Shut up, Linkin Park: ‘iN THE END,’ It Matters a Little

Wanna hear a really annoying story? I had planned out and prepared to record the not-really-her-last-concert-please-all-the-gods iN THE END free live being held by BiSH while they go into temporary stasis (I dare not call it a hiatus) with Aina, owner of the most liquid nitro voice in idol, taking a break to recover from surgery to remove vocal chord nodules.

I was prepped, had everything open, had Niconico ready to go, got the video launched, started to record just as the lights came up in whatever venue they’re in and … I was out of free trial on the recording software and would only be able to record in two-minute chunks, and there was no way I was doing that at 5:30 a.m., not even for you guys.

Edit: Someone uploaded the whole thing!

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I Don’t Always Use Dailymotion, But When I Do, It’s for Idol Subs

If you’re a regular in the Idolmetal group on Facebook, you’ve probably seen subtitled videos popping up recently. What a gift! Not only do the subs include romaji, but translated English, and for songs that you may have always wanted to know what the hell they’re about.

For instance, here’s a list of BiSH videos (live and not) with said public service, by poleosis, right at your fingertips:


You may need to turn on closed captioning

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The Hits Keep Coming: Aina the End out with Throat Surgery

Sure, world, why not just starting pissing directly into my breakfast?

So: Aina, she of the voice made of smoked honey wine, should probably stick to keeping the honey in her tea for a little while; like DEEP GIRL’s Mashiro, she needs surgery to have nodules removed from her vocal chords.

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You Deserve to See BiSH in a Wrestling Ring Oh and Also with Subtitles

It’s actually two separate things! But it feels like it’s been a few minutes since a post dedicated to BiSH, and there’s a whole bunch of video kicking around the Internet now, and you deserve to see it because you’re good people.

First, the wrestling ring: DDT is no stranger to having idols in the ring, and somehow that turned into BiSH not only putting on a short show, but including some stuff you may not have heard live before.


“First Kitchen Life,” for example, a Song of the Year candidate!


I will absolutely never get tired of “Hoshi ga”

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: The Unassuming Heart of BiSH

Hot off the heels of those great interviews with Aina and liNGliNG, the same translator (who you should follow and praise) provides another IDOL AND READ sit-down with a BiSH member, in this case maybe the greatest enigma of all, Momoko GUMi Company.

From afar, she’s the tiny blonde girl with the bowl cut who can barely be bothered to lip-sync and always winds up being the butt of Watanabe’s cruelty. But what about on the inside? What would possess a total newbie to want to join BiSH? What was it like to join an idol group laden with talent? Who is she closest to? What is it that she’s writing about in her songs, and why are those songs always so good? Continue reading

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: Don’t Fear the liNGliNG

After that really interesting, at-times-heartbreaking interview with Aina the End, the IDOL AND READ features on the BiSH members (and others!) have taken on a kind of urgency as must-read items.

As for liNGliNG, objectively one of the weirdest-seeming people in idol? What makes her tick? Who are her favorite idols? What about BiS vs. BiSH? The stage performance? Continue reading

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BiSH’s ‘Orchestra,’ Live, with an Orchestra

Well, not exactly an orchestra, but a whole bunch of strings on stage at the Less Than SEX tour pre-final the other day.


Momoko’s real commitment to not actually singing live is becoming legendary

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The Nirvana Allusions Won’t Abate: BiSH NEVERMiND Tour

They named their fan club after an iconic song and are actually releasing albums at an even faster clip than grunge’s most “better to burnt out than fade away” irony headliners, so of course today’s obligatory BiSH post covers their early-2017 tour:

You can see the whole schedule here. It’s a much shorter tour than anything they’ve done in 2016, and thank goodness — they could all use a break. Continue reading

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Inside the Homicidol Mind: The End Is Nigh

So BiSH is kind of on fire lately; have they even had a hiccup in their 19-month existence? And as we’ve seen around the release of KiLLER BiSH, they’re a big-ass deal now.

Befitting of idols, the personalities involved are attractive in their own right. The Captain, Chitti; Atsuko and her goofy prickliness; liNGliNG and the collection of human ears she keeps in her purse being legitimately strange; and, of course, the group’s center and one of the true power voices in idol, #THEENDER, Aina the End.

Ever wonder where her career really got started? How she feels about Chitti and the others? What about BiS? The most recent edition of IDOL AND READ went there. Continue reading

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BiSH’s Very Earnest New Video Is Killer

See what I did there?

“Honto Honki” (本当本気) got the MV treatment on KiLLER BiSH release day, and it’s pretty much got it all.


That moment when a million hearts shatter as one …

Back on the ol’ review, I described the song as “Bowling for Soup playing disco after listening to Suicidal Tendencies for a few hours,” and I’ll stick with it! If it were arranged or even mixed just a little bit differently, you’d have either a playful party romp or a face-stomper, and instead of either you get full-throttle energy on a song that sounds so very sweet. So … earnest?

Nice star turn, too, AYUNi D. You actually managed to upstage Aina!

Also, same director as for “Deadman”? Not dissimilar visual styles. No, actually as “MONSTERS”:

Oh, and I’m just going to keep updating this with thoughts and stuff and keep no log of that. Sorry.

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