.

But the bit that interests us starts right here:

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