If New Broken By The Scream Can’t Wake You Up, Nothing Can

Over 30 months of being a fancy idol blogger, I’ve learned how to keep things rolling at an even keel. The enthusiasm that you start with ultimately has to compete with half a hundred other things in life, to say nothing of the crushing disappointments that idol sends your way on a roughly quarterly basis, so you find yourself employing little survival strategies to balance it all out. Me, I’ve learned not just how to better manage my time, but that I don’t need to strain against constraints on that time. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, there’s the Weekender.

I say all this to set up the fact that I’ve had some really tight time constraints lately, but you bet your sweet ass that I had my alarm set to go off for when Broken By The Scream announced that this MV going to drop:


“Sayonara Birthday”!

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Let’s Just Call It the Boss Single

In case it hasn’t been obvious, I’ve become a little bit of a BiSH skeptic over the past year or so — even my original support for the last single waned in retrospect. It grieves me, actually; my all-time idol top 10, regardless of whether it’s song-album-video-person-whatever, has BiSH all over it, and I remain an ardent supporter of the idea of BiSH and the incredible barrier-breaking potential that I think they have. This is why, even almost two years into a long run of mostly being disappointed by them, I get the giddies when they spin off new stuff, especially new stuff that appeals directly to my own biases!

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This Is SPARK SPEAKER at a Very High Top of Their Game

I feel increasingly like SPARK SPEAKER is becoming this undeniable force. Chika, yes, for all that entails, and hard-working street performers on top of that, but please take a look at this live video and tell me that you aren’t immensely jealous of the people who got to experience it in-the-flesh live:

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XTEEN What’s Next

So funnily enough, right after declaring my bearishness on XTEEN for all the world to see, they go out and update their membership rolls as of Ichica’s grad show and make it known that they’re not going anywhere thanks to a fresh release on the long horizon. Still bearish, though! Metal idol hasn’t panned out as well as punk. Nonetheless, if you want to know what’s up, John to the rescue.

XTEEN have had a few line up changes. Starting out as a 5 girl unit, they lost one almost right off the bat. Then they lost a couple members, gained one member. That was all cool, it happens. Now it seems we have lost another member, but we have gained a couple more. What is […]

via XTEEN – More Changes And Release Coming — Straight From Japan

Here’s Even More on the mistress

That’s a really weird-looking title, huh?

I had been meaning to catch up on the latest track from the just-re-debuted mistress, aka now the mistress because what are you gonna do, but let’s take care of that second and instead have a nice long look at the full version of their MV (and song, really) for “Would you kill yourself now?”:

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Another A.N.otheЯ Has Arrived!

You can’t keep me from punning the hell out of this

Once upon a time, when literal flesh-eating zombie unit A.N.otheЯ was announced, it was im and explicit that there would eventually be more members than just Luna, the original one. The concept, see, was that this shambling Romero-derived corpse would, uh, shamble through Tokyo, biting the living. Yes, to feast upon their warm vitality, that’s important, but also because her bite would turn each victim in turn into a new member of A.N.otheЯ.

It beats auditions, I’m sure! /rimshot

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I’m Like Crying about This New Zenkimi Song

Well if this isn’t completely out of left field — masters of the quasi two-hour teaser release window Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da have graced us with a new song without a shred of warning or even a new release date to consider. It’s just out here, and it wants us to listen to it!

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This 969 Song Is Dangerous and Good

How long have I been kvetching about not hearing anything from the 969 album that’s due out, like, imminently? About just plain not having it? Long enough, at least a month, which is an eternity in idol because, as we know, entire groups’ rosters can turn over in that much time.

Anyway, here it is!

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And Now Let’s See What monogatari Does With It

One of my favorite things about the idol scene is how hard people will stan for things that they personally love. Brian, for instance, is one of the world’s great champions of Avandoned; Papermaiden will fight anybody who would besmirch the good name of Tsurezure, especially Shidare. I can appreciate that level of dedication! I can also appreciate its ability to bring somebody back from the brink — in this case, Viz Major, who looked like he was leaving us to become a hopeless K-pop knob, came home to the dulcet tones of monogatari:

I also really like it when a thing that I got to say would happen then happens, and nobody graduates in between!

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These Are the Details on the New PassCode Single

Remember a few weeks back and I was like “oh wow okay good” about the news of a fourth major single coming up any day now from digital idolcore masters PassCode? It wasn’t that it wasn’t good news, just mundane news, of the type that makes you want to find another thing to go more excited about, because this is (/checks notes) PassCode’s fourth single since joining Universal, for whom they’ve also released (/checks notes again), well, I guess it depends on how you count “new,” but a lot. The point is a lot. That’s cool. What they haven’t done before is a double A-side, until now:

Like, it’s not the most exciting update, either, and I wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little shorted and wanting to go do something else instead. Goodness knows that I do! However, the aforementioned double-A, plus cover art (representing the same, I assume) that’s one part cyber Rubix cube and one part ephemeral angel of death. For some reason, I find it completely appropriate. Now give us the full MV releases outside of Japan at the very beginning, please and thanks.