I was chatting with Phillter yesterday about odds and ends, idols and life, things like that, and he mentioned that Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen, who I believe are literally the biggest idols in the history of Yamaguchi Prefecture, were having some graduations themselves.
Now, YKG does what they do, and they probably do it as well as anybody. They’re not a huge deal, but they’re a big enough deal, and they’ve been going for years. From everything that I’ve seen, they seem like they’re well-managed and treated relatively respectfully (often as good as you can hope for!), and they seem like they have fun with it out there.
I usually prefer to have non-catastrophic graduations in the Weekender, but Phillter felt like doing a little translation job, and I thought that it might be nice to look at what can be the case when idols are ready to leave their group, under normal and acceptable and non-terrible terms. Continue reading →
The thing about idols … look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Idols can do anything. And sometimes that means idoling on top of having a day job in a maid cafe — they go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s fine. And oftentimes said idoling while maid cafeing means that you’re idoling as an extension of said maid cafe, which means being all tradol and kawaii and stuff, which, okay, fine, it is what it is.
The Papermaiden suggests that we take this sucker for a spin, and I couldn’t agree more! Ever since PIH shared it over the weekend, I’ve been somewhere between complete unbelief and total thankfulness that such a strange trip exists in my world — so accessible, but so astonishingly out there at the same time, like if some of Bellring Girls Heart’s material from last year were to be turned into high-energy kawaiidol madness.
Cheeky Parade! Their name itself summons up notions of incorrigible Cockney youth, possibly chimneysweeps but almost certainly guttersnipes, song-and-dancing their way through the cobbled streets of turn-of-the-last-century London while well-heeled ladies and industrialists scoff in offense. That is not them, however!
No, this Cheeky Parade, they’re a pretty popular idol group that does some sitting between worlds; they aren’t loudols per se, but they can get loud, as evinced by their donation of one-fifth of NATASHA (entry point 1), and they like to mix it up and do things like NERFY GUINER BIEBER (entry point 2!). But they can also do the loud thing on their own merits:
I missed Indie Idol Wednesday yesterday, shame on me, but Twitter & Friends provided even more bad news from the world of idol, and of course that happened on the day that Caesar was stabbed to death by a combination of trusted friends and bitter enemies. History!
And that’s what a pair of idol projects are now, unfortunately. No, I’m not referring to the soon-to-die Hauptharmonie (my soul will never recover), but to one group that I used to think had a real chance to do something, and another that seemed like they were right on the cusp and in fact had been active and stuff lately. They’re dead/dying.
First up, Koisuru Beat. I really only got to look at them once, and almost a year ago at that, but had recently learned that they’d had some management/membership issues of their own and were operating as a solo effort. Well, they won’t be operating as anything anymore:
And this literally three days after calling for auditions. Rough one, and it’s a shame how these things shake out, but getting any real longevity in idol is basically a miracle, anyway, so hopefully the past unpleasantness doesn’t leave the ex-members without positive experiences and a chance to keep idoling if they want to.
This is the kind of thing that winds up in the Weekender normally, but grad-plus-new and oh also it’s Payrin’s, who are cool and I’m glad to have a chance to actually acknowledge them again; John smashed all of the info together, so here we are!
Payrin’s is a group that I don’t listen to very much, but they have been on my radar. I do enjoy their music, but with so much out there you have to pick and choose. It seems they will be changing a bit, maybe for better, maybe for worse. A couple of announcements were made […]
Babyraids JAPAN! The most idorock group in existence is also like making cold-brewed coffee from roasted, ground fun beans. I spent a solid week a while back just rotating through MVs and live videos of theirs; just in my own mind (feel free to disagree!), they have the same raw, manic joy in their work as Dempagumi.inc, but at a more manageable pace and without half of the flashing lights.
They’re releasing a new single next month, and they’re of course doing the one-man routine to promote it. And to promote that, they’ve been putting out these cool promo videos that just kind of lay it down: Continue reading →
I love this exact time of the year, with idols getting their spring releases out there and infesting YouTube with all kinds of madness.
Case in point, JyuJyu with the lead track off of their “black thread” single; we’ve heard the song before, and it’s fun, but the video’s one Lament Configuration or VHS tape short of taking us completely into a nightmare realm:
I was on a call with one of my project leads yesterday. This person is from a European country, and she always has these rather unique (to an American) ways of looking at the world. As we wound up yesterday’s call, she remarked, “and spring begins tomorrow, so that should be nice.” Now, the actual first day of spring is yet a few weeks away, but I liked that thinking: Winter is December-January-February, spring is March-April-May, etc.
So, to kick off this season of renewal and life and positive energy, what better thing to have than Q’ulle’s video for their new “DON’T STOP” single: