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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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

Let’s Talk about Oomori Seiko, Cult Leader

Another Oomori Seiko video is upon us, friends, and once again one of the truest maestros of the craft … well, it’s not quite as befitting this site as the last one, and I completely skipped over the video from last week because I just couldn’t, not even tongue in cheek, but I want you to really watch this one while listening intently to appreciate the talent on display.

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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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I Can’t Help but Share the Newest from Oomori Seiko

I was super busy yesterday, gang, to the point that I was still at the ol’ office until a couple of hours after closing. I’d warned the usual suspects that I wasn’t going to be able to be very chatty, and I even turned off my Gchat notifications (which, if you know me, WHAT). It was awful. The only thing to do was to queue up some Bandcamp and Soundcloud favorites and get through a butt-ton of work.

Just before leaving, I decided to take a quick look at Twitter. I’m very glad that I did!

For the uninitiated, that’s Oomori Seiko, living legend and “patron saint of idols.” And, for once, I’m going to go out of my way to talk about a release of hers. Continue reading

Who’s Even Left for Babymetal to Make Friends With?

This is a true story: Last night, I drove a long-ass way so as to finally see Rammstein play live. It wasn’t a bad decision at all! And the venue at Jones Beach and the atmosphere and the sheer monstrous volume and fire and fire and German of it all had me wondering a few times how cool it might be to have certain idols — for instance, Babymetal — perform there. And, hell, given that Babymetal’s latest thing is to do on-stage collaborations with the acts that host them on tour, what would it look like for them to do something with the loudest and metallest of them all?

I drove home last as hell (hence why the first post of the day is quite late!) and was settling in when my question was at least partly answered:

You just know that my love of portmanteau is screaming for the opportunity to call this ‘Kornymetal’ and open the floodgates of hell

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Like Being John Malkovich, Except Really Pour Lui? The Friday Fun

Hi everyone, how’s the week been? I actually had to check back on last week’s Friday Fun entries because I’m half-asleep right now (thanks heatwave) and forgot! For shame! Last week’s #BadIdolNames certainly brought some good (or should I say terrible) suggestions.


I want Tentenkocococococokoto to be real.

I was stuck for ideas for this week’s Friday Fun. I had a few in the bag to be chosen, I just didn’t know which to go for.
But then like she was reading my mind, Pour Lui went and tweeted this an hour ago (as of writing):

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Babymetal’s Having a Big Ol’ Fox Festival

I’m sorry, folks, I halfway missed this big announcement by Babymetal from the other day (it sort of lead ballooned in my feed) and am just now getting around to this update about their next big (Japanese) performances:

Newswire has the details spelled out nicely: Two days each at Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo area, obvs) and Osaka-jo Hall (Osaka, even more obvs), coming up in the fall. Continue reading