In the spring, with Zekkyou on lyrics and I love you Orchestra on music. I wonder if they mean “album” album or “we didn’t know how long it would be so just called it that for now” album. Continue reading →
You all know that I can’t Japanese, like at all. I can recognize names, and occasionally phrases that I’ve seen written a bunch of times and I know what they sound like and mean in English, but that’s “reading” in the sense that making Pop Tarts is “cooking.”
Nonetheless, just as Pop Tarts are delicious, so too is the ability to recognize that several idols are tweeting about the same thing, and having the good sense to look into it:
『VISU × DOL × SHOCK!!＃6』
SEX VIRGIN KILLER/HöLDERLINS/十四代目トイレの花子さん/ぱいぱいでか美/絶叫する60度/劇場版ゴキゲン帝国
Let this be a lesson to you: I am dumb and other people are smart. The answer to the question posed in the title is “No! Gah, learn Japanese!” Scroll down to the comments for actual real true things.
“Say, what is Zekkyou up to these days?” I asked nobody in particular while scrolling through Twitter to avoid listening to my old boss make the same spiel I’ve heard her make roughly 17,000 times. A few clicks later …
So like one of those awful “legends of X” cruises!
Newer people, welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Screaming Sixties. Yes, they of the 6:00 a.m. performances, of what must be the busiest schedule in idol, decided to kick off their second anniversary celebration in style by holding a very limited show for some of their most dedicated fans.
Man, you guys are getting loaded down with awesome free concert footage lately. First glimpses at Idol 2.0’s work, and now the Sekigahara Idol Wars have been putting up an absolute ton of sets from this past weekend.
Until the tweets started to fly last week, I’d never even really heard of the Sekigahara Idol Wars, but it’s clearly a lot of fun and maybe kind of a TIF precursor (and more on TIF coming up soon!). While there were plenty of “regular” idols performing, some of our favorites joined in on the fun and showed why we care. Continue reading →
I will say this: To an idol outsider who’s used to the “we’ll get out something genuinely new every couple of years” pattern of a lot of noteworthy Western bands, if that, the way that groups just keep firing away feels almost like an arms race. The difference in this case being that, instead of MAD, everybody wins.
It’s not a driving power anthem like “Only Place We Can Cry,” but it’s a very smart song. Fans aren’t going to dislike it, but it’s very accessible — other than the almost Venom-esque intro and outro, its nearest analogue to me is PassCode’s “Axis,” which is kind of amazing but I’ll take it (nice guitar solo, too!). Good move, Screaming Sixties.
You guys are crazy. Absolutely crazy. And not just the regular group of weirdos — who are the hundreds of people who swooped in over the last couple of weeks to vote for their favorite songs and artists? Amazing. I’m literally touched.
As we learned, Kamen Joshi was just too much for anybody to handle; once the Mask Girls themselves got involved and asked their legions of loyal fans to intervene, their victory was basically ensured. BiSH, who are rapidly approaching untouchable status in their home country, probably won the Western portion of the vote, but their management didn’t provide the same kind of support as others, and they fell.
In our make-up consolation round, The Spunky made an effort to get the fans out, and they were able to turn the tide against Screaming Sixties, who I think won the vote among site regulars but definitely got a nice boost from some of them, too — catchy is catchy, kids. Continue reading →