Come Listen to the New Tsurezure

Hey hey, it’s a song preview (and official title of their new single) from Not Secured, Loose Ends / Yukueshirezutsurezure, who not that long ago seemed poised to take the world by storm but are now getting ready for a new life sans their long-time lead, Shidare, and with more newness in the lineup than you can shake a stick at.

Let’s get down to business:

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Approximating Levels of Hype Regarding the New PassCode Album

What year is it? 2019? Holy heck. It feels like half of forever since I’ve been talking about big steps forward for PassCode, going back probably all the way to the beginning of the site but realistically zeroing in on their first major-label releases, when the world seemed to be their oyster and they were very happy to tease Western appearances.

They keep doing it, too, but the last couple of years have actually been kind of rough on the group, Yuna’s illness being the most obvious difficulty but there no doubt being other complications that have kept them on a relative holding pattern. There’s been a hollow element to all of that promise of late, and one could be forgiven for thinking that maybe this time is when PassCode finally packs it in. What a shame that would be! They’re arguably as good as they’ve ever been, they should be trying to maximize that potential!

Well heck, now that we know more about the new album, this is it:

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Wagamama Rakia Will Release a Sincerely Big-ass Album

Being a Fancy Idol Blogger in the year 10 AB* means keeping up with the latest technologies to follow an ever-moving industry. This is fine. Notifications via various media are the only way to keep it all together. Where this becomes a problem is when you’re clearing up said notifications in a hurry and see certain phrases and OMG WHAT’S THAT! happens.

Such was the case on Sunday morning, as I cleared out a round of various performance schedules and RTs of fans’ effusive praise and the like and saw “Starting Over” dead center on a new tweet from Wagamama Rakia. I of course panicked (who wouldn’t?) and assumed the worst (the only rational reaction) and wondered aloud which of the current three members would be part of the new regime and all.

Then I bothered to actually look up the message in question and saw that, Oh, that was actually just the name of their one-man with the kind-of-new lineup, and it’s like their new theme: Continue reading

There Are Still Plenty of Hours to Download the New EMPiRE, Which You Should Probably Do

EMPiRE runs kind of hot and cold around these parts, as befits a group that was born to a major label and rarely settles on just one style (preferably loud) for its music, with that often settling for safe avenues toward record sales. It’s the moments when they try something different (or are willing to battle an anthropomorphic butt) that EMPiRE stands out. We’d like more of them, please and thanks.

Yesterday/today/whatever they embarked on their 24 HOUR PEOPLE PARTY performance, a member’s farewell and an opportunity to spin off some other new announcements. And, among them, seeing as how it’s one of the only truly fitting ways to close something like a 24 HOUR PEOPLE PARTY, they’re offering up a new track for free download … for 24 hours. Go get it while the getting’s good!

Dang, whoever broke EMPiRE, thanks

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BiS BiSBiSs BiS Again

Do you want to know how hard I was prepared, and like instantly, to jump into this post and start crapping all over this as soon as I saw the announcement? I didn’t have kind words for the Pour Lui-less BiS in the 2019 preview, I wasn’t really looking forward to this new single, I thought the plan to reunite the full group was the kind of good-decision-fixing-a-bad-decision move that makes a manager look bad anyway … basically, I thought that BiS, once upon a time not just the standard bearer for this whole thing that we follow, but its literal founder, was all but done.

How fitting then that the first shot across the bow for their fourth major single, titled so as to give me “Blind” flashbacks every time I see it, doesn’t just recall the last time that the group rose from the ashes, but uses the same song, the same theme, maybe even the same location for all I know. “BiS reaggregated!” is even right there on the description, just in case we missed the rest of the allusions.

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Kodomochan’s Crowdfunding Success Means We all Win

With a strong closing week to their Campfire campaign, 2018 Corenament defending champion Minna no Kodomochan hit 100% of their all-or-nothing fundraising goal with just two-and-a-half days to go.  This means that Everyone’s Children will now bless us all with a new song for each of the next five months and follow that up with a 15-date, Japan-wide tour. 

They immediately celebrated their campaign’s success by releasing a dance MV for “Shoujo A”.

Is this donation tax deductible?

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I Love You. Now Go Get raymay’s Single

Well if this isn’t a post that happened quickly and with no real plan! But hell you guys, there hasn’t been a ton to write about this week, and I’d been meaning to make good on this one way or another ever since I knew about it, so here we go.

So raymay. You know, the little sister group of uijin’s that sounds like this and was either going to reveal the full extent of their awesomeness (or maybe just ambitions thereof) on this record, or would still leave us feeling pretty optimistic about their future because come on, “pulsar” is ridiculous. That raymay. The debut single is ready for digital download. And while I’d ordinarily just make that a Weekender thing, I’m not here because step one, do one of these things:

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An Enthusiast’s Amateur Exegesis of His New Absolute Favorite Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Thing

I was late for the train this morning. It was my fault — I stayed some of the usual morning prep to follow up on some personal things that needed attention — but I wasn’t any happier for taking the responsibility. I was late, period, and being late for something as scheduled as a municipal rail line means missing the train, which means waiting for the next, which means tacking extra time onto being late. It’s dumb. I was dumb. I was mad.

By the time I got to the office, I had a day’s worth of email buzzing at me from the smart phone that I now rue like none other, a string of messages re: said personal things that needed attention and now needed more attention, and a good cluster of idol-related tweets that I knew I was going to have to cut through if I were to have any hope of not having my phone crash.

Somewhere around 95 percent of all idol-related tweets in my daily queue are pointless dreck. Oh good, you’re tweeting your entire schedule of single release appearances at HMV and Tower, fantastic, idgaf. Today was no different. Joy, though, often lives in that remaining 5 percent, and so it was when the bottom of the huge-ass pile of Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da messages lay the one that truly mattered. It was MV time!

Yotsu is pretty much everything now

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Become Acquainted with the Raw Chaotic Power of NEMLESSS

I sometimes envy the new idol explorer. New things are exciting, and everything’s new for the new person! One of my most enduring memories was in, several years ago now, finally tracking down this PSYBOU KANOJO that I’d seen referenced here and there and having my mind blown straight out the back of my skull. For a couple of months, I finally had the thing that I liked (then, which is amazing) more than Babymetal, more than anything else. If only there were more of her stuff online!

See, that was before I realized that chika idol can simultaneously be the most enjoyable and also stupidest thing in existence. And not that long after I told anybody who would listen about this bonkers project with enough beats to slay a dragon, Utane Yuki (the IRL person) announced that she was done with this thing. But for a well-extended farewell and then this, PSYBOU KANOJO was gone.

Not Yuki though! She shifted gears but slightly, updated her look and got to work, and before long NEMLESSS was before us. I … I may have taken that name too literally at first. But big deal! Her work there is really dang good, and her bestiedom with Sari led to the release of the split single with NECRONOMIDOL that was likely many a newer gaijin wota’s first exposure to the name, let alone the music.

Well, in the spirit of NOTICE ME, Yuki’s given us a lyric video to celebrate the startup of her new YouTube channel: Continue reading

If You Ever Wanted to Join a Fan Club, This Is the Time to Do It

I don’t usually like to do bias* too hard around here, you guys. It’s not fair to the huge population of idols idoling away in idoldom to be too terrible discriminate in who gets shared and to what extent and with how many words in the intro to make the post longer. But when it comes to Tsurezure, and when it comes to Shidare, and when it comes to the chance to witness a farewell live from an official source, well, I’ll go ahead and endorse those fan club dues all day.

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