It was literally months ago when one of the routine Twitter conversations with Pure Idol Heart got me to pop open a few video snips in my browser at work … whereupon I basically forgot about them for a while. But I needed to clean up my whole business there this week, so I took some time to stick around after hours and account for things, either just Xing it out for being not terribly interesting or setting reminders for myself, and this is the result of one of those reminders.
This is Mikicco (Twitter), aka Mikitsuko Mikikko, and her profile lists her as being less than 4 cm tall and 4 kg in weight, so she must be very small indeed. No really. Also something with shellfish, loving and hating it. Weird girl! Continue reading →
I swear it, while I may occasionally look in on STARMARIE’s YouTube channel to see if/when/what they have in terms of new stuff (it’s often a lot!), I don’t deliberately have this thing for them on Friday or over the weekend; things just kind of work out that way.
If you’re wondering why it’s always me who does these reports on Up Up Girls (Kari) and not Maniac, it’s because they’re very much on the lighter scale of the Homicidols spectrum. As in I was actually pretty suprised when Maniac finally caved to fan demand and added them to the Homicidols roster. But also delighted, because if there’s a group on this site that I could call “sunshine personified”, it’s Up Up Girls (Kari).
You want an example? Well, in their newest music video, “FOREVER YOUNG”, they make running a marathon look way more fun than WACK could ever manage.
But hey, that’s not the only music video they released this week. After going on that jog, what feels better than relaxing with a nice bath? If you’re able to deal with curious child perverts and your bath time inexplicably turning into a disco party, anyway. Continue reading →
Good morning, friends! It’s Thursday Hurtsday, and I’ve been a little bit remiss because reasons, but I’m back in the saddle and ready to share..
I figured that we could start with solo idol Ishido Natsumi, who’d been so under the radar for so long that she didn’t even make the cut for entry into the Corenament. To be left out of a completely bogus and made-up competition of idols who are primarily known to Westerners … Sad!
And while Natsumi is pretty good in her own right, this piece doesn’t even feature her. Continue reading →
By some odd stroke of luck, I wound up with a plethora of stuff that would be good for Indie Idol Wednesday, you guys, but I felt like I was going to wind up treading a little too closely to familiar territory, so I wracked all 19 remaining brain cells to think of somebody to visit who might be off the beaten path, and then I remembered …
The Ska Idol Project! Neither Like,Hate,Love nor her sisters in Snowdrop did very well in the Corenament, but such is the story for a great many things. It’s nice to see, though, that they’re still staying busy and getting onto various festival stages in addition to the usual club scene:
Okay, so maybe I exaggerated the title a little bit, but you go ahead and tell me who in this world has their primary advocate (in this case, a record label) basically disappear and drop your contract, leaving you homeless and possibly aimless … and then come out ahead through the storm.
If you raised your hand, good for you! And/or if you guessed Q’ulle, good for you for being able to read context clues! I of course jest, seeing as how I rarely have any other way of being, but the important thing is, hey look, a Q’ulle interview! This is from Natalie.mu at the time of the release of “DON’T STOP.”
So how did Q’ulle feel about that whole business?
Maamu: Of course we had nothing but a feeling of unease. At any rate, we had our heads full of making (last) summer’s tour a success. But even with that target, I ended up breaking a bone in the middle of the tour and had to stop participating in it. I was able to come back for the tour finale, but while I wasn’t able to get on stage I would think, like, “What should I do?”.
I think all of us were pleased that the lovable ex-bears of ayumikurikamaki made a bit of a return to form for their “Goma slipper” single, from the sound to the fun attitude of the video. The release itself happened last Wednesday, but they put out this additional MV for the B-side, and yes, ayukuma, thank you:
I don’t always associate the bears with pop punk, but it’s basically tailor made for them. Continue reading →
One of my favorite things about doing this site the way that I do is that, by using the general conceit of “idols who either do rock kinds of music and/or may be a danger to themselves and others,” I can cast a pretty wide net and find interesting music in some of the safest of places; one of my favorite things about idols that I never shut up about is how incredibly flexible the performance style is — if involves singing and can (arguably) include dancing, idols will do it.
On the overall more traditional side of the coin is Full Power Girls R, who I’ll admit to never being able to get a good handle on: I dig their sound, and they’ve done TIF and whatnot, but where are they on the overall idol spectrum of popularity hierarchies? And does it matter? I guess not.
Pure Idol Heart stuck this number into my MTs yesterday, and I’m totally down with it:
It was Panda Day about a month ago (as somebody never fails to remind me), and I just so happen to live within an easy drive’s distance of the National Zoo (which has pandas), and I used to have a friend who was known as Panda, and I definitely have several plush pandas in various places around Maniac Manor … all of which is to say that there’s a confluence of things to indicate that I must be really into big, lumbering, kind of dumb endangered mammals that live in a friggin’ rain forest and still haven’t figured out how to eat food that’s actually nutritious or breed more than once an Olympiad.
They’re cute, though, which is why people like them, and it’s especially why idols like them, because idols are often nothing if not eminently predictable and also susceptible to all things adorbs. So it makes sense, right, that idols who sort of pride their own game on being kawaii would embrace the crap out of pandas.
I dare you to watch that without smiling like an idiot at least once