Friends, we have a lot of fun with the Monday Match Game. Sometimes it’s punny, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s always, always … sunny? I ran out of rhymes.
Anyway! Last week, yami-kawaii obliterated yume-kawaii despite Tiffany’s protestations that they’re basically the same thing, thereby confirming that we’d rather contemplate mortality than have a heaven filled with fallen angels. Good times!
This week, the Match Game takes on a decidedly germane flavor. We’ve been talking a lot about indie idols, the kind that do it all themselves and make their own success on their own merits. There’s not a silver spoon or institutional advantage (well, probably some kawaii) in sight when these self-driven performers step into the limelight.
In this corner, throwback heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll idols whose success is so palpable that they even drag their own ex-members back into the fold; in the other corner, goofball stage antics and a musical smorgasbord from idols who actually fired their manager to take over their own affairs themselves.
About a week ago, Kerrie messaged me with an idea: What about a calendar? I’ll admit that I’d considered it, but figured it was too much of a lift to want to make go. What do you update with? What if you forget something? How much extra work would it be? But our intrepid Weeaboo Witch accepted the challenge of helping out at least, and I did some poking around and, well, here we go (you can also see the calendar in the navigation).
It works like this! I’ll be as attentive as possible to things as I find out about them, and so will Kerrie … and so will you! Yes: While the calendar plug-in I wanted to use didn’t come with a community submission form without paying more money than it’d have been worth, it did come with free HTML fields, and I have a few form builders handy and, yeah.
Back in 2015, when they were still pretty new and dressing like my mom did in the 70s, Hauptharmonie participated in this … idol battle? something at Tower Records under the auspices of the company’s own T-Palette label. As the video shows, Juno went on a roll in the arm wrestling.
Kaede from Negicco had like 10 years on her at the time and lost in seconds. Brutal
On the A-to-Jcast the other night, Terry brought up Yanamyu. Tiffany wasn’t familiar! So a struggle ensued to find the right words to describe this perfect idol project; grunge! post-grunge! shoegazer! the entire rock output of the 90s put into a musical blender! Yeah, they’re a little hard to pin down.
But here’s what matters: Their live is just as idol-avant-garde as their big sisters in BRGH, but the vocals are right on point (none of these girls is a bad singer!) and with some of the best and most creative arrangements you’ll get from this kind of performance. The choreography makes me swoon.
It’s Sunday, and an inexplicably quiet period in the world of idol (well, quiet in the sense that we aren’t in the midst of a video war or hot hot hot album release), and I’m feeling like combining two arms of recent nostalgia into a single post to keep us warm on this chilly January weekend, so here goes.
Also recently! We got to talk about THE Natsu no Mamono (which is apparently their preferred name now, right down to the all-caps) in the context of Mizuho ex of Bellring Girls Heart not actually retiring like she said she was going to but up and joining that band+idol+wrestling rock show.
THE Natsu no Mamono held a little event recently, and Desu.Rabbits was part of it. Here are (the?) two parts of their set:
If you have a hankering to talk about the hard side of idol in a public forum and get a little bit deeper into this weird, wonderful world, AND you happen to be capable of attending Anime Los Angeles (in Ontario [California, not Canada]), here’s your opportunity:
Re: Title, I kid because I love. A-to-J does the Dark Lord’s work out there.