Idol to Idol to Idol: An Odyssey

Okay, so you guys are possibly aware of Yannderu Ame, who were momentarily exciting a few months ago. Then they rebranded and became YAMIAME, basically the same thing, but not the same kind of dark and brooding tears-in-rain -core idols, but more we-are-somewhat-dark-and-hard idols. Then THAT BROKE UP ON STAGE to launch the literally no-joke temporary unit Imonikomi, which … honestly, I started to lose track of what the hell was going on at that point, but today, TODAY friends, they finally un-temporaried themselves as the latest iteration in this mad project’s long, not-at-all-graceful curve:

Thank you, PIH!

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I Am Intrigued by This New One from HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI

A conversation with Krv the other day got me wondering about soon-to-be-former Guso Drop sister group HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI, who hadn’t added anything to Soundcloud in a while and seem to fly below the radar more than they should, possibly just on account of the tumult around A-minor, still being pretty new, etc.

I didn’t actually follow up on the thought right away; rather, Twitter made the connection for me:

Gee, that’s a nice song. I wonder what it’s about — the last time Himegoto put out a nice-sounding song, it turned out to be not nice at all! If only there were a way to tell– Continue reading

Ama Piri May Save Us from a Day without a Guitar Solo

With the homicidol heavyweights apparently content to mostly do a whole lot of very little nowadays, we must content ourselves, friends, to finding rock sounds where we can. Idols are doing it a lot these days, though, so it’s not always a tough hunt!

See for example Ama Piri:

Guitars, guns, dancing in a warehouse, woodland suvival — what’s not to like?

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Oh, So This Is What Happened to Jeanne Maria

So while cruising around Twitter the other day, looking for some Weekender material, I was reminded of Some Idols We’ve Looked at Before and happened to check up on Maria, which seems to be in some flux but does still exit. Okay good! But what about another group, similarly named, who are also Some Idols We’ve Looked at Before but not often, actually — Jeanne Maria.

Besides showing up for a minute in the Corenament, Jeanne Maria has appeared all of twice. Not really something to concern oneself with! But I do like to keep up, just out of a sense of pride maybe, or because idol is ultimately terminal for the people involved and there’s something validating in knowing how and when and why a group met its fate.

So I went looking. Nothing really on Twitter, other searches in other places mostly turning up old material. Nothing new! So what happened?

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Did You Catch the Latest from merry merli?

You guys know I like sleeper somewhat recent debutantes merry merli. I don’t always get it, but what they’ve put out so far has been cool and smart and with just enough edge to keep me paying attention. Low-key compelling material will get you far, kids!

This latest video of theirs is from a couple of days ago, and I originally put it into the Weekender as a cautionary tale (i.e., never assume that an idol group is going to keep doing any one thing, especially when that one thing and their visual style kind of clash), but it’s interesting enough and has enough of a story behind it that I wanted to pull it back out … for funsies:

It’s a like yume-kawaii Maison Book Girl!

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So Diamondollfy Kind of Killed This One

I was aware of this video, in fact aware of the song itself because I let it play in the background, and had no idea that it was Diamondollfy until I came back to it to do the post. Yeah, they’ve been a more impressive unit lately, but this song about gambling — which I also didn’t know until I looked because *surprise!* it’s a lyric video — is a) actually pretty good! and b) presumably a metaphor about risks and indulgence:

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Would You Like to Help Fullfull Pocket Plan Their Set?

Kinda needed this one after that other business

This is such a cool promotion! Fullfull Pocket, who are plenty of fun if you’re willing to give some rather tradols a try,

Basically, for their regular lives beginning Oct. 9, fans are invited to submit their personal Fullfull Pocket top 10; management will turn the aggregate into a list of what the fans writ large want to hear, and then the members decide the set list. Neat! Continue reading

Babyraids JAPAN Enjoyed San Francisco, Thanks

As we know, Babyraids JAPAN, who are all kinds of fun even when maybe getting a little diversified in their sound, took part in this past weekend’s J-POP SUMMIT in San Francisco. While of course it was a hell of an experience even for idols who’ve done Budokan (what a theme today, huh?), I feel like the ability to get a rise out of idols getting a rise out of life is part of what makes this whole endeavor worth it, you know?

So here’s a whole mess of photos and stuff:

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You Can Download the New There There Theres Single for Free

I was writing that as if there’s some kind of fake-out involved, but there’s no fake-out. Just like almost everything else AQBI related, the “There’s something behind” single” is available for free via OTOTOY for one week starting today:

I use the term “new” here a little liberally, as you may already be familiar with the material if you follow TTTs, but that’s all well and good because free studio versions muchachos! Continue reading

RABBITS Lab Finally Debuts, Confounds

Well, after months of anticipation, the enigmatic RABBITS Lab made … her? her debut back on the 31st and only just got this video digest of the performance posted the other day.

I warn you: What you’re about to see is a very chika idol performance in a very small venue populated by adults with rabbit ears on their heads.

So many rabbits

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