You Sure Did Put Yourself on Notice, BiS

Interesting developments, perhaps, in the world of the grandmomma-iest of the homi side of idol, thanks in part to BiS apparently deciding that enough is enough, and it’s time to … something. Be more BiS, apparently.

I have thoughts, and they’re here there and everywhere (the original title of my post was Don’t Cut Yourself on All That Edge, BiS, to give you an idea), but: John with the bona fides, and let me just point out that, timing-wise and events-wise, this is right about in the continuum when BiS originally released IDOL is DEAD, which can neither be duplicated nor surpassed, but I’d be extremely pleased if Pour Lui were to give it a try.


Is all of WACK stealing from BILLIE IDLE right now or what?

That’s asking for a lot, right? Idol is, after all, always at least as much about image as it is anything else; this is how BiSH, the “punk band without a band,” can release an album that’s a weird split between punk (delivering on that brand promise!) and run-of-the-mill idol fare (the opposite of delivering on that brand promise!), and receive defenses from fans that boil down to calling critics stupid-ass edgelords (which, given that I’m also currently making fun of edgelords, is meta and funny). The power of idol: If you say it, it’s real enough that it may as well be true.

Regardless, you can imagine that I’d really love for BiS to get back to really truly seriously being the BiS that scared people literally just a few years ago, rather than being the occasionally interesting post-nostalgia vanity project that they sometimes seem like. I can’t think of a performer in this realm who I respect more than Pour Lui. Do well, senpai; these are the pitfalls that one faces after winning, apparently.

WACK is really on a tear lately. A new group, which is good by the way, new releases, awesome support for all of their groups. Now, today, BiS made an announcement we all knew was coming, it was only a matter of time. Of course we got this earlier, which always starts to rumor mill […]

via BiS Announce New Single Release Date And More — Straight From Japan

Also, the trade of Saki and Aya has an end date, whatever that means. Folks seem to think that it’s a ruse, for Watanabe-based reasons. I honestly don’t care.

Give the Gift of Translated Subtitles This Holiday Season

Hey, who else wants to get all of the cool idol DVDs, but balks because … well, unless your Japanese is at a pretty solid level, you’re going to be relying (at best!) on the vocabulary you do know and sweet, sweet context. That’s no way to live!

Our old pal boans agrees. You might remember boans as a Know Your BiStory contributor; he’s also ringleader of a band of merry translators and subtitlers who are all only too happy to hook up the English-speaking world with translations of prominent-and-actually-interesting idol films and the like. We’ve actually rounded up luchre for boans projects before! And now it’s time to do it again.

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IDLE is DEAD: A Conspiracy Theory to Shake the World

So I wasn’t going to write about this. I already wrote a big thread on Twitter. But then John poked me asking why this isn’t on here, then I realised that running an idol news blog never stopped Maniac going full-on tin foil hat, so you know what? Screw it.

I’ve come to the (probably false) conclusion that something big is going to happen soon. Something big enough for me to be sat typing nonsense at 2:00 a.m. Something that will really shake up the idol world as long as you’re a WACK fan, probably. My theory?

Nozomi and Uika are going to quit BILLIE IDLE and re-join BiS.

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The Joke’s on Us for Joking about the WACK Shuffle; Election Impending

Well, at least all of that sudden noise is going to result in something more than a cynical cash grab.

Building on the (deserved) reception of SAiNT SEX and (sigh) the WACK shuffle album, the two-headed troll called Watakuma Kennosuke, in conjunction with the suits at avex, is going to hold … an idol election:

The top two vote-getters will get a solo single*; yes, the voting is facilitated by buying lots of CDs. Continue reading

IDOL is LAZY, Apparently

I kid, I kid. You know that I’m pretty eagerly looking forward to whatever it is that WACK ultimately gets around to releasing from its stable, maybe except for EMPiRE, but especially BiSH now that Dickhead called the as-yet-unannounced album a “masterpiece” (he also teased new BiS auditions, for what that’s worth).

Anyway, the point is, when I see that there’s going to be a shuffle unit best-of-plus-covers-plus-etc CD coming out …

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What the FXXK: We Don’t Deserve This WACK Collaboration

The things that I wake up to:

What the ever-loving–

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Has Anybody Cracked the BiS Code?

This was a cryptic and mysterious message!

If you follow along to the post in question, you get instructions for downloading a song — a new song! — by Watanabe and Pour Lui. It’s called “BEST FRiEND FREED“*. Continue reading

Maybe This Is a Metaphor for Being a BiS Fan Anymore

I really wanted to give BiS crap about doing that “never title your thing in a way that’s easy to ironically mock” thing from the very second that “I can’t say NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” was announced, but I moreso really wanted to be happy and satisfied about getting invested in this whole BiSusiness and sticking up for probably the most influential idol project for my turn as a fan, not to mention the thousands of people for whom idol is a much more immediate and impactful part of their lives. I was ready to get some knives ready for this one, you know? Just in case. Either cut it to ribbons in disappointment or defend it unto the death.

Now I don’t know how to feel!


BiS 新生アイドル研究会 /「I can't say NO!!!!!!!」[OFFiCiAL… by idolvizion

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Watanabe, Puppetmaster

I was hoping that BiS’s announced announcement this morning was going to be an MV or update on the new single or whatever, but it’s not one of those at all:

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Submit Your BiS / Peri Ubu Conspiracy Theories Here!

The news came out so late last week that it barely registered for most people, but Peri Ubu has gone into the hospital with what the Googler called enteritis. Rather than just forge ahead without her, BiS quickly announced that all appearances through Aug. 20 were being cancelled or postponed, with other WACK members filling in on some bills. This included TIF, much to the chagrin of some. However, Ubu was tweeting even on Friday, basically saying, hey, I’ll be okay, just gotta get well, we’ll be back grrr.

Then things took a dark turn!

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