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?
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:
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
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 →
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.
See, TIF is kind of a big deal. Like, the biggest idol festival. The one that can catapult you to national, even international, attention. It’s no place for the kinds of ruffians that inhabit this domain. Continue reading →
I can remember all too well the first time that I heard Osaka Shunkashuto (also spelled “Syunkasyuto,” confusingly), and it’s because I was trying out a new standing desk at work and was incredibly uncomfortable, so I let YouTube choose me a playlist from some of my idolcore favorites, and that song right there rolled in around the middle of the second hour.
One, how had I managed to have not even heard of this group before, what with their well-produced sound and super distinct style and goddamn amazing videos and sweet baby Moses these are serious-ass rock songs why? Two, why is it suddenly quittin’ time and I haven’t gotten anything done since lunch?
Yes, Osaka Shunkashuto is, to put it lightly, a ton of fun. Their music is highly energetic, they dance their asses off and Maina, the lead/pretty much only singer, has a voice made for performing in front a full arena. Just to give you an idea of what they’re bringing, here’s their official video from TIF 2015:
Pretty much ever since, Osaka Shunkashuto has enjoyed burgeoning popularity, with two mini-albums being released between November and December 2015. It’s probably only a matter of time before they start to invade the Oricon weekly charts, and then hold on to your butts, because these are literally high school girls now, and their future is blazing bright.
And here’s the kicker: They’re only about two years into this after starting as a dance unit that this sort of multimedia mad genius who goes by Soezimax discovered and started to produce. His eye for film and ability to make a tiny budget go a long way is why Osaka Shunkashuto has long-form videos like these: that were really awesome and featured the members fighting zombies and mobsters and even had (gasp!) English-language versions but have since been taken down from YouTube because that’s the kind of fun thing that dies first when you sign your way out of the indies.
You should really like Osaka Shunkashuto if you like things that are good.
What they sound like
These are straightforward rock songs; unlike a number of other rock idol units, there are few J-pop-typical melodic patterns, and they really are rocking out pretty hard. Or, come to think of it, they’re not that dissimilar to a lot of the K-pop stuff that caught on over the last few years — funky, groovy, swinging.
You’ll like them if
I had a really convoluted answer to this question before I decided to simplify it. I mean, do you like real-deal pre-grunge rock bands? Especially if you remember when people used to actually dance to rock music? You’ll like Osaka Shunkashuto.
Like, I haven’t heard it yet, and everything I’ve seen so far says to buy it the old-fashioned way, which means that I won’t actually get it for weeks yet, and it’s probably about time to say something about how friggin’ awesome a singer Maina is again. And new songs? Pretty please.
Anyway, if you have/have heard the album and have some interest in submitting a review, shoot me a line.