Daemon’s Final Con Spot Is about Origins

Good morning, lovely weirdos! We’ve by now seen all of the rest of Daemon’s panel from Con Nichiwa, where he surveyed the current alt-idol underground and talked up exactly why it’s so awesome.

What was missing so far was Part I, which, as you might have guessed, must include the twisted fairy godmother of them all, the original BiS.

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Happy Easter! Here Are Things to Enjoy

It’s Easter Sunday for the Christian world, and much of the world that connects to the Christian world, and even for lots of people who aren’t Christian at all but like to have an excuse to have candy, and while we could celebrate the happy re-birthday of Jesus of Nazareth with a little Living Dead I Dolls, I’ll aim instead for the more pagan/secular side of the celebration.

First up! MOAR RABBITS LAB, which has been out for a few days but I was sitting on because, come on, Easter:

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Did You Want to Meet the New Members of BiS?

There was a time, maybe about six or so months ago, when I would’ve considered new members of BiS to be an almost sacred development — you, young lady/ies, is/are stepping into a legendary space, and you need to respect it and work hard and live up to a legacy blah blah blah.

Finally having had a chance to witness the workings of WACK in the post-Yokohama era, I feel pretty confident in saying that, past importance and contributions aside, BiS may be a little wackier (/dying) than other idol groups, but that aura is reduced to maybe a light magenta now instead of the fiery blazing red that I always associated with them.

Anyway, the way that membership is handled is a big part of that, as for instance these two newbies were kind of randomly tacked on for reasons unknown to me after the auditions and exhibition last week plus change, and now they’re official enough to be on Twitter:

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Here’s a Whole Bunch of Idol Koushien Video and One Special Something New

Good morning, friends! I was staring a whole mess of stupid Day Job crap in the face last night, and I decided that a new playlist was in order, and I had a few YouTube notifications sitting un-looked-at, so I gave ’em a whirl.

Idol Koushien was this past weekend, and it featured plenty of favorites and have-heard-ofs, and I bet it was just as good as the last Idol Koushien event if you were there, which I was not because Japan. Twice. But I thought it might be a nice thing to have to listen to today, a whole bunch of full sets from the event, including one very key one.

You probably remember her as Ayano from The Idols Formerly Known as Bellring Girls Heart but Who Are Now There There Theres; now she’s CLOCK & BOTAN:


Nice!

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The WACK Exhibition Fallout Was Actually Pretty Awesome

I’m an idiot and accordingly stayed up to watch the WACK Exhibition on Niconico Douga like a crazy person, and I did it because I wanted there to be some kind of fireworks coming out of the nearly-a-week-long WACK auditions.

For once, I was not disappointed!

Here’s your very brief recap: BiSH is WACK’s crown jewel; and also completely heartless, because while everybody else was literally sobbing, they were horsing around; Kamiya Saki only exists for Watanabe to treat her like shit; if you ever wondered if massive nuclear reptilian kaiju had feelings, wonder no more. Oh and a whole bunch of other stuff related to the auditions and exhibition and aftermath after the jump. Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened During Last Night’s WACK Auditions

Despite my reservations (and desire to do anything but idol for an evening), I let Kerrie talk me into watching the all-group WACK audition marathon that began last night, and I let Garry talk me into joining the chat, and I have no agency of my own apparently because I’m blaming others for my choices.

That being acknowledged, thanks guys. You only get so many chances in life to hear Aina the End “audition” with GANG PARADE/Pla2me’s “Plastic 2 Mercy”:

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I Review Things Weirdly: BiS | “Re:STUPiD”

Cover art from the album Re:STUPiD by Japanese idolcore legends BiS

This review’s going to be more than a little different from how we usually do things, because a thought occurred to me when folks started to talk about the songs being released from Re:STUPiD as if they might be unrecorded work from Lui Frontic Akabane JAPAN (I can see arguments pro and con and have at different times supported either) — we’re thinking about BiS and their music now in the completely wrong way. See down at the end for the punchline and why I legitimately think that’s good and bad, but for now … on to the review! Continue reading

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BiS’s ‘gives’ Might Not Be Want You Want, But It Gets the Job Done

I’m going to go right ahead and say that using a proxy or whatever you need to do to watch the MV for the final song from Re:STUPiD is a good idea. Ready? Good? Okay.


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How’s Your Saturday? Maybe Watch the BiS Rebirth Documentary

It’s a story we all know pretty well by now, but heck, if you can Japanese or even just like being able to reminisce about the BiS training camp, this digest-version shot documentary put together by the fine humans at Lute might tickle your fancy.

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Two Fresh Song Previews from BiS Make Me Feel Weird

Welcome back into the world that somehow has BiS in it again, amigos. I’m not in the least bit unhappy that one of the basest of inspirations for me putting this whole game together in the first place is back and living and stuff, though I have concerns! And those concerns are very important!

That being as it may, we know that there’s a second indie album from what I think is BiS 2.0.1 if I’m doing the version histories properly, and, presuming that they follow the same general pattern of releases as they did through BiS 1.3.2, this would be the loud and angry album that would, well, make BiS into BiS.

Oh hey look! Two new songs to preview for free on Soundcloud and download from OTOTOY!

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