I’ve Missed Osaka Shunkashuto

I was going through some of the recent festival lives the other day, and did the smart thing and kept checking out the YouTube recommendations — how else to waste literal hours at work? — and I saw a familiar face. MAINA. You know, arguably the most talented girl in idol? Tiny little person, ridiculous dancer, more-ridiculous singer, capable of playing instruments and stuff? That MAINA.

Normally, where there’s MAINA, there’s Osaka Shunkashuto, who … did not really impress with their last release, but they’re legit until they stop being legit, and I happen to be a total MAINA partisan and will struggle to keep her and her group relevant (to me, at least) until they’re a full-on R&B outfit, which would be cool in its own way, but not really a thing for Homicidols.com.

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Finally! Osaka Shunkashuto’s MV for ‘New Me’

It feels like we’ve been talking about SSFW’s latest for weeks (because we have), and finally the MV hits the real Internet:

Yeah, they released this on their app at least a week ago, and then teased out a download link on Twitter (and immediately deleted it), and I was starting to think that the video would never get a public release because idols can be cruel.

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Is the New Osaka Shunkashuto Available in Your Country?

I saw that “New Me” is definitely available in the United States:

And their one other tweet from the other day says “all over the world.” Chris (in the UK) has it, listened and even gave it a review! Continue reading

We Are Going to Be Graced with a New Osaka Shunkashuto Single

One of the most obvious glaring needs in idol lately, at least in this Maniac’s opinion, has been Osaka Shunkashuto not releasing anything in a year (that is, basically a lifetime in idol). Everybody knows that MAINA is everything good and right in music, but we want more, period. And more what? Rock songs? R&B? Amiina-esque alt-pop? Friggin’ soul?

We’re about to find out!

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That MAINA’s Something Else, Isn’t She?

Not all idols are particularly great at Twitter, or they don’t care enough to use it, or their manager doesn’t care enough to require them to, etc. Who is great, though, is MAINA, Osaka Shunkashuto’s doll-sized vocal powerhouse and objectively one of the cutest human beings alive.

More importantly, as those of us who count themselves as MAINA marks will tell you until you beg us to stop, is that she’s a ridiculous all-around talent, such that she’s often doing performance work outside the bounds of SSFW, as we’ve seen before.

Proving both points made so far, she very casually shared this on Twitter yesterday:

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It Only Takes Two to Bellow

Remember how NATASHA came and went and it was kind of up in the air whether the super group would continue past @JAMxNatalie EXPO? For at least two of the members, wonder no more!

This is cool: Osaka Shunkashuto and predia are holding a joint show on Saturday, and part of the program will be a two-person NATASHA appearance. “Justice in the sky” indeed. Continue reading

Maina Junkies, See Your Girl’s Acoustic Set

Literally don’t even ask me how I found this one; maybe it started with this tweet, all I know is that I put it away hours ago to revisit later and right now I’m super tired because I just enjoyed the ever living Christmas out of finally seeing Bad Religion.

But if you love Maina from Osaka Shunkashuto, you need this (skip ahead a couple of minutes).


Crank up your VPNs and proxies, cuz this sucker’s blocked

Via Caleb: No longer blocked!

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A Homicidol Super Group Has Formed: Meet NATASHA

I still can’t believe this, and I just watched Pour Lui sing “primal.” live while all of the other BiS auditioneers watched like awestruck schoolgirls.

Seriously, brace yourselves. This is like the sum of all fears.

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Here Are Some Highlights from the Sekigahara Idol Wars

Man, you guys are getting loaded down with awesome free concert footage lately. First glimpses at Idol 2.0’s work, and now the Sekigahara Idol Wars have been putting up an absolute ton of sets from this past weekend.

Until the tweets started to fly last week, I’d never even really heard of the Sekigahara Idol Wars, but it’s clearly a lot of fun and maybe kind of a TIF precursor (and more on TIF coming up soon!). While there were plenty of “regular” idols performing, some of our favorites joined in on the fun and showed why we care. Continue reading

The Osaka Shunkashuto Horrorshow

If you’re aware of Osaka Shunkashuto, you know that this feisty bunch can rock out like they mean it and dance like there’s no tomorrow, powered by one of the finest young lead singers in the business. You might also be aware of the fact that they flamed out in the 2016 Homicidols Corenament like it was basically their job, but that’s okay — it doesn’t make them any less legit.

What follows here is a real treat. Back when Soezimax was their driving creative force, a Shukashun video was something to behold, massively creative and loads of fun. But when the group was signed to Fujiyama Project Japan, all of their really cool old content was scrubbed from YouTube, leaving only the official singles as video options. And that isn’t quite as fun, because those early Soezimax-produced joints were downright amazing.

Here’s their very first, “Dawn of My Lifetime,” in all its mad glory, courtesy of Idol 2.0.