And How Did You React to PassCode the First Time You Heard Them?

Good job, John. Our pal John “Straight from Japan” Winner very honorably and not at all pushily convinced YouTube Reaction Industry participant Mac Ryan Mac to take in and, you know, react to PassCode:


“This is such a great combination of idol music and rock.” Yes it is.

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The Awesome PassCode Documentary Series Continues

Man, remember the last thing we had from PassCode on Future Standard? Phillter isn’t going to be translating a transcription of this one, I don’t think (but anybody who wants to should feel free!), thought I think the story kind of tells itself, as good documentary will:

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Phillter’s Christmas in Tokyo, Part V: Where Dreams Come True

Content warning: You may be about to hate Phillter’s guts. And who can blame you! All four parts of the Phillterlogue are like a horrible tease. Go look at Part I Part II Part III Part IV if you need to.

December 28, 2016. This was the second show I had been eagerly awaiting. Passcode’s MISS UNLIMITED Tour Final at Studio Coast. As the final show of their major label debut tour, this show was not one for a Passcode fan to miss. Continue reading

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I Think PassCode Wins the Mannequin Challenge, You Guys

Man, things may be light on the news-and-releases front at the moment, but there are plenty of gems anyway.

We’ve seen some idols step up to the Mannequin Challenge (including Maki seeming to not understand the point), but the scale here is bonkers:

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PassCode. On TV. Translated.

I saw PassCode’s appearance on Future Shock make the rounds a little bit, but I am nothing if not one to redundantly share things on the off chance that you didn’t see it originally.

We’ve done Future Shock stuff before, like when Q’ulle was doing their Zepp tour early in the year, and when Screaming Sixties made an appearance. But PassCode might be the biggest of our flavor of idols to appear, at least in the time of this site’s existence, so it’s kind of a big deal!


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It’s Black Friday; Support PassCode!

Welcome to Black Friday, and welcome to PassCode Day! We’ll build on the success of BiS’s #NewIdolArmy campaign to celebrate the international release of “MISS UNLIMITED” and show PassCode that their fans love them and are everywhere.

This one’s very simple:

  1. Download “MISS UNLIMITED” if you haven’t already
  2. Snap a photo of it playing on your device of choice, or of your physical CD cover/case, or of you and your merch, or any combination thereof
  3. Tweet it at @passcodeO and the members with a message saying where you’re from
  4. Use the hashtag #国際ハッカーズ
  5. If you like, change your profile image over to the “MISS UNLIMITED” cover to show your support

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Now It’s Time to Say Hey to PassCode

tl;dr version: On Friday, we got nuts for “MISS UNLIMITED!” Use the hashtag #国際ハッカーズ and/or #InternationalHackers and send messages from your country, with pics showing your purchase/merch.

You can call me crazy (especially if you don’t already!), but I think the #NewIdolArmy celebration last Friday and over the weekend was an unmitigated success. I never did a proper count, but there were a lot of people in a lot of countries sharing their IDOL photos and turning it black in honor of BiS.

So how about PassCode?

If you remember this post (with a final point that got a little lost in the shuffle) about buying idols’ offerings when they actually become available in your country, sending a message to the labels and agencies that there aren’t just fans abroad, but enough fans abroad to warrant trying to make more of them, is one of the things that we can do right now.

PassCode made their major label debut with “MISS UNLIMITED,” and it distributed internationally, finally even in North America:

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This Is Why You Should Buy International Idol Releases

Brian, the Thoughtful Voice among Western idol fans, added a great post this morning over at his very own supremenothing.com. What’s it about? If the headline weren’t a dead giveaway, I’d tell you, but you can read and are intelligent!

The gist: If we want idols to cater to us, market to us, make things available to us, come visit us, etc., we have to show them our numbers. And though we’re up to some other efforts to prove our existence, the actual simplest thing to do is to buy international releases — not Japanese domestic, though CD Japan and whatnot appreciates it, but the stuff that is specifically being sold to us. Like:

The realest point:

When Babymetal’s first album debuted at number one on iTunes international metal charts, that was an event that made their record label and their management take notice that there was a very real market underway here. The eventual worldwide success of Babymetal, and the reason why it actually became feasible to see them live on your soil, started becoming a truly tangible thing that day. It made news over here and in Japan. It made Senpai notice us, you dig?

So go read the whole thing, nod vigorously in agreement with what Brian wrote because it is correct, leave an encouraging comment that may or may not include swears, then come back here and continue on: Continue reading

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PassCode Says Hi

This is a hell of a thing to wake up to:

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Get Your Full PassCode ‘MISS UNLIMITED’ Video Right Here

Or, psyche! It might not be available in your country yet (like it isn’t in mine, for sadness). But the full video has been released, and with a notable development!


If anybody happens to have one of those fancy “mirror” things in store, please share!

Here’s the North American version:

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