I didn’t have a good opportunity to get this added yesterday, but Terry (not John!) did, and you all may as well get your material that way. And it’s Thursday Hurtsday, and why not shoehorn in a little death pop for old time’s sake? My only complaint: TIFKAL needs to cool it with the piped-in man-voice, as it sounds increasingly ridiculous. We’re going to get that with Dead Life Lolita; time for Rie and Rei to move on.
Another day another YouTube notification……and look who it is the ladybaby girls! feels like only yesterday we got to enjoy their MV for the B side “Easter Bunny” from their next single. Now they are back with the main dish “Pelo” already! an boiii does this song have some nice guitar licks (pun intended)
After that earlier bit of ugliness, I needed something dumb and fun and easy. Yes, there’s a very convenient joke to be made there, but I won’t do it because sad. Instead, here’s something that made me smile.
You’ve probably seen it by now, either toward the end of the full recording of the show, or in this isolated video, but when the Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby got into a battle with THE Natsu no Mamono the other day, the only real winner was everybody who got to see that collaboration take “Nippon Manju” to a whole new level:
Ruby vs. Ladybeard would have made for an epic Corenament matchup
Now let’s use this as an opportunity to engage in a discussion that I’ve flirted with but never directly taken up with others. Continue reading →
In one of the weirder experiences in my time following idols, I was sort of vaguely aware the other day that Desu.Rabbits was going to have something happening because of one of those “RT this so many times” tweets, but I didn’t follow up immediately and forgot about it AND THEN I saw the official account tweet out video, the still of which had Bucho looking all official and business-y.
Now, I’m an idiot, so I immediately pinged the Bunnies and the fan club to see what was happening, and that before I even tried the video itself, which was obviously many months old. Oops. So I corrected course, only for Bucho himself to respond to my original entreaty:
Well, team, suffice it to say that I didn’t see this one coming: Ladybeard, who after his unceremonious departure from Ladybaby prior to its becoming The Idol Formerly Known As seemed to be adrift other than the occasional collision with idol notables, is not only making an idol comeback, he’s coming back with easily the most accidentally perfect idol concept yet:
BREAKING NEWS: LADYBEARD ANNOUNCES NEW IDOL GROUP💪💥
If you’re a reader of the Weekender, you saw the note that the Desu.Rabbits official YouTube channel got zapped the other day. Like, completely out of the blue. Bucho at the time sort of took the whole thing in stride and made a Trump joke, as seems to be the style these days, but there weren’t any real answers.
@PyramidHead128 had an interesting suggestion, which is that Bucho’s videos of his playing The Last of Us got dinged for copyright violations, and the whole channel was nuked by YouTube in response. This is apparently a thing. (Update) Peter via the fan club suggests that it’s because Bucho added Justin Bieber’s name to a video title, which could have been viewed as deliberately misleading (but, like, have you seen how a lot of YouTube videos are titled?).
It’s Sunday, and an inexplicably quiet period in the world of idol (well, quiet in the sense that we aren’t in the midst of a video war or hot hot hot album release), and I’m feeling like combining two arms of recent nostalgia into a single post to keep us warm on this chilly January weekend, so here goes.
Also recently! We got to talk about THE Natsu no Mamono (which is apparently their preferred name now, right down to the all-caps) in the context of Mizuho ex of Bellring Girls Heart not actually retiring like she said she was going to but up and joining that band+idol+wrestling rock show.
THE Natsu no Mamono held a little event recently, and Desu.Rabbits was part of it. Here are (the?) two parts of their set:
If you can’t Japanese, Viz Major provided a translation (with extra clarification in the comments) [Viz Major’s post was taken down; a translation appears in the comments]. This is important stuff.
The girl in the picture is Kuromiya Rei, mostly known for her work in Ladybaby but also of Miss iD and Brats fame. She shared this photo as a celebration of her 16th birthday. The image belies real emotional damage being worked out by a young woman who’s been an object of sexploitation since she started modeling at an age in the single digits. Her history has been covered here and extensively gone over all over the J-music world. It in no way should be considered an indictment of Rei, but of the adults who exploited and failed her.
There’s a lot of pain in her message, and the emotional and psychological damage are written plainly on her face, but she also shows hope and happiness with where she is now.
Editing to clarify: The updated translation paints a different picture of Rei’s current state; she is happy with where she is now, and doesn’t feel dead inside the way she did before. Her biggest issue is the mounds of haterade from people who want to hold her responsible for the choices made for her by her parents and agents when she was a child. Basically everybody that I just mentioned who isn’t named Rei should be thrown off a bridge.
Returning to original: Her story is working toward a much happier ending than I’m sure she sometimes feels. Continue reading →