So after XTEEN finally got some material out there for the world, they followed up with the release of their debut single and, naturally, an MV to accompany it. This is all about as surprising as rain falling in Seattle. You may have noticed that I’ve been a little distracted lately, so rather than make a big thing of it, I’ll just lean on John’s heavy lifting. Continue reading →
Now, it’s important to note that Oshi, resplendent goddess and double-secret hell agent on this plane of existence that she is, must always keep up appearances, lest too many come to understand the extent to which she is, in fact, not human. Ergo:
This is actually a secretly encoded message. Note that neither Himari nor Ninjazaki is included in the photo. Note also that Himari’s hair is and always will be a sentient being of pure darkness, whereas Okaki’s hair is none of your damn business. Oshi’s hair, though, is unchanged, in a juxtaposition of Hina’s blonde locks and Rei’s sandier highlights. Those of you with eyes to see, you may be beginning to understand. Continue reading →
Yes, the pitch-perfect choral melody and fantastic use of blue notes make this a JyuJyu song, but it’s one of the very best pieces yet released this year, a simultaneous MV and song rankings topper. I just wish that I understood how XiDEA approaches JyuJyu’s management, because this isn’t a new piece in the sense that it’s happening now or soon, but “new” in the sense that it was on the album that they released more than two months ago (which was already very well promoted!). Maybe it’s to promote their spring/summer schedule? Celebrate the big win in Tokyo Idol Queen?
I also don’t really care! Please just keep doing these only-you things, JyuJyu, and all cognitive challenges will be forgiven.
I am so, so thankful for April Fools Day. It’s been what, almost a month since it happened, and it’s still fueling ideas for Friday Funs. I love this time of the year for bringing me out of the drought I had going for months! I want a fool for every month.
Of course, for Babymetal fans, April Fools Day is also Fox Day, the day for many goodies and announcements, and boy, did we get one heck of an announcement this year: Continue reading →
True story: This was the first post that I called “We Are All Incredibly Easy Marks” because I couldn’t believe how very little idol could get people (including yours truly) so excited. I decided to wait to see how it turned out. How the tables have turned now that there’s meat on the bone!
Much like with XTEEN, the arrival of BLACK NAZARENE (Instagram!) to the wotaing world was met with some nice buzz. There was even a teaser! However, also like with XTEEN (and other than the note described above), I wanted to see something pan out before jumping to too many conclusions. Name? Cool. Description? “THUG + kawaii.” Interest piqued, so what does having a name like a Swedish blackened death metal band and a self-brand that some might more align with, like, RHYMEBERRY or something, ultimately give us?
They got smoked in the Corenament, but if I could give them an honorary award, I would. Broken By The Scream has very silently* climbed into a very unique position within metal-doing idols, in that they have both the best harsh vocals in the business** and are putting out music that isn’t just loud, but pretty dang good.
Also incredibly weirdly named! Here’s the latest, handily live-videoed for your ongoing enjoyment:
The smart money so far seems to be on the seven spirits being the band (fair enough), though some people are speculating about new members, new units, and so on. This is the stock in trade of Babymetal fans, in fact — if we ain’t speculatin’, we ain’t happy. Continue reading →