Good morning! I feel just the tiniest bit badly about not posting at all yesterday — it’s not that there wasn’t anything, it’s that I had some other things to do, intermittently, and frankly didn’t have the energy … to … type? in the in-between. I regret nothing, though, because it gave me more time to get things together coherently.
For instance, our pal Char T Saki, Alice Project source extraordinaire, had been referring me to fresh summertime tracks from the three entities that comprise Kamen Joshi. Here are —
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:
If you follow the link, you’ll see that the merch on issue is a five-DVD set from each of the Fox God Festival shows held quasi-recently, plus the mask accompanying each (hand-made! painted with the blood of slain angels!), for right around $500 US (not including shipping, or potentially customs, and you still need to be of THE ONE to get into a lottery to be among the lucky 500 to buy it, etc.).
Happy Saturday! Did you have a good week? Idol sure didn’t. I mean, there was some good stuff, but also stuff like Cococo, which was bad. It all goes to show that all the feel-good and aw-shucks in the world can’t save anybody from the inevitability of death graduation.
If you haven’t checked out the hashtag for this weeks’ Fun yet, you must, because Kerrie put out a call that has resulted in some true horrors indeed. Why not make one yourself? And then think about whether you want to join me for an hours’ worth of overwrought idol analysis!
I Had a Good Week, Though, Maniac
Good for you!
You’ll Melt More! released the track list for their upcoming EP, plus the name of the tour, which is named after one of the songs:
Good morning! Given what all I saw trickling through the interwebs over the past couple of days, I had a feeling that this was going to be a very repeaty kind of day, going back to recently familiar wells, and I was kind of right! They say that you shouldn’t return to the scene of a crime, but they also say that you shouldn’t go swimming for an hour after eating, which is total malarkey, so what do they know, really?
I really wanted to give BiS crap about doing that “never title your thing in a way that’s easy to ironically mock” thing from the very second that “I can’t say NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” was announced, but I moreso really wanted to be happy and satisfied about getting invested in this whole BiSusiness and sticking up for probably the most influential idol project for my turn as a fan, not to mention the thousands of people for whom idol is a much more immediate and impactful part of their lives. I was ready to get some knives ready for this one, you know? Just in case. Either cut it to ribbons in disappointment or defend it unto the death.
The correct answer is, “Yes, Maniac, I would, for I have come to love Strawberry Painkiller nearly as much as you do.” Well done!
Yes, I love Strawberry Painkiller, and while the project doesn’t get out as much material for public consumption as one might hope, there are thankfully fans who can help to bridge the gap. In this case, this YouTuber very helpfully (and inexplicably — seriously, how?) shot and uploaded a pair of 360-degree videos from a live about a month back: